This article originally appeared on the Springs "You're Home Blog."
We may be in the midst of global warming, but over the last few years several regions of our country have experienced some record-breaking weather. Are you prepared to "weather" a blizzard or severe thunderstorm? Here are the must-have items that belong in your survival kit.
1. First-Aid Kit
You probably already have one on hand in your Springs luxury apartment home, but keep a separate kit reserved exclusively for emergency use. A bad storm is not the time to discover you're out of band-aids or Tylenol.
With your body being composed of 60 percent water, it's no surprise that you need a steady supply of fluids. A case of water is preferable, but if that's not possible, put aside at least a few two-liter bottles.
Keep a stash of non-perishable ready-to-eat items. Good choices include:
- Protein and granola bars
- Peanut butter
- Beef jerky
- Dry cereal
- Dried fruit
- Canned tuna, salmon and chicken
- Powdered milk
- Canned soups and chili
Don't forget to include a manual can opener and utensils!
In addition to providing warmth, blankets can help make you more comfortable. If you have room, you may want to add a couple of pillows as well.
5. Flashlight or Battery-Powered Lantern
Power outages are a common result of storms. Include a spare set of batteries and get in the habit of checking them at least every 6 months.
6. Towelettes, Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizers
Lack of running water also makes personal hygiene difficult. Wipes and towelettes allow you to freshen up while they help to prevent germs.
7. Tarp or Plastic Sheeting
Plastic sheeting provides a stop-gap measure against moisture from drips and leaks.
8. Pet Supplies
Pets can easily become agitated during bad weather. Have a supply of food along with a leash or carrier to keep them under control.
9. Whistle or Horn
Don't assume that cell service will be available. A whistle or horn lets you signal for help if necessary.
10. Shoes and Change of Clothing
When you clean out your closet, save an old outfit or two and a pair of sturdy shoes for emergency use.
Emergency radios with hand-cranks are relatively inexpensive, require no batteries and allow you to charge cell phones and other USB-compatible devices.
Do you have any bad-weather survival tips to share? Tell us in the comments!