So Where Do We Begin As Survivalists?
So Where Do We Begin As Survivalists? avatar

Some crisis management “experts” would have you believe that crisis or emergency management is a complex system of preparation. These are the same people attempting to justify their jobs and or their failures. By making it complicated it gives people the impression that not just anyone can do it and therefore you shouldn’t try. In reality, crisis management is about 75% common sense. Sure there are some “tricks of the trade” but for the most part we all instinctually know what we need to survive.

According to Wikipedia, a premonition is a situation when future events are foreknown or forecast. The hurricane on the gulf, the tornado in Kansas or Oklahoma, the terrorist attack anywhere in the United States. We know that these events will happen again and based on past history we know what effects they could have on our daily lives. Like my old friend Bill Shakespeare once said, “Past is Prologue.”

The exception to this rule would be the terrorist attack. No one knows for sure what they are planning or where, not to mention that a Vehicle Bourne Improvised Explosive Device (car bomb) or a suicide bomber detonated on UMad Max.S. soil will cause ripple effects in our society that we have never experienced before. In truth the terrorist attack is the “sexy” part of crisis management, emergency preparedness, survival; TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) scenarios, roving bands of armed militia, anarchy, fuel shortages, and in general all the good parts of the Mad Max movies. All of these are most interesting situations to theorize on, contingency plan for and they all have “their place” in your personal survival blueprint. However, what about the blizzard, the truck accident that results in a chlorine spill on the highway near your neighborhood, the fire that requires you to evacuate? These situations happen every day in one form another through this country and we can predict what impact these events would have on our lives and we can prepare for that.

So utilizing our common sense and breaking all bonds of denial that none of these events will ever happen to us, keeping in mind that preparation is not paranoia; where do we begin? We begin with a plan that focuses on likely hazards or most “typical” emergency situations. As far as crisis management is concerned this will allow the most flexibility and will not cost you an arm and a leg.

We begin with where we live; if we live in an area where the most likely crisis will come due to weather conditions then we start there and more than likely most of you already have. When I was growing up the closest grocery store was small and about 10 miles away. We always had extra food in case we got snowed in; we had kerosene heaters in case the power went out, batteries that could run a radio, a first aid kit and we had our own well water. Still need power to pump the water though so we dug a deep hole and built and outhouse on it. We were prepared for that weather condition; the most likely weather condition we would face as a family. But the plan was flexible; all those same preparations would work for a hail storm, a lightning strike and an accident that knocked out a power pole. We could survive in place and could hold out for some time; the plan worked for that area, for those conditions.

But what if you live in an area where you are most likely to face: floods, wild fires, tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes? What was missing from my families plan growing up? Mobility; in a different part of the county, part of the world, where the most like condition you will face will cause you to pick up and leave, where survive in place is not an option, what preparations are required?

We know that we need food, water, shelter, a heat source, medical supplies and we have prepared for that; but where do we need these supplies and in what form? Are we mostly likely to encounter the crisis that requires us to turn on a kerosene heater, light some candles and prepare some canned food from the shelf in the basement? Or are we most likely to encounter a crisis that requires us to load what provisions we have and evacuate to somewhere safe and once we’ve arrived have the ability to make shelter, start a fire, clean a wound we might have received, how do we get to safety and how long can we stay? These situations are not insurmountable and certainly should not be stumbling blocks to your preparations, they do require some imagination even some premonition.

Don’t forget to look at yourself and your own family unit; what needs above food and water do you have? Do you take medications that you need to survive? Does your wife wear glasses or contacts and without them she’s blind? Are you diabetic, does your oldest son need an epi-pen? All these circumstances you know already and can prepare for. Remember, in a crisis the the old system can no longer be maintained; change is required to keep the crisis from becoming a failure.

Where we live, who we are, who we live with, what are we likely to face, when and for how long are all details that have a place in our plan. These details are not a hindrance to our preparation; they simply make it unique to us.

Of course all preparations are going to have some commonality; all houses have exterior walls, a roof and a front door, but the details inside even down to the décor make that home unique to the family that lives there. Your Survival Blueprint is no different and although it will share some common themes with, common sense and premonition it will be as unique as you are.

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