Most People will have some type of disaster in their life. No matter who you are or where you live, there will come a moment in life when you will have some type of crisis. The only question is, "Will you be ready for it?" The main factory to stop disasters from becoming life-altering, soul-scarring problems is to be prepared. You will hear that all the time, but it really is true. But emergency preparedness is simpler than you might think.
This is the first half of a list of ten items that you should keep on hand to help you be prepared for a crisis:
1) ICE – No, this does not mean to have ice cubes made in case you get thirsty. ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency." Most new cellular phones have an ICE button on the front of the phone, one that needs no passcode to open. The ICE button is there in case you become incapacitated or unconscious, a rescuer can reach a relative that you have chosen. Enter the number of your partner, parents, sibling or a trusted friend. This needs to be a person who will know how to activate your emergency preparedness plan.
2) Lights – One of the things that modern life has given us is lights. Lots of lights. Turn on the switch the light goes on … unless it does not. When it does not come on many people have a single flashlight stuffed at the back of a junk drawer some place. Get some new flashlights. In fact, get at least one that you can usually recharge with a solar panel or hand crank. A solar emergency light is perfect for this if it has a solar cell and a hand crank. It can also recharge your mobile phone if you need it to. At some time, the lights will go out; you need to be ready. You can also find flashlights that are recharged by shaking.
3) Emergency Radio – This is one of those emergency products that many people do not think of any more. Since the Internet started telling us about everything 24 hours a day, folks have stopped thinking of a radio as an emergency device. Ensure that you have at least one battery operated emergency radio in the house. Again, a solar desk lamp is a great choice if it has a radio built-in that is also powered by a battery that can be recharged by the sun. An emergency radio system may end up being your only source for information when the cable and power goes out.
4) Canned foods – This seems like one of those silly ideas that is self-evident, but having canned foods around can save you and others. It is not necessary to have a box or a bag of food sitting around. Simply have a shelf in a cabinet that you can sweep into a bag or a box if you have to take off in a hurry. (A note about canned foods dates: The food is still good after that date.
5) Water – It is always good to have a couple of gallons of water nearby or in a garage or where you can grab it and go in the beginning of hours of a crisis. As soon as you know that there is an emergency, you need to fill every jar, bottle, sink and bathtub, because having some clean drinking water nearby is a good idea. If not that, make sure you know where to find some empty drinking bottles close by.
In the second installment, we will look at more recommended emergency items, including auto related, to consider in planning for in other types of emergency scenarios.