PREPARATIONS FOR A TIME OF DISASTER.
As we believe from the Bible that we are all in a
serious Time that is called 'The End Time', leading up to the
'End of the Age' and the Return of God's Son and our
Messiah Yeshua/ Jesus, we want to face the FACTS about
Disasters in that 'End Time' - in practical ways.
As different kinds of disasters are foretold for these days,
we need to prepare ourselves and others for this time, where it is possible.
SO WE OFFER YOU THESE IDEAS ABOUT PREPARING FOR
'NATURAL' DISASTERS; SOME VERY SEVERE.
1. Reasons for this Paper.
Here we share serious considerations, about how we might try to prepare for various kinds of 'natural disasters' ~ but still seek to find a balance between practical and spiritual needs, (with 'God focused' thoughts), just as a guide. [See * note below.]
These notes are for anyone, but mainly for Believers in Jesus the Messiah and God, about an unpredictable future, (such as events listed as specific disasters given in the Bible as quoted above from the NIV version), which should help to prepare us, at least mentally and spiritually for coping with them in sensible ways. [We are not speculating on the meaning, times, possibilities of other serious events as in Revelation ch. 8 & 16]
[Please see our article here, for more detailed concepts of a range of important World and Middle East events which will affect everyone on Earth at various times.]
The Potential Disasters being considered in
this paper are:
Earthquake, fire or chemical threats, floods, slips, power cuts, volcanoes, storms, or fast spreading deadly infectious diseases, such as a ‘Pandemic Flue’, or gastric infections.
Know your local DISASTER EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER & ADDRESS.
[Regarding what to do about a time, when the Evil 'One World Government' laws, are announced, are beyond the scope of this article - but see very godly helpful articles here: 'Brain-washing', and another about facing persecution as a Christian.
of the advice we offer is practical preparations for events listed
* If we have missed some useful information, please advise us of anything you see that needs adding. * We need the extra advice and experience from other people.
3. However, Spiritual Preparations, Could be the most Valuable in the End.
As genuine Christians we must not forget the essential SPIRITUAL preparations we as adults need to consider for ourselves and our children and loved ones, who may or may not be Believers in our LORD Jesus. [Any thought of use of weapons is a NO-no!]
Our goal should be to practice a humble daily walk with God, abiding in the Presence of Jesus ‘moment by moment’, and being ready to share our faith with others, knowing one day we will all die in one way or another. So we need to keep the oil of devotion ready in 'extra quantities' right up to the Day of our Bridegroom's coming! Jesus said this in the Gospels like Matt. 26! We could find that when Jesus is all we have, that is when we also find "Jesus is all I need". He will NOT fail us! Memorise a promise today!
"Family worship" - brief daily reading of the Bible and prayer, is not only a way of bringing a family closer together, it brings God into focus as the Main Person we honour and can pray to at any time. Memories of these times will comfort greatly in times of disaster, loss and bereavement! Sadly we may need to face a death or severe injuries happening, so it may be wise to prepare each other for these as a possibility. For true Believers in Jesus the Saviour His truth can mean a lot to us!
Also being humble 'watchmen' – to discern the serious Biblical Last Days events - as Jesus told us. [Jewish people should prepare for travel to live in Israel, also Christians who really love God's people and want to serve them. Zech. 8: 23.] These aspects are considered in another article, “Possible End Time –Time line.” However, all Believers in God need the attitude Paul wrote of in Romans 14: 7, "None of us lives to himself alone. If we live, we live to the LORD, and if we die we die to the LORD. So whether we live or die, we belong to the LORD." As Christians we should not be only looking for escape from suffering but rather consider it an honour to lay our lives down for Jesus, if that is what He allows.
FOR ANY KIND OF EMERGENCY – TO MAKE, NOW!
are widely encouraged by Government departments. See later notes.)
>>The type of preparations should be governed by the most probable local disaster, according to your environment and previous experience or knowledge.
Ask your local DISASTER RELIEF OFFICE.
costs should not be too great if you plan ahead.
