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Disaster? Meeting Place for Survival and Security
Why have a meeting place?
In the event of any disaster, a place to meet relatives, family or special people should be chosen before the event happens. All the people should be notified before and practice runs to the meeting place should take place. In the some disaster events, there will be no electricity, no electronic communication and possibility of trees and debris blocking the roads. People seeking other family and love ones would have a place that would serve as a meeting or gathering place. Family and people in numbers can help others to endure and strive to help the others to live.
Tornadoes, volcanoes, tidal waves, hurricanes, CME's, Solar Flares, power outages, economic breakdown, bank failures, social unrest, government breakdown, electrical failures and major storms could affect the outcome of the rest of your life. The disaster preparedness organizations state that telephones, radios, satellites, cell phones, GPS systems and other forms of communication might not be able to function during certain disasters, so location of your love ones might not be possible.
Chosing the place
In the event of a disaster, the place should be chosen very carefully. Research must be given priority so that the meeting place will serve to unite your love ones, provide security, peace, food, water, heat and basic needs of the people meeting there. If the electricity is down, alternative means to cook, provide water and for sanitation must be taken into account.
An alternative place should also be planned upon because the disaster may have destroyed or make useless the first meeting place. Plan on almost no communication and only the basic survival gear to get you to the meeting place. Have the place that you have chosen stocked with food with a long shelf life, water and water purification tablets,, blankets, medical supplies, weapons and barter items.
What to have in route to the meeting place ?
A bug out bag, a get out of dodge bag or an essentials backpack would help anyone to survive the adventure in getting to the meeting place. In the bag or backpack, at least a 3 day supply of water, food and basic survival tools should be packed. Each person should have a pack or bag containing at least 1 gallon of water per day per person, food and food bars with a long shelf life and with a high calorie content , a knife, matches, water purification tables or/and a water purifier, an extra change of clothes, a space blanket, a magnesium flint striker, roll of toilet paper and a plastic rain jacket. There are more items that some consider very important, but each person must consider what is the most important to them.
The water and food are the most important items. You have to decide what else is needed for you to survive for 3 days or longer. The best way to decide what is important to you is to consult professionals, do trial runs, hike for an extended time and to train with the disaster preparedness organizations. When the disaster happens, it is too late to learn or to train at that point. Research bug-out-bags, get-out-of-dodge bags and essentials bags to learn what items are important to other Preppers and survivalist.
The meeting place
Whether you choose Grandma's house, an abandoned building, a bunker or a cave, the environment must be livable. The place must have a supply of fresh water, a supply of heat in the winter, some way to replenish food supplies, a reasonable way to protect the inhabitants from invasion and must have a stockpile of eatable, stable, high calorie food.
Sun Flares, EMP's, nuclear blasts, terrorism, computer warfare and bombs can cripple or take out the electrical grid. Without electricity, the social and civil order of the country can quickly dismantle, resulting in riots, looting, killing and stealing. In any given city, there is about a three day's supply of food and without the electricity, the water and sewer system will stop flowing.
The meeting place should be outside the city, because the conditions will quickly disintegrate and become very dangerous. The location and resources will be very important for the family, for love ones also for those seeking shelter, food and water. Bear in mind that there might only be a limited supply of supplies and letting others into the meeting place may place your survival into danger or can help to strengthen your meeting place with the added people.