Ow! My gosh I hurt from cutting a bit of kindling.

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Muscle soreness is most of it but the weather has taken a turn towards fall and is getting cooler. In fact the weather guys are claiming snow will fall in the hills around the Treasure valley.  I like the weather around here as we usually have a long hot summer but I remember the place I grew up in northen Idaho with only 3 seasons. July, August and winter!  I suspect the weather has cycled back to the late 70’s/early 80’s again and we need to prep for both colder and more snowy winters.  So September and October will be months to get prepared for winter.  My hope is to get the contractor to work in 50-60 degree F. weather and not much rain to deal with during the job.

I have another load of wood coming this week but I want to split  and cut up the leftover wood.  Replacing the chain on the little Black & Decker chainsaw made a heck of a difference on cutting up the small chunks of wood.  So I’m excited to see how much difference the electric chainsaw replacement will make on cutting wood.   I have seen YouTube vids about using a dull axe is a good thing.  I disagree as I cut wood and with a sharp axe I “bury” axe in my cutting stump rather suffer a glancing blow to my legs.  Now there a lot of ways to cut effectively and most depend on using sharp tools.   If you like using a dull axe or sharp chain saws well you be you because I don’t care.  I think sharp tools are safer be it a knife in the kitchen or an axe cutting chunks of  wood.

I have a plan to cut up the over sized wood that should be fairly safe.  I’ll just set up a couple of 2x4s to brace the wood I’m cutting and have a spotter just in case I screw up.  Life is risky and all you can do is mitigate that risk.  If you want to play it safe you will never do anything for your self.

Humans have lived in Texas and Florida for 1000 + years and they thought the risks were worth the rewards.  We aren’t all that different from our ancestors.  Here locally a culvert flooded a subdivision and the local government tried to pass the buck of responsibility.  Those 22 homes are still flooded and trashed.  Those people are still living tents and camp trailers.  They will get no disaster relief but is their pain any less real?

I’m not trying to virtue signal or play the victim for these people.  Life is messy and you should try to go local to support your community.   Also I’d rather walk on my lips than say anything good about a democrat but I think the Houston Mayor made a great decision on keeping all “Mandatory Evacuations” to a minimum.

That is my little rant If you have a different perspective please comment.

Ow! My gosh I hurt from cutting a bit of kindling.

Muscle soreness is most of it but the weather has taken a turn towards fall and is getting cooler. In fact the weather guys are claiming snow will fall in the hills around the Treasure valley.  I like the weather around here as we usually have a long hot summer but I remember the place I grew up in northen Idaho with only 3 seasons. July, August and winter!  I suspect the weather has cycled back to the late 70’s/early 80’s again and we need to prep for both colder and more snowy winters.  So September and October will be months to get prepared for winter.  My hope is to get the contractor to work in 50-60 degree F. weather and not much rain to deal with during the job.

I have another load of wood coming this week but I want to split  and cut up the leftover wood.  Replacing the chain on the little Black & Decker chainsaw made a heck of a difference on cutting up the small chunks of wood.  So I’m excited to see how much difference the electric chainsaw replacement will make on cutting wood.   I have seen YouTube vids about using a dull axe is a good thing.  I disagree as I cut wood and with a sharp axe I “bury” axe in my cutting stump rather suffer a glancing blow to my legs.  Now there a lot of ways to cut effectively and most depend on using sharp tools.   If you like using a dull axe or sharp chain saws well you be you because I don’t care.  I think sharp tools are safer be it a knife in the kitchen or an axe cutting chunks of  wood.

I have a plan to cut up the over sized wood that should be fairly safe.  I’ll just set up a couple of 2x4s to brace the wood I’m cutting and have a spotter just in case I screw up.  Life is risky and all you can do is mitigate that risk.  If you want to play it safe you will never do anything for your self.

Humans have lived in Texas and Florida for 1000 + years and they thought the risks were worth the rewards.  We aren’t all that different from our ancestors.  Here locally a culvert flooded a subdivision and the local government tried to pass the buck of responsibility.  Those 22 homes are still flooded and trashed.  Those people are still living tents and camp trailers.  They will get no disaster relief but is their pain any less real?

I’m not trying to virtue signal or play the victim for these people.  Life is messy and you should try to go local to support your community.   Also I’d rather walk on my lips than say anything good about a democrat but I think the Houston Mayor made a great decision on keeping all “Mandatory Evacuations” to a minimum.

That is my little rant If you have a different perspective please comment.

Cool Survival Gadgets – The Ultimate List Of The Best Life Saving Gadgets

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Cool Survival Gadgets

There’s just something about facing a challenging problem and having the perfect gadget to solve it. It makes you feel extra prepared.

And there’s no better place to find those cool problem-solving gadgets than the survival market. It’s a lively market chalk full of new cool survival gadgets.

It seems like every day I stumble across a new survival gadget worth sharing with our readers!

So we decided to share all these cool survival gadgets in one convenient location – this blog post. A place where you can visit often when you want to catch up on all the latest / greatest survival gadgets.

That’s why you should STOP reading and bookmark this page right now.

We update this list often (every time we find a cool new survival gadget) so you’ll want to come back again, and again…

OK, now that you’ve bookmarked this page, let’s dive into the best gadgets the survival market has to offer.

The Ultimate List of Cool Survival Gadgets


This list of cool survival gadgets ranges from the high tech – to the miniature – to the simplistic.

When I think of gadgets, I think about new awesome portable tools. So most of these cool survival gadgets are ones you can wear (a.k.a. wearables) others are ones you can easily slide into your survival pack or bug out bag.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our #104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Either way, they’re all awesome gadgets.

Leatherman Tread Bracelet

Want to cool survival gadget multitool you wear on your wrist instead of carrying in your pocket? You got to check out Leatherman’s Tread Bracelet.

This cool survival gadget features 29 unique tools, including:

  • Many screwdriver options
  • Several hex drives
  • Box wrench options
  • Oxygen tank wrench
  • Carbide glass breaker
  • Pick/sim card tool
  • Cutting hook
  • ¼” socket drive
  • Bottle opener
  • #2 square drive

So it’s a wearable multi tool with lots of interchangeable links.

I always say – the best multi tool is the one you have with you in time of need. The Leatherman Tread can be there for your everyday problems and survival situations.

The Tread goes everywhere you go.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

USB Lighter Watch

It’s about time they combined two of the most popular survival tools: lighters and watches.

This classy time piece has a bit of extra gadgetry associated with it. The watch face slides to reveal an electric windproof lighter.

A nice survival gadget and convenient for those who still light up from time to time.

This watch lighter is USB compatible, so you keep it powered up by using any USB based charging system.

Also, talk about an ice breaker. Show this cool survival gadget off at a party, and everyone will want see it!

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Estream Portable Water GeneratorEstream Turbine

Portable power is all the rage in the survival gadget world, and one of the newest additions is Estream.

This device is a mini portable turbine it turns any running water source into storable energy.

Just drop this device into some moving water and anchor it. The turbine blades will spin and generate power. The power is then stored in the attached battery pack.

A very new and very cool survival gadget.

Pocket JumperPocket Jumper

Sometimes the latest survival gear is just a smaller, more portable version of an older technology.

That’s the Pocket Jumper to a T.

It jumps dead vehicle batteries, which is something that’s been around for decades. But in the past, these gadgets were large and clunky.

This Pocket jumper is about the size of your cell phone! So the question is: does it work?

The answer is a resounding yes. We field tested the Pocket Jumper, and it’s an excellent survival gadget you can depend on.

It jumped a jeep wranglers dead battery on the first try! It’s an awesome survival gadget.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Titanium Escape RingTitanium Escape Ring

Sometimes in survival, the goal is rescue, other times the goal is evasion, but occasionally the goal is to escape.

The Titanium Escape Ring is an ideal survival gadget for this third survival goal. If you’re ever taken captive and tied up with rope or cords, you’ll wish you had this hidden gadget to escape.

This ring has a hidden saw blade. One that can through cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope. It also doubles as a shim pick to escape a set of standard handcuffs.

It’s the ultimate “just in case” survival gadget you can wear anywhere.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Night Vision Gear

Every survivalist knows they should own having high-quality illumination tools like tactical flashlights and headlamps.

But what if you need to see in the dark without being seen? What stealth was necessary for the mission at hand?

Then you need some night vision gadgets to get that done.

Night Vision Binoculars

For an affordable night vision option go with a set of Gen 1 binoculars like the Bushnell Lynx Gen 1.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

But if you want even better night vision and the ability to scope wild game (or intruders) that calls for a high powered night vision rifle scope.

With the Sightmark Photon XT Night Vision Rifle Scope, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your property even in the dark of night.

Sightmark Photon XT

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our Ultimate Survival Gear List. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Pocket LightSolar Pocket Light

The Pocket Light is a lantern that collapses to fit in your pocket.

Just pull it out, pop it open, turn it on and you’ve got a bright lantern to illuminate a campsite or dark room.

Plus, this cool survival gadget replaces several regular survival tools. When collapsed it’s a flashlight. When popped out it’s a lantern. It’s also has a solar panel, so you don’t need to feed it new batteries. And you can use it to charge your cell phone or small electronic devices in a pinch.

This tiny light will replace four different survival tools – making it a cool survival gadget.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Waterproof SocksBamboo Waterproof Socks

When I think of gadgets, I don’t think about socks. But when I hear the terms “waterproof,” “windproof” and “mud proof” I reconsider.

These Bamboo Water Proof Socks are a backpackers dream.

When it comes to hiking or bugging out long distances, your feet will take a beating. And if they get wet you can get a nasty condition called Trench Foot.

But with modern technology and ingenuity, we can keep our feet dry even in wet conditions.

Cool survival gadget? I think so.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

EasyPower USB BatteryUSB Battery

When I first discovered these USB batteries and knew they were the answer I was looking for.

You might not realize this, but standard AA batteries could soon become extinct. Yes, even the rechargeable ones.

Most survival gadgets require a set of AA batteries to work. So if SHTF tomorrow, you’d need to carry a ton of AA batteries with you.

But all the extra battery weight will slow you down.

And there’s a problem with rechargeable batteries too. A problem solved with this new cool survival gadget.

The EasyPower USB Battery uses a simple USB connection to recharge. So you can charge these batteries with your alternative survival generators. Like generators on this list such as the bio stove, renegade solar charger or estream.

You don’t need a special charger box and don’t need an electrical outlet either.

The EasyPower USB Battery is one smart cool survival gadget. Not only is it a better battery but will also save you money.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Spy, Escape, and Evasion Leather BeltSpy Escape and Evasion Leather Belt

The Spy, Escape and Evasion Leather Belt is a survival gadget that carries your small survival gadgets.

It looks like a regular leather belt but includes three hidden storage locations. Places where you can stash small survival tools (like waterproof matches or razor blades) or money.

No one needs to know you’ve got your survival basics covered, even while out at a fancy restaurant.

A survival gadget that’s perfect for the prepared gentlemen among us.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

The video below shows you how these belts are made.

Katio Pocket RadioKaito Pocket Radio

Anyone who’s spent time in military operations knows the value of good intel.

Knowledge is power, especially in life threatening situations. It allows you to make better choices in dire circumstances.

But lugging around a radio used to be a major inconvenience. Not anymore with the Katio Pocket Radio.

This tiny radio will give you the intel you need (like weather or emergency notifications) while on the move.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our Ultimate Survival Gear List. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Tac LaserTact Laser

The revolutionary Tact Laser…AKA the “Special Forces Lightsaber.”

It’s one of the latest and most badass survival tools on the planet.

Only recently has this military technology become available to the general public.

That’s because the Tac Laser is built with a revolutionary collection of electronics. Electronics used by our nation’s best soldiers to destroy enemy forces.

This technology was once considered a Top-Secret self-defense weapon.

The Tact Laser is one unique and dangerous survival gadget. It’s known as the 532nm green laser. This is the EXACT laser used by our government and troops.

It uses a 532nm green laser which is the EXACT laser used by our troops.

The reason the 532nm green laser used in military operations is because of its precise laser wavelength. A wavelength that can shred a human eye.

That’s why need to check out this latest survival weapon.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Tesla Lightertesla lighter-double coil

This is one of those cool survival gadgets that everyone is interested in checking out.

If you pull this one out and use it, people will take notice.

It’s an electric Tesla Lighter – which makes it waterproof, windproof, and stormproof.

The dual arching electric currents light objects with electrical heat and not a flame. So it can’t blow out.

This is one cool survival gadget worth owning.

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The Ultra Pocket ShotUltra Pocket Shot

This is a new type of sling shot that’s both effective and portable.

It shoots rocks, bb’s and even arrows and fits in your pocket.

Projectiles speeds have been measured over 350 feet per second. It’s a neat survival gadget worth a place in your pack or bug out bag.

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Paracord GrenadeParacord Grenade

Every survivalist knows paracord is highly useful in survival situations. And one of the most popular methods of carrying paracord with you is in bracelet form.

But there’s a new and better way to keep cordage with you at all times.

The paracord grenade is a bundle of survival gear wrapped in paracord with a carabineer. Just clip the carabiner to your pack, and you’ve got yourself a bunch of useful survival tools.

This paracord grenade includes:

  • Knife Blade
  • Fire Starter
  • Fishing Line, Hooks, and Weights
  • Bobbers
  • Swivels
  • Piece of Tin Foil
  • Tinder
  • Carabiner

At the time of this post, you could get a FREE Paracord Grenade. Just take care of shipping. Click Here To See If The Deal Is Still Available.

Micro Concealed Carry Key Knife

As a survivalist, you should keep a knife on you at all times.

But sometimes carrying a knife with you is not possible or not convenient. Or sometimes we use it and then forget to put it back in our pack or truck. It happens…

But what if you could have a small, sharp, concealed pocket knife on your key ring?

The Micro Concealed Carry Key solves this problem. When folded up, this survival gadget looks just like another key. But it’s not, it’s an everyday carry pocket knife.

At the time of this post, you could get a FREE Paracord Grenade. Just take care of shipping. Click Here To See If The Deal Is Still Available.

The Biolite Camp Stovebiolite camping stove

Even 50 years ago, this kind of outdoor technology would have seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie. The way the Biolite Camp Stove works is you fill the wood-burning compartment with kindling and set that stuff on fire.

Heat is produced by combusting fuel. This pulls air through a fan which acts as a turbine and charges an external battery. Once the battery fully charges, use the power for your phone, GPS, radio, or EasyPower batteries.

The Biolite Camp Stove converts the fire’s energy into stored energy for your electronics and does an excellent job of cooking outdoors using a readily available natural resource: wood.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Survival Fire Laces

These specially designed shoe laces, ensure you’ve got a fire starter as long as you have got your boots on.

The Fire Laces are high tensile strength paracord and tipped with fire steel ends.

If you need a fire, unlace your boots and strike steel to flint to create a 3000-degree F shower of sparks. Those sparks can ignite a range of tinder in almost any climate zone.

They are more expensive than your typical shoe-lace but worth it.

At the time of this post, you could get a FREE Paracord Grenade. Just take care of shipping. Click Here To See If The Deal Is Still Available.

Yaktrax Traction CramponsYaktrax Walk Traction Cleats

If you hike on icy trails in winter or spring, you know how hard it is to keep good traction.

Yaktrax Traction Cleats solves that problem. With a simple steel wrapped rubber design that fits snugly around your hiking boots. The difference is incredible!

Instead of taking slow, unsteady slippery steps, you feel grafted to the ice. Now you can make faster progress through the wilderness.

I always keep a pair of these in my hiking pack, and another in the back of my car. They are cheap, they are lightweight, and they store very easily.

They also come in different sizes to fit different shoes and different models.

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The Wazoo Survival Cache BeltWazoo Survival Gear Belt

This belt may just be the ultimate survival belt on the market. Made by Huston, TX company Wazoo this survival belt features:

Signal Mirror / Needle / Flashlight / Whistle / Ranger Bands / Bead Chain / Kevlar Cord / Wire Saw / Fishing Hooks / Fishing Line / Split Shot Weights / Brass Wire / Water Pre-filter / Purification Tablet / Water Container / Foil / Duct Tape / Compass / Trail Markers / Paracord Gear Loop / Military Spec Webbing / Bandages / Ferro Rod / Ceramic Knife / Tinder / Bottle Opener

It is a mini bug out bag compressed into an impressive, stylish belt. You will not find a belt with more survival gear packed into it anywhere.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our #104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Renegade Gear Solar Battery Chargersolar charger

The Renegade Solar Battery Charger powers any electronic device fast.

It’s compatible with any phone type – Androids, iPhones, etc. – simply use your current charging cable.

It also has a built-in LED Flashlight to light your way on the go.

The Renegade Solar Charger has a rugged design that’s Waterproof, Dust proof, Impact proof.  So it’s built for the rugged outdoors and is reliable for survival.

It’s lightweight and easily clips to your pack.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Pocket Fisherman’s Rodronco pocket fishing rod

One key feature of most cool survival gadgets is their compact size. Why? Because “gadgets” are devices you can wear or take with you.

So that’s why the Ronco Pocket Fishing Rod is an excellent survival gadget.

