“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 22:3 (NLT)
The key to disaster readiness is preparation. A few questions asked and answered, relatively inexpensive supplies gathered and ready, and a personal procedure plan will increase the likelihood of your survival in the event of a disaster that touches your city and home.
THE WILL TO SURVIVE
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. You are not alone in your struggle. When disaster strikes—God is still in control! Our God knows how to care for His children. You must resist panic and fear. They can immobilize and confuse you when time and action are most important. God often repeats in His Word: “Be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you.” Begin now to commit to memory Bible verses that bring comfort and strength. World Harvest Faith Center International can get you started with suggested verses and keep the victory in difficult times. The Word of God is your strongest defense against fear and confusion. Build up your faith, NOW, with consistent Bible reading and memorization.
Now is the time to take seriously your commitment to improving your overall health. Adequate sleep, regular exercise, and healthy food choices will build up your resistance to infection. Your susceptibility to disease will be reduced if you have a healthy immune system. Begin taking antioxidants to give your body the extra help it may require. Pat Robertson has written an excellent guide to Antioxidant therapy that we have included here. Click here http://worldharvestfaithcenter.com/pat-robertson-antioxidants to read it.
Make an appointment to see your dentist and repair any teeth that need attention. During an emergency, adequate dental care may not be available. You can avoid serious infection, and the pain and mental distraction that it can cause, by getting your teeth cared for now.
PREPARE A SURVIVAL KIT
You will have an advantage in coping with disaster if you have prepared a survival kit before danger strikes. Assemble the following items in an easy-to-carry container such as a large covered trash can with handles. Kits for the car, office or school can be placed in a waterproof backpack. There are six basic areas to supply: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding, and emergency tools and equipment. Here are a few important factors to consider regarding the two main necessities for survival.
Store water in plastic containers. You will need one gallon of water per person, per day. Keep at least a three-day supply of water on hand. In the event your water supply is depleted, you can procure water from other sources. Purify water of uncertain purity before using it to drink, prepare or cook food, or use for personal hygiene. Boiling is the safest method for water purification. Bring water to a rolling boil for ten minutes. Also, adding ten drops of chlorine bleach to one gallon of water, then letting it stand 30 minutes, will purify it. Or, you can buy purification tablets at a camping or drug store. Water from a moving source, such as a river or spring will be safer to use than water from a stagnant or standing source, such as a pond or lake.
YOUR EMERGENCY CHECKLIST
> The Bible
> Bottled water (1 gallon per person, for at least 3 days)
> Water filter and purification tablets
> Chlorine bleach
> Food (non-perishable, enough for at least 3 days—little or no cooking)
> Unbreakable plates and utensils
> Energy food bars
> Camping cooking stove and fuel
> Dust masks
> Battery or crank operated radios (2) and extra batteries
> Flashlights (extra batteries and spare bulb)
> First aid kit and manual
> Fire extinguisher
> Crescent and pipe wrenches for turning off utilities
> Spare eyeglasses
> All prescription medications taken by family
> Pliers, pocket knife, screwdriver, hatchet and shovel
> Tissues, toilet paper, and sanitary napkins
> Soap, toothbrushes and paste, and personal care items
> Pet food (if pets are present)
> Candles and matches (keep in plastic bag)
> Rain gear
> Plastic freezer bags, wrap, heavyduty garbage bags, and aluminum foil
> Sleeping bag (one per person)
> Cash (ATMs may not be working)
> Road flares
> Plastic tubing for siphoning
> Large garbage can with cover
> Manual can opener
> Solar blanket
> Complete set of clothes for each family member
> Extra socks and shoes for each family member
> Paper, pen and pencils
> Extra set of house and car keys
> Important phone numbers
> Important photos
> Large rolls or sheets of plastic and duct tape
> Washcloths and towels
To make a simple water filter:
Purchase a large metal bucket. Poke holes in the bottom of the bucket. Cut a circle of clean cloth a little larger than the top of the bucket and press down into the bottom of the bucket. Place three inches of gravel in bucket. Now fill the bucket with water and allow it to drain into a clean container below. Boil the drained water for ten minutes and let it cool. Replace your emergency water every six months to keep it fresh.
Store at least three days’ supply of non-perishable food. Choose foods that require no refrigeration, cooking or preparation. Be sure to include high- protein items, such as protein and energy bars, peanut butter, and ready-to- eat soups. Rotate your supplies every six months. Food can remain edible after that time period, but its nutritional value is depleted. Include a few comfort foods in your supply. Items such as packaged cookies, instant coffee and teabags, the things your family enjoys, will help lift your spirits in hard times.
PREPARE A FAMILY PLAN OF ACTION
Having a family disaster plan will enable you to cope and act quickly when an emergency arises. Working together to create this plan will give your family a sense of confidence and readiness, as well as foster teamwork and unity. Here are a few suggestions on items you need to cover:
• Be sure your home is covered with the proper insurance. Standard homeowner policies cover wind-related damage and wind-driven rain damage, but not flood damage. Many hurricane victims are left without reimbursement because they did not have flood insurance. Check your policy now, before you need it.
• Use a videocamera to record the contents of your home to help with insurance claims.
• Choose an out-of-state family contact person. Each member of your family should memorize this phone number and check in with the contact as soon as possible should disaster strike.
• Discuss the types of disasters that could occur and agree on a plan for each.
• Call local government offices and find out about disaster plans for your area.
• Check on pet policies at local shelters and remember to plan for your pet’s welfare.
• If evacuation is not required, check your home for damages. Turn off power, gas and water if needed.
• Each adult in your household should know how to turn off utilities, such as water, electricity and gas.
• Listen to your battery powered radio and follow travel routes advised by local authorities.
• Check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
• Have a set of protective clothing and sturdy shoes for each member of your family. Have survival drills and practice getting on protective clothing and getting out to the car.
• Assign specific tasks to family members as age and ability allow.
• Ask your local fire-department to show you how to use a fire-extinguisher.
UNDERSTANDING THE DANGERS
We’ve often heard it said “knowledge is power.” In a survival situation this is especially true. Understanding the particular nature of the disaster and its potential harm will give you the ability to make correct decisions when an emergency arises.
• Always keep your car’s fuel tank at least half full. Gas pumps will not operate without electricity.
• If electric, learn how to manually release your garage door.
• Use surge protectors to protect computers and electronic devices.
• Turn off all electrical appliances. Leave one light on to alert you when power
has been restored.
• Avoid opening your freezer and refrigerator doors. Items can remain cold for up to four hours.
• Use generators outdoors only! Never operate a generator near an open window, garage or basement.