Long Term Disaster Planning

 Long Term Disaster Planning

What if no one is coming to help you?

It is impossible for emergency response teams to be everywhere at the same time. This is why it is so important that you plan to take care of yourself for extended periods of time.

72 hours is all good but in reality, it may take a lot longer for help to reach you and your family.

Checklist for Long Term Survival

  • Develop a disaster plan
  • Develop a family communications plan
  • Prepare a 72 hour response kit
  • Prepare a first aid kit
  • Make sure that every family member fully understands the plan
  • Practice the plan at least once a month
  • Start by storing enough water for a 72 hour period and then build on that
  • Store non perishable foods
  • Have clothes that are seasonably appropriate
  • Identify temporary shelters in your city or town
  • Make a list of all media sources that you can rely on to bring you the information that you need during a disaster
  • Always refill medications as soon as possible
  • Water/wind proof matches
  • Cooking stove
  • Buy a portable generator
  • Extra fuel
  • Know your children’s school’s plans
  • Learn your community plans
  • Wind up flashlight
  • Wind up radio
  • Evacuate if you are told to
  • Have plans in place for your pets
  • Have plans in place for your livestock
  • Learn alternative routes to leave your area
  • Have a first aid kit in your car
  • Always carry extra clothes, blankets and flashlight in your car
  • Designate a person outside of your area to contact in case you get separated from the family.
  • If you have people with special needs in your family, have a plan for them
  • Pay attention to the local weather updates
  • Keep important papers together
  • Be aware of what disasters can occur in your location
  • Keep your car tuned up and filled with gas in case you need to evacuate
  • Keep extra food for your pets
  • Learn how to shut off gas and water valves in your house
  • Know where the breaker box is in your house
  • Learn how to shelter in place
  • Know what to do in case of chemical emergencies
  • Learn CPR
  • Keep your cell phone charged
  • Start an emergency fund
  • Install smoke detectors
  • Install CO2 detectors
  • Write down emergency numbers and place them on your refrigerator
  • Gather candles and oil lanterns
  • Develop a plan and practice it!

30 Day Survival Kit

We don’t always have enough warning to prepare for an emergency. If a major disaster struck now, could you manage with only the items that you have on you now?

If you are starting now then you have time to prepare. While the end of the world may not be a real threat right now, disasters happen for which you can prepare for. You can prepare for hurricanes, earth quakes, blizzards, extended power outages or a wide spread pandemic.

The primary requirements for survival are food, fuel, water, and shelter but let’s take a look at what should be included in your 30 day survival kit.

Basics for a Family of 4

  • Masks with respirators
  • Survival/foraging book
  • Folding stove and two 8-ounce cans of fuel
  • Slow Burn Candles
  • 60 hour pillar candle
  • 100 gallon bladder with a siphon pump
  • Camper’s shower
  • Portable water filters
  • Propane heater/cooker and propane cylinders
  • Solar powered multi band and short wave radio with cell phone charger
  • Windup radio and flashlight
  • Collapsible five gallon water containers
  • MRE (Two meals per person per day)
  • MRE heater
  • 12 Hour Light sticks
  • Magnesium fire starters

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