Back to Basics Living Summit

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Every September we love to celebrate National Preparedness Month here on the blog. We do things like our annual 7 Day Challenge (more details on that coming up later this week), offer sales and specials (our book and WonderMills are currently on sale), and try to get everyone involved in working together to learn and practice to be more prepared.

This year we are extra excited to be part of an amazing online event called the Back to Basics Living Summit which is also being held this month. Be prepared for some wonderful interviews, video content, slideshow tutorials and more! This is a gathering of some of the top influencers in the back to basics movement, covering topics from gardening, preserving, backyard livestock, urban homesteading, and more! If you want to up your self-reliance game, this event is a no-brainer.

We’re going to be sharing an updated version of our How to Plan a Year’s Supply of Food Webinar complete with updated tools and calculators for you. You can reserve your FREE tickets Back to Basics Living Summit now and watch FOR FREE during September 10-16. We will be featured on Tuesday the 12th so make sure to watch for us on that day!


This is an event you don’t want to miss! It is brought to you by Self Reliant School, the same people that host the highly popular Back to Basics Bundle. There will be 30+ experts to show you their tricks of the trade.

The lineup of presentations includes topics like:

  • Seed Saving
  • Canning
  • Backyard Livestock
  • Urban Gardening
  • Homebrewing
  • Herbs
  • Solar Cooking
  • … Plus MANY MORE!

We’re so excited to share all these wonderful presentations with you next week! One quick thing to note, you also have the option of purchasing lifetime access to the content. While viewing the presentations during the event is 100% FREE of charge, if you would like to watch on your own schedule as many times as you like, then LIFETIME ACCESS to the full content is the best option.

By upgrading your “seat” at the summit, you won’t have to wait to watch the presentations you want, and you can watch (or listen) to them as often as you like!

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From Storage to Stovetop Series Index

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We’ve spent the last few months sharing our From Storage to Stovetop Series and wanted to compile an index for you so you can easily get to each post without searching all over the blog for them. These are some of our very favorite products which are integral parts of our food storage but we also have converted to using them in our everyday cooking. We hope this helps you to open up those cans and get them out of YOUR storage and onto YOUR stovetop too!

Featured Food Storage Items

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All About Off Grid Wastewater: Options, Septic, Code, and Advice

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As green builders, we spent a lot of time looking at alternative methods of waste disposal including greywater systems and composting toilets. Unless you are truly out of the bounds of any type of code enforcement and/or don’t care about being a good steward and neighbor, you will likely encounter issues with your waste water management plans.

It isn’t pretty, but it’s important. Here’s what you need to know.

We installed a septic system for our off-grid wastewater management and will go into full detail of our install in this post. To understand how we settled on a septic system, what other options are out there, and how these systems work, it is important to go over some basic terms and concepts first:

Basic Terminology and Off Grid Water Options

What are “greywater” and “blackwater”?

Greywater – used water from washing machines, sinks, tubs, showers, etc.

Blackwater – used water from toilets or other water containing human waste

Note: There is a completely valid argument to be made about tub and shower water not being true greywater since it is likely to contain skin cells, microbes, and occasionally human waste (y’all with kids can’t tell me you never had a toddler poop in the tub). 




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Real World Bug Outs

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My friends house almost burned down. There was a fire in the immediate area. It happened during the day when B was at work. Maggy was home with the kids. She realized it was time to get out of there. She had the kids (they are young) pack bags while she put some other stuff together. Thankfully the issue was localized so a friend was able to come over and help with the kids which gave her a lot more freedom of movement.

She mentioned that it was a good thing that it wasn’t a real emergency because between their kids bags was “3 pair of underwear, 4 shorts, 8 shirts, and 28 pair of socks.”

This got us talking about preparing. I mentioned maybe having some bags ready to go. She, somewhat correctly, said for little kids whose sizes change constantly that would be sort of a constant mess. After some consideration I got back to her and told her what I actually do.

For my kids I keep a kid sized backpack in the car with a full set of clothes, 2x underwear, shoes, a coat and a few small books/ toys. This is basically their bug out stuff. It sits in the vehicle because kids are messy and crazy. Also it keeps this stuff relevant because it fits a normal life role and is getting used somewhat often. 

Other things that came up from this conversation are lists and drills.

Having a list of what you should take helps in stressful situations. Do the thinking when your mind is clear. Also this may well lead you to having things more organized. For example having your important papers in a folder or briefcase with your passports, documents, cash, spare keys, etc together in the safe makes it much easier than doing a scavenger hunt.

I broke my list into 15 minutes and 1 hour. To me much less than 15 is grab your wallet, BOB and run so no point in that. The other time of 1 hour seemed realistic for needing to leave soon but having more time.

Maybe you could do 4 hours and 24 but for me they seem to be getting less likely. Unless you have a bunch of guys to help and several large trailers you will see that the 1 hour plan has your vehicles pretty much packed up.

I am going to firm up my list a little and will publish it, or maybe a sanitized version of it, later.

Drills are important. Even relatively small kids can do stuff. Also if the kids are busy it lets parents be much more productive. Even something as simple as “Get dressed, pack a bag of toys, go to the bathroom and get into the car.” would be a huge help. The kid drills are something I am kind of light on. I will have to take a look at Joe Foxs Book.

Anyway what are your thoughts on real world bug out’s?

Essential Home and Vehicle Emergency Kit and Family Preparedness Information

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By Denis Korn

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This post -Essential Home and Vehicle Emergency Kit and Family Preparedness Information – is one of the most important posts I have presented.  I am posting it again in light of the recent devastating floods in Houston and surrounding areas.  The timeliness of this information can not be over stated!  The uncertainty of the times requires appropriate preparation and answering the questions contained in this article.  It is a valuable companion to another important post Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update

I feel it is very important to also include one of my Foundational Articles titled Is your entire family prepared for emergencies at all times?  It appears at the end of this post. 

You are highly encouraged to share this post and its vital information with family, friends, business associates, church and temple congregations and other members of any organizations to which you belong.  May this post help you in your serious preparedness planning.  Celebrate Peace of Mind!

Here are the crucial questions to answer when assembling your emergency kit/grab-and-go/bug-out bag – which is essential if you must leave your home or business quickly.

  • If an evacuation has been declared, a severe weather event is imminent or a significant disaster has occurred, how will I know?
  • If I have to evacuate, will I be in a cozy government evacuation center with food, water, blankets and a bed, or will I be on my own in the elements, a crude shelter or a friend’s/relatives house?
  • Am I clear on the circumstances and scenarios that may arise that will require me to evacuate versus the circumstances that would compel me to stay put and hunker down?
  • If specific government, church, community and friend’s sheltering options are not available, where do I go? How far? How do I get there?
  • What conditions can I expect to encounter – best scenario – worst scenario?
  • What are the weather conditions I am likely to encounter? What is the season?
  • Will I be alone, or are others depending on me? Family – children – elderly – pets?
  • Am I dependent on others? Who? Why? Do I expect the government to take care of me?
  • What kind of support is likely to be available?
  • How long should I prepare for?
  • What if there is nothing left when I return?
  • Are my essentials, heirlooms, personal treasures, irreplaceable photographs, documents and financial assets secure if I leave with only my grab-and-go bag?
  • Do I have a reliable communication plan to contact family, friends and business associates at a moment’s notice?
  • What is the potential severity of the emergency I might experience?
  • Will I have transportation, or will I be on foot?
  • Do I have enough money on hand to pay for possible shelter, food or supplies if I am suddenly evacuated and away from home or business?
  • Am I truly prepared for the unexpected, a procrastinator or am I in denial?

To have a truly adequate emergency kit/grab-and-go/bug-out bag the above questions must be answered. Your personal preparedness bag contents will vary depending on numerous factors such as time, number of persons, locations involved, mobility, support available, season, comfort level desired and the degree of peace of mind you want.

Here is a list of the basic essentials for every kit. Each category will have multiple options depending on how you answer the above crucial questions. Cheap, inadequate and poorly made provisions don’t belong in a quality kit. Prepare your kit as if you and your family’s life and comfort depended on it – because it does!

  1. Water – bottled/filters/purifiers/tablets/containers
  2. Food – ready-to-eat/bars/trail mix/freeze dried/shelf stable/food preparation equipment
  3. Medical – quality medical kit with instructions/prescriptions/glasses/essential medications/sunscreen/dental medic/foot care/safety pins/dust mask/gas mask
  4. Special Needs – food/medical/children/elderly/disabled/pets
  5. Tools – multi-tool/knife/wire/cable ties/duct tape/rope/paracord/gloves/small axe/repair tools/super glue/aluminum foil/ /manual can opener (often on multi-tool)/bungee cords/foldable or wire saw
  6. Communication – radio/hand crank – solar – battery/two-way radios/cell phone
  7. Fire – fire starter/lighter/matches/tinder/flint starter/magnifying glass
  8. Signaling & Orienting – whistle/signal mirror/compass/maps/GPS device
  9. Lighting – Hand crank – solar – battery/headlamp/flashlight/lantern/candles/lightsticks
  10. Power & Energy – batteries – regular and rechargeable/power-pack for batteries & cell phone recharged by solar and/or hand crank/solar and/or hand crank that charges devices directly
  11. Shelter – tarp/tent – tube or larger/plastic sheeting/insect protection
  12. Emergency Blankets/sleeping bags – emergency or larger or bivy sack
  13. Personal Hygiene/sanitary supplies/disinfectant
  14. Plastic Bags/ties
  15. Personal Security – weapon & ammo if appropriate/pepper spray/bear repellant/mace or other options
  16. Appropriate Clothing and Footwear – protection from the elements/apparel for warmth/heat packs – hand and body warmers
  17. Identification and Essential Documents – Bible/compact survival handbook/personal ID/insurance and other key documents/entertainment
  18. Spare Keys
  19. Phone Numbers and Addresses – friends, relatives, and emergency organizations/agencies
  20. Instructions on meeting and/or communicating with family and/or friends during or after an emergency
  21. Cash/credit cards
  22. Pen/markers/paper
  23. Configured Compact Emergency Kit with Essential Items
  24. Carrying Device – carry bag/backpack/suitcase/sturdy container/Food & Supply Brick™/duffel Bag (very durable and if you anticipate carrying your bag any distance shoulder straps should be available with your carry bag or duffel)

If time permits, take irreplaceable items such as heirlooms, heirloom jewelry, photographs, military/marriage/birth/deed records, computers, tablets, and personal contact information and documents not included in your grab-and-go device.

An obvious necessity for everyone. Know what water sources are available to you during an emergency, or in the outdoors. Plan accordingly and don’t hold back preparing for this essential category.

Determine whether or not you want to purify water for viruses.  Not all water filters are designed for this purpose – look for water purifiers that specifically state that they will kill viruses.

Numerous options are available. This category must be accessed carefully and the quality and quantity of foods chosen should be appropriate to the anticipated length of time of the emergency or outing, and severity of circumstances you anticipate might occur.  For shorter term scenarios foods in most situations should be nutritious and ready-to-eat; however you might want to consider some foods requiring only the addition of cold or hot water.  If you do need hot water you must plan for the appropriate means and equipment to heat your water.  Options listed have a longer shelf life and are suitably packaged for kits or backpacks.

When your health and survival during a medical emergency is at stake, you don’t want to rely on cheap or inadequate medical supplies. This is an important category to thoughtfully evaluate. Don’t forget medications or products needed for those with special medical conditions.  If your pre-assembled kit doesn’t include one, make sure you get a good book on medical emergencies.

Protection from the elements and insects is essential, especially in a harsh climate.

Numerous unforeseen situations or just routine conditions occur during an emergency or during an outdoor adventure. Be prepared and secure with the proper quality tool.

It is important to keep informed during an emergency with friends, family, and appropriate governmental agencies and emergency organizations. When in an outdoor environment, unsettled weather considerations necessitate weather alert radios. Avoid a sense of isolation during serious emergencies.  If you get lost or are separated from your group signaling can be crucial.  Since electronic items are included in this category, you may want to consider a small solar power device.

This is an essential category to address when anticipating any situation where you may be in darkness. Not only for a sense of security and comfort, but to be able to see clearly and act accordingly if emergencies occur in the dark.

Personal protection
For some this may not be an essential basic category.  Each individual must decide the extent to which they will or will not provide protection for themselves and their families from physical harm by others or wild animals.

This article provides a very basic list of suggested items we believe are essential for emergency preparedness and outdoor recreation; especially if space, weight, and mobility are important.  For an expanded list of suggestions read our article: Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning Including Vehicle Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Items for Automobiles – Trucks – Vans – RV’s

These items are especially important for long trips, family outings, new younger drivers, inclement weather, remote areas and at night.


  • Spare tire
  • Jack with tire iron and supporting tools
  • Device to break window and cut seat belts from the inside in an emergency
  • Tire inflation device – portable power and/or aerosol can inflator/other tire repair materials
  • JB Weld®/super adhesive
  • Jumper cables
  • Portable power unit for jump starting and backup power
  • Tow cables/rope
  • Chains/cables/bungee cords for tightening
  • Crowbar
  • Reflectors/flares
  • Hidden spare key
  • Extra oil
  • Extra gas/funnel if appropriate
  • Siphon hose
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Extra fan belts/bulbs/hoses/additives/sealers/hard to get parts/repair kit
  • Window scraper
  • Important phone numbers/documents/insurance information
  • GPS device if appropriate
  • Empty gas can
  • Material to gain traction if stuck in snow or ice – cat liter/sand/wood shavings/old rug

Additional critical items from the Essential Checklist to carry in your vehicle:

  • Tarps
  • Blankets/emergency sleeping bag
  • First Aid kit
  • Baby supplies
  • Food and water/water purification/containers if appropriate
  • Maps
  • Pen/magic marker/paper
  • Personal documents and photo ID/registration/insurance
  • Gloves
  • Duct tape
  • Rope/wire
  • Repair tools
  • Plastic bags large and small
  • Cell phone/smart phone/charger
  • Emergency radio/hand crank radio
  • Emergency lighting
  • Rope/wire/bungees
  • Small solar/12 volt power packs for small electronics
  • Cash/credit card
  • Extra clothing in harsh and/or wet weather/hat
  • Hand/body warmers
  • Rain gear/rubber boots/poncho
  • Knife/multi-tool
  • Whistle
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Shovel
  • Small fire extinguisher
  • Matches/fire starter
  • Extra batteries
  • Personal protection devices or items as appropriate/pepper spray                                                                                                                                      
  • Refer to the Essential Checklist for other items relevant to your vehicles specific needs.


Is your entire family prepared for emergencies at all times?

Recent events have brought us catastrophic circumstances that have had devastating and lasting effects on thousands of people around the world.  I pray that you take this advice seriously.   Recent conversations have also motivated me to consider this important article as a Foundational Article.

I am reminded of a presentation I made some years back to a large gathering of preparedness professionals.  This convention consisted of folks who came from all over the country and of course this meant that they would be gone from their families for a few days.  Bear in mind that at my presentation there were a couple hundred people whose responsibilities included preparedness planning and education for very large companies, organizations, and governmental agencies.

At the beginning of my talk I asked the group how many felt completely confident that in their absence their families were prepared to deal with unforeseen emergencies or disasters – especially significant ones.  Only a few raised their hands!  Since most of these participants were the head of their households, what does it tell you about fulfilling one’s responsibility to protect and keep the family secure in difficult times?

Fortunately over the years the professional emergency management community has become more dedicated to personally embodying what they are responsible for in government and business.  What about the average household?

It appears that most head of households have some notion that their presence is security enough for the family during an emergency.  This is a dangerous assumption.  The sensible attitude is to ensure that all family members – adults – the elderly – teenagers – and young children, know:

  • What to do
  • How to respond
  • Where to go – or not go
  • Who to contact
  • Where the information and supplies are located
  • How to use and operated essential equipment
  • How to access drinking water
  • How to prepare any food reserves
  • How to communicate with family and emergency personnel
  • How to keep warm in freezing conditions
  • How to have the proper attitude
  • How to pray

Instructions should be in writing and the entire family should participate in drills and practices.  Family members – immediate and extended – should know their part during an emergency under all scenarios and given any combination of family members physically present – or absent.

  • Do your children, spouse and other family members know what to do and how to act if a serious emergency occurs and they are not at home?
  • How will your communicate with them or those in their keeping?
  • What if they are at school – what plans does the school have to communicate with parents or guardians?
  • What will the school provide for students?
  • What if they are at work – what plans does the business or organization have to communicate with other family members?
  • What will the business provide for their employees?
  • Does the business or organization have their own contingency plans?
  • Do you have contingency plans for communication and provisioning for your spouse – adult children – younger children when they are away from home at camp, business trip, etc.?
  • What if an emergency occurs while a family member is in their vehicle and in transit?
  • Is your family secure, knowledgeable and responsible?

Between Learn To Prepare and numerous internet websites, there is an abundance of valuable information for the whole family.  Study this information as if your life and your families’ life depended on it – in a significant emergency it does!

 So I ask all of you reading this post:  In your absence is you family adequately educated and prepared to properly respond and survive during a serious emergency situation?  I encourage you to have all family members read the Foundational Articles on the right column of this blog.



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Hurricane Harvey Aftermath: Toxins, Chemical Plant Explosions, Looting, and Disease – Are you Prepared for the Next one?

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If you haven’t started prepping for the possibility of your own localized disaster, you really need to pay attention to what is happening in Texas. […]

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Gas Shortage: Harvey Shuts Down Nation’s Largest Refinery; Stations Out Of Fuel; ‘Nobody Knows The Extent Of The Damage’

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Gas Shortage: Harvey Shuts Down Nation’s Largest Refinery; Stations Out Of Fuel; ‘Nobody Knows The Extent Of The Damage’

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Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf region and soon could have a major impact at the gas pump.

Gas stations throughout Texas are running out of gas. Meanwhile, America’s largest oil refinery, located in Port Arthur, Texas, will be closed for at least two weeks.

The refinery is flooded and its owner, Motiva Enterprises, said it “cannot provide a timeline for restart at this time,” CNBC reported. Assessment of damage at the Port Arthur refinery cannot begin until floodwaters recede. That facility processes around 603,000 barrels of oil a day.

All total, 15 refineries that supply upwards of 18 percent of America’s gasoline and diesel fuel were shut down by Hurricane Harvey, Forbes reported.

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“Nobody knows the extent of the damage to the pipelines and refineries,” QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told The Star-Telegram. “They’re under water.”

QuikTrip, which operates 135 convenience stores in North Texas, plans to stop selling gas at half of its locations this weekend, The Star-Telegram reported. Two-thirds of the pumps at a QuikTrip in Denton, Texas, were closed on Tuesday.

“QuikTrip is going to designate certain stores in all quadrants of the Metroplex and make sure those particular stores will have gasoline,” company spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told The Star-Telegram. “We have been through this in the southeast Atlantic area. If we tried to keep every store full of gasoline, we’d have outages everywhere.”

Said John Benda, the owner of four stations in the Dallas area, “I have never seen it this tight, since 1980, even when we were rationing,”

Bend offered some advice: “I called my family members and told them to fill up their tanks.”

It’s not just QuikTrip.

“We are currently out of unleaded and midgrade fuel and awaiting a fuel delivery,” a sign at a Kroger Fuel Center in Fort Worth said Wednesday.

What is your reaction? Do you think most Americans are prepared for a gas shortage? Share your thoughts in the section below:

An Off-Grid Life With Only 1 Bill A Month

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Every off-gridder wants to live a debt-free, bill-free life. Mark Reinhardt isn’t there yet – but he is very close.

About five years ago Mark ditched his fulltime job, sold his house, and purchased a sailboat with the goal of escaping the “rat race” and sailing the Caribbean. Incredibly, he went from working 60 hours a week and getting nowhere to working three months a year and going everywhere.

And he has only one bill a month: his cell phone bill.

Mark is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio as he explains how off-gridders can live on about $5,000 a year.

Mark – who wrote a book, “Off The Grid: How I Quit the Rat Race and Live for Free Aboard a Sailboat” — also tells us about:

  • His boat, and how it helps him live a unique off-grid life.
  • His journeys, and what he does to stay calm during dangerous storms on the water.
  • His food, and what he regularly eats when he’s miles from shore.

Mark also explains how he avoids marina fees.

Don’t miss this inspiring story about an off-gridder who is living out his dream!



Surprise: Most Americans (And Most African-Americans) Oppose Removing Confederate Monuments

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Surprise: Most Americans (And Most African-Americans) Oppose Removing Confederate Monuments

A solid majority of Americans favor leaving monuments to Confederate leaders where they are, according to a series of new polls.

One survey, by The Huffington Post/YouGov, found that only 29 percent of Americans want them removed.

“Americans are generally unsupportive of attempts to remove memorials honoring Confederate leaders,” Ariel Edwards-Levy of The Huffington Post wrote.

A separate survey even found that a plurality of African-Americans opposed their removal.

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Among highlights of recent surveys:

  • 62 percent of adults in a National Public Radio (NPR)/Marist survey favored keeping Confederate monuments. The same survey found that 27 percent of Americans supported removal.
  • 54 percent of those surveyed by Reuters/Ispos opposed statue removal. That survey found 27 percent of Americans wanted the monuments removed.
  • 52 percent of respondents to a Morning Consult/Politico poll opposed removing monuments. Twenty-six percent wanted the monuments removed.
  • 44 percent of African-Americans opposed removal of Confederate statues, an NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist Poll Forty percent wanted them removed.

Even some prominent Democrats oppose removal of Confederate statues and symbols, National Review writer John Fund pointed out.

“I think it is too costly to refight the Civil War. We have paid too great a price in trying to bring people together,” former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young told The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I personally feel that we made a mistake in fighting over the Confederate flag here in Georgia. Or that that was an answer to the problem of the death of nine people — to take down the Confederate flag in South Carolina. I am always interested in substance over symbols. If the truth be known, we’ve had as much agony — but also glory — under the United States flag. That flew over segregated America. It flew over slavery.”

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50 Survival Tips Harvey Has Taught Me

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50 Survival Tips Harvey Has Taught Me via The Survival Mom

As you may know, my town was one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey. Incredibly, my house wasn’t damaged by rain or the floodwaters, and for that, we are beyond grateful. However, preparing for the storm, hunkering down through its 5 days of destructive rainfall and flooding, and now, working to help rebuild what we’ve lost as a community has been educational, to say the least. Here are some of the most important Harvey survival tips I’ve learned, in random order.

