Some of the most successful people I know, well most of them in fact, use the last few weeks at the end of the year and the first week or two of the New Year to reflect and evaluate the past year to see how much progress they made toward what they set out to do during the year. And armed with this information, they plan and prioritize what they want to do in the twelve months of the New Year.
This may sound like corporate or business planning. And it could be. Even so, most of these accomplished people plan their personal and family activities and outcomes as well.
You know these families. They are the ones who, despite having kids in school and sporting activities, still get away to fun places during the year and seem to experience a lot.
However, there is an often times neglected part of their lives, and maybe yours too. It’s not really sexy and we all like to ignore it.
No, it’s not your health, the amount of exercise you squeeze into your hectic week, or even your weight. And it’s not those long term maintenance items around the house either.
Nope. It’s something that’s much easier than most all of that. It’s your preparedness level.
When you realize that in a wide-spread emergency, our terrific first responders (think fire, police, and even the Red Cross) will take DAYS to get to us, it’s critical to increase your preparedness. Not just for your sake but for your family’s too.
Preparedness is everyone’s job. Not just government agencies but all sectors of society — service providers, businesses, civic and volunteer groups, industry associations and neighborhood associations, as well as every individual citizen — should plan ahead for disaster. During the first few days following a disaster, essential services most likely will not be available. People must be ready to act on their own.
What will you do if a disaster strikes today? Will you be ready?
Here’s the thing, you don’t have to become an “Extremist Prepper” stockpiling months of food (rations), filling your entire garage with water and survival equipment, and arming yourself to the hilt.
No. That’s not it at all.
What our community, our neighborhood, our blocks, and our families need most is for each of us to get a bit more prepared. But what does “a little more prepared” look like?
Easy. Just like any time you want to accomplish something, you start where you are and make a list of items that will get you more prepared. There’s 12 months in 2016, how about a list of 10 things that you will do this year, one a month with two months off for good behavior, to make you and your family more prepared?
Let’s start here.
Experts say that having enough water is going to be the biggest issue over the first few days/weeks in a major emergency event. The guideline is a gallon per day per person and you should plan for 5-7 days of supply. Given a family of four, that would be 20-28 gallons of water. And you may already have that water in your hot water heater tank. So maybe you’re more prepared than you think you are. If not, then you could take steps to address that issue. And check it off your list.
Here’s a short FEMA video that explains the key steps to emergency preparedness:
- Be informed
- Make a plan
- Build a survival kit
- Get involved – (West County CERT training is eye-opening, free and a great place to start)
And here’s a quick list of 10 items from the California Office of Emergency Services that you can use to jump-start your list of 10 ways you and your family will become more prepared in 2016...