You’ve stockpiled years of food and water, you have a bug-out room all ready to occupy and you’ve armed yourself to the teeth in preparation for whatever disaster may befall you. That’s all well and good, but are you prepared for the day-to-day dangers that you face?
There are at least 5 deathly scenarios that are more probable than a natural disaster. Today we’d like to talk about them and give you some tips to avoid these situations.
Just to throw some numbers out there, your chance of dying:
- In a tornado – about 1:60,000
- In an earthquake – about 1:131,000
- In a flood – about 1:30,000
- In a terrorist attack – about 1:1,000,000
Exposure to the Elements: Odds of Dying by Cold – 1:7,399 and by Heat – 1:6,174
Though we certainly worry about this if the world ends, it’s a very real risk in everyday life as well.
Exposure to extreme heat and cold are two of the quickest ways to die because once your core temperature varies by just a few degrees, you’re in trouble.
If you live in an area where you’re forced to be outside in the cold, make sure that both your car and your home are stocked with items that you can use to stay warm or to treat frostbite or hypothermia. See our article about how to treat frostbite here.
Strangely enough, Florida has a significant number of people who die from hypothermia because they’re not as prepared for cold weather as their northern counterparts, especially when out on the water. It goes without saying that residents of states that experience extreme cold have to be prepared, too.
Your car should have an extra layer or 3 of clothes in case you get wet, or in case you just need to bundle up more. You should also have a first aid kit that includes hot pads so that you can warm up flesh that’s been exposed to the elements for too long. At home, keep a ready supply of mittens and warm socks. Garbage bags should be stored at both places because they’re a good way to keep body heat in and moisture out should you need to venture outside when it’s extremely cold.
Symptoms of hypothermia include shivering (early stages), lethargy and hallucinations (later stages). If you’re in the cold and you experience these symptoms, get inside and get warm!
Exposure to extreme heat is just as deadly, often because we don’t pay as much attention to the symptoms. If you begin to get confused or you break out in a cold sweat and goose bumps when it’s hot out, you need to get somewhere cool immediately. Stop what you’re doing regardless of what it is because you’re only a few minutes away from being in serious trouble.