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The “What Disappears First” Preparedness Game

By Denis Korn

What's first!

Here is a valuable exercise or game for the whole family – or office.  Using the Checklist of Essentials as a guide, determine the items that would be bought up first, disappear or be unavailable in your community during a short term emergency – 3 to 14 days.

Then expand your list to a longer term emergency – 15 to 90 days.

Then for a real eye-opener a much longer emergency – 91 days to months.

Then determine how many of these items you currently have at your home or business.

The winner among your friends and co-workers can call me up and I will send them a prize.  Also, you can create a prize for your own group of participants.  While “fun” may seem like an odd way to view this game, there is no reason why you can’t be creative and insert some “fun” in this exercise.  The Checklist of Essentials is very comprehensive, however if you come up with other items that are not on my checklist – I would appreciate it if you would let me know (another variation of the game).

While you are playing the game you can also discuss preparedness planning strategy.  Here are some thought provoking questions:

How long will you last until your essentials/necessities run out?

What would you do if the essentials were to run out at your home or office and in the community where you live?

Do you think it is really worth having an adequate supply of essentials on hand these days?

If you have children, what do they think about having emergency supplies handy?

For more crucial questions read: The 12 Crucial Questions of Preparedness Planning

This exercise can save your life!

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