We’d all like to think that in a time of emergency we would have enough resources at our own homes to weather out any situation. What we focus on here at Wellbeck.com is emergency preparedness programs so we can avoid a circumstance where what we assumed would be sufficiant to get us by…isn’t at all.
A crisis situation is not the time to discover we are without an energy source, food or clean water. In a time of disaster, we also don’t want to discover we can’t contact or know the location of a loved one.
Situations that put our safety at risk is a crisis we all want to avoid, but have no control over. What we can control though is how prepared we are!
First and Foremost: Communication
During and immediately following a crisis, our human nature kicks in and our only worry is for our family, loved ones and neighbors.
Our mental and physical well being work hand in hand with one another and ask anyone who’s ever experienced a disaster what their very first concern was and they’ll tell you their loved ones. So part of emergency preparedness is addressing our mental well being so that after an emergency has occurred, we can focus on our physical well being.
Talk with your family and friends. Set up two (or three) pre-determined meeting points so that everyone knows exactly where they should go if a disaster strikes. Home should be your first choice, but if you’re unable to return home, have a second location established.
Also pre-determine someone who lives away from your general area as your check in contact person. Make sure everyone you would be concerned about knows to call that one person so you can get peace of mind when you need it the most.
Make sure everyone in your family and close friends are clear on locations and contact check in places. Remember, if your area is struck by a disaster, even your family and friends who live far away will be out of their minds with worry. Letting them know that you’ll be checking in with XYZ gives them a contact source to connect with. Every tiny bit of communication helps an extremely stressful situation.
Emergency preparedness program recommended items:
After disaster has struck, life sustaining resources can quickly run out, or not work, or be unavailable. Electricity can be out, water no longer running, gas lines turn off and so much more in the lines of modern comfort – gone.
To get you started on your own Emergency Preparedness Program, we recommend:
In the same place you plan to store your emergency kit, also stock as much bottled water as you can.
The amount of supplies you keep on hand should be in direct proportion to the amount of people in your family that you would need to sustain for a minimum of a 72 hours.
Of course, more is always better!
When you create your own personal emergency preparedness program, remember that no one ever regrets having too much on hand, they only regret not having enough or worse…not being prepared at all.