While no homeowner’s wants to think about disaster striking their home and their investment, the truth is that if you don’t think about it prior, it’s too late to think about it during. Below are our top picks for what to include a home-based disaster preparedness kit.
This is the first and obvious item on our list. Head to your local supermarket and pick up a couple of large 50-liter bottles of filtered water. Keep one of the bottles close to the home exit you have designated you and your family, and the other in your basement, as this is likely to be the place you will take shelter during a storm.
If you have designated an external room, such as a barn or similar to be the safest place for you and your family, consider installing a small generator in readiness. It doesn’t have to capable of powering your entire home, just essential items to keep you in contact and warm. Grainger has a great Groupon Coupons page for discounts you can use on a small generator which will provide enough power for you and your family during a severe storm.
When it comes to a natural disaster, whether it an earthquake or a severe storm, your electricity is going to be one of the first utilities that you will lose. If you aren’t lucky enough to have a generator as mentioned above, preparing for this eventuality comes in the form of torches and candles. The candles will be the best way to keep the room where you are staying safe constantly lit while torches will enable you to move around the house, if safe, to collect and gather items along with directing your family to safety.
Blankets and Extra Clothing
In the event that you get caught in a storm or torrential rain, be prepared with clean and dry blankets along with a fresh pair of comfortable clothes. In this pack, include waterproof boots for extra protection from rain.
Radio and Batteries
A radio which is able to receive emergency signals is going to be your best way to keep alert of what is happening outside during a severe storm or a natural disaster. Our advice – pack two. They are inexpensive and their benefits can not be understated. Along with these, be sure to pack more than a sufficient amount of batteries to keep them going in the event you weren’t able to install a generator, as mentioned above.
When it comes to a disaster or a severe storm, the key is to be prepared. Along with these tips, contact your local emergency services providers and ask their advice for other items appropriate to you and your family