PLAN – Essentials for Survival

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Essentials for Survival 

Almost in all cases nature provides the means for survival. In some locations the resources are plentiful and in others scarce. When a survivalist use their knowledge, common sense, as well as creativity any location has and will be survivable. 

Survival in essence is the art of staying alive, similar to the “Will to live” but implies more structure of the needs of humans, and the priority thats required for survival.  The survivalist can use all of natures resources to build shelter, fire, find water, food, and signal for help and be rescued. The lack of equipment does not mean lack of chance to live, it is the skills that you carry and the way you employ your knowledge as well as experience in any life threatening situation that makes the difference.

The core elements of survival are: Food, Fire, Water, Shelter, and Navigation. To help us remember these priorities who turn to the acronym PLAN. 

Protection

It is important to limit or remove any further danger from an already dangerous situation. It is important to always stay at your initial location, unless it become too dangerous to stay (Lack of protection, avalanche, fire, ect.).

Protection can include constructing or utilizing a shelter, building a fire, or creating a perimeter to discourage animal predators. 

Location

After your initial safety has been ensured, next it is important to utilize emergency SOS signals to draw the attention of search and rescue or other’s who may be in the area. It is very likely that once your absence has been confirmed that local Search & Rescue teams will be organizing to plan out search grids and possible locations of rescue. The more signals (Ground & Air) that are utilized the greater chance of being seen and rescued. 

Acquire

It is important both for the physical and mental health to collect as much food and water as possible. This may include personal emergency supplies or resources located in nature. Is important to note that food should be limited if there is a shortage of water resources available. Food requires water for digestion and without the continued replacement of liquids dehydration is more likely to occur. 

Navigation

Many survival circumstances are the result of bad navigation. The stronger our navigation skills are the more likely we are to stay on route. However if you find yourself stranded, always stay in your current location. If required to leave following natural landscapes in open terrain or down rivers may provide your best chances for navigational and rescue purposes. 

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