Have you ever experienced a scenario where you knew something was going to take place, and it did? Imagine if those situations were day-to-day occurrences—you would probably not be playing cards! I think that’s what we all do when we’re playing cards: We know there is a good chance we will be dealt a hand, but regardless of the outcome, we’re still going to play.
Natural disasters are an unavoidable part of life, and the moment you acknowledge them, you protect yourself. But how can you keep yourself prepared if the news comes so quickly that nothing can prepare you for it? From floods to pandemic outbreaks, here are some ways to survive if there is a natural disaster that happens every minute.
Plan Your Days and Weeks Ahead
One of the best ways to protect yourself is to plan. You don’t know what time of the year it will be when a disaster strikes, and you don’t know when it will be possible to get to safety. Before the event, determine your routine and work around any disruptions.
If there are likely to be long lines, try to go to the front of the line rather than the back, and make sure you know where the exits are so you don’t miss them. Avoid predictable patterns of where and when you will most likely be involved in an emergency.
Have a Family Emergency Plan Saved on Your Phone
One way to protect yourself and your family in a disaster are to have an emergency plan saved on your phone. You can write down the steps you will take if an emergency and then save the information on your phone. If you have an emergency plan saved on your phone, you will know who to call if you get disconnected or can’t get to the phone when you need to.
You can also add new people to your emergency plan through the app so that they can join you if needed. Make sure you know your local phone’s area code and phone number so you can quickly dial if something happens.
Make a Home Survival Kit or a No-Disaster Bag
Create a home survival kit or a no-disaster bag and keep it in your car, under your desk, or in a bag next to your bed. It will remind you where you need to be if an emergency happens and you are not at home. If you are not at home during a disaster, you will need to spend time in your car, office, or wherever you are when the storm comes.
It will also give you a heads-up if you don’t have an emergency plan saved on your phone. While at it, make sure you have a way to cook if you have to go out during a storm. If you are not a cook, you can always buy a ready-to-eat meal or ingredients to make your meals. You can also keep a few medications in the bag if you or anyone in your family has a medical condition.
Get To Know Your Neighbors
When a natural disaster happens, you will likely be dealing with people you don’t know. It means that you will be spending a lot of time interacting with strangers, and you may not know them well enough to avoid getting hurt by them. Before you get in a social situation with a new person, practice giving your name, where you are from, and what time of the day you come by.
It will make you feel a lot safer and less exposed. If you are with a group of people, try to get to know everyone in the group. Ask them about their lives, what they do, and what type of emergency they might experience. If something strange happens, you will know who to call if you are in trouble.
If You’re in an Area That’s Hard To Get to, Get a Helicopter
You will need an emergency plan saved on your phone if you get stranded in an inaccessible area. A helicopter may be the best option if you go somewhere like this. While expensive, it will allow you to get to a hospital or a safe location much faster than if you have to walk or drive.
There are many different types of helicopters, so find one that is right for you. Many companies offer ropes courses that allow you to go up in the air and get a bird’s-eye view of your surroundings.
Hire a Team of Experts To Guide You
If you are not feeling safe enough on your own to protect yourself, you can always call 911 or a local emergency number. The experts on the line will guide you through the whole process and help you plan your actions if something goes wrong. If you are not comfortable going through this process alone, you can always get in touch with a group of people who will be more than happy to help you out.
These are called emergency response teams (ERTs), and they are usually people who are very familiar with the area and have experience in dealing with incidents like these. You can get in touch with your local emergency response team if you are not sure where to find one or if you are looking for help in an area that is hard to get to.
You can always call if an ERT falls through or is unavailable when you need them. It will give you a heads-up if you don’t have an emergency plan saved on your phone or if the ERT falls through.
Go Without the Things That You Love
Did you know it is possible to go without certain things during a pandemic? It is because your body needs specific nutrients to function correctly and stay alive, even during a disaster. You may not be able to eat the commonly available fruits and vegetables during a pandemic because they are too poisonous for you to eat.
You cannot drink water that is usually safe because it may contain harmful bacteria and toxins. You cannot wear certain types of clothing, such as wool and leather items, even if they are not meant to be worn in cold weather.
