We have all heard the news reports recently, with information about all the disasters that have hit around the nation and yes, across the world.
With tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and any other number of natural disasters, and then there are those man made terror attacks that receive attention. Having disaster survival kits around to help during these types of events is becoming more and more critical for everyone.
When we see people lining up to purchase bottled water in Japan after the tsunami which destroyed the water supply, not to mention other essential elements of everyday life, it is not hard to understand why the idea of having survival kits ready is gaining in popularity. While most of us recognize the need for emergency medical kits to take care of the little emergencies that occur from time to time around the home, but it is becoming more apparent that disaster survival kits may someday become critical to our very survival.
Most families have done quite well making it through some of the power outages that happen during winter storms, or when the power has been knocked out during a thunder storm. We have learned that those few supplies that were already around the house came in handy for keeping us going until we could get to the store to purchase more. These same kinds of supplies should be kept ready as disaster survival kits just in case something more sinister takes place some day.
Many wonder what type of supplies should be kept in their survival kits and that is a valid question to be considered. The answer will certainly depend upon a number of things. The first thing to consider is the number of people that will be in need of support during a disastrous incident. Water is always the first thing that should be kept around in a safe place since it is a necessary life sustaining element of life. Non perishable food like packaged and canned foods that do not need to be cooked to be edible should be in the survival kits
Another important item that should be kept in disaster survival kits for someone that is taking medications daily is a ready supply of those medications kept in a secure place. Blankets and clothing should also be part of any survival kits that are placed in vehicles for those times when we might be caught on the road. Emergency medical supplies should also be part of any plan for surviving a disaster. Things like sterile wound cleaning supplies and gauze as well as antibiotic creams or ointments and pain relievers should also be included.
We never know when disaster may strike, and we will be left without the conveniences that we have become accustomed to. Having disaster survival kits at the ready have helped many to make it through those unexpected events. It is always best to hope for the best but plan for the worst, and that holds true when making plans for providing survival kits to protect the interests of our families.
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