July 23, 2010 11:20 AM
(Men’s Health) Your odds of dying as a result of a natural disaster are 1 in 3,357. Here’s how you can prepare to ride it out.
- Stock the essentials — Keep at least 3 day’s worth of nonperishable food and three gallons of water per person. A first aid kit,
- the Red Cross Delux Family First Aid Kit ($25) is cheaper and more complete than one you’d make yourself. ATMs will be useless if the power goes out, so keep $50 to $150 per person.
- Gear up — Pack a wrench to quickly turn off utilities. Also include work gloves, duct tape, and a multitool like the Leatherman Skeletool. Some sort of light a headlamp or flashlight, a hand-cranked radio, and a face mask.
- Prepare — Designate an out-of-area relative to relay plans if the phone service is disrupted. Make copies of critical documents, prescription bottle labels, a list of IDs and passwords for financial accounts, and a video of your possession. Keep copies in your kit and store it remotely.