Friday, October 17, 2014

Emergency: what else will I need?

We have discussed water and food storage for a time of emergency/disaster but there are other things to think about.  As for me, I know I would not want to be without toilet paper in a household of 12 people! Or, feminine hygiene products with there being 5 women in the same house...or deodorant for the 5 men!!  In a time of crisis you don't want to add to the problems you want to be the one with the answers, think carefully, what would you not want to live without?  Make a time of stress a little easier by thinking ahead and being prepared.

This by no means is a complete list, it is intended to make you think and catalog your own resources and maybe help you get started.

Household/ Home infrastructure / Communication:
Assuming power is out for the short term emergency scenario, do you want your basic home operations to function? Or will you “rough it”?
Do you have a generator?  (don’t forget fuel storage)
If you want heat? – is your furnace gas, wood, or electric? * How many furnaces does your house have? Do you have a fireplace?
Cooking - Is the oven gas of electric? *
*Note: even most gas appliances require some electric for pilot/air movement.
Do you have a freezer that you must power?
Do you have a radio & batteries?
Do you have land phone line or just mobile phones?
Get a small DC to AC inverter for the car <$50 at Walmart.

Think Flash lights, candles, blankets & sleeping bags. Consider disposable paper plates, cups, utensils for use in an extended emergency. Make sure you have everything to “camp out” at home.

Final thoughts:

  • Make sure you have some cash on hand for purchases, if ATM’s, debit cards, etc are offline in a regional or national power issue.
  • Make sure you cover the basic essentials: Store a month’s worth toilet paper, paper towels, female hygiene and other sanitary needs for the family.
  • Learn to cook/prepare food without electric.
  • VERY important – make sure you have all necessary prescription meds and first-aid supplies on hand.
  • Don’t forget cleaning supplies.
  • Have a fire extinguisher; if you are using lamps and candles, be prepared if needed.
  • Get a generator & fuel. A whole house unit will cost 4-6K installed (run on propane, natural gas, or diesel). Smaller portable will work for the essentials.
  • Assemble a car emergency kit also. Prepare to be “stuck” for three days, and put a bag in the trunk containing clothes, flashlight, non-perishable food, water, first-aid, etc.

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