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Why Panic Is Worse Than The Problem And How Neighbors Can Help

Survival in an emergency is greatly enhanced with skills you learn before you need them. One can be prepared for a lot of events and sometimes even with the skills might still perish. How well your outcome depends on the type of event, your skill set, your equipment, and those who are with you (and if those also have equipment and skills). Unprepared, overwhelmed, and defeated you can still survive, but your odds are slimmer or at best less desired in the end.

When you panic during a crisis, it shuts off your ability to think clearly and logically. Those are abilities you need to tend to any particular situation. There are text book cases of what you should do for emergencies in general, but your common sense must tell you if it applies to you right there.

When you know how to handle an emergency before it pops up, you are less likely to panic. You need to try to meet these situations with a certain detached objectiveness. This is why it is a good idea to have disaster drills of anything that could come up. Not to frighten yourself and be so scared of the possibility of what may or may not come, but to help you sleep better knowing that if something came up you would be ready.

Having supplies in a safe and easy to recover space is vital. If the emergency will take you away from your home, make sure it is portable. If the emergency is at the home, keep it where it will stay safe and unforgotten.

Having family, friends and neighbors can help people greatly. That is why it is nice to know your neighbors. Between you and your neighbors, you can help each other with whatever crisis is at hand.

There are a lot of serious potential problems for which you should be prepared. So many things can happen. Floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes are realities. With the help of the community and knowledge before you enter into these disasters, you can survive.

Team up together on a monthly basis by having a community meeting to discuss any issue that affects everyone there. Have a community disaster plan worked out with your local police, paramedics and fire department. Remember, in an emergency, no man is an island. And most importantly, know what to do before disaster and keep calm in any emergency, but in the mean time don't dwell on it.

  1. Coping With The Terrorist Threat
  2. How To Deal With Bullies
  3. Protection From Dangerous People
  4. Basic First Aid
  5. Earthquake Safety
  6. Flood Safety
  7. Tornado, Hurricane, and High Wind Disasters
  8. Blizzards
  9. Get Out of Your Home Alive During A Fire
  10. Miscellaneous Natural and Manmade Disasters
  11. Avoid Becoming A Victim
  12. Emergency Supplies Everyone Should Have

A Word On Terrorists

A terrorist is one who uses fear to terrorize others, but the ones most feared are those capable of killing.

One of my pet peeves is the blatant stereotyping and suspicion of all people of brown skinned as being potential terrorists. Instead, look for people who are acting in a manner depicted in this translated document Al Qaeda Training Manual. Terrorists take on more than one name, have more than one agenda, and all of them are criminal thugs. If you see people acting in this manner, then you probably have reason to suspect. Never approach someone acting in a very bizarre manner; call for backup. If you think there is some dangerous situation going to take place, go to the nearest place of safety as quickly as possible. Don't become a vigilante; what if you get it wrong?

If you want to do your part to point out and report a terrorist, use common sense and not stereotypes. The bottom line is most of the people who commit horrid acts all fit in the category of male, age 16-45 (see references below); many with mental health issues. Doesn't matter the race, religion or nationality. Most of the crime committed against others are by men in this age range. There are a few who fall outside of this demographic, but they are the rare ones. The following people are some of the more infamous names of terrorists from around the world, all male and within the age range.