How To Survive When A Natural Disaster Strikes
Human beings create disasters of all kinds, but nature is a force to be reckoned with. Read papers from around the country and it’s clear you don’t have to visit exotic locales to experience the drama of floods, tornadoes, forest fires, and earthquakes. The world watched as Hurricane Katrina hit the American South. Many people panicked or took advantage of the situation unless they knew how to survive the experience of being without food, power, and infrastructure while also having to live far from home for an indefinite period of time. Heroes were the men and women who could anticipate the needs of citizens.
Essentials of Disaster Preparedness
The key to surviving a natural disaster is preparation. You can’t predict everything that’s going to happen, but you can be ready to move at a moment’s notice to save loved ones — people and pets. The essentials to have on hand are water, food, and pet food.
Water shortages start quickly and begin to cause disease in short order. People either die of dehydration or they drink non-potable water and become sick. If you have a supply of drinking water available, stocked in plastic jugs for just such an emergency, it’s possible to sit out water shortages for days or weeks until new supplies are opened up. Water treatment tablets or filtration systems allow you to wait even longer. You can go without food for a long time but not water.
Prepare to switch from grid-tied power to battery-powered items. There are even wind-up products like flashlights and radios which are powered by the simple act of turning a handle to create energy. Learn how to start and maintain an effective fire for warmth and cooking and have waterproof matches in your kit.
Food is important but you won’t be able to carry a lot. Select dehydrated or canned goods. Don’t forget the can opener and utensils you need for eating from the can as well. Choose healthy, complete foods, not puddings or carb-rich items that will only supply energy for a short time. Baked beans are excellent. Stock some pet food too so your dog or cat doesn’t go hungry and isn’t forced to eat the family’s supplies.
Rope, a knife, and duct tape are great “what if” tools. Everyone should have these in their survival pack because you don’t know what dramas might occur during an earthquake, flood, or forest fire. Keep first aid equipment to the essentials.
When everything has been collected, keep it all in one place. Choose a container you can seal properly against high heat and water. It might be sensible to place items in backpacks which multiple individuals can carry but store them inside the sturdy container so they are intact when you look for them prior to evacuating a disaster scene.