Bugging Out When Necessary
Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) – A positive mental attitude is tough to evaluate, as it should be evaluated under stress to see just how you or members of your group are going to react. It might be compared to a nurse in the emergency room, can you and those with you remember what to do? How to carry out the plan? Keep their head about them?
Knowing “thyself” is extremely important in a survival situation and bears directly on how well you cope with serious stresses such as: pain, fear and anxiety, injury, cold and heat, hunger and thirst, sleep deprivation and other stress related issues. If you are the “leader” of the group, then you will be responsible to know this about members that are being affected by what is going on, as well as how you handle these circumstances. This is no easy job, but one that could save you and the others. Try to evaluate your group on the 1-10 scale of the matrix and see just how well you believe you and your groups will handle the stress of an emergency.
As we close out this series of articles we hope you have given some thought to what you and your group need to do in preparation for a possible urgent situation. We have purposely written in terms we feel the most novice of persons can see the need and begin “prepping” for a time when they may need skills that will save them from a crisis. It is never too early to begin thinking about a plan of action. If you have the opportunity, go through a course in survival. This way you can learn firsthand skills before they are needed. The training will give you confidence in yourself and will better prepare you when the time comes and you need what you have learned. This also will assist you in using the matrix for your evaluation of yourself and others. The matrix is a tool that should be considered a major part of your plan.
A few hours spent in applying what you learn in a course and finding that you can accomplish things that previously seemed impossible will remove doubt about your personal ability and stamina. You may find out things about yourself, such as how you react in an emergency, what your tolerance to different physical and mental stresses are and how can you influence the group in a way that will help them and you! These are all things that should be given thought and practice. Take one step at a time and know when it is time to “bug out”, you are ready!
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!
USI Understands that Survival isn’t learned from books but real world experience. This is just one area which makes Universal Survival Innovations unique in the world of training and equipment.
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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