We’ve known for years that it's important to plan for a natural disaster. So, have you been procrastinating? Not sure where to start? Let's start with the basics.
We are told that we should have three days worth of food and hydration. Pack food that is nutrient dense and going to truly nourish you. Raw nuts in airtight bags are convenient. Energy bars with quality ingredients are a good idea too. Health Warrior Superfood Bars make it hugely convenient. With fresh, quality ingredients and no chemicals to preserve them forever, you should keep an eye on the expiration date so they are not bad by the time you need them.
What about clothes? What would you wear if your entire house fell to the ground and you were looking for something valuable underneath of it all? Perhaps sneakers, sweatpants, a long sleeve shirt, a few layers, a high visibility vest, an airtight ziploc bag with clean socks and undies. You may be lifting heavy debris so pack gloves and hand sanitizer. Sanitary wipes are a must. A couple of toothbrushes and a small travel toothpaste. A flashlight with extra batteries may be essential, and a few extra chargers for your phone if possible.
To make life simple, I ordered an emergency relief kit on Costco.com. It has a little pop-up tent and all the absolute essentials that will be on an emergency kit checklist.
If you don't have a Costco membership or prefer to make your own, then look through this checklist and put together your own go bag.
Blankets, complete change of warm clothes, and sturdy shoes
Flashlight, radio (battery or windup), and spare batteries
First-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help
Eating utensils, can opener, pocket tool set, and waterproof matches
Dust masks, waterproof tape, and plastic sheeting for shelter
Toothbrushes, soap, towels, and toilet paper
Child-care supplies and special-needs items for seniors or the disabled
A waterproof container with needed medication, copies of prescriptions, and other important documents
List of emergency contacts and meeting places and a local map
Credit cards and cash
Extra set of house keys and car keys
Paper, pencils, books, and games for children
Pack $100 in very small bills, ideally $1 bills. Remember, after a natural disaster, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to access a bank or an ATM. People might take advantage of the situation and charge whatever they want for a small bottle of water and other necessities. They will not be giving you back change.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. Don't put this off until it is too late. Get it handled by the end of this month! Put it in your calendar and it will be one last thing you'll have to think about.
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