Buy extra food items when on 'special', a second
set of some items could be bought at an 'opportunity/ second-hand/
convenience store, but must be very clean and dry so as not to gather
>>The time frame is: to be able to support ones self or one household for at least 3 days or up to 21 days without help. These are the basic preparations for survival in many situations. Be ‘inventive’. We give advice on preparing for 2 specific scenarios.
>>TWO SETS OF SITUATIONS TO CONSIDER.
When you need to stay in your own house and property.
Staying inside - possibly with no power or water supply,
or flushable toilets.
2. Staying at your home or property - but having to live outside.
When you are required to evacuate, away from your home.
1. What to take with you.
2. What to leave behind.
~ IN THE LAST SECTION OF THIS PAPER [below]
IS SPECIFIC ADVICE FOR SPECIFIC DISASTERS.
ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR EVERY HOME OR WORK PLACE -
ANYTIME -REGARDLESS OF ANY TYPE OF DISASTER, or EMERGENCY.
Start by imagining how YOU would manage for several days:
with no electrical or gas supply,
with no piped water, no access to obtaining any extra food,
and little chance of 'outside' help.
When you need to act as if on a 'desert island'!
Essential items to always be available, but to be added to other items as listed below. NOTE, it may not be wise to think first of 'running away' - this may be worse!
all essential items together in one place if possible, where you live
or work, as emergency situations can happen anytime!
[Items with *may not be needed away from your home, but you must have them.]
Clean water supply, and some basic non-cook foods *. [See later details.]
Batteries as required, for torches, flashlights, wall or table lights and radios/ cell phones. [Possibly battery operated lap-top, also.] Keep batteries separate from torches, radios, etc, and recycle new ones. Tiny (extra) bulb for torches if available.
Matches or ‘lighters’ also, for candles if they can be safely used, and in good candle-holders, * A good, (waterproof) TORCH, with batteries kept separately.
A good extra supply of toilet paper and paper handtowels *, (can be kept in a high-up cupboard) + paper of any kind, as even newspaper can be very useful! * [Paper towels can save extra use of water AND work!] Add a few small cloth towels, and some plastic bags *, for rubbish, or keeping some items dry and clean. Can also be used as ties.
Either access to hygiene toiletries such as soap, tooth cleaners, shampoo etc, or an extra emergency container of these in your "Personal grab bag", (satchel, small back-pack, etc), if you have to evacuate. [See later notes.] Add any small items you take for granted but would miss after a day if not available, maybe your Bible, I-pod, etc.
Basic first aid items. [See extra notes below.] Some smaller bottles of sterile or drinking water for emergency. Packet of hard sweets in water-tight plastic jar.
Means of communications, some basic writing gear, phones, etc, (esp. if they do not need a power supply). Add *a whistle, alarm or a bell. Label what you can with your name, and phone number, (but not the address of your home or work.)
Copies of important documents and information in a flat, plastic satchel. [See later details.]
To add: One warm coat/ rug/ or a means of keeping warm when there is no heating.
+ YOU NEED TO HAVE 2 'GRAB BAGS', with items listed below. The above items must be in your house for daily use, or spares in, or ready to add to your Grab Bags.
PERSON OR FAMILY MUST HAVE A FIRST, PERSONAL GRAB BAG'.
A. FIRST PERSONAL 'GRAB BAG' with Special emergency items, ready packed, with list of what to add, attached. Place in a secure container, satchel, bag, 'hold-all', etc, if it is water-tight even better, with your name and phone number or e-mail address inside.
These are mainly (small) essential items ready packed to 'grab' and keep close by, if in danger, wherever you are.
Try to keep items small & light so the bag is not too heavy.
1 - IMPORTANT PAPERS, and 2, - OTHER ITEMS.
Photostat copies of important 'papers' could be almost essential. Prepare copies of important certificates and legal documents. [If you have the originals quickly available -- in one place - then you can take these] - but essential copies can be put together beforehand, and may prove invaluable to help yourself or others. Remember in disaster situations 'bags'/cases and the contents can get lost or stolen - so consider the contents and how you pack them, carefully.
