Natural disasters and calamities have been happening for millennia and will continue to do so. In fact, the modern day world, with it’s over population and abject disregard to natural environment is at a great risk; more than ever before in the history of humanity, is very ill equipped to deal with calamities. During any given month in a year, there is at least one disaster that happens somewhere in the world. It is definitely wise to plan for a disaster situation and equip ourselves with first aid supplies to increase our chances of survival, should a disaster strike.
People will have to be aware of the types of natural and manmade disasters that they are likely to face. This can be determined based on the history of the locality in which they live in. Survival techniques and emergency essentials will vary according to the type of calamities. Knowledge about the risks and information about the mitigation of these risks play a major part in the contingency planning. Most disaster prone areas would already have a survival guide and a list of emergency essentials that are needed. They also would have demarcated areas for survivors to gather during emergencies.
Emergency essentials are good to have during emergencies but without the knowledge of how to use them, they are useless. Most of the readymade survival kits come with directions of use but during actual disasters, the survivors are usually left coping with trauma and will not be able to read and act. Adequate preparation, both mental and skill, is needed and in fact, should be practiced. First aid skills are a must and most often during disasters, is the first step to be taken. In many cases, well trained survivors help fellow survivors to sustain and cope.
All first aid supplies will contain communication equipment and position indicating equipment. They are of no use if the survivors do not know how to operate them. These are simple devices and people can learn how to operate them in a few hours. Sometimes, this knowledge can be the difference between life and death. Emergency survival classes are conducted by many organizations and are free of cost. People must take time to attend these classes and equip themselves with this essential knowledge. Emergency essentials kits can be bought off the shelves of any medical store and must be sored in a handy and safe place.