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The Basics Man, The Basics!

I would like to share an excerpt from my e-book, The Basic Survival Guide I'm working on.
It's very important to Create a Disaster Plan for Your Family/Team.
If you have a family it's very important to have a plan for the entire family. If you don't have a family yet, teaming up with trusted friends is valuable.

What is a Disaster Plan and why each family/team should have one
A disaster is a fact of life that no one can evade 100 percent. Calamities strike when you least expect them and they take lives by the hundreds
(sometimes thousands). Although disasters can be anywhere at any given time, still, you can do something to lessen its catastrophic effects. 

Each family (or even individuals) should be organized and ready when the unexpected decides to show up.
Your family is the best team during disasters. 

First, you all know your strengths and weaknesses and you could bank on each family member’s
strength for the safety of your family. A family disaster plan is a MUST for every family any place in the world.
If you don’t have family perhaps you can team up with friends and others of like mind to create a Disaster Plan, evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and have your plan in place.

Primarily, your family/team should be able to point out specific disasters that are common in your area. It would be silly to prepare against tornadoes

when they do not, or have never even occurred your area, in the first place.
As a family/team, you should know what disasters usually strike in your community. Although it’s best to plan for any type of disaster, on top of the
disaster plan should be your plan when the most common disaster strikes.
As a family/team, you should be able to agree on what to do and whose role is what when the calamity happens. Each should have an equal task in
countering the catastrophe. A disaster or calamity is not the time for strife and not carrying one’s load.
Again, being prepared way ahead of the disaster is imperative. It is ridiculous to start talking in panic just when the family is coming face to face
with, say, a flood. Bear in mind the necessities that could be cut off when calamities happen: no telephone lines (or worse, no cell phone signals), no
electricity, or no water. Your plan should center on establishing the most important part of survival—food and asking for assistance if this is an option.
Note: If you go into panic you will make mistakes. And when disaster strikes it’s not the time for panic.
You will be shocked how many people are prone to panic and the incidents of those who have even lost their lives due to panic.
If you and your family/team are at your home during the disaster, it is due to martial law, terrorism or other situations not related to natural disasters
and want to go to a bug out location (being a place you and your
family/team have worked on as a safe place to go). Before you go to your
location, attempt to get all the information you can gather. Ask who, what,where, when, how long, etc. If phone, cell phone, television, radio and
computer are down, you may have to be creative to get this information.
You want to know who is in control and get the best understanding of the situation around you as possible. It depends on situation around you where
you can go to get this information. If television, social media, cell phone, etc is available use them to find out information and still act carefully but
informed. Ask neighbors if you think it’s safe to do so. Even if you don’t find all the information you’d like you may get enough to help you make wise
decisions about your situation and what actions to take or not take.
At the very least, quietly watch and observe, let panic go and make wise decisions. If you have to postpone going for an hour, day week—do so! You
need to choose carefully your best time to leave. Ideally, it would be good to leave before the disaster if at all possible.
Hopefully if you are not able to leave and must postpone,you have prepared with a supply of water and food supplies in case of such a
Of course in a tornado, earthquake, flooding, and other natural disasters the type of danger is different than martial law, terrorism or a breakdown of law & order around you. Unless it should happen simultaneously or shortly after. There could be natural disasters that happen simultaneously.

I say the above to get you to think really out of the box!
If you’re at home and are not able to go out—don’t panic. Although if the situation warrants, help can take time to arrive, most probably it will, and
the best thing to do is to wait it out and have ample food while waiting for help. If this situation warrants no help be prepared for it.
Here is a simple checklist that is necessary for your family’s or team’s disaster plan (but you could add more according to your family’s/team’s
1. Know what type of natural disasters plague your community and base your disaster plan on that. Pay attention to the ‘signs of the times’ around
you. What’s going on locally, politically, in U.S. and abroad. Pay attention to the Terrorism alerts, and medical epidemics, just to name a few. In other
words pay attention to the world around. Don’t panic or be fearful just be wise and act accordingly.

2. Know if your community has a warning system. If yes, can you recognize it at any given minute?

3. Think of the people who cannot fend for themselves and who should take care of them during calamities (the elderly, disabled individuals, even

4. Set a place where your entire family/team could meet in case your home caves in or is destroyed by a disaster. Have a plan A and plan B.

5. Have escape routes. Do not limit it to just one. Have at least two.

6. Post the emergency numbers where a flood cannot reach it and where it is safe from fire. It should be in a conspicuous area and everybody in the family/team should know where it is.

7. Set up a time for the entire family/team to practice the disaster plan at least once a month or more often so that everyone would constantly be
reminded of what they are tasked to do and how to be alert in their roles.

8. More than being physically and mentally prepared is to be prepared with necessities (food and some toiletries). Arrange a kit where there is
ample food and water for everyone (at least 72 hours would be good), soap and also some spare batteries. Always include a flashlight in your disaster

9. As a family, you could enroll in classes that specifically deal and discuss how to prepare your family against any disasters. A CPR or first aid
class would be a necessity.

10. The last one on this list is very important: Tell your children what to expect during calamities and how not to panic. Let them know the warning
signs of a potential disaster and how to contact you in case you do get separated.

Aside from all these necessary things to prepare, it is also better if you constantly keep a prayer in your heart that you and your family be kept safe
from any harm during catastrophic moments.

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