Are you ready for the disasters that come our way? Hurricane Irene left 1 million people without electricity for days. Disasters can happen at any time, whether it’s an accidental home fire or some kind of natural disaster.
Are you prepared to handle each of these?
According to the American Public Health Association (APHA) the best way to prepare for a disaster is to create a “stockpile” that you store in a place you can access easily, one that you know will stay dry. You can use storage containers with lids and be sure to label them. Certain disasters can live you without power, clean water and other needs for days or even longer. The APHA suggests you look over your stockpile every year when you reset your clocks for daylight savings times and then check it again when the clocks change back.
What should be in your stockpile?
- Three-day supply of food that is non-perishable and one gallon of water per day per person
- Emergency supplies, like flashlight and batteries, matches, radio, some cash, utility knife, whistle, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, IDs, local maps and extra keys
- A first aid kit with over-the counter items like gauze, bandages, fever reducers, cold remedies and prescription drugs
- For your pet have three days of food, water and supplies
- Personal items like contact lens supplies or glasses, baby supplies and lots of diapers, a blanket or sleeping bag for each person, changes of clothes, jackets, moist towelettes, and personal hygiene items
You might want to put important documents like birth certificates, passports, marriage licenses, Social Security cards, insurance policies, bank information, and drug prescription information in a safe place for easy access.
Stanton Lawson, is the Co-Owner of Sequoia Senior Solutions, the perfect solution for seniors and others who aren’t ready to leave their home for an institutional setting or live with relatives, but because of illness or chronic conditions need support to remain at home. Sequoia Senior Solutions seeks to improve their lives by providing compassionate, one-on-one care in the comfort of their own home.
- Fast Facts: Red Cross Response to Disasters from April to September (newsroom.redcross.org)