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It is considered advantageous by survival minded enthusiasts to integrate items and supplies into a reasonable plan of action. It is also a benefit to develop a new mindset which is conducive for surviving a diverse array of disasters & unfortunate situations.

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Below is a list of "things to have" for acknowledgement and consideration accompanied by a brief explanation regarding their potential advantages. Suggestions listed below are not limited to the acquisition of material goods and include advantageous actions as well as things to think about. The intent for P2S is to encourage self reliance and stimulate curiosity into action.

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A desire to live  »   desire

Surviving most any disastrous situation often starts with a desire to live beyond the moment and the after effects which follow. The desire to live seems like it should be a natural instinct for everyone yet can be vacant with many people. Not everyone has that kind zeal for life or concern for their future. "The desire to live" is the one characteristic which must be addressed during most every calamity or disaster. How we feel about living will determine our drive and willingness to work through desperate times. Those who are less enthusiastic about living may not contribute to a positive environment.

With that being said it is advantageous to consider the mental state of those we align ourselves with. Do they have a desire to live and survive through adversity or will they interfere with implementing plans of survival. People who are not enthusiastic about surviving can most undoubtedly cause a family or group to perish during disastrous events. Passing on and encouraging others within our circle of friends and associates is beneficial for surviving. Encouragement comes from the desire to continue on living and to strive for the best chances of success despite the odds. It promotes courage and strength as well as other positive attributes known to be conducive for surviving.

Having a strong desire to live has proven to be the greatest attribute needed during times when we may find ourselves alone and afraid. Many amazing survival stories encompass a deep desire to live past the moments of despair. These stories include experiences of being lost, broken down on some desolate road & hurt or injured while in remote locations. Examining and understanding ourselves more can be an eye opener, ... which can so often prompt positive change for advanced stages in life. These are stages in life which can alter our future encouraging a desire to live. How we harness and utilize this desire is equally important.

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Keep on living »  [How to get back the desire to live] , [Quotes about survival instinct] , [6 types of natural instincts]

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Awareness and open mind   »   Unlock the mind

The acquisition of wisdom is often acquired through experiences and exposure to situations known to provoke learning opportunities. This process can be enhanced by opening our minds to new possibilities with the intent to become more aware. Exposing ourselves to unique or strange information can certainly have its degree of discomfort, ... depending upon the nature of the information. This often means that we, ... as open minded recipients, ... dive into subject matter known to provoke anger, frighten or confuse even the brightest of minds. Survival minded enthusiasts tend to have a couple of attributes in common with one another which motivates them forward. One of those traits is having the ability to consider the validity of truth for something once thought of as unbelievable. To entertain the possibility that something so unbelievable may have a sliver of truth to it and how that truth may impact their lives. Many subject matters as such are often found in the "conspiracy theory" realm and is often dismissed due to the lack of having an open mind. It is a resistance or inability within us that gets in the way of accepting the unbelievable and therefore resulting in the loss of a great opportunity to learn something which has the potential to change lives. Wisdom is gained through having an open mind and the willingness to consider the potential for truth despite the subject matter. Validating potential truths regarding those subject matters gives cause for continual preparedness, ... if the aim is to survive.

Once a decision has been made to perform research on a topic which has previously been considered taboo or unacceptable, ... a new process of learning begins which leads us down roads of knowledge. Sometimes this knowledge must be taken in slowly increments so as to prevent emotional and mental overload. Obscure knowledge has been known to have profound and permanent effects on people.  Sometimes the effects are hard to navigate through alone. It's like taking that "Blue pill" or the "Red pill" as described in the cinema movie of "The Matrix". Sometimes we can not return to our previous comfort zone of ignorance. Once we have digested and accepted new truths with an open mind the world around us changes.

Having and open mind and making ourselves more aware of whats going on around us can lead to the ability to speculate about future events with better accuracy and confidence. It will provide a broader range of information to process from thus leading to an increase of knowledge and wisdom. Changing how we think is advantageous for being prepared at a higher level of confidence and accuracy. It is conducive for survival.

