Disaster Survival Management
Strategy Execution &
This section is about survival management once you find yourself in a disaster situation. This is about the execution of your survival plan for a given disaster and the uses of your resources to greatly increase your chances of survival along with all of your immediate family. You and your household will be invoking the action steps that you carefully and thoughtfully defined in the Planning Section of this site. In reality, the time for thinking through your actions and the duration between steps is very dependent upon the nature of the disaster and can vary between seconds to days or months.
Going Through the Crisis
In this section we broadly discuss “how to go through the storm” so to speak. By this stage you should have identified the potential disaster(s) for your geographical region. For example, in my geographical area, about the only disaster threat is forest fires. Even man-made disasters that might occur in the largest, nearest city would not likely cause too many problems except for obtaining food and gas. Fleeing populations might be an issue on local resources and possible crime issues.
For each possible crisis that could impact you in the future, hopefully, you did the following thought processes and research:
- Individual crisis assessment
- Strategy formulation for each type
- Escalation scenarios within each form
- Established agreement and roles among your household
- Document your work
The last step on documenting your work makes the point that during most crises, you often don’t have time to “think through” the essential details that could save your life. You need a handy, portable reference that you understand completely at your fingertips and “at the ready!” This is especially true if you have to leave your residence in a hurry or leave your office but are unable to get home due to the disaster. (Roads may be impassable due to flooding, snowstorm, or earthquake, etc. or maybe the phone system has been knocked out).
Some of the action steps that you have defined should be mentally rehearsed with your household so you can “react” rather than stop and think. Maybe even a couple of “fire drills” with family members to simulate a disaster so they get mentally attuned and toughened to deal with danger effectively without fear or panic setting in. And, you need to review your documented plans from time-to-time and make updates. Things change like phone numbers, addresses, organizations. You also accrue more knowledge and information once you “get your head into it”! Through this website and other sources, you’ll be more sensitive to the subject and will be picking up ideas and data from many other sources and news accounts.
After a Snow Blizzard
I’ve only been impacted by one significant crisis in my lifetime. It involved surviving a vicious snowstorm that could have been a personal disaster for me and my family. This was a large Wyoming blizzard in 1972 in Cheyenne, Wyoming! The weather forecast said the area was under high blizzard warning that day and employers were told to let people go home immediately. I called my wife to come pick me up.
A few snowflakes were just beginning to fall. We went quickly to the grocery store to get some food in case we got snowed in and to the gas station to top off our car's gas tank. We only took an hour to shop, but by the time we drove 5 miles to our home on the outskirts of town, over a foot of snow had blown in and our little compact car got stuck in the deep snow about a half mile from our home! Carbon monoxide poisoning was our major concern at the time because we had to leave the car running to stay warm in the blizzard. The snow was very wet and blowing at 20 miles per hour as I got out of the car to try and walk to our home and get help to transport my family and food home. I walked backwards the entire half mile because I couldn't face the blinding, wet snow. Once I made it to the apartment, I changed cloths and had my neighbor drive his little VW car to my car and family. (VW Bugs are impressive little cars even in over a foot of snow it could plow through it all. All of the 4 wheel drives were helpless!) My family remained snowed in for 4 days and the drifts were higher than the roof of our home! We were all raised in Wyoming but had never seen anything like this happen so fast and furious. You just never know!
So, please give some thought on how to have an available copy for quick reference. The size of this document could be one typed page in many cases with important phone numbers and names of agencies and people and just a couple if things to do.
Or, it could be 10-15 pages plus a number of books for references if faced with a man-made disaster that causes the economy and/or utilities to collapse.
We would recommend placing your disaster plan in several areas for several types of access scenarios for all family members to get access to in time of need. For example, put them on your tablet or laptop or even on a remote email server.
Imagine stepping out your office door and seeing this sight below and your home, family, and pets are 20 miles away. What does your survival plan look like now? How about your family? What survival scenario should they follow? Does everyone know where the plans are?
San Francisco Earthquake October 1989
Hopefully, you’ll never have to deploy your documented, survival game plan but if you do, you have secured your well-being and that of your loved ones as good as anyone around you. You are prepared! You should sleep better at night and your daily confidence level to face the future should be at an all time high! It’s a nice feeling to experience!
Nothing will so disturb your psychic as the nagging fear that you have not taken the steps to preserve you future and secured your survival and safety to the best of your abilities and resources. We call this “due diligence” and it applies to businesses as well as personal lives. With businesses, corporate officers have a legal, fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to protect the company assets from many types of disasters and even legal situations. With you and your loved ones, it will ultimately be your conscience that will judge you for the rest of your life if you prove neglectful.
