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Who is Practical Disaster Planning for?


Practical Disaster Planning was created for the Head-of-Household who realizes that there are dangers in the world that can quickly and unexpectedly impact the safety of both themselves and their families.

You understand that during a disaster, many everyday services like: police, fire and medical assistance may not be available for: hours, days, weeks, or possibly even months.  Food, water, electrical, sanitation and other infrastructure services may also be disrupted.  You will be ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of your family during these chaotic times.

While most survival sites focus on running off and surviving in the wilderness, Practical Disaster Planning takes the unique position of emphasizing disaster and emergency planning needs for those individuals who live or work in urban or suburban settings.

You are comfortable in your home, you know your neighbors and you know your neighborhood.  Your home is the perfect place to store your emergency supplies.  “Sheltering-in-Place” is the most convenient and best option for you.  However, it’s also important to realize that depending upon the type of danger you may be presented with – you may need to evacuate.  If necessary, you will need to be able to “Bug-Out” quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Now that you know you need to prepare, you may have many questions about how to prepare:

  • What am I planning for?
  • Who am I planning for?
  • What are the real dangers I will be facing?
  • What can I do to protect myself from those dangers?
  • Plus many other questions.

Now let’s add even more weight to that burden that is sitting on your shoulders.   You work all day and when you get home you want to spend time with the family.  You want to be able to rest a little bit and enjoy everything you have worked so hard for.  You don’t want to spend your precious time on getting prepared.  You rather do your taxes than spend time preparing.  [Well, maybe not that extreme.]  But preparing isn’t really something that is on the top of Your To-Do-List.

It’s constantly in the back of your mind – you know you need to prepare, but for whatever reason you have not prepared, or have only partially prepared.  Don’t get too upset with yourself.  Just by realizing this is a major step in the right direction.  You have the opportunity to change this now.

If this describes you – then Practical Disaster Planning is the perfect site for you.


My Journey in Disaster Preparedness.


My-PictureMy name is John Homer.  I am the founder and curator of Practical Disaster Planning.  I have spent approximately the past 10 years (started right after Hurricane Katrina in 2005) learning about and preparing myself and family for a potential disaster.  I have invested a lot of time and money learning about the disaster preparedness process.

I have read dozens of books, went through several DVDs and studied many websites: both governmental and private.  There is a lot of information about disaster preparedness in the marketplace.  It is a very interesting topic to study – if you have the time and money to do it.

What I found out from all of these sources is that there are a lot of experts out there and lots of advice.  Most of this information was generic in nature or were emphasizing how you have to escape the city and go out into the wilderness and survive like the pioneers.  Not many were talking about how to prepare specifically for urban or suburban environments.  So, I studied all the experts – took the information that was applicable for city and suburban settings – and set aside the rest.

I have taken several courses on how to prepare, including the following:

  • Disaster Preparedness – University of Pittsburgh.
  • Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage – École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice – University Leiden.
  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED – The American Red Cross.
  • … plus others.

I joined organizations that would help me see first-hand what happens during emergencies and learn from the experts about disaster preparedness.

  • I became an associate member of the local fire department.
  • Went through the C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) training program.
  • Was sworn in [Note: Not sworn at.] and became a member of the local C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team).

During all of this studying and training, I learned a lot and have come to realize that:

  • Disaster Preparedness does not have to be complicated.
  • It does not have to be time consuming.
  • It does not have to cost you a fortune.

What it does come down to is just using some “Common Sense”.  Which now a days is really not that common.  But that is a different story.

Disaster Preparedness comes down to:

  • Know what you are preparing for.
  • Know what you will need to survive.
  • Then get what you need to survive.

It’s really that simple.  You get these 3 things down – you’ll be able to offer you and your family the best chance of surviving the next disaster event.

Don’t get me wrong here – getting prepared is not difficult – but it will require some work.  This work will be a lot easier to do than it will be to look into your family’s eyes when they need your help and direction the most and you realize you are not ready.  So don’t look at it as work – look at it as an investment into your family’s safety and well-being during the most chaotic times that can ever happen to them.


The Practical Disaster Planning website.


When I was creating Practical Disaster Planning, I wanted to design a site that took all of the information from the many experts in the field and summarize it into a practical application platform for the average family person living in an urban or suburban setting.

The site had to be balanced between being complete while not be overbearing by offering too much information.  The site had to be designed respecting the busy schedule of the head of household and the limited time they have available.

Practical Disaster Planning gives you the information that you need to know.  You don’t need to become an expert in all of the different areas of prepping – you just need to know the important things and how to do them when the time comes.

The site is centered around three crucial stages of disaster planning:

  • Prepare
  • Survive
  • Recover

You must address each of these stages in your planning process.

  • If you don’t prepare – you will have problems surviving.
  • If you survive – you will want to recover and get back to a normal life as soon as possible.
  • You must be prepared for each of the 3 stages.

Keeping these concepts simple will reduce stress and overwhelm when you are learning about preparing – but more importantly – simplicity will also give you a much better chance of remembering what you need to do when you are reacting to the chaotic times associated with disasters.

Practical Disaster Planning is divided into two key areas:

  • The Knowledge Center is where you go to learn about disaster planning. It helps you answer the questions:
  • What are the most likely disaster and emergency events you will be faced with?
  • What are the most likely dangers and hazards associated with those disaster types?
  • What will you need to protect yourself and family from those dangers?
  • The Solution Center is where you go after you learn about what you need to do for your disaster plan.  It is where you go to build your disaster kit.  All of the critical items that you will need have been searched out for you and organized in one central location.  No need to search these products out – that has already been done for you.

So, if you have a family, or even if you don’t, and if you live or work in the city or the suburbs, then Practical Disaster Planning is the perfect solution to help you get prepared.

Interested in getting prepared with Practical Disaster Planning?

Just Click the Green Button – there is no better time to start than right NOW.  

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If you don’t want to prepare with Practical Disaster Planning, well … we will respect your decision.  However, PLEASE find some other method of preparing.  Not being prepared is a very dangerous position to put yourself and your family into.  Don’t make this mistake.


Be Safe.


John Homer              john@practicaldisasterplanning.com

Founder and Curator

Practical Disaster Planning


Please Note:  Practical Disaster Planning is a FREE Site.   We ask that you help us keep this a FREE site.  You can help by doing the following: Once you start preparing, you are going to realize that you will need certain things for your preparedness kit (items that you don’t already have).  Once you realize that you need these things, please consider purchasing them in our Solution Center.

Some of these products are affiliate products.  Meaning that we will earn a small commission on the items that you buy.  The prices that are in the Solution Center are exactly the same price as if you buy them directly on your own. The vendors of the product pay the commission for these items – not you.  You don’t get charged anything extra – so in a roundabout way – the vendors are paying to keep this site a FREE site.  It’s a Win-Win-Win situation.  So, please consider our Solution Center for any of your purchases.

Thank You.