Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Getting Meat Rabbits

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Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Getting Meat Rabbits

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If you’re considering meat rabbits for your family, look no further. Here you’ll find the basics of raising rabbits as a cost-effective, efficient and humane source of meat.

Housing Requirements

There are several schools of thought related to how to house rabbits. Some owners use wire cages, while others go for a more natural “colony” approach, which keeps all of the rabbits together in one pen on the ground, allowing them to form family groups and use their natural burrowing instincts.

You also can use rabbit tractors, an open bottom cage placed directly on the grass and moved periodically to give fresh grass to the rabbits. This is a great temporary or short-term option.

You can see the American Rabbit Breeder Association minimum space requirements here.

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Although those are the minimum requirements, we recommend a cage 30 inches by 36 inches and 18 inches tall for a breeding doe (female rabbit). This way, she has plenty of room for her nest box and her babies as they begin to grow but are not yet weaned. A buck (male rabbit) can be caged according to the size of the rabbit.

Grow-out cages, where the young rabbits will grow until processing day, should have more space to accommodate the larger number of rabbits. Young rabbits also will do well in rabbit tractors after they’ve reached a certain size.

When building cages for rabbits, you need to use wire with a minimum of 1-inch by 1-inch squares. It’s even better if it’s 1 inch by half an inch. Make sure the holes aren’t too wide, so as to protect rabbit feet and keep babies from being able to squeeze out. Never use chicken wire! It’s as easy for rabbits to chew through as grass, and will not adequately protect them from predators, either.

What Breed Is Right For You

Of course, you need to know which breed of meat rabbit fits your circumstances. There are several different breeds of rabbit that are good for meat purposes, but here are a few of the most popular ones:

  • New Zealand. New Zealand rabbits grow to be approximately 8-10 pounds and come in red, white, black and broken fur. They are stocky, midsize rabbits that have a decent growing rate and a good meat-to-bone ratio.
  • Californian. Californian rabbits are white with black points, and pink or red eyes. As adults, they reach around 8-11 pounds. Californians have a blocky, thick physique that is ideal for meat.
  • Silver Fox. The Silver Fox is a great homestead rabbit with a sweet temperament and beautiful fur that is black with white/silver tips. When processed, it produces about 65 percent of its live weight in meat.

Breeding And Gestation

Rabbit breeding is fairly simple, not to mention hilariously fast. One rule of thumb with the breeding process is to never bring the buck to the doe’s cage. Female rabbits are notoriously territorial toward males and do not take kindly to them encroaching on their space. Instead, bring the doe to the buck’s cage, and remove the doe immediately after mating to prevent fights.

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Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Getting Meat Rabbits

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The rabbit gestation period is between 28 and 32 days, but most rabbit owners will tell you they typically give birth on day 31. Mother rabbits need a nest box (you can buy or build one) and should keep the babies with them until they are around 4 to 6 weeks in age, at which point they can be moved to their own cage with more growing room. Rabbits can have anywhere between 4-14 babies (or “kits”) per litter, but the average is 6-8.

What To Feed Them

  • Alfalfa pellets. This is, by far, the simplest way to feed rabbits. Alfalfa pellets are available at any local farm supply store. They are the simplest way to make sure your rabbits are getting the proper nutrition (just make sure the protein percentage is at least 16 percent).
  • Tractors/Cut and Carry. One of the most natural ways to feed your rabbits is to put them directly on the grass in a “rabbit tractor,” but in smaller yards, this may not be possible. Supplementing or even replacing alfalfa pellets with cuttings from mowing the lawn, garden weeding and other yard chores (provided you check to make sure they aren’t poisonous to rabbits) is a great option for those in an urban or suburban setting.
  • Fodder. If yard clippings are helping to offset the use of pellets, but aren’t enough to completely replace them, you may consider growing fodder. Under a grow light, you can grow various kinds of grasses in shallow boxes. Done with the proper research and organization, many rabbit owners have found they can forego pellets without making any nutritional sacrifices.

How To Process Them

Processing a rabbit is far easier than processing a chicken, America’s preferred choice for white meat. Before you get into rabbits, do some research on the butchering process. Ideally, find a local meat rabbit breeder and get some hands-on experience with the process to make sure it’s something you can do before you get into raising them yourself.

If you find you can’t participate in the butchering process, you always can outsource that part to someone else, although it isn’t the most cost-effective option.

Do Some Research

There’s a lot to learn before you run out and get your rabbitry started, but hopefully this list gives you the foundation you need to get started. Check out a book or two, find an online community, and ask questions. Raising rabbits for meat is a simple, low-cost and humane way to feed your family.

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Make A Bike Trailer For Less Than $10

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Make A Bike Trailer For Less Than $10 Using a bike is a great way to zip around town and run errands, but some jobs are a little more than a bike alone can handle. What about carting around jugs of water or groceries? How do you get power tools to a friends’ house to …

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The Portable Grill That Fits in Your Pocket

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The Portable Grill that Fits in Your Pocket An easy to set up, portable cooking device is valuable in so many situations: hiking trips, camping, and especially survival situations where we won’t have access to our normal conveniences. There are plenty of such portable cooking devices available for purchase, but how about making your own …

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Healthy 5 Ingredient Soups that are Easy to Make when SHTF

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Healthy 5 Ingredient Soups that are Easy to Make when SHTF Cooking hearty, warming meals to get you through the winter months doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen and a ton of ingredients. Some of the best comfort food is simple and flavorful, like a hot, fragrant soup. Cooking Light has a list …

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How to Clean Your Home with Lemon Juice

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How to Clean Your Home with Lemon Juice With all of the chemical household cleaners available to us, it is easy to forget that a lot of natural ingredients also work well in this capacity. After all, people have been cleaning houses long before disinfecting sprays were invented. This old knowledge is important to hold …

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Cargo Trailer Takes Off-Grid Off the Radar

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Cargo Trailer Takes Off-Grid Off the Radar Self-sufficient, off-grid housing is a goal for any prepper, and imagine if it was mobile as well! With things becoming more unpredictable every day, preppers are getting geared up for when SHTF and being able to hit the road when the time comes may be necessary. There are plenty …

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How to Make Antibiotic Garlic Tincture

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How to Make Antibiotic Garlic Tincture Back in the day, the home medicine chest of our grandparents was comprised of locally grown herbs and plants. Every town or community had a natural healer who dedicated his or her life to spread knowledge about the use of plants in healing. Garlic is one of the best …

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TURD Humor

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Do You Know Someone Suffering From Trump Unacceptance & Resistance Disorder (TURD)?
Know the signs, spot the symptoms, and save a life.

TURD is a pattern of pathologically dissociative and psychotic behavior, first observed in the late hours of November 8th 2016, and increasing in severity with passing time.

Sufferers of TURD often exhibit pronounced cognitive dissonance, sudden bouts of rage, rioting, uncontrollable crying and “unfriending” on Facebook.

TURD is caused by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. For many, both in America and worldwide, this was a shocking and unexpected outcome; their preferred news sources having failed to inform them that the alternative candidate was a criminal, Socialist parasite in such ill health she got chucked into the back of a van like a kidnap victim.

Research is ongoing, but TURD appears to correlate closely with the following environmental and behavioral factors:

  • Membership in the Democratic Party.

  • Identifies as an Actor or Artist.

  • Exposure to a Liberal Arts college professor.

  • Works for the Federal, State or Local government.

  • Living in a densely populated metropolitan area.

  • Massive student debt.

  • Spotty or non-existent work history.

Patients with TURD are very resistant to treatment and dangerous in large groups. Any possibility of treatment requires that they be separated from their hive-mind support apparatus; they cannot begin the process of accepting reality in the presence of encouragement towards delusion and irrationality. Separation may require the assistance of law enforcement.

If you have a friend or loved one suffering from TURD, urge them to seek treatment. Together we can beat this scourge, and Make America Great Again.

How To Homestead When You Can’t Afford It

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Each year more and more Americans are choosing to homestead, but along the way some discover that it is far more expensive than they envisioned.

