Monday, October 29, 2012

Survival Techniques

There are many situations which can be encountered that need basic techniques and survival gear to get through the challenges of unforeseen incidents. In this article are the techniques which one should master to survive in any dangerous situation.
One of the basic survival skills is building a fire. One of the survival gear that can build a fire is a box of matchsticks. This will give light, warmth and comfort which are all necessary in surviving. Fire can provide warmth should your clothes be minimal. It will help boil water so that you can have clean liquid to drink. It can help cook food thus you will not starve. If you need to wash your clothes, you would be able to dry them with fire. It can ward off insects and pests when you are in the wilderness. It can also help signal or alert people of your whereabouts. There are many other ways to get a fire going. From a flint and steel set to matches that were dipping in wax for waterproofing.
The second technique in surviving is to create shelter which will guard the body from foreign elements such as rain, snow, sun, wind, cold and heat. It will also guard the body from harmful creatures and insects. The requirement for shelter differs from person to person. Someone who knows how to pitch a tent very well may only need metal rods and a tarp with a blanket. Others may need a store bought tent kit with instructions and sleeping bags. Figure out what you need and prepare it in case of emergencies.
Signaling is the third technique you should learn in order to survive. This will allow you to communicate with rescuers or other individuals. Signals can be done in many ways. One of them is through smoke, fire, whistles, reflective mirrors, colored clothing or fabric and flashlights. Signals of help include three clear and separate whistle bursts, 3 gunshots, 3 fires in a wide triangle or using brightly colored material to make an 'SOS' or 'X' signal. Remember, it's not a good idea to strain your vocal cords trying to yell for help, so try to keep a whistle on you at all times.
The fourth technique includes both water and food. You should have these two wherever you go as you do not know where you will be trapped. Without these two for a few days, your survival chance is dramatically lowered. If possible, more water and food should be brought during a journey as this will give an additional safety measure if something terrible happens. You should also know how to divide your water and food so that you can use them for a long time. Remember that a person can go without food for a few days but if water is not taken in, your efficiency will lower dramatically.
The fifth technique in survival is knowing first aid. You should always have a space blanket and a first aid kit when you go out on a hike or adventure. When you go out into the wilderness you could get cuts, bruised, scrapes and burns. These wounds can cause a severe infection without a basic first aid kit that contains antiseptic cream, pain relievers, bandages, alcohol and other necessities.
Emergencies can happen when you least expect it. In order to be protected, you should know how to defend yourself from such incidents and make wise decisions. If thrown into a life or death situation these techniques could prove vital to your survival. Having a kit with the necessary survival gears can be of big help as it has all the bare essentials to live through such as MREs, water, first aid kit, light, sleeping bags, blanket, tools such as a rebar, knife and others.

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