S.A.D. : Theory of Surviving

Basic Theory of Survival

This theory can be summed up into three main ideas:

  • Secure Vital Resources
  • Assess Your Surroundings
  • Defend Your Territory Until Help Arrives

Secure Vital Resources

When a natural or man-made disaster occurs, most people are concerned about their friends, family, pets, and neighbors.  This is ok to do briefly.  While you are doing this you should check whether the electricity and water is working.  Without electricity, the food in your refrigerator will go stale in 24 hours.  Without water you could be dead in 48 hours.  Securing vital resources is necessary as a theoretical response.

Let’s say that the water is out or is considered contaminated due to a water pipe malfunction.  You have to think quickly here because water is required to survive more than two days.  You can empty the toilet tank (not the toilet bowl) into a bucket since there is fresh water in the tank.  You can take water from a stream or find a pool in the area to get water.  You will need water filtration if you get water from a pool or stream.  Again, your first reaction should be do we have enough water?

Let’s say that you were in another country where a earthquake in the magnitude of 8 occurred.  You were prepared for this emergency disaster but your food storage container is under rubble.  You have to consider digging the food storage out or be one of the first looters at the grocery store.

Other things you should consider.  Where is my first aid kit?  People who have saved another person’s life in a disaster have more friends than ever before.  Where is my car?  Your car is a source of shelter, energy to recharge cell phones, and a means of transportation.  Where is my gun or self-protection device?  Without self-defense you are vulnerable.

One of the most overlooked aspect of securing vital resources is EXPOSURE.  You can last 2-3 days without water and 1-3 weeks without food but you can lose your life in an hour if the temperature drops to low levels.  You will need to plan to prevent exposure to the cold weather.  One of the most popular products out there is the TACT BIVVY.  I recommend that you buy one of these for your car in case you were stranded somewhere.

The advice given does not cover each and every scenario.  Secure vital resources is only a theoretical response to an emergency situation.

Assess Your Surroundings

In a FEMA survey, about 50% of people are not aware of their surroundings when it comes to disaster preparedness.  This part of S.A.D. is very important.  You must identify key places in your immediate area.  Where is a pool or water source?  Is there a food source available? Where is the exit and entrance in the place that you are living in? Are their looters or bandits in the area?

One scenario was common during the L.A. riots in 1992.  Shop owners in the city boarded up their store and would not allow people in.  Some looters set the shops on fire.  Fortunately the occupants of the stores knew where to exit to save their lives.

There were a lot of city dwellers that had no access to food in another scenario.  The local stores were looted and the people in the area began to panic.  If a person correctly assessed their surroundings they would have taken their survival gear and moved to a rural area next to a farm.  Remember your car, suv, or van can be used as shelter.

You should review the weak points of your home or place that you are living in temporarily.  Windows should be covered or boarded up.  If you cannot board up windows you should tape the windows with electrical tape in an X or cross like fashion to prevent the shatter of window glass.  You should place large furniture in entrances to prevent a burglar from kicking down the door.

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Finally you should assess whether it is ok to have lights on.  This you should decide based on the situation you have.

Again, assessing your surroundings is just a theoretical response to a disaster emergency.  You must use your head.

Defend Your Territory until Help Arrives

You hold the key to survival until law and order is established again.  One is defending your vital resources.  Without water, you can die in a short period of time.  Without food, you will last a week to three weeks.  Exposure to cold weather is deadly.  Like the old days, you should always ask a person approaching to stand and talk at a distance.

Warn people loudly that they are not appreciated on your territory.  Tell them to stand back.  Be assertive and show them you mean business.  Do not pull out a gun or show your weapon unless you absolutely have to.  If you carry a gun or want to carry a gun you should read the article on concealed carry.  Click here for article.

Finally, make sure your cell phone is charged.  You can recharge you phone with your car with the right adapter.  Try to contact authorities at the appropriate time.

Remember, the best thing to do is to not panic.  You are prepared!  Use your head.  Secure your vital resources, assess your surroundings (move if you have to), and defend your territory until help arrives.