Emergency supplies are essential for anyone who would like to be prepared for any disasters that may come without warning. Regardless of where you live, the potential for natural disasters such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes need to be prepared for. These same supplies can be used in during manmade disasters such as riots or terrorist attacks.
The number one step for making sure you are prepared in an emergency is to have emergency supplies ready to go and in an accessible place in your home. In a catastrophe, you should not rely on your community emergency staff since they may be busy helping others, especially if your live in a city with a high population.
In the event of an unforeseen disaster, banks and stores will probably be closed, roads and buildings may be dangerous and utilities will most likely be shut off. It is important for you to store emergency supply kits in your house, office, car or school since no one really knows when a disaster will occur.
There are also a lot of ready made survival emergency kits on the market today which contain high quality water, food, sanitation supplies, shelter, communication and medical supplies. There are also supplies of food and water that have been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard. These can be safely stored for more than five years without getting contaminated.
There are also available emergency supplies for specific types of emergencies that are conveniently packed and ready for use. For instance individuals who live in an area known for tornados will need a kit designed specifically to help survive tornados.
With this point in mind your home emergency supplies should always be targeted for the area lived in. Someone who lives in San Francisco, for example, is in an area known for occasional earthquakes. For this reason the emergency supplies used by people in this location will need to address the specific issue of earthquakes and not a kit that is made to deal with tsunamis. However, if you live in Thailand, Bali or Japan, tsunami survival emergency kits are a must.
Aside from emergency supplies, it would be a good idea to create a home emergency plan that every family member is familiar with should a disaster occur. It should be well thought out and designed by a professional if possible.
If you are on a budget and would like to create an emergency kit yourself rather than buy one, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first thing to remember is that water and food need to be the priority in your emergency kit creation. Many scenarios can threaten the degree of how potable your water is and food availability. A good rule of thumb would be to store approximately 2 weeks worth of water, food and other emergency supplies in the home if it is to be your place of shelter.