Want to know the emergency essentials for extreme weather conditions? If you want to be prepared for any kind of emergency, know what you need here!
With global warming and everything that's going on in our environment, I'm sure you may have noticed the drastic change in our weather. That's why extreme weather isn't something you can only dream about, it seems like the new reality of the world that we live in. Heat waves, wildfires, drought, floods, earthquakes, typhoons, these are just some extreme weather conditions that may happen in the blink of an eye. It pays to be prepared in any kind of situation. This list will have you prepared with the right emergency essentials in a survival situation.
Emergency Essentials For Your Weather Survival Kit
When packing your emergency essentials, what you choose to include depends on your individual needs. But there are certain items that every survivalist should pack in their survival kit, no matter what. These items are the essentials that will get you through those first crucial hours and hopefully increase your chances of survival. Among these crucial items that should be included in every survival kit are the “5 C’s.”
The 5 C’s of Survival
- Cutting tool
- Cover (something to make shelter out of)
- Combustion items
- Container for purifying water
In addition to the five C’s, there are several other survival items that every survival kit should include.
Other Survival Items
- “Trucker’s Friend” demolition tool
- A multitool
- Map and compass
- Cotton bandana
- Extra running socks
- First aid kit
- Tactical flashlight
- Toilet paper
- Emergency weather radio
- Way to charge your phone
- Extra cash
- Pet items (if applicable)
Need a few more tips? This infographic will provide a few more details for staying safe when disaster strikes.
Infographic by JK Mechanical
Extreme Weather Emergency Essentials
Extreme weather like heat waves, wildfires, drought, flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes, and snowstorms can take effect in an instant.
Best case scenario for your family during most extreme weather emergencies is to have a generator on standby.
Benefits of a Standby Generator:
- Permanent installation designed to work within seconds of power loss.
- Transfer switch automatically activated to power generator on and off.
- Operates on natural gas or propane.
- Convenient placement next to existing structure.
- Provides peace of mind 24/7.
Food and Water Supply
Here's what you should have prepared for any emergency situation:
- 3 day water supply
- 1 gallon of water per person
- 3 day food supply
- Easy to prepare
- Non-perishable food
Prepare Your Home
You can take several preventive steps to fortify your home against extreme weather.
Examine the roof for any damages that could potentially cause leakage.
Signs of potential damage:
- Water damage or leakage
- Dark spots or trails
- Outside light coming through
Caulk Windows and Doors
- Loose air can sneak into your home causing heat loss
- Wind-driven rain can cause moisture damage to your home
- Eliminate gaps and cracks between windows or doors and their frames
Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
Examine your attic to check to see if you need to update/add insulation. Not only will it keep you warm in the winter, it prevents:
- Fire Risk
Recommended Insulation: 12″
Clogged gutters back up and damage the exterior of your home and cause leaks.
- Clogged gutters cause water overflow
- Can freeze and expand causing cracks in foundation wall
Bring Pets Inside
Extreme weather could lead to illness or injury.
Bring family pets inside the house or in a warm sheltered area.
If an emergency hits right now, are you prepared? Let us know below in the comments!
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