It’s not my priority. I want you to take a minute and think about your top priority… The minute is up. Now, let me guess. It had something to do with taking care of your family, pet, or self, depending on your situation. That is what emergency preparedness is all about, being able to take care of your family in times of distress. Remember: the Government will NOT SAVE YOU. Be it the town, city, state, or nationwide level. It is your responsibility to protect and supply your family.
Why should I get a kit? FEMA has been honest and told people they should be prepared to be on your own for at least 72 hours. The reality is you should expect no help from fireman, police or government for two weeks or more. Emergency services, such as Fire, AMR, and Police, are a limited resource that is quickly exhausted. There is an excellent chance you are not high on their list when a disaster strikes.
It won’t happen here? Let us define “it” for a moment. Have you experienced a blackout? There have been crippling blizzards in the past. We do experience floods? Oregon has occurrences of earthquakes, volcanoes surround us, and floodwaters invade our land. It is true we are very fortunate not to be bombarded with human and natural disasters. Could this be are biggest danger and it lulls us into a false sense of security.
What can happen? Seduction Zone earthquake, regular old earthquake, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Hood, bio terrorism, pandemic, floods, fires. Need I go on?
I don’t have the money? That is truth, isn’t it? How many of us cringe when we look at the gas prices. How many of us live paycheck to paycheck? We have this idea that we need to get everything all at the same time. Or we go to the grocery store and not even think about it. Start out small and go from there. When you’re at the store, buy one can of food, or one bag of beans. Something to get you started. Go to the local budget store, like the Dollar Store; and buy five dollars’ worth of supplies. That is cheaper then a meal at McDonalds. If you set aside 1% of your paycheck for emergency preparedness, you will find, in no time at all, you have your very own kit.
It’s overwhelming! We are overcome with information. It comes to us faster than it ever has in human history. I am not expecting you to go gun-ho with all the information. I would like you to just start out small. No need to read the endless articles about all the crap that can happen to humanity. Just pick up a can of food and put it in your kit. Talk with family members about what to do in case of an emergency. Give yourself a reason to grow a garden, so you can provide yourself with sustenance. Take a class to learn more.
How do I get started? Go to Red Cross website, or ready.gov print out one of their supply lists. Put it on your refrigerator. With a bold maker at the top put the words “THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT SAVE ME (US)” we need reminders on why we need to pick up just one can, just one item.
Also, having a buddy system to help keep you focused. A neighbor, friend, co-worker, etc.
Take a Community Emergency Response Team class. I cannot stress this enough. They are by far the greatest way to get your foot in the door. Also, bookmark my website for more get articles and tips
THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED AUG. 2011