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“Why is disaster preparedness so challenging?” This is the question I asked myself in 2011, during a period of personal reflection. I thought about the widespread awareness that disasters were occurring more frequently, and about the voices everywhere warning that government cannot save us when they happen. I thought about how every person I spoke with firmly believed it was important, yet struggled to succeed at it.
After speaking with experts across the U.S., interviewing dozens of families, documenting hundreds of products, and examining countless articles, the answer became clear.
People were simply overwhelmed by all of the unknowns, untrue assumptions, and unforeseen obstacles of preparedness.
I knew it needed to be easier. So, I set out to change things.
And today we're launching the online class that triumphs the challenges, so that we can conquer preparedness the smart way, while freeing our lives for what we love.
Personal disaster preparedness consists of what we do to ready ourselves for events like extreme storms, earthquakes, floods, and so forth. It also prepares us for many other uncertainties of life, from economic crisis and home fire to sudden unemployment.
It can involve a range of efforts, from insurance and forming emergency plans, to storing up the necessities of life, like food or water.
There are lots of myths about preparedness! Scroll to below the rewards section to see a few.
Sometimes, working smarter is better than working harder. So this class will help us to do just that. It’s all about being ready for the rough patches, without surrendering the life we love.
It also means knowing what you didn't think to ask.
Just take a look at this abnormally dark-colored brain, and you'll see what preparing smarter really means.
What are those “untrue assumptions” that hold us back from success? They’re a little different for everybody, but here are a few of the most infamous preparedness myths out there:
Puppies aren't cute.
It's an online class, delivered through video with an estimated overall 12-20 hours of material.
Access it any time you like, from any place.
Material is broken up into smaller, manageable chunks. So whether you have 15 minutes or an afternoon, you'll be able to dive in at will. Pick your pace and choose what you want to learn, when you want to learn it.
Though not yet live, the class will eventually be accessible on an online platform that already exists, called Udemy. So you can watch from any device with an internet connection.
Udemy also provides a free mobile app, available for both iOS and Android, on tablets and smart phones.
Once the class is complete, you’ll receive your access link so that you can get in to the class. You’ll then have literal lifetime access, and the permanent ability to log in and participate in the class whenever you choose to.
This class will involve a variety of perspectives, from individuals and professionals with relevant experience or knowledge.
We'll present the material in an organized and engaging way, with visual graphics and on-screen explanations as applicable, to simplify what's being taught.
We'll walk you step-by-step through all facets of decision making, implementation, and upkeep.
- Gurus with decades of personal preparedness experience (food storage, kits, plans, family management, etc.)
- Industry experts and professionals (disaster response, community prep, government, etc.)
- People who’ve experienced disaster first-hand (for a variety of events such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and more)
Cohesively Fit Together
All material will be cohesively fit together to eliminate repetitive information and strip material of unnecessary fluff. This preparedness resource will truly become more convenient and friendly than any preparedness resource in existence.
Post a discussion question to the discussion board anytime you want. I'll respond to your questions, and other students will join in on the conversation.
Resources are included throughout the class where applicable, and are available for free download. We'll use these resources right inside the video instruction, so that you'll know exactly how to use them.
- Templates for: general emergency plan, communications plan, evacuation plan, shelter-in-place plan, and other plans
- Links to free web tools
- Findings from government studies
- Other documents
This class is designed to provide everything you could need, while directing you to only the material that applies to you. Use only what you need and skip the rest.
It will include everything from the overarching process you use to prepare, down to the actual implementation of specifics. The theme is all about preparing smarter, as expressed in that lovely dark colored “brain image” further up.
While this list is not chronological or even completely exhaustive (some principles will be a reoccurring theme and topic, while others will come in subcategories and details not explained here), it should give you a pretty good grasp of topics covered in class:
- Healthy attitudes and perspectives on preparedness; avoiding extremes
- Assessing circumstances and knowing where to start, how to prioritize, and when to wait on certain efforts
- How to prepare smarter, saving time and money in all of the topics below, with tips and advice
- Preparing with the end in mind, while pacing to your needs
- The different types of disasters and disruptions to be aware of, which are most relevant to you, and exactly what happens when these events occur
- How to foster personal awareness, and various ways to receive alerts
- The various types of disaster plans for you or your family, and when or how to choose, create, implement, and sustain each plan (general, communication , shelter-in-place, evacuation, etc.)
- When and when not to have kits, food storage, water storage, and backup power
- The various potential methods for each type of emergency kit, and how to choose, form, implement, sustain, and use each kit according to your needs (72-hour kits, car kits, etc.)
- The various potential methods of food storage, and how to choose, begin, implement, sustain, and use each method, according to your circumstances, needs, and goals
- The various potential methods of water storage, and how to choose, begin, implement, sustain, and use each method, according to your circumstances, needs, and goals
- The various potential methods of accessing backup power, and how to choose, implement, and use each method, according to your needs
- Reviewing select popular products in each of the above categories, how they compare across the board, and where exactly to find each
- Overview of saving money, avoiding debt, and various methods for implementing each
- Overview of insurance, the different types of disaster insurance, and when it would be a good idea to get or avoid each type of insurance, according to your needs
- Community topics like community preparedness, community resources, and ways you can be involved, if applicable
- Free products and services that help you prepare, and how to choose which to use according to your needs (apps, web services, and other resources)
- Variables to consider (like age of children, pets, medication, elderly family, disease, etc.) and how to adapt preparedness to these variables
- Overview about and links to topics and free resources related to but outside the scope of this class
If you feel like this list looks overwhelming, just remember that you shouldn't take on everything at once, and there may be things on this list that won't be important for you.
And even more, just imagine trying to do it all on your own...
We'll help you through the process of figuring out what's most important to you, and how to do it gradually. Remember, we're all about preparing smarter, not harder, so we can continue living the way we love to.
We want to create the best course that can be made, so that it will truly be the most valuable preparedness resource in the world. With that said, it’s possible we’ll finish early, perhaps April at the earliest. But I’m a perfectionist, and I don’t want to promise something earlier than it should be!
A lot needs to be done in order to create the perfect course. All material will need to be organized and planned, in coordination with multiple instructors and guest speakers, who live in various and far apart locations, most of whom have full-time jobs and families. Anywhere from 12-20 hours of course material will be designed, filmed, visualized, and edited with graphical assets and on-screen explanations, all of which will require development. Downloadable resources will also need to be designed, organized, and uploaded for availability.
We’ll be working hard to get things done as early as possible, with the promise of class delivery in June.
Risks and challenges
The design and production of this course will be completed in coordination with multiple participating instructors. We're fully committed to bringing you a complete class that will deliver everything as presented. The only foreseeable risks involve the time in which the class is developed and delivered to you, our awesome supporters. We're highly opposed to any possibility of delivering late, and have accounted for any risk by scheduling our delivery for June, which we feel provides a generous amount of time to deliver as promised.
I (Reed) have helped to create and manage 4 online classes, which teach over 17,000 worldwide students. I'm confident in my ability to develop a great class, and am wholly invested in delivering the most valuable, complete, and convenient preparedness resource available.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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