Being Armed and Ready-Tips to Prepare for Emergencies
Emergency situations happen beyond people‘s control. These situations are usually linked with serious damages and problems that can be mitigated to a lesser degree if people were properly prepared in advance of the crisis. Personal and familial dysfunction can be avoided at the onset of the emergency if people have prepared for “it” and know what their role is in helping the family survive. Hurricanes usually have days to prepare for. Tornados on the other hand have mere minutes of warning. A predicted Snow & Ice Storm dumps feet instead of inches, then the power goes out. What do you do now? Call 911, the Power Company? Left on your own you are going to somehow survive this crisis. Being armed with the knowledge and foresight of handling any emergency is what Prepping is all about. Being ready for “it” is therefore vital to protect individuals and possibly save their lives. But how do you make yourself ready for that inevitable and unexpected chaos?
Helpful Tips to Prepare for Emergencies that You and Your Family Can Follow
It takes knowledge, dedication and of course a proper mindset to make yourself ready and capable of facing emergency situations without losing track of what you want to accomplish: your family’s health and well being. The following are tips to being prepared and ready for emergency situations.
Get the Right Kit and Supplies
Being armed and ready means being fully equipped with the right kit and supplies that you might need in case of disaster or emergency as well as the means to protect your family in that emergency. Keeping these supplies at home for use or in the case of an emergency evacuation, in easy to store and easy to carry emergency preparedness kits. All your food & equipment should be in sealable storage containers of FDA-approved food-grade, high-density polyethylene pails of 5 gallon capacity.
The Basic Supplies that you need at minimum include but not limited to the following:
- Easy to prepare and non-perishable foods good for at least 90 days supply.
- Water for at least six days’ supply for evacuation and 12 weeks supply for the home. Add to each person’s evacuation pack 2 forms of water purification–Two is one and one is none. Break it or lose the one you have, and you have none.
- Two Battery/Solar/Crank powered radios wrapped in Faraday Cages
Two large First Aid kits for the Family as a whole.
- Extra batteries x 2 for everything that need batteries.
- Medicines – As much as you have on hand as you don’t know how long the emergency will last.
- Multipurpose tools – Everyone in the Family gets one of the same as the others.
- Cellphones and chargers. (Solar Chargers are a good option to have)
- Preset Walky-talkies wrapped in a Faraday Cage in case of an Electro-Magnetic-Pulse delivered in the form of a high altitude detonation by a foreign country or a Coronal-Mass-Ejection (The Sun Burps and Spews). Both will destroy the Grid and anything with a micro-chip in it, unless protected by a Faraday Cage. Cars and Trucks will stop running and Airliners will fall from the sky.
- Personal hygiene and sanitation items – as much as you can carry if you evacuate.
- Copies of important personal documents – all backed up as well on a flash drive for each member of the Family.
- Emergency or family contact details – carried by each Family member.
- Maps – one for everyone – knowledge of where to meet up if separated.
- Emergency blanket – 2 for each member – they’re light, small packaged and have many uses besides the obvious.
- Manual openers – Armed Forces P-38 can opener x 2 for everyone. (Make sure that everyone knows how to use it)
- Bug-out-Bag / Survival Pack – a basic kit for each person (depending on age): 1 dozen Energy bars, Matches in waterproof container, Bic lighter and fire-starting tabs, 2 Flashlights with extra batteries, Personal First-aid kit, Water purification module plus Water purification tablets, One complete change of clothes plus 2 extra pairs of socks, mess kit, canteen (1qt.), Camel-back 2 liter water pack, 1 Folding & 1 Fixed bladed knife for each member of Family (depending on age)
- Matches – in the Family kit and in another place in the evacuation pack.
- Plastic sheets – One in the Family Pack plus everyone gets one for their evacuation pack.
- Sleeping bags – One regular bag for each Family member, plus an emergency Bivvy by S.O.L.
- Handguns in holsters for each Family member above the age of ten. Children are generally more responsible about firearms than some adults as they know that if they abuse the privilege of carrying one, they’ll loose that privilege. When properly taught in the use of this tool, they generally know when it is time to draw and fire. At least 100 rounds per each handgun.
- Long guns/rifles/shotguns are an entirely different matter. Each adult and teenaged child should carry their own that they have practiced with and are familiar with. At least 50 rounds per long gun.
Create a Plan
In order to be armed and ready, you need to create a plan. Make and practice each emergency plan so that you and your family will know exactly what to do during that crisis. When creating a plan, you will need to discuss ways on how and what to prepare and then respond to different types of emergency situations that are most likely to happen where you work, live and play. You also need to identify the responsibilities for each member of your household. It’s highly beneficial to work as a team. Lastly, it would be smart to practice the many elements included in your plans as much as possible. Make it a game so that it isn’t a drudgery.
Being armed and ready means knowing imperative information to stay ultimately safe. You can take time to learn the different types of disasters and emergencies which might likely occur in your locality. There are a wide range of events that can affect and pose a danger to you and your family like a home fire, flood, earthquake and more. Determine how the local authorities will notify you during a disaster and emergency situation. Learn how to determine the difference between warnings, alerts and mandatory evacuations and the right actions to take on each. Take into account this information and add it to your family alert practice sessions to learn the right actions to take to protect yourself and your family from harm during emergency situations.
Be Ready For What Will Happen In A Crisis
It is an unfortunate thing that we have to witness what some people do in a crisis. People, the world over, will start reacting badly during that crisis. When the Police are stretched beyond what they can control, the mob mentality takes over and the looting begins. What the Looters don’t take, they smash and destroy. Somehow a fire starts and the conflagration begins. The Fire Departments can’t get to the fire as they’re sometimes fired upon. Why is that? They’re only doing their jobs. But the Mob won’t let them. The Mob only thinks of what it wants. Right and wrong does not exist for them. Question is, will they stay where they’re at or sweep out into the adjoining areas. Perhaps into your neighborhood. What are you going to do? Pack up and leave your house with some or most of your Preps to be looted, smashed and burned or are you going to defend what is yours. Here the Law has a real dilemma on its hands. You are safe within the law as long as you stay inside your home. You have to wait for the Mob to break into your house, fear for your life and the lives of your family, then you have the “right” of the Law to shoot them. You can’t sit on your front porch or atop your roof and take shots at the Mob to try to drive them away. Do that and you go to jail. Shooting someone is not an easy thing to do. I have while in the U. S. Army and I am still haunted by the experiences. But you and your family are at risk, so you will do what is necessary to defend them.
Share What You Know
Something you can do is to share what you are now learning with those of your extended family, brothers, sisters and parents. Tell them and your friends and neighbors that you are merely looking into “that Prepper Thing”. Get a feel for what they think about what Prepping is all about and not what was shown on TV. If they come off negatively about it, change the subject. You cannot help them and the less that they know about your Preps, the better for you and your family. On the other hand, if they react positively about it and are genuinely interested, explain to them the ways of the Prepper Lifestyle without letting on where you are in Prepping; not yet, not until they have made the commitment to being on board. Then teach them what you can on being armed and ready as well. They just might be the start of having a Family Group. Remember, there is safety in numbers and that we are all in this together.