Category Archive: Emergency Response Planning

Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 3: Anger

Anger is just as capable of killing us as the events that are threatening our lives.  It can cloud judgment,   encourage us to make irrational decisions and work against everything good that we are trying to accomplish.  Anger is a natural and common psychological response to stress or loss, but it is something that should be dealt with …

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Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 2: Fear

Fear can be both good and bad.  It can indicate to us that we are facing danger and need to react.  It can also keep us from confronting things that make us uncomfortable.  Fear can force us to take a step back and think about something, or it can cause us to freeze up and not think about …

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Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 1: Denial

Most people automatically experience an initial feeling of shock, disbelief or denial as soon as an emergency strikes.  One theory is that this is the brain’s way of helping us to minimize shock so that we can detach from the situation.  However, denial can also delay or cloud the decision-making process that needs to start as soon as …

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Are You Physically Prepared for Survival?

Physical fitness is one of the most important things that you can do to get your body ready for the challenges of a survival situation.  Getting into an exercise routine will also help you to rest better, think more clearly and have more control over your emotions.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym or …

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Appreciating Natural Reactions to Life or Death Situations

The human mind, in most cases, reacts in certain ways when we are faced with life or death situations.  Some of these reactions are helpful as they prevent us from doing things that will be deadly.  On the other hand, they can inhibit us from doing the right thing, which can lead to a grim …

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Practical Survival Tips from the Book of Leviticus

The book of Leviticus in the Bible is probably one of the most debated and contentious in all of scripture.  The restrictions placed on the Jewish people are seen by some as oppressive and others as a blessing and wise set of rules to follow.  Many of the principles outlined in Leviticus are incredibly practical and beneficial …

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How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire

How to Build a Rudimentary Day Time Signal Fire   A good signal fire can be seen for miles in some cases, especially if someone from the air notices the smoke and flame.  Building one can help you to attract attention when you want it, but it’s important to make it as effective as possible.  …

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Top Leadership Qualities from People Who Know

Top Leadership Qualities from People Who Know There are those who are born to lead and those who need to learn how.  Any one of us can be thrust into a situation where we must take a leadership role and run with it, and these situations often come with little or no warning.  Let’s take …

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How to Rescue and Treat Electric Shock Victims

How to Rescue and Treat Electric Shock Victims One of the biggest hazards associated with a disaster involves downed power lines or exposure to electrical currents.  It is very important that anyone who goes to rescue and attend to a shock victim takes precautions to protect themselves as well as the patient.  Let’s look at …

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How to Perform an Emergency Tracheotomy in the Field

How to Perform an Emergency Tracheotomy in the Field A tracheotomy is an emergency medical procedure that is used when a patient receives a trauma to the throat and the trachea, or windpipe, becomes obstructed.  It is a relatively simple procedure, but it also involves a lot of risk to the patient.  Consequently, even paramedics …

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