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The survivor's rule of three


Take note of the United States Air Force and “The Rule of Three,” which I learned from Ben Sherwood’s The Survivors Club, a book every cop should own. A human being cannot survive:

• 3 Seconds Without Spirit and Hope
• 3 Minutes Without Air
• 3 Hours Without Shelter in Extreme Conditions
• 3 Days Without Water
• 3 Weeks Without Food
• 3 Months Without Companionship or Love

In other words, watch your self-talk, employ your when/then thinking, keep an energy bar in your patrol bag, stay hydrated, and appreciate those you love. Never forget that faith, friends, and optimism are as essential to our survival as food, water, and shelter.

Stay safe!

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