Overlooked Emergency Survival Planning Areas – What Did You Forget?
The first step for the majority of people concerned about being prepared for a disaster or emergency situation is to make a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan. Preppers are pretty good at planning and making lists however there are still some commonly overlooked emergency survival planning areas. Let’s take a look at some of these areas.
In an emergency situation, you will need quick access to your important documents. You can achieve this by keeping copies of your documents in your emergency supplies kit. Ideally, you need to keep documents like passports, birth certificates, marriage certificates and other documents you think you may need.
For storing and keeping your original documents in one place a small fire and water safe box is one of the best storage containers you can have for these items. Simply keep it where you can get to it if you’re forced to grab things and leave in a hurry.
As mentioned above you also need back up copies of all your important documents. So if for whatever reason you can’t get to the originals you’re not left without any information. There are two main methods I use for my document backups, the first being traditional photocopies kept in my bug out bags and survival kits. The second is digital copies stored on a USB drive that I carry on my keychain at all times.
You could also use an online storage service like google drive. However, you might not be able to access these if the survival situation you are in prevents online access.
Protecting Your Computer Data
Just like your personal documents discussed above you should also have several backup plans for your computer data. Firstly you should have an online backup plan in case your computer is completely destroyed. For example, you could use a cloud storage provider like Dropbox or Google Drive. You will then be able to gain access to its contents when you get a replacement computer or laptop.
It’s also a good idea to have some type of removable hard drive that contains all of your computer backups. You may even want to have two separate hard drives for this. One that can be stored with your emergency supplies and one that you can grab quickly. The best way to do this is to update them both at the same time and put one back into your emergency kit. Make sure it’s easy to access since you will be getting it out on a regular basis to keep it up to date.
You need an emergency evacuation plan for your home, family and also for your community. Most communities have emergency evacuation plans so you know where to go and what to do. Knowing these plans in advance will allow you to keep calm during an emergency evacuation. However, be prepared for the unprepared, as not everyone will know which routes to take. You may encounter a lot of panicked people who halter progress because they don’t know what to do.
It’s a good idea not to rely on just one emergency evacuation plan this can be dangerous if that plan doesn’t fall into place. For example, you plan to evacuate using a vehicle and find the roads and highways are damaged or blocked. Try to think of the different scenarios that could affect you specifically, for example, plan for evacuation on foot, by bike, by boat. Have a plan (B) and a plan (C) that you could use if your first choice was not an option.
Another of the commonly overlooked emergency survival planning areas is making preparations for pets. Most homes have pets but no plan in place to handle the pets when an emergency arises. You should have pet carriers for your small pets in case you have to leave home. You also need to have food stored for your pets along with your emergency supplies.
If you have large dogs, you need to keep their leash by the door and an extra one by emergency exit areas. Try to remain calm during an emergency. Your pets will sense if you’re panicked or upset and may become that way also. This will make it harder to manage them or even get a hold of them to put them in a carrier or on a leash.
Remember to plan for any people who take prescription medication, for example, high blood pressure or diabetes. If the SHTF you may not find it easy to get hold of this medication. It’s a good idea to build up some reserve stock and Keep it in your emergency medical kit at all times, remembering to check expiry dates and rotate.
Overlooked Emergency Survival Planning Areas Summary
The aim of this article was to highlight some of the commonly overlooked emergency survival planning areas. Planning ahead for an emergency situation will give you peace of mind if something ever happens. You will know you’re prepared and where everything you need is. Getting it all together in a hurry will now be easier because you planned ahead.
Your plans will be specific to you but will normally include common elements such as the type of survival situation you are preparing for along with kit and supplies list. I would love to hear from you in the comments section below if you have any overlooked emergency survival planning areas you would like me to add.