All of the California wildfires going on has got us thinking about disaster preparedness. It is a scary topic to think of what if something happening to your family or your home. Being prepared with an evacuation plan, an emergency kit, and knowing where to duck-and-cover (for us that live in earthquake country). After any type of emergency, it is best to have food, water, and other supplies for at least 72 hours. Disasters can happen to anyone. We want to make sure you and your family are prepared and are safe. In this Family Matters Blog, we break down how to assemble and maintain your family emergency kit and plan an evacuation route
One gallon of water per person per day for AT LEAST three days. A different emergency option to get drinking water, LifeStraws purify contaminated water so it’s safe to drink. A convenient way to hold water is in a CamelBak.
Lots of hikers carry this water-to-go because it’s a super easy way to have accessible water right there when you need it.
You need at least three days worth of non-perishable food. You’ll need foods like Ready-To-Eat Canned fruits, vegetables and don’t forget a can opener! Be sure to include utensils and a small cooking pot. Don’t forget to include a can opener, cups, and napkins.
Protein and fruit bars, peanut butter, dry cereal and granola, dried fruit, canned juice, food for infants, non-perishable pasteurized milk. Wise Company is one of the best company to get high quality survival food. They offer affordable ready-made freeze dry and dehydrated food for emergency preparedness and outdoor use that’s prepared in only a matter of minutes by adding a little water.
You can find emergency first aid kits at Target or Walmart. However, not all contain sufficient tools. Make sure you research before you purchase! You’re going to want a kit that has the supplies ready to handle multiple kind of injuries. Along with a efficient first aid kit, you are going to need these items in your emergency backpack as well! Click Here To See A Full List of What You Need
Must Haves: Whistle, Extra Batteries, Flashlights, Utility Knife, Duct Tape, Paracord, Compact Shovel
Radio: If there is a power outage, A hand crank would be best, but battery-powered is just fine to start with.
Also Recommended: Local Maps, Cell Phone with chargers and a backup battery, moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
For Your Car: Jumper cables, Flares or reflective triangle, Ice scraper, Car cell phone charger, Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
For more: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
Planning ahead for an immediate evacuation is important to ensuring that you and your family can evacuate quickly and safely. It’s key to know the types of natural disasters that can happen in your local community: whether you are in Earthquake Country, in a place where wildfires can start, or along the coast where a potential tsunami can happen…we have to think ahead and prepare for safety.
Family Matters can help!
We want to ensure that you and your family are ready and safe. If you need help setting up your emergency kit and planning your evacuation plan, call us! We are here to simplify your life and save you time. We will work with you as a team to keep your family prepared. To also get you started: