It’s Never Too Late To Be Ready

As we approach a new year, it’s a good time to evaluate your preparedness. For whatever the reasons, the reality is many people come up with a lot of excuses for not preparing. Many of the excuses are simply unfounded. Below are listed 5 excuses commonly hear. Hopefully, they are not your reasons for being unprepared.

1.) I don’t live near a fault line where most earthquakes happen.
While California and earthquakes are usually paired together, California is prone to other natural disasters such as floods, landslides, wildfires, and an occasional tornado. So preparing for these disasters is just as important. And I bet you have at least one loved one that does live near one of the many of fault lines on the West Coast!

2.) My homeowners insurance will cover anything that’s damaged.
Homeowners’ insurance policies usually do not cover events like floods or earthquakes. They are separate specific policies that must be purchased. Besides it is the first 24 to 48 hours one should prepare for and it may take time for insurance companies to respond.

3.) The government will take care of me.
We all saw what happened with the hurricane Katrina disaster. In some cases, it could take the government days or maybe even weeks to arrive to assist victims. Agencies such as FEMA, the American Red Cross, and others may be able to provide some essential supplies to victims, but then they may have difficulty getting those supplies to the victims.

4.) I cannot afford to prepare a kit.
Keep an eye out for some events where organizations are giving away first aid kits. This is a great way to start preparing and gradually increase your supplies in small steps. Some cans of food, some water, batteries, etc. You’ll be how fast you survival kit grows.

5.) I’m just too busy thinking about today, to worry about tomorrow.
Well, if you don’t take the time to think about what may happen tomorrow and prepare…there may not be a day for you to think about. So just take an hour or two some weekend and put your survival kit together. You can even make it a fun occasion and invite family or friends over to participate.

Why not just stop procrastinating and make a New Year’s resolution to be better prepared. It’s never too late to be ready!

Robb Mayberry

Robb Mayberry is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. He has assisted in the response and recovery efforts with some of California’s worst disasters, including the San Refugio Oil Spill, the Valley and Butte Wildfires, Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Erskine Fire, and the Winters Storms of 2017. Prior to public service, he spent 25 years managing the public and media relations for some of Northern California’s largest healthcare organizations.

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