The simple act of Preparing for a Disaster could save your life and your families so your not caught flat footed and helpless.
Disasters happen all the time whether they be man made or natural, and how prepared you are can have a dramatic affect on your life. If a disaster is coming or has already arrived, such as weather, your too late. Preparedness needs to be done before something happens. It’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN. It is very easy to become complacent when things seem to be going well. “I’ve been through dozens of hurricanes” I’ve heard people boast. Great, ask the people that were in Katrina if they still think that. Situations can change dramatically in an instant. It comes swiftly and knocks you over the head, and hopefully opens your eyes to what’s important to you and how a little preparation could have helped improve the situation. If you think your prepared, just do a double take and make sure you really are. Having a nice supply in your home is only one little piece of the preparedness pie. You may not have access to your home. Do you have the same supplies in your vehicle? Let’s take a quick look at some potential disasters that have and could occur:
Common and Possible Disasters
Hurricanes- This is a common disaster that happens every year and the severity varies.
Flooding- Often simultaneous with hurricanes or excessive rainfall and drainage buildup. Flooding can be very disastrous, destroying roads, homes, and life.
Tornado- Common in many areas and a hit or miss disaster. Very powerful and deadly.
Snow & Ice- Very common in northern regions. Power outages that can last weeks, dangerous road conditions, and whiteouts leave many people stranded every year.
Earthquakes- Another common occurrence in many regions, which much too often causes complacency. Earthquakes can be non destructive tremors, or highly destructive to both life and property.
Anthrax, biological, nuclear attacks- These are always a possibility, especially nowadays. They can happen anywhere at any time without warning. Sept 11 is a prime example.
All of these disasters can shut down transportation, empty the store shelves, overwhelm emergency resources and services, grossly inflate common item prices (water, food, plywood, fuel, etc) and cause widespread panic. Grocery store shelves are stripped of necessities almost always overnight, and this happens even for very minor disruptions, never mind a large tragedy. Most people are so unprepared they don’t even have basics like food, water, first aid kits, and most importantly a plan.
What You Can Do To Prepare
Due to the numerous potentials, what should you put aside and prepare for? If you live in a normally occurring disaster area such as “tornado alley” in the Midwest USA, or the “West coast earthquakes”, or “Southern hurricanes”, or “flood prone” areas, you should certainly expect a disaster to happen and put aside items that regularly disappear.