Friday, June 26, 2009

Be Prepared...Just in case

The Boy Scouts have it right… Their motto is “Be Prepared!”

Severe weather, natural disasters, power outages, terrorism, civil unrest, or any other problems that could happen again; as it has happened in the past; it is better to be prepared and not need it than to not prepare and wish you had. Do not be complacent, and do not procrastinate. Trouble is all around us. Somewhere in the world people are suffering from emergencies of all kinds.

There is hardly a month that goes by without some sort of emergency situation in the news. What would you do if suddenly there is no power, no water, no communications, no heat, and no help from government agencies? Are you ready to spend 72 hours or more relying on your own resources while you wait for government agencies to restore services or for the evacuation shelters to open?

What will you eat if you cannot cook on your stove? What will you eat if you have to leave your house but there are no emergency shelters available? Does your wife know how to cook on an open flame without burning everything? Can you make a shower out of the things in your garage or lying around your house? Do you have a gallon of water per person per day for a week? Do you know how filter the water in your pool to make it safe enough to drink?

In a major disaster or emergency it is likely that medical help could be delayed for many hours or even days. Do you know how to care for injuries when medical help is not available? Do you have the necessary first aid supplies and medications for those who may need them? Does you family know what to do and how to do it…if you are not there to do it for them? There are many questions to ask, and to be prepared you need to have answers for each.

Emergency preparedness can be overwhelming, and a bit frightening. It can also be expensive, and that can cause people to put it off.

Just take it slowly and purchase your supplies as you do your regular shopping….and put it away, in an extra pantry, or plastic container in the closet or under a bed. Every person in your family should have a container just for them, with all their favorite foods they like to eat. Keep reading my blog and my favorite links an you too can learn how to take care of your family – so your government doesn’t have to.

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