The Top Choices In Light Weight Survival Gear

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An emergency can strike at any moment, from a natural disaster to crime and panic in the streets. In order to always have the tools you need on hand to survive, it’s important to focus on lightweight survival gear to keep from weighing you down as you make your escape.

What Items To Consider and Why

You could build your own survival kit, but it’s easy to forget something important. Luckily, there are a variety of kits out there that can help you get started creating your bug-out bag with lightweight survival gear already included.

This gives you a good foundation for a survival kit and you can always add more later. Here are five essential elements to include in your survival gear for almost any emergency.

Here are the items we’ll be reviewing later

An “All-in-One” Survival Kit

There are a variety of items that can help make life easier in an emergency situation. Think about what you will need for the top four needs: food, shelter, water, and fire. While having a fully stocked bunker may be out of reach for some to get ready, a simple all-in-one survival kit can go a long way to helping one get ready for apocalypse and is infinitely cheaper.

For instance, making a fire can be easier with waterproof matches or a lighter or even a flint. You can include one or all three, in the event that one method fails, and barely put a dent in your budget. The kit should be small enough to carry in a vest pocket and black in color to make it more stealthy as well.

You don’t want other people to know that you are prepared when they’re not as it can make you a target for theft and violence. Include items to help you catch fish or trap animals and to light fires, stay warm, to fix things, and get help when needed.

It should include a compass so that you can get your bearings and know which way to head out of an emergency situation.

Maps are also helpful.

Just about anything can be included in a survival kit, although then it might not be as compact as necessary to be a kit you can carry everywhere with you. It’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth carrying iodine pills in case of radioactive fallout or water purification tablets or filters in it too.

It’s also a good idea to have more than one survival kit.

One for the car. One to carry on your person at all times, and one in your home. You have no idea when you will need any of the items in it, and it should be tested out long before the emergency strikes to make sure it will work when it must later on.

A Lightweight Hatchet

If you want something that you can go at it double-fisted to fight Zombie hordes, then a lightweight hatchet can do the trick. It works double duty by being a weapon as well as a way to cut kindling for fire wood.

You want it lightweight enough to keep you from wasting precious calories using it and you want it sturdy and sharp enough to do be able to do the job.

It should come with a lifetime warranty, although should society collapse, it’s unlikely anyone will be around to honor it.

To keep it super-sharp, make sure you get an ax and knife sharpener too, as this will undoubtedly be hard to come by as well. When it comes to tools, nothing beats a good survival knife or hatchet. You will want to consider how easy it is to sharpen, to fix, and to maintain in order to keep your tools in optimum condition.

Some survivalists want a knife or hatchet that attaches to the outside of a pack so that it is easily retrieved in an emergency. One with a loop can be handy for this reason. It should be lightweight to make it easier to carry, if you end up on foot on your way out of a problem zone. It should also be balanced well, so that it splits wood easily.

A compact size can make it easier to carry, but can also affect how much wood you can split at one time.

Survivalist Tent

Every emergency situation is different and requires a strategy to make sure you come out alive. In the case of a natural disaster, you’ll want to be as visible as possible so that rescuers can find you and aide you quickly.

However, if you’re sleeping when they’re going by in helicopters overhead, they may not notice you on the ground. An orange tent can help increase the chances of being spotted in the case of natural disaster and one that is lightweight can be less than two pounds to carry.

If you’re trying to hide away from hordes of starving survivors, then one that blends in with the environment would be better.

However, pick one that has some insulation in it to keep warm, which has sturdy tent pegs so that it doesn’t break if you find yourself without help longer than you desired. It should be easy to pack and carry and easy to assemble. You don’t want to waste too much time trying to figure out how to set it up in the event of an emergency, especially when it is pouring outside and every minute counts to stay warm and dry.

Our Top 3 Choices For Each Category

Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit

This kit has been very well thought out. It comes with a survival blanket, a Gerber miniature multi-tool, fire starter, a snare wire, fishing and sewing kit, and a Bear Grylls Priorities of Surivial pocket guide.

It is packed in a lightweight nylon bag and weighs only 9.4 ounces. It has a knife, a small reflective mirror, waterproof matches, and hand saw.

Although it is water resistant, it’s not exactly waterproof. As a starter kit, it’s an excellent choice because it is an “out-of-the-box” solution. However, for more advanced preppers, it might seem like it’s missing a few important elements.

Here’s the run-down on the pros and cons:


Small and Lightweight – It has a small compact size and it is easy to carry on your person anywhere you go.

“All-in-One” Starter Kit – You don’t have to assemble your own kit since it’s done for you and includes many items that are essential in a survival situation.

Water-Resistant – The kit is water-resistant, in the event you’re bugging out during a light rain storm.Inexpensive – The kit is cheap enough to buy two or three at a time.


No Compass – This is a major faux pas in terms of trying to find out where you might need to head in the event of an emergency. If you were to create your own survivalist kit, it’s certainly something you would include on your own.

No Water Storage – Unless you’re counting on the ziplock bag to be your permanent portable water storage container, you’re simply out of luck. Since it’s essential to carry water at all times, this is also another item that should be included in the kit.

Not Watertight – If you end up in a severe downpour or in a river, odds are your kit will end up waterlogged.

Items Picked For You – The quality and durability or even practicality of the items in the kit is determined by someone else. If you want a higher quality knife, it has to fit in this compact arrangement, making it hard to modify the kit to your liking.

Fiskars 14-Inch Hatchet

If the Indians carried them, it sure makes sense for a survivalist to have one handy.

Unlike their tomahawks, your’s is a more modern version that should be ergonomically suited to do heavy work, even as it is light and easy to carry. It should be able to cut wood easily and repeatedly.

Here are the pros and cons of this choice:


Rubber Handle – Unlike more rustic versions, the rubber handle makes it more comfortable to hold and easier to grip.

One-Piece So Head Doesn’t Rattle – It is not an ax head mounted on a handle. It’s all one-piece, making it unlikely for the head to come loose or break easily.

Wedge Shape – The shape is excellent for splitting kindling.Extremely Durable – Due to the design and material, a forged carbon steel, it is extremely durable.

Very Sharp – The edge can be sharpened down to make wood shavings too.Lightweight – It only weighs 1 lbs 14 ounces. It’s lightweight enough to carry one in each hand.

Inexpensive – For this type of durable, reliable, hatchet, the price is a total bargain.


Cutting Face Small – The compact design also means the cutting face can be smaller than needed for larger jobs.

Blade Cover Takes Up Too Much Space – The cover is plastic and bulky. It can, however, be easily replaced with a leather cover.

No Way To Fasten It To The Outside of a Pack – If you’re going to replace the cover, you might as well add a loop to carry it outside your pack for easy access.

SE ET3683 Emergency Outdoor Tube Tent with Steel Tent Pegs

This is a tube tent that you have to set up with sticks or in between two trees. It does not come with tent poles. The aluminum-coated interior is supposed to insulate the tube tent, but it’s not an all-weather tent. If you’re looking for shelter in a pinch, though, it does the job.

Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons:


Orange Color – This makes it highly visible and rescuers can have an easier time locating you. On the other hand, if you’re trying to fly under the radar, it could be a con.

Lightweight – It weighs 1.6 lbs.Insulated – The aluminum-coated interior is a type of insulation that can keep your body warm in chilly or somewhat damp weather.

Water Resistant – It can help to keep the drizzle out too.

Steel Pegs – The pegs are not going to break or fail you.

Inexpensive – It is easy on the budget compared to other tents.


No Tent Poles – This can make it more compact, but also harder to assemble.

Can Be Hard to Set Up – It depends on if you can find good sticks or two trees close to each other to get the tent up with the small cord available.

Cord Is Short and Poor Quality – You’ll need to get a larger portion of paracord to make sure you have enough length to set up the tent and that the cord will last.

A Bit Bulky To Pack Small – This isn’t suitable for carrying in a small pack on your person. It’s more a tent that you can store in your car.


While all this gear can help in an emergency situation, the clear winner is the lightweight hatchet. With it, you can defend yourself and you can make kindling for a fire. As any good survivalist knows, you can make shelter with sticks, moss, and a hatchet can make short work of that project too.

Even though a tent is a good idea, it has to be available to a person to make use of it. If it’s stuck in your car and you have no way to get to it, the hatchet that is available will be of more use. The survivalist kit, while a great runner-up, has the disadvantage of not being able to pick and choose the quality of those items, like the knife or the cords. It’s likely you’d want to upgrade those to top-notch quality, like the hatchet.

Also, it does not come with water storage capabilities or even water purification or filtration, which is the most important survival item you must locate and obtain after safely getting out of an emergency.

Thus, if this was a situation of what item would work best in a survivalist situation, the hatchet would be the first choice for its top quality and the ability to use it for hunting, tool-making, fire and shelter building, and, finally, defense. It will get you out of a sticky situation, and then you can have time to hunt down the water.

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Garden Hack: Make Your Own Seed Tape

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 Those perfectly uniformed rows of vegetables are next to impossible when you are sowing seeds directly to the soil – until now. This simple garden hack is the most efficient way to make the most of your garden space. As well, it uses biodegradable paper that will add nutrients to the soil when composted.

Gardening couldn’t get any simpler than when I stumbled upon this garden trick. Now I never have to wonder if my seeds have germinated! An added benefit is that I don’t waste as many seeds. This easy, inexpensive way to get your seeds right where you want them is a great project to get the kids involved in gardening too!

Tips to the Perfect Seed Tape:

  • Soak your larger seeds. I have also found that larger seeds like beans or peas can be soaked overnight before being added to the seed tape. This will cut down on the waiting time.
  • Check spacing on the back of the seed packet. Some seeds like a little more room to roam, so make sure you have the right spacing.
  • Use the right paper when making your strips. Make sure you use black and white newspaper as these are less harmful to earthworms and will decompose faster. Paper towels can also be used, but may be a more expensive alternative.
  • Label your seed bags. It’s easy to forget which seeds are which, so pre-label your bags to stay organized.
  • Don’t go crazy on the water. When you are spritzing your seeds, water just enough to thoroughly wet the seed tape. If you over water, you risk the newspaper disintegrating.

