Identify Your Risks
“There is an inverse relationship between reliance on the state and self-reliance.” – William F. Buckley, Jr.
Most of us have never lived through a disaster and many of us don’t know anyone well who has. But the numbers make it clear that every one of us is vulnerable to a multitude of risks. Anything you can do to lessen your dependence on federal, state or local government responses in time of crisis will put you in a better position for survival.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) lists a number of hazards that can result in a disaster for anyone. Click on any of the following links to learn more. Most of the categories begin with a map of the country so you can determine whether you, or those you love, reside in a high-risk zone.
- Extreme Heat
- Technological Hazards:Hazardous Materials Household ChemicalsNuclear Power Plants
- Terrorism:Explosions Biological ThreatsChemical Threats
Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)
- Homeland Security Advisory System (Not updated since 8/10)
- Winter storms
- To these, we could add global pandemics (Avian and Swine Flues), power grid failures and personal disasters such as sudden illnesses, accidents and identity theft. The list can become daunting, but everyone is not subject to every hazard. Unfortunately, all of us are subject to disasters involving fire, water, hazardous materials, terrorism, pandemics, and weather-related incidents.
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