Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Worst Case Scenario - The Failure of Personal Infrastructure

Technology can demand a high price when it fails. The failure of your own personal infrastructure can come with an even higher cost. You can endanger your own survival if you fail to plan properly for a possible failure of your personal infrastructure.

While we can’t exercise very much control over the majority of the infrastructure in our lives, we can control our immediate environment with proper planning. Being prepared to maintain your personal infrastructure will take an extensive amount of planning. That planning should take the form of one the major essentials for your survival.

What does it take to help guard against the failure of your personal infrastructure? All it takes is a simple backup plan for emergencies.
In order to have a good backup plan, you will need to know your weaknesses and prepare in advance for the problems they may create. Having a decent backup plan in place will help insure the viability of your personal infrastructure in a worst case scenario.

No matter where you live your personal environment is only as viable and safe as you make it. While there are many aspects involved in your personal infrastructure, some are quite basic and should be of prime consideration. Covering the basics should rank high on your list of priorities for maintaining your personal infrastructure.

The Major Aspects of Personal Infrastructure

1. Communication - This is an important aspect of your personal infrastructure. It is also one of the ones that experiences failure on a regular basis. Establishing a set of protocols to follow in case your personal communication system breaks down will increase your chances of survival. Do you have an alternate place to meet if you can’t contact someone directly? Do you always inform someone of your route and destination when traveling? If there is a lapse in your personal communications, you need to have clear and decisive guidelines in place for all family members to avoid the possibility of a break down in communications.

2. Transportation - Another important aspect of your personal infrastructure is transportation. Facts are facts and without viable transportation of some sort you may not get very far. Most of us have a means of transportation but if it fails you may have a serious problem. While most people can’t always afford a backup vehicle, you can keep spare parts handy and learn how to do simple mechanical repairs that might otherwise leave you stranded at the worst possible time. It’s not a good idea to put much faith in the public transportation system in a crisis.

3. Shelter - Shelter is another priority of your personal infrastructure. Your home should be a primary and essential part of your personal planning to maintain your infrastructure. It will give you both safety and security, which are the major elements of a secure environment.
Even the crudest of shelters will require maintenance to keep them viable; otherwise they may simply fail to provide any protection. While most any type of shelter will be a good thing, it may not afford the best levels of protection you or your family may require. Being prepared to perform simple repairs will help but you must also be prepared to abandon it if the main structure becomes unstable and be unsafe to occupy. It beats the alternative of being housed with persons who failed to plan ahead and are now simply refugees.

4. Security - Your security infrastructure can also be vital to your survival. If the system suffers an overload, you may need to insure your own levels of protection. Your levels of protection can take shape in the form of anything from adequate locks on your home to self defense classes or proper training and use of firearms. 

5. Personal Needs - Another integral part of your personal infrastructure is the maintenance of personal needs. You should strive to make sure your food and water supply remains viable and that proper sanitation and health needs can be sustained in the event of a system failure.  

Maintaining the integrity of your personal infrastructure is something you can control. You probably won’t be able to prevent the failure of a major infrastructure system but you can create a more secure personal infrastructure. This will allow you to be better prepared to handle such a failure should it occur.

Keeping your survival personal?

Staying above the water line!


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