  1. Anyone who isn’t a prepper is nuts. I’ll just start off with that blanket statement. I felt so prepared for this hurricane that I almost felt guilty as everyone else was fighting over cases of water bottles at Costco. In fact, the day before the storm hit, I ran to the grocery store anyway, just to keep in the spirit of things but nothing I bought was necessary at all. Three gallons of Blue Bell ice cream? Definitely not necessary. Thirty days worth of food in a back pantry somewhere, is.
  2. Don’t go through any medical procedure the day before a hurricane hits. My son had an ingrown toenail taken care of on the Friday morning Harvey arrived and when the toe looked like it could be infected (it wasn’t), there was no medical service available short of a trip to the ER.
  3. Get flood insurance, even if you live in an area that doesn’t traditionally flood. Homeowners insurance does not cover damage caused by water coming in to your house. Only 15% of people in the Houston area had flood insurance. I have been thanking God every day that I ponied up the $450 last year for coverage. This might be the biggest Harvey survival tip of all.
  4. Charge all electronics, including solar battery chargers, in the days leading up to something like this. Afterwards, just keep them fully charged, since power outages happen regularly.
  5. Social media is an absolute necessity in times like this. Facebook groups have popped up, connecting neighbor with neighbor and allowing us to loan/borrow things like box fans, extension cords, chain saws, and the like. People are coming out of the woodwork to help out, and it’s because of Facebook.
  6. is another life saver. I was very uncomfortable with this website when I first learned about it a couple of years ago. However, with Harvey, it’s been one of the best resources around for information that impacts us most directly. The local news channel isn’t going to let me know about a downed tree in front of the First Methodist Church, but people on will!
  7. Heavy duty galoshes (rain boots) can be worth their weight in gold. Trudging through inches and feet of floodwater can be dangerous without boots. My kids both have boots that almost reach their knees, and these were perfect for our needs.
  8. Always have a few filled gas cans around.
  9. If you do make a run to the grocery store in the days leading up to a big storm or something similar, go ahead and throw in some goodies you don’t normally buy. I didn’t need 3 gallons of Blue Bell, but it was kind of nice to have a treat while we were sitting around listening to hours of rainfall.
  10. Get a few Luci lights. I fell in love with this product during the time we were without power. It’s an inflatable solar lantern that is ultra lightweight. The Luci collapses into a little disk that is so easy to tuck into an emergency bag, a drawer, or the glove compartment. When our power was out, this lantern was just perfect for providing enough light for a work area or for reading.
  11. Your relatives and friends are going to worry about you, so just accept that and get used to repeating the same information again and again. How wonderful to have people who care about your safety!
  12. Call your insurance company or agent ASAP. They will respond to claims in the order received, so get in there early.
  13. If you experience damage that FEMA may help cover, register with them ASAP also. You’ll receive a registration number. Save that on your cell phone and email it to yourself so it will always be handy.
  14. If you do lose everything, or at least a LOT of what you own, go ahead and cry and ignore people who say things like, “It’s just things. You’re lucky to be alive.” I’m hearing that on our local forum and it’s not helpful at all. It’s okay to grieve over ruined things. They were a part of your life. They represented what was once normal and now that is gone, at least for now. Cry all you want to and need to without making any excuses.
  15. If you think you may end up without power, go on that assumption and prepare. Run small loads of laundry once a day, run the dishwasher, even when it’s only half full. If the power goes out, you’ll be starting out with clean clothes and dishes.
  16. Pressure canning can be one way to preserve meat that is in the freezer in a power outage. Again, if you think your power may go out, start canning that meat right away. If you have a gas range, you can do the canning without electricity.
  17. You’ll need matches to light the burners on your gas range when the power goes out. Make sure you have plenty of matches. Buy 3 or 4 big boxes. They’re cheap.
  18. Prior to a big emergency like Harvey, people will go nuts buying cases of bottled water. Try to keep 3 or 4 cases on hand all the time to avoid the rush, and then have a dozen or more bottles in the freezer. These will help keep the frozen food cold if the power goes out and can be used in an ice chest as well.
  19. Watch local news but don’t go overboard. After a while it gets repetitive anyway and it can definitely be discouraging.
  20. Churches will be at the forefront of rescue, recovery, and rebuilding. If you want to help out, call a church. Every church in my town is involved with Harvey recovery in one way or another.
  21. Prepare your home for guests. In the case of hundreds or thousands of people being displaced, a very simple way to help is to open up your home, even if just for a few hours. Provide a peaceful, safe haven for families who have lost everything. I think hospitality is greatly overlooked when it comes to disaster recovery.
  22. Not all phone weather apps are the same. I am liking Weather Underground very, very much but Weather Bug was a disappointment. For people who can’t get enough weather information, you’ll want to download Storm, which I review here.
  23. Be prepared for emotional ups and downs. On Day 4, I was angry and not very nice to be around. On Day 5, I was weepy, especially when I heard about a brave police officer who lost his life trying to help flooded families. I cried when I realized my hair salon was flooded, not because I would have to put up with gray roots for another couple of weeks but because it represented the very carefree life I had lived before and how much has been lost.
  24. Get outside when you can do so safely.
  25. Bicycles can get places where vehicles cannot. On a bike you’ll be able to check out storm damage, visit neighbors, run errands, and get fresh air and exercise at the same time.
  26. Be aware of downed electrical wires. One young man lost his life while walking through water that hid a power line.
  27. Think about all the volunteers who are going to be thirsty and hungry. Pack brown bag lunches for them and have the  kids help out.
  28. One thing we all take for granted is clean laundry. People with flooded homes will not be able to do laundry and wearing damp, dirty clothes for hours and maybe days at a time is uncomfortable and disheartening. Offer to do laundry for them as an easy way to volunteer.
  29. Buy a few NIOSH-N92 respirators when you begin cleaning out flooded homes. During the Katrina clean-up, many people contracted debilitating illnesses due to inhaling mold and mildew spores.
  30. Consider how you’ll care for your pets both during and after a disaster. Stock up on pet food and kitty litter, if you have cats. If your home is damaged, how will you keep your pets from running away? Make sure you have kennels for them and they are wearing collars with ID tags and have been microchipped.
  31. If you see a stray pet, keep it safe until you can find its owner. Animal shelters are quickly overwhelmed and at capacity. Use Facebook groups for your town and community and to reunite pets and owners.
  32. Children may be the most traumatized group of all. Don’t overburden them with your every random thought about doom and gloom! Give them constructive things to do, so they feel they are contributing something important to the family’s survival.
  33. If you are going to help with flood recovery, be sure to wear protective gear, including the respirator mentioned above. Wear boots that go above your ankle a few inches to protect from snake bites and fire ants and heavy work gloves.
  34. Don’t advertise on social media or elsewhere that your home has been flooded and you’re leaving. This just gives looters information that will help them locate your home, specifically.
  35. Even if you can’t help with actual demo work inside flooded homes, you can loan tools, small generators, filled gas cans, work gloves, extension cords, and fans. Label them with your name and phone number but in the madness of storm recovery, you may not get them back. Bless and release.
  36. Stock up on those black, heavy duty trash bags. They’ll come in handy for storm debris, ruined food, mildewed clothes, pieces of wet sheetrock, etc.
  37. Fill your freezer with bags of ice. It will come in handy during while power is out and can be used to keep food and drinks cold for volunteers and rescue workers.
  38. When floodwater is coming in, turn off your electricity at the main breaker and keep it off.
  39. With road closures, you may not have clear passage to help out at shelters, help neighbors muck out their homes, and reach rescue workers, so be prepared to walk. A heavy duty wagon is super helpful at a time like this, as is a bike trailer, for carrying tools, food, and other supplies.
  40. Take both video and photos of your home’s belongings. Some insurance companies prefer one over the other so have both.
  41. As you replace ruined belongings, carpet, sheetrock, and the like, keep every single receipt. If you can, scan them and save them to the cloud or email the scanned images to yourself.
  42. Don’t be surprised if you are overwhelmed with kind offers of help. Even though our home wasn’t flooded, I was contacted by people all over Texas and even out of state wanting to help me out. In times like these, people want to help, want to give, and want to be a part of the rescue. It’s an amazing side of humanity I’m seeing, not only in my town but in all areas affected by Harvey.
  43. Take care of yourself. You’re going to need a mental break every now and then. On Day 4, I took an Epsom salt bath and had a glass of Moscato. It helped.
  44. Use the Waze app to find multiple routes from Point A to Point B. It will account for road closures, which is immensely helpful.
  45. If you don’t know your neighbors now, you soon will! Be the first one to reach out with offers of a hot cup of coffee, a couple of hours of babysitting for a stressed out mom, or heavy duty labor to help an elderly person clear out their yard.
  46. Don’t wig out every time you hear a news report, especially on social media. If it doesn’t come directly from an official channel, then take a few deep breaths and wait until it’s verified. I got a text message from a friend telling me to start filling up my bathtubs with water because, “…they are going to be doing something to our water today.” Someone on Facebook said, “I just talked with a few people in the know and they said Conroe Dam is going to be doubling their water release.” In both cases the information was wrong and a lot of people were needlessly scared.
  47. It will take a while for life to return to a new normal. My hair stylist will find another salon in which to touch up my gray roots. My doctor will relocate to another office somewhere in town. We’ll be patient as our favorite restaurants work to re-open. Much of survival is mental and it’s important to accept and adapt to changes.
  48. Be prepared to homeschool for a while. Years ago I worked at a school that was hit incredibly hard in a late-summer storm. It’s metal roof was ripped off and classrooms were filled with water. In that case, students had to be shuffled to other schools, and it wasn’t until January that this school was able to re-open. Depending on your circumstances, you may need to become a homeschooler, even if just for a week or two. I’ve written a lot about how to get started homeschooling and you can read all of that here.
  49. If you have skills in administration and logistics, put them to work! One neighborhood in my town has set up their own volunteer check-in desk at the entrance to their subdivision! As volunteers arrive, they are directed to specific homes in need of help. To do this, you’ll need neighborhood maps, roving volunteers with walkie-talkies to assess damage and report to the control center, and, of course, food and water is appreciated. This is a brilliant example of micro-emergency response.
  50. Finally, become a good listener to those who are in shock. When a home becomes unlivable, it shakes a family to the core.  A home isn’t just a cement foundation, wood framing, and sheetrock. It’s the ultimate safe space. It’s what you look forward to at the end of the day. It’s where “your people” are. Perhaps what Harvey’s victims will need the most, once the muck and the mud are cleared out and the reality of being homeless for a while sets in, is just a listening ear, and that’s something all of us can provide.

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Survival Gear List


How can you be absolutely certain you have all the critical gear you need for survival? To be confident there are no more survival items left to acquire.

You can’t – unless you have The Complete Survival Gear List.

An extensive list to ensure you don’t overlook any life-saving pieces of survival gear.

While it’s unlikely anyone forgets a survival knife, there’s lesser known survival gear you likely have overlooked. That’s why we created The Complete Survival Gear List.

It’s a survival list to start, track and grow your survival tools and equipment. A list to help you build your complete survival arsenal.

To be 100% confident you’ve got everything you need for a survival emergency.

However, this survival gear list will only cover survival gear and not survival supplies.

What’s the difference? Supplies are items you use up or consume – supplies are not tools and they’re not gear. For example, food is a survival supply while a knife is survival gear.

This list will also only cover gear that’s portable. So while some may consider a large home generator “survival gear”, we put added that piece of gear to our Prepper’s Checklist.

So make sure to read our Prepper’s list and our Bug Out Bag Checklist for items in those categories as well.

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Wishing Well With Wooden Bucket On A Barren Landscape


As always, we start with water because it’s a major priority in all survival emergencies.

You need gear to turn questionable water into drinkable thirst quenching H2O. The good news is this one is straight forward; we recommend getting a LifeStaw Water Filter.

1. LifeStraw Water Filter

I’ll keep this one short and sweet. You never want to be forced to drink nasty water. We’re talking sewage filled, bacterial laden gross water that can make you sick. Talk about a bad survival situation…

Instead, grab a couple LifeStraw portable water filters. They’re designed to remove microscopic particulates and dangerous bacteria from suspect water.

Couple one with some water purification tablets and you’re ready for water related emergencies. Drink with confidence.

For even more detailed information check out our field review of the LifeStraw Water Filter.

2. Water Bottle

If you ever need to survive in the wild or on the move, you’ll need to carry water with you.

When you get to a water source, you’ll want to filter it, purify it and put some in a bottle. Because you rarely know how far the next water source is and a water bottle keeps you hydrated between sources.

Get a metal one with a single wall only (no double wall insulated ones). Metal allows you to boil water over a fire in a pinch but heating up a double walled bottle can cause an explosion!

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Minimalist Camping Tent Setup


Occasionally, water takes a back seat to shelter. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions are when finding shelter protection turns into your number one survival priority.

So you can either pray you can find some natural survival shelter (or stumble on an abandoned cabin in the woods) or you can get yourself some shelter gear.

3. Survival TarpTarp

Tarps are an excellent shelter option. But a cheap tarp will not do. You should invest in a high-quality, waterproof, rugged, rip stop survival tarp with ample anchor points.

A good survival tarp allows you to structure different shelters setups to keep wind, rain, sleet, and snow off of you.

For even more detailed information check out our post on survival shelters, where share more tarp shelter configurations.

4. Cold Weather TentAlps Mountaineering Cold Weather Tent

OK, if you live in cold regions a tarp might not work well in the dead of winter. Instead, you might want to upgrade to a cold weather tent.

These tents are not the lightest piece of survival gear; heck most will be over 10 lbs, but it will keep you warm and alive in even the worst of conditions.

These are the tents extreme mountain climbers use to keep safe at high altitudes.

For even more detailed information check out our cold weather tents post.

5. Survival Hammocksurvival hammock

Hammocks are not just for the beach; they can also be for survival. These keep you up off the ground so you could sleep high up in a tree if need be.

Some can be rolled up into a compact ball and don’t weigh much.

A survival hammock is an excellent option between a full tent setup and a survival tarp.

6. TACT Bivvytact bivvy emergency sleeping bag

Finally, there’s the TACT Bivvy. It’s an emergency sleeping blanket that can be added to any of the above shelter options. This piece of life-saving survival gear weights under 5 ounces.

“Lifesaving,” you ask…absolutely. When you hop in this TACT bivvy, it traps your body heat to keep you warm even in frigid temperatures.

I tested one during freezing temperatures outside and was sweating after just a few minutes. The internal temperature in the Bivvy reached the mid-70’s!

I wish every car and truck manufacturer put one of these TACT Bivvys in everyone’s glove box. It saves lives when people get stuck overnight in blizzards.

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using a gun suppressor for hunting


Next up is survival weapons. Wait! Are weapons considered gear? In my opinion, YES.

Self-defense IS survival.

These weapons are not survival supplies (however, ammo is). So let’s cover some common and some lesser known survival gear you can use to protect and defend yourself.

7. Survival Firearm

We’ve discussed survival firearms many times on this site (survival guns/survival rifles). And while there is no such thing as one single “best” survival gun, there’s a lot to think about and consider.

Weight, ammo availability, accuracy, ruggedness are variables you must take into account.

Just make sure you have enough firepower to protect and defend yourself and your family.

8. Bore Snake

While a bore snake is not a weapon, it does belong in this category. It’s a must have for anyone who ones a firearm.

If you want your weapon to fire when you pull the trigger and maintain its accuracy, you got to take the time to keep the bore clean of build up.

9. Homemade Weapons

Instead of listing all the homemade weapons you could make and build, I just added the entire category to this list.

I’ll also point you to a homemade weapons post that goes over many homemade weapons you can create. From homemade flamethrowers to homemade tasers and shivs.

10. Survival Bowsurvival bow

When hunting or defending; silent and deadly = awesome.

Don’t get me wrong, you gotta have firearms but if you’re in a survival situation where stealth is crucial, then give me a good survival bow.

I like having the option to shoot wild game (or dangerous threats) silently if need be. The “thump” of an arrow release is a whisper compared to the “bang” of a rifle.

Here’s a post detailing 16 reasons why you want a survival bow.

11. Survival Crossbowcrossbow

Maybe I’m just a sucker for good survival movies and TV shows, but I love the idea of owning a survival crossbow. You get all the benefits of a survival bow with the benefits of trigger shooting.

A solid choice and a worthy addition to a survival gear list.

12. Tactical Pen

Not my personal “go to” weapon of choice, but I’m also not a tactical pen wielding master. I’ve seen videos on tactical pens being used for self-defense, and they are lethal in the right set of hands.

I do keep one in my everyday carry pack as a backup. I hope I never need to use it, but I know its close by just in case.

Plus, at the time of writing this post, you could pick up a FREE tactical strike pen if you chip in for shipping.

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Strike Pen

Here’s our guide to using and finding a good tactical pen.

12. Tasertaser

Tasers are becoming more popular self-defense weapons nowadays. If you hit someone with a high voltage taser they’re going down hard.

They won’t know what hit them and you’ll be able to neutralize the threat or escape to safety.

A worthy piece of survival gear for the list.

13. Pepper Spray / MaceSabre 3-1 Pepper Spray

You can get small canisters pepper spray and add them to your key chain. Some can spray a long distance which is great to neutralize threats before they enter into close quarter combat.

It’s one of those self-defense weapons everyone should own. Here’s a post on how to make your own pepper spray.

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Man Starting A Fire In The Woods 1


Firestarting and survival are basically one in the same. Starting a fire in calm dry conditions is one thing. Starting a fire in a blizzard or torrential downpour is a whole different ballgame.

You need the gear to help you get a fire started no matter the conditions.

14. Lighter(s)tesla lighter-double coil

The good news is you have a lot of choices in lighters. You can go cheap with a standard BIC lighter, or you can go high tech with a Tesla lighter. Or go with anything in-between like a zippo.

The choice is yours. We like the Tesla lighters for survival since they work in wet and high wind conditions.

But you should always have 3 ways to start a fire…

15. Fire StrikerFiresteel firestarter

Do you know what the biggest downside is of any of the lighters mentioned above? They all need fuel. Lighter fuel or battery.

These can run out or go dead just when you need them most. Instead, why not also have survival gear that will almost never run out.

This Ferro rod has 12,000 strikes! That’s a lot of fires. Using one takes some practice, but they are worthy of a spot on your survival gear list.

16. StormProof Matches

Another form of fire-starting because you can never have too many. If you currently have regular matches in with your survival gear, you making a mistake. If regular matches get wet, they are worthless.

However, stormproof matches can get wet and will light no problem. If you are going to have some matches (and you should), then you need stormproof ones.

At the time of this writing, you can pickup a FREE set of stormproof matches if you pick up the shipping.

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17. FireLacesfire laces

FireLaces are one of those pieces of gear you can wear every day. These are shoe laces with mini Ferro rods at the ends. Just loop the striker into the laces, and you’re shoes become a survival tool in their own right.

Your shoe laces now double as a survival fire starter.

Another piece of survival gear (the time of this writing) you can pickup a FREE set fire laces if you pick up the shipping.

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18. Tinder Boxsurvival tinderbox magnifying glass

The real secret to starting a fire is not the sparks or the flame, it’s the tinder. Fine, dry tinder makes fire starting a breeze no matter which tool you use to light it.

So you need a piece of survival gear that allows you to make tinder. The tinder box has a fine shredder you can use with dry sticks to create tinder. Just rub some downed sticks across the grate.

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19. Survival Shovel

Some people swear by owning and using a survival shovel, while others see it as unnecessary. But a shovel can do one task that no other bladed tool can do (at least not nearly as well).

It can dig large holes and move lots of dirt.

A knife cannot do that; a tarp can’t do that; a stick can’t do it. When you need to dig a trench or a fox hole, only a shovel will do.

Check out our Best Survival Shovels Guide for even more information.

20. Survival Knifebushcraft survival knife

It’s safe to say a good survival knife is the most popular survival gear for most people – as it should be. The knife is so versatile and can accomplish so many survival tasks.

It’s one of the first pieces of survival gear most people get – and serious survivalists are usually own several survival knives.

21. Survival Hatchet / Axe

Survival hatchets and survival axes are similar in shape and function but not in size. The hatchet is shorter and tends to weigh less, while an axe is longer and has more heft.

But both of these pieces of gear perform critical survival functions. They fell trees, and they split wood.

And while you can split wood with a good survival knife by batoning, it’s not something you want to do in large quantities.

So it’s worth investing in a good survival hatchet or axe.

Check out our Best Survival Axe Guide and Survival Hatchet post.

22. Survival MultiTool

I’m a fan of survival multi-tools with a great set of pliers (ones with needle nose pliers preferred).

Pliers are another one of those survival tools that cannot easily be replaced by other devices. Being able to grip an object with powerful force and pull, twist can be essential and cannot be replicated using your fingers.

Check out our Survival MultiTool Buying Guide.

23. Survival Credit Card ToolSurvival Card RumbaDock Survival

This credit card survival tool has 14 tools at a very reasonable price.

The biggest downside is that it doesn’t have a set of pliers. But for those who would rather have a thinner credit card sized survival multi tool – you can’t do much better.

If, for whatever reason, the RumbaDock 14-in-1 isn’t for you, check out this 11-in-1 survival business card that you can get for FREE +S&H.)

24. Blade Sharpenerknife sharpener

What good is a dull blade? Close to worthless. You might as well be carrying a spoon around if your blade is dull.

So grab this blade sharpener and add it to your survival gear.

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Rescue Helicopter


25. Survival Whistle

Earlier we covered some of the highest priority survival items (water, shelter, self-defense) but what about rescue?

Sometimes the top priority is to get the attention of others who can provide rescue or medical assistance.

A scream whistle will travel a very long distance and get lots of attention for miles. Much further than your voice can carry alone.

At the time of publishing this article, you could get a FREE scream whistle from Survival Frog – just help out with shipping.

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Also, take a look at all the Best Survival Whistle options in this post.

26. Signal Mirror

A signal mirror can serve two vital survival purposes. First, a mirror can signal help to a rescue plan or helicopter. Using the power of the sun to shine a glare towards a rescue team is an excellent way to gain attention.

The other survival use of a small mirror is to create a fire. It’s not the easiest way to start a fire, but a focused beam of light on dry tinder will burst into flame.

Plus, they are light weight and take up very little space. Under rated little tool to add to your survival gear list.

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27. Survival Radio

As anyone from a military background knows, intelligence is everything in emergencies. Without critical information such as weather conditions or road block locations, you may find yourself moving in the path of danger – or moving when you should be staying.

The more intel, the better.

But you shouldn’t put this intel advantage in the hands of electricity or battery technology. Instead, get a hand crank radio so you can generate your own power on demand. Crank for a few minutes, and you’ll be able to tune into any available intel being broadcast over the radio waves.

28. Walkie Talkies

If you’re in a survival group, then you should have a plan to communicate with this group at a distance.