This survival tool folds up and can fit in your pocket. It also has a small lure compartment in the handle. So you can stash a couple of lures in there and your all set.

No, the Ronco Pocket Rod won’t replace your standard fishing rods. But it’s great to keep in your truck if a fishing opportunity presents itself or you find yourself in a survival situation.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Tact Bivvytact bivvy in hand

This survival gadget doesn’t have the same WOW factor as some of the other ones on this list but it should. From a “life saving” aspect, it’s hard to beat The Tact Bivvy.

It’s a lightweight, highly portable, mylar emergency survival blanket.

If you’re even in a survival situation in freezing temps, you’ll be glad you have a Tact Bivvy. When you hop inside this portable shelter, it traps your body heat. This helps maintain your core temp even in sub zero temps.

Hypothermia and exposure are deadly in survival situations. The Tact Bivvy is the best way I know to keep you warm in a dire situation.

I recommend putting this cool survival gadget in each of your vehicles glove boxes.

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The Final Word


When it comes to cool survival gadgets, the survival gear market is jam packed with options. It seems like every day a new cool survival gadget is being introduced.

And it’s a thriving market we enjoy exploring and sharing with you all the new gear.

But we need your help. Our dedicated subscribers and readers our one of our best resources to telling us about new cool survival gadgets they come across.

So if you know of a cool survival gadget that needs to be on this list – tell us about it in the comments below.

We’ll likely add it to this survival gadget list and keep it growing and growing and growing.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our Ultimate Survival Gear List. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.
Remember: Prepare, Adapt, and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

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Cool Survival Gadgets – The Ultimate List Of The Best Life Saving Gadgets

Cool Survival Gadgets

There’s just something about facing a challenging problem and having the perfect gadget to solve it. It makes you feel extra prepared.

And there’s no better place to find those cool problem-solving gadgets than the survival market. It’s a lively market chalk full of new cool survival gadgets.

It seems like every day I stumble across a new survival gadget worth sharing with our readers!

So we decided to share all these cool survival gadgets in one convenient location – this blog post. A place where you can visit often when you want to catch up on all the latest / greatest survival gadgets.

That’s why you should STOP reading and bookmark this page right now.

We update this list often (every time we find a cool new survival gadget) so you’ll want to come back again, and again…

OK, now that you’ve bookmarked this page, let’s dive into the best gadgets the survival market has to offer.

The Ultimate List of Cool Survival Gadgets


This list of cool survival gadgets ranges from the high tech – to the miniature – to the simplistic.

When I think of gadgets, I think about new awesome portable tools. So most of these cool survival gadgets are ones you can wear (a.k.a. wearables) others are ones you can easily slide into your survival pack or bug out bag.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our #104 Item Bug Out Bag Checklist. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Either way, they’re all awesome gadgets.

Leatherman Tread Bracelet

Want to cool survival gadget multitool you wear on your wrist instead of carrying in your pocket? You got to check out Leatherman’s Tread Bracelet.

This cool survival gadget features 29 unique tools, including:

  • Many screwdriver options
  • Several hex drives
  • Box wrench options
  • Oxygen tank wrench
  • Carbide glass breaker
  • Pick/sim card tool
  • Cutting hook
  • ¼” socket drive
  • Bottle opener
  • #2 square drive

So it’s a wearable multi tool with lots of interchangeable links.

I always say – the best multi tool is the one you have with you in time of need. The Leatherman Tread can be there for your everyday problems and survival situations.

The Tread goes everywhere you go.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

USB Lighter Watch

It’s about time they combined two of the most popular survival tools: lighters and watches.

This classy time piece has a bit of extra gadgetry associated with it. The watch face slides to reveal an electric windproof lighter.

A nice survival gadget and convenient for those who still light up from time to time.

This watch lighter is USB compatible, so you keep it powered up by using any USB based charging system.

Also, talk about an ice breaker. Show this cool survival gadget off at a party, and everyone will want see it!

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Estream Portable Water GeneratorEstream Turbine

Portable power is all the rage in the survival gadget world, and one of the newest additions is Estream.

This device is a mini portable turbine it turns any running water source into storable energy.

Just drop this device into some moving water and anchor it. The turbine blades will spin and generate power. The power is then stored in the attached battery pack.

A very new and very cool survival gadget.

Pocket JumperPocket Jumper

Sometimes the latest survival gear is just a smaller, more portable version of an older technology.

That’s the Pocket Jumper to a T.

It jumps dead vehicle batteries, which is something that’s been around for decades. But in the past, these gadgets were large and clunky.

This Pocket jumper is about the size of your cell phone! So the question is: does it work?

The answer is a resounding yes. We field tested the Pocket Jumper, and it’s an excellent survival gadget you can depend on.

It jumped a jeep wranglers dead battery on the first try! It’s an awesome survival gadget.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Titanium Escape RingTitanium Escape Ring

Sometimes in survival, the goal is rescue, other times the goal is evasion, but occasionally the goal is to escape.

The Titanium Escape Ring is an ideal survival gadget for this third survival goal. If you’re ever taken captive and tied up with rope or cords, you’ll wish you had this hidden gadget to escape.

This ring has a hidden saw blade. One that can through cut zip-ties, disposable handcuffs, duct tape, rope. It also doubles as a shim pick to escape a set of standard handcuffs.

It’s the ultimate “just in case” survival gadget you can wear anywhere.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Night Vision Gear

Every survivalist knows they should own having high-quality illumination tools like tactical flashlights and headlamps.

But what if you need to see in the dark without being seen? What stealth was necessary for the mission at hand?

Then you need some night vision gadgets to get that done.

Night Vision Binoculars

For an affordable night vision option go with a set of Gen 1 binoculars like the Bushnell Lynx Gen 1.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

But if you want even better night vision and the ability to scope wild game (or intruders) that calls for a high powered night vision rifle scope.

With the Sightmark Photon XT Night Vision Rifle Scope, you’ll be able to keep tabs on your property even in the dark of night.

Sightmark Photon XT

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

As A Way To Introduce You To Skilled Survival, We’re Giving Away Our Ultimate Survival Gear List. Click Here To Get Your FREE Copy Of It.

Pocket LightSolar Pocket Light

The Pocket Light is a lantern that collapses to fit in your pocket.

Just pull it out, pop it open, turn it on and you’ve got a bright lantern to illuminate a campsite or dark room.

Plus, this cool survival gadget replaces several regular survival tools. When collapsed it’s a flashlight. When popped out it’s a lantern. It’s also has a solar panel, so you don’t need to feed it new batteries. And you can use it to charge your cell phone or small electronic devices in a pinch.

This tiny light will replace four different survival tools – making it a cool survival gadget.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Waterproof SocksBamboo Waterproof Socks

When I think of gadgets, I don’t think about socks. But when I hear the terms “waterproof,” “windproof” and “mud proof” I reconsider.

These Bamboo Water Proof Socks are a backpackers dream.

When it comes to hiking or bugging out long distances, your feet will take a beating. And if they get wet you can get a nasty condition called Trench Foot.

But with modern technology and ingenuity, we can keep our feet dry even in wet conditions.

Cool survival gadget? I think so.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

EasyPower USB BatteryUSB Battery

When I first discovered these USB batteries and knew they were the answer I was looking for.

You might not realize this, but standard AA batteries could soon become extinct. Yes, even the rechargeable ones.

Most survival gadgets require a set of AA batteries to work. So if SHTF tomorrow, you’d need to carry a ton of AA batteries with you.

But all the extra battery weight will slow you down.

And there’s a problem with rechargeable batteries too. A problem solved with this new cool survival gadget.

The EasyPower USB Battery uses a simple USB connection to recharge. So you can charge these batteries with your alternative survival generators. Like generators on this list such as the bio stove, renegade solar charger or estream.

You don’t need a special charger box and don’t need an electrical outlet either.

The EasyPower USB Battery is one smart cool survival gadget. Not only is it a better battery but will also save you money.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

Spy, Escape, and Evasion Leather BeltSpy Escape and Evasion Leather Belt

The Spy, Escape and Evasion Leather Belt is a survival gadget that carries your small survival gadgets.

It looks like a regular leather belt but includes three hidden storage locations. Places where you can stash small survival tools (like waterproof matches or razor blades) or money.

No one needs to know you’ve got your survival basics covered, even while out at a fancy restaurant.

A survival gadget that’s perfect for the prepared gentlemen among us.

Click Here To Check Out Today’s Price.

The video below shows you how these belts are made.

Katio Pocket RadioKaito Pocket Radio

Anyone who’s spent time in military operations knows the value of good intel.

Knowledge is power, especially in life threatening situations. It allows you to make better choices in dire circumstances.

But lugging around a radio used to be a major inconvenience. Not anymore with the Katio Pocket Radio.

This tiny radio will give you the intel you need (like weather or emergency notifications) while on the move.

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Tac LaserTact Laser

The revolutionary Tact Laser…AKA the “Special Forces Lightsaber.”

It’s one of the latest and most badass survival tools on the planet.

Only recently has this military technology become available to the general public.

That’s because the Tac Laser is built with a revolutionary collection of electronics. Electronics used by our nation’s best soldiers to destroy enemy forces.

This technology was once considered a Top-Secret self-defense weapon.

The Tact Laser is one unique and dangerous survival gadget. It’s known as the 532nm green laser. This is the EXACT laser used by our government and troops.

It uses a 532nm green laser which is the EXACT laser used by our troops.

The reason the 532nm green laser used in military operations is because of its precise laser wavelength. A wavelength that can shred a human eye.

That’s why need to check out this latest survival weapon.

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Tesla Lightertesla lighter-double coil

This is one of those cool survival gadgets that everyone is interested in checking out.

If you pull this one out and use it, people will take notice.

It’s an electric Tesla Lighter – which makes it waterproof, windproof, and stormproof.

The dual arching electric currents light objects with electrical heat and not a flame. So it can’t blow out.

This is one cool survival gadget worth owning.

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The Ultra Pocket ShotUltra Pocket Shot

This is a new type of sling shot that’s both effective and portable.

It shoots rocks, bb’s and even arrows and fits in your pocket.

Projectiles speeds have been measured over 350 feet per second. It’s a neat survival gadget worth a place in your pack or bug out bag.

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Paracord GrenadeParacord Grenade

Every survivalist knows paracord is highly useful in survival situations. And one of the most popular methods of carrying paracord with you is in bracelet form.

But there’s a new and better way to keep cordage with you at all times.

The paracord grenade is a bundle of survival gear wrapped in paracord with a carabineer. Just clip the carabiner to your pack, and you’ve got yourself a bunch of useful survival tools.

This paracord grenade includes:

  • Knife Blade
  • Fire Starter
  • Fishing Line, Hooks, and Weights
  • Bobbers
  • Swivels
  • Piece of Tin Foil
  • Tinder
  • Carabiner

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Micro Concealed Carry Key Knife

As a survivalist, you should keep a knife on you at all times.

But sometimes carrying a knife with you is not possible or not convenient. Or sometimes we use it and then forget to put it back in our pack or truck. It happens…

But what if you could have a small, sharp, concealed pocket knife on your key ring?

The Micro Concealed Carry Key solves this problem. When folded up, this survival gadget looks just like another key. But it’s not, it’s an everyday carry pocket knife.

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The Biolite Camp Stovebiolite camping stove

Even 50 years ago, this kind of outdoor technology would have seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie. The way the Biolite Camp Stove works is you fill the wood-burning compartment with kindling and set that stuff on fire.

Heat is produced by combusting fuel. This pulls air through a fan which acts as a turbine and charges an external battery. Once the battery fully charges, use the power for your phone, GPS, radio, or EasyPower batteries.

The Biolite Camp Stove converts the fire’s energy into stored energy for your electronics and does an excellent job of cooking outdoors using a readily available natural resource: wood.

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Survival Fire Laces

These specially designed shoe laces, ensure you’ve got a fire starter as long as you have got your boots on.

The Fire Laces are high tensile strength paracord and tipped with fire steel ends.

If you need a fire, unlace your boots and strike steel to flint to create a 3000-degree F shower of sparks. Those sparks can ignite a range of tinder in almost any climate zone.

They are more expensive than your typical shoe-lace but worth it.

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Yaktrax Traction CramponsYaktrax Walk Traction Cleats

If you hike on icy trails in winter or spring, you know how hard it is to keep good traction.

Yaktrax Traction Cleats solves that problem. With a simple steel wrapped rubber design that fits snugly around your hiking boots. The difference is incredible!

Instead of taking slow, unsteady slippery steps, you feel grafted to the ice. Now you can make faster progress through the wilderness.

I always keep a pair of these in my hiking pack, and another in the back of my car. They are cheap, they are lightweight, and they store very easily.

They also come in different sizes to fit different shoes and different models.

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The Wazoo Survival Cache BeltWazoo Survival Gear Belt

This belt may just be the ultimate survival belt on the market. Made by Huston, TX company Wazoo this survival belt features:

Signal Mirror / Needle / Flashlight / Whistle / Ranger Bands / Bead Chain / Kevlar Cord / Wire Saw / Fishing Hooks / Fishing Line / Split Shot Weights / Brass Wire / Water Pre-filter / Purification Tablet / Water Container / Foil / Duct Tape / Compass / Trail Markers / Paracord Gear Loop / Military Spec Webbing / Bandages / Ferro Rod / Ceramic Knife / Tinder / Bottle Opener

It is a mini bug out bag compressed into an impressive, stylish belt. You will not find a belt with more survival gear packed into it anywhere.

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Renegade Gear Solar Battery Chargersolar charger

The Renegade Solar Battery Charger powers any electronic device fast.

It’s compatible with any phone type – Androids, iPhones, etc. – simply use your current charging cable.

It also has a built-in LED Flashlight to light your way on the go.

The Renegade Solar Charger has a rugged design that’s Waterproof, Dust proof, Impact proof.  So it’s built for the rugged outdoors and is reliable for survival.

It’s lightweight and easily clips to your pack.

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Pocket Fisherman’s Rodronco pocket fishing rod

One key feature of most cool survival gadgets is their compact size. Why? Because “gadgets” are devices you can wear or take with you.

So that’s why the Ronco Pocket Fishing Rod is an excellent survival gadget.

This survival tool folds up and can fit in your pocket. It also has a small lure compartment in the handle. So you can stash a couple of lures in there and your all set.

No, the Ronco Pocket Rod won’t replace your standard fishing rods. But it’s great to keep in your truck if a fishing opportunity presents itself or you find yourself in a survival situation.

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Tact Bivvytact bivvy in hand

This survival gadget doesn’t have the same WOW factor as some of the other ones on this list but it should. From a “life saving” aspect, it’s hard to beat The Tact Bivvy.

It’s a lightweight, highly portable, mylar emergency survival blanket.

If you’re even in a survival situation in freezing temps, you’ll be glad you have a Tact Bivvy. When you hop inside this portable shelter, it traps your body heat. This helps maintain your core temp even in sub zero temps.

Hypothermia and exposure are deadly in survival situations. The Tact Bivvy is the best way I know to keep you warm in a dire situation.

I recommend putting this cool survival gadget in each of your vehicles glove boxes.

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The Final Word


When it comes to cool survival gadgets, the survival gear market is jam packed with options. It seems like every day a new cool survival gadget is being introduced.

And it’s a thriving market we enjoy exploring and sharing with you all the new gear.

But we need your help. Our dedicated subscribers and readers our one of our best resources to telling us about new cool survival gadgets they come across.

So if you know of a cool survival gadget that needs to be on this list – tell us about it in the comments below.

We’ll likely add it to this survival gadget list and keep it growing and growing and growing.

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“Just In Case” Jack

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A “Contagious” Bluetooth Flaw Makes ALL Your Connected Devices Hackable

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9 Insane And Near Death Stories Of Survival

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Accidents seem as one of the most spontaneous things that exist. No one can tell when or where it will happen, and how strong it will affect the lives of those who got involved. As such, people do preparations to avoid the worst thing nature, bad decisions, and timing can offer. However, you cannot avoid every mishap and you need to deal with whatever challenge it comes with.

Some calamities seem very impossible to get out of alive. Surprisingly, some people managed to escape gruesome endings and lived to tell their insane and near death stories of survival. Whether it’s of sheer luck, great survivalist skills, or determination to live, these guys had that refreshing experience to see the beauty of the world the second time around.

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  1. Frane Selak: The World’s Luckiest Unluckiest Man
     A. Seven Stories Of Survival
  2. Anatoli Bugorski: Half Forever Young
     A. The Side Effects Of Particle Accelerator Beam
  3. Roy Sullivan: Mr. Lightning
     A. Early Lightning Encounters
     B. Running Away From Lightning
     C. Death
  4. Joe Simpson: Fell From A Cliff
     A. Touching The Void
  5. Truman Duncan: Halved by a Train
  6. Aron Ralston: 127 Hours
     A. Self Amputation And Rescue
  7. Robert Evans: Hit Twice in Day
  8. Mauro Prosperi: The Sahara Nightmare
     A. Surviving The Desert
  9. Harrison Okene: The Man Who Lived Underwater
     A. How Did Okene Survive?

