A couple of weeks ago we shared the importance of having enough water and how you can creatively go about collecting and storing it. Now it is time to talk about food. Make sure you have plenty of non-perishable food that can feed the members of your household for at least 2 weeks.
When considering the food to purchase, you can buy ready meals, MREs, dehydrated foods or store up your favorite canned foods. Of course, your dietary restrictions will guide you on what to purchase.
Some of my favorite things to include in our supply: canned beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, re-fried and white), canned fruits (peaches, pineapple & mandarin oranges), apple sauce, canned salmon, canned tuna, smoked salmon, cereal, granola bars, gummy fruits, nuts, rice, pasta, canned tomatoes, canned beets and of course a box of red wine!
Yes, you heard me right. We have a box of red wine in our kit. I enjoy a glass or two of wine daily and I want to make sure that I can get back to normal as quickly as possible. Thus the inclusion of a box of wine in our kits.
Tip: Start with your comfort food/drink item and build the rest of your food around that item. Other popular comfort items include chocolate, hard candy and/or soda.
THE HUMAN RESPONSE TO DANGER
Will Your Staff Know What To Do?
That is a question I often pose to my clients in the occupational setting. When an interruption occurs, it is imperative that you and the people you work with know what to do. Studies have shown that people typically fall into three response categories after an interruption: (1) 75% do nothing, (2) 10% will panic, and (3) 15% will take on a leadership role.
What type of reaction would you have? In reviewing historical disasters, the above responses are evidenced in nearly all events. If we take the horrific events that occurred on September 11, 2001, we can learn a great deal. In many cases, people in the Twin Towers failed to respond quickly whether it be from confusion, uncertainty or simply denial. Some folks returned to work, some called love ones, some closed down their computers and some simply froze. The collective delay was so great that it took more than double the time for folks to evacuate than was planned for by the building engineers.
According to Jerome Chertkoff, a social psychologist at Indiana University, when we are put in a life threatening situation our emotional arousal increases and in turn limits our ability to consider alternative responses. This can be particularly bad if you are unable to consider the option to escape safely.
How can we combat this response? Survival experts tend to agree that the best way to combat this phenomenon is to prepare for an emergency in advance. By taking steps necessary to educate ourselves and our colleagues we will be on the path to creating survivors.
ORGANIZATIONAL PREPAREDNESS CAMPAIGN
Is your organization ready to take the next step in their preparedness planning? If so, you are not alone. Some months ago HT2 was challenged by a client who wanted to go beyond "Disaster Preparedness 101", as they referred to the standard disaster preparedness presentation. They felt their staff had heard the messaging and they wanted to offer more. They had after all been offering the "101" presentation to their staff for nearly a decade.
After considerable discussion and brainstorming we developed a "Preparedness Campaign" for their group. Their "Preparedness Campaign" consists of a seminar on "Disaster Preparedness 201: What Response Traits do Survivors Share?", followed by a safety walk of their offices, a tabletop exercise and culminating in an all office earthquake drill. This a group that values safety and ensures 100% staff participation in all exercises. They understand that each member of their organization needs to know what to do beforehand, during and after we experience an interruption.
We all know that knowledge is power and it couldn't be more true than when it comes to being prepared. This is a group that should be commended and copied. After all, they are in the process of creating a culture of SURVIVORS.