3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If a society-wide emergency plunges us into chaos, you and your family will be on your own,  with only the supplies that you have stockpiled and the preparations you’ve managed to make before everything went to hell.

One way you can extend your stores, though, is to get what you can find from the world around.

That isn’t always easy… and it’s often very dangerous.

I spoke with survival expert Jake Sepulveda about how to stay safe when scavening for survival, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jake Sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

Why do you need to scavenge?

To put it simply, you just can’t have everything.

It’s impossible to have a place to put it all.

So thinking that you’re prepared for every eventuality, and thinking that you’ve got all the supplies you need, and not having the ability and the foresight to plan for what happens when you don’t — because there will be a time when you don’t — could end up getting you killed.

But scavenging itself could ALSO get you hurt or killed.

It’s a dangerous world out there, and in an emergency or survival scenario, it’s only going to get worse.

I like to use what I call the “3 Ps” to stay safe.

These are partners, pause, and precaution.

Tip #1: Have Partners

Partners are difficult in survival situations if it’s not somebody you know, because you don’t know how much you can trust them.

Even then, if you do know them, there are certain breaking points people have.

But the benefit of a second set of eyes is almost immeasurable, especially if you’re occupied doing something.

Having that person who can watch over your shoulder and watch your back and listen while you focus on a task is fantastic.

I think it’s a must for pretty much anybody, because they’ll at least sense or see a danger coming, and at least warn you about it.

Tip #2: Pause While Scavenging

Pausing, even if you’re with another partner, is taking a moment every now and then to stand and look around you.

It’s taking time to take in your surroundings and really identify what’s happening in your immediate area that is really important.

You can’t afford to focus too hard on scavenging itself.

If you get too caught up in your focus on what you’re doing, you’re going to lose sight of everything else that’s happening around you.

Then anything from a human enemy to just a dangerous environmental condition, like a collapsing ceiling in a damaged building, could end up taking you out.

Tip #3: Use Precaution

Precaution is just being careful.

When you’re scavenging you don’t necessarily want to go to a huge department store for your supplies.

Yes, they’ll probably have lots of stuff that you could use in there, but a lot of other people are probably going to be there as well.

If you’re grabbing something that somebody else wants, there isn’t a whole lot that they would hold back to get that thing from you.

So being cautious and being aware of the places that you plan on scavenging, or that you see as an opportunity in the moment, and just taking in the scenery and having that second pair of eyes… these are all-important factors.

The other thing is that if a family member of mine or one of my team didn’t come back, the natural reaction, especially if you’re in a close-knit survival team, is we’ve got to go out and find out what happened, we’ve got to find them.

That’s not a good prospect because then everybody’s kind of roaming around trying to find one another.

So it seems that having a partner with you has a lot of different benefits to it as well.

You also have to watch out for natural hazards, not just people.

When you’re out there you’ve got to be cautious because if it’s a true collapse type of situation, an injury that you would normally go to urgent care to or go to the hospital for could easily kill you.

Risks you would think nothing of taking in a world where you can just call 911 become impossible when you don’t have that option.

You’ve definitely got to keep in mind that if something goes wrong, whether it’s a bee sting that you’re allergic to, a snake bite, or a twisted ankle… these are things that can put you out of action or give you an infection.

Even minor injuries can become life-or-death scenarios when there is no medical care to be had.

It can come back to your pride.

If you are doing something just because you think, “Well, I’ll just brute force through it,” that’s not always a good choice.

If you can drop that machismo and realize that sometimes it’s good to step back and start on a smaller project, you can avoid a lot of serious injury and downtime.

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Survival Scavenging For WROL/SHTF: 2 Rules

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If you’re a prepper, you’ve got a lot of stuff stocked away for an emergency – some of which you’ve probably had to rely on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But your stockpiles could get looted, confiscated, or just run out when you need things most.

Even if you’re socked away in some bunker somewhere, at some point after a wide-scale collapse, you’re going to need to go do some scavenging.

So what critical things should you keep in mind when you’re hunting and gathering for survival?

I spoke with survival expert Jake Sepulveda about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

The 2 Most Important Things To Consider When Survival Scavenging

Survival Scavenging For WROL/SHTF
Jake Sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

Scavenging is all about identifying those things that are worth taking home and keeping.

But you can’t carry everything you find.

So how do you evaluate what you should and should not take?

How do you decide what’s worth carrying with you or hauling back to your survival retreat?

There are two things to consider:

Rule #1: Is It Usable?

Is the item usable at all right now?

If it’s broken, is it repairable?

If it’s repairable or you can reuse it for another purpose right away, then it’s worth keeping or taking.

If you can use it for something once repaired, it’s worth the effort to fix it.

Just look at it for a second and think, “These are all the components of it.”

Do you have a use for any of the component parts?

Have that active mindset all the time when you’re out in the world of, “Oh, here’s this thing and the parts from it could be for this.”

It’s a good mindset to have for locations too of, “Oh, here’s this tattoo parlor.”

“This is a place I could go if I needed some bandages in an emergency.”

So just having that active mindset can help you scavenge.

Be mentally prepared, and practice that awareness.

Rule #2: In What FORM Is It Still Usable?

Putting together a tool kit right now would be a great idea.

Even if it’s just setting aside a two foot hex crowbar with a pair of really sturdy gloves, even if that’s all you have, just so you know that’s the purpose for it and you know exactly where it’s at.

Having tools to take something apart, reshape or repurpose something, makes a huge difference.

You can also make a game of scavenging.

Think of it in terms of assignments.

Say to yourself,

  • “Saturdays, I look for things I can use or repurpose to fortify the home.”
  • “Mondays, I look for things I can use for medical care.”
  • “Tuesdays, I look for food sources.”

That kind of thing.

Then you can go, maybe, to a junkyard.

You can go garage saling, flea markets, things like that, where people are throwing stuff away.

See what you can come up with, creatively, to repurpose for your needs, rather than just looking for specific items.

Base your search on actual needs that you have.

Think of three random things, and what you can make out of them.

It becomes a game, a challenge for you to think, “Okay, somebody gives me a ukulele, a ceramic mug, and a roll of duct tape because they’re nice… so what can I do with that?”

Think of what you have, what you can get, and how you can address your needs from these.

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