What is Disaster Planning?
Whether its your business or your home, it is of vital importance that you create a disaster plan for both. Of course the first focus should be your family and your home. There are a vast array of resources online to help you get started but ultimately you will still need a professional to help you.
The professional can help you pick the right gear, help you create a disaster plan for you and your family, as well as your business. Once the plan has been created you must practice the plan so that it becomes well known to you, your family and your co-workers.
Where do I start?
Let's start with the basics.
While the first instinct is to load all the things in your house into one big backpack you must consider several things while creating your Bug-Out Bag.
In the event of a catastrophic disaster you will most likely still have access to basic things to survive on. As long as you have a well thought out Bug-Out Bag. Your Bug-Out Bag should be a tool to survive, not a dependency to survive.
Weather can kill you so fast. The first priority of survival is getting protection from the extreme weather.Bear Grylls, Survival Network
Your Bug Out Bag should consist of the basic items on this downloadable list.
Other things can be added that you may feel are necessary for you to survive but for the basics this will help keep you safe while other resources around you should help compliment your Bug Out bag. The biggest mistake most preppers make is they create a Bug-Out bag that is just to heavy for long travel by foot, which is likely to happen in the event of a disaster as the power grid will most likely shut down. This means that the gas pumps won't work due to loss of power, which means you will be walking or riding a horse where you need to get to.
There are six (6) important steps to survival, these steps are:
Survival Step 1: RECOGNINTION
The first step to surviving is recognition. Of course one cannot take definitive action to insure one's survival until one recognizes one is in this situation. So simple but so overlooked. The first few seconds and minutes are critical. It doesn't matter if one is dealing with a boat sinking in cold water, a bear charging, investing in food storage, stocks, gold, bullets, no action to mitigate the threat can begin until it is recognized as a threat. Recognition is the essence of situation awareness, the antidote to normalcy bias, in the woods we call it heads up.
Survival Step 2: INVENTORY
How big are the waves? How far from shore are we? How cold is the water? Where is my survival bag, life vest? What is in my pockets? Who is with me? Are they in recognition, injured, can they swim, run, walk, shoot? Are any other boats around? Are they friendly? Inventory should be applied as broadly as possible. In a situation of SHTF, if you are away from home, inventory could mean your vehicle, route, alternative routes, the condition of the grid, GHB, where your family is, what and where is the threat. Mentally inventory everything and its application to your situation.
Survival Step 3: SHELTER
Keep your body heat, keep cool, keep dry, find cover. What is the threat to your body or who might be after you that you may need to hide from? Evaluate the threat and insulate yourself from it. I would say having a weapon and knowing how to use it comes under shelter. Cover, concealment, body armor, gas mask, pandemic protection, rubber gloves, a garbage bag, any type of protection falls under shelter.
Survival Step 4: SIGNALS
Communications radios, cell phones, signal mirrors, flares, three fires on the beach, but also in a crowd or dark ally body language. Do I look like a mark? When confronted by danger, human or animal what signals do I send out? What signals do I want to send and what signals do I not want to send. Also, what signals are present in my environment, tire tracks, bear tracks, dark clouds, an angry mob?
Survival Step 5: WATER
Be sure to locate as clean of a fresh water source as you can, avoid using filtration if it isn't necessary in order to conserve its use.
Survival Step 6: FOOD
If possible, locate a food source that is portable in the event you have to move from your current location to another one in order to be rescued.