A mission statement is not something you write overnight… But fundamentally, your mission statement becomes your constitution, the solid expression of your vision and values. It becomes the criterion by which you measure everything else in your life.
Stephen Covey

 

Real and true efforts have a Mission Statement.  If preparedness is going to be a facet of your life it should be defined.

My preparedness mission statement is:

I am prepping for my my daughter wife and I to survive events from most likely to least likely to happen in the Los Angeles area.

With Hurricane Harvey and Irma causing so much damage being prepared for a disaster has come back in to fashion for me.

According to the CDC the top 10 leading causes of death are

  • Heart disease: 611,105
  • Cancer: 584,881
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 84,767
  • Diabetes: 75,578
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 41,149

These events are what I am prepping for.

#1 Prep is your physical fitness.   Eight out of 10 leading causes of death are due to health.   Although Alzheimers and Cancer are partially the luck of the draw, I try to do something every day.  Something, push ups, sit-ups, burpies, I have to do something.  Taking Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu three times a week helps to keep me trim.    My next challenge will be giving up fried foods, for good.

#2 Prep is Have your basics together.   Is your Home insurance current?  Does it cover the most likely dangers.  I for one, know my home insurance is up to date but, I don’t have earthquake insurance.  I need earthquake insurance.  This is high on my list for 2017/2018.

Another commonly overlooked basic part of prepping is “prepping your car” and making sure that it is always in working order and never has less than one-half a tank in it.  Do you have a change of clothes and supplies in your car to help  you get home in case you have walk home?  I live in Pasadena and work in Los Angeles, I know for a fact that there are at least 4 bridges that would have to be intact for me to even walk home.

#3 Prep is having a basic disaster preparedness supplies handy.     These are the Go-Bags for everyone in your family and  having backups for all of your most important information.  Even if you have paid up all of your insurance do you know where the paperwork is?  Do you even know the name of the insurance company?  Have you digitized all of your most important document and pictures,  when its time to leave pictures and documents are the last thinks I want to be looking for.  Make list and check it twice, make sure you have enough in you Go-Bag to work.