Our son and his family were living in Manhattan when Hurricane Sandy hit.
Their apartment was not assessed to be in the danger zone at first. But as the storm increased and the water rose to 4 feet around their building, they realized that they had been foolish in not preparing for this possible emergency.
How prepared are you for a disaster? Here are a few items to consider for any kind of emergency:
It can be expensive to buy all of the food at once, so just purchase a few extra canned items each week to build a month supply of food.
Just set aside a small amount each week and it will also gradually increase to reasonable amount.
If you are on any life-sustaining meds such as heart meds or diabetes meds, keep a three months’ supply at all times.
First aid supplies are essential. You can put together your own kits, or purchase a basic kit.
Our son’s apartment didn’t have electricity for two weeks.
It is a good idea to put a set of clothing and shoes in a backpack by your food storage so you can grab it quickly if you have to leave.
An organized notebook works well with sections for emergency phone numbers, credit card numbers, financial information, birth certificates, and any other items that are important to you.
Our son and his family were very fortunate that the water receded within 24 hours and they were able to leave their apartment and go to a safer place for a couple of weeks.
In the future, they will be wiser in their emergency preparedness!