How to Survive Any Disaster
Unfortunately, disaster can strike at any moment. Many times, these disasters strike in a very short amount of time that you will not have any control over. Even if you are not prepared for it to happen, you can still know how you can survive any kind of disaster you come in contact with.
Here in this article, we will discuss different things you can do to survive anything that life throws at you. .
Water is a Must
If you want to survive any disaster, you have to have water. The body needs water to survive. The body is made up of at least 60% water. Therefore, it will only survive three to four days at most without consuming water for most individuals. Everyone is different though, so some people may last longer while others may only last a few days without H2O. If you do not have water, you will become dehydrated. If dehydration sets in, you will become fatigued and the organs in your body begin to shut down.
It is a good idea to possess a minimum of one gallon of clean water for each individual for each day. If it is extremely hot outside and there is a lot of physical labor to be performed, there will be more water consumption than if it is cooler outside and very little work to do. Each situation will be different but if you aim for the one-gallon rule, you should have enough.
If the disaster is community-wide, such as a hurricane, the public water system could be compromised. You should fill your bathtub full of water, as well as all sinks and any containers you have.
StockPile Food and Other Items
If you believe a disaster is coming, you want to stockpile the quantity of food you have on hand. It is a good idea to have food stockpiled even if you are uncertain when a disaster will strike. Things that should be in your food pile include ones that have multiple uses and have a long shelf life. These things will include dry corn, buckwheat, barley, oats, pinto or kidney beans, spelt, durum wheat, pasta, cornmeal, white rice, coconut oil, lima beans, mung beans, and blackeye beans. You will also want things to add some taste to your foods. These include salt, pepper, lemon pepper, raw honey, sugar, brown sugar, and dried spices. It is a good idea to have some sort of alcohol on hand as well.
Consider placing canned foods in your pantry too for disasters. Canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, and other canned meats all make excellent choices. Hard candies are good to have as well. Contemplate adding peanut butter, coffee, tea, powdered milk, and ramen noodles to the pile as well. Powdered drink packets that you add to water bottles are great for not only providing flavor, but keep a person from getting bored. Fruit juices can also be stockpiled as these often last a long time.
While preparing to have enough food, make sure you have other items that you may need as well. These may include vitamins and supplements, bandaids, peroxide, rubbing alcohol, bleach, bottled water, lighter fluid, charcoal, tin foil, and any other essentials you can think of.
You may also find it handy to barter with others if you have a supply of food and want or need something you do not have. This may be especially helpful for disasters that last a lengthy time.
Having an emergency radio is essential when in a disaster. You will be able to listen to see if you need to seek further shelter or evacuate the area altogether. The radio can flash green, orange, and red to show what the danger level of your area is.
Solar Powered Generator
Having a solar-powered generator will allow you to have the energy needed to run various items you may need in an emergency. The sun will charge the generator to power tools, give you heat, and more. It could take up to 18 hours for these to fully charge, but it can run your refrigerator for up to 24 hours afterwards.
Develop an Evacuation Plan
Put together a list of all contacts that you will need during a disaster, such as friends or relatives that live out of town. Devise a place where your family will also meet should you become separated.
If you have to leave town, have many ways out. It will most likely be congested as other people will be trying to get out. Using Google Maps can help you determine as many routes out as possible. Laminate them so they are protected and place them in a 3 ring binder to put in a grab and run bag.
Grab and Run Bag
Every family should have at least one grab and run bag. This bag should contain items that is basically a short term emergency kit for a few days. You can make one for each member of your family if needed.
These can contain a first aid kit, blankets, enough food for 3 days for each person, water, a water purification system, Swiss Army knife, portable radio, candles, flashlights, toiletries, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a supply of batteries, sewing kit, towels, extra clothing, plates, cups, spoons, knives, forks, medications, waterproof matches, heavy-duty nylon string, and anything else you may think maybe handy in a time of need. Keeping extra checks, cash, and important numbers, such as your credit card or debit card numbers, is also a good idea to add to this.
Having a backup phone is a great idea if a disaster should strike. There are phones that will last up to 15 years battery life that will provide an SOS signal to your contacts about where you are located.
With these backup phones, there are various apps that can be used. LIFE360 can locate family members to let them know that you are ok. It too provide an SOS signal by text, voicemail, and email. FLOODWATCH can also be used to see what rainfall totals are and river heights in real- time.
Having a supply of Colloidal silver on hand is a great idea during disasters. You can use it to purify your water. It can also be used to fight infections and viruses. This works great on burns as well.
In different disasters, you may need different equipment. If there is flooding, you could need a life jacket. An ax may come in handy as well for not only flooding but tornadoes or hurricanes.
Consider keeping a few LED headlamps at your home in case disaster strikes. I have found that these are very handy because once you put them on your head, you do not need to worry about them. Both of your hands are free, so you can work on whatever you need to.
As a benefit, they are more shock resistant and the batteries last an extended time when compared to conventional light bulbs. Just make sure you have extra batteries with you to utilize the headlamps.
No one wants to go through a disaster. However, if you follow the steps above, going through one will not seem as horrendous. Being prepared really can help to make a huge difference.