Good Planning Can Help You Avoid Relying On Luck
By Tom Herrin
There are times when a lot of people seem to place their safety and well-being more in what seems to be luck than good thinking. That is, those times when people rely on the notion that they have survived bad situations so far, so surely they can continue to do the same. There are many people who are content to ride out storms because they fail to see the urgency that is reported on the news. It is sad enough that these people place first responders in jeopardy to help them. If people will simply plan with a purpose, they can protect themselves and others. Good planning can take the chance out of decision-making.
Packing Supplies Can Allow Quick Evacuation
When people are told to get out of a dangerous situation by those who are charged with public safety, it is best to do so as expeditiously as possible. In order to do that, they need to have essentials already together and packed to go. Bottled water, ready-to-eat food, first aid supplies, and copies of important documents such as birth certificates and insurance papers should be in something that can be easily picked up and carried out, such as a five-gallon bucket.
Everyone Needs To Know How To Use What They Have
It is great to have supplies, but if people do not know how to use them, it is of no use. Everyone knows how to use water, but they may need instruction on how to use it sparingly. Ready-to-eat-food is best if it is easy to open and requires no water. The last thing anyone wants to do is use up a limited water supply. Every family member needs to know something about basic first aid because there is no predicting who will be needing it and who is home at the time.
Know How To Communicate
When a crisis occurs, cell towers may be down as well as radio and television signals. In this case, something you previously depended on is no longer available. Everyone needs to have a list of phone numbers and email addresses for all family members and any other trusted people or sources. If people become separated, usually places that house those in need will take inventory of who is there. This can be reported to public officials who may have the responsibility of matching people up. The key to all of this is a plan. When you include all of your family members in making a plan, each will feel some ownership and be more likely to execute it when needed. Good planning is always better than luck.
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