Make Your Own Seed Tape

Try this easy diy seed tape and watch how quickly your seeds will sprout!

Here’s what you need:

  • newspaper strips (you can also use paper towels)
  • water spritzing bottle
  • seeds
  • plastic sandwich bag
  • marker to label seeds
  1. Cut strips of newspapers. Cut the newspaper from top to bottom into 1-inch-wide strips and set aside.
  2. Lay the strips on a table and place a single row of seeds along each one. For correct spacing, read the back of the seed packet for specifics. Usually spacing vegetables like peas, radishes, and spring onions need to only be 1 inch apart, but there are other vegetable types will need to be spaced further.
  3. Add another 1 inch strip of newspaper and spritz with a water bottle and saturate the newspaper.
  4. Roll up and gently place in a pre-labeled plastic sandwich bag.
  5. Store in a cool dry place until planting time. You should see germination in as little as a few days or up to a week.
  6. Continue spritzing with water as needed.

Planting your seed tape

When your seed tape has thoroughly sprouted, it’s time to get them planted in the soil. Plant by laying tapes in rows and covering with a fine soil to the recommended depth.

Keep seedlings moist until they have established. In a few weeks, douse them with compost tea or fertilizer.

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The Year I Stopped Prepping and Why I Started Again

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stop preppingI was the first person to become a prepper in my fairly large family. Among my husband’s family and huge extended family, he was the first prepper.

As far as I know, after almost 8 years, we are still the only preppers, with one lone exception.

It’s not something we talk about with anyone. Loved ones on both sides are busy with their own lives, playing computer games, dealing with office politics, and all the thousands of distractions that are a part of daily life for all of us.

For the past year or so, I, too, became a non-prepper.

Yep, The Survival Mom, “Queen of the Preppers”, as I’ve been called, just didn’t prep. If it hadn’t been for my monthly auto-ship from Thrive Life, my food storage pantry would have been neglected completely.

Why? Life got in the way. I took on the task of coordinating a new co-op for homeschooled high school kids, got involved with my kids’ sports activities and driving for hours each week taking them to practices and games. I was busy running the blog and writing about prepping, but in total honesty, prepping became the furthest thing from my mind and I didn’t do any prepping.

There’s a huge difference between reading about survival and preparedness and actually taking action.

You would think that I would have noticed the gathering storm clouds. During that year, the economy did not get better. The political status of our country became more volatile than ever. My small city was surrounded by historic flooding — and there I was, as much of a non-prepper as the average fun-seeker at Disneyland.

Temporary insanity? Possibly.

What kicked me back into gear

Facebook can be a funny thing. I have a love/hate relationship with it most days, but it was a post featuring an interview with author Matt Bracken that reminded me of why I started prepping and why I’d better get back into the game.

For a few years, I have been a fan of Matt. He’s written a number of common sense books and essays about possible collapse scenarios right here in the U.S., and because his thought process is logical and he pays no heed to political correctness, I pay attention when he talks.

I’ve never forgotten his vivid description of a potential scenario in which innocent commuters become trapped by angry rioters in a scenario of economic collapse because it’s one I can easily envision:

Rioters will throw debris such as shopping carts and trash cans into the intersection, causing the more timid drivers to pause. The mobs will swarm the lines of trapped cars once they have stopped. Traffic will be forced into gridlock for blocks in all directions. Drivers and passengers of the wrong ethnic persuasions will be pulled from their vehicles to be beaten, robbed, and in some cases raped and/or killed. It will be hyper-violent and overtly racial mob behavior, on a massive and undeniable basis.

Some of those trapped in their cars will try to drive out of the area, inevitably knocking down MUY (Minority Urban Youths) pedestrians and being trapped by even more outraged MUYs. The commuters will be dragged out of their cars and kicked or beaten to death. Other suburban commuters will try to shoot their way out of the lines of stopped cars, and they will meet the same grim fate once they run out of bullets and room to escape.

The mob will be armed with everything from knives, clubs and pistols to AK-47s. A bloodbath will result. These unlucky drivers and their passengers will suffer horribly, and some of their deaths will be captured on traffic web cameras. Later, these terrible scenes will be released or leaked by sympathetic government insiders and shown by the alternative media, which continue to expand as the traditional media become increasingly irrelevant.

Grim, in the extreme, but as Matt continues developing this scenario, he describes how quickly social media and the use of technology can bring these crowds together and, just as quickly, disperse them, sending them to a different intersection far enough away to elude law enforcement, who arrive too late. You can read his entire essay, “When the Music Stops — How America’s Cities May Explode in Violence.”

Even if he’s just half right…

The riots at recent Trump rallies have made his scenarios even more believable.

So, several weeks ago, when my Facebook newsfeed featured an interview with Matt on the Alex Jones show, I settled down in the corner of my sofa to listen. His observations were pretty much what my gut had started to tell me. The current tumultuous political season is likely to grow worse with demonstrations, riots, and violence becoming more frequent andd extreme, with the status of the U.S. economy teetering on the brink.

As Matt talked, I began to feel again that old “fire in the belly”. An urge to get up and do something — anything to make my family and our home more secure. So, I told my son to go around the house and round up all our flashlights! Yeah, it wasn’t much, but it was a tiny step to begin checking up on all the preps we have in place. We checked the batteries of those flashlights and then made sure every room in the house and each emergency kit (bug out bag) had at least one of them in place.

We next took out our bug out bags and began going through them. My daughter had packed hers last year before she lost a few pounds, and we found that she needed a different change of clothes in a smaller size. My walking shoes needed new shoelaces and snacks we had packed so long ago, just needed to be thrown out and replaced.

It wasn’t so much that the flashlights were a do or die for our future survival and my daughter could have easily worn those too-big clothes. What was important was the change in my own mindset and then, taking action. Starting with small, basic steps clears the way for more small steps, and, ultimately, that’s what prepping is about.

Priorities, priorities

Just about the same time as Matt’s interview attracted my attention, I was able to step away from the co-op that I had helped found. It’s on solid ground now, with some excellent teachers and eager students ready to start classes in the fall. I’m blessed that I was able to help construct something that will impact dozens of young lives, but my role in that venture ended, and, really, the timing was perfect.

Matt wasn’t the only voice I heard that urged me into a new phase of my prepping. Others have contacted me with insights into our economy and political status and their warnings ring true.

So now I’m back. I’m in the phase of evaluating our preps. What are the steps we’ve taken so far? What have we neglected? Have we done too much in one area and not enough in another?

As I’ve gotten back on track, it occurred to me that there must be hundreds of thousands of other preppers who also have seen warning signs. They don’t expect the government, at any level, to come to their rescue in a big enough crisis. They figure they’ll be on their own, whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, or devaluation of the dollar that hits.

And they’re right.

Help is on the way if you’ve stopped prepping

Probably the smartest people right now in America and beyond are those who have realized that it’s their responsibility to have the plans and preps in place to survive. If you’re in that group, congratulations! While much of the world is focused on the drama of the day served with a smile by the mainstream media, you’re focused on learning about water and food storage, growing your own food, and how to not be a victim, if at all possible.

Like me, though, maybe you’ve lost your way. Your good intentions have been neglected because of life, or maybe you forgot why you were prepping in the first place. Maybe you look at your buckets of wheat and Berkey water filter and feel a little guilty because that money could have been spent elsewhere.

You need a nudge to get going again.

Because of my own return to prepping, I wanted to find a way to help others like me, including brand new preppers. The idea of a summer class, kind of like a prepping boot camp, was born and with the help of my friend and fellow blogger, Daisy Luther, The Organic Prepper, we developed 10-weeks of prepping classes we’re calling “Summer Prepping Intensive” (SPI).

This course isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those who are ready to commit to attending 1 or 2 training webinars a week and then checking in with their fellow preppers in an interactive Sunday Night Check-In. It’s for those who will take the weekly To Do lists and determine to complete as many of the activities as possible. Maybe SPI is for you.

You can learn all about the benefits of becoming a member of SPI at this website, and for about the cost of one fast food meal per week, you’ll have access to everything: Facebook chats, weekly giveaways, printables, article resources, Q&A with experts such as Michael Snyder, Tess Pennington, herbalist Cat Ellis, Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL), NRA instructor Cherie Norton, Dr. Arthur T. Bradley, and more.

It’s a unique program and comes at a great price, $99.

If you’ve wandered away from prepping, for any reason, I encourage you to pause and assess where your time is going. Has the busy-ness of life distracted  you from the need to prepare your home, family, vehicles, and yourself for an uncertain future? You’ll find thousands of resources right here on this blog, but if you need accountability and desire interaction with other preppers and experts, please check out SPI. Latecomers are welcome, but our first session is on Sunday, June 19.

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DIY Reclineable, Adjustable, and Comfortable Camp Chair

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DIY Reclineable, Adjustable, and Comfortable Camp / Bushcraft Chair If you find yourself lost in the woods and in need of a chair that by the looks of it you could actually sleep in this is your chair! Obviously if you are truly lost this would be the last thing you would want to make …

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How To Make Antiseptic Solution From Household Bleach

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 How To Make Antiseptic Solution From Household Bleach You or someone you know has been wounded and you do not have an antiseptic to clean out and disinfect the wound. What do you do? You could gather together some common household ingredients and make a batch of antiseptic called Dakin’s solution. This is an antiseptic …

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CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Bread Rolls

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CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Bread Rolls We all love the Texas roadhouse bread rolls, see how to make them and bake a batch today 🙂 For many years, I have wondered how Texas Roadhouse get their bread rolls so fluffy and yummy. There are loads of copycat recipes but non have come close to them, until …

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Essential Info for Building Off-Grid Houses

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Essential Info for Building Off-Grid Houses Do you dream about living off-grid in your own home? I know I do. There is some very important information that you need to consider before you make the move. Going off-grid is probably one of life’s major projects which requires lots of planning and preparation. Making the transition …

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3 Mason Jar Meal Recipes (With Meat)

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3 Mason Jar Meal Recipes (With Meat) Knowing how to preserve food can make all the difference in the world to your long term survival plan. Canning is a great way to preserve foods you otherwise would throw away. For example, if you grow your own fruits and veggies and can’t eat them fast enough, can …

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Preparedness Alert: ISIS telling Followers to Attack Theaters, Hospitals and Amusement Parks

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People need to be aware that ISIS is calling on their followers to attack movie theaters, hospitals, airports, trains, amusement parks and restaurants. […]

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Choosing Allies for Your Survival Group

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The trap some people fall into is assuming that everyone thinks as they do, and thus, would react the same. This, of course, is not the case usually. If you don’t know the person well, then you don’t know if they can be trusted to have the right reaction when things go south.

