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Are You Truly Prepared for A Disaster?

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Isn’t it amazing how some things in our life, no matter how minute they are in retrospect, can really disrupt our everyday routines? This past winter after a blizzard which dumped about two feet of snow in my town, I was amazed how this snow caused such a disruption, between the problems trying to just get around, to the lack of parking spots, and not to mention all that shoveling.

It hit me that in a short while this snow will melt, the plow trucks will carve out some drivable roadways, and life will return to “normal.”

The point here is it really made me consider how difficult everyday life must be after a true natural disaster like an earthquake, tornado or flood. If my life is this inconvenienced by some snow, imagine the disruption if building were reduced to rubble, there was no running water and some of my fellow residents were injured or even killed.

I wanted to share a blog post from the extremely popular personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly (GRS). Now you may be saying to yourself, “What does personal finance have to do with trauma or disaster preparedness?” GRS does a fantastic job at weaving nearly every aspect of your life into its impact on your finances.

So, are you financially prepared for a disaster? Just because you purchased a disaster preparedness kit form the Red Cross doesn’t mean you’re prepared for every scenario. Have you thought about life’s most basic needs to the point of how and where you will go to the bathroom if there’s no running water?

Be sure to read “Emergency Preparedness on a Shoestring.” Here’s a little sample:

Images of devastation emerged after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. We watched water sweep away vehicles and houses; we saw stunned men and weeping women in the ruins. But we also heard about survivors whose homes weren’t flattened or inundated, people who subsisted on stockpiled food and water while waiting for help. Living on the “Ring of Fire” means temblors and tidal waves are a fact of life — and so is disaster preparedness.

We need to be prepared, too. The Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America program says we should be able to sustain ourselves for at least three days after an emergency, whether that’s a hundred-year storm or a civil insurrection.
How ready are you?

Right now, before anything bad happens, is the time to build your emergency kit — and you can do it on a budget. In fact, you probably already have some (or a lot) of what you need.


Written by traumalines

April 11, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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