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Episode 67 S2-32

Survival Acronyms To Keep You Focused and Alive


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Your Host: Sara F. Hathaway

In chapter 32 of the Without Land story, Erika fulfills her role as the team's leader. She motivates the crew and clearly lays out the plans for the next day. She uses a survival acronym that Sergeant Bennet taught her: M.O.S.T.T.T. Today, I will explain how this and other survival acronyms can help you stay focused and reduce fear in a survival situation. 

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This is an acronym from Zachery Carver, a fellow survival author. You can find Zachery at the Survivalist Victory Garden page on Facebook.  I am a lover and I find and share a ton of useful information on this site. I found Zachery's acronym there and immediately saw it's usefulness not just for my novel but for my own preparations as well. It is a unique acronym that focuses more on the tactical applications of survival rather than the basics. 


M = Mission (Why must you survive?)

  • How do you benefit?

  • Who else benefits?

  • What will be the impact of a bug out bag that's needed and saves your life/

  • What are the spiritual; benefits to you and others?

  • What are the mental benefits to you and others?

O = Operation (Where can you survive?

  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your location?

  • What are the opportunities and threats to your location?

  • How can the strengths and opportunities be optimized and the weaknesses and threat minimized?

S = Strategy (What will it take for you to survive?)

  • What changes do you see taking place?

  • What problems or threats are these changes creating?

  • What new opportunities exist within those problems?

  • what other gaps, conflicts or opportunities do you see opening from the changes?

  • What countermoves can you make to seize the opportunities?

  • What countermoves can you make to avoid problems or threats?

  • If the problems and threats are unavoidable, how do you handle them?

T = Tactics (How will you survive?)

  • Interaction with others?

  • Isolation from others?

  • Shaping actions that create or preserve your situation?

  • Decisive actions designed to accomplish a specific goal?

  • Eliminate or removal of a threat?

  • Integrate with someone else?

  • Negate a problem?

T = Tools (What do I need to survive?)

  • S- Shelter, seeds & silver

  • W - Water, weapons, & weather

  • A - Awareness, Ammo, & First Aid

  • G - Gold, Guns, & Gardens

T = Techniques (What must you do to survive?)

  • Daily to do's

  • Activities

  • Work plans

  • How to's

  • Actions

  • Tasks

  • Steps

Purchase Zachery Carver's book: The Bug Out Bag List


Another one of my favorite acronyms is from James Hart's book Wilderness and Urban Survival, Emergency Preparedness and I use this all the time. Although this acronym comes from a survival

manual it is a tool that should be applied to daily life: just STOP!

  • S -  stop moving, sit down and relax.

  • T - think clearly and positively

  • O - Observe your surrounding and others around you

  • P - Plan a course of action



The other acronym that I rely upon is from the Army Manual and is more comprehensive that the STOP acronym but more suited for a survival situation whether that be urban or wilderness:


  • S - Size up your situation

  • U - Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?

  • R - Remember where you are and don't rely upon others to do it for you.

  • V - Vanquish fear and panic. Use STOP.

  • I - Improvise, what do you have on hand to use?

  • V- Value living, don't give up.

  • A - Act like a native, blend in.

  • L - Live by your wits but for now learn your basic skills.

Make sure you take some notes and keep these acronyms fresh in your mind. They can help you reduce stress on a daily basis and may save your backside in a survival situation.

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Your Host: Sara F. Hathaway

Author Sara F. Hathaway is an individual with an insatiable urge for learning. She grew up in the woods of Michigan, fishing, hunting, gardening, canning, and horseback riding with her family. She loved to learn about the stories of times past from her great grandparents and grandparents. She learned about a time much different from our own when a trip to the grocery store was not all it took to make sure your family was fed. She delighted in the outdoors and learning how to survive there without the trappings of modern life.


After moving to the rural mountain landscape of California, she attended The California State University of Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. She managed many businesses, all while working on the manuscript for her fictional novel, Day After Disaster. Eventually she realized that her passion for the outdoors and learning about survival techniques outweighed her passion for the business world. She took her marketing skills and applied them to launching a successful platform for her first novel, Day After Disaster and its sequel, Without Land.


Sara still lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons where she is at work on The Changing Earth Series. She delights in helping other authors find the same marketing success and enjoys her time that she gets to spend honing her survival skills while teaching these skills to her sons. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit:

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