I know that the focus of this website has tended to stay away from the doom and gloom. That is a conscious decision. I don’t want to scare anyone into buying anything. While it is important to be prepared for the worst, we don’t deal with the worst every day. Instead, we deal with the day to day. I love THRIVE foods, because not only can they help us prepare for the worst, they can help us with our day to day. They really can save us time, stress and money.

However, with the recent events in Japan, I’ve spent a lot of time pondering my own family’s ability to handle such a tragedy. I’ve been moved to tears on many occasions as I’ve watched scenes that show the incomprehensible devastation people are dealing with in Japan right now. I’ve personally decided to do a few things for our family and I wanted to share them with you and encourage you to come up with your own list. Over the next few weeks, I will report back on how things are going for us. I would love it if you would comment and let us know how things are going for you as well. We will all benefit from each of your ideas and experiences!

#1: 72 / DISASTER KIT
Every family should have a kit that would allow them to survive for 3 days without assistance. We’ve had a 72 hr kit since we got married, but it has been about a year since I’ve updated it. All the kids clothes / diapers are now too small and the food is old. In addition, there are items I would like to add to our kits. I also want the boys to have their own kits that they can carry. So, I will be updating these kits. I’ve actually been planning to do this for a while now and just got a shipment of supplies from THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) last week including four awesome backpacks at a great price! I should have a post up in the next day or two detailing the contents of our kits as well as recommendations on what should be in a very basic kit and resources for building one for your family.

#2: DRILLS
All four of my children are under age four. If I am home alone with them during an earthquake or other natural disaster, I’m going to need all the help I can get to keep them as safe as possible. We recently had a family activity where we taught our boys what to do during an earthquake (under the table if you are downstairs, under your bed if you are upstairs). However, even with that activity, I don’t know that they would actually do it if I yelled: “EARTHQUAKE!” So, we are going to start having random, spontaneous drills. We will also be participating in the Great California Shake Out drill on October 20th. You can find out more about ShakeOut here.

#3: SECURING OUR HOME
My husband has a habit of pointing out potential hazards in our home: especially as they relate to earthquakes. He won’t let me put cribs or beds under windows or next to book shelves. He doesn’t like shelves or large pictures on the walls above where people sit. Until now, I’ve found his habit less than helpful and a bit annoying. But, I think I’ve decided he is right. So, we will be going on a hazard hunt this week. We will use the information for securing our building and securing our stuff on Dare to Prepare.

#4: PREPARING OUR CAR
I will also be updating our car kits. Although we are home a lot, there are times when we are out and I want to make sure we would be prepared to handle an emergency situation away from home.

#5: FIRST AID SKILLS
I am CPR certified. I have been for years because I’ve always worked in dental offices. However, I have not taken a refresher course since I had kids and stopped working. It has been almost 4 years! I don’t know that Nathan has ever taken a course. So, Nathan will be attending a course this week and I will attend one in the near future. The Red Cross is offering free classes this Saturday (March 19th). You can check for a location in your area here.

I would also like to take a CERT course. In disaster situations, there simply are not enough emergency personnel to meet the demand. CERT was created for this reason and offers training to help regular “untrained” civilians meet that “first responder” need.

I will keep you posted on how we do on these goals! Expect a 72-Hr kit post sometime this week!