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Open minds  »   [Increase awareness] , [How to be open minded] , [Open the mind in 7 steps]

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Education, training & self reliance  »   ergf

Having an array of education and training is beneficial for surviving many disastrous situations. Much of the knowledge associated with self reliance is applicable for a diverse array of subject matter. Wilderness training for instance can be applied in any disaster which leaves us stranded or displaced due to the spontaneity of having to relocate to areas of uncertainty. This sort of event can be the result of may various situations listed on this site under "Why Be Prepared".  Wilderness training encompasses skill building exercises to find or create shelters, locate water and food and to make fire to keep warm. Knowing how to build a wide array of traps for land and streams will become an advantage during times of extreme crisis.

Additional areas of education and training are associated with bridge building, ... metaphorically speaking.  These are skills which allow us to build items and gadgets so as to continue living in the modern world we have grown so accustomed to while we figure out what our next steps might be. The fact is that we all live a little differently than those in other areas of the planet which means that each situation requires a different level of education and preparedness. Those accustomed to living with electricity would benefit from educating themselves with using or building solar panels, generators and other methods of creating electricity such as wood gasification. If finding water is a concern than perhaps a class on extraction would be beneficial. A simple plastic trash bag sealed around a bush or tree branch containing leaves can produce consumable water on a hot day. How to build a filtration system or distilling unit is also a huge advantage. Knowing how to use a witching rod to locate water under ground can be helpful as well.

Educating ourselves in such matters has a wide degree of applications and positive consequences. The concept of education means to become mentally supportive and ready to exercise an open mind to learn something new. Even if the subject is hard to grasp or understand. When we research material that falls under the category of conspiracy theories we must not be dismayed by what we discover, ... but to push through it to understand more of how this information impacts our lives. We currently live in a time where information is highly available and the desire to expose or disclose sensitive information is on the rise. All of it is to be considered when the aim is to educate ourselves with any potential situation which can effect our lives. This applies to topics such as pending meteor strikes, coronal mass ejections, Aliens, government experiments, CERN, HARP, Bilderburg group, area 51, free energy, FEMA camps, chem trails, genocide, intentional financial collapse and much more.

To dismiss any subject matter as false or not applicable to our lives is considered to be narrow minded and certainly not conducive for those with a desire to live beyond these events. Education and training is key to survival.

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Definitions  »   [Survival skills] , [Investigate] , [Discover]

Relying on ourselves  »   [Reliance skills] , [32 self reliant skills to have]

Strange educational materials  »   [List of conspiracy theories] , [Top 10 conspiracy theories]

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Acclimation, familiarity & practice   »   rtgf

Experiencing the effects from education and training is typically proportional to how much time we invest in practicing what we have learned. Even with the finest information and training possible we are still subject to the process of acclimating ourselves to the cause, effects and potential solutions for any given subject matter. through repetitive and frequent use. To study a topic is to expose one's self to information to gain a better understanding for that subject matter. To act upon that same information is to engage in its content to either challenge or confirm its validity. To engage and embrace a subject matter is to practice it with the intent to become fluently efficient and far more effective at achieving success. This simply means to practice what we learn so as to become acclimated to every aspect and characteristic associated with any given subject. It begins to become second nature and instinctive  which adds to our intuition about how to be better prepared for any number of disastrous events.

With this having been said, ...  it certainly doesn't mean that interest and zeal are a part of the equation for learning. Sometimes educating ourselves can become monotonous and uninteresting. This is where we focus on what drives us. What is it that desires a better fighting chance at surviving if and when a calamity or disastrous situation occurs? The accumulation of having acquired variations of specialized knowledge makes us far more self reliant. The feeling we get from depending more on ourselves for survival will outweigh the efforts it took to get there and will add a higher degree of security to our lives.

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Practice with this  »   [10 tips for studying difficult subjects] , [How to study difficult subjects] , [The science of practice] , [Practice what we learn]

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P.O.A (Plan of action)   »   POA2

Having and practicing a plan of action reduces chaos and uncertainty while increasing levels of confidence for getting through any particular calamity or unfortunate situation. A plan of action can be made mild and simple in nature or consist of extensively elaborate methods and procedures.  Despite the intricacies and details associated with developing our plans just simply having a P.O.A. can become a huge advantage in disastrous situations. Even a "blanket" plan, ... which covers a multitude of circumstances can make the difference between living or perishing.This can allow us to react faster while doing so in chaotic situations, ... some what similar to being on auto pilot. Practiced enough will result in better chances for success.

