Often when we plan for emergencies, we think of our immediate family and friends in an isolated shelter with survival supplies such as generators and emergency food and medicine. In actuality, our extended circles of friends and neighbors may be a valuable resource in planning for disaster survival. Past events indicate strong community ties and social interaction favorably impact emergency outcomes. Instead of focusing survival strategies solely on the individual level, think about prospects for survival on a slightly larger scale.
Large scale disaster relief and emergency services may take hours or extended days to provide hands on assistance, and working as a community can be to everyone’s advantage in the meantime. Neighborhoods that weather storms, evacuations, and rebuilding efforts without over-reliance on outside assistance may survive and recover more effectively than isolated individuals or community that rely solely on external aid.
As you establish strategies for emergency preparedness and stock your survival kits, consider your network of friends and neighbors. The tools and supplies in your emergency stockpile may work better in conjunction with preparations made by these other people. Communities working together can gain power from combined efforts.
Evidence suggests that in addition to resourceful community interaction for improving survival odds, part of emergency preparedness may be joining community groups and being active in neighborhood organizations beforehand. The more ties that bind a community before the advent of a disaster, the better everyone may fare in the face of a crisis. Neighbors know where to look to find neighbors in rubble and can give helpful alerts to make sure you are aware of impending danger. When people in your vicinity know you, they are able to look out for you in case of trouble on an individual or community wide scale.
If you went missing, you could be on vacation or you could be injured within your home and unable to reach assistance. When you are connected with the people in your community, they will know the difference. When you go on vacation they can notify authorities of any suspicious activity around your home, and if you ever do go missing, these are the people that may notice your absence and spur an investigation. When you return the favor and look out for your neighbors, you have the trust and social connection that can boost the strength of your plans for emergency preparedness.
Preparing a supply of emergency food is a practical way to protect yourself and the people you care about. Any number of circumstances can lead to an emergency situation in which a supply of nutritious food can help you through recovery. Emergency preparedness strategies are often enacted during large scale events, but even events on a personal level need some type of emergency response.
Natural disasters are an ongoing and unpredictable fact of life. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, solar flares, and other geophysical events cause localized and sometimes global effects. Food supplies can be limited in immediate areas to a natural disaster and food prices can be affected on a wider scale. For example, flooding in a corn growing region can damage crops and fields. Corn prices will rise in relation to the reduced supply. Within the flood region, residents may experience shortages of food and other supplies if roads and access to communities are impaired by the high water, and financial challenges may follow with no crops to sell.
A well-planned strategy for emergency food storage can help individuals, families, and communities contend with the fallout of a natural disaster or other large scale event. In addition, the same emergency food can be utilized in the case of a more isolated emergency. If a family breadwinner loses a job, is injured, or in any way rendered incapable of working, emergency preparedness will boost survival during such trying times.
Supplies such as freeze dried food can be used to prepare healthy and nutritious meals when budgets are restricted. For example, the ability to feed a family without grocery bills at a time of financial loss can be a huge advantage and help keep households in tact while recovery steps are sought. Unemployment and disability insurances typically cover only a fraction of a standard pay check, and emergency food on hand can help cover the difference.
Stories of desperate situations and emergencies are ever present in the news today. People around the world have been affected by recent natural disasters including earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions and violent storms. Various locations around the globe are at war, and world economies are struggling with large-scale adjustments. Human violence within the U.S. has been making headlines as well, with cannibal attacks, stabbings, and shootings among the atrocities being publicized.
Although these scenarios are bleak and depressing, despair is not the answer. Instead of feeling powerless, the best approach to counter the potential for an emergency situation and the media storm of all things terrible in the world is to prepare. Planning for emergencies you may encounter can be empowering and practical. Part of emergency preparedness is evaluating the likely emergencies you may face, and this can help put some of the world issues into perspective.
An earthquake in Italy does not directly affect residents of Kansas. However, the idea of an earthquake in Italy can create feelings of fear in Kansas when the evening news brings images of the devastation into living rooms across the state. Earthquake preparedness has its place, but Kansas residents might better plan survival strategies based on weather events more likely in the state. This doesn’t mean that an earthquake cannot hit Kansas, but a tornado is more likely. If an earthquake were to strike the state, residents could make the best of the situation with survival gear assembled for tornado preparedness.
By preparing survival strategies for what is likely, people can ease fears and feelings of powerlessness. We can’t predict the future, but we can make informed decisions for survival preparations based on historic patterns and present circumstances. With this knowledge, people can gather survival supplies to make the most of likely events and feel better prepared for the less likely.
A growing American trend is preparing for the end of the world as we know it. The popularity of this subject matter such as the zombie apocalypse and doomsday preparations has ordinary citizens thinking about ‘what if’ scenarios and contemplating emergency preparedness strategies. Entertainment and news media have jumped on the preparedness bandwagon and are pushing the once niche market of extreme survivalist lifestyles into a mainstream frame of reference.
Television programming such as National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers presents extreme survivalism to a new and rapidly expanding audience. On the heels of the U.S. government’s use of the zombie apocalypse as a marketing tool to improve emergency preparedness among citizens, this sort of programming has resonated with the survival instincts of many people. Whether these strategies are regarded as fear tactics or practical encouragement, the result is the same. The consciousness of the U.S. population has been awakened to the concept of doomsday preparation.
Many individuals resist the seemingly extreme and paranoid stance on emergency preparedness that has been getting media attention. However, it is important to note that apocalyptic events occur far more often than you may realize. These are not the large-scale global events that you may have in mind, but they are significant none-the-less.
Perspectives on the scale of an event have a lot to do with how close you are to a situation. People affected by Hurricane Katrina could easily argue that the storm was a doomsday event. Years later, life has failed to return to normal for many individuals who survived the disaster but whose lives were forever altered with the floods. Along similar lines, a house fire that devastates an individual family may have little impact on many others, but in the family’s perspective, their lives may never return to normal. In such a family’s perspective, the fire may be viewed as a doomsday event.
The good news is that emergency kits, food, and water will come in handy in many critical situations that fall short of doomsday proportions. Bug out bags and doomsday bunkers can have a practical use in the event of severe weather emergencies that may last a few hours or even days. Keeping emergency supplies on hand is truly a responsible way to improve your comfort and survival in a challenging situation. From car accidents to tornadoes and the potential for terrorist activity and other extreme scenarios, doomsday preparations at the very least raise public awareness and empower individuals to take charge of their well-being in tough circumstances.