Look, I’m not saying the zombie apocalypse is right around the corner or anything but if the 15.6 million of you who watched the mid-season premiere of Walking Dead last night are anything to go by, many of you have wondered if you have what it takes to survive the collapse of civilization as we know it.
Which kind of got me to thinking and looking around the house to see if we are prepared for an emergency, small or large scale. While we have a few things on hand to get by, it turns out we need to a little bit more to be ready.
There are some truly fantastic sites that you can visit to get a step by step guide on emergency preparedness for you and your family. I particularly like the infographic found on naturalnews.com for the more-than-your-basic-3-Days-of-Prep-List
Realistically, many of us won't actually be able to go to the amazing lengths some "Preppers" do but at the bare minimum we can all plan for at least 3 days as the government and emergency services suggest.
Step 1) Make a plan! FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in the US has one of the best tools I've ever seen for creating a Parent and Child Emergency Communication Plan that has free printable templates you can fill in with your kids. Take the time before an emergency ever happens to do this with your kids, and you won't regret it. Click here for the template. As you make your emergency plan, consider the needs of family members with special needs, medications, needs of your pets, shutting off utilities, and any emergency plans that are already in place at schools, daycares and workplaces.
Your municipal governments also have local emergency plans that are very handy to know. To familiarize yourself with yours please click on the appropriate link:
Step 2) Build a Kit! A number of great lists can be found online or you can even purchase them already assembled but that has a pretty high cost when it's not really that hard to build up your own supplies. Again, FEMA has a pretty solid, printable checklist of what should be in your Emergency Preparedness Kit, click here for a copy. Think of what you might bring camping and start there.
Step 3) Be Informed! Most of us don't really know the difference between a warning and a watch or the different kinds of alerts we may hear. Emergency Management Ontario, a division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, contains so much valuable info on what we can expect in an emergency and how to prep. Check them out here
Families who do these 3 steps are much better prepared to get through an emergency. If an actual zombie attack happens, though, you may want to add a samurai sword to that kit! lol
I'm curious to know, what would you add to your emergency kit that you couldn't live without?