You can’t always predict disaster. So stay safe by arming yourself and your family with the information you’ll need in the event of a natural disaster, military attack or other emergency situation. Here are some survival tips to help you be more prepared.
Survival Tips #1.
Get at least one 72- hour survival kit. You can buy them pre-packaged or put them together yourself. These kits are designed to supply you and your family with the basic necessities like food, water, clothing, medicine, lighting, warmth and communication in the event something happens and emergency services can’t get to you right away.
Survival Tips #2. Have supplies on hand to cover your windows and doors. This means plywood, metal sheets, nails, hammers and a drill. Whatever can help you to get your windows and doors secured quickly for safety.
Survival Tips #3. Keep sand bags on-hand to stop flood waters from entering the house.
Survival Tips #4. Know how to shut off your own utilities. Know the location of your water main, any gas valves and your electrical breaker or fuse box. In the event of natural disaster, your electricity circuits, water connections and gas utilities that can leak and cause big trouble.
Survival Tips #5. Get appliances, expensive items and essential furniture items off the ground. If you can take them to an attic for safety, do so.
Survival Tips #6. Have a secure place to keep all important documents, including recent pictures of all family members. Make copies of everything – including your credit cards – and send them to a trustworthy relative in another state. In the event something happens, you may need to start over, sometimes in another town. Being without passports, social security cards and birth certificates makes starting over very difficult.
Survival Tips #7. Have a stash of emergency lights. That includes batteries, radios, candles, matches, torch lights, high-powered flashlights, low-powered flash lights, light sticks and whatever else you can gather for emergency purposes.
Survival Tips #8. Stock the pantry with non-perishable foods. Include gallon jugs of water, canned goods, nutrition bars, vitamins, manual can openers, cooking and eating utensils. Have enough on-hand for at least three days.
Survival Tips #9. Have extra blankets, socks, clothes and underwear already easily accessible somewhere. The eve of disaster is no time to be searching the laundry room for extra socks. Have bags already packed.
Survival Tips #10. Be your own pharmacy. Have prescription medications, and over-the-counter medicines in a singular location and available for use in case of emergency.
If you have a family pet, make sure a stocked pantry includes emergency pet food and water set aside just for him. You may not always be able to predict disaster, but if you plan ahead and make sure the entire family knows that plan, you can exercise some control over how your family responds to disaster. Making sure you are all prepared ahead of time will help to remove worry and minimize fear with with these 10 survival tips. Stay calm. Be cool. And live to see another day.