Dealing with a Modern Hazard
Chemical spills seem to have hit the news more often lately. Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responds to over 100 oil and chemical spills. Massive spills in West Virginia and Wisconsin have highlighted the fragility of our shipping and pipeline systems.
While you can’t prevent spills, you can prepare for them. Here is a short list of possible aids to help you and your family survive an event like this.
- Have fresh water stored – You should always have several gallons of water hidden in a closet. This is will be only drinking water. It is very easy to stash five or ten gallons of water. Also, as soon as you hear that there is problem, fill your bathtub with water. It might not be good for weeks, but it can help you get through the first hours and days of a crisis with potable water.
- Have a radio – You need to have a radio that you can unplug and use. It seems these days that we have forgotten about having a battery operated radio in the house, but an explosive gas spill might cause the power to be shut off to entire communities. (At DTC Lifetools, we have several great radios that can be charged with USB or hand-cranks.)
- Duct tape and plastic – This might not keep everything out, but it will help to slow the spread of a toxin into the home. The key might be to prevent the wind from coming directly into the house as it normally does.
- Follow instructions – No matter what you do, follow the instructions you get from authorities. As much as we at DTC Lifetools are huge fans of Do It Yourself, this type of thing tends to be outside anything you can control. Do what you are told and don’t be a hero; chemical spills can be extremely deadly.
This is short list of how to prepare. If you want, you can buy gas masks, hazmat suits and more, but these a just a few basic hints that everyone can use to help themselves and their families survive and thrive in a chemical or oil spill.