That was the case with homesteader Teri Page, who along with her husband discovered they couldn’t afford to own a large piece of land in their state – and so they moved cross-country. Once at their new location, they employed a series of cost-cutting measures that would surprise even seasoned homesteaders.

Page is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, and she tells us:

  • What type of inexpensive house they chose to build.
  • Why they decided not to set up a running water system.
  • How they chose the state where they now live.
  • Why living near the Amish has benefited their off-grid life.
  • How they make money, off-grid, using the Internet.

Finally, Page shares with us her tips for anyone who is looking to move to another state for an off-grid life. If you are wanting to homestead, or you simply enjoy listening to stories from adventurous people, then don’t miss this week’s show!

(eco)Village within a Village

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Growing demand sees Welsh govt jumping on bandwagon

The Welsh Government is embracing low-impact housing with the unveiling of its first village within a village – the Pentre Solar “eco hamlet” within the traditional, stone-walled village of Glanrhyd in Pembrokeshire. The six timber homes have solar panels capable of producing 6000 kilowatt hour per year, low energy use and a A++ energy rating.

Following the successful construction of a prototype house built by start-up Western Solar in 2013, the Welsh Government gave the company £141,000 to help create its nearby production base for the homes, which will house tenants from Pembrokeshire council’s social housing waiting list. With low energy use and access to a shared electric car, Western Solar said residents could avoid up to £2,000 a year on energy costs and consumption.

The eco hamlet was built with insulation material made from recycled paper and local Douglas and Fir wood sourced from the Gwaun Valley. Local people were hired and trained to build the homes, which cost about £100,000 each to build – comparable to a conventional build, according to Western Solar.

About 40% of the fabric of the houses is made in the factory, significantly reducing the build time; it takes only a week to make each house, and less than that to erect it. The company plans to build 1,000 homes over the next 10 years, with the help of partnerships including housing providers and investors.

Welsh Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths said she was “delighted” to officially open the innovative housing development.
“[It is] not only providing much-needed housing for local people, it is also addressing many other issues such as energy efficiency, fuel poverty, skills development and the use of Welsh timber,” Lesley said.

Low-impact development is recognised by the Welsh Planning system as playing a key role in the transition towards a low-carbon society. Since the ‘One Development Policy’ legislation was introduced in Wales in 2010, it has been possible to build new homes in the open countryside as long as there is a clear commitment for to sustainable living, natural building techniques, and land-based livelihood.

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Free Home Batteries Trial Increases Grid Capacity

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Solar & batteries: the clever way to cut energy costs

A small community in South Yorkshire, UK has been targeted for a trial involving solar power and smart batteries. Forty homes in near Barnsley are having smart batteries installed at the end of January. Moixa, Northern Powergrid and Energise Barnsley are all collaborating on the £250 million ($308 million) project.

Moixa Batteries USB port

The Moixa batteries are smaller than a boiler (50cm x 30cm x 20cm), wall mounted with a 20 year lifespan. They even have a USB port so phones and other devices can be charged direct from the battery. Normally costing above £2,500 ($3,000), the residents received their batteries free of charge, with distributor Northern Electric footing the bill. 30 of the homes had solar panels, allowing them to be further independent of the grid. The batteries have good saving potential, giving the residents another reason to be positive about the trial.

The batteries allow residents to use the excess energy their solar panels generate during the day, at night time. They store the energy produced instead of transmitting it to the grid. This will relieve pressure put on the electricity network during times of high output but low demand. It is this reason that prevented the energy company Energise Barnsley placing more homes with solar onto the trial. Without expensive upgrades it is infrastructure which is limiting the number of homes that can have solar power. A project in Carmarthenshire, Wales, faced a similar problem, with only 37% of homes being able to connect with solar energy.

Lower Carbon

As outlined in Moixa’s press release, CEO Simon Daniel stated, “Batteries will allow the electricity system to support much higher levels of low carbon renewable power and increase UK energy independence.”

Linking the batteries in a virtual power plant system allows Moixa to make the wider grid more efficient, causing less need for back up from non-renewable sources. If rolled out across the country, millions could be saved by reducing the peak solar output onto the electricity network.

If the trial is successful, batteries could hold the key to UK energy independence.

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When People Within The Crowd Become A Mob

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When people are part of a large group of ‘protestors’ or a very large crowd where emotions are highly charged, these people as individuals will become vulnerable of losing their individuality. While a given person is physically him or herself, their thoughts, emotions, and actions can become highly influenced by the charge of the crowd […]

Survival At Sea: Science-Backed Ways To Avoid Davy Jones’ Locker

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The sea can be a difficult, dangerous and unpredictable place, especially for people who are new to the territory. As a result, it’s a good idea to make sure that you are adequately prepared before you set off, especially if you’re planning to set sail in the depths of winter. While the odds of a boat disaster are small, you can still run into serious problems.

First of all, it’s worth noting that if you’re planning for disaster at sea, you’re already way ahead of the vast majority of the population. Most people don’t have a clue when it comes to the potential risks at sea and assume that their boats will protect them. As the recent around-the-world yacht race proved, however, even professionals can make mistakes and end up putting their lives in grave danger.

It’s also worth noting that a lot of people just assume, especially in the US, that the coast guard will come to the rescue should they get into trouble. But it’s worth remembering that the coast guard won’t fly if the weather is bad, and they won’t put their lives in direct danger to save yours.

Here’s a list of stuff you need to take to ensure survival at sea.
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Even modern boats can sink, meaning that it’s imperative to make sure that you have some kind of floatation device to keep your head above the surface of the water. Swim rings aren’t ideal because if you get too cold and fall unconscious in the water, there’s nothing to keep your head tilted upwards and stop you from swallowing water. Therefore, it’s best to have an official life jacket, as this will be most effective at making sure your airways remain free from water.

Foil Blankets

Temperatures out at sea are usually a lot cooler than on land, especially during the winter. Plus, if your underwater thrusters aren’t working and your engine has failed, your boat can no longer be relied upon as a source of warmth.

Foil blankets are a great way to prevent hypothermia from setting in. They’re small to pack and can be a lifesaver if you’re stuck at sea for many hours (even days) before a rescue mission is mounted.

Water

As the Rime of the Ancient Mariner reminds us, at sea, there is “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.” You can’t drink seawater because it is too salty, and if you tried, you would only hasten your death. Taking fresh water, therefore, is essential. Make sure you have a supply of the stuff at all times on your vessel.

Dramamine Tablets

Sea sickness might seem funny, but when you’re out at sea with only your wits to preserve you, it’s a heck of a lot more serious. Sea sickness can lead to vomiting and put your life at risk. For that reason, many modern survivalists recommend taking a single tablet of Dramamine to suppress symptoms. It’s a good idea to go for a non-drowsy variety.

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Recipe: Emergency Food Bar

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Emergency food needs to be shelf stable and contain needed nutrients. It is a plus if the food tastes good, is light weight, and not very expensive. This is not the easiest project to achieve, and I had to test many different recipes until I settled on this particular one. This particular food bar recipe […]

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Book Review: Practical Pole Building Construction

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In Practical Pole Building Construction the author has given the extra dimension of original plans for a lean-to barn, horse barn, hillside house, garage/wood shed, mountain pole cabin, and a coastal house. Pole building construction saves money, time, labour, and materials because it involves limited grading, no excavation, flexibility on site, and few materials. I […]

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5 Home Security Measures that Don’t Need Electricity

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5 Home Security Measures that Don’t Need Electricity Like the saying goes, you don’t have to be able to run faster than a bear, you have to run faster than the person behind you. And the same is true for basic home security, you don’t need a perimeter like Fort Knox, you just need to …

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Survive The Cold With This Mental Trick

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If you only clicked this link out of curiosity, you might be expecting the trick to be total BS. It’s not. Now I’m not saying there is some magic trick that will make the cold feel warm, or that you’ll gain a supernatural ability to withstand freezing temperatures without ever getting hypothermia. However, there is […]

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Wackos at CNN Float Story on How Obama can Stay in Power if Trump is Killed

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When it comes to fake news, CNN has really gone off the deep-end this time, trying to push a bizarre story on how President Obama can appoint a member of his cabinet to the presidency if Donald Trump is killed during the inauguration. […]

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4 Winter Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

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4 Winter Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

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Chances are that if you’re reading this, then you’re probably acutely aware of just how tough it can be to handle the year’s coldest months on the homestead.

