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October 7, 2015

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We’re Going On and On

Usually this time of the year we publish a Survival Guide on Taking Care of Yourself on the Street.  There are several versions in the Annals of this publication that go back to the days of original Denver​

 Voice Paper for homeless people who I was fortunate enough to be a part of for many years.

First and foremost we are not pioneers and the experience of being in the outdoors in the urban jungle or at a ski resort is not for anyone who is ill prepared emotionally and outfitted correctly for the extremes of cold and wet weather.

Survival is above all else a matter of acclimatization.  One has to be trained in care of extremities and have an emergency plan when it is tough. Every night I slept out whether at my camp or in the mountains, or in downtown Denver I was prepared to get out of the elements if there was an emergency.

When the 7 men were murdered in 1999 I was on the street and all of us had a place that we could go if we saw fit.  Unfortunately for these men their names are on a plaque at the Samaritan House, there was no exit strategy and this is the reason, they all were in a conspicuous place where they fell prey to violence.

YOU cannot use alcohol to stay warm or guard yourself from illness.  Substances will speed the process of freezing to death. I have found several bodies in the time I have been here and I never felt that it was understandable. Right where I live today there was a person frozen in the parking lot at the State Capitol.  A bench ought to be assigned to the park around the Capitol to remember those who perished and who lived in extremes on the streets. Every December 21, the longest night we read their names and say, “We will remember.” We light a candle in their memory but this is insufficient.

Drinking, using drugs and survival do not go together most of all because it is then that usually you can be assaulted and it is not a mater of whether or not you will be but when. All of us have experienced this trauma.

That brings me to point #2:  that being prepared for living outside requires a plan to wake up, go to the bathroom, change your clothing, take off your socks and shoes, warm your body and wick away moisture from sweat.  Most survivalists spend a good amount of energy making a place to lie down and rest because it is significant for recuperation and strength from the long hard work of trudging up and down the streets.

People need to see that being outside and not being ready willing and able to contend with anything that happens is a strait  that you can avoid by being alert and staying alive. Many animals that are preyed upon sleep with an eye open.  Sense and consciousness are critical knowing the place and circumstances of where you make your place of rest is significant and keeping clean prepared to move if there is a need.

WATER is the most important commodity that we ever consume and in this case, hot water would be preferred in a hot water bottle or protected in some way with insulation. It is a good idea to warm your body with heat the warmers that are distributed are indispensable as are coverings for the whole head and body especially hoods and layers that are DRY.

No one survives who does not feel comfortable and finds a place that is safe for them. I used to live in the garden I tended and it provided me with cover and privacy. I wrote many accounts of living on porches, in gardens, behind walls, in protected places that were in the middle of the city but still were inconspicuous to predators.  I knew when to lie down and rest and when to get up and get out, These skills are indispensable for survival. if I had not spent years teaching survival at the camp at which I was the Director I would not have been prepared. It was harsh and most of all there is time that seems to stop, especially if you’re anxious or in a place that is easily identified by others.

We need a ground cover. I always believed in have a way to wick away cold underneath me with cardboard or with wraps that insulated me against the wind and snow.  I had a tarp on top and a Mylar blanket if possible that I carefully tucked around me. I always lived in a jump suit that covered my waist and neck and used a good sweat shirt with a hood and a ski mask to cover my ears, nose, neck and cheeks.  Frost bite is not anything to experience. It can totally be avoided.  The feet in particular need clean dry socks every DAY and in some cases two or more times daily.

Aside from hand warmers and foot warmers and every other heating means it is good to have a small amount of protein in the form of gorp or tack or jerky or anything that supplements your energy if you feel tremors and shivering.  Hot liquids like soup are my favorite but it has to be extremely simple and not sugary and filled with empty calories.

Usually people eat junk

​and​

 smoke, ALL substances are a bane

 on surviving.  One has to be extremely disciplined to make it in the wilderness as in the stories of Jack London.  but if you feel there is no other choice than err of the side of caution and prepare yourself emotionally for the body to adapt over a period of weeks. When most people die is when the weather fluctuates a great deal with the change of seasons not in the dead of heat or cold spells.  Of course, if you have pneumonia as a friend of mine had who had to be hospitalized there is no way to stay outside and one must be sensible about dealing with extremes under any adverse conditions.

I knew a man who slept out in 40 degrees below zero in Canada and he was fine but he was completely prepared and had a support network in case and people looked after him. he slept near the St. Lawrence Seaway near Quebec City.  He was a pioneer spirit.  Still Sleeping in BED and having peace of mind that nothing adverse will happen makes sense more than being TOUGH.

I don’t care how much training you have or where you have been or what you want to do to remain free there always comes a time when

​w​e need to lie down be safe and sound.

That is the short version there are other issues that one can face but for that look up the more thorough lists that are in the Peoplesadvocacycouncil.wordpress.com.  If you want to contribute to PAC COLORADO send any comment accounts or whatever you wish to Peoplesadvocacycouncil@gmail.com  NAME and address and contact information is appreciated.

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