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Survival Resourcefulness/Small Watercraft Survival


Day After Disaster Ch 3

Special Guest:

Captian William E. Simpson II

The Day After Disaster adventure continues. Erika is desperately trying to figure out a way to escape the shelter she is stuck inside of. She must use all of the resources available to formulate a plan. Today, The Nautical Prepper, Captain William E. Simpson II is here to discuss how important it is to be resourceful and considerations you should think of if you ever need to use a small water craft for survival.

Tips For Survival Resourcefulness:

  • Think like MacGyver

  • Assess and encompass all available resources. Then formulate a solution using those resources.

  • Try to have tools on hand to fix a situation before you end up stuck in it.

  • Call for help (if possible) before you actually render assistance to someone in need.

Life Raft Survival Tips:

  • Stability is key! If your central buoyancy point is centralized you are going to rock more.

  • Archimedes principle states that the buoyancy created by a submerged object is equal to the weight of the water displaced. (water weighs 8 lbs. per gallon)

  • Make sure the water is safe or stay out of it!

  • Ensure you have protection from exposure.

  • Hydration will be your biggest priority because you will be expending lots of energy rowing.

  • Food is secondary but you may be able to catch birds using your raft as a place to land and take a rest.

Water Contamination:

  • Potential sources: leaks in storage and transportation containers, radioactive nuclear contaminates, volcanic activity, naturally occurring mineral contaminates like arsenic, etc.

  • A solar still is not going to remove industrial contaminates.

  • Boiling does not remove these contaminates.

  • Lifestraws will not remove these industrial contaminates either

Featured Quote From Today's Chapter:

"“Her survival instincts had begun to kick in again.”

Day After Disaster Ch 3

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Character Origins


Captian William E. Simpson II

Capt. William E. Simpson II is a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Capt. Simpson has successfully survived long-term 'off the grid' at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. In early 2013, Capt. Simpson appeared on National Geographic's hit TV show DoomsDay Preppers (Season-2 'A Fortress At Sea') and received the highest score ever given for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of 'Best Prepper'. He holds a U.S.C.G. 500-ton captain's license for commercial-inspected passenger vessels and he is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot.. In 1987 Capt. Simpson received a commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard Honolulu Sector for his assistance in the successful rescue of two sailors lost overboard at sea. In 2010, Capt. Simpson was again instrumental in the successful rescue operation of an American sailor lost over-board in the Sea of Cortez in hazardous seas. Capt. Simpson is also an accomplished writer covering disaster preparedness. His work has been featured and republished via numerous magazines and websites and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows.

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