Emergency survival skills

  • Tents set up in a church parking lot


Learn the self-reliance and preparedness skills that will enable you to survive and serve others during a disaster.


In order to survive a disaster, you must prepare essential items and develop the attitude that you can cope with and overcome problems. Plan a series of activities that will help you gain the skills you need to survive and serve others during a disaster. You may want to invite someone with knowledge or experience to help you with these activities. You could also plan a culminating activity, such as a mock disaster or survival camp. The following are some ideas for activities that may help you learn emergency survival skills:

  • First aid. Learn how to provide the type of first aid required during various disasters, such as a flood, fire, or earthquake.
  • Natural disasters. Invite someone with knowledge or experience to teach the young women about the disasters that are common to your community. Make a plan to prepare for and respond to those types of disasters. Create or update your 72-hour kit and keep it in a safe place that would likely be accessible during an emergency.
  • Make a plan. Imagine that a natural disaster has occurred in your area. Make a plan to respond by asking the following questions: How do I communicate with my family, including those family members who live far away? Where do I go if my home is destroyed? What is my family’s designated meeting place? What food and water will I have?
  • Purify water. Learn how to find and purify water using boiling, chlorine bleach, iodine tablets, and filters. Create an emergency kit that includes a way to purify water.
  • Food storage. Explore ways to store food for long periods of time. You could explore some of the resources and information on providentliving.org.
  • Meals. Cook a meal using food that has been stored for a while. Use only the cooking utensils and appliances that would be available to you in a disaster.
  • Emergency shelters. Learn how to build a shelter during an emergency. Make sure you learn about A-frame tents, lean-tos, and snow caves. Build a shelter out of the type of materials that would be available to you during a disaster. Sleep in your shelter overnight.
  • Service project. Take a short trip to an area that recently experienced a disaster. Clean up the area and provide service. Write in your journal about what you see and learn from this experience. Before you go, take time to review the “Disaster Cleanup Guidelines and Church Volunteer Safety.”
  • Campout. Plan and attend a survival campout where you put your emergency skills to use.
  • Preparedness workshop. Organize a disaster preparedness workshop for your community or Church unit.

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