The Basics of Disaster Preparedness

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Photo by Rogue Preparedness

Let’s take a moment to talk about preparedness.

We all acknowledge that disasters occur, but how many of us would be prepared to survive on our own for the next 2 weeks if a disaster were to strike tomorrow.

It is becoming more and more commonplace for disasters to happen with little or no notice.

To plan ahead is so much better than to come up with something impromptu when things have already gone south.

You know it’s probably too late then.

That’s why we have prepared some friendly tips for you to stay on track and not leave you totally off guard.

Weigh the Possibilities

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We are reminded time and time again that anything can go wrong at a moment’s notice.

An earthquake, hurricane, or flash flood could be underway.

But for better or worse, not all states are the same. Therefore, you must do some research and find out what types of disasters your state is known for.

Also know that change is inevitable and therefore your state of residence could undergo an evolutionary mess and it could be introduced to new types of disasters in the future.

In other words, consider past and possible future events.

Check out national reports and forecast studies published and conducted by government agencies responsible for meteorological and environmental matters.

You can take advantage of all these resources to increase your chances of survival.

This allows you to tailor a preparedness system in accordance to the foreseeable disaster.

That preparedness system will efficiently serve as a shock absorber to reduce the brunt force taken when the time comes.

Know the Evacuation Routes

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When an official statement is released for an evacuation order, the roadways can rapidly become chaotic.

Getting yourself familiar with the evacuation routes beforehand is definitely a good idea.

Print them out and have them ready on your phone as well so you’ll always have access to them anytime you must hit the road and leave home.

You can take it to the next level and come up with a plan for alternative routes that will provide safe passage and less traffic congestion.

Either way, the last thing you want to be during an evacuation is to be lost.

Prepare Your BOB Bags

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We’re a big fan of BOB or bug out bags.

Everyone in the family needs them and aside from the ones you keep at home, having an auto emergency kit stashed in your vehicle compartment is totally worth it.

Take note that BOB bags are only as useful as the things you fill them up with.

A BOB bag will contain the items that matter most to you when you need to evacuate.

We recommend you at least have the following in your bug out bag:

1. Extra Water: 

We recommend Mayday Emergency Water Pouches rather than water bottles. They're much easier to store in your bug out bag. You can order them here

2. Extra Food:

It's important to have extra food in your BOB bag ready to go. It's equally important that your food is safe to eat and has a high nutritional value.

Peak Refuel Freeze Dried Food is a great option for your bug out bag. These survival meals have a shelf life of 5 years. The freeze-dried manufacturing process helps retain the nutritional value for up to 5 years. 

Also many of our customers remark about how Peak Refuel's survival meals taste just like something freshly cooked in the kitchen. Get your Peak Refuel emergency meals here.

3. Alternative Cooking Method:

Keep in mind this is something that needs to fit in your BOB bag. We recommend a portable mini stove with a butane tank and pot and pan set.

All of these items can easily be found online. You can also find butane tanks at your nearest Walmart.   

4. Important Documents:

Make sure they're compiled beforehand and in the bag ready to go at a moment's notice.

5. Alternative Communications Device:

We recommend a Ham Radio or a NOAA Weather Radio.

6. A Defensive Item Of Your Choosing: 

A gun should be your #1 choice, but perhaps it is illegal to carry one in your state.

Check out our monkey fist keychain, a great discreet self-defense tool to carry in your BOB bag. 

7. A Reliable Flashlight:

This is very important if you happen to be on the road at night.

While it makes sense to evacuate during the day time, do keep in mind that you may be on the road longer than expected due to heavy traffic. You may find yourself traveling at night.

We also recommend that your flashlight can work without batteries. This is where the Monkey Fist Elite Auto Emergency Tool comes in handy. It doesn't require batteries and is much more than a flashlight. Our 3 favorite features are:

  • The Seat Belt Cutter: Use this when the seat belt malfunctions and you need to get out of your car.
  • The Pointed Glass Hammer: This is great when you need to break the car window to get out should the door be jammed or won't unlock.
  • Power Bank: You can use this for anything that can be charged via USB. This is great for charging your phone in emergency situations.

The above are just a few of the really cool features that comes with the Monkey Fist Elite Auto Emergency Tool. You can check it out here.

8. Basic Hygiene:

Make sure to have your personal care items ready to go. We also recommend wet wipes in the scenario that you are not able to take a shower or bath.

9. A First Aid Kit

10. Any Applicable Medications

11. Cash

We highly recommend that you have a emergency kit just for your car.

It should contain tow ropes, jumper cables, reflective triangles, a gallon of coolant, a quart of motor oil, tire pressure gauge, and flares.

A BOB bag should contain all the essentials you need to survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours. We believe it's smart to be prepared for 2 weeks on your own. 

Last but not least, you must inventory the bug out bags from time to time because there are contents that need to be checked and replaced over time. Morgan from Rogue Preparedness explains this well in this video.

Learn Basic Survival Skills

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Aside from emergency bags, you also should be equipped with survival skills.

For example, everyone should know how to treat open wounds and the basics of CPR because emergency services are likely suspended as a result of the disaster.

It’s also worth your time to learn how to use a rope to tie knots, how to make fire, how to operate a generator, and how to stay safe in the event of a flood with consideration to knocked down power lines.

When all hell breaks loose, your fellow human beings could become a threat and endanger you and your family’s lives.

This is where self-defense techniques could really come in handy.

You should probably look into self-defense classes sooner rather than later.

Learn a new survival skill everyday while there’s still time and mold a survival mindset.

This is how you can have better odds in living to tell the tale.

Don’t Forget Your Pets!

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Create a plan for your pets because they will rely on you for food, water, shelter, and warmth.

You have a moral obligation to keep them from harm’s way, especially in a time of crisis.

They should not be left out of your preparedness and disaster management plan because their lives are just as important as any family member.

With that in mind, know where the best animal-friendly hotels or shelters are so you can take them with you.

Know that when you leave pets to fend for themselves, they will most likely die in wildfires, snowstorms, floods, etc.

Please never leave them behind no matter the circumstances.

Have an emergency kit for your pet ready and make sure it contains food, water, pet medications, a carrier, and so on.

You don’t want the dilemma of having to give up your pets to secure your own safety for the sheer fact that it’s cruel.

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Planning in advance can draw the line between life and death when a disaster strikes.

The force of nature or any type of emergency will not wait until you are ready for it.

Now is the best time to take action.

See you on the next post!

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