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Throughout time, civilization has gone through phases of being more sensitive to catastrophic events, leading people to act with caution and make preparations. Some time periods involve little concern and people live it up and act without much thought to the future. However, there are phases where signs point to disaster and people find comfort in making preparations. These phases may be related to climactic or economic changes, or it may be due to a date on the calendar. These phases of caution tend to occur around the turn of a century. While it may seem foolish to rush out a build yourself a bunker, you may want to find a happy medium where you prepare for a worst case scenario situation. People have driven themselves to needing a bankruptcy attorney or bankruptcy lawyer preparing for the unexpected. This may not be necessary, but knowing you have the ability to survive can comfort you in times of emergency.
The most important thing you can do when faced with an emergency is to stay calm. In order to stay calm during a cataclysmic event, you are going to need to prepare and feel that survival is possible; even in the harshest of conditions. Make sure you have a place to go, as well as an alternate plan. Speak with your family members about a meeting place away from your hometown. If everyone has an idea of where to drive should there be a disaster or emergency, it gives you direction and comfort. In your home, be sure to have an area that offers protection from weather-related disasters like tornadoes. An area in the basement or a closet may be enough to keep you safe for a few hours.
Should you find yourself in a situation where there are shortages of necessities, survival may grow increasingly more difficult. Some people go as far as stockpiling canned goods and water in levels enough to allow them to survive for years. This may be going overboard, but having a few days worth of supplies in your car and your home may come in handy if faced with an emergency. Even a car breakdown could leave you stranded for ten or twelve hours, a time frame in which you will get hungry and thirsty. It is important to have an emergency kit in your car which includes blankets.
When the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000, there was a lot of concern about the computerized systems we have come to rely upon. While the time change happened mostly without incident, there is always risk of something happening to a computerized system. Have a backup plan for how you will access money during an emergency. Having access to just a few hundred dollars of cash should be enough to get you through a few days of crisis.
Finally, understand that nobody will know what to expect in an emergency. There will be panic and any comfort you can offer to friends and loved ones will be helpful. Rely on those around you for support and do what you can to help them.
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