Over the past several years, environmental events have played a large part in the quality of life for many people in the nation. Severe storm patterns have been affecting many communities, with:
- Severe ice
- Extreme snowfall
- Wind damage
While the overall effects of different weather systems can impact rural communities differently than metropolitan areas, there is a point at which people just need to accept that controlling nature is not an option. This is also the point at which individuals can decide to be proactive in efforts to maintain their quality of life, regardless of what is happening outdoors.
Storage And Survival
Having an emergency plan is always a wise idea, no matter where a person lives. However, it can also be a good idea for people to become educated about historical natural disasters for the region, as this can also be a good way to generate a better emergency plan. As an example, an individual who lives in a region that is prone to storm surge or flooding, would want to make sure that part of the emergency plan included evacuation and portability of supplies. In other cases, a person who lives in a tornado zone may have a suitable shelter built, so this emergency plan has a greater focus on gathering supplies and keeping them safe as they accrue. Although these differences may not greatly alter the core supplies that are needed, it does bring up the fact that food storage and supplies should accommodate the possibilities for survival.
There are a number of reasons as to why people put off making an emergency plan or utilizing long-term food storage and water supplies.
- Living in a “safe” place
- Reliance on municipal response
- Sense that modern living can eliminate problems
Although social advances have made great strides in ensuring that a better quality of life is available to people, this does not mean that civilization provides an umbrella of protection. This is especially evident when weather events and natural disasters up-end any of the above concepts. Having some form of emergency plan that includes concessions for food kits, drinking water, warmth, shelter, and clothing should be a part of any household. While the magnitude of a plan may vary, having one in place is still a necessary survival precaution. In many cases, people will also commit to several emergency plans that can fit a variety of situations. This can include having a travel kit that includes:
- Food kits
- A way of making and sustaining heat
- Flashlights and batteries
- Radio or other communication device
- A change of clothes
- First aid kit
This basic emergency kit can be easily stowed in a carry bag, and includes compact necessities. These types of supplies should be able to support each member of the home for at least three days, so it can also be good for each member of the family to be responsible for packing and monitoring their own kit. This also helps to teach greater responsibility to younger people in the home. Along with a travel kit, individuals also tend to keep emergency rations and supplies in a safe place in the home. Having a special pantry for drinking water and long-term food storage
can be beneficial to any home. Considering the way that storms have been disrupting so many communities across the nation, having a comprehensive plan for survival should be the real topic of the conversation.