Our family followed the updates on Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria very closely. We were so saddened to see all the devastation. I have to admit that seeing what happened was the first time I started to take seriously the need to prepare for something like this. Do you have any tips on what I need to have in a disaster preparedness pack?
I definitely agree with you that seeing what happened in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico was not only sad but a wake up call to a lot of us.
To help answer your question I had to go looking for a list that I could trust. Who wants to run out and spend a lot of money only to discover that the things you bought weren’t the things you need.
I found this list in an article entitled, When Disaster Strikes- Steps that Can Save Lives on jw.org.
The article states:
“Disaster management organizations urge families to store and annually update emergency supplies. Of course, needs will vary according to your location and circumstances, so check with local emergency management services for recommendations that could be applied in your area.
In general it is recommended that you keep at least three gallons (11 L) of water per person and three days of nonperishable, ready-to-eat foods.
Also, some families have prepared “go bags” with such items as the following:
- Blankets, complete change of warm clothes, and sturdy shoes
- Flashlight, radio (battery or windup), and spare batteries
- First-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help
- Eating utensils, can opener, pocket tool set, and waterproof matches
- Dust masks, waterproof tape, and plastic sheeting for shelter
- Toothbrushes, soap, towels, and toilet paper
- Child-care supplies and special-needs items for seniors or the disabled
- A waterproof container with needed medication, copies of prescriptions, and other important documents
- List of emergency contacts and meeting places and a local map
- Credit cards and cash
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Paper, pencils, books, and games for children”
Angie, we just never know when disaster might strike but we do know that the best thing we can do is be prepared. Please know that ProJan is always ready to help if the time ever did come. After you get your supplies together, head on over to our website to see what we can do for you if you experience water, soot or smoke damage. The video gallery has some great before and after videos, like the one below, of actual homes we have restored. It may give you peace of mind knowing that even if something did happen in your home, ProJan is able to fully bring restore your home and your life.
Here’s to a beautiful day and a sunny week ahead.