There are three basic elements of survival. They are food, water, and shelter. The order of importance depends on the survival situation. You’ll have to make a quick and correct assessment of the conditions in order to decide which comes first. Naturally, if you end up in a desert, water will be the first thing on your mind. But even though water is most crucial to your body, in most other cases you’ll immediately start thinking about food first. Depending on conditions, shelter can sometimes be more important than food or water (ex; blizzard, environment with nuclear fallout). But let’s just imagine the stores shelves have been looted empty and the starving masses have cleaned out every abandoned home. This scenario has played out many times the world over. It happened in New Orleans, it’s happening in parts of Africa and it could happen in your city! What would you do? How will you feed your family?
If you’ve planned well and have an emergency survival kit that includes food rations, you have a better chance of getting through the survival situation smoothly than those who did not put aside rations for such a contingency. Your food supply will get you through the difficult challenges that will come at you in the initial phase, such as assessing the situation, figuring out an action plan, and considering any natural food sources that might be in the vicinity. Your emergency rations might be all you need, since statistics show that in the majority of survival situations, people are rescued or escape unaided within 72 hours. Continue reading