Even if a city looks like a safer place to be, there are situations when you will be out there hiking, camping or fishing. Outdoor is a way of life and it gives you that link with your ancestors. A lot of people prefer this lifestyle and it’s nothing new that gear, skills and training makes the difference.
For example you can’t go on the mountain without boots, a knife and minimal survival knowledge. Equipment is very important, but there are situations when you must rely on your training to survive.
This applies for crowded concerts, animal attacks and even gun/terrorist attacks.
Any prepper knows this and most of the time is ready for something like this. Everyday carry or EDC keeps you at least ready and with a minimum advantage. If you carry with you a knife it can’t save you from an avalanche, but can be useful if you are attacked by a dog.
Best tactic is to train in the art of disaster survival and be ready for a critical situation.
Even dog bites are relatively common, full-blown attacks are not. It is important to know what to do in the unlikely event an attack happens.
You only have your hands. So, what’s to be done?
If you feel the moment before the attack, try to ignore the dog. Stay calm, check if there is any place higher near you.
If the dogs is attacking, use your shirt or backpack as a barrier. Keep it as far as possible and do not hit it! Hitting the dog will only heighten the dog’s level of adrenaline.
Try as much as possible to cover its eyes and escape the situation.
2.Fell into an ice hole
The formation of ice provides the opportunity to enjoy a variety of winter activities, such as ice fishing or just playing hokey. However, there is a danger of falling through the ice into extremely cold water.
Once in the water, panic and hypothermia are all difficult challenges to overcome.
Surviving a fall through the ice is certainly possible, but it takes courage and knowledge of some life-saving tips.
First of all do not panic and try to stay with your head out of the water. In less than 5 minutes you will experience cold, but your body will adapt. This is the moment when you need to work on getting out of there.
Get to the edge of the ice and push hard with your legs so you can rise your body from the water. Try to stay horizontally as much as you can and do this is “pulse” way just as the seals do.
If it happens to have a knife in your pocket, get it out and use it to make small holes in the ice so you can grab easily with your hands.
Once you’ve propelled yourself out of the hole, try to resist the urge to stand up and run. Instead, remain spread out on the ice and slowly roll your body or crawl.
Your main purpose is to get to the shore. Your leg muscles will likely not want to cooperate due to the cold shock, so you may have to drag yourself. Once there, get of your wet clothes and try to warm up. If you have the car near by, use a blanket or other clothes and call for help.
One best option is also to make fire and try to warm up as fast as you can.
3. Powerful storm
You’re on what you hope will be a nice camping trip or an usual outdoor day. Suddenly, a few raindrops splat your arms and the sky opens up. Then you hear what sounds like thunder in the distance.
What should you do?
Try to find a low lying spot and squat down. You want to be as low as possible to ground with as little of your body touching as you can get away with. And cover your ears. If you are really in the middle of a lightning storm, the thunder can rupture your eardrums.
Avoid hilltops, open fields and locations that serve as natural lightning rods, such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. You never want to be the tallest object in the area or be near to the tallest object in an area.
4. Fire in the building
Fires and people compete for the same vital resource: oxygen. But people are at a disadvantage because a lack of oxygen makes us sleepy—something you really don’t need when escaping the flames.
Usually the fire is not killing people. Its the smoke.
When you get caught in a building and there is a fire, first thing is to stay low because the super heated gasses rise.
Stay near a wall and follow it until you find an exit. No matter what you do, don’t breathe. If you feel yourself losing consciousness though, lie as flat as possible on the ground against a wall. Use your shirt and cover your nose and start crawling to the nearest window or exit.
5. Caught in crossfire
Your first priority should obviously be to escape.
If this is not possible and there is no cover available then lie flat on the ground with your hands over your head. Use your judgement, stay calm and analyze what is happening.
If the threats is in your face and you can’t escape it, be prepared to fight. This means using whatever you have as a weapon like car keys or a pen. Still, don’t try to be a hero, as a shooter response is a very technical and well-trained skill that requires training.
Bad situations show up over and over largely because of our way of life – but by setting up a flag, we can make sure we’re alerted any time we head down the bad path.
Once we’re aware, we can avoid these bad situations and keep alive. Don’t forget to train and that every second counts.