If disasters strike and emergencies happen, you need survival knowledge. It’s no longer just your instinct that will work in these situations. Imagine that you’re traveling and suddenly your engine stops in the middle of nowhere. When you look around there is no house, and you realized you’re surrounded by a forest.
It looks like a scene you only see in the movies, right?
Think again, it can also happen to you. A real prepper knows that anything can happen at any moment. If this happened to you, what will you do? Will you follow the things you saw in the movies? Will you rely on your scout training at school? Or you can choose to read this post and take your survival knowledge.
Having survival knowledge will give you confidence in responding to any disasters and emergencies. Remember that disasters and emergencies could happen anytime in any place. If you’re knowledgeable, you can take steps that will be helpful during these times. Survival knowledge will help you consider the best options based on your situation and will help you avoid making mistakes. Calculated steps are needed to ensure your survival and the people that depend on you.
You’re survival skills matter and here are our tips to help you with your awesome start.
Different survival skills you should know
Searching for Water and Making It Suitable for Your Consumption
Water is very important, from grade school and during our scout days we were taught we need it to stay alive. Surviving for days on the road, you need drinking water. How will you search for drinking water? Just forget your fairytale stories, you can’t find an oasis of water in the middle of the forest and have a refreshing drink. You need to search for it. In a simple word, you need to find your drinking water and get your feet working.
How? You need to follow the sounds of the water. Say for example you’re in a hilly forest; water goes down from the mountains going below. Find out where is the flow of the water. You can do it by following animals. Animals like us need water and they will go where the water is to have a drink. Just be careful of the type of animal you’ll be following. You wouldn’t want to be its next meal, right?
Just a tip, avoid the stagnant body of water because stagnant water contains toxic amounts of parasites and bacteria as well as some larvae of mosquitoes and other insects. It’s not suitable for human consumption even if you boil it.
This is one of the basic survival knowledge you need to have. Even if you’re thirsty and excited to drink water after you find a flowing stream or river. Be careful though. Delay for minutes and instead boil your water first.
Boiling your water will help prevent infections that you might get if you drink it fresh. Remember that our climate changes and gone are the days that water from streams and rivers are considered 100% clean.
Prevention is better than cure.
Starting and Maintaining a Fire
You need heat when nighttime comes and to cook your food as well as light. Fire is a necessity for your survival. In ancient Rome, Vestal Virgins are in charge of tending fire so just you know how important fire is to humanity and to your survival. Don’t worry you don’t need to be an outdoor virgin in order to start a fire and maintain it. You just need survival knowledge and skills.
In starting a fire start small, choose dried leaves and branches. Why? It’s tempting to start a fire with a block of wood but it will take you much time, effort and fuel here without the assurance you’ll have fire. Start small and gradually put a block of wood to have your bonfire.
Another added value, you can start a fire by using a glass or your lens like your childhood play. Focus the glass into the rays of the sun in order to produce heat and aim at the dried leaves and you will have a fire.
Makeshift Shelter Construction
You need protection against the elements and wild animals’ constructing a makeshift shelter is the answer. There are no standards here all you need to maximize the available materials in your environment. Make it stronger and well-built in order to be suitable for you. Make it in such a way that it can conceal your presence during the night. A survival knowledge tip here is that you can build on existing natural structures like rocks and trees. In this way, you’re able to minimize resources and focus your efforts on finding help.
Be mindful also of the possible risks of your makeshift shelter and manage them. Say for example, if your shelter is made of dry leaves and woods check that your bonfire is located far from it. This is to avoid your shelter catching a fire. Likewise, if your shelter is made of ice make sure it will not easily collapse on you. Check its foundation and walls.
If you didn’t pay attention to your scoutmaster and military instructor during your school days now you need to pay attention here. Navigation skills are important to your survival because it will help you to locate help from your place. It will also help you to identify safe ways and avoid hostile environments.
The idea is that you need to find a high place in order to have a view of your location. It’s like having a bird’s eye view, the higher the place for you to view your location the better. Assess your location and identify possible safe way and inhabitants.
The sun is your natural friend for your survival knowledge here. Having the survival skill to use the sun to pinpoint location is a big help. The ancient sundial is based on the movement of the sun. Get a stick and push it in a straight manner in the ground, standing on its own. Mark the tip of the shadow of the stick on the ground then observe for a minute and check the movement of the shadow of the tip of the stick. Where it leads is the east. Another way of using the sun is by letting your lens or glass run to it. Your glass and lens will reflect the sun’s rays like a flashlight during the daytime. This way other people can see your location.
After founding your water source follow where it leads. Try to find other people living in the place and ask for their help for direction as well as protection. Human civilizations are born near bodies of water and it’s your key to survival. Another thing is that when you travel; don’t forget to bring with you a compass. Your mobile phone’s GPS app will not work once you’re out of battery and have no internet connection but your compass is a reliable survival tool. One side of the needle always points to the north direction.
You can learn more about using a compass in this link.
Choosing Edible and Safe Foods and Cooking Them
Sounds basic, right?
Yes, it is, but you need to have this survival knowledge and build this skill. You’re not in your home or in a city that you can have the choice of your foods. You’re in a forest and you need to be careful about the food you’ll take, cook and eat. If you’re unsure of the food, do not eat it. Be on the side of caution as such food may be poisonous. If you’re cooking meat cook it well even if it’s hard for you to eat it’s better. This will avoid bacterial growth in your food or contamination.
If you want to survive any disaster and emergencies start to developing the skills we mentioned here and learn more. Staying alive despite challenges is the best gift you can give to yourself and your family. Having survival knowledge and skills determine your survival rate.
We want you to be one of the survivors and not a part of the mortality statistics.
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