How To Prepare Your Home For An Emergency Situation

You don't have to be a fanatic preppy to be worried about the fact that emergencies can come into your lives when you least expect them. Just ask survivors of hurricanes like Katrina what it was like to be in a desperate situation and not have the things needed to sustain life. From planning food to purchasing a generator, here are some ideas that might help you plan for an emergency effectively.

Food And Water - You surely don't have to spend a lot of money to have enough food to sustain you and your family until the crisis has passed. Think of things that have a long shelf life and that you eat anyway. Then just use them and replace them as needed. Some inexpensive items to store are ready-to-eat soups, dried and canned fruits, canned tuna and canned chicken, individually wrapped crackers, peanut butter and jelly. Buy several plastic gallon-size containers and don't let anybody touch them without your permission.

Extra Necessities - Don't forget to buy a well-stocked first aid kit and over-the-counter medications your family uses. In addition, keep prescription medications up to date. Feminine hygiene products are important, too. Buy them in large quantities. Every person in the family should have his or her own flashlight and there should be at least one radio that doesn't run by electricity. Be sure to have plenty of batteries in your storage supply.

A Generator - You will be a hero to your family if you purchase a good generator to have for emergencies. Generators are very affordable. You probably won't have to wait for a major emergency before you use one. Next time your electricity goes out, you'll be thankful that you spent the money on buying one. In deciding which generator to purchase, one option is a portable generator. You can also select a permanent generator, but it will probably be more expensive. Be sure to buy a couple of heavy duty extension cords as regular ones are not safe to use with either a portable or a permanent generator. Add gasoline stabilizer to the fuel periodically to keep your generator from deteriorating. Also, it's important to do a test run every now and then to make sure that your generator is working well. 

Sit down with your family and reassure them that you will always work together as a family to meet any challenge that comes your way.

For generators, contact a company such as Allied Generators