posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 08:58 AM
None of us are lone wolves. The idea of going it alone in a real SHTF scenario may seem romantic most certainly it has been the subject of a great
many disaster films…
But real life just isn’t that way… your best chances are with a group… even if your group is your own family some prep and planning is still
I have somewhat modified the training curriculum from my time spent as a Mountain warfare instructor into more civilian terms and theory.
Ideally all the members of your group well hold pre-meetings to talk about strategies, and discuss plans such as travel routes rendezvous points. A
division of gear, who takes what… Nominate people for particular responsibilities: medic, linguist, cook, special equipment, vehicle maintenance,
driver, navigator and so forth. Ensure that everyone is familiar with the equipment and that there are spares where needed - batteries, fuel and bulbs
Divide training schedules of the project into phases: Bug Out phase, route planning, objective and recovery. Clearly state the aim of each phase and
work out a time scale. Plan for emergency procedures such as vehicle breakdown, illness and casualty evacuation, conduct mock runs, training and
practice eliminate error and shows problem areas your group needs to work on…
In estimating the rate of progress, especially on foot, allow plenty of time. It is always better to underestimate and be pleasantly surprised by
doing better. Pressure to keep up to an over-ambitious schedule not only produces tension and exhaustion but leads to errors of judgment and
risk-taking that are frequently the reason for things going wrong.
Thrown into a group brings to play other issues: if you are the one with these organization skills, you need to take change and set goals for the
groups survival, the group’s survival depends largely on its ability to organize activity. An emergency situation does not bring people together for
a common goal; rather, the more difficult and disordered the situation, the greater are the disorganized group’s problems.
Groups Morale. High morale must come from internal cohesiveness and not merely through
external pressure. The moods and attitudes can become wildly contagious. Conscious well planned organization and leadership on the basis of delegated
or shared responsibility often can prevent panic. High group morale has many advantages.
(1) Individual feels strengthened and protected since he realizes that his survival depends on others whom he trusts.
(2) The group can meet failure with greater persistency.
(3) The group can formulate goals to help each other face the future.
Factors that Influence Group Survival. There are numerous factors that will influence
whether a group can successfully survive.
Organization of Manpower - Organized action is important to keep all members of the group briefed; this way the members of the group will know what to
do and when to do it, both under ordinary circumstances and in emergencies.
Selective Use of Personnel - In well-organized groups, the person often does the job that most closely fits their personal qualifications.
Acceptance of Suggestion and Criticisms - The senior man must accept responsibility for the final decision, but must be able to take suggestion and
criticisms from others.
Consideration of Time - On-the-spot decisions that must be acted upon immediately usually determines survival success.
Check Equipment - Failure to check equipment can result in failure to survive.
Survival Knowledge and Skills - Confidence in one’s ability to survive is increased by acquiring survival knowledge and skills.
PRIORITIES OF WORK IN A SURVIVAL SITUATION.
Each survival situation will have considerable aspects that will alter the order in which tasks need to be accomplished. A general guideline is to
think in blocks of time.
The first 24 hours are critical in a survival situation. You must make an initial estimate of the situation. Enemy, weather, terrain, time of day,
and available resources will determine which tasks need to be accomplished first. They should be following.
After the first 24 hours have passed, you will now know you can survive.
This time period needs to be spent on expanding your knowledge of the area. By completing the following tasks, you will be able to gain valuable
(1)Tools and weapons. By traveling a short distance from your shelter to locate the necessary resources, you will notice edible food sources and game
(2) T raps and snares. Moving further away from your shelter to employ traps and snares, you will be able to locate your shelter area form various
vantage points. This will
enable you to identify likely avenues of approach into your shelter area.
(3) Pathguards. Knowing the likely avenues of approaches, you can effectively place
noise and causality producing pathguards to ensure the security of your shelter area.
Remainder of your survival situation. This time is spent on continuously improving your
survival situation through hunting fishing food gathering and improving your shelter(s)
When considering shelter site selection, use the word BLISS as a guide.
B - Blend in with the surroundings.
L - Low silhouette.
I - Irregular shape.
S - Small.
S - Secluded location.
SHELTER SITE SELECTION
When you are in a survival situation and realize that shelter is a high priority, start looking for shelter as soon as possible. As you do so,
remember what you will need at the site.
Two requisites are--
It must contain material to make the type of shelter you need.
It must be large enough and level enough for you to lie down comfortably.
When you consider these requisites, however, you cannot ignore your tactical situation or your safety.
You must also consider whether the site--
Provides concealment from enemy observation.
Has camouflaged escape routes.
Is suitable for signaling, if necessary.
Provides protection against wild animals and rocks and dead trees that might fall.
Is free from insects, reptiles, and poisonous plants.
You must also remember the problems that could arise in your environment. For instance--
Avoid flash flood areas in foothills.
Avoid avalanche or rockslide areas in mountainous terrain.
Avoid sites near bodies of water that are below the high water mark.
In some areas, the season of the year has a strong bearing on the site you select. Ideal sites for a shelter differ in winter and summer. During cold
winter months you will want a site that will protect you from the cold and wind, but will have a source of fuel and water. During summer months in the
same area you will want a source of water, but you will want the site to be almost insect free.
S - Size up the situation, surroundings, physical condition, & equipment.
U - Undue haste makes waste.
R - Remember where you are.
V - Vanquish fear and panic.
I - Improvise & Improve.
V - Value living.
A - Act like the natives.
L - Live by your wits, but for now, Learn Basic Skills.