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You may be installing the best security and burglar alarm system in your house. Additionally, you may have a large storage house of canned goods in case of outage or crisis, and you may have the most complete emergency kit in the house, but if you have don’t have an effective emergency plan, it will all go to waste. It actually takes less than an hour for you to formulate an emergency plan, have it printed and given to each member of the family.  Families need to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.

Is your family prepared for the worst days? You don’t have to wait for the nightmare to come true for you to learn how to prepare for emergencies. Right now, you can actually grab a pen and paper, sit with the family and start discussing your emergency preparedness program. It may sound difficult at first to create an emergency preparedness program especially if you have not been through a crisis or natural disaster before. But to help you with this, it only takes a pen, paper and a little imagination or assumption of how an emergency disaster might happen.

What is emergency preparedness planning? Emergency preparedness planning refers to a set of activities and/or a list of reminders that will orient every member of the family on what to do in case of emergencies. A disaster can be of any form; it can be of natural causes like earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis, which are obviously inevitable. A disaster can be an accident like gas explosion, electricity accident or outage, fire, crime-related like burglary, home invasion or it can even be financial or economical disasters, such as money crisis, power outage and so on.

Even when you are at home, when you expect safety, disaster can still strike at a moments notice. When you leave your loved ones at home, how will you contact them in the case of emergencies, where will you meet, who will they call? These are just some of the questions that can be answered when you do an emergency preparedness program with your family.

First, make sure that every member of the family is present. Then identify the fire exit routes for your house. Note that a fire exit is not only intended during a fire accident, it is also applicable for other disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, and flooding; even crime-related home invasions is on the list.  Exit doors are usually found in the kitchen, but what if the emergency took place in the kitchen, will the main door be a good option for exit. How about in rooms, do the kids have assigned routes to emergency exits?

The second thing you need to consider in your emergency preparedness program is a meeting place for your family. There might be case-to-case basis here. For example during a fire accident, determine which house or place your family members will be staying temporarily. If there is an incoming hurricane, orient the family to evacuate to a relative on a nearby city or state. It could be your favorite restaurant or a relative living nearby or the curb across the street from your house.

The third element in your emergency preparedness program is the list of contacts. Who, what, and where (Friends, Relatives) are living outside/inside your city or State? In the case of regional disasters such as hurricane or earthquake, it might be difficult to stay connected using local lines. Make it a point that every one in the family shares the same list of contacts. Your pets should also be a part of your emergency preparedness program. Unfortunately, however, pets are not allowed in evacuation and resettlement areas. You may leave your pets in a veterinary clinic or with a relative.

Assign a person who will pick up your kids when you cannot make it. Have a list of contact numbers of your neighbors. Keep a list of health conditions of your family. And inform everyone in the house about the location of floor drains, gas valves, water pipes, electrical boxes and fire extinguishers. Always check, keep, maintain and change your supplies in your emergency kits. You could be storing expired foods in your kits so make sure they are constantly checked for expiration. To avoid unnecessary spoilage of food in your emergency kits, make a schedule or calendar of maintenance or better yet eat the canned foods in your emergency kits.

As a final thought on emergency preparedness planning, teach your family on how to be responsive and manage stress during critical moments. Kids are typically afraid of scenes of injured people and are afraid of being alone. Keep your children calm and give assurance that everything will be all right. These emergency preparedness program tips are not enough for family.  Each family requires different things and the things discussed in this article are just the beginning.   Remember, being prepared eliminates many of the risks and ill effects of disasters are reduced.

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How to be Prepared

By Rodney Butler

The 21st Century Survivalist

The active survivalistIn our modern times, we are dependent on convenient  things to survive.  Food, water, fire, heat, fuel to name a few are available at a moments notice.  As a society, we don’t even think twice about these items.  Many incidents, whether caused by humans or by nature, can remove these basic necessities from our grasp.  Being a survivalist means being ready to protect your family when things go awry.

Being a survivalist in our modern world is hard because our society has become lazy and complacent.

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These are a few questions you need to ask yourself.  These skills may include the methods to produce fire, ways to find and cook food, build shelters and other methods to be sane during a world changing event.  Not being prepared could put your family at risk.

What it boils down to is that we live in uncertain times.  One only needs to turn on their television and the worlds problems are presented to you everyday.  Sadly, our nation is not all brotherly love and friendly neighbors. Additionally, we only need to look at the events of 9-11 & Hurricane Katrina to see the fragility of our government during emergency situations.

It goes without saying, being a survivalist means taking care of ourselves and are not dependent on the government to take care of our daily needs especially during a disaster.  Most likely the government will respond too late or not at all during an emergency situation.  Being prepared is not an option if you want to survive.

The end of the world as we know it or (TEOTWAWKI) will require people to learn one very important skill.  That one skill will be adaptability.  Being able to adapt to new situations or environments are key to survival.  You may have a stockpile of food and water to last your family for 72 hours; but, what happens if help never arrives or if it takes months to recover.

It is not hard to learn survival skills as there are many resources on the internet.  The key is to start your family’s emergency preparedness now and learn the skills necessary to protect them.  I recommend at least (Minimum) a 3 month supply of food & water.  However, don’t wait 3 months before you start foraging for food and water during a disaster.  The quicker you adapt to the situation the longer you will survive.

A few days after TEOTWAWKI begins, most people will run out of food and water and then panic will set in.  When this happens the ill prepared will do whatever it takes to provide for their family.  Grocery stores, gas stations will be looted and private homes will be burglarized.  Personal protection should be part of your survival needs.  I’m not saying be armed with every firearm known to man.  However, you should have something to protect your emergency supplies and mostly to protect your family.

I have listed some excellent resources below to help you become a 21st Century Survivalist.  I hope you find this post informative and useful.  If there is anything you would like to add and/or share with our readers please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your strategies.

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By Rodney Butler