There are many disasters and emergencies that can affect our lives. When you try to consider them all at once, it can be very overwhelming and, often, intimidating. This intimidation is what usually scares people away from preparing.
Either because they get the feeling that there’s nothing that can be done to prepare for “everything” or because they don’t want to think about all the bad things that are possible. Even though “bad things” happen to people everyday, because we usually only see it on the nightly news, we have a tendency to think it will always happen to “somebody else.” This is usually referred to the “Ostrich Effect,” in reference to how some people ignore the obvious instead of doing the prudent.Remember these two things:
To the other guy, YOU are the somebody else; and COMPLACENCY KILLS. Once you have a grasp of the fundamentals provided here, you’ll be able to move on to the more advanced areas, like Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical conditions. Keep in mind that preparing to survive is a life long endeavor. And though this endeavor need not take up every free minute you have…you will need to put in some time to make the proper preparations. If you have car insurance, you’ve set up a precaution in case you get into an accident. If you have home or renter’s insurance, you’ve set up a precaution in case something happens to your home. If you have an IRA, you’ve taken steps towards financial security for your future.
Making disaster preparations is no different…simply a few precautions in case nature, or technology, turns against you. During a disaster or emergency, whether you plan on staying at home or will be bugging out, you’ll need to have certain items on hand to provide for you and your family. The following categories are the areas you and your family will need items for:
- Personal Protection
There are more categories, but these are the basic areas and they are ranked by priority, from highest to lowest. Exactly which items you need to include will be different for each person/family. Don’t forget to consider your emergency plans when you start acquiring your supplies. If you make plans you will be safe.