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NEW VIDEO: Starting Your Preparedness Journey: What Are You Preparing For?
When you start thinking about preparing for a disaster or emergency, the advice and information can be overwhelming. In this series of videos, I provide some guidance on how to orient your mindset to begin processing all of the information that you will be bombarded with. This specific video will help you identify what you want to prepare for to establish a guiding principle for your Preparedness Journey…Think of it as your North Star. The other videos in this series will help you frame your Preparedness Journey and establish a solid foundation for you to achieve success.
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What are You Preparing For? What is your Primary Event and what are you Secondary Event? Share in the comments below.
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WEBVTT Kind: captions Language: en 00:00:00.000 --> 00:00:05.279 do you feel like you should be preparing for everything all the disasters all of 00:00:05.279 --> 00:00:09.990 the the emergencies that are feeling a little overwhelmed by that concept 00:00:09.990 --> 00:00:14.519 because that's a big concept to try to deal with well take a look at the video 00:00:14.519 --> 00:00:18.570 that we've made coming up next we're gonna try to help guide you through that 00:00:18.570 --> 00:00:23.039 kind of overwhelming process to begin your preparedness journey on the right 00:00:23.039 --> 00:00:28.500 foot and establish a great foundation of preparedness so stay tuned and enjoy 00:00:28.500 --> 00:00:35.489 what we got cooked up for you on the other side hey everybody welcome in 00:00:35.489 --> 00:00:40.710 cascade a dispatch today I'm Casey and today we're gonna talk about some 00:00:40.710 --> 00:00:44.940 starting points for your preparedness journey you may have heard me talk about 00:00:44.940 --> 00:00:48.420 a preparedness journey you may have read some articles that we've written about 00:00:48.420 --> 00:00:52.590 preparedness journey and you're like what is this preparedness journey that 00:00:52.590 --> 00:00:59.510 this guy has kind of come up with the reason that I call this kind of 00:00:59.510 --> 00:01:04.320 preparedness journey of preparedness journey is because everybody's journey 00:01:04.320 --> 00:01:07.979 is different everyone is preparing for something different everyone's situation 00:01:07.979 --> 00:01:13.500 and context is different what everyone feels comfortable with when they feel 00:01:13.500 --> 00:01:19.560 like they're prepared is different so it's a journey it's a process there is 00:01:19.560 --> 00:01:25.170 you'll see tons of checklists for bug-out bags and bugging locations and 00:01:25.170 --> 00:01:29.880 all kinds of things and you can check all those boxes but that just checks you 00:01:29.880 --> 00:01:37.049 off for that thing or that one phase of preparedness and everyone's journey and 00:01:37.049 --> 00:01:43.590 everyone's level of comfort is different so it's a journey it's not there is no 00:01:43.590 --> 00:01:48.390 real end destination point unless you set up your own end destination point so 00:01:48.390 --> 00:01:52.110 today what I want to talk about is kind of when you're starting out when you're 00:01:52.110 --> 00:01:56.100 beginning what are some things that you should be thinking about what are some 00:01:56.100 --> 00:01:59.939 guiding principles that you might want to have we're gonna make a series of 00:01:59.939 --> 00:02:04.110 videos about this so this video is kind of gonna kick it off and then we're 00:02:04.110 --> 00:02:07.450 gonna have a few videos that are going to come after it they're 00:02:07.450 --> 00:02:11.650 gonna talk about other areas so first we're gonna started with what are you 00:02:11.650 --> 00:02:15.580 preparing for okay so you've heard that you need to be prepared you've heard 00:02:15.580 --> 00:02:19.600 that things can happen that are bad and you should go out you should get all 00:02:19.600 --> 00:02:24.520 kinds of items and gear and spend a bunch of money and and and you know 00:02:24.520 --> 00:02:28.900 maybe get some tinfoil hats or something like