We are getting close to the end of the incremental disaster kit posts.* By this point you should be amassing a goof bit of gear, have some new skills, and feeling much more prepared for disaster.
Having worked in Emergency Management for more than a decade, I have been to disaster shelters. While the government and it’s employees do try to take care of its people in disasters, it is rather impersonal and spotty.
I would much rather be able to take care of myself and my family and keep them out of the shelters if at all possible.
This disaster kit is a large piece of my plan to stay out of shelters. My families kit has grown over the years, and I have actually built more than one. One for my home, and the other for a place I would go to in the event I had to leave my home.
____Perforated metal tape (sometimes called plumber’s tape or strap iron)
____Take a first aid/CPR class from your local Red Cross.
____Arrange to have your water heater strapped to wall studs using perforated metal tape.
This week’s disaster kit work is on repair items and tools to prevent issues and repair them.