Those attached at the hip to the system as it is set up today will be the first to fail, so you do need a way to screen people to some extent before you allow them into the inner fold if you will. This means you keep your plans to yourself until you know.

You will probably find the reason that most people join a Prepper group is for their own survival, and not necessarily for the benefit of the group. However, if the group fails individuals will likely fail as well. Some people do not think that far ahead, though. Therefore, before accepting anyone you have to know what he or she can do for the group as a whole, so you can essentially weed out those that would become a camp follower instead of being a productive participant.

A well functioning group serves everyone, as long as everyone serves the group. If this concept fails, then it is a chaotic mess, and people will simply look out for themselves first. With that being said, however, individuals must be self-sufficient enough to survive on their own and this takes a unique individual and often times may go against the entire concept of a group. Finding the right people is hard because there has to be a balance.

You simply cannot have people that are locked into the system in your survival group. We are going to call it a survival group because that is what it will be once the SHTF. The prepping is over, now it’s a survival group, and you have to choose carefully. Those locked into the system will fail when the system fails. They would not be independent people, and so they would not be good candidates for your survival group.

Anyone can buy food, supplies, and other materials to get ready for a crisis, but what skills do they have once the disaster strikes and in the days after, skills, knowledge, and fortitude are what will be needed along with essential supplies.

Some people will only be loyal to a group as long as the group serves their daily needs. Once they feel the group is not functioning in their best interest they may very well disappear. Disappear with a load of supplies, as well as, knowledge of how the group functions, numbers of people, skill levels and they will know what weaponry could be brought to bear.

Even the most loyal individuals will have their own self-interest at heart when it comes to survival. There are, of course, those that run into burning buildings to rescue people, throw themselves on hand grenades to save the team and they have been numerous other instances throughout history where people have performed heroic acts to save others, and often times sacrificing their own lives while doing so. You simply don’t know, until you know.

Given all, that we have discussed it would seem pointless to even begin gathering a survival group together because everyone would be at odds. It can be done, but it takes training as a group and having a clear set of guidelines, and very stringent requirements for joining the group.

Those joining a group should welcome the strict requirements because this tells them that the group is serious, and not some ragtag outfit tossed together at the last moment. The leaders need confidence in their members and the members need confidence in their leaders.

A survival group as we have talked about in the past is not necessarily a democracy. You can present your opinions, as could anyone in the group, but your interests oftentimes take a back seat to the interests of the group as a whole. In some cases, you will have to “suck it up” and carry on.

Define the mission, and simply saying we formed to survive is not a mission statement, it is simply stating a fact. How will the group survive, what resources can be brought to bear and do you plan on helping others, helping those that can’t help themselves, or are you going to isolate the group and hunker down and weather the storm as it were.

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9 Multi-Purpose, Do-Everything Items That Better Be In Your Bug-out Bag

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9 Multi-Purpose, Do-Everything Items That Better Be In Your Bug-out Bag

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We all know that survival kits and bug-out bags need to be as lightweight as possible. Unless you’re comfortable carrying 40 or 50 pounds on your back, you don’t know how long you’ll last with one on your back. This is why adding survival items that serve more than one purpose is a fantastic idea.

Let me share a few of them below…

1. An emergency radio

Well, not just any radio. There are plenty of emergency radios on Amazon that, in addition to their AM/FM functions, also have the emergency band, an incorporated flashlight, solar panels for easy charging and even a hand crank. What more could you ask?

2. A multi-tool

This one is obvious. Since you can’t take all your tools with you, you need something compact, lightweight and durable. Leatherman makes pretty good multi-tools, and the Wingman is my personal favorite.

3. A tarp

Tarps are not only lightweight, but serve a variety of purposes. From gathering wood to making a lean-to shelter to butchering an animal to collecting rainwater, you’ll find it extremely versatile for a variety of outdoor tasks.

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Just make sure you choose the right one from the start, to avoid fixing your mistake by buying a second one.

4. Aluminum foil

Use it to cook on coals (such as potatoes), to reflect heat, to protect your campfire from wind or even to make a solar cooker from cardboard, aluminum foil and a piece of glass. You also can use it to wrap things that you want to be kept waterproof, or even to wrap leftover campfire food that you don’t want to get cold.

5. Your survival knife, of course

Another obvious item with an infinite number of uses. Use it to cut things, defend yourself and even to dig dirt. For the tasks that could damage your knife, I would use a back-up. If you’re looking for something cheap, the Morakniv Companion is a fantastic choice.

6. Toilet paper

9 Multi-Purpose, Do-Everything Items That Better Be In Your Bug-out Bag

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TP is great for wiping your hands, insulating holes in your shelter and, of course, as tinder to quickly start a fire. Of course, you don’t HAVE to have toilet paper in your kit or bag, as it might be too bulky for some people’s taste, and there are always alternatives for when nature calls when you’re outdoors, as well as to do the other tasks I just mentioned.

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The only thing to remember when you pack it is to make sure you keep it dry, preferably in a zipper bag. Speaking of which …

7. Zipper bags

Zipper or Ziploc bags are great not just for waterproofing your items, but also for foraging, icing an injury or gathering water. If need be, you can also use them as socks to keep your feet dry, though you will need paracord or duct tape to tie them.

8. Cash!

Though some people think money will be worthless if society collapses, I happen to think it will be extremely important the first few days after it hits. You will need money to pay for a variety of things in the initial stages of a disaster, from transportation to get home or evacuate, or even to get rioters to leave you alone. It doesn’t hurt to have a few hundred bucks on hand.

9. Paracord

Last but definitely not least, mil-spec paracord is indispensable when bugging out. From securing a lean-to shelter to tying anything you can think of, there are probably hundreds of uses for it. Let me give you a few more: use it as a string to dry your laundry, use the inner threads as floss, use it as a belt to keep your pants up, use it as a lasso to rescue someone from a body of water, and use it to climb a tree, as a tourniquet and even to tie someone up.

Can you think of even more multi-purpose items to use? Have any of them saved your life at some point? Share in a comment below.

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Lessons From History – Eating Well Off Home Food Preservation

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Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.

Growing and storing foods is commonly a goal we strive for as we seek self-sufficiency. The easiest and fastest way to store foods is, of course, just dumping it into a root cellar or grain bin or barn, although not everything does so hot with that treatment.

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How to Communicate When The World Goes Silent

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Alternative methods of communication are easily overlooked since we rarely use them in our day-to-day lives. Cell phone networks have gotten so reliable that most people feel like their smartphone is all they’ll ever need. But if a widespread disaster strikes, cell phone towers could be jammed or stop working altogether. If you still don’t […]

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How the Progressive Left Uses Fear to Control Us

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fearOver the last 50 years, I have watched one crisis after another occur.  Each and every one of these has created fear and new regulations and laws that have affected us in some manner.  They have all resulted in a loss of rights

A list of the crisis’s that have created fear.

  • The gas and oil crisis of 1979 – I can remember when they were telling us we would run out of oil by the year 2000. We even had gas rationing, you could only buy gas on odd or even number days  depending on the number of your license plate
  • Acid rain – this was a big scare in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. This resulted in a whole group of new regulation and laws.
  • Pesticide poisoning – This was big starting about 1962. I can remember when the press was telling us we would all be dead from toxic chemicals.
  • Global cooling –  This was a prediction of imminent cooling of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere resulting in the formation of glaciers.  This was supposed to be manmade from pollutants in the atmosphere blocking the heat from the sun.
  • The war on drugs – This has been a huge one, so many new laws have been passed and we as a society have given up many freedoms as a result. I personally don’t think that this is a war that they ever intended to win.
  • Global warming – This is another one that creates fear and as a result we submit to new laws and regulations that control our life’s.
  • Over population – according to experts in the 1970, we should have all starved to death by now.
  • Terrorism – this is the new big one. Again, the solution is to ask us to give up right in return for protection.  They want us to give up our rights to privacy, 4th Amendment rights to search and seizure and of cause our second Amendment rights.

Every one of these scares has been started and perpetuated by the left with the help of the mainstream media.  As a result of these scares the majority of the population is willing to trade freedom for security.

Many of the younger people have never heard of the scares that have created fears in the past.  In addition to the ones that I have listed above there have been many smaller ones.  We need to show people how they have been manipulated by the progressive left and the media.

You can see how they use fear in the way they are handling the news from the shooting in Orlando.  This was a terrible despicable act, but it is not a reason to give up our second amendment rights.  Saying that firearms should be banned because of this act is no different than saying all cars should be banned to prevent drunk driving.

Don’t give in to fear.



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Orlando Nightclub Attack – Some Thoughts

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I hate to write articles following terrorist attack, but here I am again. With how everything looks, I’m anticipating writing more articles increasingly based on the „newest terrorist attack“…

I wrote about terrorism and terrorist attack in some other terms, what I’d like to discuss with you here and now is more about the core of these events, What is happening inside them, and what to do, or how to survive it.

Let’s just cover some of the basics here, in terms of survival, if you find yourself in the middle of similar attack.

Where Are You?

One of the my favorite means of survival in any SHTF situation is not to be there. That goes for war and also for some terrorist attack inside some club.

Terrorism have as a goal to change our way of living, to install fear in us, so we could be in constant expecting of attack. For me,  they are succeeding in that.

Placing myself unarmed in confined space with whole bunch of unarmed people sounds like very bad idea to me. The probability that terrorist will attack whole bunch of folks in a gun convention, or at shooting range in Texas is very low, simply because their success there is very limited.

It is bad time to be unarmed together with whole bunch of another unarmed people, simply avoid that.

So that brings us to the next point:

Guns or No Guns?

All terrorist attacks ends when good guys with guns come and kill bad guys with guns. So one thing here is very clear: it is not about guns only, it is who has the guns.

