Preparing for an Emergency Part 1
Are you prepared for an emergency? What do you think of when you hear that question? For each person it could mean something different. There are so many types of emergencies that it might be impossible to prepare for each and every thing that could possibly happen to you. BUT it is important to be prepared. So how do you determine what type of emergency could happen to you?
Well, there is a lot to think about. Where do you live? You will need to prepare differently for a snow storm, than you would for a tornado. If you are in Africa, your emergencies could be different than in the United States. First determine what types of emergencies might happen to you based on your location.
Next consider your circumstances. If you live alone, you need to think about who you would call for help if something happened to you. If you have a family you need to figure out what you would need to do to protect your family in a crisis. Who could you call to pick up a child from school if you were in a car accident? What if you were in the hospital? What arrangements need to be made? Yes it really could happen; it happened to me a couple of months ago. I went for a doctor's appointment and ended up with immediate surgery and a three day hospital stay. It certainly made me think about how prepared I was for emergencies.
What if you were stuck at home for a week? Maybe you got sick, or maybe your kids were sick. What would you need to keep on hand to make it through a week or two of not leaving the house? What if the power went out for an extended period of time? A few years ago several states in the North East were suddenly without power for a number of days. How would you handle that? I know it would be hard on us because without power, we have no water.
The first step to being prepared for an emergency is to try to figure out the types of emergencies that could happen to you. Brainstorm for a few days and try to think of everything. The chances are good that what you do to prepare for one type of emergency would also cover what you would need to do to prepare for others. So start thinking and stay tuned for Part 2.