Reclaim and Recover Your LIfe

A proper mental, emotional and physical recovery is of the type of activity that typically takes place simultaneously, that will help one to return the basic city, county and state infrastructure systems to their minimum operating standards. As this takes place, the long-term activity designed to return your lives to normal or improved levels will start taking shape. Reclaiming your life after such a terrible event, is the hardest phase of a natural, or even man made disaster.

Recovering usually requires a plethora of personal and community motivation techniques, such as those taught by motivation speakers like Norman Vincent Peale. People who have served in the military are usually better prepared for this recovery process as a general rule.  In fact, appointing block captains who served is always a good idea as you rebuild infrastructure.

Of course, have a good strategy and utilizing excellent tactics is part of the advance planning for how recovery will happen should an unexpected and tragic event take place. Some areas of the planning process should involve anticipating in advance, the various levels of potential disasters, inter alia: damage evaluation, removal of human waste, decomposing bodies, clearing trash, sewage and other debris, decontaminating the water supply (pumps and filters should always be kept on had), establishing a Headquarters (HQ), or some other temporary disaster assistance center until such time as public officials can set something up.

Those involved in the mental health profession who live nearby ground zero, should be identified in advance, in order to anticipate and set up crisis counseling. Those who work in government, should have advance planning set up for assisting neighbors in getting disaster loans, private and public grants. 

Part of the planning for recovery process means an evaluation of potential threats, such as the terrorism threat levels, weather patterns, and even human caused disasters such as those caused by failing to repair and maintain roads and dams. Every plan should include prepping, reconstruction and temporary housing billets. This means block captains should have identified bug out plans, as well as storage depots for tents, sleeping bags, and yes, even weapons caches and storage in cases of terror and foreign invasion. We cannot expect police and EMT’s who also have families to look after, to look after us. 

This way, after an emergency, we already know our friends versus potential outside threats, and we are able to provide new guards for our future security (read more here.)  At least this way, setting aside mass extinctions, we know that help will be available for the local populous, even if we are not at home. In other words, if you are stuck miles away at work, and your wife and kids are home, you know you have a plan and that the people in the area are trained to help eachother in cases of extreme disasters and emergencies. We always need to anticipate that not everyone will be located or rescued immediately. It could take days, weeks or months. Again, we need to fall back on our survival and emergency medical training techniques during this test of strife.

Being well prepared before an unexpected and shocking event means that muscle memory and training kicks in automatically upon the stimulus. Thus, training and memorization is your best protection. Tailgate safety meeting and neighborhood type barbeques, coordinating with neighborhood watch, and even volunteering as a volunteer or reserve police officer can often give you and your surrounding neighbors a fighting chance in a bad situation like this.

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First and foremost, by discovery what your potential risks and rewards cold be, you may just be motivated to superbly prepare yourself for any contingency that may arise in your locale. The basic information we try and provide within our site can hopefully be your guidon as you charge through all of the barriers and Herculean tasks of surviving and even improving during times of strife. Thus, developing an emergency family plan is step one. Step two includes meeting with neighbors and designated experts who live in your zone of protection and influence.

At the forefront of all of this, is the basic understanding of your need for disaster preparation, and the many various types of emergencies that historically have befallen the immediate vicinity, and what is normally an effective response in each situation. It is better to sweat in training than to bleed in combat. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of treatment. In fact, many disasters are avoidable.  If you know that your home needs to be retrofitted, and you fail to take steps, that is on you. If you know that there is a blind corner ahead, but fail to take steps to adjust your driving tactics for that curb, then that is on you when you get killed in a head on collision.

Knowing how to stay warm in a blizzard after your home is destroyed by a collapsed roof for example, could mean the difference between life and death. In all events, stepping outside your zone of comfort, and advancing your knowledge and expertise could save someone’s life, probably yours. And of course, it will certainly ease your stress and help assure the safety of those you care for, when you have taken the steps that few others take even though they should have.

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