Preparation is Key When There’s Trouble on the Horizon

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Preparation helps…

Preparation helps, no matter what is headed your way.

And here in New Hampshire, we’ve got a big snowstorm coming.

Weather is, at once, predictable and unpredictable. And snowstorms are a very good example.

Depending on how things play out, we might wake up to a beautiful winter wonderland tomorrow, or we might experience power failures, frozen pipes, and other emergencies. And that’s where preparation comes in.

The thing about preparing for emergencies is that you hope you’ll never have to actually use your plan.  And because big events like snowstorms don’t happen every day, it’s not unusual to end up feeling like the time spent in preparation has been wasted.

So, is preparation a waste of time?

The short answer is a resounding no.  

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

The time spent preparing for emergencies gives you an opportunity to rehearse and be ready to respond with agility to whatever life presents.  When the time comes, you may not be confronted with the exact emergency you’d planned for, but you’ll be better prepared than if you hadn’t thought about it at all.

Emergencies – Know the Basics

The first piece of advice I have for you isn’t just for emergencies but for everyday life.  What’s that advice?

Make sure you know how to “work” the utilities and key appliances in your home.

Ask yourself:

  • How do you turn off the water or the furnace?
  • Where are the circuit-breakers and is there a “map” of what they connect to?

For many of us, certain household tasks may fall to specific members of the family.  A division of labor like that makes a lot of sense in everyday life, but in emergencies, not everyone may be around or available.  So, there are some basic things that everyone in your household should know how to do. That’s because emergencies are NOT a good time to have to suddenly learn a new skill.

I’d also suggest creating a centralized place where there are:

  • Some core emergency supplies,
  • Written instructions for key household utilities, and
  • A list of important phone numbers.

Make sure that everyone knows where these supplies, lists, and templates are, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to review them periodically.  (And yes, you can probably expect a certain amount of eye-rolling when you do this, especially if you have a teenager or two on board.)

Preparation in your world…

Maybe you don’t have a winter storm bearing down on you right now, but preparation is still important.

My suggestion is that you think about the kinds of unexpected events that are most likely to occur in your world and begin to brainstorm ways that you can be better prepared for the unexpected. Hopefully, your plans will never need to be set in motion, but in all likelihood, some version of them will.

Investing time in this now will serve you well in the long run.  As always – here’s to your time success.

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