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Disaster: It’s Not a Case of If, But When

How we choose to be prepared for a disaster event is solely our responsibility, and no one else’s.  But, when a disaster does occur, be it man made or by natural elements, little or no warning can be given and the time to act is short. Planing your supplies, medical supplies, food and water needs ahead of time will keep the “panic” mode from coming on full force.  With all these elements in place, you can concentrate on other tasks at hand and adapt more quickly to the situation.

In some cases, such as in Hurricane Katrina, civilians were left to fend for themselves.  They had no access to medical attention, civil unrest went through the roof, and some died of starvation, dehydration or infection from sustained injuries.  You must plan for all of these elements.  Keep in mind with the destruction from certain disasters, the recovery phase could take longer than intended. This could throw your short term preparations into a long term scenario.

Disasters happen all the time.  Stay calm. 

If you do not have a plan of action already in place, find a safe place for you to go to calm down and begin thinking of a strategy.  Begin to think about your choices of action, and the most logical scenario. 

A Blueprint for Survival: Make a Plan

A Decisive Plan of Action should take into account the pros and cons of any given situation.  Be objective.  Your main priorities are shelter, fire, and water/food.   What is an alternate plan?  Always have Plan A, B and C.  And stay focused at the task at hand.  Here are some things to keep in mind when preparing your plan:

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If you are in a situation where you have the opportunity to stay where you are and bunker down:

If you are in a situation where you should leave:

If you have no transportation and realize that walking is the only option for you:

Budgeting For Supplies

Preparing is not as costly as everyone believes it to be.  Purchasing dehydrated food to use at a later time (up to 10 years) is very economical and can be budget friendly.  Think of the many uses one can use dehydrated peanut butter or dehydrated cheese.  This author found a 326 item  first aid kit on Amazon [2]  for $32.99.  Also, we found a blog by Hillbilly Housewife [3] who created a simple week supply of food, that only cost $45.

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Prepare Mentally and Spiritually

A little seed of hope can go a long way.  Finding faith in hard times can be compared to walking though a desert and finding water.  It can save your life, and give you the endurance to carry on.  In the midst of disappointment and frustration, faith and hope can keep your positive momentum going.  Concentrate on all that is good and positive.  I have often told my friends, “Don’t count your problems, count your blessings.”  Concentrate on anything that could give you hope.