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September is National Preparedness Month!

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This is the month, designated by FEMA as THE month to get ready.

In reality, prepping never stops, it just plugs along getting better and better. But this is the perfect time of year to do many things.

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The results of 9/11 brought with it a renewed understanding of just how unprepared the general public is when it comes to disaster of any kind. The main site for FEMA is http://www.ready.gov/. This site will give you basic information, but if you want to truly prepare, get information from this site and others in our community that have much deeper insight into what is needed. I believe that the FEMA website, “does no harm”. Meaning it does basic things without going to far into better preps or a cold and realistic view of how bad some disasters truly can be. It also uses generic counts and amounts for items and cannot take into account each person/family’s capabilities and needs.

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The fact is that Preparedness and Survival needs ARE PERSONAL! Now think about that. Each person and family has different needs and views on preparedness. What you prepare for may not be exactly what your neighbor preps for or how he preps. So Preparedness is very personal and you should always look at lists and decisions on your terms, not anyone else’s.

Evacuation Plan

This time of year is also a perfect time of year to do several things since fall is coming, football is just around the corner and so is winter. If you have a garden, time to plant for fall and harvest and put up everything you can now. Maybe get new compost into the garden, chop and drop and get the greenhouse in order. Maybe you need to go through your current preps and see what is missing, outdated or not longer applicable to your plans.

Here’s a few things on my site to read and think about:

I will also offer it’s time to get out that generator if you have one and test it. Generators should be run at least once per month if the fuel is treated. Check your flashlights, review emergency procedures with the entire family. It’s important to review bug out plans, the who, why and when of leaving or staying.

This is the month that we go through our preps and plans. In our move from CA to NV, there are a lot of changes to our bug out and bug in plans. If your location or living situation has changed, YOUR PLAN HAS CHANGED. So take a look at that as well.

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We go through our prep lists, food and gear to see what achievements have been made and where we need to make improvements. No matter who you are you will have progress and failure, but this is the month that we take a look at those and make corrections. Good time of year to check your six!

Here are some items to check:

  • Check your vehicle emergency bag. Flares in good shape, spare batteries ready.
  • Thorough check of your vehicle. Chains in the back, spare water. How are your tires, oil change….
  • Review and change items in your Bug Out Bags. Are things expired, do you have your winter clothes in their yet?
  • Current Evacuation Plan. Has it changed in the past 12 months. Time to do a review
  • Home back up power. Have you exercised it and tested it to be sure it will work when it’s really needed?
  • Foodstores. How does the pantry look? Find some items on sale and stock it up.
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors, furnace filter and chimney sweep.
  • Animals. Pens in good repair, test and get heating equipment ready to use.
  • Fuel. Have you stored some fuel and stabilized it?
  • Outdoor water lines, time to make up a plan for disconnection and draining.
  • Garden items, anything ready?
  • Canning or dehydration of your crops.
  • Children updated school information, has anything changed during an emergency?

Preparedness is about the BIG Picture. So it will entail just about everything you do and during the winter, it can become deadly serious. Make sure you are prepared, don’t just kick back and have another bowl of nachos with the game, get in the game!

 

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