In case of emergency, have this ready.
There’s a lot of talk about how “The Big One” is long overdue, and can strike anytime. It’s best that we are all prepared in case it, or any or disaster for that matter, catches us unaware and off our guard. In case of such an event, these are the following must-haves in your disaster kit that may just save your life.
Tips for Earthquake or Disaster Event Kit Preparation
1. First Aid in a Tool Box.
From meds to bandages, first aid should be kept in a waterproof container to avoid spoiling or contamination. These work best when dry. Water will dissolve any medicine in pill or capsule form. Water could also contaminate the fluid in the syringes.
You never know where you will be for the next few days after such a natural disaster, so it’s also best to keep a week’s supply of essential medicine. This is especially so for those who need maintenance, such as diabetics or asthmatics.
2. An extra set of dry clothes.
What happens if your home (along with many others) is destroyed by such a disaster, and then it rains? Most will probably be soaked in the deluge, with a lucky few spared from the immersion. If this happens at night, there’s a high risk of hypothermia (think: Jack in the Titanic, except you’re on not-so-dry land).
A dry set of clothes is essential when such a thing happens. At least you’ll have something good to wear while you wait for the clothes on your back to dry. This will save you the hassle of catching cold or getting sick, at least for the immediate future.
3. A two week supply of the basics.
Out of the three basic human drives, two (food and water) are essential to survival. Humans can go up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. Find a way to store two weeks worth of both to give you enough time to forage for more supplies comfortably. Think like Rick in The Walking Dead Season 1 – Survival Mode at its rawest form.
When preparing food for your kit, it would be best to have those that don’t spoil or have an extremely long shelf life. You never know when disaster will strike. It could be tomorrow, or it could be in 50 years.
4. Magical Multipurpose tool.
Tools are mankind’s greatest innovations. They have been among our physical symbols of evolution over primal beings. However, you can’t exactly fit all the tools in their fullest and most effective forms in your disaster event kit. For starters, they’d take up all the space in the bag. Second, it’d be too heavy to lug around.
A multipurpose tool like the Swiss army knife is the most ideal toolkit simply because it does not take up so much space. In the same space (and weight) of just half of any of the usual tools, the Swiss Army Knife or other similar multipurpose tools still gets the job done.
5. Power Supply.
We live in a world literally controlled by electricity. If such an event does happen, then we can assume that the power will be out. It’s back to the dark ages quite literally. Some of our gadgets may work, but they’d be on limited supply of power. A good set of batteries, power banks, and other alternative power sources are definite must-haves.
Cellphones may work, but there’s a big probability that cell sites will be down. There are apps like FireChat that are there for emergency purposes. Your phone and other gadgets may also serve as light sources in the dark. It’s definitely still worth keeping them supplied with power.
Don’t let Murphy’s Law get the best of you, especially in times like these. Prepare your disaster event kits right away, for ease of transition and peace of mind.