Assuming you’ve watched your dose of TV shows and movies, you’ve probably entertained the possibility of the Apocalypse, or a zombie uprising. While we don’t ordinarily cover catastrophes of an unnatural variety, we do think it’s prudent to be prepared for everything, even if it’s as likely as Atlantis or aliens.
The Prudent Survivalist Toolkit
You’ll want to start by assessing what you do and don’t already have in your home, as far as the most essential emergency supplies go. If a freak snowstorm or tempest of lightning knocks out the power, where are your flashlights? When the electric is out, so too is the Internet. Old school radios can give you access to official broadcasts, updates on roadways, and weather conditions. Your smartphones and other pluggable electronics don’t have to die, either. All that solar energy in the sky can be harnessed through a portable solar charger. Aside from all your gadgets, don’t forget about the real necessities like non-perishable foods, potable water, and potentially even a generator.
Clothing, Coverage, and Blankets
Now that you have all of your essentials, how about what you’ll be wearing? It’s wise to keep a change of clothing for all sorts of climates and conditions that you may encounter. Coupled with disaster wear, you should always have a form of identification beyond a driver’s license, like a passport, for example. If you’re living in Northeast Philadelphia, or other parts of the area, think about low costing insurance for your home or apartment, too. What’s the sense in fortifying your space if you’re liable for damages after a flooding or fire? On that note, always know where your fire extinguisher is, as well as your methane detectors. A fire blanket could also be a useful tool.
Planning Alliances, and Insurance
While you can stock up on foodstuffs, tools, and emergency supplies, you also need the support of locals to get through a crisis (even if it’s as benign as a few days without power). If you don’t already know your neighbors, you may want to introduce yourself at some point. Perhaps you’re both renting from the same landlord. Do you both have the best renters insurance in the area of Philadelphia, PA? As far as ice breakers go, there are worse ways to bond with your neighbors. Before long, you’ll be reliably insured and ready for any curveball that Mother Nature can throw at you.