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Clearly if other good guys (victims) had guns chances for them to finish that terrorist attack (to kill the terrorist) earlier would be much higher. Have a gun, be armed!

Terrorist by the nature do not expect to meet active resistance (firearms) from the victims, they are there to shoot as many people as possible, and even one good man with a pistol could make significant tactical change in everything.

Good people with guns brings us to the next point here:


I experienced and participated in shootings in closed (inside buildings) environment with more persons inside, and it is nothing like practicing on a shooting range, so it is something that you need to be prepared for.

Several gunshots from rifle in an indoor environment is something that could (and did) make people literally shit themselves, or to be paralyzed in shock for some time.

Add to that complete chaos, screams, panic and everything else and it is not sunset movie scene where there is attacker and you only.

You will act how you are trained, so train for that.

A few thoughts here to consider:


Know the buildings that you entering and where you are going to spend some time, especially if there is going to be a crowd. Entrances, exits, escape routes, obstacles, think where most of the folks will run, think where a possible attacker could come from and what is best position for him, for you…

Cover and Concealment:

Understand what is ‘cover’ and what is ‘concealment’.  You could read in some manual that concealment could be for example thick bush, you stand behind that and you are not visible, and for cover there is thick brick wall and behind it no bullet can kill you.

With that knowledge you find yourself in the middle of terrorist attack inside club and find out there is no bushes or thick walls and you suddenly have a flash of revelation that tells you did not learn enough about important things. There is a difference between knowledge and understanding.

Here I find movie industry very guilty for misinformation and lot of possible deaths. You know the movie scenes where people who were shot with a pistol, fly 10 meters through the air when they get hit, or, or guys who use wooden tables for cover in gunfights?

It is all wrong you know…?

Bullet from AK 47 (or any other similar characteristic rifle) can go through many things like doors, walls, shelves, cabinets, tables and kill you or even one more person. Even bullets from a pistol can go through a lot of stuff and kill you.

A good idea is to bring some stuff next time on your shooting range and test it, shoot through it so you have idea.

After that exercise on shooting range, whenever you go to your favorite places (malls, clubs, etc) together with entrances, exits, route considerations etc think, look for and identify real cover (can that big wooden bar take a rifle shot, or that big refrigerator?)

Who Survives?

Mostly guys who survived to tell story about similar events were those who use the opportunity to flee right on time, so I would not have any real deep thoughts about that, if you have chance to run, then run and survive.

If you are there, at the place, armed and have a chance to make the change (to eliminate attacker) to save yourself, then no deep thoughts again, eliminate the threat!

But again here is catch, it is not shooting range, with empty beer bottles. Attacker is shooting too, and most probably with deadlier weapon than yours…

Slight advantage here is that attacker is not expecting resistance in the form of a firearm. Again, a few suggestions. Forget any thoughts of ‘honorable fighting'(scream while everybody else is screaming in horror and then when he points in other direction shoot the asshole in back), and also do some tactical thinking about his position and your position, angles of movement, corners, types of his weapon (time to reload) and use every opportunity to win.


It is pretty dark conclusion, since I strongly believe that even when you entering mall you need to think about possible exits, how thick is that glass in front, covers and tactical movements in case of attack, but it is what it is, we are talking about survival anyway not about agriculture here.

Remember attacks are happening where people are not expecting it too much, that is also why are so many victims.

Be prepared!

Do events such as these change your preparedness plans or affect your training? Comment below, let us know how you would deal with a situation like this…?

WATCH: Nutty Californians Sign Petition To Add Urinals In WOMEN’S Restrooms For Transgenders

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Prankster Mark Dice is at it again, and this time he tackled the transgender issue. Dice asked people in California to sign a petition requiring that urinals be added to women’s restrooms – any most people on the street signed. Dice, in fact, said that no one argued with him. The petition, of course, is fake. Watch the incredible video below. (Warning: You may not want to watch this one around children.)

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Survival first aid | Check out this new emergency bleeding control kit

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Emergencies involving blood loss could occur anytime and anywhere, and you must be ready to deal with them.

by Leon Pantenburg

I was not paid to do this review, and has no sponsorship or advertising  relationship with Doom and Bloom™.

Probably the best time investment I ever made was to take a 20-hour Wilderness First Aid class required by the Boy Scouts for adult leaders. I used those skills twice, and I’m convinced the class saved me from having a massive, possibly fatal, heart attack. (Here’s the rest of that story.)

This Bleeding Control Kit contains the latest, most up-to-date tools for stopping bleeding.

This kit contains the latest, most up-to-date tools for stopping bleeding.

Stopping bleeding is a first aid skill that can’t be underestimated. From industrial accidents to natural disasters to terrorist attacks, lives are lost because someone can’t stop hemorrhaging. Often you only have seconds to get bleeding under control.

That’s why you might consider adding the First Aid Bleeding Control Kit by Doom and Bloom™. The kit  is compact, lightweight, and has the equipment necessary to save a life in any circumstance.

Over the past several years, Doom and Bloom™ has emerged as probably  the most respected website for emergency preparedness medicine.

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is a physician  and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN.

Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are highly trained and experienced medical professionals.

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are highly-trained and experienced medical professionals.

Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook,” well-known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines.

I ran into the duo at the Mother Earth News Preparedness Expo in Albany, Oregon recently. I had appeared on one of their podcasts, and really enjoyed meeting them face-to-face. (Check out our interview – Survivalcommonsense comes on about 8:30 into the podcast.)

This was before the Orlando shooting tragedy, but I was already interested in some sort of a bleeding control kit.

The idea for this specific kit came about, Amy said, because of the potential for injuries where stopping bleeding quickly is a dire necessity.

Contained in a bright, easy-to-open Mylar bag, this kit contains materials proven to be highly effective in controlling bleeding, she said,  including the SWAT tourniquet, compression dressings, gauze bandages, bandage scissors, and special hemostatic (blood-clotting) pads.

Most impressive, from my layman’s point of view, are the directions. These are included on waterproof 8.5 x 11 two-sided paper. They are simple, step-by-step numbered instructions that correspond to the numbered items.  Images of the item to be used and demonstrations of the required action, are along side the written instructions. This creates easy-to-follow steps, Amy said, with little chance of error.

“Anyone can use this kit, even someone who doesn’t speak English, “Amy said.

The instructions are presented in a way that is intuitive to non-medically trained people, she added, such as teachers, law enforcement officers, students, homeowners, parents, and employees.

This kit weighs 14 ounces and is approximately 6 x 9 inches. Several can be packed into an average medical bag or pack.

The Doom and Bloom Bleeding Control kit can help stop traumatic blood loss.

The Doom and Bloom Bleeding Control kit can help stop traumatic blood loss.

Here’s what is in the kit:


1 BANDAGE SCISSORS/SHEARS (to cut away clothing and expose wounds)

1 H&H COMPRESSED GAUZE 4.5 inches X 12 feet


1 SWAT (stretch, wrap and tuck) TOURNIQUET

2 CELOX-EMS 4 X 4 INCH HEMOSTATIC (blood clotting) PADS

1 MYLAR BLANKET (To keep victim warm) 52 inches X 84 inches

1 H&H COMPRESSION BANDAGE (Used over gauze to provide pressure directly on wound)

1 RED PLASTIC BAG (For waste disposal, or could be used as an improvised chest seal)


This kit is one of those products I don’t want to try out, and I can’t think of a way to realistically field test it. In such cases, I rely on the proven experts, and get their feedback.

I trust Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy for their educated, common sense approach to emergency and preparedness medical emergencies. If you are setting up a first aid kit (And everybody should!) go with proven gear.

And go to your local Red Cross, community college or somewhere and take a basic first aid class. This is one preparedness skill you REALLY don’t want to learn on the job!

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Hand-Milled Acne Soap

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With store bought soap and dried herbs This acne fighting hand-milled soap is a family favorite and has worked well to clear up many a breakout. We keep a bar in each shower so it is always within arms reach. It is not necessary to know how to make your own soap while creating this acne […]

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Comments on my Post-Collapse Skill: Weather Forecasting article

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted an article entitled Post-Collapse Skill: Weather Forecasting. In it, I pointed out how useful the ability to accurately forecast the weather would be in a post-collapse world, where we no longer have the national weather service, weather satellites, etc.  One o f my twitter followers, Cindy McCafferty (@CMcCafferty3), an amateur weather forecaster according to her twitter bio, sent me a series of tweets on the topic. Here are her suggestions**:

** “Acurite has a station battery and solar powered $100 Walmart, $200 internet recording on”  

** “Mine is the Acurite 1010 Pro several years old $80-100 at Walmart. Mine does not connect to internet/stats on Wunderground”

** “ My old Acurite 1010 Professional indoor monitor panel buy the one with all the bells and whistle”  Her tweet included this pic:

Folks, here’s the link to the Amazon listings for AcuRite weather stations. 

** “You can also use stats from other people’s stations on Wunderground”

The website for Wunderground is Its a really interesting website, which uses/posts stats from thousands of personal weather stations. You can easily pull up info from nearby weather stations.

** “And don’t forget aneroid at hardware stores, garage sales set altitude”

McCafferty is referring to aneroid barometers, which are instruments for measuring pressure with a method that does not involve using a liquid. Remember to adjust them for your altitude.

In some additional tweets, McCafferty also suggests being careful of where you place your weather station. Too near a building, for example, might interfere with wind speed measurement, etc.

Thank You, Cindy, for you comments. I found them very useful, and will likely be getting my own AcuRite weather station in the next few weeks!

10 Heal-Anything Herbs That Just Might Replace Your Medicine (No. 5 Is Popular During Summer)

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10 Heal-Anything Herbs For Growing Your Own Off-Grid ‘Backyard Medicine Chest’

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Growing herbs for use in the kitchen allows you to add a freshness to the table that store-bought herbs can never produce. Whether grown in a small plot designed especially for a kitchen herb garden, in containers along the patio or as companion plants in the family garden, herbs are an excellent addition to your homestead.

