107 Pieces of Survival Gear for Your Car, Home and To-Go BagOutlined below are three disaster kits--one for your home, one for your car and one in a backpack for quick evacuations. Advertisement - Continue Reading BelowA well-stocked disaster kit can save lives in a crisis.
Relief agencies recommend that homeowners keep three days' worth of food and water as well as a kit of medical supplies and other essentials in the house at all times. If you don’t feel up to assembling a kit on your own, you can always purchase a premade kit that contains many of the basics. Once you have the essentials covered, add personal hygiene and sanitation items to the kit — large trash bags and cans, toilet paper and household liquid chlorine laundry bleach. If you follow these tips and assemble your emergency hurricane survival kit now, you’ll be sure to keep your family safe in the event of a hurricane. Avoid the stress of preparing last minute and get your hands on these key items before disaster strikes! The destructiveness of Hurricane Irene is still fresh in mind here on the East Coast, and the storm’s disruption is still ongoing, bringing with it a reminder of how important disaster recovery planning is.
Take inventory of IT equipment, complete with serial numbers and photographs, to show your insurance provider following a disaster. Understand what the impact of a hurricane or other disaster would be for your business in terms of revenue, the client experience and your brand reputation.


Trust me that you’ll want a radio to stay apprised of what’s happening regarding the disaster!
You can purchase kits that range from basic to elaborate or assemble one yourself (get instructions here).
You’ll likely have your cell phone on or near you when disaster strikes, but your charger may be located elsewhere.
Next week we’ll go beyond the basics and consider some tricky issues such as how to afford disaster preparedness supplies, how to store the supplies if you live in a small home, how to acquire extra prescription medications to store in a kit, and how to take critical supplies with you in the event of an evacuation. I don’t live where disaster is likely but I pray for all those people in our world where the risk of this is a regular reality. The California Emergency Management Agency advises that the first 72 hours after a disaster are critical. Your kit should be easily accessible and have enough supplies for you, your family and pets to survive for at least three days. The American Red Cross distributes an iPhone app called Shelter View, for finding out when and where shelters have been opened in your area during disasters. By and large, the most likely causes for bringing about survival situations are natural disasters. This could be helpful for restocking and periodically checking to make sure everything is still accounted for in your kit.


Unless your business is still feeling the effects of Hurricane Irene, now could be a good time to review a checklist for recovering your data center from a hurricane or other disaster. No one likes to think about the innumerable hypothetical disasters that could befall their businesses.
Most disaster recovery plans involve at least some staff working remotely when your site is unavailable.
However, by taking the time to assemble and maintain a disaster preparedness kit now, your household will have survival supplies on hand.
In light of this knowledge, let’s consider which supplies should be included in a disaster preparedness kit. The California Emergency Management Agency breaks down kits into: essentials, sanitation, safety and comfort, cooking and tools and supplies. And while hurricanes are typically limited to certain geographies, planning for them probably offers some lessons that prove valuable in data center planning for other disasters as well. But Hurricane Irene reminds us that this fear of the unknown is exactly why we need to conduct disaster recovery planning in the first place.



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