Basic Disaster Preparation

It’s National Preparedness Month!  The mission of Defense In Depth is to help our customers prepare for the unexpected, so let’s talk about emergency basics.  After 2014 water crisis in Charleston, West Virginia does not need a reminder of how easily basic needs (like safe tap water) can disappear.  Electricity is equally sensitive to infrastructure problems.  The world of “prepping” is an extensive one, but if you’re just interested in thinking about the bare-bones basics, here’s where to start:

Disaster preparedness basics typically include:

– 1 gallon of water per person, per day, for at least 3 days

– Water Purification tablets / filters

– 3-day supply of non-perishable food

– Radio (battery or hand crank powered)

– Knife

– Flashlight

– First aid kit

– Batteries

– Whistle (or other device for signaling)

– Can opener

– Maps

– Paracord

– Basic tool kit

If you’d like to pick up some basics, you can start with the mini prep kit we put together for you!