Being prepared for any emergency is the best way to survive. Whether it is a personal emergency, or a natural disaster, if you are prepared, you will more likely get through it without incident. Some accidents can not be foreseen, but if you have the correct items for emergencies, you are a step ahead.
Emergency preparedness is making sure that you know what could happen, and planning for it. If you have supply kits, first aid kits, a family emergency plan, and know what you are to do before, during and after emergencies, you have a much better chance of staying protected and surviving. The guide to survival in any type of emergency, is being prepared, and periodically reviewing your plan together as a family, or as a community.
First aid kits and survival kits are critical on the list of a guide to survival. You can purchase already packed first aid kits, or you may assemble them yourself. Similar automobile emergency kits should also be available in each car that you own. The items that are most basic, and necessary, are:
- Sterile gloves – for cleaning and dressing wounds.
- Sterile bandages- for dressing wounds and applying pressure to bleeding points.
- Antiseptic cleansing agent – to sterilize wounds, or dressings to be used.
- Antibacterial towelettes – to clean hands, or wounds.
- Adhesive bandages in various sizes- to protect wounds from infection.
- Eye wash solution – for eye damage due to smoke from fire, or chemicals and debris in the air.
- Thermometer – for personal illness, or to check body heat of a person in shock.
- Non-prescription drugs- aspirin, for heart attack victims, non-aspirin pain relievers, anti-diarrhea
- medication, antacids, and laxatives for personal illness.
- Scissors – to cut clothing off of victim, so that injury is not worsened by tearing, and opening food
- Tweezers – to clean debris out of wound, or skin, preventing infection.
- Petroleum jelly/Lubricant – to lubricate limbs which are stuck, to slide them out of debris.
- Prescription drugs – of all family members, with a family medical history chart, in case you happento be injured.
A Basic emergency or disaster survival supply kit may be stored in a large rolling trashcan, so that it is mobile. The survival supply kit would include the first aid kit, and have enough supplies for each member of the family, for three days. This supply kit could be relocated, in case of evacuation, and should include:
- Water – one gallon of water per person, per day, for at least three days.
- Non-perishable foods – a supply for each member of family (and pets) for three days, stored in a
- cool, dry, and easily accessible place.
- Portable Radio/NOAA Weather Radio – for any weather, emergency, or evacuation updates.
- Flashlights, Flares, Emergency candles – to provide light if there is no electricity, or to signal for help.
- Batteries – extra batteries will be needed for your flashlights, radios, and heating devices.
- Dust masks – to keep your lungs clear of any chemicals, or debris in the air.
- Manual can opener – to open your canned goods, since there may be no electricity.
- Cell Phone – to communicate with emergency agencies, shelters, or other family members. Also include an extra battery.
- Clothes – in case you are relocated to a shelter, or other family member’s home.
- Toiletries – enough for three days of relocation due to evacuation.
- Garbage bags and ties – for waste products.
- Blankets, Sleeping bags, Coats – for extra provided warmth if there is no electric or gas heat, and also for temporary relocation.
- Guide to Survival manual – book, ebook, or even your own personalized plan outlined, just to remind you of basic things about sanitation, hazards, or first aid treatment.
It is so important to be prepared, and to have a family, or community plan for emergency situations. Your guide to survival, is really your emergency preparedness plan, and how well you execute it. When you are prepared to manage disastrous situations, you can better insure your family’s safety, and be able to help others who may need assistance. It is not fun to think about being faced with an emergency situation, but if you are prepared for any circumstance, you will more likely be able to survive, both physically and mentally.