Episode 245 – Priorities of Survival & Planning Scenarios

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Priorities Of Survival

IOW, what are the most important things you need to provide for, what should you be looking for, in order to survive?

In almost every survival situation, you’re going to need the following, in approximate order of importance. Of course, the exact order of importance will depend on your current situation. In general, though, you will almost always need the first four categories. The longer or more severe the event, the more likely you’ll need the last three categories.

First Aid

Basic supplies include:

  • Gauze pads and rolls
  • Medical tape
  • Adhesive bandages, such as Band-aids, butterfly bandages and Steri-strips
  • Splints and splinting materials
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Triangle bandages, Elastic and Kling wraps
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Prescription and OTC medicines
  • Tweezers, scissors, and various other tools and supplies.
  • There are oodles of online references for first aid supplies.


  • Camping tents, tarps, plastic sheeting

Materials for expedient repairs on your home

  • plywood
  • plastic sheeting and wood strips
  • tarps
  • nails, staple guns, etc.
  • This could, also, simply be a hotel room outside the affected area
  • Knowledge of expedient shelters

Fire & Light

  • Fire for warmth and cooking, but also in the sense of providing light.

In terms of actual fire, this would be for heating and cooking

  • best ways to heat with fire?
  • cooking over a fire?
  • Do you know how to make expedient stoves and heaters using fire?
  • Of course, we have modern lights. LEDs have taken the flashlight to new levels in terms of brightness and battery efficiency – although, you don’t always get both in the same light.
  • Here’s a link to the headlight I was talking about on the podcast, though it’s not currently available on Amazon.

What about making a torch?

  • Definitely old school, but if you need light and have the materials, torches can be useful.
  • This isn’t as easy as you may think, especially if you don’t have any modern accelerants, like kerosene or oil.
  • I have never made a torch, so I can’t tell you the easiest way to do it, but how you make one is all about the materials you have on hand. It might be as simple as burning cattails, or if you have tools, pine tree limbs. This is definitely one of those areas where hands on training is needed. Of course, be sure to be safe when working with fire.


  • It should go without saying by now that you’ll need water. Sure, you can go 3 days or so without it, but only if you aren’t doing anything. If you have no food and no water, your body will start having problems fairly quickly.
  • Water, being the more important of the two, will also help get you through periods of little to no food.

You need to do both:

Communication, Signaling & Navigation

A good comms plan will include what to do and who’s doing it when you can’t communicate.

  • Write the comm plan down, including phone numbers and any other information you might need. This includes websites and social accounts to follow for information (like Twitter, etc.).
  • Including where to meet if it’s unsafe to go home. A well-know spot outside of your immediate neighborhood that everyone knows; a fast food restaurant or gas station, somewhere safe, easy to get to and no one will forget.
  • Signaling includes signaling for help after an accident or disaster and could be as simple as making a phone call, but if that’s not an option, think of things that can get the attention of others. One of the easiest is a whistle, but can also include flags and the knowledge of how to make a signal fire.


  • Storing food
  • Finding food
  • Cooking food
  • Preserving food – e.g., let’s say you’re lucky enough to bag a deer. You need to know not only how to butcher and process the meat, but also how to preserve it; unless there’s enough people in your group to eat everything in one sitting.

Hygiene & Sanitation

  • Long term health and survival depend on staying clean. Being clean is not only a morale booster but has proven to help stay healthy.
  • Sanitation is getting rid of waste, both human and garbage.

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Planning Scenarios – Five Main situations

  • Short-Term Shelter In Place
  • Long-Term Shelter In Place
  • Short-Term Evacuation
  • Long-Term Evacuation
  • Home Fire


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