3 Preparedness Considerations that Should never be Overlooked

When getting started with preparedness, people often obsess over things like gear and emergency supplies. While these things are certainly an important aspects of survival, there are some things that are often overlooked by those who get caught up in the survival gear solves everything mindset.

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Knowledge is Power during a Crisis

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family during a crisis is to stay aware of what’s going on around you. That means knowing where to find information, knowing how to decipher it when you receive it, and then coming up with a plan of action based on the best facts available to you at the time.

  • Put together a list of trusted resources where you can gather intelligence during a disaster.
  • Keep an open mind, and listen to news from a variety of outlets. In today’s world of mass media propaganda, you need to have multiple sources of information to really be able to get at the truth.
  • Print out our extensive list of emergency communication frequencies. These stations will likely be up and running during even the worst disasters.

You need to have a Plan B

Having a preparedness plan is great, but during a crisis those plans can quickly change. Because of the unpredictable nature of disasters, you need to have a backup plan for when things start to spiral out of control.

  • A good evacuation plan should always take into consideration things like road closures and road blocks. Your plan should include multiple routes out of town, multiple bug out locations, and multiple ways to communicate with your loved ones.
  • Your Emergency Preparedness plan should take into account post-disaster problems. In the aftermath of a disaster, there are often people looking to take advantage of the situation. You need to have a plan in place to protect yourself and your family from the very real evils that often occur after the disaster.
  • Bug in; or Bug Out? You need to have a plan for both. The decision to stay home or take your chances out on the road should never be underestimated. Each choice has benefits, but they also have some major risks associated with them. You need to plan for both, and you need to plan for the dangers associated with both choices.

Surviving Disasters starts with Developing a Survival Mindset

Developing the proper mindset is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your survival during a crisis. If you look at people who survive traumatic events, it’s rarely things like survival gear that are the determining factor in their survival. In fact, it’s often the people who have the strongest mindset, and the ability to control their fears that come out on top; not the guy with the most gear.

  • The will to survive is probably the single most important aspect of surviving a traumatic event.
  • Training is the first step to developing a proper Survival Mindset. That means periodically conducting training drills based on the disasters you’re preparing for.
  • Having goals, and a developing a game plan are two surefire ways to ensure a proper survival mindset. The process of setting goals, and then breaking these goals down into small manageable tasks, can help make even a stressful disaster less overwhelming.
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  1. Knowing who to trust and knowing the signs of someone wanting to take advantage is always a good idea, its worth studying a book on body language not only to help work out peoples real intentions but to also use to your advantage when negotiating with people for supplies etc

  2. Knowledge and training is IMPORTANT! I have peers who buy the biggest, baddest, first aid kits, but have never actually opened the packs to see what’s inside. Pallets of dehydrated food buckets, but have never opened one to try it. Fire making items, but have never started a fire with them. Luckily there is a group close by in Austin who takes everyone out to test their skills quite often.

    • I’m in Louisiana.. Are these training courses or just simulations? How much to enter and what is practiced?

  3. Check into your home state’s Constitutionally-authorized and Required Militia. Join up for preparedness.

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