Friday, February 21, 2014

Is it Time to Revisit Your Emergency Preparedness Plans?

Emergency Preparedness isn't just for winter when there are snow & ice storms. Nor is it just for summer when there are hurricanes & tornadoes. Emergency Preparedness is for anytime 'normal' isn't available. 

That could be after you lost your job, or when the furnace breaks down, or any of a million different things that break the 'normal' cycle of life. I do realize the thought of preparing for all of these situations can be overwhelming! 

How do you start? With baby steps! Prepare for the most likely scenario that will happen where you live. It may be a winter or summer storm, or it may be the furnace/air conditioning breaking at the worst possible moment. I can't tell you what that scenario would be because I am not you! Everyone's situation is different. Talk to your family and decide among yourselves what the most likely scenario would be. Then decide what you want to do about it so you are not caught off guard when it happens.

Perhaps you have some emergency preparedness plans. When was the last time you looked at them? The time to think about this isn't when you are in the middle of a disaster.

If you have no idea where to go from here, then I have a suggestion for you. Start by signing up for a free emergency preparedness newsletter. I subscribe to a couple of them but the one I like the best is the emergency preparedness newsletter from Emergency Essentials. (They also have a great emergency preparedness blog. You can see that here.)

This newsletter was published in partnership with Deseret News. The information is valid for all parts of the country (and the world) because disasters happen everywhere! Here is the link to the newsletter: When Disaster Hits Home.

Want another suggestion? Download some of the free emergency preparedness checklists Emergency Essentials publishes. They have a checklist on how to make an emergency plan, a special checklist if you are a caregiver to a sick family member, an essential phone numbers list, and a list on how to make an emergency kit if you ever need to leave your house in a hurry. You can view all of their checklists here.

Full disclosure: I am not affiliated with Emergency Essentials in any way. I am a satisfied customer. I have been purchasing items from them for well over seven years. I feature many of their products in my Cooking with Food Storage series of posts.

Want some more ideas? I published a series of posts about what I put in my emergency kits a few years back. They are still relevant today.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are counseled as part of Church doctrine to be prepared for emergencies. I know of no other church that takes such an active role in the welfare of it's members! You really are responsible for your family - not just during the good times, but during the bad times as well! Don't give that responsibility to the Government! (I guarantee you won't be happy with the service you receive ). Instead, make your own plans. 

You will sleep better knowing that whenever a disaster happens, your family will be taken care of! 

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