Priorities of a Personal Survival Plan
What should I do first?
This is a simple question, right? Well, maybe it is . . . but, let’s break the overall concept of emergency planning down and see where the points fall. Here’s how we see the challenge:
- Staying alive with buildings falling around you, bridges collapsing under you and people to the right and left of you getting injured, maybe even dying on the spot. No question, this is no. 1!
- Helping those around you survive is a pretty natural Good Samaritan response in a civilized society. But would you jump into the water to save a drowning person if you didn’t know how to swim?
- Situational update to find out what the extent of the disaster is, what areas are affected and what immediate dangers are still present. Having access to a battery-powered radio may be the only way to get accurate information. (Do you keep one close at hand?)
- Communicating with family and determining that everyone is safe. This is possibly the greatest post-calamity challenge. If you are a Ham Radio Operator and carry your radio with you everywhere, you can probably get through to someone close to your family who can serve as a go-between. Otherwise, it may be hours or even days before you can complete that connection.
- Water, medicines and (eventually) food become important. If you and your family have prepared by building up a three or ten-day supply (including for the pets!) you may be in better shape than your neighbors. But what if they haven’t prepared? Now what? Do you share or bar the door?
We could go on. Depending on where you are, you may have external safety concerns. Toxic chemicals, plants with highly flammable materials or simply an out-of-control population are all potential problems that will affect your priorities. But that’s where serious attention to building effective emergency response plans for the community and the business are important.
If you don’t do your planning before a disaster hits, it’s too late to get your priorities in order.
You – and your neighbors – will simply be reacting to the chain of events instead of responding effectively to them.
Your Emergency Plan Guide Team
P.S. To get more about planning for an emergency in your community, head over to BUILD YOUR SURVIVAL SKILLS to the right, click on “Neighborhood.”
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