We saw how there were no knights in shining armor available to rescue each victim from their immediate plight; there weren't/aren't enough first responders and/or aid organizations to feed, clothe, and house everyone affected; neither did Big Brother swoop in and right all the wrongs of the situation. Emergencies and disasters can confine us to our houses or force us to evacuate; we are each responsible for our own/our family's needs in either case. We need to have our homes in order, prior to such an occurrence, so that we can focus on providing for ourselves, our families and possibly for others who are in desperate need, at least in the immediate days following any havoc.
So, today we began going over our Family/Personal Emergency/Disaster Preparedness/Action Plan. We checked supplies that we have on hand for staying at home/sheltering in place, rotating them as necessary. We also annotated anything we needed to replace or add so that we may make purchases in the near future.
Below you will find links to information regarding WHY and HOW to prepare.
You should make sure to stock at least the bare minimum (3-7 days) worth of supplies for you and your family and also prepare a 72 Hour Pack/Bug Out Bag for each household member.
Review links regarding preparedness plans from yesterday to see HOW and WHY you need to prepare an evacuation plan for you and your family as well as why you should have a 72 Hour Pack/Bug Out Bag for each family member.
Below you will find links to several 72 Hour Pack/Bug Out Bag articles and checklists.
Make sure you keep your bag in a convenient, easily accessible place so you can grab it and go within moments, should the need arise.
UGH! This was tedious, something I have put off until now though have always intended to do.
It is important to copy all of your documents to help protect your identity, property, and finances in the event of a wide- spread/long-term displacement due to disaster and/or devastation. It is also beneficial to have copies of each document, as well as an organized filing system for them, in the event of your illness or death, so as to make things easier on your caregivers or grieving family members.
We used THIS page as a guide.
By taking the time and making the effort to accomplish this task NOW you will have one less thing to worry about in the event of an emergency or disaster situation so that you can focus on your/your family's safety and immediate needs.