How to Prepare your Disaster Emergency Kit

How to Prepare your Disaster Emergency Kit

Disaster Kit – Life is unpredictable, and so calamities. As the day revolves, we don’t know what could happen.  Consequently, country’s northern regions are repeatedly getting struck by earthquake tremors, many citizens find themselves at risk of a natural hazard in addition to the risks associated with the pandemic. With this situation, it is really necessary to be ever-ready and vigilant at all times when unexpected calamities will strike.

For instance in Asian countries specifically in India’s west coast bracing for Cyclone Nisarga, while the country’s northern regions are repeatedly getting struck by earthquake tremors; many citizens find themselves at risk of a natural hazard in addition to the risks associated with the pandemic. If you must urgently evacuate, a go-to kit with necessary essentials will come handy. Asian countries are most likely prone to earthquakes because the continent is located at the “Pacific ring of fire”. 

Anyways, no amount of preparation can stop calamities but equipping ourselves to be ready when rough time comes is necessary. 

Here are some of the essential items that you should consider having in case of emergency evacuation.

Cash

If the power goes out, credit cards won’t work, neither would ATMs. Keep cash on hand to replenish supplies. Basically, on-hand cash is really essential to buy your necessities. 

Medications

Your household must have medicine kit with adequate medicines and vitamins on it. Pharmacies and chemists might be closed, and hospitals could be overwhelmed. It might be difficult to get in touch with your doctor for some time after a disaster has struck. Keep a backup supply (at least several days’ worth) of important medications like blood pressure medicines and insulin.

Water and food

Water keeps you hydrated so it is really important to keep gallons of it. Pack a gallon of water for every family member and pet. Widespread power outages could make tap water unsafe to drink. Also pack non-perishable food and pet food.

Important documents

ID cards, passports, birth certificates, driver’s licenses and more could all be lost or destroyed in a flood. Keep copies of these documents in a waterproof container. Include a copy of your insurance policy so that you can quickly file a claim once the danger has passed. You may also scan the documents online so that you can have a surrogate copy. Save it on Gmail for safety or 

A battery-powered radio

During calamity, a radio is a lifesaver. If electricity is out and cell towers are down, this is your only way to know what’s happening.

List of shelters

In this time of social distancing, not all shelters are open. Be sure to make a list of shelters where you can retreat. If you have a pet, make sure they are pet friendly. Not all shelters welcome pets.

A change of clothes

If you are away from your home for a few days, you will want to have a change of clothes. Throw in some masks and gloves, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A mask will help avoid dust and airborne germs when you return, and gloves will aid in the clean-up.

These are some tips that you can follow to get yourself equipped and ready. Are these tips helpful to you or you want to add something else? Please let us know. 

Peter Roosevelt

Peter Roosevelt is a registered nurse and currently studying medicine in Wisconsin. He shares his tips and broad knowledge in health and medicine.

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