Books on Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparations 101     (
Preparing for an emergency, long before one is actually announced, is not only a good idea, it's the responsible and mature thing to do for oneself, family, friends and community. The platitude "Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance" will manifest itself, in a good or bad way, depending on how well you have planned. By the time a potential disaster event is announced, panic has already set in to the general public. Pre-planning (not just gathering stuff) is the key to preparation. It will keep a cool head when others have lost theirs. Information, below and throughout this web site, will help to make a plan and prepare for nearly any emergency situation.

A common misunderstanding to preparing is for some end of the world situation or Hollywood doomsday scenario. Truth is, it's not about preparing for some statistical anomaly, but for the real life challenges that we are all going to face at some point in our lives; the kind of situations that will feel like the end of your world if you're not prepared. Consider these reasons to have a real, documented plan:
1 - Build at least two emergency supply kits; one with everything necessary to stay where you are (sheltering in place), and a smaller, lighter one to carry if you need to evacuate (bug out). Make a kit for each person, being alone for at least 3 days without any utility services. Look at what you already have to start your supplies and think about alternative uses for those things. Basic preparations include:
2 - Preparing and rehearsing an Emergency Plan Document is essential to preparation. Don't rely on your memory or ability to calmly handle an actual emergency when anxiety and panic are normal responses. Like anything, practice makes perfect. When the time comes and the brain wants to panic, a well-documented and rehearsed plan will provide structure, calm and clear thinking; reducing anxiety during an actual emergency.

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