At TruPrep the products we sell in our store easily double as tools for survival in emergency situations.
We believe that your enjoyment of everything from a weekend camping trip to a climbing expedition is increased when you’re properly prepared.
Even daily life, with the world’s constantly shifting dynamics, presents us with an ever-changing list of scenarios that may challenge us and as many opportunities to prepare for those challenges.
TruPrep offers many ways to meet emergencies, including our basic Survival Backpack — a mobile aid station for you and your family. The Survival Backpack contains supplies that could mean the difference between comfort and misery, or, in an accident, natural disaster or other crisis, tools that would make the difference between life and death. Our products don’t have to be supplied in reaction to a catastrophe. When you’re ready to prepare, we’re ready to help.
We take much for granted, such as our jobs, security and our standard of living. And challenging our assumptions that all is well, there are days it seems that another natural disaster is reported every hour and human or man-made disasters are on the rise (not including terrorism).
As a consequence, there is a growing trend that can provide some security for you and your family. Think of it as a form of insurance, a cushion between that split second that you know you’re physically okay and the question “What am I going to do now?” The scenarios surrounding such a moment are endless, so…
Make a Plan
After a major disaster, it is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone’s needs, so it’s important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. Plan to be on your own for at least the first 72 hours.
The following steps will help you prepare for any emergency:
- Designate an out-of-area contact person. Select someone that is far enough away to not be affected by the same emergency. Provide this person with the names and contact information of the people you want to keep informed of your situation. Instruct family members to call this person as well, giving their location. Long distance phone service is often restored sooner than local service.
- Duplicate important documents and keep copies off-site, either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust. Documents may include: passport, drivers license, social security card, wills, deeds, financial statements, insurance information, marriage license and prescriptions.
- Inventory valuables, in writing and with photographs or video. Keep copies of this information off-site with your other important documents.
- Make a household/family plan. Involve all key people in planning.
- Make your home safe.
- Put together a disaster supply kit. Plan to have supplies for yourself and your family for at least 3 days following a disaster.
- When planning, consider the special needs of children, seniors or people with disabilities, family members that don’t speak English and pets.
Build a Kit
After a major disaster the usual services we take for granted, such as running water, refrigeration, and telephones, may be unavailable. Experts recommend that you should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days. Store your household disaster kit in an easily accessible location. Put contents in a large, watertight container (e.g. a large plastic garbage can with a lid and wheels) that you can move easily.
Your basic emergency kit should include:
- Water – one gallon per person per day
- Food – ready to eat or requiring minimal water
- Manual can opener and other cooking supplies
- Plates, utensils and other feeding supplies
- First Aid kit & instructions
- A copy of important documents & phone numbers
- Warm clothes and rain gear for each family member.
- Heavy work gloves
- Disposable camera
- Unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification
- Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap
- Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows
- Tools such as a crowbar, hammer & nails, staple gun, adjustable wrench and bungee cords.
- Blanket or sleeping bag
- Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or people with disabilities. Don’t forget water and supplies for your pets.
A component of your disaster kit is your Go-bag. Put the following items together in a backpack or another easy to carry container in case you must evacuate quickly. Prepare one Go-bag for each family member and make sure each has an I.D. tag. You may not be at home when an emergency strikes so keep some additional supplies in your car and at work, considering what you would need for your immediate safety.
- Radio – battery operated
- Dust mask
- Pocket knife
- Emergency cash in small denominations and quarters for phone calls
- Sturdy shoes, a change of clothes, and a warm hat
- Local map
- Some water and food
- Permanent marker, paper and tape
- Photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes
- List of emergency point-of -contact phone numbers
- List of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food
- Copy of health insurance and identification cards
- Extra prescription eye glasses, hearing aid or other vital personal items
- Prescription medications and first aid supplies
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Extra keys to your house and vehicle
- Any special-needs items for children, seniors or members of your family with special needs. Don’t forget to make a Go-bag for your pets.
There is more here than you would likely need in most emergencies, but that is what insurance is, preparing for something unforeseeable.