A plan of action can also be specific to inherent characteristics associated with regional conditions or limitations. Examples include geographical characteristics like rough terrain or being land locked by lakes and rivers. Other limitation which should be considered are those associated with financial and resource deficiencies, physical and mental limitations etc. Some plans of action are specifically designed to be applicable for a targeted subject matter such as with financial collapse, volcanic eruption or an Earthquake. This means that special considerations must be made in addition to general preparations.

A reasonable plan of action typically encompasses providing for two options. To bug out and leave the area or hunker down and shelter in place. Either one involves accommodating for commonalities shared between them such as food, water, shelter and safety.  Each scenario also has its advantages and disadvantages. Hunkering down and sheltering in place allows us to store more supplies and actively plan for appropriate security. We often have a better chance of building healthy alliances with neighbors than we do with strangers on the road. Disadvantages for hunkering down are associated with situations when time is of the essence and the intensity of the disaster has cut off our safer options.  Sometimes staying in one place is not the best option. Bugging out and hitting the road is typically panned for by having scouted out a few safe locations. Extensive plans include alternate locations with food, water and supplies, ... somewhere far from the path of destruction. Disadvantages include but are not limited to being hijacked on the road by a superior force or congestion and gridlock while traveling. These are situations when we plan to go as far as the fuel in our tanks and expect fueling stations to be closed or non factional. Avoiding creating a plan which involves taking from others. This type of behavior has a very short time limit to such activities and will most likely end poorly for everyone involved.

Each scenario is made unique to the specific region in which we reside so each plan of action should accommodate and sustain a desired outcome for supporting survival no matter where we are. A well rounded plan of action will account for a diverse array of unfortunate situations and accommodate for sustenance, safety, shelter and the hope of survival. A solid plan of action will capitalize on our skills and education accentuating self reliance.

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Define this  »   [Action plan] , [The basics]

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Defense and combat skills   »   Combat

Possessing an amount of training and skills on defensive measures provides for a number of advantages known to be conducive for surviving a great deal of disastrous situations. This is a survival related topic often subject to diverse interpretations based on each of our belief systems.

For some, .... defensive measures consists of a passive approach where as we tend to use more of a civilized approach to achieve our goals. This is typically performed and intended to appeal to others as a statement through the art of illusion.  The purpose is to detour aggressors with optical or vocal messages intended to diffuse further advances. This is similar to a using a scare crow or fake cameras and alarm signs posted around the house.

For others, ... defensive measures are deliberate and often final with their tactical intentions. A great amount of training, preparation and resources can be invested for the purpose of acquiring the highest levels of safety attainable. It is smarter to comprehend that survival minded enthusiasts come in all shapes, sizes, mental capacity and belief systems. Not every well trained and equipped survivalist supports following a moral code during times of calamity and disaster. These are the people that will present the highest degree of challenge when considering implementation for defensive measures. Plan for the worst and hope for the best!!!

Advantageous associated with defensive skills can allow us to feel far more confident during times of uncertainty. It can prove to encourage success for surviving some of the more human aspects associated with disastrous situations. People can behave poorly during chaotic times which must be considered as a component in preparations for disastrous events. It is also smart to consider our own behavior as well during these times. Are we using excessive force to achieve a goal? Are we oppressing others or becoming autocratic?

Oppressive and dangerous warriors often place themselves at risk of being injured or worse by protectors and saviors. These are people who will stop at nothing to protect others from poor behaving aggressors. The odds of succeeding by using an autocratic or dictator type demeanor during times of disaster are limiting. Other "A" type personalities eventually protest or rally others in a quest of mutiny. Having a large skill-set in defensive measures can result in a disadvantage by encouraging a boastful or overconfident demeanor. Power comes with responsibility. Extreme defensive measures can be assumed as having power and authority.

