Instead of writing my blog for today, I spent an hour reading about Earthquake predictions and the aftermath of those earthquakes. It was fascinating and horrifying, a car crash I couldn’t tear my eyes away from. It got me thinking, what would I do if a natural disaster struck in my area. How would I keep my family safe, what preparations could I make now to ensure their highest chance of survival?
Depending on the disaster, sometimes nothing will save you. But doing nothing and hoping for the best is not gonna help when the S hits the F….
So, after an evening of daydreaming whilst I should have been typing, these are few of the thoughts I had on how to best prepare for disaster.
- Make sure you can access to clean drinkable water – If that means you need to keep some bottles of water on hand, so be it. Also useful, would be some Iodine Tablets or Water Purifying Tablets. These will be a godsend if you can find water, if you cant they will be useless. Keeping adequately hydrated gives you a huge advantage in a survival situation. In the Australian Summer, just one day without water can kill you. Making sure you have access to clean drinking water is vital!
- Have a Plan – Whilst your loved ones may laugh at you when you bring up emergency planning, if you ever need that plan… They will thank you for it. We all recognize the need for a fire plan, a plan of what we will do if there is a fire. Kids are drilled at school in order to ensure that during a fire, everyone gets out ok. So why is it so strange to apply a similar plan for other contingencies? Sit down with your household and work out where the safest place would be during a tsunami, a bush fire, an earthquake – whatever it is that you feel needs a contingency plan. Personally I live hundreds of kilometers from the coast, so a Tsunami Plan is not really needed, however a flood plan and a bushfire evacuation plan in my area are must haves. An earthquake plan may come in handy and honestly, the hour or two it takes to nut out the details on something like that is well spent if the need ever arises. It may mean the difference between life and death. Also, select a good place, away from your home where everyone can meet if they are separated. There is an old adage of safety in numbers. Get together with some friends or neighbors and decide how you will go forward together if there is a disaster.
- Pack your Bags – In the Prepper world, a B.O.B is a must….no, not someone called Bob, but a Bug Out Bag. A bag packed with necessary supplies like non perishable food, water, torch, batteries etc. The perfect B.O.B for you will be completely different to the one perfect for your neighbor. Take some time to think about what would help you survive the next three days if you had to leave with nothing but a backpack. Once you have worked out your supplies, find a suitable bag and pack it. Keep it somewhere handy. Don’t just pack and forget it. Check it every few months to see if anything has expired or needs to be replaced.
- Go camping – Getting back to nature is a huge stress reliever, it is also a great way for you test out how you go without society’s mod cons. It gives you a chance to test out your skills. Can you build and light a fire? Can you set up a tent or build shelter? Can you cook without a stove, what things did you find you needed that you hadn’t thought about? Try out some new skills, see if you can find food sources, or good spots to use as evacuation sites if something does go wrong. When you get back from your camping trip, make sure you re-evaluate your plans and adjust them if necessary.
- Invest in some long life food – Dehydrated food and Canned Goods may not taste real good. But when you are hungry and the stores are empty you will be thankful for every mouthful. Dont forget that Dehydrated foods require alot of water, making our forst point, “Access to Clean Water” even more vital.
- Get some skills – Learn how to light a fire without matches, make your own Canned Goods, build a shelter, hunt or trap your own food or how to learn recognize wild food. When you have the survival skills, your survival rate skyrockets! Turn your brain into a B.O.B. The less things you need to carry means the easier and faster you can travel.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to preparing your family and home for disaster, and I am certainly no expert! There is a multitude of resources on the internet filled with information on preparing for the worse. However my personal favorites are anything by Hoods Woods.
Have you ever taken the time to make a plan for your family’s survival? What would be your must have items?