Our world is ever changing and at a quicker and quicker pace. Very few of these changes are of positive nature. Among these less positive changes; rising crime rates in our cities, bullying, shootings, and road rage. And although a bit further away, the political hotspots sprouting all over the globe are affecting us as well. In their wake is the mounting fear of terrorist attacks. If that isn’t enough to get you on your toes, just think about the increase of natural disasters over the past decades. Today we are driven to prepare for worst case scenarios our grandparents had never heard of. That’s why the better prepared we are, the safer we feel. Here’s a checklist for a few obstacles we may have to face :
- Home Security – our first line of defense. Home is our safe haven, where we want to feel at peace and protected from the outside world. That’s not always easy. If you live in an area boasting high crime rates, such as the city of lights, you already have something in place to protect your family against burglary like a home security system offered by ADT Security Las Vegas, Nevada. Especially when you aren’t at home, it’s good to know someone is watching out for you, alerting the authorities and informing you in case of a break in or fire.
- Food, Water and Medication – are things everyone needs on a daily basis to survive. In case of a disaster, manmade or natural, you have to assume the shops won’t be open and you’ll need to have enough supplies on hand to survive for as long as possible. Your long term storage area should be cool and dark, to avoid spoiling. The other thing to keep in mind is that it’s best to store these items in bins, which will be easy to move in case you have to bug out. Medication should not be stored long term but always in reach and ready to pack. Make sure you have a waterproof pouch or baggie ready to put your medication in. If things get wet, you’ll be sure your pills won’t be subjected to humidity and deteriorate. Dry foods, dehydrated meals, and protein bars are all light weight, compact items with a long shelf life and are ideal for the storage bin. If you want to store cans and such, it should be to bug in on account of their weight and bulkiness.
- Clothing – is the last thing we think of when bugging out, that’s why it should be in your bug out bag. Knowing what and what not to pack can make all the difference in an emergency. Two to three changes of underwear, socks and t-shirts, a sweater, a jacket, gloves, sunglasses, a spare pair of pants. These are things you’ll be grateful for if you have to hit the road unexpectedly.
- Flashlights– should always be at hand at home, in a bug out bag and in the car. You never know when you’ll need them. Being in the dark can turn a scary situation into a terrifying one.
- Battery operated radios – Knowing what is going on is very important. Hearing how the situation is evolving will help you with planning your next move. That’s why a battery operated radio is vital in any emergency situation.
These are just a few things to keep close and ready. It’s important not to rely on others to prepare for you, but to know exactly where everything is and how to get to it. Testing escape routes, looking for alternate dwellings and having a plan B can make all the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. Being prepared gives you piece of mind and the knowledge that you and your family are as safe as you can be. Safety doesn’t happen by accident, it’s reached through preparation.