Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods or earthquakes can strike with little warning and leave devastation in their wake. Are you prepared for a natural disaster? What should you include in a contingency supply kit?
Medicines and First Aid Kit
When a natural disaster strikes, you must be ready to move out as soon as the warning call arrives. There is rarely much time to assemble everything you will need, but somewhere at the top of your list of contingency supplies there should be prescription and over-the-counter medicines that you regularly use. Place spare medicines into a clear bag with the original labels and seals.
Include a First Aid kit with bandages, plasters, antiseptic ointment and anti-bacterial wipes as well as other hygiene supplies such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene products. Keep a supply of travel sized toiletries to conserve space.
Basic Food Supplies
Pack some basic, non-perishable food supplies such as canned meat, fish, beans, fruit, bottles of water, and other necessities to help sustain you when you evacuate.
A Change of Clothing
If you need to evacuate during a natural disaster, it will not always be safe to return home to pick anything up when supplies start to dwindle. That is why it is worth including a clean change of clothing in your contingency supply kit.
With a day or just minutes to grab what you can before disaster strikes, you will not have time to gather all of your legal documents before you leave home. Collect together important legal documents such as your marriage certificate, birth certificates of everyone in the family, insurance paperwork, titles to vehicles, and other legal papers that you may require.
Prepare Pets For Evacuation
If you have any pets make sure that they are also ready to be moved out quickly if a natural disaster occurs. Gather together vet records, toys, spare food, bowls, treats, pet kennels for transportation, and other necessary supplies that will make life easier for your pets in case of an emergency situation. Many pets are abandoned and are the innocent victims of natural disasters, but with plenty of preparation and forethought, pets’ needs should also be seen to.
A contingency supply kit will usually consist of one or two boxes of basic supplies, but it will vary, especially if you have pets that also need to be evacuated in the event of a natural disaster. Make a list of basic supplies and place items in boxes or bags in an easy to reach location in case you have to evacuate at short notice.