[Extra note: if your property is burgled, having these
copies or spare sets of keys 'hidden' in your Grab Bag
could actually save you a lot of trouble and expense!]
Personal Papers and Records, most of which would be copies of
Suggestions: keep all in one container - a flat plastic satchel/ envelope.
> Birth/ marriage/ or other special certificates, (work qualifications), esp. if they would be hard to replace.
> House/ car/ property ownership, or rental, tenancy agreement with details of the owner, and contact details if needed. Even the name of a trusted neighbour.
> Also names and contacts numbers of your doctor, lawyer, business partners, other family members and Spiritual Advisor, with phone, e-mail addresses -all details in a notebook.
> Medical details listed - if there is a serious or permanent medical condition, make a summary list of them, - or ask your medical practitioner for a 'Brief Medical History' including all medications listed.
> Driving license, Passport, I.D., Practicing Certificates, or Social Services 'card' or number if appropriate.
> Extra names of pastors or friends to help or re-assure you, or YOU could offer help to.
> Your Bible or small devotional book, preferably all Scripture, e.g. 'Daily Light' or 'Living Light' - [sometimes available from a second hand/ or opportunity store.]
With the important papers you may like to add:
> A spare set of house, business and vehicle KEYS, would be useful and a cell phone.
> A small amount of current cash, (possibly a few valuable pieces of jewellery, if you wish.)
2. Personal Practical Items for Yourself, or close Family members. * [If in daily use, add a printed list, to the handle of the Grab Bag, to be added quickly in a disaster.]
> Glasses, artificial lenses, dentures, hearing aid, inhalants, throat sprays, tissues, cell-phone, wallet, keys, address notebook, small clock/watch, torch, and batteries. [List these.]
>Tablets or other medical aids, 'walking stick'/cane, etc. [A list of medicines is helpful.] Small plastic bags.
> Some extra personal (under) clothing and 1 extra warm garment (jacket/ windcheater, etc) only. A warm or protective hat/cap/ beret - even bicycle helmet, head covering, scarf.
> A satchel of personal toiletries should be kept in the same 'grab bag'. Small jar of vaseline, or general purpose cream - maybe very useful, for sun or rope burns, dry lips, blisters, etc. Small mirror and hairbrush, shaving gear, etc. One toilet roll.
> A mug, and set of knife, fork and spoon, a plastic plate, tea-towel, plus small scissors, and 'pocket knife'. *
> Some hard lollies in a small airtight container, also artificial sweeteners to add to drinks if desired.
> Prepared name tags, esp. for children, or if you live alone, - also a card with your name, phone number/ e-mails address, [not your home/ work address] inside of the grab bag.
> A few photos, or DVD/CD of the family, or special items (e.g. toddlers toy, card game) - if there is room. [Or these can be placed in the second Grab bag, - see below.]
> AND your satchel of 'Important Papers' as listed above!
[This 'grab bag' also useful for a person being admitted to hospital -anytime.]
B. SECOND UTILITY, 'FAMILY' GRAB BAG.
This will vary with each family or individual circumstances. Get ideas from preparations suggested below. It needs to be portable, with essentials for you.
Make a list for you own situation and pack accordingly.
> A 1-litre bottle of water.
> Some non-cook food items, preferably packets of sealed edible 'chewy fruit/cereal bars', or other modern healthy snack foods if available. Seal well in plastic resealable packs.
> Very basic clothes: (clean undies) and woollen socks, caps and sweater, warm nightwear. Ear plugs, scarves for general use, clean wipes, paper napkins/ tissues, cream.
> Some of the same items as in the first, personal Grab Bag (either in addition) or if not room in the first one, especially things like a drinking mug, set of cutlery, torch, radio, pens, watch, some money, a little jewellery, a game, (crossword puzzle), good book, photo book.
BUT NOW, HERE IS SOME GENERAL ADVICE
FOR SURVIVAL PREPARATIONS.
