Your Emergency Plan
When you are serious
about providing for survival during an emergency or disaster, the best way to
go about it is to draw up a plan. Use
some of the resources available on this website to help you, and go to
government information sources, too, then draw up a plan that will cover all
aspects of survival to assure that you and your family will be as unscathed as
possible should trouble occur.
Begin with the
absolute basics: food, shelter, and water.
You will first have to decide how much of an emergency supply of food
and water you will need. While a 3 day
supply may be what is recommended, having more on hand is only prudent as some
emergencies will take much longer than 3 days to set straight. An emergency food supply can be collected
from the grocery, but a much more convenient way is to use prepared food
kits. These usually have a shelf life
far beyond canned food from the store.
You can bottle up
your tap water, or store it in barrels, as long as you purify it
beforehand. Purified water will be good
for up 5 years. Bottled water from the
store generally has a shelf life of around 2 years. Water purification tablets and water filters
can also help you use nearby water sources safely. Streams, lakes, ponds, and rivers may look
clear, but can harbor bacteria, cysts, parasites, and viruses. These can be removed using purification
tablets or crystals, but chemical pollutants will have to be removed with a
Hopefully, you home
will still be inhabitable during an emergency, but you should also have some
means of keeping warm during the winter.
Extra blankets are always a good idea, and wool or wool blend ones are
ideal for keeping the family warm if needs be.
Security can be
another important issue during times of social unrest or when a disaster has
upset the normal order of life. Firearms
could be considered the ultimate security solution, but there are other ways to
assure the safety of you and your family that are effective but non-lethal. One of the best ways to stop anything from a
housebreaker to an attacking dog is with pepper spray. This spray is so debilitating that it can
even stop someone who is drunk or on drugs, which products such as mace are
unable to do. Another alternative would
be a stun gun, which will also render most attackers helpless.
First aid should
never be ignored, and a good first aid kit can truly prove to be invaluable
during an emergency. Trauma kits can
provide a step up in first aid, and allow you to deal more effectively with serious injuries.
Remember, if anyone in the family is using prescription medication to
include a two weeks’ supply in your emergency first aid kit.