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In The Blink of an Eye – Are You Prepared?

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Everywhere you turn these days there is some sort of disaster wreaking havoc in our world. Fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes. These natural disasters are really nothing new, but it does appear they are more prevalent now. Is disaster preparedness something you should consider?

How Prepared Do You Need to be?

My husband and I live and travel in our motor home, but when we had our home we had a spare bedroom containing several shelving units, stocked full of non-perishable goods.

We had every type of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. We had military rations, called MREs

which were actually pretty good. Our shelves contained pressed food bars chock-full of vitamins and minerals, compressed food “Survival Tabs” that tasted like malted milk, canned goods we rotated as necessary and an abundant supply of water.

Now, living in an RV, we don’t have the room for supplies of that magnitude. How do you know what to stock, how long to keep it and how long will it last?

For us, living in an RV, ensures that we can “bug-out” on a moment’s notice. We keep our water tank full of fresh water, our gray and black tanks empty and our gas tank full. The type of emergency will dictate what location we can bug out to.

Simple Emergency Kit or Full-On Prepper Mode?

We should all have an emergency bag full of daily essentials, including extra clothing, first-aid kit, a supply of non-perishable food and water. It just makes good common sense.

For years, I had a back-pack filled with spare clothes, basic toiletries, small first aide kit, sewing kit and simple foods to last a couple of days. I also had a bag for each of my kids. This just made sense to me. I stowed these bags in the trunk of my car. My husband and I still do the same to this day. 

Of course, most of our travel these days is in our RV and we carry everything with us. Since no one knows exactly when disaster will strike or an emergency will arise, it pays to be prepared. We do a lot of day travel in our car too, so our bag is always packed and stowed in the trunk of our car.

A prepper, sometimes referred to as a doomsday prepper typically takes this preparation several steps further. Fall-out shelters, underground bunkers, weapons training, storage of large amounts of food, water, and vegetable seeds are just a few items on the list of most hard-core preppers

The Top Five Things to do in a Disaster

Being as prepared as possible will go a long way in easing stress and fear when (and if) disaster strikes. These are the top five things to do in the event of an emergency:

  1. Always have your “go bag” or backpack up to date.
  2. Devise an evacuation plan and meeting point with family
  3. Complete a family communication plan
  4. Determine the best escape routes
  5. Learn how and when to shut off water, gas & electricity at the shut-off valves

There are numerous other preparations and precautions to take to ensure you and your family survive any type of emergency or disaster. Do your research and prepare accordingly.

What’s in your Go Bag?

  • Fresh water – enough for 3 days. Approximately one gallon per person, per day.
  • Canned food, MREs or other foods that are easy to prepare and don’t require preparation.
  • Basic cuttlery and manual can opener
  • At least a 3-day supply of medicines
  • Well stocked first aide kit
  • Personal care items (soap, tooth brushes, baby wipes, diapers)
  • Baby formula, baby food, baby care essentials
  • Emergency blankets for each family member
  • Multi-tool
  • whistle
  • flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Portable water filter or water filtration system
  • Battery powered radio, solar powered or wind-up.
  • Cell phone chargers, portable chargers
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, insurance, immunization records)
  • Extra cash, extra keys to house and car
  • Maps
  • Pet needs, dog food, cat food, shot records
  • With your own needs and your families needs in mind, taylor your go-bag accordingly

Stay Informed

Get familiar with the Emergency Management Agency in your area and know the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” Potential threats signified as a “watch” means that there is a high probably that a weather emergency will happen. A “warning” means that an emergency is already in progress or will happen very soon.

Plan, prepare and practice.

12 thoughts on “In The Blink of an Eye – Are You Prepared?

  1. Hi Sue,
    Nice article on how to prepare for the emergency. We are lucky that there isn’t major emergency happened at our current residency. You are right we need to prepare for the worst. I bookmarked your article and in the coming weekend my wife and I are going to go over the plan and the stuff we need in case of disaster. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Anthony,
      That is very smart thinking. Better to be prepared then to be caught by surprise. And in actuality, preparation doesn’t take all that much money or time. It’s just smart. Thank you so much for your comments, Anthony.

      All the best,
      Sue

  2. Dear Sue,

    “In The Blink of an Eye – Are You Prepared?” your title was awesome I cant skip that so I read it.

    Prevention is better than cure…. Prevention is very important. I never ever thought of this situation and really really you made me to think and this is a vital thing and we need to be prepared always.

    You covered it well….

    Thanks for the Great post…

    Your Friend,
    Paul

    1. Hello Paul,
      Thank you very much for your comments. My husband and I both have been in disaster situations, namely earthquakes. We were not always prepared for the aftermath. No power, no phone service, no cell phone service and maybe not even water. We are now and it relieves a lot of stress. Thank you, Paul.
      Sue

  3. Sue,

    I am not an over the top prepper, but I do feel it is good to be prudent with such things. Having extra food, water, batteries, first aid kid, flash light and enough food for our pets should be the least would should do to be prepared. I like that, plan, prepare, practice, well said.

    Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for your comments. There are so many levels of emergency preparedness and no matter where you are, it just makes sense to have a few things set aside.

      All the best,
      Sue

  4. Hi Sue,
    I am not a prepper…but I do have supplies on hand for whatever comes our way. Things like batteries, flashlights, gas in the car, water and canned goods are essentials, I agree. One thing as Seniors we keep handy are our medical proxies and Power of attorneys, for when we travel. If something were to happen, those papers are good to have nearby.

    1. Hi Annie, thank you so much for your comment and for your suggestions about having medical proxies and Power of Atttorneys on hand too. I’m going to add those items to our list as well. I like the feeling of being prepared for most any emergency situation.

      All the best to you, Annie.
      Sue

  5. Great read, Sue.
    I know that it must be a ‘step-down’ being in a mobile home versus one that is ‘tied to the ground’! And space is at a premium. You made me think about the things I need to have on hand no matter where I am. Your article has heightened my awareness and I will be getting my emergency kit/supplies in place. Thanks so much.
    Michelle

    1. Hi Michelle, thank you for your comment! Space is definitely at a premium for us, but we do utilize our car trunk area as much as possible too. We also have bays on the outside of the RV for added storage. A well stocked emergency kit is essential no matter where you live. Heightened awareness is a good thing in my book.

      All the best to you, Michelle.
      Sue

  6. I want to get a food dehydrator and make some of my own food packages but have not been able to do that yet. I’ve got water and extra food and I got several of those straw type filters where you can drink pond or mud puddle water if need be. In this day of having maps on our cell phones, one may forget about paper maps but they will be something you need if cell phone service goes down or not available. You have a nice list of things to consider and I need to complete preparation as you never know when something could happen.

    1. Hi Craig, it’s not easy thinking about all the angles if a disaster were to hit. My husband lived in the area just south of where we live live. He had gone through what was deemed as the Northridge earthquake in 1994. We now live in the city of Northridge and his home was just a few blocks south of the epicenter of this 6.7 magnitude quake. Within a few minutes after, two more 6.0 magnitude aftershocks occurred. An apartment building that was 3 stories tall, was instantly reduced to 2 stories. In the blink of an eye. At the time, I lived 80 miles east and I felt the strong results.

      It’s good you are prepared with those filters, the extra food and water. It is so much better to be prepared for something, for anything.

      Thank you for your comment, Craig.

      All the best,
      Sue

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