As a prepper, you know the importance of being prepared for any situation. But are you aware of just how unprepared the general population is? Recent studies have shown that a shocking number of people have no emergency plan whatsoever. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most shocking facts about preparedness. We’ll also explore what you can do to help prepare your loved ones for emergencies. Stay safe!
What is preparedness?
Preparedness is the state of being ready for something. It includes having the supplies and knowledge necessary to deal with an emergency situation. Many people choose to be prepared for natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes. Others may prepare for man-made disasters, such as power outages or terrorist attacks. Still, others choose to be prepared for both. You’ll want to keep reading to discover all these shocking facts about preparedness.
Why should I be prepared?
There are many reasons why you should be prepared for an emergency situation. First, it could save your life. In a disaster, emergency services may not be able to reach you immediately. If you have the supplies and knowledge necessary to take care of yourself, you’re more likely to survive.
1. Disasters can happen at any time, without warning.
When it comes to disasters, they can happen at any time, without warning. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for anything that might come your way. By having a plan and being stocked up on supplies, you’ll be much better equipped to handle whatever life throws your way.
One of the key parts of being prepared is to do some research. That would include determining the most common types of disasters that would most often affect YOUR AREA. Each region of the country is prone to experience its own set of challenges based in most cases on the weather patterns. Where I live in Utah, we have been known to deal with heavy winds from time to time, but I’m not aware of any hurricanes here.
We seldom get tornados, but did have one a few years ago that passed right through downtown Salt Lake City. Now, when it comes to earthquakes, that’s another matter. We hear about, and often feel, small earthquakes pretty frequently. Everyone talks about the “big one” that is overdue, but I’m not sure too many people really work to prepare for earthquakes.
Perform some due diligence and find out what is the most common issue, but then put together YOUR plan regarding properly preparing.
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2. You may not have time to gather supplies or evacuate before a disaster hits.
When a disaster strikes, you may not have much time to react. That’s why it’s important to be prepared in advance. Make sure you have an emergency kit stocked with supplies like food, water, and first-aid supplies. If directed to evacuate, know your evacuation route in case you need to leave quickly. By being prepared ahead of time, you can give yourself the best chance of making it through a disaster safely. This is one of the most shocking facts about preparedness for me. You always think you’ll have time to be prepared, but this isn’t always true!
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3. A disaster can leave you without power, water, or access to essential services for days, or even weeks.
A disaster can strike at any time, leaving you without power, water, or access to essential services. That’s why it’s important to be prepared. Stockpile supplies like food, water, and first-aid kits. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan for things like cooking and communication. And in the event of a prolonged outage, you may need to consider things like alternative sources of heat and light. By being prepared, you can help ensure that you’ll be able to weather the storm and come out the other side.
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4. Your home may be damaged or destroyed in a disaster, leaving you homeless and penniless.
Disasters can strike at any time, without warning, and when they do, the damage can be catastrophic. Homes can be destroyed, leaving families homeless and penniless. Even if your home is still standing, the damage caused by a disaster can be severe, making it uninhabitable. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared for the worst.
By having a plan and supplies in place, you can minimize the damage to your home and property and ensure that you and your family have what you need to weather the storm. So, take some time today to prepare for tomorrow. It could be the best decision you ever make.
It is only common sense to have insurance in place for your home and property. Yes, it may prove to be a little pricey, but having the proper kind of insurance for the necessary amounts can prove to be a financial lifesaver. That’s why doing your homework and determining what type of coverage is needed and available for the typical disaster expected in your area.
Your mortgage company can provide some guidance, and may even require some special coverage. If you are in the market for a new home, doing the homework could actually prompt you to consider staying away from one area and strongly considering another.
5. A major disaster could cause a food shortage and widespread panic buying, leaving you with nothing to eat.
It’s a scenario that no one wants to think about, but a major disaster could cause a serious food shortage. If a disaster struck and disrupted the supply chain, there could be widespread panic buying as people try to stock up on food. And if you don’t have enough food stockpiled, you could quickly find yourself with nothing to eat.
That’s why it’s important to be prepared for such an eventuality. If you have a well-stocked pantry and a few weeks’ worth of non-perishable food on hand, you’ll be in much better shape than those who don’t. Take the time to plan ahead, and you’ll be able to weather any storm.
The facts are, in a severe storm the relief agencies we expect to rescue and provide support simply can’t cover all the bases people think. There aren’t enough people, equipment, and supplies to help all who will need them. Be self-sufficient and make make sure you have done your part to be fully prepared.
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6. After a disaster, you may need to rely on your survival skills to get by.
If a disaster strikes and you find yourself without access to essential services, you may need to rely on your survival skills to get by. That means knowing how to find food and water, build shelter, and protect yourself from the elements.
I’ve written in the past about having things that can be bartered. That could be food and water, but it could also include skills you can trade with others for the necessary things you need.
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7. A disaster can have a lasting impact on your mental and emotional health.
While the physical effects of a disaster can be devastating, the mental and emotional impact can be just as damaging. A major disaster can leave you feeling scared, anxious, and alone. And if you’re not prepared to deal with those feelings, they can quickly become overwhelming.
That’s why it’s so important to have a plan in place for dealing with the mental and emotional fallout of a disaster. Whether it’s talking to a therapist or counselor, joining a support group, or simply spending time with friends and family, it’s important to have a way to cope with the aftermath of a disaster.
It may seem like a simple thing, but just the act of having a plan and putting it in place can relieve much of those anxious feelings. It is also key to have your whole family “on the same page” when it comes to what is needed, how to use it, how to communicate, how to look out for each other, etc.
There is an old saying that goes something like this: plan your work, then work your plan. Practice does make perfect, so go through some routine evacuation plans, discuss how much food, water, and other supplies will be needed, know where everything is, and learn how to use equipment and supplies you may not be that familiar with.
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8. You may need to evacuate your home during a disaster.
If a disaster is imminent, you may need to evacuate your home. That means packing up essential supplies and getting out of town as quickly as possible. No one wants to leave their home, but to be honest, you may not have a choice.
How often do disasters happen?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including the type of disaster, its location, and the time of year. However, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the United States experiences an average of 500 natural disasters each year. Of these, approximately 10 percent are classified as major disasters.
What are the most common types of disasters?
The most common type of disaster in the United States is severe weather. This includes storms like hurricanes, tornadoes, and blizzards. Other common types of disasters include floods, wildfires, and earthquakes.
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No one wants to think about the possibility of a disaster, but it’s important to be prepared. By having a plan and supplies in place, you can minimize the damage to your home and property and ensure that you and your family have what you need to weather the storm. These shocking facts about preparedness are important to know, so if you haven’t done so already, start putting your plan together TODAY! May God Bless this world, Linda.
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