It’s not long after the winter solstice that the temps begin to plummet, creating a perfect storm for situations on the homestead to deteriorate. After all, February’s full moon is known as the “Trapper’s Moon” — named for the fact that, like the snow, beaver pelts are at their thickest. Beavers have had to adapt this capability, perhaps with the knowledge that this is essential for maximizing their survival in extremely low temps.

Of course, if there ever were a perfect animal to model our own homesteading practices after, then it would have to be nature’s greatest homesteader: the beaver. And here are four great ways to do just that.

1. Please, remember: timing is everything

When it comes to surviving a winter on the homestead, one of the most important challenges to overcome is to see beyond the obvious ones — especially since the cold is something we’re all quite familiar with. If anything, this skill is one that keeps us one step ahead of the challenges.

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Timing is everything, especially due to how the daylight drains away quickly. Not only that, but because colder temps often give way to rapid-moving high-pressure zones, the weather can change even faster. For this reason, it’s critical to keep tabs on the following:

  • Make sure you are able to read the clouds to detect potential changes in weather, so you’re not caught completely off-guard if you must prepare for a fast-approaching blizzard. For more information, check out our recent article, Survival 101: How to Forecast Tomorrow’s Weather Without the Weather Channel
  • Since winter brings low-light conditions early in the day, it’s important to provide lighting in as many places around the homestead as possible. Predators aren’t fond of them, and they simply keep us safer from injury and disorientation.
  • Additionally, I recommend an EDC (everyday carry) kit that rides along with you. This will buy you additional time if you find yourself in a winter survival scenario and possibly require rescue.

3. Dress (and sew) for success

You’re probably not surprised about just how critical warm clothing can be this time of year. However, it’s important to know how to fix that clothing in a pinch. Knowing how to sew, along with having a kit that can meet the task at hand, could be invaluable.

4 Winter Skills Every Homesteader Should Know

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It’s not uncommon for homesteaders to find themselves snowed in, largely cut off from access to populated areas, meaning that your best work coat is only as warm as the quality of its patches. With that being said, it’s important to invest in clothing and winter apparel that maintains insulating properties even while moderately moist or damp, such as wool and certain synthetics. Cotton, however, will lose all insulating properties when wet, so it’s best to stick with the tried-and-true materials (and not end up with frostbite).

2. Stay healthy

The cold is downright brutal on the body, especially for immune systems, since our metabolism must work harder to maintain body temps. So, it’s smart to keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked with the usual sick-fixes and your mind well-stocked with at least basic medicinal skills. Not to mention, the cold also can make for far-more-difficult muscle movements, impairing motor skills in the process.

So be sure to keep your walkways — along with those of your livestock — clear of ice and snow. Broken bones and torn tendons tend to make life A LOT more difficult for everybody.

1. Be efficient with your heat

Heat is, perhaps, the most coveted commodity on the winter homestead — meaning that you need to be able to generate it cheaply and hold on to as much of it as possible. Becoming knowledgeable about heat efficiency would greatly reduce your burden to chop wood and shovel pellets. For this, I’d recommend purchasing an IR camera to identify problem spots where heat may be leaking out your cabin. At least then you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly where to apply a can of insulating/expanding foam in the most scientifically efficient way.

In a previous post we discussed how to build your own water heater, running on nothing but the heat generated by your homestead’s compost pile. Not only can this system achieve higher temps than most residential water heaters, but you’re also using zero electricity in order to keep it working. Get good at thinking up designs and innovating your infrastructure on heat conservation, and you’ll spend far less time and energy trying to keep everybody (including your water supply) toasty warm.

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Earthquake in New York City?

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This is what I am reading as of last night. Wish I hadn’t started reading so late. I had to get to bed and actually go to sleep. This is a pretty good book. Keeping me hooked and anyone who has followed my blog for nany length of time knows that I love disaster books. In this book there has been an earthquake in New York City and this is the aftermath, Aftershock, by Chuck Scarborough. Trying to survive after a massive earthquake with mass destruction. 

5 Prepping Tips For Your Winter Trip

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We are the middle of Winter, and for many of you, that means taking a trip of some kind. Now is the perfect time to do all of your favorite Winter-related activities, but in order to make the most of your trip, you need to prepare for it properly. By taking certain steps before you leave your home, you can ensure that your winter trip goes as smoothly as possible, and that you make the most out of these Winter months. Here are 5 such steps to take this Winter in order to prepare for your trip.

Check The Weather

First, you should know what you are in for when it comes to the weather. Depending on where you live or where you are going, the weather can change dramatically. There is a large difference between packing for a location with a light snowfall, and one with an all-out blizzard on the horizon. Flights can become canceled, roads dangerous to travel, and lodgings inaccessible if the weather is too severe. Knowing what lies in store for you is one of the best things you can to in order to properly prepare.

Pack The Right Clothing

Nothing can ruin a trip quicker than having the wrong clothing. Pack too light, and you may find that you are shivering throughout your trip, spending all of your time indoors because you do not have the right attire to venture outside. When in doubt, it is better to over-pack for a Winter trip, and ensure that you have sufficient clothing to keep you warm. The biggest concern here is space, as a large amount of Winter clothing will take up more room. If you have the space to spare though, you should bring as much warm clothing as you can. Here is a handy list of some of the best clothing items to bring on a Winter trip.

Get Your Vehicle Ready

If you are driving to your destination, then it is important to make sure that your vehicle can handle the trip. This means checking that your brakes are working well, your headlights are strong, the heat in your car functions well, and that your tires will be able to handle the slippery roads.

If you need to, take your vehicle to a mechanic and have them inspect it for you, and do simple maintenance like getting an oil change. Also consider switching to snow tires, or adding chains to your tires if possible. Roads can quickly become dangerous during the Winter, so you need to be prepared for them so that you don’t end up stranded on the side of the road.

Bring Some Survival Gear

If you do end up stuck on the side of the road – or trapped inside your lodgings – you’ll want some gear that helps you get through it. By packing some essential survival gear, you’ll be prepared for whatever Winter decides to throw at you. Some basics that you’ll want to have along are a first-aid kit, some road flares, space blankets, a lighter, snack foods, and water. For more on how to prep for Winter survival, you can read our other guide.

Get Your Equipment Ready

Lastly, if you are bringing any equipment along with you for the trip, it is a good idea to get it ready before you leave. For example, make sure that your snow mobile can start up, and that you have the gas needed to run it. Or, if you plan on using your dirt bike, make sure you’ve installed your snow bike kit to make the transformation to the new terrain. The more you can get done before you leave, the more time you’ll have on your trip to enjoy the toys you’ve brought alone with you, and it will be less likely that there are any issues to derail your fun.

Don’t Fail To Plan Ahead

If you want to have the best possible time on your trip, then you need to plan ahead. Planning ahead will not only make sure that all of your gear is working right, and that you remain warm through the trip, but will also help you to stay safe if there are any emergencies. Winter can be both fun and treacherous, so it is important that you plan ahead. Use the tips above, and you are well on your way to having an amazing trip this Winter. 

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Protect your Home During the Holidays

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One of the happiest times of the year can also be the scariest. Getting ready for the holidays and being able to celebrate the special day is sure to fill your days with excitement. However, this is also the time of the year when thieves are pounding the pavement to steal things you’ve worked hard to purchase. It’s in your best interest to be a bit more alert during the days leading up to Christmas and to keep a watchful eye out to avoid being robbed of any gifts you have for others. Being aware of some specific tips to help you be more diligent during this time of the year will help with your home protection.

