Survival Tactics You Should Know

By on July 18, 2014

Most people go through their daily activities without ever thinking what would happen to them if they lost access to electricity, water and the energy needed to keep their home comfortable. It has been many years since the typical citizen thought there was any need to know the survival tactics necessary to keep them safe in the face of a national tragedy that could affect them. 

Actually, it would not take a nationwide interruption of power sources to threaten the safety of an individual. Although the situation is rare, there have been incidences of people getting lost in the wilderness or surviving a remote plane crash. The survival tactics used by people who survived these life-threatening events made the difference between whether they lived or succumbed to the ravages of nature.

Perhaps the most effective tools of survival these days is a cell phone that has a long battery life. If it should happen that a person is lost in an area that is relatively close to civilization, they have a good chance of connecting with a source of help via their cell phone. If they have just gotten separated from other members of their party, communicating with them with their cell phone is an effective way to find their way back to safety. Anyone planning a day hiking through unfamiliar territory should always carry their cell phone and make sure it is charged to the max.


While a cell phone may be an effective way to call for help and get back to a safe location, some areas of the country just do not have good reception. This means that a cell phone will be useless, so it is wise to have alternate survival tactics available. A good compass can be very useful if the person using it knows which direction they should be going to find their way out of the woods. The experienced hiker will always carry a supply of dry matches in the event that they are not able to get out of the forest before nightfall. A fire not only provides a source of warmth during the night when the temperature get chilly, but it can also prevent an attack from predators. 

Anyone who is experienced at camping knows the importance of carrying a good knife. While there may be a good source of firewood available to build a fire, sometimes it may be necessary to cut some branches or cut some shavings for kindling. A knife can also provide a means of protection against predators, although it is little protection against a bear or a cougar.

While a means of communication, a compass and matches are important, no experienced hiker ventures into the forest without a supply of water and food. Although there may be a good source of water in streams and rivers, there is no guarantee that the water is safe for human consumption. Carrying along enough high calorie snacks to provide energy is wise because eating roots and bugs is not an acceptable choice for most people unless they are near starvation.


While most people think about what they might need to survive in a remote area away from home, there are some tactics that can be used to stay safe at home in the event of a natural disaster. The sudden loss of electrical power may threaten refrigerated or frozen food, so it is wise to have an electrical generator and enough fuel to keep it running for at least one day. Although some storms can result in a power interruption for several days, most people will have their electricity restored within 24 hours or less.

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