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 your survival is having three basic things, shelter, water and fuel, (Wise, Jeff. "WILDERNESS SURVIVAL." Popular Mechanics 185.2 (2008): 52-53. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.) The final step is how to signal, escape, and survive a situation with limited time, resources, with what to do, and what not to do. H. BODY
A. MAIN POINT -Experts say that the most critical period for survival in wilderness is the first 72 hours. "Within that time, most people are found," says Turnidge, a head instructor at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) in Boulder, Utah. "Whether they're found dead or alive is totally dependent on their preparation and state of mind." That being said, how prepared you are is the most important step you can take if you think about it, because if you prepare with all possible communication, materials, food, and water you will survive a lot longer than if you hadn't prepared at all, (Wise, Jeff. "WILDERNESS SURVIVAL." Popular Mechanics 185.2 (2008): 52-53. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.) 1. SUBPOINTS – PREPARATION IN YOUR COMMUNICATION. The first procedural step in entering any circumstance is never enter it entirely alone by using communication so you can be tracked or found. a.SUPPORTING MATERIAL - ACCOUNTABILITY. Say you about to leave home, call a helpful family member (parents, grandparents, people at your destination, post it on Facebook.) and tell them where you are going and when they should hear back from you. If you think about it, if you have a job or some sort of someone's expectancy, they will at least be able to realize something is wrong within days of not hearing from you even from something as simple as Facebook status. Second, do not forget to have your cell phone as charged as possible, and make it a habit, because it could easily save your life compared to surviving without it. b. SUPPORTING MATERIAL -PREPARING YOUR CELL PHONE. Second, do not forget to have your cell phone as charged as possible, and make it a habit, because it could easily save your life compared to surviving without it. 2. SUBPOINTS -PREPARING MATERIALS AND USES. The next step after preparation communication is the preparation of a safety kit and materials on yourself or in reach in case of emergency and survival in harsh terrain. a. ESSENTIAL MATERIALS-Relating to communication, having an additional battery and universal charger or even a power source besides your car battery to charge it will greatly increase your chances of surviving a environmental survival condition. The most applicable safety kit to us is probably one that we will best survive if your car stops in the middle of nowhere in the middle of winter. After researching academic articles in the library, I found the most applicable kit to a dead car are a blankets or sleeping bags, prepared gortex, polyester, polypro, etc. clothing, gloves, warm headgear, waterproof matches, engine/gear oil/brake fluid, tow strap, a multi-tool knife, a first aid kit, and water/food containers preferably coffee containers or metal, ("Lifesaving Gear." Popular Mechanics 182.8 (2005): 65. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 13 Feb. 2011.) b. Next, the uses of these materials and some interesting facts...
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