When you think of skills necessary for surviving disaster, you might think of things like bandaging wounds and building shelters. While these are, in fact, necessary (and more on them in a bit), survival skills also entail more general capacities—stuff like remaining calm and knowing what to do next. In this article, we’ll have a look at skills from both categories.
1- Remaining calm.
Keeping your cool is perhaps one of the most important things we can do as preppers. By maintaining calmness, you can avoid panicking— panicking leads to mistakes, and might disclose your position to threatening forces. However, if you remain calm, you will have the clarity of mind needed to create a rational plan.
2- Having a plan for everything.
You’ll need a plan—and not just a Plan A, but also a Plan B—for every situation that can come your way. This entails (but is not limited to) always knowing where the exits and entrances are, understanding how you’ll react if a disaster suddenly occurs, and always, always bringing a bug out bag and a plan of escape. After all, it’s impossible to predict when something completely unexpected might happen—that’s why they’re completely unexpected.
3- Getting food and shelter.
In the wild, you’ll have no choice but to eat edible herbs and plants, and to hunt animals. As for water, you can find it by following animals, who will drink at streams every so often, and by gathering it from ponds, streams, and lakes. Stagnant water is bad for your health, so avoid it. You’ll need to filter the water you collect; if you don’t already have water filters with you (in direct violation of Step #2), you can build one yourself with wood, or with sand and sediment. And when it comes to shelter, you can either settle on that already exists as a natural formation, or you can build one yourself. In both cases, make sure they’re strong enough to protect you from the weather and wild animals.
4- Treating wounds and injuries.
Some basic first-aid skills will take you a long way. You need to know, in particular, how to treat scratches and cuts, apply basic stitches, binding wounds, and make tourniquets and splints. You should also know how to react in the event of any given type of injury. Broken legs, for example, must be elevated off the ground, while burns must be treated with cool water.
5- How to build a fire.
Building a fire can be accomplished in different ways, provided that you’ve brought along some means of doing so (preferably multiple means: a Ferro rod, matches, a lighter, and so forth). Again, see tip #2. Nevertheless, if you happen to get stuck without such equipment, you can make one on your own with dry sticks you can find on the forest floor. You should learn this at home beforehand; if you practice it, you’ll eventually get the hang of it…but good luck in practicing it in a survival situation.
Now that we’ve enlightened you on the skills you’ll need to survive every disaster, your task is obvious: survive. But to do that, it’s best to take these lessons to heart and start educating yourself now, before a disaster has actually hit. You’ll be able to make the most out of your skills that way.
Nature is now fighting back against the desecration and it is no laughing matter!