Equipping for disaster

S.T.O.P. (Stop, Think, Observe, Plan)

By Jake Sepulveda

If only they had taken the time to think…gut reactions and uninformed choices have led to the death of thousands of potential survivors.

Assuming anything, other than the worst, during a disaster or survival situation can land you in some pretty unpleasant places…including the bottom of a ravine, locked in a basement, or even in the jaws of a hungry Zombie. But taking the time to evaluate a situation or area before you jump head-first into it, can save you a lot of pain and frustration in the long-run.

From moving too quickly and leaving important gear and supplies behind, to losing your way, or getting injured; we’ve seen quick and clouded judgments end poorly more than once. “You go that way, I’ll go this way.”, “The place must be empty.”, and “It’s just a scratch.”, are all great examples of simple situations that have gone wrong because no one took the time to really think about what might happen next.

So always look before you leap, both literally and figuratively… or you’ll never know where you might land next.

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