Where to start?
For people interested in building the basics but aren’t quite on board with the zombie apocalypse.
Like any hobby, sport, or interest it is easy with preparedness to wander into the rabbit hole and find yourself with a list of "what if's". On TV we see people are planning for doomsday scenarios and specific disaster situations. The reality is classes I taught on preparedness were predominantly average people wanting an information and ideas for how to store be ready in case of a storm or a power outage.
The first exercise I would have classes do was making a list of what they think they might need for a one week the power and water stopped.
This exercise is great at showing where your focus and priorities are in emergency preparedness. It will also provide some insight on some key areas you might need to think about.
I’ve seen some interesting survival diagrams and formulas out there. But here is how I break down the essentials to keeping people alive.
• Maintaining a consistent core temperature of 98.6 +/- (achieved through shelter/clothing)
• Water and Food needed (meeting the daily needs for sustainability)
• Security (keeping supplies and your family safe.)
These are critical concepts to success in an emergency situation.
Other important ideas would include:
• Communication/ information (radios, cell phones, the internet, etc.)
• Sanitation / Medical (waste disposal, personal cleanliness, extra medicine, medical supplies etc.)
• Entertainment (This is especially important if you have children with you.)
If you were to make a list of all the things you have now how long could you survive in one place without leaving? What would be the first category above that would run out?
Every survival class I’ve taken always has these two rules:
1. Don’t Panic
2. Take accountability of everything you have that you can use to improve your chances of survival and rescue.
By identifying what you have you also identify what you need.
Having 30 day’s worth of freeze dry food is great, but have you taken into account the amount of water needed to use them and how to heat them? When we’re talking about the urban living, not many people have space to store 50+ gallons of water.
Too many people think if I just purchase an item and check it off the list.
Look at the problem critically and identifying the areas that are going to be the most difficult to achieve. Focus on those areas and develop a strategy to solve it. The key is to build all these areas equally and gradually expand your survival timeline as your plans develop.
Maybe the plan is, “Well, we'll just jump in the car with the family and drive up to Uncle Joe's cabin on the lake.” If leaving the city is currently not an option or the cabin is 300 miles away what other steps have you taken to ensure your safety until you can leave?
The key to preparedness is having plans that are adaptable and well thought out.