Prepare For Emergencies
Learn How To Prepare For Emergencies In Advance
Prepare for emergencies by developing a plan and stocking simple supplies in advance of an emergency!
What would you do if you saw a forest fire on the horizon?
The photo above was taken just the other day from my living room window. There is nothing but forest between our house and that fire!
It turns out that the fire was set intentionally – a “controlled burn” by Forest Service. But just last week another controlled burn (in Colorado) got out of control and burned down several thousand acres, as well as numerous homes, killing at least two people.
FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, urges everyone to prepare in advance for emergencies!
This includes a plan for WHERE you will go, HOW you will get there, and WHAT you will take with you.
Where is a pretty easy question: away from the fire, impending hurricane or storm. Where also includes staying in communication with friends and family – either at home or spread across the country.
How typically includes your family car. (You are not someone who takes pride in running the gas tank down to empty before filling up, and then buys $10 of gas just to get by for another few days, are you?) You have probably seen pictures of cars stalled in lines as people evacuate before hurricanes. Keep your gas tank filled, and your car maintained in good condition. Your life could literally depend on it.
What includes supplies to help you live comfortably for a few days, regardless of where you are. What also includes irreplaceable things you would want to take with you, given the time to gather them. (The point is that thinking ahead and preparing will allow you to accomplish TEN TIMES MORE in the time available!)
FEMA states: “You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.
The point is that there will be TOO MANY helpless people for disaster relief workers to help. The best way to help reduce the impact of disasters is to prepare for emergencies – in advance. Check out this video from FEMA: