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December 20, 2012

Emergency Kits and Other Essentials for Surviving a Hurricane, Tornado or Natural Disaster

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Not too long ago, the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas was ravaged by two powerful twisters. These tornadoes and the damage they inflicted (such as lifting and tossing huge trucks) were caught on tape. Even more, because tornadoes can form almost anywhere in less than half an hour, there really wasn’t time to issue any warning.

That being the case, having a disaster preparedness plan is practically a must. In fact, you should develop this type of plan for any type of natural distater – hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, what have you. Having a plan in place can very well make the difference with respect to surviving in these circumstances.

Initially, you should have prepared a number of emergency kits before any natural disaster is even looming on the horizon. At the top of the list should be a home emergency kit and a car emergency kit. The home emergency kit should contain enough supplies to keep you going for at least three days, and should include, among other things: batteries, a radio, a flashlight, and emergency food and water. In addition, it would be prudent to have an emergency generator on hand, as natural disasters can sometimes have long-term effects on electrical service.

With respect to your vehicle, a roadside assistance kit is expected to contain – at a minimum – booster cables, an air compressor, flashlight and batteries, fix-a-flat (or other tire repair/sealant) and a powerpack for jumping your car (as well as running small electrical appliances). Emergency water and food would also be beneficial, since there may not be sustenance nearby.

If possible, you should build a safe room or storm shelter. That way, in the event of a natural disaster like a typhoon or tropical cyclone, you will have an area specifically designed to withstand certain forces of nature. This will go a long way towards ensuring your survival ( as well as that of your family and loved ones) under adverse circumstances.

Needless to say, preparation is the key to surviving natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. That being the case, you need to place a high priority on things like assembling emergency kits and installing shelters and safe rooms. Actions of this nature will help keep injuries and damages to a minimum.

Learn more about How to Survive a Hurricane or Tornado. Stop by Sherman Isaacs’s site where you can find out all about Home and Car Emergency Kits and what they can do for you.

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