Beef up the security

Of course, you should always be on the lookout for potential robbers year-round. This can help keep your home and your loved ones protected at all times. In fact, it’s ideal to view alarmrelay.com to find tips to secure your home better than ever.

When you rely on a company that wants to help you keep your home intact and free of robbers, this is the ideal way to do so. Adding extra security measures to your property is ideal during the holidays and at all times, as well.

You can also have additional peace of mind if you have an alarm system that is prepared to sound off when your home is approached by others. This is sure to stop this person right away and allow you to avoid dealing with an unfortunate situation.

Check mail daily

You may be so busy during this particular time of the year that you just neglect to keep your eye on the mail. However, this can land you in huge problems when packages are left on your porch all night.

It’s important to bring in all the boxes or mail you receive daily, but more so during the holiday season. It’s a fact that individuals looking to steal from you are more likely to be on the prowl when gifts are arriving at your home daily.

Studies show that 42% of eCommerce purchases are made at Amazon for Christmas gifts and this mean packages arriving daily for some homeowners.

Engage in community watches

The holidays are a good time to get to know your neighbors a little bit better. You can spread some cheer and receive some, as well when you drop off a small gift to people that live next to you.

This is also an ideal time to gather the entire community for a Christmas meeting of sorts. Having a few refreshments and discussing how you can watch out for each other during this time of the year may very well prevent a home invasion attack.

Of course, during this meet and greet, you may learn who is at home during the day, such as stay at home moms and individuals that work from the house. This will allow you to converse with these people a bit and talk about how you can assist each other during the holiday season.

You may not like to think about negative happenings at Christmas, but sadly there are many things that may go wrong rather than right during this particular time of the year. The best gift you can give yourself is to be prepared for what may happen when gifts are bountiful, and prowlers are, too. Be sure to be a bit more cautious and rely on the things listed above to keep help make your holiday as spectacular as it should be.

 

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Seeking a Life

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I’ve just turned 30, worked all my life for the system and was one of the unfortunate ones to not get ahead or in a mass of debt for a home.

I’m seeking a land owner anywhere in the Rep. Of Ireland, preferably towards the South / South East for best growing conditions. If anyone is interested in meeting a like minded human being, looking to make a break for freedom and buy some land please get in contact ( dunphy.td@gmail.com )

Land is currently at 4-8000 Eur an acre, depending on location. Permaculture, horticulture, hard work and freedom.. Politics and Religion I respect but I don’t really have much time for them.. Although there is nothing wrong with healthy debate, as long as war doesn’t break out!

Ireland is a beautiful country, mystic and rich in everything one would need to survive. I would be very interested in making an earning from excess produce and keeping in touch with friends and family, ultimately though creating a life in the country is my main objective. I have a number of construction skills, husbandry skills and a great work ethic ( as long as it’s for myself and not some tycoons profit )

Life can easily leave people bitter and I understand that now, so I now choose to live from the land and tap back into the moral compass that Brehons once thought.

Anything else you would like to know please get in contact, serious like minded people please get in touch and I wish you the best o luck…

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20 Survival Principles From the Classic Book, Lucifer’s Hammer

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A classic noven in the TEOTWAWKI* niche is Lucifer’s Hammer, published in 1977, by veteran science fiction writers Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The story line is a classic end of the world scenario. A previously-unknown comet is discovered only months before scientists realize it is on a near-collision course with Earth. Naturally, virtually no one in the world is prepared when the comet breaks apart and strikes the Earth in several places. As the story continues, it focuses on the struggles of survivors, building into an exciting, good vs. evil finish.

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Lucifer’s Hammer cover

Within this 600+ page story are 20 valuable, often universal lessons and principles worth examining

Things in the sky can be unpredictable

This story is based on a comet that crashes into earth; but there are other, more plausible hazards from space, foremost being electrical storms generated by the sun that can wreak havoc with our electrical grid as described in this article.

Leaders lead

A U.S. Senator from California is one of the heroes of the story when he takes on the executive role, comparable to that of a Governor, when all other government structure fails. Even though he is hampered by a heart defect, he maintains the respect and loyalty of the group of people that gravitated to him. As a natural leader, he steps up in a crisis to do what he does best.

Be careful who you trust

The millionaire amateur astronomer who first discovers the comet, has a caretaker maintaining his mountain observatory. It’s stocked and ready to go as his personal bug out location. When disaster strikes, the caretaker and some friends decide they need the property more, and turn the owner away at gunpoint. The astronomer had placed all of his preparedness eggs in that basket, and was turned away with nothing but the vehicle he was driving.

Love may have to wait

Romance becomes much more complicated when your social circle shrinks. Within the Senator’s tight-knit survivor’s group, two alpha-males seek the attention of the Senator’s beautiful daughter. For political reasons, one of the men is strongly advised not to pursue her in the interest of keeping the group together. Personal relationships are difficult to cultivate and maintain in a big enough crisis.

Denying what’s in front of you can get you killed

One of the more memorable characters is a rural mail carrier who gets caught mid-route by the comet strike. Even in the face of extreme rainstorms caused by the comet, he presses to finish his mail route and is almost washed away. Salvaging as much of the mail as he can, he presses on and is shot at by predatory teens. He eventually accepts the dangers of the new world and obtains a pistol for self-protection. Realities may change and they may change drastically. Survivors will be those who can accept and adapt quickly.

Impending doom can embolden bad people

A paroled rapist realizes that even if he indulges his homicidal sexual fantasies, he won’t be held to trial. He unleashes his urges on a young woman and is arrested for her murder. Later after the comet strike, he is the recipient of “frontier justice” from a jailer who releases lesser criminals but can’t bring himself to let the rapist go. This is a lesson to add self defense and home defense to your list of prepping priorities. Learn self-defense through martial arts (learn how to choose the best dojo), as well as teaching everyone in the household to use a firearm safely and accurately.

The right vehicle can save your butt

In 1977, the do-all, off-road truck was the International TravelAll, equivalent to today’s Chevy Suburban. In Lucifer’s Hammer, the TravelAll lived up to its reputation by getting characters through floods and mud, pulling down trees, and being reliable all the time, every time. In the real world, having a tough, reliable vehicle is just as important. This article shares tips for getting your vehicle ready for the end of the world, and it’s not as expensive as you might think.

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The ultimate 70’s off-road vehicle

You don’t have to know everything, you just need to know where to find it

Dan Forrester, Ph.D., is an Astrophysicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California when the comet strikes. He has the foresight to conceal reference books that turn out to be important in getting accepted into the Senator’s survival group. Later, these books become key in defending the good guys and restoring civilization. It also inspired me to get the books, How Things Work, Volumes 1-4, which are difficult to find, but a very good substitute is The Way Things Work Now and, for homesteading and rural basic skills, the Foxfire books.

Politics are a big part of disasters

As Lucifer’s Hammer progresses, comet survivors look to existing remnants of government to guide them. The lesson? Strong politicians and their supporters will have more influence over what happens following a disaster than they did before the disaster. Face time with politicians at all levels or campaign contributions before the disaster go a long way.

Adversity Forces You to Grow Up Fast

Several of the characters in the book have sons in Boy Scouts. The parents’ plan to send the Scouts up into the mountains for their safety backfires when the kids have to take on adult roles. While somewhat immature, the boys had the skills they needed to survive and survive, they did. Survival skills should be taught at all levels, and this list provides a good place to start.

The Keepers of Secret Knowledge are worth their weight in gold

Engineers, physicians, mechanics, machinists…these will be the modern-day alchemists who will salvage the remnants of the disaster and start to rebuild. Guards at roadblocks had lists of desired skills that could pass through to safety. Others were out of luck. The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm is a must-read for more information in this area.

Medical problems before become severe after

Dr. Dan Forrester, savior of the good guys has Type 1 Diabetes, a dangerous affliction to have in a post-disaster situation. He eventually loses his source of insulin and dies. However, all may not be lost in our more modern era. Read this article written by a prepper mom with a Type 1 child for practical tips to prepare for such an event. For the rest of us, it’s vital to become as healthy and physically fit as possible now, both as a prep for future hard times as well as a way to improve quality of life.

