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NEW TO PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS ?
Choose your Disaster ...
Depending on your area, different types disasters will be more likely. Keep in mind, if it rains where you live, FLOODING can occur. Weather events effect the entire world, so no what to expect and prepare for loss of goods / services. Beyond weather, are conditions such as earthquake and tsunami, either of which can cause widespread destruction and loss of life as we know it. Meteorological events while devastating and the stuff of disaster movies, are extremely rare. Constants in human history include war, social unrest, riot and breakdown of rule of law.
So what should I prepare for ?
An ALL HAZARDS APPROACH is the best way to prepare for difficult times.
*Safety in Numbers - is an important concept that you should consider when planning for emergency. Having a group who shares plans with backup plans can be life saving. * Communication - is the most mentioned problem identified by those in emergency preparedness experts in either exercises or actual disasters. So if you are working with a group, remember that communication will likely break down. Cell phones may be the first to malfunction in crisis, use text messages with a time stamp for vital information only. Allow much more time for an answer. Don't rely on last minute planning which requires communication, rather, have a plan, and also plans B, C etc in case plan A fails.
* Survival Basics - rule of 3s ...
3 minutes without air - dust, smoke, fumes, chemicals3 hours without shelter - hypothermia or hyperthermia3 days without water - loss of water accelerates in warm or windy weather3 weeks without food - most well nourished humans can survive but badly3 months without socialization - can lead to insanity and poor decisions3 years without medical treatment - most humans need healthcare to survive