I received this in my email yesterday and thought it was worth sharing. The person who sent it to me cribbed it from a handout he received at a local event, though he didn’t state the actual source.
Being prepared is an essential part of being able to return your life and the life of your family back to normal as soon as possible whenever there is an emergency or disaster. Here is a basic acronym to help you remember some very important steps in being P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D.
P is for planning. You will need to take the necessary steps to have a plan in case of an emergency or a disaster.
R is for risk assessment. You will need to know the particular risks for your area, as well as the common everyday risks you or your family might encounter in an emergency or disaster.
E is for emergency contacts and communication. You will need to make sure that everyone in your family has the proper emergency contact information and be able to communicate with each other in a time of crisis.
P is for planning for alternate scenarios. Should your first plan encounter difficulties in being implemented, you will need a backup plan.
A is for assemble. Get your emergency supplies in place. It doesn’t matter if you are planning for a 72 hour period or even longer, as long as you have put together the basic items you will need for your own level of readiness.
R is for remembering. Remember the special needs of the elderly, infants in your family, your pets and people in your family or group with special medical needs.
E is for essentials. Don’t forget the basic items that you will need to survive a disaster or crisis. Water, food, shelter, first aid, and the ability to create a fire for warmth and cooking will all be essential.
D is for determination. Have the will and the determination to survive a crisis, a natural disaster or an emergency by being prepared in advance.