With training, equipment, and the WILL TO SURVIVE, you will find you can overcome any obstacle you may face if/when you must bug out.

Plan to survive, equip to survive, train to survive, and you will survive.

You must understand the emotional state associated with survival, “knowing thyself” is extremely important in a survival SHTF situation. It bears directly on how well you cope with serious stresses, anxiety, pain, injury, illness, cold, heat, thirst, hunger, fatigue, sleep deprivation, boredom, loneliness and isolation.

You can overcome and reduce the shock of TSHTF and having to bug out if you keep the key word S-U-R-V-I-V-A-L foremost in your mind. Its letters can help guide you in your actions.

(1) S - Size up the situation; size up your surroundings; size up your physical condition; size up your equipment. Even though you may always be preparing, “it” could happen anytime, without warning, when you have not yet reached that level of preparedness you are striving for. You will have to go to the party with what you have.

(2) U - Undue haste makes waste; don’t be too eager to move. Plan your moves. Make a plan and work your plan.


(3) R - Remember where you are in relation to “controlled areas” and groups of people who may not be friendly. Know where there may be friendly folks along your path for trade/barter. The location of local water sources (this is especially important in the desert). Areas that will provide good cover and concealment; do you know the difference? Concealment will hide you from visual detection, cover will not only hide you from visual detection, but protect you from rifle and pistol fire: concealment= bushes, shrubs, etc…; cover= earthen berm, log wall, rock wall, etc…

(4) V - Vanquish fear and panic. If you cannot do this, they will control you and you will lose.


(5) I – Improvise; the situation can be improved. Learn to use natural things around you for different needs. Use your imagination. You have heard it before, adapt, improvise & overcome.

(6) V - Value living. Remember your goal - getting out alive, making it to your retreat. Stubbornness, a refusal to give into problems and obstacles that face you, will give you the mental and physical strength to endure.


(7) A - Act/dress like the locals if you must lay up in a certain area for some time; watch their daily routines. When, where, and how they get their food. Where they get their water. Trade, barter, blend, or assimilate as long as you survive. Never lose sight of your goal.

(8) L - Live by your wits. Learn basic skills.

Josey Wales summed it up nicely: “Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is.”

LH