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.

Winter Travel

Travelling during the winter can be fun.  Many times storms will close down travel for hours or days.

I was caught in a storm tonight that close down travel.  I was fortunate and was able to get a hotel room.  However, there are many people stuck without rooms.

Having a plan about how to handle this type of situation is a good idea.  It may mean the difference between and nice warm bed or the back seat of a car.

Financial emergencies.

Does your plan have a section that applies to financial emergencies?

No one wants to think that they would let themselves be financial unstable.  However, the markets could potentially do it for you.  What would you do if; tomorrow you woke up and the USDollar was worth half of its worth from the day before.

It would be a good idea to have an idea, and plan, for dealing with this type of an event.

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