Foundations of Emergency Preparedness

In 5 steps, full-time Emergency Manager Nat Sellers, will help you build your customized Foundations of Emergency Preparedness that will guide every preparedness decision you make moving forward. This framework is based on years of emergency management experience.

Watch Intro Video

I'll help you build the Foundations of Emergency Preparedness!

- Nat Sellers -

What makes this course unique?

-Preparedness Flipped Upside Down-

This course will turn preparedness on its head as you throw the doomsday scenarios and comprehensive checklists out the window. Instead of approaching from a disaster-first perspective, preparing for the things you fear, you will take a needs-based approach, preparing for the things you love.  

Nobody knows your situation and needs better than you do, and while there are so many experts out there who know about preparedness, you can’t listen to them all. 

With this course, you will develop a blueprint that will outline your vulnerabilities and your needs. You will turn your vulnerabilities into strengths as you prioritize your needs, identify how to meet those needs, then do it. 

Learning from a professional emergency manager about what it is that makes preparedness and response effective, you will begin to become your own emergency manager for your home and family. 

This course will give you the tools to choose your own path forward to build impactful, lasting preparedness that helps you live a good life, even when the unexpected happens.

Hazard and Needs Assessment Workbook


The backbone of this course is Nat's Hazard and Needs Assessment Workbook. Using the course videos and this 21-page workbook, you'll build your preparedness plans from the ground up. The workbook is available as an editable GoogleSheet or downloadable PDF which can be printed as a hard copy.
Hazard and Needs Assessment Workbook


  • Greater sense of personal responsibility

  • Increased confidence in your ability to effectively prepare

  • Decreased fear

  • Peace of mind for you and your family

  • Systematic approach, rather than trying to figure out everything on your own

  • Prepare intentionally based on your needs, not on what other people think you should do

  • Everyday preparedness for everyday people

  • Adaptable to your own life and circumstances

  • Prepare for every day, not doomsday

Course curriculum

  • 1
    • Welcome Video
  • 2
    STEP 1: Personal Responsibility
    • Personal Responsibility
    • STEP 1 Action Step
  • 3
    STEP 2: Understanding Hazards
    • Understanding Hazards
    • Google Sheet Download Link + Instructions [LINK BELOW VIDEO]
    • [BONUS DOWNLOAD] Hazard and Needs Assessment Worksheets PDF
    • Hazard Assessment
  • 4
    STEP 3: Understanding Your Needs
    • Understanding Your Needs
    • Needs Assessment: Water
    • Quick Tip How to Flush a Toilet without Running Water
    • Needs Assessment: Food
    • [BONUS DOWNLOAD] 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste
    • Completing the Worksheet
  • 5
    STEP 4: Preparing Financially
    • Preparing Financially
  • 6
    STEP 5: Taking Action
    • Taking Action
    • Immediate Action Drills
  • 7
    • Final Thoughts
    • Continued Learning

Meet Your Instructor

  • Nat Sellers

    Professional Emergency Manager and The Preparedness Guy

    Nat Sellers

    Nat Sellers is The Preparedness Guy. He is a professional Emergency Manager and an emergency and disaster preparedness instructor with years of experience and a Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He is a former combat medic, CBRN responder, and HAZMAT Technician, and has worked as an emergency manager in the military, public health, higher education, healthcare, and with multiple agencies and jurisdictions in both training and in response. He has taught Community Emergency Response Teams, Combat Lifesavers, Incident Management Teams, and others the principles of disaster response, emergency management, and personal preparedness.