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Rules for Survival

June 19, 2012

Rules for Survival

SurvivalCache Blog contributor Bama Bull wrote a review of lessons learned from his 10 Best Survival Movies. I copied the rules only and not the reviews because I thought they were very relevant in today’s world in general. I will add more as I think of what is relevant.

* Take care when traveling roads and contact with other people.

This is just plain common sense for traveling anywhere. Always be aware of your surroundings.

* How to haul your survival supplies over long distances.

On foot, you can haul about 90 lbs in a backpack if you’re in good shape.

* Starvation is a long, slow process.

Gender Age Sedentary Moderately Active Active
Child 2-3 1000 1000-1400 1000-1400
Female 4-8 1200 1400-1600 1400-1800
9-13 1600 1600-2000 1800-2200
14-18 1800 2000 2400
19-30 2000 2000-2200 2400
31-50 1800 2000 2400
51+ 1600 1600-2000 1800-2200
Male 4-8 1400 1400-1600 1600-2000
9-13 1800 1800-2200 2000-2600
14-18 2200 2400-2800 2800-3200
19-30 2400 2600-2800 3000
31-50 2200 2400-2800 2800-3200
51+ 2000 2200-2400 2400-2800

Daily Calorie Intake Table

* “Keeping the fire,” and are you one of the “good guys?”

* Benefits of carrying both firearms and low-tech weapons.

Firearms can and will jam at the least expected and most critical time than you want them to.

* How to barter for what you need.

* You have to be prepared to kill bad people or they will kill you.

This will test your grit and fortitude. If they are going after my wife, kids, grandkids, or me, in a heartbeat.

* Your faith can sustain you and help guide your actions.

* Survival against the cold takes planning and good gear.

Remember – 3 hours without shelter, cotton kills, what’s in your EDC

* Big urban cities make escape very difficult.

Most cities have a river that runs through it; bridges will be a choke point.

* You have to consider and plan for bad weather conditions.

Where do you live? NE, SE, Mid-West, Rockies, SW, Pacific Coast… Where are you going to?

* Listen to Dad, sometimes he knows what he’s talking about!

LISTEN to your elders; they may have more experience than you.

* Importance of having basic bug-out gear and supplies on hand.


* Crowds are dangerous and can get you killed.

Whether it’s Mob Mentality or the Stampede Effect, safety isn’t always in numbers.

* Stock up on food and water at first opportunity; get a backpack.

Check, check and check.

* Don’t lose your weapon – you may need it for the crazy guy.

WeaponS, you better have more than one.

* It’s good to have a set of basic survival rules – you’ll live longer.

‘Nuff said. I’ll say it again if you didn’t understand it the first time, It’s good to have a set of basic survival rules – you’ll live longer.

* People will trick you, take your stuff, and leave you stranded.

This is a reality; self-preservation is a strong instinct, so is hunger, thirst and normality.

* Don’t scare people if you don’t want to get shot.

Scared people have twitchy trigger fingers, even cops.

* It is good to remember “Rule 32” when you can.

(Enjoy the little things.)

* Malls can be a good refuge if you can secure the doors.

* You need to determine who you can and cannot trust.

This is a tricky one, family and close tight friend’s, you should be able to trust but in a crisis, self-preservation can make them sell you out. The farther away from the family tree and bonding of friends the percentages drop rather fast.

* Have a break-out plan and a destination.

Always have a Plan C and D and E and …

* Every group will have a**holes you’ll have to deal with.

* A dog can be a good survival companion.

They can give off early warnings or give away your hidey hole.

* If your defenses are good, you don’t need to sleep in a hard tub.

Early warning devices are many and inexpensive, a dog, empty cans on fishing line, battery motion detector driveway sensor, solar/battery motion detector flood lights, … Reinforced entry points on doors and windows,

* Plan to be home or off the road before dark.

* Be careful when scavenging and entering buildings.

* Light and noise discipline is a must at night.

If I can see you or hear you, I know where you are. If THEY can see you or hear you, they know where you are.

* Buckets on the roof help to collect rain water.

Buckets with upside down open umbrellas are even better. Plastic sheeting in a pickup bed. (SouthernPrepper1 gets credit for this.)

* Short cuts may be worse than taking the long way around.

The known route is always better the the unknown route.

* Be wary of government troops.

All I can say is Katrina and gun confiscation.

* People will fight over resources.

The have-nots will want what you have period.

* Be prepared to defend your campsite.

A show of force may be all you need, but an act of force may be necessary.

* There is strength in numbers and provides for a division of labor.

Work parties should be in groups of 3 at minimum, 1 to work for 10 – 20 minutes, 2 to watch your back while you work and then rotate. Remember calorie intake table above.

* You can supplement your food stores with local fish and game.

As long as there is local game and fish to catch.

* People who band together have a better chance at survival.

Safety is in numbers, 12 adults is a good number to start with because you can’t sleep with one eye open.

* Teach basic survival skills early, others may need them.

Buy a Boy Scout Manual, the SAS Survival Guide, any survival book and DO learning projects out of them.

* It is hard to argue with the people who have the guns.

* Americans know “freedom is never free” – it’s earned the hard way.

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.

-= The American Crisis, No. 4, September 11, 1777 =- Thomas Paine


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  1. I’d like to add that you should have a fresh vegetable seed inventory for gardening. Seeds are like ammo, they are priceless when you need them, and incredibly cheap when you don’t.

  2. Reblogged this on thesurvivalplaceblog and commented:
    This is a great bit of information and something everyone needs to remember when prepping for disasters. As always there are lots of things to consider when prepping and you need to make plans for all types of situations and circumstances. Most disasters have the basic same preperations so once you get your base prepping done you can then prep for specific situations and scenarios.

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