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emergencyWhen it comes to prepping there are many different potential threats that we need to be ready for.  Everything from civil unrest to medical pandemics and even foreign invasion.  While it is certainly smart to be ready for these types of things, the most likely disaster will be weather related.  Almost all parts of the world experience some type of severe weather including hurricanes, tornados, severe snow or ice storms, floods and many others.

Preparing for weather emergencies will be different for everyone, depending on what types of weather is most common in the area.  No matter what the threat, however, there are certain things that everyone has in common.  Food, water and shelter are three of the necessities people have, and regardless of what type of weather emergency you’re facing, these three necessities will be threatened.  With this in mind, everyone should take the time to look at how they will find or store food and water before the emergency hits.  In addition, having safe shelter is another thing everyone should think about as soon as possible.

Emergency Food Preparation

Having a supply of food available during an emergency is absolutely essential.  In most weather emergencies, the food at local supermarkets and other places will quickly be sold off the shelf.  If the situation lasts for more than a few days, people will quickly run out of food.  Having food stored in your home, or other location, will allow you to stay safe and not have to worry about going out to look for additional supplies.

To be properly prepared, it is best to have a minimum of one weeks’ worth of food stored away in your home.  That means enough food for everyone in your family to have two or three good meals per day.  The best way to do this is to buy long shelf life emergency food rations.  This type of thing has come a long way since the early ‘MRE’ supplies years ago.  Companies like Wise Foods have managed to create great tasting food that can last on the shelf for 25 years, or even longer.  There are dozens of different foods available, so you won’t even have to eat the same thing every day.

Storing emergency food is also fairly simple.  It typically comes in sealed containers, which can be placed in a pantry, basement or other area without any trouble.  It is important, however, to know what potential threats exist so that the food is kept safe.  If, for example, you live in an area where flooding is a threat, make sure to keep the emergency food in an area well above the ground.

Emergency Water Preparation

Having a good supply of water is extremely important.  Without sufficient water, you and your family will begin to experience the symptoms of dehydration within a day or two.  There are many different ways to make sure you have water available, and choosing which ones will work the best for you isn’t too difficult.  The easiest option is to simply buy several weeks’ worth of bottled water to keep with the emergency food rations.  Bottled water will typically last quite a long time on the self, so once you’ve purchased it, you don’t have to worry about it again.

There are also many different high quality water filtration systems available, which will allow you to have a nearly endless supply of water.  Depending on the environment in your area, a water filtration system might be an excellent option.   Of course, in areas where there aren’t many lakes, rivers or other sources of water, this isn’t likely to be a good choice.

Emergency Shelter

Shelter is one of the most often overlooked elements of disaster preparation.  Most people assume that their house will always be a safe place of refuge, so they don’t consider having access to any sort of emergency shelter.  In weather emergencies, however, homes can be flooded or destroyed quite quickly.  Having some type of shelter that you can evacuate to, or even take with you, is very important for surviving any type of weather related emergency.

Depending on the part of the world you live in, you may want to have an emergency tent that you can grab and take with you.  If that’s not a good option, knowing where you can go for shelter is very important.  Using the public shelters should be seen as a last resort because they are often overcrowded and can be quite dangerous.  Knowing where to go if your home is destroyed should be something you have planned out well in advance of any type of weather emergency.

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