Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips For Surviving (And Escaping) A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation

Jeff Anderson

Getting captured isn't something most of us think about.

We just don't think we live in a world where someone might want to take us captive.

But it could happen to any of us, both at home and abroad.

Getting away before they can hurt or kill you would seem to be the highest priority in a hostage situation.

But how do you plan that escape so that it succeeds?

I spoke with my friend Reggie Bennett about this not long ago.

Here's a summary of what he had to tell me.

3 Tips For Escaping A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Reggie Bennett

It takes special skills to get out of  hostage scenario.

SERE programs teach their students survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

You have to be mentally prepared for those things.

There will be both physical and mental stress involved.

You have to know yourself and know you're going to face these scenarios.

  • You could be kidnapped for ransom.
  • You could be held by terrorists.
  • You could be taken by people who are trying to make some kind of twisted statement.

Whatever the reason, you might find yourself taken captive and then have to figure out how to escape.

Sometimes, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time… so what do you do?

Here are three tips for how to plan your escape so that when the moment comes, you can seize it and get away.

1. Maintain Situational Awareness At All Times

The first thing you have to do is know your surroundings.

If you break out of a closet and find yourself staring at a room full of terrorists, you didn't escape anything at all.

You've just made your situation worse.

When they put you back, they're going to restrain you worse than before, and they're going to be looking for escape attempts.

Think of your surroundings in terms of layers:

  • What's immediately around you?
  • What comes after that?
  • Which of your captors is weakest?
  • Which is friendliest?
  • When are your captors least vigilant?
  • Is there any dissent among them?
  • Are there holes in their security?
  • Who is the weak link in the chain?

Gather as much information as you can in order to determine the best set of circumstances to make your break.

2. Gather An Escape Kit

The second thing you need to do is assemble a secret escape kit.

This isn't a whole backpack.

It's just little things that will help you survive.

This includes doing things like hoarding food and water for later.

It might also be rope, wire, thread, or anything else you can use to improvise.

Plastic and things you can use to protect you from the elements is another item you might assemble.

Be prepared to think outside the box in order to use whatever you can get your hands on to your advantage.

3. Have A Plan

The third thing to keep in mind is that you HAVE to have a plan.

Just escaping isn't enough.

Once you break out of your immediate confinement… then what?

Where are you going to go?

Let's say you're overseas.

You might find yourself in a desert, or a forest, or an unfamiliar city.

Where are you now, and where should you get to?

Is there a border you could slip past to safety, a church that could provide sanctuary, or an embassy that would take you in?

It won't do any good to just get out and wander.

You'll get caught again if you do that.

Figure out what your plan is… and then act on it.

Every little bit of information you assemble along the way is just another tool in your toolbox.

Keep these tips in mind if you ever do find yourself on the wrong end of a hostage situation or kidnapping.

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SERE Escape And Evasion: 3 Survival Tips To Master The Mental Game

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Most of the time, we think of survival as something you do until you're rescued.

But what if you DIDN'T want to be found?

What if you had to try and survive while being pursued by people who wanted to take what you have, or who wanted to hurt you?

The people chasing you could be terrorists, they could be random thugs out to hurt someone for fun, or they could be some other hostile group.

Recently, we talked to survival expert Reggie Bennett — who was a SERE instructor with the US Air Force —  about just how you survive AND escape a hostile pursuer… and he says a lot of your survival is all “in your head”…

SERE Escape And Evasion:
3 Survival Tips To Master The Mental Game

It takes special skills to stay out of sight and undetected.

This is why people undergo Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Training.

Going through SERE training teaches you how to trigger yourself psychologically.

It gives you the mental strength you need to both survive and evade whoever's trying to catch you.

Here are the three best tips I can offer you on how to do that:

1. Know Yourself Under Stress

First, you have to know yourself.

You’ve got to recognize that there is going to be physical stress, there is going to be mental stress, and that physical and mental stress will saturate you.

You will end up making bad decisions, including getting caught, if you don't understand this.

2. Acknowledge Your Stress and Manage It

Once you recognize the dangers of mental and physical stress, you have to accept and manage that stress.

Learn how to divide what bothers you mentally from what is hurting you physically.

You’ve got to work on psychological stress in your brain.

Physical stress, like cold, heat, and external dangers, has to be dealt with physically.

It's that simple.

3. Know Your Tolerances And Avoid Making Bad Decisions

Finally, you've got to know your limits.

If you exert yourself too much, or if your psychological state overwhelms you, you will make bad decisions.

The key to surviving in a SERE situation, or any survival situation, is to know your psychological and physical states at all times.

It is all about pacing yourself, rather than forcing yourself to go on past all endurance.

Only when you pace yourself and know your limitations can you avoid making bad decisions, which is what makes the difference between staying free and alive… an getting caught and possibly dead.

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MCS Podcast 008: Military SERE Escape & Evasion Tactics With Reggie Bennett

Military SERE Escape And Evasion Training

Military SERE Escape And Evasion Training

What would you do if you were held against your will with an unknown fate?

Would you know how to escape your captors and evade them as they chase you down?

Well fortunately, Reggie Bennett (a former Military SERE Instructor) knows how… and he tells all in this exclusive interview that will help you master the skills you need to get out of near impossible situations… and make your way to safety!

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Here's what you'll discover when you listen in:

  • “Psychological triggers” to help you stay mentally strong during captivity so you can take advantage of your first escape opportunity.
  • How to plan (and execute!) your escape!
  • How to make yourself virtually “invisible” and mask your escape route through improvised camouflage and concealment tactics!
  • Evading trackers! No matter how skilled they are, use these techniques and you'll never be found!
  • Interrogation and torture! Exactly what you need to know to keep them from breaking your will!

Hopefully you never need to use the tactics you'll find in this podcast.

But if you do, this is EXACTLY what you'll need to save your life!

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