Coffee

Do you have a coffee pot that you can use without electricity in your supplies?

Phone numbers

Communications during an emergency is important.  During an emergency contacting people is a vital action. However, everyone wants to contact someone.  Generally the phone lines will be tied up for a period of time, especially cell phones.

Is your list of phone numbers current?  Have you written down the most important numbers in case your electronic device fails?  Have you identified which numbers are cell phones and which ones are land lines? And do you have an alternate plan for contacting people?

Your thoughts –

What do you think is the most important item in your supplies?

Gray man

Found a good youtube video on becoming a gray man.

Attack

Today on the news the US bombed Syria.

Where is your written plan, and how fast could you implement it?

Cash

Have you included a sufficient amount of cash as part of your plan?  Having cash, or precious metals, to barter with during a crisis can be very beneficial.

Flooding

This year almost everyone across the US experienced some heavy snowfall.  Snow and water are great.  However, if the melt happens to quickly it can create some problems.

Have you prepared for a flood?  Do you have your supplies, or a portion thereof,  in a place that would be above the water line?  Have you prepared a meeting place that would be out of the flood area for your location?  Is there adequate supplies in your meeting place?  Do you have flood insurance on your home?

There is a little planning that should go into your emergency operation plan concerning floods.

Items to think about adding to your supply chache

This morning I watched the news and the broadcaster were talking about a storm moving into the Northeastern US.  The storm was dumping snow and cities were being scaled down (or shut down).  The new reporter stated that New Yorkers were being asked to shelter in place and that school had been shut down.  Additionally, they were warning residents that a power outage could occur.

If you had to shelter in your home all day without power would you be mentally ready?  Would you have activities the would pass the time?  Adding a deck of cards or several board games to your supply cache could be helpful. Especially if you have children.  They are readily available, and can be found cheap in stores and on line at places like Amazon.com

Spring

As spring approaches it is a good idea to pull out your plan and do any necessary revisions.  Look at the numbers you have – Are they current?  How about the addresses?  Are the escape routes you have chosen going to be under construction this year?  Are there things that can be changed to make the plan more viable?

Reviewing your plan should be an ongoing process!  However, when the seasons change it is a good time for review.

Anytime is a good time

Have you ran a drill recently?  Anytime is a good time to check your plan and see it will still work.

When the moment of truth arrives, the time for prior planning has passed. Is there a plan?