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Being prepared for a disaster doesn’t only mean knowing how to survive in situations that can cause great loss of life such as earthquake, terrorist attacks or nuclear bombing, a disaster can also be anything that causes hardship such as job loss or unemployment.

When coming up with survival strategies or preparing, we should first consider our environment and try to think of the natural disasters that is most likely to happen in our area. For example, if we live near a fault line we are aware that we are more prone to be struck by earthquakes than those who live in other areas, therefore we should be prepared for those kind of situations.

After considering which among the many disasters would be more likely to hit us, what do we next? The following are tips on some of the things that we can do to ensure our survival.

Practice

Practice as we all know is performing something habitually or doing something repetitively. Repetition is very important in preparing for an emergency because it helps us master the skills we’ve learned. Time and time again we’ve heard successful people tell us how “Practice makes Perfect”, some even say that in order to reach true mastery one should constantly repeat a skill that he/she has learned for 10,000 hours, but if you ask me as long as you feel like you’re perfectly comfortable in doing a certain thing after certain number of repetitions that should do the trick.

Have an evacuation plan

Whenever you create an evacuation plan you should think about the scenarios which are more likely to happen and create an evacuation plan for each. You should also think if leaving the house would be the safest thing to do for you and your family and if you choose to stay what kind of threats would you and your family face.

If you and your family decideto bugout each of you should have a copy of the different routes that you have prepared since you won’t have the assurance that you would be together all the way. Something might happen along the way that can lead you to lose some of your family members, that’s why it would also be best to set a meeting place which your family can find whenever they get lost.

Remember that during a disaster you might come across certain obstructions along the way such as a broken bridge and the like and the best way to get through that is by having multiple routes out.

Lastly, when you consider evacuating it is important for you to have a destination which hasn’t been affected by the disaster thatstruck you. This can be the house of a relative from a different city or setting up a tent on top of the mountains.

Assess Weaknesses and Threats

This means carefully analyzing a situation and considering the weaknesses or threats that you would have to face if you choose one thing over the other.

One example is when you’re trying to decide if you should stay in the house or bugout. If you choose the latter

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