Daily Kos: Are YOU ready for disaster? Part 2 of 4 - Plan to survive!

Are YOU ready for disaster? Part 2 of 4 - Plan to survive!
by AlphaGeek [Subscribe]
Mon Sep 12th, 2005 at 17:55:28 CDT

Chance favors the prepared mind. - Louis Pasteur

In any given disaster situation, you will find a group of people who maximize their chances for survival by making the correct choices before, during, and after the crisis. These folks have a few things in common:

* Each of them personally decided that he/she was going to survive
* They accurately assessed their immediate and near-term risks and needs
* They made the best plan they could based on available resources
* They executed that plan in a flexible, adaptive manner
* They kept going until they had reached safety, and did not give up

The single most important thing you can do to survive a disaster is to be mentally prepared.

Being prepared for disaster does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. In this multi-part series of DailyKos Diaries, I will share with you, dear reader, many of the lessons I've learned regarding the most effective ways to prepare for an emergency.

* AlphaGeek's diary :: ::

This is the second installment in a multi-part series on personal disaster preparedness. Your humble correspondent is a Silicon Valley technical executive with both professional and personal experience in risk assessment and disaster-readiness planning. Links to reference materials, including planning guides and reference information, will be found at the end of the final Diaries in this series. Because of the huge response to the first Diary in the series, I am expanding the number of installments to (at least) four to cover all of the subjects people want to discuss.

WARNING: This Diary series discusses a wide range of disaster-related subjects in a straightforward, honest fashion. Some people may experience a strong emotional reaction to reading about or discussing situations which are normally avoided in polite conversation. You have been warned.

When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?

Despite what you may have gathered from reading guides to readiness from the government, the Red Cross, or other organizations, you should not begin with a spending spree at the local hardware store. When you strip away all of the bureaucrat-speak, there are three basic steps you must follow to be ready for disaster:

1. Assess
2. Plan
3. Prepare

In this installment, we will discuss step 2, planning to address risks. This topic will be continued in tomorrow's installment.

Daily Kos: Are YOU ready for disaster? Part 2 of 4 - Plan to survive!


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