Ways to Survive, Maybe Thrive


Plan Wisely Now


Learn more each day about what affects your life, family, work, home, health, safety, etc. Realize what is truly important: happiness, love and simple goodness. Keep a positive attitude. Happily hope for the very best while you realistically plan and prepare for the worst. Generously give others respect, kindness, tolerance, forgiveness, and help.

Your plans do not need to be perfect or unchanging.  Err on the side of caution, since better safe than sorry.

Do the hard part first by imagining “the worst” and then finding out information about such possibilities.  Once you have good, written plans for a severe, long crisis, then you can easily reduce your drastic measures if the crisis proves to “only” be short or medium in length and intensity.

Imagine what you might be forced to do if you lost all/part of your income, lost your home, your car, your investments, your access to medicine and health care and lost the support of friends, family and community.

Imagine what your local world might turn into if there were very severe unemployment, home foreclosures, poverty, $10/gallon gasoline and home heating oil, food shortages, deep government cutbacks to the police, fire department, hospitals, shelters, social security, etc.

Your number one priority one should be food, water, shelter, safety and health for you and loved ones.  Priority two is other people and your possessions, money, investments, non-essentials, etc.

Immediately write down several, different contingency actions you will do if “the unthinkable worst” happens.  Advance planning is precious.  It is impossible to plan wisely and thoroughly after a crisis begins.  This is why people should practice a fire drill before there is a fire.

As best you can, answer these very difficult questions (which assume a long, severe crisis occurs):

“IF I lose my job and have no real income for the next 4+ years, then I will do:
   a)___________ b) __________ and/or c) __________

“IF I lose my ______ (home, car, investments, health care, etc.), then I will do:
   a)___________ b) __________ and/or c) __________

“IF my __________ (parent(s), sibling, etc.) lose their ______ (job, home, car, health care, etc.), then I will do:
   a)_____ and/or b) ________

Carefully choose a few knowledgeable people you respect and trust to solicit their response to your “what if” plans.

Discretely discuss your “hypothetical” plans in a measured, appropriate manner with anyone who depends on you, such as, your spouse, teenage children, elderly parents, etc.  Solicit their contributions and suggestions.  Try to build a team consensus in a “democratic family meeting” atmosphere.  Welcome their positive responses, but expect some surprising, negative reactions eventually.

Update your initial emergency plans as you learn more, as things change, and based on the comments and responses of others.


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