According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) “The U.S. has sustained 230 weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion”. “The total cost of these 230 events exceeds $1.5 trillion.”. Those figures are certainly a sobering reminder of the times we are living in. What those numbers don’t account for though are the numerous events that didn’t reach $1 billion in damages/costs. Chances are that we have either personally experienced or know of someone who has been affected by some sort of catastrophe or disaster such as a tornado, hurricane, flooding, wildfire, etc.
Are you prepared?
It can be all too easy to fall into the trap of thinking ‘nothing will happen here where I live’. While it may be true that none of the disasters mentioned may have happened in your area for many years or decades, if ever, there can be other disasters that we may not have considered before. For example, many in the U.S. may not be aware that they live not too far from a nuclear reactor and, while generally not catastrophic, accidents can and do happen. Those and other types of industrial accidents in addition to the more common disasters can prompt the evacuation of homes unexpectedly.
Disaster Go Bags
One step we can take to make sure we are prepared for a disaster is to have a quality disaster go bag ready to use. It should have things like food and water, first aid supplies, and a flashlight and radio, etc. We have received a lot of excellent suggestions on what to have in our go bags. To help make it easier to get your go bag prepared we offer a variety of quality pre-assembled go bags to fit your needs. We have one to four person bags which are available in basic, deluxe, and super deluxe configurations. The items come packed in either a durable backpack or wheel bag that has plenty of room to add any items you may need to to have with you in the event of a disaster. Don’t get caught by surprise, be prepared. Click on the link below to view our selection of disaster go bags.