Even though people living in areas exposed and often afflicted by hurricanes and tornado’s usually are aware of all the precautionary measures, folks still do tend to lose lives in these disastrous situations. This is why we’ve come up with an article outlining all the necessary preparations for face the storm.
To start with the most basic of needs, the matter here doesn’t essentially lie only during the timeline of an actual storm, but for days of craze and distortion that ensue afterwards. Here is what you’ll undoubtedly need:
- One gallon of water per person per day, to last three days at the very least, not only for drinking, but sanitation and different needs, as well.
- Peanut butter – this product is quite long
- Protein bars
- Fruit – you’ll need your vitamins, especially in potentially exhausting situations such as this
- Canned food, such as fruits, vegetables, meats (tuna), canned beans, etc.
- Canned juices – this is a great supply of sugar, as well as liquid that your body may need
- Crackers – one more kind of food that can last for ages
- Non-perishable milk
- Dry cereal
- Other foods that don’t require refrigeration or cooking
This of course goes without saying, seeing as however injuries are a frequent incidence in situations such as that of a storm. Emergency services will most likely be overwhelmed, maybe even physically unable to reach you. Even minor injuries can cause infection and more complications, if not treated within a reasonable period of time. Here are your basic first aid necessities:
- Sterile gloves
- Sterile dressings, quality adhesive bandages
- Prescription medications – you need to have reserves of necessary pharmaceuticals that you or your family members might potentially require. These include insulin, heart medicine, asthma inhalers (you wouldn’t believe how easy these are to misplace, so you better have at least a couple of these stockpiled within your first aid cabinet).
- Tools such as tweezers and scissors
- A whistle
- Towels – these have a wide variety of utilization abilities, from preventing bleeding out, to drying off, in order to avoid hypothermia.
- Garbage bags
- When it comes to infants, you’ll need a large number of diapers, to avoid risking infection, as well as an instant formula, for obvious reasons.
- It is smart to have pliers and a wrench, if nothing, than so as to be able to turn off utilities, such as pipes, or age-old electrical equipment.
- Complete change of clothing, enough to last at least 3 days.
- A fire extinguisher for cases of electrical surges
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Portable toilets
- Fuel tanks
- Cook stoves
- Batteries (it is smart to have these in all sizes available)
- Duct tape
- Sleeping bags
- Rubber boots
These cover most of your essential needs for a storm, also as different kinds of a disaster. Ensure you have got all these covered and thus insure you stay safe and healthy. Of course, a little of extra consideration may go a long way in helping you weather the worst of weather conditions out there, so feel free to add a few of your own ideas to the list.