CPRThe Red Cross offers regular certification classes, and you can find a course near you through www.heart.org. With this training, you’ll learn what to do if someone is choking, a victim is unconscious but bleeding, or the victim is unconscious and not breathing. Knowing how to keep the heart pumping while waiting for emergency personnel can save a life and prevent brain damage. If you care for young children, then you should sign up for a class that also teaches infant CPR.
First AidWhat do you do if someone is burned? What are the steps to take to prevent someone from going into shock after an accident? What are the steps to take when someone is injured and bleeding. These are the skills you learn with a first aid class. The Red Cross also offers first aid training to help you prepare for emergencies. You can also learn how to stabilize broken arms or legs.
Swimming LessonsUnless you plan on avoiding water for the rest of your life, you should know how to swim. It’s easy to say that you’ll avoid the water, but you cannot live your life avoiding all boats, neighborhood pools and country lakes. What happens if you encounter a hurricane or a flash flood? You need to know how to swim in case the unexpected happens. Knowing how to swim can save your life. If you don't have swimming skills, adult swim lessons are a great option. It's never too late to learn! If you have this skill, you might even be able to save someone else if they’re in trouble in the water.
Shelter Building and Fire StartingYou may not be concerned about a zombie apocalypse, but strange things can happen. People who don’t have survival skills can still find themselves in extraordinary circumstances if they become lost while hiking or their car breaks down out on a rural road. Shelter and warmth are two of the top priorities. If you know how to provide those for yourself, then your survival chance increase.
Know What’s Safe to DrinkShelter and fire won’t save you if you’re stranded for a long time with no water. This is one of the top survival skills, yet many people neglect it. Learn how to know whether water is safe to drink, and educate yourself on ways to purify water that looks questionable.
It may take a little time to learn these skills, but they could save your life in an emergency. You never know when you might be involved in an auto or plane accident that leaves you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Learn these skills today to increase your chances of survival if something tragic happens tomorrow.
Kandace Heller is a freelance writer in Orlando, Florida. She studied Communications at the University of Florida. She loves to read and share new techniques with others.