There are a myriad of disasters which could befall you and your loved ones, either at home, work/school or while traveling. We are not in the habit of scare tactics and the likelihood is quite small, however in the interests of being prepared (a key motto of ours) - do consider these possible eventualities:
1. Man Made
Acts of Terrorism (including biological, chemical, explosive etc); Accidents; Collisions (from aircraft, vehicles etc.); Criminal threat; Fire; and even Nuclear incidents.
Earthquakes; Extremes of Cold & Heat; Flooding; Landslides; Lightening strikes; Power outages; Snow storms, Thunderstorms; Tsunamis; Volcanic eruptions; Wildfires; and Wind (e.g. hurricanes, tornadoes etc.).
In any of these circumstances there are two basic responses, either take shelter where you are (see our suggested list for preparation in taking shelter) or evacuate to a safe location (see our suggested list for evacuation preparation). Being ready for these scenarios is the key message for this month’s celebration in the USA of Emergency Preparedness.
To take things further, and to gain a real in depth knowledge, go the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s website and look at their Independent Study Program (ISP) online course list. Top tip: look at course IS-22 "Are you ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.“
Whatever you do, take this month to plan and implement an Emergency Preparedness Kit, ready for any possible eventuality. If you already have this in place take this month to review, replenish and refresh your plans and kit.