10 Crucial Supplies you’ll need to survive a Natural Disaster
Hopefully, you’ll never experience a real disaster. But given the increasing frequency of extreme weather events like fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, it is smarter to be ready than to think that it could never happen to you. If natural disaster strikes, how easily will you survive?
Have the following on hand in case you’re faced with a natural disaster:
The recommendation is to store one gallon of water per person for at least three days. If you live in a very warm or hot climate and you have no access to air conditioning, your water needs may increase. If you purchase commercially bottled water, do not open the containers. Store them in a cool, dark place and replace approximately every six months
Non-perishable food and manual can opener
Canned, boxed and dried food, plus powdered or boxed milk, sugar, ground coffee, tea leaves or tea in bags, and some bottles of vegetable cooking oil, are essential. Make sure you have a manual can opener at the ready. A small pair of scissors is helpful, as well.
Portable cook stove and matches, or solar oven
A camping-size cook stove or a tail-gate style propane or charcoal stove comes in handy for heating food and boiling water for coffee or tea. Use the matches to light a small fire if you need to. Keep matches in a waterproof container. Also pull together a set of reusable but non-breakable dishes and cutlery. You can get “mess kits” at an outdoor supply store.
Battery, solar, or hand-crank radio, flashlights
Keep a set of lamps powered by 9-volt batteries, which cast a nice friendly light when we lose power. Also have solar-powered flashlights on hand and a hand-cranked radio that gets AM and FM stations as well as short-wave. Avoid using candles, unless they are in a wide-mouthed canister with very low risk of tipping over or catching fire.
First aid kit
Every home should have a good first aid kit, whether disaster strikes or not. It should contain antiseptic, antibiotic cream, bandages in several sizes, gauze, a thermometer, ant-diarrhea medication, pain reliever, antacid, sterile gloves and sterile dressings to stop bleeding. You can easily purchase a complete first aid kit online or at your local drug store.
Cell phone and solar car-adapted chargers
Have a couple of solar-powered chargers, though they can take a long time to charge themselves. We got a car adapter that charges both Androids and iPhones, though remember to turn the car on when charging, and you’ll deplete your car battery.
Medicine, glasses, personal hygiene supplies and infant formula and diapers.
In addition to a first aid kit, keep ready access to medicine, especially what you need to take daily. Personal hygiene supplies, like hand sanitizer, soap, and toothpaste. If you feed your baby infant formula, you’ll want to have several days’ supply on hand, along with diapers and other items your baby needs to stay well.
Pet food and other pet supplies
Keep extra canned and dried food available so your pet won’t starve. If you give your pet medicine, keep that handy, too.
If your community loses power or you can’t get to a bank or ATM, you will need to have cash on hand. Keep it secure in a money belt you can wear hidden inside your clothes.
Backpack with change of clothes
if you have time to prepare, as you do when a hurricane is approaching, each person in your household, except infants, should prepare a backpack that contains a change of clothes, plus a warm jacket and rain jacket and boots, depending on the season. You can also put a book, game, paper and pen and a small favorite item inside, which might be particularly comforting to children.