To Do Today:
- PT – Cardio – Rest Day / Strength – Arms Set
Priorities of work:
Focus on a positive mental attitude. As attested by those who have survived emergencies, a positive mental attitude may be the most essential element in survival.
Medical trauma response. If an injury is life threatening, such as rapid loss of blood or hypothermia, first aid becomes the most important thing to do.
Shelter. Regulating body temperature in even minor weather conditions, too hot or too cold, make finding or building a shelter of top importance. Clothing, sleeping bags, rain gear, and anything else that can keep your body temperature moderate and stable, is considered “shelter.” Even painful but minor injuries must wait until shelter is available. This is becomes urgent if night is approaching.
Fire. Often, along with shelter, you will need a fire for warmth and signaling. Fuel should be secured and the fire started before dark.
Signaling. When you have taken the first steps in dealing with the emergency, you will need to prepare rescue signals.
Water. Under all circumstances, water is essential. You can live only a few days without it. Finding water is even more urgent when the weather is hot and dry.
Food. A person can live several weeks without food; it does not rate high as a survival priority.
Each survival situation will have unique aspects that alter the order in which tasks need to be accomplished. A general guideline is to think in blocks of time:
First 24 hours. The first 24 hours are critical in a survival situation. You must make an initial estimate of the situation. Enemy, weather, terrain, time of day and available resources will determine which tasks need to be accomplished first. They should be the following:
24-48 hours. After the first 24 hours have passed, you will now know if you can survive. This time period needs to be spent on expanding your knowledge of the area. By completing the following tasks, you will be able to gain valuable knowledge.
- Tools and weapons. By traveling a short distance from your shelter to locate the necessary resources, you will notice edible food sources and game trails.
- Traps and snares. Moving further away from your shelter to employ traps and snares, you will be able to locate your shelter area from various vantage points. This will enable you to identify likely avenues of approach into your shelter area.
- Pathguards. Knowing the likely avenues of approaches, you can effectively place noise and casualty producing pathguards to ensure the security of your shelter area.
48+ hours. This time is spent on continuously improving your survival situation until your rescue.
Group survival depends largely on the ability to organize activity. An emergency situation does not bring people together for a common goal initially; rather, the more difficult and confusing the situation, the greater are the group’s problems.
Group Morale. High morale must come from internal cohesiveness and not merely through external pressure. The moods and attitudes can become wildly contagious.
Conscious, well-planned organization and leadership on the basis of delegated or shared responsibility often can prevent panic. High group morale has many advantages.
- An individual feels strengthened and protected since he realizes that his survival may depend on others whom he trusts.
- The group can meet failure with greater persistence.
- The group can formulate goals to help each other face the future.
When in a group SERE situation, there are numerous factors that will influence whether the group can successfully survive:
- Organization of Manpower – Organized action is important to keep all members of the group informed; this way the members of the group will know what to do and when to do it, both under ordinary circumstances and in emergencies.
- Selective Use of Personnel – In well-organized groups, the person often does the job that most closely fits his personal qualifications.
- Acceptance of Suggestion and Criticisms – The senior man must accept responsibility for the final decision, but must be able to take suggestion and criticisms from others.
- Consideration of Time – On-the-spot decisions that must be acted upon immediately usually determine survival success.
- Check Equipment – Failure to check equipment can result in failure to survive.
- Survival Knowledge and Skills – Confidence in one’s ability is increased by acquiring survival knowledge and skills.
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