Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A different sort of survival

Here's a different sort of survival story than we usually talk about around here.  A family on the ocean, anchored in less than 20 feet of water, and their boat sinks under them in the night.  This could have been a disaster, but instead, it was a happy ending, with everyone rescued in short order.  Why?

“These people did everything right in the midst of danger,” Petty Officer Second Class Jonathan Wheatley said later in his report. “They had all the proper safety equipment including a marine radio, life jackets and flares, and they used them properly.”

All the proper equipment and it was properly used.  Often we hear those in the prepping community who will tell us that gear isn't important, it's the attitude, and there is a lot to say for that.  But you can have all the attitude in the world and die for lack of the proper tools.  It takes both attitude and tools, plus the knowledge to use them, and, as was noted throughout this article, the mental discipline to remain calm, cool and collected during an emergency, to survive.

Something to think about.  You've heard "the three legs of a stool" metaphor?  Well, call this "the four legs of a chair".  When a bad situation (or bad times) hit, you're going to need attitude, tools, know-how and mental discipline if you want to get to the other side.  Make sure you aren't missing a leg.