Whether you are concerned about natural disasters or foreign threats, making arrangements to protect your family is a step you can take now. Survival supplies ensure that no matter what services are disrupted in an emergency, your family is safe and cared for. Emergency foods are essential to this preparation, but there is more involved in complete emergency preparedness supplies than just something to eat.
FEMA estimates that the average amount of time you can expect to need to survive on your own after a natural disaster is three days. If this is the average, it would be prudent to prepare your family to survive at least twice that long. This requires storing sufficient food, water and toilet supplies to accommodate your family for a week.
A protected source of air and an adequate water supply are your most pressing needs. Consider investing in an NBC filtration system, which will protect your air against nuclear, biological, or chemical assaults as an important part of your safe room or shelter. Water needs average one gallon per person per day, although health and age issues can make that vary somewhat. It is also useful to have supplies to make water potable after you leave the shelter, as safe water supplies are often disrupted for significant periods of time in a disaster.
Also consider that there is no guarantee you will be in your home when a crisis occurs. Basic supply kits should be housed at your place of work and in your car as well as in your home for complete protection.
More than Emergency Foods
Of course no discussion of disaster preparation would be complete without discussing food. We will spend some time now discussing emergency foods in detail, but we ask you to avoid the temptation to think of food or food and water as the only components of emergency preparedness supplies.
Prudent families will take many more factors into consideration to fully protect themselves in crises.It’s important to choose low-sodium foods for your supply kits. Sodium increases thirst, and water will be precious during this time. Similarly, foods with high liquid content are desirable. You should choose foods that require minimal preparation and no cooking or added water, and be sure to include a manual can opener in your kit.
Other basic disaster supplies are battery powered radios and flashlights, extra batteries, a well stocked first aid kit, matches in a waterproof container, a mess kit for each member of your family, and a whistle to gain the attention of authorities.
The best way to feel completely prepared is by purchasing a good emergency preparation manual and following its instructions carefully. Remember that a little preparation now can make the difference between life and death in the future.