When you hear “Emergency Preparedness” what do you automatically think of? Is it extreme things that may or may not ever happen like zombies? Or is it things you hope never happen but there’s a chance it might, like natural disasters, job loss, and economic downturn?
If you have been around Prepared Like a Mother for any amount of time you know that I am not about zombies. If it comes to zombies, I’m out. I do however like being prepared for the things that are more likely to happen than the apocalypse. I like knowing that if there’s a supply chain shortage of my toddler’s favorite snack that I have plenty in storage to get me through until they’re back on the store shelves. I like knowing that when that major earthquake that is 100 years overdue hits, that my family and I can thrive while we wait until power can be restored, and roads can be repaired so trucks can restock stores. I like knowing that if the main water line in my city gets contaminated that I have plenty of water to drink, cook, and clean with.
So, what is practical emergency preparedness? It’s prepping for what makes most sense to you and your family. It’s knowing that what makes sense for me and my family may or may not make sense for you and your family. It’s looking at what situations you might be up against and planning for them.
What does practical preparedness look like for food storage?
Practical emergency preparedness looks like storing foods that will get eaten regardless. It looks like keeping all the ingredients to make your family’s favorite meals on hand. It looks like having plenty of toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo and conditioner on hand just in case you can’t find it in the store when you run out. Practical food storage is storing foods that you know how to cook and want to cook and eat.
What does practical emergency preparedness look like for 72 hour kits?
Practical preparedness for 72 hour kits looks like preparing for the top reasons that your house may be uninhabitable to you. A 72 hr kit for someone in tornado alley who faces their house and 72 hr kit potentially being flown miles away is going to look different than someone’s 72 hr kit of someone who is forced to leave their house due to hurricane or wildfire. You have to know what situation is going to force you out of your house and then pack for that situation.
What does practical preparedness look like for water storage?
Practical water storage looks like being realistic with what your water needs are and what water you have around you. If you are in the hot desert of Arizona your water storage is going to look different than the wetlands of Florida. It’s knowing how much water you are actually going to need per person/pet per day (note it’s way more than a gallon of water per person per day). It’s knowing how to properly store and disinfect your water.
Once you get an idea of what your needs are then it is so much easier to start prepping. All of a sudden you go from thinking that preparedness looks like a bunch of food and items you’ll never use to knowing that you have what you will need and use.