Crucial Part of Prepping – Your Emergency Response Plan
And I bet most of you don’t have one. Lucky for you, The Prepper Journal has a post on how to put one together, implement it and evaluate it. The military is probably one of the best organizations when it comes to emergency planning. They’ll also tell you that the first casualty of an emergency plan is the plan!
Well, you may be thinking, if that’s the case, why plan at all? Because built into the plan and the training, is what to do when things don’t go according to the plan. You see, your emergency response plan is merely the outline of how you will respond to an emergency.
And that’s really all it can be; no two fires, floods or civil disturbances are the same. By having a plan in place, you and your family will at least know who is responsible for what and where emergency response supplies are. And if you’re smart, you’ll ensure that people are crossed trained to do one another’s job (another thing the military insist on). It’s no use Mom being the only designated first aid person in the house if she’s at work when the disaster strikes.
OK, where do you start and how do you make an Emergency Response Plan? You start right where the post says to – you conduct a risk assessment. My regular readers will recognize this as my mantra – analyse and prioritize. In fact, I posted about it just two days ago!
“That’s the important thing to do BEFORE you do what this author or anyone else suggest – analyse and prioritize.
Analysing and prioritizing is critical when first starting out. What’s the point in storing tons of supplies if where you live means you’re going to have to bug out no matter what? Conversely, what’s the point in starting with kiting out a bug out bag if your first plan is to bug in? Don’t get me wrong, you may want to eventually plan for every contingency, but the point is to prioritize. And you do that by analysing your situation.”
Be sure and read the Prepper Journal’s entire article because it contains some great information. I would add one important part they left out though – test your plan. OK, maybe you can’t go through a full-scale drill like the military does, but you can grill the members of your family on what they would do in an emergency. Also, test your equipment and test your family’s ability to use the equipment in case you’re not home.
I use the changing of the clocks to test my equipment and plan. Whenever the clocks change, I fire up the generator, the propane stove and heater, check the water supplies and food dates. I check batteries, bulbs and just generally inspect my supplies. I grill family members on our emergency plan and make sure they can operate the equipment. It’s not military standard to be sure and it’s only once every six months, but it’s better than nothing.
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