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Making A Disaster Plan

Making A Disaster Plan

Thinking about potential disasters that could happen to you and the area where you live is not fun to do. But everyone needs to take a little bit of time once a year to talk with their family about what they should do and how they can prepare themselves in an emergency.

Disaster Plan
Coming up with a disaster plan with your family might seem overwhelming at first but if you break it up into steps, it will become a realistic goal. The first thing you need to determine is what kind of disasters you are susceptible to in the area where you live.

For example, if you live in California, you better have earthquakes on your list of potential disasters. If you live in Kansas, put down tornadoes.

The states that are on the Gulf Coast needs to talk about what they should do in the event of hurricanes. Depending on where you live, there are some disasters that are more prevalent than others.

Things like fires and floods can happen in a lot of different places, so it might be smart to include those on your list no matter where you live. After you have listed each individual disaster, then talk about them and plan it out one at a time.

Ask yourself what you should do if there was an earthquake. You can look up very good tips on how to organize yourselves on your city website.

Each town should have a disaster plan and will be able to direct you as to where you should go and where the safest ground is. They will also have emergency numbers that you can call to get information and help.

They may be able to give you some evacuation maps about your local area and explain to you how the local warning systems work. You may need to do some research on your own about what preparations you need to do in order to survive certain disasters.

Agree upon a meeting spot for your family that everyone knows how to get to in case of an emergency. Figure out a way for all family members to get into contact with each other to make sure each individual is accounted for.

Discuss different disasters scenarios with your family and ask them what they should do in those situations. What happens if only one person knows the plan and what to do?

What if that one person were seriously injured or killed during the disaster? This is why it is important for all family members to understand what to do and be able to follow an agreed upon plan just in case someone did not make it.

Go through your home with your whole family and inspect it for any potential hazards that you might find. Ask your family what you should do to fix it and then do it.

For example, check out all the smoke detectors to make sure they are on and have batteries. You should test them at least once a month to make sure they are working.

Buy some fire extinguishers to put in certain parts of the home including the kitchen, family room next to the fireplace, garage and possibly your backyard. Have everyone practice using them and make sure that everyone knows where to grab one if the need ever arises.

Enroll your family in basic life saving technique course such as CPR and first aid. You can take a class every couple of years to get certified.

Assemble a disaster kit that includes at least a seven day supply of food and water. The longer you can make your kit last, the better.

Remember to include any medications, first aid supplies and anything else you might need in case of an emergency. Show everyone how to turn off gas, electricity and water if the house gets damage in the disaster or if there is a gas leak.

Have a backup plan and post it up where everyone else can read it and become familiar with it. You might want to practice it a couple of times because you never know when you are going to need it.

Survival Supplies – Tips To Cover 5 Basic Needs

Survival Supplies – Tips To Cover Your 5 Basic Needs In An Emergency

by Kate Fox

Survival Supplies – Tips To Cover 5 Basic Needs. There are many ways people choose to prepare for a disaster like earthquakes, hurricanes, pandemics, terrorist attacks etc. Some store food. Some get survival kits. Some people build their own bug-out bag. And some people even designate a place outside of the city they can go to should things get ugly.

Regardless of how you choose to prepare, you’re going to need survival supplies. When choosing your survival supplies, you need to address 5 main basic needs that every human has. These are:

Survival Supplies - Tips To Cover 5 Basic Needs

#1 Food

#2 Water

#3 Shelter

#4 Warmth/Climate Control

#5 Security

There are other things as well including first aid supplies and money or barterable items. However for this article, we’ll be covering tips on the 5 basics that you must cover when getting survival supplies:

#1 Food

Imagine that for whatever reason, the grocery stores are closed (including any store -drug stores, Wal mart, etc. – that also sells food). Maybe there’s a blackout, maybe the store shelves are empty, it doesn’t matter. The main point is you can’t get food. What do you do?

