Thursday, February 14, 2013

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( I was asked if I minded running this and I saw no harm as I'm not endorsing anyone here.  Just throwing it out there, do with as you wish- Jim )

Getting Ready To Survive A Natural Disaster


Nobody expects to be involved in a natural disaster. The reality is, however, that these events can occur at any time, and without warning. Hurricanes can strike with gale force winds, knocking out power and water. Tornadoes can rip into your home, leaving a path of destruction. Blizzards can cripple a city, making it impossible to get much needed supplies. Preparing yourself for disaster is key to surviving when tragedy strikes.


Prepare Before Disaster


One of the biggest mistakes that people make is waiting until the onset of a disaster to start preparing. By the time the news predicts a natural disaster, it is often too late to get supplies. Everyone will make a run on gas stations, supermarkets and convenience stores. The key is to have a long term food storage plan in place to ensure that you have enough food to last throughout a disaster.


Create a Plan of Action


Creating a plan is the best way to be prepared for a disaster. Learn about the geography of your city. Identify areas of weakness such as rivers that may swell or common flood plains. Plan several ways out of your city if you have to evacuate, if the main road is flooded or jam packed with panicked evacuees, have several alternate routes in mind. When Super Storm Sandy hit in 2012, many New York City residents were stranded when bridges and tunnels shut down. Some waited until the last minute to leave, only to find out that they no longer had a way to evacuate.


Prepare a Disaster Kit


In the event of a natural disaster, you may have to survive independently for several days or even weeks. There are several things you will need for your preparedness kit.




It is vital that you have enough water to sustain you throughout a disaster. Figure in one gallon of water for each person in the family per day.




Store non-perishable foods like smoked meats, fruit, canned vegetables and powdered milk in an accessible area. Stock infant formula and food for babies as well.


-Health and Safety


Be sure to have first aid kits, flashlights and medicines in your preparedness kit. These will help you treat injuries if you are stranded in a disaster.


Nobody wants to be involved in a disaster. You can, however, be prepared if one strikes. By planning ahead with long term food storage and disaster preparedness kits, you will be ready for surviving after tragedy strikes.

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