September is National Preparedness Month, and while I’m usually pretty critical of how our government plans for, prepares for, and reacts to disasters, I do like the fact that they dedicate the month of September to preparedness awareness. Anything that increases awareness and causes people to think about how they would react during a disaster is a good thing.
If a disaster struck right this moment, would you be ready? Would your loved ones be ready?
During the month of September, we are going to do everything we can to help raise that awareness, and we want our readers to do the same thing.
Help Raise Preparedness Awareness, and Help your loved ones Prepare for disaster.
This is a good time to help those stubborn friends and family prepare. By using National Preparedness Month as a way to connect with those that would normally laugh at the idea, you can help your loved ones better prepare themselves to face the very real dangers that are out there.
It’s unfortunate, but most people these days won’t take action unless everyone else is taking action; so let’s use the month of September to raise awareness, and start some conversations with those that we care about.
Talk about the most likely disasters they will face – This is not the time to start talking about World War Three, Doomsday Bunkers, or Doomsday Preppers. Unfortunately, the media likes to portray preppers as a bunch of crazy lunatics who are all obsessed with the end of the world; don’t help perpetuate that stereotype.
- Show your loved ones examples of localized disasters that have affected your area in the past.
- Talk about what you would have done to prepare for those scenarios that already happened and are likely to happen again in your area.
- Talk about unexpected disasters that have hit other areas of the world, and talk about how people survived those disasters.
Start Small – The last thing you want to do is overwhelm someone who’s new to the idea. Start slow, and ease them into the idea of preparing for disasters.
- Start with the Basics. Show them examples of how stores sell out of supplies within hours of a disaster, and then make sure they have enough food and water to sustain themselves for at least 7 days. (I usually recommend 2 weeks, but if you’re helping someone who’s resistant to the idea it’s sometimes better to start small.)
- Make them think. Ask them what they would do in a situation where essential services were shut down. How would they get money out of the bank? What supplies would they need during a power outage, gas outage, etc…? The goal is to get them thinking.
- Help them create a Disaster Supply Kit. After discussing what they’ll need, help them put together a basic emergency supply kit. Don’t go overboard here, just stick to the essentials and be glad they are at least taking some sort of action to prepare.
Give them the Gift of Preparedness – Every year around Christmas, I usually talk about giving the gift of preparedness. While it’s a little early to start giving out Christmas presents, you can use the National Preparedness Month as a reason to give someone the gift of preparedness.
- Give them a disaster kit: Put together a small bag or bucket filled with emergency essentials. It doesn’t have to be big and elaborate, just something that will help get them thinking.
- Give them my Book: Yes, this is a shameless plug for my new book, but I promise it’s one that’s going to help big time! My book is available on Amazon. It’s packed full of real-world examples and detailed advice on how to survive real-world 21st-century threats. I cover everything from surviving natural and man-made disasters, to surviving violent crimes, riots, home invasions and even economic problems. It’s not your typical survival guide; it’s a guide to surviving real-world disasters and threats – not a bunch of theoretical wilderness survival scenarios that they’ll never have to worry about.