In any emergency, it’s important to be as prepared as possible. You never know if or when disaster will strike. But just in case it does, here are a few tips that could save your life.
It’s hard to imagine a situation where you’re unable to access your phone or electricity. But sadly, thousands of Americans find themselves in disastrous situations every year where that’s the case.
When disaster strikes, here are a few resourceful tips that could make all the difference.
1. Light Em’ Up!
Often times in disaster situations, the most basic necessities we often take for granted such as light or electricity are a luxury. If you can’t find a flashlight or candle, break the blackout with one of these unique “candles.”
A lit crayon candle can provide up to 30 minutes of light.
Make a candle out of Crisco — it can last up to 45 days! Learn how to here.
No Crisco, no problem! Make a candle out of Olive Oil, learn how to here.
2. Implement the “One Cup Tip” at all times.
If you’re ever forced to evacuate from your home, this important tip could save you a lot of trouble. One Facebook user named Sheila Russell shared:
“It’s called the one cup tip. You put a cup of water in your freezer. Freeze it solid and then put a quarter on top of it and leave it in your freezer. That way when you come back after you’ve been evacuated you can tell if your food went completely bad and just refroze or if it stayed Frozen while you were gone. If the quarter has fallen to the bottom of the cup that means all the food defrosted and you should throw it out. But if the quarter is either on the top or in the middle of the cup then your food may still be ok. It would also be a great idea to leave this in your freezer all the time and if you lose power for any reason you will have this tip to fall back on. If you don’t feel good about your food, just throw it out. The main thing is for all to be safe.”
3. Make a DIY Lamp
Simply strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a large lamp.
4. Store important documents and phone numbers (in case you lose your cell phone) protected in a water-proof binder.
6. Keep matches in a mason jar with a lid made out of sand paper.
7. In emergency situations, you can use duct tape as shoes or stitches.
Diply explained, “You need to protect your feet from unsanitary water during flooding. This will not only protect you from cold temperatures but may also reduce your risk of dangerous germs getting into a cut on your feet. You can also temporarily wrap a sprained ankle or prevent one. ”
As Diply revealed, you can also use duct tape as stitches while waiting for medical attention. They shared,
“Rip or cut thin strips of duct tape and stick one end of the strip on one side of the wound. You can then “pull” the cut closed by attaching the other end of the strip to the other side of the wound. Do this for the entire length of the wound.”
8. Make a bra mask.
As The Art Of Manliness shared, “Most women carry two emergency debris masks on their person at all times — a bra! The padded cups of most bras fit perfectly over the mouth and nose and can act as a crude debris filter in an emergency. The combination of foam, padding, and two layers of fabric is much better than most store-bought masks. You can even rework bra straps and ties to hold the mask securely on your face for hands-free travel.”
As it’s been said time and time again, you can never be too prepared! When disaster strikes, these life-saving tips could make all the difference. Please share!