What to Expect in the Aftermath of a Disaster

Ultimate Disaster
Ultimate Disaster

Introduction

We live in a time where we know that a lot can go wrong. The looming threat of danger, of a disaster scenario is an ever present possibility. While we should keep things within the boundaries of reason, we can still get to know all the possibilities, all the possible scenarios that might occur, and be prepared. In the worst case, this preparedness, this knowledge, will be a deciding factor in the struggle to survive and succeed.

Whether it is an economic disaster, a war, epidemic, or natural occurrence, the options are numerous and the degrees of difficulty various. But so are the methods to counter their effects successfully. Read on as we go in depth into the possible scenarios and the things to expect in their aftermath.

Part I – Economic Collapse

One of the most plausible scenarios, and certainly one of the most feared, is the economic large scale collapse. With a lot of the world’s nations and governments in a fragile state, there’s a lot that can go downhill real fast.

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This is where the standard, common preparedness comes in hand. In these cases we can expect a simultaneous failure of all major functions, institutions and overall collapse of infrastructure. In general, expect a nation-wide power outage, inflation, looting and riots, no drinking water or common comforts. In these cases you’ll want to have your most basic needs secured. This includes a stock of drinking water, food supplies, medications and aid, heating and an advanced plan. Thinking in advance will help a lot in this case, with a previously prepared stockpile that can help you wait out the first stage of the crisis.

Part II – Natural Disaster

The nature around us is an unpredictable host. As time goes by, it becomes more and more fragile, showing its surprising wrath in many ways. This is a factor that we cannot influence, and when it happens the best thing we can do is to know beforehand how to deal with the situations. Some of the more possible scenarios are earthquakes, floods, forest fires, landslides, tornadoes and hurricanes. You’ve all probably seen some footage of these disasters, and realize how devastating and uncontrollable they really are. Since they can’t really be expected, adequate preparation is hard. The best thing is to know how to act and what steps to take in these cases. Food and water supplies still remain a number one priority. For floods and tsunamis, seek high ground and avoid excess contact with water. In case of fires evacuate from the area as soon as possible. For tornadoes, underground shelters can work best.

Part III – War

This one can be tricky. Wars are an ugly thing. Luckily they aren’t so frequent in the civilized world, and in most cases they are expected and constrained to a certain area. In any case, things can go out of hand and we’ll write a few words just in case. Keeping your calm and your wits about you is the main thing here. Panic will cause problems. Try and leave the areas afflicted by war in time. Always remain calm and composed, rational and unprovoking. If you remain at your home, same rules apply as for the economic collapse. Stock up on food, water and medical supplies and wait it out.

Part IV – Survival Scenarios

We’ve all seen the dramatic Hollywood portrayals of disasters – plane crashes, lost in the wild, or hiking trips gone bad. All of these are very real and very possible scenarios. We have written a lot on all the aspects of survival in the wilderness so make sure to read up on our previous articles here. Still there are some cardinal rules that can be followed in case you’re stranded in a wild and unknown location.

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    Seek high ground – this will help you get a better look of the land around you and spot possible routes to safety. If you spot rivers, roads, lakes or any sign of civilization, orient yourself and follow them – they often lead to people
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    Ration food and water – whatever the initial amount you have, ration it immediately to ensure it lasts you longer. Remember the rule of 3 – you can last 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water – no more. Your first step should be to replenish your supplies of nutrition
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    Observe and keep moving – there’s a lot of clear signs and edible stuff in the wild. You just need to observe at all times. Don’t wander about lost in your thoughts. Make your every step count and be with a purpose. Cover as much distance as you can during the day – it will get you to safety quicker
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    Never be without the basics – the compass, knife and fire starter is the holy trinity of survival that should always be with you. In case of unexpected disaster, these things can save your life. Every other additional piece of equipment just makes your odds better and better

Conclusion

Thinking in advance, preparing and considering all the options with a clear and rational mind is the best form of preparedness you can get. To be just one step ahead when a disaster strikes can be the single step you need to live through that hard time. And the number one rule to remember in all of these cases, the first piece of advice I always give is – do not panic. Panic kills fast and it drags others with you. Without panic your chances go up and all those difficult things become a little easier. Just keep all these advices in mind and be ready when things go down the hill.


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What to Expect in the Aftermath of a Disaster
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