When a sudden disaster occurs, should you transfer or stay put? Do you wait for help or do it yourself? No matter what happens, it’s always better to take precautions and prevent panic. Preparation is always key!
We gathered information from former Navy SEALs who have trained for years about how to survive in dire situations and used many lessons in the military to help us create a comprehensive guide to survive any disaster.
From grit and motivation to practical strategies, here are the most awesome tips we got from them! Here are all of them.
How to Avoid Drowning
The main secret to preserve yourself underwater is breath control. The next one is to know your environment. Fill your lungs with air and you will be buoyant, so take deep breaths and quickly exhale. It’s easier to stay buoyant in saltwater than in freshwater, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t achieve it. Avoid panicking as this can lead to hyperventilation.
Use a sinking and bouncing approach in shallow waters by ricocheting off the seabed or lake floor up to the surface so you can inhale. You can also try facing down or backward kicking to swim to the shore, arching your back to raise your head above water.
However, when you’re in rough waters, try a full-body rotation that will let you take deep breaths while traveling forward.
Rule of Three
Always have at least three options to escape danger. Then, do a quick pro and con of these three, and pick the best to go with. If it’s not the correct strategy, at least you have made a decision and you can adjust and alter it.
Of course, it’s always better if you’ve packed food and water with you. But if you haven’t, don’t rush to immediately find food. Remember that you can survive six weeks without food, so prioritize water, shelter, and safe-to-consume food.
Never eat raw fish or meat, unless you want to expose yourself to pathogens and bacteria that might poison and kill you.
Lost in the Woods
Former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson published a book about how to save oneself in survival situations. When you’re lost in the woods, he does not recommend continuing to walk to seek help.
You should stop wherever you are, build a shelter, and give yourself some time to be found. Continuing to wander does not assure that you will be found. In fact, it will only lessen the chance since you’re moving from one place to another. You’ll also be more exhausted and dehydrated.
If you’ve been staying in the same location for days now and you feel like taking action to seek help, the best way to do so id by following small creeks with larger rivers. These tend to lead to more developed areas.
Whether you’re going hiking, camping, skiing, or whatever, Clint also suggests that you pack your bag with complete gear for every possible event. Even if you won’t be needing socks, you may probably need a pair when the weather gets bad.
Bring anything that can start a fire. Carrying a lighter or a match is the most convenient option. Remember to cover matchsticks with wax to waterproof them and keep them in a plastic bag with a secure seal.
This may contradict the tip but, despite having to be complete with your gear, you shouldn’t bring more than you can physically carry for ver long distances. Make it a point to practice walks with your pack to know if the weight is manageable.
It’s also essential for you to have a “go bag” in the truck or behind the passenger seat of your car. Tailor the items based on your possible needs and your preferences. Consider factors like your children, your area, the quality of these items, and their functions.
Other things we suggest we bring with you are a water filtration system, multi-tool, water-resistant pouches for documents and electronics, three days worth of prescriptions, first-aid items, and a blanket.
Make it a Game
Take it from the advice of a former SEAL Platoon Commander, James Waters. Going in military means assessing your ability to handle a difficult circumstance and keep going. Joining the navy is the same as preparing for survival since both are games. If you want to be a Navy SEAL, play that game. If you want to survive in the wild, own it!
Obviously, the mission of SEALS is quite serious, but having a perspective that makes you treat it like a game will get you through training and preparing more easily. The same goes for any survival scenario!
Practice Combat Breathing
Always breathe deeply in high-stress situations to keep yourself calm and to allow yourself to think clearly. Cade Courtley, a former Navy SEAL, says you need to breathe in for four seconds and breathe out for four seconds.
Physically and Mentally Prepare Yourself!
Whether it’s a massive natural disaster or a kidnapping situation, no one can truly be prepared. But just because these events are rare does not mean that they surely will never happen to you. Keep in mind that the worst time to figure out how to survive in such a crisis is during the crisis.
The best time to prepare and plan is when you’re calm, and that’s how our former Navy SEALS did it! Imagine yourself as a soldier. Before going into combat, close your eyes and think about the things to expect, what it will make you feel like, and what you have to do to survive.
We hope you learned a thing or two from these heroes. If you want to learn more, check out this video of Clint Emerson.