Surviving Natural Disasters

Earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and volcanoes are notorious for being venomous and deadly incidents.

It is also important to understand that weather-related incidents and natural calamities are more likely to occur in various geographic locations.

In other words, an essential part of disaster preparation is to know what type of incident your location is more prone to.

Natural disasters can strike at any time and at any place around the world.

To prepare for those disasters, it is important to create an emergency kit containing supplies that can help sustain you and your family for a minimum of 3 days.

In many cases, a 72-hour kit could mean the difference between life and death.

Click here to check out our 72-hour survival kits.

Experts estimate that after a major disaster, it may take up to three days for relief workers to reach some areas.

Until help arrives, self-reliance is crucial.

Water is the most important part of the kit.

The body can survive up to two weeks without food, but it will begin to shut down after 72 hours without water.

A minimum of 3 gallons per person or one gallon per person per day is recommended.

A normally active person should drink at least half a gallon of water each day.

The other half gallon is added to food and for washing.

Bottled water is a viable option, but they have a shorter shelf life compared to emergency water pouches and not to mention are more prone to material leaching when specific storage conditions are not met.

We highly recommend Mayday Emergency Water pouches.

If you would like to learn more about them, click here.

Either way, observe the expiration date and make sure that your water supply are stored properly preferably in cool dark places.

Stock a three-day supply of non-perishable food.

Think easy open canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey.

Better yet, invest in high-quality freeze-dried food pouches that have minimal sodium content, made with real fruits, vegetables, and meat.

We currently carry and endorse the Peak Refuel brand.

Check out Peak Refuel Freeze Dried Food here.

The key thing here is that you're getting sufficient amounts of calories from protein and carbohydrates among other nutritional requirements such as potassium and dietary fiber.

Fueling your body during an emergency situation is very different from your everyday diet because you'll probably spend more energy than you normally would.

You should eat high energy, high protein foods.

And because you'll have limited supply, the higher the quality of the food, the better you'll be.

Remember to store your kit in a watertight container and make sure everyone in your family knows where it is.

Taking the time to make an emergency kit will give you a peace of mind that you and your loved ones will be prepared if a disaster strikes.

How should you react when faced with a volcanic eruption?

If you're in an area where a volcano is likely to become active or an active volcano may erupt, you should find out about the advice provided by local authorities.

Ensure you know possible evacuation locations.

Grab your emergency preparedness kit.

Do not go near the volcano should a volcanic eruption occur in your area!

If the air has too much gas or dust, breathe through a damp cloth in order to reduce the risk of suffocation or other lung problems.

Listen to safety advice given on the radio.

Leave the affected area and go to a sheltered safe area or to the meeting or evacuation points.

Do not take refuge at the bottom of valleys or in basements.

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