It’s Show Time…
However, should the moment come and you are faced with dealing with a surviving a disaster, you’ll need to execute your plan as documented in the timeframes that are dictated by the trigger event(s) and the scope and impact of the emergency.
As the crisis unfolds and its nature becomes better defined, you need to execute your strategy against the realities of the event. No one can predict just how each crisis will develop for certain, especially man-made events because the actions of men can be important differentiators causing changes in direction, scope, and depth to occur. In these cases, you have to adapt your strategies and execute your escalation scenarios when certain key events require it.
It becomes like a dance between you and the crisis event.
Each event poses a problem and you will need to react intelligently to the change by countering with a set of protective steps. And, if you have identified the essential fundamentals and principles to react appropriately, you’ll do well.
For example, if a financial disaster occurs at a national level. You see the government flooding the economy with loads of freshly printed money. The banks are lending money like never before. You immediately will know to do at least two things—
- You might want to protect the value of your money by acquiring some gold and silver bullion coins privately and getting several months supply of cash out of the bank in the event you can't access your bank accounts for a host of reasons
- Start buying various kinds of personal items from food to clothing. Prices will begin to rise.
To much available fiat money will bring on inflation to any economy, slowly but surely, and it will continue to rise until mass inflation is encountered (30%)or the printing is stopped. If money printing contiues, then mass inflation will transition into hyper-inflation at an ever increasing velocity unless the Federal Reserve is able to take quick action by refusing to print anymore money or purchase any more treasury notes. (Currently, the Fed may not be able to do anything about anything.) During the increase in inflation, tangible materials will become priceless over time.
During or at the end of a major calamity, you may need to seek help from external sources where applicable and practical. Some will be government based such as:
- Law enforcement agencies
- Military forces
- National Guard
- Fire stations
- Welfare support
- Unemployment agencies
Other, non-governmental support could come from:
- Church support groups
- American Red Cross
- Neighborhood support groups
- Employment agencies
- Ambulance services
- Hospitals and doctor offices
- External family
Some Words to the Wise:
It has been our experience over the last decade that you should prepare for you and your family members survival first and foremost. You should hope for the best but plan for the worst. Do not be obvious about your activities even with close friends and relatives as you prepare. Go about your business quietly. It’s important that you avoid becoming a target in the future because of your acquisition of disaster supplies and equipment.
Your approach to sharing your survival plans and actions with your external family members and close friends should be VERY SUBTLE. Believe it or not, most will scoff at you, if not to your face, to your back. They’ll tease you for being so much like “chicken little”. You know-- “the sky is falling, the sky is falling!” cartoon character. Most people you talk with you will find very quickly, won’t show any interest and will ignore your concerns and arguments. I know. I’ve been there! Sometimes your biggest argument will come from your mate if you’re married because it is a temporary detour to research these things and prepare. And, of course you will incur some expense!
So, whatever you do, PLEASE DON’T TELL ANYONE about your acquiring food supplies and equipment for surviving a disaster! Why you ask? Simple, word gets around that you are loaded with extra stuff. The scorners who have refused to take precautions themselves will be caught in a dilemma. But, they do have long memories. And, if and when, the hammer comes down and they run out of things and get really hungry. Guess where they will be coming shortly? That’s right? They will be inviting themselves over for dinner as often if they are extended family and friends. If they keep this up, testing your generosity, you will soon be in as sad of shape as they. And, that is not doing justice for your family’s well-being, is it?
Others will soon hear about you through the rumor mill as word spreads into wider and wider circles of discussion. Then, some of the more lawless people will get wind of it and they will plan to target you and your family to steal your stuff even if they have to use a gun and take lives. They will be desperate and will succeed unless you have taken the right precautions.
If a man-made disaster occurs for a long period of time, you'll want a neighborhood protection zone set up with weapons of protection and an alert system. Living on a cul-de-sac lot is ideal since you and your neighbors can block the entry way easily and place armed guards there around the clock to protect all of the families on the street. Over time, an individual cannot be on alert 7x24. You need someone to "watch your back"
while you attend to living issues and get rest.
So this presents you with an ugly paradox doesn’t it? You have prepared well these many days to protect the lives of your family and yourself. The scoffers didn’t give it a thought being more interested in NASCAR and NFL sports at the time and now they are suffering greatly. Some may have money, but when food and things run out, money is of little value.
To deal with this age-old paradox, go back and study the Disaster Planning and Preparation section on tactics. This should help you “mitigate” (there’s that word again) this situation more successfully. Let’s face it! The better your neighbors and external family are prepared, the safer you will be. So check out specifically what can be done in this regard without “tipping your hand”?
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