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The Three Terms of Survival

The Three Terms of Survival

I have studied catastrophism and survival for the last five years.  A former friend began my studies by suggesting that I rent Rambo:  First Blood and learn the main character’s survival tactics.

John J. Rambo, a Vietnam veteran with long hair and a severely acute case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, what WWII veterans called Battle Fatigue, had come to a small town to look up a combat buddy of his.  The buddy had died, so he did what he could to console the family before moving on.

By the time he reached the nearest town, he was hungry.  However, the town’s sheriff found him first and arrested him for vagrancy.  In the jail’s processing center, Rambo’s survival training kicked in, and he escaped.  The movie then showed his various survival techniques and that well-known “Rambo Knife.”

Rambo was practicing what I call short-term survival.

From what I have learned, catastrophes come in roughly three terms that cover the time from the event until the return to normal life.  The wildfire that requires evacuation, but burns no homes, is one example of a short-term catastrophe.  Most wildfires last between three days and two weeks.

The medium term catastrophe lasts from about two weeks to a year.  Such catastrophes include wildfires that destroy homes and earthquakes at more than 6.0 magnitude on the Richter scale.  Weather-based catastrophes, such as tornadoes and hurricanes, would normally fall into this category, as well.  However, this does not include mega-hurricanes, such as Katrina, or man-made mega-disasters, such as the BP disaster, or any wars.  These catastrophes, as well as wars, fall into the final category.

Long-term catastrophes include, but are not limited to, war, landfall of mega-hurricanes, major earthquakes (and other seismic activity) based in highly-populated areas and meteor impact events.  Recovery from these horrific events can take years, if it is possible at all.

When calculating disaster recovery, one must not only look at physical recovery, but mental recovery also, because mental illness can severely hamper any survival effort.

I will cover many survival situations here and provide links to tools, foods, medicines and can help you to:

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Hi, and welcome to my blog about survival.

Hi, and welcome to my blog about survival.

Catastrophes of all kinds happen each year across the globe, and it is up to us to be prepared, not only to survive disasters, but to survive attacks from animals and from humans who did not prepare.

Whether we like it or not, after a regional disaster, such as the flooding in Pakistan, animals can turn feral and attack humans, and humans can attack each other.  We all saw those mob videos from Pakistan. Their police and military really had their hands full.

Now, imagine (God forbid) a scenario, in which the police and military are incapable of maintaining any semblance of order.  In this case, you must be able to defend yourself and your loved ones

When an animal becomes feral, it focuses entirely on its own survival, and you or your children can become its next meal, despite how well you may think you know the animal.

You will need to have the tools to survive any disaster, and the list of practical survival tools may just surprise you.  You will find how a simple hammer can not only build your survival home, but also help you to dig your way out of your collapsed home and fend off attackers in a world that is becoming increasingly “anti-gun.”

With these thoughts in mind, I decided to start a survival blog, and I will do my best to add a post at least several times a week and include links so that you can shop for the featured items.

So again, welcome.  I look forward to providing you with loads of information about disaster survival.

Read and Survive!

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