There are countless post-apocalyptic movies available to stream or purchase these days. We have watched our fair share of these films and it got me thinking – what would we do if a terrible misfortune occurred in our home town? Are we prepared to get up and go at any moment? The answer: I don’t know and no. I don’t think zombies are going to come out of the woodwork, but I do think that travesties can occur anywhere. Floods ruin cities, fires ruin forests, tornadoes ruin homes, and it’s naive to think that we are untouchable.
So how do we begin preparing if we don’t know what we are preparing for? Well, having meet-up spots is a good start. Sit down with your family and figure out exact locations for you all to meet up at if there is an emergency. Maybe you decide to meet across the street if there is a house fire. Maybe you decide to meet down the street at a local restaurant if there is a robbery. Maybe you decide to meet at specific parking lot if there is a necessary evacuation before relocating to a safer location together. Whatever it is that you decide, make a plan for possible situations.
Bug-out bags are an awesome second step for preparedness. These are backpacks full of supplies that you can just grab-and-go with if an emergency arises. Make a bag for each person in your family with their own supplies to survive if you are split up. Personalize your bug-out bag to fit your family’s needs including things such as:
- a water filter
- non-perishable food
- fishing line
- a bobber
- small boiling set
- non-battery operated flashlight(s)
- walkie talkies
- extra socks
- a watch
- survival book
- first-aid kit
Research as much as you can about survival and bug-out bags while putting together your own kits. Store them by your front door or bring them with you in your car when you are out-and-about.
No matter what you decide, plan ahead so you are ready when something occurs. Don’t obsess, just be prepared.