This week, Dr. Ratner tells us about preparing for the unexpected. What’s in your emergency kit?
Most of us here in San Antonio do not know that this week is Tsunami Preparedness week. Just because San Antonio is only a little more likely than Salt Lake City to suffer the direct effects of a tsunami there are lots of lessons we can learn from this week.
Really bad things happen, even if they’re not very likely to happen. So, do you need life vests? Probably not, but you should think of some basic items and procedures for any unplanned catastrophe. Events that happen far away can have ripple effects. Are you prepared if your plant closes down because you can’t get parts or your customers are unavailable?
We may not be at risk for a tsunami, but what about a flash flood?
How hard would it be to store 5 gallons of water and a few days of canned or dehydrated foods, or some macaroni and cheese for each member of your household? You could fit a few days’ worth under each person’s bed.
Can you put together a small plastic type toolbox with a few screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, some duct tape, a utility knife, some zip ties, a hacksaw and a flashlight?
Take a few minutes and discuss with your family and your extended family where and when you will meet in the event of fire, blackouts or other disasters.
Once a month buy a few extra AA, AAA,C, D and 9 volt batteries, and switch out your used batteries with your current stock. This will prove very useful if there’s a power outage.
This is not an all-encompassing list, but it is easy, inexpensive and really useful when the expected happens.