Hard decisions will have to be made

As it often happens in a sudden disaster, needs outstrip resources very quickly. Both the good guys and bad guys have in-depth discussions about available food, restrict adding new outsiders, and predict the severity of the winter soon to come. Do they feed strangers now, just to watch their own children starve later? Moral dilemmas will become one of the most difficult aspects of surviving, as Survival Mom explains in this BuzzFeed article.

Those with skills will fare better

This one is distinct from the “Keepers of Secret Knowledge” because it relates to everyone. Can you ride a horse? Drive a car with manual transmission? Use a two-way radio? Defend yourself with a handgun/rifle/shotgun? Have prior military or law enforcement experience? You will fare better than others if you said yes to one or all. Check out the section, Skill of the Month, for some ideas to build your skill/knowledge repertoire.

Civilization is fragile

Few businesses are able to maintain large inventories of items, including food. Our modern computer-managed inventories and just-in-time reordering means that when a sudden disaster hits, stores run out of items quickly. After about 12 hours, we are back to 1930’s level society, or worse.

Disabilities are magnified

When society is reduced to day-to-day survival, many with emotional or mental disabilities exceed their ability to cope and succumb to their disorders. The inability of many persons with disabilities or access and functional needs to pull their own weight can subject them to the cruel calculus of survival. Families with loved ones in these circumstances should consider and plan now how they will continue caring for them. One example of a family with an adult Down’s syndrome child is detailed in this book.

The Art of the Deal is real

Successful survivors must have the gift of gab…the ability to sell one’s self and trade valuable information for food or protection is vital. Persuasion is a skill worth its weight in gold and the ability to trade and barter, priceless.

Be prepared to use what you find

You can’t open a soup can or wine bottle without an opener or a drain a gas tank without a siphon hose; opportunities may present themselves along the way and some planning and forethought can make a difference.

Information is valuable, and organized information is priceless

In our everything-is-available-on-the-internet world, something as simple as a paper road map can be incredibly useful post-disaster. Annotating that map with notes about bridges out or roads blocked consolidates multiple sources of info in a more valuable way. Collecting detailed maps of your area and surrounding states is an inexpensive prep.

The Road is not where you want to be

Every society needs a justice system with consequences for violating rules. In Lucifer’s Hammer, the good guys hanged those who were sentenced to capital punishment; short of hanging, the next most severe punishment was being banished to The Road. Being evicted meant you were no longer able to share food, protection, and fellowship with the good guys. The Road almost surely guaranteed slow starvation and death from lack of food or from marauders.

The Most Important Lesson

Lucifer’s Hammer is just a story, one that The Survival Mom and I both enjoyed. You have the opportunity to write your own story, for the most part. Have a plan, stock your home, have some way of protecting yourself, and you and your family may live happily ever after.

*The End of The World as We Know It

Here’s Lisa’s video review of Lucifer’s Hammer.

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Survival Fishing In An Emergency Situation

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So you have decided to build your wilderness survival skills set and are wondering how to add fish to the menu?  You are in luck, this is the article for you!  I am going to go through several different survival fishing scenarios using various levels of preparation to give you some ideas of what you can do to catch a fish in an emergency situation.  I will wrap up with thoughts on cleaning and cooking at the end; just because you are in an emergency situation does not mean you need to eat poorly-cooked fish!

AUTHORS NOTE ON SURVIVAL SITUATIONS:  Emergencies vary greatly.  If you are in a dangerous situation during which stopping to fish will risk your wellbeing, you need to keep moving.  We could discuss specific situations, but for the broad scope of this article let’s assume you are not under any present danger from terrain, weather extremity, or animal / human threat.  Let’s also assume you are near a body of water where fish are if not abundant, at least present in sufficient numbers for success.

SURVIVAL SCENARIO #1: YOU HAVE A KNIFE, SURVIVAL FISHING KIT, AND FIRE

This is by far the best-case scenario for an emergency situation in which you need to catch and eat a fish.  If you do not have a survival fishing kit, click here to check out a DIY guide to creating a good survival fishing kit from the supplies most fishermen already have.

However, if you do have a survival fishing kit, and can successfully catch a fish through normal means, you now come to the point of cleaning and cooking your catch.  Let’s cover that after we go through some other potential emergency situations!

SURVIVAL SCENARIO #2: YOU HAVE A KNIFE AND NO FIRE

OK, so you accidentally left your survival fishing kit behind when you got yourself into an emergency situation, and now you need to catch a fish.  Let’s discuss some good ways to catch a fish with your knife!

If wood is available, a spear is always an option and can double as a hiking pole when you are not using it.  Contrary to the way Hollywood portrays this action, this is not as easy as it looks.  First of all, let’s talk about the spear.

Select a pole around 6-8’ in length, 1-2” thick.  The pole should be either green or nearly green, dead wood is brittle and will break too easily.  Instead of carving a simple point on the spear (even with barbs this is just not efficient) take the blade of your knife and split the end of the spear down about 6”.  I find the easiest is to make two splits, ending with four 6” sections on the tip of my spear.

Place small sticks in the grooves (smaller stick on the bottom, larger on top) and use a piece of shoelace or vine to secure the separators.  Then carve barbed points onto the four well-spread split sections and you have effectively created a paralyzer tip for your spear, giving you the highest likelihood of retaining your fish when you spear it.

BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR SPEAR TIP!

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An hour of work can be destroyed with one careless toss into the rocks.  Try to spear horizontally along the water, where even if you miss, your spear does not impact rock or soil.

If you do not have wood available, the knife will not help much catching the fish unless you are skilled at throwing it; move onto Scenario Three!

SURVIVAL SCENARIO #3: YOU HAVE NOTHING BUT CLOTHING AND GOOD SHOES

This is by far the worst scenario imaginable.  Here you are in the middle of an emergency situation with nothing, no knife, no fire, nothing you can use to your advantage.  However, there are ways to catch a fish, if you have patience and a good eye for advantageous situations.

IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHERE YOU CAN POTENTIALLY CATCH A FISH, YOU WILL BE IN A BACK COUNTRY ENVIRONMENT AND NEED TO RETURN TO MORE CIVILIZED REGION TO ABATE THE EMERGENCY.

In this situation a good rule of thumb is to follow a water source as it flows downstream.  This will eventually lead you to a civilization.  An exception I have found in high-altitude situations is that it is good to follow at a distance because the rapid changes in altitude during the water’s decent mean terrain that is difficult or impossible to traverse without a rope.

As you follow the water source, be on the lookout for small channels leading away from the main body of water.  If you can successfully chase a fish or small group of fish into a shallow channel the potential to club or stone one is far higher than in their natural swimming environment.

Look for ripples in the water.  This indicates a shallow flow over rocks.  When the fish are swimming through an area like this, they are easier to stun with a club or rock, because the projectile loses less force from water friction and you can pin the fish to the bottom.

Fish can be attracted to saliva.  If you are in an emergency situation and come to pool without movement, try spitting!  This can sometime bring out fish that are lying out of reach and unseen.

CLEANING YOUR CATCH

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So let’s go through two situations:

YOU HAVE A KNIFE

This should be self-explanatory, clean the fish as you normally would.  Save head and guts for fishing bait or to bait your snare traps.  Remember, you can eat the bones of smaller fish, up to 6-8” long, without stomach issues.

YOU DO NOT HAVE A KNIFE

So you can eat all parts of the fish, but let’s imagine you would like to only eat the tasty parts :) first scrape off the scales as best you can by rubbing the fish from tail to head with a rough object.  Then take a rock or sharp stick and create a slash or gash across the neck.  Insert your finger and push until you reach the anus (small hole by the tail), force your finger out through the anus, and rip the guts and belly out.  It is easier than you think and now you are ready to cook!  Leave the head on, cutting it off crudely will remove good meat from the back of the skull.

