Mastering Emergency Preparedness

May 27, 2013

No matter where you live in the country, you can face weather related emergencies. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, sinkholes, floods and blizzards are all unfortunately common in our country. Having an easily accessible and portable emergency preparedness kit will help tremendously whether you are stuck in your home for an extended period of time or if you have to flee your home.

A Crash Course on Preparation

One website is simplifying emergency preparedness with an 8 week step by step guide to creating a family emergency survival station. Having a centrally located very organized station will go far to making sure your family has the advantages it needs in the case of an emergency. While many of the items needed for emergency preparedness, like 2 gallons of water per person per day are not portable, a backpack filled with survival items is an excellent tip that every homeowner should implement.

The Survival Backpack

The survival backpack that you are going to prepare for each family member to carry should include several necessary items for survival. As you are packing remember to pay attention to the weight of items you are packing, so that a child, someone injured or an adult carrying a child can easily manage the backpack too.

Food for 3 Days

The major thing to put into each backpack is enough food for 3 days. Shelf stable foods are a necessity. Attempt to choose nutritious items that cover different food groups: proteins, grains, fruit and vegetables. Remember this is not preparing for huge meals, but a supply of quick, easy foods that will cover your nutritional needs for a short period.

Ideal foods to include in each backpack are:

  •  A small jar of peanut butter (in a plastic jar)
  • Individual canned fruit
  • Dried fruit like raisins
  • Granola bars
  • Hot chocolate mix, freeze dried coffee or individual drink mixes
  • Canned beans
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Canned meat
  • Instant soup or noodles, like Ramen.

In addition to food, don’t forget to include a can opener, water purification tablets, a flashlight and coffee filters. Disposable plates, plastic cutlery and one bottle of water are also necessary.

Every home in America should consider what would happen in the case of a true emergency and have contingency plans in place. Preparation makes a huge difference in the comfort, and even survival, of your family when emergencies happen.