What emergencies should you prepare for?
When it comes to preparing for an emergency, there’s some general common-sense items that you should always stockpile such as food, water and medical supplies.
The confusion can arise when it comes to working out specifics to help you cope with certain types of emergency. How do you work out which ones you should prepare for and what impact does that have on the rest of your long-term preparation?
Assess nearby risks
In terms of the unique situations you should plan for, the first thing to keep in mind is the conditions and likely emergencies you will face in your local area.
For instance, if you live on a flood plain or a rural area prone to heavy rainfall, then you might need to consider taking steps to prepare to defend against flooding. We explain more about this in our blog post ‘what to do when trapped by flooding?’.
You need to think carefully about environmental factors and the impact these might have on key infrastructure. For example, if you live in an area that is frequently afflicted by high winds, you need to account for if the wind downs a power line or telephone wire. If access to where you live can be easily blocked, think about how much time it takes roads to clear and ensure you have enough supplies to last at least that length of time.
Assess your needs
Think about your own specific needs. For example, if you have someone to account for with a food allergy, such as a child, you need to make sure you aren’t going to run out of the means to take care of them. This doesn’t just mean food that is safe for them to eat, but also any emergency medication they might need too.
Keep in mind the people in your care, their ages, physical needs and medical requirements. You might need to store additional supplies such as baby food and nappies for instance, to make sure everyone is able to wait out an emergency comfortably.
Specific medical needs might mean you need to think about how to store certain items in an emergency. For example, during a power cut you might not have access to proper refrigeration, meaning you’ll need to find other methods to store medication like insulin if you have a diabetic family member.
Expect the unexpected
Planning for the events that you know are likely due to your location and your own circumstances is a great starting point. However, while this should be a key part of your preparation, you shouldn’t ignore the potential for unexpected events.
This could cover a variety of events, including:
- Freak weather
- Medical emergency
- Sheltering other people
- Loss of supplies and equipment
Having supplies and equipment stored to help you deal with other emergencies and weather conditions can help you to adapt to any changes in a situation. Stockpiling more food can also help should you need to provide assistance to someone else.
You should also make sure you have adequate medical supplies to help deal with any unforeseen complication or illnesses that arise while trapped or waiting for help during an emergency.
How can we help you to prepare for any situation?
The right supplies can make the difference between effective preparation and struggling during an emergency. Finding the right equipment, medical supplies and long-lasting food can help provide peace of mind and ensure you are ready for any situation.
At Fuel Your Preparation, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals at any time. Our breakfasts, mains and desserts are:
- Easy to prepare – simply add water and wait for the meal to rehydrate
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Freeze-dried to create a product with a lengthy shelf life. Each pouch lasts for 7 years, while tins last for 25
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel warm and full
Whether you need to stockpile food in the event of extreme weather, want a small supply to help you comfortably ride out a power cut or want a store that you can rely on in inhospitable, isolated conditions, our meals provide a fantastic way to ensure you always have access to a delicious feast.