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Knowledge is Power: Do you know what to do when a disaster strikes? Do you have a plan for when a disaster strikes? Do you have backup contingency plans for what-if scenarios?

If you’re not prepared just before or when disaster strikes, you can always expect “panic buying” of food, bottled water, and gas. Because within 24 to 72 hours, all food and bottled water will be gone and gas prices will be going up. People waiting in these long lines are wasting very valuable time that they could be using to “Get Out of Dodge”–just look at what happened after Hurricane Sandy.  Besides very long lines at gas stations and grocery stores, you will also see lines at banks.

So having a disaster plan is crucial in saving time, energy and life when a disaster strikes.  And knowing how to recognize an oncoming disaster will greatly enhance your ability to be ready.  Stay Alert, Stay Alive – You must be alert and vigilant at all times with your surroundings and what is going on in your community, state, country, and the world.  When you hear of an oncoming disaster, use your code word to notify your family members and/or survival group to be ready.  Make sure your gas tank is topped off and fill all bathtubs and sinks with water if there is no power.

So when disaster does strike:

  1. Put your “Emergency Disaster Plan” into affect.  Everyone should know when and where to meet and what to do.
  2. If you’re “Sheltering In-Place”, everyone in your family and/or group will meet at your In-Place Shelter within 24 to 48 hours.
  3. If you’re Bugging-Out, put your essential supplies and/or equipment in your vehicle.
  4. Top off your fuel tank with the fuel you have stored and don’t forget to take all the extra fuel with you.
  5. Secure your home, making sure all your utilities have been turned off (electric, gas and water) and secured.
  6.  Get out of town as fast and as quietly as you can.  You should have a minimum of three different escape routes planned out.  Have at least two people riding shot gun–one in the front and one in the middle.  It is very important to watch out for car jackers, road rage and road blocks.  The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be.
  1. Head to your survival retreat.  You need to have a plan to meet your family and/or your survival group at your primary survival retreat within 72 Hours after a disaster.
  1. Survival Mode = Ration Mode.  When any disaster strikes, start rationing all your survival supplies until you get a real grasp on the size of the disaster and your survival situation.  Some questions to ask yourself:
  • Did all the members of your family / group show up?
  • Did unexpected family or friends show up?
  • How big was the disaster?
  • Were any of my supplies destroyed?
  1. Some other questions to really consider are the what-if questions:
  • What if one of your family members is injured and can’t be moved or travel?
  • What if the emergency build-up is gradual and there’s no clear signal?
  • What if traveling by car is not an option?
  • What if you’re a 1,000 miles away on a business trip when the SHTF?
  • What if your children are on a school field trip when it’s time to bug out?

There are a lot of things to seriously consider and really think about before any disaster strikes.  And having your plan in place and ready and being prepared will save time, energy and lives.

Prepare now for the upcoming disasters before it is too late or face the consequences when the time comes.

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