Survival skills aren’t always like what we see in the movies. You probably don’t need to learn how to rappel down a cliff unless you really want to. However, knowing how to warm food when the power is out or stay out of the elements when your shelter has collapsed can truly come in handy during a catastrophe. Follow along as we look at five survival techniques everyone should know.
Basic First Aid
Until help arrives, sometimes the most basic assistance can help someone until they get what they need. You can take many courses online and in person to learn basic First Aid which will include topics such as controlling bleeding, stabilizing a broken limb, or treating a burn. Make sure you have a complete First Aid kit in your home and vehicle.
Start a Fire
You may not use fire on a regular basis, but during an emergency, it creates warmth and heats food. Once you learn how to build a fire from scratch—either in your backyard or on designated campgrounds—you can practice cooking over it. Always bring a buddy when building a fire and a safe way to extinguish it when you’re done. Some helpful items to have in your emergency survival kit to make a fire are:
- Waterproof matches or lighter
- Tinder rope
- Ferro rod
- Wood cutting knife
Store these items in a waterproof container in your survival kit.
Safe Drinking Water
Filtered water is easier to access at home; however, you may not have any in an emergency. Your best bet for survival is to learn how to create safe drinking water. You can do this in several ways. Here are some suggestions:
- Boil the water and allow it to cool.
- Use an unscented household bleach that is only 5% to 9% sodium hypochlorite. Use a very small amount of bleach—a little less than 1/8 teaspoon to one gallon of water.
- Store chemical tablets designed for treating water in your emergency kit.
- Invest in a portable UV light water disinfecting unit.
Contact your doctor to ensure the method you choose is safe for you to use. Research wilderness water treatment methods in depth, speak to professionals and practice some of these methods when there isn’t an emergency so you can safely clean your water when under pressure.
Learn To Stock Food
One of the easiest ways to build a supply of emergency food in case of a disaster is to purchase emergency food storage packs. These kits often include dehydrated foods and last for years.
You can also create a storage area in your home with shelf-stable foods, such as canned goods. However, you must organize your wares and create a system where you rotate items to avoid eating expired meals.
Build a Shelter
Shelter is of the utmost importance if you literally lose the roof over your head or are lost in the woods. Add a large tarp to your survival kit so you can create a quick lean-to shelter using it and some branches.
No one wishes for an emergency; however, understanding the most important survival techniques and being prepared with your supplies can bring peace of mind. At NuManna, we take emergency survival seriously and offer the highest quality food storage and supplies for long-term emergencies. Contact us with any questions about how you can create an emergency food supply for your family.