By Caterpillar | Posted: Sept 01, 2022
You’ve seen all the prepping lists: nonperishable food, water, flashlights, fuel, and a first aid kit. That’s a good start.
But you can do better. Being truly ready for a disaster means that you're prepared for any possibility. And believe it or not, you’re not just taking care of yourselves – you’re helping others, too. Having everything you need to survive allows emergency personnel to focus attention on more vulnerable people who need immediate help.
With this ultimate disaster preparedness shopping list, you can keep yourself and the people around you safe.
We've compiled a list of key things to stock up on, beyond the basics, that will fly off shelves in the days before and after a major storm. Get them early and you’ll be able to avoid the lines and focus on prepping your house and cleaning up after the storm has passed.
In addition to the material supplies above, it's essential to have a large stock of nonperishable food. You'll want to go beyond the basics though and consider having foods that provide a balanced diet in the event of prolonged isolation without power. Here is a list of items we recommend:
It's vital to remember that without power, food stored in a refrigerator will become unsafe. A good rule of thumb is that most food will remain safe in the refrigerator for no more than four hours without electricity. Nonperishable food in dented cans, even though it's nonperishable, may also be unsafe to eat.
At Caterpillar, many of our customers are the hard workers cleaning up your area post-storm. We believe in safety for everything we do, including disaster prep. We hope you make use of our tips for emergency preparedness. Staying safe during a disaster can be luck. But good planning surely helps.
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