Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, landslides, severe storms, unforeseen attacks, and riots.
Images of these catastrophes flash through our minds.
Naturally, we ask ourselves, “Can this really happen to me?”
That’s a smart question.
And if you’re nodding your head yes, you should continue reading because preparation is everything!
I’ve survived two earthquakes. A flashflood and a couple tsunami alerts.
I’ve also been evacuated because of an erupting volcano.
Was I prepared for any of them?
Why? Because they came too fast.
I had no escape plans in place and no Go-Bag packed.
You always hear the words, “Don’t panic. Remain calm.”
Easier said than done.
It’s like… “Your pants are on fire! But don’t run around crazy looking for water!”
And at the moment, I felt… I wasn’t panicking.
I wasn’t screaming at least.
But thinking back, I should’ve been more efficient during the escape. Seconds were wasted as I collected my thoughts and my things. Fortunately, I wasn’t stranded or without food or water afterward.
But I might not be so fortunate the next time.
And there will be a next time. So I’ve wised up.
Here’s what I’ve done to improve my chances of a successful response.
WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD DO TO PREPARE FOR A DISASTER
a. Have a plan of action ready for disasters that could occur in my area.
b. Have an escape route planned for each type of disaster.
c. Have several prearranged meeting places, in order of importance, in case of separation.
d. Arrange a contact person NOT in the same area that everyone can report to.
f. Always make sure phones are being charged during the night.
g. Download an app with disaster advisories.
HAVE A GO-BAG, BUG-OUT BAG, or EMERGENCY KIT READY
Safety experts recommend survival supplies that will last at least 72 hours.
And when the earth begins rolling beneath your feet and a roof starts crumbling over your head, there’s no time to gather “your things”.
The value of a Go-Bag skyrockets sitting by your exit route skyrockets.
It becomes priceless.
Tsunamis, forest fires, volcanos, tornadoes, hurricanes or whatever else is headed your way that little bag by the door becomes everything. It’s a treasure chest of gold after a catastrophe.
There are ready-made go-bags that range from $30.00 to over a thousand.
Or, you can customize your own.
You’ll need to add your personal items to these bags.
1. Copies of important documents (including prescriptions) in waterproof bag
2. Second set of car and house keys
3. One week of medication
4. Cash, credit card or debit card
5. List of important numbers
PACKING YOUR OWN GO-BAG
In addition to the above items, add the following
1. Water packs
3. First-aid kit
5. Rain wear ponchos
10. Can opener, eating utensil
11. Pocket tool set
12. Waterproof matches
13. Dust mask
18. Tissue paper or disinfectant wipes
19. Pen and small notebook
20. Nylon rope
21. Duct tape
22. Water purification tablets
23. Phone charger
24. Sun screen
EXTRA BELLS AND WISTLES FOR YOUR GO-BAG
1. Clothes pins
2. Tube tent
3. 30-hour candle/bright sticks
4. Extra food packs
5. Compact water filter
8. Walkie talkies
Any sturdy canvas bag will do, but most prefer survival back packs.
The point is, have Bug-Out Bag ready and near your homes exit route.
As the saying goes,
“If ever person knew what every survivor knows, no one would be caught unprepared.”
And for our Big Woods Canadian friends, try these tough survival kits!