What Goes Into an Emergency Preparedness Kit for Short Term Disasters?
In our preparedness planning, it is important that we go beyond food storage and consider other preparedness essentials. While food and water storage is critical, we should also look at preparing for potential short-term and long term disaster or emergency situations. Our preparation efforts may very well determine our ability to survive. Emergencies (or disaster situations) can typically be classified as either short or long term. You may deal with short-term emergencies - such as losing power for a day or having a health emergency. These short-term situations usually pass fairly quickly. Even though these tense situations may pass quickly they can still be life-threatening. When something causes a short term emergency, unless you’re prepared, you could find yourself in a bind, putting yourself and your loved ones at risk. Weather emergencies such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and blizzards are the top four causes of short term disasters that people are forced to deal with. These disasters create situations where you can end up without any lights, heat or air conditioners. Depending on your location and situation, losing electricity for a short period of time could be a potential life-threatening situation if you are not properly prepared.
- Use thermal blankets and waterproof sleeping bags.
- Have battery powered or solar powered gadgets that can charge cell phones.
- Have flashlights and radios on hand that run on batteries and keep extra batteries ready - or, invest in the hand crank variety.
- Make sure you have a first aid kit that includes bandages, face masks, antibiotics and all other prescription medications you may be taking.
- Prepare your kit with infant and pet needs, too.
- Keep antibacterial wipes with the kit and have your personal ID copies in with the kit. In case your originals are destroyed in the disaster, you’ll have a backup copy that will save you from a future hassle.
- You’ll need matches, a hand held can opener and a multi-tool as well as a whistle. A whistle can be heard over long distances and can make it easier to locate you if you are injured or become lost during an emergency.