Emergency PreparednessEmergency preparedness and being prepared means a lot of different things for different people. You may be familiar with the term “prepper” as applied to that off-grid survivalist living in the wilderness or the militia group preparing for government collapse. This site is not geared toward those folks. Nor is it geared toward those preparing for the end of the world apocalypse. There is no preparedness efforts to save you from that calamity other than being right with God.

Emergency preparedness for the common man (or woman) is simply about making yourself, your family, and your community safer and more resilient when more likely disastrous incidents do occur.

disasterWhile recent events such as 9/11, floods, hurricanes, and western wild fires might raise your awareness about potential disasters, sadly most people seem to have the attitude that it won’t happen to them. While it’s probably true most people will not experience major disasters, it’s pretty much guaranteed you will likely experience at least some minor emergencies. It only makes sense for you to be prepared.

Instead of being that person crying out for rescue by the government, it’s my hope you and I will be those self-sufficient persons reaching out to help those victims.

You can improve your level of preparedness through…

Planning allows you to prepare for and respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster.

Education would include learning about the potential emergencies you might encounter and their potential impact, the steps you might take to mitigate the crisis, and some basic skills in coping with the event.

Training is important because even though you may have emergency supplies, they will do you no good if they don’t work or you don’t know how to use them.

As individuals, we can all (and should) prepare our homes and families to cope during that critical period. What you do today in these matters can have a critical impact on life and death and the quality of your survival.

Hopefully, this site will help keep you informed about the steps in emergency preparedness and resources to keep you and your family safe should a disaster or other type of emergency occur. I will also write about my personal journey towards emergency preparedness and some things I’ve learned along the way.

You may notice the domain name for this site is survivalfoodreserves.com and that is because it originally focused on what is one of the most important survival resources… food. As I evolved my own preps the site expanded to include other important emergency preparedness areas and the site now has a more comprehensive coverage of preparedness topics.

 

Prioritize Your Emergency Preparedness

It’s important to understand that not all emergencies are equal and the likelihood of emergencies and the degree of your preparations vary with your personal situation. Each individuals preparations will be different and the efforts you put into your preparations will be dependent on the emergency scenario you find yourself in. Each person also has a particular talent or skill and you may want to begin your prepping by focusing on that skill and later develop the skills you lack.  It’s not very likely you will ever be able to be prepared for EVERY disaster, therefore, for the greatest success you should begin by prioritizing your preps.

Prioritizing your emergency preparedness essentially means you should consider the different emergencies you might find yourself in and organize your preparations based on the likelihood of that occurring.

Another aspect of emergencies is the scope: personal, local, regional, national, or global. Since it is those personal emergencies you are most likely to encounter most often, you may want to begin your preparations to deal first with personal emergencies, expanding to local and beyond later.  There are also emergencies that might occur in your home, at your place of employment, or on the road. Again, begin closest to you… your home and perhaps on the road since you’re likely to be spending quite a bit of time in your car.

Following are some of the most common emergencies or disasters that might occur:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Travel emergencies
  • Power outages
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Natural disasters
  • Home fires
  • Man-made/Technological events
  • Societal emergencies

 

Organize Your Emergency Preparedness

Another prioritization you need to make is the resources you may need. You may need one or more of these in varying degrees for each of the above emergencies. Start with the basics in each category and expand your resources over time as you can.

Each of the different emergency situations will require different disaster resources, so after you’ve prioritized what likely emergencies you might experience you’ll want to organize your emergency preparedness resources based on that list.

  • Food
  • Water
  • First Aid
  • Shelter
  • Self-defense
  • Communications

 

Plan Your Emergency Preparedness

And the last prioritization factor you need to consider is the time frame and to plan your emergency preparedness accordingly. You’ll need to assess each of the above categories of disaster and needed resources for different time periods. Your emergency may only be a short-term power outage, for example, or the disaster may extend for a longer period of time. I believe every person should have at least resources enough to last 72 hours because following a disaster the road and communications infrastructure may be severely impacted delaying response by police, fire, and emergency medical services.

  • Short term (less than 24 hours)
  • 72 hours
  • Longer term

 

The fact is… disasters happen and are generally unexpected with little or no time for you to prepare.  Traditional emergency services and personnel can be overwhelmed initially and your life or health can be endangered.  It only makes sense you should do what you can to minimize the impact of these emergencies.  And, since you never know what might happen next, if you haven’t begun emergency preparedness already… you should start NOW.