It is widely accepted by academics that deal with crisis management that there are three types of people in an emergency.
First, there are survivors who manage to save themselves. Second, there are fatalities who through no fault of their own never had a chance. Third, there are victims who should have lived but perished unnecessarily.
Most of us embrace the superstition that if you don’t think about something, it won’t happen. If you do think about it, it will. So you’re better off not to think at all. But, this isn’t realistic. There is a better way both for us and our families. Where to start?
Another year. Another resolution. Another membership at a health club to enhance your survivability for the coming year. I would argue that exercising the muscle between the ears offers the best chance for making it to 2014 and beyond. This is not based on a fatalistic world view but it does demand self-examination of that little used portion of the human psyche, the primitive survival portion that was much more active before the invention of the light bulb and the convenience of grocery stores.
Not an End of the World Mentality
Survival, in this discussion, is not about prepping. It’s about becoming cognizant about what to do and what not to do in a crisis. It’s about handling the extraordinary events of life that happen when they’re least expected. It’s about exercising a survivor muscle that has atrophied over time courtesy of civilized society. It’s about keeping you and your family safe. It’s about teaching your kids how to survive.
No matter the survival program, military or civilian, the tenets of a reasoned reaction to a critical situation are the same. Knowing that a crisis is inevitable, we must train ourselves to anticipate adversity. Our initial response through rapid observation and analysis should lead to a plan that is executed decisively. It is also a given that things will go wrong prompting us to try another way. In some situations, the best course of action is to do nothing and wait for the worst part of it to subside. But all of this takes prior planning and practice to the point that our reactions become almost instinctive.
Chances are that these topics never come up in an average conversation with family or friends. They are critically important, nonetheless, for establishing the foundation for responses that are necessary to keep your family safe. This will serve as a backdrop for the ongoing discussion of heightening your safety and security IQ in dealing with emergency situations. Giving up on the notion that the government can and will keep you safe is the first step.