National Preparedness Month Spreads Urgent Message
Half of American Families Are Without Survival Supplies
* 48% of Americans don't have a survival kit or emergency supplies.
* Americans believe they can survive an average of 16 days in their homes . . . but over
half don't have even a 3-day supply of non-perishable food and water.
* 55% of Americans believe that "authorities" will come to their rescue when disaster strikes!
Summary: Roughly half the country is prepared, and the other half is unprepared.
In an effort to improve these statistics, the United States has celebrated a National Preparedness Month since 2003. This year, it's the month of September.
Many events are planned. For example, CNN has announced a series of "humorous" ads on emergency preparedness, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network has reissued its list of resources, and a Google Alert for "emergency preparedness" yields literally hundreds of announcements for local activities. Resources are available to all Americans, prepared or unprepared.
Preparedness experts ask, "Which group are you in? Perhaps more important, which group are your neighbors in?"
When only one family is prepared, neighbors will naturally turn to them when the authorities don't come. Not all families will be willing or even able to share their supplies. So true preparedness requires both an individual and a neighborhood response.
Three simple steps can help put everyone on the right side of the equation.
EmergencyPlanGuide.org offers suggestions for pulling together family preparedness plans and supplies, as well as proven ideas for strengthening community resilience. They recommend three simple steps:
1. Build a survival kit – one for yourself and one for each person you care about. The custom 72-hour survival kit shown can be built in just a few days; following its workbook guidelines will give you the confidence that you have essential survival supplies you can both use and trust.
2. Stock up on extra food and water by simply buying a bit extra each time you shop, and storing it at the back of the cupboard. Rotate regularly.
3. Get to know your neighbors. They are the ones who will come to your rescue when professional help is delayed or doesn't make it at all.
Let National Preparedness Month be a reason to share survival planning and preparedness information, including this article. Having only half the population prepared threatens the survival of all.
About Emergency Plan Guide
Joseph Krueger and Virginia Nicols, founders of Emergency Plan Guide, publish weekly tips, reviews and planning ideas for families and particularly for groups. Their recommendations and insights come from real-life experiences drawn from their 20 years in emergency preparedness planning and 10 years as heads of their neighborhood Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) group. EmergencyPlanGuide.org has more details on the Custom Survival Kit backpack and workbook and suggestions for incorporating them into a group activity.
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