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- Dealing with the Three Stages that Follow a Disaster

     A disaster could strike at any moment that would require your family to activate. There are many different types of disasters that could end in officials ordering an evacuation.

Recently many families around the world have been caught unprepared in a variety of natural disasters. In the moment when disaster strikes, they have wished that they were more prepared.

As a result, many families have begun turning their minds to food storage and other ways to prepare to deal with disaster. There are three main stages that your family will pass through when disaster strikes.

The first stage of disaster reaction is denial. This stage is often exaggerated in movies and other entertainment.

While it may present itself on a smaller scale in real life, it is a big part of dealing with a disaster. The second stage of disaster reaction is deliberation.

This stage can result in disaster if there is not a set plan of action. Time is critical in an emergency situation and you cannot waste time standing around discussing what should be done, you will need to jump into action immediately.

In order to be able to jump into action, you will need to have a plan already set in place. This means that you will need to sit down with your family and decide on a meeting location near your home, on the outskirts of town, in a nearby town, and out of state.

Which meeting place you end up using will depend on the kind of emergency your find yourself responding to. For example, if your home is on fire, you will want meet near your home at a safe distance from the fire.

However, if a hurricane is coming into town, you will probably need to evacuate to a place that is farther away than a nearby town. In addition, you will need set a plan in how you will contact one another.

During an emergency, it is not always easy to contact one another across town as everyone will be trying to use those lines. Sometimes it is much easier to contact someone who lives out of state.

If both your and your spouse know to contact the same person, you can still coordinate meeting locations.You will also want to make sure that locations such as work, school, and day care have plans that will be effective during an emergency.

You will want to know where they took your child if they had to leave for your child's safety before you could get to the school or day care center. It will also be good to know what your obligations are to your work place are during an emergency so you can factor them into your plan.

If these places do not have an emergency plan, you may want to help them create one. If a disaster occurs, your plan could save many lives.

The third stage that people pass into is taking action. By having a firmly set plan, you will be able to minimize the time of deliberation and jump right to action.

This could save lives when time is critical. When it is time to action, you will want to grab your 72 Hour Kits and follow your plan.

Either meet up with your family and take off or leave town and then meet up. However, it is crucial that you prepare ahead of time and pack the 72 Hour Kits before you need them.

These emergency kits can make the difference between comfortably surviving and death in certain cases. These kits should include non-perishable food, water, a spare change of clothing, medical supplies, and a hand-crank radio and flashlight.

Each family member should have their own 72 hour kit. It is also a good idea to store one in the car.

Disasters do not wait for a convenient time to strike. You may be on the freeway and have to deviate from the plan by leaving the area immediately.

In this case, you would not be able to return home to grab the 72 hour kits there. Instead, you would have to rely on the items you have with you in the car.

There are many types of non-perishable food that you can include in your 72 hour kit. With today's technology you do not have to rely on the soggy, nasty tasting foods that were recommended for food storage in the past.

Today, you can choose from freeze dried food, canned food, and many other varieties. As you prepare, you will feel ready to deal with any disaster that arises.

Article Source:

Jack R. Landry is an accomplished expert in family preparedness and has been giving seminars for over 15 years. He recommends that everyone have on hand an 72 hour kits in case of any emergency or disaster. Contact Info: Jack R. Landry (

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