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Are You Prepared For A Survival Situation 

A survival situation could occur at any time. Sometimes you are fortunate enough to be able to make preparations in advance, Other scenarios do not allow for much advanced notice. So how do you prepare for the unexpected. Whether you are dealing with a Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake, Avalanche, Forest Fire, Wilderness Injury, Lost In the Jungle, Act of Terrorism or even a plane crash the key to your survival is your ability to access and address the situation. 

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A survival emergency could happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. When confronted with an unexpected survival situation your brain is your best survival tool. Your ability to access your situation will likely determine the outcome. Survival is taking any given circumstance, accepting it, and trying to improve it, while sustaining your life until you can get out of the situation. And most importantly, survival is a state of mind. Survival is about more than knowledge and skill. It requires clearheaded, rational thinking, mental toughness and a positive attitude. Survival requires an unrelenting will to live.

Accept and adapt to your situation. With the proper attitude your experience could be interesting. Embrace your situation as a challenge. Keeping a positive mental outlook is certainly the most important aspect of survival. Analyze your situation and make a plan.  Consider all of the aspects of your predicament. Be sure to remain calm and collected. Many people will likely experience loneliness, fatigue, pain, cold/heat, hunger, thirst, or fear. Any one or a combination of these can weaken your desire to survive. Learn to recognize them so you can control these feelings, rather than letting them control you.

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Panic must be avoided at all costs. Panic is the greatest threat to survival. Panic is an uncontrolled urge to run or hurry from a situation. Panic is triggered by the mind and imagination under stress. It results from fear of the unknown, lack of confidence, not knowing what to do next, and a vivid imagination. When panic occurs a person's rational thinking disappears resulting in a potentially dangerous scenario. A panic state could lead to exhaustion, injury, or death. A positive mental attitude must be maintained. Remember your goal of survival.

Combat fear and panic and remain in control. Fear is a completely normal reaction for anyone faced with a survival situation that threatens his important needs. Fear can lead a person to a panic situation or negatively effect a persons behavior reducing the chances of survival. Accept your fear as a natural reaction to a dangerous situation and try to make the best of your predicament. Live with your fear and be aware how it can alter your effectiveness in survival situations.

Make sure to avoid fatigue. Fatigue is both mental and physical. Fatigue will often lead to bad decisions and often injury or death. Once fatigue has set in, it is difficult to recover from. Take a knee, have break. Rest your body and your mind to insure fatigue does not engulf you. Conserve your energy. Rest, sleep, and calmness are essential.

Locate some water. Water is more important than food. Food can wait. A person can survive for weeks without food. Proper hydration is key to maintaining brain and body operation. Try and conserve your energy. Resting rather than wandering maybe beneficial in the long run. If you can find food easily then eat in moderation. Do not expend more energy searching for food. The nourishment you receive from the food you find may not replenish the energy you expelled seeking it.

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Try and maintain a comfortable body temperature. Cold and heat are both enemies of survival. Build a survival shelter, whether it is cold or heat exposure to the elements can be very dangerous. A shelter will shield you from the sun reducing the possibility of heat stroke. In very hot weather you might also want to seek shelter and/or sleep in the daytime. If you are cold build a fire at the mouth of your shelter. In the cold you might find it easier to sleep in the day time and stay awake at night by a warm fire.

Do Not Let Emotions Guide Your Survival

In any survival situation you will have to overcome many challenges. Feelings and emotions will be over whelming. Discomfort is to be expected as the creature comforts you have become accustomed to are not available. Things society takes for granted are not available. When you realize that you are in a survival situation, remain calm, stop and regain your composure. Control your fear. Take a moment to recognize the dangers that are in your enviroment. Be aware and take stock of the resources available to you. Be sure to keep cool and collected. Consider your actions and do not make any hasty judgments. It is important to make the right decision at all times.

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