Tradecraft: The government isn’t coming to help you after a disaster, here’s how to help yourself

(TFC) – It doesn’t matter what country you’re in, what party is in power, or what the disaster is; the government completely fails when it comes to disaster relief. International organizations, such as the Red Cross, are barely any better. As with most things, government isn’t the answer. Here’s a handy guide to some things you need to know. From specials skills to tips on preparing to how to organize, it’s all below.

Preparing your individual kit: You have to prepare for yourself. As proven all over the country, help will be delayed, hindered, and in some cases nonexistent.

Preparing a complete bug out bag is your best option, but if you’re limited by funds you can prepare a budget or “scavenger hunt” bag. If you have funds but have limited time or simply don’t want to deal with it yourself, companies offer prepacked bug out bags.

Beyond this, you probably want to create an “Every Day Carry” kit for yourself. It’s the bare necessities you need in the event of an emergency and can fit in your pocket. You can use TFC’s EDC kit as an example to build your own.

For those who have a need to preposition supplies elsewhere, the basics of caching can be found here. If you frequently travel away from your home or move between various locations, it would be advisable to gain a working understanding of the process.

When people are preparing for a disaster, the subject of firearms often comes up. This guide was written specifically for women, but the key point is to reiterate that the rules for women and men are the same. Take a look and make the decision that is right for you.

You need a radio. Here’s a quick guide.

Medical skills: Many of the articles listed below come from Doom and Bloom, an invaluable resource in emergency medicine. It’s well worth reviewing the site, but here are some of our favorite articles: Antiseptics, How to pack a wound, How to properly store medicine (it shouldn’t be in your bathroom), Sulfa, Expired meds.


Survival skills: There’s more than one way to catch a fish. There’s more than one way to create a shelter. Snares can help you collect food in the aftermath of most disasters. Most survival kits include emergency blankets; here’s a list of ways to use them for other purposes. Remember, survival isn’t really about seeing what you have. It’s about seeing what things you have could be.

Many disasters create chaos. While this article is written for those caught in the middle of an insurgency, the rules are the same for attempting to make it through riots or lawless periods after a disaster.

The mindset of self-rescue is the ultimate survival skill.

Organizing your neighborhood: While many may make the decision to simply look out for themselves, some may choose to organize their communities.

Organizational templates are available all over the web, given the unpredictable nature of disasters, the structure of Stay Behind Organizations is ideal. SBOs were developed to counter the threat of foreign invasion during the Cold War. They operated under the premise that those involved would be completely cut off from assistance.

Miscellaneous Resources: People often overlooked the largest library of training materials at their disposal. The Fifth Column collected a massive number of Department of Defense publications available for free on various topics related to survival, dealing with disasters, and preparing for events.

Diversion safes are probably the smartest way to secure your valuables during an emergency. Here’s a quick look at them.

If you’re not going to take the time to prepare, maybe you should review “How to loot for survival.”