Emergency Plan Basics

So, you think you should start preparing for an emergency "outage" of some proportion. Good for you. The more people who are prepared the better. But don’t make a common mistake that many make; trying to do too much too fast. They either get frustrated and quit or think they’re all set but find they missed some important basics. Unless you have a lot of extra money to install a bunker/shelter and buy a couple of years worth of food at the drop of the hat, you need to start slow and in phases.

Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan
Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

QUIZ YOURSELF: Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

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:
Now, 3 days is simple and doesn’t take a lot of money. Start there. When you've planned and saved for 3 days, begin working on plans for 2 weeks which will require you to look a little deeper into things. When you’re set for 2 weeks go for a month, then 3 months, then 6 months, etc. Don’t forget about situations where you or a member of your family/group, might not be at home when disaster strikes. Also consider working with others, just be careful who you confide in.
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10 Products for the Beginning Prepper
10 Useful Items to Survive Catastrophes
Emergency Plan Details
Earthquake Safety
After Technology Fails
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Bug-Out Bag
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Winter Storm Preparedness
Vehicle Prep for Emergency
Camping Check List
FEMA Family Preparedness
How To Prepare?
Survival Lists and Kits
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