S – SIZING UP THE SITUATION
Should you find yourself in a situation where survival is the only option, what you need to do above all else is to find a secure location where you’ll be safe from immediate danger. A place where you can take a few moments to evaluate the situation you’re in and plan your route and strategy to safety. Remember, whether you are in a hostile environment or stranded in a location where you have to create your own path, your senses are your best friend – sight, hearing, and smell.
SIZING UP THE SURROUNDINGS
Get a feel of where you are and what is happening around you; determine a pattern to raise your awareness and familiarity of the area. As nothing is more stressing than not knowing where you are, make use of the information that is readily available to you. Each type of environment you’ll face has its own patterns, whether you find yourself in a jungle, desert, or a forest. These patterns can encompass animal sounds, movements, and getting a sense of local ecosystem. It also includes noises generated by humans, equipment, and machinery.
SIZING UP YOUR PHYSICAL CONDITION
The trauma and pressure of the survival situation that you’ve suddenly been thrust in can cause one to disregard their injuries or wounds. When you reach a relatively secure location, give yourself and those you are with a through onceover. Give yourself the necessary first aid treatment (more on that later) and try to prevent any further bodily harm. And whatever the climate you find yourself in, keep yourself hydrated. Similarly, if you find yourself in cool and wet environment guard yourself against hypothermia, which can occur in mild conditions.