Hi and welcome to another OddLearning post.
Today we are going to talk (write) about Emergency Bags and if you don’t have one ready, you might want to prepare it.
And emergency bag-kit can come in very handy when a disaster happens. Sadly nowadays our news are covered with them, from hurricanes, earthquakes to shootings and terrorist attacks.
Before I list what you should pack in your bag there’s a few things you should do;
- Learn about disasters that could happen in your area, every place is different, if you live near a volcano that might be your potential disaster.
- Prepare your emergency bag.
- Rehearse an escape plan, make sure you know where the emergency exits are, and the nearest safe point where if separated you could reunite with your loved ones.
- Keep a notebook with important phone numbers and information. Services could fail and you might not have access to a phone or computers.
- And last, including all the above is to prepare mentally. We know that its hard to picture how to react against the disaster, but after doing the preparations it’s easier to acknowledge it could happen.
There are many organizations that inform you and urge you to store emergency supplies. They update them as necessary, like the Introduction to Canadian Response to Natural Disasters Abroad which you can see in the PDF below.
Now I will list the items that are named in almost every Emergency Kit list. Remember, you might need more or some would be unnecessary depending on which part of the world you live in.
Emergency Bag-Kit List:
- It is recommended to keep 2 to 3 gallons of water per person.
- Three to four days worth of non-perishable ready to eat foods.
- Warm change of clothes
- Comfortable shoes, preferably sturdy to protect your feet.
- First aid kit. (Try to find a waterproof kit container to keep the medication and gauze dry and safe)
- Whistle. (In case you are lost or trapped this helps rescue workers find you)
- Plastic sheet for shelter, there is many big ones easy to store, taking little space.
- Flash light.
- Radio. (In past emergencies the radio has been the main way to inform people after a disaster)
- Copy of important documents.
- Dust masks.
- Can opener, utensils or a pocket tool set which can include all.
- Waterproof matches. (Safer than a lighter)
- Toilet paper and toiletries.
- Cash and credit cards.
- If you have a car, prepare a spare set of keys. (If you are in a rush to get out you won’t have to worry about looking for your keys)
- Paper and pencil.
Do not worry about “saving” things that can be replaced! In an emergency just focus in getting you and your loved ones to safety!
I hope this information is useful and more than anything that wherever you might be you are safe.
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