How to Be Mentally, Physically, Emotionally Prepared for a Disaster

Being prepared for unexpected disasters and traumatic events can make all the difference in the world. When we are exposed to a disaster that we weren’t emotionally ready for, its toll might be twice as heavy on us. The uncertainty that sudden events bring about and their effects may last for a long time, negatively affecting various aspects of our lives.

If we are not physically prepared either, we might have to deal with health-related consequences and emotional ones, which will make the situation even worse. That’s why it’s crucial to prepare yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally. To help point you in the right direction, here’s how you can be well-prepared to cope with unfortunate events.

How to Be Mentally, Physically, Emotionally Prepared for a Disaster

5 Ways Be Mentally, Physically, Emotionally Prepared for a Disaster

Develop Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Developing healthy coping mechanisms is crucial, as it enables you to deal with life’s stressors and disasters. First of all, you need to prioritize self-care and make time for mindful activities, such as yoga and meditation, that will help clear your mind, especially during emergencies. You should also replace the unhealthy behaviors you may have developed over the years, such as smoking, stress-eating, or excessive drinking. Learn to control your urges and break the destructive pattern by practicing self-discipline and self-love, even in the harshest situations.

Proper sleep is another important aspect because if your body and mind cannot rest, they will be unable to function properly, let alone handle an unexpected disaster. If you have trouble sleeping, it’s best to seek help from a professional. You should also do your best to stay hydrated; you will be astonished by how dehydration can affect your overall health.

Learn Practical Techniques

The worst thing about a disaster is that you have no control over the situation. However, what you can do is react to it promptly and adequately to minimize its effects. To do that, you must understand the meaning of prepping yourself in the right way that will help you formulate a plan on the spot. For instance, you should learn evacuation drills because you may be the person guiding everyone towards safety in a time of need. One of the major causes of death in a disaster is the panic that leads everyone to push one another in an attempt to reach the exit, leaving others trapped inside.

Another crucial technique that can save lives is CPR. Following a major accident or a natural disaster, first responders may take a lot of time to reach you. That’s why you should learn the basics that will help you save an injured person by attending a CPR training program. You don’t have to have a medical background; CPR can be performed by pretty much anyone.

Have a Disaster Plan in Place

It is harder to come up with a plan during a disaster, and that’s why it’s better to imagine hypothetical situations and come up with a detailed plan that you can turn to should a worst-case scenario happen. Find at least two escape routes out of your home, keep important papers gathered in one place, and figure out how to carry valuable items swiftly on your way out. You should also make sure that every member of the family understands the plan and explain to them what their roles are and what they’d have to do to help. You also need to prepare an emergency kit that includes medicine, bandages, canned food, clean water, and first aid supplies.

Invest in Insurance

Suppose you live in an area that is prone to extreme weather changes or natural disasters. In that case, you must invest in homeowners’ insurance so you can get reimbursed for your property if you lose in a natural disaster. You can use this money to buy a new place or rebuild the one you have. Either way, you will have a place to live after the disaster is over instead of losing everything if you have the right insurance coverage.

How to Be Mentally, Physically, Emotionally Prepared for a Disaster

Build a Support Network

It is easier to deal with a disaster as a group and seek support from one another rather than deal with the unknown alone. You should dedicate some time in your schedule to building a strong network of close friends who will come to your rescue in your time of need. One of the things that most of us refuse to do is ask for help.

However, it is healthy to seek help every once in a while, as it will strengthen your relationship and make you feel supported. That’s why you should get to know your neighbors and participate in community events. Consider doing volunteer work whenever you can, take part in ceremonies, and attend community meetings.

At some point in time, you might have to deal with an emergency when you least expect it. The element of surprise may lead to your demise if you aren’t prepared to deal with disasters mentally, emotionally, and physically. You should start by creating a self-care routine,  develop healthy coping mechanisms, and educate yourself on the basic emergency protocols you should follow. That way, you will be able to deal with stressful situations promptly and effectively.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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