Emergency situations might not only complicate your life but end it. It is beyond the scope of this book to prepare you for emergency situations, but there are some simple tactics to keep in mind to help get the help and supplies you need to reduce the risk.
TACTIC: Learn and respect every safety precaution for your activities in sports, work, home, or hobbies.
It is much better to avoid accidents, emergencies, or survival situations than to deal with them when they happen as a result of your negligence.
Read and follow all safety precautions and wear appropriate safety equipment in all your work, hobbies, and sports. For almost all sports or activities, there are professionals who would be delighted to train you in the proper and safe way to participate.
Use common sense when going out hiking or camping by knowing the weather, terrain, your abilities, and the safety precautions for your activity. Never exceed those safety precautions.
Never drink and drive a car, boat, or operate any other vehicle or machinery.
You'll find that knowing and following safety precautions will make the activity more enjoyable.
TACTIC: Prepare a basic first aid kit and get first aid training.
You can prepare a set of supplies together by purchasing an already-assembled first aid kit in a store or preparing one yourself. A kit can only do so much however. It is important that you get proper training in first aid. Check with the Red Cross for training.
TACTIC: Prepare a basic home emergency kit to contain 72 hours of needed water, food, and other supplies.
You might need a kit because of a power outage, natural disaster, or other emergency. Even a seasonal snowstorm or rainstorm can make driving treacherous and keep you from food supplies for days. It is much better that you would have extra clean water, food, tools, and other supplies on hand so that you can get by. Check with the Red Cross for their recommended list of supplies for a disaster supplies kit or the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for preparation ideas.
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