Preparedness Rule of 3’s


Disaster Preparedness. Air, Shelter, Water, Food

Disaster Preparedness. Air, Shelter, Water, FoodRule of 3’s?  What does that mean?

The basic rule of threes in survival.

When we begin to analyze preparedness and survival, we have to figure out what is most important.  It makes sense to prioritize what is most important, and plan accordingly.  What are some of the most essential items necessary to survive, and how long can we live without them?

Air – 3 Minutes.

Shelter – 3 Hours.

Water – 3 Days.

Food – 3 Weeks.

Okay, okay, I know this is a generalization.  Personally, I can’t hold my breath for 3 minutes, and I would not be a “happy camper” if I didn’t eat for 3 Weeks, but hopefully you get the picture.

So how can we apply this information?  Obviously, air is the most essential, but realistically if we don’t have a clean and abundant supply of fresh air, survival won’t last very long.  Let’s assume that air is available.  Let’s address the things that we have more control over.

Shelter is critical.  If you are not fortunate enough to live in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii like I do, then you can quickly subcome to the effects of hypotermia or hyperthermia (too cold or too hot).  Hypothermia is a real threat to most of the world’s population.  Ensure that you have suitable shelter as quickly as possible.  It doesn’t have to be snowing to succumb to cold.  Hypothermia can have detremental effects in 70 degrees.  Be aware and careful of it’s effects; chills, shivers, numbness, confusion.  They are sometimes very subtle.

Next is water (not food).  Secure a supply of potable (drinkable) water.  People can not survive for very long (3 Days) without water.  Have adequate stored water, but due to space requirements, more than a few days is logistically difficult.  Have several ways to purify water, and locate a water source.  Plan to have water covered within the first day.

Did you think that food was first?  Are you surprised to find out that it is low on the priority list?  Most people do.  The human body can survive for quite some time without food, but it will become more critical as a crisis continues.  Food storage for a few weeks is fairly easy to store, and it is where most people start on their preparedness planning.

The point of this post is to encourage thought and discussion.  Preparedness means more than having a few extra cans of vienna sausage.  Start small.  Start now.  We can’t predict when a disaster will strike.  Prepare now, because when disaster strikes, the time to prepare has past.

Mark Plischke
Aloha Alarm
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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