that personally I think tinfoil 00:02:28.900 --> 00:02:33.760 hats are very less seasoned and should not be a part of your preparedness 00:02:33.760 --> 00:02:39.040 journey but that's just my personal opinion so the first thing is whenever 00:02:39.040 --> 00:02:43.480 you're starting out a journey you want to know where you're going and so I use 00:02:43.480 --> 00:02:48.550 what the question what are you preparing for as the establishing of your North 00:02:48.550 --> 00:02:54.340 Star essentially what is it that you want to prepare for and then you use 00:02:54.340 --> 00:02:59.980 that as your guide when you're deciding what sort of gear or the timing of 00:02:59.980 --> 00:03:06.850 purchasing items or your planning tools what plans do you need in place if 00:03:06.850 --> 00:03:10.690 you're planning to prepare for everything which a lot of people when 00:03:10.690 --> 00:03:14.080 they first start planning to start preparing they say oh I want to prepare 00:03:14.080 --> 00:03:18.610 for everything I'm going to be ready for all the things well you can't really 00:03:18.610 --> 00:03:23.920 prepare for all the things you can't really prepare for all of that stuff and 00:03:23.920 --> 00:03:28.750 that goal of preparing for everything sometimes becomes too overwhelming and 00:03:28.750 --> 00:03:32.620 then you stop preparing for anything so I would rather that you have a 00:03:32.620 --> 00:03:37.630 reasonable goal that you have a North Star and that you are continually trying 00:03:37.630 --> 00:03:42.250 to get better and better prepared for that journey to that North Star war in 00:03:42.250 --> 00:03:48.310 case of that North Star in the case of a disaster then setting up a goal of I 00:03:48.310 --> 00:03:52.750 want to prepare for everything and then not necessarily having the right things 00:03:52.750 --> 00:03:58.570 or the right plans for the most reasonable situations that will arise so 00:03:58.570 --> 00:04:03.220 so next we're gonna talking about kind of how to determine what you should be 00:04:03.220 --> 00:04:07.930 preparing for so when I was getting started with preparation I came from a 00:04:07.930 --> 00:04:12.340 background of having absolutely no interest in preparation I had never gone 00:04:12.340 --> 00:04:15.510 camping I had no supplies I had 00:04:15.510 --> 00:04:20.130 really no information other than what I learned in school about fire drills and 00:04:20.130 --> 00:04:25.530 you know Duck and Cover and some of that sort of stuff and I didn't have anything 00:04:25.530 --> 00:04:30.570 at my house that was supply related or anything we were just kind of in the 00:04:30.570 --> 00:04:36.360 world of hey something might happen but it'll be fine and when I started to read 00:04:36.360 --> 00:04:41.370 about the Cascadia earthquake and look at some of the numbers behind it 00:04:41.370 --> 00:04:45.720 and all of a sudden became it tangible you could consider it a threat it could 00:04:45.720 --> 00:04:51.630 be a disaster but it was something that I recognized as something I wanted to be 00:04:51.630 --> 00:04:57.330 prepared for so for me I break preparedness and the what are you 00:04:57.330 --> 00:05:02.490 preparing for into two categories I break it into your primary event plan 00:05:02.490 --> 00:05:08.160 and then your secondary event plans so your primary plan is the big event the 00:05:08.160 --> 00:05:12.150 big thing that you think is likely to happen if you are for example in the 00:05:12.150 --> 00:05:16.860 northwest Cascadia subduction zone earthquake may be your primary plan if 00:05:16.860 --> 00:05:22.380 you live in the southeast or along the Gulf Coast hurricanes may be your 00:05:22.380 --> 00:05:27.750 primary plan if you live in the Midwest it may be tornadoes you may not be 00:05:27.750 --> 00:05:32.070 concerned about natural disasters at all and you may be thinking about a job loss 00:05:32.070 --> 00:05:38.990 or a medical emergency something that would really turn your world upside down 00:05:38.990 --> 00:05:44.910 in a way that would require additional supplies and thought in order for you 00:05:44.910 --> 00:05:51.660 and your family to kind of make it back to normal so for me the Cascadia quake 