Crisis Survival Tips

Plan for Emergency

When crisis happens, there is no time left to prepare.  The more you can do ahead of time, the more comfortable you will be when an emergency or disaster takes place.  This post will help you plan for emergency from a number of different angles, provide a checklist for emergency situations, and layout some survival strategies for personal security considerations during disasters.

Have Different Survival Plans for Different Emergencies

With all of the turmoil in the world, even down to your hometown, many things can go wrong.  It’s best to have a worst-case scenario plan of action.

Prepare for Disasters

Be Prepared for Any Emergency (Image by Damian Brandon)

Here are a few different scenarios to consider and be prepared for:

  • Natural Disasters: Tornados, Floods, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Fire are all natural disasters that could disrupt utility service, displace people, and take time to restore the area back to full operations.
  • Local Disturbance: This could be something like rioting, gas shortages, major transportation vein cutoff, terrorist or military attack, etc.
  • Environmental Disaster: May follow a natural disaster or be the result of an accident.  Examples of this are major oil spills, chemical spills, and radiation leaks.
  • Full Scale Societal Breakdown: AKA Apocalypse Survival happens in countries when the government loses control, either through a regime change or economic collapse from failed monetary policy. Warfare may be a part of this scenario.

Each of these situations will require a different response.  It’s best to have different survival plans for different situations.  Elements to consider in your emergency survival plan:

  1. Is is safer long term to evacuate the area or bunker down in your current residence?
  2. How long do you anticipate the crisis to last? This will dictate the amount of food and other types of supplies you want to have on hand.
  3. What are the personal security implications for surviving this disaster?

For example, if there is a natural disaster like a severe hurricane, you will likely evacuate the area.  Depending on the scope of the disaster, you may be able to find shelter and supplies within driving distance of the disaster area.  Having extra fuel and a few days worth of food and water plus other emergency supplies should be sufficient to keep you alive. The more quickly you can evacuate with your supplies on hand, the better off you will be.

A less dramatic disaster would be that a storm takes down your electricity for a few days and the roads are impassible.  It is a relatively safe situation and you can plan to minimize the inconvenience of the power outage by having additional food on hand, cooking supplies, and potentially a backup generator.

In the case of surviving an economic collapse, the cities will be full of rioting, looting and violence.  You may choose to leave the city for a remote location and stay there long term.  This will require more supplies, temporary shelter, and a host of other considerations.

As you can see, there are different emergencies to plan for so make sure you take them into account.


Must-Have Emergency Supply Checklist

Emergency Survival Supply Checklist (Image by renjith krishnan)

Start laying these supplies aside so that you will be prepared to survive a disaster.  Have them in an accessible place so it is easy to evacuate quickly.

It may take some time and extra effort to compile a helpful stockpile, keep working on it so it will pay off in an emergency.  Storing extra is better than not enough in a crisis. Friends and family may not be as prepared as you and you’ll be in a position to help if you choose.


  • Food- non perishable.  Think about food that is packaged in small quantities, easy to eat, and may only require minimal preparation such as adding hot water.
  • Water/Water Filter and Containers
  • Required Medications
  • Useful Currency (cash, silver, gold, barterable items)
  • Important Paperwork (identification docs, contact lists, banking and asset information, etc)
  • Flashlights
  • Shortwave Radio
  • Maps and Guidebooks
  • Self Defense (repellent, weapons, ammunition, training)
  • Temporary Shelter/Tent
  • Warm Clothing and Blankets
  • Supplies such as soap, toilet paper, bleach, trash bags, and a sharp knife can serve many purposes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Additional Fuel for transport and cooking
  • Small generator for backup power
  • Face Masks to screen out airborne hazards

Plan for Your Family’s Needs in a Crisis

Emergency Plan for Family Needs and Pets (Image by Ashley Cox)

Every family member has different needs and abilities.  Talk over your emergency plans with your family so that the confidence of emergency preparation reduces stress in the moment of crisis.  Let the kids know that you are prepared for emergency so that they feel secure.  Talk with them about their job in an emergency.  If any family members have special needs, plan ahead for extra supplies they may need (diapers, oxygen, medications, and other special items).

It’s also important to have a plan for your pets.  Too many pets are stranded and left to starve when disaster strikes because their owners did not plan ahead to care for them.  Be sure you take into account extra food and water for them, whether they stay with you or have to be left behind.  If you bring pets with you on an evacuation, have a plan for their containment.  The event may be highly stressful for them whether they stay behind or go with the family.

Personal Security in a Disaster

Know how to protect your family in emergency (Image by Rawich)

Lastly, be sure to be prepared to protect yourself and your family in a crisis.  While the Japanese were very orderly and respectful of one another during the earthquake disaster, other cultures do not have a history of such good behavior. All the stockpiling in the world is useless if someone steals it from you by raiding your house.

Know what your personal security plan is for staying at home, traveling, and in a temporary shelter.  Each of these scenarios have different pros and cons.  You are most vulnerable while traveling because there are many constantly changing variables, only one of which you control.

Real life self defense training such as Krav Maga is effective during personal confrontations. You may want to consider weapons for self defense (that could also work for hunting). If you buy a handgun or rifle, learn how to use it.  Practice your skills regularly.


Make an Emergency Plan- Work the Plan

Plan for Emergency

Get your Crisis Survival Plan in Place and Work It! (Image by renjith krishnan)

Hopefully this post included information that will help you prepare to survive a crisis.  If you have comments or other helpful considerations, please add them below.

Now, put together the emergency plan for you and your family.

Work the plan.  (It may take some time.)

(You may have to budget for items you wouldn’t otherwise purchase.)

It will be worth it.

All disaster preparations you make now will set your mind at ease and put you steps ahead when disaster strikes.

This will increase your ability to survive crisis.





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