Survival Living

Mastering the techniques of survival living means getting "back to the basics" and living the self-sufficient lifestyle once employed by our pioneer ancestors. With the condition of the world growing more unstable each day, the possibility that an event catastrophic enough to terminate the kind of dependent and easy lifestyle we now enjoy becomes more real each day.

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Terrorism, economic collapse, unpredictable countries developing nuclear weapons and disastrous climate change creating destructive weather events have been happening more frequently over the past 20 years and with increasing intensity. As a result, millions of people are learning vital survival skills that are a necessary part of staying alive and well following an apocalyptic tragedy.

Methods of Survival Living

Some of the more important aspects of developing survival skills include:

  • Participating in outdoor survival schools
  • Learning about survival in the city
  • Learning about Marine survival training
  • Knowing about survival insurance
  • Learning how to build an earth sheltered home
  • Understanding the implications of a nuclear reactor meltdown and/or thermal nuclear war
  • Learning mental survival training techniques as well as the psychology of survival

In addition, knowing how to survive any type of dangerous situation also involves knowledge regarding how to obtain drinking water, food and shelter if an event occurs that eliminates all access to electricity, clean water and readily available food. For example, the detonation of several nuclear warheads over the U.S. would instantaneously create the most hellish conditions imaginable. If something like this happened in the next 30 seconds, 30 minutes or 30 days, would you be prepared for it?

Most of us never stop to think about how much we take for granted, which is why learning survival living techniques is so important in keeping you and your family safe following a disaster. Knowing how to catch fish when poles, hooks and bait are not available could mean the difference between starving to death and living. Catching rabbits and squirrels and making a fire on which to cook the meat seems fairly simple, but it isn't when the equipment, such as traps, matches and dry wood are not available.

Sensible rules for Post Apocalyptic communities

  1. Don’t kill anyone in your own survival group. Don’t kill anyone in friendly survivor groups. Try not to kill anyone in enemy groups unless you really have to.
  2. Don’t rape anyone. Rape here is defined as ‘sexual contact without permission or consent’. Really, don’t.
  3. Don’t steal from anyone.
  4. Don’t be selfish with your food. Share it with the survival group. We all need to survive here, and if one person is being greedy and selfish, it makes it harder.
  5. Have some babies. Keep track of which ones are your babies. We really need babies, and we need to keep track so people don’t have babies with their half brother.
  6. If you prefer people of the same gender to yourself, that’s great. But I’m serious about the babies. If you can stomach the idea, please close your eyes, grit your teeth and have some.
  7. Do your bit in terms of farming, scavenging, guarding and fighting. Everyone pulls their weight.
  8. You’re allowed your opinion, but arguing with the leader is best done in times of non-emergency. Don’t let ego get in the way of survival.
  9. Maintain friendly links with other survivor groups. Trade knowledge and food with them. If they’re up for it, interbreed with them.
  10. No incest.
  11. Take care of those who can’t do it for themselves anymore.

First Aid Training

If something like a nuclear war, large-scale terrorist attack or even an economic breakdown that creates mass panic and rioting would happen, all medical facilities would be overwhelmed with casualties. No one would be able to receive immediate assistance if needed and people with moderate to severe injuries would probably die in the midst of the chaos.

Knowing more than just the basics of first aid is another crucial component of mastering the art of survival living skills, in addition to differentiating between the types of first aid items that need to be kept stocked and items that will not contribute to surviving in a post-apocalyptic world.


Survival Schools

Due to the increasing popularity of learning the skills necessary to live a self-sufficient lifestyle, many survival schools are established all over the United States. These schools provide survival training courses lasting anywhere from one week to two months for anyone interested in learning outdoor as well as urban survival skills.

For example, the Wilderness Survival Institute in Loveland, Colorado teaches all aspects regarding survival skills needed to live through any kind of disaster. The school combines classroom learning with hands-on training involving summer, winter and urban survival techniques.

Post-Apocalyptic Survival Studies goes Mainstream

Beginning in fall 2014, Oakland University will be offering an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for what some believe is the inevitable — the end of the world as we know it. The Post-Apocalyptic Survival Studies (PASS) program will provide the necessary skills to not only survive as an individual in an apocalyptic aftermath, but to contribute in a meaningful way. Blending theory and hands-on experience, students will take the required core courses and then choose one of three concentrations:

  • Back to Basics
  • Rebuilding a 21st Century Society
  • Health and Wellness

Oakland University

Living off the Grid

People involved in survival living also benefit from needing much less money on which to live comfortably. By learning how to build solar powered devices, raise livestock, grow their own fruits, grains and vegetables and using herbal medicines to treat sicknesses, survivalists can remain independent from public utility and governmental assistance, two components of society that will undoubtedly collapse following an extensive catastrophe that would inevitably cause the demise of society.

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