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Smart Emergency Preparedness

Dr. Siddall is an outdoor enthusiast, author, and activist. He has traveled widely and enjoys sharing his adventures with the public.

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Introduction.

Emergencies require a smart approach to preparedness. Most of these situations are temporary and have a high probability of occurrence such as a short term disruption of utility services caused by an electrical storm, an injury at home or a threat to personal or household security.

However, the principles of preparedness are equally valid for severe or prolonged emergencies such as a breakdown of law and order caused by civil unrest, terrorism, a pandemic or a prolonged breach of government services. The major difference between temporary and prolonged emergencies is the need for greater preparation, more supplies, and the potential for evacuation.

Preparation

Surviving an emergency requires: (1) planning, (2) training, and (3) supplies. A cost-effective plan of preparedness uses pre-assembled, commercially available products available from a variety of outfitters, easily accessed on the internet. Alternatively, emergency supplies can be assembled/ customized using instructional videos posted on internet sites like YouTube. Be advised to vet your sources in order to obtain advice and guidance from legitimate experts.

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Plan

Your preparedness plan is an outline to be followed in common emergency scenarios and should include: what to do (action plan), what to have available/ carry (supplies), and persons to notify. For example, in the case of a natural disaster resulting in a severe power outage and loss of all utilities, a family plan could designate a meet-up location and each member’s responsibility to provide essentials such as: transportation, food and water, and camping gear in order to accommodate the group at a location out of the danger area.

Training

Training can be formalized by course work from vetted organizations such as the Red Cross, mentoring by a friend with needed skills or self-taught using guidebooks and manuals. YouTube, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have useful online archives on nearly every subject related to preparedness. Ideally, training should provide a comprehensive review of the subject matter accompanied by examples and corrective feedback. Subjects should include but be not limited to:

  • designing your plans,
  • food and water needs
  • first aid supplies
  • survival and camping gear
  • self defense


Supplies

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Prepackaged freeze dried foods, MREs (meals ready to eat}, bottled water, water filter, camping gear, and commercially available first aid kits make the assembly of basic supplies a simple matter. At a minimum, basic survival and camping gear would be supplemented by at least a three day supply of water and food stored in waterproof packs for traveling. Some experts who warn of the potential for long term emergencies recommend accumulating supplies that will last 3 - 12 months.


Conclusion

Emergencies require a smart approach to preparedness. Most of these situations are temporary and have a high probability of occurrence such as a short term disruption of utility services caused by an electrical storm, an injury at home or a threat to personal or household security.

However, the principles of preparedness are equally valid for severe or prolonged emergencies. Surviving an emergency requires planning, training, and supplies. notify. YouTube, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have useful online instructions and videos to assist you in all aspects of emergency preparedness. Remember to vet your sources.


Comments

James W Siddall (author) from Cleveland on October 08, 2020:

Thank you Sp for your feedback. I always enjoy hearing that an article is useful. Jim

Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 08, 2020:

This is something I've never though much of. But I see how having one could be beneficial in cases of emergencies. The points listed are really good.