One. IF YOU CAN STAY AT YOUR OWN USUAL LIVING PLACE.
When you must STAY INSIDE, as instructed by your Local
This maybe as in a rainstorm, snowstorm, severe winds, dust storm, medical threat (plague), chemical spill, fumes or smoke from a big stationary fire; flood nearby or a threat to a community, (e.g. a rogue gunman, or gang wars, etc.) LISTEN TO THE RADIO.
Water and drinkable fluids, in suitable containers, plus water for toilet/hygiene needs. 1 gallon, or 3 litres per person, per day, for 3+ days. Be prepared to use or reuse water, sparingly. Used 'Washing water' can be re-used for cleaning toilet buckets. Store water purifiers, [bleach, for instance.] Water, even in 2-3ltr. plastic bottles, keeps well if you use a container (like a clean bottle) rinsed with hot water, then fill and overflow with fresh very hot tap water and cap it immediately! Leave to cool and then store in the back of cupboards you rarely use. These can last even years if prepared properly. Proved!
know of and have access to natural water sources,
(spring, stream, tank or roof water) and you know where these are,
they could be used in some circumstances.
But boil water before use to drink or bathe in.]
Make sure these are safe to approach in the prevailing conditions.
Food items in accessible plastic boxes *.
These are for an emergency in addition to the
normal contents of your kitchen cupboards.
If you can get a
plastic box that fits in a cupboard, and can be pulled out like a
draw, it helps with recycling items, taking one out and replacing it
immediately. [Keep lid close by.]
Easy-opening cans. Packets of non-perishable foods, sealed packets that only need the addition of water, like soup mixes. Hard sweets, salt, some sugar in a dry container, skim milk powder, plastic bottles of spreads, (peanut butter, vegemite/ savoury spread, honey, jam, etc,) + dried fruit, fine noodles, easy cook rice, rolled oats, or cereal foods, dried packets of vegetables, etc. Extra packets of vegetables, etc in Fridge, or storage box.
Packets of tea/ coffee/ 'soup-in-a-cup'/ cordial mixes/ dry cooking stock (beef, etc) to drink.
Make a list of your preferences and check it off sometimes. [Maybe make a game of it with children - a way of preparing them? Go over other stored items too.] If packed in plastic mugs, or paper cups they can be used to mix drinks in, or drink from, and then discard. Add some plastic spoons.
Essential items as listed above can be kept with these, (batteries, etc, etc.)
[These can be quickly taken with you if you have to leave from living inside your home, but may not be essential * if you are being evacuated to a Local Body or Government facility.]
Keep all frozen goods where they are, but packed together (if power fails) and add towels or newspapers in plastic bags for added insulation for a few days only. Possibly keep some frozen, cooked foods (+ fruit juice) ready for emergency use.
you are in a place where heavy snow is a problem, try to
install a non-electric wood burner, or one using gas canisters. Keep
extra supply cut wood/ commercial brickets, etc.
Hygiene Items, can be kept in the usual place, but the need is to use water very carefully, (save and re-use if necessary) with buckets, strong plastic bags for disposable rubbish. Extra 'toilet gear' - soap, tooth cleaners, etc available in cupboards or in the grab bag, [or even stored near emergency food items], paper towels if possible & prepared hand wipes.
It maybe unwise to use flushable toilets, (especially in floods) until disasters are over - so consider alternatives: buckets, disposable plastic bowls, bottles (for males) or strong plastic bags. Consider places for suitable disposal of waste products. [In the ground?]
Have a spade/ shovel and disposable plastic gloves available. Add a bottle of disinfectant.
An extra bowl (and washing powder in a water-proof container) * for a small clothes wash, but essential tasks only may be possible. [Don't be too 'fussy'!]
Remember to do essential tasks in daylight if there is no normal power supply, preparing for any needs after it is dark.
2. If there is a need to ‘camp’ OUTSIDE, (as in mild earthquake) take out the above items especially your 2 Grab bags. If possible some extra survival items can be prepared and packed in suitable cases or boxes and kept away from the house, if there is a place less likely to be affected by shaking. God will guide you if your motives are especially for caring for others, or making as little demand on Emergency staff, out of consideration. The things mentioned below need to be varied to suit the disaster.
situation is different and you can only do your best.
