Below we will focuses on advice for surviving a disaster, survival tips, and the right supplies you and your family will need to survive. The information below is a good source for helping you to prepare for and what you will need to survive a disaster.
You will learn at home, your survival needs will be a lot different than if you are 100 miles away from your comfort zone because at home you have more resources available to you. When you are away from home you’re stuck with just the things that you can carried along in a bag and go kit.
Earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes and drought have hindered man’s life and at times even taken it away. We can’t just blame Mother Nature, either, as we humans are experts in creating our own disasters. Mankind has caused everything from financial crises to war, hindering our own best efforts—even to the point where it can seem we’re back to the caveman’s essential struggle for survival.
To say that those disasters can’t or won’t strike us is as foolish as living the life of an ostrich, sticking our collective heads in the sand to pretend the predator doesn’t exist. Just because we don’t see any reason today to believe that a disaster is right around the corner doesn’t mean that one isn’t there. Many disasters strike without warning, giving little to no time to prepare.
While this website focuses on survival tips and putting together the right supplies to survive a disaster, it’s also important to know how to use those supplies. If you don’t know how to build a fire, it doesn’t matter how many matches you have; you’re not going to be warm. Building a fire is an important survival skill—one that isn’t as much a part of everyday life as it used to be.
The other factor that makes a difference is where you are. If you are at home, your survival needs will be much different than if you are 100 miles away from your comfort zone. You’re going to have more resources available to you at home. While those may not be survival resources per se, they will be useful to survive. When you are away from home, however, you’re stuck with just the things that you carried along. In those cases, the terrain and climate of where you are will play an important factor in determining what you need to have in order to survive.
Let’s discuss two very important survival tips.
Let’s start by putting the most important item into our survival kit: awareness.
Becoming aware of what is going on around us is critical. At times, it can help us to avoid a disaster; other times, it can save us from that critical time of adjusting to the circumstances. The ability to start reacting before the crisis strikes can often make all the difference in the world.
The second thing we want to add to our survival kit is a “can do” attitude.
Your awareness and your attitude will make more of a difference than anything else you can put in your survival kit. Prepare them well, and keep them with you at all times. Even if you don’t have a piece of equipment that you might need, you’ll have the resourcefulness to find another way.
You will survive.
What Does it Take to Survive?
If you ask the average person on the street what tools they need to survive when disaster strikes, they’re likely to answer with something they think they need every day, like “my cell phone,” than they are with the things that are really needed for survival. It’s too easy not to take the needs for survival seriously because it’s not something we usually have to think about. Instead our minds focus on the things that make our lives enjoyable, not the items necessary to survive.
On the most basic level, survival means keeping your body alive, not keeping your life comfortable.
There aren’t really many things your body needs to satisfy that goal, although each and every one is critical for survival. In order of importance, your body needs:
- Homeostasis (maintaining body temperature)
The priority is rated by how long the human body can live without them. You can only live for a few minutes without oxygen, but for our purposes, we can pretty much assume that oxygen will be available, considering how much of it is in the air around us. Should that oxygen disappear, your best efforts would add mere hours to your life without finding a new source.
The second biggest need is homeostasis, the maintenance of your body temperature. A change of only a couple of degrees higher or lower in body temperature will drastically reduce your ability to function, and a change of a few degrees beyond that will kill you. Someone who falls overboard from a ship into freezing water only has minutes to live. If they are not removed from the water and warmed back up to a safe temperature range, their chances are slim. Hypothermia, the loss of body heat, is one of the biggest killers in the wild.
Without water, you can only survive about three days before the dehydration becomes killer. Figures vary for how much of the human body is made up of water. Depending on where you get your information from, it can be from about 50 percent to over 70 percent. These differences come about from the different methods that are being used to calculate the percentage of water; not all types of cells have the same amount of water, making it difficult to determine the actual water content of the body as a whole. Nevertheless, it is safe to say that it contains a lot of water. Without it, life cannot continue.
Food is an important necessity as well, although it ranks at the bottom of the list. The average person can live for about 30 days without food. While your energy level might suffer without sustenance, you will still be able to function. Anyone who makes it past 30 days will see rapid decline in functioning, even if they still have fat reserves.
Hope these survival tips have help you to prepare and plan your survival activities and putting your survival kits together with the right tools, gear, equipment, and supplies like food and water.
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