10 Keys to Surviving a Disaster
A Guest Blog Post by Jeff Ordonez
Note: Author, researcher, and teacher Jeff Ordonez has studied world religions for over 25 years. He’s traveled extensively throughout North America and South America seeking the truth and now appears on nationally syndicated radio. To learn more about Jeff and his book, Seven Predicted Disasters, visit: http://7predicteddisasters.com
Fiery words of doom and gloom have existed for millennia and predictions of global cataclysms have seized the mind for ions. Almost all faiths and cultures have some type of prophetic warning about the future, which are detailed in my book, Seven Predicted Disasters. In light of this, my team and I put together a list of best survival practices. Here’s a list of the most important things you can do to survive a disaster – whether small or large.
Top 10 Keys to Surviving a Disaster
1. One year or more of food
Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storing food and water to last three days, survival experts often store enough food and water to last well over a year.
This prudent measure has historically shown to save lives during major disasters. After the Fukushima tsunami a news report out of Japan told the story about a man who fed family and friends for nearly two weeks before adequate food supplies arrived. The reporter highlighted the fact that the man had stored nearly a years’ worth of dried food sealed in water tight packaging which he had stored in closets throughout the house.
This technique can save more lives than you think.
2. Keep portable cases of food and water
This is a frequently overlooked technique. Our survey found that most survival experts recommend having on hand portable kits of food and water. Unlike a food stock, portable food kits contain all essential meals to last a week or two in one to-go bag.
These types of to-go bags should be prepared in advance and placed in easily accessible areas. When disaster strikes a portable food kit allows you the flexibility of simply grabbing the bag and escaping without delay.
3. Geo Stashing
Hiding stashes of food and water along escape routes is an old time tested practice. First you need to preplan multiple escape routes from your city. If disaster strikes you want to be able to open your map and know exactly which way to go.
Once you’ve determined the most viable escape routes, consider hiding or camouflaging small stores of food along your escape routes. Be sure not to trespass on private property. Food and water must be stored in air tight containers for maximum storage life.
As you store your stashes of food, be sure to be as discreet as possible to reduce your visibility. You can store food along hundreds of miles of road to ensure safe passage, but be sure to cleverly mark your locations. GPS coordinates, maps, and written notes should all be considered when devising a geo-stashing plan.
4. Three-Day bug out bag
The three-day bug out bag is a true and tried friend of survival. A portable bag that contains the essentials for 3 days of survival is as varied as the needs of its designer, but there are several core principles to keep in mind when preparing a survival bag.
Remember, a bug out bag provides short term support in the case of immediate evacuation. Most survival experts agree that the following items should be considered when assembling a grab-and-go bag:
- 3 days of non-perishable food and water (Consider pet, child, and elderly care)
- Water purification supplies
- Portable cooking supplies
- A first aid kit (consider allergies, the flu, and any regular medication)
- Fire starting tools (e.g., matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, etc.)
- A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, meeting points, possible evacuation routes, etc.
- Emergency literature explaining how to survive and escape various types of disasters. (Study and understood in advance but packed for reference.)
- Maps and travel information.
- Standard camping equipment. (include hygiene and toiletries, fixed-blade and folding knife, compass, slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment, wire for binding and animal traps, a flexible saw, etc.)
- Weather appropriate clothing (e.g., water proof poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
- Bedding items – sleeping bags and blankets.
- Records (Drivers license, car registration and insurance, copy of mortgage and title, credit card records, property insurance, medical insurance, medical records, state I.D. card, social security, birth certificate and/or passport etc.)
- Battery or crank-operated radio.
- Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks)
- Cash and change. (Automated Teller Machines ATM’s may not be available)
- Duct tape and rope or paracord.
- Plastic tarps for shelter and water collection.
5. Alternate communication
Imagine the electrical grid going out and your television goes dark. All regular and mobile phones stop working, and even the Internet is no longer accessible. What do you do?
Not many people consider alternate forms of communication when preparing, yet it can be a life-saving move that can get you and your family out of harm’s way. The top two alternatives are ham radios and cb radios (Citizens Band). Of the two, CB radios require no license and virtually no training, unlike ham radios.
A properly trained and licensed ham radio operator can communicate over continents, while a cb radio may be limited to just 5 or 10 miles. Weighing factors like training, alternate power sources, portability, and expense will determine the best option for you.
The average person feels most comfortable with a portable cb radio. They don’t require a license, are easy to operate, require less power, can be portable, and are inexpensive.
6. Self defense
It’s common knowledge that in a disaster situation the rule of law quickly breaks down. After a devastating situation a massive disruption of power and communication can cripple emergency services and police protection.
In these situations there are two types of self defense tactics, non-lethal and lethal. Non-lethal tools and methods include mace, pepper sprays, tasers, stun guns, personal attack alarms, self-defense training, and home protection devices. The lethal category includes knifes and firearms, although they can also be used as non-lethal tools.
Unfortunately crime exists, and catastrophes are a criminal’s window of opportunity. It’s better to prepare now.
7. Suit Up!
Nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) warfare can hurt entire populations, and yet for as little as $50 to $100 you can defend yourself from these invisible assailants.
A personal protective suit is designed to protect you against the harmful, sometimes lethal affects of nuclear, biological, and chemical agents. It protects by restricting direct contact with contamination. In general it’s designed for short term use to facilitate safe escape, or survival, in a mass contamination situation.
8. Alternate currency
Today the standard currency is the “dollar”. It’s a medium of exchange, or payment, and a standard of value. But what if the value of currencies collapses or you run out of cash in an emergency situation? A small gold coin or silver can go a long way.
Exchanging goods and services for items of value is nothing new, it’s called bartering. Bartering used play an important role in our history and may play role in a disastrous situation. Consider a few extra supplies of value just in case it takes a while before things return to normal.
Here’s a top ten list of things that have been historically known to have value during tough times:
- Alcohol – There’s always demand for alcohol. It can also be used medically, plus is has flamable properties.
- Seed – Depending on where you live and the situation, vegetable and fruit seeds may be worth more than silver and gold.
- Toilet Paper – There are many alternatives to toilet paper, but nothing beats it. Toilet paper is a luxury when supplies are low.
- Fire – Any fire starting kit is essential if you’re going to stay alive. Matches, lighters, ferrocerium rods (fire steel), magnesium fire tools, are always in demand. Another great product to consider for keeping a reliable source of fire is WiseFire.
- Food and water – Everyone needs to food and water. Food and water are of vital importance when any disaster strikes.
- Pain relief – Items like ibuprofen and aspirin are small compact items that are excellent in a battering situation.
- Sweets – In a world of survival, a pack of sweets like chocolate temporarily helps escape the drudgery surviving. Plus it’s a good source of calories.
- Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant, are things that provide comfort and hygiene.
- Spices – The human palette craves food with flavor. Extra salt, pepper, and flavorings in general are great to have on hand.
- Coffee – Another small luxury that can be worth gold. Keep extra on hand.
9. Alternate Transportation
There are many forms of transportation that use alternate forms of energy. Looking into them you’ll find a myriad of options that use of the sun, wood, water, cooking oil, and even waste to fuel vehicles.
The time-tested form of energy is the human body. Walking and cycling are at the top of the list when fuel runs out, or when highways are jammed shut with cars.
The most important tool in your arsenal is your health. If you can maintain a strong and healthy body with good food and water, you’ll be able to escape and survive almost any situation.
To learn more about Jeff and his book, Seven Predicted Disasters, visit: http://7predicteddisasters.com/