Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
There are some valuable threads on survival on ATS. I keep these two (which have other links) in MyATS:
I'm sure a search would bring up lots of good ones.
Yeah, you could say that about any subject though. There's so much more that an actual forum could do to organize this info into a much more easily
found, and updatable format. There's a lot more to survival than just saying "I'm gonna grab an AK and a machette and go to town!"
You need to know all of the following to survive Situation X:
Is it a Class One (local area, easily contained and dealt with) or a Class 4 (end of civilization as we know it). Is it something
you can ride out in safety if you keep your head down and sphincter tight, or does survival depend on you crossing hostile territory before it's too
Food and Water -
How many calories a day does a human need to get by? How much water? How will you procure more of both in the event it
runs out or you are robbed of your reserves? How will you know what you have procured is safe to eat or drink? What level of effect will the seasons
have on the availability of food and water?
What tools do you need to have to ensure basic survival? When you can't just call the local fixit, what will you do? How will
you make fire when you have no lighter or matches? What kind of fire should you make in what situation? What tools are essential and which can be
improvised? Do you even know the proper way to re-attach a hammer head? How about properly lashing two poles together?
How defensible is your home? Do you have a backup shelter in the event that your is overrun? Do you have a long-term safe haven
in mind if you have to leave your home for years on end? Are any of these places stocked with tools, supplies, water, etc? What natural defenses does
the landscape offer, how can you use them to your advantage, what are the natural dangers to that area? How many people can your shelter support?
How many of your neighbors are potential threats, how many are potential allies? Have you and your friends worked out a plan in
the event of Situation X, have you considered who you would save and who you would have to let go? What if your shelter can only support 10 people
long term and 100 want in? What do you do when someone breaks down and starts sobbing uncontrollably, or worse yet, goes ape and starts killing your
fellows? How do you keep up morale, keep your party motivated, keep people working at their duties such as farming or pumping water, etc?
- What happens if your group is attacked? Who among you is skilled at what? What weapons would be best for defense, or
should you pre-emptively attack? Should you run? Should you dig in? Should you use stealth tactics? What is the best strategy for what situation?
What do you do if your buddy cuts his hand off and there's no 911 or hospital available? What do you do when the baby gets bit
by a snake, or someone gets shot? What if they were poisoned? How would you treat severe pain when you have no pills? Even seemingly innocuous
ailments such as diarrhea can be life-threatening if not properly treated in a timely fashion.
How will you "mop" up if the situation is contained? How will you be able to help rebuild civilization if neccessary?
Should you attempt to contact civilization at all or wait to be discovered? What about the next generation of people? Is there experience and
materials enough to teach the kids if Situation X lasts over the course of a new generation?
Not only are these questions sans answers, but they only touch upon the most basic and immediate of crisis response. I'm sure am leaving plenty out.
We have become so complacent that I would be willing to bet that less than 1 in 1000 Americans could answer just these questions in any appreciable
and logical fashion. We need a forum for preparedness. We need a way to share our accumulated experience and information with each other, and the
Survivalist forum would provide just such a place.