Human beings possess a powerful will to live, even when confronted with overwhelming situations, but that will to survive can easily get beaten down. Emergency situations can be mind-boggling especially when you lack skills or knowledge. It is possible to act on instinct, but you increase your chances of survival significantly when you understand what to do because you have already planned and trained in advance. Also, mental attitude is as important as physical endurance and knowledge.
Think of survival skills as a pyramid, built on the foundation of the will to survive. The next layer of the pyramid is knowledge; it breeds confidence and dispels fears. The third layer is training, mastering skills and maintaining them. The top of the pyramid is is your equipment, which you may or may not have access to in a sudden crisis; any kit you have should be considered a bonus, which is why it’s given the least importance. Combine the instinct for survival with knowledge, training and equipment, and you’ll be ready for anything.
When a job is performed by you frequently enough, it’s possible to take action without thinking about it when a crisis hits. This is often described as ‘muscle memory’, just like driving car, you don’t really have to think about it, for it comes naturally after a period of training and practice.
Camp in inclement weather so you prepare yourself to manage that, but be sure you let someone know the place where you are planning to go camping.
Practice regularly so you will have the knowledge of things to do in case of a health crises, weather catastrophes and threats to your security. Practice using the first aid kit, practice setting a broken bone, attending to an unconscious person etc. Practice things to do if you are not able to call for assistance and you are wounded. You must know how to maintain a healthy physical condition, or if sick or wounded, heal yourself and others.
You may not reside in a place prone to tornadoes, but it does not mean one will never occur – be prepared for the unexpected.
Should you permit yourself to become overwhelmed or fall into the trap of self pity, your survival chances drop considerably. You must be able to maintain your morale and that of others that share your situation. People can survive seemingly impossible situations if they have the determination.
The initial steps to take are to evaluate your situation and locate three things – food, shelter and water. Of the three, locate a water supply second, shelter first and food last.
Obviously, practice is not difficult when you are already prepared for survival. You need to possess a stockpile of food and essentials gathered for survival in your crisis pantry.
You need to have the basic essentials in substantial amounts. Have water containers prepared in your crisis pantry and filled. Besides food, have a camp stove, flashlights as well as spare batteries.
Moreover, you should have the knowledge of what things to do in the event that you must get your food source from the land; it’s also wise to get survival guides and study those. As an example, some folks recommend eating plants, but be warned, eating the wrong plants will not only disturb your tummy, they will potentially kill you. So a detailed edible plant guide and training is a must before eating just any plant you come across!