We’ve all heard the motto “Be Prepared” but how many of us truly are? Mother Nature can wreak destruction through natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, hail storms, floods, heatwaves, or tornados.
Still, other man-made disasters such as the collapse of the economy, a pandemic, or attack on our country would leave most Americans in dire straits.
A recent survey learned that almost 60 percent of Americans have not practiced disaster-preparedness.
They learned that only 39 percent of people surveyed have an emergency plan and have discussed it with their family.
In a citywide, countywide, or nationwide emergency, demand would soon exceed the supply of food and other necessities and could leave you and your family without sustenance. Clearly, complacency can prove deadly. A little bit of foresight can prevent a lot of potential heartaches, that is why it is so important to buy an emergency food supply.
The CDC recommends stockpiling at least 3 days' worth of emergency food.
Experts recommends having the following:
- Get a kit of emergency supplies
- Make a plan of what you’ll do in an emergency
- Be informed about what might happen
- Get involved in preparing your community
The following are expert recommendations for your emergency supplies:
- Water- one gallon per person per day, for drinking and sanitation
- Food- at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Filter mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air
- Moist towelettes for sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food ( if kit contains canned food )
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Unique family needs, such as daily prescription medications, infant formula or diapers, and important family documents
So what are you waiting for?Get the items that you need for you and your family to survive an emergency.