The following is Part 1(of 7) in a series of guest posts that will be running over the next week or so.
To Flee or Not To Flee
That is the Question…
(…Well one of them anyway)
A (Short) Beginners Guide to Preparing for Emergencies
I would like to begin by saying that this is not intended to be a manual, doctrine or anything of the sort. It is not intended to incite fear, but to entice enlightenment. It is merely a guide (albeit an incomplete one) filled with thoughts and opinions to help put you on the path that will, in the event of an emergency, hopefully lead you to survival. Survival is possible but not guaranteed. Don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about it. Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance & Poor Preparation Prevents Proper Performance, 6 one way & half a dozen the other. That being said…
The information presented herein reflects the author’s individual beliefs & experience. The information in this booklet should therefore be used for guidance only and approached with caution. The author, nor publisher, or distributors assume any responsibility for the use, misuse or abuse of information contained in this booklet. Enjoy & Good Luck!
Who? Who’s causing it? (Civilians, Govt., Law Enforcement, Nature or other?)
What? What is happening?
Where? Where is it happening?
How far from us?
Where is it headed?
Where will we go?
When? When will it reach us?
When do we have to evacuate by?
When will we go?
How? How bad is it on a scale of 1 – 5? (1 being minor i.e. a 3 hr power outage; 5 would be something that requires the National Guard)
How safe is it to stay or go?
How will we go (walk, drive, etc)?
Possible problems for our area (not in order of importance):
2. Riots/Civil Unrest
4. Excessive snow
5. Extreme temps
7. Loss of power/heat
Who – If the ‘who’ is NATURE (tornado, flood, extreme temps, etc.), driving may not be an option. You will have to use your best judgment.
If the ‘who’ is MAN (riots, govt., police, etc.), driving will not be an option unless we leave before we can’t. The reason driving will not be an option is because authorities have a “Containment First” attitude so movement will be restricted if they have “control”. On the other hand, if it is the rebels & dissidents that have control of the streets you may not want to be in said streets. Contemplate how unfortunate it would be to get trapped in the middle of a riot in your car. Recall if you can the L.A. riots (1992) after the acquittal of the officers who were video taped beating Rodney King & the unfortunate subsequent beating of Reginald Denny by civilians, we must plan accordingly for footwear.
Sturdy, waterproof, steel toed, comfortable, shoes are a good option. Remember to pack extra shoe laces in your bag. Thick cotton socks will help to cushion your feet, however if it’s cold out you may want to have some wool socks. Be sure to pack at least 3 pairs. If you’re walking in wet (nature), you will need dry socks. If you are walking in dry (man) you may need the extra cushioning. Socks can also be filled with rocks, loose change or many other things and be used as a Self Defense weapon. A few pairs of new woman’s pantyhose can be helpful as well. Insoles would be a good investment too. Also consider chafing from pants and pack at least one extra belt.
What – If the ‘what’ is nature, we will most likely “Bug In”. That is of course unless the Nature involves something that means an evacuation. That means we need a way to have heat, water and food and light. There are also some other things that are equally important.
1. Candles can be helpful to have. They provide light and heat and they don’t require gas or batteries. Be advised you’ll need a lot more candles than you think to create sufficient light & warmth. You’ve been warned. Obviously we need candle holders. Safety first-there’s kids in the house. Don’t forget Matches! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get flashlights and a lantern as well, they have their place. A hand crank flashlight/emergency radio is good to have. Do you have a flashlight by your bed?
2. We need to stock up on water. We use water to cook, clean, flush and almost everything else. We can never have enough Water!
3. Food is difficult. We need food that is ‘just add water’. Cooking with no power in an apartment means NO FIRE – YES FLAME. Sterno -get some! Also consider what you eat and what you won’t be able to eat or store. No power = no fridge. Some suggestions (other than PB & J, tuna, oatmeal) are instant coffee, ramen/cup o noodles, crackers, granola bars, etc. Don’t underestimate the power of a nice cup of hot chocolate. Military food rations or M.R.E.’s are good to get of course, but those can get kind of pricey so….? Consider everyone’s nutritional needs and chewing ability as well. Powdered milk, cheese, eggs, instant potatoes, etc. could come in very handy. Canned food always. Be sure to get at least 2 manual can openers and 2 bottle opener types: Hot sauce, salt, baking soda & powder, vinegar, various spices, etc. Some vitamins or other sort of supplement would be a nice addition to your supplies. (How much food you store depends on your individual needs. My feelings are that you should have a minimum of 1 week worth of everyday food & 1 week of emergency food & supplies if possible). (Gen. 41:34-36; Prov. 6:6-8)
4. Batteries, blankets, Toilet Paper (You can never have too much of this either), paper plates, plastic cups, utensils.
5. Information getting abilities: Radio
6. Extra batteries, light bulbs, etc.
7. Don’t forget to get at least one fire extinguisher for your home & vehicle!
8. Entertainment (Cards, games, kid’s toys) is more important than you think.
Note: I reference the kids several times but in those areas you can feel free to replace the kids with the pet, disabled, etc. if that applies to you instead.
If the “what” is man it will depend on whom if we stay or if we go, but either way weapons are necessary. “Desperate people do desperate things” is true but incomplete. “Desperate people do desperate, mean, crazy, scary, horrible things” is a more accurate statement. Be prepared to run, hide, fight and possibly kill. Whatever weapons are chosen, make sure they CAN and DO work, be used and maintained. That includes your “Natural Weapons”; hands, feet, etc. Basic Self Defense should be learned by everyone, but it is just “basic”. You may want to investigate some useful forms of Close Quarter or hand to hand combat as well, get fit.