~ Always move people first!
In some situations listed items may not be suitable
for you, so adapt to needs not wants.
SO - adapt these ideas to your expected situation,
and prepare children carefully.
Items listed below with * may not be needed in some evacuation situations.
TO PREPARE MAY BE, (depending on TIME available ~ and TYPE of threat:
Warm clothes, and any sleeping bags, * or duvets/ blankets in large plastic bags, maybe a waterproof under-sheet. But yes to extra coats, boots or anything to keep you warm.
* Water as prepared and stored, moved outside quickly. [Or stored in another place, even in a pit in the ground in an open area.] Water is an essential need!
* Food in the plastic box you have had prepared. [As above.] Also extra containers made of metal or wood, with extra supplies in (for siting on or using as a bench). Tent perhaps.
*A table if possible – plastic garden furniture type is good, even chairs.
*Buckets, for waste, trowel or spade, and any other plastic containers, (including bowls, can be used inverted) to keep goods dry or clean and separated.
*Large plastic rubbish bags. Some towels, or bedding items, mats/ plastic sheets.
*Useful hardware: *tin-opener, knife, long handle-fork, plastic or other cutlery, paper, tin or plastic plates, scissors, tongs, binder-twine/ cord, rubber gloves and assorted plastic bags, umbrella, Chilli-bin or boxes, rubber 'hot-water-bottles', (for warm or cold water - or air - as a cushion.)
*Outdoor cooker, BBQ, primus or equivalent, and heatproof gloves or ‘oven-cloth’ for handling hot pots. Take great care with any fire, coals or hot items, especially where children or pets are near.
*One heavy bottom saucepan for boiling water or food. [Care with use when hot.]
*First-aid kit (with medicines added) must be available, and a little sterile water.
Pet care food or items as needed for pets. Sprays for sandflies or flies, etc, may be needed sometimes.
~ The items that do not deteriorate can be boxed up well ahead *. If box is solid it can be useful too! ~ Cheap items can be bought 'second hand' for extras.
Fires should only be lit and used in very secure surroundings, with
very great care. Away from wind, dry grass, buildings, chemicals, and
insert è FIRST AID
BAG/BOX, WITH OTHER ESSENTIAL INFORMATION.
First Aid Items: Small ‘facecloths', packet of paper serviettes/ (better than thin tissues.) Hand (paper) or cotton towel. Small bottle of sterile water (for eyes). Packet of disinfectant wipes - or more if room. A selection of paper or cloth masks, & plastic disposable gloves.
Scissors, packet dressings, bandages, small bottle disinfectant and iodine, etc. Scarves or pieces of cloth for slings, extra bandages, etc. Commonly used creams (for cleaning hands) or extra general medications. Some pain relieving tablets, 'Panadol', 'Paracetamol'.
Hard sweets if food is not easily available or for diabetics, or after fainting.
Some stores sell 'ready prepared' FIRST AID boxes, BUT YOU NEED TO CHECK WHAT IS THERE, ALSO HOW TO OPEN OR USE THE CONTENTS AND WHAT TO ADD.
Vitamins, saccharine/sugar substitute, (can be a source of ‘food’
briefly, even.) Pain relievers.
Disinfectant, insect repellents, hand creams, packs of cotton buds, thin plastic gloves, surgical masks, (to protect you breathing 'germs' on others, or from chemicals in the air).
Essential Personal items. Eyeglasses, hearing aids, or other personal health accessories.
B. IF YOU HAVE TO LEAVE OR EVACUATE FROM
WHERE YOU ARE (home or work)
BE READY TO EVACUATE - BY MOVING TO A SAFER PLACE.
This should only be on the advice of Emergency Central Control,
Who will have a better idea of the widespread dangers.
