wikiHow to Survive a War

Four Methods:Taking Everything to ConsiderationArming Up!What to do in The WarAfter the War

Despite reassurances, many people still live or have lived in fear of the ravages of war. If you are keen to know how to survive during war, but don't know how, here is where you can learn how to protect yourself and others during a war.

Method 1
Taking Everything to Consideration

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    Know your the area. Is it safe for you move it different territory? Does it have fallout shelters or reliable sources of supplies? Of course, planning ahead can be most reliable because if a person knows everything about a place, it can be an advantage point. The following are the two common environments of survival, urban and rural. Both are discussed in the following steps.
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    Be aware that urban cultures prove very difficult living conditions during prewar, wartime, and postwar times. The huge population living in a city can't always run from war. Sickness, disease, low supplies, and no food or water make conditions terrible to live in. However, there is an advantage to being in an urban area; empty homes and buildings provide concealment and cover, and they can hold large camps for soldiers or civilians caught up in the violence. You can also build anything from materials found or recycled from homes, which can protect a city or build more camps when the area is under siege. Disadvantages include:
    • Panic is obviously an issue, and while ridiculous and unorganized, it happens. (Applies to early hours.).
    • There may be hundreds, possibly millions, of dead people; this presents a problem for health, and it smells too. (Applies all the time.).
    • The place is a magnet for survivors. (Applies after things have settled down.)
    • The debris left behind is a recipe for a very noisy day. (Applies after things have settled down.)
    • Looters are everywhere. (Applies all the time.)
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    Know what to expect in a rural environment. This is where food is made, raw materials are produced, military bases are built ,and the greatest weapon mankind has made: nukes are in the rural zone, one of the most safest places you can be (for a while). The low density makes it ideal for survival, but the skill and knowledge that people know in the rural zone makes it difficult for urban survivors, unless, you can match that. The advantages include:
    • Food is produced here, thus allowing a source of food. (Applies depending on conditions).
    • Bombs have very low chance of hitting here, unless a nuclear silo is present. (Applies rarely, depending on conditions.)
    • The raw materials are usually produced here. (Applies depending on conditions.)
    • Somebody is bound to know some sort of skill that aids survival. (Applies depending on area present.)
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    Be aware of the disadvantages of the rural situation too. These include:
    • Living near a nuclear silo. (Just get out of there.)
    • Looters that may or may not have experience on the rural zone. (Applies depending on conditions.)
    • An ideal place for any sort of survivor. (Applies all the time.)
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    Consider the population. The population, or pop. for short, is an important factor. Start studying the people who live in your area. Are they psychopaths? Kleptomaniacs? Survivalists? Extremists? Whatever they may be, learning the nature of the people is important. You never know if they have some sort of skill you don't know or maybe they have a history of something that can be potentially lethal.
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    Plan things out. History shows that a well thought out plan often has success. Through demonstrations, it is proven true. It holds true to this day. So start planning for the incoming war(s). Take in everything in consideration. The following are examples:
    • Manpower. The resource is abundant in the pre-war phase, so you need to take this while you still can. Find as many people you trust as you can.
    • Supplies. So little can be found in the war zone. You need as many supplies as possible to survive, but don't focus on just gathering supplies; focus on finding a reliable source of supply production too.
    • Skill. Somebody needs to have a skill on something, otherwise the group can't survive enough.

Method 2
Arming Up!

Good, now for some reason(s), your area is fit for survival. You need to start hiring somebody to get started. This section will help you benefit from early preparations.

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    Start hiring. You need people to help you survive a war. Sometimes you need someone who has a survival skill you need.
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    Adopt brand new skills. Skills that can give you invaluable survival abilities are very important. The following recommended list of skills are useful to learn:
    • For Home: Maintenance, management, first aid and construction.
    • For Fighting others: Gun knowledge, close range experience, and tactics mastery.
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    Get your weapons. A weapon is essential for the war. Remember these words: Simple weapons are better than paramilitary weapons.
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    Be aware! Anything can happen, for example: Russia and US have territorial disputes over the Antarctic Ocean. Even the tiniest thing can trigger a World Wide War that spans over Europe.

Method 3
What to do in The War

The war has just begun and you have successfully managed to put together a team of survivalists. Now, but the question is: Do you have what it takes to survive?

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    Get out of the way. The war begins, shots and screams fill the air, and death begins raining upon all like arrows shooting down to Leonidas and the 300 Spartans. The first hours of chaos shall be marked with mass looting and shooting. The best way to escape such madness is following Survival Rule 3 and eventually, you would be V.I.S. of chaos.
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    Survive! Surviving the first hours is just the beginning, the real chaos ensues when the enemy versus your country begins, and there is almost no telling if the war will end until then, survival is a must.
    • Form alliances. Whether friends, family or enemies, forming alliances will help your survival, they will help you in times of need and you must help them in times of need.
    • Keep in contact with your guys. Your country will do as much as possible to help you, and your team when they occupy the area. Take as many resources with you before they are pushed back by the enemy.
    • Raiding. It is the most riskiest attempt to gather resources, it is the most likely way of you getting killed by a man/woman/child and worst of all, it can put your head on a "Wanted" poster.
    • Resistance against the enemy. The most likely way to be killed by a machine gunner of your enemy. Resistance can be deadly if you're living in an area occupied by the enemy.
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    Aim to put nuclear resistance into place. By reading the How to survive a Nuclear Attack, you can combat nuclear radiation yourself. This is a recommended article.

Method 4
After the War

You survived. The war has been won or lost, either way, it is the best time for you to start a new life somewhere. The aim of this section is to restore your sanity, and help you survive in a brand new harsh terrain.

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    Make sure of it. Is the enemy really gone at all? Before you raise your hopes up, try checking it first. Many people who thought the war was over often were met with death. So try to check first.
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    Restore your sanity. Restore it by doing things you did before the war. Such as reading a book you liked before the war started, limiting your stress, having some fun with the surviving members of your group, having alone time and overall, having some fun. Anything that can help you calm your nerves after long fought war.
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    Make your decision. Although you may have survived, it is not yet over. Like WW2, some soldiers of your country or your enemy's are still combating the survivors (For example, ) on the destroyed terrain. You need to choose whether to stay and fight or run and hide. You could consider the benefits and problems that might/may occur but it's your decision, and you must choose one.
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    Make your plan, again. Depending on your choice, a plan is required to pull your action to battles. Just be careful. You're not the only veteran.
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    Celebrate. You did it! You survived the war! Rejoice! A war of a magnitude this large may never happen again, or will it?


  • If you are not familiar with the area, ask around to know it a bit more or explore it.
  • Forming alliances before the war helps.
  • Have some good combat skills.
  • Securing your defenses means a better survival rate.


  • War Affected People (WAP) will be desperate soon. So be defensible and hide your supplies.
  • Living in an area with too many people will punish you with extensive raiding and a desperate population.
  • Nuclear attacks may occur.
  • Tell your friends lies, they will raid you if you have supplies.

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