A reasonable plan of action will include some measures for defense, ... weather we are self reliant and trained or depend upon someone within our circle or group. Sooner or later, ... defending ourselves can certainly come into play. How we utilize our skills and resources many determine our fate.

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Fire arms training   »  [Front Sight Firearms Training Institute] , [Firearms Training Associates]

Hand to hand defensive skills   »  [Krav Mega] , [Basic self defense moves]

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Strategy and security measures  »   Security 4

Having a strategic approach for acquiring a survival mindset is advantageous when the aim is to increase the odds of getting past the chaos with success. This concept applies to most any difficult situation known to cause disruption and mayhem. Strategy can become an art form when it comes to securing a safe environment and should be considered as a valuable step in the process of creating a solutions. Strategies and measures of security often go hand in hand for a variety of topics and concerns. When it comes to surviving the many calamities which we can be exposed to in our lives it simply makes sense that we integrate some form of strategy within our plan of action,  (POA). Strategic measures include but are not limited to the following:

A). Weaponizing ourselves and conducting periodic training exercises improves confidence and increases the odds for preventing unfortunate invasions by undesirables.

B). Adding cameras, motion sensors and trip wires around our structure or safe place will provide a degree of advanced warning for intruders or uninvited guests. Having those extra minutes of warning can make the difference between being caught off guard and taking action successfully.

C). Mapping and scouting out evacuation routes with the intent to deploy measures of reconnaissance prior to bugging out is conducive for getting to the next location safely. Having a plan "B" evacuation route adds to the success of bugging out.

D). Creating alliances with other survival minded enthusiasts in our immediate area and regions with potential paths for egress or travel.

E). Create stash and cashe locations along the perspective paths of travel. This sort of strategy is intended to accommodate for times when we may loose our evacuation supplies for whatever reason. Having a few back up supply locations can make the difference between success of failure.

F). Having multiple methods for communication. Having a diverse amount of methods intended for communication will aid in decreasing chaos, ... especially when we have a better understanding as to what is going on around us and where our family members might be. Over and above the use of cell phones are measures and strategies encompassing the use of short wave radios, ... mirrors, .... smoke signals, .... balloons and kites, ....road and trail markers and signs, ... homing pigeons, ... runners etc.

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Definition of strategy   »  [Simple definition] , [Wikipedia] , [More]

Somethings to consider   »  [11 critical skills needed to be strategic] , [4 tips to help us stay safe at home]

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Alliance and affiliations   »   Aliance & Friends

Alliances, clubs and affiliations can be beneficial in achieving a common goal or hinder the efforts to be successful altogether. Having an alliance or affiliation with like minded enthusiasts adds a number of components for succeeding during times of chaos and disruption. Some of those advantageous components are associated with security, safety, the acquisition of resources as well as to encourage enthusiasm for increased levels of drive. Being self reliant and depending upon ones self is certainly advantageous however teaming up with others can be beneficial in additional ways while surviving a multitude of circumstances.

What is also true for creating alliances is to exercise caution when considering those we align ourselves with. The dynamics of a group or alliance can often determine how successful or unfortunate it will be when the group is severely tested under duress. It is an advantage to align ourselves with like minded individuals and those who understand the benefits of working together. Choosing to align ourselves with wisdom and intellect is a key to succeeding. Of course, ... out of compassion we tend to take on those we care for despite their intricacies which means becoming attentive to their actions and behaviors so as to prevent division amongst the group.

A caustic dynamics within a group is more likely to fail than an alliance built from trust,  loyalty and useful knowledge. This concept works well in business just as it does for our personal lives. Whom we associate ourselves with can make the difference between surviving or failing. It is fully understood that some family and friends may be permitted into an alliance or group out of mercy or compassion. Some of these people may not possess the drive or incentive to be fully useful during chaotic times while others don't have any viable skills to harness. Going deeper into dysfunction includes considering those with drug and alcohol dependencies or individuals with very little to no integrity, ... (Liars and cheaters). It is therefore necessary to encourage like minded and skilled people to join into the group with the aim of achieving a balance conducive for success.  An off balance of undependable associates will not help in the grand scheme of surviving. This will only serve to disrupt, ... dismantle and interfere with a productive and positive goal to succeed.

