What Is Your Backup Plan?

“Be prepared” is not just the Boy Scouts’ motto. It’s a philosophy we should all be living under in this day and age. The future is more uncertain than it’s ever been. In fact, the only thing we can really count on is that things are going to get a lot messier… probably in the near future.

I realize I’m preaching to the choir here, but I want to bring something a little different into the conversation this time. I’m hoping that by now a vast majority of us are prepared for a crisis situation with an emergency food supply, plenty of bottled water, a packed and ready-to-go bug-out bag and a number of other essential items such as flashlights, batteries, knives, cordage, etc.

But what’s your backup plan? For example, what are you going to do if the power in your home goes out for an extended period of time? What are you going to do if a storm levels your home and destroys all the food and water you’ve stockpiled? What are you going to do if the only available water out there is contaminated?

The best prepared people in the world are not those with a five-year food and water supply at home. They’re the ones with a substantial food supply at home and additional food stockpiles in one or two other locations.

The best prepared people in the world are not the ones with 500 gallons of bottled water in their basements. They’re the ones with 50 gallons of bottled water in their basement and a reliable water purification system.

The best prepared people in the world are not those with 25 flashlights and 50 batteries at home. They’re the ones with five flashlights and 10 batteries at each of two or three different locations, plus a portable solar generator.

The lesson here is that isn’t enough just to be prepared for the type of emergency you anticipate. It’s crucial to be ready for the type of disaster that could cut power from your home for a lengthy period of time or chase you from your home.

Here’s how to do it. Think about every precaution you have taken in order to be ready for the coming crisis. Now ask yourself, what’s my backup plan for each one? Yes, be prepared with emergency food and water in your home, but 1) keep some in secondary locations, 2) get yourself a reliable portable generator and 3) acquire a reliable water purification system.


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