Having a supply of food available in your home will keep you and your family going through the worst of times. Not only will you get to avoid going out into the possibly-crazed crowds but you’ll have the strength to keep going and do what you have to do to get through the crisis.

Possible options for emergency food rations include storing up freeze dried foods or MREs (meals ready to eat). Canned goods are also an option however they don’t tend to last long and you have to keep changing them out – or else you may be left with bad food.

Freeze dried foods can have a shelf life of 10 years or more and retain most of their flavour and nutrients because of the freeze dried process. They’re also easy to prepare and light to carry since all of the water has been removed.

MREs or Meals Ready To Eat are also an option. They have a long shelf life than canned goods but shorter than freeze dried foods.

Regardless of what you choose to do, make sure you can store your emergency food away from prying eyes in a cool dry place.

#2 Water

There are a number of options here depending on how much water you think you’ll need (3 days, a month, 6 months, etc). For drinking water, you may want to have several large plastic containers stored away on a shelf (don’t store them on the concrete floor).

Again, it may be a good idea to keep rotating these containers out every 6 months. You can also use the water in your hot water heater to clean clothes or dishes. Survival supplies stores also often sell water purification tablets and water filter systems that can be used in a pinch.

#3 Shelter

Most of the time, it’s safe to assume that you’ll be able to stay in your home so shelter isn’t much of a problem. However if you’re on the run, you’ll want to have some form of shelter like a tent. A tube tent is lightweight and compact and you don’t need to carry poles so this is a great option to store in a backpack.

#4 Warmth / Climate Control

This is one most people don’t think about but it’s actually the one thing that can kill you the quickest – exposure to the elements.

If you’re in your home you might be able to get away with lots of clothes and blankets, but again, if you have to run, you’ll definitely need to think about keeping warm. Emergency blankets, sleeping bags, portable heaters, matches and even hand warmer packs are all something to consider here.

#5 Security

This is the one most people don’t want to think about. Unfortunately the reality is that when disasters occur, chaos reigns. And that’s when people get desperate – and ugly.

The guy you thought was a great neighbour will think nothing about slitting your throat to get his hands on your food – so he can feed his kids. It’s survival of the fittest.

So you’ve got to think about security needs. For some people this can mean some sort of survival weapon. For others it means taking a self defense class. Other people may just want to buy a few large guard dogs – which will definitely make most people think twice.

The best form of security, in my opinion, is to not let people know you have anything in the first place. Don’t talk about getting survival supplies. Don’t leave your food and water stores out in the open for your house guests to see. Just be smart about revealing anything to anyone except your family.

So those are some tips on what to look for when getting survival supplies. Remember to cover you 5 basic needs first – and then go on to other survival gear like radios, lights, first aid kits and barterable items.

For more tips on preparing for an emergency visit Urban Survival Tips

Or for a list of the best places to purchase emergency supplies including freeze dried food, tents, emergency blankets and more visit Survival Supplies

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Survival Guide for Pets

Survial Guide for Pets

Disaster Preparedness for the Furred and Feathered

By: C.L. Hendricks

Disaster preparedness for pets is a must for any pet owner who is concerned about the survival of their family during and after a disaster.  They need to remember the one member of the family that is the most helpless: the family pet.  Just as we would make special preparations for an infant, who is helpless and unable to communicate, we must do the same for those furred and feathered babies entrusted to our care.

One of the things recommended for survival preparedness is the disaster preparedness kit or 72-hour survival kit, often called a “bug out bag” or “go bag”.  Following that example, there are now disaster preparedness kits for pets that provide food, water, shelter and first aid.

These come in different sizes, and are often designed especially for either dogs or cats.  These are excellent kits to have in the closet or garage ready to pick up and toss in the car in the event of an evacuation ahead of a storm or other disaster.

Here’s a brief list of items commonly included in these pet disaster survival kits so that you can actually create your own pet go bag out of items you may already have or can pick up at your local discount or dollar store.

