Disaster preparation should be a forethough, not an afterthought.
Last year, the U.S. suffered six major national disasters. Hundreds of people were killed, and thousands more were displaced from their homes or left without essentials like power and water.
- Were you one of these people? And even if not, can you honestly say it won’t ever happen to you?
- With the cost of national disasters reaching over $1 billion each, when do you think the supplies to help will run out?
- What will be the cost of not being able to sustain yourself and your family post disaster?
- Food lines? Shelters?
You name it, millions of Americans experienced this in 2018.
The question is: Will YOU be ready next time?
I recently visited Florida two months after the devastation of Hurricane Michael. One of hundreds of destroyed homes I took pictures of is below. I spoke with locals and the information I received on the status of the population was shocking. Most people had no government assistance and had to leave their homes. Those who's homes survived were still experiencing daily power outages. In fact, while I was eating at one of the only local restaurants serving food, the power went out and they could not process credit cards. Locals also said everyone knew the hurricane was coming well in advance, many did not evacuate or prepare, believing that it 'might' just pass over. After the hurricane hit, all the supplies they did have to evacuate with them were lost or destroyed, and many lives were lost too. Locals also said there was a serious problem with looters.
This is a hard reality for many post-disaster situations.
The next time a disaster strikes, will you have what is necessary to feed your family, reboot your power, prevent armed looters from attacking your home and forcibly taking what you have, and rebuild what you lost?
This is not a question of ‘IF’. There is no question a disaster will strike somewhere, sometime. We have seen record breaking hurricanes and wildfires completely destroy thousands of structures and take many lives SEVERAL times last year.
Rather, the question is ‘WHEN.’ It doesn’t matter where you live, there are any number of disasters that you could very well face.
There is no better time than now to start thinking about what you would do if disaster struck your area. Like many people, you may find yourself relying on government assistance that will never come.
What if your town or city lost its power grid and/or water supply, but your home survived? Even then you will need supplies to recover.
What if the water supply is contaminated or unsafe? Do you have the necessary supplies to maintain consumable water?
The purpose behind this article is not to scare anyone into purchasing products to prepare for disaster.
Instead, it’s about the truth - the truth that disasters are so common today that people just like you and me decided to create and manufacture products to help prepare for and ease the suffering after disasters.
There are so many amazing innovations available today, and considering that these are available at such affordable prices, it really surprises me that not every American household is prepared for at least one disaster.
I am not just talking about simple freeze dried food packets or a filtered water bottle that you can buy at any sporting goods store. There really are so many products out there that truly help save and sustain lives.
For example, what if your grandmother’s power went out and she had a motorized chair, bed, or CPAP machine to help her or sustain her life? Today, there are lightweight fuelless generators that will power these items up in an instant.
As the owner of an online survival gear store, what I unfortunately see most is people purchasing items they need AFTER disaster strikes.
Our phones ring off the hook after a storm or wildfire, with people buying items like fuelless generators and packs of emergency foods.
Both of these things are definitely items you will need in case gas stations or grocery stores are closed down, but again, too many people make the mistake of buying these items *after* the disaster has struck rather than *before*.
Ok, so let’s get back to the basics. If you knew a major storm is coming and there was a possibility you will be evacuated, possibly lose your home, or a risk of grid failure, what would you do?
I don’t know about you, but here’s what I would do:
- Load my roof top tent on my pickup truck.
- Grab my freeze dried food buckets and pack them in.
- Pack up essential clothes, money, and essential keepsakes.
- Load my 30lb. fuelless generator and solar panels.
- Take my solar shower, portable stove, water filters, and cookware I already have packed up for such occasions.
There you go: within thirty minutes, I could be ready to bail, and I could drive far away from harm’s way with everything I need on my vehicle to live in for several days (even months if needed), and without relying on shelters or food lines.
One more thing: I hear many people say that all this costs far too much money and isn’t worth it to them financially.
If this applies to you, there are two perspectives to consider:
If you could have the setup above for around $3000 - $5000 that could support and shelter a family of 4 for three to six months, would you do it? Then you definitely have the capital to fund a disaster plan.
If you truly don’t have that kind of capital, the alternative is to gradually build up your supplies over time as you have money come in. Simply set aside a small percentage of your income each month or pool together with several family members to create a plan and build up supplies.
Save for it. Make it happen. Your life depends on it.
So, will you be ready next time?