A doomsday type scenario may never happen, however, preparing for it is a popular trend many people across the globe are beginning to follow. Even if something that extreme never happens, we do see regular natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other challenges that doomsday prep can benefit.
When you live in a rural area, supplies like groceries and hardware are less readily available than it is in urban areas. No matter where someone lives, normally there are two types of people when preparing for a disaster: those who are “prepared for anything” and those who have enough to get by for a day or two. Regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, there are certain supplies you should always keep in your home, especially if you live farther away from civilization.
Water. Always have a few gallons of distilled water readily available. The standard is about a gallon of water per day, per person. For extra protection, have a rain catcher or other filtration system to replenish the water supply.
Food. Non-perishable food items like canned goods, dried beans, rice and cereal work great. Also keeping quick snacks like protein bars available will keep you satisfied until help arrives.
First aid kit. Kits should include Band-Aids, ointment, ibuprofen, sunscreen, antihistamine, and even hygiene products like a toothbrush and toothpaste. Also, keep extra needed prescribed medication in a safe place.
Important document storage. All of your important documents should already be stored somewhere important and within reach so you can access them if needed. Preferably in a water and fire proof container.
Utility knife. Keeping a knife that can serve multiple purposes works best. Also keep a variety of additional tools like matches, a shovel, etc that can help build or repair anything you may need.
Lighting source. Multiple flashlights with batteries, candles and lanterns will kept in case of darkness. If you want to take it a step further, buy a generator and keep a supply of gas and oil on hand.
A whistle. A lot of people forget this important gadget. If you get buried under rubble or stuck in a flood, a whistle can attract the attention of help nearby.
Obviously, there are many things according to your location, lifestyle and personal needs to consider other than the list above. There isn’t a such thing as being “too prepared,” but there will be a problem if you aren’t prepared at all. Having the bare minimum like items above will make sure you and your family are safe if disaster strikes.
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