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4 Emergency Preparations and Supplies for Prepper Families

Most parents know through experience that you can never be too prepared. Emergencies always happen when you least expect them, and while you may not be able to prevent every injury, illness or natural disaster from happening, there are plenty of supplies and preparations you can make to keep your cool and minimize damage.

These four prepper family essentials are perfect for anyone who likes to plan ahead.

Water Bricks

Survival water bricks hold 3.5 gallons of water each and take up limited space; having ten of these in your basement would give your family 35 gallons of clean drinking water, which would last a family of four about eight days in the event of an emergency. In addition to single bricks, there are also heavy-duty stackable versions that are easy to store and hold even more water.

Filtration System

In the event you don’t have any clean water available, you’ll need a fast and reliable way to purify it. A water filtration system should be capable of removing harmful, disease-causing contaminants from large bodies of water such as oceans, rivers, lakes and ponds.

You should also invest in a smaller, portable water filter for every member of the family. In worst-case scenarios, you may not have a home base for a while, so being able to access survival essentials on the move is something to prepare for.

Heating Solutions

Whether your furnace runs on heating oil or you have central HVAC, it’s important to consider how your family will stay warm in the event of a disaster. When the power goes out, you need an easy way to stay warm that doesn’t consume too much of your energy.

If your heating system works off heating oil, work with a heating oil company to make sure that you have extra on hand in case of an emergency. You may also want to look into propane and kerosene heaters as a back-up in case your system fails. Make sure that every member of your family also has plenty of layers and their own heat-retaining emergency blanket.

Medical Supplies

You’ll need a good first-aid kit if you want to face any emergency or disaster head-on. A fully-stocked kit will ensure that your family has a medical arsenal capable of treating minor cuts and scrapes to major lacerations and broken bones. You should make sure you always have enough prescription medications in your cabinet.

You may not always be able to get emergency medical care right away, so taking the time to put together an inclusive first-aid kit could genuinely prove to be life-saving.

Finding shelter, coming up with an evacuation plan and having go-bags are just a few ways you can ensure that your family is already ready to respond to a threat. Remember that preparedness should not be all-consuming or fear-inducing. Instead, you should only view this as a precautionary measure and not expect the worst to strike at any moment.

Most prepper families will never have to utilize all the preventative measures they take, but it certainly makes them more comfortable and at-ease to know they have exactly what they need in the event of an emergency.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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