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Preparing Your Home to Survive a Diaster

If you think about it, the preparations to survive a diaster can often be effective even for short power-outages. One of the best ways to get ready for any disaster is to make sure your home is in good repair all of the time. Make sure the roof is not leaking, there are no plumbing problems, all electrical wiring is in good order and the exterior is weather-proof.

For those who may need to get items together for a temporary situation or long-term survival, let's take a look at some of the basic preparations to consider:

  • Have emergency lights (flashlights) handy and in working order
  • If you are going to be using a generator, have the necessary extension cords ready to go with everything in one place and easily accessible.
  • Have one or two fire extinguishers on hand and in working condition.
  • Keep a variety of repair materials around to repair broken plumbing, electrical, glass windows, etc.
  • Hoses for water (non-potable).
  • Hand saws for cutting trees that may have fallen or for cutting extra firewood.
  • Low-power fans for ventilation and cooling if power is lost in the summertime
  • Large, clean buckets for holding or hauling potable water
  • Way to purify water - Lifestraw from Eartheasy
  • Matches or fire strike for lighting candles, fires or lanterns.
  • Syphon for transferring gas
  • Brooms, dustpans and a variety of assorted plastic trash bags.

Some basic supplies to have on hand are:

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