Emergency and disaster preparedness guide
Being prepared for an unexpected event, emergency or disaster is crucial in safeguarding your family and loved ones. It may not feel like a priority, but building a strong disaster preparedness plan today ensures you’re ready for anything that may come your way in the future.
In this guide we’ll explore the importance of being ready for emergencies and offer you 5 practical tips on building an effective plan and preparedness kit. From stockpiling emergency food to ensuring access to safe potable water, we’ll look at the essentials you need to protect your loved ones during unexpected events.
Creating an emergency preparedness kit
1. Build an emergency food kit
When disaster strikes, having a well-stocked supply of emergency food is crucial for ensuring your family’s safety and well-being. Non-perishable items are your best bet, as they have a long shelf life and require little to no preparation. Consider including canned goods like vegetables, fruits, beans and soups in your emergency food kit, as well as dried fruits, nuts, granola bars, and crackers for added sustenance. To enhance convenience, don’t overlook ready-to-eat, self-heating meals which can provide a warm, satisfying meal even without an external heat source.
2. Account for special dietary needs
In times of crisis, it’s vital to consider the dietary needs of all family members, including any allergies or dietary restrictions. Stock up on emergency food options that cater to these requirements, ensuring everyone is accounted for in your emergency food kit.
3. Manage food storage and expiry dates
Proper food storage is essential to maintain the quality and nutritional value of your emergency stockpile. Store your emergency food in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and pests. Regularly check expiration dates and rotate items to ensure you’re always using the freshest supplies.
4. Ensure food is easily transportable for evacuations
In the event of a disaster and evacuation situation, having easily transportable food is crucial. Consider using sturdy containers and designate an ‘emergency food’ box in your vehicle. It is also worth preparing lightweight, non-bulky items that won’t weigh you down during evacuation, particularly if a vehicle evacuation is not possible.
5. Ensure access to clean, safe drinking water
Having access to potable water is essential. Ensure you have some bottled water included in your stockpile, preferably smaller bottles which can be more easily transported. For some disaster situations, accessing fresh water may be compromised, so for those living in coastal regions or areas with uncertain freshwater supplies, the Van Ben Seawater Desalinization Kit can be an invaluable resource. This is a handheld kit that allows you to convert seawater into safe, drinkable water in around 60 minutes.
By following these tips, you can rest assured that you’ve taken the necessary steps to safeguard your family during unexpected events or emergencies. Disaster preparedness is a matter of proactive planning, and something to think about today rather than tomorrow.
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