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Do You Have a Survival Plan?


Do you know how to survive a disaster?


What are your chances of surviving a disaster such as nuclear fallout, financial crisis, floods,
extreme heat or even earthquakes and war? Unless you are prepared, pretty slim. Here are
some vital tips and suggestions to help you improve your chances of survival


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How one copes in the aftermath of a disaster that has affected one and one's family depends very much on what preparations were made prior to the event. And rather than having someone else make up lists of preparations, leaning how to think on your feet and organise this yourself is far more beneficial. So this article is more about what to think about rather than do this for this disaster and do that for that disaster. Being able to adjust and adapt to whatever comes along is a much better ability to have and it can be acquired through practice and thinking about each type of disaster and what would be required to survive it. There are two types of disaster events. The sudden and the disasters seen coming and therefore expected.

The Sudden
The sudden is more difficult to prepare for as one does not know what it is going to be. You can work on the basis of a certain number and type of disasters that may occur in your area. With sudden natural disasters such as earthquakes, meteorites, solar flares for example. Think about what would be required to survive such a disaster. Supplies and water to last a reasonable amount of time set aside. Perhaps an underground bunker in the case of serious solar flares. A lot depends on how the disaster has affected you. Was your home impacted by the disaster? Have you been isolated from your home and loved ones? Are you suffering from radiation poisoning (from solar flares)? These are the sorts of questions one might ask. And what would be needed to survive such a calamity? Food, Clean water and other necessities come to mind.

Not so Sudden
The not so sudden are probably a bit easier to cater for. If you see a war on the way for example, then you can start to make preparations in advance. The same with a financial meltdown or other man-made disasters.

Man-made disasters tend not to be so sudden and one can often see them coming. Wars, for example. Sometimes these build up over weeks or months so there is enough time to start preparing for what may be needed to survive such an event. This may depend on where one is in relation to the war. Is one going to be right in the thick of it? Or just on the periphery? Is the war in another country but affecting the country you are in through economic issues perhaps? What type of war is it going to be? Your location in your country can also determine how much preparation you might need to do. If you are in the depths of the country in a rural area then there is less likely you will be affected to the same degree as if you were in a major city or close to a military base. Favourite targets of enemies in a war. Is the war going to be fought with conventional weapons or nuclear weapons? That can make a big difference in terms of preparedness needed to survive.

Other types of disasters such as famines are probably easier to prepare for. Primarily one only needs to have a plentiful supply of food stashed away and well protected from those keen to 'acquire' your supplies. Not making it known that you have such supplies is a good step. I knew someone that had a brick wall in their garden. Fairly innocuous you might think, but within that brick wall was hidden about three months' supply of tinned food. Also the means to trade for food and other supplies. A stack of silver coins or 'rounds' is good for this, especially if paper money becomes worthless.

A List
A good idea is to make a list of disasters and within that list write up what would be needed to survive. If you check the categories menu to the left you will see there are many articles covering the major disasters that might occur.

Here's hoping that we never have to use them!

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