In observance of National Preparedness Month, I would like to take a few minutes to talk to you about a very serious topic … natural disasters. I can’t quote any statistics but have you noticed that natural disasters seem to be hitting the United States (the world, for that matter) harder and more frequently every year? We have more (and more severe) hurricanes, super storms, tornadoes, blizzards, land slides, earthquakes, hail storms, wind storms, water contamination/shortages, and power outages than ever before. With as much coast line as we have, tsunamis are also a very real possibility. No state in the nation is invulnerable. No one is immune. And if you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing a natural disaster, then you know what it is like — and it shakes your world to the core. If you haven’t, then so far, you have been lucky. I have been lucky, but I often wonder how long my luck with hold out. And then the thought occurs to me, “What could be worse than that? How about going through it all alone … without my husband, kids, and parents and having no idea where they are, if they are safe, or how to reach them.” Yep, I’d say that would be far worse. I cannot imagine the horror of not being ready for a natural disaster.
With that in mind, please watch this short video and then ask yourself some very serious questions.
Now, your family probably has a rendezvous point outside your home in the event of a fire (most everyone does), but what about a meeting place away from home in the event that staying/going home is not an option? Does everyone in the family KNOW where to rendezvous? Is that place going to be open, able to serve your needs including water, medical care, & food? How would you connect with your family members and loved ones if, for some reason, someone did not show up at the rendezvous point? Have you sat them down & discussed this? Come up with any kind of a plan? You see, without such a plan, it could days, weeks, or even months before you locate all your missing family members. You may find yourself pinning photos on community bulletin boards near the Red Cross Tents! Yep, it could be you.
Seem overwhelming? Sure it does. But there are places to turn for help to a) think it through rationally b) plan ahead c) get your loved ones on board and d) get prepared. God forbid you ever need it, but you know what they say, “Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.” So, in observance of National Preparedness Month, we would like to share some of those resources with you.
- Learn how to create evacuation and emergency communication plans
- Download printable family communications plans for your children
- Find resources about natural disasters in your area
- Find out if you need a kit or “go bag” and what should be in it
- What to do about your business in a disaster
Okay, yes, there is some cost associated with “getting prepared” and we want to help with that as well. So this week, we are taking part in a group giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy what you need to get ready for a natural disaster! First, enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter widget below and then browse through the list of products below for ideas on how to spend that $100! Good luck to all of you and we hope this helps you get prepared for what ever comes your way!
Giveaway Details for $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway:
In honor of National Preparedness Month, the Homestead Bloggers Network is hosting a giveaway to help you become better prepared for any potential emergency situation. Not only do you need to create an emergency family plan, but you need to have some basic supplies at the ready. The winner of this giveaway will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Card to help them get everything on their family’s preparedness list!
The giveaway will end 11:59pm on September 22, 2014. Open to US residents, 18 and older only and void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary – chances of winning depend on number of entries received.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here are some ideas (from our affiliate partners) for things you could spend your $100 on if you win. Good luck to you all!
We hope you found some good information here to help you on your journey to preparedness. What steps have you already taken and what is left for you to do?