Disaster Preparedness Tips – Be Ready When Disaster Strikes?

Impending Hurricane NoticeLearn about disaster preparedness. It’s easy to prepare for a disaster when you have advance warning if you know what to do. However, therein lies the crux of the matter. However, with a good plan on hand even if you’re not prepared ahead of time,  you should be able to get the job done well enough.

In the event of a pending disaster you do not want to be caught trying to research preparedness and then think that you’ll have time to prepare adequately.

So Where Do You Start?

Start with an understanding of what you’ll need to prepare for, depending on the disasters that could occur in your area. Determine the problems you will be facing. Learn the risks and danger signs. You won’t always know how severe the disaster will be. So you might just as well plan for the worst case situation. You know how the old saying goes, “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.  When it come to preparedness, truer words were never spoken.

Determine If You will be Able To Stay In Place Or Bug Out

Under certain circumstances it may not make sense to try and stay in place. Whether you stay put or head for the hills you’ll still need a plan to prepare. You should have one plan that covers staying in place and another plan for bugging out. If you are going to bug out you’ll want to safely secure what you leave behind besides determine what you need to take with you.

Having a plan gives you the worry free luxury of a step by step process to follow with the assurance that you will be able to make the necessary preparations.

What Are The Essential Emergency Components To Be Prepared

When a disaster hits it means there will be some unpredictable loss of services. You have no way of knowing how long it will take for things to return to normal. Having a sufficient amount of emergency supplies becomes a judgement call.

With that being said the first three crucial emergency components for survival are:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter

Once you have those covered it helps if you have alternate energy sources, communication capabilities, first aid supplies and any special needs covered like meds for diabetics and so forth.

Make a Disaster Preparation List

Once you are in a disaster situation all you can do is respond to it with what you have to work with. How much easier and less stressful would it be if you had used a “to do” list to prepare ahead of time? When you are in a panic situation it’s easy to miss important details.

Just having a disaster preparation list is like a security blanket. It gives you the confidence to know you are prepared to face the dangers and the risks involved. It gives you the opportunity and the time to do it on your schedule.

Take Inventory Of What You Already Have On Hand

Let’s assume with an oncoming disaster you were diligent enough to make a plan in advance . You also have a list of emergency supplies needed to weather it out. At this point you have a certain level of confidence to handle the impending threat with little difficulty. This is a good position to be in.

Using your list of emergency supplies start comparing quantities on hand with quantities required, checking expiration dates and expectancies for product shelf life. You did write dates on certain items didn’t you? OK then! You’re in pretty good shape.

Now it’s pretty easy to generate a new list of needed supplies to fill in the gaps.

Make A “Go For” List With Readily Available Sources

With your new list in hand it’s time to go for supplies. You won’t be the only one stocking up so one thing you don’t want to do is delay getting certain essentials on your list. Even without an impending disaster some items will occasionally be out of stock.

More and more brick and mortar stores are going to “just in time” inventory to save money. In my local Walmart for example, by the end of the day there are lots of empty slots on the shelf. They actually refill some stock items on a daily basis. I’ve gotten into the habit of going early in the morning before 9 o’clock. In comparison, many years ago I worked in a super market as a teenager. We only got new stock deliveries once a week and there was rarely any items that were completely out of stock. Today is an entirely different story.

The moral of the story here is, refill supplies ASAP. Go quick and go early!

Live well, Live Strong and Be Prepared,
Leonard J. Kovar Jr.