Although herbs add much to our culinary endeavors, they are also useful in many other ways. Many common herbs have great medicinal qualities, are helpful in caring for livestock, and some have the ability to control unwanted pests around the homestead. For the cost of a few seeds, or potted plants, and a bit of time for researching your options, you can grow a natural medicine chest in your backyard.

Below is a brief overview of 10 common plants that can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments. Some can be taken internally as an herbal tea, while some should only be used as an infused oil or as part of a poultice. Still others are best suited for pest management on the homestead.

1. Sweet basil

Sweet Basil is not only versatile in the kitchen, but also works as a repellent for flying insects such as flies and mosquitos. Basil reduces inflammation and has been shown to be effective as an antibacterial agent.

2. Calendula

Not to be confused with marigolds, which are toxic, calendula has many healing properties. It is best used as a salve in treating skin irritations, including rashes, bruising, cuts and scrapes. It is safe to use for everyone on the homestead, including livestock.

3. Comfrey

10 Herbs For Growing Your Own Off-Grid ‘Backyard Medicine Chest’

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Comfrey contains allantoin, which aids cell formation, giving comfrey wonderful healing properties. Used to treat wounds, burns, skin irritations, sprains and even broken bones, comfrey can be used as a raw leaf, in a salve or more often as a poultice.

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Please note that comfrey should not be taken internally, as it disrupts liver function.

4. Garlic

We all know that garlic has health benefits when added to our meals, but it is also helpful as a repellent for pesky mosquitos. A garlic poultice can be used to treat ringworm and other skin irritations. Painful ear infections can be eased by the application of warm, mashed garlic cloves.

5. Lavender

Even in ancient times, lavender was added to bath water to restore calm. Today, we recognize that it is helpful not only for relieving anxiety but it has beneficial properties that can be utilized to treat burns, cuts and insect bites.

6. Marsh mallow

Marsh mallow is a versatile healing plant. It can be used as a salve for insect bites, bruises and other types of skin inflammation. It works well as a poultice for chest congestion and can also be made into a syrup to further alleviate congested airways. An herbal tea, made from the root of the mallow plant, has been known to help multiple ailments, including excessive stomach acid and even the passage of kidney stones.

7. Painted daisies

Painted daisies, as well as other daisy relatives, contain pyrethrum, a natural insecticide. Whether it is used as a companion plant in the garden or planted around an outdoor living space, this plant is a colorful natural alternative to toxic insecticides.

8. Parsley

10 Herbs For Growing Your Own Off-Grid ‘Backyard Medicine Chest’

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Aside from garnishing your dinner plate, parsley aids in digestion, promotes optimal liver function and combats bad breath. It can be used as poultice to reduce swelling and bruising. Additionally, adding parsley when juicing other fruits and vegetables also helps to eliminate water retention.

9. Sage

A common addition to savory foods, sage, used as an herbal tea or as a syrup, is helpful in reducing fevers, easing headaches, and clearing sinuses. Relieve skin irritations, such as itchy rashes, with sage leaves.

10. Thyme

Thyme is a multipurpose plant, offering many medicinal uses, as well as being helpful for pest management. Adding thyme to your garden will draw bees for pollination. However, if you add thyme to a campfire, it will repel unwanted insects. Medicinally, thyme can be used a number of ways. As a poultice, thyme acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and is also antifungal. As a weak tea, it can be used as a mouthwash and gargle to relieve sores in the mouth and general sore throats. It works as an expectorant, helpful in relieving painful coughs.

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How To Turn a Tree into Lumber using a Homemade Alaskan Mill

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Here’s David Groth demonstrating a technique for milling a redwood log into slabs of wood with a homemade Alaskan Mill. Very cool and instructional.

If you own woodland or have access to it, being able to make your own lumber and building material will mean a big step up on the self-reliance scale.

What I like about this video is that the interviewer, Julie Joynt, asks basic questions so that a person unfamiliar with milling techniques can learn how to mill slabs of wood with their chainsaw without spending money for additional equipment.

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe around Water

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keep kids safe around waterChances are that you and your loved ones will want to keep cool this summer by being around the water. Beaches, pools, water parks, and lakes are all popular destinations for families wanting relief from hot temperatures. However, the water can be dangerous for children. About 1,000 kids die each year by drowning, and it’s the second leading cause of accidental death for those ages 5 to 24.

The good news, however, is that there are many precautions that parents can take to ensure that their kids are safe around the water.

  • Never leave your children unattended. They need constant supervision when in or near water including places you’d least expect it like ditches, fountains, inflatable pools, the bathtub and even the sink. It doesn’t take much for a child to drown. In fact, babies can drown in as much as an inch of water.
  • In public areas, always swim in areas supervised by lifeguards and use the buddy system.
  • Have children older than four take swimming lessons. Those older than age one might also benefit. Adults in the family should know how to swim and consider taking a CPR class.
  • Invest in flotation devices for each child, and have the kids wear them when near the water. These devices should fit properly. For kids younger than five, use a vest with head support and a strap between the legs.
  • Teach your children to never play in the water without your supervision or that of a trusted, responsible adult.
  • Build a fence around your home pool. Use a gate that is self-closing and self-latching with the latch out of the kid’s reach.
  • Bring a cell phone with you when watching kids playing in water. However, keep conversations brief so you won’t be distracted.
  • Make sure kids wear foot protection in ponds and lakes.
  • Know which rides are appropriate for your children at water parks.
  • To cut down on waterborne illnesses, take your kids on bathroom breaks often and shower before entering the pool. Babies who are not potty trained need swim

The water is an excellent place for staying cool in hot temperatures but there are dangers, especially for children. Keep your kids safe by taking precautions to ensure their safety.

What Are The Best Work Boots?

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It is absolutely essential that you have at least a pair of good work boots or ‘hiking’ boots as part of your overall preparedness. Why? Because the best boots are those which will hold up under the stress of hard use and will stand the test of time. It’s important. I cannot emphasize enough the […]

No, The Orlando Shooter Did NOT Use An AR-15. He Used This …

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The media got the type of gun used by Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen wrong.

Several news outlets, including Newsweek and The Washington Post, reported that Mateen used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

Mateen actually used a SIG MCX carbine, a weapon that does not even look like the AR-15, Bearing Arms pointed out. The AR-15 is a gas-operated semiautomatic rifle that was the base of the M-16 rifle used by the United States military. The AR-15 is a trademark of Colt that has been manufactured by a number of companies over the years.

The SIG MCX is a modular rifle system that has been designed to use a number of different calibers of ammunition. It is manufactured by Sig Sauer. The AR-15 is a larger and less advanced weapon with more limited capabilities.

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“The anti-gun politimedia wasted no time at all demonizing the most common rifle in the United States as being the real villain of the Islamic terrorist attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” Bearing Arms’ Bob Owens said.

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Families of some of the Newtown, Connecticut, victims are suing AR-15 manufacturers, using the argument that the rifles are military weapons that should have never been sold to the public, The New York Times reported.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used Mateen’s killing spree to call for a ban on what she called assault weapons.

“This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said.

Wrote Owens, “All the media cares about is that they’ve wrapped their anti-gun dreams on demonizing the most popular rifle sold in the United States, and they’re going to keep attacking it, whether or not it was used in any particular incident or not.”

Owens argued that it would not have mattered what the terrorist used, because he was not engaged.

“With an ineffectual police response outside the club and no known resistance inside the club, it was sadly irrelevant which firearm the terrorist chose for his attack,” Owens wrote. “It’s important to be very clear on this: when a terrorist faces no significant opposition, any common firearm can be used to inflict tremendous casualties.”

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Grinding your way to survival after the collapse.

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Hello my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at grinding your way to survival after it all falls apart.  Having Non-GMO seeds is not enough to insure your survival, you need the tools to harvest and process it once it is grown.  That is the topic of today’s post, …

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USB Powered Air Conditioner?

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This cute little USB Powered Fan Air Conditioner came yesterday! I put my USB Solar Chargerin my kitchen window and plugged this into it. I was surprised how well it put out the air. It has a drawer at the bottom where you can put ice in to cool the air more and it came with some scented beads if you want to use it like that. It also can be powered by batteries. This is one thing that I am going to order another one of. Be great for a tent to keep air moving on a hot day.My son just told me that this would be awesome for my converted mini van to camper idea I have for my old mini van I just bought. – Yes!

Basic Survival Food From Your Garden: Beans

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As homesteaders, and preppers, we’re always looking for things that are versatile, easy to store and carry, and cheap.

Well, there’s one food that meets all of these criteria and then some: beans. They have a ton of health and survival benefits and are easy to grow and dry.

To Bean or Not to Bean? 

Why you should grow or stockpile beans for survival? There are at least four reasons to include beans in your stash.

High Protein

You can grow a beautiful garden and have a ton of veggies and fruits stored, but you likely won’t have much high-quality meat if the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) happens.

You can always hunt for it if it’s safe or even possible, but it’s good to have a substitute on hand. Beans have more than enough protein to get you through; 14-16 grams per cup.

One concern though; unlike meat, beans aren’t a complete protein; they lack a few essential amino acids. Pair them with brown rice, oatmeal, nuts or other plant-based proteins and you’ll round it out. In fact, beans and rice is a great carb/protein/fiber combination packed with vitamins and minerals that will feed a ton of people for practically nothing.

Packed with Fiber

Foods high in soluble fiber are beneficial for several reasons that are beneficial for us, especially in a survival situation. Fiber keeps your digestive tract clean, which helps prevent all sorts of illnesses from constipation to colon cancer.

Soluble fiber attaches to cholesterol particles and carry them out of your body, so it naturally lowers cholesterol (goodbye statins that won’t be available if SHTF) and helps prevent heart disease.

Fiber helps you stay fuller longer because it takes longer to digest. Because of this, beans have a low glycemic index, which means that they’re good for diabetics. This could be critical in a survival situation when insulin may not be available. Bonus: if you’re trying to lose weight, feeling full longer helps keep you from overeating.

That’s always a good thing!

Packed with Nutrients and Antioxidants

Beans have a ton of minerals including folate, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, potassium and zinc. All of these are considered minerals that most people don’t eat enough of, so beans can help round out your diet now and keep you healthy when SHTF.

Beans contain antioxidants, specifically phytosterols and isoflavones, that protect your body from all sorts of illnesses, including different types of cancer, premature aging, and cardiovascular disease.

