Why Survival Gear and Training: The 3 Ws

 Why Survival Gear and Training: The 3 W’s 


There is a misconception out there about folks who prepare to survive devastating situations or emergency scenarios. They are not crazy and they are not paranoid. Quite frankly, I prefer to think of myself as someone who is preparing for any eventuality. It is most definitely not paranoia, but preparedness that drives me to devote some time every day to the thought of survival. Don’t get me wrong, there are some extreme preppers out there who devote nearly every waking minute to survival. They may be pushing the paranoia factor. Most people who are interested in learning about survival tactics are doing it in an effort to take care of themselves and their loved ones in any crisis.


How many natural disasters have we seen in the past few years? Let’s be honest, a large portion of the folks who live in a civilized world are not prepared for these disasters and end up relying on the help of others and the aid of the government. People rely on those entities to take care of the three W’s we need and want to survive: warmth, water and waffles (food).


For example, if your furnace stops working do you know what to do? What if your water supply became contaminated? Could you manage if the grocery store shelves were empty along with all the little convenience stores?


These are the things we are here to talk about and offer training to those interested in surviving one or all of these scenarios. Survival preparedness is a skill that needs to be learned from an experienced teacher. Along with the education, anybody who is hoping to put that training to the test will need to practice constantly. There is so much to learn about survival, you will always find new tricks through these tutorial sessions and your own practicing.


Today is the day you need to think about your future and the future of your family. Do not wait until you are faced with one of the aforementioned scenarios with no idea how you will survive the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Craig Caudill is an outdoors enthusiast who freely shares his knowledge at the survivalist blog on the website Dan’s Depot. He is also the chief instructor at his Nature Reliance School.


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  1. In every disaster, man made or natural, people die, are injured and suffer. Usually these are the people who choose to not prepare. And yet somehow those who prepare are mentally deficient in some way!!!

  2. Craig- and others- I would appreciate your advice :I need to have a knee replacement. I have bone and bone and its tough to function. I am concerned about recovery in these tenuous times. If anyone has exp with this please advise if I should go do it or put it off for as long as possible. I am grateful that we are really as prepared as we can be now but I do continue
    rotating food etc. Arlene
    I am 62 now)

  3. Arlene…do it now before Obama gives your knee to somebody younger and “more deserving.” Those are the exact words that my family doctor told me when I was contemplating hip replacement surgery. I had the same problem as you, bone on bone and spurs to boot. So I had it done and have never looked back.

  4. arlene, heed MI Patriot’s advice and do it yesterday! There are a lot of good MDs & Surgeons taking down up their shingles due to onerous Obama Care & proposed Medicare/Medicaid provisions. Time is not on your side here.

  5. Age 62, today. Had my left knee replaced in November 2012, so 6 months ago. About 85% functionality now. Hip done 10 years ago, much easier to rehab. Knees are tuff. Waited till the pain got to the point of, ‘do the knee, it can’t hurt worse than walking like this’. Rehab is fast, walking the first evening. Do all the exercises(!)swelling takes at least 3-4 months to go down to ‘I can see my knee’. Glad I did it, takes about 3-5 days in hosp. and 3-5 days in out patient rehab. Had an epidural (sp?), great for the pain, 3 days till it hurt bad enough for pain meds. Good luck.

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