What to Pack in Your Disaster Emergency Kit
The harsh truth is that a disaster can strike anytime. Survival depends on how prepared you are for an emergency. Be ready to grab your emergency kit at home, school, or the office and go. Here are some of the basic things you will need:
You’d be surprised how many people pack canned food and snacks in their emergency kits but forget to pack drinking water. The standard is to prepare one gallon per person. This will help you survive for three days if you evacuated from home. If you can stay at home, the supply can last for up to two weeks.
Flashlight, Emergency Lights, Hand-Crank Radio
During a disaster, the power will most likely be cut off, so be prepared with emergency lights and a hand-crank radio. Some of today’s self-powered lights can charge smartphones. But what’s more important is that you buy some extra batteries for emergency lights.
Dust Mask, Whistle
Simple surgical masks help you breathe through dust and smoke in the event of a disaster. A whistle gives a clear call for help, particularly if you are trapped. Make sure both items are properly packed in your emergency grab bag.
Blanket, Sleeping Bags
If you need to evacuate your home, blankets and sleeping bags provide warmth and some privacy in temporary shelters or evacuation centres. Make sure that you have enough for everyone. They may be bulky to carry, so packing them in a vacuum sealed bag frees up more space.
Preparation is Key
‘Hope for the best but prepare for the worst’, is a common saying. While nobody wishes for disasters to strike, what’s important is that you pack an emergency kit that you can easily grab when evacuating. Disaster preparedness provides tools for you to cope with an emergency. Having easily accessible emergency kits is a basic first step.