#1 – Frane Selak: The World’s Luckiest Unluckiest Man

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Some say luck favors your side when you survive a deadly accident. But will you still call it luck if you met with more mischances that can take your life away? It seems very confusing, especially for the journalists who dubbed the multiple survivor Frane Selak as the world’s luckiest unluckiest man.

Seven Stories Of Survival

Croatian music teacher Frane Selak started to deal with death in January 1962 while riding a train to Dubrovnik. The train flipped off and crashed in an icy cold river. Luckily, someone pulled Selak’s arm which brought him back to safety while seventeen others drowned and died.

After a year, Selak took his first ever plane to fly from Zagreb to Rijeka when another unforeseen incident happened. A door from the cockpit blew off and he got blown off from the plane. This freak accident killed 19 people but the lucky Selak landed on a haystack. He later woke up days later in the hospital to some minor injuries.

The third death encounter happened in 1970. Selak is driving his car when it caught fire all of a sudden. Fortunately, he quickly jumped off  before the fire reached his car’s fuel tank. After three years, his car caught fire again and this time, it got him. He lost most of his hair as the fire went through the air vent but he still came out alive.

In 1995, Selak got hit by a bus. However, Selak only sustained minor injuries in that unfortunate event. The following year, he learned that his misadventures still continues as he drove off a guardrail to avoid an oncoming truck. His car crashed on a tree and he watched it go down in flames.

Selak’s life does not revolve around unlucky events. In 2003, just two days after his 73rd birthday, the Croatian teacher won a 800,000 euros (US $1,100,000) in the lottery. He bought two houses and a boat with the money prize. In 2010, he gave away the remaining money to his friends and relatives after living a frugal life.

#2 – Anatoli Bugorski: Half Forever Young

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What happens when you get hit by a powerful particle beam in your face? Most probably, it will penetrate through your head and you’ll die. However, the story of Russian scientist and researcher Anatoli Bugorski says otherwise. What could have caused his death actually did him a favor by keeping half of his face young-looking for many years now.

Synchotron U-70, the largest Soviet particle accelerator, serves as the workplace of Bugorski. In July 13, 1978, while checking a malfunctioning piece of equipment, he stuck his head where the photon beam runs. He then saw a light described as “a light brighter than a thousand suns” and the shocking incident happened. Although he didn’t feel anything, the beam measuring 2,000 gray entered Bugorski’s head and measured 3,000 gray when it exited at his face. For everyone’s knowledge, absorbing 5 grays could lead to death within 14 days. However, no one experienced radiation at a speed of light in the form of a proton beam except Bugorski.

The Side Effects Of Particle Accelerator Beam

The left half of Bugorski’s face became worn out and hard to recognize. His face started peeling off after several days. Also, the proton beam destroyed parts of his face, his bone, and tissues of brain underneath.

Bugorski went to Moscow to let experts observe what happened to him. Although his brain received damage, his intellectual capacity remained the same. He lost the sense of sound at his left ear and the left half of his face became paralyzed. Other side effects include occasional absence seizures and tonic-clonic seizures but these did not occur immediately after the incident.

The most shocking side effect of the proton beam shot looks obvious on the left side of his face. While the right side if his face showed wrinkles, the left part appeared frozen for many years that it did not age at all. The proton beam works better than botox!

#3 – Roy Sullivan: Mr. Lightning

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While seven serves as a lucky number for some, Shenandoan ranger Roy Sullivan would say otherwise. From 1942-1977, this man got struck by lightning seven times in different occasions and survived. It appears like he attracts lighting or rather, the lightning is attracted to him. Because of near death stories of survival, he received the nicknames “Human Lightning Rod” and “Human Lightning Conductor”.

No one witnessed how he got struck by lightning but accounts claim they saw the aftermath. The Guinness Book Of World Records verified the incidents and awarded Sullivan as the person with “Most lightning strikes survived”.

Early Lightning Encounters

The first brush with lightning took place in 1942 while Sullivan hides from a thunderstorm in a fire lookout tower. As the newly built tower got no lightning rod at that time, it got hit seven or eight times by lightning. The event set the building on fire and when Sullivan ran out, he got hit by what he considered the worst lightning strike he received.

In 1969, while driving his truck, the bolt greeted Sullivan in a weird, unusual way. The lightning hit the nearby trees and it bounced into his open window. A year later, the third lightning hit him when it deflected from a nearby transformer. It burst to his shoulder searing it.

Running Away From Lightning

In 1972, his hair caught fire as the fourth lightning went down to him while in his duty as a Shenandoan National Park ranger. Because of this incident, he suspected an unknown force trying to obliterate him giving fearless Sullivan something to get afraid about. He began taking extra care whenever caught in a storm. He also thought that the lightning would strike him even if he stood in a place full of people just like what happens in an ironic cartoon scene. Since then, he kept a can of water with him.

According to Sullivan, when he saw the storm coming, he drove away but it seemed like the mad clouds are following him. When the ranger thought he finally got away and went out of his car, the fifth lightning surprised him as it struck his head directly, burning his hair off. He rushed to his vehicle and poured his head with water from the can he always carry wherever he goes.

The sixth lightning strike occurred in August 7, 1973. Poor Roy Sullivan told a storm cloud followed him and he ran away but still got struck. The last lightning encounter happened in 1977 while he fished for trouts. This sent him to the hospital with chest and stomach burns.

Death

Roy Sullivan endured all this only to die from a gun shot to the head that he inflicted himself. Official records say that Sullivan committed suicide over unrequited love.

#4 – Joe Simpson: Fell From A Cliff

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Joe Simpson and Simon Yates became the first climbers to ever set foot on the west peak of the Siula Grande. While descending the mountain, Simpson accidentally broke his right leg and heel. To climb down the mountain, Yates tied Simpson with him so that he can lower Simpson in stages. While Yates is lowering his climbing partner to an unseen cliff, the rope snagged which left him with the decision to cut the rope that connects him and Simpson.

Due to this, Joe fell 150 feet to an invisible end. Assuming that his partner died in the fall, Yates went back to the camp.

Despite falling from 150 feet high into a crevasse, Simpson did not die. When he assumed he will suffer his last breath, he took an act of suicide by rappelling further into a deep crack. He then managed to get out of the cracks with a ledge. For almost four days, the unfortunate mountaineer crawled five miles until he reached the base camp.

Touching The Void

Because of a misleading article, many people criticized Yates for cutting the rope. However, Joe did not agree and defended Yates vehemently saying that he will also cut the rope if he faced the same situation.

Joe Simpson wrote the best-selling book “Touching The Void“, which tells his story about the Siula Grande climb. It sold almost two million copies worldwide. After he recovered from his injuries, Simpson continued his mountaineering but moved to another career as a motivational speaker in many global corporate events.

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Truman Duncan had a job as a railroad switchman. One day, he accidentally fell off the front of a moving rail car which cut him in half. Duncan lost both legs, and kidney, but survived the gruesome accident.

While others would pass out, Duncan remained on his senses and managed to hang the train. The rail car dragged him from 75 feet as his legs remain entangled in the wheels with one single muscle still attached to his waist. The grinding of every fiber of his body left him in an excruciating pain.

When it stopped, he reached his phone and  called the 911. It took 45 minutes before the rescuers came. Although Duncan got cut in half and bloodied, he stayed awake and even called his family while waiting. In an interview, he said that he didn’t think of dying in that tragedy.

Hospital surgeons spent three and a half hours to save the life of the father of three. He conquered twenty three more surgeries before he got out of the hospital.

Duncan continued working for the same railway company while wheel chair bound. He’s currently trying to learn the use of prosthetic limbs to help himself walk around.

#6 – Aron Ralston: 127 Hours

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Aron Ralston went into a solo hiking trip in Blue John Canyon back in 2003. A boulder crushed and trapped his right forearm. In the movie 127 hours starring James Franco as Aron Ralston, he knew the trouble he has sunk into after realizing he did not inform anyone of his adventure, and he has no way to call for help.

To survive, he rationed his remaining 350 ml of water by slowly sipping small amounts for five days. He also extended his two burritos by slowly eating them. While worrying about food, he made a lot of attempts to free his arm by lifting and breaking the stone weighing 800 lbs. Desperate to get out, he prepared to amputate his trapped arm and made experiments with tourniquets. He realized on the fourth day that he would need to cut through the bones but he does not carry a tool that will help him to do so.

When he ran out of food and water on the fifth day, he decided to drink his own urine. Poor Ralston carved his name, date of birth and date of death into the boulder. He also videotaped his final message to his family. That night, he expected to breathe his last.

Self Amputation And Rescue

He didn’t expect to wake up the next day. When he opened his eyes at dawn, an epiphany came to him that using a torque, he could break the radius and ulna bones of his right arm. He did this with a multi-tool including a dull two-inch knife. While enduring the pain, he rappelled down a 20-meter sheer wall, and hiked out of the canyon.

Ralston’s car was parked eight miles away from his location. Luckily, he met a family of hikers who gave him food and water. Meanwhile, his worried family narrowed down their search to the Canyon lands and flew there by helicopter. His family rescued him four hours later. The timing served a huge advantage in saving his life.

It took thirteen men, a wince and a hydraulic jack to retrieve the amputated hand from the boulder. Ralston received the cremated hand and he scattered its ashes in the exact area where he got trapped saying that it’s the place where his arm belongs.

#7 – Robert Evans: Hit Twice in Day

This is a story about a patient who rode two ambulance in one night. And no, he did not get transferred.

Robert Evans, a 46-year old homeless guy, fell victim to a hit and run accident. While walking back to his way home from a hospital who attended to his injuries, he got hit by a train, which sent him flying into a creek.

Luckily, he survived his second accident on that day. The police authorities reported that Evans took a hit from the railing of a stairway on the side of the train. The railroad can only accommodate the train tracks and not for pedestrians to utilize.

#8 – Mauro Prosperi: The Sahara Nightmare

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Mauro Prosperi, an athlete and also an Italian police who got lost in the Sahara Desert during the Marathon of the Sands event in Morocco.

In 1994, Prosperi and his cousin participated a six-day 233 kilometer event. While part way through, a sandstorm intervened causing him to lose his way. Disoriented and in panic, Prosperi ran into the wrong direction and his feet led him into Algeria.

Surviving The Desert

Prosperi ran out of supplies after 24 hours. He reached an abandoned Muslim temple which served as one of his stops. The lost runner drank his pee to keep himself hydrated. Soon he found some bats hanging upside down in the temple. To survive, he decapitated the heads of the bats, drank the blood, and ate its innards. A helicopter plane flew by and unfortunately, the crew did not see him.

He went on to cross the desert hoping he could find an oasis or a town. Prosperi tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrist with his pen knife. However, due to dehydration, his blood thickened, and clotted the wound. This failed attempt left him with no choice but to continue feeding insects, cacti, and snakes he found along the way. He soon found an oasis with some people who provided milk and shade.

Prosperi wandered the desert again and after nine days, Algerian officers found and took him to a military camp, and to a hospital. His misadventure holds a total distance of 186 miles off the route and it cost him 18 kilograms.

The incident made him famous among Italians, runners, and those who participate hardcore marathons. Prosperi received a hero’s welcome and got swarmed by a lot of media invitations. The National Geographic Channel documentary featured Prosperi’s story with a title, “Expeditions to the Edge: Sahara Nightmare.” Discovery Channel TV also told about Prosperi’s near death survival stories.

#9 – Harrison Okene: The Man Who Lived Underwater

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Harrison Okene went out into an adventure as the cook of SS Poseidon. The Nigerian sailor survived a few days underwater while depending his life in an air bubble. A few days after the incident, the lone survivor decided to tell everyone about his ordeal.

In May 26, 2013, Okene unexpectedly turned into a survivalist. In the morning of that day, their ship got caught into a sudden ocean swell while inside the bathroom. The speed sank the ship quickly but before it happened, Okene found a small pocket of air in an engineer’s office. With total darkness, no food, water, and oxygen, his survival chance plays at zero percent.

When South African divers arrive to recover the bodies, Okene did not leave his air pocket in fear of getting stabbed by a frightened rescuer. Who would expect to find someone alive in a sunken ship that sat at the bottom for a few days already? He just touched one person from the recovery team and held his hand up to avoid receiving a violent reaction.

How Did Okene Survive?

Science explained the numerous coincidences and great luck which kept Okene alive. The lack of oxygen, deep sea predators, drowning and hypothermia could kill him.

According to the survivor, he found a bottle of Coca-cola and a vest with two flashlights attached. Also, he avoided hypothermia by making use of a mattress he used as a platform which kept most of his body above the water level.

With the amount of oxygen in an air pocket, Okene can survive for two and a half days. But with a dangerous amount of carbon dioxide as he exhales, he should not last for more than two days. As water absorbs carbon dioxide, Okene’s splashing of the water prevented carbon dioxide from filling up the air pocket, sustaining the oxygen amounts.

After a few days, the rescue team got him out to safety. It was only then when he found out that all of his mates died.

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Confessions Of a Former Food Waster

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I was once a young wife and mother to a toddler. Hard at work learning to be a good wife and mommy. I got to stay at home which meant I made meals 3x a day for my family. I was a house wife. I had a food budget and yet I found myself calling my husband once or twice a week to pick up meals.

When I went to my Mommy & Baby group I found that several families with double the amount of kids had grocery bills less than mine! How could this be?

Frankly, I was confused. I didn’t know where I was going wrong. I had been raised in a variety of settings due to my parent’s divorce and remarriages. We always seemed to be learning to live somewhere new. I was never taught how to actually run a home.

It took time to admit it to myself but I was a food waster. I realized that I was making critical mistakes with our food starting with: what to feed my family: what to buy at the grocery store: how to cook at home: and very importantly how to put away our food.

What I did wrong-

1- I was wasting our food money. I am a cookbook hound. I love looking at the yummy recipes in those glossy books and trying to recreate them. That is nice but most call for food that is WAY outside the budget of a college student’s family. Instead of using that money more wisely and stretching it over the full month I was buying high priced items that cut days off how far our food budget would go.

2- I bought ONLY name brand items. This was a hang over from my upbringing when we could not afford name brand. Deep inside I saw being able to buy name brand as showing the world (or myself) that we had stepped up in the world. Again I was wasting our food money.

3- Cooking low-quality food. I had these lovely highlights of dinners that were great. But in order to get those highlights I had to skimp in other areas. That meant that Monday through Thursday meals was just scrapped together or Hamburger Helper type meals. Not healthy and not yummy. Made it that much easier to call for take-out when faced with day 2 of not so good food.

TIP- When you were growing up, did your mom ever tell you to make sure the things on your dinner plate were all different colors? There is a reason for that. Learn about the importance of eating a variety of healthy foods.

4- Cooking too much food for our size family. At the time I had no extra freezer and we really were 2 adults eating with a toddler just nibbling. I tended to cook for a much larger crowd. That meant we tended to overeat, not healthy. Also, there was a lot of food leftover. That food would generally go into the fridge and a meal of left overs might come from it but in general, it was shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten until it crawled out and pleaded to be put out of its misery.

5- Chaos is not a good form of organization. As you can tell from the food lost in the fridge my kitchen was in a state of chaos. There was no organization. I had no idea if cans were old or spices were out of date. You just pawed through the shelf in question until you found what you were looking for, or gave up and went out and bought it again. Yup, back to that wasting the food budget.

TIP- We’ve all heard the recommendation to create a one week meal plan and have a routine for your meals, but eating the same thing every single week sounds beyond boring. The solution to the boring aspect is simple: check out how to make a two week (or longer) rotation.

6- Using food to its greatest extent! I never thought to use the turkey bones and pieces leftover from Thanksgiving to make a broth. I didn’t use the ham bone to flavor a pot full of beans. When I was done with the meal immediately in front of me I threw out the rest and cleaned up for the night.

TIP- Learn the nutritional benefits of homemade bone broth.

7- The worst food wasting sin I committed was sheer laziness. There were times when I woke up the next morning and found that I had set last night’s leftovers aside but never put them away.

Acknowledging that I had these blind spots was the first step in correcting them. There is no shame in not having been told how to cook, maintain a home, raise a family, or homestead. Many of us have holes in our skills base. Consider how to run your kitchen, food budget, and food storage as another skill that needs to be worked on. Find a mentor. Search out a great blog or book. You can change from a food waster to a thrifty foodie mom!

Guest post by Heather who blogs at Prudent Pantry.

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How To Store Potatoes For 20-Plus Years

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How To Store Potatoes For 20-Plus Years

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Extending the shelf life of root vegetables like potatoes has been practiced for centuries as a method to enjoy the harvest year-round. Traditionally, potatoes grown for storage are a variety bred specifically for winter storage, since not all varieties keep well long-term. Thicker-skinned potatoes such as russets will store far longer than thin-skinned red potatoes.

The traditional method of winter storage using a root cellar is to dig the potatoes when the potato plants have died down. Then, brush off dirt (without washing) and cure them before storage. Curing the potatoes in temperatures ranging from 45-60 degrees Fahrenheit (or as high as 80-85 for sweet potatoes) and high humidity (90 percent or more) gives potatoes a thicker skin that prolongs their storage life and lessens spoilage.