It is equally important to be aware of the various personalities such as with those who are prone to arguing or displaying violence and anger. Just the same applies for personalities which favor a passive demeanor. Everyone has a function. Harnessing and directing those variations of personalities can be difficult and often considered a form of art.

Aligning ourselves also applies to those situations when we are the outsiders entering into an existing group. It is equally important to take careful inventory of the group dynamics and to decide if it is OK to remain or find another group. A well performing alliance can cause the efforts for surviving to reach its highest levels of efficiency.

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Alliance defined   »  [Wikipedia]

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Deity or moral compass    »   AAA

During times of extreme chaos and disruption it can be an advantage to call upon the assistance from a deity or higher power when all else seems to fail. This is when faith and trust are greatly needed. It is during these moments when a situation seems helpless or beyond our own efforts of solving that we rely on GOD. It is a realization which validates a desire for divine intervention. This has proven to be an advantage for many people who make claims to the existence of GOD through personal experience. It is an understanding for the need of depending upon GOD in desperate situations that are out of our control.

It is also advantageous to have and display characteristics associated with an upright and respectable demeanor typically referred to as having a moral compass. It's that inner voice, ... perhaps inspired by GOD, ... that guides our behavior and actions. This can be an advantage during times of chaos and extreme disruption when our minds are cluttered with indecision, doubt and fear. These are moments which are known for bringing out the worst in us during the most inopportune times.

Defaulting to poor behavior during difficult times can have devastating effects to ourselves and others. There will always be indifference in opinions when it comes to the effectiveness of someone who leads with a poor demeanor who behaves poorly. The realization of such behavior and actions typically ends poorly for everyone involved. People who operate without utilizing a moral compass place a target on themselves and their associates. It's the kind of target that often ends with banishment from a group or extermination. A healthy moral compass combined with a faith based demeanor can make the difference between success and failure.

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Relative info   »  [Finding our moral compass] , [Learning moral behavior] , [How ethics and moral compasses can improve our planet] , [Relying on GOD] , [Incredible benefits from a relationship with GOD]

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Gear and supplies    »   Gear & stuff 02

Having various and specific items, supplies and gear can be highly beneficial during times of chaos and disaster. It goes without saying that the first degree of security we tend to feel typically starts when we have enough resources to stimulate a sense of self reliance. Why?, ... It's because it is the easiest way to achieve a higher level of preparedness in a shortest amount of time. Satisfaction is quickly realized when we have a garage filled with survival supplies, ... and rightly so. The benefits in having survival goods and supplies certainly outweighs those resulting from not being prepared at all.

The amount of goods we collect is largely dependent upon what scenario or circumstance we are preparing for. Many items and goods are applicable for a great deal of situations while other items are specific to the nature of the calamity.

Other aspects of collecting goods is associated with the intended duration of preparedness. Many survival minded enthusiasts extend their preparations to accommodate for longer periods of time. These levels of extreme preparedness is done with the intent to bridge the gap of discomfort between the old way of life and the unknown future. Eventually, ... our supplies will deplete and run out. That's when the training and education will become an important aspect in survival.

Diversity in preparedness for supplies and gear are incremental and can be categorized to accommodate for basic readiness, duration and levels of self reliance. Below are categories which may illustrate this understanding for various levels.

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Level one   »  The first level or preparedness typically accounts for having a degree of extra food and water for a duration of up to 10 days. This level of preparedness is intended to accommodate short time frames in hopes of returning to what we know as being normal.  Supplies and gear are limited and very basic at this level and are generally applicable for a vast array of situations. Water consumption has typically been listed at the rate of about two quarts to a gallon a day per person, ... depending upon the amount of exertion or activity. Food type for this level is not much different than what we keep in our cupboards. Canned foods and perishables will most likely not spoil for this duration of preparedness. Accommodating for a few extra people is also a smarter way to be prepared, ... just in case. Additional preparedness for this level includes a basic first aid kit and defensive measures to assist in getting past the first few days of chaos. It is often accompanied by a general understanding that evacuation may become necessary. Evacuation for this level of preparedness may not exceed anything more than getting out of the immediate area and to a safer location. It is typically a response to mandates made by local authorities and not included in an action plan.

