Preparing for Disaster: What to Pack in an Emergency Preparedness Kit
Natural disasters can strike at any time and worryingly, many people make no provisions to help them cope in the event of an emergency. Disaster preparedness kits aren’t just for people living in earthquake zones or hurricane risk areas. The worldwide climate changes due to global warming are making natural disasters such as floods and storms increasingly common and the effects can be devastating.
In 2012, a storm system battered New York, flooding subways and tunnels, leaving thousands without power for days. Wild fires in Australia destroy homes and claim lives every year; while millions of people here in the UK live in flood risk areas and are affected by flooding every year.
Wherever you live in the world, you should take the time to prepare a disaster kit and store it in a safe place. In the event that disaster does strike, this LIFESAVER Solo Disaster Kit may just save your life.
What to put in a disaster supplies kit
- - Water – one gallon per person per day for three days supply is recommended
- - A LIFESAVER jerrycan or LIFESAVER bottle with filters – it is not practical to store more than a few days water supply, but an emergency water purification system will allow you to remove bacteria and pathogens from any water supply, making it safe to drink
- - Food – choose dried and tinned food that is non-perishable and include enough supplies to last you at least three days
- - First aid kit
- - Mobile phone with spare battery or solar charger
- - Torch with spare batteries
- - Radio with extra batteries or a wind-up radio
- - List of emergency contact numbers
- - Copies of important documents
- - Penknife and whistle
Of all the supplies that you may need in an emergency, clean water is the most important. It is possible to live for weeks without food but most people will die within three to five days without water.
Drinking or even washing in contaminated water puts you at risk of contracting waterborne diseases such as dysentery and typhoid. This is why a water purification system such as the LIFESAVER bottles and LIFESAVER jerrycans should be a part of everyone’s disaster kit.
By investing in a survival water purification system, you are ensuring that you have access to clean water for months, which could make a huge difference to your survival. Clean water saves lives and a LIFESAVER water filter bottle could certainly save your life one day.