Sustainability and Emergency Response: Why Personal Responsibility Is Important


Sustainability has come into the public awareness over the last two decades, as global warming and environmental deterioration has become more and more visible to the public. As a society, we can no longer ignore the harmful effects that industrialization has had on the earth around us. NASA scientists state that an increase in greenhouse gasses rises the temperature of the atmosphere which can cause drought and increased intensity of storms. Because of the increase in the frequency of natural disasters, emergency preparedness is more important now, than ever.

Federal governments, territories, and communities work together to form emergency response plans. Groups of people also work together to create positive global change and increase sustainable practices, in an effort to bring balance back to our environment and lower the risk of disasters. Although community and group effort is so important in effecting change, I want to highlight the point that each individual must also take responsibility for sustainability and emergency preparedness.

Personal Responsibility For Sustainability

It is easy to blame an outside source for the earth’s deterioration. I have seen that it is human nature to play the role of innocent victim while seeing others as the villains. We may blame other countries for polluting the skies or ocean waters while turning a blind eye to the waste we create in our homes.

Instead of playing the blame-game, each of us needs to start with ourselves. This means examining how you use resources on a day to day basis. Have you been avoiding swapping out your energy-sources for sustainable options, due to the initial cost, for example? This means that you might not value sustainability as much as you say that you do.

Take a hard look at how you spend your money and your time, and take responsibility for the environmental resources in your immediate area before looking elsewhere and pointing fingers. Here are some ideas for taking personal responsibility in the area of sustainability:

  • Switch over to solar power
  • Ride a bike to work instead of driving
  • Start a garden at home
  • Buy items made out of recycled materials
  • Use material goods longer rather than tossing them and opting for a new version
  • Fix broken items instead of putting them in a landfill

Individuated Emergency Response Plans

Instead of relying completely on government or community assistance in the case of an emergency, begin to think about the ways that you can take care of yourself initially in the event of a disaster. What will you use for shelter and warmth? How will you see? What will you eat?

Our modern society has many organizations that will be mobilized in the case of an emergency, but it is wise to make a plan so that you can survive before help arrives, or in the case, that help never comes. Look into products such as those offered by My Patriot Supply, and begin to build up your personal emergency response resources.

In addition, develop the skills that you would need in the event that you would be living in a survival situation. Practice starting fires, building shelters and learning about emergency first aid.

It is important to build up your individual emergency response strategy, instead of relying on outside assistance. Take personal responsibility in this area by completing the following:

  • Learn first aid skills (look for classes that focus on wilderness and remote first aid)
  • Develop frontier living skills, such as gardening and hunting
  • Build a personal kit including food and supplies (My Patriot Supply offers food that lasts for years, first aid kits, seeds, and more)
  • Come up with individualized plans for the most likely disasters in your area

Sustainability is a concept with far-reaching effects. When each one of us takes personal responsibility for the way we treat the earth and our resources, it is more likely that positive global change will occur. While we wait for that positive change to take effect, we will likely have to contend with natural disasters. Again, personal responsibility is key. Don’t rely on outside assistance. Instead, develop your resources and skills so that you can take care of yourself.