4 Steps to Start Your Emergency Preparedness Today
If we are prepared, we shall not fear – Quentin L. Cook
Many people want to make steps to better prepare themselves and their families for emergencies but with the mass amount of information available, they quickly become overwhelmed.
While it is highly unlikely that anybody could ever fully prepare themselves for every single emergency, a little planning can bring greater peace of mind. We are going to look at 4 steps to start your emergency preparedness today.
Sort Your Finances
One of the biggest problems and most common, is that of financial difficulties. It still surprises me how this subject seems to get overlooked, or the person going through the trouble expects it to just blow over. In today’s uncertain economy and job market, it’s more important than ever to adopt and maintain good financial practices.
Live within your means. Get out of debt. Keep out of debt. Lay by for a rainy day, which has always come and will come again. Practice and increase your habits of thrift, industry, economy, and frugality
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Decide What You Are Preparing For
With a quick search on the internet you can pull up hundreds if not thousands of different lists telling you what you should include in an emergency kit. The problem with these lists is that everybody is preparing for different things. One kit might work for one person but the next person needs something completely different.
How likely is it that you will need to evacuate your home? In most cases, you don’t need to evacuate your home at the first sign of trouble. During a disaster, power outages are common but this does not mean that you need to make a quick exit from the safety of your home.
You need to decide exactly what your location is likely to face and make preparations for those emergencies.
Focus on the Essentials
Three basic essentials of emergency preparation is food, water, and shelter. It is recommended to keep a supply of three days worth of essentials but during natural disasters, people have gone without utilities for several days or even weeks. You can not rely on the government during these times.
Do you have enough food and water on hand for that length of time? Do you have a way to cook without electricity? You may also consider storing food that is ready to eat with little preparation. Do you have enough blankets and alternative heat sources to keep your family warm? What about flashlights, lanterns, and extra batteries for power outages?
Mentally walk through your daily activities and consider what your family would likely need in an emergency.
You need to have a ready supply of basic first-aid materials and medicines and along with these, you need the knowledge to use that equipment properly. It will be in great use during in any emergency. It’s also wise to learn CPR.
While there are many videos online that can teach you the information that you need, nothing beats actually doing a local course and getting some proper hand on experience.
If ye are prepared ye shall not fear – D&C 38:30