- On January 16, 2017
Most people plan for little things to go wrong. From keeping extra cash in the bank for car repairs to having your AC and heating system inspected each year, most people try to stay prepared.
Unfortunately, the majority of those same people really aren’t prepared for natural disasters and more catastrophic events. Emergency preparedness is something that everyone should take seriously and that’s where an emergency preparedness kit can really come in handy.
While natural disasters such as earthquakes and tornados are uncommon in the Valley of the Sun, monsoon storms cause damage to homes every year. They can also lead to flood damage and fire damage.
Use this guide to learn more about how Phoenix area residents can create an emergency preparedness kit to prepare for potential disasters that may leave them displaced temporarily from their homes.
FOOD AND WATER
When you think about a natural disaster or any event that might disrupt your normal way of life, the first thing to think about is how you’ll obtain food and water. After some events, these may still be available to you, but in more serious circumstances, you could be left without running water or heat to cook for days.
As you begin to prepare an emergency kit, keeping enough food and water for three days per person on hand is essential. Non-perishable food items like canned beans and meats, as well as easy-to-eat items like protein and granola bars, are your best bet. These tend to keep well if unopened.
When it comes to water, you should change out your potable water supply at least once per year as doing so will ensure that you have an adequate supply of clean drinking water if you need it.
Most people rely on their cell phone, car radio and television for news and information today. In the event of a serious catastrophe, you may not be able to get power or a signal through those sources.
Your emergency preparedness kit should contain a battery-operated AM/FM radio. By having this handy, you’ll be able to hear news reports and check conditions even if you don’t have power and are unable to leave your home.
CLOTHING AND BLANKETS
If you’re stuck away from home for a few days, you’ll want to be able to change your clothes, so your kit should include a few changes. You’ll also need clean blankets and bedding like sleeping bags to help you get the rest you need. Having these items handy in a safe place can make it easier to get through a tough situation. This is especially true if you have a family that includes small children.
Contact EHS Restoration to learn more about how you can make sure you and your family are prepared for an emergency in the Phoenix area. EHS Restoration can also help you handle flood damage, fire damage, water damage and more so you can get your life and home back on track after a disaster.