personal readiness, It is widely available. For some people, it relates to a season – hurricane season in the south or wildfire season in the west. In some communities, you have people running up to the windows days before a storm makes landfall while others ignore evacuation warnings, thinking they can settle into the laundry room with a box of cookies, a flashlight, and a good book.
Fortunately there is a middle ground.
“It’s an investment in yourself to be prepared,” he says. Katie Belfi, who was a lawyer for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during Hurricane Sandy. After Sandy, NYU Langone hired Belvey to rebuild the hospital’s emergency preparedness/response program. But her interest in contingency planning began years ago, when a 3-year-old begged her mother to buy escape stairs for the family’s bedrooms.
“Alertness has always been done through the fear filter,” says Belfi. And it takes a ‘you have to do this or that’ tone, one of its goals being to get people to see resilience through the lens of mindfulness, by switching the narrative from must be done for something to do.
Instead of talking about it Prepare for emergencies in terms of numbers From MRE meals, cases of bottled water, or solar panels, Belfi frames emergency preparedness in the context of things like gratitude and comfort, things we already associate with self-care. “We have a morning routine, and routine skincare routines,” said Danielle Roberts, MD, an emergency physician in Norwalk, Connecticut. “Why don’t we have a standby routine?”
Roberts is the medical director of readiness groupfounded by twins Jesse Levine and Saffra Alexandra out of concern for a society that remains reactionary, unprepared, and vulnerable due to A broken relationship with readiness. “When we work to acquire the skills and mindset that make us ‘prepared,’ the fear, vulnerability and division we normally experience in emergencies are replaced by calm, enthusiasm, ability, and a desire to help others,” says Levine. It’s hard to know where to begin with personal preparation, but the best time to do so is now.
from where we start?
After someone goes through something traumatic, whether it’s a wildfire or a global pandemic, they are in the best possible place to look at things objectively when the experience is fresh in their mind. It’s overwhelming, and many people want to put their masks aside, forget about the Texas energy crisis, and ignore the forecast for hurricanes and wildfires. Despite strong urges to push the past aside and move forward, Belvey says, “This is the most important time to sit down—whether it’s with yourself, with your family, or with a larger group in your community—and think about what worked and what from that information, you’ll have a great blueprint to build your plan.
After thinking about what worked well and where your family needs improvement, you can repack, restock, replace, and repair supplies and tools. The next step is a little tricky because this is where you dive in, hone some skills, and adjust your plan.
Advance Belfi A Instructs on her website to help you get started, along with Bringing flexibility into the home, a Free printable e-book It lists the basic questions to ask yourself as you formulate your preparedness plan. It is very important to know how much food and water your family needs. A freezer full of meat isn’t the best consistent food source, but it’s something. Twenty pound bags of rice, beans, and lentils are best. The worst is the dependence on eating out, as many people learned the hard way when everything was closed at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.