Whether you’re talking perimeter security or setting up an ambush – walkie talkie’s are a significant survival advantage. These walkie talkies have a range of up to 24 miles.

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Officer Holding a Flashlight


29. Tactical Flashlight

A prepared survivalist is not 100% ready for an emergency without a mean of illumination. Proper lighting is necessary – from moving at night to seeing what you’re doing in a dark basement.

Having a tactical flashlight in your pocket is one piece of survival gear that’s NOT optional, it’s essential.

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30. Survival Lantern

“Don’t underestimate the power of the light side…”

Ok, bad terrible joke but it’s true. Illumination should never be underestimated and you should have at least one survival lantern.

There are several options to choose from so decide which one makes the most sense for you and then get one.

31. Survival Headlamp

I promise this is the last illumination gear on the list. But headlamps provide illumination in a way that a flashlight or lantern cannot.

They allow you portable, focused, hands-free illumination. I can’t think of a way this wouldn’t be a huge advantage in a survival situation.

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32. Survival Watch

Nowadays, there are many impressive survival watches available. Ones that provide more than just time, they can also provide intel such as temperature, altitude, heading, etc.

Plus, we like the survival watches that are tough enough to deal with even the worst of elements like the Rangeman Master of G Series.

Check out our Survival Watch Guide, for even more information.

33. Survival Stovesbiolite camping stove

Do you need a survival stove? No. Stoves are nice, they can make survival situation easier, but you can cook food over a regular fire just as well.

However, with that said, there are some impressive survival stove options available on the market and worth a look. For example, this bio stove allows you to generate some electricity with a survival stove is a bonus.

Read about all 15 survival cooking options here.

34. Survival Bikebug out bike 2

One of the most overlooked items for survival. If there’s an EMP strike or a disaster with massive fuel shortages, you’ll need a form of alternative transportation.

A rugged mountain bike with some panniers or even a small trailer is a good survival idea.

Here’s more information about bikes for survival.

35. Survival Bandana

How much space does a bandana take up in your bug out bag or pocket? Very little. How much does one weight? Very little.

However, this often overlooked piece of gear has many survival uses. There’s no good excuse not to include a survival bandana in your survival gear. Survival bananas are a high utility and little weight survival tool. Get one.

Here’s a detailed post on survival bandanas and their many uses.

36. Gas MaskSingle Filter Full Faced Gas Mask

There are a few emergency scenarios where a gas mask jumps all the way up to the number 1 priority. If you can’t breathe, then you’ll die in minutes.

And if you can breathe but the air is deadly, then you may become a member of the walking dead. Not the zombie variety but the sort where your death is coming soon, you just don’t realize it yet. Think nuclear fallout.

So get a good gas mask for each member of your family and get plenty of gas filters to go with it.

Check out our Gas Mask Buying Guide.

37. Snares & Traps

You can make your own deadfall traps and paracord snares, but it’s easier to snag a meal if you’re using gear designed for the task.

So it’s worth picking up a few wire snares and animal traps and learn how to use them.

38. Fishing Poleronco pocket fishing rod

Standard fishing poles are great. But for survival, I always try to find gear that’s lighter and more portable than regular gear. So you should check out these alternative fishing pole options.

39. Fishing Tackle

Get a small fishing tackle box with a few essentials to catch some trout, bluegill, or bass. A few crank baits, some plastic worms, toss in some catfish stink bait, some lead, some hooks, a bobber or 2 and you’re all set.

If you don’t, you’ll have to fashion a hook out of a pop top or whittle one out of wood. And while those methods are fun to try – not one I’d be interested in relying on during a real emergency.

40. Perimeter Defense AlarmsSound Grenade

Let’s say you’re thrust into an emergency situation where rescue is not desirable. Let’s say you must avoid detection and roaming threats. If you want to get some shut eye, it would be near impossible without a perimeter alarm system.

You need something in place to warn you of trouble in the area. That’s what these cool sound grenade devices can do for you.

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41. Compact Binoculars

Survival gear that can help you see objects, animals or threats at a very long range. That’s what I call a super power.

Get a compact pair of high powered binoculars and you’ll have a major survival advantage. If you don’t have them, you’re at a huge survival disadvantage.

42. SporkSpork

You likely have a survival knife but probably don’t have a fork and spoon. So get this lightweight, highly portable spork so you can eat a meal with a bit of decency in a survival situation.

A low weight, low volume but high utility piece of survival gear.

43. Survival Chargersolar charger

Do you need electrical power in a survival situation? No, you don’t. However, it’s also highly dependent on the rest of the other survival gear on your list.

For example, if you consider your GPS device or your smart phone a survival tool, then you need a way to charge it in the outdoors.

That’s what a survival charger can do for you, which may help save your life.

44. Survival SawPocket Chain Saw

A survival saw is a handy piece of gear to own.

These saws are lightweight and can help cut good sized limbs fast in a pinch.

It’s a lightweight, useful tool so it on the list for those who want a way to cut through wood using a saw.

45. Survival Beltcondor tactical belt

If you’re like me, a belt is the one piece of gear I wear every time I walk out of my house. So I always have a belt with me. So why would I wear a regular belt of limited use?

Instead, you should upgrade this daily wear item to one that is has a ton of survival utility.

Check out our detailed post on the Best Survival Belts.

46. Survival CupCollapsible Survival Cup

A bit of a luxury item in a survival scenario but drinking water out of your hands is not convenient. Plus, if you happen to have coffee, soup, or freeze dried meals you’ll need a bowl or cup to eat these meals.

What’s nice is you can get a collapsible one, and they weight nearly nothing and take up minimal space. I keep on in my backpack for my dog. He can drink out of a collapsible bowl but not straight out of a water bottle.

47. Battery Boost Charger

Dead batteries have thrown many people into survival situations. If you’re out in a remote area and your vehicle battery goes dead, your only option is to start hiking.

OR if you had a battery booster you could bring the battery back to life and drive on home with no inconvenience. It’s a piece of survival gear you don’t realize you need it until you really need it!

This one is highly powerful but only about the size of a smart phone.

48. Bolt Cuttersbolt cutters

Who knows what the world may look like in a major disaster. Survival is all about preparing, adapting and overcoming.

A set of mini bolt cutters gives you the ability to overcome chains and padlocks. Is it breaking and entering? Yes. But if the world is in lawless chaos, there will be no police to arrest you.

Not a tool to be used lightly but if you ever have the need nothing can replicate it.

49. Sling Shothigh velocity slingshot

Ammo is heavy. Rocks and pebbles can be heavy too, but you don’t have to carry them. You can find them in nature. So while I don’t support sling shots as real self-defense weapons, I do think slingshots have a place in a survival gear list.

They can get you a meal without wasting firearm ammo (with some practice) and to me, that’s worthy of a place on this list.

50. Survival Pack5.11 Tactical Bug Out Bag

Survival pack, bug out bag, inch bag, backpack – all different names for basically the same piece of gear. A survival pack is a bag with straps so you can carry your survival gear on your back. That’s it.

Some packs are larger while others are smaller. Others have extra pockets; while some have MOLLE. So choose a survival pack that works best for you.

Here’s our “best bug out bag” article to help you choose.

51. Paracord

The uses for paracord is nearly endless.

It allows you to bind, cinch, tie, hang, attach, trip, etc. The bottom line is 550 paracord is one essential piece of survival gear.

Now, there’ are several ways you can carry cord.

One of the most popular ways is via a paracord bracelet. But you can also create a paracord donut, or paracord “oh crap” jeep straps, paracord belts, dog collars, etc.

Choose your preferred method, and you’ll always have some cordage with you no matter where you go.

Here are 17 excellent paracord projects if you’re into making your own paracord items.

52. Survival Compassmilitary compass

Every true survivalist should own a high-quality military compass. Forget ones where the needle hangs up or points the wrong direction have the time.

With a compass, you can prevent walking in circles and keep a straight heading. If you add a map with a compass (and know how to use them), you’ll never get lost again.

53. Survival Poncho

What if it’s raining outside, but you need to keep moving. Hypothermia is extremely dangerous. And your hypothermia risk goes up exponentially when you’re in wet clothes.

You should add a survival poncho with a hood to wear in outdoor related emergencies. It’s your best portable shelter option in certain conditions.

54. Basic First Aid Kit

You need to be able to treat some minor injuries in any situation.

Medical gear such as bandages, antibacterial creams, pain killers, blood clotting sponge and a tourniquet.

Obviously, if you’re on the move, you need a small portable kit. However, if you’re preparing for at home emergencies, you can load up on a more sophisticated medical kit.

Here’s our detailed “how to build a survival medical kit” guide.


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Remember: Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

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Tools to Help You Maintain Situational Awareness in Your Local Community!

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Situational awareness is a topic that often comes up in preparedness.  It’s important to consider your surroundings.  Things can change in a matter of moments.  By being aware, you might be able to foresee any issues that might come your way.

The other day I was waiting for my wife to come out of a store.  I noticed a young mom with two little girls walking to her car.  Not two-feet behind her, a man was walking right behind her.  At first, they were so close that I thought it was her husband.  However, they never acknowledged each other.  Then the thought crossed my mind, he could be getting ready to rob her.  I pulled up a little further so I could have a good eye on what was happening.  As she turned to her vehicle, the man turned towards his.

The man could have just been walking to his vehicle.  However, I know that when I’m that close to someone, I purposely move to one side or the other, not to worry them.  This guy didn’t do it. This young mom had two small children.  I’m a father.  Sometimes getting kids into the car is like corraling cats.  But, we are living in a new day and age!

Situational Awareness – Think About It On A Bigger Scale!


Being situationally aware when you leave your home is very important. However, I would like to discuss situational awareness on a bigger scale, your community.

Having knowledge of what is going on in your community is important.  We don’t live in a bubble!  What is happening on the other side of town, or just a few streets over can have an impact on your family and your safety.

Here are a few tools that can help you know what is going on, many times, in real time.

NextdoorNextdoor is “social media” for your neighborhood.  There, your neighbors can post on anything from For Sale items, Lost and Found to Crime.

Recently, a scout mom posted about the local scout troop selling mulch to raise money for their troop.  I found out through Nextdoor and ordered ten bags.  The cool thing is that they delivered the bags to my backyard! 😉  If it was only that easy every year!

One of the cool aspects of this service is that I can add neighborhoods around my area.  So if I wanted to know about all the local garage sales, I could add other neighborhoods close by, other than mine.

One thing to consider is that you will get a few whiny people posting about kids running stop signs and popping off fireworks.  You can set the APP only to alert you when someone posts an “emergency” post.  You can also set the APP to send you a daily email summary instead of letting you know about every new post.

This is a valuable website/APP and I suggest everyone to at least look into it.

Disclaimer: As with all social media, be careful what you share on it.  You can use this APP and many others without divulging any real information.


NOTE: I wrote this article before Hurricane Harvey.  This APP proved to be invaluable in the information that neighbors were sharing.  I was glad to have it and received very timely information as well as information from older neighbors who had knowledge on how the neighborhood drained.

Facebook Groups – Facebook is one of those things.  It can be a blessing or a curse.  If you use it the way I’m describing in this section, it can be a blessing.

Many neighborhoods have a group on Facebook.  My neighborhood has a group that is not very active.  Although, when things do happen, people post on it.  However, I’m a member of a group that encompasses a good portion of the suburbs I live in.  This group is specific to sharing about crime and emergency issues.

Sometimes it is shocking to see so many things going on around the area. But, I want to know what areas are safe and if I need to let my family know they need to avoid certain areas.  Often, members of the group will post on police activity and crimes.  I have seen people post on tires being stolen, people trying to enter vehicles at night and more.  There is usually pics and video to go along with it.

It was a really helpful about a year ago when NW Houston was flooded. Members of the group posted, in real time, areas that were impassable and when areas were cleared.  This group had the most up-to-date information than any other source, including the major TV affiliates.  In this scenario, it was very helpful.

It’s like people want to report on what is going on.  Their desire is to your benefit and will help you stay aware.

To find a local group, get on Facebook and start searching for your neighborhood or suburbs.

An example of a Neighborhood Crime Watch post.

NOTE: Again, this Facebook group proved to be a very valuable resource during Hurricane Harvey.  I was informed of road closures and what the area outside of my immediate neighborhood look liked!

Twitter – You might not have considered it, but Twitter is a great place for news.  Many times, the world and national news hit Twitter way before you will see it anywhere else.  So, instead of filling up my feed on the Kardashians and the latest Hollywood Yahoo, I follow accounts that provide news.

But for the sake of this article, I want to point out that you can follow your local news and emergency services.  So for example, I follow @AlertHouston.


I also follow FEMA Region 6 which includes Texas, so I can avoid the camps! 😉  I could also add the Houston Police and Fire Dept.’s, but the Alert Houston Twitter handle does a decent job.

It shouldn’t be your primary source for local news, but I believe everyone should learn to navigate Twitter and use it as a channel for quick information. You could go to my Twitter account, and follow some of the same news organizations that I do.  I tend to follow organizations on both sides of the aisle so I can stay up on what they are “thinking” and “saying.”

Crime Reports – Another website that offers information on what is going on around your local area is Crime Reports.  I’m not going to go into detail here because I did a write up a while back called, “Checking Crime Reports.

This is a website that you should visit because you can drill down to your local neighborhood, even your own street to see what types of crimes have been reported.

Broadcastify – This website allows you to listen to police, fire, EMS, aviation and rail scanner feeds.  Use the map and drill down to your local area.

Make sure that you pay careful attention to the “STEREO” feeds.  These are feeds that have multiple feeds coming out two different channels.  For example, the left side of the speaker broadcast the feed for several agencies where the right side of the speaker broadcasts the others.

Broadcastify has an APP for iPhones and Androids that you can download. There are many other scanner APPS out there as well.

Final Word

With our busy lives, it is easy to get distracted with all the things we have to do.  But our world is getting crazy out there.  It is just smart to stay aware of your surroundings.  Using these tools mentioned above makes it a little easier.

Are there any tools, websites, APPS that you use that could be helpful to the community?




Herbal Teas from Medicinal Gardens

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Herbal Products as Medicine

In long-term disaster settings, even prepared medics may end up using their entire supply of commercially-made medicines. As such, caregivers should consider the medicinal benefits of the plants in their own backyard as additional tools in the medical woodshed.


Due to their longevity, essential oils are probably some of the best natural products the medic can stockpile. Producing them, however, requires knowledge, experience, and equipment. In addition, you’ll need a lot of plant material. It takes 250 pounds of lavender flowers to make 1 kilogram of essential oil, and that’s if you have the right variety, soil conditions, weather conditions, and other factors in place.

lavender field

It takes a lot of lavender to make a little essential oil

In the long haul, a more realistic option for sustainable herbal medicines is using fresh or dried plant materials in teas. These require little more than a garden and some knowledge regarding each herb, the parts of the plant used, and the medicinal effect.


It should be noted that the term “tea” is incorrect: The word actually refers to various drinks made from the leaves of one species, Camellia sinensis. Indeed, green, black, white, and oolong teas are made from the same plant; only the processing differs. The proper term for a drink made by steeping herbs in hot water would be an “herbal infusion” or “tisane“. For simplicity’s sake, though, we’ll call them teas.


Standard teas from Camellia Sinensis, like green, black, white, and oolong, are high in antioxidants with many health benefits ascribed to them. These include heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver dysfunction, and more.


Making Teas

making tea

It’s easy to make tea

Making a tea is one of the simplest ways to prepare medicinal herbs. If you can boil water, you can brew tea. You just:


  • Bring some water to a roiling boil in a pot or other container.
  • Crush leaves, flowers, and/or roots, depending on the plant.
  • Pour the boiled water over 1 teaspoon of herbs and let steep for about five or ten minutes.
  • Keep a cover on while steeping.
  • Place a strainer over a cup and pour (alternatively, use a tea bag or “bob”).
  • Use honey or lemon to add flavor if desired.


A tea doesn’t always have to be ingested to be of benefit; some may be used as an eye wash, an irrigation solution for wounds, or in cold or warm compresses.


There are many herbs that can be made into a tea. Although some of the information below lacks hard scientific data, these teas were used by your ancestors for their medicinal benefits:


Alfalfa: The seeds and leaves contain vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as calcium, phosphorous, iron, and potassium. It has been used as a diuretic to help urine flow and for upset stomachs. There are claims that it helps arthritis pain and may lower cholesterol. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried leaves, steeped in 1 cup of boiling water, for 10-20 minutes.


Burdock: The dried root has been used in teas to help clear acne and to treat psoriasis. Use 2 tablespoons of fresh grated root or 1 tablespoon of well-dried root in 3 cups of boiling water.



Catnip: Leaves and flowers are used to treat intestinal cramping, indigestion, diarrhea, and other stomach ailments. Also thought to treat respiratory infections like the common cold. A substance in catnip called nepetalactone is thought to produce a mild sedative effect. Use 1 teaspoon of dried leaves or 1 tablespoon of fresh leaves per cup.


Chamomile: A favorite tea of many, it contains the amino acid Tryptophan, which gives it a sedative and relaxing effect. As such, it may help treat anxiety and insomnia. Antioxidants in chamomile may help slow down progression of visual, kidney, and nerve damage in diabetics.  Use 2-3 teaspoons of dried flowers per cup.


Chicory: When supplies of coffee ran out, soldiers in the Civil War used the root of this common plant as a substitute. It lacks caffeine, though, and has more of a sedative than stimulant effect in large amounts. Chicory root has an effect against intestinal worms, and has been shown in animal studies to improve calcium absorption and bone mineral density. Scrape the bark off the root before drying; use 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of water. Tea made from leaves has a laxative effect.


Dandelion: You might be surprised to know that the common dandelion contains vitamins and minerals. Indeed, it’s thought to have more beta-carotene than a similar serving of carrots. Young flowers and leaves make a good tea for constipation (steep for 20 minutes). Roasting the roots produces a coffee-like drink; use 2 teaspoons dried chopped root in 1 cup of water.



Echinacea: Well-known to decrease the duration of colds and flus, Echinacea boosts the immune system and may have some antiviral activity. Steep 1-2 teaspoons of leaf, flower, or ½ teaspoon of root to 1 cup of boiling water


Elder: Elderberry flowers make a tea that is used for many upper respiratory infections such as sinusitis, colds, flus, and laryngitis. Applied in a compress, the tea may be helpful for wound healing and some skin conditions.


The blue or purple berries are high in antioxidants and may be made into a juice or syrup: Put two pounds of elderberries and four cups of water and bring to a boil, then simmer for a half hour. Use a fine mesh strainer to press out the juice. Sugar may be added under medium heat to make a syrup.


Eucalyptus: Tea made from eucalyptus leaves offers relief from asthma as well as respiratory infections, mostly by opening airways and loosening thick mucus. It may have antibacterial and antiviral effects. Steep ½ teaspoon of dried or fresh leaves in 1-2 cups of water.


Ginger: The underground stems, or rhizomes, of Ginger are used to treat nausea of all types from morning sickness to motion sickness. Slice one inch of the rhizome into small pieces and simmer in two cups of water on low heat for 15 minutes. Then strain. ¼ – ½ teaspoon of ginger powder is another option.

ginseng root

ginseng root

Ginseng: Both Asian and American Ginseng root can be made into herbal teas that are thought to lower blood sugar levels, a useful benefit for those with diabetes. Simmer three to six teaspoons of the root for 45 minutes in three or four cups of water, then strain.


Lavender: Used in aromatherapy, lavender may improve nausea and other digestive symptoms when drunk as a tea. It’s thought to decrease migraine headaches and possibly limit convulsions and muscle spasms. Use 1 tablespoon of dried herb in 1 cup of water.


Lemon Balm: An herb with antiviral effects, it’s a member of the mint family. A tea made from lemon balm leaves and flowers was used in the past to treat mouth, throat, and dental infections like gingivitis and herpes sores. Also thought to decrease anxiety and aid sleep. Lemon balm may help improve intestinal spasms and nausea. 1 teaspoon of dried herb or 5-6 fresh leaves to one cup of boiling water makes a fine tea.


Licorice: Better known as an ingredient in candy, its coating properties may help with sore throats, coughs, and heartburn. Licorice can, however, raise blood pressure and should be avoided during pregnancy. Add 1-2 teaspoons of chopped root to 2 cups of boiling water to make a decoction. Drink ½ cup at a time.


Passionflower: Tea made from passionflower has a beneficial effect on anxiety and may serve as a sleep aid if taken regularly. Boil 1-2 teaspoons of herb (avoid the root) in 2 cups of water for 5-10 minutes.


Peppermint: A long-standing herbal remedy, tea made from peppermint calms the stomach and helps Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but can worsen heartburn. The tea helps thin respiratory mucus and relieves nasal congestion. Put 1 teaspoon of dried herb or 6-8 fresh leaves over 1 cup of boiling water.


Rose: Rose “hips” make a tea with vitamin C, as well as calcium, selenium, zinc, manganese, and others. It boosts the immune system and is thought to be beneficial for the adrenal gland, responsible for the stress hormone cortisol. Boil 1 teaspoon of dried rose hips in water and steep for 20 minutes.

Sage leaves

Sage leaves


Sage: Sage leaf tea is a time-honored remedy for sore throat as well as the common cold as a tea or gargle. It may also aid digestion and decrease cramping, and may even improve memory. Steep 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in one cup of water.


Stinging Nettle: Stinging nettle root is thought to have benefits as a diuretic to improve urine flow, even in those with enlarged prostates. The leaves may decrease the pain of arthritis in joints. Use 1 teaspoon dried leaves in 1 cup boiling water or boil 5 grams of dried root in 2 cups of water for 5-10 minutes.


St. John’s Wort: One of the few herbs that has known activity against minor depression, leading it to be called “herbal Prozac”. Beware of interactions with prescription drugs, however. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon herb.


Thyme: Teas made from thyme will loosen thick phlegm and may help coughs. It’s known to inhibit bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including many that cause respiratory infections. Steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried leaves in 1 cup of water.


Turmeric: This herb contains curcumin, an anti-inflammatory compound that may treat Crohn’s disease and other digestive tract issues. As well, it may have beneficial effects on joint pain due to rheumatoid arthritis and other disorders.


Valerian: The dried roots of this plant have been utilized for centuries to deal with anxiety and insomnia. It may even decrease the frequency of seizures in patients with epilepsy. Its mild sedative effect eases pain and promotes sleep. Avoid alcohol or sedative drugs.


Willow Bark: The green underbark of willow trees contain salicin, the original ingredient used to produce aspirin in the late 19th century. It is especially useful for muscle aches and joint pain. Simmer 1 teaspoon of bark in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes.