Beans are Versatile

You can do a kazillion things with beans. You can make baked beans, ham beans, bean soup, bean dip, refried beans, beans for salad; the list goes on. It would be hard to get tired of beans, especially if you have a variety of them.

OK already – beans are good for you, but how do you turn those beans in your garden into those nice dried beans found in the grocery isle that will keep forever? You’re going to be surprised how easy it is.

What Kind of Beans Should you Grow?

Honestly, I personally don’t grow beans because the yield doesn’t merit the effort right now. For instance, you’ll have to grow at least 25 pinto bean plants to yield 1 lb. of beans, and that’s assuming maximum yield. It may take more than 100 plants to yield that.

To put it in perspective, you’d need about a 10-foot row to yield 1 pound. Of course, if you’re in a survival situation and live on a large lot of land (which I don’t have at the moment), then you may want to plant them. Right now, I’d rather use that space to grow veggies I can preserve and just buy my beans.

But if you do decide to grow beans, here you go: Good dry beans include pintos, great northerns, cranberries, limas, kidneys, garbanzos and navys.

types of beans

Dry beans grow best in warm, dry climates and need good draining soil to keep from molding before they germinate. You may want to start your beans inside because you can’t put them outside until the threat of frost has passed. Also, you want them to mature in the fall because they won’t drop pods if the temperature is above 80 degrees. F.

Grow them in full sun and keep the soil around them loose, well-drained, and well fertilized with your compost. Depending on the bean, they’ll take from 70-120 to reach harvest. In warm, dry climates, the beans will likely dry themselves right on the plant; when the leaves have turned brown and the pods are crunchy, try the beans. They’re ready if you can’t bite them.

You want to get them in before the frost or fall rains even if they’re not dry yet; hang them in the barn or cellar or somewhere else where it’s dry until they’re ready to store. You could also spread them out on a flat screen in the sunshine or another warm place. Pods will split open when they’re completely dry.

You’ll have to remove them from the shells (thus the name “shell beans”) then remove the thresh from them, then store them in an airtight container.

Beans grow great next to bush beans, cucumbers, corn, potatoes, rosemary, strawberries and celery. Don’t plant them with onions, kohlrabi, or beets. Also, don’t

The good thing about storing (or growing) beans now is that if you need them, they’re versatile. You can sprout them to make great, protein- and nutrient-rich salad ingredients. You can also use them to feed your livestock – check out my article on 14 Cheap Ways to Feed Your Chickens.

The plant scraps make good scratch for your chickens, too.

Some Beans Make Good Flours

If it comes down to it, beans can make a great, protein-rich flour. Garbanzo flour is popular today with organic bakers, especially for people who are gluten-intolerant.

The downside to this is that beans are tough to grind into flour – you’ll need a home mill because, unlike herbs, you can’t grind them in your blender or coffee mill. Again, it will take a ton (not literally) of beans to make even a pound of flour, so you may just want to buy it.

Beans belong in your stockpile, in large quantities if you’re prepping for a long-term survival event. When cooking them, remember that they contain a mild toxin that causes gastrointestinal issues such as gas and bloating. Kidney beans contain a more extreme toxin and eating raw or undercooked kidney beans can make you extremely ill, and can even kill you.


Read our article How to Rehydrate And Prepare Your Preserved Food to avoid the mistake some people are making when cooking dried beans.

If you want to grow them, you’re not alone – many people enjoy growing beans. Be aware though that if you’re going to do it, plant plenty of them because the yield is low.

Beans really are the ideal survival food. They’re nutritious, versatile, cheap, lightweight, and easy to store. Plus, they keep for a long time.

If you’ve grown dry beans, please tell us about what types of beans you grew, what problems, if any, you had, and what your yield was in the comments section below.


This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

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Orlando Shootings: More To Come, What To Do

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Active Shooters: What to Do

In the sad aftermath of the Orlando shootings that killed or injured more than 100 people, it has become clear to me that we’re in for a rough ride for the foreseeable future.

You might think that the “success” achieved by Omar Mateen in executing his terror event was a fluke. The sheer number of casualties was the most ever on American soil. The complexities of Mr. Mateen’s relationship with the community, having apparently visited the PULSE nightclub on multiple occasions, must make this a rare circumstance, right? Wrong.


Pulse Nightclub, Wikipedia

The shooter’s assessment of his target as being a “soft” one was deadly accurate. A crowded venue, maybe all in one large room with limited exits, some allegedly padlocked. At 2 o’clock in the morning, many club goers must have had some drinks, and weren’t exactly in a condition to be situationally aware. Likely, no one was armed. It was a massacre and, worse, a blueprint for massacres to come.

Those who support Mr. Mateen’s philosophy will look at this event and marvel at how much damage a single gunman can do. This can only encourage others of like mind to do the same. How many nightclubs are there, gay or straight, that’ll be crowded on a Saturday night in the average city? How many club goers will be ready for the next gunman? How many establishments will act to boost security in the face of this horrible tragedy? I’ve answered these questions myself, and I am saddened.

The Islamic State giving credit to this terrorist will seem like a badge of honor to those who wish us harm. They see cowardly acts as courageous. They see mayhem as morality. They know that most Americans have gone soft, and that’s a hard truth.

We now know that mass shootings can occur anywhere, anytime. They can occur in churches, schools, nightclubs, and at holiday parties. They can occur at 2 in the morning and they can occur in the middle of the day. What would be your response if confronted?

The natural response for most people is to do nothing. You’ve heard me talk about “normalcy bias” before. That’s the tendency for people to believe everything follows a pattern and that the day will proceed normally because it always has. When a terrorist event breaks that pattern, however,  the unprepared brain takes time to process the new situation. People will think that the sound of gunfire is fireworks, or anything less threatening than an assassin out to kill them.

A person without a plan of action typically follows the herd. If fifty people around you drop to the floor, your natural tendency is to do the same. Cowering in fear under a table in plain view of the shooter isn’t a recipe for a good outcome. But having a plan will give you a better chance of getting out of there in one piece.

During an active shooter event, what you do in the first few seconds may determine whether you live or die. Give yourself a head start by always knowing what’s happening around you. We call this situational awareness. Know where exits are. Know where the gunshots are coming from. Know who appears nervous or suspicious in your immediate area.

Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But in this era of people immersed in their smartphones, few are situationally aware and become easy targets for the active shooter.

Run, Hide, Fight

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If you find yourself in the middle of a terrorist event, you should remember these three words: Run, Hide, Fight. Just as “Stop, Drop, and Roll” can save the life of someone on fire, Run, Hide, Fight might save the life of someone under fire. This is the order of the actions that you should be taking in an active shooter scenario.


Most people will hide as their first course of action. You, however, should run away from the direction of gunfire immediately, leaving through those exits you’ve been mentally marking. This will make it less likely you and the shooter will cross paths. Forget about collecting your stuff, it will only slow you down and, let’s face it, it’s just stuff.

A kind of paralysis may occur when you first realize what’s happening. This is normal, but running away from the shooter increases your distance from them, and makes it difficult for them to hit a moving target.

A good citizen would yell for others to follow and prevent others from entering the kill zone. Don’t try to move or otherwise help the wounded, however. You have to get out of there; becoming the next casualty does no one any good. Even the police will leave the injured for after the shooter has been neutralized.

(One very important note: If you see law enforcement, don’t run up and hug them. Get your hands in the air, fingers spread, where officers can see them. They need to know you’re not the threat. Follow any instructions given and leave in the directions the officer came from.)

Once you’re in a safe area, call 911 if rescuers have not yet arrived.



If there’s only one exit and the shooter is standing in front of it, running might not be an option. Your next choice is hiding.

You have to get out of the shooter’s line of sight, but hiding under a table in the same room as the shooter is a very bad idea. Get into another room, preferably one with a door you can lock. If there is no lock, put together a barrier with desks and chairs. Turn off the lights, silence your cell phone, and stay quiet behind an additional barrier like a table or in a closet. If you can quietly alert authorities, do so.

By accomplishing the above, you’ve just made yourself a harder target to acquire for the shooter, and he wants to do his damage as fast as possible. He’ll likely pass you by to find easier targets.



What if you can’t run, and there is no reasonable hiding place? You just might have to fight your way out of there. This strategy isn’t always doomed to failure. You still might be able to drop an attacker even if unarmed. Three unarmed men were able to do it to a shooter on a train in Paris. It’s a last resort, but it can work; it did there.

If you don’t fight, the shooter will have a clear shot to your head and death is likely. If you fight, you’ll be harder to hit with a fatal shot. Any type of aggression against the gunman would disrupt their “flow” and possibly put you at an advantage. If you can, approach him from the side or rear, and go for his weapon.

If you have help, all should attack at the same time from different directions while hurling objects that he has to dodge. At the PULSE nightclub, there were probably drinking glasses and bottles handy, not to mention hundreds of cell phones.  The gunman is probably not James Bond: he’ll duck or flinch and not be able to handle multiple threats at once. Imagine a half-dozen people charging you while throwing stuff at your head. Makes for a pretty nervous terrorist, I’d say.

If you’ve disrupted the shooter or, better, gotten the weapon out of his hands, inflict damage on him until he is out of the fight. Tough, I’ll admit, but these are tough times; commit to your actions.

Luckily, few people will find themselves in the midst of a terrorist attack like the one in Orlando, but you can bet more are coming. Having a plan for active shooter situations is galling to some, but it’s part of life in the New Normal. Those who are prepared will have a better chance to survive terror events and many other disasters in the uncertain future.

Joe Alton, MD


Joe Alton, MD

Find out more about what you can in active shooter situations in our brand new Third Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook.

When Will We Take Back Our Dominion?

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     This topic of dominion is not only a contested subject matter, but a confusing one for most Christians.  By definition, Dominion means sovereignty or control.  And in today’s post I want to discuss the dominion of the earth, and who owns it?  Who controls the earth — God, man, or the devil?
     The Bible addresses this question from the very beginning.  In Genesis 1:26, we read Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (ESV).  Other translations of the Bible substitute the words complete authority or rule for the word dominion.  But you get the idea — God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, during the creation process, transferred their authority or dominionship of what They created over to man.

