SCORCHING HEAT OR FREEZING COLD CAN MAKE ANY SURVIVAL SITUATION A LIFE-OR-DEATH STRUGGLE! LEARN HOW TO SURVIVE EXTREME WEATHER.
By WILL DABBS, MD
Temperature extremes, both high and low, ultimately factor into any survival situation. Excessive heat or cold can hamper operations on a good day and even become life-threatening when things go bad. Keeping an eye out for extreme weather conditions and planning accordingly can ultimately be critical factors to both success and survival.
The sun is our lifeforce, but the dangers it presents seem equal to its benefits. Heat injuries include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, and these afflictions can occur even in modestly warm temperatures in the presence of excessive exertion. Yard work, military operations and outdoor professions like construction are notorious contributors. The first line of defense against a heat-related injury is always aggressive hydration.