By Mike Coviello (Tanner)




TannerTanner: Former aerospace engineer who specialized in hypergolic propellants. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammo.







How To Prepare For A Disaster

A disaster is a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life. Knowing how to prepare for a disaster and taking all the right precautions to protect yourself and you loved ones can give you peace of mind. You should plan and make preparations well in advance of the disaster.


How To Prepare For A Hurricane  


Disaster Equipment & Supplies You Need

Buy these items well before the disaster arrives. 

  1. Emergency power generator (Emergency Generators )
  2. Survival kit/ bug out bags (Executive 72-hour Kit with Solar Upgrade)
  3. Food (MRE's)
  4. Water (Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage)
  5. Emergency lights (Emergency Lighting)
  6. Emergency radio (Emergency Radios)
  7. Two large coolers: One for drinks & one for food
  8. Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your electronics.(UPS)


Disaster Emergency Kits

Make, stock up or verify the fully stocked status of each of your emergency kits.

  1. Car back pack, car first aid kit (first aid kit ), auto tool kit (tool kit ) and car contents.
  2. Emergency evacuation backpack
  3. Food emergency kit
  4. Dog/pet emergency kit
  5. Disaster emergency Kit - (72-hour Survival Kits) Make sure your disaster kit includes: Flashlights & extra bulbs, Battery-operated radio, Battery-operated lanterns, Batteries (in different sizes!), Matches, First aid kit, Duct tape, Rain gear, Clock (wind-up or battery-powered), Plastic garbage bags, Fire extinguisher, Scissors, Can Opener, Clean clothes, Extra blankets, Heavy gloves.


Disaster Planning

  1. Make a disaster plan. Know when and what you are going to do in advance of an oncoming disaster.

  2. Make a family communications plan.

  3. Identify and pre-plan disaster evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you need to evacuate.

  4. Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

  5. Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no matter where they are when an disaster occurs.

  6. Establish a meeting place where you can all reunite afterward.

  7. Transportation may be disrupted after an disaster, keep emergency supplies (food, liquids, comfortable shoes) at work, in your car and at home.

  8. Make sure all family members know where your gas, electric and water main shutoff valves are and how to turn them off.

  9. Identify your closest fire and police stations and emergency medical facility.

  10. Coordinate your emergency disaster plans with your neighbors.

  11. TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.


Prepare Your Car For A Disaster

  1. Perform maintenance on your car to make sure it's "ready to go" in case you have to evacuate. Check tire pressure, oil level, radiator level, washer level. Verify car running condition.
  2. Fill your tank up with gas.
  3. Get spare gas cans and fill them up in case of gas shortage after the disaster.
  4. Park your car in the garage, sheltered location or the most protected and highest elevated ground possible.
  5. Secure all of your cars important paperwork to somewhere safe.
  6. Verify car contents. Fully equip your car. See What Should I Keep In My Car?


Disaster Important Documents

Verify important documents and place in a portable and waterproof container. As backup, scan and save your documents on a flash drive, website other secure storage system and store in a safe location. Update or take new pictures of yard, house, house contents and car contents and backup computer files. Email important documents to self or a friend.

  1. Photo copies of prescriptions
  2. Emergency preparedness manual
  3. Photo identification
  4. Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  5. Medical history or information
  6. Waterproof container for document storage
  7. Back-up disks of your home computer files
  8. Camera & film & spare batteries for camera
  9. Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, copy of will, family records
  10. Important telephone numbers and contact information
  11. Inventory, pictures and receipts of valuable household goods


Before The Disaster

  1. Double check your emergency kits and supplies (food, water, flashlights, weather radio, batteries, etc.)
  2. Identify battery powered appliances and tools and stock up on all applicable batteries. Fully charge all chargeable batteries (Solar Battery Charger)
  3. Get extra cash. Get small bills, ones, 5's, 10's, 20's and 50's at the bank.
  4. Put important documents in a waterproof container or bag.
  5. Plan for your pets.
  6. Monitor emergency broadcasts and be ready to evacuate.
  7. Stock up on ice.
  8. Fill all bottles, bathtubs and containers with water. This is a neat bathtub water storage device.. waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage.
  9. Verify Clorox in house.
  10. Verify firearm and ammo supplies (if applicable).
  11. Wash all clothing and sheets.
  12. Verify pet medications, if applicable.
  13. Verify prescription supplies, if applicable (enough for one month)
  14. Check pet friendly shelters and hotels (just in case).
  15. Call family and friends to notify of intentions.
  16. Verify supply of tape/tapes
  17. Verify supply of tarps and roofing nails for repairs after the disaster.
  18. Make/buy ice. Stock your freezer and coolers.
  19. Move furniture away from windows.
  20. Extra supply of medicines for each family member (and pets)
  21. Waterproof, heavy-duty plastic bags for waste disposal.


Disaster Preparations - Shopping

Food & Water - Pack non-perishable food for each person for 3-7 days. Bottled water (1 gallon/person/day). Bottled juice. Canned foods. Remember you pets.

Stock up on food, including.
Crackers  • Bread  • Food bars  • Candy  • Canned juice  • Soup  • Dried fruit and nuts  • Cereal  • Protein powder  • Oatmeal  • Batteries  • Dog food  • Powdered milk


After The Disaster

  1. Continue listening for the latest updates.

  2. Expect more rain and possible flooding even after the disaster has ended.

  3. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch dangers including fallen objects, downed electrical wires and wild animals.

  4. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

  5. Walk carefully around the outside your home and inspect for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.

  6. Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control.

  7. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

  8. Avoid drinking tap water or preparing food with it until you are sure it’s not contaminated.

  9. Check refrigerated food for spoilage.

  10. Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up.