There are a handful of points to remember when you find yourself in a disaster situation that just might save your life.
1. Keep a level head!
I can’t emphasize this enough! One of the most important things to do to ensure your survival is to keep calm. Letting your emotions, whether anger, paranoia, or fear, to get the upper hand is a sure-fire way to start stacking the odds against you. Get out of the way and take a couple deep breaths to steady yourself. Try to force all thoughts out of your mind with these breaths so you can think clearly.
2. Stay put as long as possible!
When people watch these apocalypse, and disaster movies they tend to see the same thing over and over: people tossing some essentials into a backpack, grabbing a gun and setting out on foot for whatever reason. That’s not usually going to be your best bet. You really want to stay put as long as possible and basically try to reinforce your house’s weak points. Think fortress.
I mean, let’s face it: you’ve already got shelter, at least some small amount of food stockpiled, and all/any of your tools already at hand. Why leave if there’s not an immediate need to? When you head out on foot, or “bug-out”, you leave that security behind. When the day comes that you’ll need to “bug-out”, just remember to…
3. Work together!
Teamwork is key; no one can do everything alone and make it. Remember the “preppers” I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that guy or gal that’s stockpiling weapons and supplies for “that day”, is going to have his or her hands full trying to manage everything by themselves. The reason our species has survived and proliferated for so long is because we learned to work together a very long time ago. Sure there’s going to be that “lone wolf” out there, but do you know what happens to actual lone wolves? They don’t (usually) last very long.
4. Don’t pack the whole house!
If you are preparing a “bug-out bag”, or some other sort of gear you’ll be carrying with you, keep a mind on two things: mobility and usefulness. You’ll need certain essentials, but anything that can serve multiple purposes will allow you to drop off an item or two that could weigh you down unnecessarily. There are tool kits out there that are designed with mobility, and portability in mind while still covering all the bases you’ll need: water, first-aid, shelter, food, signaling, and navigation.
Now, I’m sure there are points that I’m just not thinking of right now, but these are possibly the most important basics that you’ll need to remember.