I-Improvise. You can always do something to improve the situation. Figure out what you need; take stock of what you have; then improvise on the situation or ideals. Learn to put up with new and unpleasant conditions. Don’t be afraid to try strange plants as long as you know that they are editable and safe.
V-Value living. Hope, pray, cry, anything to value living. Plan for escape reduces your fear and makes your chance of survival better. Keep your mind active, keep thinking of your God, family and loved ones. Sometimes just planning something in your mind will help overcome mental distractions that actually strengthen your ability to value living. Conserve your health for strength. Hunger, cold, and fatigue lowers your ability and greatly reduces your chances of survival. Remember your goal is to stay alive to fight again another day.
Act like the natives. When you are in a situation accept and adopt native behavior. In this way you avoid attracting attention to your family or yourself.
Learn basic skills. The best way is now to learn as much as you can about survival. The best insurance is knowledge of survival. Learn the techniques and procedures for survival so thoroughly that it becomes automatic. Work on training your mind because it may mean your life or your family’s safety. Be alert and search for other ideas of survival and by no means do I know all about survival. Try new ideas and new emergencies. Teach your children these ideals so that they may survive if you become lost or maybe terminated.
Organize your group or family activities so that all may be knowledgeable of survival. Family or group survival means teamwork. Don’t forget to involve the little ones. Family or group survival depends largely upon the family or group members knowing what to do and when to do it under ordinary circumstances and during crisis, prevents panic. Keeping your family or group well informed keeps them well organized. Try assigning each person a specific duty and let him excel in his field. If anyone feels that they can don another job better let him try. Try to keep everyone happy with one another. A happy group or family is a safe system. A family or group depends upon the family, group, unit, or its organization. Organized action where family members know what to do and when to do it, both under ordinary circumstances and during a crisis, prevents panic among the family or organization. The best way to keep your family organized is to keep everyone well informed. Another way is to devise a plan and stick with it. Assign tasks or duties to each one no matter how young. Try to give them a duty or task to fit their qualification. This is one of the best way of organizating your family or unit.
Panic, confusion, and disorganization are minimized by good leadership or a good head of the family relationship. It is your responsibility as head of the house of the family or OIC in charge of the unit to assume command and as the head of the family to adopt a chain of command or a avenue of communication to the last or youngest child. You must lead your family. Family survival is a test of effective leadership. You must maintain your position as head of the family by using it wisely. You should constantly be aware of distractions such as serious arguments, troublemakers trying to attract undue attention. Young people have a way of trying these moves. Know your family because you are responsible for each member. Try to develop a mental or mutual feeling of dependence within the family. A family or group that needs each other stays together and also works together. Let each one know that they need each other for survival. Team work is essential for progress in the art of surviving. this attitude brings on good morale and unity. Each family member or unit member receives support and strength from the other. To keep the faith within the family as a leader you must never show the appearance of indecision.
Survival when you or your family are isolated in foreign or unfamiliar territory depends as much on your ability to avoid detection and capture as it does to find enough water, food, and shelter. Some things to remember and things to know are how to conceal your self when any type of enemy is near and to move with out silhouetting you or your family against the skyline. Most of all you must know now to keep from being detected by aircraft. Be thoughtful and keep everyone quiet, small sharp voices carry for miles and can be heard by the enemy who ever he is? Remember smells from cooking, tobacco, wood smoke, body odors, and body wastes can reveal your location. Bury anything you leave including your stools. Always make sure you leave a campsite as natural as when you first arrived. Try not to make rapid movements. Camouflage yourself and family, campsite, and equipment. Know how to camouflage, try not to use too much camouflage. It will stand out against the foliage or change the appearance of the landscape. When moving try to not travel on the skyline. Select your routes for movement which avoid exposed areas. Move quietly without leaving obvious tracks. Use hand signals instead of using your voices. Use pebbles, hands, arms, and pieces of wood to signal.
Keeping your group or family well or physically able to perform is essential for survival. Your physical condition has such to do with your will to survive and your success in returning safely. Chances are you will not have trained medical personnel or a doctor in your family or group. You must rely on your own initiatives and your knowledge for first aid to prevent disease and to treat any injury. You should also know what herbs or plants to pick or pull up for their roots. Mother Nature pharmacy is there for the gleaning. Protecting you and your family is you part of being head of the house or unit supervisor.