Resilience-The ability to survive

Resilience is the ability to spring back from stress. It is the key to survival.

I first became aware of incorporating resilience into my life when my Community Council asked me to chair their Emergency Preparedness Committee.

FEMA and all the State and County Emergency Management organization stress the need to pre-plan a community response to a disaster. They all stress the need for individuals to take the responsibility to care for themselves with out Government help for at least 3 days. In Hawaii, the recommendation is to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least two weeks.

Serious prepers plan to survive for a year or more without going to a store or a bank. I think that is a little extreme, but I do take preparedness seriously and plan to be able to care for my family for at least three months.

From my point of view, there are three facets to preparedness:

  1. Personal Preparedness
    1. Stock the food, water, medicine, pet supplies an camping equipment to survive and thrive when your home is blown away, you are flooded or you loose your job.
    2. Have at least $500 in small bills because banks cannot function without electricity.
    3. Keep you important papers in a bank safety deposit box.
    4. Get the training you need to be able to respond effectively.
  2. Financial Preparedness
    1. Have the money you need to deal with any emergency without depending on credit. It takes discretionary income to prepare for an emergency.
    2. Have several sources of income in case the business you work for is not able to recover.
    3. I recommend developing a side business that will provide you a passive income
  3. Environmental Preparedness
    1. Studies show that longevity depends 20% on our genes and 80% on our life style and our environment.
    2. We can control our both our life style and our environment.
    3. The small changes we make in our life style and our environment can have a profound influence on the quality of our lives.

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