There is a long list of natural disasters to choose from: hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and extreme flooding, ice, and snow. Each of these leaves many families scrambling to pack and leave home, and struggling to recover from their losses. As a proactive approach, many Americans creating a disaster plan just in case.
Scan And Save
First up on the list, is to scan and save to the Cloud every essential document and easy-to-scan personal mementos. Due to the personal and sensitive nature of these items, encryption is suggested. This includes but is not limited to:
- Family photos
- Scannable mementos—cards, Playbills, ticket stubs, letters, etc.
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Insurance paperwork
- All essential passwords
Pack A Go Bag For Each Family Member—With Pet Supplies
Next up, you should pack a hiking backpack for every family member, and don’t forget to leave room for your laptop and smartphone. If you have pets, invest in convenient emergency travel carriers. You go bag should include items such as:
- PJs, a weeks’ worth of socks and undies, at least 2 weather-appropriate changes of clothing, 2 pairs of shoes/boots, and weather-appropriate outerwear.
- 4 liters of water and 2 days’ worth of non-perishable food items—dried fruit and nuts, meal replacement bars, pet food, prepackaged nonperishables.
- Essential hygiene items—toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, disposable body washcloths, deodorant, lotion, lip balm, fingernail clippers, hairbrush, body wash, shampoo, etc. Travel-sized is fine.
- Cash and spare credit cards—but cash is a must.
- Sleeping bag.
- Spare keys to the house.
- At least 1 weeks-worth of essential prescriptions.
- 1 shared first-aid kit with local survival supplies like a compass, lighter, solar radio, flashlight, and water purifier.
- Spare smartphone and laptop battery and/or solar electronics charger.
On Hand Emergency Supplies
A natural disaster may not cause you to evacuate, but may instead strand you in your home. Here is what you need:
- At least 1 weeks’ worth of non-perishable canned, dried, and non-perishable food.
- At least 1 gallon of water per family member for 3 to 7 full days.
- Something to heat food and water, such a grill or camping items.
- Light sources—flashlights, lanterns, candles, etc.
- A secondary heat source and/or least spare wood for your fireplace.
- Consider a generator or independent solar powered power source.
- A tanks worth of extra gas.
- Fire and waterproof safe.
- First aid kit as mentioned above.
Also have a 5 minute or less evac plan that allows you to do a quick sweep for essentials, such as family jewelry and heirlooms. While no disaster plan is foolproof, it is better to plan than do nothing at all.