Why Should I Prepare for a Crisis That Might Never Happen?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We can debate that one all day if we want to. But here’s a more important question. What will come first, a disaster or your preparedness?

For far too many Americans, the disaster came first. And it left them wishing it had been the other way around. We see it frequently on the news. Extreme weather knocks out power, and most folks don’t have a generator.

Supply-chain problems result in food shortages, and most folks don’t have survival food stockpiled. Water contamination makes tap water undrinkable, and most folks don’t have a water purification system.    

And now with war in Eastern Europe and the possibility of NATO getting involved if Russia extends its aggression, Americans might find themselves short of just about everything. Not to mention a pandemic that could show its teeth again. 

Don’t wait any longer

4Patriots has been in the preparedness business for years now. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a time when preparing for an uncertain future was more important than it is today.

It seems like every year we break records for most hurricanes or tornadoes. Extreme weather events are not only becoming more frequent. They’re also getting more intense. 

Wildfires are growing in number each year. And in the amount of landscape and buildings they destroy.

Political upheaval in our divided nation has never been greater. Civil unrest threatens peace-loving citizens. 

Self-reliance has gone mainstream

I don’t want this communication to be all doom and gloom. So let’s look at the bright side. If nothing else, self-reliance is finally going mainstream.

People now realize that FEMA and other relief organizations can’t save them in an emergency. They understand preparedness is the only thing that can help them and their families deal with the next crisis. And the one after that.

I like how the Ready.gov website states it. “Disasters don’t wait. Make your plan today.” Yep, there’s no time like the present.

If you’re reading this, you probably have a head start in the preparedness area. But whether you are experienced at prepping, a newcomer to the scene or somewhere in between, this information is for you.

Your preparedness checklist

So, what does preparedness look like? Here are some of my suggestions. Of course, we could always add more items. 

  • Six months’ worth of non-perishable food per person in your household
  • At least one solar-powered generator
  • Backup portable power banks
  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Water purification system
  • Personal water heater
  • Seed vault featuring non-GMO heirloom seeds
  • Camp stove
  • Tactical flashlights
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank emergency weather radio
  • Survival knife
  • Fire starters
  • Military compass
  • Mess kit, including plates, bowls, cups and utensils
  • Extra batteries
  • Tools, including wrench and pliers, to turn off utilities
  • First-aid kit, including prescription medications
  • Plenty of extra clothing
  • Sanitation and hygiene items
  • Important family documents
  • Pet food and other supplies
  • Survival guides
  • Ways to defend yourself and your property
  • Cash 

Before, during and after

Here are some additional suggestions from FEMA for before, during and after a disaster. 

Before – Know the risks and danger signs. Purchase insurance, including flood insurance. Develop a family action plan. Assemble a disaster supply kit. Volunteer to help others.

During – Put your plan into action. Help others. Follow the advice and guidance of officials in charge.

After – Watch out for damage near your home, including downed wires. Repair your damaged property. Take steps to prevent or reduce future loss.

Preparedness = peace of mind

The physical benefits of preparedness are clear. You can see your survival food stockpile anytime you want to. You can hold your water purification devices in your hands. You can move your portable solar-powered generator into any room.

The emotional benefits of preparedness are not as obvious. But they’re just as real. Realizing you have adequate supplies to keep your family and yourself safe in an emergency instills confidence.

Knowing exactly what you and family members will do when a crisis occurs helps reduce fear of the unknown. 

Taking steps to protect your home against intruders who may come calling after the stuff hits the fan reduces anxiety.     

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  • Jerotha McCall - April 13, 2022

    Wish I had the money to get these things, I fully believe we are headed for a disaster, God Help Us 🙏🇺🇸🙏

  • Vicki - April 03, 2022

    God has promised to take care of me and He will not let me down.

  • Eric Hull - March 30, 2022

    i purchased the power generator and feel it was the one of the BEST decisions I ever made. I feel better prepared than I was a year ago. Looking forward to add more for my preparedness. Thank you 4Patriots.

  • John Hunt - March 29, 2022

    Excellent reference materials I want to be prepared for any disruption in my daily life – especially disruptions of a short term/long term nature, Well written “guides” like your blog help. Thank You for the extra effort.

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