Dealing with an emergency can be incredibly dangerous and stressful.
There are countless errors people commit that can make a catastrophe worse.
Here’s the one big mistake people make during an emergency.
Preparation for a disaster takes a lot of planning and commitment.
Prepping is not a hobby that one picks up and drops on a whim.
It requires a mindset that many don’t have.
Most people are content living their lives without any concern of what potential emergencies may come.
Modern day America is the richest, safest, most prosperous country ever.
But that doesn’t mean catastrophe can’t strike.
The entire 20th century is proof that even developed nations can fall into totalitarianism.
Third-world countries still experience that today, but western democracies aren’t immune from such civil unrest.
The Yellow Vest protests in France and the migrant crisis all over Europe are prime examples.
America, too, is still susceptible to natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, riots, terror attacks, blackouts, economic collapse, and many other crises.
That’s why preppers not only exist, they’re growing in numbers.
More and more people have bug-out bags and vehicles, and plenty of supplies stocked.
It’s important to be prepared because there’s one major mistake people make when disaster actually does strike: they stop thinking clearly.
Preppers are significantly better at maintaining a clear head in a crisis, but they’re also vulnerable to the affliction.
When the SHTF, people usually have two reactions.
The first reaction is panic.
People are so overwhelmed, they forget all of their training and act rashly, or fail to act at all.
For example, people often experience shock in the midst of a medical emergency, both as patients and first aid administrators.
In the face of a disaster, precious seconds can be the difference between life and death.
The second reaction people have in the face of crisis is denial.
People often experience normalcy bias, particularly in a developed country like the United States.
Normalcy bias causes people to believe that either a crisis isn’t real, or that its effects will be minimal.
For example, many people tragically die during hurricanes even though they don’t strike without several days of notice.
People have opportunities to get out of a storm’s radius, but they refuse to believe they’re in true imminent danger.
This phenomenon causes some people to stare out the window at an advancing tornado—putting themselves at risk of getting slashed by broken glass—instead of hunkering down.
This can also happen with forest fires.
People don’t realize how quickly the fires can spread, and how devastating the ashen and smoky air can be.
It’s important to build up supplies and develop survival skills, but the most important thing of all is to prepare your mind so you’ll know how to act when a real crisis presents itself.
Keeping a calm mind will keep you safe.
However, thinking and activist irrationally will negate all of the preparation you’ve done.
Don’t get in the habit of finding crises where they don’t exist, but don’t get caught flat-footed when it’s actually going down.