SURVIVAL SKILLS NEEDED TO SURVIVE
Survival skills are techniques that a person may use in order to sustain life in any type of outdoor environment or inside a building environment. These techniques are meant to provide basic necessities for human life which include water, food, and shelter. This survival section of the website is for those people who recognize that the world is a hazardous place and want to know precisely what to do when the situation goes from good to bad. For those people, knowledge is power, and this section is full of useful powerful knowledge.
We provide an introduction to a wide variety of skills and strategies that will be helpful in a wide range of circumstances. You can use it as a broad reference guide, or pick and choose just the content that feels most relevant to your needs. Either way, we hope it will inspire you to explore your level of preparedness, to better understand the potential hazards in your environment, to take classes to deepen your skills, and to volunteer to serve your community in a time of need.
Urban survival is a somewhat broad, over-encompassing term meaning surviving in an urban environment when disaster or tragedy strikes, having a “survival mindset” and good situational awareness of your surroundings, and having an understanding of what disaster can strike and how to handle it when it does strike. Having this knowledge and a survival plan is often the key difference of surviving or not surviving a disaster, an attack, or a catastrophic event.
This section isn’t intended to scare you with disasters or worst-case scenarios, nor is it intended to be an extreme end-of-the-world ‘prepper’ manual. Instead, it’s intended for everyday people who want to be more informed and better prepared, no matter what life brings. Facing adversity is difficult under almost any circumstance, but being unprepared makes coping with those emergencies that much harder. Your willingness to increase your awareness, take steps to plan ahead, and accept that life sometimes means handling tough situations with as much calm determination as you can manifest, will help you be resilient and prevail.
People can be almost equally divided into two camps: those who expect the worst and prepare for it and those who hope it will never happen to them. It’s better to be prepared for the worst than it is to be surprised and defenseless when it arrives. Because it will arrive. Emergencies can happen at any given moment, and every person edges close to calamity at least once or twice in their lifetime.
We often believe that emergency responders will be there when we need them most, but in some crises like a major earthquake, wild fire, flood, tornado, or a hurricane, you may instead have to rely only on yourself and the people around you to handle the situation for several days.
Emergencies and disasters might feel like they only belong in the realm of Hollywood movies, or something that always seems to happen to someone else. After all, it can be uncomfortable to think about circumstances where things might be out of your control and the outcome is uncertain. But the fact is, emergencies happen to everyone. If you’re lucky, the emergencies and disasters you face will be relatively minor.
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The skills and equipment explored in this section will help you to be better prepared to handle a variety of challenging situations, from the everyday to the catastrophic. Get guidance on this website on tools, medical supplies, medications, and protective equipment so you can be ready to handle the next emergency; because having the right basic skills and tools on hand is the first step towards to overcoming adversity.