Are You Aware of Your Responsibilities to Your Family During a Disaster?

Are You Prepared for the Consequences?

You must know how to protect yourself and family

during a disaster or emergency!

Prepping for Disasters and Emergencies.  Disasters and Emergencies are inevitable.  They have been recorded throughout history.  You see it in the news.  You even hear it from the government.  It is not a matter of IF a disaster will hit- It is a matter of WHEN it will hit.  There is very little (if anything) that you can do to prevent a disaster from happening.  However, you can take steps now to minimize the impact that it will have on your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Do not make the mistake of thinking that the government will be there to help you when you need them the most.  Hurricane Katrina and Sandy are perfect examples.  Government resources will be stretched to their limits before, during and after the disasters.

Do not make the mistake of thinking a disaster or emergency will not happen to you.  The news is filled with people who thought “It couldn’t happen to me.” But it did.  And that is the reason they are on the news.  You don’t want to be on the news.

Bottom Line:  You must be able to take control of the situation – Until help does arrive or until you can get to where the help is located.

You have a moral obligation to protect your family!

Make sure you know what to do and how to do it.

A Disaster Can Happen at Any Time.

Moore, Oklahoma. May 20, 2013. EF5 Tornado. Peak Wind 210mph. 24 People Killed. 277 Injured.
Hurricane Katrina Survivors. Relocated to the Astrodome September 2005.
Hurricane Katrina. 2005. Lining up for shelter at the Superdome.

As disturbing as these pictures are…

What if this was You and Your family?  


  • What do I do?
  • Where do I go?
  • Why can’t I get any help for my loved ones?

The emotional and psychological impact when you look into your family’s faces when they look to you for direction and their safety will be overwhelming.

Then, a bad situation gets worse:  You start feeling the GUILT:  Why didn’t I prepare?  I knew it was just a matter of time and I didn’t do anything to get ready. Now what do I do?  The irresponsibility of: “Why didn’t I get Ready?”

PANIC starts taking over:   Your abilities to reason and make decisions are overwhelmed.  You lose any control of your family’s safety and well-being.  You rely on others to tell you what is best for you and your family.  You are not thinking for yourself – you are not thinking for your family.  You just let others do that for you.  Do these “strangers” really care about you and your family?

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Prepping for Disasters.  Why do we need to prepare for Disasters and Emergencies?  The obvious answer is: To protect and keep our family safe.  But, in order to do that effectively… We need to understand some basic concepts and how things will work during a disaster.

  • What exactly is a disaster?
  • Why won’t there be food, water, electricity, medical help, etc. – when you will need it the most?
  • How does the Disaster Relief System work?   What type of help you can expect from the Disaster Releif System and when you can expect it.  But more importantly; What won’t be coming and what you will be responsible for.

With a basic understanding of what is going on and how the system works; you can better position yourself to leverage the help and resources that will be made available and plan for those that will not be available, or at least not available for some time.


Disaster Plans should not be: One Size Fits All.


We all will have special situations and special conditions that will need to be addressed.

When prepping for a disaster, we need to ask the following questions:

  • What types of disasters are the most likely to occur in our location?
  • Who are we prepping for?  Family, seniors, grandchildren, infants, etc.  The list can go on and on.
  • Which resources will we need and which ones may not be available?
  • Recognize the limitations of the response system and how to find solutions around them.
  • Identify the skills and tools you will need in order to offer the best chance to survive and to recover.

More importantly, put it all together for your own “Unique Situation”. Your Unique Plan. Leverage this knowledge so that you and your family have the best possible chance to survive and recover.  Prepare. But Prepare Smart.


What Exactly Is a Disaster?


Types of Disasters

A Disaster is not a: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, etc…

A Disaster is the event’s impact on society and specifically on you and your loved ones.


Wikipedia defines a Disaster as:  A serious disruption of the functioning of a community or society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impact, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.

A Disaster overwhelms all available resources.


  • You need food – but there is no food around.
  • You need drinking water – but there isn’t any around.
  • You need safe shelter – but you can’t find it.
  • You need medical help – you call 911 – but no one comes.
  • Local resources will be overwhelmed and additional resources will need to be brought in from other regions; State Federal and possibly even International sources may need to be involved.
  • Help will eventually come. [Hopefully].  But When and How Much?  This is what you are preparing for:  How to manage this time of waiting for the help to arrive.  It may be 3 minutes, 3 hours, 3 days, 3 weeks, maybe even 3 months or longer.  But you must be able to control the situation during this very stressful and chaotic time period.


The disaster event itself is only the beginning.  

It is how you SURVIVE during and how you RECOVER afterwards that is paramount.  

Once the event happens – it’s too late.


Here are some recent examples of Disasters:

  • 2014 Wildfires on the West Coast.
  • 2013 February Blizzard – Eastern United States.
  • 2012 Hurricane Sandy
  • 2011 Tornado Outbreak.   336 Tornados in a 4-day period.
  • 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
  • 2011 Mississippi River Valley Flood
  • 2010 Haiti Earthquake
  • 2005 Katrina
  • 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
  • 2001 September 11

Did you notice something interesting in this list of disasters? 

Disasters are happening all the time – they just may not be happening to you.  Yet! 

