Have you ever heard the recommendations made by all the governments of the world about having an emergency backpack ready to use? Do you know why? We’ll talk about it later, now, the most important thing is to teach you how to prepare your emergency backpack.
What is an emergency backpack?
An emergency backpack is a sort of small portable “warehouse” with the things we might need if there is a natural disaster in the area where we live. We could sin of presumption and think that this will never happen in the place where we live.
This is a mistake that we could pay dearly if a natural disaster happened. We remind you that in recent years due to climate change the danger of floods and violent meteorological phenomena has increased.
To realize this, just read the news and listen to the many scientists and meteorologists who for several years have been sounding alarms about the risk of tornadoes, water bombs, and other events. Not to mention the fact that Italy has always been an area subject to earthquakes.
For these types of phenomena, governments strongly recommend having an emergency backpack at home for each family member. In the event that we find ourselves involved in a disaster, this precaution could keep us alive waiting for help.
How should it be and what should we bring in an emergency backpack?
The emergency backpack must be like those used for hiking. The materials must be durable to withstand the elements and must be large enough to carry everything we are about to list.
It is preferable that it is waterproof, so as to allow us to keep our equipment in good condition in the event that we swim or face prolonged rains. The backpack, or backpacks, depending on how many people live in the house, should be placed in an accessible corner of the house so that they can be taken quickly and escape, without having to waste time searching for them.
Now we have reached the most important point. What should a state-of-the-art emergency backpack contain?
- Blankets (better if they are thermal, they are effective and take up little space), a complete change of warm clothes and sturdy shoes.
- Flashlight (battery or crank), radio and spare batteries.
- First aid kit and a whistle to ask for help.
- Knives, can openers, a multi-purpose pocket tool, and waterproof matches.
- Masks, waterproof adhesive tape and a plastic tarpaulin to cover yourself.
- Toothbrushes, soap, wipes and toilet paper. Even a towel can be useful.
- Articles for the care of children, the elderly or sick people.
- A waterproof container with medicines, copies of medical prescriptions and important documents.
- The phone numbers of your contacts, meeting places and a map of the area.
- Credit cards and cash.
- An extra set of house and car keys.
- Canned food with an expiration date far away or non-perishable foods such as dried fruit, energy bars, etc. The best thing is to have very caloric foods that can satiate us for a long time assuming a few amounts.
- Water for at least three days. We recommend between 1.5 liters and 3 liters per person. Everything will also depend on how much you can put in your backpack.
- A cell phone (more) with a charged battery.
- An external charger for mobile phones or a small solar panel charger.
- Water purifying tablets or in their absence a filter to purify water.
Go ahead and prepare your emergency backpack. While hoping never to use it, it is always better to be careful. Finally, remember to periodically check the food and water and replace them if necessary.