Emergency Planning: Common Preparedness Mistakes
This morning Food Insurance sent me a great infographic that sums up some of the most common emergency food mistakes people make.
The infographic was about common food storage mistakes, but I think it really speaks to some larger preparedness issues. Two things on the infographic really jumped out at me, because I see people making these mistakes all too often.
First, was number eight on their list, “Trying to Bug Out with 500 pounds of Wheat.” While this may seem funny – I can just imagine some guy trying to fill his pack with 50 pound bags of wheat – it speaks to a larger preparedness problem, and that is people who prepare without focus.
- When Preparing for disasters, make sure you’re setting up realistic goals. Having a bunch of emergency supplies is great; having a bunch of junk that you have no way of using once disaster hits is just foolish.
- When preparing for disasters, make sure your emergency supplies fit in with your normal routine. I see far too many people stocking up on things like beans and rice, even though they’ve never eaten beans and rice in their life; or worse yet, they have no knowledge of how to prepare them.
- Don’t over compensate with gear. The 500 pounds of wheat, for me, was symbolic of people who load up on gear, but never bother to load up on knowledge. Remember gear is good, and can definitely make a bad situation better, but if you lack the knowledge it takes to survive that gear is useless.
The second thing on the list that jumped out at me was, “Not having a Plan for Where You Will Store Your Food.”
Seems so simple right? But the problem here comes from that one word that eludes so many people – PLAN.
One of the most important parts of preparedness is having a plan. Without a plan, you’re a walking disaster waiting to happen. Planning is one of the keys to survival, and should never be overlooked.
- The first part of preparedness planning is – and unfortunately this is going to come as a shock for some people – KNOWING WHAT YOU’RE PREPARING FOR! What are the most likely threats that you will face?
- Second, you need to know your vulnerabilities. For this, I suggest performing a threat assessment.
- Third, Perform a SWAT Analysis. This one thing will do more for your planning than anything I can think of. It allows you to really persoanlize your plan for your specific situation.
Here is the Food Insurance Infographic; it can help you avoid some common emergency food mistakes. Also, for those that are interested, we have an interview posted with their CEO Here.