Curing should occur in the shade or in a darkened indoor location like a barn. Green potatoes have been exposed to excessive light and should be discarded, as it is frequently a sign that solamine is present in the potato; solamine is toxic at high levels. [1]

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After curing them, store potatoes in a humid dark root cellar at approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit, packed in bushel baskets or burlap sacks or in several piles. Storage temperatures below 45 degree Fahrenheit may increase the sugar content of potatoes. Higher temperatures can lead to shrinkage or rot, reducing storage life by half. Potatoes should be stored away from any fruit that gives off ethylene gas (such as apples and pears). Frequently, people will wrap apples and pears individually in paper to store them in a root cellar so as to reduce the ethylene gas they emit.

Storing for 20 Years

If 20 years sounds like a long time to store potatoes, then it might surprise you to know that “fresh” potatoes in the grocery store are often 11 months old when you buy them. [2] Modern developments in commercial food storage allow growers to store produce with a chemical (1-methylcyclopropene), which extends the shelf life of vegetables.

Of course, fresh potatoes won’t last 20 years, but you can dehydrate them to get that kind of long-term shelf life while maintaining nutritional value. [3]

Some conditions: 1) The shelf life will be longer if your storage location has a moderate temperature and reduced light. A cool basement would be ideal, while a hot attic or room which fluctuates in temperature will shorten the shelf life of any stored food. 2) Botulism can grow in low-oxygen moist environments. To avoid this, you must reduce the moisture level within the potatoes to 10 percent or less in order to store long-term with an oxygen absorber packet or to safely store using a vacuum sealer that removes air.

Here’s how to do it:

  • A dehydrator with an electric fan is recommended.
  • Wash the potatoes (peeling is optional).
  • Slice ¼ inch or less, or grate.
  • Drying temperature for potatoes is generally 125-135 degrees Fahrenheit. Drying time will depend on the humidity and your dehydrator. Dried potatoes will be crisp and brittle.
  • Once dry, let them cool for an hour or so, and then place temporarily into gallon-size Ziploc bags to “season” the dried slices for a week. Seasoning accomplishes two things: 1) It distributes any remaining moisture evenly between slices, and, 2) It alerts you if there is too much moisture in your dried potatoes. If you have too much moisture, you will see condensation on the inside of the sealed bags (in which case you need to dry some more).
  • Pack into airtight glass containers or cans.

Your kitchen cupboards are simply too exposed to light and temperature fluctuations to be useful in storing items more than a year. Dried potatoes in a glass jar will last about a year in kitchen cupboard conditions. This is about the same time as a canned potato product. However, in a cool, dry and dark place like a cellar, these jars of dehydrated potatoes will last five or so years without any detectable change in taste.

For REALLY long-term storage of 20 years or more, put an oxygen absorber packet in the airtight container when packing, or remove air using a vacuum sealer, and again, store in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Dehydrated potatoes are tasty in soups, stews and casseroles. Vegetables and starches are an essential component of any balanced diet, and potatoes are a great (and delicious) option for long-term food storage.

What storage advice would you add? Share your tips in the section below:

[1] http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/tips-keeping-harvested-potatoes-fresh
[2] http://www.mashed.com/71127/old-produce-eat-really/
[3] https://www.lds.org/topics/food-storage/longer-term-food-supply?lang=eng&old=true

How to Handle Dental Emergencies In Survival Situations

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What Do Catfish Eat? Like all other fishing, catfishing is particularly fun in a kayak. It is a simple process that involves putting the appropriate bait in the right place and at the right time. It is crucial to know that different sizes and species of catfish prefer different types of meals. This implies that your bait choice should … Continue reading What Do Catfish Eat?

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8 Reasons to Try Hunting This Year

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C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

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With your host, C5 and special guest writer, Survival Acres
(A special welcome to the folks from The Doomstead Diner that have been trickling in. This site is not usually this dark…but it had to be done. Someone had to do it. That task fell to me)
We are going to some pretty Dark Places in this article.
You might be thinking to yourself, “That C5 is already a pretty dark fellow…and the future is pretty dark… and that is just part of being a survivalist…so where is he going with this?”
This is Part 4 of The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series by the legendary Survival Acres.
Survival Acres writes, “The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’”
and   “We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.”
and    “It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series”.
Lets make sure you heard that correct. One of the essential daily tasks is not to fight off the Golden Horde or Mutant Zombie Bikers or the New World Order, UN antichrist army in Blue Berets.
The chore list will eventually include, actively murdering “The Survivalist Horde”.
Honey Do List___________
Weed the garden, check.
Clean the stove pipe, check.
Put kale in the dehydrater. Yuck, check.
Patch the bicycle tire, check.
Go Kill the starving white supremacist survivalists creeping around in the bushes……Oh, Honey. Do I have to? They are all skinny and icky and gross. And they are armed to the fucking teeth. Cant we just start a forest fire or something…….
Soooooooo……If you are thinking of phasing out at this point…..Buck The Fuck Up, Biatches. You dont have to agree…until a few of your neibours get killed by them….but you do have to listen.
And make sure you read the first 3 parts before getting to this Dark Place.
But before we get there…
(Most times, when you hear those five little words, you know a kick in the nuts is coming. No need this time as Survival Acres has already got your scrotum set up for the field goal)
Since the theme for the day is “Dark Places”…lest go talk to Jesus. Oops. I got Chris Martenson and Jesus mixed up again. Peak Prosperity put this out and it deserves better viewing than it got.
It starts a bit dull. Doom is at hand, yada, yada. Oh look, a graph. I always tune out at the graph….
Then it got REAL interesting as it explored the minds response. By the way, I first read it with a WHOPPER of a hang over. An important point.
Now. Stop reading. Go read the article and get your ass back here. Shoooo!
Doesnt that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Now lets get back to Survival Acres. As I mentioned in Part 1, when I first read this series it made me really angry. Two Reasons. One was “Previous Investment”. I had spent many years learning how to squat in the forest and from my earliest years studied the First Nations food systems, believing, “If they could live that way, sustainably, so could we”.
(When I hear other people saying that these days, I roll my eyes, think “dead man walking…and try to change the subject. I just wasnt ready to ditch that myth at the time, inspite of all my time out in the boonies. This deserves a whole other post at a future time. Hint- Eighty Million people added to the planet Yearly.  There was only one place in Canada that living off the land was going to be possible…so I spent the majority of my life near it and felt panicked every time I had to leave. I am not going to tell you where that area is….because even that window pretty much closed by the 80s and is now unworkable)
The Second reason I was pissed, was because, in spite of Survival Acres just trying to make a point to save people’s lives, Now some Asshole with a hate on for bush ninjas, was going to make it even more dangerous, as if doing this isnt tough enough. Now we have to worry about being killed by land owners. (not really what he was saying, by the way)
Then a strange thing happened….
I had only recently come on grid and ON LINE. I was surprised as Christ on a pogo stick that there were so many Survivalists and this thing called “Preppers”. I started to study them…alot…and as I tried to reach out to start my own group…I started to meet them…. and…
Holy Batshit, Backwoods Batman…..He was completely right.
I’ll stop that thought there and go to directly to part 4 of the Fallacy of Bugging Out. I’ll add more content on this at the end.
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B.O.B. – The Reality              By Survival Acres
Here are some rather important ‘revelations’ that the survivalist community should at least read:
When I run our SERE based classes (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape), I get people who last maybe two weeks, normally one.. I would put money on the fact that anyone who does the BOB challenge, would last only a few cold damp wet nights before they give up.
I don’t agree with most of the BS that is out there on the net or printed material. Having first hand experience of peoples expectations versus reality, 95% of attendees have a massive shock.
Most have watched the scripted survival TV series or other TV based survival instruction programs, but when reality hits, you cans see it on their faces….
I train a lot of very fit regular and ex forces members and even some of these guys/gals have a tough time lasting a week, foraging of the land, so long term BOB style living is a sure way to help reduce the surplus population.
Keep well and keep blogging, best regards
And another email received:
If you get a chance, I would like you to read this topic I started and consider my suggestion that preppers take on the role of “pest control”. IMO, if the people who are prepared to survive, are not also prepared to eliminate the thieves and murderers who are going to perceive us as prey…. then we are pissing in the wind. No matter how well stocked your are or how long you are prepared to survive on your own, everybody will have to come out of their hiding spots eventually. And if no one has taken it upon themselves to literally exterminate the vermin who are surviving a true doomsday scenario by cannibalism, then we are all pretty much fucking doomed.
Please note what this actually means. The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’, urban house mom, couch ‘patriot’ and would-be doomsday wilderness ‘prepper’. I am not overlooking the displaced hordes from the city of course. This horde is an entirely different topic which can be addressed later.
Even the professional survival instructors do not agree that bugging out and living off the land is going to work.
The reason is easy to understand. Your first problem is going to be hypothermia, mentioned in Part I. The second is going to be water. The third is going to be food (malnutrition). The fourth will be shelter. Fifth will be physical condition (fatigue, injury, sickness). Not necessarily in that order either.
Many people simply utterly fail to connect how easy it is to die when you are no longer properly protected with the essentials needed to stay alive. Civilization meets this needs for most of us, but we do indeed take this for granted.
Now – here is why I have been harping on this topic of late — please read, because it is important to everyone.
First — I’m saving your life. I don’t know you, but I do know what many of you intend to do. Internet ‘wisdom’ is dangerously absent on facts and common sense. You are going to be risking your life and that of your family if you really do try to disappear off into the wilderness as oft depicted online.
Secondly — Some of you are getting closer and closer to your ‘trigger point’. This is the jumping off point where you decide it’s time to depart.  That decision is entirely up to you, but before you go consider the rest of the points I’m going to present here.  I’ve known people that ‘left’ in 1999, convinced that it was ‘time’. Well, I think we all know what probably happened.
Thirdly — Some of the best individuals intend to disappear. You are among some of the better informed, better trained, better prepared. But you’re not going to be very effective while living like a refugee. I’m talking about the possibility of resistance. If your plans have not included constant and essential resupply, covered in Part II, then it is only a matter of time before you become ineffective and incapacitated, among the ‘survivalist horde’ that begins to rob, kill and steal to stay alive.
If you do not think that could happen to you — think again. It has happened to thousands upon thousands of people before, who formerly led exemplary lives. Desperation and hunger, and critical needs such a medical care, will drive you to abandon your morality and integrity virtually instantly in some cases. For others, it may take a few days or few weeks, but quite frankly, it will happen.  If you are still able to meet your needs and that of your group or family with you — then no, but it’s pretty clear that nobody is going to last indefinitely ‘out there’, which means you’re coming back and you’re going to be in extreme need when that happens (if you’ve delayed). You will not only be a refugee, but a dangerous one. No doubt able to inflict some serious harm on those around you.
Your first ‘prey’ is probably going to the other ‘survivalists’ hiding in the woods with you. Their supplies, if they have any left, may become your supplies, extending your ‘stay’. But the ensuing bloodbath won’t be pretty.
The other side of this coin is you won’t be working together. Or perhaps you will, forming gangs of desperadoes, preying upon everyone else.
Eventually, you’ll all come back to civilization. Those of you that have survived this time period, will be forever changed — and highly dangerous to the rest of us.
Fourth — We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.
It ALL eventually leads to the same place. Wilderness bugout will create refugees, criminals and desperate people, all of who will either come back, prey upon one another or die.  A tiny few will “make it” for a time (survive), but even they will come back. Begging or stealing, or perhaps offering their newly finely honed “skills” to us, but they will come back.
Maybe some will actually stay, surviving all the shootouts, thefts, rapes, murder and assassinations, hiding, running, defending, surviving.  But this too is highly unlikely because of the 5 points to survival I mentioned above. Injury and sickness will eventually get the very best of us — and you will come back, if you can.
Fifth — Many think that hiding in the wilderness will buy them the essential and critical ‘time’ that they need to endure whatever it was they ran from.  Maybe it will — but it probably won’t. Absentee owners (of freedom, or of anything) are subject to more abuse, not less. If you ran from the NWO, martial law, economic collapse, asteroid strike or whatever it was, your absence ensures that things for you will not get better.  The only way that they can get better is to deal with it. That isn’t going to easy either — but it is the ONLY path ahead that offers any real hope or promise.  The other path can only result in extreme suffering and death.
Six — If you’re going to be a refugee, or a ‘survivalist’ — think it through VERY, VERY carefully.  Many paths lead to despair, impoverishment, conflict and death. In fact, most of them do.  There IS a better way if you absolutely MUST leave.
Nothing offers any of us any guarantees — but some paths / decisions will remove all hope, all future, all possibilities rather quickly. The self-made wilderness refugee is one of them.  If you must go — then be sure you return quickly, and have some place to return to.
Seven — Prepare your ground. If you cannot, will not or are prevented from staying put where you are now (applicable to many people, and many possible scenarios) then prepare your ground where you think you can. You need to do this now.
Most of us are going to choose to stay put, right where we are. Preparing here will actually work for a lot of people and a lot of situations. It also happens to be where you will be able to get the most help of course.  And if you are going to try to fix anything, you will need some safe place, meeting all of your essential needs, to do it from.
The ground you prepare can be your home or a new home location. There are many, many opinions and insights on this important topic, covering everything from so-called ‘urban survival’ to ‘cabin in the wood’. I cannot do justice to the topic here, many people won’t even have read down this far, having made up their minds already.  So I’m only going to make the point here that you must prepare a place where you intend to stay. Wandering around in the woods is not it, since you are coming back anyway (maybe). Save yourselves (and us) a lot of needless suffering and death and prepare something else.
If you do go to the woods, be absolutely certain that you have some place else to return to. I’ve demonstrated the need to resupply as critical and essential, and that “returning” is in all cases, a 100% likelihood. Therefore, this means you must have someplace else in mind.  Someplace where you will be welcomed and not simply shot on sight.  Someplace where you can meet or obtain the essentials to keep you and yours alive.
It is my opinion, that it makes far more sense to live there now if you can. Or at the very least, sidestep all this ‘wilderness’ bullshit and prepare instead your new home. Do not misunderstand — I am not advocating “buy a second home” or anything like that. Your new home, if you must leave, must be a place where you can live, in safety, with the ability to resupply. I’m not going to try and list all the “how’s” here that you might do that, another series of articles no doubt.  Nor am I suggesting that a B.O.B wouldn’t be useful to get you somewhere where you can actually live and survive.
The Truth
George Orwell said that “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”. It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series, but I’ve also seen just the opposite too, it’s proven to be the most popular thing I’ve ever written.
I’ve long chosen to ignore the entire ‘survivalist’ side of things on this blog on purpose. This field is absolutely saturated with ‘wisdom’, some good, some bad. I didn’t see any need to try and correct the faults. Let ’em figure it out themselves, or at least, clean out the gene pool, I thought. Well, that is going to happen anyway. Plenty of people will have their minds made up, I see this nearly daily in private emails received. You can speak the truth, share the facts and they will still throw it back in your face.  That’s fine, it’s your life, your responsibility. The only reason why I’m engaging in this topic now is because there is a huge, pressing need to dispel the modern-day myths that permeate ‘survivalism’. And I really cannot stand the profiteers that have come and gone, preying upon your fear.
I don’t think it really takes all that much to realize that our individual survival, the means by which we all live now, has common, identifiable elements that will not go away in any future scenario. Humanity is not going to simply “stop” or shut down, I don’t care what the catastrophe is, we are still going to have to meet our essential needs. Many catastrophes have come before — and we’re still here.  Overlooked (somehow) is how absolutely critical it is today that we try to meet those needs together. We are ALL alive because other people are actually keeping us alive. That is not going to change.
Therefore, plan ahead, knowing that simple fact. Plan for where you CAN survive, not where you won’t. Whatever the future holds, we’re all in this together, and we are going to need each other, even if we don’t like it. Your critical and essential resupply comes from other people, who are performing the many various and essential task that you can’t. You really cannot do this all by yourself, or even in a small group. EVERYONE will need to resupply for all those things you can’t do for yourselves (food being the most important, medical attention probably next). After that, comes many other essentials, shoes, clothing, critical parts and equipment, fuel, etc.
Our response and preparation for any contingencies we may encounter in the days ahead is critical and essential. Those that have well-prepared locations will be best prepared. Those that don’t, well — we know what that means. You might get lucky, or you might just find yourselves part of the coming horde (extremely likely), caught up in events totally outside of your control, unable to do anything, even meet your own daily needs.
Fire Earth has been sharing some applicable news — 2.2 million refugees in Sudan.  Hunger, malnutrition, war, conscription, warlords, the “horde” actually does exists already, in many parts of the world, and always shows up whenever there is war, strife, collapse, even just riots. Our civilization is teetering, its amplitude and period increasing.
Americans are not immune to any of this. There are common elements in every collapse situation. Identifying the common needs is easy, and so is our response. But you must wade through the Internet bullshit first.
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Thank You Survival Acres.
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So, What did I learn by studying and meeting other Survivalists and Preppers (and to a much lesser extent, many Permaculture and Transition Town folks. The OTHER preppers). Well, lets start with something I wrote recently on another board.
“Now, I am pretty used to Swimming with Sharks. I have been around the survivalist, and later, the prepper world. What I was surprised about is….Just how badly unprepared these folks are. Very few…if any, serious food production skills. Food stores are usually lacking, some as bad as a few cases of MREs…but a shit load of guns and military equipment (don’t get me wrong. I’ve met a few good preppers…but very few) Most of them are just a danger to other people.”
“Sooooo,,,,,How exactly did this happen. We have to go back to the bad old days of Survivalism.
The three main groups that influenced HOW we prep (badly) were…drum roll please….
White Supremacists groups (like the Christian Patriots Defence League, a militant arm of the Klan)
Christian Reconstructionists (who gave us the term, If not by the ballot box, then by the cartridge box)
and Broken ex Military Men seeking to be valued.
We will just forget all about the Rhodesians and Aparthied South Africans, survivalist influence.”
“Survivalism wasnt about actual survival. It was about WAR. Beans, Bullets and Bandaids.
Any actual sustainability was an afterthought.”
“The Preppers pretty much rejected the extremes of the Survivalists…at least at first…but then got co opted and just started repeating all the same old bad survival advice. The newbies just repeat the old shit without thinking “Why?”. Survivalism then becomes just a recruiting tool for, guess who? White supremacists, christian reconstructionsts and the military flag wavers.”
Well, besides the rampant douche bags, political ideologues, Racism Lite and mental health cases, and even amongst the more reasonable preppers, there was an underlying, usually un articulated or even unrecognised position…that future survival would involve THEFT. This is not even acknowledge by most. But even amongst the morally minded, this is somehow being missed. It usually goes something like this….
“How are you going to deal with looters?”   “ I’m going to shoot them”    “ How are you going to survive?”    “I’m going to loot”. (I’ll just call it something else like resource allocation or salvage)
People were making up for Piss Poor Prepping by theft whether they were acknowledging it or not. I started hearing common themes and saw it repeated in books and fiction. “First stop. I am going to break into Wallmart “ or “ Im going to steal a sail boat” or “I am going to break into cabins” or ” I amg oing to hot wire a truck” or “Im going to break into a gun shop”. Seriously! I was trying to figure out why one person I was communicating with refused to store food while he was spending money on an expensive Sub gun.  Then it came out what his plans were…and I immediately cut contact. I couldn’t even bother pointing out that these were all really good ways to die or be ass raped in prison. It turns out, this wasn’t an anomaly. I kept hearing similar things. In one case, a person that had contacted me with extensive military training, we discovered through investigation as part of our vetting process, he had organised with others a complex plan of stealing heavy trucks, breaking into a food distribution warehouse, and hauling off all the food, while his team would shoot anyone, police or civilians, that tried to stop them. He was only contacting me for a place to go. Good thing I dodged that bullet. And now we are getting people openly saying, there “PLAN” is to kill farmers and take their food (alot more than you think. Not an anomoly)….sooo…No real plan for sustainability whatsoever. No skills in that whatsoever And usually not much in the way of food stores.
And now Survival Acres warning to others at the top of my post makes sense.
“We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time.  You will be coming to us, BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you”
So, do I have your full attention now. Wait! It gets even better. Now lets throw in the Racists and Christian Reconstructionsist and 3 percenter types, prepping for WAR who feel justified in taking your food to further there struggle.
And if that is not enough…I also learned along the way, talking to hundreds of people, that a very large percentage of the non prepping people I talk with on the subject…All have SHTF plans…in a “If the shit does hit the fan, I will (insert lame un experienced plan here)”
So, where to go from here? There will be 80 million more people on the planet next year. There will be no food waiting for you in the bush.
C5s F5s-  Food Storage. Food Production, Firewood, Fuel Storage (short term) and Friends (long term)
That is where to START….so YOU don’t become MY Problem…to have to “DEAL WITH”.

