|This one is a little long for my taste and slides off my brain, |
but embodies a lot of good advice!
Eselsbrucke (Donkey's Bridge) -- German word for mnemonic... a memory aid.
When crunch time comes, we may feel overwhelmed, dazed, traumatized or caught up in emotional turmoil... in many cases all of the above.
First of all, breathe... deep breaths. Still the mind. Come back to the moment.
Are we back? Seriously, this first step must be taken or nothing... and I mean nothing will help you. But the moment you have done so, you are ready to face and improve your situation.
I present the following mnemonics as among many applicable to survival situations. They are shorter than some, so I think more likely to be memorable and therefore useful. But when you find one you like, add it to your personal collection. Feel very free to craft your own.
What works for you is what counts!
There are many variations, some I find more helpful than others. Here a few of those:
Fight/Flight. Emotion. Acceptance. Response. -- This helps version progress through the series of human instinctual responses to a crisis. Without serious training, we may not be able to avoid them, but we can certainly step through them faster when we realize it's a sequence. [From SHTFSchool.com]
Face it. Explore it. Accept it. Respond. -- This one deals specifically with denial, a very common human response to crisis.
Focus. Equip. Act. Review. -- Once through the instinctual reaction phase, we might substitute this set. It's a very powerful problem solving algorithm. You might say it's the scientific method in a nutshell!
Forget Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise -- While this is a 'mere' attitudinal bucker-upper, many experts consider attitude to be the essential for survival. I'd add the caveat that - despite the slight sneering tone regarding the first option - when SHTF, it may be the better part of valor.
Assess. Address. Amend. -- This is one I use throughout every day. It produces what I think of as the upward spiral of stepwise improvement, whether I'm fixing the sink, facing a bureaucracy or in crisis.
Stop/Sit. Think. Observe. Plan. -- This one stems from the Search and Rescue community. Persons who become lost often travel for considerable distances, becoming very much more difficult to locate. Literally stopping and improving the situation at hand is important to survival.
Rule of Threes
As a rule-of-thumb, one can survive...
3 hours without shelter
3 days without water
3 weeks without food
This rule helps us prioritize our activities, especially as regards shelter. Be aware that hypothermia (cold exposure) is the most immediate threat in most outdoor emergencies.
These mnemonics can help you get through the first moments and hours of a crisis.
Skills, tools and supplies - in descending order of importance - will help us throughout the crisis, increasing our odds of survival. The more we have on-board before SHTF, the better the chances for us and our'n.
It's called prepperation!