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How To Assemble An Emergency Kit For Your House

It isn't possible to know exactly when either a man-made or natural disaster is going to strike. However, what it possible is to prepare yourself for the worst before anything happens by getting an emergency survival kit assembled for your family and home. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to do, although it does take some effort to make this kind of kit. You will need to collect storage containers for supplies and documents. Then specific emergency supplies and documents will need to gather for sustaining your family. The final thing you need to do is research your local area's emergency procedures.

To keep your family fully protected during a disaster, there are a number of different things that you will need to have. You also will need to have places for storing the supplies. Hopefully, you have plenty of room in your attic or basement, but it not, do the best that you can. There are some supplies such as dried and canned food as well as water that can be stacked in a corner, underneath the stairs, in a closer, in the pantry, or in the cellar.

Important documents like social security cards or birth certificates in addition to marriage certificates, passports, and bank account papers should be stored in a fireproof and waterproof lockbox with some cash ($100 if possible but $25 at least) and $12-25 in change. If you are comfortable putting more money aside, then save as much as possible. You never know if ATMs and banks will be accessible. Keep you lockbox in a discreet place but someplace where you will be able to grab it without a lot of trouble when you are in a hurry.

For all of your other emergency supplies, large duffel bags can be used and preferably waterproof ones. Finally, it's a good idea for each member of your family to have their own backpack in case you need to quickly evacuate. Now that all of your storage places are figured out, you need to know what to place in them.

Water is the first thing that you need to concerned about in the event there is an emergency. Water is needed for drinking, washing, and bathroom use. One good rule of thumb to follow is having one gallon of water per day per person, for one week at least; and if you have enough room aim for two weeks' worth. After you have your water supply, the next thing things that you need to look at are first aid materials, medicine, clothing, hygiene, food and miscellaneous items.

There are numerous foods that are convenient to both carry and store while being nutritious at the same time. Canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats and fish, jerky, trail mix, energy bars, and granola. Those foods all have long shelf lives. You should plan to restock with new food items every six to seven months.

Although hygiene might not appear to be immediately important during a crisis, during a situation where diseases might be running rampant, like with Hurricane Katrina, keeping good hygiene maintained might mean the difference between living and dying. One of the most obvious things you should do is keep a well-stocked first aid kit that includes gauze, bandages, tape, hand sanitizer, ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), anti-diarrheal, small scissors, tweezers, and super glue. Alos have plain chlorine bleach (no additives or scents) for sterilizing items and for disinfecting water if necessary. You also probably will want to pack toothbrushes and travel size deodorant, shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.

Pack a few pairs of underwear and socks and change of clothes. Remeber to change the clothes when the seasons change. Pack extra medications you might need and any you take on a regular basis (multivitamins). You should also have some safety equipment like a woodman's or hunter's knife, compass, blankets, hand-crank radio, flashlight (preferable a hand-cranking one), and whistle. Now that everything is packed and stored in case of an emergency, now it's time to become familiar with your area's emergency procedures.

Your town or city should have its own evacuation route - a specific way you should travel if people are asked to leave their homes so that no gets stuck in traffic as they attempt to leave. Your area should have designated shelters as well for every resident. If you know this information ahead of time it can help to make things go a lot more smoothly when the time comes.

You will also want to know ahead of time which radio station you should listen to during an emergency in order to stay updated on what the latest news is. The best thing that you can possibly to do for your family is to be prepared. All you need to do is gather up some specific storage items, stock up on supplies, and learn what specialized instructions are available for your local area.



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