Natural disasters come in all forms and they can be just as deadly as they are unpredictable. However, in this day-and-age, natural disasters appear around every corner and you have to be prepared for any eventuality. When you are prepared, you can ensure your family isn’t put at further risk but it can be in fact very simple to protect them and survive through any disaster. Here are six effective tips to help your family survive natural disasters.
Have an Emergency Kit Ready
First and foremost, you need to prepare some sort of emergency kit. This can be used for both when you are hunkering down in your home or bugging out. You want to start off with your food supply; it’s important to have at least a seven day supply for the entire family. This might seem like such a lot of food however, it won’t be and in all honesty, food goes fast when you have very little. However, you want to stick to canned goods because they tend to last considerably longer than other foods and they can be easily consumed without much cooking equipment.
Secondly, you want to have seven to ten gallons of water for every member of the family and gather up a cooking stove, lighting, blankets and medicines. Just in case you are leaving your home, you may want to have maps and extra money available should you need it.
Prepare To Bug-In For At Least Fourteen Days
Most people believe they only need a 3-day supply of food and water and in most cases, it’s true. However, if you aren’t leaving your home, you cannot source additional food or water or heating; this means you will have to make do with what you have and believe me, supplies can disappear fast. You need to gather enough supplies to last at least seven to fourteen days.
Two weeks of supplies might seem extreme but it isn’t when you want to survive a natural disaster. You might not be shut-off from the local stores but if the roads are impassable then no supplies will get through. That is why you absolutely need to be prepared for at least two weeks because if the emergency services or authorities aren’t able to get through to the worst affected areas, you are on your own.
Protect Your Property from the Elements
If you are bugging-in during a natural disaster, you have to make your home as safe as possible. Now, it’s important to close the window shutters and board them up from the outside keeping any flying debris from breaking the windows. Also, you need to secure every entrance and exit the home has; and this will include your garage and basement.
Outdoor furniture should be brought indoors where possible and if items can’t be brought in, they should be secured down. It may be best to keep the family in one or two rooms, simply because if the home should become breached in some way, you’ll need to ensure everyone is safe. You may also have to leave if the home is unsecured and you don’t want to delay your escape.
Have an Alternative Heating Source
Electricity supplies are more than likely going to be shut-off during certain natural disasters and it means you have to have a second or alternative power source. If your home has a back-up generator to continue heating and powering your home that is perfect but if you don’t have one, you need to consider how you’ll heat the home.
For example, you could turn to hot water bottles which may seem old fashioned but are excellent to keep you warm for a good few hours. If all else fails, you can use sleep bags and tents to keep warm and for cooking and lighting, use camp stoves and lanterns. These should allow you cook and keep warm.
Leave the Home Only If Absolutely Necessary
You may be tempted to leave the home in search for additional supplies but this can be an extremely bad idea. Your home should be your fortress and no matter what type of home you have, it should be your first shelter. This is the safest place for you to remain in and unless you have been advised by the authority to leave or it becomes unsafe, do not leave. It can be very dangerous to leave the home during a natural disaster because you could become caught up and you don’t want this.
Have a Back-Up Shelter in Place
Your home is the perfect shelter for you, however, as we all know, the situation can change quickly and you may be forced to leave. Do you know where you are going to go? Well, maybe but maybe not and that is why you need to have a second or third back-up shelter in place so that you have a safe place to stay.
The only way to really survive a natural disaster is to find a safe shelter and if your first shelter, i.e. your home, becomes unsafe, you need to fall back to another shelter. You can easily look at friend’s home, a family member’s home or even a local community center. It doesn’t matter what your shelter may be or where it is, it needs to be a safe place.
To be honest, when it comes to surviving a disaster you need to have a calm head on your shoulders. You can panic at the best of times but the one time when you can’t, is when disaster strikes. This is the time when you must have confidence in your emergency plans and know exactly what your first, second and twentieth move will be and how you will last throughout the disaster.
You will find a natural disaster to be troublesome and once it’s all over, that is when you are free to get scared and panic. However, getting scared or panicking when the disaster strikes is going to lead to more trouble and put your family’s safety at risk. Stay calm and hopefully the above tips will help you survive the next natural disaster your family is faced with.