C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

C5 PRESENTS- B.O.B.- THE REALITY- BY SURVIVAL ACRES

With your host, C5 and special guest writer, Survival Acres
(A special welcome to the folks from The Doomstead Diner that have been trickling in. This site is not usually this dark…but it had to be done. Someone had to do it. That task fell to me)
We are going to some pretty Dark Places in this article.
You might be thinking to yourself, “That C5 is already a pretty dark fellow…and the future is pretty dark… and that is just part of being a survivalist…so where is he going with this?”
This is Part 4 of The Fallacy Of Bugging Out series by the legendary Survival Acres.
Survival Acres writes, “The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’”
and   “We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.”
and    “It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series”.
Lets make sure you heard that correct. One of the essential daily tasks is not to fight off the Golden Horde or Mutant Zombie Bikers or the New World Order, UN antichrist army in Blue Berets.
The chore list will eventually include, actively murdering “The Survivalist Horde”.
Honey Do List___________
Weed the garden, check.
Clean the stove pipe, check.
Put kale in the dehydrater. Yuck, check.
Patch the bicycle tire, check.
Go Kill the starving white supremacist survivalists creeping around in the bushes……Oh, Honey. Do I have to? They are all skinny and icky and gross. And they are armed to the fucking teeth. Cant we just start a forest fire or something…….
Soooooooo……If you are thinking of phasing out at this point…..Buck The Fuck Up, Biatches. You dont have to agree…until a few of your neibours get killed by them….but you do have to listen.
And make sure you read the first 3 parts before getting to this Dark Place.
But before we get there…
(Most times, when you hear those five little words, you know a kick in the nuts is coming. No need this time as Survival Acres has already got your scrotum set up for the field goal)
Since the theme for the day is “Dark Places”…lest go talk to Jesus. Oops. I got Chris Martenson and Jesus mixed up again. Peak Prosperity put this out and it deserves better viewing than it got.
It starts a bit dull. Doom is at hand, yada, yada. Oh look, a graph. I always tune out at the graph….
Then it got REAL interesting as it explored the minds response. By the way, I first read it with a WHOPPER of a hang over. An important point.
Now. Stop reading. Go read the article and get your ass back here. Shoooo!
Doesnt that make you feel all warm and fuzzy? Now lets get back to Survival Acres. As I mentioned in Part 1, when I first read this series it made me really angry. Two Reasons. One was “Previous Investment”. I had spent many years learning how to squat in the forest and from my earliest years studied the First Nations food systems, believing, “If they could live that way, sustainably, so could we”.
(When I hear other people saying that these days, I roll my eyes, think “dead man walking…and try to change the subject. I just wasnt ready to ditch that myth at the time, inspite of all my time out in the boonies. This deserves a whole other post at a future time. Hint- Eighty Million people added to the planet Yearly.  There was only one place in Canada that living off the land was going to be possible…so I spent the majority of my life near it and felt panicked every time I had to leave. I am not going to tell you where that area is….because even that window pretty much closed by the 80s and is now unworkable)
The Second reason I was pissed, was because, in spite of Survival Acres just trying to make a point to save people’s lives, Now some Asshole with a hate on for bush ninjas, was going to make it even more dangerous, as if doing this isnt tough enough. Now we have to worry about being killed by land owners. (not really what he was saying, by the way)
Then a strange thing happened….
I had only recently come on grid and ON LINE. I was surprised as Christ on a pogo stick that there were so many Survivalists and this thing called “Preppers”. I started to study them…alot…and as I tried to reach out to start my own group…I started to meet them…. and…
Holy Batshit, Backwoods Batman…..He was completely right.
I’ll stop that thought there and go to directly to part 4 of the Fallacy of Bugging Out. I’ll add more content on this at the end.
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B.O.B. – The Reality              By Survival Acres
Here are some rather important ‘revelations’ that the survivalist community should at least read:
When I run our SERE based classes (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape), I get people who last maybe two weeks, normally one.. I would put money on the fact that anyone who does the BOB challenge, would last only a few cold damp wet nights before they give up.
I don’t agree with most of the BS that is out there on the net or printed material. Having first hand experience of peoples expectations versus reality, 95% of attendees have a massive shock.
Most have watched the scripted survival TV series or other TV based survival instruction programs, but when reality hits, you cans see it on their faces….
I train a lot of very fit regular and ex forces members and even some of these guys/gals have a tough time lasting a week, foraging of the land, so long term BOB style living is a sure way to help reduce the surplus population.
Keep well and keep blogging, best regards
And another email received:
If you get a chance, I would like you to read this topic I started and consider my suggestion that preppers take on the role of “pest control”. IMO, if the people who are prepared to survive, are not also prepared to eliminate the thieves and murderers who are going to perceive us as prey…. then we are pissing in the wind. No matter how well stocked your are or how long you are prepared to survive on your own, everybody will have to come out of their hiding spots eventually. And if no one has taken it upon themselves to literally exterminate the vermin who are surviving a true doomsday scenario by cannibalism, then we are all pretty much fucking doomed.
Please note what this actually means. The ‘thieves and murderers’ will be those who ran off into the woods and attempted to survive — the so-called ‘survivalist’, urban house mom, couch ‘patriot’ and would-be doomsday wilderness ‘prepper’. I am not overlooking the displaced hordes from the city of course. This horde is an entirely different topic which can be addressed later.
Even the professional survival instructors do not agree that bugging out and living off the land is going to work.
The reason is easy to understand. Your first problem is going to be hypothermia, mentioned in Part I. The second is going to be water. The third is going to be food (malnutrition). The fourth will be shelter. Fifth will be physical condition (fatigue, injury, sickness). Not necessarily in that order either.
Many people simply utterly fail to connect how easy it is to die when you are no longer properly protected with the essentials needed to stay alive. Civilization meets this needs for most of us, but we do indeed take this for granted.
Now – here is why I have been harping on this topic of late — please read, because it is important to everyone.
First — I’m saving your life. I don’t know you, but I do know what many of you intend to do. Internet ‘wisdom’ is dangerously absent on facts and common sense. You are going to be risking your life and that of your family if you really do try to disappear off into the wilderness as oft depicted online.
Secondly — Some of you are getting closer and closer to your ‘trigger point’. This is the jumping off point where you decide it’s time to depart.  That decision is entirely up to you, but before you go consider the rest of the points I’m going to present here.  I’ve known people that ‘left’ in 1999, convinced that it was ‘time’. Well, I think we all know what probably happened.
Thirdly — Some of the best individuals intend to disappear. You are among some of the better informed, better trained, better prepared. But you’re not going to be very effective while living like a refugee. I’m talking about the possibility of resistance. If your plans have not included constant and essential resupply, covered in Part II, then it is only a matter of time before you become ineffective and incapacitated, among the ‘survivalist horde’ that begins to rob, kill and steal to stay alive.
If you do not think that could happen to you — think again. It has happened to thousands upon thousands of people before, who formerly led exemplary lives. Desperation and hunger, and critical needs such a medical care, will drive you to abandon your morality and integrity virtually instantly in some cases. For others, it may take a few days or few weeks, but quite frankly, it will happen.  If you are still able to meet your needs and that of your group or family with you — then no, but it’s pretty clear that nobody is going to last indefinitely ‘out there’, which means you’re coming back and you’re going to be in extreme need when that happens (if you’ve delayed). You will not only be a refugee, but a dangerous one. No doubt able to inflict some serious harm on those around you.
Your first ‘prey’ is probably going to the other ‘survivalists’ hiding in the woods with you. Their supplies, if they have any left, may become your supplies, extending your ‘stay’. But the ensuing bloodbath won’t be pretty.
The other side of this coin is you won’t be working together. Or perhaps you will, forming gangs of desperadoes, preying upon everyone else.
Eventually, you’ll all come back to civilization. Those of you that have survived this time period, will be forever changed — and highly dangerous to the rest of us.
Fourth — We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time. I do not mean “tracking you through the woods” or even landing a contingent of Special Forces soldiers to “route you out”. There will be no need for that, or at least unlikely. You will be coming to us, because you will have to. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you.
It ALL eventually leads to the same place. Wilderness bugout will create refugees, criminals and desperate people, all of who will either come back, prey upon one another or die.  A tiny few will “make it” for a time (survive), but even they will come back. Begging or stealing, or perhaps offering their newly finely honed “skills” to us, but they will come back.
Maybe some will actually stay, surviving all the shootouts, thefts, rapes, murder and assassinations, hiding, running, defending, surviving.  But this too is highly unlikely because of the 5 points to survival I mentioned above. Injury and sickness will eventually get the very best of us — and you will come back, if you can.
Fifth — Many think that hiding in the wilderness will buy them the essential and critical ‘time’ that they need to endure whatever it was they ran from.  Maybe it will — but it probably won’t. Absentee owners (of freedom, or of anything) are subject to more abuse, not less. If you ran from the NWO, martial law, economic collapse, asteroid strike or whatever it was, your absence ensures that things for you will not get better.  The only way that they can get better is to deal with it. That isn’t going to easy either — but it is the ONLY path ahead that offers any real hope or promise.  The other path can only result in extreme suffering and death.
Six — If you’re going to be a refugee, or a ‘survivalist’ — think it through VERY, VERY carefully.  Many paths lead to despair, impoverishment, conflict and death. In fact, most of them do.  There IS a better way if you absolutely MUST leave.
Nothing offers any of us any guarantees — but some paths / decisions will remove all hope, all future, all possibilities rather quickly. The self-made wilderness refugee is one of them.  If you must go — then be sure you return quickly, and have some place to return to.
Seven — Prepare your ground. If you cannot, will not or are prevented from staying put where you are now (applicable to many people, and many possible scenarios) then prepare your ground where you think you can. You need to do this now.
Most of us are going to choose to stay put, right where we are. Preparing here will actually work for a lot of people and a lot of situations. It also happens to be where you will be able to get the most help of course.  And if you are going to try to fix anything, you will need some safe place, meeting all of your essential needs, to do it from.
The ground you prepare can be your home or a new home location. There are many, many opinions and insights on this important topic, covering everything from so-called ‘urban survival’ to ‘cabin in the wood’. I cannot do justice to the topic here, many people won’t even have read down this far, having made up their minds already.  So I’m only going to make the point here that you must prepare a place where you intend to stay. Wandering around in the woods is not it, since you are coming back anyway (maybe). Save yourselves (and us) a lot of needless suffering and death and prepare something else.
If you do go to the woods, be absolutely certain that you have some place else to return to. I’ve demonstrated the need to resupply as critical and essential, and that “returning” is in all cases, a 100% likelihood. Therefore, this means you must have someplace else in mind.  Someplace where you will be welcomed and not simply shot on sight.  Someplace where you can meet or obtain the essentials to keep you and yours alive.
It is my opinion, that it makes far more sense to live there now if you can. Or at the very least, sidestep all this ‘wilderness’ bullshit and prepare instead your new home. Do not misunderstand — I am not advocating “buy a second home” or anything like that. Your new home, if you must leave, must be a place where you can live, in safety, with the ability to resupply. I’m not going to try and list all the “how’s” here that you might do that, another series of articles no doubt.  Nor am I suggesting that a B.O.B wouldn’t be useful to get you somewhere where you can actually live and survive.
The Truth
George Orwell said that “speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act”. It’s unpopular because it flies in the face of common ‘wisdom’. I’m seeing plenty of suppression now of this article series, but I’ve also seen just the opposite too, it’s proven to be the most popular thing I’ve ever written.
I’ve long chosen to ignore the entire ‘survivalist’ side of things on this blog on purpose. This field is absolutely saturated with ‘wisdom’, some good, some bad. I didn’t see any need to try and correct the faults. Let ’em figure it out themselves, or at least, clean out the gene pool, I thought. Well, that is going to happen anyway. Plenty of people will have their minds made up, I see this nearly daily in private emails received. You can speak the truth, share the facts and they will still throw it back in your face.  That’s fine, it’s your life, your responsibility. The only reason why I’m engaging in this topic now is because there is a huge, pressing need to dispel the modern-day myths that permeate ‘survivalism’. And I really cannot stand the profiteers that have come and gone, preying upon your fear.
I don’t think it really takes all that much to realize that our individual survival, the means by which we all live now, has common, identifiable elements that will not go away in any future scenario. Humanity is not going to simply “stop” or shut down, I don’t care what the catastrophe is, we are still going to have to meet our essential needs. Many catastrophes have come before — and we’re still here.  Overlooked (somehow) is how absolutely critical it is today that we try to meet those needs together. We are ALL alive because other people are actually keeping us alive. That is not going to change.
Therefore, plan ahead, knowing that simple fact. Plan for where you CAN survive, not where you won’t. Whatever the future holds, we’re all in this together, and we are going to need each other, even if we don’t like it. Your critical and essential resupply comes from other people, who are performing the many various and essential task that you can’t. You really cannot do this all by yourself, or even in a small group. EVERYONE will need to resupply for all those things you can’t do for yourselves (food being the most important, medical attention probably next). After that, comes many other essentials, shoes, clothing, critical parts and equipment, fuel, etc.
Our response and preparation for any contingencies we may encounter in the days ahead is critical and essential. Those that have well-prepared locations will be best prepared. Those that don’t, well — we know what that means. You might get lucky, or you might just find yourselves part of the coming horde (extremely likely), caught up in events totally outside of your control, unable to do anything, even meet your own daily needs.
Fire Earth has been sharing some applicable news — 2.2 million refugees in Sudan.  Hunger, malnutrition, war, conscription, warlords, the “horde” actually does exists already, in many parts of the world, and always shows up whenever there is war, strife, collapse, even just riots. Our civilization is teetering, its amplitude and period increasing.
Americans are not immune to any of this. There are common elements in every collapse situation. Identifying the common needs is easy, and so is our response. But you must wade through the Internet bullshit first.
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Thank You Survival Acres.
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So, What did I learn by studying and meeting other Survivalists and Preppers (and to a much lesser extent, many Permaculture and Transition Town folks. The OTHER preppers). Well, lets start with something I wrote recently on another board.
“Now, I am pretty used to Swimming with Sharks. I have been around the survivalist, and later, the prepper world. What I was surprised about is….Just how badly unprepared these folks are. Very few…if any, serious food production skills. Food stores are usually lacking, some as bad as a few cases of MREs…but a shit load of guns and military equipment (don’t get me wrong. I’ve met a few good preppers…but very few) Most of them are just a danger to other people.”
“Sooooo,,,,,How exactly did this happen. We have to go back to the bad old days of Survivalism.
The three main groups that influenced HOW we prep (badly) were…drum roll please….
White Supremacists groups (like the Christian Patriots Defence League, a militant arm of the Klan)
Christian Reconstructionists (who gave us the term, If not by the ballot box, then by the cartridge box)
and Broken ex Military Men seeking to be valued.
We will just forget all about the Rhodesians and Aparthied South Africans, survivalist influence.”
“Survivalism wasnt about actual survival. It was about WAR. Beans, Bullets and Bandaids.
Any actual sustainability was an afterthought.”
“The Preppers pretty much rejected the extremes of the Survivalists…at least at first…but then got co opted and just started repeating all the same old bad survival advice. The newbies just repeat the old shit without thinking “Why?”. Survivalism then becomes just a recruiting tool for, guess who? White supremacists, christian reconstructionsts and the military flag wavers.”
Well, besides the rampant douche bags, political ideologues, Racism Lite and mental health cases, and even amongst the more reasonable preppers, there was an underlying, usually un articulated or even unrecognised position…that future survival would involve THEFT. This is not even acknowledge by most. But even amongst the morally minded, this is somehow being missed. It usually goes something like this….
“How are you going to deal with looters?”   “ I’m going to shoot them”    “ How are you going to survive?”    “I’m going to loot”. (I’ll just call it something else like resource allocation or salvage)
People were making up for Piss Poor Prepping by theft whether they were acknowledging it or not. I started hearing common themes and saw it repeated in books and fiction. “First stop. I am going to break into Wallmart “ or “ Im going to steal a sail boat” or “I am going to break into cabins” or ” I amg oing to hot wire a truck” or “Im going to break into a gun shop”. Seriously! I was trying to figure out why one person I was communicating with refused to store food while he was spending money on an expensive Sub gun.  Then it came out what his plans were…and I immediately cut contact. I couldn’t even bother pointing out that these were all really good ways to die or be ass raped in prison. It turns out, this wasn’t an anomaly. I kept hearing similar things. In one case, a person that had contacted me with extensive military training, we discovered through investigation as part of our vetting process, he had organised with others a complex plan of stealing heavy trucks, breaking into a food distribution warehouse, and hauling off all the food, while his team would shoot anyone, police or civilians, that tried to stop them. He was only contacting me for a place to go. Good thing I dodged that bullet. And now we are getting people openly saying, there “PLAN” is to kill farmers and take their food (alot more than you think. Not an anomoly)….sooo…No real plan for sustainability whatsoever. No skills in that whatsoever And usually not much in the way of food stores.
And now Survival Acres warning to others at the top of my post makes sense.
“We will hunt you down. Someone will come after you — this is only a matter of time.  You will be coming to us, BECAUSE YOU WILL HAVE TO. And that is when we will (eventually) have to deal with you”
So, do I have your full attention now. Wait! It gets even better. Now lets throw in the Racists and Christian Reconstructionsist and 3 percenter types, prepping for WAR who feel justified in taking your food to further there struggle.
And if that is not enough…I also learned along the way, talking to hundreds of people, that a very large percentage of the non prepping people I talk with on the subject…All have SHTF plans…in a “If the shit does hit the fan, I will (insert lame un experienced plan here)”
So, where to go from here? There will be 80 million more people on the planet next year. There will be no food waiting for you in the bush.
C5s F5s-  Food Storage. Food Production, Firewood, Fuel Storage (short term) and Friends (long term)
That is where to START….so YOU don’t become MY Problem…to have to “DEAL WITH”.

