Security, water, fire. And now, shelter.
For both immediate and long-term outdoor emergency situations, protective survival shelters are a must. Shelter types depend on weather conditions, your geographic location, and the season of the year.
In grade school, once every couple of months we had practice fire drills. The alarm bell sounded and we silently filed out to the playground. (We also did nuclear strike duck and cover drills … I am that old.)
The idea, of course, was that practicing our response to a fire emergency would reduce panic and save lives. As children we all just thought it was a great break away from our desks and multiplication tables (I really am that old.)
But as adults, our responses to any emergency determines life or death and safe or injured outcomes. The things you should do must be quick, automatic and decisive. There may be little or no time for thinking, “What now?”, or “What next?”.
And that’s the purpose of this post. Read the 5 items below.
There’s an emergency! Exactly what are the very next 5 things you should do … or have already prepped for?
Practice your response in your mind. Do the drill with your family.
#1 A safe place
– … This may be an interior room, a basement room or even higher ground or an underground bunker depending on what the emergency is.
If you can’t get to a safe place, then nothing you do after that will help you much if you are dead …
I would hope you have already thought about this and have a predesignated place to go, if not then now is a good time to make that plan and the decision …
Remember that you may not be at home when it strikes and will need to find it where you can … I would suggest that you sit down and make a list of what you should look for in a situation like this …
– Remember the rules of 3’s (3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.) … find and fill everything you can with drinkable water.
Use pots, pans, old soda bottles, and anything else that is clean that will hold water. One of the first things to stop working when an emergency strikes is electricity and water and soon followed by sewage as well …
#3 Means of communications
– Whether it is a computer, a radio or a TV, find a way to get information on the current situation as quickly as possible …
In many cases , the situation can become fluid and may change from one minute to the next and without this information, you could be walking into more trouble without even knowing it.
Information is key in any emergency and should be one of your first priorities right after finding water …
#4 Food and medical supplies
– If you are at home you need to immediately inventory your food and medical supplies that you have on hand. If not enough, then you need to start looking for sources of food and medical supplies to last as long as possible …
If you are a Prepper like me, then you have plenty of food and medical supplies stockpiled and should be in good shape provided you have enough.
If you are on the road however, you will just have to do the best that you can and try to get home to your supplies as quickly as possible …
– … you will need a way to move around in any emergency. . If you have a vehicle, then try to locate fuel for it while you still can.
If electricity is already out, it may be already too late to get it. Hopefully, if you are at home then you have some stored up for just such a situation, but if not then you will want to start looking for it …
Source: Sgt. Cooley is a US ARMY Veteran , ex-Deputy Sheriff, Patriot, Survivalist and a Prepper and a damn good writer. Check out his stuff at American Preppers Online.
Image: Andreas Riedelmeier
Here are three versions of improvised short term shelters. They’re used to provide some protection from inclement weather conditions, or for overnight cover.
Useful for keeping you dry (or drier if you had no shelter), for breaking a chilling wind or a broiling sun, and holding heat from a fire, these shelters take from 20 minutes to 45 minutes to set up.
The shelter setup demo includes two types of a lean-to and one tepee type. The only “carry-in” items used are a couple of contractor garbage bags for one of the shelters, and of course your outdoor gear tools: a machete and maybe a bow saw.
Source: Shane of Lonewolf Wilderness Survival School gives another excellent demonstration.