No matter how prepared we are, there is still that possibility that disasters can catch you unaware. This underscores even more the importance of being prepared. While it is right that you prepare way before the disaster strikes, it is equally important to prepare for what happens afterwards. Keep in mind that major disasters typically lead to no electricity and no way of communication at least for the next 36 hours.
Here are some items you should have to survive at least for the next 72 hours after a natural disaster has taken place:
1. Emergency Food Kits
When it comes to emergency food kits, you have two options – you can either make your own or you can buy an off-the-shelf food storage kit that already contain everything that you need for the next few days. In most cases, these kits would come with protein bars, bottles of water, non-perishable canned goods in easy-to-open cans, dried fruits and nuts, and canned juices. If you have small children or babies with you, you would also need to include pasteurized milk and baby food.
2. Important Documents
You should set aside a binder where you could insert all of the important documents. This would include your family’s birth certificates, passports, and medical records. It would also be wise to have some actual cash on hand. Keep in mind that ATMs might not be working after a major disaster.
3. Thick clothes
No matter what kind of disaster you would be facing, you would surely have to deal with cold winds during night time. Now, having thick clothes and a few blankets not only protect you not only from the cold, but from any debris that might be lying around.
Keep all important items in an organized container and be sure they’re light enough, so you can carry them in case you need to evacuate.