Pounds of Flour or Wheat for Preparedness Bread

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Yesterday we polled our audience to discover how many loaves of bread are consumed every week in their household. Based on the results we can work out a few things for survival & preparedness. 1. How much flour storage to make your own bread 2. How much wheat storage to make your own bread From those who responded to our poll question, the majority go through 1 loaf (or less) of bread each week. 1. up to 1.0 loaf (64%) 2. 1.5 loaves (19%) 3. 2.0 loaves (8%) 4. 2.5 loaves (5%) 5. 3+ loaves (4%) The following data (pounds

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Make a School-Friendly First Aid Kit

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first aid kitWe’ve all seen the First Aid kits you can buy at the store. Many of us have made our own. But does your child have one they can take to school without getting in trouble?

My kids go to public school. Their schools, but there is no denying that public schools have a lot of crazy rules when eating a poptart into the wrong shape (a gun, in someone else’s opinion) can get a second grader suspended, even if that wasn’t the kid’s intention.

Signed forms are required for kids to get simple over the counter allergy medicine, and the school nurse has to dispense it. A “medicated” cough drop is considered medicine and kids are not allowed to have them at school or on a school bus. A school nurse has to dispense cough drops. Seriously.

My son is very excited about emergency preparedness and wants to carry a First Aid kit wherever he goes, including school. Even in second grade, though, he knew he couldn’t have any medicine or sharp objects in school, so we set about making him a First Aid kit he could have at school.

All those crazy school rules make it harder to build a good First Aid kit. But it isn’t impossible to make school-friendly First Aid kit! It just requires thinking outside the box a bit.

Non-Medicine

Herbal remedies only require a few drops at a time and aren’t considered medicine by the average school district. That helps a lot in creating a school acceptable First Aid kit.

A contact lens case is a great place to store liquids and gels! You can buy plastic bags in any size online. Another good option is a simple drinking straw, which you can get for free at restaurants. Melt the end closed, add the liquid or gel, cut the tube short, then seal the other end. Single use size! You can even buy straws in different colors so they are color-coded.

To make a homemade rehydration solution is 1/4 tsp of salt plus 3 teaspoons of sugar added to a half liter of water. If you read the previous link, you may notice that the amounts I listed are half of what they list. That is because half liter bottles of water are extremely common and it’s easier to carry two packets than try and guess how much is half if you make the full amount. Also, little kids are, well, little. They really may just need a half liter.

Aloe gel is great for burns, including sun burns, but be aware that it can get sticky as it dries.

Essential oils would be great to include but really haven’t figured out a great, stable way to store them yet. Oils could easily interact with the plastic, altering their chemical composition or simply evaporating quickly.

If you have a great way to store and transport tiny amounts of essential oils, please share!

Non-Medicine to include:

  • Aloe: for burns, including sunburn
  • Honey: disinfect cuts (instead of Neosporin) – just make sure it’s raw, preferably local, honey
  • Cayenne pepper: add 1 tsp to 1 cup warm water and drink to stop a heart attack; help wounds coagulate (stop bleeding)
  • Rehydration solution: You can make your own with sugar and salt, or buy Pedialyte(TM) Powder if you think the school will be OK with it
  • Essential oils: there are many articles on this, choose the ones to suit your child’s needs. Companies like Young Living sell individual packets that could be very easily packed in a first aid kit.
  • Glucose tablets
  • Hand sanitizer: can also be used to sanitize objects because of the high alcohol content, and definitely school accepted
  • Salt for heat stroke

Bandages and More

There are some items that even schools allow. Bandages, for example. And tape.

  • Bandages (the link goes to novelty bandages with mustaches, bacon, and more printed on them)
  • Gauze pads
  • Paper tape
  • Moleskin
  • Plastic card, like a hotel room key, to remove stingers from bug bites
  • CPR face shield: A very small child probably can’t use this, but it can be used on older children and teens can learn CPR.
  • Non-latex gloves: Size small and large; small is for them to use; large is to be used ON THEM
  • Finger splint: A popsicle stick and tape
  • Vet wrap, in place of Ace bandages which have those terribly dangerous sharp, pointy closures (Hey, if a cough drop is dangerous, those must nearly be lethal weapons!) – Bonus: you can choose a fun color!
  • Super Glue for closing wounds
  • Small children’s safety scissors: They provide those in classrooms, after all, so they can’t be a danger.
  • Toothbrush: Use this to debride a wound
  • Syringe: irrigate a wound (I use free ones that come with medication.)
  • Face mask
  • Tick key
  • Lanyard: part of a sling
  • Electrical tape: It sticks to itself but not skin, making it great to hold gauze pads, splints, etc. in place for relatively short times

Non-Medical Emergency Items

first aid kit labeled1Some items are just good to have in an emergency. These have many uses, including potentially being cut up.

  • LED flashlight, preferably of the winding variety
  • Neckerchief/handkerchief
  • Silver emergency blanket
  • Rain poncho
  • Duct tape
  • Lotion or oil – generally of the cooking oil variety, to help if a finger gets stuck somewhere it shouldn’t be
  • Signal mirror
  • Ear plugs: this is mostly because one of mine is very sensitive to loud noise
  • Whistle: In an emergency like a tornado where a child could be trapped, this is useful for alerting emergency workers.

Stretch Items

There’s a good chance your school won’t allow these, but some may. It’s worth checking.

  • EMT Shears – scissors that, realistically, are less likely to hurt someone than even kindergarten scissors
  • Safety pins – small ones, not big horse blanket sized (although those are a great addition to a regular emergency kit or a car kit), although it’s possible schools will have an issue with this
  • Tweezers

Finishing Touches

Recently, I bought 500 small plastic bags on Amazon. In addition to Lego, they have a ton of items in our First Aid Kits. Sharpies are great to label with, but it does sometimes wear off if it gets damp. For medicine, especially herbal remedies others may not know, I write instructions on the bags as well.

Now, put them all together in a bag. Personally, I currently favor something similar to a lunch box because, unlike a bright red First Aid kit, no one will ever even notice it, and my son loves eating school lunches. If your child is a regular lunch packer, you could simply use either an old lunch box or one they don’t like to help keep them from grabbing it by accident. Another option is a pencil box.

If you prefer, you can use one of little red First Aid bags you can pick up in any pharmacy section.

Voila! A first aid kit for your child, or for your travels. Happy trails!

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The Best First Aid Medicines You Need | episode 162

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This week Mike and I talk about The Best First Aid Medicines You Need.

This first part in our First aid series we cover drugs in your first aid kits. 

Most of the first aid medicines talked about are for minor injuries. More day to day comfort than the collapse scenario. 

Medical care for the SHTF is beyond the scope of a level I and II first aid kit. 

Not to mention the technical skills required for advanced medical procedures. 

Also as a disclaimer, Mike and I are not medical professionals and this is not medical advice.

Towards the end of the episode, we discuss some stronger medicines to carry. And make a case for getting some fish antibiotics. 

 

Medicines Talked about

Loperamide

Equate Extra Strength Headache Relief

Acetaminophen 

Pain Relief

Allergy Pills

 

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Heavy Duty Ziplock Bags

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Level II First Aid Kit

 

 

 

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Surviving in the Cold

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Editor’s Note: A guest submission from Zac Martin.

As another summer slowly dies, colder weather is going to start creeping its way into our lives again. In my area this is my favorite time to go backpacking. Less creepy-crawlies, beautiful changing foliage, and not brutally hot during the daytime. A lot of other people feel the same, and outdoor treks may be more enjoyable soon in your area too.

However, the cool that makes being outside more enjoyable can also bring deadly consequences. So what can we do to protect ourselves from bitter cold?

  

If you get stuck in a survival situation, or want to avoid putting yourself in one while you’re camping/backpacking/canoeing/whatever these are the things that you need to remember.

Cold Basics

The human body runs at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Once we get chilled to the point where our temperature drops to 95 degrees hypothermia sets. The very first thing you need to remember about cold is that you must stay dry. Wet clothing can conduct the heat away from your body up to 50x faster than dry clothing. As a result, getting yourself soaked by rain, covered in snow, or drenched in sweat is a definite no-no.

Do what you can to avoid such situations. Whether that be utilizing snow shoes, wearing a poncho, or taking breaks in manual labor when you start to feel yourself beginning to sweat, do what you must to stay dry.

Proper shelter is often the primary key that will keep you from getting wet, and at the base level that starts with the clothing that you wear.

Clothing Choices

In the backpacking world there is a saying: “Cotton kills.” Once cotton gets wet, as clothes are known to do in outdoor weather, it completely loses all insulating properties. It does not regain them until it is completely dry which takes a long time. That is why when choosing outdoor clothing (hunting/fishing/hiking/etc.) you should avoid cotton at all costs.

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Wool is the number one natural fiber that will still keep you warm despite being wet, but it has a reputation for being itchy. Merino wool and alpaca fleece are natural alternatives here. Both are incredibly soft, not itchy, and will still keep you warm when wet.

When it comes to synthetic fibers polyester blends and polypropylene are some of the best out there. Fleece, Gore-Tex, and DryLete make great choices in clothing fiber type.

Keeping the “wet makes you miserably cold” principle in mind, buy boots that are waterproof. There are plenty of manufacturers out there making high-quality boots that don’t look like waders which you’ll appreciate. It can be hard to have fun when you can’t feel your toes.

It’s also important to realize that up to 30% of the body’s heat is lost through the head and neck. This being the case, you should wear a hat at all times when out in cold conditions, and do what you can to keep your neck covered. Cold hands? Gloves definitely help, but are inferior to mittens for warmth. Gloves keep each finger isolated, as well as the warmth emitted from each finger. With mittens, the fingers are allowed to warm each other. I’ve used old military surplus ones in incredibly cold conditions and they work great.

How to Sleep in the Cold

When it comes to camping in winter weather buy a bag rated as cold as you can get. I know some people get worried about overkill here, but they seem to quit worrying about that when it’s 3 AM and their teeth are chattering. If you get overheated with an “overkill” bag, it’s a very easy fix. That isn’t the case in reverse.

Secondly, mummy bags are much better at retaining heat than your traditional sleeping bag. A mummy bag has a tapered foot at the bottom meaning that you will sleep with your feet close together (like a mummy. Get it?). Yeah, you won’t be able to move about, but the smaller interior area means that there is less space within the bag that your body has to heat up. You stay much warmer as a result.

  

I avoid down-filled bags, as once down gets wet it loses the majority of its insulating properties. It’s definitely not a filler that you want to take on a canoe trip with you. Plus, down tends to clump up meaning there are going to be spaces within your bag that are not properly insulating your body from the cold.

Don’t expect to not have a miserable night if you don’t have a sleeping pad of some sort as well. The ground is cold, and it is going to want to suck all of the heat out of you that it possibly can to make itself warmer. It’s like a warmth vampire. A sleeping pad between you and the ground keeps your body heat in your body and away from creepy dirt vampires. They also provide a thin layer of cushioning between you and the ground as well, so it’s a double win for you to use one.

Gadgets

Anytime I’m out in the woods in the cold, I always carry HotHands and a space blanket with me. (I’ve never understood why they’re called ‘space blankets’. Is it because they don’t take up a lot of space, or is it because it looks like something an astronaut would use?)

               

I’ve found both to be surprisingly effective. On one ham-mocking trip I took, I woke up at 3 AM shivering like crazy thanks to cold butt syndrome (It’s a thing. Look it up.) Thankfully, I had a space blanket with me. Within minutes of wrapping myself up like a big bean burrito, I could easily feel the warmth returning to my body, and I spent the rest of the night actually warm enough to sleep comfortably.

It’s hard to use a space blanket while you’re hiking though. When I’m on the move I use HotHands. I’ll activate one or two and place them within the inside pockets of my jacket. You actually have to keep these things migrating from pocket to pocket or you can end up cooking yourself.

Don’t solely rely on these two items to keep you warm. You can’t go out hiking in a cotton T-shirt, get drenched by surprise weather, and then expect fantastic results from a HotHands packet and a space blanket. Don’t be stupid. Both of these items will definitely help to keep you warm, but you don’t want to be fully relying upon them if you can help it.

Wrapping it Up

Above all else, use your head. If you have some serious qualms about what you’re getting yourself into because the weather is looking more iffy than normal, then don’t go. That’s how you avoid putting yourself in a survival situation to begin with. When you are out though, following the above advice will help to ensure that you not only stay as warm as possible, but safe from hypothermia and frostbite as well.

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Surviving in the Cold

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Editor’s Note: A guest submission from Zac Martin.

