Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Are you ready for a disaster? Part I

October is Disaster Preparedness month. Be it Earthquakes, Floods, Fires Hurricanes or Zombies, you need to be ready. Preparing for one prepares you for the others in a big way. 

First thing is to have food, water, first aide kit and any medications you may need. Don't forget to provide for your pets too!

So how do I do all that? Take it in steps.

1. Food - You can get a kit for your family that includes dehydrated meals. Canned goods and foods that required no refrigeration and very little water to prep are best. I got a great kit at Cost Co or you can shop on the web for them. Camping supplies shops are a great resource too. Remember to write a date on any canned and dry goods and check them twice a year for expiration, bulging or damage. Use and replace any canned goods that are about to expire. Toss out any bulging or damaged items. They can be a breading ground for bacteria and can cause illness.

2. Water - Most recommendations are to allow for one gallon of water per person per day. Plan on being on your own for at least 2 to 3 weeks, longer if you live in a remote or mountain area. Bigger cities, highly populated areas and major disaster areas are where disaster responders are going to go first.

3. Medications - If you have medications that you need on a regular basis like insulin, ask your doctor for an extra supply for your emergency kit and talk with them about how to manage your health issues in the event of a disaster. Remember to rotate out your medications regularly.

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