While every family hopes they will never have to deal with an emergency situation such as a hurricane, flood, severe storm, nuclear meltdown, or terrorist attack, it is always better to be prepared just in case instead of planting your head in the sand and telling yourself it can't happen. The best thing your family can do to help authorities get your city back to normal after a crisis is by being prepared for it. Do your part to ensure your family is self-sufficient so that the authorities can spend their time helping those who really need it.
By far the most important emergency supply to have on hand, clean drinking water is easily overlooked in our society which is so accustomed to having clear water at hand. Unfortunately our water supply system is not infallible and crisis situations may cause damage or contamination. It is recommended to have at least a few days worth of water for the whole family on hand. This means about 1 gallon of drinking water per person per day plus extra for any pets you may have.
Foods that do not require refrigeration are important to have on hand in case of emergency situations. Some good items to consider keeping in storage include:
- Individually packaged multi grain cereals;
- Granola bars or power bars;
- Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey;
- Hard-packed, dry sausages such as pepperoni; and
- Multivitamins to supplement diet.
It is a good idea to have a good variety of proteins, vitamins, and carbohydrates in order to maintain a balanced diet.
3. Medications/Spare Eyeglasses
If you or a family member requires daily medication, be sure to have a significant stock at home. Similarly spare eyeglasses are a great idea for anyone who cannot see well enough to function without them as a crisis can easily become a lot more dangerous if you cannot see what is happening around you.
4. Pet Food
Don't forget to stock up on food for your dependent pets as well or you will end up giving them food you should be saving for yourself and your family. Dry pet food will last for quite a long time in dry storage so keep an extra bag around just in case.
5. Childcare Supplies
An emergency situation is bad enough without having to worry about diapers or baby formula. Be sure to have an extra supply of anything your child will need on a daily basis.
Sometimes the smallest things can make an unpleasant situation a lot worse. Prevent discomfort and unhygienic situations by stocking up on toiletries such as toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and soap.
7. Emergency Supplies
Finally, be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit as well as some basic emergency supplies including:
- Flashlight and spare batteries;
- Iodine tablets or unscented bleach and an eyedropper;
- Manual can opener; and
- Battery-operated or wind-up AM/FM radio.