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Notice that the name of the web site is not Survival Hype. What I have seen in recent days is a plethora of web pages, blogs and television shows all playing on a doom & gloom end-of-days scenario.
Is an end-of-days scenario a reality? Maybe, this type of survival situation is a possibility but not as real as other types of localized disasters you need to prepare for.

So, what I am going to do on this web page is breakdown survival into several real possibilities. I will show how you should prepare for a more realistic survival scenario. And that how preparing for a short term local disasters can; if needed; create a firm survival foundation for you if an end-of-days apocalypse should happen.

Let’s get started

The first thing we need to do is classify the different levels of survival. By breaking survival down into smaller component parts you will be able to see how starting with the most basic and building up will be easy and practical.

Here are the basic things we need to think about when we are talking about any type of survival.
It is said that you can live:
3 minutes without air.
3 days without water.
3 weeks without food.
And most localized disasters are addressed by our society in 3 Months.
An end-of-days apocalypse…. 1+ years.

 

This means we will be looking at preparing for:
Today
Three Days
Three Weeks
Three Months
Three Months +

I am going to try and break this down into these basic components.
T = Time frame
I = Main issue
P = The possible situations that may require survival skills or equipment.
E = Equipment needed and suggestions
S = Skills needed

Below is the, get-your-bran-thinking list… I will elaborate a little more on each a bit later.

LEVEL 1 – Direct Threat to you

T - Today
I - Air
P - This is a basic survival that every person should plan for:
Muggings, stabbings, shooting, Home Invasion, any attempt of another to do you harm.
E – Hands, feet, knees, elbows, cane, knife, gun, belt, club, any object you can pickup can be used as a basic self-defense tool.
S – The sills needed here are simple. First and foremost you need basic self-defense knowledge and training. Some level of hand to hand fighting skills. If possible, you should seek training on the use of weapons that are legal where you live, and you can carry with you where ever you go.

LEVEL 2 – Short Term Lack of Services

T – One to Three Days
I – Water
P – This will be your most common situation when a localized minor emergency occurs. This can be anything from power outages causing water pumping stations to go off line. Broken water mains can happen at any time any place. Tornados are very common and often cause a lot of damage in anywhere from small areas or long swathes across a reign. And don’t forget regional flooding.
E – Water. It is recommended that you have 1 gallon of water per person for a minimum of 3 days. Keeping extra food on hand is a good investment also. For food, most recommendations are that you keep a three day supply. Frozen or refrigerated foods are not a good choice. You need food that can be eaten without cooking or rehydration with water.
S – The main skills here are the fore knowledge of what and how to store in a small kit with food and water. Also knowledge of what types of foods are best for a short term situation. You should also know how to use manual can and bottle openers.
ALL of the things listed in level 1

LEVEL 3 – Medium Term Lack of Services

T – Three Days +
I – Shelter
P – When we talk about this level of emergency it is normally still localized but of a much greater magnitude. Things like Earth Quakes, Tsunamis, Hurricanes, Flooding.
E – Tent, tarps, sleeping bags, clothing, MREs, water purification, rain water collection, saw, shovel, rope, flotation devices.
S – Here is where the real survival skills kick in and where the majority of us are just not prepared. Along with everything listed in level 1 and 2 above you need basic camping, roughing it or Bushcraft or Primitive skills.
At this level we also start to think about the difference between a Hunker-Down situation and Bug-Out situation. Do you have the equipment and skills to stay at home and wait-it-out or do you pack up and move to somewhere unaffected by the disaster.
I recommend preparing for both the Hunker-Down and Bug-Out situation.

LEVEL 4 Total loss of Services

T = 3 Months +
I = You are on your own.
P = This is the end-of-days scenario that the other folks are talking about. Some type of major catastrophe has occurred and civilization is on the brink of collapse.
E = Everything you can get your hands on.
S = You need all the skills of levels 1-3, plus the overwhelming desire to survive. Here attitude is everything. You still will be faced with the option of either Hunker-Down or Bug-Out. You need long term planning on this. Hunker-Down may require fending off mobs. Bug-Out requires knowing where you can go and start over with primitive skills like foraging and hunting.

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