Natural disasters happen every single year, at various times throughout the year.
- Snow storms
- Extreme thunder storms
- Wild fires
In some of the above examples, leaving your home might be the best option. But in many cases, leaving your home might not be the best answer.
The reasons for leaving or staying are vast, but regardless, we want to make sure that our home is fortified whether we decide to leave or stay.
Here are 10 ways we can prepare our home for natural disasters:
- Make a plan – What are you going to do in case of a thunder storm? What about a snow storm? What sort of natural disasters happen in your area that you need to be prepared for? Find out, then make a plan based on actions. These plans might include staying put or leaving, it just depends. I have a free eBook that can help you make an emergency disaster plan.
- Make a blackout kit – It’s easy to put together a blackout kit that includes items such as batteries, flashlights, candles, etc. Things that will be helpful to you during a blackout. Also learn what to do in case of a blackout, such as unplugging your electronics and keeping your fridge/freezer closed. You may also want to consider a generator.
- Get cold weather gear – The electricity could go out during the winter, especially if there are bad snow storms so it’s important to prepare with cold weather items. Such as extra (wool) blankets, propane heater (or wood for wood burning stoves or fire places), hand warmers, wool and fleece clothing, etc. You could also get blackout curtains or use blankets to cover up windows which helps keep your home warmer.
- Get warm weather gear – On the flip side, the electricity could go out in the middle of summer. Get a battery powered fan or 2, if you live in a non-humid environment you could make a swamp cooler, open your windows at night, get blackout curtains for all glass doors and windows, make cooling towels (water on towel, place on back of neck), etc. You could also consider having electrolyte drink mix or tablets around to keep your electrolytes up as you may be sweating more than usual.
- Have a NOAA weather radio – Knowledge is power and knowing what’s going on will help you be prepared. A NOAA weather radio will keep you informed on what’s coming. Additionally, you could also have a HAM radio and tune it to the NOAA weather station. A HAM radio will also allow you to connect with others who are going through the same thing you are.
- Purchase a bathtub liner – A bathtub liner allows you to fill your bathtub up with clean water that you can use during an emergency. You can fill your bathtub up with water regardless whether you have the liner or not, but the liner helps keep it potable.
- Have food and water – Keep at least 2 weeks worth of nonperishable food, along with 2 weeks worth of water. I’d suggest at least 2 gallons of water per person (and animals), per day. 1 gallon for drinking and 1 gallon for cleaning, hygiene, and other uses.
- Secure your home – Don’t leave valuables outside. Secure anything that could be taken by heavy wind, such as your patio furniture, BBQ and other loose objects. Make sure heavy objects are close to the floor. Use covers to protect windows and other glass doors such as plastic sheeting and tape. Trim trees that could cause damage to your home. Secure and reinforce windows and doors. Inventory all valuables. Keep important documents in a fire/waterproof safe. Make sure fire extinguisher is up-to-date and smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
- Don’t forget about entertainment – You may be stuck inside for an extended period of time so make sure you have plenty of entertainment items. A battery operated DVD player, deck of cards, board games, crafts, books, etc.
- Alternative energy/charging – Keep your phone, iPad, laptop, rechargeable batteries, DVD player, HAM radio, NOAA weather radio or anything else charged with alternative charging devices. Such as battery power banks, solar charger or generator.
Being prepared is insurance.
When you know that you and your loved ones can properly handle a natural disaster, it gives you peace of mind. While everyone else scrambles to figure out how to survive, you’ll be comfortable and maybe even able to help others.
Stay safe by getting prepared.
If you’re just learning to be prepared, check out my guide on How To Start Prepping.
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!