Most of us consider our daily routine safe enough that we do not bother with precautions, preparation, and training for possible survival scenarios in the safety of our home. The truth, however, is that safety can never be guaranteed in any situation. A person who has lived through ten wars may die because of slipping over a banana peel. The point is, you can never assume you are safe simply because there is no indication of danger: the deadliest disasters often strike without warning. The only way to ensure that you and your family live through a home survival situation, therefore, is complete home preparedness. For those who consider this too paranoid, author Howard Buff has the best answer: “It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark!”
Where should you start your preparations? Generally, it is best to envision possible home survival scenarios that could arise, and work to prepare yourself for each of them. The two most common examples are natural disasters and robbery or other break-ins. Specifically considering the construction of your house, the number and ages of your family members, and the neighborhood you live in, among other things, consider the largest problems that each possibility would bring. If you live in a third floor apartment, for example, then getting out of the house would be a problem if any situation requires you to do so, Similarly, having old, infirm or very young family members would be a problem in case you need to defend yourself from a criminal. Only once you know the possible problem areas can you come up with solutions for all of them. Discuss your ideas with your family and come up with ways to overcome each problem. Young children, for example, can be used as hostages by a criminal and should be hidden or leave the house if a break-in occurs. You can decide a safe place for them to hide and communicate to them the procedure to follow, in order to minimize the confusion, fear and anxiety that a crime situation brings.
Once you have agreed upon the procedure to be followed by each member of the family, you should set about preparing for the procedure to be put into action. For instance, you may need to construct a way out of your cellar for your family to escape through in any situations that require immediate and discreet evacuation. Another very important thing you would need is a survival pack for such a situation. For example, if a flood warning is announced, you would all need to leave the house immediately but would have to take a few essentials with you, such as a change of clothes, medicines, food, important documents, or any other items depending on where you are headed. Instead of waiting for the flood warning before you start packing bags, have “grab and go” bags ready to take with you at once. Pack in items such as spare clothes, non perishable food, medicine that needs to be taken regularly by any family member, general first aid items, copies of all important documents you could need such as a driver’s license, passport, ID cards or any other identification. Not only would this help save precious time, but would also help overcome the danger of leaving behind something important because of the last minute hurry, stress and fear.
No matter how unnecessary all this sounds, these are actions you would be grateful to have taken in case a disaster does strike. By preparing for the worst, you have nothing to lose – and in case you end up in a survival situation, everything to gain, so start preparing today for anything tomorrow may bring.