A Lesson In Preparedness

It’s moments like these that we learn the value of preparedness. The pandemic of COVID-19 has left much of the world in shock. And though many never expected to live through a crisis such as this, here we are. Nepal was in a similar situation 5 years ago. 5 years ago today the tiny, unassuming country of Nepal broke news headlines around the world after enduring the rolls and shocks of a 7.8 earthquake.

As we look back on what the anniversary of such a traumatic event did to Nepal,  we still feel it. But as we remember the aftermath of the earthquake, we are soberly reminded of the reality we are living today with the COVID-19 crisis. To that we strive to bring HOPE.

One of the ways we responded to the earthquake in 2015 was with education and preparation. We educated our team as well as our neighbors both in the city and the Himalayas about structurally sound building techniques, what to do in such an event, and how to prepare an Emergency Kit for your home! Take a look to see what is inside and how you too, can prepare yourself and your family.

We all could have guessed this would be important! But did you know that the recommended amount of food to be stowed away for emergencies is about a week’s worth for every member of the family? Perhaps it is time to take stock of your kit! Dry foods and powdered goods that are packed with energy are especially convenient. Make sure to keep all food items in a sealed, dry space safe from insects and pests and check supply every few months to assure everything is still fresh and ready to be used.

Water is a life source. Without it we could not survive. To prepare for an emergency, it is recommended to store one gallon, per person, per day. Water can be disinfected with iodine tablets, with a few drops of bleach, or by boiling. We have also provided thousands of homes with clean water filters to help provide clean water.

Every emergency kit, whether in your home, office or car should be equipped with a first aid kit that has all necessary tools for dealing with wounds, colds or stomach issues. Kits should also provide supplies necessary for sanitizing and disinfecting as well as everyday hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and feminine hygiene goods.

When the earthquake struck, many opted for sleeping outside rather than under questionable roofs. Keeping a tent, sleeping pads, sleeping bags and warm, durable clothing in your emergency kit is strongly recommended and will make a difficult situation a bit more manageable and comfortable.

A few small essentials such as a flashlight, dust mask, paper and pen, whistles and area maps are recommended to be kept in any and all emergency kits. Things that will make getting around tough situations just a little bit easier.

The "Go Bag” is the most important aspect. The “Go Bag” consists of all the important things that can only belong to you. Important documents such as passports, marriage certificates and social security cards should be in it. In addition, any keepsakes, cash and medication should also be within reach.

Life doesn’t stop when disaster strikes. And on days like today, we remember it well. Preparing can make all the difference.

Visit the links below to find out even more about how to prepare for natural disasters!

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):https://www.fema.gov/earthquakeU.S. Geological Survey Website on Earthquakes:http://earthquake.usgs.govAmerican Red Cross:http://www.redcross.orgCenters for Disease Control (CDC):https://emergency.cdc.govFederal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):http://www.ready.gov

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