Survival Kit in time of Storms or ?

Survival Kit in time of Storms or ?

Aug 31, ’08 4:01 AM
by little_running_deer for everyone

Hello again At the end of the month, we will mark the 3rd year since the disaster of Hurricane Katrina. It was a terrible and devastating storm, and it is important to remember what we learned so we don’t make the same mistakes twice. Let me share with you some of the lessons I learned from that event that I will never forget.

Lesson #1: Better to be prepared years early than a second too late. You will never regret being prepared.

I remember, in the days prior to Hurricane Katrina, watching and reading the news as the storm steadily gained strength. We rushed out product as quickly as we could to our customers, but we could not send it fast enough.

Lesson #2: Don’t think the cavalry is coming. We have wonderful first responders throughout the country but if they haven’t been supplied properly or the emergency is too great it is impossible for them to get to you quickly. Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours and shelter in place for at least 2 weeks.

After the Hurricane Katrina hit and everybody saw the devastation, we were immediately swamped with requests for product. What amazed me was how many government agencies including many first responders contacted us after the storm looking for supplies. It was only a matter of days after the storm that our warehouses were cleaned out and emergency supplies were very difficult to get. The supplies dried up incredibly fast.

Lesson #3: Have a 72 Hour Survival Kit; know where it is at, what it has in it and how to use it. These kits are called different things – grab and go kits, go bags, emergency kits, etc. Whatever you call it, make sure it has enough food, water, warmth, light, first-aid and communication to get you through the first 72 hours after a disaster. Some come in backpacks, some in buckets, some people build their own and some people buy them ready made. Whatever you do, make sure you have something ready and you know where it is. Remember, if the proper authorities tell you to evacuate, please do so.

Lesson #4: Have shelter in place supplies such as food & water stored and have enough to take care of your family and maybe the neighbors. Watching the poor people of New Orleans suffer without food and water for days was almost too much to see. Make sure you can take care of your families and neighbors if necessary.


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