With the various types of natural disaster that have taken place in recent years, many people have started to realize that they may not be prepared for such events. While no one wants to think it can happen to them, we have all seen the footage of Hurricane Katrina and it became a reality that this type of natural disaster is something that does happen to real people. Even the fires spreading out of control in California remind(ed) us of the types of natural disasters that can take place.
It is important to pay close attention to warnings that will be broadcast on TV and the internet, if a natural disaster is imminent. It is unbelievable the number of people that ignore this information. If you are asked to evacuate the area do so as quickly and calmly as you can. Rescue efforts may not be available for those that remain behind. It is a good idea to have a battery powered radio that you can carry with you to continue listening to the instructions as you are traveling.
You should have an emergency supply kit on hand at all times just in case you do happen to be in a location where a natural disaster happens. Bottled water and canned foods can be stored for long periods of time. You want enough for each family member for at least five days.
Should you have to remain on your own for a few days (until rescue teams can reach you) these items will help you to survive. The food in your refrigerator can spoil if the power goes out, which is common after a natural disaster. Make sure you keep medications on hand for those that need them on a regular basis.
If you have small children in the home make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand for them. Stocking up on personal items such as diapers, toilet paper, and toothpaste can help you to stay healthy during a natural disaster. Since you may be without power for several days, you will want to have lanterns and flashlights (along with batteries) readily available.
A small first aid kit with essential items can be useful because you never know when someone will be injured as a result of a natural disaster. Do your best to clean the injury and prevent infection until proper medical care can be received for the individual. Many people worry about their pets during a natural disaster, but you may not be able to keep them with you during that time. If possible though, store food for them as well, so that you won’t be sharing the food you stored for your family with them.
A natural disaster can be very scary for everyone, but especially for children. Make sure that everyone is able to get plenty of rest and that children are allowed to openly share their feelings. Too many parents think it is best not to tell them what is going on but that tends to make them more afraid as they definitely know something is taking place around them.
Hopefully you will never have to experience a natural disaster but it is wise to be prepared. Having the essential items in place that your family will need can make a difference to your survival after the event takes place. It is a good idea to practice emergency procedures for natural disasters with your family as well.