Preparing For the Worst

For a long time, so-called “Survivalists” were ridiculed for their insistence of preparing for the absolute worst that could happen. We’ve all heard stories about them living in tunnels, and hoarding vast quantities of weapons, food, and other supplies. These days though, with storms like hurricanes getting stronger and stronger, and political unrest and terrorist attacks becoming more common, the idea of preparing or “prepping” for bad times doesn’t seem so crazy anymore. In fact, all households should have a “Go Bag”. That’s a backpack, duffle bag or other durable, spacious bag containing water, flashlights, a first aid kit, some non-perishable food, a couple days’ changes of clothes, some cash, prescription meds, and anything thing else you might need if you had to quickly leave your home for a few days or longer. If you have pets, don’t forget them! Pack some of their food and extra water.

Other things you can do to prep is have a stock of non-perishable food stored up. A camp stove or even your grill (use it outside though!) can be used to cook if the power goes out. A battery operated radio, a generator and water purification tablets are also good to have. You’ll also want plenty of batteries, flashlights and candles. A basic tool kit and a first aid kit will be very helpful as well. Don’t know where to start? Search for kohler generators Houston to find the right generator for you. It’s important to remember some are designed for outdoor use and some indoor. Never use a generator meant for outdoor use inside, the results could be deadly.

If you have a fireplace and the space, stock up on firewood. Make sure you have a place to keep it dry and free of insects. You should always have a stash of cash on hand as if there is a power or computer disruption, ATMs and your debit and credit cards will be useless. If you depend on eyeglasses or hearing aids, have a spare pair stashed away just in case, along with copies of your prescriptions and for any meds you may need.

Security is a legitimate concern, but there isn’t much need to build up an arsenal. If you feel the need to purchase a handgun for protection, be sure to obtain all necessary licenses and permits and get as much training as possible. Then invest in a trigger lock and gun safe, especially if you have children or intellectually disabled people in your home. Safety must always come first!