If you live in this world chances are you’ve either witnessed or experienced a natural disaster. Most recently, Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas leaving many displaced and some even lost their lives. So how do you prepare for such natural disasters? Today I will be sharing five key items you need to include in your emergency kit.
Stock Up on Water
According to usatoday.com, it is imperative that you “store at least three gallons of water per person or enough to last three days.” My family and I prepared ahead of time by having our favorite FIJI Water shipped to our home. FIJI Water home delivery is available in the continental U.S. In my humble opinion FIJI Water taste the best, it is crisp and with the online ordering you can choose to have cases shipped to your home in either the;
- 5L size bottles.
Prices start at $39.95 for a subscription and $40 for a one-time purchase. We decided to subscribe and are thankfully stocked up on water. We even have enough for each person to pack in their emergency backpacks.
Don’t Forget Your Medication
You want to keep a one-week supply of prescription medications plus items like pain relievers and antacids just in case. We must take this seriously as my daughter Emerald, my husband and myself take lots of important medication that can’t be missed. To make sure that we wouldn’t run out we had our daughter refill her medications a week before we even knew about hurricane Irma.
You Can Never Have Enough Batteries
Batteries are essential during a storm. Make sure that you have extra batteries for your phones, portable chargers and even a small weather radio to get updates.
The thing about natural disasters is that they are unpredictable and long after they are gone the damage can last for weeks or even months. Make sure you have cash on hand because likely banks and ATMs will be shut down. Take out enough for your family to survive off for three days or more. The amount is up to you but if you have it I would suggest taking out upwards of $200 or more. This will take care of any hotel stays if needed and food.
Don’t Forget Your Food
Stock up on canned goods and dry mixes. Avoid foods that need to be refrigerated. Take into consideration the dietary needs of your family. For instance, my daughter needs electrolytes to keep her going due to her bodies inability to store energy properly. Without it she will crash and need to be hospitalized. Knowing this I like to keep PowerAde and coconut water on hand in case of unforeseen occurrences.
In conclusion with a little preparation you can be sure to be prepared for any natural disaster. While some things are out of our control, making sure to have the essentials will make things a little easier on you and your family.
What do you include in your emergency kit?