Being prepared is the most important thing in dealing with a major emergency. It hardly matters if it is a flood, earthquake, tornado, tidal surge, power outage, heat wave, avalanche, long-term drought, landslide, or we can go on and on and name every single type of emergency known to mankind including a massive pile up on the freeway, airliner crash, bridge collapse, railroad derailment, or terrorist attack. Anyway, I think you’re starting to get the point. And that brings me to my next point of contention as an online article author who’s tried desperately to write important articles and quality content on these very subjects.
Whereas, preparation is one of the keys to survival, it’s often more than that. It is those decisions you make just seconds after a major disaster which often determine if you live or die, drown or burn, or get blown away or buried alive. Despite what you might think, as prepared as you are, and as trained as you might be, it’s incredible the amount of emotion and the chemicals running through your brain which fire off during a natural disaster (yes, I am speaking from experience). It’s hard to say that one is ever completely emotionally prepared or ready for something totally out of the blue.
Yes, things like wildfires, droughts, and hurricanes do give good warning. However not all disasters do, and perhaps that’s my second point. You can’t always be prepared for everything. Still, as an online article author I would submit to you that we need more folks writing about these topics, not scaring people, but giving people confidence that they can make it through anything. Letting them know the ins and outs of a pandemic flu, so there’s no question what they and their families must do. Step-by-step strategies and well researched and good advice can make the difference.
So many online article authors are writing content to redirect traffic to their website and make a few bucks selling their wares trinkets online. Still, with the ability to write, and put together simple instructions, those skills can be used for something good, something that will save people’s lives, something that will make a difference. You might think that FEMA can help out with most of this, but generally they respond after a major disaster, not before. Until the devastation hits, they may not even be sent in until it is declared by the government to be such.
Until then people are on their own, but if they have thought about what to do, read it somewhere, written it down, or printed it off from the Internet they are that much ahead. If you have expertise in emergency management and survival tactics, I hope you will write more online articles to get the word out. Please consider all this and think on it.