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. While there are things in common you’ll need regardless of the emergency, each of the different emergency situations may also require some 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.
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 is one of the basic needs and among the most important elements of life. It is needed for hydration in order to survive. Water is vital to a human body. Quite simply, without water… you will die a slow and painful death. Water can come from rain, stream or through other sources. Although water is one of the first survival supplies brought in to a disaster area by emergency crews, it’s vitally important that you have an alternative source of this life preserving substance.
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.
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.
While cell phones and social media are great for communicating with friends and family, in an emergency situation they may not work out for you. Cell towers could be overloaded or completely fail. Power outages could shut down the Internet. Battery or solar powered radios for listening to NOAA weather and AM/FM are really cheap and are all a lot of people will need. For the more advanced prepper, shortwave and ham radio could prove to be beneficial in communicating with the outside world as well as important intelligence gathering.
Everyone should have a basic emergency preparedness kit in place with what you’ll need in case of emergency. You’ll want to include food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, safety and communications.
There are hundreds of preparedness lists available to you on the Internet and can usually be downloaded free. They will provide advice on 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.
- Building a Basic 72 Hour Emergency Kit
- The Red Cross has prepared a list of the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster.
- Build a kit from Ready.gov
If you struggle building your own kit, you might consider buying a pre-made Emergency Preparedness Survival Kit that includes the basics. You can then add items for your particular situation.