|Written by Ponder|
Natural or manmade disasters can strike in a momentâ€™s notice. Many people are never prepared for a natural or manmade disaster. It seems more natural disasters are happeningÂ every year.Â One thing to keep in mind after acquiring your supplies is to check the expiration dates on food items and non-food items that have expiration dates. If the items have expired, then replace with new items. When a disaster occurs you wonâ€™t have time to go around the house collecting your supplies. Have all of your disaster supplies packed in a box(s) and placed near the front door or in a closet near the front door. It is always recommended that you have at least a 3 day supply of food and water for a disaster. But some disasters last longer than 3 days and it may take the government a while to get relief to those in need. What should you put into your box of disaster supplies? Food and water should be your priority when it comes to gathering supplies. Listed below are some items that you need to put into your disaster supply box and depending on the size of your family, you may need more supplies for a family of 4.
Food: Make an effort to select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Select foods that require little or no water. Avoid eating salty foods which will make you thristy therefore drinking more water and depleting your water supply. Choose foods that your family will eat such as what is on the list below.
Ready to eat canned meats, vegetables and fruits
Dry cereal or granola (cereals high in whole grains is considered high energy food)
Peanut butter and crackers
Dried fruits and nuts
Bottled juices (bottles can be reused for water storage)
Bottled water (gallon containers and 12 oz bottles can be reused for water storage too)
Non-perishable milk (milk in a box doesn't require refrigeration until opened), canned milk
Medical Supplies: i.e. bandages of all sizes, sterile dressings, soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect wounds,Â eye wash solution, thermometer, peroxide, rubbing alcohol,Â cotton balls and q-tips, medical gloves, medical tape, disinfectant for cleaning wounds.
Also include prescription medication(s) and rotate and replace expired medicine. Anti-diarrhea medication, aspirin, antibiotic ointment, burn ointment, vitamins (you won't be eating properly and you'll need vitamins get the proper amount that your body will need).
Hygiene supplies: i.e. toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, bath soap,Â wet wipes, Kleenex
Flash lights Â
Batteries of all sizes
Ax or hatchet
Camping lantern and candles
Money placed in a waterproof container
Matches place in a waterproof container
Extra clothing (warm clothing for the winter months)
Manual can opener
Eating utensils and disposible plates
Infant & children supplies i.e. formula, baby food, diapers, baby bottles
Keeping a smaller kit in your car would be a good idea too.