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Natural Disaster Preparedness

natural disaster preparedness to survive emergency situationsWhat many people fail to realize is that it doesn’t matter where you are located in the world, you are at risk of a natural disaster occurring. I admit, in some locations the risk is slightly higher. However, even if you live in a ‘low risk area’ you do need to be prepared for the worst. If you aren’t, then you are putting your own life in danger.

Let me talk to you a little about natural disaster preparedness.

Firstly, what is preparation for a natural disaster? Well, basically you are going to be considering the various disasters that can occur in your area, and what sort of problems they can cause. After all, flooding is going to be a completely different situation to an earthquake or a volcanic eruption.

You will then be preparing to deal with anything these will throw your way. Let’s take a look.

Plan Your Survival Food

At the heart of all natural disaster preparedness is considering whether you have enough food to see you through the disaster. Many people don’t. There are far too many people out there who believe that their government will help them in their time of need.

A change of perception is needed here, as it is unlikely that the government will always be able to help them out! This may be due to the authorities not having the resources or not being able to reach those in need quickly enough.

Prepare Well in Advance

Food preparation should take place well in advance. Many people wait until a disaster warning goes out. If you do that then you are putting your life and your family at risk. This is because food will disappear off the shelves within hours of that disaster warning, leaving you with nothing.

Therefore you will want to ensure that you always have a good stash of food should the worst happen. Budget for at least a couple of weeks. Ideally, you should opt for food that has long expiration dates. Don’t forget to grab yourself some water bottles to keep you hydrated too!

No Cell Phone Reception or Electricity

In most disasters, it is likely that both mobile phone towers and electrical lines are going to be knocked out. This downtime is could be just for a short period, but may also be for days, weeks or even longer. Obviously having no power or phone coverage will be a major problem for many people. This is why it is essential that during your natural disaster preparedness you look at ways to overcome this problem even before it occurs!

Buy a Power Generator

I suggest purchasing a power generator. Yes, these are often expensive, but they may well save your life. After the natural disaster occurs it is important that you ration the use of your generator to ensure that you do not run out of fuel during this difficult period. But by having a generator already before a crisis means that you know you will have electricity to operate essential items until the local supply is restored.

Develop Survival Skills

Finally, you are going to need to consider your overall health and well-being by learning some survival skills. This means brushing up on your medical skills (go beyond basic first aid here!), learning how to build a shelter, how to generate heat, how to purify water and much more! All of this could save both yours and your family’s life!

Sadly, this is just a brief overview on the various concepts that need to be considered when it comes to natural disaster preparedness. However, hopefully it has given you a good indication of the various things that you do need to bear in mind to ensure that you survive! You can always carry out additional research yourself through a good book or by reading additional articles on this website.

If you take anything away from this article then remember the importance of preparing before hand. Natural disaster preparedness could very well save your life or the life of someone you love. So sit down today and begin your survival plan.

Survival Food List

Survival Food List Grow own Vegetables Grow own Vegetables for your survival food listIt is important to prepare for any possible crisis by following a trusted survival guide and learning survival skills. But do not forget to also prepare the food that you will need to sustain you and your loved ones during any difficult times that may lay ahead.

If you have had a warning about an emergency or pending disaster, or perhaps wish to be prepared ‘just in case’ then one of the first items on your agenda will be the preparation of your ‘survival food list‘.

After all your survival will depend on you having food to eat and in case of an emergency it is going to be increasingly hard to find food, as most, if not all of the stores will be closed. Even if stores are open the shelves will quickly become empty as people panic and buy all they can!

You will therefore need a good selection of different foods to tide you over until you are able to source it again. In this article I want to discuss a little bit with you about the various types of food that should be on your ‘survival food list’, and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Basic Different Survival Food Options

  • Canned foods
  • Dry foods
  • Ready to eat meals
  • Dehydrated and freeze-dried foods
  • Grow your own food

Canned and Dry Foods

At the top of any survival food list should be a number of commercial food products. This means a good selection of canned foods, boxes of cereal and bottles of water.

