There is plenty of information around the web telling you what to do if disaster strikes, but not much telling you what not to do! Not knowing what to do in an emergency situation can be a big problem, and can actually cause you to do the wrong thing, at the wrong time, so, this list of do nots will hopefully help you understand what not to do in an emergency situation.
Panic can be the number one cause of accidents, and possibly result in death. While panic is a natural reaction, you need to learn to stay calm in an emergency situation. If disaster strikes, stay calm, and remember, you have planned for any and everything. Stick to your plan.
Watching too Much News
While using the news to find out about the disaster, and its impact, once you have the basics established, and understand what is taking place, shut down the TV, and get to work, implementing you plan. Remember, the government controlled media isn’t going to tell you everything, so it might be a little worse than the news is letting on. Tune into the news for 30 minutes of so everyday for regular updates on the situation.
Bugging out is something that a lot of preppers talk about, and seem to think it is the best idea in any situation. Bugging out should be your last resort, as you have all your supplies and survival gear in your own home, plus you know your area better. Running out to the woods, and setting up a shelter is fine for a day or two, but after that, it’s going to get to be pretty hard work. Personally I would bug out to a hotel before even considering the woods, but again, unless your home or local area is under immediate danger, there is no need to bug out.
Run to the Store
The moment disaster of any kind is announced on the TV, radio, even social media, there is going to be chaos. Everyone will be running to the store to grab as much food and water as they can, things might get to the point where people are stealing, and it may become unsafe. Being a prepper, you should have your food and water stored up and ready to use at a moments notice.
Tell everyone you are a prepper and have supplies
Some people just like helping others out, and there is no harm in that, but if disaster strikes, and resources are limited, it’s best not to go around offering your food and water to others, or broadcasting that you are a prepper. Many people will take advantage of this, and you could find yourself getting robbed.
Ignore Basic Needs
Just because you are in a survival situation, doesn’t mean your basic needs are thrown out the window. Following a disaster, make sure and take care of your basic needs such as eating properly and well balanced meals, keeping yourself and location clean and tidy and so forth. This will help to keep you both physically and mentally strong.
Keep Your Family in the Dark
Wanting to keep your family in the dark after a disaster strikes is not a great thing to do. Your family should be involved in any plans you have previously made. They need to fully understand the situation, and also their role.