As another summer slowly dies, colder weather is going to start creeping its way into our lives again. In my area this is my favorite time to go backpacking. Less creepy-crawlies, beautiful changing foliage, and not brutally hot during the daytime. A lot of other people feel the same, and outdoor treks may be more enjoyable soon in your area too.

However, the cool that makes being outside more enjoyable can also bring deadly consequences. So what can we do to protect ourselves from bitter cold?

  

If you get stuck in a survival situation, or want to avoid putting yourself in one while you’re camping/backpacking/canoeing/whatever these are the things that you need to remember.

Cold Basics

The human body runs at 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Once we get chilled to the point where our temperature drops to 95 degrees hypothermia sets. The very first thing you need to remember about cold is that you must stay dry. Wet clothing can conduct the heat away from your body up to 50x faster than dry clothing. As a result, getting yourself soaked by rain, covered in snow, or drenched in sweat is a definite no-no.

Do what you can to avoid such situations. Whether that be utilizing snow shoes, wearing a poncho, or taking breaks in manual labor when you start to feel yourself beginning to sweat, do what you must to stay dry.

Proper shelter is often the primary key that will keep you from getting wet, and at the base level that starts with the clothing that you wear.

Clothing Choices

In the backpacking world there is a saying: “Cotton kills.” Once cotton gets wet, as clothes are known to do in outdoor weather, it completely loses all insulating properties. It does not regain them until it is completely dry which takes a long time. That is why when choosing outdoor clothing (hunting/fishing/hiking/etc.) you should avoid cotton at all costs.

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Wool is the number one natural fiber that will still keep you warm despite being wet, but it has a reputation for being itchy. Merino wool and alpaca fleece are natural alternatives here. Both are incredibly soft, not itchy, and will still keep you warm when wet.

When it comes to synthetic fibers polyester blends and polypropylene are some of the best out there. Fleece, Gore-Tex, and DryLete make great choices in clothing fiber type.

Keeping the “wet makes you miserably cold” principle in mind, buy boots that are waterproof. There are plenty of manufacturers out there making high-quality boots that don’t look like waders which you’ll appreciate. It can be hard to have fun when you can’t feel your toes.

It’s also important to realize that up to 30% of the body’s heat is lost through the head and neck. This being the case, you should wear a hat at all times when out in cold conditions, and do what you can to keep your neck covered. Cold hands? Gloves definitely help, but are inferior to mittens for warmth. Gloves keep each finger isolated, as well as the warmth emitted from each finger. With mittens, the fingers are allowed to warm each other. I’ve used old military surplus ones in incredibly cold conditions and they work great.

How to Sleep in the Cold

When it comes to camping in winter weather buy a bag rated as cold as you can get. I know some people get worried about overkill here, but they seem to quit worrying about that when it’s 3 AM and their teeth are chattering. If you get overheated with an “overkill” bag, it’s a very easy fix. That isn’t the case in reverse.

Secondly, mummy bags are much better at retaining heat than your traditional sleeping bag. A mummy bag has a tapered foot at the bottom meaning that you will sleep with your feet close together (like a mummy. Get it?). Yeah, you won’t be able to move about, but the smaller interior area means that there is less space within the bag that your body has to heat up. You stay much warmer as a result.

  

I avoid down-filled bags, as once down gets wet it loses the majority of its insulating properties. It’s definitely not a filler that you want to take on a canoe trip with you. Plus, down tends to clump up meaning there are going to be spaces within your bag that are not properly insulating your body from the cold.

Don’t expect to not have a miserable night if you don’t have a sleeping pad of some sort as well. The ground is cold, and it is going to want to suck all of the heat out of you that it possibly can to make itself warmer. It’s like a warmth vampire. A sleeping pad between you and the ground keeps your body heat in your body and away from creepy dirt vampires. They also provide a thin layer of cushioning between you and the ground as well, so it’s a double win for you to use one.

Gadgets

Anytime I’m out in the woods in the cold, I always carry HotHands and a space blanket with me. (I’ve never understood why they’re called ‘space blankets’. Is it because they don’t take up a lot of space, or is it because it looks like something an astronaut would use?)

               

I’ve found both to be surprisingly effective. On one ham-mocking trip I took, I woke up at 3 AM shivering like crazy thanks to cold butt syndrome (It’s a thing. Look it up.) Thankfully, I had a space blanket with me. Within minutes of wrapping myself up like a big bean burrito, I could easily feel the warmth returning to my body, and I spent the rest of the night actually warm enough to sleep comfortably.

It’s hard to use a space blanket while you’re hiking though. When I’m on the move I use HotHands. I’ll activate one or two and place them within the inside pockets of my jacket. You actually have to keep these things migrating from pocket to pocket or you can end up cooking yourself.

Don’t solely rely on these two items to keep you warm. You can’t go out hiking in a cotton T-shirt, get drenched by surprise weather, and then expect fantastic results from a HotHands packet and a space blanket. Don’t be stupid. Both of these items will definitely help to keep you warm, but you don’t want to be fully relying upon them if you can help it.

Wrapping it Up

Above all else, use your head. If you have some serious qualms about what you’re getting yourself into because the weather is looking more iffy than normal, then don’t go. That’s how you avoid putting yourself in a survival situation to begin with. When you are out though, following the above advice will help to ensure that you not only stay as warm as possible, but safe from hypothermia and frostbite as well.

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Preparing For The Apocalypse By Living Off-Grid

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Living “off the grid” to most people sounds like something only someone with a secret to hide might do — but the truth is, when it comes to the end of the world, it’s going to be the safest place. Not only are you likely already well out of any nuclear and zombie-attack range brought about by big cities, but if you’ve been doing it for a few years and are settled into a regular day-by-day operation, you’re going to survive a lot longer than anyone in the city who thinks it’ll be easy.

Maybe they know about water filtration and how to start a fire, but what about after the portable camping generator dies? What about after the gasoline runs out? Or the RV, tent, or supposed-to-only-be-temporary tarp shelter is torn to shreds by a wild animal? There are only so many defensive bullets and safe spaces available to those who flee into the woods, thinking they can survive with no problems.

Today, I’m here to shed some light on a few of the things overlooked in the common escape plan. After all, the world hasn’t ended just yet, so we’re all still on the same team.

  1. Electricity

    If earlier it sounded like I was ragging on generators, don’t get me wrong: they’ll still incredibly handy for quick electrical pick-me-ups, especially as technology continues to advance and they don’t need as much outside power to keep chugging along.

    But the fact is, most portables generators sold on the market today still require some sort of charging through an outlet or a fuel source. While that might be feasible for a time, chances are even if you’re able to support one, it’s not going to be enough for everything you’re hoping to accomplish, energy-wise. So, unless you plan on packing 20 generators up into the hills, you’re going to have to think of something else.

    The solution is already pretty mainstream: Solar energy, in the form of panels. No longer are they reserved only for the rich man, and are becoming increasingly more popular amongst regular joe-schmoes living in suburban neighborhoods (assuming their HOAs allow them). By 2015, more than a million homes in the USA used solar power.

    What’s better, by utilizing solar energy, you’re not tied down by monthly bills to companies that know and store your personal information — hence that ever-so-desireable off the grid aspect. With the power company no longer able to find you, that one employee who’s sentient even as a zombie won’t be able to use Google Maps to find where you live.

  2. Irrigation

    Along the lines of cutting ties with any big-city company that knows where you live, the water company is next on the list. But without running water, how can you expect to do things like bathe, clean, or raise a sustainable garden in the backyard?

    Off The Grid News gives a thorough guide to creating your own self-sufficient irrigation system, in reference to something that sounds more like a category in competitive sports than anything off the grid: Survival Gardening.

    According to this guide, you’ll likely be getting your water from one of many sources: a spigot (if you still remain on municipal water), a well or reservoir, a natural source like a river or stream, or rainwater. They each have their own pros and cons, but all need a few things: filters ranging from screens to cartridges, water pumps if you’ll pulling from a natural source, and the correct tubing/drip system and layout of your garden.

    Luckily the end of the world will be happening in the future, and there’s nothing wrong with hoarding a bunch of high-tech modern tools to help with this part of the plan — especially since you already have everything hooked up to solar energy and seeking out things to power. There’s nothing in the “Off The Grid Rulebook” that says you have to live like an ancient human, with only rocks and planks of wood at your disposal.

  3. Supplies

    This step is pretty self-explanatory: stock up on non-perishables. This Doomsday Moose article on Prepping Your Homestead for a Natural Disaster specifically lists food, water, and batteries, but I’m going to take it one step further: toiletries, sewing/mending supplies, weapons, books, tools, clothing, shoes, and even some sentimental items.

    In one of my previous articles, I list a few more things like tires, waste treatment systems, and metal detectors, too. Not everything has to be rugged, dirty, and “manly” — creature comforts like a shaved face, deodorant, wet wipes, etc., are going to be just as important once a week turns into a month.

    To touch on weapons, especially — everyone brags about their firearms, everyone dreams about shooting a zombie in the face with a shotgun, but those are: 1. Only favorable to those who actually know how to use and maintain them, and 2. Will eventually run out of ammo.

    Instead, focus on things like baseball bats, knives, swords/blades, and compound bows, whose arrows can be retrieved and reused. Basically, reusable ammo and objects for bludgeoning are best. Also, mace for bears and stuff.

  4. Shelter

    Hopefully by the time the world crumbles, you’ll already be nice and comfy in your mountain cabin, warm by a crackling fire and eating corn on the cob straight from your garden. In that case, good on you, props.

    But, if you aren’t, here are some suggestions: While a fancy, vacation cabin site might be appealing, in the event the world ends, it’s likely going to be less secure, sturdy, and formidable, especially if someone or something comes knocking wanting to remove you from it. Whether that be bears, zombies, or suburban Joe who left his morality back home, giant front-facing windows and low-hanging eaves aren’t going to do much to keep them out.

    I’m not suggesting setting up metal traps, spikes, or trip-wires — unless that’s what you want, in which case, it’s your land and you’re welcome to do that. Moreso, I’m suggesting a few key features to keep your eyes out for:

    1. Secure, heavy doors and entrances, to keep out any unwelcome guests
    2. An underground cellar, in case of unsavory (hurricane level) weather
    3. Thick walls, in case of a nuclear blast — but can also be used to thwart zombies biting through the walls
    4. Just for the fun of it, weapons hidden throughout — over the doors, under the floor rugs, in the mouth of the taxidermy moose hanging over the fireplace

Conclusion

When the end of the world really comes, you’re likely going to be in one of three positions:

  1. Surprised and unprepared.
  2. Surprised, but prepared.
  3. Already living it up with everything in place and no one to fight for supplies at the nearest grocery store.

Which would you prefer?

Not to mention, all of the perks that come with living off the grid anyway, even if the end never comes in your lifetime — disconnecting from municipal government entities like water and power providers, being completely self-sufficient without having to give your money and time away to giant corporate entities, and the overall thrill of living in and of nature, as a non-detrimental entity.

That means no environmental footprint, no destruction of trees or natural springs, living off the land and even contributing fairly to the ecosystem there. Even if the world was destined to keep spinning unchanged for the rest of eternity, doesn’t that still sound like an ideal way to live?

About the Author:
Brooke Faulkner
‘s mission in life is to be prepared for anything life throws at her. As a mother of two, more often than not that includes legos and snotty viruses. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found zipping around the wilderness on her ATV.

A New Look At An Old Story

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     I have often shared with you the astounding new revelations I receive when re-reading familiar Bible passages.  In my ongoing deep dive of the Bible, I have arrived at John, Chapter 6, and the well-known Scripture concerning Jesus walking on water.  I had already read the version of this same story in Matthew, Chapter 14, and in Mark, Chapter 6.  But I was taken aback at the different tone with which John is rendering the facts.
     The preceding verses had just told us about Jesus feeding the 5,000 near the Sea of Galilee. Then in verse 15, the Bible says, Then Jesus, knowing that they were going to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountainside by Himself.  Wait a minute!  I don’t remember anything about the crowds forcing Him to be King in Matthew or Mark!  In fact, Matthew just records that He simply “sent the crowds away”, while Mark says only that He “dismissed the crowds”.  So what is John trying to tell us about this event?
     What I quickly realized was that I needed to kind of boomerang between all three narrations to get the full picture of what happened that day prior to Jesus walking on the water.  When you look at all three versions of the feeding of the 5,000 you can see that Jesus spent the entire day healing the sick (Matthew 14:14) and teaching them many things (Mark 6:34).  The day was nearly done and evening was coming on when the Disciples asked Jesus to send the people away so they could go find something to eat. But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!”  But the Disciples were confused and did not know how to accomplish this task, so Jesus looked up to Heaven, giving thanks to the Father, and proceeded to feed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fish.

     So, how do we come to Jesus withdrawing by Himself out of concern that the crowd was going to force Him to become King?  Think about this for a minute … All day the crowd had been witness to miraculous signs of healing and profound teachings that had come to them as though His words were the voice of God.  Now, they see the crowning miracle of the day with the feeding of the 5,000, and they are convinced they are seeing the Messiah [whom the Prophets had spoken of] come into the world.  Surely, if He can do all they have seen that day, and speaks with such authority, He can rid Judea of the hated Romans and deliver Judah and Jerusalem into the Promised Land the Israelites of old had sought.
     Jesus could feel the hopes of the people rising to a fever pitch. They see Him as a different leader than the Jewish priests and rulers, and they are eager to force Him to become who they believe He is, the Messiah and Deliverer of Judah.  Yet, He appears too modest and does not seem inclined to assume His role as King of the Jews.  Even the Disciples agree with the crowd, hoping that the swelling and popular movement to place Him on the throne would at last entice Him to make His move.
     But Jesus discerns what is happening and understands that to preempt His Father’s plan would result in violence and insurrection, and the spiritual work of the Kingdom on earth would be hindered and obstructed.  He must stop this movement in its tracks!  In Mark, Scripture says that Jesus “immediately insisted that His disciples get into the boat and go ahead [of Him] to the other side to Bethsaida, while He was dismissing the crowd. And after He said goodbye to them, He went to the mountain to pray”.  The fact that He had to insist they go ahead of Him seems to imply there may have been some protest on the part of the Disciples.  Perhaps they didn’t want the crowd’s enthusiasm [for Jesus to take the throne] to go to waste, and were reluctant to let this opportunity slip away.  But Jesus spoke with authority [and foreknowledge of how He must play out His assignment] and commanded them to go to the opposite shore.
     So what was Jesus praying about while up on that mountain by Himself?  The Bible doesn’t tell us, but I don’t think it is wrong to think that He might have prayed for the people to recognize the Divine character of His mission; that they could see beyond the earthly ramifications of a crown and a throne.  And I don’t think it’s wrong to imagine that He prayed for His disciples, that they might endure their dashed hopes as they witnessed His crucifixion, instead of His placement on the throne of David. Perhaps He prayed that they would be able to resist the temptations of the Enemy to dismiss all that He had taught them, and that they would embrace the truth that His Kingdom was not of this world, and it was to be their calling to share [with the world] all that He had taught and commanded them.
     And we can only imagine the thoughts of the Disciples as the wind was literally let out of their sails, as they rowed across the Sea of Galilee.  I find it interesting to examine the writings of Ellen White in her book, The Desire of the Ages, “They had left Jesus with dissatisfied hearts, more impatient with Him than ever before since acknowledging Him as their Lord. They murmured because they had not been permitted to proclaim Him king. They blamed themselves for yielding so readily to His command. They reasoned that if they had been more persistent they might have accomplished their purpose… They knew that Jesus was hated by the Pharisees, and they were eager to see Him exalted as they thought He should be. To be united with a teacher who could work mighty miracles, and yet to be reviled as deceivers, was a trial they could ill endure. Were they always to be accounted followers of a false prophet? Would Christ never assert His authority as king? Why did not He, who possessed such power, reveal Himself in His true character, and make their way less painful? Why had He not saved John the Baptist from a violent death? Thus the disciples reasoned until they brought upon themselves great spiritual darkness. They questioned, Could Jesus be an impostor, as the Pharisees asserted”?
     So as they ruminated while they rowed the three-plus miles across the lake, a storm snuck up on them and they were unprepared for it.  All their impatience with Jesus was gone, and they found themselves in a fight to keep the boat from sinking.  In fact, they entered the boat at evening, but Mark 6:48 says they were straining at the oars during the fourth watch of the night (from 3 am to 6 am) when they saw Jesus walking on the water towards them, so they fought the waves and wind for quite awhile.

