Essentials for disaster preparedness – Island Origins

Disasters can happen in any region, whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood, avalanche, or fire. Some of these disasters give you time to prepare, and others strike without warning. Would you be ready if disaster struck today? It is a good idea to have these essentials to have for natural disaster preparedness.

Water, water, water

The constitution of a large stock of water is crucial for the preparation. You can buy water bottles or one gallon cans of water, but as a general rule, you should have enough for a gallon per person per day with enough for a three day supply. Even if you think you have enough, do more if you can. Then you can share with other community members who have not prepared.


In addition to your home, it’s a great idea to keep water in your vehicle at all times.

Non-perishable food products

Building up a stock of food is as important as water. Some good food items to keep are:

  • Canned meats, fruits and vegetables
  • Canned juice, milk and soup
  • Foods high in protein and energy such as peanut butter, crackers, trail mix, protein bars, granola bars
  • Stress relieving and comfort foods like candy, cookies, lollipops, coffee or tea, sugary cereals

Also store a manual can opener so you can open the cans.

Clothing and bedding

If a natural disaster forces you to leave your home, you will need a place to sleep and extra clothing. Prepare yourself and your vehicle with additional clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows.

If you live in an area where it is cold, make sure you have extra warm clothing such as gloves, scarves, and hats.

Other clothes you may not have thought of are:

  • Sturdy shoes
  • Rain boots and rain gear

If you have to go through a flood, your favorite sneakers won’t protect your feet like a good pair of rain boots.

Supplies and tools

When packing tools and supplies to have on hand, remember that not all items should require the use of electricity to operate. In most cases, after a natural disaster, homes do not have electricity unless you have installed an emergency generator, which offers so many huge benefits. Some good supplies to have packed include:

  • Matches
  • Pliers
  • Flashlights or other light sources
  • Additional batteries
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, soap
  • Plastic bucket with a tight lid

First aid

You always want to be prepared for the worst when it comes to disaster preparedness. Having a first aid kit is a great start, but here are a few other things to add to the kit:

  • Gauze pads
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Sterile dressings
  • Antiseptic
  • Thermometer
  • Roller bandages
  • Tweezers, scissors, safety pins, needle
  • Latex gloves
  • Vaseline
  • Solar cream


It’s a good idea to pack a few things that provide comfort and are fun, especially if you have kids. You want objects to distract the mind from what’s going on around you, even for a little while. Pick up a few decks of cards for family fun.

Take a few plastic bins to store everything. Then when the disaster strikes, all you have to do is collect the containers with the disaster preparedness essentials and go.

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