It may be safer to stay put - so only go away if that is safer
than the present danger.
items are to take with you if you have to leave where you are living,
for an unknown time, to an emergency station with only basic
facilities, (school, church, hall, etc.) These items may have been
packed already in satchel, backpack, etc.
* TO SAVE TIME -TRY TO HAVE ALL PREPARED ITEMS IN ONE PLACE, * WHICH EVERY FAMILY MEMBER KNOWS ABOUT.
1st PERSONAL GRAB BAG - for sure! Get it ready today! See suggested list above.
Be sure to add what is already on the list attached to the handle ~ the things in daily use.
2nd UTILITY GRAB BAG - Backpack, needs to be packed now, or added to as above.
>This is a minimal supply of useful general items, as if going to a relative or friend to stay, or to help others in an emergency situation, but only if it can be carried easily. It is not essential. It may hold some extra clothes, plastic utensils, small extra water bottle, etc.
These could possible be left in an accessible place to come for later, maybe in a vehicle.
>Know where there is a suitcase/ haversack or other empty container into which the above emergency items (not already packed) could be quickly put, if you have to leave where you are living. Have a list ready. By having a number of essential items /duplicates even, put aside and packed ready, (as in the 'Grab Bag' recommended above) it will help greatly. Of course they may not be needed for months or years, but it is still essential.
>Realise, in some disasters you may be worse off evacuating if roads are blocked, or the dangers are wide spread. Communicate with other family members - don't guess, be sure.
>Information to leave behind in letterbox. If you have to evacuate, as in a natural disaster or threats of fire, chemical spillage, etc, leave a message with some essential information (only), on main door, letterbox or in a suitable place, for family or police. Pray that God will protect your property, but pray more for people's souls!
ALERT TO GOVERNMENT OR LOCAL AUTHORITY DIRECTIONS.
Different nations have slightly different emergency procedures, under different emergency strategy organisations. Be aware of who these are in your area, and known local Government contacts and emergency numbers, for Fire, Police, Disaster Relief Center. You may like to write the number here.................................
EXTRA PLACE TO GO TO?
[Thinking of a 'safe place' as Christian/ Messianic Believers.]
It is possible
that there will be no place of safety ‘in the wilderness’
etc, or possibility of flight to another country. However, for
this writer, it is possible Israel could be an ‘Ark’ of
safety to seek refuge in. This is based on Zechariah 8:23, & the
“place prepared for her” in Rev. 12. But this needs
(Jewish people not in Israel, need to prepare especially, ~ based on Ezekiel 39: 27 & 28.)
Essential preparations for this. A current passport for every person concerned. Since paper money, bank accounts, shares, stocks, bonds, etc could lose value completely ‘overnight’, it seems wise to hold a minimum amount of these. But some cash hidden in a suitable place maybe useful. Possibly gold/ silver jewellery, (small items) could be helpful. Gold ingots are very expensive, and gold rings, watches etc, better for trading. IF the situation is serious, most property may have to be left behind. But remember God is no man's debtor if your property it is given to Him first! Any extra property (unless for a ministry to others) is a very unwise move in this century. See link here.
travel cases should be available with
prepared lists of items to be packed, in emergency.
HOW TO ACTUALLY PREPARE YOUR HOME
~ READY FOR WHEN A DISASTER STRIKES.
Prior Preparations of your Living area, especially if you own it.
SECURE, moveable items, in case of earthquake, blasts, floods, etc. Furniture can be fastened to walls, and cupboards made with secure fasteners. Ornaments or other items fixed with blue tack. Hot water cylinders, or appliances (heaters), secure from falling over or shifting easily. If possible insulate your home against severe cold/heat. Keep valuable books, photos in a higher cupboard, with heavy containers, pots, etc, lower down. Especially secure mirrors and pictures with glass in, pot plants and vases, too.
Photos of the Property could be helpful for identification, or claims, etc, later. Get advice if you live where the land could shift of fall away - as in slips and mudslides.
