Originally Posted 28APR10
I’ve had folks ask me “what’s the most important thing to have in a collapse scenario?” My reply is something that I learned long before I ever joined the service. It it remains a part of who I am because my Dad instilled it in us. So, what is IT?
Put simply: The Will to Survive! He always told us “No matter what, we’re survivors” and “we don’t ever quit our people”. He made a point of illustrating situational awareness without being too over-the-top about it. He would tell us to always have an escape route, know what’s going on around you, and in a survival situation, you’ve got to think quick and keep moving. There is actually a color code (Cooper Color Code) for the different States of Awareness that people enter and/or live in HERE (very interesting, quick read)
Psychology of Survival
Preparation- (establish your own Code of Conduct and do not deviate) Have and encourage faith. Belief and trust in God is incredibly comforting.
(1) Know your capabilities and limitations. (Don’t think you’re a ninja because you watched Diamond Dave)
(2) Keep a positive attitude. (others will be relying on you for strength)
(3) Develop a realistic plan. (establish rules and do not deviate – if you say not to tell anyone – DON’T!!!)
(4) Anticipate fears. (stressful & unknown situations tend to breed fear – DO NOT LET IT GOVERN YOUR ACTIONS)
(5) Combat psychological stress by— (engaging in activities which occupy your time and mind) and by:
Recognizing and anticipating existing stressors (injury, death, fatigue, illness, environment, hunger, isolation).
There is nothing in this world which will keep you alive better than the desire and determination to keep breathing. Your odds are greatly improved if you can find yourself some training in hand-to-hand and small arms self-defense. I am no master of either, but I can fight and I can shoot. That offers me a great sense of peace and comfort. Combine that with my drive to keep breathing and you’ve got one helluva mess on your hands if you aim to do harm to me or mine.
As a kid my Dad would fight with us boys. Always outnumbered, he would pinch, bite, pull our hair, and use any underhanded trick he could find to make us submit. It was all in good fun… or so we thought. It wasn’t until we got older that we realized the lessons inherent in the fun (he used to get pissed when we’d do the same things to him and he’d end the wrestling quickly).
I wrestled and played hockey and as I got older, spent a good bit of time as a teen getting into fights. I was just a knuckler. I didn’t know what I was doing except that I knew a headbutt was deleterious to the opponents ability to maintain his end of the skirmish.
I spent a good bit of time getting my ass whooped too! I ain’t Chuck Norris! When I went into the service I studied KaJuKenBo (a mix of boxing, judo, jujutsu, kenpo, tang so do and kung fu – which I never mastered). In the civilian world, I practiced Tai-Bo (laugh all you want, that shit builds a strong core) and after becoming a Police Officer began learning and practicing Muay Thai (which I never mastered . . . . . I do have to say, I still hit like a girl with my left hand.)
I only bring these up to illustrate how these varied experiences over the years have contributed to a sense of security that I love. Proper TRAINING and PRACTICE could very well mean the difference between a longer, more-fruitful life and a wooden box, one day.
With that, I would like to introduce you to a readable, printable manual provided by and for our Armed Forces. Many of you will be familiar with this, and could shed much more light on the contents of said manual than I. I encourage everyone to read it. It may seem long if you look at the number of pages, but it only takes an hours or to read while also watching Cops and getting the kids to shower, clean, and go to bed. It is a tremendous resource if you’re ever in a survival situation or a bug-out scenario.
It may even be useful if transitting under semi-hostile conditions for water, food, supplies, etc during a collapse scenario. So, with no further gilding of the lily, here is the “Multi-service manual of tactics, techniques, and procedures for survival, evasion, & recovery.”