Survival Tips: documentation

Posted: 05/07/2009 in safety, survival
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Who and Where Are You?

One of the first steps we need to take in order to get ourselves prepared is to find out who we are, and where we are, followed up by where we are going. This all falls into the early preparedness part of our survival plan. Obviously, different people will have different needs, so these are just generalizations here.

If you are alone, the job of surviving the coming times will be much easier in some aspects, and more difficult in others. But there will be some areas of preparation that need to be addressed well before an emergency may occur. One of these areas is documentation and planning your possible escape route.

While Maine does not suffer from the same probability from earthquake damage as the west coast, nor the hurricane damage potential on the southeastern region of this nation, there is always the specter of destruction from any source to be aware of. Preparations from those areas of the country generally take a different sort of aura than we do up here in the chilly, but stable northeastern region.

Most emergencies are but brief and a minor inconvenience up here. But the potential for a mass evacuation, or a relocation for extended periods exists. One of the biggest threats we have to watch for today is the possibility of a terrorist action that may cause such an event. Many people do not realize what is truly occurring outside of our borders, and they are even less aware of what may be occurring within our own borders. For instance, were you aware that there are in the neighborhood of some six thousand, nine hundred plus armed nuclear warheads within reach of the state of Maine?

This is not to say we are going to be annihilated by the commies, but should a terrorist cell or group obtain such a weapon, what then? Are we prepared to live under the cloud of radioactive fallout? Probably not, and thus we need to be ready to relocate out of an area that may become contaminated. Of course, if some tragedy should cause a large area to become devoid of electricity and water supplies, such as greater Portland, where would these people go?

That being the case, we should have some basic documentation ready to go as we jump in the car so we can get stranded on the stalled interstate system. Many suggest having passports available for each member of the household. Personally, I am not a big fan of having a passport in hand, but they may hold some advantage in some situations. I distrust them today mainly for the fact that they contain embedded RFID chips, which allows the government to track your every move. We’ll get into RFID later on, so I won’t dwell on that here.

You should have the following in any case, for each member of your household

  • Drivers license or state issued ID
  • School ids for schoolchildren
  • Vehicle registration
  • Social Security cards (original)
  • Birth certificate copies
  • Detailed plan of where you intend to meet up
  • Local area maps

This package will make it easier to identify who you are to the authorities. There may be instances when this could be detrimental, but the odds of those instances of being real are seemingly miniscule.

But they could happen. More importantly, by including an action plan of where to meet up after or during an emergency forces you to plan ahead, as well as forcing all members of the household to get involved. Having everybody on the same page is vital to your success. This includes children, as well.

I may be wrong, since I am not one of those psycho doctors, but it seems to me that one of the reasons children may have such a hard time coping with disaster is because they are shielded from so much today. I feel that they should be made aware of things that may happen, and how to handle these emergencies. By doing so, we give them the tools to react in a positive manner, and to achieve success.

When we know we face failure, we are already defeated. So, make success the ultimate goal when you make your plans. In some cases a map may not be a practical solution. For instance, if you live in a large city, and a disaster occurs while your children are in a school on the other side of town, do you want them wandering alone through the town to meet you?

Not a good idea at any time. It would be better for the children to stay at the school and follow the schools plan for the time being. If they are in one location, you can retrieve them later when it becomes safe to do so. But you need to know ahead of time what the schools emergency disaster plans are so that you may make your own plan.

And that plan should cover multiple levels of severity. For instance, everyone knows we should have a plan of escape should the home catch on fire and be destroyed. Where will you all meet outside after escaping? It is the same idea at every level. If your block becomes quarantined or blocked off do to an environmental catastrophe, where will you meet? If the town you live in suffers a terrible catastrophe, say fifteen derailed ethanol cars get derailed and catch fire, where will you meet?

Once you meet up and everyone is safe and secure in the household unit, where will you go? That is the goal of this segment of your survival kit. A destination needs to be decided upon prior to your leaving an area that has become uninhabitable, for any reason, and for any length of time. That is the propose of developing maps. Maps help us see where to go. The rest of the documentation merely keeps the government officials happy, or unhappy if the case warrants it.

There are several scenarios where this other documentation may be needed, so I’ll briefly touch upon those situations here. If you become separated from your children, you will want to be able to prove who you, and they, are. This documentation should suffice in nearly every case. As another example, if you look like someone the government may be looking for, such as an alleged terrorist, you’ll need to prove who you are.

In the worst case, you may need the documentation to identify victims of the catastrophe. Hurricanes, earthquakes and other devastating events always lay claim to at least some fatalities, even if they are not directly caused by the event.

This documentation may also enable you to gain easier access to any aid you may need, as well. This country is full of homeless people looking to obtain free handouts. At some point and time, the government may require proof of who you are before granting you shelter and food. This is of course dependent upon your desire to obtain that food and shelter.

If you really have the proper mindset, and are truly prepared, you won’t need it, and you probably wouldn’t want it, even if you were offered the chance to obtain the aid. I know I wouldn’t.

While at home, this paperwork should be stored in one of those locking fire resistant boxes, preferably with a handle. When the crap hits the fan, grab the box and go. Inside the box, the papers should be kept in a Ziploc bag, preferably with a desiccant inside. An even better option is to seal the papers into one of those vacuum sealed bags. Those things are great. Everyone should have one.

If the box is too bulky to handle, discard the box and take the bag of papers with you. If you’ve folded them right, you’ll be able to slide them into your survival pack, which we’ll get into later.

There are many dangers facing us today as we enter the end times, and we need to be prepared. Not all of the calamities we may face will be of the natural kind, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards and earthquakes. This past weekend, North Korea launched seven missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in the direction of this nation. There are over six thousand nuclear warheads within reach of any portion of this nation. Lastly, yesterday, terrorists attacked a city in Pakistan and targeted a nuclear research/production laboratory. ’nuff said?

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