It may be a scary thought but preparing for a natural disaster could save your life.
Writing for My Domaine, Hadley Mendelsohn consulted The Red Cross and other natural disaster survival sources to create a thorough packing list.
From things you may expect to need, such as a flashlight, to more obscure items like a hand-crank radio, The Red Cross suggests keeping your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
A writer who felt concerned about the prospect of a natural disaster consulted The Red Cross and other natural disaster survival sources to create a thorough packing list, which should all go into a sturdy backpack like this
1. A sturdy backpack: Opt for a bag constructed from heavy duty material and water resistant inner coating.
2. Water: The Red Cross recommends taking one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
3. Food: They suggest packing non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items. It's always handy to have some high energy protein bars, too.
4. Flashlight: In case of a power cut. As an alternative to a flashlight, you could try a waterproof, inflatable travel light.
5. Radio: Choose a battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
Other items that should go into your bag include (L-R): A portable phone charger case like a Mophie, a flashlight in case of power cuts and a high protein or energy bar
You should also pack an emergency radio; choose a battery-powered or hand-crank radio
6. Extra batteries in case those in your flashlight or radio run out.
7. First aid kit: You first aid kit should contain essentials like aspirin, antiboitic ointment, a cold compress, bandages, scissors and tape.
8. Multi-purpose tool: Opt for one with corkscrew, blade, bottle and can opener and a screw driver.
9. Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
A flashlight is essential but a waterproof, inflatable travel light will also work wonders. If you're without heat, or if you're forced to spend the unexpected night outdoors, hop in the SOL Emergency Bivvy as soon as the temperature drops and instantly improve the odds in your favour
10. Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
11. Mobile phone with chargers: Invest in a Mophie extra charging case.
13. Emergency blanket: If you're without heat, or if you're forced to spend the unexpected night outdoors, hop into an emergency Bivy as soon as the temperature drops and instantly improve the odds in your favour.
12. Extra cash.
14. Map of the area.
Additional supplies to keep at home or in your survival kit based on the types of disasters common to your area:
N95 or surgical masks
Tools/supplies for securing your home
Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
Household liquid bleach
Blankets or sleeping bags