Weather Emergency: Four Non-Intuitive Disaster Kit Necessities
Just a few
weeks ago Superstorm Sandy engulfed the east coast, destroying homes
and wiping out entire communities. In the wake of 90 mph winds,
torrential rains and 13-foot storm surges, extreme weather preparedness
is on everyones mind.
Even if you
dont live in a region typically affected by extreme weather,
its a good time to survey and upgrade your emergency weather
kit. Its unlikely that youll see any of the following
items on traditional disaster or emergency preparedness list
but theyll definitely keep you safer during severe weather.
To combat power
outages, most emergency kits recommend a basic flashlight. But if
you find yourself faced with weeklong power outages like half of
Manhattan was just last week, youre probably going to want
another source of lighting in your home.
may be tempted avoid lighting candles. In the wake of a weather
emergency, candles can cause more fires than anything else.
A much safer
solution is to wrap a battery operated headlamp across a gallon
of water (with the headlamp pointing inwards). This simple trick
can provide your home with portable, ambient lighting for days.
If the power
is out, locating things around your home in dark or dim dark lighting
can be a challenge. Necessities like batteries, keys or your cell
phone can be near impossible to find.
can serve as a handy solution during a weather emergency. Use them
to mark the location of important items, or to flag door knobs and
Keep in mind
that a regular glow stick has a product life of around eight hours.
You can prolong this by storing them in your freezer. Additionally,
there are reusable, solar-powered glow sticks on the market that
can produce neon lighting for several days at a time.
Over the course
of a severe storm, you never know when youll need to perform
an emergency repair such as tying down a wildly slamming door, or
securing a tarp over a broken window pane.
line is lightweight, flexible and extremely strong when compared
to traditional rope or twine. In fact, studies have proven some
nylon fishing lines to be 12 times stronger than steel.
thing to note is that nylon fishing lines have a relatively short
shelf life around two years. After that, the line will start
to lose some of its strength and durability. Check the date on your
spool to ensure your emergency kit is up-to-date.
During a serious
weather disaster such as an earthquake or a flood, damage to sewage
systems or water lines may result in contaminated water.
If you dont
have enough water to make it through the storm (at least one gallon
per person, per day), its possible to filter and purify contaminated
water. Pouring water through a coffee filter will remove leaves,
dirt and other debris.
filtered the water, the best way to eliminate potential contaminants
is to boil it. If you dont have access to heat or fire, its
also possible to purify water with either bleach or iodine. Too
much can be toxic though, so its important to carefully read
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