National Preparedness Month
Now that it is national preparedness month it is time to start thinking how to become the best prepared for disasters and emergencies as you can be. Being prepared has been a part of my life since 1998 and I have worked toward that goal – an Area of Safety, a buffer from the world, around my family – at varying levels of urgency since that time.
National Preparedness Month serves as a critical reminder for individuals, families, and communities to prioritize their readiness for emergencies. This designated month aims to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared for various types of disasters. Throughout September, individuals are encouraged to evaluate their level of preparedness, create emergency plans, assemble supply kits, and engage in educational activities to enhance their resilience. National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity for everyone to take proactive steps towards safeguarding themselves and their loved ones, fostering a culture of preparedness, and building stronger, more resilient communities.
Kits and Preparations
I have had more than a year supply of basic food and through a series of events gave most of it away. Yesterday I inventoried my Long Term Storage. I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though I gave so much away, I’m still not far off from the 1 year goal. I could purchase the missing items today if I wished. This is a big Area of Safety for me. I know that no matter what may happen to us financially, I can feed my family.
I have had a fully stocked, 72-hour emergency kit, taken C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team) classes and felt prepared to help with most any emergency, only to use these supplies for camping and other non-emergency times. My Bug Out Kit is out of date and will not sustain me if I have to leave my home in an emergency. Therefore I have identified a vulnerability in my Area of Safety.
Previously I have canned and used my whole supply up to date. Now I am looking forward to canning again. There is nothing quite as satisfying as looking at those jars on the counter after a day of hard work! This is the perfect time of year to find a great bargain some homemade goodness for my family.
Today lets begin a quest in earnest. A year’s supply of basic food, a fully stocked pantry. This should be able to sustain us for 3 months, a functioning 72-hour kit, medical supplies in case of emergency or pandemic (or a cold) and 6 months savings against the unknown.
We are all about knowing that whatever emergency your family might face; economic hardship, natural disaster, or just fear of the unknown. You can have an Area of Safety around your family be prepared.
Join us each day in September for a National Preparedness Month challenge. Each day we will provide an area for you think about and work on. This is a way to move you closer to emergency preparedness for your family.
Importance of National Preparedness Month
As we embark on National Preparedness Month, it is a timely reminder of the significance of being prepared for emergencies. This month serves as an opportunity for individuals, families, and communities to reflect on their level of readiness and take proactive steps to enhance their resilience. Throughout the month, various initiatives, resources, and educational campaigns will be available to raise awareness about the importance of preparedness.
National Preparedness Month also serves as a reminder of the power of community resilience. It is not just about individual preparedness, but also about fostering a culture of readiness within our neighborhoods and towns. Engaging with local emergency response organizations, participating in community drills and exercises, and supporting initiatives that promote preparedness are all essential steps in building a resilient community that can effectively navigate through crises.
As we mark the beginning of National Preparedness Month, let us seize this opportunity to prioritize our safety, protect our loved ones, and contribute to the collective preparedness of our communities. Remember, preparedness is a continuous journey. By investing our time and efforts now, we can help ensure a safer and more secure future for ourselves and those around us.