     We have further affirmation of this understanding from Psalm 115:16, which says The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, But the earth He has given to the children of men.  Seems pretty cut and dried to me!  Adam and Eve had dominion of the world until Satan convinced them to hand it over to him through his clever deception.  But here’s the thing … Psalm 115:16 says that God HAS given the earth to the children of men; it does not say God HAD given the earth to the children of men.  I believe Dominionship of the earth is a right we can take back, and we can cancel that agreement made way back in the Garden of Eden.  Follow my thoughts for just a moment …
    Remember how satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness and took Him up on the high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in one moment of time?  And what did the devil say to Him?  All this authority (dominion; sovereignty; control) I will give You, and their glory, for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.  It wasn’t God who delivered the authority or dominion of the earth to the devil, it was Man!
     And since that time, there has been a long battle for authority over the earth.  But here is what Christians need to understand:  that battle, which began in the Garden was finished at the empty tomb.  Jesus, as God in the flesh, came to take that authority back and fulfilled His purpose with His death on the Cross!  And with the victory of His resurrection, our Lord assigned His authority back over to us!  Doesn’t Scripture record Jesus saying,  “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”  And doesn’t Scripture further say, For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority?  In other words, Jesus, having received all authority and power, in turn, delegates that authority to His Believers.  It is part of our “fullness” in Him!  And that authority is not to be used at our own will or for our own pleasure.  We are to submit ourselves to the authority of Jesus and be used by Him as He wills.  So having the authority of Jesus within us in the form of the Holy Spirit, we are to model ourselves after Jesus and do as He did — obey the will of the Father in all things, knowing that we are exercising His authority and power.
     But can you discern that even to this day, the Enemy actually gets the children of men to continue to give up their authority — even though Jesus took that authority back and fulfilled His purpose (and the will of the Father) with His death on the Cross, and then passed that authority on to us, His Believers.  Why is it so hard for us to understand that as co-heirs with Christ, the devil has no authority over us?  Why do we continue to let him whisper lies to us and render us powerless?
     Yes, man surrendered his dominion through Adam, but Jesus took it back by restoring our relationship with God through faith in Him.  In that process, our dominion on earth was also restored. We don’t have to bow down to satan and suffer his slings and arrows.  After Christ’s victory on the Cross, we regained our authority on earth (through Him) and we were designed to rule and reign right now — not wait until the Millennial Kingdom or the new Heaven and Earth.  Reigning with Christ now requires acknowledging Jesus’s authority in our life and His transference of that authority and power to those who follow and obey Him.  Sadly, most Christians have been deceived by the devil into thinking he still has authority over them.  It is those who don’t know Jesus as their Savior who don’t have the power or knowledge to dispute his lying tongue.  Those who know our Lord should know their position in God’s Kingdom and be able to effectively battle the enemy and call his bluff.  We need to start exercising the authority and dominion that are rightfully ours.  Yeshua paid a heavy price to regain them and return them to us.  Let us honor and glorify Him by fulfilling our identity in Christ.

Revelation 5:10     And You have made us to be a kingdom [of royal subjects] and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.

Old English Butterscotch Toffee Recipe From 1934

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Old English Butterscotch Toffee Recipe From 1934 Butterscotch is an old time classic flavor. It is actually my favorite flavor of pudding and had been since a child. As you may be aware my grandparents were English so they also enjoyed butterscotch back in the UK. I was craving an original butterscotch flavor and came across this recipe I am sharing with you all today, it is from 1934 and has been in use and enjoyed for over 85 years. I gave it a go, made a big batch and had to make a second batch for my work colleagues

Forget Your 72 Hour Bug Out Bag You Need More

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Forget your 72-hour bug out bag you need more. It’s quite simple, what we used to think was acceptable in a 72-hour bug out bag or kit was okay. It’s not. Before anyone gets too excited let me explain my thinking. In the last 15-20 years, I think a 72-hour bug out bag or kit was the thing we all did. Well, we need to up our game people. I have been looking online at some groups that have a list of maybe 20 items and it all fits in a gallon container. No water. WHAT? Crazy, huh? Yep, that’s what I said. I looked at some of the items on the list that filled the gallon jug with a handle, I would not eat 99% of the food items on the list. If I was starving, of course, I would have to eat it, right? But I would be so thirsty from all the sodium!

Okay, let’s get real here. If we have a disaster we will for sure need more than 72 hours worth of food, water, etc. I used to laugh when I would pass out my suggested list of emergency items for a 72-hour bug out bag to classes I would teach. I would joke that my list required a semi-truck. Just kidding, of course. By the way, we need to give a HUGE shout out to our truckers who work 24/7 and work almost all holidays to bring us food, paper products, gasoline and everything we see in our fabulous supermarkets. Thank you!!

Here’s my list, pick and choose the items you cannot do without in say 30 days. We need to step out of the 72-96 hour bug out bag or kit right now. That amount of time is no longer realistic. Trust me, look at the news and you will see for yourself. People are stranded a lot longer than that amount of time from different situations we see all over the country. Please do not count on the government, they may not reach you for days, weeks or maybe even months. You must be prepared for the unexpected today, not tomorrow. Please remember my book: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

Bug Out Bag (you need a trailer or you can bug in):

Every emergency agency in the country recommends having a 72-hour kit available to grab-and-go in an emergency. Be sure to update your kit every six months to a year, depending on the items you have in it. Include food you know you will eat and items that can keep you busy during times of inactivity. Be mindful of storing items that might leak, melt, or affect other items in your bag if they leak or break open (Ziploc bags might help with this problem). Attach a tag to the kit or bag with your name, phone number(s), a tag to remind you to grab your prescriptions/medicines, and a tag to grab your emergency binder. Depending on the needs of you and/or your family, items you could include in your kit are:

1. Water for at least three days (1-4 gallons per day person), water purifiers and water purifier bottles (like a Berkey Sport Portable Water Purifier) to last for at least three months.
2. MRE’s (Meals ready to eat); hot and cold ready to eat food packages; freeze dried fruits and vegetables; and candy, gum, jerky, fruit snacks, raisins, fruit leather, granola bars, peanuts, crackers, etc.
3. Aspirin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Vitamin C, cold remedies, Essential Oils, etc., antacids (for upset stomachs) Don’t forget Tylenol PM or something similar to use as a sleeping aid.
4. Axe/shovel combo
5. Baggies (all sizes)
6. Batteries (all sizes-rotate yearly)
7. Bible/Scriptures
8. Bee sting & bite kit
9. Blanket–solar is thinner
10. Pillow
11. Bleach (household chlorine–nonscented)
12. Books
13. Bung wrench/Gas shut off wrench
14. CASH-small bills/coins (if we lose power, ATM’s won’t work; credit/debit cards won’t work)
15. Can opener (non-electric)
16. Canned stove
17. Candles/glow sticks
18. Cards or small games to play
19. Chapstick/lip balm
20. Chargers, in case we have electricity
21. Coats/Jackets/Sweaters/Extra Clothes & Shoes
22. Coffee Pot, pitcher, container
23. Cooking pot, griddle or fry pan
24. Cooking stove of some kind/fuel/fire starter/striker
25. Compass
26. Contact lenses & supplies
27. Cotton Swabs/Kleenex Tissues
28. Disinfectant
29. Duct tape
30. Emergency sewing kit
31. Fingernail clippers/nail file
32. Fire extinguisher
33. First Aid Kit
34. Hand Warmers
35. Flashlights (preferably solar or crank); don’t forget batteries (store batteries outside the flashlights to keep them fresh)
36. Garbage Bags
37. Glasses (extra pair of eye glasses)
38. Gloves/latex or non-latex
39. Hair brushes/combs
40. Hats, gloves/scarves
41. Headlamp
42. Hearing Aid, plus batteries
43. Imodium/Anti-Diarrhea medicine
44. Instant milk (chocolate milk would be good as well)
45. Ipecac (check with poison control if possible)
46. Hot pads, dish towels/rags/dish soap
47. Lanterns/compact lights
48. Latex/Non-latex gloves
49. Masks N-95 minimum
50. Matches (waterproofed)
51. Mess Kits
52. Mirror
53. Scissors
54. All Purpose Knife
55.Mosquito Spray
56. Personal Hygiene (tampons, pads, feminine supplies, etc.)
57. Post-It Notes/pencils/pens/crayons
58. Radio/crank and or battery type (pack batteries)
59. Rain Poncho
60. Rope
61. Safety pins, several sizes
62. Shaving cream, shavers (disposable)
63. Solar lights
64. Sunglasses
65. Temporary toilet and bags
66. Thermal Underwear
67. Thermometer
68. Toilet Paper, shampoo, hand soap, baby wipes and hand sanitizer, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tweezers
69. Tools
70. Tent(s)
71. Umbrella
72. Utensils, plates, cups, silverware to cook and eat with
73. Vaseline
74. Wet wipes-lots…they might be our only shower
75. Whistles, Walkie Talkies, (test before you need them for distance) like Motorola Talkabout 2-Way Radios #MR350R/ FRS/GMRS Radio (22 channels, 121 privacy codes, 2662 Combinations)
76. NOAA Weather radio
77. Work Gloves

REMEMBER, you would need a truck to “haul” all of these items, so check off one item at a time and pick the items that meet you and/or your family’s needs. These are IDEAS…just start collecting a little at a time.

Put all the things that need to be rotated together in baggies. This way you just GRAB a bag and switch out the outdated items.

Printable: FSM 72-hour kit adults

Please remember my book is available: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

FEMA: FEMA-Food and Water in an Emergency

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Homestead Blog Hop #87

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Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday featuring real food recipes, natural health remedies, DIY, crafts, Gardening Tips, and more...

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Operation Overhaul of our house is in full swing. New flooring and paint throughout the living areas (not office and bedrooms.) Have you ever done something of the like? What are your favorite colors to paint?

