Bugging Out When Necessary!
Environment – Environment can be a very essential part of your survival. You must know, as best possible, many factors in order to remain safe at your present location or moving on to your Selected Area of Evacuation (S.A.F.E.). Some of the important things to know are, age of those in the area you are, the socio/economics, the physical location, i.e. are you in the city, country, wilderness, etc. what is the growing season and what is the weather?
Why is this awareness necessary? If those around you are not of like mind for survival you could be in danger. If the socio/economics is not pretty much the same as yours you could be a target for others. If, when your food supply is out, you do not have the ability to get more, what do you do? All of these questions need to be thought about when making your plan and practicing your plan. Weather is often not the main issue, but is a consideration. You must know the seasons in the location where you are. All of this is important as you plan for an emergency for staying in place or moving on.
If you are in the country and have a garden and a pond to fish, you pretty much have a choice place to stay if those around you are in much the same position. In this friendly inhabited area you may regard any human being you encounter as someone who will work with you and be a part of the group to create a safe environment as you go through the emergency. In such an area your primary problem facing you will be to satisfy your material needs for an extended period of time till the crisis is over.
But, if you live in the city or in an urban area that is highly populated, your evaluation needs to be much more carefully thought out. Do you need to leave the particular location you are in and can you? Are the roads open for travel or will you have to take your gear and “move out”? Weighing the factors under survival conditions will be a trying thing to do. Keep your head whether you are staying or leaving the area. Be flexible in the plan you have spent so much time designing. Know that no plan will probably go as mapped out. Any plan is only as good as your ability to carry it out.
Providing you recognize the difficulties of carrying out your plan of action under survival conditions, you should be able to take positive action with a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA). We will discuss this in our closing article.
Overall preparation for what nature can throw at us is not that overwhelming but it does take a little effort. USI has a wealth of information, equipment and training for everyone about all forms of mitigation so visit our web site at www.usiusa.com and if you have a need feel free to call!
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Author Ben Barr is a 30+ year SERE Specialist who has been a curriculum developer for the USAF Survival School, USAF Water Survival School, USAF Air Mobility Command, USMC and USN
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