Being prepared is something everyone needs to be doing. It’s a growing trend that we need to be self-sufficient and prepared for any crisis or natural disaster.
Survival preparedness and self-reliance is becoming a big trend in the United States. But there is also a right and wrong way to do this.
Think about your preparedness plan and see if you’re making one of these five mistakes.
Error No. 1 – Forgetting to Make an Emergency Plan
No matter what, you need an emergency plan. You need to know exactly what to do when a disaster strikes.
Your emergency plan should have:
If you have kids in school, learn the disaster response policies of the schools or day care centers. And have a back-up plan for someone to pick them up if you can’t.
Have at least two pre-arranged meeting places for your family and make sure the kids know where they are. And teach the children how to use 911 and rehearse what to say.
Error No. 2 – Forgetting to Rehearse a Bug-Out Scenario
Practice makes perfect. And you should practice as a family:
Build a Shelter. Each time you practice this activity, try to beat your previous time. Weather will be a factor. Use braches, leaves, your tarp, poncho, parachute or whatever you have available.
Error No. 3 – Forgetting to Keep Supplies in a Variety of Locations
Building a primary stockpile is important. But you should also have a kit in your car, at a grandparents’ house, or a place outside like garden shed or garage.
These other stockpile locations need to be close enough to get to.
They need to be in a cool, dry place where your supplies won’t get damaged sunlight, moisture and extreme temperatures.
Error No. 4 – Forgetting to Pack Important Documents
In an emergency, you may not be able to bring your file cabinet with. Have copies of these important documents. They should be kept in a safe place where you can grab them quickly if necessary.
What are the most important documents to have at the ready?
Keep all these documents in a safe place, such as a fireproof safe. And in waterproof plastic bags. Scanning and uploading to a USB device is also helpful.
Error No. 5 – Forgetting to Include Survival Books
We find most of our prepper information online now, but have hardcopies of books or downloading these books on your kindle or cell in the event the internet is down or you have no service.
Have you seen or made other prep mistakes that I didn’t list? We learn from our mistakes, and learning from others, so please share in the comment section of my blog post.