Level two   »   The second level of preparedness accounts for a longer duration of time in addition to planning for specific events and conditions. This is the level where we make considerations for specific disasters and prepare accordingly. Being prepared for a chemical disaster for instance requires considerations for having gas masks or respirators, chem suits etc. Being prepared for times when we may find ourselves caught in a wild fire would include items and gear to treat burns as well having respirators. Being caught unexpectedly in a harsh winter storm for days might be prepared for by having extra clothes, pocket heater packets and additional methods for creating fire. Each scenario and situation has its applicable specialties to consider adding into our plan of action. It is difficult to plan for every potential disaster so many survival minded enthusiasts tend to focus on the likelihood of an event specifically related to their geographical region. For those who reside near an active volcano or nuclear plant  the measures of preparedness will accommodate for surviving potential catastrophic events associated with those scenarios.  This level of preparedness often includes having a bunker or storm shelter filled with supplies and gear. Just the same efforts are configured into having reasonable plans to evacuate or bug out to a predetermined safe location for longer duration's of stay. Gear and equipment considered can include having solar panels, generators, windmills, ultraviolet filtration systems and off road vehicles. Many survival minded enthusiasts learn skills that allow them to make fuel alcohol which has a number of benefits such as to power motors or for medical purposes when used correctly. Preparedness at level two can sustain a group of people for longer periods of time until a calamity or disaster has dissipated and the infrastructure has returned to being manageable. Level two has a degree of discomfort associated with it as we must often acclimate to a different way of living.

Level three   »   The third level of preparedness accommodates for equivalency to the previous two levels yet accounts for extended duration's of time as well as for unique situations and conditions. This is a level where wilderness skills are useful and self reliance becomes defined by how well we can survive without those items and supplies we stashed for level one and two. The third level of preparedness encompasses the concept of relying upon our skills to find and build the things we need which will become paramount when the supplies run out. Skills associated with this level include but are not limited to the following. Making fire, distilling or cleaning dirty water, hunting, trapping and fishing, growing foods in harsh conditions, applying extensive medical treatments with an understanding for local plant life etc. Additional skills can assist with creating electricity, making solar ovens using TV screens to boil water and much more. It is certainly advantageous to be creative and posses a wider array  of skills and knowledge to be effective at this level of preparedness. Level three preparedness encompasses the concept of surviving without the comforts from modern society. To eventually accept what comes with living off the land.

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Daily requirements of water   »   [Source 1] , [Source 2]

Daily requirements for food   »   [Source 3] , [Source 4]

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Wilderness skills    »   Wild

Having wilderness survival knowledge and skills is typically considered to be of the highest level in self reliance. The concept of self reliance applies to surviving in every possible scenario during a multitude disastrous situations. Being self reliant is applicable within city limits as well as rural or wilderness environments. However, ... some of the best places to evacuate to has always favored the mountains and wilderness regions. It is a place where we can run to and get out of harms way. To escape from chaos and destruction allowing for time to reboot our selves. One of the variables associated with bugging out to a wilderness region is the amount of supplies we bring with us. In these situations it is to be expected that eventually we will run out of pre-packaged foods and supplies and must rely on ourselves for sustenance. This level of self reliance is typically expected to be exclusive for long term or indefinite periods of time. That is not always true however. What happens when we are caught off guard and our cashe and supplies suffer devastating loss or theft, ... or we don't have enough time to acquire any before the disaster strikes. To have an array of wilderness skills would be beneficial in continuing the survival process while reducing the chances of perishing.

Wilderness skills are those which allow us to create traps for land based prey or for catching fish in ponds and rivers. Wilderness skills also allow us to extract nutrients from other things as well as to locate water, create fire and build shelters. Wilderness knowledge is most beneficial for specific regions near our homes and places of work. For those who plan on bugging out to mountainous regions it is advantageous to get a manual or book on the benefits of local plant and tree life which can be used for medicine and food. Wilderness training increases the odds of surviving many disastrous situations.

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Survival skills   »  [Definition] , [Wilderness survival skills everyone should know]

 

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