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Having an emergency evacuation plan is just as important as any other aspect of emergency preparedness. We have continually highlighted different ways you can prepare for long term survival such as long term food storage, growing your own heirloom vegetables, and more. Today we’re going to touch on disaster planning and having a well-orchestrated course of action in case of emergency.
Have a Bag Packed – Whether it is an emergency survival bag in your car or a bag packed and waiting in your hallway closet, you should have an emergency bag packed with pre-packaged meals, water, flashlights, batteries, and more. Every second counts, so plan ahead and save time on the small things.
Designate a Meeting Place – If you and your family are separated when an emergency occurs, you may not be able to rely on cellular phones or computers to contact each other. Designate a meeting place such as a church, school, or community center ahead of time so you and your loved ones can calmly and safely reunite. Inform your neighbors of this meeting place as well so they can assist you or your family if needed.
Keep Track of Contacts, Records, Etc. – Documents should be kept in a durable, waterproof document pouch. (For transport, proof of identity, proof of ownership, etc.) Head over to your local stationery or office supply store and make copies ahead of time. Store these in a secure place like a small safe for ease of access and peace of mind.
Practice Disaster Safety Techniques – Familiarize yourself with the necessary steps to take while a natural disaster is in progress. Review the safety precautions for different circumstances (tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, etc.) and practice them with your family.
Receive Basic Safety Training – Be prepared to perform basic first aid; vital medical tasks like CPR and first aid are a skill that should never be overlooked. Purchase a first aid kit and inquire about CPR training courses available to the public.
An emergency doesn’t have to be synonymous with panic, anxiety, and fear as long as you know how to create emergency evacuation plans. With so many uncontrollable factors that come into play during an emergency or natural disaster, the best thing you can do is control what is within your power to control. Plan ahead, be prepared, and serve as an example to those in your community as to how one can best deal with an emergency by acting quickly, confidently, and intelligently during a time of need.
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When people think of preppers – also known as survivalists – many of them automatically visualize individuals that are off the beaten path, already living off the grid with a rugged lifestyle that wouldn’t change much if civilization were to collapse.
If you think that, you’d be wrong.
Today, more and more preppers are living in urban areas. Recent events like Hurricane Sandy and the constant fear terrorist threats have made many urbanites turn their focus to being prepared for serious disasters. In a lot of ways, people living in large cities have more to consider and prepare for than people living in rural areas.
Urban Obstacles Increase the Need to Prep
In the last few years we have seen an increase in terror threats, natural disasters and financial instability. Natural disasters can strike anywhere. Global economic issues affect everyone no matter where they live. People in cities, suburban areas, small towns and the countryside are all susceptible. That said, there immediate environment will dictate the types of risks they face.
If you think about it, if you live in an urban environment, having an emergency preparation plan makes a lot of sense. Urbanites have several distinct obstacles that people in smaller, rural areas don’t have to worry about.
· They often live in areas or have lifestyles that are less conducive to self-sustainability.
· Urban areas are more likely to be hit by disasters that aren’t natural, like terrorist attacks.
· There are more people competing for resources.
· Strong possibility of congestion if there is mass exodus.
· Emergency service personnel have more people they have to help.
Many people living in urban areas don’t have some of the survival options that are open to people living in rural areas, such as yards big enough for sizable survival gardens and a place for an underground bunker. Because of this and the additional considerations listed above, urbanites especially need to plan, collect the best survival gear for their particular environment, and prepare well in advance.
Prepping Tips for Urbanites
Preparedness is important for everyone. However, where you live can affect how and what you prepare. If you live in an urban area here are things that you need to put at the top of your prepping list.
Personal Safety – Looting, violence, hysteria - these are all issues a person may face when there are thousands, if not millions of people in an area that are facing a disaster. Situations that threaten a person’s wellbeing can make them do desperate things they would never think of doing normally. It’s important that you have the means to protect yourself and your family.
Terrorism Threats – Terrorists are going to try to do the most damage possible incurring the largest loss of life possible, making urban areas attractive targets. As we learned on 9/11 a terrorist attack can take many forms, including bio warfare. An urbanite’s bug out bag should include additional items such as a facemask, a water purification straw and even iodine pills.
Escape Routes – Planning an escape route as well as several alternatives is of key concern for urbanites. History has shown that during disaster situations in urban areas roads can quickly become overwhelmed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, impeding people’s ability to make a quick, safe escape. There are also the issues of having enough gas and the possibility of others trying to confiscate cars if their own mode of transportation fails.
Plan Your Safe Haven – You should always plan your escape destinations ahead of time. You will want several alternative destinations spread out in various directions. Have an area map for your city as well as the safe haven areas on hand in case roads are blocked. A good location will be outside the “danger zone,” with family or like-minded friends you trust. My Patriot Supply highly recommends collaborating with other preppers to establish locations where you can meet and support one another as a community.
Whether you live in a rural area or an urban city center, it is always important to have an emergency strategy in case disaster strikes. This means having on hand an adequate emergency food supply, supplies for purifying drinking water, survival tools, important medication, and a safe haven planned ahead of time.
The time to plan is today!
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