It is important to consider many factors when organizing your Emergency Essentials for the home but here we will focus on the main ones. Water will be your first port of call and can be stored in containers on your premises ready for consumption or alternatively you may like to purchase a water filter from your local outdoor store to have on hand in case of an emergency.
Food will be the other main part of planning ahead for Emergency Essentials. The options available for long term food storage are far from limited and can often be confusing without a proper guide having been previously laid out to ensure you only get what you need. Professional advice is often available online via forums and websites that offer these products for purchase.
Freeze dried food is an excellent option for your stores as it will take up little space and the costs involved in stocking up on them is justified by the quality of products you are getting. Many different varieties are available to purchase online and in your local outdoor store. From large cans of beef stew to individually packed complete meals are all available to the general public. There are even complete kits out there that contain everything you will need to survive for a given period like water, meals and sanitation goods.
The key to proper planning is essentials. You do not want to fill what storage space you have for emergency goods with items you will have no use for in the long run. Simple ideas to save space would be that instead of buying a flashlight and a mass reserve of batteries rather go for a wind up torch. These models could possibly be a little more expensive but the space saved is invaluable. Some varieties even have the option of connecting a cellular phone for charging via the winding mechanism. You could essentially kill two birds with one stone and save yourself the trouble of having no battery life on your cell phone.
Sanitation goods are also a major part of Emergency Essentials. Many of the deaths that happen after natural disasters happen because of a lack of access to sanitation methods. To save space and water you could possibly purchase a hand sanitizer that contained a small amount of alcohol to sterilize your hands and utensils when preparing food. Always check if the sanitizer you are buying is suitable for long term storage and will still be as effective after having not been used for months or even years.
General medication and first aid should be coupled with this task as they will play a large role in surviving an emergency. Take note of your family members and any special requirements they have. If for example you have a member of the family who suffers with diabetes it would be a good idea to add insulin to your list of essentials as the last thing you would want is to run short in a time of need.
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