A note from Lisa: This month was the big do-or-die month with the sale of our house, and I’ve been playing catch-up with the blog as well as a book project. Yes, National Preparedness Month kicked off on September 1, and this article is a bit late, but Happy National Preparedness Month, anyway! :o)
Every year, with the blessing of FEMA and other emergency-related government and non-government agencies, the United States observes National Preparedness Month with TV ad, drills, and other activities.
So few Americans even have dinner planned for tonight that it’s no wonder they are so poorly prepared for when a real emergency hits.
My tips for covering the basics of emergency planning:
- Buy my book. It’s readable, entertaining, and covers the basics, plus a lot more. I recommend the print version versus the ebook because you’ll probably want to fill out the planning forms and utilize the checklists.
- If you have a smart phone, download apps related to first aid, the Red Cross, survival, food storage, a weather radar, and even a police scanner.
- Prepare for an emergency lasting at least 2 weeks with stored water, water purifiers, enough shelf-stable food for the duration, supplies and equipment to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Pack an emergency kit for each vehicle.
- If you work away from home, have a plan for getting back home, no matter what.
- Make plans for emergency evacuations. (See Chapter 11 in my book.)
- Have a family meeting to talk about a potential emergency and what each person should do if it happens. You may have multiple emergencies in mind, but limit this first meeting to just a single scenario.
There’s a lot more to being fully prepared, but these steps should keep you busy for a while. Remember to do a bit of planning and preparing for loved ones, such as college students and elderly relatives, that they probably won’t do on their own.
I have more to come, including prepping lessons using my book as the textbook!
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