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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Riverwalker’s Rule of Three for Group Survival

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We all like to think of ourselves as being self-reliant enough to handle a crisis. This “macho” attitude can get you into serious trouble. There are many situations during a crisis where you are going to need assistance and going it alone can be a dangerous practice. There’s an old saying that two heads are better than one. If you have three, you will be in an even better position to survive.
At a minimum, you should have three persons in your group to give you the best possible circumstances in which to handle a crisis or a survival situation.
Riverwalker’s Rule of Three for Group Survival - The Major Factors
1. The first major factor that can affect your survival is an injury or an illness.
If you are alone and injured, you may have created one of the worst possible scenarios for a survival situation. Using the Rule of Three for Group Survival can help you effectively solve this problem. If one person becomes sick or injured, the second one can see to their needs while the third one seeks help. Two people can also make a litter to carry the injured person if necessary to vacate the area for safety reasons.
2. The second major factor that can affect your survival is security.
If you find yourself alone and you have a need to create a secured area or perimeter, you are going to experience a lot of difficulties and problems. Using the Rule of Three for Group Survival will make it a lot easier to maintain your security. You also won’t have to worry about how you are going to stay awake for the duration. Having three in your group will give others a chance to rest for short periods and this will help to maintain levels of alertness of everyone in the group.
3. The third major factor is creating or finding adequate shelter.
You may not always have the luxury of time in a crisis. In fact, the opposite is more likely to occur. Three persons can find the resources quicker and assemble adequate shelter in a faster and more effective manner. Sometimes it simply needs an extra pair of hands to help hold something in place while it’s secured.
4. The fourth major factor is the need for fire, water and food.
Since time will always be a critical factor in a crisis, you can use the division of labor to your advantage. Using the Rule of Three for Group Survival, one person can seek a water source, the second person can look for food and the third person can work at building a fire.  This will save time and increase your chances of fulfilling your immediate needs.
5. The fifth major factor will be the lack of individual skills.
Although there are exceptions, there are very few individuals that have the complete set of skills that may be required in a survival situation. Your skill levels will probably excel in certain areas but not all. If you have any areas of weakness in your skills, you are going to find out quickly how much that can affect your survival. Using the Rule of Three for Group Survival will give you a larger pool of resources when the need for essential survival skills may be critical.
When possible, it is always best to use strength in numbers as an effective strategy for survival.
Got three for survival?
Staying above the water line!

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