Community Preparedness – Structuring Your Group

Community Preparedness – Structuring Your Group

Structuring your community for organization and leadership and defining the teams and their roles is an important task to ensure that all aspects of planning and work are taken care of. In this post I will give you some ideas on how to break down the physical areas of your community and how to organize the different roles needed for long term survival. This is part 5 in a series on Community Preparedness. If you have yet to do so, please read part 1, Community Preparedness – Engaging our Neighbors for Mutual Survival, part 2 Community Preparedness – Getting Started, part 3 Community Preparedness – 24 Meeting Ideas to Engage Your Community and part 4 Community Preparedness – Analysis and Documentation. (more…)...
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Community Preparedness – Analysis and Documentation

Community Preparedness – Analysis and Documentation

Organizing and preparing your community for disasters requires some analysis and documentation to get a handle on where you are and where you need to go. The analysis helps determine what physical and human resources you have available, what you need to prepare for and what gaps need to be filled. In this post I will outline some analysis tasks that you need to think about and the documentation you need to start working on. This is part 4 in a series on Community Preparedness. If you have yet to do so, please read part 1, Community Preparedness – Engaging our Neighbors for Mutual Survival, part 2 Community Preparedness – Getting Started and part 3 Community Preparedness – 24 Meeting Ideas to Engage Your Community. (more…)...
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Community Preparedness – 24 Meeting Ideas to Engage Your Neighbors

Community Preparedness – 24 Meeting Ideas to Engage Your Neighbors

Getting people involved in community preparedness will take some effort. You need a way that can engage your neighbors so that they can be informed about threats and issues and became educated on how to plan and prepare. You can provide informational resources for their own research but it can jump start the effort if you plan meetings where they can learn, ask questions and start to become part of a community. Meeting in person breaks down barriers and can start to build trusting relationships. There is no better way to do this than hosting meetings about preparedness.   This is part 3 in a series on Community Preparedness. If you have yet to do so, please read part 1, Community Preparedness – Engaging our Neighbors for Mutual Survival and part 2 Community Preparedness – Getting Started. (more…)...
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Community Preparedness – Getting Started

Community Preparedness – Getting Started

Community Preparedness - Getting Started Personal Preparedness is critical for ensuring that your family can survive and thrive after a disaster. If your family is prepared with the basics when the electricity is out like food, water, lighting and the capability to cook and provide security, you are much more likely to comfortably survive until basic public services are restored. But what if services are not restored for weeks or even months. Will your family be able to survive alone without the help of others? It is possible, but without help from others, your chances of survival will be very low. So that is why you need your community to be prepared along with you. In this post, Community Preparedness - Getting Started, I will discuss some initial steps in organizing a community preparedness group that can provide mutual assistance after disaster. (more…)...
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Community Preparedness – Engaging our Neighbors for Mutual Survival

Community Preparedness – Engaging our Neighbors for Mutual Survival

Engaging Your Neighbors for Mutual Assistance The repercussions from the Covid-19 Outbreak have taught us several things about the preparedness level of our family, as well as our local community, city, state and nation. You hopefully have realized that we have so far dodged a bullet with this first round of infections but we likely will not do as well if a second-round hits that affects our economy. With that in mind, we all should have an updated plan and list of supplies, equipment and training that we need to obtain. As well as beefing up our own preparedness efforts, a very important thing we need to do is to start engaging our neighbors to build up the resilience of our community. In this first post on Community Preparedness, I want to talk about what Community Preparedness means and why it is important. (more…)...
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Covid-19 Preparedness Assessment

Covid-19 Preparedness Assessment

Covid-19 Pandemic We are still in the middle of this pandemic and depending on who you talk to it is either starting to level off a bit, it is not as bad as everyone is saying or we haven’t seen the worst yet. I tend to think it is the latter but time will tell. Regardless of where we are, I wanted to share some thoughts on the Covid-19 Preparedness Assessment for myself and the nation. (more…)...
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Preparedness Inventory Guidelines

Preparedness Inventory Guidelines

Keeping an inventory of your preparedness supplies and equipment is generally on the bottom of the list of things to do but it really is important in many ways. Although I feel good when my inventory is up to date, I tend to want to put it off like many of you. In this post I am going to give you some good reasons to get it done and some preparedness inventory guidelines. (more…)...
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Some Thoughts on Pandemic Preparedness

Some Thoughts on Pandemic Preparedness

I am sure that most of you are aware of the new coronavirus that is hitting China and starting to spread slowly at this point to other countries. Depending on what you read it could be devasting or it will be a big nothing except in China. It is not something that I am freaking out over but it has made me evaluate my preparedness for this type of event and am I feeling uneasy that I am not fully prepared for a pandemic. There is a lot of info on the web about the virus so I am not going talk about what it is, how it got started or any of the conspiracy theories going around. What I do want to do is give you some thoughts on where I fall short on supplies and planning that may help you evaluate your own preparedness. I also will provide some trusted resources for you to check out. (more…)...
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