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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One80 Headlamp Review

One80 Headlamp Review

When you need a flashlight, you don’t have many different design options to choose from. There hand held, headlamps, lantern style and flexible work lights that let you hang them in places to see better. Flashlights have certainly got better over the years especially with the incorporation of the LED bulb but the design of a single bulb throwing light right in front of you has not changed. It has now with the One80 Headlamp. (more…)...
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Creating an Estate Preparedness Portfolio

Creating an Estate Preparedness Portfolio

Whether you have to bug out or are preparing for end of life, creating an Estate Preparedness Portfolio is a critical task that needs to be completed. It is one of the least fun things to do in preparedness but can be one of the most satisfying and important things when documents are needed after a disaster has displaced you and your home has been destroyed. (more…)...
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Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Preparing to Bug Out

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Preparing to Bug Out

Sometimes a disaster forces you to leave your home and when that happens the last thing you need to be doing is to start gathering the things you need without planning and preparing. You are bound to forget really important supplies and equipment in your haste. The best thing you can do is to think about preparing to leave now, make plans and start organizing the things that you need to take with you. (more…)...
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Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Preparing to Bug In

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Preparing to Bug In

Unless you are forced to leave your home due to a disaster, bugging in (sheltering in place) is much more preferable to evacuating/bugging out if you have prepared to survive.  If you have to leave your home you can only take so much with you and the costs of travel and temporary accommodations can be expensive. The inconvenience of being away from your home and the things you use every day can be especially tough for seniors. In this post I am going to discuss a few of the main things to do to start preparing to bug in. If you have not read Disaster Preparedness for Seniors – Part 1 and Part 2, please do so that you have a bit of context for this post. Although this series on preparedness for seniors will apply to the smaller 2- or 3-day power outage or minor disaster, it is primarily about dealing with long term preparedness.  Please see my previous posts on Concerns with our Power Grid...
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