Crisis-Proof Your Life: Essential Skills for Emergency Preparedness

Sometimes, there appears to be no end in sight. Especially now. Numerous hurricanes, one right after another, brought floods, wind damage, and destruction. Not enough rain in the West helps wildfires destroy everything in their paths. And not enough toilet paper due to a pandemic.  Feel you need some Survival Tips now?

In a crisis situation, what are some basic ‘need to have items‘?

  • Water
  • Food
  • Tools
  • This means supplying a shelter
  • First Aid Kit
  • Proper protective clothing
  • A means to call for help
  • A way to start a fire

How great would those look after losing your home?

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The Importance Of Emergency Preparedness

One of the best survival tips I could give you is the importance of being prepared before any crisis hits you and your family over the head.

A bug-out bag with a proper list of items included or some basic survival kit with basic contents always on hand could be a lifesaver.

Living in survival mode is quite different than everyday life. I’ve encountered many people who thought they were prepared to survive a catastrophe, even though they hadn’t done anything to survive.

Usually, these are highly capable people who are used to doing many things for themselves. Many have extensive workshops where they fix whatever their family needs.

Yet that doesn’t make them ready to survive.

Survival Tools To Consider

Most of those workshops have the wrong types of tools to survive. Besides, what good will a bunch of power tools do without electricity to operate them?

Did you buy that electric chainsaw because of its ease of use? And now you have no electricity.

A survival tip to consider is that the tools it takes to survive a crisis are much different than those we use on a regular DIY day.

Survival tools can be broken down into two basic categories: those used at home and portable tools used when bugging out. You need to prepare with both types as you don’t know what you’re going to face until the time comes. Following is a list of Survival Tips with tools for your well-being.

A Good Knife. The knife tops the list of Survival Tips because it is a universal tool; it can be used for everything from food capture and preparation to shelter building and maintenance. To be a good survival knife, it should be a full-tang, fixed blade. A long blade looks flashy but isn’t necessary as it can be hard to work with. A knife that is four to five inches long is plenty.

An Ax. If you lose power, there’s a good chance you’ll need to cut firewood to heat your home. An ax or maul will make it possible to split the logs you cut so that they will burn well.

A Bow Saw. A chainsaw is commonly used for cutting logs. But if gasoline is not available, that will not do much good. While a bow saw is much slower for cutting tree branches and logs, it will work as long as you have energy in your body.

A Crosscut Saw. Many types of disasters can cause damage to our homes. Being able to make repairs can be the difference between being able to stay in your home and having to leave. Once again, this is another area where power tools dominate, but before all those nice power saws came along, the crosscut saw was the way to cut lumber.

A Shovel. A shovel will allow you to break up the ground to plant seeds for a garden or dig a hole to be used as a latrine. Both of those can be very important if normal services are down.

A Wheelbarrow. This universal hand cart can haul water from the local pond or maintain a garden. When there’s no gas for the car, you’ll still need water and other supplies, and that wheelbarrow could be a lifesaver.

A Butane Lighter. We don’t normally think of a cigarette lighter as a tool, but it makes the Survival Tips List because it will be useful in survival mode. Lighters are much better than matches for starting fires (especially in wet weather) simply because they stay lit.. Keep it close to your body outdoors so the wind does not blow it out and waste your fuel.

A Gun. Be Careful here! This is another one that most people don’t think of as a tool, but that’s exactly what guns are. You can hunt for food, protect your home, and signal for help with them.

Be sure to practice with your guns to use them well. Also, be sure to get proper training! Sometimes I get a little queasy by putting this on a Survival Tip List, but there is a chance that this “tool” will be needed, and it would be a disservice to you and this site, not to mention it.

A Hatchet. Your ax is for cutting wood at home, whereas a hatchet is best for your bug-out bag. While it won’t cut wood like a full-sized ax, it’s a lot easier to carry and is better than not having one. Your hatchet should also be useful as a hammer for driving tent pegs.

A Wire Saw. That bow saw is a bit too big to fit in your backpack. If you have to bug out, having a wire saw will give you something to use for cutting tree branches to make a shelter. Buy the three-wire kind; if one strand breaks, you’ll still have a saw.

A Camp Shovel. Another portable version of your home tool. You might have to dig a hole in the woods for a fire pit, put a trench around your tent to drain water, or dig a latrine to bury waste. While a folding camp shovel isn’t as good as full-size, it’s much better than using your knife or bare hands.

