Emergency Preparedness – How to Prepare for an Emergency – And Make it a Homeschool/Learning Activity Too!
This is a guest blog post written by Kalvin J. Evans
What do you and your family need to survive in the event of an unforseen scenario? Many people never get started on this because the process can prove a little daunting. But it’s the same as eating an “elephant”. You take one bite at a time! You’ll find as you work through the list that you’ll need to do some research on some of the areas that are new to you. For example, on your water list, you’ll need to know:
- How much water is needed per person per day?
- How do I keep that water potable?
- If I am not able to drink much water, how does that affect my food intake?
- Can I purify water if I am on the move?
- How can I obtain water if I am on the move?
- Similarly, how can I purify water when I am in my home?
- Do I have a system for harvesting rainwater at my home?
- What are the safest ways for me to store water?
- If I’m growing my own food, do I have several sources of water available for irrigation? Am I aware of methods for growing under drought conditions?… And we’re just getting started!
Water is a truly precious resource and indispensable to your survivability- thus, the long list of questions to consider. Remember, baby steps. Learn something new about this every day and you’ll find yourself surviving and able to help others if we encounter “The End of the World As We Know It.”
Your unique list must be put together with your basic survival priorities in mind:
These are your basic survival priorities in the wilderness or even if you are trying to survive in the great suburban wild. Maybe you won’t build a fire in your house to stay warm, but you may need a source of heat to maintain life by cooking food or regulating body heat. So much to think about, we know, but take it step by step and you’ll be ready when circumstances change.
Before you embark on the list, make sure that you’re spiritual condition is represented on your list. If you believe in something higher than yourself, then finds items that will help encourage you to overcome the temptation to give up or stay strong to your moral compass. Once you’ve dialed into your spiritual standard, assess your beliefs, and take stock of your compass core by answering important key questions of what’s most important to have. Once that is completed, you can proceed to your list. Here are some of the basic lists you will need to consider as taken from www.survivalblog.com:
Food Storage List
Food Preparation List
First Aid/Minor Surgery List
Nuke Defense List
Biological Warfare Defense List
Hygiene List/Sanitation List
Tactical Living List
Survival Bookshelf List
Barter and Charity List
Whew! Take a look at what you already have in our home in regards to this list.
Find out what you still need or need to replace. And most importantly, work within your community*. You might not have the resources to have everything within your list, BUT you have a community around you that can help fill in the gaps. This would be an important time to get-to-know your neighbors. If an emergency or disaster were to strike your area, who would you be able to trust? How would you protect your home by yourself?
Now make a list of survival knowledge that you will need to acquire. Brainstorm how you can learn the skills and knowledge you need. Consider this article about the survival nuances associated with toilet paper. Every item that you need to survive with most likely defines a skill or the knowledge to procure it in the future when your stores run out. Another example – many people will be putting aside supplements to provide the vitamins and minerals needed if their diet becomes restricted. What happens when these run out? Will you know that you can make a simple tea out of pine needles to give you more vitamin C than eating several pomegranates?
You have time to figure things out – just get started. And have a Super Strong rest of your day!
*community: List the members of your survival “family.” You will share faith, ideals, and work ethic with these people. They will know you through and through. You will trust them with your life and they will trust you with theirs. You will know their strengths and weakness and they will know yours.
Kalvin J. Evans – www.xodusadventures.com (how to survive in an ever-changing world)