In a perfect world, you’d never have to worry about disasters, but in the real world, they strike all too often. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a family or a region who is dealing with tragedy that resulted from an emergency situation.
When you think about an emergency, like most people you probably think about food, water, and shelter. While these are important, clearing trees, branches, dirt, snow, ice, and debris from your living area may be your first chore after a disaster. And in these situations, tools will be needed. In the event of a natural disaster, you may need tools to help remove debris, build flood water barricades, or even clear a path to a neighbor’s house. After the immediate needs have been met, you may need tools to build a shelter, gather water, and even plant food. While it is impossible to prepare for every emergency imaginable, knowing the types of possible natural disasters that can happen in your area can help you plan and prepare wisely for those events. This preparation includes having the right tools available.
If you’re able-bodied and in decent shape, there is a good chance that if a disaster occurs, you’ll need to assist others as well as yourself, so it’s a good idea to have some lightweight, multi-use tools on hand. You’ll find many styles on the market that provide several functions in a single tool. A basic list of tools for emergency use would include:
You may have many of these tools already. However, the problem with relying on tools that you use every day, is that they may not be with your emergency preparation gear when the time comes that you need them.
There are a couple ways to deal with this. You can store your tools with your emergency disaster supplies if you have the room. This may make the regular use of these tools a bit frustrating, possibly leading to those tools not being put back with the emergency supplies. This could cause more problems when an emergency occurs and you don’t have your tools.
Another way to deal with this is to purchase emergency specific tools. In the short term, this may seem like a waste of money. But, if you build up your emergency supplies over time, you can ensure your family’s safety without breaking the bank. Most people do take some time to build up their safety bank because to do so overnight would be too much of a financial drain. Buying one specific emergency survival tool each month may be a good goal for your family. Be frugal and fit tools into your family budget by checking out garage sales and thrift shops. I’ve been amazed at the tools we’ve been able to snag for pennies on the dollar at garage sales!
As you can see, tools are very important to survival in the short term as well as in the long term. Don’t skip this step in your emergency preparedness. Peace of mind is another ‘tool’ you’ll be happy you have.