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Before, during and after any disaster we are going to need a way to understand the landscape of the situation. This is why having an emergency radio is such an important piece to the puzzle. We need information.
Survival intelligence is about getting that information, when you need it, from all of the most important sources. If you are sourcing intelligence with these three methods in mind you will be about as informed, following a disaster, as you can be.
This level of intelligence can come from major news outlets, radio broadcasts and even the internet, if you are gathering intelligence before disaster strikes. You will get a high level representation of the scope of a disaster. Most importantly, you will gain an understanding about the types of aid that could be coming.
To better understand your immediate area and the impacts you will need to understand local intelligence. This level is made of your local television networks and their daily news, daily local radio broadcasts and group communications between local organizations. Things like police scanners could also fall into this level of intelligence.
Road conditions and damage will be best explored through this level of intelligence.
There are also nuggets of intelligence to be had in your neighborhood. This information only comes to those who are willing to connect with neighbors and go after that knowledge. You can find out about all sorts of things because everyone has a job that is affected in one way or another.
Intelligence is so important in times of disaster. You find that issues affect you at all three of these levels of communication. When you consider survival intelligence, just be sure that you have a method of procuring all three. No one method is more important than the other. The goal is to paint a picture of the disaster and make informed decisions.