Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT TYPE OF DISASTER SHOULD I PREPARE FOR?
The most common disasters that can affect you depend on your location. Most frequently, the USA will incur hurricanes, tornados, fires, earthquakes, droughts, volcano eruptions, and explosions. When disasters happen it is imperative that you have a minimum of 3 days’ worth of supplies to hold you over.
ARE THERE OTHER POSSIBLE DISASTERS OR THREATS I SHOULD PREPARE FOR?
There are many other types of disasters that could impact you. Here are a list of possible disasters:
- Solar Flares
- Man-Made Disasters
- Economic Collapse
- Terrorist Attacks
- Power Outages
- Chemical Threats
- Biological Threats
- Nuclear Accidents
- EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)
HOW OFTEN DO DISASTERS HAPPEN?
It’s difficult to predict when and where a disaster will happen, but between 1980 and 2008, there were 601 recorded disasters in the USA, killing 12,030 people. These disasters affected 24,472,933 individuals and had an economic impact of $16,671,776 per year.
WHAT SHOULD MY SURVIVAL KIT INCLUDE?
- FEMA recommends that every survival kit should include:
- Water – One gallon per day, per person for drinking and sanitation.
- Food – At least a 3 day supply per person
- Battery operated radio and extra batteries (I suggest a hand winding radio as well)
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First Aid Kit
- Whistle to signal help
- Filter Mask or a cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
- Moist towelettes for sanitation
- Multi-tool (Leatherman or similar)
- Manual can opener
- Plastic Sheeting and duct tape
- Garbage bags and plastic ties
- Unique family needs (prescription medication, infant formula, diapers, family documents, etc.)
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR A DISASTER?
- Get properly stocked emergency survival kit
- Create a family communication plan
- Create a shelter-in-place plan
- Create a get-away plan
Keep an eye out for my upcoming newsletters, where I will go into detail on the preparations you should make.