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Monday, June 27, 2011

Survival Semantics - Food for Thought

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While many survival sayings refer to attitudes and mindset, some sayings have a very direct relation to our survival. Anyone can cross certain boundaries when faced with the critical decisions in a survival situation. It is important to remember that some boundaries serve a definitive purpose for our survival and violating these boundaries can have deadly consequences.

Hunger can be a simple but very real threat to your survival. It is an almost automatic response of our bodies. When we feel hungry, we eat. We do this without giving much thought to our food or how we would satisfy this need if situations were to change.

We sometimes eat to excess without any real need but merely because it is there. The problem arises when it is not there. We will still get hungry and we will still need to eat but it may have to be at a vastly different level than that which we are accustomed to doing.

Having a long term food storage program is one of the best solutions to this problem. A long term food storage program can also create problems of its own. This is the problem of food that has gone bad and is no longer useful or safe to consume. In a survival situation where resources may be limited, this can be a dangerous problem for survival. We have a tendency not to waste our resources and often take chances by doing things we shouldn’t.

Whether you are facing a real survival situation or just struggling with surviving on a day to day basis, there is a simple saying that relates to the safe use of food to prevent it from becoming what may be a serious threat to your survival.

When in doubt, throw it out!

Got food for thought?

Staying above the water line!


5 Ways To Keep Your Vehicle Evacuation Ready

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Anyone who had the displeasure of evacuating  knows of  the frustration and heightened stress levels you experience.  Not only do you have to ensure you have ample supplies, but you also have to deal with the mass exodus of the city.

Quite simply, it is not fun and not something you want to take lightly.  The longer it takes for you to load up your car and leave, the longer it will take to get to your destination.  When my family evacuated Houston for Hurricane Rita, a regular 4-hour trip to Dallas took them 13 hours!  There were times when the highway was at a standstill for hours at a time.  There were many drivers who had to evacuate their vehicles because they ran out of gas, which also added to the frustration of the evacuees.
The main goal when you decide to prepare for any type of emergency  is to relieve any extraneous stress or frustration.  When planning for an evacuation, look at your vehicle as your lifeline.  Having a vehicle that is well stocked and evacuation ready is your ticket to a less chaotic and stressful encounter. 

Here are 5 ways to prepare for and maintain your evacuation vehicle:
1. Have vehicle bug out supplies.   Keep your basic survival needs in mind and plan to have enough supplies for 3 days.  The items chosen should be light weight and functional so that, if need be, carrying the kit will not be a strain due to unnecessary items.  Initially, the most important part of  preparing is to have a well thought out a plan.  This plan should be in place before you evacuate.  In addition, if you have children, have some child friendly activities or books packed away to keep their attention diverted.  There is nothing more excruciating than the question, “Are we there yet?”

2. Keep your vehicle properly maintained.  That means checking and changing the oil on a regular basis, ensuring the tires are inflated, brakes are working, the headlights work, and that the vehicle has been inspected.  This is pretty self explanatory.  Whatever vehicle is chosen for evacuation reasons needs to be at optimum performance.
3.  Keep your gas tank full.  When my vehicle gets to half full, I typically fill it up.  Not only does this ensure that I could get a far distance from my home, but it also saves on gas money.  Not to mention, in a evacuation scenario, the lines to the gas stations are going to be filled with frustrated individuals which could lead to run ins, thus delaying your evacuation further.

4. Make sure you have extra navigational items. Items such as GPS,  maps and compasses included in your vehicle evacuation supplies can ensure that you know where to go and how to get there.  To take this a step further, having non-electric navigational items can also help if your electric circuits are disrupted.
5. Have multiple pre-planned evacuation locations.  Road blocks, heavy congestion, and even car accidents can delay your evacuation and having a plan A, B, or C will keep your options open.  Therefore, create multiple escape routes that do not require you to travel through any major cities that are largely populated – this will cut down on traffic jams.  Before you leave, listen to the radio and the news to see which highways are open and plan accordingly.  In addition to pre-planned evacuation routes, find evacuation routes that you would have to take on foot.  No one wants to think about evacuating on foot, but it could be your only option in some cases.