When putting together an emergency kit for your family, everybody knows to include the standard battery operated radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. Things like nonperishable foods and bottled water are no brainers. Throwing in a rain jacket or waterproof sleeping bag for good measure might seem like overkill, but most people do it just in case. The truth is, that to maintain good home security during a disaster, it takes more than throwing some items together in a bin in the garage and installing a home security system. Being truly prepared for a disaster means having the resources put together to fend for your family’s life for a period of 3 days to a week. Even if you believe you live in an urban area that could never be that far away from help, Mother Nature has quite an imagination. Instead of waiting to find out first hand a situation in which you might need it, put together an emergency survival kit today.
Of course it’s important to include the staples too, but don’t forget some of these often left out but extremely necessary items.
Medications. Many people take a prescription medication every day that they need to stay physically or mentally healthy. This applies especially to older adults. Whether your child needs an inhaler for his or her asthma, or your elderly relative needs a high blood pressure medication, consider that in a disaster situation tensions will be at their highest, an physical strain at its worst. This means that the consequences of going without such prescriptions can be damaging, if not fatal. Don’t assume you will be able to access medications around the house. Leave enough for several days in your home security disaster kit.
Baby Supplies. If you have an infant don’t forget to include items like diapers, powdered milk or formula, medications, and bottles in with the disaster kit. Include special blankets and clothing for baby and some kind of carrier. The family may be required to move from the area on foot, and having a clean carrier easily accessible can make all the difference when escaping a disaster area.
Glasses or Contact Lenses. People that have a lot of trouble seeing without the assistance of glasses or contact lenses should always store extras with the emergency kit. During an emergency you may be the person everyone looks to, to maintain home security. If you are incapacitated due to your poor vision, you may be risking the safety of everyone around you.
Entertainment. While you may think the last thing anyone wants to do in a disaster situation is play a game or read a book, many disaster victims cite the worst part of the disaster as waiting to be rescued. The wait can be excruciating, especially for children, if there is nothing to do. This can lead to panic, and poorly thought out and potentially life threatening escape attempts. Instead, pack a few board games, books, magazines, and a deck of cards.
Pet Supplies. Not having anything to feed Fido after a few days can start to put everyone in the family on edge, as well as cause your pet to suffer. Keep some pet food and supplies like a leash handy with the disaster kit.