Netflix’s Keep Breathing Is An Important Reminder Of Survival Awareness

On the 28th of July 2022, Netflix premiered its new limited series, Keep Breathing. The show, created by Brendan Gall and Martin Gero and starring Melissa Barrera, the new leading lady in the Scream franchise, debuted at No. 3 before moving into the No. 2 position on the platform’s Top 10 rankings during the week of the 1st-7th of August. Keep Breathing was watched for over 50 million hours in its first full week, bumping fan favourite Virgin River (Season 4) to the No. 3 position during this window. Both shows were filmed in Vancouver, Canada.

A Look At The Show
Keep Breathing is a survival drama that follows a young attorney (Liv) whose plane crashes in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. Liv is forced to confront the elements around her (and the demons in her head) as she fights for a way out. The show switches between the present day and flashbacks, both when Liv first met her off-again, on-again love interest Danny and when she was a child, dealing with her mother’s neurosis. While the series started off well, critics found that it faded by the third episode and that there were too many flashbacks. However, if there’s anything to take away from the first few episodes, it’s that knowing basic survival tricks, like making a compass from a needle and cork or boiling water to purify it (which are both things Liv does in the show) is essential in this day and age.

Survival Awareness In The Modern World

In 2020, there were 980 global natural disasters that caused losses, bringing total losses that year to $210 billion dollars. Some notable natural catastrophes in 2020 include severe flooding in China, a powerful derecho that devastated the Midwestern United States, and extensive wildfires in northern Siberia. Natural disasters are expected to continue in the coming years as global warming and climate change dangers rise. Because natural disasters can occur at any time and the level of devastation is unclear, you want to prepare for anything in as many ways possible.

Survival Kits

One of the best ways to prepare is to build an emergency survival kit, which can include everything from non-perishable foods, water, and first-aid/medications to masks and batteries. It’s also important to have a dedicated tech pouch in your survival kit. According to ExpressVPN’s tech survival guide, some items in this section can include medical flash drives, portable cables and adapters, and flash drives for important documents. These documents could be passports, licenses, birth certificates, or financial information.

Keeping financial information like bank account details on a flash drive as part of an emergency survival kit is particularly important in countries susceptible to tropical storms and where people are more vulnerable to losing their homes and the documents inside. For example, as per a recent article by Reuters, the Philippines sends out automatic payments when typhoons are projected to destroy a certain percentage (10%) of houses in at least three municipalities. Countries like Peru, Mongolia, and Vietnam have similar set-ups in place. 

Survival Training

Another way to prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies, such as landing in the middle of the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash, is to take survival courses. Survival training can be beneficial because it uses both theoretical and physical practice, teaching individuals how to find food, water, and shelter in non-civilised areas. According to Mossy Oak, you can even learn several survival skills in your backyard, such as tying knots and building a shelter.

Improving our survival awareness is one of the many ways to ensure we’re reacting properly in the face of natural disasters and other threatening events. While Netflix’s Keep Breathing may have lacked in storytelling and driving the series forward, it has reminded many people that danger is out there, and when faced with it, we have no choice but to look to our surroundings to cope, and if we don’t know how to do that, we’re in for some serious trouble.

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