Survival food list Can foodYou have an almost limitless selection of ideas to choose from here, and it will only take a quick trip along to your local grocery store to find out exactly what is available. The great thing about this type of food is that you will be able to get it in place a number of days, weeks or even months, before the emergency happens. You may find this very difficult to do with some of the other types on your ‘survival food list’.

It is only when you need to store this type of food for longer periods of time that you are going to run into problems. Much of it is incredibly bulky, which means it isn’t ideal for storage in small places, although the biggest problem you are going to face is the short expiry dates.

Whilst canned and dry foods have an average of 2 years lifespan, many of them are considerably shorter, which means you are going to need to carry out ‘rotation’ of the products on a regular basis. By doing food rotation and using the older stock you will ensure all of the items you have on hand are still good in case of a catastrophe.

I suggest that if you are going to go down this route you should only use it for ‘short to medium term emergencies’ or in combination with some of the other foods listed here.

Ready to Eat Meals

If you have ever been in a fairly large shop, which specializes in camping, then it is likely you have seen ready-made meals gracing the shelves. Often these meals come in fairly compact packages, and as the name suggests, have a complete meal inside which is ready to eat whenever you wish.

Any survival food list should include a good selection of these meals so that you are ready to face any emergency. The great thing about this type of food is that it can be stored for long periods of time; in fact, they often have a shelf life of many years.

In addition to that, they are ‘pre-cooked’ which means they can be eaten without being heated up, although if you wish, you can purchase a special little heater for them.

The only real downside is that they are incredibly expensive on a ‘per meal’ basis. This means that if you have a family you may need to limit the amount that you purchase!

Dehydrated and Freeze-Dried Foods

This type of food is a relatively new craze amongst those preparing for survival. With this kind of food, all you need to do is add water and it is ready to eat. Which is great if you are facing an emergency where warm water is going to be in easy supply, but may not be so good if water is limited.

There are a number of huge benefits to this type of food of course. Firstly, as there is ‘no water’ in the food, it tends to be far more compact than other types of food, which means it is ideal to store in smaller areas.

The biggest benefit though is that it has a huge shelf life. In fact, some foods on the market can have a shelf life of up to thirty years! If you are preparing for survival then it is suggested that you have up to six weeks supply of this type of food at your disposal.

Grow your Own Food

The last set of food that deserves a mention often gets left off survival food lists, mainly because many people don’t seem to realize how much benefit it can bring them. This is the idea of growing your own food.

After all, if you grow your own food then you aren’t going to be worried about storage or expiration dates. Which means that during those ‘longer emergencies’ you are going to have access to fresh food.

Of course, the downside is the fact that some emergencies can quickly wipe out your food supply, but these are few and far between. Ideally you would combine this food source with another on your survival list.

Growing your own food obviously is not limited to just vegetables, fruit and herbs, but you can also have chickens for eggs and meat. On a larger scale, if you are able you can also have a cow or goats for milking and meat.

Prepare in Advance

Hopefully these suggestions are going to be of some use to you when it comes to preparing for your survival. Remember to plan your survival food list well in advance to be sure that you have everything ready to go should the worst happen.

It may not ever occur, but you will have peace of mind knowing that you are ready should it do so.

Survival Guide

Survival GuideBasic Survival Guide

Many of us feel as though we will never encounter an emergency where our survival skills will be put to the test, but remember, many of those people who have actually had to deal with emergencies felt the same. What you have to realize is that an emergency can happen at any time, and we need to learn how to be best prepared for it in order to give us the best chance of survival.

In this article I am going to run you through a basic survival guide. Now, I won’t cover everything in depth, instead, I shall give you an indication of the various things that you are going to need to learn about in order to consider yourself ‘prepared’.

Disasters Can Occur Anywhere, Anytime

As mentioned previously, an emergency situation could happen at any time, anywhere. Now, of course some problems aren’t going to occur in certain areas, for example you won’t be encountering a tsunami in the middle of the United States. Therefore, before you start planning for your survival you need to consider the various situations that you could end up facing.

Types of Emergencies

For example, for some it may be severe thunderstorms that knock out the power and cause flash floods, and for others it could be a poisoned water supply, or even a chemical power plant break down or earthquake. Basically, you are going to need to consider the various situations that you could encounter before you start preparing. Obviously, there will be a bit of overlap in terms of preparation with some of these emergencies.

