Survival Monday: Introduction

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Every Monday I will be posting on Survival topics. We’ll begin with an introduction then cover how to be prepared, which is what we must do now.

Get two cases of water bottles for each person in your household.

You have just taken the most important step in preparation for an emergency or natural disaster: an adequate supply of water for at least six days for each person.

These posts are designed for you. The person who has concerns about whether they are adequately prepared for emergencies and disasters. They are written to help you easily prepare for and deal with a wide array of possible situations in a common-sense, step by step manner.

We are constantly being bombarded with images of people caught in both natural and unnatural emergencies and 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, telling ourselves that won’t happen to us, we know deep down that accidents, disasters and emergencies do not discriminate and can strike anyone, anywhere at anytime. You, and someone you love, will definitely face at least one of the topics covered in this book.

The key is to be prepared and these posts will show you how to do it. They will give you step-by-step checklists that you can readily follow in order to be ready. It also allows you to prepare by levels, from mild to moderate to extreme.

The posts will be structured as follows:

First: The key phrase to remember: SURVIVAL.

Second: The five key elements for survival

Third: The Area Study & emergency and threat assessment

Fourth: the four places for which to plan

Fifth: The Grab-n-Go bags you need

Sixth: Specific environments and events for which to prepare

Appendixes: All checklists. All items mentioned with links. Links to APPs and web pages.

Between those topics and the sub-topics in each, along with all the checklists, you will be ready for any emergency and survival situation.

Why do you need these posts?

80% of Americans live in a county that has been hit by a weather related disaster since 2007

60% of people have not practiced or prepared for what to do in an emergency

55% of people think they can rely on the “authorities” to rescue them

44% of people have no first aid kit

48% of people have no emergency supplies

53% of people do not have a three days supply of water

52% of families do not have an emergency rally point (ERP)

42% of people do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members

In the Green Berets, the most important thing that made us elite was our planning. We not only thoroughly planned our missions, we also Emergency Planned all the possible things we could imagine going wrong.

You Emergency Plan for 3 reasons:

To avoid the emergency.

To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the emergency strikes.

To give you peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential emergencies because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Three Levels of Emergencies.

I’m going to define three types of survival situations/emergencies and will use these definitions throughout these posts. They are also the order of what is most likely to happen. Your immediate goal should be to be prepared for a mild emergency.

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.

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.

Extreme: A catastrophic natural or man-made event that immediately threatens your life and the lives of all around you, and if it continues, will be a constant threat. Example: A tsunami hits your coastal town. A tornado destroys your home. Nuclear, biological and chemical warfare/terrorist attack. A 7.0 or greater earthquake. The collapse of civilization. A pandemic with a high transmission and kill rate. Assume the worst until the situation stabilizes.

Three levels of Emergencies




Originally published at on October 22, 2018.

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

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