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The Key Phrase to Remember: SURVIVAL

This is an abbreviated  excerpt from Prepare Now-Survive Later and worth a read.

The most important tool for survival is having the right mindset. All the training, preparation, information, tools, etcetera, are useless without the will to survive. This will is birthed from having the right mindset.

Don’t be intimidated. The will to survive is in every person. Luckily, for most of us, we haven’t had to tap into it. But when you have to, you will. Human beings are amazingly adaptable. I’ve talked to people who say: If it’s that bad, I don’t want to survive. But my experience says you’ll react differently.

The word Survival provides you with the first letters of the keys you need.

S: Size up the situation, your surroundings, yourself, and your equipment

Focus on what exactly is the threat in order of priority? This might seem obvious, but consider the situation in Japan in 2011. The initial event was the earthquake. That, however, wasn’t the primary threat. The resulting tsunami caused much more devastation. And following that, the problems at the nuclear plants presented immense issues that are still having an effect.

Size up your surroundings: When in a situation, tune in to the environment. Wherever you are, you are part of a system. This is key to survival. You don’t want to fight your environment; you want to work with it. There is a pattern to nature. In an urban environment there are also patterns. Make note of the patterns and also focus on any time the pattern is disturbed.

Size up yourself: Have you, or someone on your team, been hurt or wounded? Often, in the initial rush of a trauma, we miss potentially lethal injuries.

Keep yourself healthy. Dehydration, which we’ll cover under water, is a major problem that can easily be avoided. Notice how this is emphasized in The Hunger Games. The first piece of advice the mentor gives to the two candidates from his district is to find water. We can survive quite a while without food, but water is critical. Cold and wet are also enemies that you have to monitor and deal with.

Size up your equipment: What do you have? What can you get? What condition is your equipment in?

U – Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste

Use all your senses. A key trait, which mystifies many people, is called 6th sense. Great point men in the army are valued for this trait. They’ll be leading a patrol along a trail and suddenly stop. Something has alerted them, but they can’t pinpoint it right away. We all have 6th sense, but many of us don’t pay attention to it. 6th sense is one or more of your other 5 senses picking up something real and alerting your subconscious. You actually saw or smelled or felt something, but didn’t consciously register it. Trust that feeling. Focus and shift whatever it is to your conscious mind. Listen, smell, taste, touch, see. All are critical.

Undue haste makes waste: Unless you are in imminent danger, slow down and think things through. Panic is a killer. If you don’t think and plan, you could do the wrong thing and in some cases cause a “no do-over” action, which is usually fatal. Don’t take an action or move just for the sake of doing something. Every action and movement must have a purpose.

R – Remember Where You Are

Know your location at all times. Also, know where the people on your team are. Stay oriented. Often you can use significant terrain features for that, whether it be a coastline, a mountain range, a river. They can also give you boundaries.

V – Vanquish Fear and Panic

Courage is acting in the face of fear. We are all capable of being heroes. And it’s easier to be a hero when you’re prepared, which you will be.

Don’t let your imagination run too far in a fatalistic direction, much like the one soldier in Aliens who kept screaming “We’re all going to die.” You don’t want someone like that on your team.

Think about times in your life when you were in a crisis. How did you react? How did those people you want on your team react in a crisis? How someone reacts in a crisis gives you a very good idea of someone’s core personality type in a survival situation.

Panic and fear also drain your energy. You’re not focused on what needs to be done; you’re focused on what could possibly go wrong. One way to help lower fear and panic is to be prepared, have a plan, and practice aspects of survival training so you build your confidence.

Which you’re doing right now, by reading this.

I – Improvise

Look at the things around you with a different mindset in a survival situation. What might have one particular use in civilization can have a very different use in a survival situation.

No matter how well prepared you are, in an extended emergency, some of your gear will wear out. How can you use other objects around you? We’ll cover some readily available objects and how they can be turned into other useful tools. I cover scavenging in Survive Now-Thrive Later because it’s mostly over-looked, yet is a key phase during extreme emergencies.

V – Value Living

The will to survive. You have it; tap into it.

Two men with similar, survivable wounds. One lived and one died. What was the difference? The one who lived wanted to with every atom of his being. The one who died succumbed to his fear and pain. He didn’t value his life enough.

We tend to be creatures of comfort. Civilization has advanced to the point where few people have the day to day survival skills that many people had just a few generations ago. We buy our food prepared and pre-packaged. Our water comes from a tap. Electricity is taken as a given, rather than a precarious luxury. However, don’t let that make you think you can’t handle a survival situation.

One thing I have seen is that when people value living, they adapt surprisingly quickly. Most of our life consists of habits. When we are forced to change our habits, we rapidly adopt new ones.

No matter how hard it gets, never quit.

A – Act Like the Natives

If you are out of your natural environment, then observe those around you, both human and animal. Those that are native to the area have adapted to it. What do they eat? Where do they get their food and water? Are there places they avoid? What are their customs and habits? Remember, even customs that seem very strange, often have a very practical root.

Watching animals is key. They also need water, food and shelter. Animals can also be an alert for the presence of other humans. And they can alert others to your presence.

If you are a stranger, gain rapport with the locals. In order to get respect, you have to show respect first.

L – Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills

There are skills you need to practice, actions you need to rehearse before having to use them in an emergency. I  highlight these skills in both Prepare Now and Survive Now. Preparation is the key to success, both in terms of equipment and training.

Cool Gus and I hope you find this useful!

