By Denis Korn
For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action. In the preparedness process there are two distinct elements or phases – the research, evaluation, discussion, planning, discerning phase – and the action, building, provisioning, doing phase. As I have stated before many preparedness planners put the cart before the horse. They act before they critically think, assess and reflect. This often creates a situation where provisions and physical preparations are inadequate and ineffectual when a real emergency or disaster occurs.
Focused and effective questions not only lead to the creation of a solid foundation from which to build a successful preparedness program, these questions can be the guidance required for a continuing dialogue and navigating a beneficial preparedness process. One of the most important articles I have written that elucidate the value of the questioning process is The 12 Crucial Questions of Preparedness Planning. I encourage every serious preparedness planner to earnestly answer the questions in that article.
The following vital questions offer insight into a broader perspective of one’s preparedness viewpoint. Some of these questions are new and some come from other posts that I have written. They present an excellent starting point or continuing compass guiding the preparedness process. They are not only valuable for individual consideration, but also an excellent basis for group discussion, workshops, presentations, family conversation, community awareness or stimulating the skeptical into action and responsibility.
VITAL PREPAREDNESS PLANNING QUESTIONS – To be answered individually or in a discussion group
- Who do you trust? Why?
- Who do you rely on and where do you get the information and expertise from that determines your personal, spiritual, cultural, and political worldview?
- Why do you think you should be prepared for the unexpected? – Or should you not?
- Do you believe the government, local – state – national, will provide for you or rescue you during an emergency? – Do you really trust the government and others to take care of you during an emergency?
- If the head-of-household, or you, are away from home – is your family prepared to cope and survive during an emergency? – Who will train and educate them?
- An eminent emergency is announced – What do you do? – Are you prepared?
- The grid just went down – Now what do you do?
- A disaster has just occurred – What do you do? – Where do you go? – Do you stay or leave?
- Have you prepared a list of provisions to always have on hand? How many of those items do you have? – What condition are they in? – Are you willing to be responsible enough to take action and stock up? – What about a written preparedness plan? – What are the most important provisions you should always have on hand? – Can you take them with you if you have to evacuate?
- What is your excuse for doing nothing and not taking any action to prepare for the unforeseen?
- Can you go camping in your house for a week? Are you willing to give it a try – before an emergency?
- Who can help you develop an effective emergency preparedness plan? – Will you involve the whole family?
- From 1 to 10 – 10 being the highest – What is your level of security?
- When you plan for the unexpected – do you critically think and evaluate – or do you mindlessly and unconsciously react to whatever you hear or read?
- What is your #1 emergency scenario? #2 – #3 – Are you prepared for it?
- Are you convinced that disasters will never happen to you?
- Your wife’s – husband’s – daughter’s – son’s car breaks down on a remote country road (or anywhere for that matter) – its night – winter – deserted – Are they prepared to cope? – Do they have the necessary provisions?
- Who is relying on you for guidance, reassurance and security during an emergency? – Are you up to the responsibility?
- What triggering event must occur to motivate you to take preparedness seriously?
- Are you spiritually and emotionally prepared to endure during a disaster?
- When you research, evaluate, and explore during your preparedness planning process, can you discern the difference between reliable and dependable, and erroneous and untrustworthy information? – Where will you go and who will you seek out for truthful knowledge and trustworthy guidance?
- What are the absolutely critical factors you feel you must address when developing your preparedness plan?
- What would cause grocery shelves to be emptied?
- What common and crucial items would be the first to disappear and become unavailable during an emergency?
- Are you able to be honest with yourself when you answer these questions?
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