Disasters are most likely to happen anytime, anywhere. With the kind of weather the world has right now, things can go full swing in brewing possible disasters. Take for instance, the winter season. Blizzards frequently occur up in the Northern portion of the country while the coastal regions are looking into the threats of hurricanes.
During summer, the heat elevates to more than a hundred degrees that spell heat exhaustion to deadly heat strokes. If you think spring is too nice, the season can also bring dangerous thunderstorms. Natural calamities, like earthquakes and tsunamis, must also be considered all year through.
With all these probable unwanted scenarios, disaster bureaus hammer up on their duties to constantly advise people to prepare emergency kits. While the local officials and relief operators get to work on the scene where disaster strikes, they cannot immediately address the needs of the majority all at the same time, depending on the severity of the situation and condition in a hit area. Therefore, it becomes a person’s responsibility to bring immediate relief upon himself/herself, if this is still physically possible, while awaiting help.
Preparing an emergency kit for the family can bring instant attention or cure in case a family member gets injured at some point during disasters. It pays to be prepared so any big disaster will not catch you off guard. A disaster kit is actually easy to prepare. You just need to sit down and take time out to prepare one.
First, make a checklist of the things you might need when that bad day comes around. Gather the supplies you have identified and put them in a place where you can easily see and reach them.
Make sure you include these six essentials in your disaster kit: first aid materials, clothing, water, food, tools, and bedding. Just think of other stuff related to these things that can be helpful to you. First aid kits should include sterile gauze and pads, aspirins, antacids, scissors, and wet tissues.
Prepare water that will last up to three days in case power and water lines are badly severed. This is about a gallon per person.
For food, have canned goods ready enough that can sustain your family for the next three days. Non-perishable foods are best to have since power outage can take time to reconnect.
If you have a baby, do not forget the diapers and infant formula. If you have a family member who has a particular illness, do not forget to include his or her medicine in your kit.
Other tools you might need are utility knife, signal flares, flashlights, and waterproof matches. Include stuff for personal hygiene as well.
By being able to prepare an emergency kit before any disaster strikes, you are already keeping your family safe.