Unprepared for the Unpreparedness
During our last evacuation due to fire, my wife and I and
our two cats lucked out with a hotel twenty-three miles
away from our home. They had a room for us and were nice
enough to break a rule or two and allow us to keep the
cats with us. We learned a lot from that experience.
we lived in Malibu, California, mudslides shut down our
highways so we couldn’t get in or out. The market
ran short of supplies because delivery trucks couldn’t
get through. After the Northridge earthquake, we were
without electricity for almost three days. We had no
for at least two or three days. It was a difficult time,
coping under these conditions. I decided then to be prepared
for the next crisis.
Depend on Yourself
Disasters happen. No insurance policy is going to provide
food and survival supplies. You can't depend on The
Red Cross, FEMA, and the United States Government to
when disaster strikes. The good news is that you can
do it yourself. You can develop your own emergency
your own emergency supplies, even if you have to stow
it away little by little as you can afford it.
to prepare is now. The time to prepare is before
the crisis arrives.
A banker once told me to go for the
credit line when you don’t need it. Similarly, right
now, before a crisis, survival supplies are easy to buy.
is not an expense--it is an investment.
A Good Feeling
With so many natural and man-made disasters happening
all over the world, I took my own advice. I needed
a plan for my wife and me. I consulted with experts.
State licensed contractors in a number of fields
helped me draft
my plan. A doctor and a paramedic assisted me in
selecting first aid kits for our grab-run
one for me, and one for our two cats--and a more
(Basic Life Support) bag.
We are prepared for the
two most likely disaster scenarios. You should
base your plan on the disasters most likely to occur
area. The first situation is an emergency that
to our home. The second situation is an emergency
where we are forced to evacuate to a shelter.
our plan is in place.
I love the feeling of security that
being prepared gives me. I'd like to share that feeling.
Accept My Invitation to Browse the Chapters of My Online
What I have mainly focused on in
this Website is presenting the various components of
my own plan.
discusses my solution to one category of the many
needs that arise
during an actual emergency. And, each problem's answer
is constantly scrutinized to determine if there is an
improvement to be had that will make the situation less
stressful and more like the comforts of home.
be quickly included in my online edition.
to use my ideas in developing your self-dependence—in
completing your preparations for your disaster
Remember, it’s all up to you.
Few Notes for Your Preparations
Before you start your
own planning, determine what emergency you
are planning for,
and for how long. Here’s what my wife
and I did. We considered our location. We live
Calabasas, California, located in Los Angeles
County. We live within beautiful hills that
frequently suffer drought conditions. Wild
Fires are not
uncommon. Because we live in earthquake country,
we could have a tidal wave. Sometimes we get
some bad rains that result in flooding. Los
Angeles County makes us a bit more vulnerable
biological, and chemical threats, than if we
lived in a small town somewhere in Arizona.
Our environment was the starting point for
our unique home plan and evacuation plan.
for your consideration:
1. In your location, is there a history of:
- Flash floods?
2. Do you have a shelter that will
protect you from the above threats?
3. Are there any special health requirements
for you or your family members?
4. What will you need to care for your children?
5. Do you have pets?
When the emergency comes, you’ll know what to do, and you’ll
have the tools to do it. Good planning to you!