There is much research to be done to scientifically confirm all of the effects of these plants, and there may be other benefits not mentioned or yet discovered. As well, many other plants have medicinal effects other than the ones in the list above; you might know of some yourself. The herbs above, however, are easily made into teas that can be produced even while on the move.


In any case, learning the use of natural substances for their medicinal benefits will make the off-grid medic an effective provider even in the most remote settings.


Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD

Joe Alton MD


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Important survival tips and tricks for beginner hunters

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Important Survival Tips and Tricks for Beginner Hunters

Hunting is one of the most intimate ways to get your food on the table, it connects you with nature in a way that’s hard to be described in words. But it’s not an easy job either, it doesn’t just come naturally so you need to learn a few tips and tricks so you can become a better hunter.

Choose your weapon

You can’t hunt well – or at all for that matter – if you don’t choose a weapon that fits your needs and preferences. You might like a rifle for long range shooting, especially if you’re after smaller game. Or you might be more tempted to choose a crossbow or a compound bow, even if these are better at smaller ranges than rifles.

Some people boast that their firearms make more merciful kills, but the truth is you can get the same results with the fastest compound bow on the market, as long as you shoot it right and in the proper setting. That’s why you should do your research first and get the weapon you need for the hunting style you want to practice.

You should also ensure you get something that fits your dominant eye and hand, so it won’t make you feel clumsy. Besides, if you’re wearing eyeglasses and want a rifle, don’t forget to choose one with a generous eye relief.


After getting your weapon, it’s important to take it out for a test run or two. That will help you learn how to use it, and really get the feel of it before going out on the field. You’ll find out if there is additional gear you need for it to work better, like a magnifier or a night vision scope.

You’ll learn other things too, like how to adjust it for windage and elevation, you’ll know how much ammunition or arrows to bring, how long the batteries last, etc. And apart from taking your weapon out to exercise, we recommend a prep hunting trip too, so you can actually see what it’s like to go hunting.

Don’t go alone

The best advice you can give a beginner hunter is to choose a mentor, someone they trust completely with both their skills and safety. This should be someone likeminded, that understands what you’re good at, what your style is, if you’re more aggressive and interested in fast shots, or if you’re more careful when shooting.

You can go on trial hunting trips with this person, even if you ultimately choose to go solo on more extended hunts. But it’s a good idea to have the support of a knowledgeable hunter, to begin with since there are tons of accidents that happen in the wild.

You can even shoot someone by mistake or go the wrong way and become the prey to your game. We’re not making this up, beginner hunters are exposed to all sorts of dangers. And even after you become an expert yourself, it’s always wise to let people know your hunting itinerary and schedule.

Get the right gear

There are hundreds of hunters that get lost each year, so you should bring a GPS along, perhaps even an old-fashioned map and compass to ensure you can find your way back. An emergency whistle, a water purifier, waterproof matches, flashlight and plenty of rope are essential, apart from your tent and sleeping bag.

Besides, you should always wear proper-fitting, insulating clothes, made from breathable and moisture-wicking materials. Don’t forget to dress in layers, always pack a rainproof jacket and wear supportive shoes.

You can consider getting a tripod too, a camouflaged shelter, or an odor-masking spray. It’s important to get items that don’t attract the gaze of wild animals, so you should choose camouflage patterns that mimic the way trees and brush look.

You also need a good animal call, like a deer or coyote call, depending on what your game is. These imitate the sounds made by game animals, for instance when they’re in distress or when they’re trying to mate, so they’ll be sure to come your way.

Stay upwind

Apart from hiding your position with camouflage patterns and odor-masking products, you need to know and respect the territory of your game. Say you’re after wild boars, but you’re also navigating through Bear County: don’t start your adventure without making sure you’re safe.

So if you don’t want to be discovered by your game, you should stay upwind, to reduce the chance of being smelled. That said, you need to understand scents the way animals do. Your smell can travel through the air as far as a mile, which can give out your position if you’re not careful.

Play the patience game

Prepare to be disappointed at first, because hunting even with the best equipment that money can buy doesn’t guarantee you absolute success.

That’s why you should scout the environment, familiarizing yourself with the area so you can understand more tell-tale signs that your game is nearby. Knowing the habits of the animals is the first step towards a better hunt, plus you’ll minimize and chances of getting lost.

And after you inflict the fatal shot, you have to be prepared to move your game away, especially if it’s a bigger-sized animal. So you need additional equipment to carry it safely.

First and last minute preparations

Of course, you should begin organizing your hunting trip by researching the hunting laws in place. You don’t want to get an unnecessary ticket, so make sure you respect the hunting season, the game, the weapon and ammunition you’re allowed to use.

But there are other details you need to take into account before leaving, like checking the weather and making sure your equipment is fully functional.

That said, we hope you have a good hunt, but let us know how it went. And after a few more hunting trips, you can come back here and tell us if there’s anything we’ve missed. The comment section awaits below.


Author Bio

Rebecca lives in USA, but loves hiking all over the world. Her favourite is Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal. It usually takes 16 days, but she likes to slow down, enjoy mountains, company of other adventurers and take more pictures, so it took her 28 days last time. Another of her passion is the ocean, so all short and long hikes along the ocean shore bring a lot of joy. She also writes for

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Recipe: Make healthy bannock – an easy multi-grain survival bread

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Some useful, very basic, recipes for wheat flour should be included any prepper/survival/ Bug Out backpack. Here’s how to add a few ingredients to make flour-based survival foods more nutritious.

Best Places to Live Off Grid – Best Off Grid US States and A Few International Options

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There’s plenty of information online about where you shouldn’t live off-grid. There’s advice about which climates just don’t work with solar power, or tales of how cities have denied a family’s off-grid dreams. So, where should you go? We’ll walk you through the considerations you need to keep in mind when choosing the best places. . . Read More

THE Best Bread Machine For Bread Lover’s

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I have no doubt whatsoever that this ‘Zojirushi’ is absolutely the best bread machine for the bread lover’s kitchen. Remember, you get what you pay for. Despite the higher cost of this bread machine, trust me – it’s worth it! Why do I say that? I have one… I have been completely satisfied with it’s outstanding performance for years. Zojirushi BB-PAC20 Breadmaker I recently made another delicious bread and just had to post about the attributes of this particular bread machine and why I like it. While there are lots of good bread machines to choose from, many are less

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How to Prepare for a Power Grid Outage

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Editors Note: A guest submission from Laura Johnson, and a timely subject considering current events in Texas and Louisiana, along with people along the Canadian Border starting to stoke their furnaces and boilers.  As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award like Laura, as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!


Anyone who’s lived in Florida during hurricane season knows that you can’t always rely on the power grid for electricity. Residents of Texas also know that it doesn’t take a natural disaster to take down the grid. During the summer, millions of air conditioners often push the grid past its capacity, which causes brown outs and black outs. Of course, experts warn that power grid cyber attacks are also possible.


Keeping the power on is becoming increasingly more difficult, but today we have more ways to go off-grid with our power supply. There are also a number of things you can do to prepare for grid outages so it’s easier to make ends meet until the power comes back on.

Invest in Solar Panels

Even if the power grid goes down, the sun will keep shining, or at least be generating positive photons. Homeowners that invest in residential solar systems are able to rest easy knowing that they aren’t dependent on the grid.


The trick to an efficient solar panel system is all in the setup. Panels have to be positioned precisely to catch the most sunlight. Things like the home’s orientation and tree coverage can make a huge difference. For this reason, some homes are better suited for solar panels than others.


Most preppers are self-reliant DIYers, but this is a project that requires professional help. In addition to solar panel placement, a professional installer will need to set up an inverter system for capturing the direct power (DC) from the panels and converting it into usable electricity. Don’t forget you may also need to obtain permits before you can install a solar panel system.

Buy a Back Up Generator

Another way to keep the power on when the grid goes down is by using a backup generator. Buying a backup generator starts with deciding which type of generator you want. There are relatively inexpensive portable generators and standby generators that can be installed at your home.

Standby generators are more expensive, but they’re also more reliable. However, gas-powered portable generators are the most popular option. The biggest consideration with any generator is choosing the right size. In general, the generator’s wattage needs to be higher than the load. To figure this out, add up the wattage of all the appliances, devices and lights you’d use during a black out plus the startup wattage for the biggest motor. This includes things like the furnace and water heater, which usually kick on first when the generator turns on.

Although gas-powered generators are commonplace, you have to be careful using them since they produce carbon monoxide. A gas-powered portable generator needs to be kept at least 10 feet away from the house.

Keep a Stock of Batteries and Candles

You don’t always need high-tech solar arrays or generators to ride out a power outage. Plenty of people can get by for two or three days using battery-powered lamps and candles. That is, as long as you have a stockpile of batteries and candles.

The one thing to watch out for is how you store batteries and candles. If you’re lucky, it may be a while before the next power outage, and the last thing you want is to think you have supplies only to find they’re no good.


Keep batteries in a drawer within your house so they stay dry at room temperature out of direct sunlight. When stored properly alkaline batteries can last for 5-10 years and rechargeable lithium batteries can last 10-15 years. The best way to store candles is in the refrigerator (not freezer). However, you should wrap them in plastic wrap or aluminum foil so the wick isn’t exposed to moisture.

Store Food That Doesn’t Need to Be Cooked

In addition to light, electricity is needed to cook many foods. You can easily bypass this problem by stocking up on foods that don’t need to be cooked.

Canned Goods – Canned goods are always a good option because they’re fairly cheap and can last for years.

Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) – Years ago only military members and their families were aware of MREs. Now, preppers have caught on to these complete meals in a bag that are ready to eat as soon as they’re opened.

Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein that can be eaten alone or smeared on bland foods.

Freeze-Dried Food – Freeze-dried meats, fruits and vegetables are just as nutrition as fresh options, but they last for up to 30 years. Just add clean water to re-hydrate before you eat.

Editors Note: Search our archives for numerous articles on food storage, batteries, generators, power cells and more to ride out any outage! 

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Where To Find Food When The Shelves Are Empty?

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The worst has happened. Just look how hard Texas was hit by Harvey Hurricane.

Disaster has struck and you were caught flat-footed and unprepared. Or maybe you were prepared, but didn’t stockpile enough, or your supply was compromised.

For whatever reason, you go to the grocery store because you’re out of water and food but the shelves are bare. So where do you turn when you need to buy food but the grocery store shelves are empty?

First, if you were caught without any type of prepping, you should have been prepared, and are now learning the hard way why! But, that’s spilt milk, so the only place to look is forward. Fortunately, there are a few tricks.

Nowhere in this list will you find any method that suggests that you steal from your neighbors, loot stores, or ransack empty houses. And if you do, unless we’re in the middle of an apocalypse and those people are dead or gone for good, then shame on you.

And be aware that if you do get caught, it may not be by the police – you may find yourself looking down the wrong end of the owner’s .45.


Video first seen on KENS 5.

Grocery Store Dumpsters

Before you get all high and mighty about this, let me remind you that grocery stores regularly throw out perfectly good food because it’s a couple of days old or, in the case of power outages, have to throw all perishable goods out due to policy. The kicker here is that they’re not even allowed to give it away for free.

If the power goes out for more than just a half-day or day, or whatever, they generally have a CYA policy that, even though the food is still semi-frozen and people are standing at their doors going hungry, they have to pitch it.

So, dumpsters behind grocery stores are a great place to store perfectly good food. A word of warning here, though: If you’re digging through meat, don’t take any that isn’t still at least cold, especially fowl. Salmonella is not your friend.

This a good place to score produce, milk, bread, frozen foods, baked goods, or deli items for free. But keep an eye out and be there as soon as employees can make it back to the store, because they’ll be throwing everything out immediately.

Food Pantries

Food pantries typically try to stock up before a storm because they know that people are going to need help. Unlike the commoner, they have a relationship with local grocery stores and can get meat, produce, and bakery items that are a day or two old or are otherwise not ideal to sell at the store, but are still perfectly edible.


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Just as with grocery stores, be there as soon as you can get there, because they’ll run out fast.

Emergency and Homeless Shelters

These two places are typically targeted as drop-spots for food and water because it’s a given that everybody there has nothing and the entire goal of a shelter is to provide a safe haven for people in need.

Soup kitchens are the same, though they will often run out quickly either because the food was compromised or because so many people show up with empty bellies after a disaster.

Farmers Markets

Local farmers tend to be a generous lot, and also often have generators to keep them from losing all of their produce, which are their livelihood as well as their own food source.

You’ll often find these set up along the road offering produce and home-canned goods, and maybe even eggs and bread, or search for one on USDA website. Sometimes they’ll be giving food away, but usually you’ll pay for it. If it’s a little extra, that’s sort of what you get for not being prepared.

Designated Assistance Locations

The county, state, and federal government emergency response teams will designate specific locations where they will portion out food, water, ice, and often paper goods, hygiene items, and clothes.

These spots may even be equipped with phones so that you can contact loved ones, a food or barbecue area, and air-conditioned or heated areas where you can get out of the weather for a few minutes. Their resources are considerably vaster, but they’re not unlimited, especially in the first few days post-disaster.


There’s always going to be a few restaurants that have backup generators and/or use gas stoves so that they can operate even without electricity.

When Hurricanes Charley and Ivan went through, I was living in Southwest Florida and working as a waitress. We were one of only a handful of restaurant in ten miles that was open because we had a generator and gas stoves.

The owner, a brilliant man, saw the opportunity coming and stocked up on food right before the storms, opened as soon as the roads opened, and made an absolute killing even though he sold most everything at a discount.

I lived close and was able to make it to work. Let me tell you, those few days when there was no power were some of my most profitable of my entire stint there.

So, if you have money, some local restaurants will likely be open if it’s a disaster like this. Also, even if they can’t open, they’ll likely go in to clean out the freezers, so their dumpsters will be full, too.

You can also possibly get lucky enough that they’ll give it to you instead of wasting it or sell it to you.


Do you have a friend who had the foresight to stockpile but had damage to his home? Consider trading your spare bedroom or couch for some of his food.

You may also be able to barter with neighbors who need help clearing trees or stabilizing porches or roofs – your work in exchange for food.

The Land

This isn’t an option that is available to or feasible for everyone, but if you happen to live in an area that is abundant with berries, nuts, and wildlife, and you’re equipped and knowledgeable enough to hunt or gather, then this may be an option for you.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re better off skipping this step because one berry will feed you, but another may kill you.

These are about the extent of places that you’ll be able to find food after a SHTF situation, so you better be ready to beat other people in your shoes to the punch by being out and on patrol early. The takeaway here is that you’re going to be stuck either going through dumpsters or paying – often through the nose – for food at restaurants or from roadside stands.

If you can’t make it on your own, know where your local shelters are and keep an ear out for designated food and water allocation stations.

If you’re without food because you were unprepared or underprepared, don’t make the same mistake twice. There’s really no place that isn’t susceptible to some sort of disaster – hurricanes, blizzards, tornadoes, floods – so don’t be caught unaware.

If you’re unfortunate enough to find yourself in need of food after a disaster, at least learn your lesson: know what to do and where to find food by researching food sources in advance!



If you can think of any resources that I missed, please share them with us in the comments section below.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia.

Aluminum Pan Grill

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Here’s an easy and low cost way to grill while camping even if there is no grill available. Disposable aluminum lasagna pan or roasting pan Self-starting charcoal Directions: Take a large aluminum lasagna pan and line the bottom with charcoal. Light the charcoal then place a metal rack such as a cooling rack or small grilling rack on top of the pan. Once the charcoal is ready, add the meats and vegetables on the rack. Be sure to place the pan on concrete, sand or stones because the pan will get extremely hot.

Evacuation Plan-How To Be Prepared To Leave Your Home

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Today, let’s talk about an evacuation plan to have in place if you are asked to leave your home, neighborhood or community. We’ve seen the recent news on Hurricane Harvey, the worst storm and devastation in American history, according to the news reporters. I heard it’s been called a 500-year storm. Here in Southern Utah, we had what they called a 100-year storm a few years ago. I thought at the time it was devastating, and it really was for so many families. I don’t want to compare storms, we have had so many that it seems they are getting stronger and stronger. Of course, we now have more television stations to report and social media brings the pictures of chaos into our lives through our computers and iPhones.

Here’s the deal, I read the book “Five Days at Memorial”, it’s a book written about the Memorial hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I have read the book three times, you may want to as well. A reader recommended the book to me, and I will forever be grateful for the suggestion. I have read the book “One Second After”, it was an okay read, but the book dragged out and the only thing that came out of that read was that cars older than a certain year would be the only ones that would work since they don’t have computers to get damaged. You would still need to have gas in them to run, and many don’t always keep our gas tanks full. I already knew that about car computers and I also was aware that pharmacies, grocery stores, and other retail outlets will empty quickly. Not the best read, in my opinion.

Then, I was interviewed for the Ted Koppel book “Lights Out”.  Now that is a book everyone in America should read. Our country is so unprepared to replace the infrastructure of our power grids, it’s appalling to me. He interviewed people working for the government and retired people who had worked with all aspects of our falling apart infrastructure. His team interviewed more people that are in the know than any book I am aware of that has been printed on the subject. And of course, Ted Koppel is a very respected reporter and speaker.

Evacuation Plan

First of all, you may or may not have a choice to evacuate. You may be required to leave by the local government entities, so we must have an evacuation plan if our home and surrounding areas are deemed a dangerous situation. Now, certain situations will make the decision for you, like severe flooding, a nearby hurricane, tornado or an earthquake. Here are my suggestions.

Register your phone(s) with Reverse 911

I live in Washington County (Utah) so I would Google: Washington County, Utah Reverse 911 and click on the first link that comes up on the computer. This will let you know if there is imminent danger coming to your neighborhood via an emergency notification system.

Make an Emergency Contact Card

Everyone in your family should have a contact card to carry on their person or in their back pack. This contact card will have all names, phone numbers, and addresses to get in touch with family members or friends in case of emergencies. Please laminate, if possible.

Emergency ICE in phones

Make sure all family members have an emergency contact person under the initials ICE, this gives emergency responders, etc. to know who to contact if you are unable to communicate. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency.”

City Maps

Purchase some maps of your city and surrounding areas. This map can be used to show family members where to meet if a disaster happens without notice. Remember, we may not all be home together when an unforeseen emergency strikes. One family member may be driving a carpool, another at work or another at the grocery store. Talk openly with each family member where to meet. Talk about Plan A, Plan B, and make a Plan C. Hopefully, all family members will be united quickly. It’s critical you discuss and plan your own evacuation plan.

EDC Bags

Put together an EDC, an Everyday Carry Bag. This bag is different than a 72-hour kit. Here is a link to my post on my EDC bag. EDC bag by Linda

Gas Tank(s)

Please keep your cars at least 3/4 full. I used to suggest 1/2 full, but I’m seeing more and more evacuations in the country so we need to be ready all the time. I will not be in line to purchase gas, I can guarantee you that for sure. I only have one car so that should be feasible.

Emergency Binder

Be prepared to grab and go with your emergency binder at a moments notice. You can relax, knowing you have all the critical documents you need with you when you must evacuate. Please have small bills in your possession. If we lose power the ATM’s may not work. The banks will be closed if they lose power. This binder content will load and show up on the bottom left-side of your computer:
Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download

Post A Document

Please post a document on the back door, the front door or whatever to remind you to grab the items you do not want to leave behind. Keep in mind your house may not withstand a disaster, so just write down items on a paper that are extremely special to you. You may or may not have time to grab them. Have a family meeting and talk about and practice an evacuation plan with items needed to grab and go. These items could be water, food, 72-hour kits, emergency binder, prescriptions, dog food, extra clothing, shoes, etc.

School Evacuations

Please check to see what your local schools do in case of an unforeseen emergency or disaster. Ask the school who your children can be released to in case of emergency. You may need to add additional names to the cards on file at the schools your children attend.

Evacuation Centers

Please check with your local city and or county emergency centers to see what plans they have for people who may have to be evacuated. Do they have different locations, supplies, etc? Keep in mind the government cannot take care of everyone. We need to have at least 3-7 days worth of food and water at the very least for our families.


I know I have talked a few times about meeting your neighbors. Please introduce yourselves if you go for walks. If you feel so inclined, I would have a meeting (barbecue, maybe) with those neighbors you feel comfortable talking about disasters before they hit and how you can help one another. Please remember those elderly neighbors and disabled people on your street in your evacuation plan.


Don’t forget our pet needs, we need water and food for them as well. Make a bag if possible with food and water dishes, extra collars, leashed, harnesses, etc. Make sure you have a litter box with strong bags with kitty litter and baggies to use to pick up after all our pets. I’m sure those with larger animals have a harder time to protect their animals that can’t be taken to shelters. Please have medical records for your pet (s) because they may be required to enter some emergency locations. Here is my 72-hour kit pet list that may help you as well.

How to be prepared with water by Linda

Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda

Medical Handbook 

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Top 6 Winter Survival Skills May Make The Difference Between Life And Death

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An individual without any home will find it really challenging to lead a life without any struggle. Moreover, during the wintertime, it becomes really troublesome for him to spend the night on the streets braving the extremely cold climate. The situation can become even worse if it is required to spend several nights outdoors in […]

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Five Prepper Must-Haves for SHTF Hygiene

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Whether you live in an apartment or home in the city, or a rural retreat, hygiene is a necessity for survival.  Hygiene items are currently much needed by victims of Hurricane Harvey. Today’s article gives us five items to consider including in a disaster preparedness kit: Five Prepper Must-Haves for SHTF Hygiene by James Walton Survival hygiene may be one of the least sexy topics in existence. That is because hygiene itself is very personal and nearly taboo. Those things […]

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40 Emergency Supplies You Can Find In Dollar Stores

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If you’ve decided to stock up on emergency supplies but don’t have a lot of money, you’ll be glad to hear that you can buy several of your necessities on the cheap at any ordinary dollar store. In my town we have a Dollar General and a Dollar Tree, so last weekend I went walking […]

National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

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National Debt A Country Divided and the Silent CoupIn part one of this 2-part podcast series Lisa and I talked about the nuclear threat from North Korea, media hype and false flags. This week we continued the discussion on our top prepping priorities and talked about how and why our country is getting divided, Government corruption, the national debt and long-term food storage.

While an economic collapse has been a concern of mine for some time now, civil unrest and nuclear war have risen on my priority list as of late. I believe that the “North Korea Thing” might be a little (or a lot) hyped up by the media, but it gives me an opportunity to reassess my preparedness.

The civil unrest unfolding in the U.S. is another story altogether. I don’t see this situation going away anytime soon, in fact I see it getting worse. I believe organizations like Antifa and the BLM are to some extent bought and paid for, and the events going on around the U.S. are not as organic as they would like us to believe.

