CHAPTER 2: SURVIVAL - THE INTRODUCTION
What is survival? Survival is a very broad based term. The word triggers many thoughts and feelings in a variety of people. We think of plane crashes, ship wrecks, hurricanes and many other adverse occurrences we may face in our lives. Many people even consider famine and nuclear war as real possibilities. Food shortages are now being reported.
No one man can predict the future. We do know however, that we are living in a very precarious world. I hear people say that survivalists and many truth seekers are members of the Tin Foil Hat crowd. We are called Alarmists, Kooks, and a lot of even worse things. I have to wonder if we are not living in two totally different dimensions. How can anybody that examines the facts feel that getting prepared is only for the Kooks?? The real Kooks are those that deny the facts and pretend everything is normal. Many of these people have lots of fashion sense and no or limited common sense.
At least several times a week I have customers approach me and reluctantly ask me if they can discuss survival topics with me. I do of course gladly answer their questions. I also tell them that their desire to be prepared is something to be proud of. People who want to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property are right minded and should NEVER be ashamed of their beliefs. They are not subversives radicals as many of us are portrayed by the news media and our own government. Preparing, planning, and training to survive is not racist or anti-government. It is simply SMART!
Survival is getting through any adversity we may face. Becoming a survival expert is an on-going lifestyle.
We will learn about many topics which will include equipment, techniques, basic needs, lifestyle and philosophy of survival. The building blocks of survival are the foundation of a successful survival plan.
BUILDING BLOCKS OF SURVIVAL:
Mindset & Mental Conditioning
History has shown that many persons have met their untimely demise because they just gave up in an emergency. Panic is another enemy we face in emergency situations. Critical thinking skills are essential in any high stress situation.
Mindset is the developed attitude that you will survive under any circumstance. You will not panic. You will remain calm and you will never give up in any situation.
Mindset is a developed and practiced skill that is bolstered by your personal philosophy, beliefs and training. It is the most critical weaponry in your survival arsenal. Mindset can never be taken from you.
We're not talking about Plato or Socrates. Personal philosophy is simply your belief system and how it relates to the world at large. Many people never make the time or effort to really know who they are and what they believe. When the chips are down your belief system is your guide for any plan of action you may develop for survival.
Planning & Preparation
Disasters, accidents and wold events most often occur without warning. We can plan, however, in a variety of ways to increase our chances of a favorable outcome in most situations.
Long term planning includes a variety of preparatory actions we can take. Storage of food and water, medical supplies and equipment is a key element for home survival. Other considerations should include on-going sources of water, clothing, lighting and heating.
Virtually any need we determine should always include redundant systems to achieve the same goals. i.e. water purification tablets and boiling.
The possibility of having to go into mobile survival mode may also be a strong possibility. Sometimes they most prudent action may be to "get out of town". This creates an additional challenge to prepare "field" survival supplies and equipment.
Special emergency bags that contain a variety of supplies for each individual are called "Bug Out Bags". Bug out Bags should provide enough food and equipment to sustain a person for at least 5-7 days. Actually, I prefer a 14 day bag.
Supplies will include food items, first aid, hygiene and medications, a water source, a good knife and small radio. Many other things may also be included. The bag should be no larger than a small back pack. Please see the list in Chapter 1 - Bug Out Bags for more info on packing your Bug Out Bag.
These bags are meant to be within quick and easy access to each individual 24 hours a day. Consider them to be "disaster insurance".
Although we have not gotten into real detail on preparation, rest assured that we will. A rule that should all follow is: Planning and preparation is always on-going.
Look for good deals on storable foods, equipment, and rugged clothing. Remember the redundancy factor - several sources for each important need. Don't forget the dollar store!!
Keep your mind and eyes open. Think! Keep preparing!!
Just promise yourself and your family that you will take all the necessary steps to assure your safety and well being. Don't be influenced by the politically correct Idiots that will make fun of you.
Learning & Research
Never stop learning and of course study and research gear and supplies directly related to survival. Don't forget other, perhaps less obvious types of valuable information.
Learn as much as you can about everything you can. Information such as mechanical, electrical, scientific, building skills, geographical and geological may prove to be invaluable in a societal breakdown.
Continually update your files for access to supplies and contacts.
Learn about and familiarize yourself with firearms, fire starting and first aid techniques. Learn to use a compass. Learn techniques of foraging, snaring and fishing. Study non-refrigerated food storage techniques.
Training information can be obtained from a a variety of sources. Survival manuals, training videos, survival classes and magazines are all good sources of information. Military manuals offer another excellent source of information. We will provide you with a list of additionally recommended resources in a following chapter.
Train with all your equipment and supplies. Camp outside first for fun. Get used to staying outdoors. Then begin going on survival trips. Make each a little more challenging.
Train regularly with firearms. Practice defense tactics. Practice home defense strategies and techniques. Practice first aid.
Practice water purification. Use your survival foods on a regular basis. Practice fire starting in adverse conditions. Don't forget physical training and conditioning. Walking and resistance training are excellent exercise regimens.
Learn to use a compass and to chart a course of travel. Consider other less traditional types of survival training such as emergency vehicle repair and radio communications.
Anything you learn and train to do may give you the edge when the crap hits the fan. Never stop learning! Never stop training!
Other Questions & Considerations
In a long term emergency who do you help?? Anyone that seriously prepares thinks about this subject. Do you help relatives? Do you help friends? Do you help women, children or the elderly? What about the guy that refuses to prepare and even makes fun of you preparing? Or how about the person that says - "I don't need to prepare. I'll just come over to your place."? You don't need to give weak minded puke freeloaders anything!
Help people who genuinely are trying to be ready, but may have circumstances that cause them to fall short of total preparedness. Most people can at least do something to prepare. Of course we should attempt to assist those who can't fend for themselves.
A practical survivalist will realize that even with extensive preparation, resources are limited. Immediate family and perhaps friends will have priority over all survival activities and supplies.
The best way to help those in need is to encourage them to prepare ahead of time.
Continually assess what's going on - locally, regionally & world wide. Check our upcoming list of real truthful news sources. ABC, NBC, CBS and the rest are worthless except for giving your local traffic report.