The time to prepare is before a disaster occurs. There are a number of different types of incidents that can affect your life in a major way. These include natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, fires, tornadoes, etc. Pandemics like influenza or SARS as well as terrorism events like chemical, biological, radio-logical and nuclear attacks.

No matter what the threat, there are a number of basic steps that you can take in preparing yourself to cope in case such events occur. We trust that our step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness will assist you in living a better prepared life. If you are better prepared you will be able to assist others during challenging times.

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Why be prepared for disasters & emergencies?
by Abri Brancken

Over recent years we have seen a definite increase in disasters around the world, both natural and man-made. Due to the complexity and variety of disasters that can happen, you will probably not be totally prepared for any and every situation, but there are basic skills that can and most probably will be a valuable asset to you should you be caught up in a disaster situation... Read more.

How to prepare & what to prepare for
by Abri Brancken

Each disaster has its unique challenges and characteristics. There are a multitude of different disasters that could require of you to implement your disaster preparedness plan, so in this section we are going to take a closer look at the various disasters in order for you to familiarize yourself with the possible risks... Read more.

Normalcy bias & general challenges
by Abri Brancken

Many people live their lives totally unaware of what is going on around them. They can see, but they are not looking. They hear, but they are not listening. I have been tremendously blessed to have traveled the world. I love people and I deeply care for the human race. Sadly, one thing that I have noticed during my travels is that a very large number of people are suffering from normalcy bias. Their mental state is such that they ignore all the warning signs around them which indicate that possible threats might be approaching. They underestimate the possibility of a disaster occurring, whether natural or man-made, not to mention underestimating the effects that such a disaster can have on their life and the lives of their family members... Read more.

Contingency planning
by Abri Brancken

A contingency plan should be devised if you believe there is a possibility that an undesired outcome, other than the usual, can present itself. Contingency planning is not something new. Governments have been forming and relying on contingency planning for years. Knowing that your nation’s emergency services are well trained and that they have contingency plans in place provides a sense of security to the citizens. Emergency services spend hours on simulating disaster scenarios in order to learn from mistakes and to be more effective in case the real event takes place. You can begin to... Read more.

Food – Producing, Storing, Procuring and Preparing
by Abri Brancken

After procuring water, you should find food to eat. Although you can survive without food much longer than without water, you need to find food in order to maintain body strength and energy... Read more.

Medical Kit Supplies
Please consult your physician, medical practitioner and/or medical professional concerning which medication is best for you to include in your medical kit. Medication brands (names and descriptions) below may vary depending on the country you are living in... Read more.