While some folks see prepper and survivalist groups as a fringe movement preparing for the end of the world, "The Ready Campaign" is a government sponsored program with the goal of emergency preparedness that echoes their concerns.
The short instructional video "Preparing Makes Sense" was prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is part of the Ready Campaign at the Ready.gov website. The video explains the key steps to emergency preparedness such as being informed, making a plan, building a kit, and getting involved.
The short video does a good job of covering the basics. One key point mentioned is that emergency preparedness is not something you can do once and forget about it. You need review your survival kit periodically and update any medication or food and supplies. It is also important to periodically review your emergency supply kit with your family.
One of the interesting comments made in the emergency preparedness instructional video is that during major emergencies, both the regular phone lines as well as the cell phone lines were overwhelmed. The video states that in times where voice communications are overloaded people were still able to text message vital pieces of information in terms of location, nature of problem, or just to text to say, “All is well.”
To be totally prepared you may want to check out our article "Off-the-grid communications in a time of emergency."
The Ready.Gov website has the motto, "Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed." and has many great resources for emergency preparedness designed to detail how American families get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, and be informed about the different types of emergencies in their community.