Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness starts with a conversation about two questions:
Can you survive, with no help, for TWO to THREE WEEKS on your own?
(No grocery stores, gas stations, electricity, water or other utilities – can you live and function for 2-3 weeks after a mega 9.0 earthquake that experts say will, not may, happen?)
In an emergency of any kind, do you know how to find, communicate with, and reunite with your loved ones if there are no cell phones, or internet available?
I get a lot of stuff in my inbox for resiliency and preparedness. If you’re “into it” like I am, there’s a lot to talk about. Warning systems, tons of gear to review and evaluate, government initiatives, training, and the like, and like any passion, the folks who train, prepare, and volunteer in their communities study, research, plan, and talk a lot about preparedness and resiliency.
What about you?
Have you asked yourself and those you care about those two questions?
Can you answer them?
Sure, we all need food, water, supplies, shelter, stuff to keep our loved ones safe, fed, and warm in an emergency. Even if it seems like a huge daunting task to prepare for a giant earthquake that could happen a minute from now, a year from now, or 20 years from now (but is overdue and WILL happen), being prepared and resilient all starts with those two questions.
Can you survive and thrive with no outside help or resources for two weeks or more?
Today, right now, without a phone or internet, how would you find, reunite with, or communicate with your loved ones?
This is something to ask your partner, your kids, your family members when you’re in the car on the way to work or school, or at the dinner table. Then start filling in the blanks. It really is that easy to get started being prepared.