S - U - R - V - I - V - A - L
S: Size Up the Situation
Stop for a moment, hide yourself away if need be, and think about what is happening. Use your sense of smell, sight, sound, and feel to help you get the feel for the situation
Things to consider when you're "sizing up" the situation:
- Your surroundings
Determine the pattern of the area. Every environment has a pattern or rhythm. This could include animal, bird, and insect noises, but also can include human movements and traffic.
- Your physical condition
Check your wounds and give yourself first aid, if need be. if you are dehydrated find water immediately. If you are in cold or wet climates, you made need to adjust your clothing and shelter.
- Your equipment
Check to see what equipment you have and what condition it is in.
U: Use All Your Senses
If you react too quickly you risk making serious mistakes. On the other hand, slow reactions can create just as much danger. Use all your senses. Haste makes waste is true in a survival situation, so you want to consider all aspects of your situation before deciding actions to take. Don't move just to move. Move strategically and plan out the steps you will take.
R: Remember where you are
Pay attention to your location and what direction you are moving. Using the sun (or compass) can help you keep your bearings. Using all your senses can also help. Sight and sound can guide you, just as feeling and smell can.
V: Vanquish Fear and Panic
Fear and panic can cloud your judgement and cause you to make rash decisions. Try to keep a clear head no matter what situation you find yourself. The key to keeping your mind sharp is taking care of your body. Treat injuries immediately and keep hydrated and properly nourished, which is a lot easier said than done. Remember: fresh water is essential. Dehydration can be a more lethal threat than starvation in many survival situation.
When faced with a survival situation there are no rules and cookie-cutter situations. That's why it's critical to be able to use tools and natural objects for different needs. Rocks can be hammers. Sticks can be spears. Ivy can be fishing line. No matter how complete your survival kit is, there's always a risk of running out of supplies. When it comes to survival, you're going to need a bit of imagination to help you through.
V: Value Living
Be stubborn. Don't give up no matter what hurdles you face. Fight for your right to survive.
A: Act Like the Natives
Observe the animals. They need food, water and shelter, too. Many you want to avoid, but a of times you can find water and food simply by watching the animals.
L: Learn Basic Skills
If you're in a survival situation and don't have any knowledge or training, your chances of surviving are low. Knowledge is relatively easy to come by. You can read a ton of books, watch a ton of TV shows, and there are any boot camp-like classes you can take a variety of places. Training can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Taking self-defense and survival classes is always recommended, but you can also practice honing your observation and thinking skills in your every day. Trying going to a park and take note of the animals' behavior or go camping and practice survival situations there.
When it comes to bettering your chances of survival you've got to be prepared, which means you have to be thinking about how to survive during times when your life isn't in peril.