Disaster Preparedness, Security, Safety. PSS
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PSS. That will be our code word to think Prepared, Secure, and Safe.
Howdy fellow worried, not completely Prepared, information hungry, <enter other here> surfer. As it happens, I get to be the editorial writer here, and my name is Ed. I'll keep those pesky editorial comments to a minimum if I can. If I get out of line with that, be sure to let me know.
I'm sure you know by now we are about making disaster Preparedness, Security and Safety Preparations, so we'll get to it.
We all know that we live in a pretty dangerous world and time, and that our some of our Security and Safety Preparations are often in the hands of our governments (local, state, and federal). What we need to think about is our own family's Preparedness, Safety and Security in our homes and neighborhoods, and Prepare for the things that are in our control. We must take responsibility for our own Preparedness, Security and Safety in the realm of the here and now. That's the first step of PSS - PREPARE. That second item on our list is a little tougher to do. Security. There is a lot to Secure between earthquake, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, man made disasters, how about meteors, civil unrest, sun flares, attacks from other countries like an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) attack or cyber attack, and the list goes on, and on. That last item, Safe, is even more difficult. None of us will ever be able to Prepare 100% for Secure and Safe, but each of us has the responsibility to be sure we have done everything that we can do to Prepare, protect and defend ourselves and those close to us. We do have to try to be PSS as best we can, and be as Prepared, flexible, innovative, and informed as we can possibly be. We have nothing if we are not Prepared.
To begin "Prepared", you have to decide what sort of disasters are most likely to strike where you live. I live in Colorado, so some of my suggestions will be tailored for that kind of area. We do try to cover the other sorts of climates and more local risks of heat, floods, California, terrorists, etc. Most of the suggestions apply everywhere, and are meant to be used as mere guidelines. Use your own common sense, knowledge and experience to Prepare you further than anyone else can.
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Being Prepared, Secure and Safe at home is the easiest and most comprehensive in scope. For sure the three most important things to being Prepared are, you guessed it...Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. You can always be more and better Prepared than you are. In most cases the most Prepared, Secure and Safest thing to do is stay at or near home. However, you have to be Prepared to be mobile, in the case of fire or water, usually at a moments notice.
Your home Preparations should be set up in a logical way for your geographic location, your specific floor plan, and location of your home supplies. Take your families Security and Safety from both the disaster, and the general population v. your family perspectives.
We have a basement, so that's our area of Safety from most disasters. It is also where we keep our food and water supplies. However, in some disaster situations, that could easily become our grave, so you have to have a good understanding of the disaster you are facing, and adjust your basic plans from there.
Living in or close to a city, we have to plan for disasters that are more population oriented as well. This kind of situation demands of us a higher priority toward Safety and Security than most natural disasters. Your doors and windows are the weak areas of Security at home, unless you live two or more stories from ground level, and even then, the main floor doors and windows into your complex would be the weak spot. The best way to Secure your upper floors, will be the stair wells, and elevators, if they are working. I would recommend disabling elevators, by not letting the doors close on an upper floor, and Secure control of stairwells from intrusion with barricades and armed guards of you and your neighbors. Knowing your neighbors, your family's and your neighbors emergency preparedness plans, and knowing first responder plans are all essential. But I get ahead of myself here.
A large part of being "Prepared" is deciding what things you can't live without, and what sorts of disasters you should Prepare for. One basic plan for staying at home, and another plan if you feel the need to get out. Keep those essential things in your gitkit, or "bug out bag", you will still have that if you can stay in the relative Safety and Prepared area of your home base. This is a great link to get a start on Prepared. This is earthquake oriented, but a good place to start for many 1-4 day disasters, and they give you some sound ideas for the things you will need. QuakeKare Home Page. Forget the Ipod, don't worry about your makeup kit, and leave that 124 piece china set in it's cabinet, you won't be needing that stuff for a few days. Communications, food, water, and first aid supplies will be far more important items.
Your Prepared gitkit bags or back packs should be good for at least 3-4 days, but you can adjust that for your location, goals, season, and your capabilities to help others. We are Prepared for 1 week plus some, with some help for others so far as first aid, tools, and we can spare a little water and food. If we add our two truck Prepared kits, we are Prepared for 14 days with very little rationing, plus some to help others.
In our gitkit, we only carry one good meal - 1 MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) for each person for each day that we have Prepared our packs for, with two or three snacks of trail mix, power bars, whatever that are high calorie, high energy. Have food your family likes, morale will be better, everyone will be happier, and rotating your Preparedness food supply will actually be enjoyable. We should get by just fine if we aren't exerting ourselves to hard. We should be fine with about 1+ liters of water per day per person, more in an arid or high altitude climate, or even more for summer months here in Colorado. The food and water are the heaviest two items. A liter of water is two pounds, and bulky.
Each person should be expected to carry most of their own, with of course, some exceptions. Use that common sense here, it's a good friend for all of this. My 40-50 pound pack is now nearly 1/2 its desired weight, as are everyone's. The space is going away quickly as well.
This Prepared pack needs a lot more in it to be as Prepared as we can make it, to have our "best possible outcome". Be sure to check out the rest of our pages and links for much more detailed Preparedness planning. You have to Prepare now, before that disaster strikes.
Your Security in a disaster situation is very problematic. Our advice is to stay at, or near home if it is even borderline Safe and inhabitable. With very little dedicated Preparation you have most of what you need to survive for awhile, and with trusted neighbors, you have some perimeter of Security.
If your situation is in your vehicle, you have some control over access to your person and supplies, but not enough to be nearly "Secure". The best way to have some Security in a bug out situation is in a group, and with people you trust. The authorities in charge will be overloaded, and will have multiple situations to keep under control. Their mission is to protect and defend the community, not so much the individual. They will have their priorities, and will pretty much stick to them. I'm sorry to say that some, or most of your group should be armed to the teeth, and should have had some training and be Prepared to use the arms that they have with them. They will be your final answer if the threat from others comes down to violence.
Security, and being Prepared every day without emergencies starts beyond the perimeter of your property, defined as knowing your neighbors, mail person, trash collectors, etc. and first responders of your community. Each of us are the true first responder. Those neighbors that you now know should be incorporated into your Prepared stay at or near home plan and your Prepared bug out plan, because you are already a group. Be sure to Prepare an evacuation plan, where to go that will suit most of you, supplies and tools that should or need not overlap.
I hope you have noticed a theme here. Don't go it alone if you can Prepare your family and help Prepare your neighbors to work as a team. I believe survival with "the best possible outcome", will include more people than just a one family unit.
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