Preparing for Short-Term Emergencies

EING PREPARED for any type of emergency is part of provident living. You
can start by thinking about the most likely disasters that could happen in
your area, and plan what you would do in case of various emergencies.
Planning will help your family get organized and feel more secure.
Although you can’t anticipate exactly what you might encounter in your
future, you do have a pretty good idea of what items your family needs for daily living and what you find useful in case of illness and injury, and you might even think about what the typical backpacker needs to take for a three-day wilderness survival trip.

Since short-term emergencies are not only the most common but the easiest to plan for, we’ll start by preparing for those.
I define short-term emergencies as those that last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Sometimes we have warning and time to get ourselves ready to deal with the crisis. For example, you may know ahead of time that your water will be shut off.

You can wash clothes, take showers, water the lawn, as well as fill containers and bathtubs in anticipation of the shortage to minimize the inconvenience. Real crises, however,
seldom provide enough warning to enable you to prepare, thus you must quickly decide what to do and scramble to put together what you need—or do without. By anticipating what you might need in a crisis, you can determine in advance just what your family will do, as well as have all the items you need for emergency survival ready to use. The pages that follow provide suggestions to help you plan and prepare.

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