Want To Preserve Your Extra Fish So That It Doesn’t Rot?

Check out this CD set that gives you 11 off grid techniques to preserve your fish for long term storage.

Click here to learn how to preserve your fish without electricity

COOKING YOUR CATCH

Again, let’s go through two situations:

YOU DO NOT HAVE FIRE

Hope you like sushi, buddy!  While you can cook on a hot rock in the midday sun, go ahead and man up to have a bite at this point.  Working from the dorsal fin use your teeth to tear down the flesh along the ribs, this will ensure you get more meat and less bone in your bites and lets you efficiently strip the body.

YOU HAVE FIRE

At this point if you have included a small packet of salt in your survival fishing kit you are going to be eating pretty good!  I see many people trying to roast the fish on a pointed stick, which is not a bad idea, but we can do better.  If you find a fish-sized plank of wood, soak it in water for 30 minutes, then lay in in a bed of hot coals with the fish in the center.  As the wood smolders it will bring a nice smoky flavor to your catch.  A large, flat stone will work well in the middle of your coals as well.  Be sure the wood is not a toxic variety and also that the stone does not have water inside (river rocks often do) that will cause it to explode when heated.

Good luck!

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Video: Cold Prevention Myths and Facts

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In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses some common misconceptions about colds and how to prevent them. Companion video to a recent article.

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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

 

Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

 

 

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The Whys and Hows of Contact Shooting

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Contact shooting is just what it sounds like. Putting the muzzle of the weapon in contact with the target and shooting it. This is done when you absolutely cannot afford to miss. An example of this would be your spouse or child being attacked and they are wrestling on the ground. Traditional aiming would be […]

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Burning Stumps with Thermite

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I wanted to burn a stump with some thermite – so I had to make some. What is Thermite? Thermite is a pyrotechnic composition consisting of metal powder and a metal oxide Normally this is aluminum and iron oxide. Correctly used, it is not explosive, but the extremely high temperatures is dangerous. Thermite is used […]

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How To Speak Survival Abroad: SOS Signs And Languages

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So, it just so happens that you’re on vacation in Italy when SHTF in a small or large way. You were dependent upon your little English-to-Italian dictionary or Google Translate, but somehow it seems inefficient to stop to look up the translation for “help me, I’m choking.”

Are there universal words or gestures that transcend language barriers so that you can survive no matter where you are? Sort of.

We’ve had some questions about learning a “universal language of survival” and we are going to adress them now.

“One thing I have never seen suggested is to learn a few key words or better yet, phrases, in multiple languages. As our communities become ever more diverse, knowing a few phrases in at least two other languages may make the difference between getting help or getting shot! Just knowing the word “Doctor” in another language may save you or a member of your family or team and could mean life or death in a SHTF meltdown. I hope we never need any of these things we prepare for but as my dad always drilled into my head, “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!”. I had no idea how important that saying would be until I was face to face with a situation that required prior prepping to have survived it. Thank God I did and I am here to report it works but you need to do it now (prepping), when you find out you should have, it will be too late. Thanks daddy for riding me hard and may you rest in peace, I had it when I needed it!”

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First, understand that you need to be very clear when using gestures, and at least educate yourself a bit about local customs and gestures.

For example, the A-OK sign here (pointer and thumb touching, other fingers up), and in most other places, will get you a smile and an acknowledgement that everything is, indeed, OK. However, in France, it means zero or worthless. In Venezuela or Turkey, you’re implying homosexuality, and in Brazil, just go ahead and save yourself some time by flipping them the bird. That one’s universal.

The thumbs-up sign is another that you may want to avoid, especially in the Middle East. Here, we have a similar meaning if you start with the thumbs-up sign by your leg and jerk it up – it means, basically, “up yours.” There, just the thumbs-up is enough to convey the sentiment.

On the other hand, there are some gestures that are universal: shrugging for “I don’t know,” nodding for “yes,” shaking your head for “no” (except from Bulgaria, where they are reversed) and putting both hands to your throat to indicate that you’re choking. And that’s about where the open line of universal communication ends.

Even different militaries can’t get on board with a universal signaling system. There are, however, two realms that DO have international signals: sailing and diving. Very few people outside of those two worlds understand all or even most of the signals.

Learn the long forgotten secrets that kept our forefathers alive!

The same thing goes for Morse code. One thing that everybody should know, though, is Morse code for SOS, or distress. It’s three long (or slow) taps, three short (or quick) taps, and three more long (or slow) taps.

Video first seen on survivexnonprofit

Come here, or follow me

If you’re trying to get somebody to come to you or follow you, it may be a good idea to use the closed palm, sweeping gesture instead of the one-fingered come-hither gesture that is perfectly acceptable in the states. That one is offensive in several places.

Stop

This one is crazy confusing and has even been associated with examples of lethal miscommunications. Stop means stop, but there is no universal sign for it. Some people use a closed fist, which can be associated with a “right on” expression or even a Seig Heil-type sentiment.

An open palm, which is more common with Europeans, can be a sign of welcome or a sign that a person isn’t armed in some cultures. It is, however, the universal diving signal for “stop”.

Listen

This one actually is pretty universal. Cup a hand to your ear to tell somebody to listen.

Look

To get somebody to look at something, the gesture of pointing your pointer and middle fingers at your eyes, then toward whatever you want the person to see is fairly universal. Again, this is also the universal diving sign for look.

Distress

This one is much more universal, though not in a social scenario. You may have noticed that the distress signal in Morse code had a bunch of threes in it.

Three is a common number for distress signals. If you’re building an emergency signal fire or sign, place three fires or indicators in a triangle pattern. If you’re using a whistle, use three blasts.

Choking

This one actually has a universally-recognizable signal. Place both hands at your throat. If only everything was this simple.

Buddy up, or stay together

This one is pretty much universal. Point to the people that you’re referring to, then touch your index fingers together horizontally. You can also pair the middle fingers together with the pointer fingers, which may indicate more than two people.

I’m cold

Cross your arms over your chest and rub your upper arms.

Throughout my research for this article, I was hard-pressed to come up with any words at all that are universal, and very few signs or signals other than those used to indicate distress. I have, however, had some experience with diving and believe personally that their system is a good one. The signals are clear, concise, and universal to the diving community.

There are, of course, some signals that are local due to native dangerous fish, etc. but for the most part, the signs are recognized all across the community.

With a combination of signals and body language, you may be able to get your point across. For example, if you cross your arms over your chest with your fists closed and shake your head vigorously, people may understand that you’re trying to tell them that something is dangerous.

The “X” is sort of a universal code for dangerous or poisonous – think skull and crossbones.

There doesn’t seem to be any single word or phrase that can be used to communicate effectively even in a survival situation. The best thing that you can do is coordinate with the people whom you are traveling with.

It’s also a good idea to learn the native words for stop, danger, food, water, cold, shelter, help, come here, fire, exit, and any other emergency word that you can think of that you may need in a survival situation.

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This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

References: 

http://www.neadc.org/CommonHandSignalsforScubaDiving.pdf

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An Incredible New Garden Website For Gardeners, By Gardeners!

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A new garden website?!! I don’t think we’ve ever been more excited to release an article than we are today! Today is the official launch of a new garden website, created with one purpose – to celebrate gardeners and gardens

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PIC REVIEW: The Survival Shovel by Survival Hax

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One of the perks of running Prepper Website is that I get offers to review preparedness products and books.  I turn a lot of offers down, but I was happy to check out the Survival Hax Survival Shovel.

Before I actually opened the package, I did see a review by Zac from An American Homestead on the Survival Shovel.  Zac’s review isn’t a positive review.  At one point, the shovel breaks at the point where the shovel meets the handle.  But, in all honesty, Zac swings the shovel like a madman! 😉  To counter, Amazon shows 40 reviews with a total 4.5 stars.

It definitely isn’t military grade. The shovel costs just under $27.  It breaks down and fits into its own pouch.  The handle is hollow, which allows you to store small items, possibly tinder, since the top unscrews to reveal a ferro rod.

