- So you are interested in planning for an emergency. Seems like a big task! Well here is some help. It takes
you through a step-by-step way to make your plans. Any large task is best tackled by breaking it down into smaller task that
can be managed.
- A very good board with a several forums on preparation:
and specific disaster preparation info here:
and here: http://www.endtimesroundtable.com/ETRT/viewforum.php?f=21
These page are open to general observation but you have to become a board member to see other forums and to
post any information.
HOW TO PLAN FOR AN EMERGENCY
by Lisa Thiesse
- Say what you will about FEMA's function ability but they do have a wealth of information.
Ok, we are now into hurricane season. Here is the link to the hurricane preparations site from
NOAA. It has the base key points you need to know, Kit, plan, evacuation spots, home security for leaving or staying, and
pet plan. All of you who live in the eastern and southern coastal areas take careful note. This is your time to get ready.
Most major storms come late in August and early September but can come earlier so now is the time to get on the ball and make
ready. Buy you plywood now while it is cheap and available. With drought conditions in the southeast get as much water as
you can now while it is still available. Get what ever type of purification system you prefer or make you own as shown here
in this site now while supplies are easy to find. Fortunately you get some warning but storms have been known to turn at the
last minute so you could be caught unready if you don't plan ahead. Katrina made a last minute move that devistated parts
of Mississippin and Alabama that probably would have been ok if not for the last minute change. Last minute preparations get
very costly so do what you need to when things are easy to get. Just remember it wasn't raining when Noah started building
the ark. You should be building your ark(kit and plan) now before the season gets into full swing.
- 3 Days 3 Ways
Are you ready?
- Hurricane specific preparation from NOAA and FEMA
- Additional sites that are linked up through the NOAA Web site. I add these because of the recent severe earthquake
in the western Pacific and the resultant tsunamis that reached California and did some damage as well as the coming winter
and the headaches that winter storms bring.
- The Home Safety Counsel provides more than just Disaster Readiness. They are full of good tips for safety
at home at anytime.
- This is a Federal Government site and I know a lot of people are leery of the Feds but, if you ignore their
incompetence and pay attention to what they have provided you can learn a thing or two.
This is a nice collaboration between NOAA, FEMA, and the Red
Cross. It deals primarily with weather problems of the Midwest, severe thunder storms and tornadoes. With the changing weather
it may no longer be the Midwest that has to deal with this type of weather. The deep south and eastern seaboard has
always had the same problem but not as often nor as severe. Now it seems every place is starting to experience such weather
extremes. As with the other sites listed the best part is "how to plan for an emergency," "which types of emergency to plan
for," and lastly how to get a kit or emergency set up together when the severe weather hits.
- What I like about the Red Cross is that they help you plan ahead and are there when you need them. Just remember, they
too can be swamped with cries for assistance. Like the government they are not the first answer to your problems in times
of crisis, YOU ARE.
- This site from New Port Beach is one of my favorites. It starts out by providing information on the various
types of natural and manmade disasters and what you can expect to happen. It also has useful links to NOAA, the USGS earthquake
site to name a few. Then it gives a pretty comprehensive list of items by category for your Emergency Kits.
- This Polk County Florida site is one of the better ones for folks living on the eastern seaboard
coast as well as the Gulf Coast. It focuses on severe weather and its related hazards.
- Now from my neck of the woods. The Seattle Times has done a wonderful job to include pictures of earthquake
retrofitting, utility shut off, and since it is in a PDF format, you can print the list pages and use them as a check off
- This is an ideal site because it is the state's own public booklet on emergency readiness. Again it is in
PDF format so you can print it all out or just the pages you need.
Here are a couple of good sites with valuable info. The
first is a wilderness survival site. Now before you freak out consider the fact that a flood, earthquake or storm could render
your house uninhabitable. You may have to move to your yard or hit the road. Depending on the area of devastation you might
have to set up a camp for the night before moving on. So wilderness survival skills are good things to have at the ready.
The second one is an offshoot of the first in that it provides good info and pictures on how to make a homemade alcohol stove
if you don't already have a camp stove or burner of some type.
Granted you may not agree with the philosophy of some of the sites but, remember
this is not about your sensibilities. It is about you and your family making it through some very difficult times. During
those times you will just have to throw your political correctness to the curb and prepare to live in what ever way the circumstances
dictate. When it is a competition between you and Mother Nature she will not care how politically correct you are. She will
only care if you have the skills, determination, and common sense to deal with her.
(this is a link to more links in Florida)
On these two pages you will find tips for cleaning and sanitation. These tips and cleaning recipes
are meant for the here and now but with a little thought you will realize how important they will be when you are in disaster
mode. One of the worst problems in disaster mode is SANITATION. It is the biggest cause of diseases that affects all areas
that have been hit by a major disaster. Now understand this deals on a small scale of individual sanitation. Larger
problems of downed trees, collapsed building, etc are not covered here. What this will provide is how to stay clean and healthy
in your sheltered living till you are back on your feet.