If you’re using the Walking Dead as your Survival Preparation Guide . . . and Negan’s Law.

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If you use the WD as your survival guide, just be ready to say hi to Lucille

Negan’s law is at the end of the post.

We are constantly being bombarded by images from both natural and unnatural disasters. They appear on our television screen and we watch the devastation, confusion and chaos with a combination of relief and fear. Relief because it’s not us and fear because even though we bury the emotion deep, telling ourselves that won’t happen to us, we know deep down that catastrophes, accidents and emergencies, whether man made or natural, do not discriminate and can strike anyone, anywhere at anytime.

Are you prepared? Most of us aren’t. No one is immune to an accident, a disaster, or some type of life-threatening emergency. These events come in numerous ways and at the most unexpected times. You, and someone you love, will undoubtedly face at least one of the topics covered in this book, especially when you look at the long list of specific emergencies and accidents covered.

I define three types of survival situations/emergencies:

Mild: You experience some discomfort from your normal routine for no more than 48 hours, but it is not life threatening. Example: Your power goes off for a day or two. Dancing with the Stars level

Moderate: You experience a large change from your normal routine, either natural or man-made, which is not immediately life threatening but has the potential to become so if not dealt with, and/or it continues. Example: Your power goes off for five days or more. Your car slides off the road in a remote area and you are trapped inside. A powerful hurricane is approaching. A 5.0 or greater earthquake strikes. The Housewives of Orange County level.

Extreme: A catastrophic natural or man-made event that immediately threatens your life, and if it continues, will be a constant threat. Example: A tsunami hits your coastal town. A tornado destroys your home. The apocalypse. Nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. A 7.0 or greater earthquake. The collapse of civilization. An alien invasion. A pandemic with a high transmission and kill rate — ie zombies. Walking Dead. Negan level. You get the idea. It’s bad.

The Green Beret Survival Guide is structured differently from most survival books in that I’m walk you through preparing for, and then dealing with emergencies in the order in which they are most likely to occur. So we’re not getting to zombies until near the end. Or vamnpires. Sorry. This book focuses on preparation and immediate action. It focuses on what you have to do NOW in order to be ready for the array of possible calamities that could befall you, and then gives a step-by-step guide for surviving the accidents, emergencies and disasters. This is the next thing that makes The Green Beret Survival Guide different from most other survival manuals where the focus is on how to survive. Preparation is half the battle and the easiest to do, yet most people ignore it. In the Green Berets, perhaps the most important thing that made us elite was our planning. We not only thoroughly planned our missions, we also Catastrophe Planned all the possible things we could imagine going wrong. Every locale has a natural disaster that is a distinct possibility.

Do you have a plan in place and the equipment ready to deal with that possibility?

We also have man-made emergencies, such as terrorist attacks, accidents, or technology failures. Let’s say the electricity goes out. Whether due to a storm, an overload of the grid, or larger, more dangerous and longer-lasting possibilities such as a massive solar flare.

Are you prepared to survive five days without power? Weeks? Months? Forever?

You Catastrophe Plan for 3 reasons:

  1. a) To try to avoid the catastrophe.
  2. b) To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the catastrophe strikes.
  3. c) To give you peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential disasters because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Why listen to me?

If a disaster struck, whom would you want at your side, helping you? A doctor? Lawyer? Policeman? Teacher? While they all have special skills, I submit that the overwhelming choice would be a Special Forces Green Beret. Someone trained in survival, medicine, weapons, tactics, communications, engineering, counter-terrorism, tactical and strategic intelligence and with the capability to be a force multiplier. This last one is key, because another way this book is unique is your goal should be to plan for surviving with a team, not a lonely individual holed up in a bunker deep in the hills. Ultimately, for civilization and law and order to survive, we will need teams (and Rick, everything didn’t turn out all right, did it?). Because, unfortunately, in extreme survival situations it is the ruthless who wield the greatest power because of their willingness to quickly ignore law and order, aka Negan. To defeat them, you will need a well-prepared team. Most importantly, you want someone who has been hand-picked, survived rigorous training, and has the positive mental outlook to not only survive, but succeed, and knows how to be part of a team. The Green Beret Survival Guide is a step-by-step guide giving you the tactics and techniques Green Berets use to plan for and train to succeed under the toughest of circumstances. More important than the practical guides, though, is the insight into the mindset of the Green Beret; which is the mindset you will need in a survival scenario.

We never said “It’s going to be all right.” Our assumption in Isolation during mission planning was Murphy’s Law: Everything that will go wrong will go wrong.

And Negan’s law: There’s always a Negan.Tweet Quote

PS: Recommend the print version, especially since Negan doesn’t share his power to charge your Kindle.

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Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on April 10, 2016.

West Point grad; Special Ops Vet; NY Times bestseller of over 80 books; for free books and over 200 free downloadable slideshows go to www.bobmayer.com

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