As hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, with the flooding this past weekend on the West Coast and listening to the struggles of those affected by the disasters, I am wondering how prepared I am for a disaster. Living in the Midwest, I have to worry about tornados, floods, droughts, ice, snow storms, and straight line winds. Granted, we are not talking hurricanes, earthquakes, active volcanoes, forest fires, or tsunamis, but I still wonder if I am prepared to go a week or even a month without electricity or disrupted transportation.
FEMA has at http://www.ready.gov resources and information to help you ‘Ready. Plan. Stay Safe’. It includes what to do before, during and after an emergency, how to prepare plan and stay informed for emergencies, how to build a kit for disasters to be prepared, ways to be involved, information for businesses and fun and games for kids.
What would it take for you to be prepared for a disaster? We are not talking “Doomsday Preppers” mentality, but are you ready for a week without power? How much cash would you need if you could not access your ATM or credit cards? How empty is the gas tank on your car? These are just a few questions that we are considering as a family.
Hopefully we will never have to put our plan into action, but ….just in case.