Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Mini-Pocalypse: How to Get Ready for Little Disasters



The media has made a fortune scaring us to death with sensational apocalyptic scenarios like asteroids, hostile alien takeovers and super storms. In reality, you are much more likely to encounter an everyday mini-pocalypse in you and your family's daily life than we are to encounter one on a global scale.

A mini-pocalypse means getting trapped in your car in a snowstorm, or a ceiling tile dislodging and knocking you out at your local Costco, or perhaps your bank's system got hacked and you don't have access to your cards or accounts for a few days, would you be ready? While small disasters may not warrant the use of that rad semi-automatic you've been itching to use to go all Mad Max on your adversaries, storing up on the boring stuff is equally crucial.

According to USA Today, the Council for Excellence in government conducted an extensive search and found that, on a scale of one to 10, the average American only earns a 3.31 in readiness, are you one of them?

Financial Foibles

Say there's a small, temporary financial crisis that doesn't knock out the economy, but it affects either your financial institution, your region, or your access to your funds.What if a flash flood, earthquake or storm affects your ability to access a bank or ATM, but the economy is still alive and kicking? There are any number of situations that can cause banks and ATMs to close, what would you do in this case?

Keep cash in a safe place at home, depending on where you live, always keep enough for each person to feed themselves for at least 3-5 days, according to SavingAdvice.com. Although there are downloadable apps in the works that will allow you to pay with your cell phone or bank account number, they aren't here yet. Investing in a fireproof and waterproof safe and storing some cash in it is something every home should do. They can range from $25 to thousands. Consumer Reports is a great place to find the perfect safe to keep your cash safe.

Medical Maladies

You're far more likely to get crushed unconscious by another car in a parking lot than to find yourself battling hoards of zombies outside a prison-turned camp. Medical problems plague most of us in some way or another, and preparing for the worst can make the difference between life and death in an everyday scenario. If you or a loved one is in an accident and are unable to respond to those around you, you're going to hope you've got something that alerts them to your medical needs.

Put it on the Card

Although we have allergy bracelets and blood-type cards, your medical history is much more extensive than that. That's where Fortune High Tech Marketing's MyLifeID comes in. It's the size of a credit card, yet it stores your entire medical history, and can be accessed with a swipe. If you're comatose in the hospital, you're going to want to check out one of these FHTM products.

Banish Germs in a Pinch

In the home, while you don't need to store a pharmacy and a defibrillator in your safehouse, gathering some essential medical supplies will come in handy. Extra Asprin is always essential, as is gauze and iodine, which can be used to purify water and injuries.



Patricia Samson
Patty helps women to become empowered and fix things on their own, without a man's help. Her articles are inspiring and offer simple, easy-to-follow steps.

3 comments:

  1. This is great, every day advice. Mini disasters seem to hit someone every day - you never know when it will be you.

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  2. Really informative. Thanks for sharing. The card that contains your whole medical history sounds like a great idea for emergencies.

    -Peter

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