Are we SAFE?
Being “safe”, or having safety in your daily life, is key to building a foundation for your life. While safety is relative, and we must always be vigilant as to the elements that can erode our safety as a person, a cohesive family unit and as a society, I think of safety as a function of S.A.F.E. Following the guidelines of S.A.F.E, or simply the “SAFE Principle” refers to Security, Access, Food, Energy.
If you are a following of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, you know that to be happy and effective, you need to have certain base needs left. After taking care of base functions like food, water, breathing, etc., safety is the next concern.
Without safety in one’s life, you are constantly on edge and the stress of this lack of safety can cloud your judgement. When it comes to preparing for a disaster, be it zombies or hurricanes or a martial law situation, safety comes in the forms of security (physical), access (ability to sustain and adapt), food (borrowed from the base, I realize) and energy/fuel. These break down as follows:
Security – A physical means to defend yourself, your property and your way of life. This could mean anything from restrictive and subversive storage for your belongings to being able to physically defend yourself and others from harm through violent means. I lump all of this under “security” as it’s not a one note task. To be physically secure, you will need to be vigilant of your situation at all times, aware of your surroundings, prepared to attack or defend and capable of doing this with whatever means you have prepared for yourself.
Access – Access refers to your physical access to shelter and the ability to maintain this shelter through the means of the aforementioned security. This can be your home, your business, your cabin in the woods. During a catastrophic event, you are often warned to “shelter in place”, meaning that the access you have is where you are now, with what you have around you. Having a sturdy foundation of access is just as important as security. I discuss building bug out shelters and long term accommodations in other posts, but always push to have a minimum of 30 days of supplies available in the shelter you have access to.
Food – This one is so critical that it’s in the base pyramid above, but it’s something I push time and time again in survivalist training. Food shouldn’t just be what you need today, or tomorrow, or this month. It should be what you can sustain. What happens if there is no help coming for months? or years? or at all? What will you do for food? How will you store it? How will you prepare it? How will you handle it with limited accommodations, such as lack of refrigeration or running water?
Energy – Energy refers to all forms of energy that power our modern lives, including electricity, gasoline, running water, etc. If you’re a follower of the television show Revolution, you get a glimpse into a world without electricity. During many natural disasters, electricity is one of the first things to go, with water along with it. How will you survive without energy? How will you travel without fuel? These are questions you must have answers for if you wish to remain S.A.F.E. during a catastrophic or apocalyptic event.
There are articles throughout this site to describe each of these principles in detail, along with plans you are welcome to reference and build from as you build your own plans. Until then, stay vigilant my friends.