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It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

endFor those of you who have been living under a rock, the world is scheduled to end (or begin ending) this coming December 21, 2012.  Google “2012” and thousands of pages will come up with names like the-end.com or survive2012.com.   Whether or not this threat is real it is important to be prepared for any disaster. 

Last year the Center for Disease Control used the threat of a Zombie Apocalypse to educate the public on how to prepare for a severe disaster.  Their tips can easily be applied to our upcoming apocalypse, whether it be by a planet named Nbiru or zombies created by a mutated virus. It’s never too early to start preparing and make emergency supply kit.

1. Water

You should allot 1 gallon of water per person per day. A normal person needs to drink a half a gallon a day and the rest should go towards food preparation and hygiene.  You should try to stock two weeks of water for every person in case you are stuck in your home.

 2. Food

You should store about two weeks of non perishable food. Try to store foods that you eat regularly. You should also have available vitamin, mineral, and protein supplements available. Unlike water, food can be rationed. A healthy person can go an extended period of time on half their regular food intake.

3. Tools and Supplies

You should have a First Aid Kit available to treat any lacerations or minor injuries sustained during the disaster. Tools like utility knife, flashlight, duct tape, a battery powered radio, and extra batteries will also be helpful.  For emergency cooking you can use a fireplace, cooking grill, or camp stove. If you are cooking canned food make sure to open it and remove the label before you begin cooking. Sanitation supplies are also important for keeping your family healthy.

4. Important Documents and Medicine

If you’re in a disaster it might be a while until you have access to a pharmacy, so it is important to have a small supply of your prescriptive or non prescriptive available. You should also have copies of important documents like your driver’s license, passport and birth certificate.

5. Have a Plan

Every family should have an emergency plan. Pick a place for your family to regroup in case a meteor or tornado hits your home. You should also plan an evacuation route in case you have time to evacuate.  For more preparedness advice visit the American Red Cross

For the CDC’s complete guide visit:  http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/

Happy Preparing!

gas masks via Shuttersock

by Maddie Perlman-Gabel

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