Common Questions

Why Prepare? 

  • We prepare for emergencies and disasters so that the amount of risk we are exposed to is minimized, at least to the extent that we can control it.
  • We prepare so that our lives will be preserved and our families don’t have to suffer.
  • We prepare to be safe and have peace of mind.
  • We prepare so that the choices we make are not influenced, or severely limited by the very emergency we are trying to prepare for.
  • We prepare because if we don’t and a disaster or emergency occurs it will be too late.
  • We are all in a period just prior to the next big disaster. It’s not a question of if, but a question of when!
Business and government plan and prepare for disasters and emergencies all the time. In fact, as the Disaster Recovery / Business Continuity Coordinator for my agency, my full time job is to think about the kinds of events that may befall the state of Washington and to craft ways to mitigate the impact to citizens, infrastructure and generally to our state. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this!

While this tends to be an uncomfortable topic, it is also a reality that in our lifetimes we will experience some catastrophic events. Disaster Planners in both the public and private sector have done lots of research and have been working diligently to plan for such events. Disaster Planners know that once the disaster has occurred those who didn’t prepare will have become a part of a larger problem that others will have to solve.

Fortunately we have it in our power to take steps, even if they are small, to plan and implement solutions that will become so very important once the event is upon us.

Survival Stores helps you plan and estimate how well you are prepared.

You will know if you have enough food, water, medicine, energy to name but a few things you can plan for.

Disasters tend to be very messy. Now is the time to reduce the potential impact.

What is Preparedness? 

For government and large corporations preparedness means developing Continuity of Operations plans (COOP) that reduce the consequences of a disaster to acceptable levels. This is what I do for the State of Washington.

Personal preparedness is essentially the same. We develop plans, buy and organize supplies, train ourselves to be more self sufficient than we currently are so that we too can reduce the consequences of a disaster to a more acceptable level. This is a form of COOP planning, but done for a family unit or small group. You could call this Group COOP (GCOOP).

We have the following goals in mind when developing our GCOOP plan.
  • Ensure that we are able to continue doing things that are vitally important
  • Protect our homes, assets, resources and each other
  • Preserve our vital records
  • Minimize the occurrence of injury, sickness or loss of life
  • Practice our plans so that we have confidence the plans are workable
  • Manage our preparedness investment so that it is ready when we need it
Survival Stores is your tool for preparedness!

What is Survival Stores? 

Survival Stores is a computer program for your Mac or Windows (soon for Linux and iPad) computer that can help you manage anything from a 3 day food supply to multiple years of food and equipment for a large family.

This tool provides a series of functions, each easy to operate, which work in concert to formulate action plans, make sensible and orderly purchases and integrate them into a comprehensive and robust asset management system that is affordable for any family that desires to actively get prepared.

What Questions Should I Be Able To Answer? 

  • Have the preparations you’ve made so far addressed the risk(s) you likely will face?
  • Where did you store what you’ve purchased?
  • When did you buy it?
  • Is it still good?
  • Do I need more?
  • Do I have everything I need?
  • What would I do if ordered to evacuate my house/apartment?
  • What would I take and where is it?
  • Does everyone in my family have the same contact list? Do I have a contact list?
  • What do I need?
  • Do I know how to fix/prepare what I bought?
  • Do I have a recipe to use the food I bought and put into storage?
These are all questions Survival Stores can help you answer.

Risk Mitigation Through Planning And Preparation!

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