7 Important Tips To Prepare For Emergency Situations

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By following my seven important tips to prepare for emergency situations, you can make sure that no matter what happens you will be able to keep your family safe and provided for. 

I'll be the first one to tell you that I hope that there is never an emergency situation or catastrophic event that happens that threatens our way of life. I love my family, and I want them to be safe and happy, and for me, that means that they should get to continue enjoying our modern way of life. But because I love my family I also feel it's very important that I take the necessary steps to prepare for those very dangers that I hope never come to pass. When you are dedicated to survival like I am you should always hope for the best by being prepared for the worst. That's why I'm sharing with you these seven important tips to prepare for emergency situations. I want you to be able to protect your family and keep them safe just like I plan to do on my own. You must always remember that the key to surviving in any situation is to be prepared ahead of time. If you aren't prepared, and total anarchy breaks out, then you are going to be like everyone else and your chances of survival will be slim to none.

1. Always Have A Plan

Whether you are planning to bug out and to shelter in place, you need to have a plan of what you are going to do. You need to make sure this plan is adaptable so that you can make changes if needed depending on how your situation changes. For example in many types of emergencies, the safest place you can be is in your home, assuming that it is safe and properly fortified. But if that changes, if there is an imminent threat that will probably compromise the security of your home then you need to be able to adapt and need to be prepared to bug out.

While having a plan is important it's just as important that you had all of the members of your immediate family on board and educated as to what the plan is. This may take some convincing on your part because the sad reality is that a lot of people don't give prepping the respect it deserves. This may include your family. But don't give up on it, and tell them that you don't expect them to help with your planning. All that you expect from them is to know what the plan is, and to follow it should the situation dictate that they do. Having a plan will enable you and your family to know how to contact each other, where to meet if you are separated, and what to do together to survive.

2. Learn Self Defense

Assuming that there is an emergency situation that causes major disruptions to our way of life you realize that people won't behave like they normally would. When people are starving and have nowhere to turn they will go from being friendly to reverting to a more primitive mode of thinking where they are prioritizing survival above all else. That means that people you are normally comfortable around can quickly turn violent on you if they think you have something that they need. You can't trust anyone in a survival situation outside of your immediate family. You have to be prepared to use violence is necessary, and you have to have the training and knowledge of how to fight so you can quickly disable anyone that tries to attack you.

I would recommend learning Krav Maga, or some other real-world self-defense or martial arts system. You don't get any points for style in an emergency situation where you are fighting for your life. You want to be able to target the most vulnerable points of your opponent's body and dispatch them quickly. Always remember in a street fight there are no rules, and the longer the fight goes on, the greater the chance that you will be injured.

3. Fortify Your Home

Now I don't mean that you have to put boards and bars on your window, but you do need to take steps to make your home as safe as possible. In an emergency situation, your home is the most likely place you will have to shelter in place. So what you need to do is to take steps to make your home as safe as possible, while also not drawing attention to yourself. For example, if you put up high fences and put bars on your windows you are going to make people wonder what is inside of your house that you are protecting. So what you need to do is find a way to make your house as impregnable as possible but in an inconspicuous way.

The first step in fortifying your home is to make sure that your doors and windows are secure. You should have heavy solid doors with a metal core for the exterior of your home, and they should be secured with deadbolts. On top of this, you should also have a security door on every exterior door that is securely mounted in place. For your windows, you should apply security film, which is a clear plastic film that reinforces windows and makes it much harder to get through them. The next step is to use the landscaping in your yard to make your windows as unappealing a target as possible. By planting cactus and thorn bushes in front of your windows you can discourage the intruders from trying to gain entry to your home, and the best part is they won't even realize it.

Part of fortifying your home should be making sure that it does not appear to be a target. If someone walks into your home at night during an emergency situation, and they see lights on, they are probably going to decide to investigate. At this point, you have already made the mistake of drawing attention to yourself, which makes you a target. So make sure that you have heavy curtains on every window that will block any light source you have, and it will also make it impossible for people to see into your home.

