7 ways to Dramatically Improve Your Disaster Management Plan
Improve your disaster management even if your just starting out
When you are talking about disaster management, you are referring to a scenario in which you will have to hone your survival skills.
Regardless of whether you bug out or bug in, there are several things which you can do to improve your disaster management.
Relying solely on your bug out bag is a horrible idea. These bags are only meant to last you a maximum of 7 days.
True, you will have supplies in the bag which will help you to survive over the long term, but you need to have more of a plan than just grabbing your bag and going.
By implementing any number of these tips, your chances of surviving a disaster will greatly increase.
7) Have a disaster plan
Yes, you may have a survival kit put together, but do you have an actual plan of action should a disaster occur?
If not then that is the very first step you need to take.
Think about your location.
Then, make a list of the top disasters which may occur in your area.
Ensure that you list natural disasters (such as a major earthquake or tornado) as well as a man-made disaster (such as say, martial law).
You should be realistic in your disaster plan.
There are things which are likely to occur, things that may occur, and then things that will probably not occur.
Once you have your list compiled then you need to make a plan of action for each event.
- Where would you go if your city was struck with a massive earthquake that devastated the structural integrity of the city?
- Would you run to the same place that everyone else would be going to or do you have a place picked which would maximize your chances of survival?
If you find that you are lacking in your preparations then you really need to rethink your whole survival plan.
You should ask yourself the following:
- Is my plan dependent upon a natural or government disaster?
- Do I have separate plans for a natural of government disaster?
- Is my plan unique or will everyone be using the same strategy?
- Am I heading towards food and water or away from it?
- Is my bug out route in a high traffic area?
- Do I have an alternate route just in case my primary is not available (either by the natural disaster or through governmental control)?
- If I am injured by a cut, broken leg, sprained muscle, or other means do I possess the skills to take care of the injury on my own?
6) Practice your bug out route with your gear
If you have a bug out location then you need to ensure that you can get to that location quickly and safely with your gear.
You should use a stop watch to time how long it takes you to get to a certain location. Locations that take a long time to get to should be re-evaluated as to their survival benefits.
When practicing your route you will want to do so both in the day and at night. As landscapes change when it is dark, it is paramount that you familiarize yourself with the lay of the land for any time of the day.
5) Take a First Aid Course
One of the best ways that you can plan for disaster is to take a first aid course.
Where you may have some survival training, a first aid class will help to keep those skills sharp.
Also, such courses generally provide you with training on how to handle chocking and CPR, both of which is essential in Emergency Preparedness.
Find out about first aid courses here.
4) Check your pack often
Don’t just buy a survival pack and assume that everything is in working order or that you have all the contents you need.
Modify the bag to meet your needs.
Bags which have flashlights should ensure that these you have both a solar powered flash light as well as a battery powered light.
Use the solar powered light as your primary and the battery powered as your secondary.
Check any device which relies upon external power (such as batteries) to ensure that they are working correctly.
3) Have a CV Radio
In the event that communications are knocked out in a disaster those which have a CV radio or an equivalent form of communication will be the ones who know what is going on.
As the chances that most of the population will not have this communication, the CV will be a powerful disaster management tool and a way to communicate and gain survival tips from other survivalists.
2) Store Seeds
Your Survival Kit should have a container with plantable seeds.
Keep in mind that seeds grow at different times of the year and so your selection should span over these seasons.
The reason why you want to bring seeds with you is for the long term goal.
Where hunting and tracking are an essential skill, if you can plant a crop somewhere as well that is a major benefit.
1) Store your Survival Kit in a secure location
Your survival kit is meant for disaster management and survival in the event that you must do so. It is therefore impractical for you to have your kit in your home.
If your home was secure you would not need to have the kit in the first place.
Find a secure location where the survival kit will not be damaged or stolen and store it there.
DO NOT FORGET ABOUT IT.
Check back often and go over the contents of the back, check the structural integrity of the material, and then practice your disaster plan.
Where these are some key points to helping you with your disaster management, they are not by any means the full spectrum of what you need.