Pet Disaster Survival Kit Ingredients:

2   Food
12 Water
2   Blanket
2   Lightsticks
2   Bowls
1   50’ Rope
1   Collar
1   Leash
6   Poop bags
3   Chew sticks
1   Can Opener
1   First Aid Kit
1   Pet’s Individual Information
1   3-gal plastic bucket with lid

These kits can range in price from $40 to $80 dollars.  These are ready to go and convenient. However, if you have the time, you can also create your own pet disaster kit geared specifically towards your own particular pet.

When I decided to create a disaster survival kit for my dog, I decided to use one of those black diaper bags provided by baby formula companies and given to new mothers by hospitals. I had several that I had picked up at garage sales for about a buck each.

I then headed to the dollar store with a list of the items I wanted to include in my dog’s go bag.  There, for under $10 I purchased:

Packets of moist dog food
3 1-litre bottles of water
Flashlight & batteries
Chew sticks
Can Opener
First Aid Kit

From home, I added:

Poop bags (folded plastic shopping bags, vacuum seal in a vac bag)

Since I have a small dog, I substituted two old towels for the two blankets.

For less than $20 all together I created a complete disaster survival kit for my dog.  All it took was a little time and a little money.  However, if you don’t have the time or inclination to do it yourself, go ahead and purchase one of those ready-made pet disaster survival kits.  The most important thing is not the money but that you do what is necessary to ensure the safety of your pet.

By the way, while you’re preparing for your pets survival, don’t forget to create your own survival kit.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks is a “jill-of-all-trades” and an expert in some. She writes on a variety of subjects for several websites, including InvitingSmiles and Survival Homestead, to name a few.

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Have you thought about preparing your Family Survival Supplies?

Survival Supplies

Have you thought about preparing your Family Survival Supplies?

By: AlanD

There are many possible threats to your family from natural disasters (Tornado, wind, ice snow, hurricane, flood etc…) to man made (Chemical spill, pandemics, terrorism etc…) and even economic disaster is not out of the realm of possibility. There are ways you can start to prepare now to protect your family by gathering survival supplies, survival foods and other survival items.

Survival supplies should be gathered to sustain your family for 72 hours minimum. You need to carefully consider the threats for your area and stock up accordingly. There are many items such as personal hygiene, medications, water and food that should be included. Here are two important tips I learned the hard way when our power went out I did not think to store feminine hygiene products and that made the wife upset which added to my attitude and I also forgot about the pet food and we ran out. Guess what happens when the power goes out? The stores all close so you cannot just run out and buy some. These are two very important survival items that should be on your list. Think about what you use every day and begin to gather these supplies. Take a couple of items out of a new box or package and put them with your survival supply kit. This allows you to slowly start building your kit without buying a bunch of additional survival items all at once.

Be mindful of the survival foods that you are gathering to make sure that they are stored properly. Canned goods have a shelf life of one year so you should work out a rotation plan or check them every six months and donate what you need to replace for a tax credit. Other foods have a variety of shelf life’s so be sure to set up a system to rotate. When I buy a new can of coffee it goes to the basement and the one there comes upstairs ensuring that I always have a good can available if needed. This can be done with other foods as well. Make sure that your survival food storage is out of the sunlight and in properly sealed containers. You do not want to get that bag of flour only to find that bugs have gotten into it. By taking these steps I have been able to build up on my survival products over time and ensure that they are fresh and useable when they are needed.

There is a lot of information available from multiple sources on the web. I hope that this article has at least started you to think about these survival preparations if you have not already begun. I cannot list all of the tips and survival essentials that I use in this article however I have created a web page with much more information about gathering survival supplies, survival foods and other survival items.

About the Author

With all of the severe weather events seemingly on the increase I have been stocking some canned goods for an emergency. Last year when the wind storm from the hurricane came through my house was without power for two weeks. After this I began looking for ways to better prepare for my family and found a lot of good advice and products. You may find more information on my web page Family Survival Essentials or read one of my other articles on this subject Survival Essentials to Help Get Off the Grid.

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