00:05:51.660 --> 00:05:58.380 is my North Star because if or when that happens it will not only affect my 00:05:58.380 --> 00:06:02.910 family but it's gonna affect a lot of families in the region and so we won't 00:06:02.910 --> 00:06:07.349 be able to rely on a lot of government assistance to help us to get through 00:06:07.349 --> 00:06:10.860 what we won't be able to rely on neighbors and friends because they will 00:06:10.860 --> 00:06:15.120 all be affected by it as well so I want to prepare for that so that we 00:06:15.120 --> 00:06:18.510 can make it through because there may not be support to help us get through 00:06:18.510 --> 00:06:24.630 that and then my secondary plans are our smaller events for you you know a 00:06:24.630 --> 00:06:30.699 hurricane that can take out an entire city is probably a good North Star if 00:06:30.699 --> 00:06:35.220 you were in the southeast for example or along the clove coast or the East Coast 00:06:35.220 --> 00:06:43.570 20 of those big things should really be kind of your primary event plan and then 00:06:43.570 --> 00:06:47.500 we'll build on that with secondary plans now that we've identified the big thing 00:06:47.500 --> 00:06:52.389 in the primary plan the secondary plans are the more day-to-day things that 00:06:52.389 --> 00:06:58.030 could come up and they play together so for example my secondary planned are 00:06:58.030 --> 00:07:03.550 maybe a house fire for some people that might be a primary primary event for me 00:07:03.550 --> 00:07:08.260 its secondary because it will really only affect my family and will have 00:07:08.260 --> 00:07:12.010 support around us with friends and family to get through a disaster like 00:07:12.010 --> 00:07:15.460 that they include you know some sort of a 00:07:15.460 --> 00:07:21.160 vehicle breakdown for out-and-about away from home and we have a flat tire run 00:07:21.160 --> 00:07:27.400 out of gas there's mechanical issue it's gonna affect us specifically well affect 00:07:27.400 --> 00:07:30.699 anyone else we'll be able to call for help but we need to be able to make it 00:07:30.699 --> 00:07:38.080 through until help arrives things like a power outage that can definitely affect 00:07:38.080 --> 00:07:41.260 a larger group of people but it's a shorter duration of time you're probably 00:07:41.260 --> 00:07:46.780 only going to be without power especially in a suburb or a city for 612 00:07:46.780 --> 00:07:52.150 maybe 24 hours it's not going to be a huge disruption but you want to be 00:07:52.150 --> 00:07:56.500 prepared in case that happens because there will be you know negative effects 00:07:56.500 --> 00:08:02.289 and consequences of that snowstorms and everyone on the East Coast can begin to 00:08:02.289 --> 00:08:07.060 laugh but those of us on the west coast but in Oregon if we get half an inch of 00:08:07.060 --> 00:08:11.710 snow we have road closures and school closures and things like that and every 00:08:11.710 --> 00:08:15.389 year we usually get two or three days of a little bit of snow that kind of throws 00:08:15.389 --> 00:08:21.970 you know our area into chaos on the East Coast you may have you know 00:08:21.970 --> 00:08:27.280 maybe feet of snow that would require that but sometimes you get feet of snow 00:08:27.280 --> 00:08:31.570 so that might be something that she would want to prepare for in our area 00:08:31.570 --> 00:08:37.270 rain can happen all the time and so flooding in in most areas is not a 00:08:37.270 --> 00:08:42.550 big issue but in a lot of areas that don't receive a lot of rain if you get a 00:08:42.550 --> 00:08:45.730 huge rainstorm and you have flash flooding and things like that that might 00:08:45.730 --> 00:08:49.510 be something you would we put in a secondary category depending on the size 00:08:49.510 --> 00:08:53.680 you might put it as a first category primary event but for us it would 00:08:53.680 --> 00:08:58.480 probably be more of a secondary events so that's kind of how you would define 00:08:58.480 --> 00:09:03.670 your primary events and your secondary events now you may be asking why is it 00:09:03.670 --> 00:09:07.089 that we're defining primary and secondary events and what do they have 00:09:07.089 --> 