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SIMPLE AND THRIFTY PREPS

DEALING WITH DISASTERS ON A BUDGET

It’s important to be ready for any emergencies and disasters, right? But sometimes it’s easy to forget that the average person is on a budget and is very busy with all the other very important parts of life, such as holding a job, getting the children through school, maintaining the house, and all the other normal activities of a family life. We want to be prepared, but it seems as if all the gear and products of self-reliance require us to be a wealthy person to obtain them.

Is there a way for the person of modest income to also be ready for emergencies? Absolutely! Preparedness is a state of mind. And just having lots of gear – even really good and expensive gear – doesn’t necessarily make one fare better in emergencies. It’s all about lifestyle, how you know how to use your gear and how you interact with other people.

KNOWING YOUR NEIGHBORS

According to Julie Balaa, a board member of the nonprofit WTI, which has been conducting survival preparedness classes in Los Angeles for almost 50 years, Neighborhood Watch meetings are one of the best ways to be prepared for earthquakes. “Neighborhood Watch meetings give you the chance to get to know your neighbors and to explore ways to work together, especially in the aftermath of an earthquake,” she explains. The same benefits apply regardless of what types of challenges you are preparing for.

“Getting to know your neighbors, and working with your neighbors, is perhaps one of the most important ways to be ready for an earthquake,” says Balaa. She quickly adds that there are many economical ways to be ready for a quake, methods that have been taught in her nonprofit’s seminars since the mid-1970s.

While no one disputes that money can help you be more prepared, it’s important to realize that one’s survival quotient is about much more than just how much money you earn. It’s about how much you know, how you use that knowledge, and how you work with others for everyone’s mutual benefit.

WATER

According to Balaa, “You never know precisely what might happen in an earthquake or other disasters, but there are some things you can always expect. For example, you can expect electricity to go out and for water supplies to be sporadic.”

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