How to Be Ready for Any Natural Disaster

Eli Hopper, Layout Editor

With multiple hurricanes wreaking havoc in various parts of the world, it’s normal to feel scared. The best thing you can do is be prepared. The Red Cross and FEMA have both recommended making a 72-Hour Emergency Kit and keeping a plan to be ready for any natural disaster.

An emergency kit is a collection of assorted supplies that you need in the event of a natural disaster, or any situation that would allow someone to pick up and go on short notice. Here is a list of things that would be needed:

Water – one gallon of water per person per day for both hydration and sanitation

Food – three days worth of non-perishable food

Clothes – three days worth

Flashlight – battery-powered or hand-crank

Radio – battery-powered or hand-crank

Extra batteries

Whistle – to signal for help

Local maps

Can opener

Moist towelettes, garbage bags, plastic ties

Cell phone(s) – plus chargers or backup batteries

Pencil and paper

Additional relevant supplies – anything specific to a person’s special needs, such as contact solution, baby supplies, pet food, portable utensils, plus books or small games for possible hurry-up-and-wait time

It’s ideal to keep these kits in a cool, dry place, and to replace items as they expire. Update the kits once a year or so.

Keeping a kit in a home, workplace, and vehicle is ideal as well.

Within a household, it’s important to talk together and come up with a plan for where to go and what to do in the case of an emergency. This can help in the process of making an Emergency Kit best suited to the house’s needs. Keeping in touch with local news sources is smart too, whether through a phone, radio, or TV.

It’s important to be ready for disasters and emergencies. They can strike anytime and anywhere. However, making a Kit and a plan are sure steps towards preparedness and can make a difference.