Just who IS responsible for your survival during and following a major disaster?
We all tend to look to the government . . .
There is a tendency to look to the government at all levels for protection from calamities and disasters of all kinds. We may complain about taxes, but we want the police and fire protections. This is not an unreasonable expectation . . .but within reason. No society can afford to provide 100% protection for all of its citizens against all manner of risks.
First job of police and fire after an earthquake is not to help.
Following a major earthquake, for example, the first job of the police and fire is to survey – as best they can – their entire area of responsibility and establish priorities for search and rescue, fire suppression and restoration of order.
High on their list will be the civic command center, hospitals, schools, industries where fire and chemical contamination risks are highest, etc.
There are only so many fire trucks, ambulances and police cars available . . . and many roads may simply be impassable. This survey activity may take hours — and during it, you may see police and fire trucks drive right by without stopping.
We are somewhere down the survey list, depending on the overall makeup of our communities.
Everyone must, therefore, take a certain amount of responsibility for their own well being. That means having enough food, water, medicines and clothing on hand to survive until a community’s infrastructure can be restored.
In the initial minutes and hours following a disaster it’s up to you.
The reality is that you are the best hope a trapped or injured neighbor has to survive in those early critical minutes following a major emergency . . . and they are YOUR best hope of survival if you (or other members of your work or family) are in need of immediate help. While most communities in the U.S. and many parts of the world protect their Good Samaritan citizens from being sued for trying to help people in need, the more training you have in basic light search & rescue techniques, first aid, etc., the more likely you are to be of genuine assistance and the less likely to make fatal mistakes. You need to think about this long and hard before you pass up the opportunity to participate in a survival plan for your neighborhood and/or work.
Our goal with this website is to remind our readers and neighbors about this responsibility.
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