In light of some of the recent seismic activity in our backyards here in Utah, mixed with the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) issues that are ongoing, I wanted to give you a few pointers to reduce your stress and crank up your preparedness.
In my spare time, I serve on the Utah County Sheriff Search & Rescue Team. Every time I get called out on a rescue, one of the first things that goes through my mind is “What gear do I need to take with me to effectively respond to this scenario?” The more confident I am that I have what I need, the more I can focus on navigating the unknowns that are always sure to follow. This same principle applies to everyday life…Do I have what I need to effectively respond when life gets a little uncertain?
I have adapted our SAR team’s list of 10 Essentials for being in the back country to include some items that you may want to have at the ready as a “Just in Case” for you and your family:
Navigation — (map, compass, altimeter, GPS device, or satellite messenger). You may need some assistance in getting you where you are trying to go. Most of the time we can just rely on our phones, but in a pinch, it’s nice to have some trusted backups.
Headlamps — (plus extra batteries). We live in a world where just because it gets dark doesn’t mean we don’t have stuff we need to get done. Headlamps are always a good idea to give you visibility when the sun goes down.
Sun Protection — (sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.). Spring is almost here and that means longer daylight but also more powerful UV rays. Keep a stash of sunscreen on hand for when you need to protect your skin.
First Aid Kit — (include foot care and bug repellent as needed). Accidents happen and a basic first-aid kit can keep the pain and stress lower when those moments strike.
Tools — (basic set up to help you tighten the bolts). Sometimes stuff needs fixing, if you’ve got basic tools on hand, you can stay focused on the bigger picture.
Fire — (matches, lighter, and/or stove). For warmth, light, and cooking, fire literally saves the day. Not a bad idea to have a backup on this one.
Shelter — (can be emergency tarp and/or tent). Hopefully, we never have to use it but, springtime weather can bring surprises with it. Make sure you can get out of the elements.
Extra clothes — (beyond the minimum expectation). If events call us away from home, it’s nice to know that you’ve got something to change into if you get a little wet or dirty.
Extra food — (beyond the minimum expectation). Nom Nom. Keep those calories coming. Energy and brainpower are two critical pieces of the puzzle when dealing with the unexpected.
Extra water — (beyond the minimum expectation). A case of water in the car is not a bad idea. Be able to quench that thirst.
We’ve all got some additional things on our minds these days, I hope this list can take care of some of the brain work so that you don’t have to reinvent. Prepare now and stay safe.
The ProvenCFO Team