What Preparedness Means To Me
Preparedness means safety and security to me. Being prepared to me means not being afraid or overly worried about what ever might come my way because I have prepared ahead of time for it. Now I can’t prepare for every single possible contingency but I can do my best and let the chips fall where they may.
I carry EDC (Every Day Carry) items to take care of my immediate needs. Get a small cut, I’ve got you covered with the Band-Aids in my wallet. Need a flashlight to find the keys dropped on the car floor at night, I’ve got you covered. I don’t carry 10 pounds of stuff in my pockets, just a few things that I find come in handy and are used regularly. Thus they justify the weight of carrying them.
I’ve got a GHB (Get Home Bag) and vehicle/road side emergency equipment in both of my vehicles. If I get caught in a sudden rain shower I’ve got rain gear in my GHB. If I get stuck on the road for some reason I’ve got food and water for myself and several other people in the GHB and vehicle kit. A coworker has a headache, no problem I have Advil in the first Aid kit that lives in my GHB.
Now we get to the bigger stuff and the stuff that gets used less frequently. Home base, my castle in the suburbs. Six months of food and water, tools, supplies, all manner of equipment. Other then some of the items that do double duty for camping and fishing most of this stuff does not get used, but it’s there if I need it.
But do I know how to use all this cool stuff I’ve amassed? Yes, I do know how to use it. I’ve spent a lot of time reading, researching, taking classes, learning from like minded friends all the skills, techniques and know how I can. I’ll never stop learning because it means I don’t have to be afraid, I’ve got this or that covered.
For me preparedness goes beyond Emergency Management. What about being financially self-sufficient? No I’m not there but I work at it and squirrel away money just like I do rice and beans. Sure we “might” get a huge sunspot that causes a massive EMP. But it’s far more likely that I’ll need to pay the mortgage next month or that many years down the road I’ll retire. I can’t retire on rice and beans alone. I try to find balance between preparing for what might happen and what almost certainly will happen. The sun will come up tomorrow and I will have to go to work, or at least I hope so.
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