Sunday, January 16, 2011
:: Be Prepared Challenge :: Introduction & Join Us ::
Being Prepared is an important issue to think about, and I am sure it is in the front of alot of people's minds right now. Those of us not directly affected by the flooding are watching the happenings on TV, horrified and concerned, and thinking, "What if that was us?" and "That could be my family". The recent Queensland Flood Disaster brings home the need for me to step up the preparations I have been working on for over 2 years now. These could affect the comfort, safety, protection, and survival of my family in an emergency situation. It's one of those important things that somehow still seems to get put aside, for the other priorities we have in life. But the time has come, and what better way to get motivated, get organised and actually spend time & energy doing it, than to have a Challenge! And Gavin, of The Greening of Gavin fame, agrees with me.
Helping yourself & your family, helps your community.
Together we are hoping to help other people, and ourselves, to increase our preparedness for short term emergency situations. Everyone is welcome to join in this challenge! We hope you will let us know you are joining in, by commenting here. If you have a blog, feel free to use the logo & blog about your progress. We will be blogging over the coming 4 weeks, covering plans and preparation we have made, things we need to do, and learning more together. Gavin will be blogging about it on his blog, and we will be covering similiar things, so head over & keep up with his posts too. Please feel free to spread the word to your family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours! The more prepared everyone can be, the less stress on emergency & welfare services in an emergency situation, and the more we can also help out those unable to get prepared for various reasons.
What does Be Prepared mean?
It's just like the Scouts motto! But for more information about what being prepared means to me, please read my blog page, Be Prepared. Please note, in no way am I, or my husband, an expert of preparedness. We have done alot of reading and research, we have made some plans already, and my husband is Team Leader of our local Community Fire Unit. I will be linking to websites and blogs, and referencing books as I go. Please feel free to offer your advice or links too, in the comments sections. Go ahead and ask questions too, so we can all find out the answers together! I like the method set out by Kathy Harrison in her book "Just in Case - How to Be Self Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens", and will be basing my plans on the OAR method. I have added an S, for Spread the Word, as building resilience in our communities is so important too. OARS - Organise, Acquire, Restock (or Rotate), and Spread the word!
Step 1 - O for Organise
In Week One (Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd Jan), we will cover Organised. This is the time to get organised, in physical and mental terms. You might need to declutter an area to set up for your storage (of stockpiled food & water, grab bags, emergency gear, important documents etc.). You can make evacuation & emergency plans, along with lists of emergency contact numbers, and community resources. You can also think of what skills & resources you have/ need.
Organise - Step One (Task 1 - Organise Yourself, Task 2 - Declutter)
Organise - Step Two (Task 3 - Organise an area for storage)
Organise - Step Three (Task 4 - Gather Your Important Documents, Task 5 - Household Inventory)
Organise - Step Four (Task 6 - Evacuation Planning)
Organise - Step Five (Task 7 - Emergency Communication, Task 8 - Gather information)
Step 2 - A for Acquire
In Week Two (Monday 24th to Sunday 30th Jan), we will talk about Acquire. This means emergency gear, food & water, equipment like 'hand powered' tools & alternate means of cooking/ heating. We will cover the in's & out's of stockpiling. It is also about acquiring knowledge and hard copies (printed pages in a folder, or books) of How To's, including those website guides put out by emergency service organisations.
Acquire - Step One (Task 1 - Consider what you will need)