The 8 Levels of survival

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Howard

SURVIVAL
The 8 Levels of survival
Prospects for survival / dangers
By
(Old S.F. Trooper)
Updated 30 April 2003

1.    At home under normal conditions: / prospects excellent / dangers minimal.

2.    At home under emergency conditions: / prospects seriously reduced / dangers increased.

3.    Movement from home to Retreat Area: / you are most vulnerable during this period / dangers from other people great, possible disruption or clogging of roads due to mass evacuation, terrorist activity or closures and detours of roadways

Likely methods of travel:
4 WHD vehicle, w/wo trailer
R.V.
Truck
Family car
Motorcycle
Bicycle
Horse
Hand Cart
On foot
Boat
Aircraft

4.    At Relocation Site, IE:
Dedicated relocation site (preferably at least partially pre stocked)
Family or friends house
Camp site, random or specific
Designated Rally Point / Assembly Area, prospects good as long as supplies hold out and good
Security is maintained / greatest danger is man, possibly wildfire.

5.    Rucksack: / prospects pretty good as long as very limited supply of food holds out.  / Greatest danger is from man, other predators / Personal weapon, ammo, survival kit essential: highly recommend minimum of 10 days dried food rations (minimum of at least 1 lb per day),  Highly recommend (1) 2qt canteen on rucksack and (2) 1qt canteens, cups and covers on web gear w/absolute minimum of (1) 1 qt canteen, cup & cover on web gear.

6.    Web gear: / prospects greatly reduced. / Greatest danger is still man, other predators, should have personal weapon, at least 1 day food ration on your person, personal survival kit and first aid kit carried on web gear, and at least two 1 qt canteens on belt.

7.    Clothes on your back / prospects getting dire / greatest dangers are dehydration, hypothermia, starvation, man, and other predators.  As a minimum, weapon (hopefully), knife, mini survival kit with fire starting equipment and water purification tablets.

8.    Butt naked / you’re pretty much screwed, but don’t give up.

*  Note, always test your theories:  35 years ago I was told to carry condoms in my mini survival kit to serve as makeshift canteens.  O. K., I guess you can, but I never had much luck with that, as I could only get about a cup of water in one and I was always breaking them while carrying them around.  I think the Instructors at Ft Bragg just enjoyed watching us running around with them tied around our necks.  Just remember, in a survival situation, a positive mental attitude, knowledge and a little luck nearly always gets you through, but a negative attitude will probably get you killed.

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