In emergency situations, the right knowledge and preparations can be crucial to your survival. From becoming an expert on your military gear before you need to use it, to learning to identify edible plants, let’s take a look at 5 must-have skills for making it through a disaster unscathed.
Learn How to Use Your Military Gear
Military gear is of very little use to you if you don’t know how to use it. A stock of paracord isn’t helpful unless you know how to tie sturdy knots; a gun won’t help you protect yourself or kill animals to eat unless you’re a decent shot. Whenever you purchase any military gear, spend time getting to know it: what it does, how to keep it clean, how to fix it if it breaks. Learn your military gear so well that you’ll be able to use it reflexively in an emergency.
Learn What Water is Safe to Drink
Without water, you’ll be dead in a few days. Without clean water, you might be dead even sooner. Understand the importance of getting clean water and know how to sterilize it yourself. Boiling is all well and good, but what if you don’t have fire or a pot? The same goes for purification tablets – what happens when you run out? Have a number of water collection methods stored away in your brain, just in case.
Learn How to Eat
Unless you’ve spent a good amount of time hunting, odds are that you might have some trouble feeding yourself at first. Learn not only how to hunt but how to prepare and cook what you’ve caught. In terms of plants, learn about your local options and make sure you can identify them. If possible, keep a guide to local plant life in your emergency kit.
Learn Basic Medical Care
Small injuries can quickly turn into big problems without care. Take a basic first aid course and learn everything you can about survivalist medicine. Then, prepare an emergency medical kit to bring with you should disaster strike.
Warmth, safety, light, and cooking ability all come from a good fire. If you’ve only started a fire with matches or a lighter, it’s time to learn how to start one if you don’t have these precious resources on hand. Any military gear store will likely have a fire-starting kit that will last as long as you need it to. Learn how to use it and practice making fires in wet and windy conditions to be sure that you can do so effectively.