Better Safe than Sorry; Rules for Surviving a Disaster
We did not experience a major world changing event on December 21, 2012. March 11, 2013 was Japan’s second year anniversary for the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country. More and More often nature is reminding us that we should be prepared for anything. The most recent was the meteorite that exploded above Russia. Recorded footage(found below) shows what looks like a huge fire ball flying over Russia. Fortunately the meteorite exploded above Russia, which reduced the damage that resulted.
News footage below and here.
Of course there is little that you can do if a meteorite came down on your home, but there are simple steps that you can take to prepare you for something that you are more inclined face. For example as you can see from the video there was energy that was released, which resulted in shattering of windows and what seemed like explosion related events. What might have been helpful for people caught in this situation would be to know where the nearest exist is, where the medical kit is, fire extinguisher, and what local radio station will have useful information about what happened.
Since this is the first post on survival, it will be sort of broad and relatively simple. This post will go over some rules that are crucial for any survival situation and it will go over some general materials that one should have on hand.
Rule 1: Have a Plan and Practice it
This is one that can be stressed enough. You have to have a plan and practice it, without practice the plan is almost useless. The reason for the practice is because in a disaster situation our body freezes up and we hesitate but if you practice your brain which is the control box for body, receives feedback from each practice which then results in the syncing of the bodies reactions. The practice allows the body to learn what it might have to do in a given situation. If you live with your family, having a plan becomes even more necessary. Teaching family members what do do in various disaster situations makes an enormous amount of difference in survival rate; especially if you can teach your children. So have designated
The question you might be asking is what should I be practicing? Well, that depends on where in the world you live. This might take a little research for some people, the rest should know what are the top local natural disaster threats. For example if you live in a flood zone or in a part of the world that experience drought then you should be already doing things to prepare for difficult times. But there is always more that can be learned, one of the possible outcomes of a earthquake are fires, so being knowledgeable what type of fires start, since there are different types of fires, why the start and how to stop it if possible.
Rule 2: Stay Calm
This rule relates to the brain just like practice does. This is because we need to keep our stress level to a certain limit in order for us to perform at our ultimate level. One of the worst things that you can do in a disaster situation is to panic and freeze. According to John Galvin, “In a disaster roughly 10 percent of people panic, 80 percent essentially do nothing. The remaining jump into action.” This has been proven over and over again, there are various suspected reason to why people freeze such as social dynamics. This is why when you go through CPR training they teach you to designate someone to call 9-11 because when someone collapses people freeze or expect someone else to do it.
Rule 3: Plan for the Worst
Will you be stranded for 5 days or 4 weeks? It is ingenious to be prepared as much as possible. Being aware of your surroundings and figuring out what will or not will be available to you. In disaster situations it is obvious that things like power and clean water will be in short supply or non-existent. So if you can get you hands on a generator,a fuel less lighter, or fishing equipment, stock up on anything you can.
Rule 4: Come Together
This is one that is important now but undoubtedly important in the aftermath of a disaster. Some people will naturally come together to provide their community and neighborhood. But in a disaster situation it is instinctive to try to get the upper hand over the people around you, especially when resources are scarce. But it is proven that teaming up with other organizers or volunteers is the best thing that you can do during the aftermath.
So now we will highlight a couple of basic but essential things that everyone should have available if needed. These are things that can be used in many different situations. The list is below:
- Food(canned, dried, fermented, anything that does not spoil quickly)
- First aid kit
- Hand Lighters
- Fire Extinguisher
- Extra pair of sturdy shoes, clean clothes and a blanket
- A pocket knife
- A durable bag
Things such as the fire extinguisher, whistle, first aid kit, and compass you probably have to go out and buy. This is a good list because the items there are versatile.
72 hour Survival kit below and here.
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I apologize I have been having computer problems. Right now the videos will not show up. It happened before; maybe it will fix itself.
Galvin, John. (2009, October). The Self-Reliance Issue : The Rules of Survival. Popular Mechanics. 66-72