Harvey Harman 2018

     When an emergency happens, like a flood or a hurricane, an economic meltdown or a political disaster,  it often happens quickly without a lot of warning. Being prepared involves having emergency supplies on hand (which is covered in an earlier blog), but it also involves having skills and knowledge to be able to get through the emergency and take care of basics needs for yourself and others.  These skills and knowledge take time to develop, and they improve through use and practice. When an emergency hits it is not the high tech skills that are most going to be needed, but the basic and traditional skills of self-sufficiency, resilience, and local self reliance.  

    Depending on the type of emergency, what is needed as a first response may be slightly different, but basic human needs for survival include the following:

1.  You’ll need to be safe and stable.   That means getting out of the way of danger and if you have any injuries getting those injuries stabilized.  It also means getting to a location where you are safe from additional dangers, as much as possible.  

2.  You’ll need to be warm and dry.  This involves shelter, source of heat, maybe change of clothing or additional clothing, etc.    

3.  You’ll always need water.

4.  You’ll need food.

5.  You’ll need to work collaboratively with other people for the most positive outcomes.  Usually it is not possible for a single person to have the skills, abilities, or energy to do everything that needs to be done to respond fully to an extreme emergency.  You’ll need to use all available resources, including the people resources.  

6.  You’ll need a plan if the emergency is more than short term (a few days) for how to survive in emergency mode longer term, and ability to act on that plan.

For more on Emergency Preparedness and classes for where to get skills to be more fully prepared for emergencies go to:   www.LivingWellEarthStewards.com.