More people than ever are taking action to plan and prepare for a possible future emergency or the natural disasters that may arise in their town, our country or even the world. They may call themselves Preppers or Survivalists and many have their bunkers and Bug Out Bags (BOB) ready or they may just be people who know that having an emergency plan and supplies "just in case," is a really smart and really good thing to do! Whatever the motivation, those people are a step ahead of most of the rest, because in every town of every state, there is a chance that an unexpected emergency or natural disaster could happen at any moment!
Everyone should be ready for an emergency to occur such as a lengthy power outage, a long unexpected rain storm that may flood your property or an accidental fire that may force you to find other accommodations, and hopefully you have the insurances needed to help you in these situations, but what about natural disasters or local and state emergency situations that may cause you and your family to possibly be "on your own" for awhile?
Have you prepared for the possibility that there will be no one to assist you for an unknown amount of time? Are you Prepping for the most likely natural disasters to occur in YOUR area? (Or have you been getting prepared for an unlikely event to occur and NOT preparing at all for the most likely emergencies and disasters that may actually hit your state or town!)
Do you know what the most likely natural disasters are for your area? Some of the most common natural disasters are Hurricanes, Winter Storms, Floods, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Wildfires and Pandemics. Most of us do have a pretty good idea what emergency or disaster we are most vulnerable to in our local area, yet we do minimal to nothing to prepare ourselves and our families.
If for some reason you do not know, there is a Ready. gov website that has an abundance of information specifically for each State, as well as tabs for contact and local information, that can be very helpful.
So what is the "minimum" you should have ready, just in case an emergency occurs that takes away your power source, food, water and possibly even your housing, your car and your clean air? What should be on your Preppers List to have for storage/bunker supplies and to put in your Bug Out Bag?
Here are some items that you should have ready and available for you and your family in case of an emergency.
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS/BUNKER/BOB SUPPLIES
Water-a gallon of water, per person, per day-for drinking and sanitation, and water purification tablets (IT IS BEST TO HAVE AT LEAST 2 WEEKS SUPPLY OF CLEAN WATER!)
Food - a three day supply of non-perishable food, like:wheat, rice, beans, pasta, peanut butter... (This is the extreme minimum! You should really have AT LEAST A TWO WEEK SUPPLY FOR EACH PERSON!)
Clothing-a few changes of clothing for different weather possibilities, jackets, rain gear, sturdy/comfortable shoes
Radio-battery powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert (NOAA is National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration-USA),store extra batteries, (HAVE A HAND CRANK RADIO TOO!)
Flashlight-best if it is very bright, LED and waterproof; stock many extra batteries ( BEST TO ALSO HAVE A HAND CRANK FLASHLIGHT AND RADIO COMBO!)
First Aid Kit-include bandages, antiseptic, needle and thread, small scissors, splints, cotton balls
Protection Items-whistle, personal alarm, pepper spray, taser, stun gun and firearm-if your trained and legally able to carry one
Individual Needs-medications, sunscreen, insect repellent, infant formula and anything specifically needed for each person
Personal Sanitation - garbage bags, towelettes, portable toilet, personal hygiene items
Air Filter-dust mask, cotton t-shirt, to help filter air
Shelter-tents, sleeping bags, blankets and plastic sheeting and duct tape to "shelter-in-place" a room or area
Tools - wrench and pliers (to turn off utilities) and knives, hatchet, saw, work gloves, waterproof matches, magnesium firestarter, compass, flare
Misc-duffel bag/backpack (BOB), cash, important documents, can opener, utinsels, paper, pen, pencil
Chlorine Bleach- you can use bleach as a disinfectant (diluted nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergency you can also use it to treat water. Use 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
ADDED ITEMS FOR THE "SERIOUS" PREPPERS LIST:
*WATER PURIFIER - FILTER SYSTEM AND TREATMENT TABLETS
*6 MOS FULLY STOCKED SHELTER
*AIRBORNE CHEMICAL FILTRATION SYSTEM
*ALTERNATE BUG OUT LOCATION
*BIO CHEMICAL PROTECTIVE SUITE AND MASK
You may now be realizing that your family is vulnerable because you have not yet taken steps to prepare for an unexpected emergency or disaster, and you are ready to take action now! I commend you! There may be those of you who feel ready and secure because you have a Home and Personal Defense Plan in place, but please think about this... your Protection Weapons aren't going to feed, clothe or shelter you! If you take Home Defense and Personal Defense seriously, don't leave a large gaping hole in the security plan for yourself and your family! Take action now to become prepared for a local emergency or for natural disasters. Complete that circle of security, for your peace of mind!