For this pic review, I will say that I don’t have a lot of “hard” dirt in my backyard.  I have a lot of garden beds.  So, I took the opportunity to dig out some ginger.  I know…not really putting it through a workout!

The shovel made quick work of getting to the ginger.  I feel it will dig through most dirt in a camping scenario.  I would not use it to try and go through roots or dig huge trenches!

If you are interested in this shovel, check out the Survival Hax website.

Survival Shovel – Packaging

Survival Shovel inside of the provided pouch.

Shovel components – notice the end screw top which holds the ferro rod.

The shovel locks in place by turning the big orange knob. Notice the ferro rod.

This was the point of failure in Zac’s video.

In the dirt

If you could smell the ginger…

Peace,
Todd

Instructions On How To Use An Instant Pot

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Can you use some instructions on how to use an Instant Pot? I have you covered today with pictures because I’m a visual person. If I can SEE it, I can do it. I have used a Fagor electric pressure for a few years, maybe five years. I took several pressure cooker classes from Chef Brad and he recommended a Fagor and that’s what the store was selling where I taught some classes. My friend, Tiffany suggested I try an Instant Pot.  She has been using her’s a lot and loves it! She and I did a joint Instant Pot giveaway right before Christmas. It was an extremely popular giveaway. The woman who won so excited when she received the email that she had won the Instant Pot because she had heard so many people rave about it.
I really wanted to try one BEFORE the giveaway in December. Well, I got it just in time to try making some chicken tenderloins in it. They were perfect in every way! I wish every family could have a pressure cooker in their homes to make healthier meals fast! I decided to do some potatoes today in a pressure cooker because a reader asked me how to do them. You basically need to look at the charts I made for pressure cookers, or use the book that came with the one you purchased. My PRINTABLE charts are posted below. I washed the potatoes and started the process.

How To Use An Instant Pot:

I need to explain two things before I go any further. There are two ways to release pressure after cooking:

  1. Quick release means releasing pressure instantly after the food is cooked. When the meal is finished you push “cancel” and turn the valve to “venting” and cover the valve with a washcloth (be careful with the hot steam) so the steam doesn’t burn you after you switch the valve from sealing to venting. I wear hot pads as well.
  2. Natural release means the food continues to cook after you press “cancel,” but the residual heat and steam wait for the pressure to come down on its own naturally. This will take about 20 minutes or more depending on how full the pot is filled. Then it’s ready to unlock the lid and serve. There is still steam, so please be careful when you turn it to “venting”.

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I checked my vegetable chart and decided to cut my Russet potatoes into chunks and I left the peelings on. Easy, right? I added one cup of water to the potatoes in the pot.

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Next, I placed the lid on top of the base and turned it until it locked in place, and I turned the pressure valve to “sealing” and pushed the “manual” button, then the + symbol until it showed eight minutes.

I made sure the pressure button was on high. You can adjust the time for a longer time period if needed. It takes a few minutes before you will hear it beeping, that means it’s starting to build up pressure. You will see a little bit of steam come out of the valve. No worries, it’s just getting ready to pressure cook your food.

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You can see the “manual” button below and the “High Pressure” light is on and it shows 8:00 for eight minutes.

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You will see the time 8:00 or whatever the time you need and then the flasher will show ON.

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When you hear the beeping after it’s cooked, you place a washcloth over the regulator vent and turn it to “venting” to carefully release the VERY HOT STEAM. You can get burned, it’s very hot, so be careful. You can then remove the lid if you want “quick release”, which is what I wanted to do with these potatoes. These potatoes can be fried, mashed or eaten as is. I love how easy it is to set and forget this pressure cooker.

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Let me know if you have a pressure cooker and tell me what foods you like to cook in yours! Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. It’s critical we know how to cook from scratch…..May God bless you for your efforts.

Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Vegetables

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Pressure Cooker Temperatures-Rice, grains, beans

My favorite things:

Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gal of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue

Water Storage Containers – WaterBrick – 8 Pack Blue

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Introducing Site Hound Sniffs

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               I wanted to let our readership know that there is a new site that may have information that will be of interest to our readers.

         www.sitehoundsniffs.com

           This is a compendium of different websites, updated regularly, on a variety of subjects. They have a lot of blogs listed that aren’t necessarily listed elsewhere.  Please take a look.

Obama Approved One More Anti-Gun Rule Before He Left Office

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Obama Approved One More Anti-Gun Rule Before He Left Office

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WASHINGTON — The Second Amendment rights of some of America’s most vulnerable citizens are now under attack. During his final days in office, President Obama’s administration ushered in a federal firearms rule deeming tens of thousands of disabled citizens “mental defectives” simply because they receive a Social Security disability check.

Americans with mental disabilities who receive a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefit check may now have to decide which is more important to them — money or their firearm.

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) fought hard to prevent the Obama administration from creating the new rule, but lost the battle. During the public comment period about the federal gun restriction rule, more than 91,000 Americans stood up in opposition to the plan in comments to the Social Security Administration.

“It will affect those who receive SSI or disability insurance because of a listed mental health impairment and who have been assigned a representative payee to manage the benefits because of the person’s mental condition,” the NRA reported. “The bottom line, however, is that tens of thousands of completely harmless, law-abiding people will lose their rights every year under the rule, a premise the SSA did not even try to refute.”

The Social Security Administration “essentially ignored the NRA’s comments and the tens of thousands of others pointing out problems with the plan,” the NRA added.

“The NRA has already prepared proposals for corrective action, and we certainly hope they will be given favorable consideration by the incoming administration,” the NRA said.

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Make Hibiscus Tea from Dried Flowers

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com   I never knew flowers were edible until my mother in law told me about edible zucchini flowers and hibiscus flower tea. At first I thought it would be gross to eat a flower, but now that I am interested in self sufficiency skills, it actually makes sense. I thought it would be a good skill to learn how to make tea from dried flowers. I think it’s great to be able to […]

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Snow Camo: 12 Budget-Friendly Survival Essentials for the Cold Outdoors

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winter camo1I wanted to touch a little on winter camo and how to go about doing some things on both a budgetary and a practical side.  Firstly, it would not seem that winter camo would be all that important, and after all, I just did a piece recently on the Army issue winter camo top.

I also emphasized something that I wish to reiterate: you need synthetics on your exteriors, and cotton on your interiors.  You also need for the gear to be as close to white as possible.  This may necessitate cleaning it and bleaching it really well if that is possible.  It is worth it in the long run, especially if you’re in the role of a shooter.

12 Budget-Friendly Survival Essentials for Mock Winter Camo

Here’s some basics for you to pick up, if you’re not ready to go out and spend more than a grand as in the movie “Shooter” with Mark Wahlberg.  All whites, remember:

  1. Thick sweat-top, preferably with a hood
  2. Baseball-type hat with a brim (not a meshed one, mind you, but solid cloth
  3. Winter pullover cap
  4. White scarf or wraparound for the face
  5. Gloves (go to Murdoch’s for the leather gloves at about $15, extra -large, and then the packages of cotton inserts (3) pairs for about $4.00). On this you want the leather and not synthetic, because if you are changing a mag, messing with a bolt carrier or a charging handle, or touching a hot barrel, they won’t melt and dissolve.)
  6. Already mentioned the Army white camo overtop in a previous article
  7. Army white camo bottoms run about $20 to $30 in the surplus stores, or you can pick up either extra large scrubs or karate pants at the thrift stores
  8. Synthetic “veil” for overtop of you, your weapon…shower curtains (the mesh thin kind work best), or drapes are good for this
  9. Unless you can find “Mickey Mouse” Army issue white Vib (inflatable) boots? Pick yourself up a pair of Army Issue rubber overshoes (they’re green, with 3 loops per boot) and spray paint them…make sure it’s with white paint that takes to rubber and plastic
  10. A mat to lay on…and you can wrap a sheet (synthetic, mind you) around it to whiten it
  11. A white gym bag/backpack-type bag
  12. Long Johns – make sure these are white

There’s a set of duds for you.  All of your stuff such as tops and pants should fit overtop of whatever you’re wearing.  On pieces of equipment to throw in that bag, you need the following: a rangefinder, a good set of binoculars or a scope, and a method to measure temperature, humidity, wind speed, and elevation, like this.  Now I have an old West German (yeah, it’s that old!) barometer, and a really good thermometer that is also old, made out of glass, and as durable as rhinoceros hide.  I have an anemometer with the cups that actually checks the wind speed.

