Getting Started on Being Prepared For 5 Days After an Emergency or Natural Disaster

Most authorities you read about or see these days talk about being prepared for emergencies or natural disasters for 3 days. But think about it, how long it will take them to get to every person, home, or business. Not to mention, making sure the agencies themselves are up and running. This will take longer than 3 days. It could take a week or longer, but adding at least 2 more days worth of supplies couldn't hurt, could it?

Being prepared for the aftermath of an earthquake or natural disaster is most peoples goal. Here are some simple steps to get you started.

1. Get bottled or boxed water, enough for you and your family to cook with and drink for at least 5 days. An easy way to collect water for cleaning and possibly cooking is by putting collection barrels at the corners of your house and have the rain water drain into them.

2. Purchase dehydrated food or canned goods (i.e., fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.) to eat at least 2000 calories a day for 5 days.

3. Put together a basic kitchen box. Put at least one pot, one pan, a can opener, cooking utensils, reusable plates, service ware, cups, pot holders, a few storage containers and/or storage bags. Basically things you would need to cook and eat with. Most, if not all of these items can be purchased at a local discount store or 99 cent store, very inexpensively.

4. Have a cooking source (i.e., BBQ, camp stove, etc.), but don't forget about having enough fuel. Again, these can be purchased inexpensively, just watch your local discount stores for sales.

5. Put together or purchase a first aid kit.

6. Put an emergency kit in your car. Water, food bars, first aid kit and a small amount of cash, should you have a need for something cash will be king.

These are just a few things you can do to get started. These are items that are relatively inexpensive. Make sure to put them together, in a safe area that you feel you would be able to get to in an emergency.

Remember you and your family are one person/home/family among thousands that will need help in an emergency or natural disaster so the best motto is "be prepared to take care of you and your family for at least 5 days."

Article Source: Lisa L O'Hare

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