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The Asafo Mindset: 4 Ways To Prepare For Any Natural Disaster

The Asafo Mindset

Survival preparation is more about mindset than material. Specifically, you must have a proactive warrior mindset and you must know what priorities to address before you take action. Here are 4 ways to do so.

Imagine most likely and worst case scenarios

Do you live near nuclear power plants? Then you are at risk for a meltdown. Hurricane or tornado zones? Have snowstorms caused deaths in your area in the past? Do you live near a body of water or an active volcano (Oregon and Washington State?)? Do you live in earthquake zones?

The Asafo Mindset: 4 Ways To Prepare For Any Natural Disaster

Your most likely scenarios will change based on your location. Think about the most likely scenario for your area, and use your imagination to develop a realistic plan of escape if the worst happens. And speaking of plans of escape…

Move first and move fast – Get out of the ‘kill zone’

The kill zone is an area that is either in the path of or already hit by a natural disaster. If the disaster has already struck, get out of the disaster area as fast as possible.

Your very first response to any dangerous situation is to get the hell out of the ‘kill zone’. Move. Move first, and move fast. Again, dont try to wait it out. Go on a 30 minute drive with the family. Jump on the last flight out. If possible, never ever shelter in place. You become a sitting duck.

If you can be the first one out of the city, all the better. By the time the masses realize they are in danger, the highways will already be gridlocked.

And if you cant escape on your own, focus on getting rescued. Do not wait things out. Do not attempt to stay in your home. And do not allow yourself or your family to be herded into any emergency camps, refugee camps, stadiums, or government established safe zones.

The Asafo Mindset: 4 Ways To Prepare For Any Natural Disaster
A Katrina Survivor finds the body of a victim right outside of the FEMA camp.

These become dangerous, dirty, human holding pens. Think about the camps around Port-Au-Prince Haiti or the New Orleans Superdome. The people who left the area fared well. The people who stayed have horror stories to tell:

A 2-year-old girl slept in a pool of urine. Crack vials littered the restroom. Blood stains the walls next to vending machines smashed by teenagers…There is no sanitation. The stench is overwhelming. The city’s water supply, which had held up since Sunday, gave out early yesterday, and toilets in the Dome became inoperable and began to overflow.

“There is feces on the walls,” said Bryan Hebert, 43, who arrived at the dome Monday. “There is feces all over the place.”

The Superdome is patrolled by more than 500 Louisiana National Guard, many of whom carry machine guns as sweaty, smelly people press against metal barricades that keep them from leaving, shouting as the soldiers pass by: “Hey! We need more water! We need help!”(Source)

Rescue and medical care is the first priority of any disaster scenario. Repeat that to yourself. Not food, not water, not shelter – rescue.

If you cannot rely on government services to come and get you, and if you cant drive or fly out of the area, then you will need to prepare to walk for no less than half a day. Adult humans walk on average 3 miles per hour, so that would put you a comfortable 18 miles away from the kill zone.

I suggest you have a rally point that is away from the city and in a rural environment that you share with your friends and family. Let everyone know that is where you will be in a Level 5 Event. Dont count on being able to link up in the city and move together.

Of course, this changes if you have children or elderly with you, so plan and prepare accordingly.

Remember the rule of 3

The Asafo Mindset: 4 Ways To Prepare For Any Natural Disaster

The Rule of Three is the order of priority that you should address your survival situation.

– Human beings can survive 3 minutes without oxygen.
– Human beings can survive 3 hours without shelter.
– Human beings can survive 3 days without water.
– Human beings can survive 3 weeks without food.

So according to the rule of 3, you should focus on first aid first (restoring the breathing, stopping bleeding, protecting wounds, and treating for shock).

Next, focus on finding shelter. A survival situation can go from bad to worse if you cannot find warm, dry shelter that protects you from the elements. Exposure (hyperthermia or hypothermia) is a threat that cannot be ignored, and can turn mild illnesses into life threatening ones.

Third, focus on finding water.

And lastly – once the first three priorities are taken care of – find food. I NEVER advise trying to carry more than 2 days worth of food. In the aftermath of a disaster, canned food will be laying around and in abandoned homes, and food can be gathered from the outdoors. Carrying heavy food supplies can slow you down when speed can mean the difference between life and death.

Of course, you will need to have some items ready to go to increase your odds of survival. And these items will need to be in places where you can get at them quickly. I suggest you have a kit stashed

– At home
– At work
– and In your car trunk

If you are ready to build your own Category 5 Kit, hit the next tab below for everything you need to survive and thrive.

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Outstanding article! Since I live in an earthquake zone, I do have a kit of medical supplies and security “tools.” My medical kit contains wound dressings (band-aids, gauze, tape, sterile butterfly sutures, splints for fractures, braces for support, ACE bandages in 2″ to 6″ size, etc.), topical ointments, blister care (walking), plastic bags, saran wrap, reusable ice packs, flashlight, warm blanket, and much more. The “tools” are the usual; a few sharp blades, scissors, screwdrivers, and a few other toys, etc.

I like the recommendation for siphons, water purifier, and…simple clothes to blend in.


Ever since I was a little girl my mom thought I was kooky because I was always thinking about worst case scenarios. Surviving a disaster is never far from my thoughts to this day. I need to get prepared. Thanks for this guide!