Emergency Prep Intro
Emergency Prep is comprised of two important elements. Supplies and Knowledge. Knowing how to use something does you no good if you don't have one, and likewise, what good is having an item if you don't know how to use it? The Emergency Prep part of this program focuses largely on the supplies, leaving the knowledge part of it up to you. But don't let it stop there. Make sure every capable person in your house knows how to use all of your equipment. Remember, you may not even be home when the big one hits. It would be sad for your family to suffer because you were the only one who knew how everything worked, but were not home when it was needed. So to help you and your family all get familiar with all of your emergency prep efforts, we have come up with a documentation method, called the Home Manual, which will serve as a reference manual for all of your equipment. This Home Manual is the first Emergency Prep module we cover and we will go into much deeper detail on what it does and how to put it together. But with this, make sure your family is still seeing first hand how all of your equipment works.
When trying to justify some of these items, consider that many of them will double as camping gear. I do this all the time and I even use camping as an excuse to get out and get comfortable with some of these items. If you can, take opportunities to test your families' tolerance to some of the situations we talk about, such as power outages or more serious situations like being displaced outside the home. For example, try going 24 hours without the lights. This sounds simple enough, but let your kids experience it first hand. They'll probably have fun with this drill. And then step it up a bit. Try camping in the backyard for an evening. Try it again when conditions are not exactly ideal, such as when it is a little cooler. Break out the blankets or even heaters. If you really want to test your family, try it in the winter (not fair if you live in Hawaii). Try surviving off of your food storage for a whole week. There are lots of ways you can start getting your family familiar with the situations that you are preparing for. The more familiar they are with some of this, the less of a shock it will be when something actually happens.
Keep in mind that the information contained within each of these modules is designed to be a guide, or even a suggestion. Recognize when your individual circumstances may warrant changes to or deviations from this program. For example, if you live in Hawaii, you may not need portable heaters. Make these changes as necessary. Do what is best for you and your family.
Emergency Prep Module 1: The Home Manual (Covered on 3-25-20)
Emergency Prep Module 2: Bed Kits (Covered on 4-7-20)
Emergency Prep Module 3: 72-hour Kits (Covered on 5-4-20)
Emergency Prep Module 4: Power, Light, and Electricity (Covered on 9-22-20)
Emergency Prep Module 5: Home Preparedness (Covered on 11-2-20)
Emergency Prep Module 6: Drills and Rally Plans (Covered on 12-5-20)
Emergency Prep Module 7: Car Kits (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 8: Docs Kits (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 9: First Aid Kits (Still Under development)
Emergency Prep Module 10: Shelter, Sleeping and Heating (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 11: Cooking (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 12: Sanitation and Waste (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 13: Health, Wellness and Hygiene (Covering Soon)
Emergency Prep Module 14: Communications (Still Under development)
Emergency Prep Module 15: Tools and Supplies (Still Under development)
Emergency Prep Module 16: Protection and Security (Still Under development)
Emergency Prep Module 17: Using your Food Storage (Still Under development)