No one can predict exactly how bad an emergency situation will become, especially if it’s a weather-related disaster. You should do your best to prepare for any type of emergency. Make sure you know what tools you need and what tools you can leave aside. Prepare your home or workplace with the most important tools to have in case of an emergency and keep everyone safe during worst-case scenarios.
When there’s nasty weather in the area, you can’t rely on wired devices to keep you in the loop about watches, warnings, and disasters. A battery-powered weather radio is an essential part of your shelter’s supplies. Turn it on when you take shelter from the elements and keep it on even after disaster strikes.
A trusty flashlight is one of the best emergency tools you can have. Make sure you own at least one heavy-duty, bright flashlight—you may not realize just how dark the world gets without electrical power. You’ll also want flashlights that don’t rely on batteries or electricity, such as shake-powered flashlights.
While your cellphone is one of the most important tools to have in case of an emergency, it won’t help once it runs out of battery or if it can’t get a signal. With a two-way radio, you can connect to a radio signal or reach out to other two-way radios in your area without a signal provider. This means you can reach out to first responders that may be helping others around you.
Figuring out how to use a two-way radio during an emergency is easy, as the devices are simple and effective. Have a backup for your cellphone by keeping a two-way radio nearby.
A Sharp, Heavy Object
Many tools become multipurpose after an emergency—an ax can become a can opener and a shovel can cut through tough materials. Keep something sharp in your shelter—not necessarily a weapon—that serves multiple purposes in a pinch.
If the tool is shiny, you could use it to start a fire or signal for help in dire circumstances. You want the tool to be heavy in case you need it to break out of your shelter during an emergency, so don’t pick something too lightweight!