There are a few essential steps that you need to take when preparing for a survival situation.
First and foremost you need to learn what to do.
This can involve being taught what to do and how to do it by signing up for a survival course. Type survival course into your favourite search engine and you should be able to find one in your area.
The other way is to buy a few books, read up on the essential skills, teach yourself and practice, practice, practice.
Of the many books that I have on the matter, the ones that I recommend the most are:
Stay alive : a handbook on survival by Maurice Dunlevy
This book is written for the Australian environment and contains pictures of edible Australian bush food. It is also the ideal book to have with you as the copy that I have is printed on polypropylene which makes it virtually water proof and a little bit harder to accidentally rip one of the pages.
Sadly this book has been out of print for a number of years, though you may be able to find a copy at a second hand book store.
Australian Bush Survival Skills: A Complete Guide to Surviving in the Wild by Kevin Casey
Another book that deals with things in Australia.
It has also been out of print for more than a few years, though you should still be able to find a copy somewhere.
How to Survive on Land and Sea by Frank C Craighead Jr and John J Craighead.
This is also an out of print book and whilst it is written for a US market, the techniques and tips are able to be used any where.
Whilst there are bound to be new or more recent books available, these are the ones that I have had with me and referred back to ever since I first became interested in survival preparedness.
Whilst these books are a great resource to have in the unlikely event that something does happen, they won’t replace the knowledge and experience that comes with actually practising what is in the book.