Whether it's a hurricane, earthquake, fire, or flood, a natural disaster can leave you literally powerless for days or weeks. It's wise to prepare for a disaster in advance since these events can sometimes occur without any notice. A disaster preparedness kit can be a lifesaver.
Many survivors of natural disasters agree that food is low on the list since most of us have enough food in our pantries and calories stored around our waistlines to last at least a week or more. More importantly, they say, is the ability to communicate. When power goes out, so do cell phones, computers and the ability to access the internet.
In an emergency, you'll want to find out about local shelters, where to find emergency assistance and how to reach loved ones. After that, water and a way to stay warm are critical. Most of your items can be kept in a portable file box or plastic container with a lid. Being prepared will help you stay calm when and if disaster strikes. Above all else, try not to panic.
The American Red Cross, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and Ready.gov have other suggestions to help you prepare for an emergency. Keeping a supply of life-saving medications such as epinephrine, heart medications and asthma inhalers as well as ID information and a basic first aid kit in your portable DPK is essential if you need to grab and go quickly.
Some things you might not think about: