Be Ready for What ever Happens
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This is the second consideration in the survival hierarchy. It may sound silly, but it s not. If you are around survivalists long enough, eventually you will hear the “Rule of 3’s”. It states you can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. To that, from last week’s entry, I would add 3 seconds without safety and security…but I digress.
The most obvious loss of air is drowning. As a SCUBA diver, I have been very careful and never run out of air underwater, but it is always first on my mind: watch your pressure gauge.
For floaters, don’t camp on sand bars in the middle of streams and campers should not camp near rivers or on flood plains of rivers. It may be dry where you are, but upstream there could be a storm and you may have a wall of water hit you in the night and drown you in your sleeping bag before you can unzip. I have never tried it, but I am guessing it’s tough to swim wearing a mummy bag.
What about fires? You could be in the wild and a forest fire causes such thick smoke that you cannot breathe, or in a hotel when a fire starts on another floor and thick smoke fills the hallway you need for an exit.
And remember the images of smoke and dust rolling down the streets when the Al Qaeda flew planes into the world trade center? Remember pictures of people running away, choking and gasping for air.
Yes, these could happen to you. Are you ready? What will you do?
Here are a few tips. Carry a cloth bandanna. In a pinch, wet it down and cover your mouth and nose. It will help. Carry a surgical mask or better yet, a dust mask. These options are not perfect, but they are lightweight, easy to obtain and do not take up much room.
And they may let you get enough breath without getting dust or smoke into your lungs and get you out of the house, building or area.