There are times when an emergency situation lasts longer than several days. In those instances, just having food and water around isn’t going to cut it. There are other survival skills and items that come into play which are just as important. Here are some things to keep in mind when making your emergency preparations.
Shelter is one of the basic needs and therefore should be at the top of your list for non-food items. Without knowing what type of disaster may occur, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what you will need for shelter. But, having the supplies you will need to create a makeshift shelter is your best bet. You will want tarps, ropes, nails, hammer, and a hatchet or handsaw at minimum to build a simple shelter. If your budget and space allows (or if you’re not handy at all), you may want to purchase a couple pop up tents. These are ideal in the case of evacuation because they are lightweight, portable and easy to put up quickly.
When a disaster strikes, knowing you have the right tools handy not only will make your life easier, but your life may depend on them. Functioning during a disaster will be hard enough, so make sure you have the tools you need.
Water Filtration & Storage System
You have already packed water for your family, so why bother with a filtration system? Because, there is a chance that the water will run out. Set up a water filtration system of some sort to ensure you have a supply of water available. This doesn’t have to be a state of the art system, although having a water filtering system is definitely a plus. You will need a large pot for boiling water and something to gather water with, either rainwater or water from a lake, river, stream, or pond. All water, even water that is being filtered, should be boiled first if possible. Make sure you have something clean to store the filtered water in. Even if you didn’t have much else, a water filtration and storage system could make a huge difference.
What is a seed bank? This is a supply of good seeds to grow a garden for food. You may not think that this is necessary because you have already packed your nonperishable food supply. However, a seed bank is important in the event of a long term catastrophe. Stockpiled food will be depleted and it is important to be able to supplement with food you can grow yourself. You will need to know your growing climate and the types of seeds that will thrive in your area. If you’re short on garden space, use containers to plant your vegetables wherever you have room.
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Personal Care Products
When a disaster strikes, we often long for the little comforts we didn’t realize were so important to us. Along with the necessities like water, food, and shelter, there are items that help us function better because we feel better. Here’s a short list of personal care items you will want to stock up on:
- Toilet paper
- Hairbrushes and combs
- Hair clips and bands
- Feminine products
- Nail clippers
These items may be overlooked when stocking up for a long term emergency. We sometimes forget about these ‘luxuries’ because they have become so commonplace in our ordinary life. But, an emergency situation means nothing is ordinary. Having these products on hand can make a difficult time a little bit easier, or, at the very least, more comfortable.
I’ve tried to compile a thorough list. What would you add to this list to make an emergency more bearable?