Survival skills might sound useless to you now. But just like first aid, knowing how to survive in unusual situations is your lifeline to safety until help arrives. There are so many instances that can put you in dangerous situations. You do not have to be in the middle of wilderness to be in need of survival skills.
We also need to know about urban survival skills. We are not talking about the zombie apocalypse or surviving a major carpet disaster where the only thing we need to do is visit the website of the carpet cleaners to have the job done like we usually do.
What we are talking about is survival skills to overcome natural calamities or destruction of major utilities that make our life function in the urban setting.
You might not think about it yet but keep reading to learn the life skills you need when calamities strike. Natural disaster consists of earthquakes, floods, fires, and hurricanes. These natural disasters are known, so all you need to do is prepare for them. Here are important reminders in a case of calamities.
Knowing how to get outside a building on fire is as important as remembering to Stop-Drop-Roll when you catch fire. As part of preparedness, you should always know where the fire exits are when you enter a building to find out where to go in case of a fire. If the building on fire is filled with smoke, cover your mouth and nose with a damp towel and crawl your way out of the building.
It is easy to panic when you feel the earth move under your feet. But keep your presence of mind and go under a sturdy furniture, hold on, and ride the earthquake until it subsides. Calmly get out of the building once the earthquake stops and avoid going back to the building because aftershocks may still occur.
If your home is near rivers, make sure to evacuate before the flood rises. Head on to higher grounds.
Winds blow hard during hurricanes or tornadoes, so you want to keep yourself on the lower ground in your building. Stay away from windows because they might break.
It is important to have a stockpile of water and food at home. In case of a disaster, grocery stores would typically shut down so make sure you have enough food and water supply for everyone in your family. Ideally, you need to have a food stock to last three days, or better yet, something to last for a week. The food should be non-perishable, has a long shelf-life and don’t need refrigeration or cooking.
You also need to store drinking water. There should be at least 4 liters per family member each day. If you are caught up in a situation where you did not stock enough drinking water, you can purify water using bleach. Just add ¼ teaspoon of unscented bleach to a gallon of water. Let it sit for 30 minutes before drinking.
In every situation, preparation is essential. We may not know when the disaster will strike but being prepared to face it head on will substantially improve our chance of survival.