Think about what crises and accidents could affect you at home and prepare for them to the best of your ability. If there is no power or you are cut off by the weather, you should be equipped to fend for yourself for at least 72 hours.
Most of us are completely dependent on electricity in our every-day lives: for heating, light, cooking, hot water and running electrical appliances and devices. Storms, natural disasters, sabotage, technical problems, terrorism or acts of war can result in many people’s electricity or water supply being cut off. They can also make it more difficult to get hold of essential goods and supplies. While the chance of this happening is quite small, it is best to be prepared. With a small back-up supply of the things you are most dependent on – water, food, medicines and a source of heat – you are better equipped to manage on your own for a few days.
Think about what might happen, what consequences these incidents could have, and how your family would deal with the situation. Find out who might need your help and how you can contribute. If you have equipment you plan to use in an emergency, make sure that you know how to use it and that it is in good working order.
The basic needs that must be met in the first three days of any crisis are heating, drink, food, medicines, hygiene and information. Many of us already have a good deal of what we need to fend for ourselves for a few days, so you may not have to do very much to be completely prepared.
If you have the essentials to be able to survive on your own for at least 72 hours, you are equipped to get through most crises. Should the crisis last a long time, you will have a little extra time to make further plans thanks to these preparations. In addition, by being able to survive on your own for a few days, you are allowing those who need assistance most to receive it first.