First I would take a nice deep breath and learn first. Don’t panic and just start buying stuff. Evaluate, Plan, Act, Re-evaluate, etc.
Determine what your existing resources are and what your limitations are then start by reducing your limitations. Work toward goals such as 72 hours without resupply then go to a full week, two weeks etc per person in your group. Ensure you have what you need for the short term then begin making redundancies and layers.
Initial priorities should be:
KNOWLEDGE and (not necessarily in this order):
Water — contained, portable, potential resupply, treatment methods …
Food — what you already eat; if you need one can of beans buy two; variety of foods that can be eaten cold or hot….
Shelter — could be as simple and inexpensive as a roll of visqueen plastic or as complex as an RV; blankets, extra clothes, …
Energy — light, heat, cooking, batteries, solar, generator etc
Security — wide range of issues; can be first aid, neighbors, firearms, camouflage, evasion, etc
Take classes such as first aid, cpr, REI offers camping and hiking classes, gardening, CERT, etc to expand your knowledge base.
What issues are you likely to encounter? Consider the threat from your epicenter: house, city, county, state, region, etc. Loss of job, house fire, earthquake, wild land fires, tornadoes, floods, extreme cold or hot, windstorms, civil unrest? What can you do to reduce likelihood of harm from these issues? What can you do to increase preparedness for these specific concerns?
Simple things like smoke and co detectors, fire extinguisher, savings account, knowing your home’s utility (gas, electrical, water) shut offs, neighborhood and neighbors, stocked pantry, flashlight with fresh batteries, etc can go a long way to alleviate harm in a personal disaster.
Statistics: Posted by Fyrediver — Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:08 am