When we look at the international news, we are amazed at the different natural or human-made disasters or crises that occur around the planet every week and leave thousands of families on the street, NOT KNOWING WHAT TO DO. They are hopeful that some form of government aid will arrive; however, in many cases, assistance will take time to come or never arrive on time to avoid a family misfortune. As a prepper, you need to change your mentality; surviving a disaster is possible when you start to live using these survival principals. Let’s see which one they are.
Preparation + Training = Survival
Preparation is the main foundation in surviving a disaster. It is the physical, mental, and emotional armor during a catastrophe. Preparation and training give you the tools to survive an event where everything around you is total adversity.
One of the biggest challenges of survival-preparedness is to convince yourself (and your family) that the risk does exist and that there is a possibility of a disaster at any time, and that having contingency plans and preparations is the most logical thing to do. It is a type of “life insurance” that will guarantee a higher chance of surviving a disaster.
Be aware of the risk; remember that the more you prepare for the disaster, the less harmful the aftermath will be. Imagine being alive after a strong earthquake where there was significant structural damage. There is no water or electricity, and the roads were isolated, and you start to think about how are you and your family going to survive until government aid arrives? It can only be a few days or maybe weeks, and what if it took months? Now imagine yourself prepared with the necessary supplies and practical survival knowledge. You look at your family, and you will feel a sense of peace inside, knowing that everything is under control.
Preparations vary widely based on your financial scope and available resources, and at a minimum, you should focus on the basic concepts of preparedness, including water, food, shelter, and security. Start with these readiness categories, and you can add your sub-categories within each of them.
Have A Contingency Plan – Plan A & Plan B
Examine your current situation and alertness, and consider contingencies if you were to lose what you have. Should you expand and extend your resources? Find out how it will adapt. An example of this; let’s say water. How much water do you need to store for each day per person in the home? Start by saving for three days; then, you are fully prepared on everything for three days, build up for a week, then for a month, and so on. Also, plan contingency plans. How can you get more water if necessary? If you had to move, how can you transport your resources and how much can you take with you? Will you be able to go back to find more? How will you protect your reserves? All this you put in writing in a family preparation plan.
Go Over Everything
Once you have completed this for water, food, shelter, and security, then move on to other categories as you see fit.
Remember, preparation is not just about knowledge or “knowing what it is”; it is more about knowing how to use it and your adaptability. So practice the plan outlined with your family. At least once every six months, do a drill at home with your family. Disconnect the entire electrical system of the house for 24 hours or more. Practice your family preparation plan all day. Evaluate everything in writing and make changes as necessary. This drill will save your life and that of your family one day.
Disasters can come with many warnings, like a hurricane, and it can also come in an instant, suddenly, like an earthquake.
Increasing your chances of surviving a disaster and your subsequent ability to recover effectively will be adequately warned, and of having recognized the warnings and warning signs as soon as possible and assuming that you have taken the appropriate actions.
Some natural disasters are prevented by technology, for example, weather alert radios, media reports. These alerts will provide you with enough time to take preparedness measures (severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.), while others natural events (earthquakes, tsunamis, EMP’s), which occur instantly and with little or no warning. What has perhaps been overlooked is those that are subtler, for example, human-made and often slow in their process, the ongoing economic collapse or drastic changes in politics and government, wars, and others. Our modern world and the “fast life system” we live in, entertainment and technology keep us distracted from many warnings.
IT IS BETTER TO BE PREPARED AND NOTHING TO HAPPEN; FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN AND NOT BE PREPARED.
Recognizing the warning signs of many potential disasters often requires due diligence on our part to “think” beyond and outside the square box in which we live. Let’s learn to recognize the warning signs and to act by being diligent. The golden rule in this; It is better to be prepared and nothing to happen; for something to happen and not be prepared.
The worst has come. You are experiencing the worst of the crisis. Maybe it is a hurricane or an earthquake, or perhaps the infrastructure collapsed, whatever the situation is, you must face it with courage. Switch to survival mode immediately.
Assess the situation. Take action to protect yourself, act rationally, don’t let the panic dominate you. Remember that there are so many types of disasters, and each one brings different actions to take. So plan for them.
Surviving A Disaster
Surviving a disaster means that you have to understand and visualize the impact that each disaster can bring and know the effects of each one of them. Please make a list of different scenarios and contingency plans for each one of them. Do this with your family. Remember that planing for a hurricane is not the same as planning for an earthquake. Ask yourself questions like; What happened and how bad it is? Do I stay home or leave the house? Where is my family? Do I have access to my survival equipment? Where are the closest escape routes? You can make a checklist for each scenario.
The impact stage will be terrible and shocking for the unprepared. There will be confusion and chaos. It will be the result of the inability to take preventive measures or make poor decisions. Many will have to sit back and wait for government “aid” to arrive. Days, or weeks, and perhaps months will pass. The sad truth is that the vast majority of the population assumes and depends on the government to save or help them.
It is essential to know that there are scenarios (more than you may think) where help will not come or will not come as soon as you feel, want, and need. During the “impact,” it is vital that you maintain a level of calm, recognize and understand what is happening, prepare for the consequences that will come next, and put in effect the contingency plan on hand. Prepare and train with your family as much as you can. Adaptation will play an essential role from here on out, and this comes from training hard.
This phase it’s divided into two time periods. The first period is immediately after the disaster, which can involve chaos and a unique set of serious problems (injuries, confusion, hysteria among some of them). The second period is where there is some aftermath of consequences and long-term problems. Take a few seconds and stop to assess your situation.
Both periods will have associated with them their own set of preparations, contingency plans, skills, and training, that when combined, will help to begin the survival process. After having examined the effects of the disaster and the impact of the crisis, it is then necessary to consider the aftermath in both the short and long term. Think about how it will change or affect your way of life. What needs to be changed to be able to adapt and how long you will have to do it. Think about what is required immediately, high priority, and low priority, to survive the aftermath of the disaster.
Put your security plan into effect immediately, as, in times of chaos, it will be “no man’s land,” and those who have not prepared will want to take what you have. Think about the supplies, the preparations, the tools you need. Your abilities to implement your survival plan will take control, and your mind will activate the surviving a disaster senses. Each member of your family will make an essential place in the family survival scheme. You can adapt and survive. Prepare yourselves with equipment, food and water reserves, and continuously training to be better at your current survival skills and never stop learning new ones.
Depending on the type of crisis that you are going thru, you will need to make crucial decisions on where you’re going to establish your home base. If your home is in living conditions and safe to stay, go ahead and stay in, and apply your contingency plans. It’s the best place to be since all your food and water reserves are there.
If your home is not livable, you should already plan for that scenario, and you set in motion your plan to move to your new temporary shelter. In a crisis where you have to move out from your home to a temporary place, it is crucial that the new site (if it is not a structure – another house, hotel, government shelter), then re-create a temporary living quarter. A site that feels safe and can protect you and your family from the weather and climate. Here you will use your bushcraft skills to build a place to sleep, a fire pit to cook, and stay warm and some kind of toilet facility. A well-built campsite will play a critical psychological factor by giving you a sense of stability in the middle of chaos.
There is a lot more to these survival a disaster principals. But setting a contingency plan with your family and training on different disaster scenarios will add a lot more knowledge that will help you increase to survivability no matter what crisis you are going through. Don’t wait until it is too late; start today by sharing this article with your family. Focus on a plan and train as much as you can. It will save your life one day.