The world has been experiencing world record-breaking natural disasters in the past year as climate change rears its head. South Africa has also felt the effects of droughts, severe thunderstorms, floods, veld fires and tornadoes in different parts of the country. One can never be too prepared when it comes to natural disasters, so here are some considerations for your survival kit in the case of an emergency.
Back in the day doomsday enthusiasts invested in walkie-talkies to be able to communicate during a disaster. Luckily your cellphone can be an all-encompassing communication tool complete with maps, emergency numbers, navigation tools and safety apps. Make sure you pack a charger, power bank, an extra battery or even a spare cellphone for emergencies.
It is important to practice an evacuation plan. Make sure there is a way to communicate with your family and arrange a secure meeting place where you can seek shelter or find help when severe weather hits. An old-school whistle can also help in alerting people around you of your presence.
South Africans should be fully adept at stocking up on alternative light sources as a result years of load shedding. This will come in handy when severe weather affects power lines and electricity. Make sure you have flashlights/torches at different points around your home that are easily accessible.
Packing the right items and finding a place of safety during an emergency is essential but how do you get to this place? This one of the most important considerations. Ensure that you have your car, a map and route handy for these situations or that there is someone who will be able to assist in transporting you and your family to the place of safety.
Your survival kit checklist
Every person in your home should always have a small bag packed with all the emergency essentials such as water, flashlights, non-perishable food, personal documents, maps and any other items you would need for a quick exit. Place this emergency bag in an easily accessible place for a swift escape.