Many people ask about the skills needed to survive some major disaster, a government collapse or even a large scale global event. There are of course several things you should learn to ensure your survival, and the survival of your family, but the most simple answer is adaptability and flexibility. That’s probably the deciding factor between who lives and who parishes. The other things come in to play shortly after, starting fires, building shelters, finding water, etc.
Scientists say that the only creatures to survive the big dinosaur extension were small animals that were able to adapt to the new environment. It wasn’t the biggest and the strongest that survived, it was just the animals that had the ability to be flexible and adapt to their strange new environment. And that’s the key, adaptability. The first thing you’ll need to help you survive is getting your head around what just happened and dealing with it. Most people will simply fall apart or refuse to accept the new situation, hoping people’s good nature will shine through or that somehow the government or someone will come and save them.
If and when a large disaster hits and you’re on your own for any length of time, it’s going to be your ability to adapt to your new situation that will save you more than anything else. You’re not going to be able to wake up late, grab a cup of coffee and read the news in your slippers and wait for the family to wake up, your reality is now very different and getting your head around this new world is your first and major step in ensuring your survival and the survival of your family.
Change happens all the time, but for some strange reason, we’re always caught off guard by it, or we’re always surprised when it happens, I’m not sure why, but that’s the way it is. We are creatures of habit and don’t seem to like change very much, but strangely enough all throughout our human history, there have been major society changing events, and we seemed to make it through them. So even though we’re not happy about change, we can and do deal with it and live through the devastation and ravages of war, natural or man made catastrophes, political upheaval, mass murders, riots and terrorist attacks (which are massively increasing), and/or religious cleansing (such as what’s happening now with Islam and First World Countries). We’ve lived through all these and worse, and we can live through what ever else comes our way. I promise you, you are stronger than you currently imagine.
So when the big event hits, don’t sit around wondering whats happening, accept it, take stock of your situation, your liabilities and assets and get off your butt and go to work, take action immediately. The longer you wait the more things could possibly go wrong, or against you. The sooner you act the further ahead of the game you’ll be.
Even right now, don’t think your situation, what ever it is, will last forever. Start accepting the future change now, whatever it might be, good or bad. And if and when some major disaster hits, rest assured, that situation won’t last forever either. So there’s always change, sometimes small minor change and sometimes it’s massive disastrous change, but there’s always light at the end of that tunnel. So don’t despair.
Keep in mind right now that when any life threatening situation happens everything changes, including how we think and our perspective of the event and of the world. The things that start taking over our minds are thoughts and emotions such as, fear, hesitation, confusion, and anxiety, of course that’s after the shock surprise of it all.
Don’t think you’ll create a plan for a major disaster and when it hits you’ll be okay because you have this plan and everything will go as you think it should go. It will be like a fist fight. No matter how much you think you can plan what will happen, it never goes how you expected. So think of your plan as being something fluid, something that changes depending on the situation. Don’t be rigid, that’s dangerous, for yourself and others, be flexible and figure things out as you go. But do of course have a plan, it’s a good and logical place to start, and have an alternative, maybe a plan B, but the key is flexibility, always.
As An Example
Take a look in your fridge and cabinets right now, what do you have? How many days do you think you and your family could survive on just what you have in your house right now, at this moment? And you can’t think that you’ll just go to the store, because when disaster situations like what we’re talking about hits, it usually happens during moments like this, when you haven’t gone to the store in a few days or a week and your normal food supplies are down and about to run out.
You and I would never think to go looting and stealing from a grocery store on any normal day, but think about our little exercise and think about how long you could sustain yourself and your family on just what you have in your house right now. How many days of food do you have, a day, three days, a week, two weeks? What happens after your current supplies run out? You are still going to be hungry, your kids are still going to need to eat. What will you do? Adapt and find a way to get food? I hope so. Even in normal times, like now, our morals are flexible, depending on what we want and/or need at the time. So just take that to the extreme and be flexible when extreme situations come your way.
What if you did plan ahead of time? What if you had purchased a month supply of dehydrated food and water with a 50 year shelf life? What if you had purchased an emergency kit with fire starters, first aid kit, portable cooking stove, crank radio, etc.? Now you’re at least prepared to sustain yourself and your family hopefully until government services come back online, If they come back online at all. But what if a disaster hit and you were out of town, or across town? What would you do then? Be flexible and adapt to your situation I hope….
So again, your plan. It’s good to have one, and you should stick to it if the situation allows, but you’ll have to be willing and able to abandon or throw out the plan at a moments notice if necessary and adapt to any new extreme situation.
Figuring It Out
Also, what if, in the unthinkable circumstances, there is some kind of disaster that leaves your neighborhood, city, state or region without power and gas and/or government services for a much longer period of time? How will you survive? Adapting and figuring it out is how. And that should be in the adult manual, if there was ever one, figuring it out. That’s a huge second point. When your boss tells you to do something, you don’t ask how, you figure it out, no matter what. And in this situation your life depends on it, your family’s life depends on your figuring it out. So, get your head around your situation and figure it out. Hopefully you’re a quick learner.
Thinking about all this now, while we’re comfortable, when things are normal is difficult at best, I know, I get it. It’s hard to imagine our First World countries reverting back to the days without power or electricity, but it can and has happened, at least on a city and state level. And this is the point of this article, getting it in your head that this can and might happen and being ready for it, and, acting accordingly when it does happen. It’s no longer our polite society, you’re going to have to figure out how to survive during civil unrest, no police, no search and rescue, no power and no plumbing, which means no water. There will be no government services, the things you might not even realize the government does for you, like keep the water running, the toilets flushing and the lights on.
The recent hurricanes that have hit the South Coast of the U.S. have left entire areas without power or help for an extended period of time. And those people had to figure out how to survive, at least temporarily. And so will you if and when a disaster hits or our government goes down for any length of time, and you’re going to have to accept and adapt to it in order to save your own life and the lives of your family members.
And also keep in mind that you’re not the only one who has fallen on hard times. Many thousands, if not millions, of people that have come before you have suffered situations you can’t imagine. So you can and will make it through unimaginable situations, humans have done it before, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time either.
Steps to Take Now
I strongly suggest that you browse this website and others like it and learn all you can about surviving during times of disasters, learn basic survival and purchase at least some basic supplies and equipment to increase your chances of survival during any type of emergency or disaster, and for any length of time.
I wish you the best of luck and I hope none of us ever have to use this information, but it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.