As an introduction to this new series of posts let me start with a disclaimer. I am NOT an expert on survival or survival techniques, so do not take anything I post here as professional instruction.
I have always been interested in survival and wilderness skills and have recently decided to start taking serious stock of my emergency preparation, so this will be as much about my journey to gather more information and improve my preparation as it will be about sharing information with you.
When most people hear the word “Survival” they immediately think about their plane crashing in the mountains and having to resort to cannibalism, or being lost in some desolate wilderness (for one reason or another) and having to hunt wild game with a sharpened stick. In most cases, people need survival skills to help them live through a natural disaster or other life altering event like utility outages, war or terrorist activity. Most of those situations have to do with sheltering in your own home (unless damage or safety requires otherwise), possibly without electric power, heat, water or the ability to travel for supplies for a period of time. After hurricane Katrina, FEMA has initiated a full court press on disaster preparedness; issuing pamphlets and guidelines on how to best prepare your household for a possible emergency. I suggest that you take a look at their website.
As this series progresses I will attempt to post up “preschool level” tidbits in the same spirit as my “tactical preschool” (which I still plan to continue). I have always enjoyed finding brief nuggets of condensed information vs. long pedantic explanations and I think that simple rules of thumb “stick with” people more readily than mind numbing essays on a topic.
With that in mind, if you are interested in really being prepared you need to gain a general familiarization with the topic. To do that you can pay for professional training, buy some books or find information on the net.
A small handful of my personal recommendations include:
FM 3-05.70 Survival: The U.S. Army’s take on the subject is a good framework to start with. It’s a little “Army Dry” and less than entertaining but is well worth the read…and it’s free on the internet.
Books by Cody Lundin: Cody Lundin is one of those “survival gurus”…he’s your prototypical; long hair hippy, loin cloth wearing, lived years in a tee-pee, never wears shoes types. He also knows what he is talking about and can write entertaining, easy to read and easy to understand books on the topic. If you want some good books on this topic look up, 98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive and When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need to Survive When Disaster Strikes. I have the second and will be getting the first shortly.
FEMA Preparedness Data: I’ve already touched on this one. FEMA has some very basic and easy to accomplish guidelines to help prepare your family. Well worth a look.
Well, that’s enough of a course orientation. So like the first day of a college class I will let you go until next time….