SPP217 National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

Below is a list of topics we covered in the show. We sort of went in a hundred directions, so If I missed any links leave a comment below.

A Country Divided

I’m going to put my tin foil hat on here, but I’m not sure it’s needed. I believe a majority of the protests (riots) lately are orchestrated. Small protests turn into national news because people like Soros hire counter protesters to escalate the situation.

On top of that, the police in Charlottesville and Berkley were instructed to stand down, insuring the situations would escalate. While some of these protests start out organically, all it takes is a little extra fuel on the fire to create an explosion.

A VAST MAJORITY of Americans are not racist. To me, the real problem is an economic issue, not a race issue. The government needs us divided and distracted, because if we all paid attention to the real issue (the financial disparity) they would be on the hot seat.

Preying on Our Emotions

brainwashingAfter the fire is stoked, the Media hypes it, and the government runs with it. If you dare to question them, you are immediately labeled a racist, and part of the problem in this country. These people feed off our emotions in an attempt to socially brainwash the country.

This is not the 1960’s anymore, although it seems to be moving in that direction. There is one big difference though. In the 1960’s there were real issues, these days we are looking for a reason to fight…or creating reasons to fight.

By listening to the media, and browsing social media you would think we are the most racist country on earth. As a matter of fact, we are one of the least racist. I’m not saying that racism doesn’t exist, I’m saying that we are getting pitted against each other, and I can’t help but ask why?

Social Media Mob Mentality

Media mob mentalityWe all know that when you get a group of people together they collectively become stupid, and make bad decisions. Like throwing raw meat to a pack of rabid dogs, people stop thinking and just react.

The same holds true on social media, except on the internet there is no accountability. People are less likely to do or say something when they are face to face with someone. These days the human factor is taken out, and there is no debate. All you need to do is call out racist, fascists, or Nazi and the “debate” is over.

I recently watch the movie “The Circle” and while it’s not the greatest movie in the world it makes you think. We freely give away our freedoms for convenience, and anyone who can make a witty comment in 140 characters or less becomes a genius.

The Democracy Myth

One of the big problems in the country these days is the myth that we are a true Democracy. The truth is, we are a Republic, and we go by the rule of law, not the majority. If we were a true Democracy meaning the majority rules, California and New York would pick our president every year.

This video explains much better than I can about the foresight our founding fathers had, and what the different types of government are…

The Silent Coup & Govt. Corruption

Our government has always felt like they could do whatever they want. In the last decade though, it seems like they don’t even care how obvious it is. Because Donald Trump is such a polarizing figure, they feel using any means necessary is justified to remove him from office.

Whether you like Trump or you don’t is irrelevant, what should matter is that they are trying to remove a duly elected president. They are basically saying, we the people can’t be trusted, and they need to do this for our own good.

So far their attempts have been unsuccessful, but I guarantee they won’t stop trying. Trump is upsetting the globalist apple cart, and that cannot be allowed to happen. My question is, what happens if they are successful?

The reason Trump got elected is because people are sick and tired of government corruption. People were willing to overlook his many faults because we saw where the “status quo” was leading us. All of this leads me to ask how will people react if they are successful at pushing a duly elected president out of office?

I think (I hope) the backlash will be far greater than they expected. for the first time that I can remember, the silent majority is finally standing up and being heard. At the very least, it would make the civil unrest we are seeing today look like child’s play, and in the long term I could see a civil war forming.

The Silence Around the National Debt

economic collapse I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone in the mainstream media or government talk about our national debt. As a mater of fact, all I hear about is how important it is to increase the budget. In a very short period of time our national debt has gone from billions, to trillions.

At one point or another this has all got to come to a head, especially when you think about how no one is in any hurry to fix the problem. As much as I like to blame the problem on politicians, the American people are to blame as well.

Politicians won’t fix the problem (that they created) because if they started taking the “free” stuff away from us, they would be voted out of office faster than you can blink. We have become spoiled and entitled as a country. That is why we continue to kick the can down the road, and let someone else clean up the mess.

Food Storage Challenges & Solutions

Last week Lisa wrote an article about how our preparedness planning changed titled “Food Storage Challenges & Solutions”. For some people this might be a basic food storage article, but the point of it was to explain how in light of recent events, we have renewed vigor with our preparedness planning.

All aspects of preparedness are important, but feeding the family is far more expensive than anything else. If something were to happen that cut off supply lines, or affected our buying power, it’s good to know we have a good buffer of food storage.

Legacy Food Storage @ the

In that article Lisa mentioned that we sell Legacy food storage products at the, and the pros and cons of long term food. We don’t recommend having your food storage be long term dehydrated food, but it is a good way to quickly add to your food storage, and is very convenient when it comes to storage.

Colorado Preppermed

In the beginning of the show I mentioned how we are coming up to the final days to get registered for the Colorado Preppermed weekend we are doing in early October. If you are interested in learning more about this class (classes) this article explains more about it. 

We are also going to have Kevin back on in the next couple of weeks to explain a little more about it, and some of the additions we have made. I can’t wait for this, and for those of you who have registered, I can’t wait to meet you!

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How To Kill Thousands Of Mosquitoes In Your Backyard Every Night

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When mosquitoes become a problem, most people reach for time tested solutions. They spray themselves with chemicals, or they bundle up in long sleeve shirts and pants. They set up glue traps and electric fly zappers. Or perhaps they look for the source of the mosquitoes, such as nearby puddles of water, and remove them.

These are all effective solutions, but there’s another way that most people aren’t aware of. It’s a solution that appears to be more effective than any other by several orders of magnitude. Youtuber Dan Rojas recently unveiled his idea on a video, which shows you how to kill thousands of mosquitoes every night.

All this method takes is a large fan, a mesh screen, some rubbing alcohol, a few magnets, and a bottle of carbonated water. Basically, he leaves an industrial fan outside his home at night (which can cost between $100 and $300). He covers the fan with the screen and holds it in place with the magnets. The screen helps keep the fan in good shape, by preventing any bugs or debris from getting sucked in.

The bottle of carbonated water is opened and left near the fan. In case you’ve ever wondered how mosquitoes are attracted to mammals, it’s because they can detect the Co2 that we exhale, which is also what is slowly released from carbonated water. As the mosquitoes approach the water, they get sucked into the fan and pinned to the screen. After spraying them with rubbing alcohol they are quickly killed and can be discarded in your yard.

If you live in a region where the mosquitoes breed like mad, you’ll want to see this.

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

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Twisting The Power of Words!

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Twisting The Power of Words! James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! Even respectable right wing outlets like the Drudge Report are falling into the dialogue trap. I am a writer and to me words are very important. We are lumping people into categories that are extremely dangerous, not just to the person but … Continue reading Twisting The Power of Words!

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Hoop jumping and more finishing up STUFF

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My mortgage guy stopped by today and checked my paint job and recommended a couple of touch ups to the paint.  Over all he thought my job would probably work out okay with the VA Appraiser and the loan should get done after the re-appraisal.  The first coat Kill-Z is added to the bad spots and I’ll add another coat along with the touch ups for the appraiser who should show up around the first week in September.

FYI: if you are a veteran and want a cash out you will need a new appraisal.  If you are doing a straight re-fi for a lower payments, chances are you won’t need an appraisal.  Also the appraiser can not move stuff around, so it might be possible to “hide” some suspected problem areas with boards or things  laid against the sides of the house.

In a way everything is sort of working out as my “contractor” suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital over the weekend.  I got a call from him apologizing for not keeping in touch on the “potential” job.   I added a little extra cash to my loan just in case some thing goes wrong and needs some fixing.  I’m hoping not to use that money on the siding project and it will go straight into the “Emergency fund” for other projects/emergencies.

Carpets got cleaned, finally!  This was a tough job as the living room carpet was difficult.  The cleaning solution set on top of the deep pile carpet and never penetrated the fibers before the carpet cleaner pulled up the cleaning solution.  It took a little finagling but I got the soap solution on the carpet, and vacuumed up on the first try then the next day the carpet cleaner did a great job scrubbing the living room carpet.  Now on my low pile carpet the carpet cleaner did a pretty good job on the first try.  I’m glad I went to the extra effort on the carpet carpet cleaner as Mom was so peeved she wanted to chuck the machine into the trash after fighting with it on the first day.  FYI: Bissel carpet cleaner’s vacuum and spray pumps are connected and work in tandem. When pet hair gets up into the internal machine belts “slip” and can keep the machine from working.  It is a bit of a pain but always clean all hair from the beater brushes and around the spray nozzles.  Trust me it makes using a cheap carpet cleaner much easier to use the next time.

Did some shopping and have been adding to my hard liquor stock pile.  This will last a long time for me as I prefer beer for drinking but it is always  nice to have the option for a Margarita night.  I focused on whiskeys and vodka to begin with and now I want to stock up gin, rum and tequila mid-range of quality.  I figure get the booze for a “basic bar” at a reasonable price and then add in any Premium stuff as money allows.  Idaho has state liquor stores so there is no competition on price.  I don’t know what your priorities are for stocking up but hard liquor for any sort of barter should probably be bought is small quantities and for personal use in the bigger bottles.  Do not discount getting schnapps or flavored liquors as many people like a sweet flavor, especially women.  I’m not a big fan of sweet flavor alcohol but a bottle of Kahlua or peach/mint schnapps might make a good barter item.  If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody is happy!  You might also try out some cooking wines and sherries to cook with as they add lots of flavor to meals and marinades but are not so good to drink.  That will save your stockpile for barter.

I have bitched and moaned enough and have done a few things to make my life better for the future.  I need to add a few more 18 inch plywood boards and some additional Ideas but over all Mom and I are doing good though a bit stressed.  With a little luck we will clean up the garden and start on building the boardwalk.


Ruger bolt gun that takes Mini-30 mags

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Ruger announced today that they will be adding a new chambering to their Ruger American Ranch line up – 7.62×39! The new Ruger American Rifle Ranch 7.62×39 will feature the same 16.12″ medium contour, threaded, hammer forged barrel found other American Rifle Ranch offerings. It feeds from Mini-30 magazines and weighs in at under 6 pounds.

This interests me on several levels. Even though the days of $100 cases of 7.62×39 are long gone, there’s still plenty of 7.62 AK ammo to be had. Ruger used to offer the 77 in this caliber and I really would like one, but a bolt fun that takes a (somewhat) readily available magazine? Yes please.

Purpose? Well, you can hunt with an AK or SKS, of course…I’ve seen it done. But a nice bolt action with a decent scope would probably serve better, and if you’re already stocking the AK round why not streamline logistics?

I’ll be getting one (or three) of these as soon as my vendors have them.

Start A Campfire Using Chips!

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Start a Campfire using Cheetos (or any other chips) Short on kindling? All variety of chips can be readily ignited and used to start a campfire – Fritos, Cheetos, Flavored Doritos and potato chips all work well. 

They work as well as birch bark for starting a fire in a hurry.

Chips work better than actual “firestarters” and are cheaper too.

I used Baked Cheetos last time we went camping and even the baked chips have enough oil and grease in them to easily start a fire.

So in case all the natural kindling happens to be wet, grab a bag of Fritos next time you go camping or hiking to use as a campfire starter.

5 Scenarios Most People Simply Aren’t Prepared For

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5 Scenarios Most People Simply Aren’t Prepared For

Texas Army National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West

The events involving Hurricane Harvey and Houston have brought to the forefront just how important it is to be ready for a crisis at any given time.

But no matter what we imagine those scenarios might involve, it likely will be more difficult than we think. For example, what good is stockpiled food if it gets flooded or buried under a ton of debris?

Following are five scenarios most people simply aren’t prepared for:

1. A lack of sanitation

This is going to be a big problem in the case of a very long-term disaster. If the plumbing isn’t working, then you can use a bucket for a toilet, making sure it’s covered when not in use. Dig a hole and dump in the contents. (That is, assuming you can find ground.) Don’t forget toilet paper. Once it runs out, you might not be able to get more. Consider using book pages, comic book pages, and non-poisonous soft leaves.

2. Looters/robbers/gangs

Even in short-term scenarios, there are bad people who want to hurt you and take your stuff. And 911 isn’t coming to your aid.

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Be prepared for a worst-case scenario by arming yourself and teaching yourself and your family to use guns, crossbows, or whatever is available. Denying that you will need guns to survive is a sure recipe to losing everything you have.

3. No medical help and/or no medicine

While most people have a 30- or perhaps even a 90-day supply of medications, what would you do if you ran out and you were unable to find more? Learn about alternative medicine now. If there are herbs that can help take the place of pharmaceutical drugs, then learn to use them. It’s best to plan on no medical help. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit, as well as a basic medical book with procedures on simple things: setting a broken leg, recognizing the signs of a concussion, or even delivering a baby.

4. Fake police/fake military

Unfortunately, police and military uniforms are $5 at almost any second-hand store. In a long-term disaster there will be plenty of people posing as the police, National Guard, or military personnel, claiming that they are there to help you — when they really are there for your weapons, food, water and shelter. Learn to recognize badges, IDs and uniform patches.

5. Mental health issues and stress

A real survival situation will be anything but pleasant — on the body and on the mind. Don’t discount the tremendous stress you will be facing. Everything from a lack of sleep, to worrying about looters, to inadequate fresh food will sap your strength and test your mental fortitude. Find ways to motivate yourself so that you can take care of your family.

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Accidental or Negligent Discharges: Revolvers vs Autos

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Left to Right: Heckler &Koch P7M8, Glock 17 Gen4, Manurhin MR73


I suspect that if you had an accidental discharge with a revolver, you had cocked the gun so that it took little pressure on the trigger to release the hammer and fire it.  Otherwise, the length of the trigger pull and the normal amount of trigger pressure required to fire an un-cocked revolver mitigates against accidentally firing it.

I know you think semiautomatic pistols don’t require manual safeties, and various arguments continue to be made by those who like the “ready to fire” semiautomatics.

However, I could send you links to many stories about these guns firing when they might not have if only there had been a manual safety engaged on them.  Some of these incidents involve highly trained law enforcement officers who shot a colleague!  Other incidents, many of them, involve somebody picking up a pistol that was in plain sight or because they knew where they were stored, and which was loaded and ready to fire.  Tragically, many of these incidents involve very small children as well as others who don’t know how guns function but have it discharge because they put some amount of pressure on the trigger.

When someone gets shot in these incidents, it often makes the news.  When no one gets shot it doesn’t appear to merit mention in the news, and I suspect that law enforcement often does not get notified.  This suggests that perhaps more such accidental discharges occur than get documented.

Any “highly trained” person who is proficient with a handgun should have no problem disengaging a manual safety when they deliberately want to fire the weapon.  And having such a safety engaged would be additional insurance against a child (especially) or an untrained person firing the gun if they happen to get their hands on it.

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Hi Larry,

No, in fact it was double action on the revolver. There it is again that typical mistake, assuming AD (or ND) occur because a trigger is too light or a gun too easy to shoot or it doesn’t have a safety or it doesn’t have enough of them. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that hair trigger isnt the best idea for a combat handgun. But even in single action, with modern, quality guns they still shouldn’t go off unless the trigger is actually pulled.

What happened to me with the revolver was pretty typical. I was practicing dry fire with the revolver. Got distracted for a second, I think it was a phone call that I got, reloaded the gun and went back to dry firing…

These accidental or negligent discharges, they rarely are a mechanical flaw. 99% its someone dropping the hammer without realizing there’s a live round there. Even in the cases where too much pressure is put on a trigger without realizing it during a stressful situation, at the end of the day it’s still a trigger being pulled and the gun doing what it’s supposed to do. That finger had no business inside that trigger guard in the first place.

As I mentioned in the previous post, there’s a reason why you see so many of these incidents involving Glocks… its because Glocks are everywhere! If Glocks make for over 60% of the guns issued to law enforcement, police and government agencies, then obviously they will be the ones used when AD or ND occur. Now what would be really interesting would be to get our hands on some data comparing current accidents and accidental discharges with those of a few years ago when Glocks weren’t in the scene.

On the same line, a handgun that ends up in the hands of a child unsupervised means there’s terrible negligence by the owner of such weapon. Can the safety save the life of a kid? Maybe, but kids these days will figure out in seconds how to disengage the safety. Guns with safeties have been involved in their fair share of tragedies.
The only upside I can see in them is in the case of a struggle where the gun ends up in hands of the attacker, who may not have time to figure out the safety. This is along the same lines of mag release safeties, where a cop manages to drop the mag in the struggle before losing the weapon and the gun simply wont fire without the magazine (FN Hi Power).  Then again, a safety may end up being forgotten during the fight and get the good guy killed, or the inability to shoot without the magazine inserted may prove as well fatal. At the end of the day law enforcement voted with their issued weapons and it clearly points towards Glocks or similar handguns.


Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”

Home Defense Against Looters And Intruders During Civil Unrest

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With the increasing number of riots due to violent political protests and social controversies this past few months, a civil unrest will likely occur in the United States. Apart from these, the rising unemployed and underemployed population who sees very little hope in their lives may start a revolution. When a massive civil disorder happens, a series of social and economic meltdown quickly follows like a chain reaction. This causes even more riots, chaos, and hunger, pushing every sane human to think and act at their worst.

home defense during civil unrest

As of this time, almost twenty percent of the United States population use vouchers to purchase food despite the strong economy. Also, a huge percent of young, underpaid, and unemployed millennials got great reasons to feel angry about the “system”, which they keep on blaming. Such anger fuels violence and deep hatred. The discontented mob suggests that the United States is just a few radical words away from civil unrest.

Embassies, police stations, state offices, and even shopping malls, are likely to fall in the hands of revolutionists at the beginning of a civil war. In the coming weeks, individuals or groups of people will start raiding stores and other private properties to get food, water, medicine, and other things they can use to survive through the whole crisis.

Home makes one of the safest place to stay in the events of a civil disorder. But one day, intruders may come knocking at your door hoping they could steal some goods, take over your home or cause life-threatening troubles. In a civil war where laws does not seem to carry any weight and help from authorities does not seem reliable, the safety of the whole family is in your hands. Prepare for the looming crisis as early as now.

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  1.Avoid Places Where Civil Unrest May Start
  2. Modify The Fences
     A. Why Add Fences
     B. A Fence Hard To Climb Over
     C. A Fence Hard To ByPass
     D. A Fence Without A Hiding Place
     E. A Few Add Ons
  3. Invest On Solid Doors, Windows and Walls
     A. Solid Door Security
     B. Use Double Deadbolts And Double Cylinder Locks
     C. Fortify Your Windows
  4. Thwart Them With Warning Signs And Decoys
     A. Beware Of Dog Signs
     B. Messy Place
  5. Keep Firearms And Other Weapons Ready
     A. Tactical Flashlights
     B. Handguns
     C. Survivalist Knives
  6. Set Up Traps
     A. Barbed Wires
     B. Bed Of Nails And Tire Spikes
  7. Keep Fire Extinguishers
  8. Safe Room – The Ultimate Home Defense
    A. Safe Room Must-Haves

Avoid Places Where Civil Unrest May Start

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Location plays a major role in keeping your family safe when a huge civil unrest breaks out. Rural places will receive the least devastating effect while the urban households stand in the line of fire. In the wake of a civil unrest, looters and intruders will likely target wealthy neighborhoods, gentrified subdivisions, and financial districts near large cities first. Possible early victims include those living in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, Denver’s Highlands, and Brooklyn.

Know the possible epicenters of a riot. Examples of disturbance-hungry places during a massive civil unrest include universities, college campuses, public libraries, historical buildings, and government establishments. Remember that these rioters will target symbols of power and wealth. They will ruin expensive cars, high-end restaurants, luxury hotels, and lavish condominiums.

As much as possible, preppers must maintain a low profile. Do not give other people the impression that you belong to the upper class. Avoid wearing expensive clothes, avoid living in high-end villages, avoid eating in fancy restaurants, and avoid driving luxury cars. When you hear reports from a media coverage that a civil unrest breaks out, get out of the city and move somewhere else with your family. Consider moving in your parents’ or relatives’ house in rural areas and start barricading the place.

Modify The Fences

Most civil disorders happen in small areas, and if you stay out of it, you will be safe. But if the civil unrest grows bigger that it expanded up to your area, you may need to fortify the defenses of your home.

If your gate appears solid enough, invaders may climb your fences to get through. Those who own house with fences can start doing some work at the perimeter of their property.

Why Add Fences?

Many strategic reasons exist as to why you should surround your property with a fence. They include:

Fences serve as a mental barrier. Some burglars will assume that it looks more difficult to invade your house if protected by a fence.

It lessens the chance of escape. Thinking that they can’t escape easily as they don’t know everything inside the property, looters will likely target a different house.

Fences can deal damage and death to invaders. If they don’t take utmost care while penetrating your lawn, they will fall victim to the worst disadvantage fences can offer.

Fences, even those that appear short and made of wood already serves as a hurdle. This line of defense may add boost to your security. But if you feel like you need to upgrade your fencing, if you still got the time, we recommend some great fences for your home defense.

A Fence Hard To Climb Over

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Metal security fences do a great job in preventing invaders. Wire mesh security fences also serve its purpose. Pick a top with spikes or pointed metal to impale invaders while rushing their way up.

A Fence Hard To Bypass

Make sure to install the fence deep in the ground with concrete. The gate should also match the strength of your fences. Moreover, pick a kind of material that won’t get cut easily by bolt cutters.

A Fence Without A Hiding Place

Take note that if you strip off invaders with a place to hide, you get to do the same thing to yourself and your family. However, this will help detect the bad guys easily giving you enough time to pick the guns and tell your kids to hide somewhere safe.

A Few Add-Ons

Preppers should adding barbed wires at the top of the fences and in the landing spot. You can conceal them with concrete or bushes. Planting thorny plants behind the fences also boosts the defence. Both may injure the attackers before they can get close to your home. Also, try installing lighting and night vision CCTV cameras at your front yard.

Invest On Solid Doors, Windows And Walls

Bad wolves can easily blow down a house built with straws and wood. Also, such walls can’t protect your family from stray bullets. The windows need fortification as well. Before a civil unrest happens, upgrade to concrete walls, a sturdier doors, and highly secured windows.

As most concrete and brick walls seem hard to penetrate, you can focus on door and window security. You can choose on many different ways to burglar-proof your doors and windows.

Solid Door Security

home defense during civil unrest double locks

All doors in your house should be kick-proof. A group of organized invaders can bring it down, but your door should at least buy some time to let the kids go to a safe room and for you to get your guns.