00:09:10.570 to do with each other well the reason that we define them is 00:09:10.570 --> 00:09:15.130 your primary event is going to be again like I say your Northstar when I think 00:09:15.130 --> 00:09:21.130 about gear and investment in in tools and supplies and planning I usually 00:09:21.130 --> 00:09:27.040 think about how it's going to apply for my primary event that is kind of the 00:09:27.040 --> 00:09:30.640 filter the first filter that I look through when I'm thinking about getting 00:09:30.640 --> 00:09:36.520 prepared the secondary events are kind of the fillings so if I buy a flashlight 00:09:36.520 --> 00:09:41.860 because I'm preparing for the Cascadia earthquake that same flashlight is going 00:09:41.860 --> 00:09:48.250 to be able to be used if I have there's a snowstorm or a power outage I can use 00:09:48.250 --> 00:09:51.700 those things in multiple areas so then when I think about the most likely 00:09:51.700 --> 00:09:56.800 secondary events I can either try and and prepare for those secondary events 00:09:56.800 --> 00:10:01.600 and identify the gaps between what I've prepared for the primary event and what 00:10:01.600 --> 00:10:05.800 I need to prepare for for the secondary event and they kind of play together and 00:10:05.800 --> 00:10:09.220 then what you start to realize is that you're building a foundation of 00:10:09.220 --> 00:10:15.250 preparedness for a variety of things you are not just preparing for an earthquake 00:10:15.250 --> 00:10:21.310 you are also preparing for a fire or a snowstorm you're not just preparing for 00:10:21.310 --> 00:10:27.370 a hurricane you're also preparing for a power outage or job loss for example a 00:10:27.370 --> 00:10:33.070 lot of people will store food in case of a big emergency but if they lose their 00:10:33.070 --> 00:10:37.540 job they'll start to use that food that they've stored to get them through until 00:10:37.540 --> 00:10:41.100 they have a job again and they can you know buy groceries and 00:10:41.100 --> 00:10:46.139 that's for them so again if you take the approach that all I'm preparing for 00:10:46.139 --> 00:10:50.190 everything it becomes overwhelming and you you don't necessarily prepare for 00:10:50.190 --> 00:10:54.329 any one thing well but if you identify our primary and you identify some 00:10:54.329 --> 00:10:59.339 secondaries it becomes very easy then to filter through what you want to do and 00:10:59.339 --> 00:11:07.139 create a plan that will allow you to really well or really easily identify 00:11:07.139 --> 00:11:11.069 priorities identify the things that you need and then start to build the 00:11:11.069 --> 00:11:15.449 confidence that hey I'm maybe only prepared for two weeks for the 00:11:15.449 --> 00:11:20.490 earthquake but that's enough supplies to easily get me through a blackout or a 00:11:20.490 --> 00:11:24.870 snowstorm okay I don't have to worry about maybe those events anymore and I 00:11:24.870 --> 00:11:30.449 can focus on something else so that's that's why I divide them up that way and 00:11:30.449 --> 00:11:34.139 that's also why they play together so well and why when you're thinking about 00:11:34.139 --> 00:11:38.910 where to start on your journey identifying a really clear North Star in 00:11:38.910 --> 00:11:45.149 your primary event and then identifying kind of guidelines and framework around 00:11:45.149 --> 00:11:50.339 your secondary events hope to kind of point you in the direction of where 00:11:50.339 --> 00:11:54.750 you're gonna go on your journey so we're gonna wrap it up today that is the video 00:11:54.750 --> 00:11:59.279 on what you want to prepare for would love to hear what you've decided after 00:11:59.279 --> 00:12:02.990 hearing this which you your primary event and your secondary event should be 00:12:02.990 --> 00:12:07.290 it's always great for other people in the community to know what people are 00:12:07.290 --> 00:12:10.380 preparing for it's great for us to know what you're preparing for it because 00:12:10.380 --> 00:12:14.130 then we can try to build content around common themes if there's a bunch of 00:12:14.130 --> 00:12:17.189 people you know that are 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