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Prepare for a Natural Disaster

  • Date Submitted: 05/19/2010 05:20 AM
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Step 1: Survival Essentials
Each part of the world faces unique challenges in preparing for natural disasters. These differences will impact how you prepare. Contact your local Red Cross chapter and ask for information about the types of disasters that may impact your location. But no matter where you live or what type of disaster you may encounter, every home should have a supply of six disaster necessities.
1.Water: People can live for long periods of time without food, but water is essential for survival. Every home should have an emergency supply of water. Properly store a minimum of 6 gallons per family member in non-breakable containers.
2.Food: Store a supply of non-perishable food items such as canned goods and packaged food that doesn't require cooking. This food might be the only nourishment your family receives during the aftermath of a disaster so choose a wide variety of items. Remember to pack some manual can openers along with your food supply. By keeping food safe, you will avoid possible infection and health risks.
3.Survival Kit: Every home should have a waterproof tote full of important items, such as flashlights, radios, new batteries, extra clothing and various tools. Put together a disaster survival kit or purchase a ready-made package online.
In addition to an emergency kit, create a "Go Bag" that holds basic supplies such as clothes, cash and important papers. This bag will be used if you ever have to evacuate your home quickly.
4.First-Aid Kit: Make sure you have a fully updated first-aid kit in your home at all times. These kits should have a wide variety of bandages, aspirin, gauze and antibiotic cream.
5.Medications: Be sure to have an emergency supply of your important medications. Keep at least a 3-5 day supply and check the expiration dates regularly. If you have complicated medical issues, discuss an emergency plan with your doctor.

      Step 2: Prepare Your Home and Family

        o Every household faces unique issues...


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