HurricaneWhat does it mean to “be prepared”? Most people have no idea how to answer this, or they answer it incorrectly. The specifics depend on the situation. Now over the years, we will write many blogs about a variety of specific situations. But there is a greater lesson to be learned – developing a “preparedness” state of mind. What does this mean? Simply this – take five minutes and analyze your short term and long term situations and then get ready for them.

Example 1 – the near term event – your heading to Mom’s for Christmas, two hours away. What do you carry in your car? What should you carry? Well, that depends on where you live. Here is a list of what you will find behind the seat of my truck: tire chains, flares, come-a-long, 50′ of rope, a bow saw, a rain coat, a hat, channel locks, a knife, road maps, 2-D cell Mag Light, and extra D batteries for the light. I have a go-bag that I take with me when I travel that consists of a comprehensive first aid kit and a wilderness survival kit (we’ll will teach you how to build this too). I leave town with my gas tank full and a loaded Glock on my side. Once I get to mom’s, I fill up with gasoline again so I can be sure to make it home. There are very few situations I could run into that I would not be able to handle. This is short-term preparation.

Example 2 – the long term event – tornado. Like many of you, I lived in the South for two years and I know what it is like to sit glued to your local weather watching “centers of rotation” creep toward your house. It is unnerving. Sitting there watching the radar screen is not the time to be coming up with your “What-If” plan. If you have a “preparedness state of mind” you are ready for anything: your car keys and wallet are in your pocket and your shoes are on your feet, your first aid kit is in your shelter location along with flash lights and a hand radio, you have gas for your chain saw, you keep a couple of extra tarps and some rope in your preparedness box, and Fido is already on a leash. In case power is going to be out for a while, you have enough E-Food to feed your entire family for at least two weeks and you have stockpiled water. You have candles and spare batteries – a generator and fuel. You have the means to protect your family if a looter makes a poor choice of houses. This is long-term preparation.

We will give you many checklists and ideas on this site – but most of all we want to teach you how to think about preparedness. This is something you can apply to any situation and something you can then teach to others.

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