With these 5 positive attitudes you can become prepared
Disasters happen. If it hasn’t happened to you directly, you know of someone who has been through challenging times. These would be life changing disasters like these in 2013 that gave us six of the costliest disasters on record, (source) or they could be personal disasters like job loss. Either way, you have come to the realization that preparedness is important. Embrace the prepper attitude as you begin your journey.
1. This applies to me.
So often we think that important things don’t apply to us personally. Just like getting life insurance and a yearly check-up, taking the step toward being prepared is necessary. It applies to us all, so be prepared for whatever challenges you may come up against. The attitude “this applies to me” can be motivating as you make your family preparedness plans.
2. I can find the time.
Now that you’ve come to the realization that preparedness applied to you, you will find a way to make the time for preparedness. While we often think there is not any more time in the day, and we cannot possibly add one more thing, there is always time when we prioritize our schedule. Make the time – to find the time – and schedule it with your family. Even one hour a week will make a big difference.
3. I can find what works for my family.
Another empowering statement. There are many preparedness programs out there. Luckily you can find the level of preparedness that works for your family situation. Urban, suburban or rural families will come at preparedness from different ways. Be patient as you find what works for you. Start off with a FEMA guide to be informed and take a look at some of my beginning posts about preparedness – Getting Started Prepping | PreparednessMama – Family Communication Plan | PreparednessMama – What Are My Disasters? | PreparednessMama.
4. I can start this week.
Once you come to the realization that preparedness applies to you and you have made the time in your life – you need to start. It’s that simple. Get family emergency kits started. Have three days of water storage and begin a food storage plan.
5. I want the peace of mind that comes with being prepared.
Preparedness can be organized according to the needs and circumstances of your home. Here are some general suggestions
- // Learn from others. Join a Facebook group or local preparedness group. Find reliable online resources, like my favorite preparedness bloggers.
- // Include a variety of activities each week. Emergency kits, water storage, food storage and skills can be rotated to keep it fresh and interesting.
- // Have fun! Play games that teach the skills you need. Practice drills can be fun if approached with the right frame of mind.
- // Be consistent. If you miss your scheduled day, choose another that works. The family is more likely to embrace your ideas if they are anticipating it.
While your preparedness activities may not be perfect every time, your family will be blessed by your efforts as you strive to be better prepared. this will bring you immeasurable peace of mind.
David A. Bednar said: “No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the …strokes of paint (in a picture) complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistence in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant…results.”
You can adopt the prepper attitude and be ninja ready for the next disaster. What are the first things you did to become prepared? Share in the comments below.