Disaster Survival Supplies Can Save Your Life

Survival supplies are a must for disaster survival.

It could come from any direction, a terrorist attack, an earthquake, a tornado, hurricanes or even snow and ice storms. What happens first is that many of the necessities that we commonly take for granted are gone in an instant.

Electricity goes first with lines down. Natural gas lines are turned off for fire safety reasons that is if the lines didn’t already break. Phone lines follow electric lines and fall down, break, or even if they are up they often become overloaded. Water lines also break, and even if they don’t they may be filled with water that is not fit to drink.

Streets become danger zones, traffic lights are out, traffic jams, accidents or rubble can make streets and highways unpassable or, at best, not safe for vehicles. Cars are trapped behinds garage doors that are unable to open. Even if your vehicle is available and you venture out, because street lights are out you face dangerous crossings at every intersection. If you can even reach a store, you find that they can only accept exact cash amounts, and they are most likely out of food and water anyway. Should you start driving at all?

Once your gas tank is empty that’s it you will not be able to get any more after all, the pumps work on electricity. Your home begins to get colder and colder without electricity to run a furnace. Even if you have your own well, you won’t have water because the well pump runs on electricity also. Toilets will flush – once – and will not refill. Night falls in total darkness. Children are frightened because their world is turned inside out.

Disasters do Happen

Take a look at what has happened in recent years. The terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 killed almost 3,000 people. But what of the survivors? Manhattan was shut down except for emergency vehicles, no trucks bringing in food. Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and trapped thousands of people leaving them without food or water for days. Tsunamis have washed entire villages out to sea and along with them roads that make rescue efforts impossible for days or even weeks. Tornadoes have destroyed entire towns.

Emergency Preparedness

Certainly none of these things are easy to deal with, but with a little preparation and planning you can get through them easier and safer. Disasters are happening all the time somewhere in the world just turn on the nightly news. Would you be ready if one hit your neighborhood in a week? Once a disaster strikes it is too late to prepare for it! Begin today to find out what actions you need to take now before it becomes too late. Emergency preparedness today will make the difference in your ability to survive a diaster later.

Naturally, you want to be able to get through a disaster safely and with as little inconvenience to you and your family as possible. In the long-term, you need to prepare yourself as if you were leaving on a vacation in the deep woods away from everything. In the short-term, you need to think of safety first. Use an earthquake as the example, however you need to think about the kind of disaster that may affect your region of the country.

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