There’s no harm in arming yourself with more knowledge on how to survive. There’s no way of knowing how long certain disasters could last. You can’t predict when emergency services could get to your area or when things will go back to normal.
The previous survival guides aimed to give you the bare minimum, which is how to survive for a few days to weeks. For longer emergencies, you’ll need to study more so that you can survive on your own and form a self-sustaining environment until your area stabilizes.
Chapters 1 – 3: Disaster Management Preparedness Introduction, The Basics, And Survival Planning On A Budget
During a disaster situation, it’s better to be self-reliant rather than be dependent on the government. Relying on local government units mean that you need to compete with everyone else and you need to adjust to the delay in their emergency response.
Be prepared by securing an INCH (“I’m never coming home”) bag or bug-out bag for every family member. Create an emergency stash in your home. Have an emergency response plan, orient everyone in the family, and stick to it, no matter what. It also helps to stick to a budget so that you won’t overspend on survival equipment and you can still have some savings.
Chapter 4: Water
Potable water can be attained by finding a source of water and then knowing how to filter it. You can get a portable water filter so that you can readily have a source of potable water. Make sure to stash some treatment tablets in your survival kits.
Chapter 5: Food
The previous discussions taught you how to get your own food during an emergency situation. Stockpile canned goods and make sure they’re far from expiring. Dehydrate your foods to eliminate moisture and oxygen, both of which are necessary for microorganisms to grow and cause spoilage. You can also capture animals or forage for edible plants like certain ferns.
For disaster situations that will extend for months to years, you can prepare by learning about urban survival gardening (http://www.urbanturnip.org/urban-survival-gardening/). This will give you your own supply of greens so that you’ll be self-sufficient. Gardening may be challenging if you live in an urban area. This guide will teach you how to grow vegetables in containers from the comfort of your window sill.
Chapters 6 – 7: Clothing And Shelter
It’s very important to stockpile clothes for all sorts of weather conditions before a disaster hit. You can buy clothes at a cheaper rate in estate sales, thrift shops, or in bulk. Everything should fit comfortably. One hack is to get clothes that you can layer so that you can be prepared for both warm and cold days.
Prepare your shelter by packing a tent. The tent should be spacious enough to fit everyone. You can also use a tarp to create a makeshift shelter.
Chapter 8: Energy
An energy resource is important to power all your gadgets and appliances during an emergency situation where the power supply could get cut. Some of the most common alternative energy sources include solar energy, mechanical energy, diesel, kerosene, gasoline, batteries, etc. Make sure to capitalize on solar energy because sunlight is a readily available reason. Prepare some candles, too.
Chapter 9: Healthcare
A disaster situation is not a reason to eat nutritionally-imbalanced meals. Pack some vitamins and nutrient supplements with you to make sure the basic nutritional requirement despite the circumstances. Strive to eat a well-balanced diet.
Chapter 10: Protection
A disaster situation can result in opportunists taking advantage of the situation through thieving and looting. Protect yourself by packing a firearm, a Taser, or a can of Mace. When storing, keep these dangerous items out of reach of childrem