9 Reasons Your Family Will Suffer Because of Your Lack of Disaster Preparedness

9 Reasons Your Family Will Suffer Because of Your Lack of Disaster Preparedness

Many peppers are driven to improve their emergency preparedness because they want to protect their loved ones during a survival situation.  They spend hours ensuring they have the perfect survival plan and adequate supplies to deal with any number of emergency situations.

But what happens if you haven’t done enough to protect your family?  Here are the top 9 ways your family will suffer because of your lack of emergency preparedness.

9) Suffering From Dehydration

If you have a low level of disaster preparedness, you probably don’t have a huge amount of water stored.  It is important to understand that humans depend on water much more than they depend on food — adults can die within 3-4 days if they don’t have access to clean drinking water.

Additionally, having access to water that you ‘think’ is drinkable, is not enough.  You must know for a fact that the water is safe to drink and free from any harmful contaminants, natural or manmade. 

You can’t consider the water taken from streams or rivers to be safe until you have filtered and purified it.  A statistic that highlights the important of having clean drinking water is that more than 840,000 people die around the world each year from water related diseases.

If your family does not have enough water, they will become dehydrated. The symptoms of dehydration include extreme thirst, dry mouth, dry skin, sunken eyes, sleepiness, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, unconsciousness and ultimately — death.

If they do not have access to clean drinking water, they may risk being infected by a range of illnesses and diseases including Cholera, Viral Gastroenteritis, Adenovirus Infection, Botulism, Dysentery, Salmonellosis and Typhoid. 

Stockpile clean drinking water, purchase gravity fed water filtration systems, water purification tablets and have the capacity to boil your water.  Also invest in ways to transport water.

8) Starvation

The pain of starvation can be excruciating.  A human being can only go without food for 30-40 days if they have access to water — less if they don’t.

There are a number of emergency situations which may interrupt the food supply chain and put your family at risk of starvation.  Natural disasters, civil unrest, war, climate change, financial calamity or a tyrannical government can all put your access to food at risk.

Unless you live on a farm and are already self-sufficient, you will need a food stockpile and the capacity to get more food.  Store a minimum of 6-months food for your family including staples like rice, sugar, salt and oil.  You should also gain the ability to hunt for food and to grow your own food.

You should have a stockpile of seeds and the necessary equipment to start a garden large enough to sustain your family.  Learn how to hunt and have the required weapons, traps and tools ready to live off the land if an emergency situation presents itself.

7) Being Physically Endangered

In an emergency situation where social upheaval has occurred, the police force and military may no longer be functioning correctly or be too busy to help you and your family.  In these kinds of situations, the burden of protecting your family falls solely upon your shoulders.

Consider the potential threats from other people in a survival situation:

Gangs and violent criminals may be running amok if the police force is compromised

Looters and vandals will suddenly appear

People who are hungry, thirsty and desperate may resort to violence to steal your food

Other survivalists may have a plan to steal resources from other people

The police and military themselves may turn violent!  If the government has become tyrannical, they could be the ones you are defending your family from.

To protect your family from physical violence, you will need to obtain weapons and self-defence training.  You should also consider reinforcing your home or bunker so it is indiscrete and very difficult to enter.

6) Suffering from Hypothermia
It may surprise some people that approximately 1000 to 1500 people die each year from hypothermia in the United States.  If that figure is so high during times of peace, imagine the death rate during times of civil unrest or some other emergency situation. 

Ask yourself this — If the electricity grid goes down or gas supplies are interrupted, how will you be heating your home to ensure your family doesn’t suffer from hypothermia?

Add an off-grid heat source and sufficient levels of insulation to your home or bug out location.  Be aware of the risk that hypothermia presents to you and your family.

5) Death from a Common Illness

There are some relatively common illnesses and injuries which are trivial to treat when a hospital is near, but become very dangerous in a survival situation. 

For example, a bacterial infection resulting from a cut can normally be treated by a visit to a local doctor, pharmacy or hospital.  But if those locations have been destroyed or are over-run with looters, that bacterial infection could worsen and cost you or a family member their life. 

Illness and injuries as simple as a broken bones, diarrhoea, skin infections, a tooth abscess to a fever can cost you your life in a survival situation.  To avoid this, pack a comprehensive medical kit and obtain training on how to use it.

4) They may Suffer from an Animal Attack

If an emergency situation has occurred, the risk of attack from an animal is greatly increased.  Dangerous domestic animals may have escaped their enclosures and if you are forced to travel you may encounter a wild animal like a bear or snake.  If you are unprepared to keep your family safe from animals, they may be attacked or even killed.

You should have weapons to defend your family from animal attacks.  You should also carry a snake bite kit and a spider bite kit in your first aid pack.

3) Physiological Distress
Survival situations are very stressful for adults, but they are particularly bad for children who can experience psychological distress.  If you are panicking and unsure how your family will survive a situation, your children will be undergoing a huge amount of stress. 

The only way to make your family feel safe is by demonstrating you have everything under control.  You have food, shelter and a way to protect your family against other people.

2) They May Become Separated or Lost
If your family is force to travel to another location, there is a substantial risk that one of you may become separated.  If your emergency preparedness is lacking, you won’t have measures in place to reunite with other family members.

Make sure that every family member who is older than 4-years old has a mobile phone, whistle, map, torch, water and a compass.  Have laminated notes in your children’s backpack with the photos of the rest of the family, their names and the locations where they can rendezvous.  Include a smaller photo ID that they can wear around their neck.  That way, if they are separated, they can find you at the next waypoint or get help from an adult to get there. 

1) They May be Killed by Garbage
That’s right — garbage can kill people.  If you have decided to bunker down in your home you may have to deal with a lot of household waste and human effluent. 

Your family will be living in a smelly environment that actually becomes very dangerous as bacteria and mould flourish. 

Sanitation and cleanliness is always extremely important in a survival situation.

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