Emergency Preparedness Training: 27 Essential Preparedness Tips, Skills and Resources

Preparedness Planning: Planning to Survive Disasters and Threats

When it comes to preparedness, one of the most important things you can do is to put together a plan of action. If things go bad, having a plan of action can help increase your chances of surviving the chaos.

  • Will you stay or will you go? Start thinking about what type of disasters would cause you to evacuate your home, and what situations would call for hunkering down and sheltering in place.
  • Put together an Evacuation plan: If you do need to leave, you need to have a plan in place. Bugging out without a plan or a place to go is not going to end well.
  • 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.
  • Your Plan needs to include the immediate steps you’ll take once disaster hits: When planning for disasters people often put too much emphasis on gear and supplies. Having Survival Gear is great, but it isn’t the whole picture; you have to have a plan that includes what steps you’ll take once the threat hits.
  • Get Home Planning: When planning for disasters, one of the most overlooked areas is often what happens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Even more problematic – especially if you’re not ready to deal with it – is what happens when you find yourself away from home when disaster strikes.

Preparing for the most Likely Disasters First

Many Survival books and websites often place too much emphasis on those rare, but frightening end-of-days types of disasters. While yes, some of those events could conceivably happen, it’s often the small-scale localized dangers that pose the largest threat to your safety.

This is one of the main reasons I wrote my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide; people need to really understand what threats are out there, and then take steps to prepare for the chaos that could result from each of those threats.

Stocking up on Gear & Supplies

I love survival gear as much as the next guy, but If you’ve skipped over the planning and the training phase you are doing yourself a huge disservice; you’re also putting everyone you care about in danger. That being said, gear does play a large role in survival and knowing what gear to buy and what supplies to stock up on is an important piece of the puzzle.

Mental Preparations: You need to Develop a Survival Mindset

Often when you read about survival, you usually read about things like gear, survival skills, and emergency planning; while those things are extremely important, and will make surviving a lot easier, there’s one thing that’s often overlooked that really is the key to survival: Mental Preparedness.

Shoot for the Goal of Total Self-Sufficiency

Thanks to modern technology and our consumer culture, what was once common knowledge in this country has largely faded away; replaced by a dependence on everything and everybody but ourselves. Sadly, we now live in a world where most people can’t make it an hour without incessantly checking their iPhone; I won’t even mention how long these same people would last out during a disaster that caused the grid to go down.

When it comes to preparedness, your end goal should be 100% self-sufficiency. It really is the only way you can truly be prepared for everything that the future has in store. While it’s not going to be easy, especially in this interdependent age of technology, there are things you can do to help ease into the lifestyle.

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