posted on Aug, 23 2013 @ 10:27 PM
Like other people have already posted, the first important lesson of survival is your mind is your best tool. Do not panic. Use your wits. I would
disagree with many that tell you don't worry, be happy. Worst advice ever. I was a year younger than you when the Loma Prieta quake of 89 struck, and
I was alone at the time, my grandparents, who were my guardians, were gone on vacation, just me and my uncle. Yet I knew what to do, and went about
doing it, because having been born and raised in California, the threat of major quakes was something I grew up with. Disaster does not care how young
you are. It strikes. I had also been in a Hurricane when I was about 4 or 5 and living in Florida, tornadoes and blizzards when living in Ohio from
8-12, floods and wildfires back in California in my youth. Plus homelessness as an adult, which taught me a lot about how very little I really need to
survive, or even do well. The military also taught me about living minimally on the sparest of resources, and getting used to less then comfortable
Not to mention I have been poor most my life, and have had to make do with conditions and resources that were very Spartan.
Mentally preparing for a survival situation is the first part. One way to prepare is to go about your daily life, but look for new ways and
opportunities to make use of every day, easily obtainable items and materials into new or interesting things. When I was bored as a kid, I'd play
with wood, tin foil, pencils, ect for the hell of it, and come up with interesting things. Get in a Mac Guyver mindset, get creative. preparedness is
not about paranoia or hiding in a bunker, it is a state of mind and being resourceful. And as with any state of mind, it can also be a lot of fun, and
develop you as a person, by using your own ingenuity and creativity, which is a great thing to develop in any scenario, and will benefit you during
the normal course of life.
Keep non perishable goods on hand at all times, that's a given. Canned foods that can be eaten cold, with no cooking, as fire or heat might not
always be available or advisable. Even get yourself used to eating them on occasion, cold canned food really ain't that bad. Also gardening, as has
been previously suggested. You should try it anyway, trust me, its easy, and useful even in normal times. Grow herbs. Not only to fresh herbs taste
great and are easy to grow, many have medicinal properties. And can be used for hygeine purposes.
Keeping your self mentally intact is also important. Try ditching the smart phone, x box, ect on occasion and look for simple ways to entertain or
amuse yourself. Get to know your neighbors. I know in times of crisis, neighbors are golden. Don't expect help from the civil authorities, I remember
during the floods of 97, when San Joaquin valley was flooded and we were stranded out in the farmland, local farmers went around filling their own
sand bags and helping each other deal with the flooding, sharing food and fuel sometimes, a week before any official help came. By then we were
already good. We even helped one guy protect a mother pig who was giving birth to pigglets and could not be moved.
Mind and experience are your best tools, do not be afraid to use them.