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10 bits of knowledge that could be lifesavers

If you’re comfortable ensconced in a home with electricity, running water, a fridge full of food, and Netflix, survival is probably the last thing on your mind.

As we’ve all seen in recent weeks, though — from the earthquake in Mexico to hurricanes and flooding around the world — that situation can quickly change. Knowing a few key things can mean the difference between life and death.

TopTenz offers a list of ten things to know that could save your life one day, so hit pause on the binge fest and read on.

10. Stop Panicking

…[T]he first step in avoiding a panic attack is knowledge. Actually knowing what to do in any given circumstance will raise the point at which we feel like things are no longer in our control. By simply knowing what will happen and what steps need to be taken, we are still somewhat in charge of the situation, even if things aren’t going as originally planned. The next step is experience, because, as all of us know, experience is the best teacher. We don’t, of course, encourage you to place yourself willingly in a survive-or-die situation just for the sake of the experience, but we do encourage you to imagine yourself in one. By taking a moment to visualize a worst case scenario in your mind, and what steps need to be taken, you are forming a basis from which you can draw if a situation calls for it. The more you do this mental exercise, the likelier and faster it will be for you to remember it when the time comes…

9. Shelter, Water, Fire, Food – In that Order

…The most dangerous thing in the wild is exposure and you have to address that first. A makeshift shelter could mean the difference between life and death in these kinds of situations, and it should be your top priority. You should always remember to stay dry, especially after nightfall. So, if you were working hard on your shelter and sweating heavily, or you were caught in a rain, remember to take off your clothes and dry them out in the sun before dark. Next on the list is drinkable water. Surprisingly enough, most water sources, especially in the wilderness, are safe to drink. As long as it’s not a stagnant pool of water and you’re upstream from large mammal populations, you’ll most likely be safe. Basically, the smaller the stream, the safer it is…

Full story at TopTenz.

Essential survival tips.

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