Be Red Cross Ready: No need to be a professional to be ready with your own Survival Pack
Lately, movies like Hunger games and Divergent have showcased post-apocalyptic life. How did they survive all of those disasters? Since, it’s not yet there, you have time to prepare and gather the essential items so that you and you’re loved ones can survive- whether it’s a zombie attack or a tsunami.
Being ready in times of emergencies doesn’t require a degree but it does require you to know the basics. They say that failing to plan is planning to fail; not having a plan when disaster strikes are planning for disaster.
Keeping these easy to carry survival packs at home or they can be taken when evacuation is required might save your life and others.
According to the American Red Cross, here are a few basic supplies at a minimum you should have:
- Water: 3 day supply for evacuation, 2 week supply for home (1 gallon per person a day)
- Food: easy to prepare and non- perishable; same with water, 3 day supply for evacuation and 2 week supply at home.
- Radio (battery operated or hand crank, Weather radio as much as possible)
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit (7 day supply of medications and other medical items)
- Multi-purpose tool (Swiss army knife)
- Personal hygiene and sanitation items (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, etc.)
- Copies of important personal documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, ids, proof address, home deed or lease and medical lists and information)
- Cell phone with chargers
- Extra cash
- Emergency contact information of family members
- Emergency blankets
- Maps of the area
That’s just a few of the basics in a survival pack. There are also additional items for other needs like contact lenses, hearing aids with extra batteries in consideration with some members of the family. Two way radios; whistle, matches, spare keys for the car and the house, a manual can opener and if there are pets- food and leash and collar identifications.
Keeping the survival bag at hand
You might be at home or in the workplace, emergencies like floods and earthquakes happen at any time, either night or day. This survival backpack may come in many shapes and sizes. You can make your own by gathering the supplies inside or you can buy one as a set in your local Red Cross store or drug store. Ask for a specific kit since some are prepared for hiking, camping activities.
Just make sure it is complete with the basics and include other personal items especially the ones in your home. Include medications for allergies and emergency phone numbers. If you got it together, make sure to:
- Check it regularly
- Make sure the batteries inside the kit are functional (flashlights, cell phone, etc.)
- Change expired or out of date items
The best locations for a first aid kit that is complete will come handy for emergencies. Stock one in your car and at home (make sure everyone in the family knows its location).
Knowing when to use it
Know the types of emergencies in which that survival pack will be useful that may likely occur in your area. It may affect only you and your family (home fires or cuts and wounds or other medical emergencies) and those that will affect the entire community like floods and earthquakes.
Watch this video to see what to put in your Pack!