One thing that annoys me about the “prepping” community is the focus on location-specific preparation and the mindset that people will have always have enough forewarning, foreknowledge, and firepower to get to their secure location. Plus, many plan and prepare only for disasters that are TEOTWAWKI. That kind of thinking, however, is pretty much counter to reality, as we are more likely to deal with a power outage than an outbreak of Ebola. Even the best-prepared, best-equipped armies in the world get surprised by weather and their fellow man, so why do we think that if we live in a world of hyper-awareness it allows us to avoid the worst life has to offer us?
We spend almost one-third of our adult lives at our work. Sure, you may have the ultimate home defensive setup and are prepared to ride out the zombie apocalypse in your bug-out location far from civilization, but what about your office? What do you have there to help you deal with disasters both great and small?
What should you have in your disaster supply kit?
It depends on a lot of things, but the Weather Channel has a list that you can start with. The good news is you probably already have most of these items in your home, they key is to assemble them into kits that can be used in emergencies. We will cover how to kit your gear in future posts, for now make sure you have the essentials. If you don’t, make a list of what you are missing and shop for them. Remember the concept of “Two is One, One is None” to ensure redundancy and you will be well on your way to assembling a useful disaster supply kit.
Cars break down, often times at the wrong place at the wrong time. It will happen, the only question is when.
How does one prepare for this?
Nationwide Insurance has a fairly helpful page on what you should have in your car and what you should do when you experience a break-down. We’ll cover more details on what should be in your car kit in future posts but the Nationwide page is a good starting point. You will want to fine-tune your car emergency kit based upon where you live and other factors, the key concept though is to learn principles that you can apply in your preparations. So take some time and put together your car’s emergency kit today. It doesn’t have to be complete, the main idea is to get started and add to it over time.