These days, it seems like news outlets are always a buzz about what Mother Nature has in store. Whether it’s a hurricane down South, A tornado in the Midwest, an earthquake along the West Coast or a blizzard in the East, chances are, at some point in the year, you’re going to have to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the next big storm. Here are some great tips that will arm you with the practical tools you need to weather whatever Mother Nature blows your way.
When disaster strikes, the best course of action is to keep calm. The best way to do that is to know exactly who to call for help in any given situation. Since you can’t know ahead of time how the storm might affect you or what services you may need, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of emergency contacts - names and phone numbers so when you need them, they’re at the ready. Your list should include your local fire, police and emergency medical services, electric and gas companies, as well as the numbers of friends and relatives. Make sure to write the list by hand and stored in an easily accessible location, so you’re not caught in the lurch if the storm affects your power supply or internet connectivity.
It's a good idea to make sure you and family know what to do in the event of a storm. Determine what specific steps you would need to take, based on your living conditions and potential whereabouts before the storm hits. Where will you ride out the storm? Will you have a go-to room already stocked with supplies or will you need to gather supplies into a central area? When it is okay to head for shelter and when is it better to stay put? Make sure to get your emergency action plan in writing and take some time to familiarize your loved ones with the measures they would have to take.
Regardless of your predicted situation, when a storm hits, you don’t want to be left without basic medical supplies, water, food or power. The following are some supplies you will definitely need to keep on hand, as part of a fully stocked emergency supply kit.
Put together a kit stocked with antiseptic, gauze, bandages, scissors and ibuprofen. Oh, and don’t forget extra rolls of toilet paper! In addition, if anyone in your family has a pre-existing health condition requiring prescription medication, be sure to have a refill on hand. The last thing you want to do is scramble to provide your loved one with much-needed medication, when the roads are closed or the pharmacy is inaccessible.
You can never know how a storm might affect your home’s piping and access to clean drinking water. That’s why it’s a good idea to build up a store of as much drinking water as possible - at least one gallon (or 4 liters) per day, per person. Buying bottled water is the cleanest, most efficient way to collect this much H20, although it’s not unheard of to clean your bathtub and fill it to the brim, before the storm hits.
It’s a good idea to have extra canned and boxed foods in your pantry, enough to feed whoever may seek refuge from the storm in your home, for at least a few days. It is also important to learn the best ways to maximize the viability of the food stored inside your fridge and freezer. If keep the doors closed, your food should last for up to 24 hours without power. By limiting the time and duration the appliance is open, you can extend your food’s shelf life, so you can keep eating fresh, healthy food, even if you lose power.
Last, but certainly not least, when the storm hits, you’re going to want to do everything you can to keep yourself out of the dark. Flashlights and batteries are useful, but what you really need is a generator. Solar powered generators, like Kalisaya’s KaliPAK, can be charged from your standard wall socket before the storm hits, so that you don’t need to scramble for diesel fuel and can enjoy a lit up home and charged technological devices, in any situation. With KaliPAK, there’s no need for a hand-crank powered radio or dangerous placement of candles and say goodbye to the inhalation of petrol generator fumes - a significant cause of casualties during Hurricane Sandy. All you need to do is turn on the ultra-durable, smart portable energy generator and you can safely operate your KaliPAK anywhere, even indoors. Even if you are out of power for days, you can still recharge the KaliPak with the enclosed solar panels. What’s more, connecting your KaliPAK to the KaliAPP on your smartphone, will give you full control of your power usage, even amid the mystifying uncertainty of brewing weather conditions.
Hopefully, Mother Nature will be kind. But, in the case she conjures up a wicked natural disaster, these great tips will help you prepare for the next big storm and weather even the harshest conditions like a pro.