Just a little side note: Again, according to Wikipedia: “In 2012, there were 905 natural catastrophes worldwide.” Ready for the really scary statistic; 2012 was classified a MODERATE year for disasters. Please, Please, Please – do not think it cannot happen to you. This is a big gamble and a huge mistake. The best (and luckiest) thing that can happen is: You prepare and nothing does happen. Congratulations! But you, and your family, are much safer – if you are ready.

Prepping for a Disaster is not difficult, but it will take some work.


By taking the right steps in a logical sequence, learning about the most likely scenarios that can impact you, and being presented with the best solutions in a logical sequence, you will be able to prepare faster.  You can be assured that you have not overlooked any important areas, and that you are closer to being able to protect your family and loved ones.   Isn’t that what you want?  Isn’t that what we all want?

When you are prepared, you know what to do.  You already have thought it out; you have a plan – you work your plan.  When you have a plan – you don’t waste time trying to come up with solutions.  You evaluate the situation, you pick your best options and you immediately go into action.  You don’t waste time.  You act!

Those of us who prepare, offer our families the best chance of surviving during the event and the fastest means to recovery afterwards.  YES, it will take some effort and time to get ready.  But that time and effort is a very small price to pay for not having to see your family suffer during and after an event.

Again, YOU are responsible for your family during a disaster or emergency.  Take this responsibility seriously, because if you don’t – you may regret it for the rest of your life.

So – You Need to Make a Decision.

Who do you want to be?

Who are you going to be?

Unprepared guy - confused and panicking.
Prepared Confident Guy
This guy with the pain, fear, and guilt of watching his family freeze, being thirsty, hungry and maybe even dying because he did not prepare for something that he knew was eventually going to happen.  It was just a matter of time.  And now that time is here!

The guy who is overwhelmed and panic stricken when he looks into his family’s eyes, knowing that their safety is in jeopardy.   What am I going to do?!  Why did I allow this to happen?



Or this guy?  Confident, knowing that during the next event – YOU ARE READY!  You will be protecting your family because you:

•  Know how to Prepare.

•  Know how to Survive.

•  Know how to Recover.

When the time comes – and your family looks to you for direction – You will be ready.  You will be in control of your family’s safety – not strangers.  You will give your family the best fighting chance they need to survive and the fastest ways to recover from the event.  You will be their prepared, organized and resourceful leader – leading a prepared family.

If you are reading this – then most likely …..


You are a father, a mother, a husband, or a wife.  Maybe you are a grandparent or a relative that is just concerned about their family’s safety.  You may even have the added responsibilities of taking care of someone who has special needs.    If you have pets, well, they are family too.  You just want to make sure that all of your loved ones will be safe.  You want the knowledge and resources to respond to whatever disaster or emergency event that comes your way.  

As Head of Family, you are the one who ultimately bears the responsibility for their:  Safety, Health, Happiness and overall Quality of Life.  You make sure that there is food on the table, a roof over their heads, and you take them to a doctor when they are sick.   Your family looks to you for guidance and leadership, especially during the tough times.  So, are you ready?

Are you ready for the extremely important job of protecting them when they need it the most?

If you want to plan for the Zombie Armageddon  don’t waste your time on this site.  If you are planning for Doomsday by running off into the woods and living off the land – don’t waste your time with this site.  If you have millions of dollars to spend on a super secure fortress to survive the next disaster – well, can you adopt me?

Many people do not prepare because they think that preparing is for:  Zombies and Doomsday Preppers.  They laugh at people who do prepare – thinking that they watch too much TV and movies.  And they are correct.  In reality, being impacted by Armageddon or Doomsday is very unlikely.  However, being impacted by a regional disaster that forces you to protect your family for a few weeks is very likely.

Family Disaster Plan
Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, snow storms, earthquakes or one of the many other types of disaster events, can force you to protect, and to supply your family with the bare essentials they will require for several weeks.

These types of events can disrupt: food deliveries to a region, the electric supply, communications, emergency response services, and many other critical services that you and your family rely on for your daily basic essentials.  These disruptions can range from an inconvenience (Cable TV being out) to critical (no food, water, shelter, medical assistance, etc.) within just a few days.

Planning gives you the knowledge, confidence, and options to make sure that you are giving your family the best opportunities to survive and recover.


How Does the Practical Disaster Planning Program Work?


Practical Disaster Planning was developed and designed to offer practical information and solutions in disaster preparedness, to those of us who live in city and suburban settings. This site is organized upon 3 fundamental core concepts in disaster and emergency planning:  PREPARE, SURVIVE and RECOVER.

  • How to PREPARE your home and family for possible disasters and emergencies.
  • How to safely SURVIVE the event by “Sheltering-in-Place” or, if necessary, how to “Evacuate”.
  • What are the best ways to position yourself so you can RECOVER as fast as possible after the event?

You have a job, you are maintaining the home and you are raising a family.  One of the most limited resources you have is: TIME.  You don’t have time to spare.  Researching for information and solutions will take time.  Learning how to turn this information and products into knowledge will also take time.

Practical Disaster Planning knows this and we designed this site for hard working people who know they need to prepare – but want to do it in the most efficient way.

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