None of us want to consider it; what do you do to be ready for tornadoes or hurricanes (or the power outages after the storms? We took a look at some of the things that you should have on hand if you’re at home during and after catastrophic storms; items that could make a big difference to you and your family.
Emergency Preparedness Supply Kit
Water- You should have at least 1 gallon a day (per person) for 3 to 7 days. Also consider water purification tablets.
Food- Have enough food for 3 to 7 days (these should be non thirst provoking items). Items should be non perishable packaged or canned food and juices. Military style “MRE’s are also an option that can be picked up at most hiking stores. Do you need special foods for infants or the elderly? Have a “non-electric” can opener handy. Cooking tools and fuel (propane or simple sterno cans) need to be considered as well to cook the food; you will also need paper plates and plastic utensils to serve the meals. You might also want to consider a small fire extinguisher as well.
Clothing & Toiletries- do you have seasonal rain gear and sturdy shoes available and stored somewhere where they will be dry after the storm? You should also have pillows and blankets. Toiletries, hygiene items and moisture wipes will also need to be considered such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, shaving cream and disposable razors.
First-Aid Kit- band-aids, gause and gause pads, antiseptic wipes and aspirin are a few of the many items you will need. Don’t forget any prescription medication you may need as well.
Miscellaneous Items- Like the rest of this list most of these items will be obvious but in times of an emergency you wouldn’t want to overlook any of them. Candles and matches (or a lighter) stored in a plastic bag to keep the matches from getting wet for evenings will be a necessity. You will need either a battery operated or wind up NOAA weather radio; it might be a good idea to have extra batteries on hand as well. Have cash on hand (including some small bills) as banks and ATM’s might not be available for extended period of time. You will want to have a flash light or two handy (add more batteries to the list) as well.
Other items to consider would be things like making sure that your vehicle has a full tank of gas and you have keys available. Have your cell phone battery fully charged. Important documents like insurance documents, medical records, bank account numbers and social security cards should also be available to you stored in a waterproof container or water tight resealable plastic bag.
If you have children you also might want to have toys, books and games to keep them occupied. Don’t forget the family pets; you will need ample supply of food and water for them as well. Remember a muzzle and leash and their proper identification and immunization records too.
There are many items that you will need and many things to consider before, during and after a disaster. If you can’t get to a safe place or decide to “ride out a storm” or other natural disaster please be prepared, be safe and if you have any questions at all, give us a call at 800-978-8813. Birchell Insurance Agency is here for our clients, our friends and our neighbors; we do care.