In a survival situation you need to acquire the necessary tools to face a Hostile Environment. You will need the tools to acquire: clothing, water, shelter and food.
As many blue water and recreational sailors have learned with sufficient food, fuel, water and fishing equipment you can survive for months at sea. Depending on your food supplies (either dehydrated or boil-in-the-bag), you might need to set up a rain water collection system. If you do not have a solar still or de-salination unit simply rig up a tarpaulin, raincoat or plastic sheet that will direct the rain water into a container. You could also erect a line of containers around your vessel to collect rain water when the inevitable storm blows over you.
Although there are different views from survival experts regarding trapping or catching food, most of us agree that fishing is one strategy that is worth trying. Most fish you can catch are edible, easy to cook and tasty to eat. However, as with any activity by understanding the principles you can be handsomely rewarded for minimum effort.
The advantage of open water, the sea and rivers is […]
During our H.E.A.T courses, attendees often ask what are the most important pieces of kit to pack when traveling to a Hostile Environment.
Although we discuss the design of survival kits and grab bags on Day One of the course, and issue a H.E.A.T. survival capsule™ to all attendees, experience has shown that the “redneck repair kit” is a useful item in your gear bag. The redneck repair pack was a phrase coined by Jim Berg and Tim Nyberg who have written several books about duct tape.
The redneck repair kit contains 2 items- a can of WD-40 and a roll of duct tape. Adhesive tapes have been in use since the early 18th century when rolls of cloth tape had an adhesive coating on one side and were stiffened with dried urine from cattle. Hospitals used a tape made from […]
Knowledge of water and the process of water purification has enabled several delegates to operate in a Hostile Environment.
Planet Earth comprises 29% of landmass and 71% of water. Interestingly, this same ratio exists in the human body which consists of 29% of tissue and body mass and 71% of water. Whether this ratio is a result of intelligent design or divine intervention is not known, but the reality is that the body requires more water than food in order to survive.
According to the “Rule of Three”, we can survive without air for three minutes; without water for three days; and without food for three weeks. The “Rule of Three” is simply an indication to help us with our survival priorities. However it also reminds us of certain dangers regarding dehydration and the need for proper water processing in order to survive in a hostile environment.
Before assessing various water purification processes, […]
The eating of bugs and insects is a highly emotional topic and raises the issue of what you can eat to survive. Some edible bugs are tasty, whereas some edible bugs taste foul but will provide you with suitable nutrition. A large proportion of the world’s rural population consumes insects as they are an inexpensive and nutritious food source.
Some futurologists have even predicted that before the Earth’s population of seven billion and growing reaches critical mass, humans will be faced with a hungry and thirsty world. Is the solution simply that we need to prepare ourselves to eat bugs and drink urine? […]
During our H.E.A.T courses, attendees often express a concern as to what to eat in a hostile environment, they ask us about survival food.
Specifically the attendees want to know which edible wild plant they can eat or at least how to identify poisonous plants for humans.
Recent studies of Supply Chain Management have established that most urban environments only store sufficient food resources for 72 hours or, more appropriately, 9 meals. Therefore, should you be in a situation whereby civil order has collapsed, strikes often prevent delivery to supermarkets and retail outlets have been ransacked and you need to fend for yourself, the following principles of survival should be followed. […]