The 21st century has introduced modern society to a world of uncertainty, from climate change and erratic weather patterns to an increase in natural as well as man-made calamities. Concerns over safety and security, economic woes and civil instability are becoming more significant than ever before, and more and more people are worried about what to do if basic necessities such as food and water become scarce. While chances are still relatively small that we will all have to fend for ourselves, there is no telling when an unexpected event will force us to take extreme measures just to stay alive.
Completely preparing for the unexpected is impossible. There is no telling if stocking a bunker for long-term hiding or being forced to relocate is the best solution. A catastrophe like a nuclear meltdown at a reactor or a volcanic eruption will have a different impact than a hurricane or an earthquake. Knowing whether to store food on-site or prepare a survival kit is not easy, and sometimes it’s better to do both and always remain at a constant state of alert and readiness. One of the bags we put together at SurvivalKit.com is the Ultimate Bug Out Bag, and it’s loaded with 72 Hours of supplies.
Planning for the unexpected can be done pro-actively and with a sensible approach, and it begins with developing a contingency plan that will work for your specific concerns, potential threats and response options. You need to consider where you live, what immediate issues will befall you and your loved ones as well as what you will need to survive until you can reach help and safety. Potential environmental, geological and civil threats should all be taken in to account as you develop a response that will be easy to implement.
Basic things like keeping extra fuel, food, gas and ammunition are things that we all can do on a continual basis. Preparing a survival bag that includes basic essentials that will buy time if you need to flee suddenly can save your life. Having supplies and material on hand that can be used for shelter and warmth is also important. Every situation is different, and it is important to consider various scenarios as you develop an adequate system of resources that will carry you through the immediate hours and days following a catastrophic event.
Keeping a well-maintained and supplied vehicle, having plenty of potable water and non-perishable food on hand can help you if food, fuel, power and water supplies are compromised. Batteries, blankets, matches, candles and a portable radio will prove to be valuable items to have in the home as well as in a bug-out-bag. Guns, knives, and even bows and arrows can provide protection as well as tools for hunting if you become stranded far from civilization. All of these are examples of the many resources that can be accumulated in order to offer disaster victims more options during a period of crisis.
Preparing for the unexpected does not mean specifically planning and stocking up for every possible scenario. It means taking a practical and sensible approach to ensure that you have access to life-saving resources based on your unique needs and circumstances, and it is never too early to start to get ready.