If you are paying attention, it becomes clear that disasters of different kinds cause havoc in the lives of millions of
people each year around the globe. Many times these people are caught off-guard and unprepared. These disasters cause physical, emotional, economic and social trauma in the lives of those they touch. Although you can never truly eliminate these effects; you can lessen the trauma caused and soften the blow to you and your loved ones by being prepared.
When a disaster happens close to home, you may get help from local emergency workers and first responders but it may be awhile before you see them. Don’t depend on local government, though, especially in the early days. Many disaster relief agencies are willing to help but may be unavailable. Depending on the size, scope and intensity of the disaster, these sources of help may never come. You may be on your own for an extended time or even, in a worse case scenario, permanently. You need to be ready! That preparation starts now.
You should be able and prepared to provide for your family in the most basic and likely natural disasters that are common to your region. This could be hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards and anything any other environmental incident. These are the easiest types of incidents to prep for. There are other much more intense disasters that may occur, these include terrorist attacks (foreign or domestic), riots, pandemics, other civil unrest, war and many other possible incidents.
The good news is that many of the basic preparations for these circumstances are the same. Start by getting yourself prepared for at least a week. This means developing a plan for food, water, shelter and protection. Obviously
the longer an incident continues, the better prepared you will need to be. In order to avoid being overwhelmed, start with one week of preparations.
Although I am somewhat prepared, I also have much work to get done. I will share the lessons learned along the way to help make your journey easier. I continue to develop my prepping skill set and hope to make your job of protecting your family, no matter what, easier. As the Bible states, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1(NIV))
Michael at R2W
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