Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Using Paracord in Various Survival Scenarios, by guest writer Dan F. Sullivan

Hello friends in paracord! The following article was written by Dan F. Sullivan from http://www.SurvivalSullivan.com. I'd love to hear your thoughts. He's a guest writer and if you like the information and ideas, I will post more of his articles.

Using Paracord in Various Survival Scenarios
There’re plenty of articles talking about Paracord and it’s million and one uses, why would we need another one? Well, many of them are geared towards bushcraft and that’s not what many people will experience in the next disaster. You see, there are other extreme events we should look out for, things that won’t necessarily require building snare traps to catch squirrels, for instance. We’re gonna talk about wilderness survival too but let’s look at Paracord from a different perspective. Let’s take the most common survival scenarios and see all the ways in which this small survival item can help you.

Scenario: Getting Home
Whether you live in a large city, the suburbs or a small town, chances are you won’t be home when an emergency occurs. In this case, having Paracord inside your get home bag or even as part of your everyday carry kit (EDC) could literally make the difference between life and death. Use it to...
  • ·       make a tourniquet to stop blood loss in case you injure yourself,
  • ·       make a sling for your arm in case you break it,
  • ·       to secure your get home backpack to your body so you can run faster,
  • ·       to lock the doors of the building you hide into to get away from a riot
  • ·       as a belt to secure your pants when running, jumping and climbing to get home as soon as possible
  • ·       to climb down a window from a burning building

Scenario: Bugging In and Homesteading

Since bugging in for an indefinite amount of time could mean your ties to the outside world will be limited, you might need Paracord for things such as:
  • ·       flossing (doesn’t work for me because my teeth are too close together but using the inner threads could work for you)
  • ·       replacing shoe laces
  • ·       tying a cow’s tail to its leg while milking it
  • ·       as a clothes’ line
  • ·       replacing a zipper pull
  • ·       tying several branches together and bring home to make fire (you can just drag them)
  • ·       securing your tools (scythes, rakes etc.) when you carry them around
  • ·       tying it around the shelves inside your basement or pantry to make sure the items inside won’t fall in case of an earthquake or a tornado
  • ·       replacing the pull string on your mower
  • ·       hanging an emergency light
  • ·       pulling out a bucket filled with water from a well

Scenario: Burglaries and Home Invasions

Well, no one likes to think about these unfortunate scenarios because they usually mean the home owner gets killed if caught unprepared. Having self-defense weapons is a must but Paracord can also be helpful:
  • ·       to tie your attackers until the Police arrive,
  • ·       to climb down your bedroom window and run to safety (better to flee and save your life than to defend your valuables and die),
  • ·       to choke your attacker from behind (if you can take him by surprise),
  • ·       to move a heavy closet near the door to keep the bad guys from entering
  • ·       to cause a burglar to trip and fall down by tying Paracord to a chair or having someone hold the other end

Scenario: Bugging Out

Bugging out means you could be on the run for days, even weeks, which means you’ll run into all kinds of trouble. Paracord might help you:
  • ·       cross a river by having someone swim to the other side, tie it to a tree or a boulder so you can hold on to it as you cross to the other side,
  • ·       pull yourself up a tree or over a fence,
  • ·       tie and secure various survival items on the inside or outside of your bug out vehicle (car, pick-up truck, canoe, ATV),
  • ·       make a stretcher using two long, sturdy sticks in case someone’s severely injured,
  • ·       secure your hiking boots from your bug out bag (if you have to evacuate in a hurry, you can just take the bag on your back and the boots will come along, keeping both your hands free),
  • ·       you can tie it around your car’s tires to gain traction and pull it out of mud or snow,
  • ·       climb a tree easier when being chased by a wild animal,
  • ·       suspend your survival bag from a tree to keep it out of reach of wild animals,
  • ·       as a fishing line,
  • ·       make a snare,
  • ·       as a sling for hunting and self-defense purposes,
  • ·       make a hammock,
  • ·       hang your hammock,
  • ·       keep a broken tent pole or a spear together,
  • ·       throw it to someone to rescue them from a body of water (like a river, a flash flood etc.),
  • ·       secure a tarp to make shelter,
  • ·       if in a place with lots of people that are not to be trusted, you can tie your survival bags to your leg so no one tries to steal them while you take a nap,
  • ·       tie your survival knife from a pole and make a spear
  • ·       ...or make a tow strap and tow another car.
Well, those are it. There are obviously hundreds of other uses for Paracord but the ones we enumerated in this article will come in handy in many survival situations. If you want even more, you can check out this other article I wrote a while back on my blog or, better yet, go to this blog’s homepage at http://blog.paracordist.com.

Thanks and stay safe,
Dan F. Sullivan


  1. Good post Kevin. I absorb all survival stories and info like a sponge.
    I feel that it is so important to use the best paracord that you can. Genuine Mil-Spec if possible.
    There are peeps out there selling paracord bracelets and that's fine as long as they are not selling survival bracelets. I love the color out there but many people use cheap cord or inferior cord.
    I don't make too many colorful bracelets as the cord I use is limited on colors. But I also sell my bracelets as survival bracelets.
    The cord I use is from a govt. Contractor and has a minimum breaking strength of 550. Average of 600 lbs breaking strength. I doubt I could rapell out a window with one strand. I would trust the cord I use but I think it is too thin unless you double it or double double it.
    I guess the point I'm trying to make is that please don't try to rapell out a window with cheap paracord...

  2. These are actually nice survival tips that we can all use when needed. I also teach my students writing a college essay some survival tips to keep them aware of the things that might happen unexpectedly.

  3. Paracord has come to my aid in more ways than one. I have used it in bugging out, creating essential gears (such as keychain and rifle sling), and hiking. I will certainly recommend your post to my friends. You can also learn how to make a Paracord keychain here: http://survival-mastery.com/diy/paracord-keychain-diy.html