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Reasons For Readiness

  Are you over reacting because you want to be prepared for a crisis or disaster? Some may think so. Why not take the time to examine some valid reasons for thinking ahead and being ready for a crisis. What preparation means and what to avoid.

   A Crisis simply defined is a turning point that involves danger and consequences. Every person on this planet is involved in crisis at one time or another. Preparation simply put is effort to alter the possible outcome of any crises for the good. Preparation may save your life, the life of a family member or friend in some circumstances or it may simply make things a lot more bearable in a time of need. Preparation generally lends itself to turning any out come toward the good at least partially if not greatly, while a lack of preparation almost always lends itself to even greater disaster and consequences when more problems are the last thing you need or could even cost your life.

Is Readiness An Overreaction

  A common theme for those who reject or discourage others from preparing for a crisis or disaster seems to be, "I can't live my life in fear". Have you ever heard or spoke those words? If so consider the following.

  Do such individuals have auto, home, life or health insurance? If so why?
Are they living in fear that they might have a car crash, home disaster or health crisis? Hopefully not, but these are prudent steps. We hope we won't need that insurance policy this year or at any time but never the less we are happy to have it if it's needed. Do they save money in a savings account in case they meet a financial crisis? Do banks have savings accounts for those living in fear? Are they living in fear while saving or instead does it give peace of mind? These are considered proper steps to protect ourselves from a possible crisis, in fact if you refused to take such measures others would wonder why you choose to increase your risk. Truthfully, recognizing a potential threat and making preparation has nothing to do with fear or overreaction. Preparation has everything to do with common sense and proper interpretation of human experience. A lack of preparing or using the fear argument is to ignore the lessons of human history and the dictates of common sense.

What Preparation Means

  Crisis preparation follows some basic steps.

1. Recognizing a real potential threat or danger.
2. Forming a plan to deal with the threat or danger.
3. Readying preliminary preparations before the threat emerges if needed.

  First readiness means recognizing a threat or danger that affects you personally. For example, if you work or live in a high rise building knowing how to escape from a fire is recognizing a real threat and forming a plan to deal with it. Keeping a pair of walking shoes at your desk if the common shoes you wear aren't practical is a preliminary preparation you may make. Depending on wear you live and other factors that increase your risk you may include a fanny pack or small back pack to make things easier if you had to walk along way to reach your home or safety for example. The key is recognizing the real threats or dangers. If you enter others property regularly to read meters, deliver packages or perform some service, you may face the threat of dog bite. If you work in the high rise office building you probably won't face such a threat in your work place (unless your coworkers bite!). If you are a fisherman in Alaska you may face the threat of being stranded in the cold and so you need to take precautions. If your work is in the Sahara desert an extra heavy coat and snow shoes may not help. So recognizing a real danger or potential threat is the first step to reducing your risk, possibly saving lives or lessening consequences of a bad situation before it can arise. Rather than simply reacting to the consequences when they come you will be proactive, trying to lessen the effects or eliminate some threats all together.

  Forming a plan that really counts if needed is the next step. Government, Business and Non Governmental Organizations as well as individuals form plans of all types on a regular basis to meet various challenges. A NGO engaged in relief efforts may need to formulate an effective plan to safely and securely transport various types of aid to remote locations. An ineffective plan may result in loss or injury as well as waste of valuable time and effort.  Another example, many public buildings have fire escape routes and a evacuation plan. Often this planning required an examination of building traffic occupancy and the quickest, simplest and most effective escape routes. These examples helps us to focus our attention on three key points any plan should be centered on.

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