How to Plan for a Disaster

Do Not Panic

photo: s4tng website

If we get in a panic mode it would be easy to have an unnecessary accident.Getting hurt in an emergency, we are not going to be able to save ourselves or save anybody else.So we need to remain calm.

We will be a lot more efficient calmly putting our plan into action. I know you are saying easier said than done. When our family is in an emergency situation the adrenaline starts pumping.I’m not saying drag your feet but go as fast as we possibly can without getting in a panic mode. If I know how to plan for a disaster I will not get in a panic mode.

Think Safety


Smoke alarms and carbon dioxide alarms

  • Need to be in all bedrooms
  • ALL living rooms
  • Anywhere we might be sleeping
  • We need to be checking our smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly at a minimum of every thirty days

 Fire extinguisher

  • Keep it in a place that is easy to access
  • Inspect and know how to operate it.

 Evacuation plan

  • Two exits for each room is ideal.
  • Talk with our families and practice our evacuation plan.
  • Have a meeting place outside.

Do a some planning

Inspect Our Homes


To make sure there are no fire hazards 

  • Such as bad plug-ins.
  • Heating cooling system.
  • Anything blocking heater vents.
  • Maybe just clean leaves and debris in the yard.
  • Have a professional check out your electrical and heating cooling systems routinely.
  • In a power outage, open flame candles and oil lamps are very dangerous.In the previous post  there is some information on batteries, led lights and power inverters.
  • Show and teach each responsible household member how to shut off gas, electric, and water.



A list of emergency response phone numbers

  • Posted near our phone
  • Entered in our contact lists in cell phones.
  • Teach our children how to use 911.
  • In case we get separated, everyone needs to have phone number and address of meeting location.
  • All household members should have the phone number for an out of town or state friend or relative so they can contact them if can’t call each other we can call them let them know we are safe.
  • Sometimes phones will make an out of town or state call better than a local call in a crisis.
  • The red cross has a website set up for people to register as being safe.
  • Communicate with neighbors.


We all need to do an inventory of the emergency supplies we already have.

  • Most of us will have enough to last a few days.
  • Arrange in a tote or box so it will be easy to access.
  • Maybe to grab them and go in case we can’t shelter in place.
  • Water is our number one priority.
  • We can rotate bottle or containers of water to have fresh at all times. A case of 32 16.9 oz.bottles will last one person three days if they use it wisely.
  • A water filter in case you have to get water from a source that we are not sure is safe to drink.
  • Some good healthy types of food that have a shelf life of one year so it would be easy to rotate out.
  • Dry cereal.
  • Canned goods.
  • Powder milk we will need to adjust the amount of water we have.
  • Peanut butter.
  • Emergency stove to warm our food.
  • Clothing.
  • Extra blankets or sleeping bags.
  • You can have a look at this bare essentials list.

I am confident that most of us do have what is on the bare essentials list. By doing an inventory we will be more organized.Nothing worst than feeling around in dark trying to find a flashlight which that could be hazardous to our health.



We need to have some cash saved.

  • The first month add to our inventory to have enough emergency supplies for three days.
  • The second month add to our water supply maybe some food grade water containers or water filter. Especially if live in an area that is prone to boil orders.
  • The third month add to our food supply that has a longer shelve life such as airtight containers or freeze dried food.

The survival frog’s blog has a lot of good information.

If we keep doing a little every month in a short time we can be prepared for maybe 3,6,0r 12 months. What a peace of mind that would be.

Let us just be ready so were not at the mercy of others in a disaster.

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12 thoughts on “How to Plan for a Disaster”

  1. I will admit that I have maybe half of these done. This is a very comprehensive list that should be heeded by everyone and sadly is not. how many people are killed each year from not being prepared?!? Hopefully this post will lower that number…

    1. I think getting a plan wrote out on paper and giving your household a copy will stop a lot of confusion.Hopefully, you will never have to put the plan in action.There are some emergency plan templates you can download and print for free on the web.I plan to put one on my site so you can copy. I hope this post motivated you to get a plan going.

  2. Easier said than done but remaining calm in the face of a crisis is the absolute key to survival.
    It is alarming to see how many businesses and homes do not have a working fire extinguisher available. And in the few instances I have seen them available they have not been serviced in years.
    That does cause me a bit of panic.

    1. Having alarms, fire extinguisher, and a practiced plan in place will make it so much easier to remain clam in a emergency.I hope I can bring a little awareness to people about the inportance of having emergency plan.

  3. “Failing to Prepare is preparing to fail”

    This is my favorite quote by a long shot. I like to consider myself a prep type of guy where I follow the strict formula of military planning where every detail and risk is taken into consideration.

    In regards to panicking this is so true. Panicking in any situation ensures you’re more likely to fail when you need to succeed the most. This is best understood when we understand how the brain waves patterns work like Alpha, beta, Gamma, Theta, and Delta.

    Beta brain waves are the natural brain wave patterns governing us for most of the day like when we’re socializing with others and conducting our daily business.

    Alpha waves are active when we’re in a quite state like meditation and Gamma brain waves (the most intense and powerful) hit us the most when we have subconscious behaviors mostly found to be active when we’re interested in something but on a level that causes us to become obsessed with what we’re doing etc.

    I love how detailed this post is and how relevant it is to the art of survival.

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. Sam glad you stopped by.
      That is an excellent quote. I may have to borrow that from time to time.I have never studied up on how our brain reacts to an emergency situation very interesting.The why we react is as important as just knowing do this don’t do that.
      If you have any ideas on preparedness maybe you can share them with us.
      Thanks: Joe
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  4. Hey,
    These are great ideas on how to Plan for a Disaster. I am always thinking of what would happen if we had an earthquake here as I am on the coast of BC,Canada and we are apparently just waiting for a big one lol so it is always good to refresh your memory on how to keep safe… I think I may go and get a few more supplies you suggested just to be on the safe side lol. Thanks for the tips!

    1. Hey Krista
      I have it all in Missouri tornados, ice storms, blizzards, and floods.You name it we have it all in Missouri.It is better to be prepared and not need it than not be prepared and need it. I have some excellent sources for emergency supplies check them out here let me know what you thank or if you need some help finding something.You might find this post from New Madrid, Missouri website interesting we have earthquake’s in Mo. to.
      Thanks for Visiting: Joe

  5. These are great tips, and the way things are going these days I think that we need more websites like this one. Everyone needs a plan and a survival kit. Being prepared now, can save lives later.
    Will you be doing another survival/disaster tip post?
    Keep up the great work!

    1. Hey Joe

      I have became passionate about sharing the message of how important it is to have have at least 3 days of water, food and shelter for every member of your family.My heart goes out to all the people that were caught in these storms.With lots of prayers and assistance from the public they will rebuild and be stronger than ever.I most definitely will have more posts on survival tips.For now if we could share and help with donations it would help a lot of families.

      Thanks: Joe

      Just Be Ready  

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