“In emergency planning efforts, there is much debate about whether to plan for the worst and scale down, or plan for current threats and scale up. Of course, in complex systems, small changes in initial conditions can have profound effects. By considering larger, low-frequency events, communities can overcome this challenge and be better prepared for disasters of all sizes.”

While this article talks mostly about response organizations the same ideas should be applied to your personal and family preparedness and response. If you plan for the big ones, the small ones should be easier.

Aware | Prepare | Respond

Plan Big, Even to Respond Small | Domestic Preparedness