Remember: your low-tech stuff was made much better (more durable) than your high-tech stuff today.  Bring that wrist-compass/barometer/thermometer/toaster oven with you, but be advised: one EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) either from a weapon, or a solar flare will turn it into a non-working “fashion” bracelet in the blink of an eye.  Also, remember your issue Tritium compass, as you won’t have problems with the cold temperatures and it doesn’t require batteries.

Snowshoes are important and should be light and durable, like these.  They should be able to hold your weight and at least another 50 lbs. (including a pack, water, and a weapon).  Don’t forget your protective eyewear!  I prefer UV protective goggles, as these guys don’t fog up and they cling to your face better than regular sunglasses.  The eyes can’t be protected enough in the winter snow, as a lot of UV comes off of the snow in the form of reflected light.  Also, make sure you have enough veil to cover up your backpack, as you don’t want to appear to be a snowdrift with legs carrying around a green rucksack.

I’m sure there will be all kinds of suggestions.  Let us know what you have found that works as a suggestion for your fellow readers and for all of us.  We always value your productive comments and advice.  Stay frosty, and keep up that good fight in the winter wonderland!  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.

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Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

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Storage Problems and Solutions for PreppersWhen it comes to prepping, the longer you do it, the more supplies and food storage you are going to have. We wanted to do the show this week on storage problems & solutions for peppers this week because accumulating all this stuff is the easy part, making sure it doesn’t expire is a little harder. 

Depending on who you are, one of the hardest things to do (correctly anyway) is keeping everything organized. Food get’s lost in the back of the cabinet, and supplies seem to run off, and not be where you remember leaving them.

If you have been building up your supplies and food storage for a year or more, you know how easy it is to become disorganized and over whelmed. If you are one of the OCD type people, lucky you! I am not that lucky though…but I do try. With that being said, there are some things I do like inventory and rotation that force me to be a little more OCD.

SPp185 Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

In this weeks show Lisa and I talked about quite a few storage problems preppers face, as well as some solutions for our storage problems. We talked about some supplies that have long shelf lives, proper storage conditions, life without refrigeration and much more.

Storage Ideas

Shelving Units:  If you are renting an apartment or plan on moving, building a shelving unit might not be your best option. There are quite a few options available if you need something more temporary or movable storage options.

Using Space Wisely: Storing large amounts in small places can be a challenge. Another challenge with this is that if you stuff your closet full, it’s going to be a SHTF event in itself just getting to what you need.

Your Spouse: Keeping the spouse happy is one of the most important parts about storage…especially if they are not on board with prepping. You might think that you have everything set up perfectly, but if they don’t it really doesn’t matter.

Organization: Filling your pantry can be an invitation for chaos. Mention Lisa’s step stool and other ideas. Side shelf refrigerator

Remove it: One thing I am really bad at (because it feels like throwing away money) is throwing out expired food. Don’t be afraid to throw stuff out or use it. If you are never going to use it, you might as well throw it out to free up space, and do a better job on rotation next time around.

Long Term Foods: For people who don’t have a lot of room, or people who just don’t want to deal with the challenges that come with food storage, long term food is also an option. We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com. These are easy to store and offer a 25 year shelf life.

Refrigerator Foods

Wasting Money: If you have no way of keeping your refrigerator running during a power outage, don’t waste your money filling your freezer with steak and chicken. Instead, learn skills like canning and dehydrating. Focus on alternatives to refrigeration.

Stable Foods: Some refrigerator foods have a very long shelf life when refrigerated. Garlic, salad dressings, yeast, condiments etc. can all last a year or longer. This is great for food storage reasons, but without refrigeration the number drops to zero.

Pre Refrigeration Storage: Some of these same refrigerator foods don’t need refrigeration until they are opened. If you use a lot of ketchup, go ahead and stock up, but once it’s opened the clock starts ticking faster. Also pay attention to where the grocery store puts it. Velveeta, salad dressings and mayonnaise all go on shelves, not in the refrigerated section.

Unleash your inner OCD

Treat Your House Like a Grocery Store: we know that grocery stores carry a limited stock because in order to reduce costs they need to sell products quickly. FIFO (first in, first out) is the method they use to go through inventory the way it came in. A store only buys what it thinks it can sell, so store what you eat proportional to how often you eat it.

Warehousing: Shelving units (storage areas) is like a stores warehouse, and your pantry is like stocking the front of the store. Once your food hits the pantry it should gets used or thrown away. It’s much easier to restock a storage area where everything is more organized, than a pantry where things can get moved around.

Everything Has a Home: I have a major problem with this, and I know I’m not alone. Remember to put things back when your done with them. Having a bunch of flashlights is great, but if you can’t find the batteries they are useless. Make sure everyone else in the house understands this too!

Storage Ideas: Keeping everything in one place will make your life a lot easier. Plastic storage totes (or similar storage systems) will help you to organize supplies. I use these for my power outage supplies, and other prepping supplies that I want to keep in the same place.

Know What you Have: It’s important to do a detailed inventory at least twice a year, and a less detailed inventory monthly if possible. The smaller inventory will help with your shopping lists, and the larger (detailed) one will reduce waste from expired food. Here are a few lists that will help with your inventory and rotation of you prepping supplies. 

Don’t Set it and Forget it

Nothing Lasts Forever: Some supplies will last for years, like batteries or even water. These supplies pose a challenge because we have a tendency to “set it and forget it”. Water might last forever, but  the container you put it in won’t. Rechargeable batteries have a long shelf life, but will slowly lose their charge over time. Keep these supplies in mind when you do your bi yearly inventory.

Follow the Rules:  Most people don’t pay a lot of attention to how they store supplies, but as preppers we are always trying to maximize shelf life…and then some. Pay attention to best storage practices on each of these products to get the most out of them.

The New Blaze Charcoal Grill

As I mentioned in the podcast, Expedition Research and I have teamed up on an off the grid and camping cooking option for preppers. There are quite a few options available when it comes to off the grid cooking, and this charcoal grill isn’t meant to be a replacement, it’s a way to add another cooking option.

Here is a short review video on the grill, and then I’ll be doing a few videos in the near future that are more in depth about how this works, and why it is a great option for off the grid cooking.

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How to Manage Your Time with Mary Poppins

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Of the movies in my favourites list, Mary Poppins is certainly in the top ten. And, while it’s not very true to the books, the delightful Mary Poppins movie can teach us a lot about managing time. We’ve learned how to take our medicine and so much more from her – it’s time to find out how to manage time with Mary Poppins. After all, Mary set the gold standard for efficiency long before nannies began starring in reality TV shows. She was strict, punctual and perfectly organized. Unlike the books (in which she’s rather vain and nasty at times,

Survival Canines

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Survival Canines James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio in player below! Its funny but out of the estimated 8.7 million species on this planet we really have only have one that likes us. Lets be honest. Some people will say they keep birds and other food items as pets but in most cases they are … Continue reading Survival Canines

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Prepper Book Festival 13: The 299 Days Series by Glen Tate + Giveaway

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The very first Prepper Book Festival occurred in 2012. Where has the time gone? In looking back, many of the books featured at that time have become a distant memory while others have become classics. One of the books that has withstood the test of time was the first book in the 299 Days Series by Glen Tate.

It seems like a fitting finale to this round of books is to feature the entire 299 Days Series. Now ten books strong, I have an encore interview with Glen plus a set of the first three books in the series to offer up as a giveaway.

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