Here in Baltimore, our biggest issues in the last few years has been hurricanes (winds bringing down old trees, flooding and lots of snow, which also causes flooding). No electricity is the end product of each of these emergencies.
All of these scenarios “assume” you will be in your home. That is the easiest way to get people to really consider what they will need should an emergency strike.
So let’s start with the basics.
The FEMA Preparation Checklist is a good, basic place to start. This will give you most of what you will need for about a week depending on your food and water supplies. For more detailed information, please refer to FEMA Readiness PDF. This 204 page journal is broken down into individual sections and can be download for what will fit your family’s needs.
These are the basics, but there also must be a basic mindset in place. You don’t want to be afraid, there is nothing to fear. You are not preparing because there may be “no one” to rescue you. You just want your family (extended and otherwise), to have the supplies they need, just in case.
So, being prepared is preparing for the worst while keeping your sanity, and optimistic mindset, values and spirit.
The mindset of which I speak requires that you acknowledge not only that you are responsible for yourself, but you are also responsible for your words and actions.
The first step in responsibility is being aware of the issue, or in this cause the potential issue. But being prepared is also useful for short term cash flow issues such as loss of income. When you know you have enough food – you can budget what $$$ you do have toward other items, like mortgage, rent or BGE.
Be willing to sacrifice a little now if you feel cash is too tight for you to start a plan for your family’s preparedness. Purchase a few extra cans of ready to eat food. Add to your current water supply.
Baltimore County will be selling compost bins and WATER BARRELS on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9am-3pm. They usually sell out! Please check out the Baltimore County website for additional details.
Start thinking of ways you can begin your journey to preparedness. Get a heavy duty tote, check the FEMA checklist and start adding items. A few items per week or month is fine as long as you are willing to START!
Baltimore Prepper will cover the “why’s” of being prepared. The importance of getting and being prepared, not from a standpoint of “fear,” but to ensure you and your family have what you need at all times. Michelle D. Smith is a writer, reader and emergency supply advocate. She owns several online websites and a blog called Your Spiritual Garden. She is also a “Specialist” for Free Food 2 Go, a company that specializes in Emergency Preparedness Items and Food.
Her Free Food 2 Go website is: www.Possibilities-In.FreeFood2Go.com