(TargetLiberty.org) – Disaster can strike at any time, which is why emergency preparedness is critical. While you don’t need to run out to the store and buy 700 rolls of toilet paper to last for the next few years, being adequately prepared for an emergency scenario is essential. Right now, the emergency at hand is the novel coronavirus — COVID-19.
Every year, millions of Americans rush to the store right before an impending disaster to stock up on last-minute essentials. Any Floridian facing down a hurricane will tell you that the ensuing chaos isn’t fun. In fact, this craziness only causes more problems.
If everyone were already prepared, an immediate emergency wouldn’t be so stressful.
What You Can Do
Here are some steps that you can take to ensure you are ready for anything that may come your way:
- Put your important papers somewhere safe
One of the most critical steps you should take is putting your important documents in a safe, fire-resistant box. Include birth certificates, social security cards, medication lists, important phone numbers, and even some extra cash. You want to be able to grab that box and go.
- Have water on hand
Plan on at least two weeks of water for each person in your family. To figure out how much water you need for each person, take their body weight and divide it in half. The result is how many ounces they need to stay hydrated.
For example, someone weighing 200 pounds should drink about 100 ounces per day. At a minimum, each person should have access to one gallon per day for drinking and sanitization.
- Set food aside
Make sure you have plenty of nonperishables on hand — enough for two weeks. If you buy canned goods, also buy a manual can opener, because you’ll still need to eat if the power goes out.
- Stock up on medications
Stocking up on medications can be difficult with restrictions on refills, so it may be a last-minute deal. Ideally, make sure you have enough medication to sustain you for a couple of weeks.
- Pack a first aid kit
Sometimes people are injured and unable to get to a hospital in the middle of a disaster. You need a well-stocked first aid kit, just in case. You can buy these kits at your local store, but it’s always a good idea to customize it for your specific needs.
This cannot be stressed enough: prepare in advance. An emergency kit containing all of the items listed above should always be within reach. People might think you’re paranoid, but at least you’ll be ready for anything.
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