I had planned on going back to the Family Survival Planning guide this week, but I’m being overcome by events–springtime is like that, on a homestead. So that will have to wait until the next post. (For those reading ahead, it’s all about water, and its storage and purification.)
This week, I’ll take a quick look at something a commenter (and preparedness supplies business) sent to me: a Preparedness Test, from Game Plan Experts. The bottom line up front: Overall, I like it, with a couple of caveats.
First caveat: The quiz. It’s of the multiple-choice, “check-the-appropriate-box” sort. As such, it’s quick, easy, and painless; I’m not sure it necessarily covers the full range of things it could. Now, don’t get me wrong–there were a couple of questions that I stopped and thought, “Hm… I could certainly be doing better here,” or “That’s a good idea.” But the available choices on some of the questions didn’t exactly have a “right answer.”
Second caveat: The score. I did well–out of a possible 30 points, I scored 22, for a pretty solid “B+”. I’m pleased to have done as “well” as I did. On the flip side, I can point to exactly why it was as low as it was… But my concern with the score is that somebody might score fairly high–say, a B+ or higher–and think, “well, I’m good” and stop. Preparedness is, or at least, should be, a process, and we can all improve somewhere.
What area pulled my score down? Well, for me personally, it was not having a neighborhood watch, and not knowing the “community emergency plan.” And the reason I’m not completely satisfied with these has to do with my location: I’m rural enough that all of my neighbors, thus far, are also farms; the “neighborhood watch” doesn’t work quite as well here as it might. (We try to keep an eye out for each other, as best we can, but that’s about as far as it goes.) Likewise, being a good distance outside the city limits, we don’t have a community emergency plan, as such.
All that being said, I very much appreciated the Action Items Checklist that accompanied the score; many of the points on the list are ones I regularly preach here (develop a plan to address common local hazards; keep emergency kits; etc.), in addition to a number of them that I’ll likely be adding to my “regularly addressed points” here. (Little things, like checking your smoke detectors, having/checking CO detectors, actually writing down your emergency plans…)
Again, overall, I very much liked the feedback. I like the Game Plan Experts site, and have some serious “tech-want” for some of the “toys” on their site. They’re friendly folks, and they seem to be genuinely interested in helping people get better prepared. They’ve got a good list of free downloads, and a nice “resources” page, as well. I’ll give them a nice, solid, B+. (Because some of their “for-sale” items are, well, a little over-the-top, in my opinion. Body armor? Really? But then, my opinion of ‘Mad Max’ scenarios should be well-known, by now…)
Okay, that’s it for this time. Next time around, all things being equal, we’ll be talking about water collection, storage and purification. I hope you’ll join me!