And you cannot breathe in certain rooms because they may be contaminated with toxic gases released by flooding or fires. You can survive without some of these items for some time, but eventually, they will become rarer and less available to you. So, while you may not be able to keep your garden plots or wood-fired homes barebones, you can at least have these things back while they are still here.
Not every disaster will be catastrophic, but now and then, you will face situations where your ability to survive is jeopardised. You do not need to be a hero, but you must be able to protect yourself and your loved ones. And if you are not self-sufficient, you will most definitely become the centre of attention.
It can range from providing enough food and water for a small group to ensure everyone has access to clean, drinkable water to finding a way to power your electricity if the grid goes down. If you are always doing someone else’s job, you are not helping yourself or your family.
If something goes wrong and you are the only one who can fix it, what would happen if everyone in your area did the same thing? You have to be selfish to survive a disaster, but you must also be creative to help others. For example, if you and your family cannot get to the grocery store for a while, go to the store for others.
The list of things you can do is endless. If you are the only one around who drives a car, help others drive. If you have extra blankets or flashlights, give them to people in need.
Communicate With the People You Trust
Even if you are the only one who can fix everything, it does not mean you are off-duty. You also have to communicate with the people you trust. It could be anyone from family to coworkers, friends to emergency contacts. If you are stranded in an unfamiliar area, call your neighbours and ask them for help. You do not even have to open the phone book!
Prepare for the Worst and Hunker Down
You do not have to be an expert in prepping to survive a natural disaster. Being an expert can be dangerous because you might worry too much and not be prepared enough. As long as you are aware of the potential dangers and can handle yourself in case of emergencies, you are fine.
But if you are not prepared at all, you are putting your loved ones at risk. You could be hurt or even killed if you cannot stand up for yourself. Your family and friends could also be in danger if they are not safe.
So, please research, find out what precautions need to be taken, and ensure you are aware of them. Hunker down means keeping your eyes open, keeping your head down, and trying to ignore the noise. Do what you can to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Learn How To Be Prepared
When you are faced with a disaster, there is usually a lot of confusion and panic. You do not know where to go, who to contact, or what to do. It is where preparedness comes in. You must know what to do and where to go if something happens. You must be prepared for any eventuality, whether faced with a pandemic or a flood.
The first step in being prepared is understanding what happens in a disaster. Now and then, the internet can be a terrible place to find information, so it is essential to know where to turn if something happens. Knowing what to do and where to go can make all the difference in a survival situation. If you are always prepared for the worst and know what to do if needed, you will be happier and healthier in the long run.
Stay Caught Up on the News
As we all know, the media is crazy. There are going to be stories that are not true, stories that are misleading, and stories that are not complete. You need to stay informed and know what is happening at all times. The best way to do this is to get on the computer and look up things as they are happening. There are many different news websites, but the best one to start with is nytimes.com.
If you want to stay informed about what is happening in your local area, try to get on the internet at least a couple of times a day. Stay on top of current news and events, and learn as much as possible about how to be prepared for the worst. You do not need to be an expert to survive a natural disaster, but you must be creative to help others and protect yourself.
Stock Up on Basic Supplies
To be prepared for a natural disaster, you need to be well-stocked. It includes having the basics such as food, water, and medicine. In many situations, people will be unable to get essential supplies such as water and food because the stores are closed because of a natural disaster. If you do not have access to basic supplies, you can always make do with the bare essentials, like water, sandwiches, and coffee. If you have these items stored in a safe place, you can avoid running out of supplies in an emergency.
Find a Purpose
Some people find it helpful to find a purpose while in a state of preparedness. It can be anything from clearing your browser history to writing a blog post. You do not have to focus on the negative; you need to focus on the positive.
Do Something Different
Even in situations where you know, there is a good chance of a natural disaster, keeping your mind and body active is good. It could be anything from going for a walk to doing some yoga. In addition to keeping your mind active, you must keep your body prepared.
Ready to be prepared for the inevitable? These are ways to protect yourself and your family during a natural disaster. Be self-reliant with essential tasks such as putting together a small first aid kit and having supplies for your family. Empower others by talking to them about your emergency plans and communicating with those you trust, such as talking to your doctor and having your medications ready. And most importantly, prepare for the worst by learning how to prepare and staying informed on current events so you can be prepared for any situation.