Articles and Comments - Survival / Surviving Accidents, disasters and catastrophes

How to survive in natural and human-made disasters and catastrophes; essays, articles and real-life tales of survivors.

Human Factors - An aircraft is not an isolated entity within the environment; airplanes, helicopters and so never fly on their own but are managed by crews, are under the jurisdiction of regulations that work within vast systems in which many different organisms and people take part.

How To Perform A Visual Pre-Flight Check On An Airplane (I) - Before staring the engine of an airplane it is necessary that the pilot in command takes some time to visually check the vehicle in order to be sure that everything is in order.

How To Use Wood To Improvise Small Bridges - It is very easy to use wood to build expedient little bridges to cross small ravines and water streams.

Aeronautical manoeuvers And Procedures - Aeronautical procedures and manoeuvers can be classified in four basic groups: pre-flight, normal, emergency and post-flight; here we will comment a few of them.

An introduction to survivalism (I) - A description of survival as a discipline and a complement to your outdoor activities by a seasoned patagonian explorer.

Learning Survival From Historical Mass Destruction Scenarios - Consider what happened on September 11, 2001 in New York, and then multiply that destruction until it really kills or wounds almost half the population of the city, and then, repeat the same task for almost every city in the world; that was the Black Death, and we better learn from it in order to save ourselves from a similar fate, either by natural causes or man made, by terrorists.

Surviving all possible planetary catastrophes - In the long run we will all be death, right? Maybe not, but what should humankind do in order to survive in the millennia to come? This question is not just something that has religion as its reference point, but actually science.

Your adventure footwear (I) - Some advice about trekking, adventure and mountaineering footwear.

Preventing dangerous situations (I) - Basic rules for preventive wilderness survival.

Survival tips and advice: Dehydration (I) - Some precautions that you should observe regarding weather during any excursion.

Survival advice: Waterproofing (I) - How to turn your clothes into waterproof garments.

Survival tips and advice: Watch out for boobytraps, (I) - If you want to travel to some parts of our world you should watch out for boobytraps, landmines and other dangers.

Survival tips: Making vessels for liquids and cooking (I) - Methods to improvise or manufacture vessels. Leather, pottery and more.

Emergencies during wilderness trips (I) - A description about how to handle them within the framework of a group.

Steps to follow during a wilderness emergency (I) - A set of logically consistent steps for surviving any accident or disaster.

How Does An Airplane Fly? - This article has been thought for all those who want to know what goes on an airplane as it flies, how its instruments, systems and parts work and how do they keep the thing up in the air.

When An Airplane Falls Upon Our Heads: How We React In Emergencies - It is amazing to see how people react when confronted with a sudden accident or survival situation; many times calmness in the face of absolute disaster seems to be the rule, but is it true calmness or something else?

You Don't See An Aircraft Accident Every Day, But When You Do, You Start Thinking - Survival situations test us all, even when you have to be a witness with no possibility of doing anything about the events unfolding, like when a plane has to perform an emergency landing knowing that people onboard may end being hurt.

Tips For Storing Food Reserves In Urban Areas For Survival Purposes - Being in a city doesn't guarantee that survival will be easier for anyone, if compared to what has to be done in the wilderness: on the contrary, cities and urban areas present their own problems and oddly enough, their inhabitants are often very ill prepared to deal with emergencies.

Survival / Surviving Natural Disasters - How to surviven natural disasters and catastrophes; essays, articles and real-life tales of survivors.

Survival / Surviving Human-Made Disasters - How to recognise and avoid human-made disasters, accidents and other catastrophical events.

Survival / Survival in Car Crashes and Road Accidents - Articles, ideas and tips from real-life that will teach you how to prevent or survive car or transit accidents.

Health / First aid, wilderness emergencies - Outdoor activities always entail some risks to your physical integrity. Learn about the techniques and suitable behaviour for surviving emergencies and disasters.

Survival / Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) Survival - Practical articles on the characteristics of nuclear, biological and chemical mass-destruction weapons, how they work and how to avoid their deadly effects. Their relationship to terrorism and pollution.

Survival / Survival Tales - Articles telling histories and tales about real survival experiences.

Outdoor Activities / Survival / Shelters and Bivouacs - How to build simple ones or full-sized, lodges, cabins and stone houses, useful for lengthy stays in isolated areas.

Survival / Combustibles and Fire - How to improvise combustibles outdoors. How to survive in a fire. Tips and techniques for making camp fires.

Survival / Personal Defence and Martial Arts - Articles related to self-defence and martial arts with or without weapons: paintball, combat survival, courses, etc.

Survival / Combat Survival - How to stay alive and survive in a war or armed conflict. Being a civilian does not preclude you from knowing how battles are fought and won, for in this way you may save your own life.

Survival / Combat Survival / Guns and Weapons - Advice and recommendations on choosing and handling weapons.

Geography and Outdoors / Navigation and Maps - Learn how to navigate using maps, a compass, gps systems or simply by observing natural formations. Find your way whenever you get lost in the wilderness.

Take care of your provisions - Always take with you more provisions than those that you will really need.

Aeronautical Survival: Aircraft Emergencies - Survival techniques can be applied to almost any kind of environment; in the case of aviation, the use of them begins whenever an aircraft suffers some serious trouble and enters an emergency state.

The Titanic Syndrome - Comments on our shifts of mood when disaster strikes.

A brief reflection on surviving blizzards - Something to think about survival in blizzards.

Get the right knife - Wilderness tips and advice: get the right knife for your trips.

One knife is not enough - Wilderness tips and advice: one knife is not enough for survival and outdoor use.

Aluminium for survival - Wilderness tips and advice: use aluminium foil as a survival tool.

Lighters as survival tools - Use lighters instead of matches.

Traps - Survival tips: about traps and trapping.

How to repair things using wire - Metallic wire is quite versatile as survival gear.

A brief reflection on the meaning of extreme situations - Something to think about the meaning and lessons that arise from extreme situations.

Regions, Continents and Countries - Articles, essays, comments and tales about different regions, continents and countries of the world dealing in each with case aspects of their society, culture, economy, geography, folklore, history, regional products, sports and outdoor activities, and other things of interest fot any traveller.


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