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Natural disasters are severe and unpredictable


There’s really not much we can do about them except get out of their

way or prepare as best we can to withstand them. Here are a few tips:

  1. Store valuables in a dishwasher: Your dishwasher is built to keep water in, so it will also keep water out. Items like photo albums or legal documents, place in there to keep them dry.
  2. Think ‘Picnic’, not ‘Emergency’: When shopping for food reserves, many people flock to crackers and canned food. However, there are many meals you can prepare and store without electricity. Many fruits and vegetables don’t require refrigeration, other items include mayonnaise and mustard.
  3. Freeze water in gallon bags: If the grocery is out of water and you don’t have a proper storage container, fill gallon-sized plastic bags with water and freeze them. If the power goes out, your freezer will stay cold longer and you’ll have some drinking water stored.
  4. Use disposable plates and cups: Don’t waste an already limited water supply cleaning dishes! You want to be environmentally friendly, yes, but paper will decompose over time, and a few won’t hurt if it’s for your well-being.
  5. Think beyond the supermarket: If your supermarket is sold out of everything, remember that home-improvement, office supply, and electronics stores sell items like water, batteries, flashlights, and other things you may need.
  6. Turn your washing machine into a cooler: Fill it with ice and put your perishables there in a power outage.

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