Everyday SurvivalMost survival guides fail to consider some very useful tools: an individual’s character, wits, and worldview. Long ago I believed that survival meant having a pack full of equipment that would allow me to make fire and build shelter and trap varmints to eat in the wilderness.
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Doctors have found that this is important with critically ill patients, such as those who have cancer. Maintaining situational awareness not only helps you to protect yourself, it can also help you find opportunities to make survival easier. After over 30 years of study, I can clearly state that no matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn. If you have to waste time learning survival skills when you are already in a survival situation, you may not have enough time to do everything you need to. If your home is under 20 feet of water, all the supplies and equipment you have there aren’t going to do you the least bit of good.
When it comes down to it, the only survival equipment and supplies you can use are those that you actually have with you. That about covers the basic techniques and equipment needed to make it through a short-term situation. Jerry Ward is the owner and operator of Ozark Mountain Preparedness, LLC located in Berryville, Arkansas. Blogging about all things survival and emergency preparedness, including experiences with DIY projects and ideas, gear reviews, living frugally, cooking in unconventional ways, and more! The tips assembled here will change the way you approach each and every day—and help you survive a particularly bad one. But then I kept coming across cases in which someone had survived without any equipment or had perished while in possession of all the right tools.
As a Cancer Survivor and current fighter of a second Cancer These tools are…This is a great article. In reality there are so many different ingredients in the stew we call survival, that they’re almost impossible to list. Patients who maintain a positive attitude statistically have a much better chance of overcoming their illness and going on to live productive lives. Studies have been done, showing that police officers who expect to die if they are shot, generally end up dying, even if they receive a superficial wound. There are usually a number of dangers involved in any survival situation, some of which aren’t all that easy to perceive. If you have to bug-out, I seriously doubt you’re going to find a canteen sitting in the middle of the woods, waiting for you.
An alternate cache or two, stocked with a bug-out bag, a weapon and some warm, rugged clothing could make all the difference in a survival situation like that.
Always make sure that you’ve got things where you can get to them, when you need them. The inability to regulate core temp will lead to death through either hypothermia or hyperthermia.


A medical emergency can happen at any time and may be the reason for the survival situation in the first place. It’s all fine and good to have a plentiful wood supply stacked neatly next to your roaring fire, a lake full of clear water and easy to catch fish, a veritable garden of edible plants, a picture perfect debris hut and tarp shelter, and be in good health with no injuries.
Combining those skills and tidbits of gear with a positive mental attitude and a good knife ensures a high probability of coming home alive. He has been teaching survival skills since 2004 and opened Ozark Mountain Preparedness in 2010. Take a tour to better understand the many tools and resources you can find here as well as what to expect in the future. Generally, what gets talked about are the physical tasks, supplies and tools needed to survive; and while those are important, it seems we end up leaving some of the more intangible, but equally important, things out of our discussions.
On the other hand, there have been many cases of officers who were critically wounded by multiple shots, but somehow managed to pull through. If you’re out in the wild, you might see a good natural shelter you can use or something edible that you can gather. It’s always amazing what the survivalists on reality survival TV shows find that they can use to survive with. You could even make a family game out of it, with each family member taking turns posing problems for the rest of the family to solve. That way, hopefully, when you need the skills, you’ll be able to use them, without wasting any time. Since none of us know what the future may hold, it’s a good idea to be prepared for anything.
Without spending a lot of time on these conditions, suffice to say that a body temperature swing by roughly 10 degrees in either direction will kill you. Couple that with the usual bumps and knocks from living outdoors and can see why it is so important to prepare for injuries. Before becoming a full-time survival skills instructor he worked as a rock climbing guide, wildland firefighter and gunsmith.
Smoke can be spotted from the air quickly and orange smoke above a tree line will not be confused with campers . After more than three decades of analyzing who lives, who dies, and why, I realized that character, emotion, personality, styles of thinking, and ways of viewing the world had more to do with how well people cope with adversity than any type of equipment or training.
You need to have the means to signal for help and let people know you would like a little help getting out of the predicament you are currently in. There was no talk in depth talk about knives, dangerous wildlife, seasonal weather patterns, navigation, xyz gizmo whizbang gear, etc.
Although I still believe that equipment and training are good to have, most survival writing leaves out the essential human element in the equation. They look at everything with an eye towards seeing how they can use it to help them survive. Many of the skills we expect to depend on are extremely hard to do the first time, or even the first dozen times.
Avoid areas on ridges and in canyons due to weather conditions such as lightning and flash flooding. Most pre-packaged first aid kits are basically just a few adhesive bandages, some tape, and a packet or two of pain reliever. Don’t fret because this is just the first of many articles to come in which I’ll delve deeper into the many facets of survival and bushcraft; from foraging for wild edibles to brain tanning hides.


That’s why I’ve concentrated my efforts on learning about the hearts and minds of survivors. Skip them and assemble your own using high quality components and tools that will actually perform should the need arise. I’ll discuss the good and bad of certain pieces of equipment, fire by friction, land navigation techniques, flint knapping, water procurement and purification, and other topics of interest to folks looking to lead a more self-reliant and prepared lifestyle. His outdoor pursuits have taken him all around the United States and abroad, including fur trapping in Alaska, fighting wildfire in the American West, researching primitive cultures in the Desert Southwest, trekking the rainforests of Belize, and exploring the Highlands of Scotland. Choose the geographical aspect that will offer you the appropriate temperatures for the season.
First aid supplies to treat trauma and deal with the everyday injuries of blisters, sprains, minor cuts, burns, etc. Spreading your collection of gear out around the camp will also draw attention to your location. He has been featured in numerous publications, including Currents and American Survival Guide magazines. South facing slopes offer more sunshine and warmth whereas the north face tends to be shadier and cooler.
It was once common knowledge that anything in a cluster of three meant “Help”, but not so many people adhere to that practice anymore.
Jerry is a member of The Wilderness Medical Society and The Society of Primitive Technology. But new research shows that if we adjust our everyday routines even slightly, we do indeed change. Adding a large trash bag, USGI poncho, space blanket, or small tarp to your kit will go a long way in getting you out of the elements. Don’t forget to add prescription medications if there is anyone in your party that requires them.
Give it a try though because the aviation and marine communities are still packed with the proverbial old guys who abide by those standards. If you are dead set on purchasing a premade kit, there are a few outfits that specialize in backcountry medicine and offer quality kits tailored to emergencies in the field.
To make these lessons useful, you have to engage in learning long before you need it—it’s too late when you’re in the middle of a crisis. Presented here are 14 concepts that have proved helpful to survivors in extreme situations, as well as to people trying to meet the challenges of daily life. If you are unprepared or have the inclination, constructing a debris hut, wikiup, or leanto is an option. In conjunction with a quality first aid kit, I highly recommend seeking professional wilderness medical training. These shelters rely on natural material for the structure and the thermal insulation needed to regulate body temperature. There are several national organizations that offer courses in wilderness medicine and nationally recognized certifications. Whatever shelter system you choose, ensure that it will be effective in staving off the wind, rain, intense sun, and other weather phenomena that can compromise life.



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