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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SURVIVAL AND FIRST AID IN THE APOCALYPSE: PART 1: AN INTRODUCTION



Written By: War Machine





For most of us, the concept of survival teaches us that access to proper medical care and treatment when faced with disaster or apocalypse will be almost impossible to find. Nevertheless, every time we enter the world after a disaster or get lost in the wilderness we will be risking injury. We will be facing great risks, and without proper training and experience the cost will be life and/or limb. Despite the dangers, most of us will enter into these scenarios equipped with only some Band-Aids and a packet of anti-biotic ointment.

If you seek to survive a disaster scenario, emergency situation, Zombie Outbreak, wilderness trek, or most anything else, then common sense dictates that you must be prepared for the most common injuries and illnesses you will encounter. Learning CPR and Basic First Aid are a good first step. Advanced Disaster Response and Wilderness Survival training can also be sought out from various survival professionals around the country such as our good friends at Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp. Another good source for important survival skills and application is our friend Jake at Zombease. I recommend you read our entire upcoming blog posts relating to this subject matter and make notes from them.These posts will contain important information about first aid and tips for prevention of illness and injury in a world in chaos. These posts and resources cannot take the place of proper training from organizations such as the American Red Cross, but they will act to give you a basic understanding of the required skills needed to respond to an emergency or injury during a disaster or other survival situation. My plan for this series of posts is to show that everyday people have the ability to do more than they think possible during a survival situation. With a little confidence, some instruction, and a scope of experience, you can acquire the ability to successfully cope with and handle a wide variety of circumstances that may arise.

Nutrition, Hydration,and having the proper clothing for a survival situation play a very important role in preventing illness and accidents. Many fatalities every year can be attributed to a failure to comply with these basic requirements. It is important that you eat and drink an adequate amount and carry the proper attire for any situation you may find yourself in. Not consuming enough calories and failing to keep yourself properly hydrated plays a significant role when faced with conditions such as hypothermia, diarrhea, frostbite, constipation, injury, infection, and heat stroke. Failure to comply will exasperate all of these conditions.

Survival preparedness begins long before you are forced from your home or are found in an emergency situation. Preparation starts when times are calm and ideal. Strengthening your muscles through physical conditioning and exercise, working towards a weightloss goal to help make you healthier, and having a properly built Bug Out Bag which contains items such as rain gear and a good First Aid kit. If you are looking for a good resource for what should be in your BOB, I would recommend checking out ATA-Tactical’s YouTube vlog where Vadar discusses in detail what and why of his BOB additions. It is important to make sure that you pack your Survival Bag accordingly with what will be necessary to get you to a safe location.

When you are on the move during a survival situation it is important to remember that your body’s demand for calories is raised significantly. When on the move, your body will consume an average of 4,000 to 5,000 calories a day. When you are pushing yourself even harder, that amount can be as high as 10,000 calories a day. This same rule applies to keeping yourself hydrated. On an average day, the body needs approximately 2 quarts of water to keep itself hydrated. In a survival or Bug Out scenario, that amount will double or triple your daily hydration needs.This does include all forms of liquid though, such as soups and fruit juices.

When planning out your dietary rations for a survival or Bug Out scenario, you should realistically try to divide your calories. Focusing your caloric intake on one specific type will prove to be counterproductive in maintaining energy levels. Calorie intake should be divided up like this: 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein, and 30% Fat. Balancing your calories in this manner provides your muscles with a smooth and continuous flow of much needed energy and allows the body to properly store reserve calories.

Never wait until you are hungry or thirsty to actually eat and drink. Doing this will deplete your calorie reserves and leave you in a constant state of catch-up, always refilling and never re-fueled. Get into the habit of eating smaller amounts of nutrient-balanced foods and drinking lots of water throughout the day. Snacking on items such as granola bars, energy bars, jerky, and trail mix all work very well in maintaining energy levels.

In summary, during a survival or disaster situation, the chances are good that something will happen to you or a member of your group. With proper training and practice, you and your group will be able to respond to these events. Reading our series of survival posts to come, referring to our recommended resources, and having a decent First Aid Kit in your Survival Bag will help you to potentially save people’s lives that are sick or injured and help to keep yourself and your group alive as well while you are Bugging Out.