10 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Emergency Essentials
The ironic thing about being prepared is that you can never be truly and completely prepared. Well, at least that’s the general perspective of any serious prepper.
At most, you can hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Even if the world doesn’t end, natural disasters have increased in frequency.
We’ve got tornadoes causing destruction, flash floods that leave everything submerged, heavy snow fall that can bring a city to a complete halt and earth quakes that can leave you without electricity and clean water.
That is why disaster preparation is so important. And its importance is further magnified as several federal agencies provide clear disaster preparation guidelines and emergency essentials.
Here we have a simple guide that will help you determine if you can improve your family’s disaster preparedness.
The following are you 10 ways to immediately improve your emergency essentials, which make sure you have the right emergency items to help you survive a natural disaster without worrying too much.
I am sure every prepper has an emergency first aid kit in their homes.
But if you are looking to boost your emergency preparedness and make sure your family is adequately prepared for any unforeseeable event, you will want to boost your medical supplies up a notch from the basic first aid kit lying around in your home.
For example, include Psuedoephedrine Hydrochloride (Sudafed), anti-fungal, ear and eye infection drops and so on.
Fortify Your Food and Water Supplies
The rule of thumb is to keep at least three days’ worth of food and water supplies. But it’s recommended that you slowly and overtime increase the quantities of your food and water supplies.
A two week of supplies provides greater safety in the case of a natural disaster. But remember, to keep an eye on the expiration dates of both, the water and the food. You don’t want to find your emergency supplies expired when disaster actually strikes.
Usually disasters are complemented by power outages, enhancing the disruptive effect of such events. As a prepper, I am sure you already have an emergency flashlight and some spare batteries.
But to improve your emergency essentials you will also want crankable flashlights, some candles and even lanterns that you can use without electricity.
Maps are considered as emergency essentials, but unfortunately, they are often overlooked. Luckily you will never have to use them.
However, in the case of a major disaster, the government will likely issue directives for people to head for areas deemed as safe and since, we cannot rely on our electronic gadgets, maps will prove to be our biggest asset.
You can easily find inexpensive maps, but make sure you chose one that is light weight and easy to manage. Remember, maps are an essential part of a survival kit.
In the case of an actual disaster you will not want to be left without any means of communication, should your cell phone fails.
To prepare for emergency communication you will want a crankable radio, but more importantly a special emergency radio, which will allow you get emergency alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which a normal radio will not catch.
You will also want to keep cheap extra cell phones and chargers just in case and walkie-talkies for short range communication.
A Dedicated Grab and Go Kit
In times of emergency, you are required to immediately rush out of your home, as time is of the essence. For such cases, it is advisable to keep a dedicated grab and go kit, along with your more comprehensive survival kit.
As the name suggests, this is your emergency kit that you will simply grab without thinking when leaving your home. It will have all of the bare essentials and will make sure you are not forced out of your home completely empty handed.
Training and Lessons
It is easier to spend money and stock up on supplies but when an actual emergency presents itself, you must be able to hand it with confidence while remaining calm.
If you as an adult of the family start to panic, imagine what would go through the rest of your family. So while you are trying to improve your emergency preparedness, why not take a few lessons and learn how to respond in emergency situations for example, first responder training.
Emergency Tool Kit
An emergency tool kit is an essential that you simply must have in your home. In the case that a natural disaster occurs, it wouldn’t be surprising to find your home or property damaged.
Your emergency tool kit will allow you to take temporary measures, which will help you prevent further damage before permanent repairs can be made.
A Way to Keep Warm
If you live in a cold area or have cold seasons, you will need to take precautions for fighting off the low temperatures.
This means you should have more than enough warm clothes but more importantly, you will want emergency blankets for the entire family.
Emergency blankets are considered as must-haves, they stop cold air and moisture from entering the blanket and reflects your body heat back to you. Also have a way to create a heat source, such as a fire.
Personal Hygiene and Bathroom Supplies
Can you imagine finding yourself in a bathroom with not a single toilet paper in the entire home? Well, I certainly cannot.
You will want to stock up on your bathroom supplies and personal hygiene. Proper hygiene in difficult and emergency times will ensure that your health is not compromised.
Incorporating the aforementioned ten things will help improve your emergency essentials and make sure you are better prepared for an emergency or disaster.
If you think we’ve missed on any essentials feel free to comment and share your thoughts with us.