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.

What would you add to our list? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Accidental or Negligent Discharges: Revolvers vs Autos

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

Fernando—

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.

Best wishes,

Larry

 

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.

FerFAL

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

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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.

Handguns

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

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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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If any backyard furniture deserves an award for being highly utilitarian, the raised garden bed is a top contender! In essence, a raised bed is a massive planting box. It doesn’t sound like much when it’s described like that, but it solves a lot of problems. A raised garden bed provides drainage so your plants … Read more

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Killing Squash Bugs: How To Identify and Control Anasa Tristis

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In late summer, your pumpkin patch starts showing odd signs of wilt. It’s patchy at first, but you start noticing yellowed and darkened leaves, wilted vines, and you may actually start seeing young pumpkins start to turn yellow and die on the vine. Your zucchini plant’s starting to do the same. And worse, you’re seeing … Read more

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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 Ready.gov.

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. 

Topics

  • Watch
  • Date book
  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Arrangement

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.

Keep Doing the Stuff of Self-Reliance,

Todd

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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!

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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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