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Make Sure You Have A Plan

If the past two years have taught us anything, it is to be aware of what is happening globally and locally. That means having a plan before the moment strikes. There are plenty of articles dedicated to preparing our households to respond to the next thing or incident. Preparedness is not a thing of the past; it is a mainstream way of life because we all know the anxiety that surprises may bring sucks. And, having your mind right and ready matters.

It is vital to have some semblance of comfort, and knowing what is ahead of you helps. Even a couple of weeks can make a difference compared to the previous experience.

Be Ready For The Next Incident – Plan Forward

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We are probably a little apprehensive when some say that we are on the other side of the pandemic. It is not arrogant to say that the past two years’ events are becoming the past, but what is next is possibly another thriller. So much is happening and unraveling around us. It takes time to digest the events and reconcile them to our lives, determine what is essential and unnecessary, and decide if anything requires an immediate or delayed response.

It is necessary to monitor what happens in your immediate circle and anything that may have an arm’s length impact on how you live. Do not let worry be the primary driver, but prepare to avoid being surprised. We probably know what we would do differently from the past two years, and we should take that knowledge and make it our plan to be prepared for the next time, especially in our individual households.

Follow Live Streaming Feeds And Hashtags

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It is not very comforting to realize we did not prepare for a situation that is spreading and intensifying in front of our eyes. Nobody wants to repeat the past two years of being spontaneous and panicking over a problem that was, in some fashion, covered on a global scale.

Here are seven easy ways to discover what is happening locally, nationally, and globally without relying on half-baked statuses, conspiracy posts, and secondhand or incomplete social media feeds.

  1. Check out the local news station that goes live regarding events.
  2. Make an effort to follow local TikTok users who stream live.
  3. It is a good idea to follow trending and live feed hashtags for TikTok or IG reels in the U.S.
  4. Follow hashtags for TikTok for IG reels for other countries such as the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia.
  5. Find a new stations in other countries dedicated to providing global coverage.
  6. Read blogs run by credible institutions. They will contain more information than you know.
  7. Twitter is still a substantial source of what is arising in the here and now, so check in on trending topics. 


“We are not preparing for the world we live in – we are preparing for the world we find ourselves in.”
― Michael Mabee, Prepping for a Suburban or Rural Community: Building a Civil Defense Plan for a Long-Term Catastrophe

Readiness Is The Gold Standard From This Day Until Your Last

Over the course of my life, there is no one I can think of that has readiness down to a science, except for my mother and the military. I wrapped up another week of working from home, following the trusted advice of professions. I know this is for the greater good. It’s also for my good. I’m ready for the conditions which have presented themselves to our Nation. In some essence, readiness is the preamble to not allowing yourself to be totally out of control. Toby Beta once said, “When you are out of control, someone is ready to take over.” Looks familiar.

The current COVID-19 pandemic will remake every household and business in America. Honestly, it will change our readiness and contingency operations. The sheer buying panic I’ve witness has been astonishing. Truth be told, I thought most folk were preparing for a siege. For the castle to be stormed by the King of the North. In addition, toilet tissue is the weapon of choice.

I know its not a joking matter. But, when history is written about the point in time, it will say that no one is ready, or so it seems. And that behavior, converging with panic, did not make a good response.

Honestly, in my experience, there are some goods you should always have in abundance. It falls in the art of readiness. Let’s be clear, the antidote to minimize panic or fear is go with a plan.

A Plan Executed Is Readiness


I’m not saying be all dooms day. However, if you can afford it, you should have enough essential items to carry you out three weeks. I’m speaking in the normal course of living, when life is not Topsy-Turvy. Then, the surprise of a pandemic, from a household goods perspective will not make one panic. It allows you focus on what’s next. Bottom line, it’s all about planning.

In my opinion, even the smallest plan aide in emergency situations. Moreover, it provide elements of readiness. This is small scale readiness, not combat readiness which can make a true difference when you need it most. Readiness is a condition and there are multiply variations of it.

Significantly, a plan or agenda is the core ingredient in emergency situations and must be comprise of small activities.

Don’t Panic And Hoard Items Just Prepare


Panic is the death of quality decisions. Panic leads to making selfish decisions and often costly decisions. Nothing is more outrageous than buying up ridiculous amounts of foods and then hoarding the items. In any situation, you should be reasonable. The practice of it will support you and those around you. Allies are a necessity.

Truth be told, I’ll say about 70% of households are not ready for an emergency. That means you have no emergency preparedness plan in some basic form. The winners during this pandemic is the dooms day groups. Laugh if you like, but they are properly the only folk not scrambling for goods and wears.

You should at least have some repeat idea of the top three activities that are pertinent to your household in case of an anomaly event. Everyone should know their role and what they need to do withing 8-24 hours of said event.

The best grand statement I can offer on preparation is, it all falls back to readiness. It”s devising plan that contains smart activities that are arrange to create success. Keep surprise at a minimum.