When you first become aware of the fact that you want to begin to become more prepared for the emergencies life throws at you, it can be overwhelming – so many websites, so much information, so much urgency that it all needs to be done now.
Then I ran across this video yesterday. It’s 46+ min long, so skip an hour of television and watch this, instead. For those of you who are visual/audio learners, this is much better than trying to read 2-3 websites linking all the information.
Get a notepad and pen and begin taking notes and make a plan, but don’t feel you must accomplish this overnight. That’s the biggest hurdle for everyone just awakening to the fact that they want to become more prepared. It’s not money. There’s so much that can be done without money. It’s the overwhelming task ahead of you, and so many give up because it seems too daunting.
Don’t let it be. You can do this! Start small, gather information, gather water. Then make sure you have enough water…then take the next step, and the next, and the next. Soon, you’ll begin to realize that you’ve come farther than you expected, and while there is still a lot to be done, you’ve accomplished so much already.
Another way to start small is to create a family emergency binder aka grab-and-go binder. This allows you to get your affairs in order for the short term emergencies when you may have to leave home (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes), and you don’t have to be without those papers that allow you to reestablish your life:
There are hurdles, there are setbacks, there are big tasks, but there is a lot that you can accomplish today!
Tom is a Marketing & Communications graduate interested in nature, gardening, agriculture, and traveling. For the last decade, Tom has turned his hobbies into a full-time job, creating useful resources and guides for all our readers. If he is not working on his next article, you will find Tom spending quality time with family or taking care of his own back garden.