I have avoided this post forever, as I have avoided disaster preparedness like the plague, simply because I grew up in a “constant fear of the apocalypse” culture. I remember listening to hushed conversations in dim-lit kitchens among the grown-up women in my life discussing the end being near. I remember hearing the grown-ups wonder if their children would reach adulthood before the end. Really, I blame you the Left Behind series for the apocalyptic culture pervasive in my parents’ generation. Talk about a scary worldview to grow up under for an already anxious child. So, as an adult, I pretty much avoided all conversations about any kind of disaster preparedness because those conversations would only trigger intense apocalyptic fear. Doomsday tomorrow. Panic sets in. (Seriously.)*
But. Over time, I began to be more open to the wise concept of basic disaster preparedness regardless of whether the disaster be apocalyptic or not in nature. Through gentle coaching from my husband (Val), and you know, just watching the news, I began to grasp that disasters do happen all over the world at any given moment. Val has also gone on many international disaster relief trips in the course of our marriage, so it just started to make sense that we should probably have a general plan for disaster preparedness for ourselves.
Then this past month, I thought that maybe I should share some of what I’ve learned with you all. What I’ll share is simple disaster preparedness resources. The basics. I’m including links of some of the things I’ve found most helpful so that you don’t have to track these all down yourself. Just click on the word itself in the list below to access the links. These are things that are just wise to have on hand in your home in case of any type of emergency or disaster:
Life Straws (one for each family member)
Life Straw (family size)
Magnesium Fire Starter (in case all your matches end up underwater)
Tent (this is a good quality one for the price)
Camp Stove (and propane)
Water (1 gallon per person in your household for 3 days)
Non-Perishable Food Items for a Week: canned beans, peanut butter, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruit, etc.)
Baby Items (if you have a baby in your home): diapers, baby food, formula, etc.
In addition to things to purchase and stock up on for disaster preparedness, it is important to create and discuss a family disaster preparedness plan. For example, if your immediate family is not together at the time of a disaster and you can’t go home, what is your meeting place? And what are a few possible routes to that location? What will you grab if you need to leave your home quickly? Make a plan and talk about it.
Also, did you know September is “National Preparedness Month”? So, why not kick September off with some necessary supplies and a firm plan for what you and your family will do in case of an emergency?
Below are a few websites with even more specific information regarding disaster preparedness:
Click here for the “ready.gov” website
Click here for the Red Cross Preparedness website
Click here for kid friendly educational resources regarding disaster preparedness
I’d love to hear from you? What have I left out as necessary for disaster preparedness? How have you and your family made yourself ready for a disaster?
* Humor aside, I do firmly believe that Jesus is going to come back; however, I am learning to believe that we do not have to be quite so panicked about all the potential events accompanying His return.