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Essentials To Have On Hand For Natural Disaster Preparedness

No one ever knows when they or their family will fall victims to natural disasters.  It seems that almost every other week, there are news stories of those who fell victim and were not prepared.

Below we give you a few ideas to prepare yourself just in case the need arises.

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Emergency Contact Information

This is probably the most crucial thing that you can do.  Have contact information and medical information on each and every one of your family members.  With this necessary information, if you should happen to get separated, a first responder will have all the essential information they will need to know.

First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is an absolute must for any home, whether you are prepping for a natural disaster or not.  Most kits you buy today are pretty skimpy on the contents, however, you can put together your own pretty quick and easy.  Some of the more common items include bandages, disinfectants, ointments, and gauzes.  All of these items should be carefully packed into a waterproof bag to have at the ready if needed.

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Flashlights

My mother was a firm believer that you could never have too many flashlights.  And when it comes to a natural disaster, and the possibility of a blackout, no truer words have been uttered.  It is suggested that you stock up on plenty of batteries, and rotate the freshness dates so that when needed you will have what you need on hand.  Although many find rechargeable flashlights a favorite, it is best to have a battery operated one on hand as a viable backup.

Water

With all natural disasters, there is not a set-in-stone time frame for how long the event will last. You are at the mercy of nature and her wrath. With this in mind, make sure you have a good stock of water built up.  As a rule of thumb, you are most prepared when you have 1 gallon of water, for each member of the family, for seven days.  This is a good reference point for how prepared to be on your water supply.

A little due diligence goes a long way when the unexpected happens.  Don’t be one to be caught off guard, because you will suffer the consequences.