Survival Guide – Getting Prepared for the Unknown
In our world today, we prepare ourselves for a whole lot of eventualities. We have various classes of insurance meant to help us take care of issues that may arise in future. We invest in home insurance, auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance and other kinds of insurance policies. While all of these are great, some of us who spend a lot money paying premiums on various policies scoff at people who we call “preppers”; folks who advise us to prepare ourselves for other unknowns.
All these guys are saying is that the world should be ready for the unknown. You can learn more about preppers here. The majority of people have laughed at these guys, calling them eccentric, weird and other colorful names. However, happenings around the world today (as the world fights back in shock at the ravaging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that has virtually grounded the entire world) have shown that indeed the unknown can suddenly occur, bringing with it a lot of stress, danger and death. It is only those who have learned and prepared themselves to cope in such situations that will emerge unscathed.
In this article, we will be focusing on how to prepare for the unknown.
When we talk about preparing for the unknown, some people don’t understand or simply think of really extreme cases like Armageddon or the end of the world as we know it. While these scenarios are not totally discounted by preppers, there are other more common scenarios that survival skills and tools can come in handy.
Now, imagine this….
There is serious flooding such that you are trapped in your home and cannot go out for anything. There is no power because of a general power outage resulting from the flood, you cannot go for groceries, you cannot contact anyone because phone lines are down as is the internet. Do you have what it takes to survive this?
Your car has broken down in the middle of nowhere and you have no means of reaching anyone for help. It’s late at night and there is no human in sight. What do you do?
You went for a boat cruise and somehow there was a storm and your boat washed up on an uninhabited island. Would you be able to survive this?
Whether natural disasters, man-made accidents or just occurrences you did not expect, there are things that can happen when we least expect them. They may not be as dramatic or as earth shaking as some of the scenarios we painted above, but it is possible to prepare for them.
You can find a list of emergencies or disasters that you may need to learn how to survive as listed by the Red Cross here: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies.html.
How to Prepare
If you are now ready to look at a few ways you can begin to prepare yourself and your family for eventualities, then let’s get right to it.
What are You Preparing for?
The very first thing you need to do is decide what exactly you are preparing for? This may sound counter intuitive as you are generally not supposed to know what to prepare for. However, if you live in a region of the country that can experience earthquakes, then you can begin to prepare for such an occurrence.
The same applies to areas linked to tornadoes, hurricanes etc. Once you have an idea of the kinds of natural disasters an area is prone to or other kinds of emergencies that occur, then this can inform the basis of your preparation.
What Exactly Do You Need?
Having taken care of the first step above, there are essentials that you will need for most emergencies. Here, we will be focusing on what you will need in an emergency that traps you at home.
This is one of the most important things you will need to survive anywhere. It is important that every home stocks up some reserve food for emergencies. These should be food that can last without refrigeration. They should also include food that can be eaten without cooking since you are not sure of having a way of cooking.
If food is important, then clean drinking water is more so. While a person can live without food for up to 40 days they can only last between 3 to 4 days without water. Stocking up on clean drinking water is therefore critical.
Simple first aid treatment kits and basic medication for pain, antibiotics and the likes can come in handy in an emergency. This can be the difference between life and death.
It is important to have alternative light and power sources. It will be great if you have a power generator stored for emergencies. If not, items like torchlights, candles, and batteries can also help.
One of the biggest challenges that people have during major disasters is means of communication. Usually, the normal communication lines are the first to go, meaning no phone calls or emails. However, with transistor radios and HAM radios, you will be able to hear the news to know what’s going on and also to communicate with others using the HAM radio frequency.
Finally, there are some situations where the security of you and your family can become threatened. Having a means to protect yourself and them is important. Owning and knowing how to shoot a gun can come in very useful here.
There are a number of other stuff that you may need during an emergency. To know more, you can check out Survival Techie.
The art of survival is a very important one. There was a time when humanity as a whole depended on this to be able to see the next day. As we got more developed, we forgot these skills.
With everything we are seeing today, it is clear that while we may not need them, we should at least have these skills and tools just in case it so happens that we find ourselves in situations where we need to survive at all cost.