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Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

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1. Best Fruits to Grow in a Container Garden from Organic 4 Greenlivings

9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face - Featured on the Homestead Blog Hop


2. 9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face from Natural Alternative Therapies

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 3. DIY Peppermint Infused Muscle Strain Medicinal Massage Oil from Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth

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Saving Judgement: Three Guys Go to the Woods

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On the heels of our Bloated Bushcraft article, some of you may find this useful. While I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Jeff face to face, I hold him in high esteem for his woodsy knowledge, love of family, and zest for life. Hope you enjoy his thoughts on saving judgement…

Saving Judgement- Three Guys Go into the Woods -

by Jeff Heigl

Three guys go out in the woods. The first one sets up a canvas tarp that he bought online, rigging it with paracord. He unfolds his wool blankets, takes his Swedish ax, and gathers firewood, He unpacks his gear and places a stainless pot of water on the fire he made with flint and steel to boil water and makes tea.

The second opens up a tarp made from a bed sheet and erects it with line made from natural plants. He takes a ‘hawk he forged and likewise gathers wood and builds a fire using a bow drill. He heats rocks and drops them into a birch container made waterproof with a mixture of pine sap and charcoal. When the water boils he dips in with a hand carved wooden cup and makes a tea from chaga and wintergreen.

The third guy rigs a plastic tarp from Walmart. He uses baling twine for stringing it. He lays out a sheet of plastic and places his sleeping bag on it. He takes his Estwing ax, and, like the others, he gathers firewood. He lays the fire but doesn’t light it. His stainless frying pan and Sierra cup are placed at the ready. Taking up his rifle, he goes hunting.

Which one got it right?

To my way of thinking all three. They came into the woods confident in their equipment and skilled at what they wanted to be skilled at. Each was where he wanted to be, doing as he chose. In the eyes of ‘plastic tarp guy’, the first two had limited themselves by lighting a fire. They had chosen to stay in camp while he was free to hunt and explore. Homemade tarp guy was confident to the extreme. He knew how to make do with what he could make or procure with his own hands. Canvas tarp man knew that his equipment was up to the task, and even though he purchased it, he had what he needed to do what he wanted.

That’s how it is here as well. Doing it all isn’t feasible for 99.9% of us. Bills to pay, college, jobs. Face it, a lot of us live in urban areas that frown on fires, much less forges. Those of us that do live in rural areas or even close to true wilderness are too busy going out to enjoy our ‘backyards’ to knap flint for each arrow just so we can hunt. We still have bills to pay, homes to maintain, families to raise. So we take our experiences in small doses when we can get away. Lol! Seems like there’s never enough time!

To those that are truly in the .01%, I say Great! To be able to afford that lifestyle as a hunter/gatherer must be wonderful. But again, for most of us… not feasible.

So, at the end of this little ramble/rant, let’s not be too hasty to judge one another’s skills. Some follow Nessmuk, some follow the Native American route, and others grab a few cans of beans, some flour, and whatever firearm they need and light out into the wilderness.

Just a few thoughts from an old man sitting on a stump in the woods waiting for shootin’ light.

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~ Todd

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Three places to hide a gun

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  There is a big debate online and offline about gun control and about what a citizen can do to hide a gun. About what any of us can do to avoid being left without firepower in a time of need. While it is certain that bad guys will always find a way to get … Read more…

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Security and Home Alarms for Your Apartment

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I mentioned a while back that there had been a couple of burglaries in our apartment complex.  I spoke to building management to get the scoop on the latest one.  He said there is usually an increase in theft during the summer months, especially when there are teens with nothing better to do so be on the lookout.    He said tenants  are responsible for making their apartments more secure as long as the changes don’t violate the terms of the […]

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The ‘9 Substation Problem’ That Would Wipe Out The Power Grid For 18 MONTHS

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The ‘9 Substation Problem’ That Would Take Out The Power Grid For 18 MONTHS

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America’s power grid is far more fragile than you might think, security expert and strategist Cris Thomas says, but it’s not cybersecurity he is worried about.

Thomas, a strategist at Tenable Network Security who also is known as “Space Rogue,” told Tech Insider that he is skeptical about the potential of a successful cyberattack, which he calls possible but unlikely.

Yet Thomas nevertheless is concerned that the grid can be taken down, coast to coast, in what he calls the “nine substation problem.”

Thomas was referencing a 2014 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) study that found an enemy could take down the US electric grid for more than a year by destroying nine critical substations out of the 55,000 substations that dot the US landscape. It would require a coordinated attack similar to September 11, 2001, and even could be easier because many substations lack any security.

“Destroy nine interconnection substations and a transformer manufacturer and the entire United States grid would be down for at least 18 months, probably longer,” a FERC memo detailed in The Wall Street Journal stated.

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Substations rely on transformers, which are large, custom-built devices, to move electricity. It can take months or even years to replace one because there is no available stockpile and only a few places around the world make them.

Simple Low-Tech Sabotage Could Take Down Grid

A physical attack on the grid would be easier and simpler than a cyberattack, Thomas said. All the bad guys would need is a few pounds of explosives at each site. Recent history demonstrates such a scenario is possible; Taliban terrorists succeeded in shutting off electric service to 80 percent of Pakistan’s population of 140 million people in January 2015 by blowing up a powerline.

A monkey knocked out power to the entire nation of Kenya, a country of 44 million people, for several hours by falling on a transformer on June 7, The Washington Post reported.  The outage lasted four hours, and, incredibly, the monkey survived.

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Grid sabotage has already occurred in the US, Thomas noted. He pointed to an April 16, 2013, incident when somebody caused $15 million worth of damage to a Pacific Gas & Electric substation outside San Jose by simply firing a semiautomatic rifle at transformers.

Koppel, Experts: Cyberattack Threat Is Real

Thomas may not be convinced that a cyberattack is possible, but famed TV newsman Ted Koppel believes it is and wrote about it in his 2015 book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.”

“My point is that, if someone succeeds in taking down one of our power grids — and the Russians and the Chinese can do it and maybe the Iranians and the North Koreans — it would be devastating.”

Experts interviewed by Koppel believe it is not a matter of “if,” but “when” the grid is attacked, and it would be down weeks or months, Koppel said.

“When I spoke to Janet Napolitano just after she left as secretary of Homeland Security — and she had been on the job for five years — I said to her, what do you think the chances are of a cyber-attack on the power grid? She said very, very high, 80 to 90 percent,” Koppel said.

Such an attack would lead to mass starvation, Koppel said, adding that he recommends people have a three- to six-month supply of food and water.

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Bass and Bluegill : Two SHTF Protein Sources You Haven’t Considered

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fishReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, there are a few words that need to be mentioned regarding Bass and Bluegill from a survival perspective.  As preppers and adherents to the survival lifestyle, you are well aware of how important protein is for your diet.  After a SHTF scenario, we are going to be forced to return (at least partially) to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.  Such a change can best be effected if you are cognizant of all avenues open to you.  One of those good avenues is taking advantage of pan-fish as a source for your protein.

I found the following chart you may wish to save for your records:

Bass and Bluegill Nutritional Values, Fried, 3-ounce serving

Calories 211 Sodium 484 mg
Total Fat 3 g Potassium 291 mg
Saturated 0 g Total Carbs 15 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g Dietary Fiber 1 g
Monounsaturated 0 g Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g Protein 20 g
Cholesterol 31 mg
Vitamin A 1% Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 0% Iron 11%

As can readily be seen from this chart, bass and bluegill (in relatively small amounts, mind you) provide substantial amounts of protein, along with valuable electrolyte minerals, such as sodium and potassium.  (Source)

Now there is a lot more to it than just knowing the nutritional values for these fish.  Suffice to say that Bass and Bluegill can be found throughout the United States, and are fairly easy to catch.  You can fish for them with something as simple as some line, a hook, and a bamboo/sapling-type pole.  You can even catch fish without a hook – you just need to know how! Meat fishing is decidedly different from sport fishing.  I strongly recommend studying some books on these two species of fish.  They’re in season now.  For your home state, it is best to visit either the county extension office or the USFS (U.S. Forestry Service) for more detailed information and maps as to the prevalence of these two fish species.

The bass really go for minnows, worm, and crayfish, and the bluegill for the former two.  I have never really liked the artificial lures and spinners, even though many people have great success with them.  Crayfish can be found in the streams and lakes where the bass abound.  If you aren’t experienced in capturing these guys, be careful, as they are similar to a miniature lobster and can inflict a good pinch on you with their pincers/claws.

When you hook them to use for bait, you should try to place your hook in them between thorax and tail, from the top.  If you hook it from the bottom it will cause them to present upside-down, and the bass (who hunt from sight) will know that something’s “fishy.”  Plus, you want them to travel backwards, which is their normal manner.  Worms are not as complex; however, your object should be to not disable the animal to a degree that it doesn’t even move on the hook.  Another consideration is that you must make sure the hook will be taken by the fish.  Worms and minnow are good both for bass and for bluegill.  The crayfish is a little tough for the latter to handle, except if he’s a really big bluegill or your dealing with an exceptionally-small crayfish.

Cooking fish can be prepared in a variety of ways. There are even recipes that will use up the odds and ends that you normally don’t eat. Remember: In an emergency, you want to know how to make use of everything you have. Practice your pan-fishing, and also practice building yourself a pyramid-frame hardwood smoker.  You can smoke your fish and dry them out over wood smoke.  This will preserve them; the time will increase accordingly with the amount of moisture you remove from the fish.  Salting is another method.  Why not take the time to (along with your fishing) practice the preservation of your catch?  You should also keep a notebook with you to record the locations and conditions of your excursions.

Remember you’re practicing to be a meat-fisherman who will provide protein either for yourself alone or for others of your family who are dependent upon you.  Also good as a skill to develop it the making of line, poles, and hooks from scrap materials.  “Zebco” won’t necessarily be around after the SHTF, nor will the “Bass Pro Shop.”  Use this time to hone your skills and learn the habits of these two common pan fish.  It can benefit you in the long run and add to your survivability for when it hits the fan.  JJ out!

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

The Death of Geraldine Largay a Case Study!

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The death of Geraldine Largay a case study! Josh “The 7P’s of Survival” This week on the 7 P’s of Survival Radio Show we will be doing a case study on the Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Geraldine Largay who became lost on the Appalachian Trail July 22, 2013, survived for at least 26 days, died from hunger/dehydration … Continue reading The Death of Geraldine Largay a Case Study!

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