How to create a preparedness plan
Being ready for an emergency allows you to be much more reactive and able to get to safety sooner.
Proper planning can help you to make sure you have the right equipment and skills in place to take care of yourself. Large disaster organisations and governments often put preparedness plans in place to help civilians. It can be beneficial to create a smaller scale plan that helps you to take care of yourself, family or co-workers depending on the situation you’re in, but what should you consider when putting together your preparedness plan?
Management and responsibilities
Your preparedness plan needs to take into account what each person involved in the plan is going to do, as well as the risks and requirements you need to be mindful of. You should focus on:
- Who is responsible for specific tasks – such as cooking
- Who monitors specific supplies – such as food, or medical supplies
- Where you are going to stay to keep safe
- The supplies you will need
- The potential threats you might face in your area
Your planning should help you to work out what you need to be aware of, such as potential hazards in your area, or issues that might arise. For example, this could be something like flooding potentially cutting off access to a property.
Looking ahead should help you to identify the potential needs you have. For example, staff members with specific health requirements being trapped in an office by bad weather. As a part of your plan, you might need to keep a record of what medications staff require and perhaps assess whether they need to keep some in the office in case of emergencies.
Needs can change based on a number of conditions, such as:
- Medical conditions
- Dietary requirements
You should identify the needs of everyone involved in your plan, whether that’s staff, family members or people in your care. Some needs can be met as part of your general planning. However, other needs, such as medical needs, disabilities or dietary requirements, can require additional thought and planning.
Your plan should also include a section on how your plan will be executed in an emergency.
This might start with you identifying when your plan comes into effect and then breaking down each aspect of your plan into defined steps, identifying the roles each person has.
For example, the first step of your plan might be securing the location you’re in and identifying how long you are potentially going to be there for.
There might be specific roles involved in this. For example, defining who is responsible for helping to stave off water damage if an area is prone to flooding.
Keep in mind that your plan needs to be flexible, as situations can change and shift suddenly, especially during an emergency. The execution of your plan should include a degree of assessment, as some situations might not play out exactly as you expected, and you need to change your plan in order to remain safe.
How can we help you to prepare for any situation?
A crucial part of any preparedness plan is your supplies. Getting your supplies in order can make the difference between waiting out an emergency in relative comfort or making a situation more difficult.
Finding the right equipment, medical supplies and long-lasting food can help provide peace of mind and ensure you are ready for any situation.
At Fuel Your Preparation, we provide a range of freeze-dried meals which can help ensure you have access to nutritious, tasty meals at any time. Our breakfasts, mains and desserts are:
- Easy to prepare – simply add water and wait for the meal to rehydrate
- Expertly cooked prior to being freeze-dried, ensuring they taste fantastic
- Freeze-dried to create a product with a lengthy shelf life. Each pouch lasts for 7 years, while tins last for 25
- Nutritious – bursting with the carbohydrates and protein you need to feel warm and full
Whether you need to stockpile food in the event of extreme weather, want a small supply to help you comfortably ride out a power cut or want a store that you can rely on in inhospitable, isolated conditions, our meals provide a fantastic way to ensure you always have access to a delicious feast.