It’s springtime in the Rockies and just last week several families I know had gotten together to talk about how best to prepare their gardens. It’s springtime after all. Today, Colorado is getting hammered by a spring snow storm dumping snow measured in feet, roads are closed, and being out at all is a risk.
Everyone understands the need to be prepared for emergencies, but how many had pulled the extra blankets or spare winter gear out of their vehicles when the temps hit the 70’s just two days ago? How many are looking in their pantry’s this morning thinking they should have gone to the store yesterday as traveling to the grocery store over the next couple days could be out of the question?
Emergencies by their very nature catch you by surprise. How well you fare depends on advance planning and understanding that circumstances can change quickly. Emergency prep isn’t something we think about every now and then, but it’s a careful thought process where you examine the likely risk factors for your area and for those things you determine from that risk assessment can occur and taking action to mitigate a potentially bad outcome.
Fortunately, covering the basics of security, shelter, water, and food covers you for a wide range of possible emergency scenarios. If you are house bound and lose power can you cook or do you have extra items in case a day turns into several? If your water supply becomes tainted or its been stored for a long period of time can you filter it properly? If you are out on a day like today and become stranded, can you stay warm until help arrives? Cover the basics and you are ready for most emergencies. It’s a duty we have to our families and those we care about.
Emergencies can happen at any time. Don’t let not planning ahead turn a manageable emergency into a personal disaster.