When a disaster strikes, it can be unexpected and can completely change your life. Natural disasters like fires, floods, tornados and hurricanes can decimate neighborhoods and can leave you stranded without help for days or weeks. Manmade disasters like a nuclear strike or riot can be even more unexpected and deadly and the damage can last for years or even decades.

You and your family need to be prepared to survive, no matter what kind of emergency happens. In this article, we’ll go over 10 tips to protect your home and your family in an emergency.

1. Food

A large store of non-perishable foods and bottled water is the first step in preparing for an emergency. In an emergency situation, grocery stores and convenience stores will either be closed or hard to get to, so you need to have food on hand in case you can’t stock up before a disaster strikes.

The best type of food for an emergency are canned or preserved foods, like canned beans, beef jerky, pickles, and canned fruits. These foods are non-perishable, meaning they won’t go bad, and most of them don’t need to be cooked to be eaten.

Make sure to store food in the attic as well as the basement; if a flood fills the basement, you’ll have food in the attic, and if the house is destroyed or unhabitable, you’ll still have food in the basement. You can also

2. Water Purifier

Having a large store of water is important, but even the largest stores of water will run out eventually. Having a way to purify water is a great back up plan that can save your life if you run out of potable water.

There are many ways to purify water. You can purify water by boiling it, but sometimes you won’t have the heat to boil your water in an emergency. You can buy water purification tablets that will make water safe to drink, and you can also buy a UV light “wand” that uses UV light to purify water.

3. Medical Supplies

Whether an emergency is manmade or natural, you’re going to need medical supplies. If you are lucky enough to get through the emergency without injury or illness, medical services won’t be available for hours, days, weeks, or even years. You’ll need medical supplies in case someone gets hurt or sick while these medical services aren’t available.

Make sure that your medical supplies include gauze, band-aids, cold compresses, compression wraps, disinfectant, burn ointment, and anti-inflammatories. If you want to make sure that you’re ready for the worst case scenario, you can also buy antibiotics to fight infections, casting materials for broken bones, and sutures to close deep wounds.

If you buy these advanced pieces of medical equipment, make sure you know how to use them properly and safely.

4. Survival Knife or Tool

A good survival knife or tool is essential in preparing for an emergency or disaster. A good survival knife or tool allows you to protect yourself, cut tough material like rope or wood, and prepare food.

There are many survival knives on the market that can be used for defense, sawing, cutting, and stripping wood, and cooking. But some survival knives aren’t large enough to cut wood with and might not meet your needs.

Hatchets and billhooks are great choices for survival tools because they are small enough to carry but large and heavy enough to cut through thick things like branches and logs. The best way to protect your home and yourself is to buy a survival knife for cooking, defense, and other small tasks and buy a hatchet or billhook for heavier work like cutting logs.

5. Cordage

Cordage is another essential item in your survival gear for an emergency. Cordage is any type of tough rope or string and can be used for a number of scenarios in an emergency. You can use cordage to make shelter and fishing line, hang food, make snares and traps, climb obstacles, and much more.

Make sure to buy cordage that is tough and won’t fray or break under pressure. Paracord is a type of cordage used in parachute strings and is very tough, making it a popular choice for survivalists. You can also use fishing line, climbing rope, and snare wire as cordage as well.

6. Radio

An emergency radio that lets you broadcast and receive signals is one of the most useful emergency items. An emergency radio allows you to pick up signals like emergency broadcasts and also allows you to send signals, which can be picked up by emergency services. If you or your family need rescuing and the phone lines are down, an emergency radio might be the only thing that can save your life.

If you live in a populated area, you should buy a radio that has a medium range because you won’t need a wide reach to contact someone. If you live in a rural area, make sure to buy a radio that has a long range so you can contact any emergency services are nearby.

7. Portable Lighting

In an emergency or disaster, it is likely that you will lose power. That means stumbling around in the dark during a dangerous situation, which could be deadly. Having a portable light source will ensure that you can see both inside and outside of your house.

Make sure to stock up on batteries for your light source because you will run out of power if you are using it a lot. You can also buy a solar-powered light or solar-powered batteries which can be charged by the sun to make sure you don’t run out of juice.

8. Fire Source

If you lose power in an emergency or disaster, you’ll also lose your heating. This can be very dangerous and can cause you and your family to freeze to death in a few hours. You should have a dependable fire source available to help you warm up, cook food, and boil water.

Make sure that you have a stockpile of wood ready in case of an emergency. If your house has a fireplace then you can heat your home with that; if you don’t have a fireplace, you can use metal containers like soup cans or trash cans to hold the embers from a fire and heat the rooms in your home.

9. Dog

A dog is one of the more useful survival tools during an emergency. A dog can give you and your family comfort, help you hunt, protect you, and warn you to dangerous animals or intruders.

While bigger breeds are better for survival, smaller dogs can still provide companionship, protection, and serve as a warning system. No matter how big your dog is, make sure they are well trained and have a stockpile of food.

10. Equipment

If a disaster happens, you’ll need to rebuild after. But what if no one can reach you to help? Some disasters can uproot large trees or destroy homes, and if you can’t fix the damage, your life is in danger.

Buying equipment like chainsaws, tractors, shovels, and carpentry equipment will ensure that you’re ready to repair any damage to your home and property. Some equipment can be expensive, so wait for winter time to hit the hardware stores for great sales.

Protect Your Home from Future Threats

Now that you have an idea of how to prepare your family for emergencies and disasters, you can take steps to protect your home from anything that might come your way. But preparing your home is just one part of the process; you have to prepare your mind as well.

If you have questions about protecting your home and how to prepare for anything life throws your way, please visit our blog.

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