Make Sure You Have A Survival Backpack To Stay Safe In Emergencies

by GuestPoster on July 5, 2010

Every area of the world is vulnerable to natural disaster in one form or another.  This is why it is so important that you and your family be prepared for emergencies. While you may receive some warning of an impending natural disaster like a wildfire or hurricane, other disasters such as tornadoes and earthquakes can strike within minutes or have virtually no warning whatsoever.  We can not change the forces of nature but we can do our best to be prepared to cope with a natural disaster when one does hit.   The key is to get everything in order before the disaster hits so you will be ready.

A few tips that will help you stay ahead of the game are:

Set aside a sum of money in your savings or checking account to use in case of emergency. This will help you to get yourself and your family to safety in the event of an emergency and is very important.  You may need ready funds to pay for gas, food, water or a hotel stay of several days or more.

Sit down with your family and discuss your disaster plan and make sure that everybody is clear on what to do. Unfortunately, it is impossible to anticipate every possible situation but at the very least you should know what to do in case of fire and whatever happens to be the most commonly occurring natural disaster in your geographical location, ie flood, mudslide, hurricane etc.

Always make sure to have a 72 hour survival kit ready and on hand.  The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA recommend that you keep a survival backpack for each family member ready at all times in case of emergency.  These 72 hour survival kits are also known as Emergency packs, Emergency Preparedness Kits and other names but all serve the same function.  Each emergency backpack should contain all the supplies and products that you would need to survive for a minimum of 72 hours if you were involved in an emergency.   Items in the kit should include any medications that you or your family need to take on a daily basis, potable water, food, first aid supplies a radio, batteries, matches, a blanket or sleeping bags and other items you use regularly. Store these items in a backpack or duffel bag big enough to hold them all and that you can access quickly and easily and take with you in an emergency.

You can store these survival backpacks or kits in your car, boat, RV, office or classroom so you stand less of a change of being caught unprepared in case of emergency. Every family should keep a survival backpack for each member of the family.  You can also buy survival backpacks that are ready made. If you plan to purchase your emergency backpack, be sure to buy it from a reputable company that follows the FEMA guidelines or you can put together your own backpack and save some money by acquiring the items on your own.

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