1. How long will you need to provide for a disaster?
2. Everything in Moderation
PROVIDING FOR AN EMERGENCY OR A DISASTER
How many, how long will you need to provide for a disaster?
Providing for an emergency or disaster includes having survival essentials for yourself and everyone in your group; the group could include your family or an entire community. Providing for your family or organization starts with basic supplies and adding to the cache of supplies as time goes on. Do not forget to provide for pets. Plan on having extra for unexpected “guests.” Once you know how many, the “how long does someone prepare for” question comes into focus here.
How long is long enough? FEMA recommends a minimum of three days; however, recent events in modern history have demonstrated two to three weeks should be adequate. Prepper organizations and others sometimes plan on many years’ worth of disaster preparedness. The “how long” question actually is up to the individual, but we recommend two weeks to a three month supply. We say this because if you do not get assistance in three months’ time, then the disaster would be extremely horrific and the breakdown of civilization and the economic collapse will create extreme looting and violence. That is a scenario we can only hope never happens, but anything is possible.
Everything in Moderation
The general consensus of preparing for a disaster, as we mentioned, appears to be the two week to three-month period. Anything more would be prudent with the understanding that eventually, the supplies will run out, be acquired by someone else (probably by force), eaten by other people, possibly expire or become damaged or destroyed. If you have a BOL (bug out location), you might be able to store your supplies there, but depending on how far away the BOL is and the type of disaster, you might not be able to get to your supplies anyway. Have a “Plan B” (i.e. instead of meeting at location “A” meet at “B”). Have a second survival kit for each person in the group at the “Plan B” location or elsewhere.
Use a sensible strategy in planning and preparing for an emergency or disaster, but also consider how many people you are providing for, and for how long the provisions and supplies will last the group, after the disaster hits. If TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It) really happens, then even foods that have a 25-year shelf life, eventually, will be consumed. Then what? Will you be the last of the last and still end up without any more supplies in reserve?
Just like anything else in life, have at a minimum, sufficient supplies to live as comfortably as you can. Only you determine your comfort zone. If you do not have enough, you will bear the consequences. On the other hand, if you have plenty, you may lose them to thieves, animals or damage. Doing nothing, by not preparing, will be worse than not having enough provisions and survival supplies.
We live in an unsettled world. Our best plans may fail, but our intention to survive under extreme conditions will continue as long as humans remain on this planet. Our hope is to live our lives as fully as possible. Our reality warns us to “Be Prepared.”
*This concludes the eight blog series of No Simple Answers – Planning, Preparing, Procurement and Providing, Emergency Disaster Preparedness. Thank you for visiting our website and for liking us.