5 Easy Ways to Start Prepping for Emergencies
It seems like you can’t go two days in a row without hearing about some terrifying natural disaster or emergency occurring somewhere in the world. From ice storms to wildfires; from hurricanes and tornados to earthquakes, pandemics, tidal waves, and blackouts—the truth is that there’s a lot that can go wrong for us on our deceptively peaceful blue marble. But with responsibilities associated with work and family, it can be difficult to scrounge up enough time and money to adequately prepare for all of the dangers this planet has to offer. Well, don’t fret; here are five simple and inexpensive ways you can get yourself and your loved ones ready to face down any disaster.
1. Start Storing Water
In an emergency, water is often both the most important and most difficult to acquire of all of the basic human needs. We tend to forget just how much we rely on our city’s water purification systems, right up until the moment we find ourselves having to drain drinking water from the back of the toilet. The truth is that clean, fresh water can be very difficult to come by. Thus, one of the most important things you can do is to start including as much water as you can in your emergency food storage. An easy way to do this is to purchase a gallon of water for your emergency supply every time you go shopping. This will only end up costing you an extra dollar or so every trip, and your water storage will build up very quickly. Also, it would be a good idea to invest in some non-electric water purifiers (such as the kind that operate with a pump), or to get some purifying drops/tablets as a back up (but remember: stored clean water is always a safer way to go).
2. Make a Grab-And-Go Box For All Your Important Documents
If you find that you have to evacuate your home, you’re not going to want to waste precious minutes running around the house gathering important documents. Instead, store all of the paperwork that you absolutely can’t do without in a small, portable, fire-proof box. Things such as birth certificates, social security cards, financial documents, insurance info, etc., should all be able to fit inside. Keep the box in an easy-to-remember spot. Make copies of these documents and keep them in a safe location away from your home, such as with a relative or in a safe-deposit box.