US Army Survival Guide App for Android and iPhone

Turn you smartphone into a survival tool with the Survival Guide app for Android and iPhone. Since most of use are always within arms reach of our smartphones, this app could come in handy some day, as long as you can keep your battery charged. If nothing else, it will give you something to read in the bathroom after you beat that last level of Angry Birds. See all our recommended apps here.

You can get the Survival Guide App for free from the Android Market, of from the iTunes store. This guide is based on the U.S. Army Survival Manual FM 21-76, and features 19 chapters of survival tips.

The survival guide covers everything from basic survival medicine; food and water procurement; dangerous plants and animals; fire-craft and weapon and tool building.

Here’s a rundown of covered topics:

Survival Guide all Android iphoneChapter 1: INTRODUCTION
– Survival Actions
– Pattern for Survival

Chapter 2: PSYCHOLOGY OF SURVIVAL
– A Look at Stress
– Natural Reactions
– Preparing Yourself

Chapter 3: SURVIVAL PLANNING AND SURVIVAL KITS
– Importance of Planning
– Survival Kits

Chapter 4: BASIC SURVIVAL MEDICINE
– Requirements for Maintenance of Health
– Medical Emergencies
– Lifesaving Steps
– Bone and Joint Injury
– Bites and Stings
– Wounds
– Environmental Injuries
– Herbal Medicines

Chapter 5: SHELTERS
– Primary Shelter—Uniform
– Shelter Site Selection
– Types of Shelters

FM 21-76 US Army Survival ManualChapter 6: WATER PROCUREMENT
– Water Sources
– Still Construction
– Water Purification
– Water Filtration Devices

Chapter 7: FIRECRAFT
– Basic Fire Principles
– Site Selection and Preparation
– Fire Material Selection
– How to Build a Fire
– How to Light a Fire

Chapter 8: FOOD PROCUREMENT
– Animals for Food
– Traps and Snares
– Killing Devices
– Fishing Devices
– Cooking and Storage of Fish and Game

Chapter 9: SURVIVAL USE OF PLANTS
– Edibility of Plants
– Plants for Medicine
– Miscellaneous Uses of Plants

Chapter 10: POISONOUS PLANTS
– How Plants Poison
– All About Plants
– Rules for Avoiding Poisonous Plants
– Contact Dermatitis
– Ingestion Poisoning

Chapter 11: DANGEROUS ANIMALS
– Insects and Arachnids
– Leeches
– Bats
– Venomous Snakes
– Snake-Free Areas
– Dangerous Lizards
– Dangers in Rivers
– Dangers in Bays and Estuaries
– Saltwater Dangers
– Other Dangerous Sea Creatures

Chapter 12: FIELD-EXPEDIENT WEAPONS, TOOLS, AND EQUIPMENT
– Staffs
– Clubs
– Edged Weapons
– Other Expedient Weapons
– Cordage and Lashing
– Rucksack Construction
– Clothing and Insulation
– Cooking and Eating Utensils

Chapter 13: DESERT SURVIVAL
– Terrain
– Environmental Factors
– Need for Water
– Heat Casualties
– Precautions
– Desert Hazards

Chapter 14: TROPICAL SURVIVAL
– Tropical Weather
– Jungle Types
– Travel Through Jungle Areas
– Immediate Considerations
– Water Procurement
– Food
– Poisonous Plants

Chapter 15: COLD WEATHER SURVIVAL
– Cold Regions and Locations
– Windchill
– Basic Principles of Cold Weather Survival
– Hygiene
– Medical Aspects
– Cold Injuries
– Shelters
– Fire
– Water
– Food
– Travel
– Weather Signs

Chapter 16: SEA SURVIVAL
– The Open Sea
– Seashores

Chapter 17: EXPEDIENT WATER CROSSINGS
– Rivers and Streams
– Rapids
– Rafts
– Flotation Devices
– Other Water Obstacles
– Vegetation Obstacles

Chapter 18: FIELD-EXPEDIENT DIRECTION FINDING
– Using the Sun and Shadows
– Using the Moon
– Using the Stars
– Making Improvised Compasses
– Other Means of Determining Direction

Chapter 19: SIGNALING TECHNIQUES
– Application
– Means for Signaling
– Codes and Signals
– Aircraft Vectoring Procedures

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