My goal was to create a Jason Richard’s Family Survival Course review and after reading the guide, I learned some interesting things. It’s easy to take for granted the relative safety we live in today, but what would happen to you and your family were thrust into an emergency situation? Do you know what a “bug out bag” is? Does your house have any sort of family survival kit? Do you even know the critical items for survival?
It really helps to have a 72 hour survival kit handy in case the unexpected hits. Having what you need for survival ready to go in an easy-to-get-to spot can mean the difference between life and death.
A 72 hour survival kit, or bug out bag, is easily created and crucial to emergency survival should the next “big one” hit. Some items that you should keep in your bug out bag include water (1 liter per person per day), lightweight canned food, a pocket knife, necessary medicines and prescriptions, and some sort of family survival guide and “defense system” (wink, wink) wouldn’t hurt, either.
Of course, this kind of 3-day emergency preparedness is just the tip of the iceberg. A true survivalist is going to need a much more long term survival kit in order to make it after a big disaster. Getting out of immediate danger is obviously a big part, but what do you do afterward?
Perhaps the most important thing that anyone can do in an emergency situation is to BE CALM. You will need all the strength you can muster, and panicking will only make things worse. A really good calming strategy is to force yourself to take deep breaths and repeat a short phase, something like “you’ll be fine” or “God is good”. Slower breathing relaxes your muscles, and reduces the knee-jerk fear reaction that you’ll have should disaster strike.
So if you want to STOP living in fear and START preparing your family for disaster. The sooner you start, the better. Once the fire starts burning and everyone is panicking, it’s already too late.