Sunday, January 24, 2010

Confronting Chaos and Confusion in a Crisis

There is an almost absolute possibility in any type of crisis that you will experience chaos and confusion. The disruption of normal, routine services and activities that are often taken for granted will most assuredly test the limits of your endurance. You only need look at current events around the world to see the ugly truth of this fact.

There are some things you can do that will help you overcome the chaos and confusion that will seek to destroy your hopes for survival.

1.) Keep and maintain a Positive Mental Attitude - This is the first and probably the foremost thing you can do in a crisis or an emergency. People can be very resourceful when the need arises and forming a positive mental attitude about your situation will only enhance your chances for survival.

2.) Set Attainable Goals for your Survival - Don’t waste time, energy or resources on long term goals that may not be feasible in the first stages of a crisis. Save those goals for later and place an emphasis on improving your current situation. Place your emphasis on setting reasonable goals that can be achieved fairly easily and within a short period of time in the early stages of a crisis. Your Positive Mental Attitude will be reinforced with each goal that is attained during a crisis.

3.) Use a Common Sense Approach - Realize that a common sense approach will keep you on the right track and help you reach your goals for survival. Your common sense will help you recognize what is within your power and ability to change. You won’t be able to change everything all at once and will need to realize this fact in the beginning stages of any crisis.

4.) Be Flexible in your Planning - The only bad thing about having a plan is that sometimes they don’t work, at least not the way you intended. You will need to have an alternate plan in case your current plan of action isn’t working to help you reach your goals. Be flexible and remember that sometimes plans need to be modified or changed in order for you to reach your goals for survival.

5.) Learn from your Mistakes - You will most definitely have setbacks in trying to reach your goals in a crisis but you should view them as a learning process that will only help you succeed. Look for other ways to reach your goals if something doesn’t work as you had planned. Some things will work and some will not. Don’t be discouraged by small setbacks and be ready for them when they happen.

Survival is a journey and every journey begins with that first step!

Staying above the water line!



idahobob said...

Don't panic! If it seems like like you have hit the brick wall, take a step back, take a deep breath or two and re-assess.

Calm thinking and a clear mind will get you through any crisis.


Chief Instructor said...

Excellent. With regards to Number 4- being flexible - I teach my students to PLAN for their plan to fail! Things rarely go as drawn out on paper. Give yourself options up front - follow PACE - have a Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency solution to each problem.

riverwalker said...


Agreed! Don't want to get into a state of panic...all reasonable thoughts and actions will only be made more difficult.

Thanks bob.


riverwalker said...

To: Chief Instructor

Many people aren't familiar with the concept unless they've had some formal training. As far as emergencies are concerned, it is always a good idea to PACE yourself.

Thanks a bunch Chief Instructor for bringing that concept to everyone's attention.


Ken said...

...hey RW,long time no type,still playin' catchup from downtime...Good post,good tip from Chief Instructor,PACE is now in my vocabulary...GodBless...

Dustin Tarditi said...

I like "Aim Small - Miss Small."

It ties into the goals part, but can both keep one focused on the component parts of a larger plan, but also help prevent tunnel vision if you remember that all the little tasks build upon each other and get you to your destination.

In high-stress situations, sometimes the simplest of objectives seem unattainable - "get to the PZ" may seem like an epic task, but "making it across this courtyard" may be something you can chew on... "Bug Out from Virginia to Kentucky" may seem too large in scale, but getting across a river, or E&E to the county line may be something you can get your head around.

riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Well, my old buddy finally showed up. I was almost afraid something had happened to you. Great to hear from you again. I'm still hanging around and hoping ti get a few more people to prepare themselves a little for the unexpected. Our numbers do seem to be growing and there is a heightened awareness among most people about how limited our emergency resources really are when you stop and think about it.

Welcome back Ken! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: Dustin Tarditi

That's a great way to look at it. Your "Aim small...miss small." point of view is an excellent way to attain your goals.

Thanks Dustin.


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