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4 Items to Keep in Your Home for Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can appear out of nowhere. They can be caused by natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, or earthquakes. Other types of emergencies, such as wars and riots, are originated by people. The weather forecast can tell you when a hurricane is getting close, but no one can tell you when an earthquake is going to hit. Moreover, you can’t predict how other people are going to react due to the lack of food or water. Either way, you have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to survive in case an unexpected event shows up in your life. The following items are the very basic you need to have a chance in surviving an emergency.

Water Containers

The body of an adult is composed of 65% to 70% water. For that reason, it’s essential to have a good supply of water at all times. Stocking on gallons of waters before an emergency is a good move that can pay off. Of course, it might not be enough. Blue polyethylene containers are ideal for storing water as they are quite durable, inhibit bacterial growth, and have a decent capacity (7 gallons). The water can be stored for over 90 days in such containers as long as you keep it sealed and wash your hands before filling it. If water has been stored for many months, and you are hesitant to drink it, you can always use purifying tablets to make sure the water is free from microorganisms.

Food Bars

During an emergency, it isn’t likely that you are going to be able to prepare a home-cooked meal. Still, you need calories and nutrients, and you need them fast. Food bars do not require preparation and are perfect when you are short of food and need nourishment. You can store them easily, and they do not take much space.

The ideal bar should provide plenty of calories, so you can have a lot of energy to do the things that have to get done. Some bars offer up to 400, 1200, 1600 and 3600 calories. The latter ones are often used when food supplies are virtually non-existent. They should also be nutrient dense with lots of vitamins and protein. Most of them are sweet and have a pleasant flavor, which is a plus when you have children. Be sure to pick bars that are low on preservatives and artificial ingredients. Choose the ones made with real food as ingredients when possible.

First-aid Kits

Injuries are likely to happen whenever there is an emergency. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cut, burn, or infection, you have to be prepared for it. First-aid kits are the first line of defense against wounds, and they should contain the basics to treat them effectively. What should an emergency first-aid kit have? Bandages of different sizes, gauze dressings, antiseptic wipes, and safety scissors are the basic components of a first-aid kit. Additionally, it is a good idea to have basic medications such as aspirin, in case of a heart attack, and painkillers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Firearms

Using a firearm should be the last resort, but it might become necessary if your life is in danger. Now, there are many types of firearms, such as handguns, rifles, and shotguns. There are many factors to consider when acquiring a weapon as well. Price, availability of ammo, gun capacity, storage, and your proficiency with it should always be taken into consideration.

Tactical shotguns are good for close range self-defense and can be loaded with ease, but are a bit expensive. Handguns are also effective in close range self-defense, the ammo is easier to get and are slightly cheaper than shotguns. Moreover, handguns can be concealed legally with a permit, unlike shotguns. You may also want to purchase bulletproof inserts to keep the bullets away in case you get involved in a shooting with an intruder.

You want to have some food, water, and a way to protect yourself and your loved ones in case something happens. There is no way to tell what tomorrow will bring. Everything might stay the same, but what if it isn’t? Are you willing to take the risk?

Tim Esterdahl

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