The best way to make those first instincts efficient while wanting to become more prepared is to sit down with a pen and a notepad and write out the most likely situations you could face at a moment’s notice in your day to day life over the next six months. Now be careful here because if you have a wildly active imagination, this list could become mighty long. But please feel free to stretch the possibilities a bit, just no Zombies please.
- Car accident
- Job loss
- Death in family
- Wind Storm
- Power Grid Failure
- Chemical Spill
- Flat Tire/Out of Gas w Dead Cell
- Terrorist Activity
We are going to limit our list to fifteen for now. This is already a lot to handle. But it’s just the beginning.
Next let list off what we typically carry with us at all times, or with in close range.
- Cell Phone
- Car Keys
These are the five things almost every American would need to put into an X-ray machine at the airport. With that, let’s look at how these five items could become useful or more useful in one of our fifteen situations.
A cell phone is only as good as the battery life and cell reception. If it’s at 16% and standing with only 1 bar, there is little that cells going to do when it comes to making a phone call to multiple people for help. Yet group text about your situation would be quick and easy and build a form for help to communicate with each other even if you are cut off. Now with an additional battery or charger you may be able to get that phone up and working and coordinated the efforts better after a slight delay, yet with the initial text you were still able to get the ball rolling immediately.
With keys there is only so much you can do, especially if you find yourself regularly entering government facilities or using mass transportation. But hope is not lost. One helpful tool to have attached is a one way breathing face shield for CPR. This is extremely helpful and cheap. For five bucks you could have someone life dangling from your keys at all times. Another helpful tool that could be put on your keys is a whistle, a flash light, a knife (with discretion), pepper spray, or maybe, a pill tube with vital meds in it. Anything that you don’t want on your keys you could always store in your glove box because we all know that if we have our car keys we are most likely within range of our car.
When it comes to your person every day carry items, your wallet or purse become the most protected. It houses parts of you identity, your hard earned cash, access to your zeroed out emergency credit cards, and descriptions of where you live, work, and possibly who you are closest to. With that, we all place our wallets high on the list of things that must be close to us at all times. If your phone is dead and you locked your keys in your car chances are that your wallet or purse should be safe on your person. Well that is the time to use an old fashion pay phone for help. The problem is, who memorizes numbers any more, other than there one. That won’t help. This is where you could have a list of contact numbers in your wallet along with maybe a dollar to make a call. Also business cards for local taxi companies, emergency road side assistants, or even just friend you can always count on. Whatever it is, it would be better than nothing.
Now there is not much you can do with jewelry, because most often you would walk ten miles uphill before giving up a wedding band or family gemstone. But still jewelry could be a watch, medical alert bracelet, or even something you could give up for a ride or gas. One never knows what they could find themselves facing.
Last is shoes. Yes we all have more than one pair of shoes. Aren’t we just so lucky? But they still could be of use. Again, a well-placed phone number on the tongue or under the insert could play a big role in making contact for help. Or replacing the laces in the shoes with para-cord rope would allow for you to have access to multiple five foot increments of cordage at any time.
There are a number of ways to modify the items that are listed above to assist you in future situations. We have only scratch the surface here because this is an easy way to get you started. But with the suggestions mentioned, the journey to preparedness has begun.
Last, number the items on the first list with one being the most likely to occur in your area in the next year and start planning for that.
Stay safe everyone!