Reading some of the comments about the Camp Fire disaster after yesterday's post, I was reminded again that many people just don't get it. They really believe that disaster, danger, whatever, won't come upon them unawares - that they'll always have at least some time to prepare for it. While I agree that many times they'll be right, I've also lived long enough, in enough really nasty circumstances, to know that it won't always be that way.
- You may get warning of a hurricane, or a rioting mob, or a fire; but will the warning be early enough for you to get out of the way - particularly when everyone around you is blocking the roads as they try to do likewise?
- Who's going to warn you about an earthquake or a landslide? They don't happen in a predictable fashion. They can strike anytime.
- Crime and criminals are an ever-present reality, and the last thing they're going to do is give you advance notice that they're out to get you. If you aren't ready for them, you'll be a victim rather than a defender.
1. NOBODY IS COMING TO SAVE YOU. Whether an event lasts a few seconds, a few hours, or even a few days – you have to work as though nobody is coming to save you.
2. You are your savior, so start working because EVERYTHING IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. You are your security, you are your medic, you are your rescuer.
3. You are your own best resource to SAVE WHO NEEDS TO BE SAVED. Nobody wants to save your life more than you, so set yourself up for success by having the simple tools and knowledge to do so: do what you can with what you have. Recognize that nobody is in a better position to start saving your life than you.
4. Sometimes saving lives means you have to KILL WHO NEEDS TO BE KILLED. It has been almost 15 years since I first wrote “the more effective you are at taking a life, the more successful you’ll be at saving one” and nothing in the intervening time has changed my mind. Be swift, be decisive, be final.
5. Mostly, ALWAYS BE WORKING. There is always something you can be doing to improve your position. Always. Because nobody is coming to save you.
Words of wisdom, to be remembered and applied. Yesterday's Camp Fire disaster discussion demonstrated that in many ways.