What would you do if you were stranded on a desert island for an indefinite period of time, just like Tom Hanks in the movie, “Cast Away”? Or, what would you do in the face of a hurricane or any other natural disaster?
Well, you can’t prevent disasters from occurring. However, you can be equipped to survive any disaster by being prepared for the unexpected.
Are Your Equipped to Survive?
Being prepared for disasters requires that you identify potential disasters that you might encounter.
- Do you live in a region that is prone to tornados?
- Or is frequent flooding and landslides the bane of your town?
- Beyond natural disasters, are you a person who loves adventurous treks and delving into the unknown?
Identifying what risks you are prone to will help you prepare for disasters effectively so that your chances of survival are increased drastically.
Identify The Basics
There is a big difference between your wants and needs, and you need to differentiate between these.
Keep in mind that equipping yourself for survival does not require that you carry all your belongings with you. Rather, in the face of disaster, your needs are the most essential items that you need in order to survive.
Identify the basics that should go into your survival kit – items that sustain life, a first aid kit, emergency shelter, emergency tools and communication devices.
Pack Your Survival Kit
If you wish to save time or if the prospect of packing your own kit is too complicated, you could choose to go in for a commercial survival kit. However, in many cases, commercial kits tend to omit some of the most essential things that are needed for survival.
Contrary to what some people believe, putting together your own kit is relatively simple, taking as little as two days to complete. Keep the weight of your survival kit to around 30 pounds, while ensuring that you include the basics that you have identified.
Life-sustaining items such as water should make it to the top of your list. You might be able to survive without food for a while, but there is no way you will make it without water.
You should pack at least a gallon of water for each individual who will be using the survival kit. Bottled water that is available in grocery stores usually has a good shelf life of up to two years. Pack foods that contain complex carbohydrates, such as date bars and nuts.
If you have children or pets, you need powdered formula and pet food set aside as well.
The best first-aid kits are those that you put together yourself as many commercial kits omit important items. Include different types of adhesive tape and bandages, elastic bandages as well as rolled ones.
Add to your kit some hand sanitizer, antiseptic ointments and antibiotics. Analgesics and antihistamines also should be included. If you have special needs or are on prescription medication, be sure to include these to your first aid kit.
Depending on the disaster that strikes, you might need emergency shelter. This means that your survival kit should include extra blankets and tarps. Waterproof matchers, a small camping stove and utensils are optional, but will come in handy if you are stranded.
Emergency tools such as a screwdriver set, knife, can opener and a flashlight will be of use, especially if you are stranded overnight or trapped. Add in a few spare batteries to make sure you have enough light.
Communication devices will help you be in touch with the world, even in the face of disasters. A battery operated radio with extra batteries should make it into your survival kit. Include a spare battery for you cell phone to keep in touch with loved ones or to contact rescue teams. In cases where cell phone coverage fails, you could opt for a two-way distress beacon or a personal locator beacon to help rescue teams reach you.
A map might be of use in instances where you are lost, and could be added to your survival kit.
Prepare Your Mind To Survive
While a survival kit will help you be equipped to survive, preparing your mind will help you use your survival kit effectively. Don’t wait for disaster to strike before you decide what to do. Think about various scenarios that you might find yourself in, and prepare an action plan for each, for survival.
Being prepared in every way will help you deal with the most complex situations with a clear mind, and will help you survive.