How To Be Ready For Anything In 10 Minutes
People are always asking us what our Ready In 10 System is all about. Sometimes they ask over lunch and sometimes in an elevator (which must be where the term elevator speech comes from), but the great part is that they’re asking!
So we thought we’d use all that practice we’ve had answering that question and take a few minutes to tell you exactly what you can expect from Ready In 10.
The short answer. Ten easy steps broken down into bite-sized tasks, that will have you ready to deal with any emergency in ten minutes or less.
The long answer. A book that teaches people who are totally unprepared for a disaster, how to be able to grab everything they need — necessities, keepsakes, vital information — and evacuate in less than ten minutes. Then once the disaster is over, they’ll be able to get back to living their normal lives, as quickly and easily as possible, even if they’re completely disorganized and have never been through a real emergency.
Ready In 10 comes with our cutting-edge downloadable disaster preparedness systems and is specially designed to help people get through a disaster or emergency with their loved ones, vital documents and keepsakes intact. In other words they won’t just survive a disaster, they’ll be able to pick up their lives and go on, as quickly as possible.
And without fail, everyone always has the same reaction.
“Wow. Where do I sign up?”
The good news is, you don’t have to sign up. You just order the book from Amazon.com for $19.99. And then of course you have to read it… But honestly, it couldn’t be any easier.
So what are the ten steps? Thank you for asking. Here they are.
Step 1: Gather all your vital documents and information and sort into two piles. Pile One is for documents that you’ll actually need to refer to in an emergency. Pile Two is for documents that you don’t need to physically have – only the information they contain.
Step 2: Using the information you just located, fill in one Vital Information Form for each member of the family who will be evacuating. We’ve included one for you to download (just click on the link) so you can see how the forms work.
Step 3: Fill in one Medical Information Form for each member of the family who will be evacuating.
Step 4: Scan and store your information in at least three places:
One copy in your smartphone or password protected online storage,
One copy in a safe deposit box near your home and another in your evacuation location
One copy in your Ready In 10 Notebook.
Step 5: Fill in your Evacuation Plan, detailing where will you go, where will you stay, and how will you get there.
Step 6: Put the emergency information and contacts you and your family need into your cell phones and smartphones, so that you will have the information you need at your fingertips for emergencies large or small. In other words, ICE Contact time!
Step 7: Fill in and print wallet cards for each family member. Place copies in everyone’s wallets, backpacks and an additional set on badge holders/lanyards and toss them in your emergency bin.
Step 8: Fill in the Evacuation Checklist to create a list of the critical items, you and your family need to take with you when you evacuate.
Step 9: Create your Get Back To Life Plan, which you’ll follow if an evacuation lasts more than a week, along with your Quicklist of vital get back to life contacts.
Step 10: Create a Home Inventory of the valued objects in your home and grab some photos and video of each object, so you can quickly identify damaged items and speed up insurance reimbursements.
And that’s it.
To make things even easier, the print versions of our books Ready In 10 and our latest book The Backup Plan 3.0 come with all of the Grab It and Go Forms, Action Plans and Checklists we mentioned in the steps. They’re not only inside the book so you can fill them in by hand, but you can also download a copy of all the forms, so you can fill them in on your computer. That way you can change them, save them, print them, reprint them and store them on a portable flash drive or in the cloud for easy retrieval whenever you want, wherever you are.
Ten steps, ten minutes.
So what are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor. Get a copy for yourself, get a copy for your best friend and get a copy for the people you love.
Have Fun Getting Your Stuff Together! We’ll talk later…
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