Saturday, November 4, 2017

Survival and Disaster Preparedness at Home...

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By: Sebastian Berry

After a hiatus to get some personal things in order I have returned to continue to provide knowledge in insight into Family Survival. As the title indicates, this installment of wisdom is about planning for disaster and having the supplies you need with you at home. Many that are familiar with survival or "prepping" (I personally dislike that term, but I digress) call this "bugging in" I won't get into the finer details of bugging out versus bugging in--other than survival families should have plans for both.

I am a nurse by trade. One of the places I work for is beginning to include disaster planning not only for our facilities but for our employees, families, and patients. When disaster strikes, in any of its forms, it can put an immediate strain on the local health system.

The aim in providing disaster preparedness training in our communities can be construed as a little selfish. If we can help you be independent during times of disaster you're less likely to come and just hang out. Please don't be mistaken though, if you need a safe place to be at during a disaster, the hospital is one of the better places to find refuge. You will not be turned away.

One of the cruxes of disaster preparedness and survival at home is all of the stuff. It can seem overwhelming having to collect and assemble all of the supplies. The old saying goes, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." The Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness has a calendar that outlines things to get over a 24-week timeframe. The math is pretty simple here--24 weeks divided by 4 weeks in a month equals 6 months. It is achievable that in 6 months time you can have a fully functional disaster kit in your home.

Below is the calendar that your and your loved ones can use to help become better prepared. Also this is the link for the .pdf of this same calendar for download.

Courtesy of: Intermountain Center for Disaster Preparedness

It is my opinion that in times of disaster, there is no place like home. Your home can provide you the best chances for survival by providing shelter, utilities, and your survival supplies. If you have to get out or evacuate, then by all means you should leave your home--with your bug out bags.

Is there anything that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments. Also, remember to enter this months giveaway contest.