Urban Survival Skills – Preparing For the Unexpected

Survival situations can occur just about anywhere. Contrary to what most of us think, survival is not limited to getting through rough outdoor situations. You can be stranded a thousand miles from civilization in the most hostile desert, left floundering in the open sea, or simply just struggling to survive in your own attic, and the only thing that is going to help you overcome the threat to your life is having the necessary skills and the necessary tools.

The last decade has seen a rapid deterioration of the global economic climate. Political, military and legal mismanagement has given rise to increasing violence and crime, and countless countries face a near-constant threat of civil war. In general, the growing disparity between the rich and the poor has doubled the threat to the life of an average citizen. Thus, even your very home may turn into a battleground for a tussle between life and death, anywhere in the near or distant future. In such a situation, it pays to be prepared, mentally and physically, to fight for your own and your loved ones’ lives.

Therefore, to ensure that you are well prepared to meet any survival situation head on, follow the simple, four-step procedure outlined in this article.

Step 1: Prepare to Meet Your Food and Water Needs:

Food and water are probably the most urgent needs of a human being, particularly in an urban survival situation. Hence, you must ensure that you store sufficient food and water in your house for any unexpected situation. At least a month or two’s supply of food for each family member is generally a safe amount to have, for you never know how long you may have to stay trapped in your house. Store canned and other non perishable food items, preferably those that require minimum cooking. Also, the foods should be high calorie, so that in case your stay becomes unexpectedly long, a small amount of food can keep you going. Try to store items with a long shelf life, and those that do not need electricity or cooling to keep them from expiring, because they would become very tiresome to store.

Step 2: Keep Shelter in Mind:

Given the alarming rate at which lethal, destructive weapons are being invented, the threats of nuclear, chemical and biological warfare are very real. The only safe place to go to in case of such attacks is underground. Make sure that you and your family know of such shelters in your neighborhood, and that you are ready to take refuge there at the shortest notice. If such a place does not exist, the best idea is to work together with your neighbors to build a shelter that can hold a large number of people safely. This would divide the cost and effort involved and would benefit many more people than just you alone.

Step 3: Develop Survival Skills:

No matter how much food and water you manage to hole up, no matter how good a shelter you build, none of these will help you in a real survival situation unless you know how to live long enough to access them, and how to use them most wisely and efficiently. Knowing how to do these things is what we call survival skills. The first and foremost skill is to keep your thoughts straight and avoid panic and fear in such a situation. Also, knowing how to deal with children, neighbors and friends in such stressful situations is very important. Secondly, you need to know some key skills such as making a fire for purifying water and cooking food, making improvised weapons for self defense, and building a temporary shelter. The best way to equip yourself with all the necessary skills is to enroll in a survival course. There are countless survival camps and training schools that you can join to get priceless knowledge which may one day save your life. Also, keep yourself updated on the latest survival books, articles and online publications, which can teach you a lot in the way of little bits and snippets of knowledge.

At the end, survival is going to be more about what you know than what you have, so do not become complacent about the great survival gear that you have stored up. Go out there and learn everything you may need to know, and only then will you be ready to face life threatening circumstances that can accost you anytime, anywhere.

Tornado Survival Skills

For their size, tornadoes are nature’s most violent storm born force. Every year tornadoes leave death and destruction in their wake. Natures fury is a part of life, and for all who perish in these storms, many more survive. Below you will find facts and tips that can help increase your chances for survival.

Tornado Facts

A tornado can leave damage paths in excess 50 miles long and one mile wide. Tornadoes can have winds that reach up to 300 miles an hour. A tornado can strike quickly, with little or no warning. Most tornadoes have a forward speed of 30-70 miles an hour. A tornado can appear nearly transparent until they pick up dust and debris. The largest percentage of tornadoes occur between 3 pm. and 9 pm. Most tornadoes move in a Southwest to Northeast direction. Tornadoes that form over water are called Waterspouts. Flying debris, it is the leading cause of death during a tornado.

What do the watches and warnings mean?

Tornado Watch: Tornadoes are possible, keep alert.

Tornado Warning: Tornado(es) have been reported or seen on radar.

Before a Tornado

Be alert to changing weather conditions. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or the news for updated reports and advisories. Be prepared to take shelter if needed. Look for these tornado danger signs: Dark, or green skies, Hail. Dark low-lying clouds, and cloud rotation. A loud roaring sound similar to a freight train.

During a Tornado

Take shelter immediately! If you’re in a home, building, or other structure take shelter in a safe room, basement, and storm shelter on the lowest level. If a shelter is not available then take refuge on the lowest level of an interior room away from windows and doors. Find a closet if possible in the center of the structure. Protect your head and neck. If your in a vehicle or mobile home get out quickly and find suitable shelter; never try to outrun a tornado. If you’re Outdoors, then move indoors if possible. If an indoor shelter is not possible, then lie flat in a ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge unless it is your only alternative. There was a tornado video years back that showed people taking shelter under an overpass: they survived. Many people assumed this was a safe location because of this video. The fact is that the winds can accelerate substantially under an overpass. Overpasses also offer very little protection from flying debris. Many people have been killed taking shelter under overpasses and bridges since the release of this video.

Tornado Shelters

Your decision to build a storm shelter could one day save your life, and the lives of your friends and family. There are many shelters available depending on the area you live, and the money you have to spend. Pre-built shelters can be very costly so you should choose one that can be used for other purposes like a safe room, fallout shelter, food storage, or an additional living space. There are a few companies that have started marketing portable storm shelter; there is even a portable tornado shelter that can be carried with you!