What Are You Preparing For?

Where do you live? I live near Los Angeles, so I’ve lived through a few earthquakes. We’ve had the power go out. We’ve had riots. We’ve had tsunami warnings.

If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need to be able to keep warm. If you live in a hot climate, you’ll need to be able to keep cool.

Are you urban or rural? Each setting presents it’s own problems and opportunities.

What are the probable emergencies that you might have to endure?

Don’t forget the personal situations either. Getting a flat tire. Getting lost. Getting carjacked or mugged.

Imagine everything that can happen to you.

Wait, before you freak out over the Zombie Apocalypse, let’s be be reasonable.

There are a lot of bad things that can happen to you, but most of them probably will never come close to happening.

I once worked with a guy who had a commercial plane crash into his neighborhood. There was a mid air collision and the plane literally fell out of the sky. Missed his house by a couple blocks.

Will that ever happen to you? I’m going to say probably not.

List of Disasters

Here’s a fun list of things you can worry about, I mean, prepare for:

Natural Disasters

  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Thunderstorms & Lightning
  • Winter Storms & Extreme Cold
  • Drought
  • Extreme Heat
  • Severe Weather
  • Space Weather
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Landslides & Debris Flow
  • Tsunamis
  • Wildfires

Social Disasters

  • Pandemic
  • Riot
  • Terrorist Attacks
  • Chemical Attacks
  • Economic Turmoil
  • Explosions
  • Biological Attacks
  • Nuclear Blast

Technological Disasters

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Blackouts
  • Nuclear Power Plants
  • Household Chemical Emergencies

What’s Real?

Wow. That’s all pretty depressing, but put down the tin foil hat. We’re still being reasonable.

Those have all been possible for years and they haven’t really happened. We’ve had the occasional riot or natural disaster. Of course, 9/11 was not insignificant.

Let’s consider where you live. If you live in Iowa, then you can rule out tsunamis. If you live in downtown Los Angeles, you can rule out forest fires.

What COULD happen where you live? What is a real threat for you in your situation?

Let’s consider who lives around you. What threat or help do they represent?

Consider what you depend on every day and what is required for you to do those things.

Now that we’re wearing our “reasonable” hat, let’s imagine everything that might happen.

  1. Get out a piece of paper and a pencil. Use a pen if you’re brave. Use a computer if you want, (but don’t forget to get a solar backup to keep it running after the zombies attack.)
  2. Make a list of the possible disasters that YOU should be prepared for.
  3. Sort them by possibility of actually occurring, most possible at the top.

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