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How to survive an Earthquake

Earthquakes are the devil of Mother Nature and for humans they can prove to be life threatening in some cases and at best most unsettling. The very ground and foundations beneath physically shakes and everything in ones surrounding trembles.

In our era on Planet Earth and as the phenomenon of “Global Warming” looms, it serves to remind us that as humans we do not yet completely control nature. It appears we cannot even reliably predict when an earthquake will strike either.

We must therefore plan for the what may in many regions of the world be the inevitable and learn how to survive an earthquake. Here below is a step by step simplified guide of what to do if an earthquake occurs in the 21st Century near you.

1. In the event you are indoors, you must stay there!
Better still get yourself under a desk or table. Move into a doorway. Stay clear of windows.

2.In the event you are outside, get into the open!
Away from buildings, power lines, chimneys and objects that could potentially fall on you.

3. Should you be driving, STOP, but carefully.
Do not stop on or under a bridge, overpass, light posts, under trees, power lines, or signs. Stay inside your car and do nothing until the shaking stops.

4. After the quake stops, check for injuries and apply necessary first aid - seek help.
Don’t attempt to move injured people unless they are in further danger of injury.

5. Check for hazards
Beware of items falling off any shelves especially when you open closet and/or cupboard doors. Be vigilant to clean up any spilled medicines, drugs, or other harmful materials such as bleach first. Its critical that you do not use matches, lighters, camp stoves. barbeques, electrical equipment or appliances until you are sure there are absolutely no gas leaks. Also do not eat or drink anything from open containers near shattered glass. If you see a downed power line or any objects in contact with them do not touch them.

6. Be prepared for aftershocks.
Another potential quake, even greater or hopefully smaller, may well follow. This is a common case scenario.

Surviving when lost in the Jungle

There are many celebrity shows focusing on the intrigue of survival in the Jungle, however they are all executed with the security of a grand plan and designed to stimulate emotions or shock through wild nature and give Celebrities of otherwise the basic feeling of survival, all be it in the context of a conditioned TV program.

Having personally escorted tours in the Amazon Jungle from the deeper reaches of the Orinoco river to the table top mountains of the Gran Sabana in Venezuela, in addition to parts of the dense rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon, I often felt the fragility of being a Human out of my depth and pondered on what would happen if our plane broke down or if our Guide suddenly disappeared. I therefore made it my mission to learn how to survive in the Jungle, even if only on the most fundamental way.

So next time you find yourself lost without a Guide in the midst of the Jungles in Africa, the Amazon or somewhere in Borneo, here below are some of my finest survival tips.

Navigate you way to a river.
Focus your mind on the fact that you are lost and your best chances of survival are to find some remnants of civilization. Contrary of popular belief most of the human life you come across in the Jungle will likely be reasonably friendly (not all) and your access to safety, so seek Human life. The only reliable way to navigate yourself to life is by finding then following a river and to calculate your desired direction. Generally, animal trails will lead you to water. Water is the key to Jungle navigation and usually the quickest way to travel. Mark your trail by breaking and turning over fresh vegetation to leave a clear trail should you need to backtrack. You may be lucky enough to find Indian life close to water.
Seek shelter during bad weather.                                            
Large hollow tree buttresses are your best bet. Line the ground with palm fronds and stand several more palm fronds over the opening. Do not build this shelter under a tall tree during a thunderstorm because of lightning danger.

Find drinking water
If you do not have the means to purify water, cut sections from large water vines, or cut banana trees and capture the water welling out of the stalks. Only drink water from streams and rivers as a last resort, when dehydration and death are a near certainty. Diarrhea will most likely result, so increase your water intake and keep moving.

How to eat
There is one common rule you must learn. If you cannot peel it or cook it, do not eat it. Avoid brightly colored plants or plants with a milky sap (many of these are poisonous). Look for grubs and insects beneath rotting logs and vegetation. Pinch the heads off and eat them raw.

Danger lurks
The most dangerous place on earth for the individual is wherever you are right now! If that happens to be in the middle of a Jungle, your survival risk ratio is reduced. Therefore, be aware of the real dangers of the Jungle, which are not so much the large animals we all fear such as Puma’s, Leopards or Gorillas. The real danger lurks with the smaller animals and insects that plague the Jungle and will find your fresh sweet blood most attractive. In particular avoid Scorpions, Ants, Flies, Mosquitoes and the Bacteria in water or on fruit are your worst enemies. Never touch any brightly colored amphibians either! For example the poison dart frog possesses a powerful toxin in their skin and any contact however slight will make you severely ill.

So next time you take that Package Tour to the middle of the Jungle or find yourself on an unexpected excursion to the rainforest, remember to pack my little article of tips, as it could save your life!

How to stop a Car with no Brakes

Driving a car is one of the most dangerous activities we frequently do on a daily basis on Planet Earth. Have you ever considered what you would do if your brakes fail? Here is a quick Survival Guide:

Begin pumping the break and keep pumping it
You may be able to build up enough pressure in the braking system to slow down a bit, or even stop completely. If you have anti-lock brakes, you do not need to pump-up, but if your brakes have failed, this may work.

Do not panic-relax and steer the car smoothly
Cars will often safely corner at speeds much higher than you realize or are used to driving. The rear of the car may slip; steer evenly, being careful not to over-correct. Shift the car into the lowest gear possible and let the engine and transmission slow you down.

Pull the emergency brake-but not too hard
Pulling too hard on the emergency brake will cause the rear wheels to lock, and the car to spin around. Use even, constant pressure. In most cars the emergency brake (also known as the hand-brake or parking-brake) is capable and serves as a fail-safe brake that should still work even when the rest of the braking system has failed. The car should still work even when the rest of the braking system has failed. The car should slow down and in combination with the lower gear, will eventually stop.

If you are running out of room, try a "bootlegger's turn"
Yank the emergency brake hard while turning the wheel a carter turn in either direction-whichever is safer. This will make the car spin 180 degrees. If you were heading downhill, this spin will head you back uphill, allowing you to slow down.

If you have room, swerve the car back and forth across the road
Making hard turns at each side of the road will decrease your speed even more.

If you come up behind another car, use it to help you stop
Blow your horn, flash your lights and try to get the driver's attention. If you hit the car, be sure to hit it square, bumper to bumper, so you do not knock the other car off the road. This is an extremely dangerous maneuver: It works best if the vehicle in front of you is larger than yours-a bus or truck is ideal and if both vehicles are traveling at similar speeds. You do not want to crash into a much slower-moving or stopped vehicle however.

Look for something to help you stop it
A flat or uphill road that intersects with the road you are on, a field, or a fence will slow you further but not stop you suddenly. Scrapping the side of your car against a guardrail is another option. Avoid trees and wooden telephone poles: They do not yield as readily.

Do not attempt to side-wipe oncoming cars
If any of the above steps has enabled you to stop and you are about to go over a cliff, try to hit something that will slow you down before you go over.

This strategy will also leave a clue to others that someone has gone over the edge. But since very few cliffs are sheer drops, you may fail just several feet and then stop.
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