Emergency Disaster Planning

Chapter 1.1 and 1.2 Planning – the compiling of lists

1. Who are you Planning for?
2. What are you Preparing for?

Planning for an Emergency or a Disaster

San Diego wildfire 5/14/2014. Courtesy CNN.com
San Diego wildfire 5/14/2014. Courtesy CNN.com

the compiling of many lists, such as contacts, phone numbers, equipment, food and water, location(s) of where to go or where to meet, supplies and the number of people who the preparedness plan will be utilized for. In other words, prepare the logistics of gathering everything and everyone together in advance. The stress of an overwhelming situation is compounded by not having something you need to survive, or still worse, not knowing the condition of a loved one.

Who are you planning for?

Obviously, you are concerned for yourself and your family. Have you thought about your extended family, such as your parents, nieces and nephews, son and daughter-in-laws, grandchildren and close friends? They may not be adequately prepared or not prepared at all for a disaster. Will you turn them away in their time of need? Realistically, if something catastrophic happens to a member of your extended family you will want to take them in, even if you do not have emergency supplies for yourself.

Consider the unknown. Disasters take lives, leave victims and create orphans. A child cannot know what he or she needs to survive a catastrophe. Who will take your child if disaster strikes and leaves them without a parent? Where will they go? As you make your preparedness plan, include provisions for the unexpected. The unexpected is the length of time that it takes for rescue (assuming that there will be a rescue) to arrive, the number of people that you might involuntarily inherit, and of course, the nature of the disaster itself and its aftermath.

While taking into consideration the possibility of anything that can go wrong will go wrong, truthfully, there is a limit as to the number of people you have the ability to provide for. Determine how many people you are preparing for: a single person, a family, group, school, workplace, organization, community or a larger group such as a town, county, state or region. Include in your plan, a plan for additional supplies for the unintended additional people who will want and need supplies. It will not hurt to have a little too much, as opposed to having a little too little.

What are you preparing for?

Are you preparing for an auto breakdown, a blackout, a hurricane, tornado,Tornado from tumblr_n69iusRgeg1qm4we9o1_500 blizzard, an act of terrorism, war or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World, As We Know It) or even the Apocalypse? Preparing for the inevitable blackout or auto breakdown is simply assembling or purchasing the appropriate emergency kit. Preparing for a widespread disaster, an earthquake or a hurricane for example, may include an Emergency Preparedness Package (multiple survival kits) and additional food, water and supplies. However, if you are preparing for a government collapse, nuclear, biological warfare, or even worse, than you will need the appropriate shelter, food, water and water filtration and purification, supplies and weapons to protect those in your group and your supplies.

We live in a time of turmoil, unexpected severe storms in the waters of our south coast, tornados, though not surprising, are ramping up in the Midwest. Earthquakes in the South Pacific, off the coast of Japan, Nepal and Chile seem to happen more frequently and have much more intensity than in the past. Recently Chile has had a couple of volcanos, as did southern Europe and again in the South Pacific volcanos are spewing. The “Ring of Fire” is alive and filling our sky with soot and ash. Meanwhile, back here in the U.S.A., there is speculation that the faults in California will soon tremble. The Madrid Fault in the Midwest recently started shaking. There is no real agreement if we will experience global warming or global cooling. A recent documentary suggests that the sun, not necessarily mankind, is the root of our climate change.

So, what do you prepare for, you might ask. Firstly, make preparations for a disaster or an emergency with as many supplies that make you feel comfortable. Prepare your emergency disaster plan and supplies according to the types of common disasters that have happened in the local area. Your local Emergency Management Organization can tell you what common hazards are in your area.

Some believe the government will take care of the crisis. Others point out the delays that occurred with government involvement with both hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. The logistics of emergency disaster preparedness for a smaller group is considerably easier and quicker than that of the size of a government mobilization.

FEMA, the CDC, and the American Red Cross recommend a minimum 72-hour emergency preparedness survival kit for each person. The Preparedness industry recommends five to fourteen days. Many preppers, however, suggest many months up to many years of supplies. The common theme here is everyone agrees that everyone needs to have an emergency disaster preparedness plan and survival supplies.

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