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In other words, are you prepared? Let’s take a quick peek at some of the things that you can do to ensure that when something happens, you will be ready for it.
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Catastrophe can strike at any moment. Are you prepared? Are your kids? You need to evaluate your current survival plan and update your emergency preparedness kit. You don’t want to be caught without some of these must have items to survive disaster.
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You can still have some level of preparedness without going to the lengths that some of us choose to do. Granted, you are only going to be as prepared as the level of time and energy you put into it, but something is better than nothing.
Understanding Potential Disasters
What are the potential disasters that we should all be preparing for? The list of potential problems is very long, and even the most exhaustive listing will surely miss any number of disasters that may occur. Disasters are, by their very nature, quite unpredictable.
Generally speaking, most disasters will probably fall into at least one of four categories:
1- Personal Disasters such as a house fire, job loss, financial problems, unexpected death of a close family member, disease, or disability. Typically. a personal disaster only directly affects you and your family.
2- Local and/or Regional Natural Disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, wildfires, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, or epidemic disease. Typically, these will affect a larger number of people – an entire neighborhood, community, town, or region.
3- Global Natural Disasters such as an asteroid or comet strike, supervolcano, global epidemic disease, or a new ice age. Affects the entire world to some extent.
4- Societal Disasters such as civil unrest, wars, economic downturns, economic collapse, political collapse, loss of freedoms (police state/martial law/dictatorship)… Affects may be local, regional, national, or global.
You will face two distinct challenges related to any disaster, which will likely require different plans, skill sets, supplies, tools, and equipment.
1- Surviving in the midst of a disaster – During a disaster you will have chaos, confusion and panic, as well as immediate physical dangers. You will need plans, skills and supplies for your immediate and short-term survival. Water, food, medicine, first aid, shelter, warm clothing & blankets, the ability to make fire, the ability to hide, and the ability & tools to protect yourself are some of the things you may need in the middle of a disaster. You will also need the ability to remain calm, stay focused, and maintain a positive attitude.
2- Surviving in the aftermath of a disaster – After the immediate crisis is over, when things have calmed down somewhat, and most immediate physical dangers have passed, you will still need to survive the aftermath of the disaster. This aftermath may be relatively short-lived, such as the aftermath of a tornado or wildfire, or it may be extremely long-lasting, such as the aftermath of an economic or political collapse. This may require a large quantity of stored supplies and/or the skills, tools and equipment needed to produce those supplies yourself for an extended period of time.
Results of a Disaster
A disaster usually will result in the temporary or permanent loss of many of the “comforts of civilization” we are used to enjoying. Comforts of civilization are those things that are provided to us by modern civilization that we tend to take for granted. It would be difficult for most modern people to provide many of these things for themselves, especially without learning new skills, stockpiling tools and supplies, and preparing well in advance for their loss.
These comforts of civilization we may lose include:
* Readily available running water that is safe to drink.
* Readily available food from stores and restaurants.
* “Flush and forget” human waste disposal.
* Modern medicine and health care.
* Readily available electricity for lighting, heating, cooling, cooking and hot water.
* Readily available natural gas for heating, cooking and hot water.
* Readily available liquid fuel for cars, trucks, tractors and planes.
* Instant long distance communication (phones, email, etc.).
* Ready access to education.
* Ready access to emergency services such as fire, police, and paramedics.
* Most modern luxuries (television, IPods, computers & the Internet, etc.)
* Ability to spend money without having it (credit cards, mortgages, installment plans, etc.)
Too often disasters also involve the loss of life, such as the hundreds who died due to Hurricane Katrina, the hundreds of thousands who died due to the 2004 tsunami, or the tens of millions who died during the Holocaust & WWII.
Disasters can also lead to the loss of certain fundamental (inalienable) rights. This loss would, of course, be both immoral and illegal, but may occur because of the imposition of political correctness, a police state, martial law, or even the development of a dictatorship. The rights which may be lost include:
* Loss of Privacy.
* Loss of Freedom of Speech.
* Loss of Freedom of Religion.
* Loss of Freedom of the Press.
* Loss of Free Assembly.
* Loss of Freedom of Movement.
* Loss of Self-Defense Rights.
* Loss of Due Process.
* Loss of Parental Rights.
* Removal of children from your home.
* Confiscation of land, firearms, knives, personal property, or even your stored food, water, and other supplies.
In making your preparedness plans, you need to consider all four categories of potential disasters, both the immediate and long term survival needs of each, and all the possible results of disasters. Detailed planning, rather than hit-or-miss stockpiling of food, guns, and other stuff, takes time, but will go a long way towards ensuring the survival of you and your family/community.
The tips below will help you begin the process of preparing for the worst day so that you will be better equipped to come through with everyone intact.
You can react in a logical and helpful manner in spite of your initial emotional state. With some practice, you can prepare now so that when emergencies happen, you will be able to lead and less likely to panic later.
This is an interview with “Eve Gonzales of TradingPostInTheWoods.com [who] talks about her experiences responding to the most catastrophic disasters in recent times. She talks about what she has learned and what you should do to get prepared now.” This is…
Just yesterday we had another power outage. There’s just something about rain, winds, tall trees, and above-ground power lines that don’t mix. 😉 Granted, power outages are relatively common where we live and though it only lasted for a handful of hours,…
If you’re a few days behind on your to-do list and can’t seem to recover your home from its constant disarray, pat yourself on the back. Because you’re doing it right — motherhood is tough.
(Just a typical day around our home 😉
You’re not alone though, busy moms barely have enough groceries and juice boxes to get through the week, let alone enough food storage and water to survive a major catastrophe. But keep in mind, properly planning protects your family for any type of disaster or emergency.
Is Your Family Prepared?
Use the following infographic as a guide for testing your survival skills and learning the survival essentials that can keep your family safe for the unexpected.
13 Questions Every Mom Should Ask Herself…
1- Can you find food?
2- Can you prepared food?
3- Can you grow and farm food?
4- Do you have enough food stored for a year?
5- Do you know how to find water?
6- Do you know how to purify water?
7- Do you have water stored for a year?
8- Do you have a bug out location?
9- Are you able to build shelter on the go?
10- Can you accurately shoot a firearm?
11- Can you maintain and assemble firearms?
COMMUNICATION & SUPPORT:
12- Are you able to communicate by primitive methods?
13- Can you coexist with others in a survival situation?
What’s Your Survival Score?
Don’t beat yourself up if you failed miserably. I scored 7/13 ( 54%) – and I was even being generous with my answers 😉
Of course you don’t need to be proficient in each of these areas (I have yet to meet someone who is), but it gives you some things to consider when coming up with your family preparedness plan.
Only you know what’s important to help prepare your family, but I encourage you to figure out what that is and start doing something about it!
Because most likely – no one else is going to be doing it for you!
Share your survival score below, and let me know what preparedness goals you’ve set! I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours 😉
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