The adage “knowledge is power” holds true for disaster situations. Knowing what to do, where things are and practicing evacuation procedures is a big help for families. Radios are of great use and importance so that people can get information on the event – biochemical threats, terrorist attacks etc. Items such as can openers, wrenches and cell phones are useful to have.
Before starting a skit, people should think about the likes and dislikes of family members. Stocking food that will be eaten with high nutritional value like snack foods, bars etc. is a good idea. People should also keep in mind that they may not be able to cook so most of the food has to be ready made.
Space and portability are important factors to consider when preparing the kit. Supplies have to be stored in a cool, dry area in the home which is free of pests. One could also opt for the food dispensers to keep the food free from germs – checkout the survival first aid kit. Water is the most important item which will be needed in the event of a disaster. Water is available in jugs or aluminum cans – portability is of utmost importance as young children will not be able to carry much.
Since there are unnatural events and there is no window on normalcy, it is a good idea to include a few books and puzzles so that people can sit together as a family and do things that will keep their mind occupied during this stressful period. The more people can help themselves, the more useful they are to others.