Anticipating Needs in a Survival Situation

Whether you’re lost in the woods or out for a night on the town, it is important to plan ahead and anticipate needs before they arise. This, to a large degree, plays into situational awareness.

For example, let’s say you went out hiking and somehow lost your way. As you try to puzzle out the correct path to take, part of your mind should already shift into survival mode. Mentally inventory the gear you have with you. Begin looking for a good place to bed down for the night, should it come to that. Gather seed pods or other tinder as you go along, stuffing it into a pocket for use later. Earmark potential sources of water so you can come back to them if need be. Pay attention to the flora and identify some wild edibles you might add to the cook pot that evening.

On the urban side of the coin, any time you enter a building, make note of where the emergency exits are located. Get in the habit of mentally planning an escape route. Given how frighteningly prevalent mass shooting incidents have become, this is just common sense. Keep track of your walking route so you know how to get back to your vehicle in a hurry. Look for places where you might be able to hunker down for at least a short time, long enough to collect your thoughts and make solid plans.

Anticipating needs and making plans to meet them is just part of survival.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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