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There are dozens of lists of things to bring when you're in an emergency, but what do you actually do? What do you do first, and when do you do everything else... That's what this instructable is for. Instead of one more list of crap in your pocket, I want to give you a list of things to think of, God forbid, you wind up in a survival situation.
 
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Step 1: The concept...

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Anyone familiar with battlefied medicine will understand the concept of triage. For the rest of us let me explain. In essence it is priotiziation based on severity. Focus on the critial patients first, worry about the less critical issues later.

Applying triage to the Survival Situation.
Think of any movie or tv show where people get lost or trapped in the woods someplace. What is the first thing they panic about?

"'What are we going to eat?
The simple truth is the average American is carring around several pounds of calories on them that will take care of them for a while, weeks in fact...

So what should you be focused on?
Read on . . .

Step 2: Law of 3 - Part 1

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This is intended as a simple memory aid. I can't say as I've read anything that is as simple as this, but I've read and practiced many volumes of materal to vouch for its truth.
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Broberg3 years ago
This is a very good way to put down the survival info many people forget when building a survival kit.

I have never gone through more Instructables before I found this one. Out of the dozens of pages, this was ion the last one! I think it should be on the first!

Good work breaking down the basics...
GreyWarden4 years ago
Awesome! I always knew the rule of 3 but the end really was awesome. I have been dodging this tutorial for weeks because I thought why do I want to see something that I already know. But the thing is I have been struggling spiritually lately.

Thanks
I really like your article, especially the end. Thanks for the good word.
Decypher45 years ago
This is a GREAT Instructable. Clear and to the point without going into too much detail or off any tangents. And it gives a good device for remembering what your priorities are. 5 stars. P.S. Good work not buying into "Global Climate Change". People like Al Gore are actually profiting off of selling "carbon credits". Seems a little hypocritical to me.
I'd be keen to see your evidence that global climate isn't changing - start a topic in the forums, let's see what you've got.
I shall do so as to not hijack strods i'ble. Thanks for the tip. BTW, I believe the climate IS dynamic and therefore changing. I am referring to the idea of "Global Climate Change" as a result of "greenhouse gas" caused by humans.
mimimama10 months ago
Thank you. This is great advice.
lrowland11 year ago
Thank you.
sconner11 year ago
Wasn't the quote "Ugly bags of mostly water"?
MarDet1 year ago
brilliantly done
Kharabe2 years ago
remember one thing about berries just because the bird is eating it doesnt mean that you can eat it.

Oh and a strawberry is a strawberry there are no poisonous plants that resemble them

http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Strawberry.html
strods (author) 3 years ago
for the record, I've expanded a little more on skills in an new 'ible. It's also my entry in the Survival Challenge, check it out if you like an vote. Survival Skills Guide 
Ze Grant3 years ago
Unless you're a jellyfish, your body ain't 90% water...
Jellyfish are actually 99% water :-)
discowhale4 years ago
Yandle,
are you equally offended by pictures "making fun of" short people, fat people, old people, handicapped people, WHITE people? I don't think strods chose this to be racial. He just took the kind of poster that is WIDELY available on the interwebs, and ran with it.
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I had an instructor in the Navy who was a jerk. He was not a great instructor and we all hated him, at school and on the beach. But oddly, I remember his classes more than many others, civilian or military. I'm no longer sure that he was a "real" jerk, it was just his way to make us prove we were better coming out of his class, than we were going in!
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I HOPE that you read this Law of 3's, and remember it even IF it's because of being offended right now. It may just save your life.
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strod,
I can send you my picture, I'm kinda goofy lookin'!
kingfish774 years ago
I have a friend that told me once,Teach the children to have fath and in any trial in their lives, They will never be alone(i,e In the forrest scared and not thinking)
hsahrc4 years ago
Amen!!
xddorox4 years ago
Awesome instructable. May it be faith in yourself or in a greater power, if you believe you will fail then you are already halfway there. Make a commitment to yourself that you will survive this no matter what and you will. Faith, whatever it is for you, is an extremely powerful element.
Fujo4 years ago
I'm sure I'll be berated with comments but why not believe and have faith in yourself rather than relying on "superman" to save you.. No need to bring religion into survival skills [or anything for that matter].
drstu2000 Fujo4 years ago
    Im an Atheist, but I spent 12 years in the Military including 4 tours in Iraq / Middle East.  In survival training we were taught that one of the fundemental things about survival is your mindset.  If you talk to anyone who has been in a real survival situation, one of the most common things you hear them say is "my faith in god helped me when I felt like giving up"  It is easyer for believers to have faith and this could be an advantage.  When I was in combat I would think about my family to help me through the hard times.  Religion is very valid in survival but finding anything to keep you modivated is really the point.
Fujo drstu20004 years ago
Religion is an opiate for the masses. People are entitled to believe in what you want to believe. I happen to disagree that religion has anything to do with survival but faith in yourself is definitely key! If i was in a survival situation and things looked bleak but I believed in a giant butterfly in the sky and started praying to it etc and I survived, that doesn't mean that a giant butterfly in the sky saved me.

I think when you explore it at a deeper level its all about believing in yourself and therefore finding the mindset to succeed. I'm not a psycologist etc but I'm sure there's some sort of scientific explanation for my example. Dunno if I explained it very well. If you approach religion and faith logically the best thing for you to do is nothing because if you have faith in your god then everything is gonna happen the way its meant to happen and there's nothing you can do to change the outcome.

