Preparedness goals are important, no matter where you live, where you work, how much money you have, or what your culture is. Disasters on a large scale, as well as on a more personal level, can and do happen on a daily basis. Your preparedness goals should include efforts for each and every possibility. Can you be prepared for everything? Absolutely not! There are always unexpected things. There are always things we have not thought of, or things that catch us off guard. All we can do is prepare our best, for whatever we can, and pray for the best. Prepare for the worst, and pray for the best! Good motto to have!
Let’s take a quick glance back to some Octobers, and see what was happening……..
Hurricane Matthew Hits Haiti, Eastern Seaboard – On October 4, 2016 Hurricane Matthew hit
the island of Haiti as a level 5
hurricane, the highest level a hurricane can achieve. With winds up to 160 mph the hurricane destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure throughout Haiti, completely wiping out towns, like Jeremie. It has been reported that almost 1,000 fatalities occurred because of Matthew. Wow we have seen that recently, right??
More Earthquakes Rock Italy – These earthquakes come just two months after the 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy in August—an earthquake that killed about 300 people. Four days later on Oct. 30, 2016, a 6.6 earthquake hits central Italy. The largest earthquake to hit the country in over 30 years. These earthquakes are more and more frequently right now. It seems there is always one happening somewhere.
In October of 2012 – Meningitis Outbreak Spreads throughout the U. S. (Oct. 4): An outbreak of meningitis has killed five people in the United States. In addition, 30 people have meningitis in six states. The outbreak has been linked to a contaminated steroid drug. Hurricane Sandy Wreaks Havoc (Oct. 24): Sandy, which blew into the Caribbean as a tropical storm, is upgraded to hurricane status as it hits Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. October apparently is not a month to sit back and breathe a sigh of relief! Stuff still happens!
Stuff is happening all of the time. It is not a matter of if, it really is a matter of when it will reach us. Perhaps your home right now, is going through your own tough times. It wouldn’t surprise me at all. We are all going through something. Having weekly preparedness goals, is one way to help get you through these tough times. We all need worthy goals to work on. If you look here, you can download the calendar for the entire year. That way if you have missed something, and would like to do a little catch up, you can see what we have been working on.
Your preparedness goals for this week are here:
$2 added to your emergency cash fund, for each person in your household. If you would just like to do it all at once instead of doing the $2 weekly, add $108 to your fund for each person in your household. Age is irrelevant when it comes to your cash fund. Just make sure you have enough. Here is the quick chart if you don’t want to do the math. 2 people – $216, 3 people – $324, 4 people – $432 and so on. Make sense??
2 litres of water per person, added to your water storage this week. I was talking to a friend the other day, and he made mention to me, that he had the basic water stored for his family, like is always suggested. He had put away the recommend amount for 72 hours, 1 gallon per person, per day for 72 hours, and next that same amount – 1 gallon per person per day, for 14 days. He had that amount for his family. Then he participated in a mock emergency drill, where he had to shut off the water to his home for a couple of days, and live off the amount they had stored. He very quickly realized, that they didn’t have enough water even for the 72 hours! Doing research, and finding out that the average person uses 80 gallons of water in their home, per day, he made the adjustments and bought big water storage containers. Think about it……how long would your water storage last?
This week for food storage, add canned meats to your pantry. Make sure you don’t just add any old canned meats, thinking you will use them up. If you will never eat Spam for example, why buy it? You may think you will eat it if there is nothing else, and that may well be, but if it is old and out dated, because you never used it, what makes you think it is going to be more palatable then? Only store what you will eat. It could be things like tuna, canned chicken, salmon, even things like chili, and other high proteins and meats. Just because it is a sale, doesn’t mean buy it, only buy what you will eat.
Add a 5 gallon bucket and a plunger to use as a make shift washing machine in the event you don’t have power, or your machine collapses. There are other options if you don’t want to make one of these, you could purchase one like this! I have one of these little guys, and it works like a charm. It is inexpensive, and good quality. It will only do a really small load, a few shirts or a pair of pants or two, but in a pinch, it would do the job. You should consider one of them. A bucket and plunger are a good option too, but for a few dollars more, this is a good option.
This week, test your smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors. I replace my batteries every October and every April, so this would be a good month to do that. It would also be a great time to have a mock fire drill with your family. For big kids, little kids, and adults, it is important to have mock drills to keep the information fresh in your mind. If you practice, then when the time comes to put it into place, it will be like second nature, you will just respond and react to what you have already practiced. Here is some great information on smoke detectors that maybe you didn’t know. It comes from Government of Canada
Smoke detectors save lives. It is important to put smoke detectors in the right places in your home. You should also test them regularly to make sure that they work properly. You can minimize your family’s risk of fire-related injury or death by installing the right number of smoke detectors in the right places in your home, and by keeping them all in good working order.
- Install smoke detectors outside each bedroom and sleeping area, and on each level of your home, including the basement.
- Read and follow every step of the manufacturer’s directions when you install your smoke detectors.
- Test your smoke detectors every month to make sure that they are working properly.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your smoke detectors.
- Change the batteries as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace any smoke detector that is more than ten years old.
- Investigate any false alarms, and have an escape plan in case of a real fire.
Purchase a fire extinguisher for your home and keep it handy in the event of a small fire. Make sure you know what to look for when buying a fire extinguisher for your home.
- Ensure your extinguisher is labelled by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
- The higher the number rating on the extinguisher, the more fire it puts out. It is important to make sure you can comfortably hold and operate the one you buy.
- Have your extinguisher serviced and inspected regularly, and recharge it after use.
- Install your fire extinguisher near an escape route and away from potential fire hazards.
That does it for this week. Planning and practicing, preparing in every way possible, are all part and parcel to your preparedness goals. It all works together. You may think it is silly to practice, but the only silliness is in thinking you know everything and don’t need any more. I always like the professor, or teacher who says to their student, “There are no silly questions.” Likewise in preparedness, “There are no silly practices, no silly questions, no silly plans.” Everything is important. If you feel silly about it, then it is probably even more important that you do it!