Prepping for Disaster

Have you seen advertisements for the show, Doomsday Preppers?  The National Geographic Channel’s latest show features members of an American subculture who are preparing for the end of organized civilization as we know it.

Maybe it’s because February feels like the calm before the stormy season, or maybe it’s the fact that it’s 2012, the year the Mayans predicted would be the last…ever, or maybe it’s simply anxiety over our current monetary system. Whatever it is, there definitely seems to be a sense of preparedness in the air.

But no matter how shows like this or the media might try to spin preppers as entertaining “wack jobs” only fit for reality TV, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared for the worst of natural disaster-related events.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website offers great preparedness tips for each potential Spring season disaster. I’ve found that most sites will say essentially the same thing: have a plan.

Here are some tips for Flood Readiness:

  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
  • Know your community’s emergency plans and evacuation routes.
  • Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure them before the flood strikes.


For Tornado Readiness:

  • Develop a tornado emergency plan with your family of where and how to seek shelter.
  • Mark where your first-aid kit and fire extinguishers are located.
  • Teach your family how to administer basic first-aid, how to use a fire extinguisher, and how and when to turn off water, gas, and electricity in your home.


Another recommendation from is to develop a Go-bag for each member of a household containing the following if a quick evacuation is necessary:

  • Flashlight
  • Radio-battery operated
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Pocket knife
  • Dust mask
  • Emergency cash in small denominations
  • Sturdy shoes, change of clothes, and a warm hat
  • Local map
  • Some water and food
  • Copy of health insurance and ID cards
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra keys to your house and vehicle

Do you have preparedness tips you’d like to share? Let us know by commenting on our Facebook page.

If a disaster strikes, you can always check our Emergency Disaster Services Page, BlogFacebook, and Twitter updates for all of the latest news.