Saturday, October 17, 2009

Starting Out

Right off the bat I want to make clear is that this is not going to be a blog about survivalism or The End of the World as We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) or even wilderness survival, well maybe a little of that from time to time. It is far more about surviving the average emergencies that crop up in our lives.

Being prepared can make a disaster into an emergency and an emergency into something that takes a little time to sort out and we go on with our lives.

There are average emergencies that most people deal with often badly: car crashes, heart attacks, crime, There are average disasters that some people are ready for but most aren't, just look at the store shelves before a blizzard or hurricane. Sometimes the Weather service guesses wrong and a snowstorm turns into a major blizzard.

I have also noticed that getting ready for one kind of disaster gets you mostly ready for a whole bunch more, Once you have the basics in place getting ready for some other kind of disaster is only a few pieces more. If you are ready for a blizzard, a stay and play kind of disaster, you are also ready for an ice storm, but you need some ice breaking tools and maybe extra power produciton/storage and also a Hazmat incident terrorist or otherwise with the aid of some plastic sheeting and duct tape. Which you may already use for covering your windows in the winter to stay warm.

The biggest survival tool is the one between your ears. The only problem is that in an emergency our fight or flight instincts take over and we lose most of our higher functions for a while until we recover and that takes long enough to be a problem sometimes, but it has been known for a very long time that training and practicing will allow you to react with you training and also recover faster and do more correct things then your lizard brain allows.