Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Survival Acronyms To Keep You Focused and Alive

Episode 67: Season 2 ep.32

In chapter 32 of the Without Land story, Erika fulfills her role as the team's leader. She motivates the crew and clearly lays out the plans for the next day. She uses a survival acronym that Sergeant Bennet taught her: M.O.S.T.T.T. Today, I will explain how this and other survival acronyms can help you stay focused and reduce fear in a survival situation. 


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"Would she take control as the leader he knew lived inside her or would she lose control and blow up?" 

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Survival Acronym Lessons from Sara 


This is an acronym from Zachery Carver, a fellow survival author. You can find Zachery at the Survivalist Victory Garden page on Facebook.  I am a Pinterest.com lover and I find and share a ton of useful information on this site. I found Zachery's acronym there and immediately saw it's usefulness not just for my novel but for my own preparations as well. It is a unique acronym that focuses more on the tactical applications of survival rather than the basics. 

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Another one of my favorite acronyms is from James Hart's book Wilderness and Urban Survival, Emergency Preparedness and I use this all the time. Although this acronym comes from a survival
manual it is a tool that should be applied to daily life: just STOP!
  • S -  stop moving, sit down and relax.
  • T - think clearly and positively
  • O - Observe your surrounding and others around you
  • P - Plan a course of action

The other acronym that I rely upon is from the Army Manual and is more comprehensive that the STOP acronym but more suited for a survival situation whether that be urban or wilderness: SURVIVAL
  • S - Size up your situation
  • U - Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?
  • R - Remember where you are and don't rely upon others to do it for you.
  • V - Vanquish fear and panic. Use STOP.
  • I - Improvise, what do you have on hand to use?
  • V- Value living, don't give up.
  • A - Act like a native, blend in.
  • L - Live by your wits but for now learn your basic skills.
Make sure you take some notes and keep these acronyms fresh in your mind. They can help you reduce stress on a daily basis and may save your backside in a survival situation.

Sara F. Hathaway
Author Sara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and horseback riding with her family. She loved to learn about the stories of times past from her great grandparents and grandparents. She learned about a time much different from our own when a trip to the grocery store was not all it took to make sure your family was fed. She delighted in the outdoors and learning how to survive there without the trappings of modern life.

After moving to the rural mountain landscape of California, she attended The California State University of Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working on the manuscript for her fictional novel, Day After Disaster. Eventually she realized that her passion for the outdoors and learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the business world. She took her marketing skills and applied them to launching a successful platform for her first novel, Day After Disaster and its sequel, Without Land.

Sara still lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons where she is at work on The Changing Earth Series. She delights in helping other authors find the same marketing success and enjoys her time that she gets to spend honing her survival skills while teaching these skills to her sons. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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