When things get serious sometimes conditions can fluster your memory and make you wish you had paid closer attention to minor details, or details that you don’t use every day. This is why keeping a journal in your bug out bag or rucksack is not a bad idea. So what information is worth having access to if things go bad? Start playing the what if game. Think about things you might want to be able to look up on the internet in a trying situation.
What if there was a fire?
What if there was a nuclear catastrophe?
What if there was a terrorist attack?
What if there was a hurricane, tornado, earthquake?
What if there was an outbreak of disease?
What if there was a shortage of food or water?
What if you were stranded on an island, or in the woods, or in desert?
What if GPS or cellphone or ANY PHONES no longer worked?
What if there were no more hospitals, pharmacists or doctors to go to anymore?
What if the State or Country you currently reside in suddenly wasn’t safe anymore?
Do you know everything you would need to know?
Surely there will be something you wish you had researched more, took better notes on or paid closer attention to in class or training.
Things you might want to have include:
Names and doses of any medications, antibiotics, or prescriptions you have needed in the past, or may need in the future.
Original or copies of certain legal documents, identification, educational documents and certifications, titles/deeds, account numbers/balance sheets(if money is still relevant)
Maps, printed out directions to places of importance, such as friends & family you don’t visit often. Addresses and contact numbers. Know more than one way of getting to them in the event one way is no longer valid or safe. This is crazy to some but know things like where bridges are over major waterways, passes through mountains etc and it cannot hurt to know where the shortest distance across or through would be in the event all of them are being patrolled, demolished, washed out, flooded or not accessible.
Mathematical formulas with examples. There are lots of these that are helpful in a survival situation. One of the more important ones for example, how much chlorine or iodine would be needed to make x gallons water drinkable.
How-to-Guides. Obviously you are not going to tote around the whole library of the “for Dummies” guides but you can find many useful resources online that are a couple pages long. Such as How to survive a nuclear attack, an anthrax outbreak, biological warfare, etc. These are things that we don’t like to think about but are still a possibility.If there were a nuclear war, there are serious things you should understand about fallout and radiation sickness that will help you survive if you are not in the immediate death zone. Or how to treat certain individuals who are under these conditions. Other guides that might prove helpful How to purify water, grow sprouts, butcher game, grow vegetables, reload empty ammo shells, preserve foods, Send Morse Code, and decipher other radio lingo.
Take notes when learning things like natural remedies, medicines, cures. Don’t be afraid to ask your pharmacist and doctor questions regarding doses, side effects and names of alternative or generic remedies in the event your prescription is not available.
Caloric intake and values of foods you might be forced to eat in the event of a disaster. This will help in the event you are having to ration due to shortages. How long it may take for certain foods to provide edible fruits or produce, and the seasons for their harvest might prove useful. Recipes never hurt either!
Magazine clippings or articles with useful information or tips or visuals are helpful when trying to explain to others.
Start your own journal and see what you come up with. Everyone’s will be different depending on lifestyle, memory, and importance to the individual. It would be pointless for me to tell everyone to have the same things in their journal. Think of your journal as your resume or profile. If you were having to show the guard at the gate what you have to offer and bring to the village, what are you going to know about and will you remember everything there is to know or will you need some footnotes along the way? Feel free to share ideas of useful notes, printable links or information by posting them below