It seems like every week we hear about another emergency situation occuring somewhere in the world. Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blackouts, wildfires...you name it! You, or someone you know, may have already experienced one of these events. Obviously disaster can strike anywhere, anytime, with little or no warning.
A common misconception is that "the government" will always immediately take care of your basic needs
Sometimes this is true, but what if the government itself is severely impacted by the disaster? What if government buildings and vehicles are destroyed? Communication systems are down? Roads are blocked? Workers are stranded? In a large disaster, emergency services may be overwhelmed and take days or weeks to respond. The situation in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, is a good example of this happening. That's why it's very important to be prepared to take are of yourself and your loved ones in an emergency for at least a few days and possibly a few weeks. It takes some work, but the reward is huge. No matter what, you'll be better informed and feel more self-reliant, independent, and empowered. And, if an emergency does strike, it could make you much more comfortable - and may even save your life.