A Comprehensive Disaster Survival Checklist

natural disasterThere are many different types of natural disasters that we may have to deal with at some point. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, and earthquakes just to name a few.

While every natural disaster will have its own unique challenges, the things that we as human beings need for survival don’t change.

So it’s possible to put together a disaster survival checklist of the things you need to get through just about any type of emergency situation. By having an emergency preparedness checklist, you’ll also make sure you don’t forget any crucial piece of equipment that will help you and your family survive a difficult ordeal.

What You Can Expect in an Emergency Situation

Whether you are dealing with a hurricane, flood, earthquake, or any other natural disaster, there are several things you can expect and things you will need to be prepared for. When a natural disaster strikes, it is very likely that you will be without utilities for several days. You may have to survive without electricity, running water, natural gas, or other utilities that most of us take for granted.

You also have to be prepared for the loss of services. Not only services like trash collection or newspaper deliveries, but more serious things like police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel etc. In an emergency situation first responders will be spread thin and it may be a while before you will get assistance.

You may also have to deal with the loss of mobility. If you are in a flood situation, crossing a washed out road or trying to drive through standing water is too dangerous and something that you should never do.

These are the kinds of things that you can expect to deal with in an emergency situation and you will need to have the knowledge and the gear to deal with adversity.

A Checklist of Necessities and an Emergency

Food and Water

food and waterMany experts recommend that you keep at least three days worth of food and water for every family member. You may want to take those recommendations a step further however because in a major disaster, three days worth of food and water may not be enough.

After Hurricane Katrina, many people were not able to get assistance for weeks and they had to rely on government agencies to provide for them. This is not always a good option. Many people died because FEMA was slow to respond and ill-equipped to handle such a large emergency situation.

To make sure you and your family are able to survive an emergency situation, you may want to have at least a weeks worth of food and water available, if not two weeks worth.

Warm Clothing and Blankets

When the utilities are off-line, you won’t have any heat but you still need to stay warm.

A First Aid Kit

first aid kitBecause police, firefighters, or EMTs may not be able to get to you immediately, it’s important that you have a first aid kit and that you know how to use it.

In addition to having a first aid kit you may also want to take a first aid/CPR course so that you’ll know what to do in an emergency.

A Toolkit or a Multitool

toolkitYou may need to shut off your utilities in an emergency situation so you will need to know how to do that and you’ll have to have tools available.

Having a small toolkit or a multitool can be useful in a number of situations and is something that should be part of any emergency kit.

Some Additional Things to Include in Your Emergency Preparedness Kit

– A weatherproof radio that is battery-operated or can be operated with a hand crank
– Flashlights and extra batteries
– Can opener and eating utensils
– Dust masks to filter the air you breathe
– Personal hygiene products
– Important documents like identification, passports, copies of your insurance policies etc.

Taking Some Additional Steps for Disaster Preparedness

You never know exactly when disaster is going to strike. You may be at home or you may be away. If you are at home, you might have to stay there or you might have to evacuate.

You will probably want to stock up on supplies to keep at your home but you may also want to consider putting together an emergency preparedness kit for your vehicle and possibly even a backpack or “bug out bag” of emergency supplies if you have to leave quickly on foot.

For additional information on some of the most important things to have in a survival situation and tips on surviving just about any type of emergency, you may want to consider having a look at a guide called Sold Out After Crisis.

This guide will tell you about 37 different food items that you won’t be able to get at a grocery store when disaster strikes, because these are the food items that will fly off the shelves when everyone rushes to the store at the same time.

This guide is also full of tips and practical information that will help you in an emergency. It talks about how to keep your family from being attacked by other people that want what you have. The guide will tell you what kinds of supplies you need and how to get them as inexpensively as possible.

If you want more information to make sure you are fully prepared for any emergency situation, I would highly recommend picking up a copy of the Sold Out After Crisis guide.

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