Do You Have What You Need?
Disaster management organizations urge families to store and annually update emergency supplies. of course, needs will vary according to your location and circumstances, so check with local emergency management services for recommendations that could be applied in your area.
In general, it is recommended that you keep at least three gallons of water per person and three days of nonperishable, read-to-eat foods. Also, some families have prepared “go bags” with such items as the following:
- Blankets, complete change of warm clothes, and sturdy shoes
- Flashlight, radio (natter or windup), and spare batteries
- First-aid kit and a whistle to signal for help
- Eating utensils, can opener, pocket tool set, and waterproof matches
- Dust masks, waterproof tape, and plastic sheeting for shelter
- Tooth brushes, soap, towels, and toilet paper
- Child-care supplies and special-needs items for seniors or the disabled
- A waterproof container with needed medication, copies of prescriptions, and other important documents
- List of emergency contacts and meeting places and a local map
- Credit cards and cash
- Extra set of house keys and car keys
- Paper, pencils, books, and games for children
To avoid disease and danger, consider the following recommendation:
- Stay with friends, if possible, rather than in a camp
- Keep your living space sanitary
- Use personal protective equipment when cleaning up debris. If possible, wear gloves, sturdy shoes, a hard hat, and a dust mask. Beware of electrical wires and hidden embers.
- Keep your daily routine as normal as possible. Your children need to see that you are calm and hopeful. Do school lessons, play and worship as a family. Do not dwell on news coverage of the tragedy, and do not take out your anxiety or frustration on family members. Accept help, and help others.
- Acknowledge that disasters cause loss. Government and other relief efforts focus on helping people to survive, not on replacing everything that was lost. To survive, we need clean water, food, clothing, and shelter from the weather. -1 Timothy 6:7-8.
- Recognize and address emotional injuries. This often surfaces after the initial shock has passed. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, and mood swings, as well as difficulty thinking, working, and sleeping. talk to caring friends.
Although Joshua survived the fire in his workplace, many of his acquaintances did not. He received assistance from Christian elders and mental-health professionals. “They assured me that my grief was part of a natural healing process and that it would pass,” Joshua says. “After six months, the nightmares lessened. Other symptoms have lasted longer.”
Disasters assault our sense of justice. in response, some people mistakenly blame God. Many, like Joshua, experience “survivor’s guild.” “I still wonder if I could have saved more people,” he says. “I am comforted by my belief that God will soon bring complete justice to the earth and will right all wrongs. In the meantime, i cherish each day of life and do what I reasonably can to preserve it. “-Revelation 21:4,5