Everything we focus on here at Wellbeck.com is about preparedness in the face of a disaster, crisis, emergency or anything that disrupts the modern conviences of daily life.
Preparedness for an emergency situation that we hope to never encounter doesn’t mean we are paranoid doomsayers. Not at all,.
But we do rest better at night because we know if the unexpected happens, we are as ready as we can be to take care of ourselves and our families.
“Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.”
Spencer W. Kimball, 1976
Speaking personally here, I started making steps to emergency preparedness over 10 years ago. I can’t even remember which natural disaster I was watching unfold on the news, but the impact of watching people struggle after a fierce hurricane to find safe drinking water and shelter really made me think about what I had in my home to help me and my family survive in the same type of situation. It didn’t seem like much and it certainly wasn’t organized.
I didn’t go out and buy huge stockpiles of food and supplies over a weekend, but rather, I created a small budget to spend each month to gradually create emergency kits and long term supplies.
When I broke down my preparedness efforts into 2 stages, it was a lot more feasible. I’m a family of four, 2 adults – 2 kids, so I started with my 72 hour emergency preparedness plan. I bought two large backpacks and started filling them up with essential gear and supplies over the months.
Once I had enough food, water and emergency supplies stuffed into my home packs that would cover my whole family for 3 days, I focused on creating a permanent emergency kit that stays in my vehicle.
With my car kit, I put a focus on it being lighter and easily carried if we left our vehicle for a quick hike. For the last 10 years, I’ve always been prepared for a roadside emergency or a hike through the woods. From time to time I exchange the emergency food that’s in there and put fresh water in my trunk, but beyond that, the gear in my vehicle kit has remained the same.
After I had created my home and vehicle emergency kits, I focused on my next plan, a long term – 2 week minimum supply of water, food, supplies, etc for my family. Again, the cost and work involved wasn’t overwhelming or discouraging at all. I just spent my 20 dollars a month on more supplies, sealed them up and stored them away.
Breaking the process of emergency preparedness down into a couple of stages or priority lists makes the whole endeavor pretty easy!
If you’re feeling a bit intimidated by the preparedness process, break it down into manageable levels of priority.
- 72 hour emergency preparedness
- 2 week minimum stockpile of food, water and supplies
- A vehicle roadside emergency kit
- A lightweight outdoors survival kit
- A kit that applies to individual situations you might encounter in your lifestyle
And remember, no one ever regrets being prepared or even over prepared for the unexpected. It’s the moment you realize you could have easily prepared ahead of time and didn’t….that you regret.
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”