If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters then having an emergency bag is a must. For people living along coastal areas the threat of hurricanes is something that you’ll need to prepare for. Not preparing for a hurricane can have disastrous effects and it’s something that everyone should do. I’ll list a few items that are must haves if you live in a hurricane prone area.
Water is Essential in an Emergency Bag
You can live 2 minutes without oxygen, 2 days without water, and 2 weeks without food. That’s the general rule with it comes to surviving a disaster. It’s important to have a way to sterilize water such as emergency packets that you can add to water to sterilize it or a stove and pot to boil the water. You can also stock up water in bottles and such in an area that you have available.
Keep First Aid Supplies in the Bag
If there is a disaster there may also be injuries. Although you won’t be able to treat major injuries, keeping first aid supplies is a must. Other medicines such as pain relievers and antacids are good idea as well.
Keep in Touch with a Battery Radio
Once the power goes out and no Internet is available the only way to get information is by radio. Make sure you have a way to listen to news casts and such on the radio. Periodically check the radio to make sure it works and the batteries are good.
Keep Simple Tools and a Knife
Other items you’ll want to keep in your emergency bag is some simple tools and a knife. You can have a screwdriver and pliers in case you need to remove debris that is attached. You’ll also need a knife for various reasons such as cutting meat or opening cans and such.
These items are important for anyone who may be faced with a natural disaster such as a hurricane. Although it’s important to listen to local weather forecasts and evacuate when advised, these tips can help you prepare for the “just in case” scenario. You can include some food as well in your bag but keep in mind that water is much more important and hopefully you would have canned goods stocked up to use.