How Will You Cope When Faced With an Unexpected Emergency?

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How Will You Cope When Faced With an Unexpected Emergency?

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All of us excel in some areas when faced with unexpected emergencies, but we all have certain weaknesses as well.  For example, some have stronger stomachs than others, and dealing with injuries is not a problem.  However, the same people may not be able to orient themselves easily or know how to build an efficient fire.  Some people may have a strong intuitive side or sense of perception whereas others have trouble developing their situational awareness skills. 

All of us can benefit from knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are in order to find ways to compensate.  This is why practicing, drilling and going through the motions of responding to an imaginary crisis are effective tools that can reveal areas that need some improvement. They give us a chance to do some honest self-assessing and give us the opportunity to work through these challenges in order to be better prepared at the end of the day.

Honest Assessment is Key

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Self-assessment, or receiving feedback from others about how we cope during stressful times can help us to develop better ways to deal with a crisis.  However, the only way that we can overcome some of these limitations is by being honest about them and accepting that we can all use a little work.  This is the first step toward finding ways to compensate, learning new habits or working through fears in order to rise to the occasion during an emergency instead of panicking.

Overcome With Action

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Once you know what your weaknesses or limitations are, then the next step is to find ways to overcome them.  This can be just as difficult as accepting them in the first place, as our brains are naturally wired to pursue the path of least resistance.  Changing our responses to crises often involves changing ingrained habits and behaviors that we’ve developed over the course of time. 

However, the only way to truly adapt and grow is through action.  Thinking will only take us so far, and most people who have conquered fears will tell you that facing that fear, and learning to cope at the same time, was the only pathway to success.  It takes work, courage and determination, but people generally permanently grow out of whatever barrier was holding them back once they cross that threshold. 

The same principles apply to us when it comes to accepting and dealing with our limitations.  The more we work through these things now will help us to be stronger and better-prepared emotionally to manage real emergencies as they come along.

Be Proactive

You don’t want to test yourself during a real crisis if at all possible.  While many people are able to rise to the occasion and shine during challenging times, many can not.  They panic. They freeze. They make bad decisions. They get scared and they lose focus.  It’s easy to see how this can be a problem when you are confronted with an emergency that has the potential to be life-altering.  This is why it’s important to deal with whatever limitations you have now.  Doing so will cement the building blocks of a good reaction into your psyche, and that will help you in innumerable ways when a real crisis comes along.

Consider the long list of emergencies, disasters, crises or SHTF scenarios that are running through your head.  You know what they are.  You probably have thought extensively about how to prepare for them.  However, it’s also important to think about how you will feel and react when that time comes as well.  This is one thing that often escapes our minds as we focus on our preparedness efforts.  However, it’s one of the most important things that we can do.

Take some time to really have a heart-to-heart with yourself, and ask others for their impressions of some of your general strengths and weaknesses as well.  Once you have identified areas for improvement, then you can develop a way to work through them.  The goal is to train yourself to become better-equipped to respond to an emergency in a productive and prudent manner.  This will go along way when ti comes to maximizing your chances of getting through it as unscathed as possible.