The Stages of a Major Disaster – What would you do?

Being prepared for disasters, major and minor, is something we all should pay attention to. Just in this past year we have seen graphic examples of the disruption weather can cause, both with tornados and hurricanes. Most people have some emergency equipment, if only candles and a generator for power outages, but these are strictly short term aids. Let’s take a realistic look at the stages of a major disaster such as an EMP strike.
The first stage is simple – getting home, and dealing with others who need to get home.
Personal security is paramount. Looting will be rampant and so will beggars and thieves. This is when the survival bag you keep with you can easily be the difference between life and death. There are so many articles about what you should carry with you that I don’t need to cover it. The goal at this stage is simply getting home, or wherever you family plans to meet. This is very short term and fairly specific. Even in the case of tornados, this can be a real challenge.
The second stage is survival as a family, or small community. Readjusting your thinking to conserve and protect what resources you have, and figuring out how you are going to manage on your own, is the main goal. This stage is a little longer and requires more resources and knowledge. In the event of an EMP, there will be no communications and
the grid may be down for years. Looting and roving gangs will be widespread, this can occur even with floods and hurricanes. Chaos will be everywhere. The second stage is as much a matter of developing the mental toughness to do what you have to do, as it is physical preps of stored food and preplanned water filtration. The only thing I have to
say about actually being prepared for this stage is – lifestyle. Yes, lifestyle. My grandparents were farmers. My parents always grew a huge garden and we stored enough vegetables to see us through until the next year. It’s not especially hard, and the food’s much better, which is why I have always tried to do it, before the idea of prepping became common. For the second stage, you need enough stores to get you through till the next growing season and for that, you need a really good idea of how much your
family eats in a year. And that’s only one area of prep.
The third stage is rebuilding a community and system of exchange for goods, services, and knowledge for the long term. The real key to this is going to be knowledge and skill. Where will you go if there is no Walmart? No Lowes? What are you going to do when your shoes wear out, or your shovel breaks? It wasn’t so very long ago that families and
small communities had the skills and knowledge to take care of themselves in all basic areas. Human beings have been doing that for thousands of years without any fancy tech at all, not even electricity, and managed not only to survive. but to thrive in reasonable comfort and security from human predators. Reclaiming the knowledge and skills of our ancestors is ultimately the most important thing we can ever do for our own
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    It has long been said that Knowledge is Power. In a survival situation, Knowledge is

Laura Brewer, CMM


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