Prepare Now–Survive Later

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Most Of Us Aren’t Ready.

cgapproved80% of Americans live in a county that has been hit by a weather related disaster since 2007

60% of people have not practiced or prepared for what to do in an emergency

55% of people think they can rely on the “authorities” to rescue them

44% of people have no first aid kit

48% of people have no emergency supplies

53% of people do not have a three days supply of water

52% of families do not have an emergency rally point (ERP)

42% of people do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members

I wasn’t overly surprised by these numbers when I was doing my research, but still, those are aren’t good.

The first thing I suggest doing in Prepare Now-Survive Later is get two cases of bottled water per person in your home. That sounds simple but water is the most precious commodity after an emergency or natural disaster. It’s the first thing you see getting hauled in. I’ll discuss water more in this blog, but just doing this simple thing puts you ahead of the vast majority of households. It’s not about avoiding the negative.

In the Green Berets, the most important thing that made us elite was our planning. We not only thoroughly planned our missions, we also Emergency Planned all the possible things we could imagine going wrong.

You Emergency Plan for 3 reasons:

To avoid the emergency.

To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the emergency strikes.

To give you peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential emergencies because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Thus, one of the goals of Prepare Now is so that you can feel more secure.

If you’ve lived through a natural disaster or emergency, what was the most important thing you wished you had done differently beforehand?

FREE Apps you need to download now for First Aid, Maps, Emergencies and Disaster Readiness

These are apps that I consolidated while researching Prepare Now-Survive Later. Many are useful in day to day living. Some could be life saving.

First Aid Apps

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-15-01-amFirst Aid (Red Cross): Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.

Red Cross First Aid (Apple):  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/first-aid-by-american-red/id529160691?mt=8

Red Cross First Aid (Android):  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.fa&hl=en

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-16-31-amiTriage. iTriage is a free app that puts you at the center of your healthcare—anywhere, anytime. Search for health answers with iTriage Health, Doctor, Symptom & Healthcare Search app. Find medications, diseases, and medical locations.

iTriage (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/itriage-symptom-checker/id304696939

iTriage (Android) : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.healthagen.iTriage

CPR and Choking. Has video demonstration and audio instructions that you can quickly access. The first screen is two large buttons where you pick either CPR or Choking. Then you get the choice of adult/child/infant. Once you hit that, the video begins to play.

CPR and Choking (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/app/cpr-choking/id314907949

CPR and Choking (Android):  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.learncpr.videoapp

Map Apps

road-idRoad ID eCrumb for Apple and Android. This is one I use when off by myself running, biking or hiking. It’s a way of alerting people if something happens to me and I stop moving past a certain period of time. The all new Road ID App is a great tool for runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers and basically anyone not glued to their couch. With amazing features like eCrumb Tracking, a Stationary Alert, and a custom Lock Screen creator, the Road ID App is your perfect training partner. With the ability to track your workouts in real time, your friends and family can stay better connected whenever you head outdoors…delivering peace of mind like never before. Road ID eCrumb: https://www.roadid.com/ecrumbs

Compass. Your iPhone should already have a compass app on it. An interesting tidbit for Apple Compass: it has a second page that is essentially a level and gives you accurate readings on inclines.

Compass (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gn.android.compass&hl=en

Google Earth (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-earth/id293622097

Google Earth (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.earth

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p style=”text-align: center;”>Key Emergency and Disaster Information Apps 

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-18-08-amFamily Locator Android: GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones, friends, teammates — whoever matters most and chat with them in Family Locator for FREE. View the real-time location of Circle Members on a private family map that’s only visible on Family Locator. Receive real-time alerts when Circle Members arrive at or leave destinations (Eliminate disruptive “Where are you?” texts) Track stolen phones or lost phones.

Family locator Android:   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.life360.android.safetymapd

Emergency Alert System for Apple: Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect. The emergency alert system for the digital age.

Emergency Alert System for Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/silent-beacon-emergency-alert/id933730960?mt=8

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-25-50-amRed Cross Hurricane App. Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

Red Cross hurricane app (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-by-american-red/id545689128?mt=8

Red Cross hurricane app (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hfa&hl=en

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-26-33-amEarthquake Alert Android: See Magnitude 1.0+ from the U.S. and Magnitude 4.5+ earthquakes from all over the World.

Earthquake alert (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joshclemm.android.quake&hl=en

Quake Free for Apple: QuakeFeed is the #1 Earthquake App for iOS. Quick and very easy to use. Nearby Alerts for earthquakes near you: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quakefeed-earthquake-map-alerts/id403037266?mt=8

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-27-39-amWeatherbug: Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and accurate & animated weather maps for all the locations you care about. Plus, get the fastest alerts to severe weather including all NWS and NOAA watches and warnings.

Weatherbug (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/app/weatherbug-forecasts-radar/id281940292

Weatherbug (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-28-28-amDisaster Alert is a free download providing mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of and early warning for “Active Hazards” around the globe. Additional information and reports about hazards can be viewed and shared.

Disaster Alert (Apple):  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/disaster-alert-pacific-disaster/id381289235

Disaster Alert (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=disasterAlert.PDC

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-29-19-amFEMA: The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Upload and share your disaster photos to help out emergency managers. Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after over 20 types of disasters. And locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers.

FEMA (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486

FEMA (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android

Flashlight.  Flashlight (Apple): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashlight-o/id381471023

Flashlight (Android):  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ihandysoft.ledflashlight.mini

 Don’t just download them and ignore them. Take a moment to activate every one. Place the First Aid ones where you can easily find them in a medical emergency.

I hope you’ve found this useful. There will be more blogs coming on how to Prepare.

Here’s a link to my most popular blog in this matter: The Grab-n-Go Bag.

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