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Have You Prepared Thoroughly For An Emergency?

It is no secret to most of us that the future, and even the present, looks uncertain.  Standards of living in a good deal of North America are falling, and the possibility of economic or societal collapse is something has begun to worry a large segment of the populatiohave you prepared thoroughly for an emergencyn.  No one really likes to think too much about how awful things might become, but acting like an ostrich will only mean that if there is any kind of collapse, you and your family will be totally unprepared.  When beginning your planning, consider not only the kind of ‘ordinary’ disasters and emergencies that could occur where you live, but also more widespread ones that could continue for a long period of time.

Basics You Will Need Regardless

Whether there has been an earthquake and electricity and water are unavailable, or whether your city has gone up in flames as a result of rioting, you will still need some basic supplies to see your family through the crisis.  Water is the first consideration, and you will definitely need both an emergency supply and the means to purify water for a longer ‘siege’.  Approximately one gallon of water per day is needed for each person, and this should either be bottled water from the grocery or water that you have bottled yourself.  As this supply will be finite, you should also have on hand water purification tablets and a quality counter top filter.  These filters, such as the Big Berkey Water Filter, will take contaminated or uncertain water and purify it so it is safe to drink.  A water filter of this type, which does not need electricity, should be considered a necessity.

Food will often be in short supply during an emergency, so having a supply of emergency food in your home is essential.  You can choose to gather the supply a bit at a time from the grocery store, or you can purchase survival food kits.  This is the easiest way to handle the situation, and the long shelf life of this food will assure that it will be there when you need it.

Make sure that you have a good first aid kit, too.  Besides the basics usually found in these kits, you might want to add some things of your own.  Burn Gel Water Gel is excellent for handling burns, and will stop the pain and prevent blisters from forming.  Celox granules or gauze will stop serious bleeding, as will QuikClot, although this does produce heat while working.  If anyone is taking prescription medication, get extras and keep them in the kit, along with a copy of the prescription.

Keeping Low

It is important during disasters or emergencies to maintain a low profile, especially if there is civil disorder. This can be more difficult if you live in a city or suburbs adjacent to a large metropolitan area, but it will be easier to accomplish if you have survival supplies in the house.  This will mean that you will have to take fewer trips outside, and keep possible hostiles from noticing you.  You might also want to provide some sort of protection for your family if you are worried about unrest.  There are many non-lethal methods to deal with intruders, such as pepper spray, stun guns, or Tasers. Pepper spray is probably the most effective, and will stop even those who are drunk or high on drugs.

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