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“Escape and evasion skills are more important now than ever,” Emerson said. “Surviving a crisis is paramount. Simply put, do whatever it takes to live, not die. If you are out-gunned or taking severe blows to the head, then a temporary surrender might be necessary. The last thing you want is to get knocked out and have zero control over the outcome.” If for some reason you are captured and restrained, Emerson said, it’s important to “get big,” which will create a slack in rope, chains, tape and zip ties. “As mentioned, stashing razor blades and handcuff keys in your waistline, belts and shoes will free you of most restraints,” he added. “And always escape sooner rather than later — the longer detained the more security precautions the bad guys will put in place.”