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Hurricane, earthquake, civil unrest, infrastructure failure, economic uncertainty… we’ve seen all of that in the news just in the last few years.  Those are real events that impact real families.  Don’t throw up your hands and pretend there’s nothing you can do about it.  All you need is a little planning. Here are a few things to think about.

Basic Necessities In The Moment

It all starts with food and water.  Plan on 1-3 gallons per person per day for all needs.  Additionally, you’ll need about 2,000 calories per person per day in food.  There are a lot of options available to you.  Freeze dried, canned, dehydrated, and even more.  Explore your options with an established company like Emergency Essentials that can show you as much as possible.  Whatever you choose, be sure you can use it when the time comes.  Will you need to cook and are you ready for that?  If you have canned food, do you also have a can opener?

Have a plan for shelter and warmth.  Tents and fire starting materials are a must but don’t forget clothing falls into this category.  Good rain and snow gear will give you a lot of confidence in an emergency.

Dealing With The Aftermath

Having food and water on hand will get you through the first few days after a disaster.  But very quickly you’ll have a few other important considerations to deal with.

You need a plan for sanitation.  Unsanitary conditions in the aftermath can be even more dangerous than the original disaster.  You will have clothes to wash, bodies and hands to clean, and human waste to dispose of.

First aid is a constant concern.  You may have injuries or illness to deal with.  Put together a first aid kit that conforms to your concerns and comfort level.  Be sure to include any prescription medication your family will need.


Today’s technology will really improve your comfort and safety in the aftermath of a disaster.  Solar and battery technology can keep your electronic communications up and running.  Emergency Essentials has a great catalog of solar technology that will be helpful and reliable to you when you need it.

Have some tools on hand as well.  There are a lot of multi-tools available in the survival industry, but sometimes you just need a good pair of pliers.  And duct tape.  Look at the gear you have and think about what tools you need to make repairs and keep it in working order.

If All Of This Is Too Much

If all of this feels a little overwhelming, there’s nothing wrong with starting small.  Pick up a 3 day kit from Emergency Essentials and put it in your car.  The kit is designed to withstand the very hot and very cold temperatures in your car and will keep you going for 3 days if needed.

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Or try the basic 3-day food kit.  The convenient bucket storage is easy to keep around the house and the kit will feed four people for three days.  Even just having three days of food around the house will give you peace of mind.  You can decide from there how far you need to go in preparing your family for any emergency.