THE SIMPLE DISASTER PLAN FOR
THE CITY COUPLE
—"We know that being ready for a big storm or earthquake is important — but so is closet space. Happy medium, please?"
Here you'll find:
You live together and no longer use the stove just to store shoes. But how can the two of you get prepared for possible emergencies like blizzards, hurricanes, and terrorist attacks while facing the realities of city living?
Here you'll find 16 crucial items that should be sufficient for days-long blackouts and extended storms where you might need to stay home (cuddling, preferably). This can be accomplish on a very moderate budget, with ample lighting solutions, and even some tasty, heated food.
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Good To-Go ready-to-eat meals — healthy, delicious meals. Veggie and vegan options. Just add boiling water.
Emergency snacks — ideal non-perishables to have on hand.
Saratoga Farms Quick Oatmeal — an actual bucket's worth of hearty oatmeal, just in case.
Sterno Culinary Butane Stove — a backup way to heat up food and boil water.
5.11 EDC PL 2AAA penlight — a reliable, tiny flashlight.
Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern/USB Power Hub — a solar lantern for your dark bathroom and to read by.
Adventure Medical First Aid Kit — handy first-aid supplies in one place.
Midland Emergency Weather Radio — follow news and weather if cell coverage and the net go down.
LifeStraw Flex Multi-Function Water Filter — easily disinfect dirty water.
Ultimate Lithium AA and AAA batteries — lithium last longest.
Real maps — If you need to evacuate, Google maps may be down.
Particulate Respirator, N95 face mask — helps filter out smoke or airborne illnesses. Sounds silly, until you need it.
16 essential disaster supplies for the city couple
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Good To-Go ready-to-eat meals
- Various items
Quickie food in an emergency
Saratoga Farms Quick Oatmeal Value BUCKET, 5.3-Gallon Bucket
- Apartment friendly
Sterno ActionStation Culinary 7,000-BTU Butane Stove
- Best light
5.11 EDC PL 2AAA penlight
Goal Zero Lighthouse 400 Lantern and USB Power Hub
Anker PowerCore Ultra-Portable Phone Charger
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Daytripper First Aid Kit
Midland Emergency Weather Radio
LifeStraw Flex Multi-Function Water Filter System
- Apartment friendly
Diamond Wooden Matches, 900 total
- Best battery
Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries, 12 Count
- Women's go bag
Gregory Mountain Products Maven 55 Liter Women's Multi Day Backpack
Rand McNally maps + compass
Particulate Respirator, N95 certified
Advice: 5 simple things to do
Disaster Advice for the City Couple
Take $1,000 to $3,000 out of the bank. Stash it someplace safe.
Buy even more water. Store in a closet or under a bed.
Decide on a meeting spot(s) between the two of you if cell and net service were down. Then decide on alternate locales if you can't get home. Decide where you might go if you had to get out of the city, even if it was by foot. Discuss that plan with friends and family.
Seriously consider food and water shortages. The more water you have, the better. Think about how much food you'd need for a week if you couldn't leave the apartment.
Pack the go bag that purchased. Put those essentials you've just purchased inside. Take a look at our go bag section.
Next steps: More resources
Go through our complete Gear with Advice list, starting Water, and then turn to Food & Cooking; Lights, Power & Warmth; Security, health, & sanitation; and Go bag. Consider investing in those items that pertain to your situation.
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