As I’m writing this thousands of people from Gatlinburg, Tennessee are waking up. And they wonder what they do now, after the fires burned through town. How will they cope with the aftermath of this terrible disaster.
Gaye at Backdoor Survival wrote an article on How To Survive After a disaster. America is a large country. And it presents a variety of natural phenomena. These wreak havoc on we the people. There are tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfire, among others.
Preppers know to be ready for whatever comes and they plan to deal with it or to get out of the way. Then what? There is plenty to do after the fact.
After The Disaster
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There are an abundance of things to deal with once the dust settles. Of course, some of these are intuitive. You check on relatives and neighbors. And you treat injuries. Then you contact the insurance company. But some things are more subtle. Recall that there is the shock of what happened. And there are a thousand little things.
Gaye centered many of her recommendations on earthquakes. However, they may be generally applied to any natural disaster.
In the case of earthquakes, expect more earthquakes – aftershocks. These cause damage too. If you live along the coast, be on guard for tsunamis.
Monitor the radio for emergency information. Buy a good battery-operated or hand-cranked radio.
Limit phone calls to emergencies only. Lines will be very busy.
Be careful moving around in your home or other spaces.
Avoid dangerous affected areas until the all clear is given. Stay safe as a first priority.
Help others. Some people will be shell-shocked. Others will be hurt. Some may be trapped. Do what you can to help.
Clean up and remediate chemical or gas spills as fast as possible. Do so safely. Inspect your property and area for fire threats. Pay close attention to the utilities: electrical, water, and gas. Avoid downed power lines and gas leaks. Remember that tap water may be contaminated.
Make sure you have a family emergency plan in place. Stick to it.
Maintain a list of emergency contact numbers. These should include family, friends, work, and other necessary parties. In some cases, texting may be the only option.
Make a checklist of important things that must be done after the fact. Go through it and update it as necessary.
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All of these recommendations revolve around safety. Just because the event is over doesn’t mean the danger subsides. Always maintain situational awareness. Keep yourself and your family from harm.
With safety in mind, put life back together one step at a time. There really are no rules. And everyone deals with bad situations differently. Remember to ask for help and to give help when you can. And, in all things, gives thanks for what you have and offer up a few prayers.
Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at www.perrinlovett.me. He is none too fond of government meddling.