The effects of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the United States have once again brought home the importance of disaster preparedness. The fact is that no matter how much warning people have, hurricanes still manage to catch many off-guard.
While it is impossible to prevent certain types of damage (a tree crashing through a wall of your home, for example), it is possible to mitigate the harm and ride out the aftermath with relative comfort. Preparation is key. To that end a book like Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook is particularly useful in preparing your home and your family to face events like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
The book starts out with instructions on how to prepare for the most common type of disaster: the short-term ones. Author Peggy Layton describes what to do in the event of something like a forest fire or chemical spill headed toward a home, namely, evacuate. The various steps involved in a good evacuation plan are covered.
The most basic needs like water and food also factor in to a disaster-preparedness plan and she covers those as well. Non-perishable items such as canned goods, rice and dried beans (along with other items) are all on her list of things to have on hand in the event that there is no access to food after a disaster.
How likely is it that grocery stores will run out of goods in the event of a storm? Anyone who has lived through a hurricane can tell you that it can happen in a matter of hours to a couple of days. The author points this out as another reason to stock up.
She covers the contents of different emergency kits depending on the nature of the disaster and how long recovery is likely to take. The Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook is useful for everyone, but especially those living in areas prone to natural disasters and who realize that they may need some help getting ready for them.