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A Beginner’s Guide To Prepping For Emergencies

Preparing For Emergency Survival

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What all emergency survival prepping has in common is that it represents a sensible plan, made at leisure and with plenty of time for thought and preparation.  This will ensure that you and your family will be survivors, not victims, if the worst happens.  The following 5 steps will enable you to start preparing for your own emergency survival scenario.

1) “What-if…” Thinking

Types of emergency survival to consider prepping for –

Some potential disasters are not going to affect you because of where you live. You will be well aware of the special risks attached to the area in which you live – e.g. risks of flooding, hurricanes, ice, drought, civil unrest – and your planning will obviously have these special risks in mind. The lists below are intended to focus the analysis of your own likely emergencies and how to prepare for them.

  • Natural Disasters – geological, meteorological
  • Floods and tsunami
  • Earthquakes and landslides
  • Hurricanes and tornadoes
  • Sno- storms and ice build-up
  • Forest fires
  • Human action with society-wide implications
  • Epidemic/Pandemic
  • Civil unrest, crime and gangs, war
  • Loss of utilities and services (localized)
  • Loss of utilities and services (city-wide)
  • Isolated accidents with individual implications
  • Car accidents
  • Vehicle breakdown far from home
  • Explosions/house fires
  • Home invasion/intruder(s)
  • Domestic accidents – falls, burns, cuts, etc.

Steps to prevent an accident or disaster

  • Fire prevention – a survey of fire risks and methods of reducing these risks
  • Fire extinguishing preparation – to deal with a fire that has started
  • Vehicle maintenance – to reduce accidents caused by vehicle malfunctioning
  • Burglar/intruder-proofing

Your special circumstances

Your thinking at this stage will obviously include special consideration of the particular implications of your personal circumstances. These considerations would include things like:

  • Do you rely on specific prescription medications?
  • Do you have a disability that would affect certain types of solutions?
  • Are you going to have to accommodate small children? Elderly relatives? Pets?

Household or community conference and listing

You might only have to make decisions for your own well-being and safety but many people will be seeking to make joint decisions with family members, people they are living with or neighbors. Exceedingly important considerations will be explored in meeting(s) of this sort and they will hugely repay the time spent in thinking and planning at this stage. Properly handled this type of meeting is also hugely educational for children, showing them the advantages of calm, sensible discussion of possible emergency scenarios.

With the information from your meeting you can dive straight into:

2) Prepping For Emergency Survival

NOTE. There cannot be any such thing as perfect preparation for any possible emergency. You only need to aim for as many sensible choices as you can reasonably make. Here are some considerations.

What types of preparedness kit are you going to organize?

Few people are going to need all the types of kit that we talk about in this site. And you might want to prioritize certain types of kit and maybe move on to other preparations later. Do any of the following emergency survival kits seem a priority to you?

  • Nightstand/Bedside table
  • Bathroom cabinet
  • Purse/handbag
  • Household 72 hour
  • Workshop
  • Car
  • Workplace
  • Classroom
  • Recreation/hobby
  • Camping/outdoors

Listing of information that could be useful in an emergency

There are various records that could be very useful for you, your family or community members or people trying to help, especially if they are clear, easy to read, prominently displayed, maybe laminated. (Obviously for a family some of this information will over-lap but some will need to be specific, e.g. the medical record.)

  • Emergency numbers – doctor(s), emergency services, vet,
  • Contact numbers – next of kin, close friends, priest/spiritual leader, lawyer
  • Identity information – full name(s), address(es), phone number(s)
  • Medical records – medical history, allergies, blood type
  • Meeting places/Escape routes – especially if you are making arrangements which include children you might want to discuss and plan for specific arrangements in the event of a crisis.

Documents, insurance and wills

It is sensible for every adult to have a properly drawn-up will. Even if you are not a property owner the existence of a will simplifies legal matters in the event of your untimely death.

One of the ways people prepare for possible emergencies is by having insurance against various untoward eventualities, organized well in advance of events which of course you are hoping will not occur.

In your “What if” thinking you want to consider the implications  of having your most important documents destroyed by fire or flood.  This will dictate where and how you store these documents. These documents could include birth certificate(s), insurance documents, deeds of property ownership, will, etc.

3) Buying Supplies For Emergency Survival Situations.

This stage needs to be tackled methodically and with as much sensible advice as possible. In various places on this website you will find suggestions for the types of equipment, tools, food, etc. you might want to include in one or some of your emergency supply kits and you will combine this information with an awareness of your special circumstances and with budget considerations.

4) Storing Supplies

Various other sections on this website deal with the considerations regarding the containers for storing your emergency equipment. There is an almost infinite number of possibilities available these days and again your choices will be determined by your specific needs and circumstances.

5) Maintaining Purchased Supplies

Plants need watering. Pets need feeding. Emergency equipment needs regular checking to make sure it will support you in an emergency.
Check if medicines and foods are still within their use-by date. Are any containers leaking? Have rodents found their way into the kit? Have your circumstances changed, requiring a change in the kit?

It is easy enough to check a bathroom cabinet kit.  It is also necessary to inspect elements of your car First Aid kit.  How about that 72-hour kit stored in the high cupboard in your house. It often helps to link such checking with some external date such as the putting forward/back of clocks.

Prepping For Emergency Survival – A Summary

Accidents happen, natural disasters occur, the unexpected transpires. It is profoundly optimistic to explore the “what if” scenarios that might drop into one’s path and to feel that, with sensible preparations, one can avoid becoming a victim to the worst consequences of negative events. Each one of us can put thought and planning into arrangements and materials, preparing ourselves and our families for emergency survival.

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Kate P

I have always had an urge to “be ready’ for emergency situations. To my delight, I discovered the term “prepping” and that there is a community out there willing to learn and share information on a subject close to my heart. I also discovered how entwined self-sufficiency and homesteading are with prepping!

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