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Emergency Preparedness - Is It Time?
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Emergency Preparedness - Is It Time?

What is thought of when emergency preparedness comes up, or does it? Flood or fire insurance. Extra cans of beans? A box of energy bars? 72 Hour Bug-Out Kits? Ham Radios? Flashlights?

Emergency preparedness is all of the above and then some. It is a state of mind. It is making the choice to prepare mentally and physically for unfortunate time. It preparing for the worst and hoping for the best.

If you are mentally prepared, mentally tough, you can do much better and maybe even survive where the person with all the "stuff" but not mentally prepared will not far well and probably will not survive in a real emergency.

It is case of the old adage, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going." It cannot be more true than in an emergency situation. Basically it comes down to training. Training can be as simple as rehearsing events in your mind time and time again.

It is a proven fact, you act in the same you train. Fail to train and you train to fail. The body will move when the brain is in state of shock if it has been trained what to do. The subconscious mind will take over when nothing else is working.

The past decade has shown marked increase of many times over of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural weather occurrences such as fires and floods and droughts.

This is to say nothing of loss of jobs, lost in the woods, death of a family provider. Even when expected these can be devastating to say the least.

If you do not think any one of these things can happen to you and only happens to someone else, ask some one else and they will tell you they can happen to you.

Your own well being is your own responsibility, not the governments, not FEMA, not the Red Cross or the United Way. But yours and yours alone.

Current events shows us nearly every day some form catastrophe of monumental proportions where those involved would have been better off if they had been prepared.

The time has come to prepare. Do not stand like a deer in headlights, do something. Even if it is not much, start and keep going and soon you will have the makings of being prepared, even if it is only for a few weeks.

Start of slow with the things you eat every day. Buy a few extra cans or boxes of what you use. Then set it aside for the future.

Keep at it and it will soon be a habit of picking up a few extra items each time you go shopping.

Get some long burning candles and handy matches for when the power goes out. It is happening more and more frequently.

Get several LED flashlights and a hand crank radio dynamo so you can see what you are doing and know what is going on outside and when the power may be back on again.

Think what you will need if the power goes off and stays off for days or weeks and it is cold outside with a foot of snow. How will you survive with no power for a week as many had to a few weeks ago.

Make up some of those 72 Hour Kits mentioned above. Have one every every family member. Food and water and some extras socks and some form of shelter if possible. If nothing more than a space blanket, it could save your life. And don't forget some matches and mirrors and a good knife and some para-cord.

Even FEMA is advising the stocking of at least two weeks of necessities and more if you can. Start now. Don't wait until you are saying, "If only I had listened when warned."

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Kylie R  

Great article. Very apt for these times. I think it's important to be prepared and you've provided some very useful tips.

  about 7 years ago
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