With the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on the U.S.A.’s East Coast, officials are predicting widespread, long-lasting electrical outages affecting millions of people. Although this hurricane is an expected event, electrical blackouts can happen at any time with little to no warning as result of earthquakes, storms, floods, solar storms, cyber attack or other catastrophe and in some cases can extend for days, weeks or even longer.
Even if you know an event like a hurricane is coming, you may not be able to properly prepare because you will be competing for supplies with thousands of other people in your area. Necessities are always in short supply leading up to or directly after a disaster. Further compounding problems, extended power outages could also disrupt water and gas supplies because pumps, filtration and sanitation equipment need electricity to operate. With this in mind, the following is a list of items that will help you survive an extended emergency:
Top 10 Essential Doomsday Prepper Supplies for a Short-Term Emergency:
Water is the most essential emergency supply but many people make the mistake of underestimating just how much water they need. Did you know that the average American utilizes just over 69 gallons of water of water indoors per day? Obviously, in an emergency rationing situation you will be using much less but how much is enough. FEMA recommends at least 1 gallon per person (don’t forget your pets) per day. If you want to bath or use the toilet, you’ll need more.
In an emergency, you may not have access to health facilities for an extended period of time so it is vital that you have a month’s supply of medications for serious health conditions. It’s equally important that medications and medical records are stored properly.
Shopping to prepare for a disaster is very similar to shopping for a camping trip. Be sure to have at least a two-week supply of nonperishable food. Store your food in a safe and convenient place so that it is easily accessible in an emergency.
4. Heat Source
Having a portable heat supply is important because most modern furnaces depend on electricity to function properly. Do not assume that your fireplace will remain intact or that your firewood will remain dry. Even those living in warmer climates should have a propane portable heater.
The flashlight app on your smartphone is not going to sustain you for very long when the power goes out which is why everyone should invest in a quality flashlight with an ample supply of batteries. Long burning candles should also be purchased with waterproof matches.
6. Portable Propane Grill
Propane grills and camping stoves are important to have for cooking food and sterilizing items. Ultra-small, lightweight camping stoves can be purchased for very affordable prices.
7. First Aid Kit
Chances are that you already have some type of first aid kit in your house but you need to verify that you have the right supplies for an emergency such as: an assortment of bandages, EpiPen (for allergic reactions), anti-diarrhea medications, antiseptics, antacids, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory drugs, cold pack, latex gloves, scissors, tweezers, thermometer and water proof bag (to store everything in).
Hand cranked emergency radios are a great tool to have to keep informed on the latest news before, during and after an emergency.
9. Power and Propane Supply
Having a solar power charger and an ample supply of batteries is a necessity in an emergency due to our dependence on electronics for everything nowadays. Be sure to have plenty of propane stocked up to power your heater and stove.
One of the most important tools that you should have on hand is a gas shut-off wrench. These are especially critical in tornado and earthquake prone areas where gas lines are frequently ruptured.
How prepared are you for an emergency? It’s important not to be overwhelmed but to start taking small steps to build your emergency supply kit such as buying a few small items with each grocery store trip.