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STOP for Survival: TIP

November 20, 2010

I teach a lot of survival classes. I have been running a web site for over 10 years and have had over 12 million visitors to http://mountainsurvival.com.

I get asked all the time, what is the most important survival tip I could give? I answer,”STOP.”

Whether you are lost, confused, dealing with children or dealing with work. When you need to take action, “Stop.”

I learned this from the time I was 5 in military schools all the way through West Point. It works.

STOP stands for, STOP, THINK, OBSERVE, PLAN and then ACT.

When I was diagnosed with Lymphatic Cancer last year and I was told I only had a couple of months to live, I did not react. I STOP. The doctor aske if I was alright? I said I was just calming myself and listning to what he had to say. I asked if I became upset, would that help my situation?

The answer was ,”No.”

I listened and formulated a plan. It was aggressive.

The result was and is I am still alive and kicking. I am in full remission.

In a survival situation, you need to do the same thing.

Calm yourself. Think and access the situation. What do you have? Do people know you are missing? Have you told anyone your were gone and where you were going.

Inventory your resources. Do you have shelter? Do you have water? Can you make fire? What do you need to survive? What do you need to do to be found. Stay where you are!! It is easier to find a stationary target then a moving one.

Observe your surroindings? Are you protected from exposure? Do you have water? Can you signal for help? Can you leave clues for searchers to find you?

Now Plan and act. Build that fire. Make that shelter. Make your site large to be found by searchers.

Stop: or settle. Calm yourself. Worry never solved anything.

You mental attitude is the most importnt survival tool you have. It has helped me get through West Point, Mountain Survival School, own two casinos and survive terminal cancer.

When you are in a stressful situation, remember to STOP! It will save your iife.

What to do in a Survival Situation

September 29, 2009

see_meThis blog is in connection with MountainSurvival.com. Today we are going to discuss what should be your first steps taken when you are faced with a survival situation or in that case any stressful situation.

First, why should you read what I have to write?

Well, you can never have enough information and second, I have lived everything I am telling you.

I have faced certain death 3 times in my life, I am military trained, and was the youngest casino owner at Lake Tahoe and work with the local search and rescue for the past 9 years.

This web site is part of http://mountainsurvival.com and in assocation with Survival Inc.

What should you do first when faced with a bad situation? You should STOP!

STOP? what is that?

It stands for S: Stop, T: think, O: Observe, P: plan. Then you act.

Stop: You need to calm your thoughts first in any stressful situation. If you are worried, your mind is cluttered and worry never has solved any situation.

Think: you need to calm your fears, and think how to best resolve your situation.

You need to observe your situation, surrounding and mental attitude. Acess what you have. Take inventory of your supplies, time of day, things you will need to take care of the rules of 3’s. ( 3 minutes of air, 3 hours of exposure, 3 days without water, 3 weeks with out food).

Once you have done the above, now it is time to plan. Plan how to survive, get located, protect yourself from the environment and from your fears.

If you can master this, you stand a good chance in surviving any situation from being lost, to combat, to surviving cancer and to managing a sucessful business. I know, because I have done all of these.

If you have questions or want me to answer any questions for you, call me, Josh Ketcham, at 775 741 o735. I am here to help you.