Every living being is born with survival instincts. As humans, we have gotten a little out of practice due to today’s rather posh living conditions. This could spell trouble when faced with an overwhelming situation. When you have planned ahead, you can avoid a life-threatening state of panic as you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to survive.
A great example of a survival practice event is a fire drill. These are regularly practiced in schools, and hopefully at home, too. This repetition becomes habit to the point everyone knows how to respond should a fire threaten. That is the same goal you are aiming for when sharpening the skills necessary in a life or death situation.
You can start exercising your knowledge with camping drills. Head out on the weekend with only your [simpleazon-link asin=”B000FJQQVI” locale=”us”]bug out bag[/simpleazon-link]. Go camping in different conditions and locations. This will ensure you are prepared for inclement weather and unusual terrain. Always let someone know where you will be and when to expect you back before heading out.
First aid is another skill that should be practiced often. Renew your CPR certification, if it has lapsed. Practice applying field dressings and slings. Devise a plan in case you are wounded and are unable to call for help.
One of the simplest abilities to master, and one you are most likely already doing, is stockpiling food and supplies. Just as animals store sustenance for the winter, so should you. Have enough food, water and essentials to last your family at least 7 to 15 days.
The main purpose of emergency preparedness is to prepare you mentally. Panic and self-pity will lessen your odds of survival quickly. Prepare for a variety of natural and man-made disasters. Study your surroundings and locate potential sources of water and food should there be a disaster. Learn how to live off the land. You may never need to know what wild plants are safe for consumption, but you will sure be glad you have knowledge if you do.
Knowledge is power, and it is often free or low-cost. Borrow survival guides from your local library. Contact your local YMCA, County Extension office or The American Heart Association for educational courses in your area that can teach you CPR, first aid and other survival skills.