Tips on How to Survive a Crisis Outdoors

If there’s anything I learned from this past year, it is that nowhere is safe. Really.  And the outdoors are a lot more dangerous than the indoors – from random shootings to terrorist attacks to what seemed like an unending myriad of natural disasters – the hurricanes to the resulting floods to the California wildfires, crisis are more often than not an unavoidable occurrence.

There are valuable skills that are acquired during boys scout or girls scout camp training that may come in handy in day to day life activities but to survival in an actual disaster you will require more than a basic knowledge of how to build a tent or start a campfire. Apart from the knowledge and skills, there is also the mental preparedness aspect of surviving a crisis in the outdoors. If you are stuck outside in the middle of a crisis, what follows are a few tips that will help you live through the crisis.

  1. Do Not Panic

Seriously, whatever you do, resist the temptation to panic. I realize that telling a person in a dangerous situation not to panic is like telling an angry person to calm down, in most cases, it aggravates what was already a bad situation. But this advice is so common because when heeded, it always works. It is important to remain calm keeping in mind that expressing fear or anxiety will only be counterproductive at this point. You can prep yourself with all sorts of books and videos on crisis survival, but in the face of the disaster, nothing will matter if you are too panic-stricken to act. When focused, you are more likely to come up with ideas and solutions on how to make it past the crisis.

  1. Assess the Situation

Yes it is critical to stay calm but what happens when you have convinced yourself that the situation can be handled? Being proactive is a major key to surviving the situation. At this point there’s is a lot of adrenaline being pumped into your system and it is critical to act fast. Assess your surroundings and collect as much information as quickly as you can. Make observations and gather the facts – who is around? Where is the threat coming from? How far away from danger are you? Are you hurt? How much longer is your safety guaranteed? It is important to evaluate the situation as fast as possible. There is a looming danger and there is no time to waste.

  1. Develop a Crisis Plan

At this stage, you already have a mental picture of your environment; it may be a bit overwhelming to come up with an intelligent and effective crisis survival plan with the confusion and chaos. There are no laid down a set of instructions to follow in every situation, and each crisis comes with its own peculiarities and what worked in one situation may fail in another. But no matter the plan, it is pertinent to remain realistic while taking into consideration the potential loopholes in your plan. Ensure that the plan does not expose you or others to more danger than anticipated. If possible, seek the help of others and be open to suggestions. Develop as many plans as possible in case you need to change strategy. To find out more you can visit survival outdoors

  1. Act ‘it’ Out

You’ve stayed calm enough to analyze the situation and come up with a survival plan; this is the moment you have been prepping yourself for since the onset of the crisis – the moment of action. Even with all the necessary skills and plans, there must be a willpower to ensure that you carry through with it. Proceed with extreme caution in whatever you do; there is no room for recklessness and rash actions.

Know the limitations of your capabilities and whatever you do, do not endanger your life. The essence of a survival plan is to keep you alive, stick to your plan and if one plan fails, switch to a backup.  The body has an auto self-sustainability mode that is activated when it senses danger; this will give you the adrenaline and energy boost to maneuver your way through a crisis.

  1. Accept Your Situation

What has happened has happened. It is beyond your control, and there’s nothing you can do about that. It is completely natural to be terrified, expect fear – however, you must manage this emotion and not allow it to overwhelm you. Maintain a proactive and positive outlook and try not to place blame or put yourself in any situation that will compromise your survival.


Surviving an actual crisis outdoors will depend greatly on your ability to react appropriately to the situation promptly. If you are in a group, try not to take careless actions that may compromise the lives of others, be a resourceful and responsible team player. Additionally, a fundamental knowledge of first aid and regular exercise will keep you mentally and physically prepped in case you are ever in a crisis. Finally, give yourself adequate time to think through whatever it is you intend to do, the essential thing is that at the end, you are a survivor and not a victim.

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