There’s a ton of worry around the world today. A new President in the US, terrorism, natural disasters, and movies and TV shows based on worldwide disaster have only heightened the worry. Who knows if Hollywood and the news are making people more anxious about the state of affairs in the world, or if movies and news reports are just reflective of what people are feeling. Regardless, it’s important to think about what you would do if the world did collapse. Do you have any survival skills? What would you need to do if a coming collapse actually occurred?
To help you prepare, we’re going to give you 10 survival skills you should know.
#1 Be Ready to Move
Riots, terror attacks, looting, and even natural disasters could be a reality if the world were to collapse. One of the best defenses in this situation is to be ready to move. Not only do you have to move fast, but you and everyone in your group must be ready to cover a ton of ground in a short amount of time. The faster you can move, the further you can get away from any danger.
To help you move faster during an emergency, you must plan ahead. Pack an emergency bag and basic food supplies in anticipation of an emergency. Many survivalists keep these “bug out bags” in the trunk of their vehicle or bed of their truck. That way if the time to move comes, the gear is already loaded and ready to go.
#2 Know When to Run and When to Fight
In an apocalyptic world, danger comes in all forms. In some situations, danger may be all around you, or approach you when you least expect it too. For this reason, it’s necessary to know when you should run and when you should hold your ground and fight.
If you’re on your way to your family’s rendezvous point and you see a conflict in your neighborhood, you may have to make a hard decision. Do you stay and help your neighbor? Do you put your life and the safety of your family at risk? Or, do you stick to your plan? It’s a tough call, and one nobody probably wants to consider, but you need to.
Running into someone else’s conflict is a good way to get yourself killed. If your family is counting on you to keep them safe, you’re also risking their safety. Especially if their chances of survival are greatly reduced if you die. So, instead of running towards a conflict in your community, you need to assess the situation first. Find a place to conceal yourself and get a good idea of what is happening. If you’re outnumbered or unarmed, there probably isn’t much you can do to help. If there is nothing you can do, you should retreat to safe ground. If it’s weighing on your mind, you can come back later and see if there is anything you can do. In most situations, unless you or your family is directly involved in a confrontation, it’s best to run and only fight as a last resort.
Fire and Run…Repeat
If you can sprint fast this skill is exactly what you need to remember. If you’re being shot at, the best defense is to fire and run. What this means is fire your weapon, run, and then repeat. Doing this buys you more time to flee. Keep repeating the process until there is no longer anyone pursuing you. The process is the same no matter what weapon you are using. If you have a pistol or a shotgun, you’ll be able to do this easily. If you’re lucky enough to have one of the best compound bow at your disposal, you’ll be able to follow the same pattern with great success.
#4 Get to Know the Land
In the days after the world collapses, you’ll likely be traveling quite a bit by foot. Eventually, you’ll find an area that will let you lay low. As soon as this happens, you need to get to know the terrain. Where is their water? How will you evacuate if trouble persists? It’s important to take a minute to relax, but never let your guard down. Instead, you must be ready to exit in a hurry.
To help prepare for this type of situation, you should think about the areas you would flee to if needed. Google Map is a great way to determine where you would head. Maps of local areas can be seen on Google Earth and will give you a good idea of where there is cover, water, and whether an area is inhabited or not.
#5 Always be Alert
When danger is everywhere around you, you need to always be alert. In fact, everyone in your group will need to be on high alert always. The moment you think you’re safe and don’t have to be as cautious is the moment you could be attacked and killed.
#6 Be Cautious When Contacting Others
If the world is thrown into turmoil and anarchy is everywhere, you probably won’t know who to trust. That’s exactly how others will feel about you too. Because everyone including those in your party will be suspicious, you must be cautious when trying to contact other groups trying to survive. Chances are they could be just like you, or they could be savages looking to take advantage of others and stealing their supplies. Usually, in these situations, it’s best to trust your gut. If you aren’t sure whether you should trust a group, it’s best to just avoid them altogether.
#7 Look Out for Booby Traps
Have you seen “Home Alone”? Little Macaulay was ready to trap the robbers and held nothing back. This same theory will apply if the world collapses. People are going to set traps. Traps aren’t always designed to hurt or maim. Sometimes a booby trap might be used to warn a camp that strangers are near. If booby traps are present, one wrong step could lead to your demise.
#8 Can you Defend Yourself?
Shortly after the collapse, a leader will present himself. Whether he or she is appointed beforehand or not, it will be obvious who this person is eventually. You can count on this person for many things, but no one will always be available to defend you. For this reason, you need to know how to defend yourself. Self-defense is a good idea for anyone to learn, but with so much turmoil in the world today, it’s an absolute must.
As we talked about in step 2, preventing confrontation is always best. But, if it can’t be avoided, it’s important to know some basic self-defense moves. You’d probably be surprised to know some pretty good self-defense moves are simple to do, and can be completed by anyone. One of the most effective methods is to shout at your attacker and push them away. Doing this can signal to other people that you need help, and lets the attacker know you aren’t an easy target. No matter how long a physical confrontation lasts, the winner is decided in the first few moments. What this means is you need to make the most of your first few hits to either end the confrontation as quickly as possible or get the upper hand. To make every hit count, aim for the most vulnerable areas of the other person’s body including eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, and knees.
#9 Food and Water Storage
For at least the first few weeks or months after the collapse of civilization, you’ll likely be on the move. In this situation, it’s best to know how to store food and water for consumption. When you have a designated place, it’s easier. On the run, it’s much harder. Don’t forget to scavenge for the items on The Ethical Looters Checklist, as you move through areas. You’d be surprised how many containers, empty plastic bottles, and you can find if you look hard enough. The same goes for food. In a rush to get out of harm’s way, there’s a good chance non-perishable food was left behind. It’s also important to know what types of items you should stockpile for survival situations. Some foods are much easier to store and don’t expire or have long expiration dates.
If you have more than two people in your group, it’s best to sleep in shifts. At least one person should always be on watch while the others sleep. Finding shelter is easy in areas that have been abandoned, but it’s important to never stop being cautious. If you’re facing cold temperatures as well as an uncertain world, you must know how to survive cold nights too.
There you have it 10 survival skills that could help you survive after the coming collapse. If you’ve planned for a world with no law and order, you’ll be better prepared for what lays ahead of you. Keep your wits about you and you’ll be more likely to survive.