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Message Subject Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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The difference between surviving and dying

Many people are probably reading about 23 year old Lauren Weinberg, a senior student at Arizona State University. She decided to take a alternative route home, got lost, in Winter, and suddenly found herself stranded in a snow bank. These sorts of stories commonly get printed in the media during Winter as human interest stories, then are quickly forgotten by the distractions of other news events.

We'll never know much about her case, unless it is determined that there were other elements to her story, but regardless, she showed remarkable courage and responded not reacted to her situation. Because she did so, and ignored the natural reaction, she survived. Lauren comes home a little wiser, a little thinner, and gets her 15 minutes of fame (see Andy Warhol).

Why did Lauren survive and how? She sat in her car, stranded with a few candy bars and a water bottle. While she's not a heavy girl, her body was able to adapt because of biochemistry, and converted some of her stored energy into calories to sustain her. In addition, for a psychological boost plus important blood sugar and minimal protein, she luckily had some candy bars. Since she had a water bottle, and didn't panic, she gathered some snow, melted it by exposing it to the sun and sealed it to reduce evaporation, and was able to consume enough to sustain her. She didn't do the normal reaction and leave her vehicle. Had she done so, unless the distance was short, and unless dressed for Winter travel with adequate clothing, she most likely would have died, gotten even more lost, or injured.

Most people, without her ability to consume calories or water or shelter would have developed frostbite, and died of dehydration.

There's a similar story in the tale of Jim and Jennifer Stolpa. See: [link to en.wikipedia.org]

All of us, if we keep our heads, and have some minimal supplies, and with lucky and the power of the Source, have a chance at survival, even when the odds are against us. It's up to us to respond correctful, keep out thoughts clear, and adapt, overcome, and survive.
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