Family Comes First

The right balance

BalanceA major challenge, perhaps THE major challenge, in preparing for survival in a disaster is balancing your daily life with rational preparations for survival.

  • Too MUCH preparing, and your family may actually operate in fear. And your budget for other important aspects of your life can be impacted negatively.
  • Too LITTLE preparing, and you run the risk of disaster, and forever after asking yourself why you never did what you knew you could have done. Worse, your children may ask the same question.

A Family Welfare and Survival Plan means peace of mind

It all starts with taking the time to make a plan for emergencies. We’re not talking about a huge undertaking. A plan can be as simple as understanding what threats you face, putting some supplies in place for any threats that actually materialize, and then figuring out just what your actions should be.

1-A plan starts with communications.

First, of course, you’ll be  concerned about the other members of your family. So start with a family communications plan for emergencies. Here’s an article with suggestions to get you started.

2-Next step is emergency supplies.

Second, consider what emergency supplies you need.

You probably already have a basic checklist for emergency or disaster preparedness supplies.  If not, get our Emergency Supplies Checklist right here.  Our list is pretty comprehensive, having been developed over a number of years. We’ve divided it into three sections, representing three different scenarios your family may face:

  • Basic emergency supplies for the first 3 days
  • Shelter-in-Place supplies (to last a for 10 days or longer)
  • Your evacuation kit

(A number of our Advisories deal with specific items you should have in your kit.  For example, find out more about hand-crank radios, batteries for emergency lighting and how to store water. For more specifics, click on the category “Family Survival” in the Building Your Survival Skills section of this page.)

Congratulations if you already have your Emergency Supplies Kit ready in the hall (and smaller kits in every car).  But you aren’t quite finished yet.

3-Every plan requires ongoing awareness. 

Real preparedness means understanding more about the risks you face, and realizing that risks change! It means understanding what habits you can develop, and what you can do around the house, to give you a higher level of protection.  It means engaging neighbors and co-workers to raise THEIR level of understanding.

Emergency Plan Guide is aimed at helping you achieve that balance between daily life and rational preparations for emergencies and, in the event of a disaster, for survival.

We do it, in part, through our weekly Advisories — articles that cover the spectrum from Attitude to Zombies and lots in between!

I hope you’ll subscribe to receive the Advisories, and will let us know what makes sense, what needs improvement, and what experiences YOU have had with these issues.

We are all in this together!

Virginia 
Your Emergency Plan Guide Team