Emergent situations come in many forms, but they all have one critical thing in common: the need for preparation. Each unique scenario will require different supplies. However, there are a few things that are essential under any circumstance. Continue reading to learn a few tips to get ready should the unfortunate occur.
Start your preparation by looking at what you already have. If you own several survival or preparation tools, great. If not, it is time to start adding them to your supply. You can find some of the gear you will need at one-stop shops like EcoGearFX.
The first item to purchase is a high-quality flashlight. Tactical flashlights are sturdy and can withstand the elements. Do not stop at one, though, because having extra available for each family member should you need to evacuate or inspect your home in the dark will be crucial.
Power is an absolute necessity. Portable power sources such as power banks and phone chargers will serve you well. Ensure these are kept up-to-date and charged themselves. Additionally, if you change or upgrade your phone, check to see if the stored cords are compatible. If not, add some new ones to your kit.
Next on the power list is a generator. They vary considerably in size, cost, and purpose of use. Do your research to determine the best one for your needs. Always read, save, and then store the manufacturer’s instructions near the generator. It is important to know where and how your generator can be used, for what duration, and what adequate ventilation needs are.
Activities and Distractions
If you have children of any age in your family, you already know that keeping them busy means you can have a few moments to yourself. In an emergency (if time allows), you may need to discuss logistics with other adults. Having supplies on hand to keep your children safely occupied will give you distraction-free time to handle the situation.
Consider keeping some age-appropriate items in go bags or waterproof totes in your home. Also, pack some activities in each of your family vehicles, just in case. Check the items periodically and replace them as needed if your children have aged out of them. Ensure you do not take these things out on road trips or for a long weekend at home. Save them only for a warranted situation so they are new to your children and you know all of the pieces are still there.
Depending on where you store and will use the items, here is a list of fun ideas.
- Fitness bands
- Jump ropes
- Color crayons
- Pens and pencils
- Sharpeners and erasers
- Activity Books
- Multiple decks of cards (Learn some new card games here.)
- Small container of Legos or building blocks
- Basketball, soccer ball, etc.
- Add in anything that your child may have an interest in that will keep them engaged and relaxed.
Once you have your family squared away, be sure to pack a few items for yourself. In stressful times, everyone can benefit from a diversion.
Here is a video to guide you through disaster preparedness. It can be helpful to read the (positive) comments to get even more ideas that will be useful depending on your location or emergency.
Remember to make emergency planning a part of your packing list – even when you are packing light. Purchase a small first aid kit for each traveler, hand sanitizer, flashlights, and extra batteries, too. Prepare a little at a time so that you are not overwhelmed. Once you finish, you can sit back and relax.