Getting Prepared: A Primer for Beginners Series, part 3

Today’s skills to discuss are mechanics, emergency medical and security.  If you are not mechanically inclined, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.  It just means that it will take you longer than someone else and that you might fail a few times.  There isn’t anything about engines and motors for our applications that you can’t learn from a repair manual.  If you plan to re-purpose engines and motors for a preparedness purpose, then you need to be able to repair them should they break.  Repairmen won’t be around.  You need someone in your group to repair everything from vehicles and small engines to a bicycle.

Once you know who your repairman and plumbers are, that is only half of it. Your next step is to fully assess the tools and parts available to determine where you stand should you need to make repairs, but we will discuss how to go about it in a later post.

Emergency medical is one of the most important things to consider.  Anything can happen during an event.  People can be injured by the event itself.  They could be injured defending the home.  Children can be injured just doing what children do.  Even if you are not into preparing for a major event, the responsible person should have an emergency medical kit.  A basic kit only contains a few items and the list can be found on the Red Cross website.  But for a sustained amount of time, the list is longer and depends on your individual needs.  Don’t forget to include prescription medications.

There can’t be too much security if an event rocks your world.  Security is one thing you can’t make up on the fly.  You, and everyone in your group, must prepare in advance, refine your procedures and practice your methods.  Practice is important so that everything becomes automatic.  You don’t have to stop to think about what to do next.  You just do it.  You need to have that muscle memory fully developed before you need it.

How’s your notebook look now?  You should have a list of things to inventory, assess and evaluate in your home, garage and your perimeter.  By now, you should also have the information gathered from part one and part two of this series.  Tomorrow we will discuss the gathered information and what to do with it.  Tune in!