Disasters can generally be broken down into four major affected area categories. These are local, regional, national, and global. Below are some examples with scenario based timeframes ranging from least severe to most severe.
- Local – Duration of less than 5 days and is limited to a local area. There would be limited disruptions to food, water, fuel and power but the government and the economy remains intact.
- Regional – Duration of 14 days affecting an entire region. There would be limited disruptions to food, water, fuel, power, but the government and the economy remains intact. There would be moderate increases in crime and looting.
- National – Duration of 60 days and affects the entire country. There would be no food or water available for sale and fuel and power would also not be available. There would be limited disruptions to government and the economy and violent crime and looting would escalate dramatically.
- Global – Duration of greater than 60 days and affects the entire world. There would be no food or water available for sale and fuel and power would also not be available. Governments and financial institutions would collapse and violent crime and looting would be rampant and increase to unprecedented levels.
Are you prepared with adequate supplies and skills to survive and defend yourself should one of these affected area scenarios occur? If not ask yourself why not? If so then you are well on your way to being prepared to handle a number of different survival scenarios.
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