Surviving an emergency or crisis situation requires bravery, strength, and intelligence… but also a lot of common sense. No matter who you are and what your level of emergency training is, at the moment of truth even the cleverest of men may perish if he doesn’t know these 10 survival tips:
1. Stay on the loop of what’s happening
You can never have enough information about a possible crisis situation or emergency. Stay on top of the news and world events, and always have a radio for emergencies at hand.
2. Be ready for the worst
People who think it will never happen to them are the ones that don’t make it when catastrophe strikes. You should always be prepared for an emergency with extra food supplies, water, and other basic provisions.
3. Don’t count on the police
You shouldn’t count on the police to protect you; they will be unbelievably busy and focusing on general protective measures. It is your responsibility to protect yourself and your loved ones.
4. Be ready for medical emergencies
During a crisis you may need to know more than just how to disinfect a wound and put a band-aid on; so, take the necessary steps to learn the basic life saving maneuvers.
5. Never forget light can be your best friend
There is not much you can do in the darkness, even if you’re a survival pro, so make sure you always have handy and in perfect condition: several flashlights, lots of batteries, matches, kerosene lamps, and many candles.
6. Always know where you are
Get a compass. A GPS may fail you in very remote areas, but a compass is always accurate and is not dependent on batteries or power.
7. Don’t be cheap when choosing a folding knife
A strong knife is so useful for so many things that you will regret it deeply if you purchase a cheap one that can break after the first day of use. Get a good quality knife that will last you a lifetime.
8. Don’t ignore your cell phone
Your phone must always be fully charged, no matter what. Today there are different devices to charge phones without the need of electricity such as battery packs and DC outlets, make sure you have one or both.
9. Don’t trust strangers
Most people get terrified in the event of an emergency, and this panic makes them lose control. To protect your integrity and belongings, always be wary of individuals you don’t know.
10. If it is legal and you are trained, carry a gun with you
Guns should only be carried by responsible people who are well- trained to use them safely.
There is no worse danger than an out-of-control person with a gun, but it can be a very useful tool in the hands of someone who respects the law and knows how to use it in the right way.
You should also get some tactical gear if you are truly serious about protection.