3 Easy Steps To Being Prepared For Disaster
It is always a good idea to be ready for any type of disaster. With a little bit of pre-planning, you and your family can survive. It is important to protect yourself and your family from any threat that may occur, especially as result from terrorists' acts or natural disasters. We have designed an easy plan to make sure you and your family is secure when disaster strikes.
Our first priorities after a disaster are shelter, food &; water, but it is also very important to be informed. Any type of threat, even normal spring storms, can cause the loss of infrastructure, power, gas and all of the other daily amenities we depend on in our homes. At a time of disaster, only plan on depending on yourself!
The Department of Homeland Security states that we have six different types of threats:
• Nuclear Blast
• Radiation/Dirty Bomb
• Natural Disaster
Arm Yourself With Information
A biological threat is when there is a deliberate release of sickness-inducing germs. Nova reports that, "12 countries considered potential enemies of the U.S. have biological weapons programs." We have already experienced biological threats. In 1984 an Oregon-based cult sprinkled salmonella in salad bars, causing 750 people to get sick. In 2001, 5 people were killed &; 18 others were affected by anthrax.
Chemical weapons are ones that release toxic gas, liquid or a solid. They affect a body's nerves, blood, skin or lungs. The Mayo Clinic reports that chemical weapons are easy to produce, but difficult to release. However, in 1995, a Japanese cult released sarin into a busy subway. Sarin is a nerve gas that infects your eyes and skin causing paralysis of the muscles you use to breathe.
An explosion is any type of bomb, such as the Oklahoma City bombing.
• Nuclear Blast
A nuclear bomb will create a blast, bright light, heat, EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) &; radiation. If a Nuclear blast happens 2.2 miles away from your location, it would only take it 8 seconds to arrive. The EMP will kill every type of electronic device for miles; cars, cell phones, computers, television, ATMs, radios &; kitchen appliances.
• Radiation or dirty bomb
A dirty bomb is when an explosive is mixed with radioactive material. Experts agree that the dirty bomb is the least worrisome threat, because generally there will not be enough radioactive material in the bomb to kill large groups of people. Experts think that a dirty bomb would cause mass panic and clean-up would be very expensive. We have no reported incidents of a dirty bomb as of October 2004.
• Natural Disasters
These include flooding, severe storms, earthquakes/tsunami, tornados, hurricane, land/mudslides, volcanoes and wildfires. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, from 1975 to 1995, there were only 4 states that did not experience an earthquake. After hurricane Katrina, 36 confirmed tornados touched ground in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and 5 in Pennsylvania! Robert Yeats of Oregon State University says, "If a magnitude 9 earthquake were to strike in the Pacific Northwest and generate a tsunami, we'd have less than 15 minutes warning before it hit the shore". Surprisingly, in 1964 a tsunami killed 100 people in Alaska and 11 in California.
Creating a Kit to Survive any of These Disasters
First, it is a good idea to load-up on ammo for every weapon you own. Sure, it's fun to use it all at the range, but remember, as metal prices go up and world political stability go down, ammo will be harder and harder to find. Stock up now, keep it safe-just in case.
Have a room in your house prepared as your "fall-out shelter". Seal off all doors, windows and vents with duct tape. The more mass you have between you and the threat of nuclear fall-out, radiation, or chemical &; biological agents, the better your chances are for surviving. Have a radio that runs on batteries to stay informed. Potassium iodide will protect you and your children from thyroid cancer. CTD also carries a variety of pre-made disaster kits that include food, water and first aid supplies.
Combat Survival Tin
3-Day Survival Kit
MOLLE Emergency Kit
Personal Survival Kit
If You Are Not At Home
Cover your and your family's members' noses and mouths with a gas mask or cotton material while you are trying to move away from the immediate threat. When you get home remove your clothing and wash your skin with soap and water. Change into new clothes that have not been exposed to any dust or air from the threat. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are ideal. Any exposed skin is still at risk to being infected. If you have to leave your shelter for any reason, keep a poncho right outside the door to protect yourself from any lingering fallout.
Store 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for a total supply lasting 3 days minimum. For example, if you have 4 people in your family, you would need to store 12 gallons of water. In any case, it is always safe to have extra. Pre-stored water does not have to be spring or filtered water. If water is questionable, boil for 5 minutes. Containers should be made of polyethylene plastic or stainless steel. Do not store water in milk cartons. Avoid other metals that are not stainless steel, as they can rust. Water should be stored in a dry area without direct sunlight. Every six months you should switch out your supply.
Canned food and MREs are safe to eat after any natural disaster. Remember that you will most likely not have electricity or natural gas. In your shelter, keep utensils, a mess kit, a can opener and water heaters. If you have a camp stove, make sure you have plenty of extra propane fuel.
• LED flashlights will make your batteries stretch further
• Warm-weather &; rain gear
CTD carries a complete line of survival and emergency supplies. We carry everything from the bare-minimum necessities for survival to items that will make your shelter more comfortable, such as a portable heater. As I like to say, it is always better to have and not need, than need and not have. Prepare now. Be ready. Don't worry, CTD has you covered!
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