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Spending time learning different skills can help you survive in the wilderness when SHTF.

Prepare by learning basic outdoor survival skills like hunting, fire starting or first aid so you can survive if you get lost in the wilderness. (h/t to PeparedSurvivalist.org)

Basic first aid techniques

Before SHTF, sign up for first aid classes so you can master basic first aid techniques. It’s best to learn how to provide first aid with and without your first aid kit so you’ll know what to do in case you lose your survival gear.

Cut and scrape first aid

During a disaster, you shouldn’t ignore small cuts because they can get infected and result in a worse injury. If you have a small cut or scrape, keep the wound clean and monitor it for signs of infection.

If the injury is deep and you can’t stop the bleeding, apply a tourniquet to stop the flow of blood.

Tourniquets should be at least one inch wide. If you don’t have one, you can use a strip of cloth or a belt. Tighten the tourniquet around the limb above the injury until the bright red bleeding stops. Cover the injury with bandages, gauze or any clean material.

Fractures and dislocations

If you dislocate a bone, it’s important to get it back in place. If you have a dislocated shoulder, carefully roll on the ground or hit it against a hard surface to reset the bone. For kneecaps, pop it back in place by stretching your leg out and forcing it into the socket.

If someone has a fracture, you need to find suitable materials to create a splint. If you are outdoors, look for a couple of sturdy sticks.

Stabilize the fractured bone with the sticks and tie them together with shoelaces or paracord to hold the brace in place.


The Boy Scouts recommend a simple approach for self-protection against wild animals like cougars, coyotes and wolves: Face the animal and slowly back away from it. Don’t play dead, run away or approach the animal.

If a wild animal corners you, try to make yourself as big as possible. Spread out your arms and make a lot of noise. If this doesn’t work, throw anything at the animal to scare it away. (Related: 20 Wilderness survival tips that might save your life after SHTF.)

Building a survival shelter and fire starting

When you’re lost in the woods, you need shelter for protection against the elements.

You don’t need to build something complicated, especially if you don’t have a lot of resources or are too weak to work too long.

The A-frame shelter is one of the simplest shelters you can build in a hurry. It can offer adequate protection against the sun, winds or light rains.

The A-frame shelter should be built close to the ground for maximum protection. You can suspend it higher to provide coverage from rain, but doing so will allow more airflow underneath.

After you select a safe and suitable shelter site, you should have your tarp hung up in 10 minutes or less. Start by suspending a line of cordage between two trees or similar supports. Lay the tarp over the line and tie down all four corners of your tarp. If you don’t have a tarp, use a sturdy poncho.

According to firefighters, you should keep two things in mind before building a fire: The wind direction and the surrounding area.

You need a campfire to stay warm and signal for help, but you don’t want the entire forest to go up in flames just to attract the attention of rescuers.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA Forest Service) recommends building your campfire away from things that can accidentally catch fire, like dry grass, leaves, overhanging branches, logs or rotten stumps.

Learn how to start a fire without matches or a ferro rod so you can stay warm even if you lose your gear.

Finding water to drink

You can find water in many parts of the U.S. by following the sound of a flowing river.

But if you are in an area without a river nearby, these tips should help you find water:

Finding edible plants: the “big four”

Here are some tips that will help you remember plants indigenous in most areas:

Universal Edibility Test for safe foraging

When foraging in the wilderness, it’s important to know the Universal Edibility Test to ensure your safety.

The test requires taking different parts of the plant and testing each on several parts of your body to ensure that the plant is safe to eat.

Try placing a small piece of the plant against your lip and tongue and finally in your mouth. Wait for eight hours for any sign of an allergic reaction. If there’s none then you can be sure that the plant is safe for consumption.

Before SHTF, learn basic survival skills like foraging and fire starting so you can stay alive even if you get lost in the wilderness.

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Evacuating a major city after a natural or man-made disaster can be a logistical problem for local authorities, mostly due to the lack of personnel and proper infrastructure. When this happens, things can quickly turn into an “every man for himself” scenario.

If you want to prepare before this happens, you must figure out how to get out of the city before you become trapped when non-preppers panic and try to escape. (h/t to Survivopedia.com)

Prepare to bug out ASAP when disaster strikes

When preparing to bug out safely before disaster strikes, you can learn several lessons from Los Angeles when it experienced an economic boom after World War II. During the time, Los Angeles was at risk of being targeted by a nuclear attack by the Soviets.

The population of Los Angeles in 1950 was close to two million, but the infant freeway system only had three narrow highways to evacuate a large number of people during an emergency.

To address this, the authorities realized that the most effective solution was to build a network of roads over the San Gabriel Mountains and into the Mojave Desert beyond.

Should the city experience an impending disaster that required evacuation, the residents of Los Angeles would be forced to depend on their own resources. (Related: Billionaires like Bill Gates are predicting a coming food crisis and preparing by building survival bunkers.)

What to do before you leave

History has proven that evacuation announcements can be made with very little notice.

If you’re a prepper, you must get your preps ready ahead of time so you can avoid the throng of people that will inevitably make it hard to pass through the roads out of town.

Bug-out vehicle

If you think you will need to bug out when SHTF, make sure your bug-out car has a full tank of gas and is well-maintained since gas stations may be closed or only offer limited services.

