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Reactions to Expect When Disaster Does Strike
When a disaster situation occurs, expect people to immediately become very anxious. That anxiety can lead to some people literally freezing; unable to make decisions or in some cases even follow directions. The exception will be those who are trained, prepared, and ready to deal with the challenge ahead. These are the people we see on television who are out in their own boat helping trapped people get to safety from floods, or who immediately begin checking in on their neighbors to make sure they are safe.
As the time passes, the vast majority of those who are not prepared will become more and more desperate for food, water, shelter, and in really severe situations evacuation. They very likely do not have a bug out plan, so they really do not know which routes are safest to follow, and they haven’t preplanned where to go if they are able to get away from their own dangerous situation. They are the ones who hope (And often expect.) the government to somehow instantly show up and save them. If the government doesn’t immediately respond, they will look to neighbors who did plan and prepare to save them.
Chaos will become visible as thieves and looters begin moving from neighborhood to neighborhood. The unprepared will be forced to get more aggressive as their family members go without food and water for more and more time. If they don’t have shelter, their family will be cold (or hot) and often wet if the event was associated with Mother Nature.
If you have chosen to remain with your home, you have likely done preparation to make approaching intruders visible, and likely finding your home is the one that takes more work to reach with the strategically placed briars, berries, and other barriers. You probably set things up so there is a choke point should unwanted visitors decide not to move on to the home next door which offers them easier pickings.
You are faced with several questions when planning your strategy for a disaster.
- First; What disaster are you preparing for? It should be the disaster you deem to be most likely after using your own experiences along with information you have collected.
- Are others coming to your home? This might include family members, like-minded neighbors, or others.
- If others are coming following a disaster, are you ready to quickly and safely receive them?
- What are your plans when the unprepared come who seek your help?
- Will you help them?
- Do you have food, water and other supplies required to successfully take them in without jeopardizing your team?
- Are defense plans in-place?
- Are defenders trained and ready to assume their role?
- Are defense supplies in-place?
While we all hope there will not be a disaster in our area, knowing you have a rock solid plan with all the supplies and equipment in-place to support the plan is reassuring. Those who taken steps to prepare can be confident they have taken actions to help insure the safety and survival of their loved ones.