It is important that we are somehow knowledgeable with some basic life skills just in case something goes wrong with our daily lives. We wouldn’t know when a catastrophe is about to come our way so it is important that we ourselves are prepared. Below are some practical tips on how to survive during a crisis.
Maintain a positive state of mind at all times- This is very difficult especially if we are placed in a situation where in we feel hopeless but this is also the most important thing to keep in mind. Maintaining a positive attitude towards thing and having the “can do” attitude can help us get things in perspective. It would be easier for us to plan out the next steps that we will be taking with a clear mind. Positive thinking gives us more focus and better problem solving skills that is very important in life and death situations.
Learn basic survival skills- People say that this is not necessary because we can always call 911 or rescue teams to help us out in times of need. But you will be thankful once you have applied your knowledge in life saving. Learning basic first aid and CPR is a must because you may never know when will the need arise. Learn how to treat wounds and apply splints and bandages in case of sprain or dislocation. Learn how to start a fire and cook using the most basic materials.
Learn how to swim- Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the world. In case of flash floods and water related accidents it is important that we know how to swim so that we can save ourselves and others as well. It is an advantage if we learn how to swim at an early age. You can bring your family to take swimming lessons at Bukit Batok which will be useful for every member of the family.
Pack an emergency go-to bag- It is important that we have an emergency bag that we can just grab in case of immediate evacuation. The bag should contain basic supplies that should help us survive in the next 72 hours.
Below are the things that you need to prepare:
1.) At least 3 pairs of clean clothes and underwear
2.) A first aid kit with antiseptics and wound cleanser, gauze, cotton, bandages and alcohol.
3.) Basic medicines for headache, fever and diarrhea. If any of your family members has maintenance medicines make sure to include at least a months’ worth of supply.
4.) Foods that are easy to prepare such as canned goods, biscuits and noodles.
5.) Flashlights, matches, candles, lighter, can opener and a jungle knife. These small things come in handy during emergencies.
6.) Small toiletry kit with hygiene essentials
7.) Drinking water that will last for 3 days
8.) A small transistor radio with extra batteries
9.) Important documents sealed in a ziplock bag
10.) A whistle that you can use to call out for help in case that you need to be rescued.