REMOVE rubbish, or burnable, or dangerous items away from house, or living quarters. Secure bins. Have spades or shovels available in snow-storm-likely areas. In some areas, shutters can be available for windows, or sticky tape applied if there is time, or even Velcro tape, to seal windows. Heavy window drapes can help insulation.
Keep all dangerous chemical, cleaners, in high up child-proof cupboards. LABEL well.
Install non-electric power/ heating/ cooking equipment if possible, where power cuts are common in snow or rainstorm areas. Think of safety for people and animals.
IN ANY EMERGENCY, have a portable radio, cell phone or other receivers for communication of evacuation instructions, and DO AS REQUESTED. Communicate with others, only if essential. Do not clog phone lines. Pray for yourself & others: Local Body and Emergency Personnel, medics, firemen, linesmen and transport officers.
ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO IN SPECIFIC KINDS OF DISASTERS.
LEARN THIS NOW TO BE READY AT TIME OF DISASTER.
[Maybe make a ‘practice game’ with children.]
[Your actions depend on the type of
building you are in, so prepare wisely.]
When shaking starts: MOTTO: "Stop, drop, hang on”. Exit only if easy and on a ground floor or danger of fire. Otherwise stay indoors, move away from windows, or heavy upright furniture. If in bed when shaking comes, roll onto the floor beside the bed, (with bedding).
>> Crawl under a strong table/ desk and hold onto the legs.
>> Or take cover beside a bed or settee, where little can fall on you.
When shaking stops:
Check for injuries, treat worst first. Use the first-aid kit. Find your grab bag, attach personal labels to each person, and give each a cell-phone or whistle and bottle of water.
Turn off all electricity, gas, or water at the main switches.
Deal with any
emergencies, or call for help. Move outdoors and prepare to camp
Check outside of dwelling, and your neighbours and assist if needed, but briefly.
Prepare for ‘after-shocks’. Do not be in a hurry to tidy or clean up, (except to put broken glass in a bag.) Maybe secure any items that look as if they will fall, especially breakables.
Make a list if needed of damage or breakages. Be prepared for evacuation if ordered.
In a Storm:
Stay indoors. Use a re-enforced area of the house, where possible (away from large trees).
Draw blinds, drapes over windows. (Tape across glass windows, if time.)
Take cover, away from windows; even wear raincoats with hoods, inside.
Partially open a window on the sheltered side, opposite from where the winds are.
Turn off electricity, gas, water taps etc., secure fireplace, heaters, hot kettles or jugs. [See next paragraph.] Do not take a shower or bath, or commence cooking till danger is past!
In a Flood:
Raise or remove valuables, if there is time. Also chemicals, cleaners, etc.
Place clothes, bedding, and some articles/books/ in large, tie-up plastic bags, if possible.
Especially raise any chemicals, weedkillers, garden or cleaning fluids, etc. [This where they should stay!]
Keep outer doors shut and stem water coming in with towels, etc, if possible. Move to higher floors, if possible. Keep inside doors open, to prevent them swelling and jamming - confining people or pets.
Prepare to evacuate, if required, taking the personal ‘grab bags’ and extra clothes.
In a Tsunami warning, or ‘water wall’ (as in collapsed dam or freak river surge.)
EVACUATE immediately to higher ground, etc. Maybe get Grab Bag - quickly, leave pets.
Do not waste time, with other things. People safety must come first.
a Volcanic Eruption. (For those near
mountains or hills. Similar actions for Chemical Hazards.)
Stay indoors, if no time to evacuate. Listen to any relayed warnings or advice per radio.
Secure all outside doors and windows, shut. Contact Civil defence if necessary.
If you have to go outside: Wear solid shoes, waterproof raincoats, cover your head, and mouth with a mask/thin scarf. Carry a torch, or flashlight. Check thickness of ash fall and walk carefully. Help with transport may come, so be prepared to wait if possible.
power blackout. [You may need to
check with a neighbour if this is general and not your place only!
