SALT LAKE CITY, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- FoodInsurance.com encourages every individual to make preparing for an emergency a priority. Whether it's a glass-shattering wind, flood, fire or earthquake, you should be prepared:
- As we have seen recently, tornadoes can wreak havoc in just minutes. Each year, as many as 90 people are killed from tornadoes and millions of dollars' worth of damage occurs. It's best to have a safe place to shelter during the storm, such as a basement or other space below ground. You should always have supplies ready in these shelters.
- Hurricanes incorporate high winds and rain. Violent seas, coastal flooding and wind damage typically result from these storms. The effects can be felt hundreds of miles inland.
- Flooding can occur as a result of any number of events: heavy rain or seasonal run-off, storm surges along the coasts, a weakened dam or levee all can cause serious damage to homes and communities. Floods are one of the most frequent disasters and can happen anywhere.
- Fire risk and prevention is the most common of all. Install smoke detectors and have a fire extinguisher on hand. If you live in an area at risk of wild fires, keep brush away from structures and have an emergency kit ready at all times.
"Unexpected events happen everyday," states Sarah Barnes, Vice President of Marketing, FoodInsurance.com. "This is why emergency awareness and preparation are essential. Stock up on the supplies that you need to keep an unexpected event from becoming a disaster. Being proactive about being prepared can make a big difference in your family's well-being in the face of uncertainty. Having food and water stored is one of many things that you can do to prepare."
Here are some steps in taking a comprehensive approach to being prepared:
- Check food and water supplies. Most experts say that a minimum two-week supply of food for your family is crucial. In addition, families should plan on having one gallon of water per person, per day. Include water purification tools like water filters, iodine or bleach.
- Safety, shelter and survival. Have a kit ready to go that includes clothing, like gloves, hats, socks, as well as warm blankets. Your kit should also include rope, tarps, a knife, fire-starters, batteries, and a heat source.
- Stay organized. Be sure to have an emergency contact list and extra cash on hand. You should know how to turn off the gas, water and the electricity to your home.
- First Aid kits are important to have on hand, as well as extra medication or necessities such as sanitation and hygiene essentials, like soap and other toiletries.
- Make a plan. Communication methods and a family evacuation plan are important. Having a crank-radio or walkie-talkies can be helpful when traditional methods of communication are down.
FoodInsurance.com is a company that provides short and long-term emergency food supplies that are designed to meet the needs of families in any eventuality. The company uses the freeze-dried process to create gourmet entrees that are convenient to store, easy to prepare and guaranteed to last up to 25 years. FoodInsurance.com also offers lightweight, weather-resistant backpacks containing a 2-week supply of food for one adult and other emergency essentials. To learn more about Food Insurance, go to www.FoodInsurance.com.
If you would like more information, contact: Jennifer Burns, 310-993-9494, Email.
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