Use solid wood or a solid wood core. Fiberglass makes a great choice as well. If you choose a metal door invest on one with interior reinforcement and lock block. This prevent thieves from bending it open with a crowbar or a car jack.

You can also trust your life with reinforced steel doors. However, you need to spend a lot of time and money to prevent it from rusting.

Use Double Deadbolts And Double Cylinder Locks

Every prepper must remember that the strength of a door is as equal as its lock. If you go for a steel door, you definitely need locks as sturdy as the material you chose for your door. Double deadbolts and double cylinder locks are highly recommended to shield your family from an infiltration during a civil unrest.

Fortify Your Windows

windows defense during civil unrest

Windows invite a lot of bad elements including home invaders. As such, you should not forget blocking this vulnerable part of your home in case of a civil war. However, patching your windows with wood or using your furniture to cover the entry won’t do any help. When the economy stumbles down, desperate people will do their best to compromise a weak defense and steal what they want.

Luckily, there are plenty of window defense options for you to choose.

First, you may consider a windowless home. When the worst case scenario hits the country, some old folks would barricade their home’s point of entry by replacing their windows with bricks and cement. This serves as a quick home defense operation.

While reinforced glass will give you enough time to prepare for an intruder, steel bars will add further security. You may also need to do the same on your second floor windows. Just make sure to leave an escape route in case of fire.

Thwart Them With Warning Signs And Decoys

In your yard, you can make use of decoys and warning signs to discourage the attackers. Other mental barriers work so consider using them when a civil unrest strikes in your area. Just make sure you do it right as messing up could lead to a disadvantage.

Beware Of Dog Signs

home defense during civil unrest signs

Fortunately, you can use these beware of dog signs even if you don’t own one. Apart from a sign, you can place a dog house somewhere in your yard where outsiders can clearly see. Add a huge food bowl and a huge bone to give them a picture of a giant canine ready to sink its teeth on a home raider’s face.

But in a famine infested place, a huge dog makes a good meal for survivors. If the civil disorder lasted for a very long time, this tactic may backfire.

Messy Place

Make it seem like a gang already busted in and raided your home. Make use of spray paints and leave some worn out clothes in the yard.Most likely, looters will avoid your house and look for other targets. However, continue stay on guard and prepare to defend the place if the decoy fails to thwart intruders.

Keep Firearms And Other Weapons Ready

Laws for firearms vary from state to state. Research about state laws and see if you can use guns to defend yourself in case of an invasion. Apart from guns, there are plenty of other tactical weapons you can make use for self-defense.

Tactical Flashlights

home defense tactical flashlights

Most people won’t think of owning a great flashlight until they get stuck in a scenario when they needed one. Tactical flashlights does not only serve as an alternative to the absence of room lighting, but they also function as effective tactical weapons.

Although they seem harmless, many tactical flashlights for self-defense nowadays can deal great damage to attackers. Some of these tactical lights showcase other features such as stun gun and a hidden survivalist knife. Some are also engineered as a mace you can swing around to hit opponents.

Tactical flashlights also works great with guns and knives. These flashlights can shower disorienting beams with strength of up to 500 lumens. When the opponent is shocked from the discombobulating light, it gives you plenty of time to follow it up with a free attack.


home defense during civil unrest handguns

Shotguns may cause a surefire kill. However, it takes time to reload and it may injure your shoulders due to the recoil. Meanwhile, you can easily fire handguns, and most of them carry a decent amount of bullets in a magazine.

Choose lightweight handguns you can easily hide in a safe place. Consider buying a handgun silencer to not attract other outsiders.

Survivalist Knives

home defense during civil unrest survivalist knife

Equip each family member with a handy knife so that they can defend themselves if the situation begs for it. Apart from self-defense, such knives serve different purposes such as a tool for preparing food, cutting some objects, and more.

When it all goes down to a close combat, this survivalist knife can pretty much save your life. You can hide it in your pocket or in a secret holster and use the element of surprise to gain advantage over your attacker.

Set Up Traps

A prepper must play dirty if he needs to. After all, the safety of your family depends on the home defense tactics you implement. If you don’t feel confident about decoys and firing a gun, use your wife or kids’ craftiness and ask them to help you out with setting traps.

home defense during civil unrest trap

Barbed Wires

As mentioned above, these spiked wars work effectively if strategically placed in different areas of your property such as behind walls. You can also lay this trap near the trees where invaders can’t see them.

Bed Of Nails And Tire Spikes

When laying traps, make sure that invaders won’t notice them. You can place these bed of nails if the most unsuspecting places of your lawn and house.

Keep Fire Extinguishers

fire extinguisher during civil unrest

Getting their house burned down makes one of the biggest worries of homeowners when a civil disorder breaks out. If you decide to defend your home, always keep fire extinguishers in different parts of the household. Make sure they work and that you instructed everyone on how to use it.

If you don’t want to get to the point of grabbing the fire extinguishers, clean up the house and hide flammable materials away. Also, transfer materials that can easily catch fire to somewhere isolated.

Safe Room – The Ultimate Home Defense

home defense during civil unrest hidden safe room

If you can’t afford a bunker, a safe room will do just fine. Somewhere in your home, choose an ideal area to set it up.

Disguise plays a huge factor to a successful safe room as it serves as one of your family’s last resort. You can hide the safe room in your library behind the bookshelves, in the basement with the passage concealed by a carpet, or in the master’s bedroom at the back of the closet. Vast mirrors, portraits, wallpapers and wall decors can perfectly obscure your safe room.

Safe Room Must-Haves

  • A blast-proof, kick-proof, and sound proof door with double deadbolts.
  • A phone and charger you can use to contact others for help.
  • Emergency food, canned goods, and other food packages that will last for over a month.
  • A secret passage to escape in case of detection or fire.
  • A tactical flashlight, a firearm, and other self-defense weapons in case the intruders found the hidden safe room.
  • Proper ventilation and lighting
  • First aid kit and medicine
  • Clothes, towels, and blankets
  • Computer where you can monitor the rest of the house through hidden CCTV cameras.

home defense during civil unrest safe room

A safe room does not need to be fancy. But for your family’s comfort during a civil unrest, you can start building it little by little.

50+ Free Raised Bed Garden Plans And Ideas That Are Easy To Build

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Killing Squash Bugs: How To Identify and Control Anasa Tristis

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What You Need to Know If There is a War with North Korea – Guest Post By Will Holloway

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Keywords: North Korea, nuclear war, preparedness, self-defense

Summary: The threat of a nuclear war between North Korea and the USA is very present these days, and people need to know how to protect themselves and their families in case such a disaster happens.

FB summary: The tensions between the US and North Korea make us think about preparedness in the case of a nuclear attack. Are you prepared?

I am sure you are worried about a possible war between the United States of America and North Korea. Even more, the latest tensions didn’t help in putting old rumors to bed.

A war between these two nuclear powers will influence the entire world in the worst possible ways. Besides the deep economic implications, a nuclear war may as well send us back to the Stone Age, destroying everything we’ve built in the last centuries. I think that the survival of the human race is at risk here and, even if some of us survived, the implications would be horrifying.  

Now, while it seems that things calmed down and there won’t be a nuclear, war after all, I am a strong believer in preparedness. And in this case, preparedness is the key word since there won’t be much to do is all hell breaks loose.

If you share my opinion on this matter, I invite you to read on and learn how to protect yourself and your family in the case a war with North Korea can’t be avoided.

Don’t run! Find Shelter!

You must know you can’t outrun a nuclear blast! North Korea recently ran tests on long-range missiles which are (theoretically) capable of hitting big cities like Washington, Chicago, or New York. In areas as densely populated as New York, you can’t run even if you want to. The general state of panic that would create, only the lucky few would manage to escape alive.

However, if we’re talking about a nuclear explosion, the blast moves extremely fast, and no human being can outrun it. The important move in such a situation is to put as many layers as possible between you and the affected surface.

It’s important to find a bunker or to go as deep under concrete walls and soil as possible. According to officials representing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security, the population should follow the rules regarding shelter and action posted on

If you can’t go underground, specialists recommend finding the center of a tall building. In such a case, being surrounded by glass and concrete is just as effective.

Self-defense is important

Wars and disasters, in general, reduce humans to their basic instincts. The most powerful instinct in us is to survive, and for this, you need to know how to defend yourself and your family against various enemies (other people included).

In such a situation, the most recommended method of protection is a gun (or several guns) and plenty of ammunition. Still, you need to learn how to use it in various combat situations and the best way to do so in times of peace is on the airsoft field.

BB guns are realistic, easy to find online and in store, and they perform amazingly in action. For more on this, visit Goog Gun– they have reviews on the best weapons on the market today.

How to be prepared before the blast

If North Korea becomes an imminent threat, there won’t be too much time to act. That’s why it’s important to be prepared before anything bad happens. Here are the three main steps to take for preparedness:

1) Put together a bug out bag for each member of your family – this should include food, water, communications (that are not electrically dependent), batteries, a first aid kit, and any other items that are necessary to your survival. Everything should be packed in a compact backpack and easy to grab in case of emergency.

2) Put together an emergency plan – you may not be all together when disaster strikes so plan your evacuation thoroughly. Talk to every member of your family and decide on places where they can find shelter and methods to find each other in case you get separated.

3) Check for local fallout shelters or building designed to resist a nuclear blast. If you can’t find any, start looking for potential shelters and devise a plan that will help you find the best possible way to survive the initial blast.

The Radiation Threat

Those who manage to survive the first minutes/hours of a nuclear attack must worry about radiation poisoning. Radiation is toxic to our bodies and can be carried by the wind for long distances.

The best course of action is to stay in the shelter for at least 24 hours (radiation loses about 80% its energy) and try to find a way to get news from outside (a weather radio may be very handy). It’s important to stay connected with rescue forces and listen to advice from specialists (which should come on the emergency frequency).

Once the immediate danger has passed, it’s safe to get to the surface, but you should move away from the contaminated area as fast as possible.

Keep in mind: even though things don’t seem to be going towards a war right now, it’s important to be prepared! Knowing how to survive in such dire circumstances may be the only way to stay alive and safe in an apocalyptical scenario.

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Survival Without A Cellphone | episode 160

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Survival Without A Cellphone | episode 160


This week Mike and talk about survival without a cell phone. What do you do when your phone breaks or no longer works? 

We’ve all come to rely on smartphones for so many tasks that we often never carry backups. 

Most of us no longer remember phone numbers. Maps are rarely carried. 

Today we talk about why you should have redundancies and which ones to have. 


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  • Memo
  • Map’s
  • Compass
  • Phone Numbers
  • Own a phone book
  • Physical documents
  • Calculator
  • Flashlights
  • Communication
  • Backup camera
  • Own real books
  • Entertainment




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9 Simple Tips You Need to Buy the Best EDC Flashlight

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9 Simple Tips You Need to Buy the Best EDC Flashlight They say the best flashlight is the one you have on you when you need it most. Problem is: how do you make sure you’ve bought the best flashlight to do what you need to with it? There are tons of posts out there …

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Summer Prepper Challenges 2017

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Editors Note: A timely guest submission from valnut79, as summer draws to a conclusion in the Northern Hemisphere and tries to make a new beginning down under. 

Let’s face it, if we were to plan an SHTF event, there’s no better time for it to happen than the tail-end of summer.  Our gardens should be in full force, churning out food left and right, the threat of power outages have minimal impact to our daily lives thanks to the long nights and warm temperatures.  There’s still plenty of things to keep us busy as we work on projects, or simply lie in the hammock enjoying cool beverages and good content to read, whether in a book or on a mobile device.

Let’s take advantage of the weather and the sunshine then to do some true tests of your preparedness.  “Test your preps” is one of the first and foremost principles of living a lifestyle of preparedness, and now is the time to really, truly see what you can do.  You can learn quite a bit about yourself and your supplies as you try to work your way through scenarios.

Challenge #1 – Take Yourself Camping with your Bug Out Bag only.
Find a Friday night , and plan a short, close to home camping trip for you and the family.  If you don’t want to leave, then simply camp in your backyard.  On Sunday, you can return at midday to prepare for the coming workweek.

Bug Out Bags are designed to be used for a 72-hour period, and contain everything you’ll need for those days, including food, shelter, clothing, and tools for a disaster situation.  Testing it in the summer allows you to see how far your bag will take you in case of a real disaster.  The Friday-to-Sunday routine is long enough to experience at least a little hardship without being overwhelming if your bag is determined to be underwhelming.

When I tried this two weeks ago, I found that I had a few changes I needed to make in order to make the most of my bug-out bag.  My supplies were heavy with too many improperly chosen clothes, and I didn’t include nearly enough food.  Since we went with the backyard approach, I just went inside and grabbed two more packs of Ramen Noodles and breakfast bars so that we didn’t starve ourselves, but I cataloged the experience and amended my supplies when the experiment was over.  I also found that the multi-tool I packed was not in great shape. It needed a little oil and some TLC to get the sand out of it, and now it’s working much better. I found that I wanted a dedicated cooking pot, and didn’t pack for that eventuality, so now an iron skillet is sitting in the bag, ready to go.

In the end, this helped me modify my bug-out equipment, and reminded me of the value of packing a Summer and Winter lineup of clothes – those sweaters were simply unnecessary, but had been sitting in my pack year-round.

Challenge #2 – Don’t Go Shopping…For a Month
August is a great month, and this August in particular is great because there are three paydays this month for our family that are falling within a one-month period, giving us an extra bit of disposable income. That disposable income is going into our second challenge – we will not go shopping for a whole month, because we’ve prepared for an SHTF situation in which we will not be able to head to the store for any old convenience.

This is the best time of year for you to avoid a trip to the store.  As I mentioned above, the garden should be in full-swing.  I know that I’m drowning in cucumbers presently, and in a week or two, I’ll likely have a dozen tomatoes to garnish my sandwiches. As of the start of this challenge, I have full food stores for about two months for our family.

Now, as for that disposable income I mentioned earlier.  I don’t actually plan to run my supplies down to the bare minimum – we’re using that first August paycheck to definitely go to the store and purchase a whole new set of long-term food storage, but we’re not going to use it for this challenge.  We’ll save for the rest of the month to re-earn our money, but that big paycheck lets us go mega-shopping on day 1.  Let’s face it, it would be Murphy’s law in the extreme for us to actually use up all of our supply and have the SHTF the very day of our going to resupply.

What will this teach us?  Our family is in the beginning stages of this experience currently, so it’s hard to say exactly, but what I hope to learn is how well we’ve actually meal-planned for the coming catastrophe.  Is our food supply varied enough to provide nutritional and interesting meals, or did we simply buy too much oatmeal and too many beans?  Did I actually calculate correctly when I rationed out the calories, and will we end our month with more than another month of food still left over (we’re eating partly from our garden after all)?  Will my wife and I actually enjoy all of the meals we said we would when we taste-tested our Legacy foods?  We’ll find out when all is said and done.

Challenge #3 – The Lights-Out Weekend
I believe that, as the parent of a teenager, one of the most difficult SHTF scenarios that I can try to stave off is any time period in which there is no electricity to power her devices.  To that end, we tested our ability to reasonably care for our family in case of a long-term power outage by flipping the switch on our breaker box on a Friday afternoon when I came home from work, and turning it back on Monday morning as I left for work.

Do you currently have enough backup power-making equipment to survive a weekend with a technology-less teen?


We found that, fortunately, we did plan for this well enough.  The lights-out weekend, was, in fact, so fun that my daughter is willing to do it again in a month or two. I decided that I would prep my wife for this idea by proposing a lights-out weekend to her about 30 days in advance (happy wife, happy life).  I told her it was coming, but I didn’t say when. We did not tell our daughter. I live a very routine life, so it’s not difficult for me to over plan for a specific weekend.  When I sensed that my wife’s radar for the lights-out weekend was off, I flipped the switch, and called my daughter to come home from her friend’s house. There was no way either of them could plan for this eventuality.

We then went over the rules – use your phone and tablet as much as you’d like, but no leaving the house to enjoy other people’s power and technology, including stores, friends, car chargers and libraries.  I distributed one charger from our supply of backup batteries to each person, handed out some candles, and went over the rules of requiring my wife and daughter to snuff them before leaving the room or falling asleep for the night.  We then went on about our business.

Friday was a typical weeknight – our daughter spent the night doing her own thing while my wife and I did our own. We did require that she cancel her plans with friends and stay home, which she did willingly. We spent most of the evening enjoying the sunset, my daughter used her battery pack to watch a movie on her tablet.  Her pack was spent, so a small argument ensued on Saturday morning, which was quelled shortly thereafter – she knows I’m a stickler for the rules, and as stubborn as it gets, so she didn’t press her luck.


Saturday was where it got fun.  There being no technology to entertain her in her room alone, and no contact to be had with friends (her phone was dead too, as she made the bad decision of leaving it on overnight), our daughter was forced to do a very un-teenager thing and actually interact with us.  She asked for book recommendations, and I made them willingly, and she actually followed through and chose one of the books I told her about and started reading. My daughter isn’t a complete non-reader, but I was surprised that she made this choice. We were all a little inspired, actually, and with the AC off, we spent the day outside reading on our shaded patio. When night fell, we stayed inside, playing a few games from our board game collection by candlelight. Quality family time.


On Sunday, my wife chose to use her battery pack to power the tablet, and we watched a movie outside together, and then we all chipped in to help do some work in the backyard and gardens together. We cleaned the house when we went inside, and played a few more games and read a little more from our individual books.

This was a really great experience for us.  We had a whole weekend of family time, and it came when everyone was least expecting it, so nobody was able to prepare or cheat their way out of it.  It was a hot weekend – around 95 degrees for us every day, but we managed to keep cool outside.  It was difficult to sleep in such hot weather with no AC, and so we’re now actively looking for ways to manage airflow in case of this being a real situation, but we did know that we could always set up a tent in the yard if necessary.
We learned this – tablets with battery backup are awesome, and you should keep some local copies of digital movies handy in case your router is down.  Candles, books  and good board games (we play designer games like Ticket to Ride, Catan and Pandemic, not Chutes and Ladders) also make for essential entertainment options. Family time doesn’t have to be a drag, and my daughter learning that alone was well worth the price of being slightly late to work on Monday (apparently the power being off affects my alarm clock’s ability to wake me up on time!).

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Mechanical Tips Every Survivalist Should Know

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Regardless of what particular survival situation you might find yourself in one day, mechanical and repair skills are important to have — and not just for your car. You should be able to repair and maintain power tools, diagnose vehicle problems and fix them, and patch things up around your house and yard. Here are some mechanical tips every survivalist should know — take notes!

Generate Electricity with a Running Vehicle

If you have a vehicle, you have a source of electricity. However, you’ll need an inverter to convert your vehicle’s output into a usable form called alternating current. Simply start the vehicle, let it run, and attach the inverter to your battery. Be careful not to do so without starting it, as your battery will quickly die.

Be Able to Signal for Help

Whether you’re lost on a hiking adventure or in an end-of-world situation, it’s important to have experience in building a fire for attracting others’ attention. You’re a survivalist, so you should already keep matches or flint and hatching around for starting fires. Build three separate, equidistant fires in the shape of a triangle. If you don’t have fire-starting materials, make sure to preserve a fire if you can start it. However, if you’re able to spark flames at will, add green plants, tree moss, rubber, plastic, or oil to the three piles. This will cause thick smoke, alerting anybody who sees it. Wait… what if I can’t start a fire?

Start a Fire from Battery and Gum Wrapper

Batteries are solid sources of energy, although most people think of them as fuel for television remotes and radios. Survivalists with nothing more than a battery and a wrapped stick of gum can start a fire. Cut a long, narrow strip of gum wrapper. Or, tear one if you’re without scissors. Place each end of the cut wrapper onto the positive and negative ends of the battery. Within seconds, you’ll find yourself with sparks.

Barricading a Home

Every survivalist should know how to keep out unwanted visitors whether that’s zombies or a tornado. Barricade windows with boards diagonally across the interior of windows. Fasten hooks to the side of doors for you to place sturdy boards in, keeping intruders out of doorways. Use tarps to cover glass windows and entrances where the elements might get in more easily.

Easy Auto Repairs

Every survivalist should know how to complete a few simple car and auto repairs. This can keep your car on the road, even when you’re in the backroads. It can also keep you mobile should you need to travel through any event. Keep an air compressor on hand and a tire plug kit in the back of your trunk. This can keep your tires filled even when they are starting to go flat. Keep a gas tank patch handy as well. These can be purchased as most stores and will be invaluable should a gas tank start leaking. This can help with ATV, motorcycle gas tanks, and other vehicles as well as a car.

Modern society has businesses, government agencies, and individuals that provide virtually every service imaginable to people in need. However, in a survival situation, the benefits of society go out the window. Learning, practicing, and mastering these tips will help you survive troubling situations.

About the Author:
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

Mechanical Tips Every Survivalist Should Know

Regardless of what particular survival situation you might find yourself in one day, mechanical and repair skills are important to have — and not just for your car. You should be able to repair and maintain power tools, diagnose vehicle problems and fix them, and patch things up around your house and yard. Here are some mechanical tips every survivalist should know — take notes!

Generate Electricity with a Running Vehicle

If you have a vehicle, you have a source of electricity. However, you’ll need an inverter to convert your vehicle’s output into a usable form called alternating current. Simply start the vehicle, let it run, and attach the inverter to your battery. Be careful not to do so without starting it, as your battery will quickly die.

Be Able to Signal for Help

Whether you’re lost on a hiking adventure or in an end-of-world situation, it’s important to have experience in building a fire for attracting others’ attention. You’re a survivalist, so you should already keep matches or flint and hatching around for starting fires. Build three separate, equidistant fires in the shape of a triangle. If you don’t have fire-starting materials, make sure to preserve a fire if you can start it. However, if you’re able to spark flames at will, add green plants, tree moss, rubber, plastic, or oil to the three piles. This will cause thick smoke, alerting anybody who sees it. Wait… what if I can’t start a fire?

Start a Fire from Battery and Gum Wrapper

Batteries are solid sources of energy, although most people think of them as fuel for television remotes and radios. Survivalists with nothing more than a battery and a wrapped stick of gum can start a fire. Cut a long, narrow strip of gum wrapper. Or, tear one if you’re without scissors. Place each end of the cut wrapper onto the positive and negative ends of the battery. Within seconds, you’ll find yourself with sparks.

Barricading a Home

Every survivalist should know how to keep out unwanted visitors whether that’s zombies or a tornado. Barricade windows with boards diagonally across the interior of windows. Fasten hooks to the side of doors for you to place sturdy boards in, keeping intruders out of doorways. Use tarps to cover glass windows and entrances where the elements might get in more easily.

