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.
While recent events such as hurricanes, coronavirus, civil unrest, 9/11, floods, 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.
When SARS-CoV-2 spread across the globe, many of those naysayers were shocked when their local economy was closed down by government officials and they were ordered to wear a mask and stay at home.
They discovered it can happen to them – either directly or indirectly.
This Covid-19 disease should be your wake up call to be more prepared for more lock-downs and restrictions in the future.
People approached the uncertainty of the pandemic in different ways. Some watched obscene amounts of Netflix. Some people watched Queen’s Gambit, picked up chess and now play too much.
Others decided to start a Side Hustle to help finance their preps.
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.
While disasters on the scale of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are not common and most people won’t generally experience other major disasters, it’s pretty much guaranteed you will likely experience at least some other minor emergencies. It only makes sense for you to be prepared for those.
The more prepared you are for those minor emergencies, the better prepared you will be when the big one strikes.
Emergency 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.
You can improve your level of emergency preparedness through…
Planning allows you to prepare for and respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster. Planning also includes anticipating events that may occur such as natural disasters, emergencies, or inflation, and purchasing necessary supplies before you need them and they become more expensive.
Education and intelligence 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. Having a degree of situational awareness in your particular scenario can mean the difference between life and death.
It’s my goal with this website to help keep you informed about the “common sense” 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.
Prioritize Your Emergency Preparedness It's impossible to be prepared for EVERY disaster.
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.
Organize Your Preparedness Be sure to cover all your needs.
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. Begin your preparation with the focus on your basic needs, and what you must have in order to survive, regardless of the nature and scope of the disaster.
Plan Your Emergency Preparedness
You’ll need to assess each of your prioritized 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.
The fact is… disasters happen and are generally unexpected with little or no time for you to prepare.
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.
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