Knowledge is Power (KiP): Having the proper mind set in any post disaster survival situation is extremely crucial in order to survive any disaster. So in order to survive a worst case scenario, it is very important to be prepared Emotionally, Financially, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually. If you’re not prepared in all five of these areas, you will either not survive or have a much more difficult time in surviving. For some disaster/survival psyche background, let’s answer some basic questions on the subject:
What is Survival? Survival means “Knowing How to Stay Alive” until the emergency is over, especially under adverse or unusual conditions or circumstances.
What is Survivalism? Survivalism is a philosophy – a way of life. The primary goal of survivalism, by any method chosen, is to increase the odds for the continued existence of individuals or a group of individuals, when faced with a life threatening situation. It means knowing how to stay alive until the emergency or disaster is over. Survivalism is your “Knowledge and Skills”; it is not your supplies or gadgets.
What does it take to Survive? Basically, it takes the following “6” to survive: #1 The Will to Survive, #2 The Ability to Survive, #3 Survival Awareness, #4 Survival Knowledge, #5 Survival Skills, and #6 Survival Savvy. You can read their detailed definitions at the following link: http://www.ssrsi.org/Onsite/ConArt/megWHATITTAKES.htm
What is the Hierarchy of Needs? As seen in the chart below, folks living through the extreme hardships in the aftermath of any disaster can start to lose certain aspects of their psyche. The longer they go without help and support, the more they will lose, from Self-actualization all the way down to their Physiological faculties until they are dead.
What are the Seven Enemies of Survival? Knowing how to recognize and deal with these seven enemies will greatly enhance your chances for survival. The seven are as follows:
- Anxiety + Fear = Panic: It’s funny to watch disaster movies when people run around like chickens with their heads cut off during a disaster. When people panic, their minds forget everything and they start looting, raping, killing, etc., resulting in mob rule.
- Boredom and Loneliness: When a disaster strikes very close to home, say your home is destroyed, it becomes very easy to fall into the mindset that you’re all alone
- Cold and Heat: Depending on the time of year, the seasons and the weather will affect both the body and mind when it comes to making life and death decisions about what to do.
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation: Without sleep, the mind will slow down and your thinking will become impaired resulting in making decisions that will get you killed.
- Thirst: When the body is deprived of water, portions of the body will start to shut down along with the brain resulting in decisions that will get you killed.
- Injury and Pain: If you are injured during a disasters with blood lose, shock will set in followed by death.
- Hunger: Hunger can make ordinary everyday people turn from a Dr. Jackal into a Mr. Hyde. People who are hungry and starving and haven’t eaten in days will kill their neighbors and even family members for their food.
In my life’s experiences working disasters all around the world, I’ve added an eighth enemy to the above list of seven, and that is:
- Arrogance + Complacency + Denial = Death: The gullible narcissist people in this category will most certainly die when the time comes.
And what are the Seven Priorities of Survival? Knowing the 7 Priorities in any survival situation let you start to work immediately and without confusion. Below are listed the seven logical steps you should take.
- Positive Mental Attitude: As attested by those who have survived both Man-Made, Natural Disasters and wilderness emergencies, a positive mental attitude is the most essential element in any survival situation. Tell yourself, “I’m a Survivor, I know How To Survive, I Will Survive”.
- First Aid: If any injury is life threatening, such as rapid blood loss, first aid becomes the most important thing to do.
- Shelter: Extreme cold or hot weather conditions make finding or building a shelter of top importance. At such times even painful but minor injuries must wait until shelter is available. This is even more urgent if night is approaching.
- Fire: Often, along with shelter, you will need a fire for warmth and signaling. Fuel should be secured and the fire started before dark.
- Signaling: When you have taken the first steps in dealing with the emergency, you might need to prepare rescue signals depending on your situation and/or location.
- Water: Under all circumstances, water is essential. You can live only a few days without it. Finding water is even more urgent when the weather is hot and dry.
- Food: A healthy person can live several weeks without food; however, to keep your mind sharp and focused during and after a disaster situation, you will need to keep your daily food intake current.
Without a “Positive Mental Attitude”, any type of survival will be very difficult. So being prepared Emotionally, Financially, Mentally, Physically and Spiritually, and having the “Positive Mental Attitude” needed to survive, you will survive the horrors of the upcoming man-made and natural disasters far better than the common person.