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For most, the word survival tends to conjure up thoughts of sparking kindling for fire, learning to build shelter from scratch or figuring out how to source clean water. No doubt, these types of skills are certainly good to have, but Clint Emerson a retired Navy SEAL and author of 100 DEADLY SKILLS: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situationfeels there are others that are far more necessary.

“Those are great skills, but they do not match the skills necessary to survive current threats,” he said.

Exactly what skills do you need then? Emerson feels our concerns should be focused more on threats like hackers and lone wolf terrorists.  

“Hacking issues leading to identity theft are concerning and will certainly cause a headache or two, but lone wolf attacks are deadly — and everyone, at a minimum, should mentally prepare themselves for such evil when out on the town, sitting in restaurants, transiting via public transportation and so on,” he said.

To find out how to stay protected, we talked with Emerson about everything from worst case scenarios and self-defense techniques to evasion skills and what people should really know about surviving emergency situations. Here are the skills he said you absolutely need to know.