I always pay attention to accounts from those who've survived natural or man-made disasters. Not only do they hold valuable lessons for those who haven't experienced such situations, but they also reinforce the reality that much of what we hold dear is frippery, of little or no real importance. They expose our 'consumer lifestyle' for the thin veneer that it is. When push comes to shove, only the essentials count.
In these pages we've spoken about lessons learned after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; the blog 'Surviving in Argentina' by FerFal, who experienced the economic collapse there and shared the lessons he learned; and the account of 'Selco' during the Bosnian War, among other survival-related 'lessons learned'. Now comes another account, this one from Gaza during the Israeli invasion of that territory during 2014. The author is clearly pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel; but whether we agree with his stance or not, it should not prevent us learning from his experience. Here's an excerpt.
Anticipate and don’t hesitate. Don’t wait for it to happen, and head out of your house in the daylight to stock the basics. Make a plan and a list of everything you need and make sure to calculate the distance between the places and the time you will need. You are not going on a fun ride. Make sure all the places are nearby and easy to reach without wasting too much time. You will need a good amount of clean water because no one knows how long it will last.
Stock up on bread and canned food, they last longer than fresh food. Do not go out at night, unless it’s an emergency. Make a list of all numbers you will need in urgent times like numbers of hospitals, doctors, family members, friends, pharmacies and such.
Stocking up on medicine is more crucial than stocking up on food. Don’t only get medicine that you take or your family takes, make sure you stock up on emergency medicine, such as a first aid kit, bandages, plasters, medical cleansing alcohol, burn soothing creams, anesthetics, dehydration solutions, painkillers and anything else you might think you will need during days of war. Remember, during war, anything can happen, so it’s important to be vigilant.
Earplugs, earplugs, earplugs. Especially for those who have issues because the sound of the blasts might cause infection, pain and/or damage to the ears.
There's more at the link. Interesting and recommended reading.
I must admit, I hadn't thought about the need for earplugs for everyone, even though I use them when I nap during the day. On the basis of personal experience, I agree that when explosions are crashing all around, earplugs might be as much of an aid to sanity as they are to preserve hearing! It just goes to show - there's always another lesson to be learned, if you keep your eyes and ears and mind open.