Preparing for Emergencies
What comes to mind when you think of emergency preparedness? If you live on the west coast of the United States, you probably think of preparing for an earthquake. If you live on the southern coast, perhaps you think of preparing for tropical storms. If you live in the mid-west, you probably think of preparing for tornadoes. No matter where you live, though, it’s important to be prepared for any type of emergency that may come your way.
Although flash floods, blizzards, and other such emergencies seem to be most common, emergencies aren’t limited to “acts of God”. Other types of emergencies may include:
- Food poisoning or food disease
- Fire or explosion in a public place
- Major power outage
- Toxic chemical spills
- Nuclear power plant emergency
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other local organizations and governments have put out fliers, pamphlets, and dedicated entire websites to help you and your family prepare for the worst. Families are strongly encouraged to make emergency preparations including:
- Emergency training. Your entire family should be taught what to do in certain situations. For example, children should know that electrical wires should always be considered live. Your family should also be taught what to do if their clothes are on fire or if they see someone drowning. They also need to know the safest place to stand in case of an earthquake and so on.
- An emergency plan. Take one night a month to discuss with your family what you will do in case of an emergency. The discussion should include an evacuation plan and set place that you will meet. Every month, review the plan and discuss any updates.
- An emergency supplies kit. Your family should have an emergency supplies kit containing multiple changes of clothes, non-perishable food items, toilet paper, water, hygiene products, feminine hygiene product, blankets, and much more in order to help you be prepared for an emergency. The supplies kit should be kept in an accessible location for a quick grab if necessary.
These and other elements are extremely important in order to be prepared for an emergency, but it’s also important to think about the long term. If the power were to go out for an extended period of time, how would you cook your food?
Thanks to technological innovations, there are a lot of tools and gadgets that can help make our lives more comfortable, even in the event of a disaster. Solar ovens and dishes are a great way for families to enjoy warm food, even in a situation where they have no electricity. Collecting dishes including a Fissler solar pressure skillet, Fissler solar casserole dish, Fissler solar stew pot, Fissler solar wok, and others to be able to use in case of an emergency is a great way to prepare for the long term.