Tips For Self-Survival Emergency Preparedness
If you’ve ever experienced an emergency then you know that it’s something that strikes when you’re not expecting it. Too many times it’s this way when disaster strikes. Many catastrophic events will never make their presence known by ringing your doorbell before they invade your peaceful abode and strike you down. Instead, they will catch you off guard and in no time render your life to pieces. This is why emergency preparedness is so important. It is critical that we adopt a survival attitude and work towards preparing ourselves for any contingency.
The investment you make in time and effort, today, will help you and your family whenever a real disaster strikes. In life and death situations, it is almost impossible to think rationally and sometimes downright impossible to gather supplies at the very last minute. Unless you’ve been through it many times, your actions are little more than reactions and when you react you usually don’t have time to think. You only have time to react. In a crisis situation, every second count. This is why it’s so important to be prepared. All you old scouts know this. The better prepared you are, the greater your chances are for survival.
The first and foremost tip for any survivalist is to sit down and make a list of necessities, actions, and precautions to be laid out as a guide and shared with your family so everyone is on the same page when they need to be. This guide is your first step towards preparing yourselves for an emergency or disaster hits. The tips, guides, and how-to manuals within this site can provide you with a crucial insight into what may happen when you’re put in a situation that threatens you and your family’s safety and security.
Making your lists:
- You should make a list of everything you’ll need, like food and water, toiletries, flashlights, radio, blankets, rain gear, etc. This list will depend on where your family is going to go or are evacuated to after you meet up with them, which brings is to the next list.
- What you should do. Decide on a meeting place because more than likely your family won’t be together when it strikes and everyone should know where to go to meet up with the rest of the family when the time comes. Depending on the disaster that hits, your meeting places may be different. If a flood a flash fire all of a sudden arises, you probably won’t want to meet out in the yard so chose a central location that everyone in the family can get to easily and quickly. In case of fire in the house, you’ll want to meet outside the house. In case of a wildfire outside the house, you may want to meet inside the house to plan your escape from the wildfire. his may or may not work if the disaster is an earthquake. That will depend on the size of the earthquake. If finding shelter in a central room in your house is not possible, you may want to meet in a location away from any falling debris which may be in your yard. Statistical studies of earthquake deaths show most injuries/deaths occur due to falling objects, not structures so duck and cover are still regarded as a better option for survival during an earthquake. But you still need a place to meet as soon as possible right after the quake so this should be your third list,
- Places to meet – in case of. In case you all not at home where should you meet and in what kind of time frame? Things to do in case of. You should prepare your family for different disasters, where you will meet if caught in a house fire. or a wildfire, a flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, etc. You should have a plan for each disaster and this brings us to our next list.
- Precautions. This is a list of what you shouldn’t do. The number one thing on this list is to not panic. Panic is the worst thing you can do in any circumstance. It accomplishes nothing but proving that you can give into fear. This is why the meeting place is so important. If you have something to do you don’t have time to panic. On this list should also be what you should beware of like downed power lines, broken glass, broken gas lines, flooding basements, more debris that can still fall, etc.
Your lists should also be contingent on what time of the day the disaster strikes as some will be in school or at work in which case you’ll have to determine not only where but when you’ll need to meet up or even if it will be possible. If you live a good distance from where you work, you may find it impossible to even get home simply because of traffic jams. This is when it’s important to have contingent or alternative plans, and everyone in the family should be aware of these as well.
After making your lists, you should start preparing an emergency preparedness survival plan and survival kits including bug out bags. The kits should contain everything from a first aid kit, flashlight, radio, poncho or rain gear, blankets and means to start a campfire if necessary, something to cook on, bedding and anything else that you know you’ll need. There are several excellent videos on these pages that will show you how to construct a fire starter kit in case you’re in the wilderness or without utilities. A very good way to prepare for your survival preparedness is while you’re camping because you’ll be using a lot of the same equipment for survival that you use for camping. You may even want to use the same gear for your bug out bags.
After developing an emergency preparedness plan and packing the whole kit in an organized manner, it is also important to stock adequate supplies of food and water. This should be done sooner rather than later because you never know when disaster is going to strike. About a month’s supply of food and water for each one in the family should be stored. Water should be #1 on your list. Not beverages or juice but water. Many beverages can dehydrate the body so don’t worry about the soda’s, coffee and juices. Concentrate on the water to keep your family from being thirsty. A good Emergency Preparedness Kit is essential for the first few day of a week after the disaster strikes. This could be all that stands between your family’s life and death.
Last but not the least, you and your family should practice the plan in the form of drills. This is the best way to avoid panic during an emergency. You and your family should also take note of possible escape routes, contact numbers, and everything important for survival. Every member of your family should take pains perfecting the drill as soon as the survival plan is laid out. Nothing may be more important to your family’s safety and security than following through on what’s been outlined here. It’s my sincere wish that you’ll never have to use this information, but you’re much better off knowing it and not needing it than you’ll ever be if you need it and don’t know it.
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