Survival preparedness is of great significance in today’s volatile world! Be it natural calamities, political unrest or man-made disasters; it just seems like we are sitting on a bomb that is about to explode and ingrain instability and unpredictability into our lives. Sometimes, our life as we knew it a few seconds, minutes, hours or days ago, suddenly seems to have vanished from right in front of our eyes. All that remains are some hazy memories and a completely unexpected situation which seems near impossible to comprehend or control!
The reality is disasters of all kinds can happen; and when it does, you might not have the time to collect your belongings or put together what you want. By the time you recollect yourself after an incident, your life as you know it may no longer exist. What you would need is the fruits of the effort you invested when everything was normal, regular and routine in your life. Things that you saved together for this day, which most said would never happen; yet today is your absolute reality. What you need is your survival preparedness plans and paraphernalia.
So, we come to the most important question – who should ensure that you are ready to face disasters when it happens? Who is responsible for your survival in unpredictable situations? While social leaders and politicians might point hands at the administrative set-up or the governing bodies and put the onus on them; let’s take on this question from a more practical perspective. The administration in any village, town or city that has been impacted by a disaster focuses on saving the maximum number of people, taking care of those who actually survived as a first priority. In their efforts to save hundreds or thousands, a few fatalities are just part of an inevitable statistics! You can’t blame them; that’s the reality!
But this statistics in administrative papers could be your family, friend, neighbour or relative. And when it comes to that personal level, the same statistics becomes an irreplaceable loss. An overhauling of your life and probably to the demise of the life as you knew it till the disaster happened. Therefore, whatever leaders and politicians might say, survival preparedness is not just an administrative or federal responsibility. It is the responsibility of every individual; because finally the government can only offer condolences and compensation. The loss will ultimately be yours!
And if it has ever occurred to you that you need to take the onus of your family’s safety and well-being; well, you have come more than half the way in your preparations. Because, most often, the lack of preparedness is simply due to an ignorance of the need to be prepared; ignorance of the fact that disaster does not hold a prejudice and treats everyone the same! So being aware of the need to plan and prepare for yourself and your family to face disaster situations is the first and foremost step to being prepared. In fact, it could spell the difference between surviving a disaster and losing to it.
Once you become aware of the need to plan and prepare for your family, think about how to go about it. What would you need? Where can you find it? Is what is offered the right one for you and your family? Survival kits have become a dime a dozen. They come in all shapes and sizes. They claim to fulfil every other need you would face in different situations. But let’s face it; there is no ‘one solution fits all’ survival kit, although some may make claims to the contrary! Where you live, matters; what you are comfortable with, matters; your needs, matter; so simply getting a survival bag off the shelf or into your online shopping cart does not ensure your survival!
For beginners, using one of the readily available survival kits might make a good starter for your survival preparedness. But, don’t stop there! You need to build on your kit. Understand the needs of your family; see what they would really need to take them through troubled times. Besides the food, water, clothing and sanitation; what are the specific medications required? What are needs of your little ones or the aged parents or grand-parents? How long would the supplies be sufficient considering the number of members in your family? Your new age technology might become redundant without power supply; so how would you communicate? What are your light sources? What are your self-security measures? These and several other questions need to be answered before you can create your own personalized survival kit.
Does having a survival kit in place complete your efforts to save your family during a disaster? The answer is yes and no! Yes, because you have the supplies to take care of your family’s basic needs during troubled times. No, because you need more than just basic items to see you through a real disaster situation. You need skills that will help you make the best of available things and existing situations. You are no Hollywood hero who knows how to build a raft with wooden branches or a mast with tarpaulin. You cannot know how to build a tent, filter natural water, identify the healthy plants and dig out their roots to feed your family! And although a disaster might not throw dinosaurs and internationally proclaimed criminals into your midst; you still need to know how to protect yourself against vandals and thieves!
Thus, your survival preparedness plans should include formal and informal training that will help you build tents, make fire from wood, cook food using campfire, hunt small animals that can feed your family, defend yourself against crooks that might steal you of your family’s only survival supplies and, of course, help you remain calm and apply your sense when the situation demands it! Surviving a disaster would need you to know how to do first aid, help out an injured person, know what basic medication could help, learn how to keep your family protected from the vagaries of the weather when you no longer have a home, and know how to plan your rations so you can survive till help arrives! In fact, learning to call for help and signalling are some other skills that might come in handy.
Finally, if there is one thing that really makes a difference – it is taking the responsibility for yourself and your family during a catastrophic situation. So, if you are still wondering who is responsible for your survival preparedness? There is no doubt – the onus is on you!