Survival Guide for Natural and Man-made Disasters

Emergency preparedness survival guides will help you overcome a natural or man-made disaster.

No one wants to be in an emergency situation but it happens to thousands of us every day. Whether your home is struck by a tornado or a terrorist has detonated a nuclear bomb in a city near your home, you need an action plan if you are going to survive.

Emergency Kits:  Put together emergency kits for your car, office, home and school. These kits should include a hand-crank radio that moonlights as a flashlight and cell phone charger, food bars, bottled water, a small tent, waterproof matches, candles, band aids, duct tape, aspirin or ibuprofen, peroxide, water purification tablets, a siren or whistle, and disinfectant wipes. 

For terrorist-specific kits, include gas masks for you and your family and potassium chloride tablets, which can be swallowed to limit the amount of radiation absorption into the body. 

Gas masks, food bars, water purification tablets, sirens, and potassium chloride tablets can be purchased on-line at any survivalist store.

Pack all of these things into a five gallon bucket, which can substitute as a toilet should you not have indoor plumbing for a few days.

Children: If you have infants, remember to have bottled water and dry formula on hand, as well as diapers, baby wipes, infant and children’s ibuprofen and some toys.

It is a good idea to have ID bracelets for your children, in case they are separated from you. Their bracelets should also include the phone numbers of other family members besides yourself, in case you are incapacitated.

Remember Your Pets: Purchase cat or dog food bags or cans that have a shelf life of three to five years. Remember to include collapsible water and food bowls, a leash, a harness (for dogs), and pillowcase or blanket (for cats), bags to hold feces, and a few toys.

According to the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it is imperative that your cat or dog wear its collar and ID tag at all times. This will help a good Samaritan bring your pet home, should it become separated from you.

Safety: Some people tend to use a disaster as a reason to act out violently. During hurricane Katrina, reports of 42 rapes of women, children and infants, as well as several murders, as people scrambled to find shelter from the rising tides.

During catastrophes, police and emergency personnel are overwhelmed and will not be able to keep order. Buy a gun from a local gun dealer or pawn shop, then take it to a shooting range and learn how to use it properly.  If you are unfamiliar with firearms, take a gun safety and proficiency class at your local gun range.  Keep you gun loaded and in your survival kit. If you are concerned with your kids getting it, buy a gun lock for the trigger and keep the key near you. Remember, you are your only line of defense if a large-scale disaster strikes.

If you still have reservations about using a gun, then get a knife, baseball bat, iron skillet, golf club, pepper spray or mace.  Just be sure you have a weapon which will at least give you an even advantage against a would-be attacker. 

Have a Game Plan:  Whether a catastrophe occurs at home or at work, have a game plan and make sure your family knows the plan.  Sit down as a family and brainstorm scenarios and plans of action, and put your ideas to paper.  The plan may involve your spouse grabbing the kids from school and rushing home, or it may involve them staying where they are, be it at school or work, until they can be rescued.  Everyone should know what the plan of action is in case a disaster strikes.

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  1. Nice tips, great idea about safety.

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