Typhoon Haiyan has dominated the news over the last 2 weeks and rightly so. With thousands of people killed, millions displaced and remote communities just now seeing their first help after 12 days, it is a natural disaster of enormous proportions. And while people scramble all over the world to raise funds and send aid, the need is still dire with thousands more at risk as they go without food, water and sanitation.
Unfortunately, it takes events such as this to shake us out of our own complacency. While a typhoon is rare for most of us North Americans, we are not immune to any natural disaster. Depending on the area we live in, we are all at risk for any kind of natural disaster from hurricane to earthquake to tornado. And while we may think that the disaster response systems for our communities are more advanced than those in the Philippines, we can look back at the delayed response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and realize that we need to be more realistic.
So every family should be developing their own emergency kits and systems to enable them to survive several days after a natural disaster. With food allergic/special diet families, the need is even greater to be prepared. Imagine relief arriving in your community and your family could not accept the food. What if anaphylaxis hit and you did not have enough epinephrine on hand? What if you could not get to a hospital?
Kids with Food Allergies put together a committee to help those with special dietary needs address both their basic and specific needs. You can access their recommendations at:
Don’t put it off. Make a commitment to take care of your emergency kit this week.