How to Prepare Your Family for Emergencies

We’ve all seen dooomsday cults come and go, leaving unnecessary fear and panic in their wake. They’ve predicted the end of the world on several occasions now like the eve of the millenium, June 6, 2006 (06/06/06), and most recently, December 21, 2012.

Despite their baseless claims and the number of times they have been wrong, the fear and unease caused by their predictions are very real.

emergency preparedness kit with food and other supplies

Having a ready supply of food and other survival items can really help you get through a bad situation with less difficulty

Natural Disasters

Regardless of the truth behind these predictions though, we have all been witnesses to an unusually high amount of large natural disasters in the recent years.

Tsunamis, massive earthquakes, sink holes, and even signs of a zombie apocalypse (referring to the incident in Miami where a man ate another man’s face) have all caught the public eye.

Considering all these causes for concern, it’s not very surprising if you might want to improve your emergency preparedness.

Top Things For Emergency Preparedness

In survival situations, having the right skill set is just as important as having a supply of emergency goods and equipment.

Before disaster strikes, you need to train yourself in skills like CPR administration, first aid bandaging, and wilderness survival.

Learning how to make a fire and trapping animals will also come in handy in almost any emergency situation where you have to fend for yourself.

You’ll also want to prepare an emergency supply of food, medication, some 5 gallon water jugs, hygiene products, and fuel.

How Much Food Do I Need?

It is recommended to have a supply for you and your family that will last for approximately three months. The best way to do this is to buy food that is specially prepared for emergency situations such as ready-to-eat meals. If you’re interested in building your own emergency food supply, check out these Food Insurance meal plans.

If the disaster lasts long enough that the local community’s food and water supply is depleted, other people will often start to get desperate. Thus, it is likewise a good idea to bring along items that will help you defend yourself. While this article does not encourage you to bring firearms and knives, it does promote the purchase of non-lethal items like Tasers and pepper spray.

Most Important Part of Your Disaster Plan

Lastly, one of the most important things to do before an emergency actually happens is to prepare a plan. Having a plan ready will help you keep calm and think logically when things are at their worst. Have an emergency rendezvous point in the locality in case you and your family get separated during a large disaster.

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