Easy Auto Repairs

Every survivalist should know how to complete a few simple car and auto repairs. This can keep your car on the road, even when you’re in the backroads. It can also keep you mobile should you need to travel through any event. Keep an air compressor on hand and a tire plug kit in the back of your trunk. This can keep your tires filled even when they are starting to go flat. Keep a gas tank patch handy as well. These can be purchased as most stores and will be invaluable should a gas tank start leaking. This can help with ATV, motorcycle gas tanks, and other vehicles as well as a car.

Modern society has businesses, government agencies, and individuals that provide virtually every service imaginable to people in need. However, in a survival situation, the benefits of society go out the window. Learning, practicing, and mastering these tips will help you survive troubling situations.

About the Author:
Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.

Survival Shoes: Lace Up or Slip On

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We know what you’re thinking.  What a silly question.  Anyway what possible difference does it make in great survival shoesthe long run?   Well, go to your closet right now and ask yourself then, why exactly do you have so many different kinds of shoes and boots?  Ha, caught you.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

In this modern age we have people wearing hiking boots that don’t hike and athletic shoes when they never get off the couch.  Even tennis players do not wear tennis shoes any more.  Cowboy boots are in vogue worn by folks that wouldn’t know a cow from a cow pie.  It’s all the nature of fashion these days.  So long as it looks good, what else is there?

Related: Snow Shoes – A Survival Necessity In Deep Snow

Well, how about the concepts of comfort, fit, and function?  Those who work hard and play hard know well enough that footwear has to match the task at hand with fashion aside way down the list if on it at all.  So, what kinds of shoes and boots should preppers be buying and wearing?

Footwear for Soft Prepper Work

How active are you and what prepper tasks do you undertake on a daily basis that might require best survival bootsconsiderable walking, running, hiking, or climbing?  Maybe it is a mix of these prepper job tasks.  If your prepper plans and movements demand a lot of time outside, then you will need sturdy, well made shoes with soles that have soft soil or mud terrain gripping capabilities.  You don’t want to be slipping and sliding.

For ankle support, check out high top shoes or low top boots with thick enough sides for support that lace up.  You will want a shoe/boot that can be tightened up around the ankles for full support especially on the ankle bone points.  With laces you can vary the tension as needed.


If you Bug In, then comfortable light shoes or boots will work.  These can be slip on, or even Velcro strap latch which is popular with older folks.  Comfy house shoes are great to shuffle around the house, but at least get the types than can be worn outside if necessary in the grass, dirt, or on wet, snowy days.  Forget cheap fabric construction with light fake material soles.  Keep to leather with non-slip rubberized soles.

Footwear for Hard Prepper Work

If your Bug Out is a camping mode or a remote site on the rough side, then you are going to want heavy best wayt to prepare your feet for survivalduty boots for most outside activities like perimeter patrolling, hunting, scouting, or defensive actions.  Start by checking out lines of hunting related boots as these can serve well for cutting wood, working gardens, building projects, fencing, and other tough outside jobs.  You’ll want lace up, waterproof and insulated versions if the weather is wet and cold.

Also Read: Survival Footwear

Again, strongly consider leather as the base boot material.  Nylon or synthetic uppers can work if weatherproof and thick enough to provide side support.  Look for Vibram lug soles for long lasting wear and a tread pattern to handle mud and rocks.

Other Popular Options

If you find yourself deep in the muck, then you may want to have a couple of pairs of different kinds of slip on high top Muck boots.  These have rubber bottoms and neoprene shaft tops.  They are very comfortable, waterproof, and can be bought with cold weather insulation.

Military boots new or surplus may have application for many prepper activities.  Obviously if they were suitable for combat, they ought to serve in survival mode.  Most of these are mid-top, lace up boots that are lightweight but usually very durable.

Footwear Support Gear

Quality boots and shoes demand proper maintenance like anything else.  Wet or sweat soaked boots need to be slowly dried overnight.  If electricity is available have boot dryers.  If there is no power, then open up the boots to air out and let them dry near moderate heat, not sitting next to the fire.  Have some boot cleaning kits with brushes and leather waxes.  Get several sets of backup laces, too.  And a tube of Shoe Goo for footwear repairs.   Whatever footwear you get for prepper/survival duties, make certain they fit.  If in doubt, go a size up.  Then figure out what socks are best for all day wear in varying environments and work conditions.

Obviously this leaves a wide berth of options, but don’t skimp on footwear.  Forget the one dollars shoes, flip flops, open-toed sandals, and slippers.

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Smart Survival Strategies for Kids: Forbidden Items at School

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If your kid forgot a pocketknife and accidentally took it to school, what would they do?

It may not be every parent’s very worst nightmare, but it certainly ranks up there if your kids are in public school. What if your kid has a forbidden item in school? It could be an accident, or something they found that wasn’t originally theirs, especially for older kids who find something in their car or truck.

What should they do if they reach in a pocket and realize that a shell casing (garbage, to anyone who knows anything about firearms) is still there from their last hunting trip? What if, God forbid, they have a pocket knife in their backpack after a camping trip?

Medical and First Aid Supplies

One of the more popular articles on the blog recently was this one, Backpack First Aid Kit for Kids. The author listed a number of tiny, handy items that could all be contained in a small plastic container. When this was posted on The Survival Mom Facebook page, the results were shocking:

In schools around here, this would get the kid an out of school suspension. Over the counter medication of any kind has to be accompanied by a doctor’s note etc.”

Can’t do this any more. It would be taken from your child and you would go to jail for pushing drugs. We have become a stupid society.

You might be able to sneak a Band-Aid into the backpack, but nothing else. Our school district here in north Texas wouldn’t allow any of that stuff.

“It’s a great idea but it would be taken from my girls first thing. Our school doesn’t even allow the kids to bring in cough drops.

Harmless items, such as eye drops and Neosporin, may be considered illegal contraband in public schools these days, apparently! So what if your child does have one of these in a pocket, purse, or backpack, innocently and unintentionally? I’ve been known to tuck a couple of ibuprofen in a pocket, just in case.

The news is full of incidents in which kids have been suspended or expelled just for something this simple.

How should they handle this?

So, what would be a smart strategy if this happens with one of your kids?

One high school kid realized that he had left a pocket knife in his pocket after a Scout camping trip. The panicked kid faked sickness and went to the nurse saying he had to go home. His mom picked him up and took him home early and the problem was solved.

In another incident, a high school student grabbed what he thought was a can of soda on his way out the door. When he got to school, he realized it was beer and immediately turned it over to his teacher. The teacher turned him in to the principal, and the boy was suspended for 3 days and had to attend an “alternative” school for 3 months. His mother claimed he was just being honest and was punished in return.

If your child finds himself or herself in a situation like this, what would you advise them to do? Do they know how to handle it?

Clean Water

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There may be an occasion when you don’t have access to a ready supply of fresh water. This is when you need to be really creative. The obvious method of getting a supply of fresh drinkable water is to capture rain water to drink. Plastic sheeting is ideal for this job. The bigger the better, lay out the sheeting in such a manner that the rain water runs down into some form of receptacle. Trees are a good source of water if times are hard. By tying a plastic bag tightly around a branch with leaves overnight it should produce you a quantity of water by morning. It won’t be a lot, but it will keep you alive till you find an alternative source.

Important Documents-Here’s What You Need To Do

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Important documents, here’s what you need to do with those very important papers we all have as you prepare for the unexpected. About 6 years ago I designed an emergency binder. I wanted everyone in my family, my friends, and neighbors to gather up all of their critically important documents and place them in one safe location, preferably in a zippered binder. I realized at the time, some people had birth certificates in dresser drawers, school documents in boxes in the closet, etc. Well, it wasn’t just the birth certificates I was worried about, I wanted all the critical documents in one place. You know, like marriage certificates, church documents, school documents, social security cards, etc. I used to work at a bank and I had a safety deposit box where I tried to keep all these documents and forms.

One year there was a flood in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. It was that day that I realized if the bank was closed for an extended period or was flooded, all my critical papers stored “safely” in that bank I could not retrieve them. I’m not saying stop paying for a safety deposit box, let’s make that clear right now. It was a wake-up call for me that having my documents in that bank would not work for my evacuation plan if needed. So, this is how my emergency binder started and I purchased a large oversize safe to store it in.

Here’s the deal, I made copies of the originals just in case I get separated from my emergency binder during a disaster. Just giving you the heads-up here. I have a FREE download of the content pages for you. All you need is a binder, preferably a zippered one so the documents will stay safe in your binder. Here is the download, it will show up on your computer in the bottom left-hand corner. It’s a huge file so be patient, it’s FREE and worth the wait, I promise.

Food Storage Moms FREE Printable Emergency Binder Download

Here is a taste of what my FREE printable important documents binder contents include:

Important Document Ten Page Dividers:

  1. Emergency contact information: please include two photos each one of your family members and pets. One to post on a missing person/pet board and one to keep and show emergency responders and rescue people.
  2. Bank and Investment account information: please remember to store this binder in a safe and secure place. If we lose power, there will possibly be no way to look up account information, including numbers.
  3. Certificate forms: birth certificates, marriage certificates, school graduation documents, religious papers, etc.
  4. Government documents: copies of driver’s licenses, original passports, concealed weapons permits, social security cards, etc.
  5. Medical and dental information: such as doctors, dentists, and medications required for each family member.
  6. Account/website access codes: of course, this is optional, but if you forget them, the binder has them.
  7. Cash, small bills, and change: please remember, the gas pumps will not work if the power goes down. The grocery stores will take only cash if the power is down or until the shelves are depleted.
  8. Titles: to cars, trucks, boats, trailers or whatever. If you have the deed to your home put at lease a copy in the binder.
  9. Copies of trusts or wills: I realize these important documents are too thick to put in the binder, but at least make copies of the most important pages.
  10. This divider page I left open for miscellaneous items.

You can see in the link below how to put the binder together section by section. You don’t have to purchase any dividers, pockets, photo pockets or zippered pockets. I put mine together this way so I can instantly find every important piece of information in seconds. I’m an organized person, that’s how I roll. I hope this helps just one family get organized with those documents we must have in our possession at the most critical times in our lives. Please put the binder in a safe and secure place so you can grab it if you and your family had to be evacuated in say ten minutes. You’ll be glad you put them all together, I promise.

Important Documents Dividers:

  1. I have the link for you to easily print these pages at the bottom of this post. I suggest you get some colored tabs (ten tabs) to go with your binder like these: Avery Extrawide Ready Index Dividers, Laser/Ink Jet, 9.5 x 11 Inches, Assorted, 10 Tabs, 1 Set (11165)
  2. Get some zippered binder pockets like these: Cardinal Expanding Zipper Binder Pocket, Clear, 3/PK (14201)
  3. I used baseball card pages or photo pages similar to these: Avery Horizontal Photo Pages, Acid-Free, 4 x 6 Inches, Pack of 10 (13406)
  4. I also purchased binder pockets like these: Avery Binder Pockets, Acid-Free, Pack of 5 (75254)
  5. Page protectors like these: Avery Standard Weight Sheet Protectors, Pack of 25 Sheet Protectors (75530)

How to organize my binder by Linda

Zippered Binder

I decided to share this information again today because of what’s going on in Texas with Hurricane Harvey. I am praying for the people, emergency responders and the workers trying to restore power there. I am watching The Weather Channel and I can’t believe how horrible this 500-year storm is roaring into that state. I can see people helping people they don’t even know get to safety. It brings joy to me to see how in a terrible situation there are kind people helping other people they don’t even know. May God bless Texas and all adjoining areas as they try to get through this storm. People are pulling their boats to Texas to help others get out of their homes and apartments. This is how humanity should work, we help one another. Thank you to everyone who is able to help these people through this crisis.


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How To Survive the Rising Waters of a Flood

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Waking up to torrential rain as a hurricane is heading your way is not a pretty picture. People falsely believe that if their region is above sea level, they will eventually be OK. However, Mother Nature can prove us wrong as we are currently seeing in Texas. The rising waters of a flood can cause … Read more…

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How To Survive the Rising Waters of a Flood

Waking up to torrential rain as a hurricane is heading your way is not a pretty picture. People falsely believe that if their region is above sea level, they will eventually be OK. However, Mother Nature can prove us wrong as we are currently seeing in Texas. The rising waters of a flood can cause … Read more…

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Campfires From Scratch: No Boy Scout Juice Required

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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

I discover at a young age that pouring Boy Scout Juice on sticks for a “quick” campfire was not real smart. Boy Scout Juice is a vague term which includes all sorts of liquid accelerants. We had gasoline at the cabin that day. I can’t remember who to blame for this grand idea, Henry or Craig, but I vividly remember the low whoosh sound that transformed a flickering kitchen match into a flaming mushroom cloud billowing up my legs. Screaming and wild dancing, reminiscent of cartoon characters, commenced in a desperate attempt to extinguish my now flaming trousers.

When the scent of singed hair and screaming finally settled, a silver dollar size blister on my calf taught us all a lesson that day.

Accelerants are dangerous and unnecessary in traditional fire craft. Cheating, some might call it. I’ve often said that there is no such thing as cheating when you really need a fire. Use a road flare if you have one. Camping ain’t an emergency. In modern camps, building a sustainable fire, less the fancy accelerant-impregnated fire starters, seems to be a lost art these days. I find the process of preparing a wooden meal to feed my fires pleasurable, even meditative.

Our irresistible fascination with fire was passed down by early humans who, through observation and notions and necessity, came upon the crazy idea of harnessing the flame. They weren’t content to live out their days cold and wet. This simple, powerful tool warmed hearths, made pottery, fashioned other tools, cooked meals, made potions, dispelled darkness, forged bronze, just as we use it today. The only difference for us moderns is that we route fire through insulated wires. But we’ve lost the aroma of wood smoke in our modern processes. Ah, that wonderful smell!

Many moderns never learned how to build a campfire, not from scratch. We hope this whets your appetite. Gather around our fire ring as we burn a few sticks and embrace the warming gift of fire.

Fire from Scratch

To transition from modern to a traditional fire-starter, you need things. Things like wood and air. These two are the easiest to procure. The third thing, which can be the most difficult to come by, is a heat source hot enough to complete the fire triangle, and, as intended, set stuff alight.

The heat source, modern or traditional, won’t produce a sustainable fire without properly prepared wood. I’ve witnessed, on occasion, fire-starting fails by people using a plumber’s blow torch. Lightening is another option… but you must wait patiently near the chosen tree.

For this exercise in fire-starting, our heat will come in the form of sparks from rocks and metal. Those of the traditional camping style call these materials flint and steel (not to be confused with ferrocerium rods). Sharp rocks are used to scrape micro particles from the steel which oxidizes rapidly into sparks. If you’d like to know the Secret of Flint and Steel, our previous article may help.

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Flint and steel

Moderns may scoff at flint and steel as a fire maker. Why not use a Bic? It’s your fire. Use whatever ignition method you like. In my experience of teaching and learning fire craft, an open flame offers no distinct advantage until you understand how a fire eats. Practicing traditional methods makes the learner more attentive to the finer details of planning a fire’s menu.

One test for beginner and experienced campers is to start a campfire using a single match. This experiment gives immediate feedback as to how carefully the fire-chef prepared the menu. If the match ignites and consumes your meal, you’ll be ready to practice more traditional methods.

A true primitive Fire from Scratch method requires rubbing sticks together. If you’re interested in twirling up fire, read and practice these articles: Bow drill and hand drill.

Wood Size Matters

The most common failure in feeding a fire is wood size. I’ve used the analogy before of creating a fire meal plan – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s worth repeating… with a bit of a twist.


Don’t cheat on preparing the appetizer for flint and steel ignition. If you’ve ever placed a delicate fire egg (ember) in a tinder bundle (via friction methods), you understand the importance of this starter meal. The same holds true for charred material aglow from flint and steel sparks. A baby ember’s appetite is delicate. If it likes the first offering, it will be stimulated to eat more of your carefully prepared fare.

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Top to bottom: fat lighter’d shavings and curls, pencil lead to pencil size twigs, and larger fuel.

In many flint and steel demonstrations viewed on computer screens, char cloth is laid on the rock in such a way as to catch a spark flying from the scraped steel. I’ve found that having a larger landing strip for sparks increases the chance of glowifing the charred material. Try sending your sparks into the target-rich char tin. Once you see points of light in the tinder box, place your appetizer on top of the glowified stuff and blow it to flame. Remember to close the lid of your tinder box to starve the glowified embers of oxygen for your next fire.

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Aiming sparks into a char tin

You can also make your own South African tonteldoos (tinder box) for more flint and steel options.

Appetizer aflame, your fire is ready to ravage the kindling salad above it. Surface-area-to-volume ratio (SAV) plays an important role in the combustion of cellulose. This is a fancy way of describing a particles fineness. The more fineness (higher SAV), the more readily wood will burn. Fine twigs/sticks have low ignition times and burn quickly.


Ever watch a cooking show? Chefs know the importance of plating a meal to be visually appealing. Presentation can cause the guest to be attracted or reject the meal based solely on appearance and arrangement. We eat with our eyes.

Here’s a little good news…

Your arrangement of wood (fire lay) doesn’t have to be pretty to be palatable. Fire eats ugly. More information on four down-n-dirty fire lays can be found here.

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Appetizer below the salad (twigs) with fuel ready to eat.

When plating your fire’s meal, keep in mind that different arrangements affect how a fire eats.

  • Loose fire lays allow more oxygen to flow through the fuel to burn hotter and quickly dry sticks to the point of combustion. Give your fire plenty of elbow-room to eat.
  • Arrange too tightly and the fire will be choked to death from lack of oxygen. However, once a coal bed is established, a tight arrangement of larger fuel will provide longer burn times.

Boy Scout Juice Substitute

This stuff doesn’t come in liquid form, but it’s the closest thing in my Georgia woods to an accelerant. Fat Lighter’d, fatwood, lighter wood, lighter knot, etc. is the resin-rich heartwood of many dead pine trees.

Fat Lighter’d Facts

  • All natural with no petroleum products
  • Won’t catch your pants on fire at ignition like accelerants
  • Smoke from fat lighter’d makes a great mosquito repellant in a smudge pot
  • The long leaf pine, which was clear-cut to almost extinction, is the best pitch producing pine tree
  • The term ‘fatwood’ came about from the wood in pine stumps being “fat” with resin that was highly flammable
  • There are between 105 and 125 species classified as resinous pine trees around the world

Not every pine is created equal. In my experience, one tree in the pine family, White Pine (Pinus strobus), makes poor fat lighter’d. I discovered its lackluster lighter’d on a winter trip with my buddy Bill Reese. We set up camp on the scenic Raven Cliff Falls Trail near a fallen White Pine. I figured all pines would offer up that beautiful, flammable fat lighter’d for our initial fire needs. Not so. With much labor, I finally nursed life into our traditional fire.

Know the wood in your woods.

Once you develop a taste for traditional fire-making, you’ll realize Boy Scout Juice is not required for a comforting campfire menu.

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How to Make a Waterproof Fire Starter

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It’s well known in the survival world that Vaseline and cotton balls together are one of the best ways to catch a spark and convert it into a flame. So if you have any cotton balls or nearly empty bottles of Vaseline lying around, don’t throw them away! This video will show you how to […]

Top 10 Rules To Follow When Choosing Protective Clothing

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Whether you are planning to go camping, do some yard work, or live outdoors, you’ll need appropriate clothing. From extreme temperatures to injuries, health risks, and even dangers posed by other people, these specific fabrics and garment will keep you safe.

Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to buy new clothes or even ones that are pre-made, and stockpile them for a crisis situation.

Focus on these 10 questions about material and fit, and you can easily find good quality clothing that will remain in good condition over time.

Is It Easy to Wear in Layers?

If you are expecting to be outdoors in cold weather, it is very tempting to look for the thickest, heaviest garments that you can find. While a certain amount of density in the fabric is important, the ability to have air spaces is also vital for retaining heat.

Choosing thinner garments that you can wear in layers creates air space, and also gives you a greater range of temperatures that you can feel comfortable in.

When choosing garments for layering, you must also pay attention to the garment size and how easy it will be to shift it comfortably between layers, or eliminate altogether.

You may need to buy a ½ to a full size bigger as you reach the outer layers. If at all possible, see if you can try on all the layers at once to see if they feel comfortable and don’t limit your range of motion.

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Does the Fabric Wick Well?

No matter what the temperature and humidity conditions are, your body is going to release sweat. If you are active and moving around a lot, your body will release even more sweat in order to cool down.

A buildup of moisture next to your skin can cause several problems including:

  • an increased risk of skin breakdown, especially in areas where garments rub into your skin
  • an increased risk of infection in any are where the outer layer of skin has been compromised
  • because your body produces sweat in order to cool down, you may lose vital heat if too much moisture stays near your skin. Even if you are in very cold temperatures, the sweat your body produces will cause this cooling effect and spell disaster. Fabrics that wick away moisture will help keep your core body temperature stable.

Will the Fabric Resist Tearing?

You might be going through dense underbrush, or areas where there are apt to be thorns that would scratch your skin if your garments didn’t protect you properly.

A scratch from a thorn or a shrub branch may not seem like more than an inconvenience, but your skin can infect if left unattended. This is especially important if you’re traveling through damp areas or other places where mold, bacteria, mildew, and other pathogens can be introduced into the opening in your skin.

To add insult to injury, if your clothes do not wick correctly, or are uncomfortable to wear, these problems can also make the skin wound even worse.

Choose at least one outer layer garment that is as tear resistant as possible, to prevent this kind of problems. Look for lightweight clothes that are designed to be worn outdoors and a name brand that have a good reputation for producing tear free garments.

Remember, even if you cannot afford new garments, it is not all that difficult to create a loose fitting shirt and pants from suitable material. You may also be very surprised at what you will find at estate sales, yard sales, and flea markets.

How Will the Colors Affect Heat Absorption?

You know that white blocks energy and black absorbs, but you may not give it much though when choosing clothes for outdoor wear. If you are going to be out in colder weather, have an outer layer garment that is black or some other dark color.

On the other hand, if you expect to be out in warmer or hot weather, wear something white or light colored. Bright colors will also absorb heat from the sun, so it is best to reserve them for cooler or mid-range temperatures.

When you are planning an outdoor excursion, make sure you have at least one white, one black, and one neutral color so that you can switch them on and off as needed for your outer garment layers.

Also, if you need different sizes for the inner layers, take along at least one white garment so you can wear it as a single inner layer if you happen to be in hotter temperatures and need to remove all but one layer.

Choose a garment that has long sleeves or legs so that you can still protect yourself from injuries created by thorns, underbrush, or insects.

Can I Adjust the Visibility of this Garment?

