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Who Should Prepare?

Everyone should have some level of preparedness. Some people are more likely to have an Emergency than others.

FEMA has the following statement on their web site:

Evacuations are more common than many people realize. Hundreds of times each year, transportation and industrial accidents release harmful substances, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Fires and floods cause evacuations even more frequently. Almost every year, people along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts evacuate in the face of approaching hurricanes.

Reference: http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/getting_informed.shtm

FEMA has identified the following types of Emergencies that you might want to be prepared to handle:

Natural Hazards

  • Floods
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Thunderstorms and Lightning
  • Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
  • Tsunamis
  • Fires
  • Wildfires

Technological Hazards

  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Household Chemical Emergencies
  • Nuclear Power Plants

Terrorism

  • Explosions
  • Biological Threats
  • Chemical Threats
  • Nuclear Blast
  • Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)

To the list that FEMA is concerned with, we will add the following:

Financial

  • Bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure
  • Job Loss
  • Medical Bills
  • Reduced Retirement Assets
  • Strikes

If you think that anything above could affect you in your life, then you probably have need to "Prepare For Later". Even if you may not be directly affected by something above, you may depend on something or someone who could be affected and so you would then be indirectly affected.

Since, for the most part, Pets and Livestock cannot prepare for themselves, if you are their caretaker, the proper preparation for their needs will fall on your shoulders. For this reason, there is a special category for Pets and Livestock, as shown in the links on the left of any page.

This website is designed to assist you in learning things that you can do now, ahead of time, that would make your encounter with any emergency easier to cope with. This can greatly increase the probability that you can survive such emergencies. Or, perhaps, because you are prepared, you will not even see the situation as an emergency.

However, for the most part, this website is not designed to be used "as the storm arrives". By then it will likely be too late to take full advantage of the preparedness advice that permeates this web site.

Good Luck as YOU "Prepare For Later".

Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center, Inc.

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