Everyone from FEMA to Doomsday preppers will tell you that the first 72 hours after a disaster are the most critical. Your actions and response during this period can determine whether you live or die. And, if you live, those actions can determine how comfortably you survive the disaster aftermath. Here, we will look at exactly why those first 72 hours are so important so you can start planning on how to respond during them.
With the surge of disasters that have hit the country in the past few years, Americans are finally waking up to the need to stockpile emergency supplies.
Even if you can make it to a supermarket during a disaster, items are going to quickly disappear off the shelves – and you might even have to fight your way to get products.
So, you MUST have non-perishable foods, like canned goods, and a lot of water stockpiled to help you get through a disaster (get a list of foods to stockpile here).
But, sorry to break it to you: stockpiling food isn’t going to be enough to get you through a long-term disaster.
Here is a list of non-food items you will also need to stockpile.
The average American spends 12.5% of our waking time in their cars. If a disaster strikes, there is a good possibility it will happen while you are in your car.
In a disaster situation, you may need to flee with your car. And there is a good chance that your car will be the cause of the disaster – like if you slide off the road and get stuck in a ditch.
For these reasons, it is incredibly important to have a car emergency kit.
When the SHTF, you aren’t going to need a welding kit, gardening supplies, extra wood, or any of the other long-term supplies that often make it to preppers lists. Yes, these items are useful for rebuilding society long after the chaos dies down – but let’s be realistic. When the SHTF (and I mean REALLY hits the fan!), you are going to need just the basics to keep you alive. Having packs of heirloom seeds isn’t going to do you any good in the first weeks after a nuclear disaster, grid attack, or financial collapse!
When a disaster strikes, it isn’t going to be easy for anyone. But the people who were smart enough to prepare and plan ahead of time are going to have a competitive edge.