Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Being prepared is an essential part of being able to return your life and the life of your family back to normal as soon as possible whenever there is an emergency or disaster. Here is a basic acronym to help you remember some very important steps in being P.R.E.P.A.R.E.D.

P is for planning. You will need to take the necessary steps to have a plan in case of an emergency or a disaster.

R is for risk assessment. You will need to know the particular risks for your area, as well as the common everyday risks you or your family might encounter in an emergency or disaster.

E is for emergency contacts and communication. You will need to make sure that everyone in your family has the proper emergency contact information and be able to communicate with each other in a time of crisis.

P is for planning for alternate scenarios. Should your first plan encounter difficulties in being implemented, you will need a backup plan.

A is for assemble. Get your emergency supplies in place. It doesn’t matter if you are planning for a 72 hour period or even longer, as long as you have put together the basic items you will need for your own level of readiness.

R is for remembering. Remember the special needs of the elderly, infants in your family, your pets and people in your family or group with special medical needs.

E is for essentials. Don’t forget the basic items that you will need to survive a disaster or crisis. Water, food, shelter, first aid, and the ability to create a fire for warmth and cooking will all be essential.

D is for determination. Have the will and the determination to survive a crisis, a natural disaster or an emergency by being prepared in advance.

Staying above the water line!



Bullseye said...

RW, I don't know how you keep pouring out these great posts but man you are on fire. Loved this, maybe my favorite so far. Oh yea, love that picture of the twins.

riverwalker said...

To: Bullseye

Thanks a bunch. I've been meaning to post this for quite a while. Waited until I polished it up a little. Wanted to make sure I covered all the basic steps when I did. This is one of my favorites also, along with the meaning of preparedness.

The twins are even better when you get to hold them! LOL


BTW, I tried to post a comment on Canadian Preppers Network but for some reason I couldn't leave a comment. Wanted to tell Kymber to e-mail me if they wanted me to do a guest post on CPN.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Riverwalker?
Where do you acquire all this knowledge from? Are you experienced in the vast fields of which you talk about or do you just do your research?

Anonymous said...

How do you know so much about the subjects that you talk about? Experience?

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 8:14 & 8:15

First hand experience with different hurricanes over the years, not the least of which was Hurricane Buelah in 1967...some of my friends did not survive and others were seriously injured.

I've witnessed first hand the devastating effects of tornadoes, including the one that hit Lake Belton in 1976.

I survived the devastating floods of 1998 in south central texas, unfortunately while my home remained intact, my business did not.

I am a jack of all trades and yet I am a master of very few.

I have worked in the restuarant industry, the texas oil field, the insurance business,and was a mechanic and truck driver(I moved furniture), worked fulltime as acarpenter and electrician ( I am currently in the process of building new home at my farm when money and time permits), as a part-time plumber and handyman ( which I still do)and have worked in geriatric services for our local hospital and numerous rest homes in my area. Many of these jobs I worked on a fulltime basis with anywhere from two or more years to as many as 10 or more experience in eack field.

As part of my current duties, I regular oversee a group of 6 to 8 workers that prepare hundreds of meals each day in a very large kitchen, I also oversee the medication program and inventory, supervise maintenance crews doing numerous things painting, etc.
This is in addition to a part-time job working with troubled youth and which I have worked regularly for over 9 years in addition to my regular fulltime job.

I also draw on the experience and knowledge of my close family and friends and when I consider my own expierences insufficient.

And when I consider my experience and knowledge incomplete, I usually try to steer people to sources with relevant information.

Fortunately, many of my readers are also close personal friends and yes all the members of my family(on both sides) are aware of my site. And although I know who they are, their privacy is not mine to give away.

In the end, the choice is ultimately yours. Just as you choose to remain anonymous when commenting, so too do I refrain from revealing too much information in order that I may maintain some sense of privacy as well.

The choice is yours. Visit my site if want but you are not required too. Remain anonymous if that is your wish. Comment if you like.Don't comment if that is your choice. Different viewpoints and opinions are a good thing, as long as everyone remains civil. believe what you will or don't.

And please don't accept everything at face value. If you have doubts or concerns about something, you should always "do your own homework" because it is the best way to learn. Thanks.


Anonymous said...

enjoyed your site, PREPARED, but was ultimately looking for an answer. I have a Moss. 500a pump and want to get a pistol foregrip. the one cabelas sent is only compatable with semi-auto moss. any idea where i can get the pump rails, or a pistol grip designed for the newer pump? thanks.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 11:07

As far as I know or have been able to determine there isn't a pistol grip foreend available for the 500A Mossberg but you can add a strap to the foreend for better control, just need to watch clearances when attaching a strap. If I do manage to find one or something that works, I will post about it for everyone.Thanks for visiting.


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