When cars pile up on the road, you will need survival gear in your vehicle at all times. This ensures that you have fewer items to gather when it’s time to evacuate and you will be better prepared for an emergency when you are away from home most of the time.

You should also have a plan if you think your car may get stuck amid other non-preppers and are forced to abandon your vehicle. When this happens, you will need an alternative means of transportation.

If your budget is tight, you can include something affordable in your plans, like an average bike.

If you want to include a couple of bikes in your bug-out plan, you must be prepared to handle the weather. When packing your bug-out bag, include weather-appropriate clothing for the riders that offer protection and proper tires for the bike.

Exit plan

Each city is unique. Some may have several evacuation routes while others may be more restricted.

Before SHTF, you need to draw an emergency exit plan that factors in your location, population and intended destination. Try to avoid heading toward the city center.

Instead, stick with a primary route that you have marked on detailed paper maps.

Since the cell service may not be available, you should bring topographical and forest service maps, along with highway and local road maps specific to your area. Familiarize yourself with your chosen route so you can safely bug out.

Some people may want to follow the orders of government officials during an evacuation, but you should be ready to follow your own route if necessary to ensure your safety. Make sure you have a hand-crank radio in your cache or bug-out bag so you can monitor the news.

Be prepared to switch to plan B or even plan C after SHTF since things can and will fail when disaster strikes.

When drafting your emergency plan, look for a tertiary road, an alternate route, or a secret series of side streets that you can take when the main roads get crowded.

When drafting your emergency plan, think of the supplies and gear you might need as you bug out. Plan for common scenarios and overlap your requirements for each case.

Since it’s impossible to plan for every scenario, effective planning will help maximize your chances of a successful evacuation.

Survival gear

When packing your bug-out gear, think of factors like the climate, environment, time of year, type of emergency and your destination.

The 10 Essentials, popularized by the Sierra Club and Boy Scouts in the 1970s, is a comprehensive packing list that will help ensure you are prepared for any situation while evacuating after SHTF.

10 Survival essentials to pack in your bug-out bag:

Include redundant gear from all 10 categories to maximize your preparedness.

Remember that while you need to pack efficiently, you should also avoid overpacking. If you are bugging out on foot, you will need to keep your bag as light as possible.

Prioritize food and water and adjust your list of supplies based on the specifics of your trip. This means if you are traveling to a desert in the summer, you don’t need extra blankets and warmer clothing.

Store your gear in an accessible storage box near your parked bug-out vehicle. You should also prepare a backpack in case you have to travel on foot and leave your bug-out vehicle.

Aside from the 10 Essentials, include extra items like cash, toiletries or personal hygiene items and important documents stored in a waterproof container. If you have pets, they will also need gear and food.

Practice your bug-out plan

Before things go south, run drills with your whole family so you can address any issues in your emergency preparedness plan.

Start by driving along your intended route. Look for obstacles that you may encounter along the way. Take note of how long it takes you to get to your primary and backup routes.

Observe how traffic patterns are affected during rush hour.

If you’re the one driving, get your companion to mark areas to avoid on your maps, like dangerous neighborhoods. Avoid potential choke points where traffic may bottleneck.

Identify rivers or streams that could flood when it rains heavily and block your route.

You should also keep an eye out for potential safe-havens, like a friend’s home, military bases or hospitals.

Prepare for evacuation day

Evacuating with the possibility of never returning is difficult even for experienced preppers, but you need to bug out in a way that doesn’t draw unwanted attention.

Don’t announce that you’re a prepper with plenty of supplies in your garage. When SHTF, make it look like you’re just going on a quick trip elsewhere.

If there’s a risk of flooding, such as during a flash flood, turn off the power at the breaker. If there is none, leave a few lights on to deter burglars. Always lock all windows and doors.

After leaving your home, stick to your bug-out plan. Follow the routes you chose, and avoid potential hazards such as riot zones, road obstructions like downed power lines and increased traffic.

Keep moving. If you come across someone else who needs help, you should only do so after you have confirmed that there is no risk of putting yourself or your family in danger.

Remember, you can’t help your family if you get injured trying to help a stranger.

Deciding how long to bug out

There are many factors to consider when trying to decide how long to bug out. First, consider your safety. Before returning home, you need to confirm that it is safe to do so.

Depending on the nature of the emergency, you may need to wait for the all-clear announcement from emergency services or local authorities before going back home.

You should also consider the aftermath of the emergency. Even if it’s already safe to return home, you might not have a home to return to if it has been damaged or destroyed. If this is the case, you might need to think of a plan B so your family can settle somewhere else safely.

You also need to understand the nature of the emergency and its aftermath. Some natural disasters, like hurricanes or wildfires, may cause widespread damage and disruption. This can make it hard to return home even if your house is intact.

If this is the case, you may need to plan for an extended period away from home, possibly extending your bug out to weeks or even months.

If your home is destroyed, you will need a safe place to relocate your family. When possible, choose a location close to family and friends who can offer both moral support and resources, if needed.

Evacuating a ruined city after SHTF can be difficult, but planning ahead can help you decide on the safest routes to take and the best bug-out location for your family.

When disaster strikes, stick to your bug-out plan and stay vigilant. Head to your bug-out location and wait until it’s safe to go back home, and prepare to relocate if you need to.

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