Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shelter From The Storm - How To Prepare For The Worst

Regardless of where you live, a chance that floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes will strike your area is always big. It only takes a day or two for one natural disaster to lead to the next and, before you come to your senses, the life as you know it exists no more. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about it except being prepared beforehand. This means locating a suitable shelter, finding a way to deal with a power outage, purchasing emergency supplies and making a first aid kit. Here is how you can do these things and make sure you are ready for whatever comes your way.

Protect and Hide
Whichever natural disaster hits you, the most important thing is not to be out in the open. Do not roam the streets, do not wonder around the back yard and do not go far from your home. Being in a safe environment will help you a lot because you will feel less threatened when surrounded by your friends or family. But, not just any kind of environment will do. While people who do not plan ahead have no other choices than to hide in their basements or seek help at a neighbor’s house, others take these things more seriously and prepare a proper shelter. You can build a simple underground storm shelter on your own, seal it with a steel door and equip its interior with all the necessities you might need. This does take some time to make and can seem costly at first, but is also immeasurably important in case of a storm. 

A First Aid Kit 
Getting injured during an emergency situation is easy, with all the commotion and confusion going on everywhere around you. That is why you need a proper first aid kit that contains all the things you might need – and even a couple you probably do not, but are still good to have on you. All relevant medical organizations and security company – the International Red Cross, for example – suggest that a proper first aid kit must contain some of following items:

 * absorbent compress dressings
 * sterile gauze
 * adhesive bandages
 * roller bandage
 * adhesive cloth tape
 * triangular bandage
 * antibiotic ointments and antiseptic wipes
 * aspirin and prescription medications
 * breathing barrier
 * cold compress
 * burn ointment
 * eye wash solution
 * non-latex gloves
 * scissors and tweezers
 * thermometer

Power Solutions 
Most catastrophes are followed by a power outage that you cannot prevent on you own. All you can do is be prepared for this scenario and not let your family sit in the dark, waiting to be rescued. With proper organization, you can set up lighting in your home, provide power for a radio and a TV, as well as a fridge or a small stove. 

What you need is a power generator fueled by diesel – and, of course, enough diesel to keep it all running for a couple of days. While many people think that leaving their homes on a daily basis and obtaining more fuel every time they need it is easy during a catastrophe, this is not the case. Hence, you should find a diesel fuel tank for sale and store enough diesel, just to be safe. 

In the End: Emergency Supplies
Even if you manage to find a secured hiding place and are fully mentally prepared for whatever comes your way, you will still not survive a disaster unless you provide emergency supplies for you and your family. This is, first and foremost, water – at least a gallon a person on a daily basis – and food: canned meat, dried fruit, precooked meals, nuts and non-perishable milk. Also, do not forget batteries, flashlights and hand crank radios

Author: John Stone ~ Editor, SmoothDecorator

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