Some disasters strike without notice, while others are predicted days or weeks in advance. By preparing now, you'll avoid the rush to stock up when disaster is imminent, and protect your family in cases where there's little to no warning.
One of the most important aspects of general preparedness is water storage, as nearly any disaster can harm the water supply or make it difficult to impossible for you to obtain clean water.
What to prepare for?
▪️ Natural Disasters - Storms, Earthquakes, etc.
▪️ Gas Leaks
▪️ Terrorist Attacks
▪️ Pandemics - Influenza, SARs, Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
▪️ Financial Crisis - Job Loss, Stock Market Crash, etc.
What to Store?
Start with a three day supply at minimum, and add more as you're able to prepare for longer emergencies. Outside of emergency water storage, stock up on food and other supplies, such as medication, and put together a checklist and plan to use in the event of an emergency.
The CDC & NCDP, recommend 1 gallon of water per day per person or pet in your family. Non-filtered water can be stored for up to 6 months, and filtered as needed on demand. You can also find water in unexpected places in your home to supplement your storage! Your water heater & the back tank of your toilet, are two examples. Additionally, you can store water in your bathtub when you have notice.
We recommend investing in a water filter that requires no electricity. The Travel Berkey for example, when filled continuously can provide the same amount of water as 21 bottles in one hour! Not to mention that the cost per gallon of Berkey filtered water is 42x less than bottled water,* plus you save a trip to the store, carrying all the bottled water, and the storage space!!
The Travel Berkey measures 19" high by 7.5" wide. When not in use, the Travel's chambers easily nest within each other and take up only 11"x7.5" of space, and weigh only 6 pounds empty! This makes it the perfect choice for emergency water preparedness. Three days of bottled water for a family of 4 would require 12 gallons (4 people x 3 days x 1 gallon/day), which would be 90 bottles of water (102 pounds**)!
*16.9 oz bottles priced at $0.11 each (bulk pricing).
** 1-gallon water weighs 8.5 lbs.
As with water, store at least 3 days of food for every member of your family, and pets. Make sure to check the shelf life of your stored food and avoid bulk packaged items that can spoil after opening. Check the preparation needs of your stored supplies, and try to avoid storing food that requires a lot of heat or water to prepare. Also, make sure to rotate your stockpile of non-perishables to keep the freshest food stored.
Make sure to store your food and water, in locations protected from extreme heat and cold.
▪️ Can Opener
▪️ Toilet Paper
▪️ Baby Formula and Diapers (if applicable)
▪️ First Aid Supplies
▪️ OTC Medications
▪️ Board Games
▪️ Crank Radio
▪️ Generator and knowledge on how to safely use as well as fuel and fuel stabilizer
▪️ Hard copies of important documents and health records
Make a Plan
It’s also important to make a plan of action that everyone knows! Your plan should include;
▪️ Meetup Place - in case you’re separated when a disaster occurs.
▪️ Emergency Contact List
▪️ Evacuation Plan - Evacuation routes and shelter locations
▪️ Stay in Place Plan - i.e. staying home
▪️ Financial Information
▪️ Notification Settings - plan how you will receive emergency announcements and updates
We highly recommend considering how and where you live in order to prepare for the disasters that would most likely affect you and your family. Check out the below resources to continue your general preparedness journey
Are you prepared?