It’s not wise to assume that just because you have food stores, a back-up generator and a well-stocked first-aid kit that all problems have been solved.

During a community, national or worldwide crisis (like Y2K) everything from electricity, food and water to communication, transportation and who knows what other systems and services could/will fail. In the process, as people panic-react, the daily routines and interactuions that keep us sane in ‘normal’ times also break down. Until you’re actually faced with your social network of supports not being there, you’re not really ‘ready for anything’. It’s best to assume and prepare for the worst. Yet expect the best!

• Lay The Groundwork For A ‘Plan ‘B’

Pre-arranged communication channels are essential. There is nothing so defeating as isolation. A back-up radio and/or a CB radio are important, but having links to community are equally as vital. At the same tie that you’re preparing your self and children, think a little bigger. Start or join a community preparedness group in your area. Since organization is essential for the smooth running of any group be sure to include: assignment of duties, chores, goods and services delivery in your neighborhood/ community contingencies.

• Leisure Activities

In addition, think about how you’ll occupy your leisure time without the resources of civilization. Claustrophobia, depression, and fear can be relieved by having things to do.

Establish social ties with your immediate community. Having a children’s ball game, an evening of card playing, morning coffee clubs and weekend afternoon dart tournaments to look forward to are as crucial to staying alive as having enough food. Think in terms of ‘unplugged’ fun.