Fuses can 'blow' with over-loading, so check if lights are on near
Switch off all power points, (day or night), except one light (to avoid a national power surge when power is restored) also if a heat source is forgotten it could be dangerous when power comes on unexpectedly, (eg a stove or heater if near clothing, carpets, etc). A partly -cooked meal in a saucepan can be wrapped in towelling, or thick newspaper, off stove.
At nightfall. Turn on the battery-powered lights, torches or radio – you should have prepared, before now. Candles can be used – but with great care.
Clear any items from usual indoor ‘walk ways’, halls, so no-one trips over them in the dark.
If people feel cold, fill hot water bottles or even plastic bottles (wrapped in a towel) with hot water from the tap, for people to hold.
Add on extra clothes, blankets, duvet or rugs. Huddle together and sing to the LORD!
If time is passing –put all food possible in the freezer, or even towels in plastic bags to fill empty spaces, and for insulation, for up to 3 days.
In severe snowstorms or extra heavy falls, when confined in your living/ working place.
You may have to react as for a power blackout. When possible check safety of water pipes - allow taps to drip, add insulation if not already in place. If warming glass on vehicles, etc, go slowly, with warm water. 'Anti-freeze' is useful for vehicles but very poisonous to pets!
Remember use of vehicles and public transport may be impossible. Maybe just stay put!
Chemical or smoke or fumes in the neighbourhood. Keep all windows and doors shut. [Tape may be applied to some windows, but ensure inside circulation of air, for people.] In some situations facemasks may be needed. Prepare to evacuate if ordered to do so.
Roaming Gunman, act as above. Make sure all doors are locked, listen to radio police instructions, and be prepared to evacuate - but ONLY as directed by Safety enforcement officers, (Police with I.D.)
try to bargain with gunman, or offer any assistance or take the Law
into your own hands. Shoot with a camera first, if you must!
Notify Police if possible by phone, etc.
FINAL CHECK LIST.
All of us, as human beings are subject
to 'panic' thinking in a sudden disaster.
Being prepared with prepared material things and plans will not only help you, but others around you. Often it is true, that 'God helps those who help themselves' ~ and others ~ we believe!
your water containers full? [Use
hot water, to overflowing in a jar or (plastic) bottle, place rinsed
cap on firmly. Allow to cool before storing - 3 litres per person,
per day, is advised.] Have a chlorine supply too.
1st Personal Grab bag - All ready? Do it now. Make a list first, then tick items as you collect them.
2nd general grab bag - or at least most important items in one place in a Plastic box/ holdall.
Have you made copies of all important papers, in case of emergency? A duplicate packet of these could be held by a close family member or friend. So get two sets.
Have you got a plan (discussed or practised with each member of the house) for each possible disaster? Know what to do before it happens.
Does everyone know where the grab bags are?
Think; what if there is no electric power supply, (or gas) and no tap water, and no phone connection... what would I need to prepare? Some food items can be mixed with hot or cold water, instead of cooking. But drinking fluids are more important.
Is there a place you could go to, if necessary? How would you travel? Is it safe?
Have you made plans either to go to family/ friends, OR invite them to your place?
What provisions could you use to help them?
Make sure you have your own Doctor, and know where the nearest Hospital is.
If you are under 60, become a regular blood donor.
"Trust in the LORD [God] with all your heart and don't depend (only) on your own understanding. In all your ways ~ acknowledge Him ~
[as your Saviour and Helper],and He will make your paths straight,
[or help you to know what to do]."
Proverbs 3: 5 & 6. Thousands of people die every year in disasters. In the end, the very best preparation is to know that God is HOLY, so no one with any sin in their life can ever live with Him in Heaven. BUT He made a way to get rid of all sin by allowing His Son, Jesus to take the punishment of sin by dying a cruel death on an execution stake, for us. Now we can have our sins forgiven by recognising, confessing and repenting of sin and then trust in Him by simple faith, that now you are clean and accepted by God! Then you can be sure you will go to be with Him!
See Romans chapters 3 and 4 in the New Testament / B'rit Chadashah!
WE RECOMMEND YOU PRINT THIS ARTICLE AND
START MAKING PREPARATIONS TODAY.
May God bless you!