Be aware of what is
going on around you. A survivor is not clueless.
Situational awareness is the practice of being alert to
your surroundings. Survivors have an internal radar
going at all times, even prior to a collapse event. They
are constantly scanning, assessing and making judgments
about others. The survivor reads people quickly and
assesses a threat, if any. They recognize a potential
hazardous situation. They also have an innate ability to
recognize when the crap has hit the fan. One key to
survival is to get a leg up on the events which follow a
catastrophe. The survivor recognizes the seriousness of
a collapse event and reacts immediately.
Survivors trust their
feelings and instincts. Survivors are logical, thereby
able to make a quick analysis of any situation. Many
times they will act instinctively, quickly, often before
others are able to grasp the severity of a situation.
Intuition is not magical - but rather is it is formed
from our past experiences and knowledge. It is difficult
to define or quantify. The key is that you have
confidence in your intuition and the survivor cannot be
afraid to make life saving decisions based upon it.
Survivors are creative
problem solvers who can use their confidence and
knowledge to bring people together into a survival
group. Problems that may seem too difficult to overcome
can be easily resolved by survivors who have mastered
this synergy. Synergy is the great force multiplier,
dramatically increasing the survival of a group.
Survivors can take one plus one and make it equal
forty-three. Survivors are obvious take charge people.
Survivors will use their problem solving ability to gain
the confidence of the group and help them survive as
So the question again
is: Are these traits something that a survivor is born
with, or are these learned characteristics. I believe
that while both are necessarily true, it is not too late
for all of us to become survivors.
The first step is
preparation. Create a solid Preparedness Plan which will
enable you to have confidence when the collapse event
occurs. This is the first step in showing your desire
and will to live.
Next, practice being
more aware of your surroundings. Study people. Watch
their movements. Try to assess their background,
attitudes, etc. This will enable you to develop an
intuition about people and surroundings.
Finally, study and
learn about the threats that we face. Know the
consequences of certain natural disasters or man-made
catastrophic events. Role play in your mind how you
would react to each. Do you have the supplies and tools
necessary to survive such an event. If not, go get them.
I wake up every day
and ask myself: "If 'X' happened overnight what prep
would I wish that I had the most." Then I go and get it.
The first step to survival is preparedness. The second
step is to get mentally prepared.
Prepare for tomorrow
because you never know when the day before, is the day