Harvey, Irma, Earthquakes in Mexico, Wildfires in the West, Terrorist Attacks…
Currently in the United States, there are 3 major disaster events happening: Harvey, Irma, and record breaking Heat Waves with massive Wildfires in the West.
The news broadcasts many images of the devastation and personal trauma that any disaster can dump on the people in the area of the event. Many times, the disaster’s cruel impact can extend well beyond the borders of the impacted area.
Most of us watch these news stories and while our thoughts and prayers go out to the people suffering from the disaster event – we don’t take any actions to make preparations for ourselves and our families. We don’t learn from what these people are going through – and what they are about to be going through.
All of this should be a reminder to us that we need to be prepared for a disaster at all times. History does and will – repeat itself.
Disasters happen all the time – they just may not have happened to you – YET!
Some of these events may have passed – but now, the most challenging part of a disaster begins – that is the recovery process. The recovery process may take weeks, months, and possibly even longer to get some basic stability into those impacted areas.
Many believe the government will take care of them. Maybe – Maybe Not. The big question then becomes – WHEN will they arrive and WHAT will they have?
The government’s help won’t do you any good if you need supplies now – and they are still 3 to 5 days out, or more from arriving. You need to be able to take care of yourself and your family during these times.
While FEMA (and other public and private agencies) are attempting to handle 3 major disaster events in the country all at one time – their resources (both personnel and supplies) are starting to become overloaded and stretched thin as they respond to these major events. Also, they still need to keep an eye on any other potential disaster event that can happen at any time.
Don’t gamble and make the assumption that the government will be there when you need them – the odds are not in your favor. You need to be able to take care of yourself and your family.
Being prepared is not a new concept. Matter of fact, our ancestors were much, much, much better prepared than we are. [YES – I used 3 “much” to emphasize this point.]
But don’t blame yourself too much. Today’s modern society has trained their citizens that if they need help – to just pick up the phone and call 911. Anything that they need to get them out of a bad situation; [Fire, Police, and EMS] will be delivered within minutes (hopefully).
The problem that comes into play is when you call 911 – and there is no answer. This is what you prepare for.
That time period of: When you really need the help – and when that help actually arrives. This could be 1-minute, 1-hour, 1-day, 1-month or even 1-year or more.
So, what can you do to prepare? What can you do to prepare for that critical time period?
Well, Congratulations! You have taken the first step by recognizing you need to prepare.
Practical Disaster Planning promotes a simple [Practical] “4- Step Program for Preparing”:
- Identify the most likely disasters that can impact you.
- Identify the dangers associated with those disasters.
- Determine what you will need [supplies, tools and skills] to protect yourself from those dangers.
- Get what you need.
Preparing doesn’t need to be complicated. It needs to be Practical.
Now take this next [IMPORTANT] step and click on the button below to learn more about how Practical Disaster Planning can help you with your Family’s Disaster Plan. It’s FREE. No credit card information is required. But you will need to Click the Button below:
Remember: Make sure to take some type of action preparing for any potential disasters or emergencies that may impact you. Practical Disaster Planning is the perfect place to learn about these different types of disasters and their dangers. Once you know what the potential dangers are – then you can take steps to protect yourself and your family from those dangers.
Plan to Be Safe. Give yourself and your family the best chances of surviving the next disaster event.
2017 Wildfire Season in US West far worse than expected. ABC News. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/wildfire-weary-western-us-coughs-late-season-surge-49673121
Massive fires burning across the West in September 2017. NOAA Report. https://www.climate.gov/news-features/event-tracker/massive-fires-burning-across-west-september-2017
Western Wildfires. NBC News Article. https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/western-wildfires
Late Season Wildfires Hurting Western States. US News Report. https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-09-07/wildfire-weary-western-us-coughs-through-late-season-surge