Anyway enough of me going on - I agree that religion has the same validity in survival as the big butterfly in the sky :)
JamesTB13 Fujo4 years ago
Ok, you posted this about 6 months ago, so I'm sorry, but, the thing is, you can't approach religion logically. Because it's based on a completely different logic. I'm an 'Atheist'. I say it in quotes because, I believe there's some higher plane of existence, I just don't think there's some all-powerful being. Therefore, I don't follow any religion. Ok, well, bye. P.S., great grammar!
drstu2000 Fujo4 years ago
The doing nothing thing reminds me of an old joke.  A guy is caught in a flood and climbs to his roof to escape the rising waters.  He prays to god to save him.  A few hours latter a people in a row boat approach and tell him to jump in.  The guy refuses and says he has fath that god will save him soon.  The next morning the water is above the roof and up to the guys neck.  A pattoling coast guard helicopter sees him and lowers a basket for him.  He turns them away and says god will not let me die, he is going to save me anytime now.  Shortly affter the hellicopter leaves, the guy drowns to death.  He finds himself in Heaven and when he finaly meets god he says "Whats the Deal God? I prayed and prayed on that rooftop and you never came to save me".  God replys "What do you mean? I sent a rowboat and a hellicopter, what else did you expect me to do."

"why not believe and have faith in yourself rather than relying on "superman" to save you.. No need to bring religion into survival skills [or anything for that matter]. "
  Being a Christian isn't about religion , it's about a relationship. There are many religions within Christianity, but to be a Christian is to have a relationship with the one true "Superman" Jesus Christ.

 "If you approach religion and faith logically the best thing for you to do is nothing because if you have faith in your god then everything is gonna happen the way its meant to happen and there's nothing you can do to change the outcome."
  And you are correct in the fact that people shouldn't just sit there and pray that God lowers His hands literally and picks them up away from the struggle they are in. There would be no point in the situations we are allowed to get in if we don't learn and grow from them.


"People are entitled to believe in what you want to believe."
   Very very true. We were given a free will. What fun would it be if you ruled a kingdom and your subjects were FORCED to bow before you and worship you instead of doing those things because they loved and adored you for being a fair and just king?
  
 Brovo to you, Strods for sharing your faith! Too many of our brothers and sisters are afraid of what the world would think if they knew. Brovo! 
 
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@drstu, by your responses it seems like you do believe in God.

JamesTB134 years ago
Also, there is a pretty good way to tell berries. I don't remember exactly where I read this, I think it was an 'ible, but I can't find it right now. Anyway, any berries you find in the wilderness: White/Yellow: 100% chance they're poisonous, I mean, are there any foods that are white that aren't poisonous? Red: 90% chance they're poisonous Blue/Black: 50-50. Segemented (like a raspberry): Never poisonous, except for a couple, rarely-found species that are white. Ok, well, hope this helps.
lunarman524 years ago
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO USE THIS PICTURE. I AM BLACK AND WOULD APPRECIATE IF YOU JUST SAID THE PHRASE, VERY OFFENSIVE.
Race is a non-issue in survival situations. The picture is offensive to stupid people. Not that they will understand it :P
strods (author)  lunarman524 years ago
if you were offended then I truly apologize.  This photo, as all others were, was simply used for either education or entertainment purposes.  This certainly was not intended to suggest black individuals are stupid.  If you read through the 'ible I don't beleive I mention races at all.
Joxman2k5 years ago
 You have many spelling and grammatical mistakes. Your instructable could be better structured for clarity. This is an important instructable for anyone in a survival situation :) I hope you heed my advice.

The will to live is very important in a survival situation and faith can help keep that will alive. I would like to note that God will let a Saint drown, and a thief survive if he has the skill to swim. Faith and hope are important, but skills and knowledge are essential. 
Arano Joxman2k4 years ago
"... and a thief survive if he has the skill to swim"
if i remember right, god appreciates the thief who get's back to the good way above 99 people who never did anything wrong.

(sorry if my english is bad, it's not my mouther tongue)
Arano4 years ago
i would add that you can eat the leafs of many plants... you can't live from it but you can keep the hunger down...
to get a good gues wether a plant is toxic or not: 1.take a leaf and rub it... if it smells not good its no good idea to eat it... 2. rub your lips with the leaf... if it feels burning or anything else you wouldnt expect, don't eat it... 3. take a bit of the leaf in your mouth and wait for about a minute... if you get a bad feeling in your mouth or it tastes bitter or something like that... spit it out... if the leaf passed the 3 tests you can fight your hunger with it
Fujo4 years ago
I should point out that I'm not trying to offend anyone or belittle their faith. I accept that I could be completely wrong and maybe your god does exist as you think he/she/it does and maybe my beliefs are wrong!
backbuster5 years ago
Excellent guide on how to prioritise when met with a survival sitiution.I have 1 suggestion following your rule of 3. When gathering wood for your fire, when you think you have enough gather 3 times as much more.I will definetly be incorporating Survival's law of 3 into my childrens survival instruction Thank You
strods (author)  backbuster4 years ago

That's so good I think I shall add that in.  Thank you!

Rainh2o4 years ago
Why not just have faith that you never end up in that type of situation anyhow?  Does it work that way?  Why not?
strods (author)  Rainh2o4 years ago
I absolutely do hope that something like this never happens me, you, or anyone else, but God's will overrules ours.  Life is not fair.  And we can't know the future.  What's the worst that happens if you do practice up on these things and you never need them?  Kill some time.

If you have honest questions about Christian faith, send me a message and I'll be happy to talk, but out of respect for everyone, I'll keep the discussion out of the 'ible and comments itself.
suzyqhoo5 years ago
Very nice Instructable.  Concisely written, with the high points...without me having to read a whole "survival" book.  Thanks for posting this one!
Colonel885 years ago

I thought the law of threes was the you buy  something and sell it 3 times as much.

i agree! faith is very important,  god has gotten me out of situations in witch i would be absolutely dead in without the hope.
i carry a lighter, but i don't smoke, i also carry a fishhook and a line with a sinker in my wallet :D
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