Attitude – don’t panic and make sure you keep a
positive outlook. Both of those lead to success while losing
your cool and a negative attitude can contribute to failure,
2. Immediate security
– If you’re in danger from someone or something, get
out of harm’s way. Take your bug out bag with you if you
3. Emergency medical needs
– attend to these now.
4. Arm yourself –
Any weapon is better than no weapon. If you have no access to a
gun, think about a knife, or find a weapon of opportunity, i.e.
your belt, a tire iron, screwdriver, rock, stick, or wrench.
5. Preserve your body
temperature – if it’s cold, get warm; if you’re wet and
cold, get dry and warm; if you’re going to be scorched by the
sun, protect yourself and seek shelter.
6. Hydration – Keep
yourself hydrated. Dehydration can be fatal. You may have to be
inventive to find safe water, such as tapping into a water
heater. It’s a priority.
7. Get help – if you
can, look for help or give away your location. This may be
calling on your phone, heading out on foot to find someone,
signaling with a mirror or with a smoky fire, blowing your car
horn or if that’s not available, a whistle.
8. Shelter – you may
have to shelter in place. Options include using your vehicle or
9. Fire – build one
to signal for help, cook food, keep warm. You should know how to
build a fire, practice it occasionally and keep fire starting
equipment in your Bug out Bag.
10. Food – if you
don’t have your bug out bag (that contains three days’ worth of
food), you need to find some. Knowledge of your local flora
should prove useful. If you’re in an inhabited area, look for
sources of food, i.e. stores (that you may have to loot), homes,
|"Ms. Calhoun's character development is one of
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with killing from one end to the other. It is a book that covers being
prepared when a disaster hits, no matter what kind. I highly recommend
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off-grid living expert