Are You Prepared For a Disaster?


If you are like most people, you are concerned about how you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a disaster, but many people just don’t know where to start.

Prepper? Survivalist? Hmmm . . .

You may have heard the terms “prepper” or “survivalist” used to describe people who are deeply interested in disaster preparation. These terms may bring to mind a rather intimidating cross between Rambo and the family from Little House on the Prairie.

Don’t worry – you don’t have to buy acreage in the country, hand dig a well, grow and can your own food, and take up hunting.

Downtown Nashville, TN May 2010 Photo: USGS

Doing all of that is fine . . . if that’s what you want to do. However, many of us do not want to raise our own chickens or cattle. We live in cities or the ‘burbs, in apartments, condos, duplexes, or houses with small yards that cannot support orchards and vegetable gardens and where killing the local wildlife for sustenance is frowned upon, not to mention illegal.

Do people living in cities, urban, or suburban areas need to prepare for natural disasters? -Absolutely!

As we know from recent experience, people living in these areas, are definitely at risk from natural disasters. Remember :

  • the Great East Japan (Tohoku) earthquake and tsunami of March 2011
  • the deadly and destructive U.S. tornadoes of April and May 2011
  • the major flooding in Tennessee in May 2010
  • Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Urban and suburban areas are subject to natural disasters on a regular basis.

Can city and suburban dwellers be prepared for disaster? – Absolutely!

So – short of moving to the country, raising chickens, canning tomatoes, and learning to knit – can you and your family be prepared for natural disasters? Yes, you can!

There are some quite simple steps that you can take to put yourself and your family in a better position to deal with catastrophic events and weather the aftermath of a disaster. You cannot avoid all of the ill effects of a natural calamity, but you can take steps to reduce the discomforts and possibly even save lives.

Aftermath of Tornado in Joplin, MO – 22 May 2011

Congratulations! Since you are reading this, you are taking the first step to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency. That puts you one step ahead of the average person.

Read our How to Prepare for a Disaster section to learn what you can do to get ready for a catastrophic event in advance. Being prepared will put you in a position to care for your family, friends, and even your pets in a responsible and effective manner in the event of a calamity.

There are certain definite actions you can take to prepare yourself (and those who depend on you) to respond to and be able to deal most effectively with the adverse effects of a disaster.

But- you must Act to Survive!



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