The world is full of disasters, disease outbreaks, wars and more. When it happens, there is nothing we can do to stop it but we can make sure that we prepare ourselves for it. Following the steps below will likely increase your chances of survival.
The best thing you can do is to stay calm and the calmest guy in the room is the one with a plan. Whatever situation you can think of, make sure you have a plan for it. It’s important that you know where everything is and to keep them in the same place where it is accessible. In case something happens on the road, keep a survival kit in your car. If possible, everyone involved should know what the plan is.
2. Get Started with a Medical Emergency Kit
The emergency kit you can buy at the camping store is a good base to start building a medical emergency kit. Add items that are not included in the kit as you discover them. Pay attention to what is included in the emergency kit and try to go for the professional version as it has more items.
Here, more is better. You can’t be “too ready” for an emergency situation. Always buy extra bandages and antiseptic wipes for better protection.
3. Emergency Medical Training
Knowing practical first aid skills are essential in case you need to attend a serious condition. To help you gain knowledge, courses on CPR, First Aid and AED are offered by the Red Cross. Upgrade your knowledge by learning about things like community disaster and injury prevention. These skills can save a life.
4. Stock Up on Drinking Water
There might be a shortage of water during an emergency so better stock up. Buy water jugs that aren’t easily punctured and then fill at least one. Replace the old water with fresh every three months. If you’re certain a difficult situation is building up, fill up all your water containers.
The European Union have announced that it will ban the supply and sale of iodine for use in disinfecting drinking water. It will no longer be an option for many people.
Remember when stocking up on food that you might not be able to heat them up all the time because of limited resources. Yet if you prepared well you might still be able to eat hot food all the time.
Access to a stove may prove difficult in a emergency situation. Here’s where a camp stove comes in. I recommend propane stoves because they’re easy to use. Hot food nourishes your body and help regulate your temperature during cold weather so make sure you have a camp stove as part of your emergency kit. Remember to have plenty of fuel as well.
7. Replacement Lights
The chances of you losing power are better than average, especially in tornadoes and hurricanes. Be sure to stock up on the correct type of battery if you light source is battery operated. Light sticks are one of the best options in an emergency. Since light sticks are cheap, get several of them. They come in varying lengths of hours and colors.
8. Build an Emergency Tool Kit
Depending on the situation, you might need some tools to accomplish some stuff like cut wood for fuel, make repairs, dig a hole etc. A multi-tool may be able to do a lot of stuff but it may not up to the task for some stuff at a bigger scale.
9. Emergency Radio
Radios are useful in natural disaster emergencies for keeping up with the news and weather reports. It’s important that an emergency radio can still play even without power e.g. a wind-up radio.
Survival guides contain some useful tips to see you safe through the end of the emergency. Don’t just stick with one. You might find that different guides have different opinions about survival. Pay particular on the part about foraging. Many people die from eating food from the wild. Mushrooms, in particular, have been responsible for thousands of deaths through the years.
Jonsky Sicuna is a writer for Hiking-Camping-World.com. He invites you to check out his article on propane stoves
and also check out these reliable liquid fuel stoves .