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Would I survive the apocalypse or even small disaster?

Updated on August 27, 2011
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In the beginning

Every since I saw "Terminator" as a kid, I have wondered how I would fare in a disaster. Would I become a Sarah O'Connor or perish for taking too long to decide my next move? As a little girl, I remember keeping a box of "essentials" that I intended to grab if the house was on fire. The main ingredients that I remember the box holding included my favorite doll and the best tradeable stickers. So much for intuitive emergency supplies.

My survival plan has improved some since that first essential box but probably not to any serious degree. However, my obsession for all things post-apocalypse/ post-disaster grows and so I am slowly building up a better plan and better gear.

Be Ready for the Variables.

Survival Planning is a great tool for many things besides some apocalytpical event. Natural disasters and even significant change of events can cause you to rely on segments of your plan. So it is worthwhile to consider various scenarios when considering what may happen and what may go wrong. Terrorism, natural disaster, even a house fire all require immediate emergent action. Plans for when everyone in the household is together but also when people are out and about; plans that include electronics but also a backup if aspects of technology are not available; plans if you need to leave right away in a car, but also by foot.

I print out my contacts about once a year, mostly so that I have everyone's addresses and contact information in case I cannot access my computer, but it also serves if the internet is down for good or a few hours. It also gets me to review my contact information to make sure I have all the updated information in one place.

The Gear

While I have a mild obsession of all things survival, there are experts and the more uber-obsessed and better situated to give details about the gear and essentials. I am going to point to some of the ones I have followed or plan to use.

The Fiction To Spur You On

The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
The City of Ember (Books of Ember)

You'll find this in the Juveline Lit section. The town is a last ditch effort to save civilization but now the town is struggling and the main characters have to figure out a solution. I got copies for me and my niece to read at the same time, but I was hooked and read the series. Again, how does one find the courage to do the right thing when faced with the unimaginable?

 

Getting Down to Business Books

Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signaling, Survival Psychology and Getting Out Alive!
Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signaling, Survival Psychology and Getting Out Alive!

There are so many books out there on this topic, but I like this one because it written for the novice and takes into consideration that you may find yourself with or without the right supplies. When you are looking for the right book for you, again consider where you are and the seasons you are likely to encounter.

 

Obsession Fodder

Jericho - The Complete Series
Jericho - The Complete Series

JERICHO is a TV drama, circa 2005~, about the USA after being nuked several times across the country. It focuses on a small Kansas town that has to get inventive and collaborative to stay alive. What I love about this series are the various characters that take it upon themselves to go outside their comfort zone and make something happen. It is about inner strength and a certain amount of pluckiness. It also makes it clear that you must have some knowledge that can carry you through the day. Be it science, medicine, weaponry what will you bring to the table?

 

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