The first step to any survival plan, is Sizing Up Your Situation. Different survival needs require different action. If you are in an area where there are potentially hostile people, your first step is to find a means of concealing yourself so that you are not seen. Number one priority is security.
It’s time to rely on your senses and put them into action to help you make a plan. If you are in an area where there is not dangerous people, but just no people, than dangerous wildlife and plants is your next concern. You need to process your surroundings to help you create a plan to survive.
Observe your surroundings -
Look at the patterns around you and get a good feel for what is going on. Every environment is different. A forest is not the same as a jungle, likewise, a desert is not the same as the rainforest. Listen to the various animal noises. Listen for movement of insects. If in areas of hostility, listen for the human noises. This is the time you take to allow yourself to begin to adapt to your surrounding.
Your Physical Condition -
Once you find yourself in a survival situation, you also need to take the time to observe and focus on yourself. It could have been quite the rough ride. Whether it was or not it is extremely important to assess yourself. Check for wounds and if you find any, apply first aid. You can find out first aid methods around this site so study ahead of time. If you find injuries, take special care not to cause additional injuries. Take steps to protect yourself from the environment as necessary.
Check For Equipment and Items To Use To Survive -
Take a look at any equipment on or around you. Time to think outside of the box here and really think about what you can salvage to use in further survival situations. Check yourself first and inventory everything you have. Check every pocket. A lighter or small knife could be the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Think about whether or not you have anything that could trap water for you.
Look around you. Depending on how you got where you are, you may have wreckage or other items around you. Trash from hostile civilians can help you if you find items to help you hunt, hold water, or trap food. Keep the top physical needs at top priority. That is Food. Water. Shelter.
At this time you are not ready to move forward making your survival plan. The next Step: Put Your Senses To Full Use In Making Your Survival Plan.