Here are two questions that may not help you a lot today, or even tomorrow; yet if you answer them, you might just save your life and the lives of those around you.
WARNING: This is not a popular topic; in fact, most of us would like to avoid it, but here goes:
What are the most likely dangers or natural disasters in the area where you live? How can you prepare best?
It is not likely, for example, that there would be a tornado where I live; however, blizzards are possible. It is not uncommon for us to be snowed in for several hours or a couple of days.
We probably won’t get “the big one” (referring to earthquakes; however, we will get people who flee when a severe seismic event occurs.
How we prepare for either of these emergencies will be specific to our area and needs: We won’t store supplies outside and be prepared to camp out for up to three days, for example. Instead, we will want supplies indoors. We might have to think about how to stay warm or deal with the extreme flux of people and resulting shortages.
Do you live in a flood zone? What makes the most sense for you?
Does the possible emergency reqquire you to evacuate or hunker down and stay put? Do you need supplies in your car? Home? Both?
What important papers, meds or clothing items do you need to have?
I have actually worked on personal preparedness for several years and have found that some things are real challenges:
*A 5 gallon container of water is too much for me to lift and carry; 1-2 gallon containers are much better.
*When I lived in an earthquake zone. We were advised to have three days worth of food and water where we could get to them; to be prepared to camp outside for that period of time. Storing food and water safely was a bit difficult, especially because of changing temperatures. Finding insulated containers and places that are a little more constant will help.
*There is plenty of conflicting information to be had. Some publications advise dehydrated and freeze dried foods; others say to get canned goods because they don’t use up your water supply.
*Circulating food and remembering to freshen water can get cumbersome. It helps if you are stockpiling things you normally use. That way, you can put the newest items in the back and move them forward as you replemmish your supplies. I think this gets especially difficult when the possible emergency might happen “someday.” The discipline of keeping up with this system can feel a bit tedius.
A little planning that fits your needs more specifically will go a long way toward a happy ending, should you ever have to take action. My biggest piece of advice? Make it doable. Maintaining supplies is a top priority that can go by the wayside if it gets to be too much of a hastle.