Survival Guide Basics

Many a survival guide out there first tells you how to prepare food for an emergency, however, what you need to realize is that food isn’t going to be a top priority. Instead, you are going to need to learn basic survival skills. This means knowing how to source fresh water and of course building a shelter. Only when that is done should you consider food. After all, you can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water.

Survival Kit Preparation

The next step is actually preparing your survival kit. It is always useful to have one of these packed away somewhere, as you never know when you are going to need it. Your survival kit is going to contain essentials such as food, bottled water, medical supplies, navigational equipment, warm clothing etc.

It is important that you know the sorts of disasters that you are going to be preparing for so you can plan accordingly. I suggest that you consult an in depth survival guide for more information on preparing your survival kits as this is a huge topic. It is also likely to be the one, which may mean the difference between life and death.

As I mentioned at the start, this is but a brief overview on the various things that you are going to need to know in order to thrive in an emergency situation. It order to find out more information then it is suggested that you purchase a survival guide which is designed to cover these topics in a lot more depth. If you buy well, then it could potentially be one of the best decisions that you have ever made.

Survival Skills

Survival Skills CompassGuide to Basic Survival Skills

Honestly, one of the most important things you can ever learn in your life are basic survival skills. You may feel as though you will never need to use them, but to be honest, you also never know when you may find yourself in a situation where you do need these skills!

In this article I want to take a little look at the most basic of the skills and give you some survival tips to get you started. I won’t go into incredible amounts of depth, but hopefully it should give you a push in the right direction so you know the exact things you should be learning about.

Water is Essential to Your Survival

Did you know that you can only survive up to three days without water? It may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. The longer you go without water, the more difficult it is to function. Therefore, when it comes to survival, getting water as soon as possible should be a top priority.

Tip #1: Learn How to Purify Water

One of the most basic skills you can learn is knowing that you need to keep a selection of supplies ready just in case the worst happens. This also includes ways in which you can purify the water around you in order to make it drinkable. If you can do this, then half of the battle is already over.

Tip #2: Learn How to Construct Protective Shelter
You may think food comes next, but it doesn’t. In fact, you can actually survive for around three weeks without a significant food intake. Instead, your next job is to find shelter. Without shelter, you will die from exposure to the elements.

Shelter will Aid Your Survival

When you are learning survival skills, it is essential that you learn how to create a shelter and where the best places are to construct this shelter. If you can learn this and also how to purify water then you will have already extended your chances of surviving by at least a few weeks.

Tip #3: Learn How to Build a Fire
Next on the list is fire, after all, this is going to provide you with warmth in the cold, which is ultimately going to stop the on-set of hypothermia and related side effects. Remember, you do not need to be in an incredibly cold location in order to suffer from this potentially fatal condition.

It just needs to be colder outside than your core body temperature, and since you are likely to be eating less and thus getting less energy your body is not going to have the required mechanisms to warm you back up, which could lead to death rather quickly. Learn how to build a fire and you will thrive in even difficult situations.

Obviously, fire does more than just keeping you warm. Fire is also an important element in cooking and preparing your meals. Also if you are in an outdoor environment with wild animals around then fire can also give you protection for these wild creatures.

Tip #4: Learn How to Gather or Hunt Food
Next, you are going to need to look into how to source food. In fact, research for this should take place for a long time in advance. You are going to need to learn how to hunt, how to identify the foods that you can eat in the natural environment etc. This is without a doubt one of the most essential survival skills as the food is going to provide you with the energy that you need to survive.

Tip #5: Prepare by Learning Outdoor Survival Skills
Finally, you are going to need to learn a number of skills suitable for the outdoors.

For example:

  • How to track wildlife,
  • How to navigate yourself through new areas,
  • How to use a compass.

Sure, it may seem like a little bit ‘over kill’ to learn this stuff well in advance, but trust me, these things, as with anything on the list, could really mean the difference between life and death.

As I mentioned at the start, this is just a brief guide on the most essential survival skills. I do hope that you carry out slightly more research on each of the aspects to give you the best possible chances. Remember, you may think you may never encounter an emergency situation, but honestly, it is better to be safe than sorry!

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