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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lesson from the Past

Every disaster has its own unique characteristics that separate it from the many different types that may occur. Some disasters have longer lasting effects than others that are more severe while others can happen slowly over a long period of time with equally devastating effects and consequences. The lesson we can all learn from the past is that panic and fear can sometimes make a bad situation even worse.
If your emotions are allowed to take the place of a properly thought out plan for your survival, you will quite possibly find yourself in a place you may not want to be. A rational reaction to a disaster will always overcome the effects of irrational behavior that can lead to an improper or irrational response. Without a well-defined strategy to help keep your emotions in check, you may be headed for a survival disaster.
A disaster or crisis can sometimes be avoided and its effects lessened by knowing what to do and having a plan to put that knowledge into action. Remember, panic is not a very effective survival strategy. During an emergency or a crisis, your survival depends on your ability to stay calm and focus on the things that you can control.
As Mark Twain once said, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”
A good preparedness plan can help you master that fear.
Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker