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Friday, November 4, 2011

Free Preparedness Training

Original Article

If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?

-Basil S. Walsh



Where there is no vision, the people perish.

-Proverbs 29:18
I recently got an e-mail from a person asking about Preparedness training.




Where to begin? There are so many different things to consider and it all depends on what you are Preparing for.



The FEMA site covering preparation for natural disasters is at http://www.ready.gov/

See also http://allreadystl.com/types-of-emergencies/ for a list of emergency prep documents by disaster type.



The LDS church has an excellent introduction to the basics at http://www.providentliving.org/




If you're worried about TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) see http://www.survivalblog.com/ which covers surviving on your own - raising your own food, caring for medical needs, protecting yourself, etc.



You can receive free training by volunteering for the American Red Cross or a local CERT team:

http://www.redcross.org/  (drill down to Preparing & Training, then Preparedness Fast Facts).

http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/




FEMA offers free online training which are required for emergency workers, in particular IS100 and IS700:

http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp



To learn more about 72-hour kits see my blog, 72-hour Kits, with links to resources.



Bottom Line



There is no shortage of information online. The hard part is knowing where to begin. Both the Red Cross and FEMA endorse:


Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed.
Which translates to

  • make or buy 72-hour kits for your home, office and car. (see 72-hour Kits and Pet Go-Kits )
  • make family plans for how you will respond to house fire and other emergencies. Where to evacuate to, whom to call, etc. (see Family Communication Plan)
  • follow blogs like mine and check out the resources above. (see also FEMA tip of the week