Wilderness Survival Speech Essay

2477 Words Feb 1st, 2011 10 Pages
Informative Speech Outline: Wilderness Survival
A. If you were stranded in the wilderness of Alaska, would you be a survivor or a unprepared victim?
B. This topic is important to myself and you, because improving knowledge on surviving simple encounters such as a car breaking down in the largest state in the U.S with over half a million miles of wilderness is extremely vital.
C. I'm going to briefly talk about preparing yourself, procedures and steps from experienced writers, and signaling for help in a wilderness survival situation.
D. Preparedness means having a plan, materials, and a conquering state of mind. The next step is actions you take, and prioritizing steps of survival. The essential rule of prioritizing
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"How To SURVIVE At 30 Below." Outdoor Life 211.1 (2003): 76-84. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.)
B. The Three Essentials and useful steps and techniques
1. Shelter, Water, and Food- The most important concept of wilderness survival is prioritizing which is more important, shelter, water, or food. Survival teachers discuss a "Rule of threes", stating "You can live 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours without warmth, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. "You'll die of hypothermia before you die of thirst," says Lundin, ("Eight steps for coming back alive." Popular Mechanics 182.8 (2005): 64-69. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.). If you die of hypothermia before dying of thirst, and dying of thirst before dying of starvation, that makes shelter most important, water second, and food third
a.Shelter-If shelter is your car, you can increase the area a car heater warms by partitioning off the back seat using a blanket and running the engine ten minutes each hour. If you don't have a car, then finding an area that has no ground moisture or wetness, can turn away the wind, retain warmth, and doesn't have any large animal feces or remains around. You should consider if you will be able to survive with the resources around your shelter before settling there. The next most important thing is