While many associate being prepared with a person living in isolation out in the bush; the reality couldn’t be further from the truth and it is why we firmly believe that being prepared for life’s events is completely normal and given what is public knowledge, a very wise choice.
To accomplish this, usually means increasing the basic life sustaining essentials and the development of some additional plans. Perhaps you will need to obtain some camping type gear but with the info we provide or with an email to us, it is not hard to do. Keeping it “real” is what we are all about.
It is also critical that we be honest with ourselves and not over hype or understate things.
Everything being mentioned here; has and can easily happen.
We are executives, Presidents, managers, trades people, dentists, engineers, retirees etc and come from every socio, economic and professional class that exist. Some may have a well hardened mansion with armed security patrolling the property or in the vast majority of cases, it’s a nice family cottage or home stocked with all the essentials to keep them relatively comfortable for two or more weeks, while others may only have a few days of food and water in their one bedroom apartment or condo.
So, the first question is; are you relatively well prepared at any given time for what can be reasonably expected to occur in your region. Other scenarios will come onto play further into this discussion but for now, consider reasonable as a hurricane, flood, severe ice storm or a hydro failure impacting you for a few days to a week.
1. We all know the basics consist of three days of water, food, medicine and shelter. Assuming the event is on the mild side, this should be considered borderline sufficient.
2. A more practical approach has one ready for more severe events and means increasing all supplies to a minimum of fourteen days. Very easy to do and requires very little additional space. Two weeks supplies for you and loved ones will address most of what people in North America have experienced so far.
3. Now the tricky part. This is the completely anticipated obstacle people have from moving beyond three days or even two weeks to catastrophic events that can easily surpass two weeks duration.
4. Public knowledge, tells us that we are exposed to a wide range of extreme threats. Everything discussed here is all from open source material (none classified). A cyber-attack could bring down a city or state/provinces electrical grid and outages being spread within seconds to surrounding cities, states or provinces. No lights or power, food deliveries would stop, credit or debit cards and ATM’s will not work, all banks and most stores would shut down, companies would likely close and no pay checks issued or deposited, no fuel, water, medicines etc. Stores still open will raise pricing and it will be cash only. One needs to try and imagine what a full week with no power in a four hundred or larger mile radius would look like. Remember, unless you were able to hop into your car (with full tank of gas) and leave literally within minutes, you would be stranded in traffic. As the impact of the blackout may not become known for hours to days, or you were unable to gather all your loved ones, you would naturally not even try to get out right away. This is actually a very important process for one to think about, because it will influence what you need at home, the office, boat or cottage to cook food and any medical or home and personal security requirements. Now; re-ask yourself if you are still OK with the Government recommended three days of supplies or would you prefer to be better prepared?
5. So again, the tricky part. How far should you go in your efforts to exceed two weeks’ worth of resources? I would highly encourage at least one month and look at increasing to two or more months’ worth of supplies. Remember, food, medicines etc, can all be cycled into your normal purchases and once obtained, become a normal part of your weekly trips to the grocery store. Having a camping stove with 24 mini propane cylinders is a onetime purchase and the same applies to packs, water treatment systems, tools, or items for self-defense etc.
6. There is a great deal to try and unpack in the above questions and is something often very personal. For that reason; look at the free ideas we provide on our website and reach out to us for more personalized advice or services. If you own a company or are involved in your companies Business Continuity or Emergency Preparedness efforts, that’s another vehicle that may be leveraged to assist in ones efforts. It often works to a company’s advantage if their key employees are safe at home and are able to telework etc.
A future article will discuss how the buying and management of your food supplies can fit into most of your everyday practices and provide most homes with one or more months of additional food. Food that will not go to waste yet be there when needed.
What about home and personal security?
It is all very good that you have all your essentials but others will not and many will be looking to “liberate” what you have stored away. Lighting, exterior security, doors, locks and means to protect yourself or deter those meaning harm must be factored into any plan. Look for a future post on this touchy topic.
Plan, Prepare, React And Then Adapt As Needed.