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disaster planning

The Knowledge Center is where you will learn about the different types of disasters, the dangers associated with each type of disaster and what you can do to protect yourself from those dangers.


The Knowledge Center not only teaches you WHAT you need to know in order to SURVIVE, but also WHAT you will need to HAVE in order to SURVIVE the disaster.


Let’s start off with answering the: Why, When, Who, What, Where, and How to Disaster Preparedness.

You have already taken one of the most important steps in Disaster Preparedness.  You have recognized that you need to prepare.  Congratulations!  You are way ahead of the majority of the people who live in on this planet.  Now that you have answered the WHY  Let’s answer the WHEN.

The WHEN is NOW!  The longer you put this off, the closer you are getting to a disaster actually happening – and you not being prepared to protect your family.  So, the When – IS NOW!

 Who you are preparing for?  Sometimes the answer to this questions isn’t so obvious.

  • Are you preparing for: yourself, spouse, and children?
  • What about relatives: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.?
  • What about friends and neighbors? Are you going to be including them in your plan?
  • Do you have any pets? Do you plan on preparing for them as well?
  • You need to sit down and determine this because your plan will be based upon exactly whom you want to prepare for.
  • This is the one question that Practical Disaster Planning cannot really help you with. You need to determine the people who will be in your plan.  This is an important question that needs to be answered because the answer(s) will dictate how you will be putting your plan together.  If you are just starting out – we suggest that you start small, just your immediate family.  Once you feel comfortable that you can handle your immediate family, then expand your plan into covering the balance of the people in your plan.
What and Where are you planning for?  Do you know exactly what types of disasters you are planning for?  Have you done a Risk Analysis on your location?  If you haven’t – don’t worry.  Practical Disaster Planning will take you step-by-step through the Risk Analysis of your location.  Each individual disaster type, [e.g. Floods, Tornadoes, Nuclear Accidents, etc.] are discussed with the following questions addressed.

  • What causes the disaster?
  • What is your risk level to a particular disaster?
  • What are the dangers associated with the disaster?
  • What steps you can take to protect yourself and family members from the dangers?

Side Note:  When you’re done doing the Risk Level Assessment of your location, you can do it for any other location you want.

•  Do a Risk Assessment on one of your friends or relatives locations, and see what types of risks they face. You might be able to convince them that they also need to prepare.

•  Planning on moving? Do an assessment on the place you are moving to.

•  A child going away to school or moving away? Do an assessment on those locations.

•  Planning on taking a vacation? Do assessments on your vacation spots.

•  Once you figure out a Risk Level for a specific location, you will find that you can do one for another location in about 20 to 30 minutes.

 Finally, the HOW.  After you have determined the Why, When, Who, What and Where; you are now ready to build your personal disaster plan.  That’s where Practical Disaster Planning will show you how to put this all together – to build your plan.

Practical Disaster Planning has been designed upon 3 key core concepts of Disaster Planning:

  • Plan

  • Survive

  • Recover

Plan:  This is the stage you are currently in.  This is where you do your homework to determine exactly what you are preparing for.  Who you are preparing for and what will their special needs be during a disaster.  Once an event happens – your time for planning is over. 

Survive:  Once an event happens – you survive.  You put your plan into action and you survive.   Your plan will give you and your family the best chances to survive.

Recover:  After the event – you start the recovery process.  You try to get your life back to normal as fast as possible.  A well-built plan will take the recovery into consideration.  You will know which important documents you will need.  You will know where to store them and how to store them.  You have worked very hard to get what you have.  Don’t lose it because you can’t prove what you had before the disaster event took place.

How to Use this site.

The pages and topics on this website have been arranged in a specific order, which will present you with the information in a logical sequence.  Pages have been designed to build upon the information presented on the previous pages.

This will help with the understanding and comprehension of the topics, and will also help you progress faster through the program.

As you progress through the program, you will notice at the bottom of the page a “Previous Button” and a “Next” button.   All you have to do is click on one of these buttons and you will stay within the recommended sequence.

You can skip around and visit any page you like.  But to get the most out of this site, we recommend that you stay with the suggested sequence.

Any forms that you will need for this program will be included in the pages.  All you will have to do is download and print the forms.

Some of the complicated content will have videos showing you exactly how to do what is required.  Just click on the video and it will start playing for you.

We have taken many steps to ensure that this program is complete, easy to accomplish, and as we promised at the beginning – with your TIME in mind.

Table of Contents

Section #1:  Disaster Planning  This module has 6 sections and will cover the following topics.

  • What are you really planning for? Based upon your location, which disasters have the highest probability of impacting you.
  • Risk Assessment.  A system to identify the: What, Who and Where of your disaster plan.
  • Basic Essentials for Survival. A brief discussion about the 10 things you need in order to stay alive and survive a disaster event.
  • The Disaster Relief System. What it is.  How it Works.  How to Leverage it for your protection.
  • Important Documentation: Which documents do you really need during and after a disaster along with how and where to store them.
  • The Basics of our Weather: How our weather systems work.

Section #2:    Natural Disasters:  This module has 7 sections which we will discuss the various natural disasters; what causes them, what are their dangers, what steps you can take to protect yourself, and a risk analysis to determine your risk level of being impacted by one of these disasters.

  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Earthquake and Tsunamis
  • Winter Storms
  • Wildfires
  • Pandemics

Section#3:  Man-Made Disasters:  This module has 5 sections which we will discuss various Man-Made Disasters; what can cause them, what are their dangers, what steps you can take to protect yourself from them, and a risk level assessment to determine what your risk levels are to these types of disasters.

  • Dams
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Nuclear / Radiation Threats
  • Terrorism
  • Social Chaos

Section #4: Essentials for Survival:  This is one of the more important modules in this program.  In its most simplistic form – this module basically teaches you what any person needs in order to survive.  If you ignore these basic essentials – you will die.

If you really think about it.  Preparing is really a simple 2-Step Process:

Know what you will need to survive.

Then you prepare for them.

This module has 10 sections in it and will go into detail about what you need in order to survive.

  • Air
  • Shelter / Clothing
  • Water
  • Food
  • Fire / Light / Power
  • Medical
  • Hygiene / Sanitation
  • Communications
  • Security
  • Transportation & Navagation.

Knowledge Center Summary:


After you have gone through the different modules in the Knowledge Center, you will have learned:

  • The Foundations of Disaster Planning.
  • The Different types of Disasters and the dangers associated with them, and what you can do to protect yourself from those dangers.
  • The Essentials to Survival: What every human being needs in order to survive.

The Knowledge Center is where you will learn what you need to know and what you need to have.  After you graduate from the Knowledge Center – you will be ready to move on up to the Solution Center.  The Solution Center is where you go to get what you need to have.  This is where you go to build your disaster kit.


Please note:  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 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 round about 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.

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Good luck on your journey of preparing yourself and family for any disaster event that you may come across.  Take your first step by clicking on the button below: What Are You Preparing For?


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