Survival Guide

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In past years, people concerned with learning how to be prepared, in case of emergencies, tried not to broadcast they were a survivalist and working on a survival guide. Thinking about survival was not politically incorrect. Middle Americans, preparing for tornado alerts, or Gulf Coast residents preparing for the next level four hurricane are all survivalists. There is nothing wrong about being prepared. This survival guide will help you be prepared.

Survival Guide

Anyone can find articles online that explain how and why you need to have a three-day survival guide kit to prepare you and your family to be ready for whatever type of natural or civil disaster could happen in your area of the country. The truth is, three days in a real emergency, is not enough time. This article will give you the basics to be sure you are prepared financially, physically and mentally for any type of emergency.

What is the Definition of Survival and How Can a Guide Help?

Survival is coming through a natural disaster, or man made disturbance, as well or better off than others in your area. That means you have a good chance to continue with your life, maybe even to the point you can help others. That is how a survival guide can be a great help.

Being prepared is what you must do to ensure survival. It is what allows you to survive when others will not. There is nothing wrong with being prepared. Ignore those who think otherwise. They may not be around after whatever emergency will happen anyway. They will wish they had prepared their own survival guide.

Preparation for Survival – Making Your Guide for Survival

Do some research on past natural or civil problems in your area. You want to be ready for anything that might happen in the next four years. With the help of the Internet and good search engine skills, you should not have trouble with the research for your survival guide.

One example of an exception in planning would be flooding. Find out where the 100-year flood plain boundaries are located. If you are within that area, add that to your survival guide planning. With changing climates, there is no telling what is going to be happening. This week in northern Middle East countries, they have snow, deep snow, for the first time in over 100 years.

Is there anything, as long as you can remember, that as worried your family? If there is, consider adding that to your survival guide planning.

Examples of things that might be on your list, depending on where you live might be as follows.

• Heavy thunderstorms, high winds, hurricanes or tornados

• Severe and prolonged winter weather

• Flash flooding and possibly a 100 year flood

• Heavy Hail

• Avalanche

• Wildfire

• Earthquake

• Volcanic Eruptions

• Tsunami / Tidal Waves

• Civil disturbances

• War (conventional, biological, chemical or nuclear)

• Terrorism

• Collapse of economy

• Disease Outbreak

• Robbery

• Home intrusion

• Death in the Family

• Total Loss of home by fire

Each listed item is a category. Make two columns with the left column as category. In the right column, list the consequences for each category lasting 4 days. Have a plan and check out the plan from start to finish for each category.

Stick it Out – Or Get out of Dodge – Key Parts of a Survival Guide

Make a pre-event decision for each category. The decision concerns the feasibility of staying home when a category occurs. The alternative is retreat to some place you have prepared. Usually you will stick it out to protect your possessions. When the time comes and the event is pre-deifned as requiring evacuation, will you be ready? Be prepared to have important things with you on departure. Have a plan and test the plan repeatedly, to find and correct mistakes.

For your plan to stay home, think of food, water and power as you review each category. Be aware it may be prudent to start at home but have triggers, that cause plan modification. Be prepared with plan check points, which determine when you pull up and leave.

For items requiring evacuation, do not delay implementation. Not to be simplistic, but be sure your evacuation plan has these three things.

• Where to go

• How to get there

• What to bring with you

Set up a small remote survival retreat. Give it a lot of thought and to help, here are some guidelines.

• Your survival retreat should be off main roads and out of the way. Ideally the retreat will only be reachable on a dead end, one lane dirt road. If anyone asks, it is just a weekend getaway. You will not store many supplies there. You will have your cache of emergency supplies stored at a storage unit that can be opened 24 hours a day with your own key. The cache will be between your home and your retreat.

• A place near a stream or natural source of water is ideal. Do not build in an area susceptible to flash flooding. Up in the woods, somewhat out of sight is best.

• Make sure there is a stone fireplace or a wood stove, for heat and cooking.

• The retreat needs to be located within a half-day walk to a village to get more supplies, news and information.

• Make it a habit to have land ready for growing vegetables. Grow something there continually. It is not important if they get stolen when you are not there. The idea is having the ground prepared.

• Have enough food for your family plus two people for at least 90 days. That means MRE type food stores, in addition to any wild life you might get. Better yet would be enough for 12 months.

• The cache should have tools needed to maintain the retreat and keep the family safe. The word to remember is to be self-sufficient. Go to the cabin as often as possible because it keeps you prepared at all times.

Survival Guide – The Conclusion

If you have followed these steps your survival guide is ready. Refer to it often. Use your retreat as much as you can to maintain your skills and readiness.

About the author


Hi there! My name is Coy Starnes & I love everything outdoors. I have always been one to do the outdoor thing as compared to the organised sport thing.I’ve been going camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, & just about every other outdoor activity you can think of since I can remember. Some of my memories as a kid growing up were exploring the woods on our family camping trips & “living of the land” so to speak. Fishing in the morning & cooking up that day’s food in the afternoon was so much fun & so rewarding.


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  • I have spent some great time there, too. You post returned me to this awesome road-trip that me and my girlfriend had back in 2011. Keep up the good work John, looking forward to your new posts.

    • Your road-trip was awesome, too. I have heard some stories on how you swim with dolphins. Sea was warm, sand was there – heaven on Earth.

  • Just a quick note on this road-trip diary – beaches that we visited where completely abandoned and wild.
    There was no water so we could’t make any shower. We have to wait for return home.

    Beside that, we had really really good time here and I wish that one day you visit this magic place, too.