2020 hasn’t been good, to say the least. From bushfires to hurricanes, nature hasn’t been kind this year. According to Mark Roemer, natural disasters can strike at any moment and it is important to prepare for that. Here are a few essential things you need to take with you during a natural disaster:
- First Aid Kit – This is the first thing that should make your list. Your first aid kit should have medications, both over the counter and prescription medications. The kit should have everything that is required during emergencies including painkillers, antihistamines, latex gloves, hand sanitizers, and more. Since bushfires have become so often, you should also pack in dust masks to protect your respiratory system.
- A Satellite Communication Device – Natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis can destroy telecommunications infrastructure. When cell phone towers are damaged, your cell phone signal is going to be disrupted. A small satellite communicator allows you to be in contact with your family and friends.
You can also share your location with friends and even get information about weather reports. This allows you to prepare and plan your route. Moreover, you would also be able to send out an SOS distress signal to emergency response teams so that they can contact and reach you to deliver aid when needed.
- Water and non-perishable food – According to the American Red Cross, you should pack in enough water for everyone in your group, including your pets. A gallon a day for each person should be a good average. If you want to reduce your inventory size, you can also invest in a filter bottle that can remove parasites and bacteria.
Throughout the natural disaster, roads may be blocked, and you may not have access to sources of heat for cooking food. Hence, it is important to pack a non-perishable food kit. That includes nuts, granola bars, tuna packets, jerky, dried fruit, and other packaged food that has high-calorie count and low volume.
- Survival Whistle – If you or anyone in your group gets injured or stranded, then an emergency whistle can help rescue teams to locate you quickly. You don’t need anything expensive. Buy a whistle that is lightweight and can be heard clearly for a long distance. You can also buy an electronic whistle that can be activated with the push of a button. This helps you to maintain the hygiene of your group.
- Important Documents – During a serious emergency, you need your important documentation. Documents that can identify you easily like passports, birth certificates, and driving licenses. You should also carry documentation that helps you to claim your property after the disaster is over. That includes your property papers and insurance papers. Keep all of them organized in a box that is both fire and waterproof. During a disaster, you can easily grab it and go out.
Mark Roemer believes that you should always prepare the above-mentioned things in your disaster survival kit. This helps you to be safe and survive the disaster and return back to your home when things settle down.