Preparing for an emergency can seem overwhelming. There are many things to buy, gather and plan. You might have help from family members in doing these, or you might be doing them alone. But with so many things to do before you feel prepared for whatever nature or man will throw at you, being organized is paramount. And a good part of being organized is to know the right questions to think about.
Sample questions to ask yourself
“If there were no power, what would I need to stay safely in my home?”
In terms of “power,” consider lighting, heating and a cooking source. Candles, flashlights, lanterns – all of these provide lighting. Be sure that you also have batteries and matches. For heat, blankets can go a long ways to keep your family warm. You probably have them accessible at home, but what about in your car? Do you carry a blanket in your trunk, especially during the winter? There are several options for cooking – eFoods Direct has stoves, fuel disks, firestarters and even a generator. Take a look and decide which options are best for you.
“If the roads were blocked for several days and no one could reach my neighborhood, who close by would check on me? Who will I check on?”
We live in communities, but we tend to be more isolated than in the past. Do you know your neighbors? Do you know which ones will need extra help in an emergency? Would you be comfortable sharing your provisions with neighbors if needed?
“Where can I get water if my regular water supply is disrupted?”
Everyone should store at least one gallon per person per day of water, but how can you make your gallons of purified water last longer? Do you know how to purify water? Do you have a water filter? I have a Berkey (sold by eFoods Direct) and it is wonderful for home use. And eFoods Direct also sells water purifiers for when you aren’t at home. You might also want to have other purifying options, such as bleach or boiling, and know how to do them.
“What are the foods we regularly use and do we have enough to last awhile if needed?”
Before you launch full-scale into a preparedness plan, do your homework. Figure out what things your family would miss if you didn’t have them. Remember that an emergency can also be a personal emergency, on a less grand scale than a natural disaster, and you might be glad to be able to use what you have instead of spending money you might not have enough of. eFoods Direct has many delicious packaged foods that can help in an emergency.
“Do I have on hand the medicine I and my family need if we are unable to get more for a period of time?”
Medicine is something that experts have predicted will be hard to get after TEOTWAWKI. We should always have on hand any medicine that we use regularly, as well as a first aid kit. Not sure how to get extra prescription medicine? That can be tricky, but there are solutions.
As you plan for whatever emergencies the future holds, don’t get bogged down in what all there is still to do. Ask the right questions and approach it systematically, and the stress will be minimal.