Emergency Tips

We think we’re invincible.

from cartoons&comics

We’re not.

from deviantart

Recent events such as the Japanese tsumani, Alabama tornadoes, and even the recent spate of bad hurricanes can quickly disable you and your family and leave you completely unprepared.

Don’t be unprepared.

from mwebb

I’ve compiled a list of some things to keep around the house to ensure that you are as prepared as you can be for a disaster that we all think won’t happen.

1. Copies of vital documents.

from clearingspace

You will want to make several copies and keep 1 set in a safe place in your house (fireproof/waterproof box, preferably), 1 set in a safe deposit box (if possible), and at least 1 set with someone you trust (who lives in a different town, if possible).

Vital documents include:

  • birth certificates
  • marriage certificates
  • wills
  • passports
  • social security cards
  • deeds
  • insurance information
  • irreplaceable photographs

2. Plan for each family member to have the same person as an emergency contact to call or email should anything happen.

from coastercreations

3. Keep instructions on how to shut off water and gas valves near the valve itself.

from nwlink

4. Keep cash on hand in case ATMs are not available and debit and credit cards are not usable.

from aerialnoise

5. Stash water like it’s Y2K.

from roundrockjournal

We prepared for the end of the world when Y2K rolled around. A closet was dedicated to hoarding water, canned goods, and grain. We even stuck a typewriter in there in case the world’s computers imploded.

6. Stash food like it’s Y2K.

from sundaybaker

This means canned goods (rotate them to ensure that they remain good–canned beans can go bad. Trust me.), shelf stable items such as ramen and Rice-a-Roni, and grain if you have a grain mill.

If you do have a grain mill, make sure that it’s not strictly electric, but also has a hand-crank in case there is no electricity to power it. Mine does. Sometimes I just feel the need to work out and crank out some flour. Much more productive than going to the gym.

7. Flashlights and batteries.

from xdadelvelopers

This is typical first aid kit information. However, don’t just keep them in one place. What if a tree fell on that part of your house? Create areas throughout your house to keep these items.

8. First Aid Kit.

from aboutfirstaid

Yup, stash several of them throughout the house as well. It doesn’t have to be a fancy store-bought kit, either. Make one yourself and keep it in a gallon ziploc bag.

9. Candles and matches.

from methprincess

To make it simple, keep them with your first aid kit. Or the flashlights. Or the Rice-a-Roni.

10. Battery operated radio. With extra batteries.

from radionow

To hear weather reports and news of zombie invasions, of course.

Bottom line–be prepared. At the very least, you can always drink stashed water later or play flashlight tag in the dark–but if you don’t have them when you need it, you’ll regret it.

suck it, martha.

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4 Comments on “Emergency Tips”

  1. August 30, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    I’m completely frightened now. All I have is candles and a raggedy blue envelope that has all of my vital documents and I’m not even sure where my passport is!!!!! (I do, actually, just wanted to create a feeling of histeria 🙂

  2. August 30, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    make copies! Give them to me! *evil laugh* Just kidding. I’ll take good care of your raggedy documents.

  3. September 15, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    this made me a little nervous and set my OCD into overdrive. I am making a copy so I can go home and mark things off my list. My plan, if the world is ending, was just to rob Kroger….

  4. September 15, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    Robbing Kroger in the event of apocalypse or hurricane is a sound plan. Maybe you should have a Plan B, though….

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