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.

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