4. Have Water Stored And Have Ways To Process More Water If Need Be

The average person can only go three days without water, and that's during normal or low levels of activity. During an emergency situation, you are going to go through much more water than normal, and you will need to drink more. So you need to have plenty of water stored. The best way to do this is in airtight water barrels that you can store in your basement or enclose garage. You will be shocked at just how much water you will go through once you can't just turn on the tap anymore and have as much water as you need.

In addition to having plenty of water stored, you also need to have a means to replenish your water supply. In most cases, this means having a source of fire and a container you can boil water in. You can also build a filter at home so that you can remove microbes from groundwater, making it safer to drink. If you live near the ocean then having a water distiller is a great choice since it will allow you to process salt water and make it into fresh, drinkable water.

5. Have Plenty Of Non-Perishable Foods Stored

During an emergency, you will almost certainly not have access to electricity. This means no refrigeration, which means that any perishable foods you have will spoil very quickly. This is why you need to have plenty of non-perishable foods on hand that you can turn to to feed your family. Canned goods are a great choice here since they can hold entire meals, have a long shelf life, and they can be heated giving you access to a hot meal. You should also store plenty of dehydrated foods such as dehydrated fruits, beef jerky, and also pemmican. The last type of food you should make sure you have on hand are dry goods such as rice, beans, salt, sugar, and flour. These types of foods keep for a long time, and they can enable you to make meals during the emergency situation.

6. Have Plenty Of Medical Supplies On Hand

When we get sick a trip to the drug store for some medication is the usual solution. When the illness is more severe, then a trip to the doctor is in order. But during an emergency situation, these are not options. This is why you need to have plenty of medical supplies on hand, including medications, first aid supplies, and hygiene products. If you or your family member becomes ill during an emergency situation, you don't want to be powerless. This means that you must have medical supplies on hand, and you must know how to use them.

If you take a prescription medication, or a member of your family does, you also need to have a good amount on hand. During an emergency situation, one of the first places that will be looted is pharmacies and drug stores. So if you want to make sure the medical needs of your family are met during an emergency you need to have ample stores of the drugs that you depend on.

7. Have Weapons On Hand

Should you ever depend upon a weapon or weapons for security alone? No, of course not! Basic self-defense training is a must. But a weapon is a tool that can tilt the battlefield in your favor. Make no mistake about it an emergency situation is a battlefield, and you have to be prepared for it. What happens if someone breaks into your home and starts shooting? All the self-defense training in the world is no match for a lunatic firing a gun. You need to be able to fight back, so you need to have a gun, or guns, to do so. When getting a gun for home defense doesn't make the mistake of thinking bigger is better. Instead by a smaller caliber weapon, such as a 9mm, that is easier to handle. Also, make sure that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the gun, and that you train with it so that you are proficient in its use.

In addition to having guns stored in your home, you should also have simple hand weapons as well. No matter how much ammunition you have stored at some point, you are going to run out. So having knives, clubs, bats, and other weapons you can use in close combat is a must.

My Final Thoughts

What kind of Father and Husband do you want to be? Do you want to be the kind that takes care of your family and makes sure that they are safe, loved, and provided for? If you do, then that means you need to prepare yourself for any conceivable situation. The world we live in is a dangerous one. There is the threat of global war, terrorist attacks, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters. At any moment our way of life could be severely disrupted by any number of potential emergencies, and if that happens, only those who are properly prepared will be equipped to survive. If you want your family to be safe, then you have to do more than hope that everything will be okay.

You have to take action, and you have to start today. If you wait for things to get worse, it's going to be too late to do anything about it. You need to make a plan, learn to fight, fortify your home and have enough supplies and weapons on hand to survive long term. Once you do all of these things, then you can sleep better at night knowing you have done all you can to keep your family safe.

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