Regardless of whether you hunt or not, you may be at risk of being shot or injured in the woods if you aren’t aware of where people are hunting.

You may also come across intentional poachers or those who are hunting out of extreme need outside of legally defined hunting seasons. That’s why it’s best to wear clothes that will ensure you are easy to see and that you will also not be mistaken for game.

Typically, blaze orange is the best color for wearing in an area where hunting will occur because it will not be as easily mistaken for colors found on certain animals.

On the other hand, you might need to escape from a city during crisis or prefer other people be unable to spot you. In these situations, wearing blaze colors, or even white might spell disaster. If your prime concern is visibility, wear a neutral color for the terrain you are traveling through.

For example, you might choose a dark green for the woods, or a tan for desert terrain. If you find that you want to be seen easily, then carry blaze orange arm bands, patches, scarfs, or other coverings that you can easily affix to any outer garment.

What Temperature Ranges is it Best Worn in?

Many people think that layering garments means you can simply wear the same garments all year round, but just add or subtract layers as needed. This won’t always work because different fabrics have different densities to their weaving that make them suitable for some temperatures and not others.

Pay attention to the fabric type and density so that you know which garments may work better for the season. You can still keep one or two items on hand that will fit a mid range, however the rest should be divided between materials suitable for hot or colder temperatures.

Here are some common fabrics and the temperatures they will work best in:

  • Linen – hot weather – this fabric breathes and wicks well, dries fast, and is also lightweight.
  • Cotton – depends on the weight. Lighter weight cotton can be used for summer and hot weather, and then use heavier weights for mid range temperatures. Never use cotton for cold weather or any temperature where you must preserve core body temperature because it sucks up sweat easily and will pull heat from your body with the sweat.
  • Polyester – cold weather – use for inner layers to build air spaces. This fabric does not breathe well, so try to keep it away from your skin.
  • Wool – cold weather. Is a good insulator and also dries quickly.
  • Nylon – use as an outer layer for keeping dry and as a wind breaker. Nylon also doesn’t breathe well and should be reserved for outer layers that can be opened up easily to improve air circulation.

Is it Waterproof?

Aside from needing to find out if an outer layer of clothing will withstand rain and other forms of moisture, you have to evaluate the same information for inner layers of outdoor clothing.

While you will want at least one garment to wear when it rains or you need to keep excess moisture out, it will not be a good idea to have waterproof material on any of the inner layers of your outdoor clothing.

Typically, waterproof garments do not wick well, and they will also prevent moisture that has been released by your skin from escaping, which can cause hypothermia in cold weather, and increase the risk of infections because of poor air circulation.

Does it Cover Me Properly for Woods and Rough Terrain?

Have you ever been outdoors in hot weather and didn’t even want to wear a T-shirt? If so, then you may also be tempted to wear the lightest and skimpiest thing you can find to go in the woods.

Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster because:

  • As you travel through underbrush, you will inevitably brush into brambles, thorns, and twigs. These can easily cut your skin and leave an opening for infection.
  • Ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects are drawn to anything that might look like a meal. In this case, they can easily land on the back of your neck, upper leg, or other areas where you won’t notice them until it’s too late. The best way to prevent Lyme disease and many other insect borne illnesses it make sure the bugs can’t land on your skin to begin with. Insofar as clothing choice, your best option is to wear garments that cover as much of your skin as possible.
  • Many people think they can just spray insect repellent on their skin and clothing, and then avoid wearing clothes that cover their skin. These sprays are expensive and exposing you to dangerous poisons that can have long term health consequences, are not likely to be available in the post crisis world. Choose and wear clothes that will cover your skin properly now so that you won’t have to adapt later on.

Can I Adjust the Garment to Keep Out Ticks and Other Insects?

Aside from choosing garments with long sleeves and legs, make sure you can use rubber bands, velcro, or something else to seal off sleeve and pants cuffs.

Add a lightweight turtleneck stop shell in order to prevent insects from landing on the back of your neck. If you cannot find one for sale in a suitable fabric, you will find they are very easy to make.

Make sure they are properly secured and sealed to the garment below them so insects cannot crawl in.

How Well Will it Protect from UV Radiation?

Are you the type that packs the sunscreen away as soon as summertime is over? If so, then you need to use fabrics that have a proven SPF rating for outer layer wear all year round. As long as there is sunlight available, UV rays can reach your skin and cause damage. Even if it is a cloudy day or a very cold one, it is important to wear UV proof clothing.

Contrary to popular belief, fabric garments will not automatically block out all UV. To perform a quick test, hold the fabric up to the light. If you can see any light at all shining through, then the garment will allow UV to reach your skin.

Since you will be buying lighter weight garments to create layers, this test is extremely important all year round. To be on the safe side, choose at least one outer layer garment from a reputable company that gives an SPF rating on the label.

As with choosing garments that can be adjusted for keeping insects away, choosing garments that protect your skin from UV can help in a major social collapse scenario. Why worry about buying sunscreen when you can use these garments to do the same job. You can increase the lifespan of your sunscreen stockpile until you figure out a way to make your own using natural materials.

If you visit any department store or mall, you will find all kinds of expensive “outdoor” gear, and find yourself wondering what to buy. Try starting off with lighter weight garments that can be worn in layers, and then focus on color, visibility, waterproofing, UV protection, and insect management.

Asking ten simple questions about each garment, and thinking about how you will use it, will also help you evaluate garments in other places.

No matter whether you visit a second hand store, flea market, or decide to sew the garments, you will have confidence in evaluating the garment and fabric within the context of your needs as opposed to always relying on name brands and testimonials.

This article has been written by Carmela Tyrell for Survivopedia.

I Don’t WANT To Grow All My Own Food. Here’s Why.

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Would it surprise you to learn that I don’t grow all of my family’s food?

(Well, maybe if I could get my teenagers to work a little harder … then I would? 😉 )

But the truth is, I don’t even want to.

I’d rather live in a gift economy—a core community of like-minded people who are so interconnected that they support, help, and give to one another … without any expectation of getting something in return.

It’s a joyful, stable economy—and it’s ancient for some wonderful reasons.

In fact, really, the deep satisfaction it brings is what we’re all aiming for when we talk about growing a community.

But how do we get there?

How do you go from no or little community to living in a gift economy?

That’s the topic of my next video chapter of Grow: All True Wealth Comes From the Ground.

In it, I talk about:

  • One Of The BEST Ways To Start Producing Food As A Community
  • 5 Ways To Give — And Which Offer The Most True Wealth
  • What’s In It For You? The No. 1 Reason To Pursue A Gift Economy

Did you see last week’s video Chapter of GROW? Click here to watch Build Community In 9 Easy steps!

After you watch it, I’d love to hear your story.

What type of giving brings you the most satisfaction?

How has giving created community for you?

I can’t wait to read your comments!


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Dis-Information Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! In the first segment we cover cover the equities markets, metals, the dollar, Shanghai metal prices, BDI, VIX…All of the Indicators that we’ve been following. I believe that it is critical for us to closely monitor all activity at the beginning of the production chain. … Continue reading Dis-Information!

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Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies

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Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies Thanks to the constant burrowing of science into how our bodies work we are now more educated than ever on the effect of vitamins on the body. We know that low levels of Vitamin D can actually make people depressive. We know that mega doses of Vitamin C can …

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How to Save Money Buying Prepper Gear

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How to Save Money Buying Prepper Gear When I rad an article like this I tend to think about cheap crap that doesn’t really work. Saving money on anything can go one of two ways. We can spend less money on cheaper products and that tends to work against us though many of us still …

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036

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Predicting Weather When the Grid is Down, The Acu-Rite 01036 This is a very interesting article on a topic that I do not know much about. What I like about this article is the idea of reoccurring disaster. We all know what happens to a community that is hit by a category 3 or 4 …

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage

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7 Steps for Heating Your Home During a Power Outage In terms of survival, the rule of three states that you can survive three minutes without oxygen, three hours without shelter in a harsh environment, three days without water and three weeks without food. This article tackles the issue of shelter and heating for the …

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion!

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Prepper/Survival Round Table Discussion! For having such a great community its rare we all get together to talk about preparedness, survival or even ideas and beliefs. There are amazing people in this community who run successful businesses. There are tons of people with great ideas that will only make this world better yet for preppers …

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide

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Backpacking with Dogs: The Complete Guide There is nothing like a good dog. What other creature has followed us up from the stone age and been by our side. They watch our failings and our misery; they are therapists for it all. These great canines who spend their whole lives at our side, dependent on …

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus

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Homemade Remedies For Foot Fungus The feet are often affected by fungal infections, due to a number of predisposing factors, such as the excess sweating, inadequate footwear and insufficient hygiene. When a fungal infection occurs at the level of the foot, it can extend and affect the toenails as well. Left untreated, the infection will …

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog

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Dog Survival: 5 Skills You Must Train Your Dog Training your dog certain techniques is essential for both his protection as well as the protection of your family. While dogs are caring, loving, protective animals, a poorly trained dog can be dangerous and destructive. Your dog can only be of great help if they are …

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Sonny Landham of “Predator” fame passes at 76.

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I just found out that Sonny Landham died about a week or so ago.

Who, you ask? Why, ‘Billy’ from Predator. You know, the guy who “wouldn’t wish that on a broke dick dog” and “We’re all gonna die.”

Sonny Landham, the Native American actor who costarred in action films Predator and 48 Hrs., has died at the age of 76.

According to his sister, Landham died from congestive heart failure in a hospital in Lexington, KY, the AP reports.

Beginning his career in adult films and stunt work, Landham transitioned into acting work in the late 1970s, often drawing on his Cherokee and Seminole ancestry to portray characters of Native American descent.

His mainstream movie debut was a minor role as a subway policeman in Walter Hill’s 1979 film, The Warriors. Based on that performance, Hill cast him in his first major role as Billy Bear, one of the criminals being tracked by Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy in 48 Hrs. 

Landham’s most memorable role came opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, portraying another Billy — Billy Sole, the Native American tracker in Predator.

There’s a handful of action movies that are so over the top that they are classics. “Predator” was easily one of them.

Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip

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Upgrade your EDC and Conquer the Family Day Trip Lately we have seen EDC explode in popularity. I am not really sure what its linked to but I have to imagine it has both to do with the threats we face as a nation and the demands of the technology that we use. If our …

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Looting Begins in Houston: Thugs Pose as Rescuers to Rob and Assault Vulnerable Families

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As Houston is pounded by record level flooding, the worst of humanity has hit the streets looking to take advantage of an already horrific situation. […]

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The Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: 5 Immediate Threats Victims Will Face and How to Prepare

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After more than 50 inches of rain dumped on the greater Houston area, these coastal towns and cities face a new set of problems – the aftermath. The damage caused by this hurricane is expected to cost in the tens of billions of dollars. While city and state officials believe the recovery will be quick, there is a lot of work ahead and more problems to face before it is all said and done. While some threats will be short-lived, there will be issues that will be long-standing, and the gravity of the situation is dangers don’t end once the storm has passed.

There are immediate threats that hurricane victims must be aware of and be prepared to encounter. Not mentioned is the economic ramifications this disaster will have on the fifth-largest economy in the United States. This could be another disaster in and of itself. But one thing is for sure, this disaster could be felt throughout the United States with the increase of gas prices or shortages. Only time will tell, but the following are the most immediate threats to be aware of.

5 Immediate Threats Hurricane Harvey Victims Will Face

1.Water contamination – This environmental threat is very typical following a hurricane, but because of the mass scale of the flood damage, it could be an even larger concern for those living in the greater Houston area. Typically, utility facilities that remove contaminants from drinking water are usually unusable if they’re inundated with floodwaters or the facilities that clean the water supply may not have the power needed to run their pumps or an ability to get fuel for their generators. (Source)

What it might be contaminated with ranges from unpleasant but relatively harmless gastrointestinal hazards, such as norovirus, to rarer, more serious bacteria — including Vibrio, a potentially deadly micro-organism naturally found along the Gulf Coast. Vibrio can make you sick both by ingesting it and also through wound infections that come in contact with flood water. Your best bet at this point is to ensure your water is properly filtered and stay out of the flood water.

2. Infectious Disease – Floodwaters may also contain a number of pathogens that can cause illness. According to an article at CBSNews, “Flood waters harbor bacteria, different viruses, and fungi, all of which can make people sick,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told CBS News.

One of the biggest concerns with flood water is the possibility of cholera, a highly contagious bacterial disease-causing severe diarrhea. Cholera can spread when water is contaminated with infected feces and then others ingest it, either by drinking the water or consuming food that has come in contact with the water. While cholera is far more common in third-world countries, Glatter says the possibility of it occurring in Texas “wouldn’t be impossible.” “These types of bacteria can live in mixtures of murky water,” he said. “It’s possible to have this type of infection, especially if the water supply becomes contaminated.” Other infectious diseases that can be passed through flood water include hepatitis A, typhoid fever, and Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can cause muscle aches, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

As well, due to the excessive flooding in many homes, mold could also pose a serious health problem and can exacerbate asthma, allergies, or other respiratory diseases like COPD. Mold can appear in as little as 24 to 48 hours after flood waters recede. Experts suggest not to touch it. Wear rubber gloves, wear a mask when handling it and if you are in a dwelling where there is mold, you should leave.

3. Mosquitoes – Mosquitoes are notorious disease breeders. And it goes without saying that dealing with itchy bites won’t be the only concern for Texans. Mosquitoes are notorious for harboring diseases, of which the following have been known to show up in that state:

  • Dengue
  • West Nile
  • Zika
  • Chikungunya
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis

As well as a few others that mainly affect animals:

  • Western Equine Encephalitis
  • Dog Heartworm

So it’s important for homeowners in this region to take certain measures to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes. This requires keeping an eye out for things on your property that might contain even the smallest puddles of water. As well, experts are recommending that homeowners drain pools and if you see mosquitoes in larger areas of standing water to alert authorities.

Make sure you clear any trash or debris in your yards such as tires or cans and don’t leave any water out in flower pots or water bowls. It’s also a good idea to secure any leaky pipes you might have outside of your home, and clear out any leaves in your gutters. In some cases, you may need to fill or drain spots that tend to collect water on your property.  As an added defense, build traps that will cull the local mosquito population.

4. Mental Health – Depression, PTSD, and mood disorders are very common following a disaster and it is essential to assess yourself and your loved ones realistically and objectively and call a medical professional if you see signs. As well, children will be adversely affected by the traumatic events they have gone through. For the most part, children are not going to be able to process and adapt to the major changes as quickly as adults will. Experts say that in a situation where children are faced with too many changes in a given period, their sense of normalcy and security is disrupted, thus causing unwanted fear, anxiety and psychological distress. A child can also show signs of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more on helping children adjust to a major disaster.

5. Looting – While looting has been at a minimum at this point, nevertheless, it is still a threat. When people begin running out of their provisions and grocery stores unable to restock store shelves, more and more will go looking for them and this includes breaking into homes and businesses. A common saying in the preparedness world is “if you can’t defend it, you don’t own it.” There will be people looking at taking things and the best way you can prevent them from taking your provisions and belongings is to stay vigilant of what is happening in your neighborhoods and defend yourself if necessary. As well, do what you can to fortify your home from looters using these steps. One report stated that the volunteer organization Cajun Navy claims that looters fired on their boats as they attempted to rescue people. On a personal note, my sister, who is a victim of the hurricane, has said that looters had made their way into her neighborhood looking to pilfer through people’s homes that had been evacuated. It is a threat and one that people should prepare for, especially when the water begins to recede.

While the hurricane itself is one of epic proportions, the aftermath could be just as bad and just as destructive. Knowing what to expect will help an already battered community prepare for the next set of challenges they face.

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Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

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Mayor Right Not To Order Evacuation?

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Honestly, I haven’t been paying much attention of the Houston hurricane except to occasionally view a few photos of the aftermath and to keep up with how rescue and recovery efforts are going. I do hope these folks stay safe. Anyway, I recently read an article in The New York Times with a similar title as … Continue reading “Mayor Right Not To Order Evacuation?”

North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan; China Warns Situation ‘Approaching A Crisis’

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North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan; China Warns Situation ‘Approaching A Crisis’

The North Korean government deliberately fired a missile over Japan Monday to wreak havoc and create divisions between America and its allies, experts say.

The ballistic missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific.

“If North Korea had launched the missile to the south, the U.S. might have viewed it as a considerable provocation and responded accordingly,” Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono told reporters in Tokyo.

Instead, the North Koreans took an action that likely would not provoke a confrontation. The missile was identified as an intermediate-range Hwasong-12, which would be capable of hitting the U.S. territory of Guam.

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China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the situation was “at a tipping point, approaching a crisis.”

The missile test was “perfectly calibrated to create political mischief,” Stephen Haggard, a Korea Expert at the University of California at San Diego, told The Washington Post.

“The launch shows how Kim Jong Un is weirdly conservative, calibrating tests so that they are difficult to counter, flying just beneath the radar of a required kinetic response,” Haggard said.

Others agreed.

“This is not the action of a country that is interested in showing restraint or in creating a glide-path to dialogue, at least not on our terms,” said James Schoff of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The North Koreans fired missiles over Japan in 1998 and 2009, although those were satellite launches that were announced beforehand.

“In a way, it’s kind of a trial balloon,” Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told The Post. “If we overfly Japan, what happens? If the blowback isn’t too significant, they will feel more comfortable with launching a Hwasong-14 to a good distance to validate its performance on a normal trajectory.”

The Hwasong-14 is a larger missile capable of hitting U.S. soil.

“A missile launch across Japan is an outrageous act that poses an unprecedented, grave and serious threat, and significantly undermines the peace and security of the region,” said Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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6 Things That Will Make You a Better Bow Hunter

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The fall is here again. If you are a passionate deer hunter, you must be ready to go into the woods and tag your trophy winning buck. But before you step into the woods, I will like to share a few tips that can help you to improve your chances of killing the big game you’ve always dreamed about. Here are some expert tips on how to sharpen your shooting skills, avoid spooking your buck, when to hunt, and how to process deer meat without incurring high deer processing cost.

Practice Effectively

Every passionate deer hunter practices his bow hunting skills. But the question is “do you practice effectively?” You should practice shooting your bow while you are putting on your camo, boots, harness and other hunting gear. This helps you to discover the type of noises you will make in the woods. It also allows you to know if any of your equipment will stop you from tagging your buck.

Make sure you do your practice in a typical hunting position. If you know you will hunt from a tree stand, practice from there not on the ground. Remember that the angles at which you will shoot will be different in each position. So you should set up your tree stand and practice shooting from it. Shoot at targets directly in front of you and shoot at targets that are not. This will help you to prepare for the different types of situations you will encounter during hunting.

Keep Out the Noise

Silencers are designed to help us reduce the noise our bows make. But placing many silencers on it will not cut out all the noise completely. So what else can you do to eliminate noises connected with hunting? First, you must understand that removing your bow from the rest, attaching a release, drawing out an arrow, and setting your foot for the short all produce a significant amount of noise. So you should practice all these actions frequently to ensure you can do them silently. Putting foam around your bow rest can make it very silent. Also, placing a small carpet under your feet will make them quiet.

Sharpen Your Broad-heads

Your bow naturally attracts more attention than your arrow. But it is the broad-head that helps you to kill the deer. Although modern broad-heads are far more effective than what we had a few years back, they must be kept razor sharp. If you have just shot a broad-head into a foam target, you must not use for hunting immediately after. Sharpen it first.

Hunt in the Pre-Rut Season

Expert hunters, who target trophy winning buck, know that the rut is not really the best time to tag them. Many advanced trail cameras have tracked a buck within a hunting area throughout the season but it ends up being shot up to 2 miles away. Mature bucks are smart and they need to be studied carefully before you can shoot them successfully. For the following reasons it is better to tag a hit list buck during the pre-rut.

* Bucks Stay at Home in the Pre-Rut: You can only shoot at your target buck if he is at home. Pre-rut is the time when the buck will be more active in the daylight and stay within the boundaries of his home range. With the day-to-day levels of testosterone still rising, the buck will be prepared to come out of its bedding or staging areas in search of a doe.

* Bucks Respond to Calls at This Time: Bucks would have spent most of September and the early days of October, scraping and rubbing to prepare for fights. The levels of testosterone in the buck will make him come out if he hears a call from a challenger. So if you see your buck cruising, make a challenger grunt and get ready for a quick shot. This type of call is quite effective when your hunting stand is close to thick cover or there is something to obstruct the buck’s view. This will make him move close to investigate.

Crop Harvest Will Draw the Deer Out: If your hunting area is close to a corn field, the harvest time will offer a unique advantage. Many of these corn fields are harvested in the second half of October and there will be a lot of waste grain to draw the bucks out of their cover. At this time, the bucks will be compelled to bed inside woodlots and walk out in broad daylight. This makes them more predictable.

Target Bedding Areas in the Morning

During the pre-rut season, you need to make the best use of each time of the day, particularly the early hours. For instance, a bedding area is the ideal place to hunt in the morning during the pre-rut. During this season, bucks are actively searching for does at this time. Even if you get to your stand at dawn and you don’t see any buck coming out of the bedding area. Be patient. You could still see one come out as late as 10 am to find a doe.

Learn How to Process Your Venison

After you’ve shot your deer, you need to know how to process deer meat so you can preserve it and enjoy its unique taste, flavor and texture. Before you carry or drag the deer into your truck or camp site, make sure it is dead. This will help to prevent serious injuries. Then you must do field dressing immediately to remove the internal organs of the deer before transporting it.

At your camp, you need to hang it up, preferably with the head at the bottom so the blood can drain out completely. While the deer is hanging, cut the rib cage open using a hack saw. Then put a 2″x 4″ stick into it to keep it open for proper air circulation. The hanging position also offers a perfect chance to take off the skin. Use a sharp knife to obtain the best result. While taking off the skin, be careful not to allow fur to get on the meat. Take off the head, the tail and the legs from the knee downwards. Then rinse the meat thoroughly. If you are a new hunter, you may need to get help from a more experienced hunter or get a professional to do it and pay the deer processing cost.

Deer meat needs to age for at least three to seven days. During this time, the meat must be kept at a temperature that is close to, or less than 40 degrees F, to avoid spoilage. If the temperature is greater than 40 degrees, then you should not age it for more than three days. Aging the meat helps to make it tender and it improves the flavor. After you are through with aging, cut up the meat and store it in a freezer. To keep predators and scavengers away from your encampment, dispose of the carcass at a place far away from it. The other area natives will consider this a feast and efficiently dispose of it for you.


These ideas and tips will help you tag the type of buck you’ve always wanted during this hunting season. They are simple and easy to apply. Keep them in mind as you prepare to step into the woods.


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