urban damage

Most seem to agree that people in urban areas are more vulnerable in post-disaster conditions compared to their rural counterparts that are more self-sufficient. Far too many complacent Americans take for granted the resources available to them and rarely consider what their lives would be like without those amenities.

Coping with Post-Disaster Conditions

As you prepare for emergencies it’s helpful to prioritize the resources you may need. Each of the different emergency situations will require different resources, so after you’ve prioritized what likely emergencies you might experience you’ll want to put together your disaster resources based on that list.  You may need one or more of these in varying degrees for each of the above emergencies.

hungerFood
While many have stored canned food, dehydrated food supplies are an important part of the food storage supplies for people who are preparing for disasters and calamities.  Hunger is a bigger issue for survival than many think. Not only does hunger cloud your thinking, but it also makes you clumsy and slow, which can result in an injury. This is why learning more about survival food supplies is a crucial part of your prepping.

  • Water

first aidFirst Aid
This is one of those items everybody should have available to them.  Your kit will be different for your home as the one you keep in your car or your go bag. Every person should have a go bag that you grab on your way out the door that will help keep you safe and comfortable for a period of time. Stopping to hunt for your medications or other important needs can cost you critical seconds in an evacuation. You can start with a pretty basic kit and add to it depending on your disaster plan and as you learn more about emergency preparedness.

  • Shelter
  • Self-defense
  • Communications

Check List Preparedness

Most preppers will cite emergency preparedness lists of what individuals and families must prepare in terms of food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, safety and communications. There are hundreds of preparedness lists available to you on the Internet and a whole new lexicon has evolved among preppers with acronyms such as BOB (bug out bag), BOL (bug out location), BOV (bug out vehicle).

The manuals can usually be downloaded free. You’ll find some lists I’ve made available here on this site.  They will provide advice on how to protect your home and what to put inside your survival kit that you carry with you should you need to bug out. Others will feature survival gear like knives and other tools together with advice on which ones are the most practical and efficient. Some of the emergency preparedness advice given out by so-called experts are very detailed and carefully studied, some showing strategies that leave nothing to chance.

Emergency Preparedness Survival Kits.
From Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes and more, you will be ready with our Emergency Survival Kits.

The Red Cross has prepared a list of the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Perhaps the idea of being armed is a rather disturbing aspect of disaster preparedness. Many survivalists will say that when a really big disaster comes and when it adversely affects large populations for long periods of time, lawlessness and disorder will be prevalent; people will try to loot those who are known to have food and medicine and violence will erupt. Families therefore need to arm themselves to ensure their safety. Of all the images that disaster preparedness calls to mind this is probably the most frightening.