Nobody likes to think they will ever be caught up in a natural disaster so they tend to put it to the back of their minds. With so many terrible and unjust things happening around the world, have you asked yourself the question “what would happen if you were not prepared”?.
Floods, hurricanes,forest fires and tsunamis do not discriminate and can happen to anyone,anywhere,anytime.
It is hard to believe some people are still blinkered and do not listen to the television or radio warnings if a natural disaster is expected in their area because they simply think it will never happen to them. If it does happen, it is important to act quickly and calmly if you are asked to evacuate your home.
If it is a major disaster it may not be possible to return and rescue the ones left behind and that would reduce your chances of survival.
It is always a good idea to carry a portable device with you when you leave the house so you can continue to listen to the latest updates and instructions.
If you have a family you need enough emergency supplies for each member of the household that will last at least five days as you do not know when you might be able to return home.
If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters then it is best to prepare an emergency kit and keep it in a special store cupboard. This should include a good supply of canned food and bottles of water.
You should also make sure you have enough medical supplies if a member of your family needs them and if you cannot be rescued for a couple of days that is where your supply of canned food and bottled water will come in as power will most likely be unavailable, ruining the food in your fridge and freezer.
If you have a family pet/s do not forget to add pet food to your emergency provisions.
Small children in the family need things like baby wipes and diapers and do not forget essentials like toilet paper,soap and toothpaste. A flashlight or lantern should also be kept somewhere you can find easily in the dark.
They are safer than candles and last longer. Just do not forget spare batteries.
Most households keep a First Aid kit but you should keep it topped up in case someone gets injured in the incident.
Help may not be readily available and you need to be able to dress minor wounds to prevent further complications.
Everyone gets scared in these circumstances but children get the most frightened as they do not understand what is going on. Try you reassure them and explain what is happening and tell them they will not be separated from you. Reassurance is key.
Hopefully, you'll never find yourself in a disaster situation but if you do, being prepared could mean the difference between life and death.
If you are in an area susceptible to natural disasters it will take a lot of the stress and worry away if you know you have all the emergency supplies you need.