Okay so you’ve prepared yourself for disaster. If you’ve ticked each of these:
- Food and water
- Shelter & bedding
- First aid kit and medications (See this Red Cross link for a comprehensive list.)
Maslow, with his Hierarchy of Needs would probably give you an A-plus for meeting the two bottom levels of his pyramid. Those levels are physiological necessities and personal safety.
Most emergency prep instructions only address these two core levels. Some add the other important component:
- Food, bedding, and other necessities for pets / companion animals.
Should there be another level to emergency preparation? You know that old game ‘if you could only take one book with you to a desert island, what would it be?’ Maybe you should put a copy of that cherished entertainment into your pack. Maybe these items should be added to the checklist:
- Books, cards, and board games, things allow us to escape to another world when our immediate environment offers little joy.
One thing we will have to cope with after a major disaster is the troubling uncertainty of life around us. Perhaps our packs should have meditation CD’s and Tibetan singing bowls? Impractical for sure but you get my point. We don’t have to be just physically prepared for disaster, we have to brace ourselves psychologically as well.
The dog in this picture is wearing an Anxiety Wrap that uses maintained pressure and acupressure to end thunderstorm fear, separation anxiety, noise phobias and more. I don’t know if it works or not but if it does, I wonder if the technology couldn’t be applied for humans? If so, we could all pack an anxiety wrap in our bug-out bag.
Are you good with sudden and dramatic changes in your life? How does a person prepare themselves for the unthinkable? Is there any point in trying or should we just go with the flow should worse come to worst?
Photo from Wikimedia Commons by: www.anxietywrap.com