A Honing Stone. That knife you’ve got, which you can use both at home and in the woods, isn’t be very useful if it doesn’t have a sharp edge on it. Always keep a honing stone and some oil to keep your blade in top form.

Food And Water Survival Means

Water is a must. Find a way to ensure you are adequately hydrated with water purification (if needed) throughout the period without a home. You will be very active in getting your life back together.

A hydration system or water bottle will allow you to carry only a limited amount of water. Conversely, a water purification system can turn murky or unsafe water into clean drinking water.

Food will provide you with the energy to perform physically and mentally optimally while getting your life back. There are guidelines on how many calories you need daily for your best performance. You may need even more food in this type of situation.

Also, ensure the foods are ready or easy to prepare. The food must be enough in quantity to feed you and your family for the entire period you will be outdoors.

Shelter Issues For Survival

A shelter is crucial to any survival situation. It offers protection from the extremes of weather conditions. Ideally, a tent could be the best shelter when your home is gone.

A good alternative would be to carry shelter-making materials and the proper tools to use the materials nature provides. Even better is to pack a tarp in that pre-made survival kit that you can use to easily and quickly make a shelter. Just use a paracord or a rope from your survival tool kit to tie your tarp to some tree branches.

Survival Tips On Your Wardrobe

It isn’t easy to tell when a disaster will leave you homeless. You cannot even be sure what the weather conditions will be then. Things would be much easier if you planned for your survival needs because you can rely on information from the metrological department.

Otherwise, pack a raincoat or a poncho to provide a cushion when it rains. Even if you can obtain weather focus for the future from the metrological department, pack a raincoat and something to keep warm in because you cannot be sure of the accuracy of the weather that might be coming your way.

First Aid In A Survival Crisis

Giving yourself an injury in a hectic, fast-moving survival situation is something you should be well prepared for adequately. You may be unable to access the emergency medical crew in time because who knows how long local officials can get to you when all hell is breaking loose in your area.

A First Aid Kit in your prepping merchandise bag is vital. It can help stop the worsening of bleeding from minor injuries, mobilize injured limbs, and even dress wounds to prevent infections.

You don’t need the huge, fully equipped First Aid Kits.

Survivalists can benefit from smaller versions. You can even cut off more weight from the kit by packing only the essential items such as latex gloves, gauze, cotton wool, and bandages.

Do not forget any prescriptions, OTC pain medications, and alcohol-based cleaning wipes.

Fire Starting Survival Tips

Your house may be severely damaged or completely destroyed. No electricity, an unworking stove, and a heater. How will you and your family keep warm, heat food, and keep yourself warm if the weather is not cooperating?

You will have the means to start a fire to achieve comfort and relief. You should have considered packing some matches or a lighter in your survival kit and know how to start a fire in wet weather.

And you thought things could not get any worse.

So, how do you start a fire in wet weather? Click here for a survival lesson on fire starting in wet weather.

Lost And Found Survival Tips

If you are in an evacuation, you will most likely leave via car. And there is always a chance that it might not go too well. In that case, you may want the authorities to find you.

Right now.

How do you get that kind of attention when trying to outrun a fire or flood?

A simple flare gun you could buy from a big box store and include in your survival kit would be the answer.

survival flare gun

One of those things can help the authorities to locate someone in distress.

What Survival Tips Did We Learn Today?

Good survival supplies and the knowledge of how to use them can mean the difference between life and death. There are two keys to success. First, buy quality tools. This isn’t the place to get cheap because poorly made tools will break at the worst possible times.

Second, know how to use what you have to full effect. Even if you buy the best ax on the market, you’ll be cold out there in the wild if you don’t know how to split a log with it. Practice with your tools until you are comfortable with them. Then, when you have to use them, you’ll be ready to solve problems quickly and with much less stress.

Remember……a survival situation is not the time to panic. You are more likely to survive a difficult situation if you focus on maintaining a practical way to survive. 

What are the practical means of survival?

• Develop a plan for you and your environment. 
• Inventory the resources and the tools you have.
• Identify the critical tasks and tools required for survival, such as water and shelter.
• Determination is often an important means that separates a survivor from others.
•You may feel hopeless, but focus on the tasks that must be accomplished.