Every situation is unique and everyone is unique in those situations.
Likewise, there is no perfect piece of gear and there is no survival strategy that applies to just everyone exactly the same.
However. There are certain things that you need to have to survive any situation.
These 6 things can’t be overstated and will be the basis of your survival strategy.
1. Storing Water
FACT: Your body is made up of 60 percent water… even losing a small amount without having the ability to replenish it can quickly become dangerous.
Water is your #1 priority.
But not just any water, you need clean water… drinking dirty or contaminated fluids isn’t an option you should force yourself to take. With a little forethought, you’ll never find yourself in that situation.
You might not drink that entire gallon of water, but you will need it for other activities like cleaning, cooking, and sanitation. The rule of thumb dictates that a family of 4 (2 kids and 2 adults) needs at least 4 gallons of water to last a day.
This number is enough for your drinking and sanitation needs. You will have enough for flushing the toilet and even for taking care of your pets.
2. Storing Food
Compared to water storage, food storage is far simpler and easier. You don’t have to store as much food as much as you need to stock up on water. In addition, the process of preparation in storing food is not as demanding. The trick is to just buy more of the usual food in your pantry.
When you go to the grocery store, get some extra pieces of your favorite canned food. If there are food items on sale, seize the opportunity to stock up. Food coupons are also a great way to stock up your storage. In other words, do whatever you can to bulk up your supply.
3. Having Medical Supplies and Basic Medical Skills
Everyone must have a first aid kit in their supplies. Period. But there’s also one more important factor, and that is the four basic medical skills. Without the following 4 skills, your kit would be useless.
1. Creating an open airway and confirming a heartbeat
You need to know if the person’s heart is still beating and that he or she is breathing. If you think CPR is necessary then perform it.
2. Treating minor wounds
When you or a loved one suffers a minor wound, use a bandage and apply pressure on the affected area for about 10 minutes. The pressure and the bandage will work together to form a clot, stopping or minimizing the bleeding as a result.
3. Treating shock
Shock is experienced when your body does not get enough oxygen. This condition could lead to injury or illness, making immediate treatment crucial. A simple loss of body fluids may cause serious, irreversible damage to the body. Therefore, as part of prepping, make sure you have plenty of clean water to drink.
If you observe shock in a family member or loved one, increase the blood flow to the heart, which can be done by elevating the feet.
4. Handling broken bones
Treating broken bones can be difficult and risky. However, when SHTF, paramedics may not be around. This is precisely the reason it is important to invest in first aid training. Do not move the person unless you know which part of their body is broken.
Learning these basic life skills is important. You never know when you need them, so take the time to learn them and commit them to memory. Proper training will not only get you a certificate but also an assurance that you will know what to do when someone gets hurt.
4. Having Cash on Hand
Having extra funds is just as important as the other items on this list. When everything collapses, you still need to buy food, water, medicine and even gas for your car.
Make sure you have enough cash on hand to get you and your family through a week, at least. ATMs and even the internet can go down, so you can’t depend on credit cards.
5. Being Able to Secure your Home or Family
On any ordinary day, people go on with their lives without even noticing what is happening around them. They are generally nice and polite with one another. This situation may change when a disaster takes place. When supplies run out, people get hungry and desperate.
In the aftermath, law and order goes out the window. You may no longer rely on law enforcers to keep the peace or deal with an intruder. Things will definitely go out of control. These conditions only mean one thing: you are left to your own devices.
It is every man for himself, and in a lawless society, you need to defend your life and those of your loved ones against intruders who want what you have. You must defend your home, life and property from these bad elements.
6. Being Ready to Bug Out
Leaving the safety, security and supplies of home is not an easy thing to do. You and your family will have to go into a real survival scenario. No matter how difficult the future might seem, bugging out could be the only way for you to stay alive. This is the time when your survival skills will be put to the test.
As preppers, we need to learn all the survival skills that we can before any disaster comes. From the basic to the high level ones, you will not regret all the time, money and effort spent trying to learn them all. If possible, have your loved ones or family members get survival training as well.
The simplest way to make life easier if and when you bug out is to have a bug out bag. Also known as a go bag, it contains the necessary tools and materials to help you get through 3 days in the wilderness. Try to prepare bug out bags for each member of the family so that all your needs are met.
Source: Survival Life