Archive for March, 2013
No survival plan, strategy or resource will do you any good unless you are able to detach yourself from the immediate fear, noise and drama of the moment. Taking a few seconds to assess, evaluate and develop a response to a situation can save your life, and it is essential that you have rehearsed a number of different contingencies in your mind before you choose to act after a disaster. Facing horrific events, whether they are from a terrorist attack or an earthquake causes us to be fearful, stunned and shocked in to disbelief. Our bodies and mind often go in to survival mode automatically, and it is important to try and maintain a conscious state of alertness in order to make good decisions.
Everyone can learn to take a deep breath and assess their immediate surroundings, and this is something that comes from practice and confidence. Emerging from a building collapse, looking a wide-scale damage and taking in a scene of chaos and confusion can make us disoriented and full of disbelief. Panicking, freezing and making poor choices in the heat of the moment can have horrible ramifications, and this is why it is important to remain still for a moment if possible and come up with a plan.
The best survival kits, strategies and responses are completely useless if you do not know how to access them when they are needed. There may be a chance that your first choice is not available after a particular incident, and it is important to be able to automatically switch to a back-up plan that you have already worked out. Thinking quickly and effectively can save your life, and it will help you to ultimately make good use of your resources and your options.
Ask yourself some basic questions and note things that you see around your immediate surroundings. It only takes a couple of seconds to make a quick assessment. Here are a few random things to consider when faced with a catastrophe:
-Is it safe to go out?
-Are there hazards such as downed power lines, rubble or ruptures in the ground?
-Are there fires, gas leaks or other immediate life-threatening concerns that require you to flee?
-Is there a staging area, access to emergency services or a safe-zone nearby?
-Do you have enough food, water and proper clothing to protect you for the next couple of hours?
These are just some ideas that can be helpful, but you will have to come up with your own during the heat of the moment. Every situation is different, and every response will be based on unique factors and circumstances. Take the time to think, assess and plan a course of action that is oriented towards protecting you and your loved ones as quickly as possible. Thinking clearly will help you to see options, evaluate resources and make decisions that will go a long way when it comes to creating a strategy that can save your life.
The scariest thing about disasters is that nobody knows when most of them will happen. Storms, acts of violence, natural disasters and even power outages can seriously disrupt and cripple our way of life. Preparing for the unexpected is essential, but most of us do not need to develop elaborate systems in order to weather disasters. There is a place in an overall survival plan for things like bunkers, shelters and food or water storage, but simple steps can make a tremendous difference in terms of how we cope with the aftermath of a catastrophic event.
Survival kits and Bug Out Bags are an example of affordable, practical and essential tools that can provide minimal and essential resources that can make waiting for help bearable. They can be placed in homes as well as vehicles, and they can be accessed quickly and easily. Essential items such as blankets, food and water purification tablets to flashlights or radios can help victims to buy precious time until access to help is available.
Ideally, there should be kits in the home as well as in vehicles because they will contain different items that can protect the lives and health of victims during an emergency. All kits should include essentials such as flashlights, a knife, first-aid kit, mylar blankets, a whistle and a poncho. Auto and truck kits should also include tire gauges, tape, jumper cables and an air compressor. Home kits should include things like water purification tablets, food and possibly a gas shut-off tool that may be useful after an earthquake or tornado.
These are just a few examples of the many options which are available, and these basic supplies can turn out to be life-saving tools in the event of an emergency. Everyone should seriously consider having a well-stocked kit in their home, office and vehicles. It may take hours or even days before access to help is available, and it is important to stay warm, dry, hydrated and protected from the elements.
Once the basic essentials for survival are included, thinking about secondary tools that can make coping with a disaster easier is a good idea. Protecting yourself and your loved ones and having access to communication are all important considerations as well. Cell phone networks can be down, power can be out and security concerns may emerge. Things from radios to weapons should all be considered during when developing a plan for a kit that will be practical and effective.
There is no single, one-size-fits-all approach to assembling adequate and practical tools that can mean the difference between life and death. Disaster can strike at any time, and it can include anything from a vehicle breaking down in the middle of the winter to being trapped after an earthquake. Planning, preparation and practicality are the three things that go in to any survival strategy. A survival kit can provide the necessary tools that can buy victims time until access to rescue and basic services is possible, and they should be located within reach of anyone at any time.