What Netflix Can Teach You About Emergency Preparation

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I admit, I may have hijacked this article to relay my love of Netflix (just a little – I mean, there is something to be said for the ability to watch commercial-free back-to-back episodes of so many series).

Yet, aside from being an inexpensive  and effortless form of entertainment, Netflix is also an excellent resource for emergency preparation… seriously, just hear me out.

After my most recent bout of watching several episodes of the zombie-laden Walking Dead  and the nuclear-attack themed Jericho, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What if?”

Now, I’m not suggesting a zombie apocalypse or terrorist attack is near or even feasible, BUT, with all the natural disasters flooding our headlines and the reality of living in an Earthquake prone province, it occurred to me there are some pretty valuable lessons to be learned from these shows. Just think, if you’re ready for zombies, you’re pretty much ready for anything, right? So I suppose we can add enlightening to Netflix’s list of attributes.

I will leave you with the top 5 emergency preparation tips I’ve learned from watching Netflix, so even if you don’t subscribe or you’re just not into watching doomsday-type shows, you too can be ready for anything that comes your way (even zombies).


  • Ensure your gas tank is always half full. You never know if you’ll have to leave town in a hurry.
  • Have a plan – When an emergency occurs, you’ll need to act fast. Having a family emergency plan is good idea to make a stressful situation a little easier to bare.
  • Prepare a family emergency kit.
  • Have emergency kits for your home, office and car. Additional Supplies for your car is a good idea – you never know where you’ll be when disaster strikes.
  • Have an out-of-province contact – that way family will know if you’re safe even if networks are jammed. Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family.