Preparing for a Disaster
This is the act of having a backup plan in case of an emergency, whether it's natural man-made or both. Survivalism is an international movement or groups that actively plan for possible disruptions in political or social order, such as potential disruptions in public transportation, in scales from global to local. This can happen unexpectedly, even in the most tranquil of societies, for instance, some 20 years ago, a sudden rainstorm in the local area flooded several homes in an area that had been dry for 100 years previously. A local house construction project had tried to reverse a stream's flow at the same time as an adverse weather event. Some people had to leave their homes while they dried out. They would have found it useful even to have a bag ready packed to go.
September is the month for preparing for emergencies, even just having a bag packed ready to go with spare clothes, shoes, wash bag and some food to eat, even a few choco;ate bars plus water. National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
The prepper's mindset is to be ready for what could happen. This includes preparing food, water, shelter, medicine, and safety equipment. The prepper may also consider how to create a community of others who are prepared. In fact, some preppers have created their own pre-fabricated communities.
While there are many ways to become a survivalist, the most popular are going through a prepper's kit and assembling it. You can purchase a prepper's kit online at an online store, or you can build your own with materials found in the typical household. It takes some basic tools and materials and can be done over a weekend with your family.
Survivalism has a multitude of advantages over other types of preparation. Being prepared means having a well-stocked supply of food, water, and shelter for yourself, your family, and your possessions should the worst happen. If you have the right information and tools, you will not need to rely on the government for help, but you can still count on a personal level to help out in an emergency.
For instance, if a disaster strikes the power may be out for several days. A homeowner will want to have water, a generator, and an emergency kit. When you purchase these items, you will want to pay attention to what size they are so you do not overpay and buy more than you will need. A good rule of thumb is to keep a few extra for each person so each member will have a chance to use it during the worst-case scenario. The key is to have some supplies in reserve.
It's a good idea to discuss prepping with your family before making any major decisions. This way everyone has input and can offer suggestions. If they see how you feel about prepping they'll be more likely to help you during a crisis.
Before you head to the store to purchase your emergency kit, take a moment to think about what you will need. Make sure the items are appropriate for your needs. It is OK to purchase extras for unexpected situations or to stock up on more supplies. Be aware of the fact that the most important things are the most common and easy to find.
Take your time when searching for items or materials. Try to find what works best for your family first, but you don't have to stick to your family budget if you like the items you purchase.
Prepping for a disaster requires preparation on the most fundamental level. It's important to realize that you can only survive if you prepare for it and that you can prepare for anything.
Are You Prepared
Do you have any preparations ready for hard times?
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VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2022, 8:19 AM
In fact, we (people of my religious affiliation) have been advised to have a "to go" bag ready in case of natural disaster. In addition, our contact information is kept on hand, including an out of state contact "just in case." This has never been more important in view of such things as super storms and earthquakes, landslides, and mudslides occurring more frequently. You might add to that wildfires, volcanoes, everything under the sun. Nice topic, Meg!
MegL wrote on July 24, 2022, 6:01 PM
Thanks. I have go to bags for me and my husband. It was useful when he was in hospital and I needed to take stuff to him. But now I must replenish the stocks.1
VinceSummers wrote on July 24, 2022, 7:38 PM
To me, the hardest part would be obtaining medications to go - unless you store your meds for daily use in the bag.
MegL wrote on July 25, 2022, 5:34 AM
We are lucky. Neither of us needs meds, though I have a first aid kit packed with pain killers.
VinceSummers wrote on July 25, 2022, 9:19 AM
Then, too, there's the CPAP machine. For some, not the end of the world if they lose theirs, but it would be really tough on me. We even obtained a generator for that reason.
MegL wrote on July 25, 2022, 6:01 PM
A generator is very useful. I have always wanted one but couldn't really justify getting one.
AliCanary wrote on August 7, 2022, 9:50 PM
We've done a terrible job of this. We do have canned food and lots of candles; also a radio that works with a hand crank if there's no power or batteries, but we don't have any emergency plans in case there is a disaster and we are away from home or apart from each other, and we don't have any fire safety stuff at home like a chain ladder or a fire extinguisher. Need to fix that!1
MegL wrote on August 8, 2022, 1:14 PM
There are quite a few places that provide free emergency plans, you can just fill in and share copies, for instance, do you have a friend or relative out of state that you could designate as a meeting place in case you get separated during a hurricane or something similar? That kind of plan assumes that the disaster will not cover thousands of miles. Some people have tents or RVs stashed in quiet places. Still other carry an EDC bag - every day carry, which has absolute essentials. They carry it at all times.