According to the Red Cross and FEMA, over 75% of Americans are not prepared for a disaster.
FEMA identifies five types of disasters. They are:
2.) Technological/Accidental Hazards
3.) Terrorist Hazards
5.) Winter Storms
FEMA recommends at least 3 steps to dealing with disasters:
STEP ONE: BE INFORMED
There are many types of natural disasters: Drought, earthquake, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and debris flow, severe weather, space weather, thunderstorms and lightning, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, wild fires, and winter storms and cold weather. It is important for you to identify the types of disasters that have happened or may happen in your geographic area.
STEP TWO: MAKE A PLAN
Develop a family disaster plan for these situations. Make sure all family members know the pan and what to do in case of a real disaster. Practice drills are helpful in preparing for emergencies. Local Emergency Offices can help you with identifying hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each.
STEP THREE: BUILD A KIT
You should have at least three kits; one for home, one for work and one for the vehicle.
Home Kit: Should contain essential food, water and supplies for at least three days. Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
Work Kit: Make sure you have food and water and other necessities like medicine for at least 24 hours.
Vehicle Kit: Keep a kit in your vehicle just in case you are stranded. Some items you should have include but are not limited to the following:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
- Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars, canned fruit and a portable can opener
- Water for each person and pet in your car
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports or emergency messages
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and extra change of clothing
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
Bradley’s can assist you in the Third Step: Build a Kit
We have developed a general purpose survival/disaster kit compiling components from several companies. You may learn more about our kit by checking out our You-Tube presentation HERE and you can order it from our store HERE. You may also use the code SURVIVE10 to receive a 10% discount on the kit.