For this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I’m reairing a conversation I had back in January of 2013 with Paul Faust of www.1800prepare.com on preparedness for the disabled and elderly. You can view what I wrote about that original interview here.
My guest – Paul Faust is a First Responder in New York state who saw incredible devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He described himself as an everyday kind of guy. He and a business partner founded 1800Prepare with the passion they have as First Responders to help you and me get what we need to face disaster situations. His philosophy is that preparedness should be a normal part of our lies. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. Paul wants you and me to be calmly and rationally prepared for those everyday kinds of things that happen.
Highlights — Below is a brief summary of the key points of our conversation.
- There are core considerations for preparedness for any of us, but our focus was on the needs of those with disabilities, as well as those of senior citizens.
- If you have a disability, take time to look at your specific situation. What would you do if the power wentout for a long period of time? What about medications and meals? What about staying warm in winter or cool in summer?
- Practice ahead of time in anticipation of what might happen. This is a good way to deal with fears as well.
- Spread your purchases of prepping supplies out over time. That way you’re not spending a lot of money at once.
- Know the resources available to you in your town.
- Get to know the community around you–people such as neighbors, friends, apartment building manager, nurse or aide, etc.
- Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help.
- Be proactive. Be your own First Responder.
- Have a plan. Make prepping part of your everyday life so you don’t have to think about what to do when disasters arise.
Get additional perspective from Thoughts on Prepping for the Blind and Visually Impaired.