Do you have a backup plan?

Are you prepared for uncertain times?

It’s hard to say for sure what our future has in store for us.

On one hand, you have a lot of the world in shambles. The middle east, global economy, and more.

On the other hand (if you’re a big sucker for media and propaganda) everything is going great! We have neat smartphones, cool cars, social networking and time-sucking shows like Dancing with the Stars and Cake Boss.

But the purpose of this post is to plant a seed in you. Even if it’s just one person I help, then mission accomplished.

Emergency Action Plan Hoboken NJ disaster strikes - Do you have a backup plan?

Hope for the best, plan for the worst

Back in the day – all you needed for a fulfilling life was a decent job, and savings for retirement. That’s not the case anymore. What happens if our monetary system collapses? Similar incidents have happened in the past when hundreds of thousands of people lost their life savings because of bad investments. Being prepared encompasses a lot more than just money.

What if a big (I mean really BIG) crisis hits our soil. Whether it’s a natural disaster like Japan, or a financial or even societal (i.e., anarchy) disaster strikes?

Food for thought: if electricity is disrupted for an extended period, we have a big war or terrorist attack, food shortages, natural disaster, or economic collapse:

  • Do you have an action plan? How to contact friends or family? A central meeting place? Roles and responsibilities?
  • What about your phone numbers? Do you have a printed list somewhere?
  • Ever thought of buying battery operated two-way radios? Go through test runs or “drills?”
  • Food storage? What happens when bananas cost $20 bucks apiece? Can you live for 3, 6, or even 12 months? Ever thought about buying emergency shelf-food? Water? It’s not that much.
  • Can you help others? Or will you be as helpless as most people?
  • Have you diversified your investments? Do you own physical commodities? Silver? Gold?
  • Do you have citizenship in other countries? Passport up to date?

As much as some may say I’m hyping the impossible – I strongly suggest you at least think about your preparedness levels. It’s perfectly healthy to map out what you’d do in certain situations.

I think you’d have some peace of mind, knowing you have a year of food, alternate currencies and a plan that you know how to execute in case sh*t hits the fan. Unless you think the Boy Scouts were wrong when they preached “be prepared,” I don’t think anyone here can argue with my sentiments.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Saturday, April 2, 2011 2:21 pm

Weird, I was discussing this with someone not too long ago…

Something I tend to make sure I do is have items where I can see or access them. That way, if I ever need to evacuate quickly, I can grab something and go. Can’t look behind you in cases like these– you just have to go, and go fast.

Also, keeping copies of your most important documents at a location other than home or office helps in the event you lose anything.

And yeah, in the midst of chaos, I’m very good at keeping people calm. I’ve done that before. I think it’s because I’ve been in a few chaotic situations. Panicking never, ever gets one anywhere.

Pisses me off that some people confuse “preparedness” with “paranoia”. But we can’t cure idiocy, I guess.

Perry, so glad you posted on this subject. Bravo.

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