From snake bites to torrential floods, disaster can occur at the worst of times. However, being stuck with little or no help can be very dangerous for everyone. That is why you need to know a few common survival tactics to help keep you safe no matter what emergency arises.
Wrap Up When Fighting Hypothermia
A lot of people say you should keep on moving when dealing with hypothermia but that is not the case. Many think it’s important to start exercising when you’re cold because it will help make you warm and circulate the blood flow but it makes things a little worse. The reason why is simply because blood vessels open up when the body is trying to exercise and it means your warm blood is pushed to the surface causing you to become colder.
You need to keep your internal organs warm and by wrapping up warmly and reducing warm blood flow to the surface, you can do this. If you somehow find yourself in water and unable to get out, you should stand or lie still to help keep your internal organs safe and warm. Exercising isn’t really good because it doesn’t do much good especially if you are going to be kept out in the cold for the upcoming hours.
Dealing With Poisonous Snake Bites
If you have to survive in the wilderness you need to be extremely wary of snakes. When you are bitten by a poisonous snake, it can be very serious and deadly but the worst mistake you can make is to suck out the poison. Now, many will say you absolutely need to remove the venom and while that may be true, you shouldn’t suck out the poison.
The reason why is simple, you could end up causing more damage. When someone sucks poison out of a wound or attempts, they could do one or two things; they could accidentally swallow poison or add more bacteria to the snake bite. The mouth has lots of bacteria and you could easily cause serious damage to a friend. Also, do not try to slice away some of the skin to get to the bite.
Instead, you need to remain calm and remove any and all items such as jewelry that may constrict blood flow. The area will start to swell quickly so it’s important to act fast. If you or a friend has been bitten on the arm, keep the arm below heart level and seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Stave Off Wild Animal Attacks
Most people believe when you are confronted by a wild animal you should run and get as far away as possible. However, in most cases, you are very unlikely to outrun a wild animal especially bears, wild dogs and big cats. These things are fast and they can and will catch you; so instead, of being an easy target, you must stand and face the animals.
As crazy as it sounds, it isn’t. You should try to do a lot of yelling and make yourself look big and maybe you can scare away the animals. Shouting things such as ‘go away, get back’ may help a little. Animals don’t always know how to react when their so-called prey stands up to them because it damages their confidence and it may just scare them off. Of course, sometimes, it won’t work but if you can’t get to high ground safely you need to try and scare off the animal.
Splint a Broken Arm or Leg
Whenever there is a broken bone to deal with, you need to act fast to immobilize it. The reason why is simple – you’re going to be serious pain and you can’t really move much with a broken bone also. The first thing you need to do, is create a sprint for the arm or leg and use it immobilize the bone and hopefully it shouldn’t cause too much pain for you to move.
However, for major wounds, you are going to need to be extra careful. For example, if you have an open wound and you’re losing a lot of blood, you need to apply a lot of pressure, direct pressure onto the wound. Place your hand onto the wound and keep as much pressure there as you possibly can. The object here is to reduce the amount of blood flow so the person doesn’t lose too much. Also, try to bandage up the wound if the bleeding doesn’t stop and keep pressure there. You need medical attention quickly so try getting to a hospital within a few hours.
Keep Updated With Emergency Situations
Just because the next town over has been hit by a flood, it doesn’t mean your town or city won’t be affected. For example, bad weather can trigger flooding in one town and miles down the road, it can cause landslides and you need to be aware of them. One emergency can trigger another and you have to know what is going on at all times in order to stay safe and remain out of harm’s way.
You may be planning to leave the city but there may be roadblocks or delays and you have to be aware of everything that is happening. You do not want to be stuck in the open when disaster strikes.
When A Riot Breaks Out, Stay Off the Streets And Away From Roaming Mobs
Most people will understand how important it is to remain indoors when there are riots outside, however, sometimes, you may be caught off-guard and find yourself in the middle of a raging war. The reason why you find yourself away from the safety of your home is your own business, but you need to be extremely cautious in terms of how you approach the situation.
Your first port of call is to find shelter as quickly as possible but until you do, avoid the streets and at all costs, avoid mobs. Now, we’ve all seen it on TV when violence erupts, there are tones of mobs roaming the streets looking for trouble and you do not want to be anywhere near them. This isn’t just about getting sucked into following them but rather being on the end of their temper. You may not have done anything wrong but that doesn’t mean you won’t become a target.
Stay In Concrete Bunkers When a Storm Hits
Roots cellars are perfect when it comes to riding out a terrible storm outside. Tornadoes and hurricanes are some of the worst and you have to keep you and your family safe. However, your home may not be safe and you need to have a shelter for you to turn to. This may be your own personal root cellar or if you have no bunkered shelter of any kind, you need to get to a local community center.
The above seven survival tactics may just allow you to remain clear from danger when disaster strikes. You never know when danger will strike and when it does, you need to be ready for anything.