We can’t prepare for all that Mother Nature throws at us but we can prepare for hurricanes. The National Hurricane Center in Miami has a wealth of information to help people be prepared and can forecast probabilities giving people plenty of notice. Please heed their warnings!
As for other natural disasters you can be somewhat prepared for them too, have an emergency kit on hand, one never knows when a disaster big or small may happen; downed trees cause power outages, accidents can cause gas leaks and evacuations. You may need to survive without emergency assistance for days.
Emergency kits can be purchased at various locations including the American Red Cross however they can easily be made. A rubber totes or backpack work perfectly. Complete lists are available of items to include but should be everything you may need to survive for three days. Some items to include should be water, non-perishable food, can opener, medications, flashlights, batteries, hand sanitizer, baby wipes and a basic first aid kit. You may also want to keep copies of banking and insurance information and some extra cash. Other considerations are water purifying products, clothing and entertainment (Yes I know that sounds crazy but if you are stuck in a shelter for hours you may need it… Playing Cards, word puzzles, book or game
And don’t forget your pet, have a back pack ready with food, leashes, water, and their favorite toy.
As we travel we consider everything we may need during a extended road trip or a long flight, think of everything you may need to live three days.
As Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts we are taught to be prepared but are we? Are you?
And FYI…yes I have a kit and one for my cat I was a Girl Scout Leader for too long not to have a kit! You know lead by example.