Chapter 2 Preparing for an Emergency or Disaster

Chapter 2.3 and 2.4 Preparing– lists, gathering supplies

3. How much do you need?
4. Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?


Preparing – lists, gathering supplies

How much do you need?

Determining how much you will need is measured by the number of people in your group, how long you want to be prepared for and of course the unknown variable of the disaster itself. To explain this further, if someone, alone, is going to work and has a breakdown, an Auto Emergency Kit should provide for their needs until help arrives. However, if a hurricane like Katrina or Sandy hits, it could be weeks before you have a resolution to the crisis. Finally, if you believe that a crisis of major magnitude will happen, such as a war, financial collapse, a solar disruption of the electrical grid, or Armageddon itself, than you would want a much longer-term supply of food, water and emergency supplies.

For the two examples used previously for a family of four you will need 4,380 meals per year and a minimum of 1,460 gallons of water. Minimum because no one will ever spill or waste any food or water, that is, in a perfect world.

Therefore, the answer to “How much do you need?” is in the following three questions.

  1. Do you want to prepare for a few days, weeks, months or years?
  2. How many people and pets are you preparing for?
  3. How long do you want to survive after a disaster or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It)?

Remember, you are the only person that you can rely on to prepare for your probable crisis.

Why prepare, is this just a waste of time and money?

When confronted with this question, the best response is to point out the fact, that every day you are preparing for something. Here are a few examples; you take a shower to keep your body clean. Why, because you are preparing for work, the doctor, or a night out, but the most important reason is to prevent germs from attacking you. Animals will prepare by storing food in the fall for a long and unknown winter season, because they, like us, have a basic instinct, which is to survive; some animals, like humans, seem to over-do-it, others under-prepare. The ones that under-prepare may suffer from starvation, malnutrition, diseases and possibly death.

The military will train their men and women to prepare them for the rigors of combat even during a time of peace. This is a case of readiness. You will generally check the fluids, windshield wipers and emergency auto kit in your car when you are going on a long road trip because you do not want to have problems. Even the Boy Scout’s motto is “Be Prepared.” Preparing is a natural instinct. Therefore, it is natural to prepare for the unknown and unpredictable future. No, it is not a waste of time or money, preparing can save your life.

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