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Provident Living: Questions To Ask Ourselves Now

Updated on January 26, 2013
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Demas is a professional author and freelancer. He published and edited two newspapers. His most recent book is HAIKU AMERICAN STYLE.

Are we really ready for what could come next?

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Preparing for our necessities....

Many Americans now, and in the future, will be faced with personal challenges involving their own preparedness for natural and man-made emergencies. Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, widespread tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires, all are examples of the natural ones; arson, chemical spills, and riots, are examples of some of the man-made ones.

How ready are we for any of these situations to affect us, our community, and our loved ones?

If we had to move suddenly, do we have an emergency kit to meet our temporary needs for as much as three days?

Are our essential personal and family records safe and secure?

Would our family be able to gather in a hurry in order to leave together?

Would our vehicle hold us all, and would it have enough fuel for us to evacuate out of harm's way? And how would our vehicle perform (air in the spare tire, survival gear appropriate to the distance and weather, and the tools we might need?)

Would we have adequate funds for food, water, medicines, and alternate housing at our destination?

If we were free to go, where would we go; what would we do for employment and income?

What would we take with us, and what about any animals and pets?

Would we have an ability to communicate to others; cell phones, batteries, flashlights, radios, appropriate clothing?

How would we go about starting over again, if our dwellings were destroyed by fire, contamination, or storm?

Who could we turn to for help, and who could we help who might need our assistance?

If, before we could leave, our routes of escape were closed and we had to remain in our dwelling and ride out the storm, what would we do to stay warm or cool, dry and safe?

Who would we want to notify of our whereabouts and conditions?

How long could we take care of ourselves until conditions could return to something more normal, or until outside help could arrive?

What would we wish we had done, if only we had known a disaster was approaching?


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      tiffany delite 5 years ago from united states

      thank you so much for this blog...natural (or any kind of) disasters can be so frightening, but i think a lot of the fear comes from being unprepared. thanks for including some great questions that we can ask ourselves to be better prepared for emergencies...blessings!

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Excellent timing, Perspy and excellent advice - some of which seems like just plain old common sense. Could it be that common sense is SOOO old - that it's DEAD? lol

      Being prepared beforehand is not only mentally less stressful - but, often - there just isn't time to GET prepared!

      Just yesterday i was telling my boyfriend what i want for christmas - it's a GENERATOR! lol..

      All i want for christmas is a damned generator - now - isn't that sexy?

      This conversation came up after we both shook our heads over the story of the guy who waited hours in line to buy a lantern - and asked the clerk if he could return it if he didn't need it! Sigh...

      Clearly - never a boy scout, eh?

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great questions, great food for thought, now to work on some thought provoking answers.

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      And, even at that, Perspycacious, in the face of that kind of attack, we would not be safe. Even something as simple as appendicitus would mean the necessity of a trip to the hospital. Anyone needed chemo on a regular basis would be a sitting duck. A scenario like a deadly virus or biological warfare would make an emergency supply of water and non-perishables a very temporary effort at best. Even with ample warnings about evacuations advised, about 1/2 of New Jersey coastal residents chose to stay. If everyone isn't in it together, it puts all at peril. The residents that didn't take the warnings seriously then began calling for help at numbers of 10,000 calls a minute. At the height of yesterdays storm, as warned, it was impossible to get help. Long, long, long before terrorism was part of life, my dad always kept a stockpile in the basement of non-perishables and water, along with a tin he kept in the rafters of about $4,000 case, in case of emergencies where you couldn't access bank accounts. He was never a boy scout, but he could have taught them a few things about the responsibility of being prepared.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Amy Becherer: I can even imagine a situation in which a deadly virus or other infection becomes so common that just going to work and shopping at the store are to be avoided. With most people relying on readily available gas and food, water and medical care, most would have to go out to shop and potentially bring the sickness home with them. Keeping the vehicle tank full to 3/4ths full, and having an emergency supply of water and non-perishable foods, seems wise. How would our families measure up to that kind of a test and challenge?

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      We somehow manage to be get in our own way. So many people defied the suggestions to evacuate, blaming the media for trumping up the facts on Hurricane Irene. Your list is a great way to begin to take stock, Perspycacious. No one can ever be completely prepared for, not only what mother nature throws our way, but todays terror threats. I think I've heard it all, and then something comes about that blows me out of the water. I think planning is a good thing, so we can then go about living with less fear.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice: There are a number of emergencies we can and should plan for. Thanks for commenting.

      joanwz: What I am hoping for from this Hub is that it contained some "action provoking questions" for more porvident living.

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      Joan Whetzel 5 years ago from Katy, Texas

      THese are some really thought provoking questions. Thanks for the questions and the ideas.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We all definitely need an emergency plan.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rfmoran: Yours is a case in point. Good for you and those you provide for. Now just encourage others to also plan ahead. "Once burned, twice cautious."

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      midget38 : Once we ARE ready, we are ready for whatever comes next, and in the meantime we have the satisfaction of knowing we ARE ready. I'm glad this list is helpful for your preparations, and for others who will take the relaxed times ahead to be prepared for when there is no more time left to get ready.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      eHealer: Thanks for the "Thanks and voted up!"

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 5 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I couldn't agree more P. Planning for the worst relieves you from stress and more importantly can save your life. Having just gone through Hurrican Sandy, I'm glad to say that most of my planning paid off, except for a few trees that can't be planned for anyway. Voted up and useful.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very important questions. I wonder how many of us are ready?! thank you! Up and useful!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      This this important, Perspycacious, especially now. Will share this, thank for the useful list!

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Great hub to increase disaster preparedness in the US. We certainly have had our fair share in the passed few years. Thanks and voted up!