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Facing a catastrophic event is terrifying, but there are ways to reduce the fear. Knowing what to do when disaster strikes, and being confident in what to do, can make the difference between survival, injury, or loss of life. This article will hopefully provide useful tips and strategies for emergency preparedness.
The article will explain the 3 Ps,
Planning, Practice, and Preparation
, and how it applies to survival. The most important thing to keep in mind when a disaster happens is that you have a plan for what to do in already in place. Stay focused on exactly what is necessary to keep everyone safe and as healthy as possible through this event. While it may not always be possible to know when a disaster will occur or how devastating it might be, it is possible to be prepared for it.
The first step is the planning stage. This should be a family discussion. Everyone can discuss different scenarios, and what to do during the event. For instance, during a hurricane, where should everyone seek shelter? How long should everyone stay there, and what if you are not all together when the disaster happens? You’ll need a plan for that and everybody needs to know ahead of time where to meet up. In short, everyone must understand the plan of action and agree to follow it in the event of an actual emergency.
Every family member should have a kit already set up with survival supplies and priority items like water, food, and other essentials. The kit should be stored in an easy-to-use/find location. Maintaining the kits and ensuring that everything within it is safe, working, and not expired is needs to be taken into account as part of the plan.
The next step is to practice. Most people won’t bother with this but it is so important. When a real catastrophic event hits, the untrained person is going to be in a state of shock and not thinking coherently. Practicing that the imaginary event is in progress and going through the critical steps of exactly what to do and how, is going to be crucial in order to make the action steps second nature . The scenarios should be as realistic as possible. The responses should be exactly as they would during a real disaster. This gives everyone not only the opportunity to test their plans but to discover any possible flaws it may have, before it matters in a life and death outcome.
Even though the odds of these catastrophes happening in your life are small, you need to think about how helpless you’ll be if it does. Life can change in the blink of an eye. Weather conditions, emergencies, and catastrophic events happen all the time to all kinds of people. Don’t put yourself in the position of being helpless. Preparing for it just in case is not that hard to do.
For starters you should learn basic CPR and first aid to help prepare for medical emergencies. Being prepared helps avoid panic, tension, and dangerous mistakes; mistakes that could cost someone their life. Also, learn how to preserve food, can food, and cook food with limited supplies. When disaster arrives, no one really knows how long the aftermath will linger. This may mean limited resources like water, electricity, or access to grocery stores.
Taking these steps for emergency preparedness can impact the survival of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency. These steps are offered as guidance for potential disasters that may arise in the future.
John David Keys is an author of many web articles regarding emergency preparedness and the founder of