Your survival plan needs to be well thought out and it needs to be flexible in case you will be forced to evacuate or you will be “trapped” in your home . Some disasters need short-term survival tactics, others may need long-term.Let’s say that SHTF right in the middle of a normal day and you need to evacuate your home in that moment.
What will you need to take with you and how quickly can you get things put together? Do you have access to a kit with insurance papers, prescriptions, birth certificates, passports and other important papers? Do you have cash? Is your fuel tank full and if so, how far could you make it? Do you have a Go Bag ready with the essentials for at least 72 hours? Do you know where to go? Do you have a plan?
If your answer to all those questions is no , you’re not alone. The truth is that most people wouldn’t be able to answer yes to any of those questions. Most people have never thought about it and wouldn’t think about it until disaster has already struck.
No one enjoys imagining the worst. It’s unpleasant indeed to realize how vulnerable we are. We never really think of how much we have until the day it all goes away. Then we realize we should have thought how life might be like tomorrow without all our gadgets,running water, heat,electrical power and everything our modern life has to offer.
So, The first, and most logical place to begin is to create a kit or
some type of document case that can be grabbed up quickly if you need to evacuate.
This kit will contain all your document such as :
- Birth certificates
- Medical records
- Vehicle titles
- Government documents for social security or disability benefits.
This list may continue depending on your needs.The documents should be stored in an airtight container or bag. In case you have to leave your home in a hurry at least you’ll have everything in one place.The next step is to put toghether a Bug out Bag ready to grab if needed. The BOB should include:
- A case of bottled water
- A sheet of heavy plastic or tarp
- Flashlight with spare batteries
- A pack of glow sticks
- 100 hour survival candles
- Lighter or windproof/waterproof matches
- First aid kit
- Lightweight food items such as: crackers, beef jerky, energy bars, dried fruits, nuts, powderd milk.
- If you live in a cold climate don’t forget to add heavy boots and clothes
- Emergency Cash( at least 100$ in small bills)The list may vary depending on the number of persons in your family. Think out of the box, be creative and adapt the list to your immediate needs.
Another step for short-term evacuation is keeping the gas tank of your vehicle(s) topped out. Make it part of your family plan that you always have a full tank of gas. Far too often, when families need to evacuate they forget that a loss of power means gas stations are out of business… or the lines at the gas pumps are extremely long. If you need to get away fast and the tank is empty, you’re taking a great gamble and you may not make it to where you want or need to go.
Take these first steps in your new survival plan. Once you have your document container prepared (and situated in a place where it’s easy to grab) and your car survival supplies are packed, you will have made a step that fewer than 5% of the population has ever thought to make. Instead of feeling more nervous about impending disasters, you will feel immensely better.
This exercise will place you in the mindset that it is necessary to prepare on an ever increasing scale. Now we’re ready to move to the next step, survival for the short-term.
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