     They were terrified, and so they could not discern that He had never taken His eyes off of them.  He knew they were to bring His Light to the world, and was not about to let their stubborn hearts or unholy ambition [regarding Him] swamp that boat.  And when He acts like He is going to pass them by, they cry out for His help, and He identifies Himself [as the I AM] and bids them not to be afraid.  Note that only Matthew records the episode of Peter walking on the water. Only Peter has the courage to question Jesus if it is really Him, and says, “If it is really You, command me to come to you on the water”. Jesus says, “Come”, and keeping his eyes fixed on Jesus, Peter walks upon the surface of the water! But when he took his eyes off Jesus, and starting looking at the effects of the wind and the waves, he begins to sink, and cries out “Save me”!
     But Jesus immediately reaches out His hand and catches Peter from sinking beneath the waves.  And what does He say to Peter? “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” I believe that question is at the heart of so many unfulfilled Christian lives. So now I ask you, how often have you reacted the same as the Disciples? How many times have you predetermined who you wanted Jesus to be, or how you wanted Him to take action in your life — and then been disappointed when it didn’t turn out how you hoped it would?  And how often, when confronted with a frightening episode in your life, you begin [like Peter] with staying focused on Jesus and His promises, and then the effects of the storm in your life draws your attention away from Him, you take your eyes off Him, and the next thing you know, you are drowning in fear and doubt?  And, finally, how often do you dismiss the supernatural in a life that is in relationship with Jesus — or are you even willing to accept His healing or His supernatural provision?
     We can learn a lot from this familiar episode in the life of the Disciples and Jesus.  When we keep our focus on Jesus and are willing to receive the Truth of what He did in John 6 on that mountainside near the Sea of Galillee — His healing, His teachings and His supernatural provision — then He can do the same great things through us.  When you step out in faith (like Peter did upon the water), you will be able to do things you could never do on your own, and your life will be a living testimony of what the Kingdom life is like on earth.  That’s how Jesus intends us to live! Are you willing to trust Him?

Hebrews 10:23   Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; 
     

Best Bushcraft Tips To Learn And Share For Survival

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Bushcraft survival tips are a very hot topic in the prepper community, especially considering that old saying about “the more skills one has, the less gear one needs.” This “omnia mea mecum porto” (a Latin proverb meaning “all that’s mine I carry with me”) mindset is a prepper’s greatest asset, and I really did not mean it to rhyme.

To begin with, one may ask what on Earth is bushcraft?

In layman’s terms, bushcraft is what kept our ancestors alive and kicking for tens of thousands of years, well before the invention of agriculture, cozy cities, and our modern-day conveniences. Bushcraft is the ancient art of survival in the wilderness, using only the (sometimes scarce) resources provided by “the great outdoors.”

Keep reading to get the essentials!

Bushcraft is basically a fancy Aussie word for wilderness survival and it combines the know-how with regard to DYI-ing basic tools with how to use animals and plants at your disposal for outdoor survival in a SHTF scenario.

 

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For true-blue preppers, learning bushcraft skills will increase your survival chances exponentially in a nasty environment/situation, via  increasing your ability to adapt to new challenges and unforeseen situations.

You Can’t Skips the Basics

The more self-sufficient and confident one is, the better. The quintessential bushcraft skills to master include hunting/trapping game, food foraging, shelter building, water gathering/purification, and fire making.

Basically, everything that revolves around food-water-shelter, the holy trinity of survival, is an essential skill to master for a survivalist.

Let’s make a basic list, so you could count them better!

  • When it comes to living off the land, as in food foraging, one must have in-depth knowledge of local flora, which is essential when it comes to efficiently harvesting edibles whilst at the same time avoiding toxic plants.
  • Camp cooking is also a must-learn skill for outdoor enthusiasts. And speaking of flora, remember that cattails are edible and easy to find in shallow waters along the shore. Read my article about cattails for further reference.
  • Trapping and hunting/stalking game is all about knowing how to build snares, how to use lures, how to fish (always remember to pack fishing gear in your survival kit), how to read animal signs while hiding your own (human) scent, making cordage, tying knots, cleaning/dressing/cooking game in the field, and the whole nine yards.
  • A solid survivalist must be able to gather and purify water by using an improvised water filter, and also know how to make a fire for boiling/purifying water, and so forth and so on.
  • Shelter building skills must include knowledge of how to make cordage, how to tie a good knot, how to harvest building materials (branches, fallen trees), how to use a knife for batoning, how to waterproof/make natural insulation for your shelter, etc.
  • Knowing how to start a fire in the wild using readily available materials is a must-learn art, including gathering tinder, collecting wood, building a fire pit, building a fire plough/a bow drill, or other device, and you should also know the different types of fires and their best uses in a particular situation.

If you’re just starting out in the fine art of bushcrafting, you should focus on basic survival skills, such as batoning wood, making simple tools, knot-tying techniques, basic fire starting, and building basic camp structures, including the tripod.

If you’ve already acquired basic bushcraft skills, you should concentrate on shelter building, foraging for food, building a fire without lighters/matches, basic trapping and making snares, and water purification.

For advanced bushcrafters (I am not sure that word really exists), you can engage in complex projects, such as land navigation (celestial navigation for example), making cordage and rope using plant fibers or animal tendons, tracking, and advanced structure building.

Now, let’s talk about some tips and tricks, because after all, that’s what today’s article is all about.

Tell Someone That You’re Leaving

To begin with, remember that communication is key. Before going out on a trip, tell someone about your plan, including where you’ll be going, for how long, and also share if you have a specific route set up (it would help with tracking you down in a SHTF scenario).

Don’t Lose Your Temper

Next, remember to keep your composure in any situation. Always remain calm, cool, and collected, think positive, and hope for the best while preparing for the worst. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but optimism goes a long way, even in a SHTF scenario. No matter how alone and scared you may feel, everything starts with your attitude in a survival situation.

If something doesn’t work as it should – let’s say starting a fire in the wilderness, for example – keep calm, don’t rush, and don’t panic. Just stop, relax, breathe in-out and try something else.

Proper Tools

Remember that at its most basic level, wilderness survival, aka bushcraft, is surviving out there in the woods with nothing more than an edged tool (say, a knife) and the clothes on your back.

Which takes us to the next tip: a blade (read survival knife) is one of the most important tools to have in a survival situation.

A light and sturdy blade is as important to the bushcrafter as the katana is for the samurai. And yes, I am  talking about a high-quality, full-tang blade, which may be used for a multitude of purposes, ranging from self-defense to digging a shelter.

Another must-have and highly versatile bushcraft tool is a hatchet or a tomahawk. Given its design, a hatchet is perfect for heavy-duty tasks such as chopping wood, splitting logs, hammering (posts or stakes), butchering large game, and so on and so forth. If two items are too much for your “money”, you can go for the ultimate bushcraft tool: the machete.

A machete can be described as the best of both worlds, being a hybrid of sorts between a hatchet and a knife. And yes, a high-quality solid machete can be used for digging, chopping wood, clearing bush, batoning, and more.

However, the best bushcraft tool is the one you have on your person, so don’t complicate things too much, alright?

Considering the fact that death from exposure is a regular occurrence when it comes to outdoor survival scenarios, you must always pack some type of shelter in your EDC survival kit (a poncho, a $1 tarp, etc.), together with a couple of large, contractor-sized garbage bags.

When filled with leaves, the garbage bags will make for awesome insulating pads on which you can sleep or sit.

Video first seen on KGB Survivalist.

You should  carry a good-quality fire starter with you at all times, tied and braided to your knife lanyard, and I am talking about waxed jute twine. Always remember to pack a couple of protein bars in your survival kit; they’re incredibly nutritious and lightweight. Also, they don’t spoil easily.

Learning basic body insulation methods may be a life saver in many survival scenarios. Think about stuffing leaves, newspaper, or dry grass under your clothes, so you’ll be retaining body heat in harsh weather conditions.

If you wrap plastic bags (remember those garbage bags?) around the leaves on a tree, the sun will evaporate the water from the inside of the leaves, which will then be forced to condensate on the inside of the plastic bag (read trapped inside).

The same trick can be used to extract water from plants.

Now that you know these survival tricks, would you make it on your own if stranded deep in the wild?

Now, it’s your turn. What are your favorite survival tips you’d like to share with us?

Feel free to comment below.

This article has been written by Chris Black for Survivopedia.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

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Here is my dilemma, how can I get my neighbors to be prepared for the unexpected? I have mentioned to you before that I am asked to teach classes to churches, businesses, and subdivisions about food storage and emergency preparedness. As I stand in front of groups I can tell if a group understands the importance of working together as a neighborhood. Mark and I had dinner with friends last night and we started talking about the importance of neighbors working together as a team if and when a disaster hits our neighborhood. About six years ago I taught classes for one hour every week on Wednesday’s to whoever saw my sign outside that said “Food Storage Moms”. I then sent out emails and posted my message about the FREE classes on Facebook. I also tried to encourage people to gather their important documents and place them in a binder.

I charged a small fee for the binders at my cost. I provided the dividers, zippered bags, paper protectors for pages to include in their binders. I shared food storage by having a taste testing of the various freeze-dried fruits and vegetables for everyone who came to try them out. I had a few speakers come and talk about walkie talkies from a search and rescue team. They suggested the ones we needed. Here are the ones they suggested at the time. Walkie Talkies

Well, two other families joined Mark and me for our quest to be connected by choosing channels on our walkie talkies so we can check on each other after a disaster or pandemic. It’s frustrating for me not to be able to sell at my cost to others items as critical as these and my book at local churches and neighborhoods. Here’s the deal, I am not selling trinkets or frivolous items. I understand the tax issues etc. BUT I am paying the taxes. So, for whatever excuses they have, very few are prepared in my neighborhood. I’m grateful for those that are, but I cannot feed or hydrate the entire neighborhood.

This is why I am writing this post to get ideas from you, my readers. I would love it if my neighborhood felt the need to be prepared. Do you sometimes wish you could shout from the roof tops,”please store water or how full is your pantry”? Is your gas tank partially full? Do you have flashlights with extra batteries, etc?

I know of maybe eight families in my neighborhood who are self-reliant or at least partially prepared. I know for sure that four families heeded my advice to get some food storage and water. I realize some people are living paycheck to paycheck. I know that feeling, trust me.

After a year of doing these meetings, I decided to teach the world. I thought if I can’t get more than a handful of my neighborhood to “get it” I will try and teach whoever sees my blog. I will forever be grateful for being interviewed by The New York Times after six months of my blog going live. Then I was honored to be asked to write a book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. Then, I was interviewed by a group who helped gather information for Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” 

So today, I am asking for your help, how are you getting your neighborhoods prepared to work together as a team? Here are some things I have tried. I would love to add 50 ideas if you have them. I realize after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, people will “get it” after remember seeing the horrific water storms and the empty grocery stores. They may remember to fill their gas tanks to 3/4 full, just in case.

But what about three weeks from now or three months, will they pick up an extra can of beans or a case of water? I really need your help on this one today. I thank you in advance.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Team Members:

Decide who to invite to your neighborhood team. Or maybe don’t have a team at all. Just hand out information when asked about it.

Emergency Contact Info:

We need to share family members phone numbers, emails, and addresses so we can contact people if we need to after a disaster. It would be helpful just to contact a family member if we have a minor disaster in our neighborhood.

Meetings:

Have a meeting once a week or once a month to decide what we need as a group or as individuals.

Emails:

Send emails about good deals available, ask for money up front before ordering so no one is stuck with the bill.

72-Hour Kits:

Here is my list which is really long, but have them pick and choose what fits their needs. 72-Hour Kits-Adult Size

I had a reader on Facebook today write this comment: (Roxy)  I have a lot of friends in small apartments who don’t have the space for major storage. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a Rubbermaid tote to allow a small sense of security that really isn’t too expensive. Encourage people to start small as being prepared can seem overwhelming. Something as simple as buying a few cans of beans or a pack of water each pay period is attainable for most.

Skills:

Ask what skills each person has to bring to the table if needed.

Tools:

What tools do the team players have if we need them after a disaster, like chainsaws? That neighbor down the street that has one maybe your new best friend after a disaster.

First Aid Supplies:

Order first aid supplies in bulk and divide them out as ordered, paid for in advance.

Food Storage:

Decide what food products people would like to purchase and save money by buying a case and splitting the cost.

Wheat Grinders:

Who have some electric ones, who have hand grind ones? Who has some hard wheat? Who knows how to make bread, biscuits or crackers?

Water Storage:

Order high capacity water tanks, you’ll save money and then fill them with a lead-free hose.

Order WaterBricks and split the cost if they are cheaper by purchasing eight to ten of them.

Decide what types of water containers people can store in their homes.

Order Water Preserver (you only need to rotate the water every five years).

Talk about how much water is needed for each family for each day.

Solar Power Items:

Check Costco for a Roadshow for emergency preparedness items coming. Goal Zero has great prices when they come there. They have items needed for people who use CPAP’s and nebulizers, to name just a few.

Paper Products:

Have everyone stock up on paper goods, like plates, paper towels, paper cups (hot and cold), and plastic silverware. Baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper and Depends for the elderly if needed for older neighbors.

Store black 33-gallon garbage bags, you will need many, trust me.

Fuel Storage:

Ask how much fuel each one has stored and what kind. Propane, charcoal, lump charcoal, pine cones, raw wood and butane canisters are all examples.

Cooking Devices/Stoves:

See the kinds of outside cooking devices each family has. For instance, Camp Chef stove/ovens, Volcano Stoves, Dax Stove, Butane stoves, etc. Please practice with all cooking devices before you need them after a disaster.

Who has Dutch ovens, griddles, how many and what size?

Flashlights:

Flashlights, make sure every family has several flash lights, batteries, and lanterns, to name a few items.

Large Equipment:

Who has access to a back hoe if needed?

Washing and Drying Clothes:

Who have clotheslines, washing buckets and clothespins? Bleach is for safety measures.

Portable Potty:

Who has a portable potty with the necessary 10-gallon bags, with kitty litter or Reliance Bio Blue

How can I get my neighbors to be prepared? It’s not if, but when we have a disaster we must work together as a team. Do you know your neighbors? Do you want to know your neighbors?

Survival food storage by Linda

What you can do when the power is out by Linda

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How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Here is my dilemma, how can I get my neighbors to be prepared for the unexpected? I have mentioned to you before that I am asked to teach classes to churches, businesses, and subdivisions about food storage and emergency preparedness. As I stand in front of groups I can tell if a group understands the importance of working together as a neighborhood. Mark and I had dinner with friends last night and we started talking about the importance of neighbors working together as a team if and when a disaster hits our neighborhood. About six years ago I taught classes for one hour every week on Wednesday’s to whoever saw my sign outside that said “Food Storage Moms”. I then sent out emails and posted my message about the FREE classes on Facebook. I also tried to encourage people to gather their important documents and place them in a binder.

I charged a small fee for the binders at my cost. I provided the dividers, zippered bags, paper protectors for pages to include in their binders. I shared food storage by having a taste testing of the various freeze-dried fruits and vegetables for everyone who came to try them out. I had a few speakers come and talk about walkie talkies from a search and rescue team. They suggested the ones we needed. Here are the ones they suggested at the time. Walkie Talkies

Well, two other families joined Mark and me for our quest to be connected by choosing channels on our walkie talkies so we can check on each other after a disaster or pandemic. It’s frustrating for me not to be able to sell at my cost to others items as critical as these and my book at local churches and neighborhoods. Here’s the deal, I am not selling trinkets or frivolous items. I understand the tax issues etc. BUT I am paying the taxes. So, for whatever excuses they have, very few are prepared in my neighborhood. I’m grateful for those that are, but I cannot feed or hydrate the entire neighborhood.

This is why I am writing this post to get ideas from you, my readers. I would love it if my neighborhood felt the need to be prepared. Do you sometimes wish you could shout from the roof tops,”please store water or how full is your pantry”? Is your gas tank partially full? Do you have flashlights with extra batteries, etc?

I know of maybe eight families in my neighborhood who are self-reliant or at least partially prepared. I know for sure that four families heeded my advice to get some food storage and water. I realize some people are living paycheck to paycheck. I know that feeling, trust me.

After a year of doing these meetings, I decided to teach the world. I thought if I can’t get more than a handful of my neighborhood to “get it” I will try and teach whoever sees my blog. I will forever be grateful for being interviewed by The New York Times after six months of my blog going live. Then I was honored to be asked to write a book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. Then, I was interviewed by a group who helped gather information for Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” 

So today, I am asking for your help, how are you getting your neighborhoods prepared to work together as a team? Here are some things I have tried. I would love to add 50 ideas if you have them. I realize after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, people will “get it” after remember seeing the horrific water storms and the empty grocery stores. They may remember to fill their gas tanks to 3/4 full, just in case.

But what about three weeks from now or three months, will they pick up an extra can of beans or a case of water? I really need your help on this one today. I thank you in advance.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Team Members:

Decide who to invite to your neighborhood team. Or maybe don’t have a team at all. Just hand out information when asked about it.

Emergency Contact Info:

We need to share family members phone numbers, emails, and addresses so we can contact people if we need to after a disaster. It would be helpful just to contact a family member if we have a minor disaster in our neighborhood.

Meetings:

Have a meeting once a week or once a month to decide what we need as a group or as individuals.

Emails:

Send emails about good deals available, ask for money up front before ordering so no one is stuck with the bill.

72-Hour Kits:

Here is my list which is really long, but have them pick and choose what fits their needs. 72-Hour Kits-Adult Size

I had a reader on Facebook today write this comment: (Roxy)  I have a lot of friends in small apartments who don’t have the space for major storage. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a Rubbermaid tote to allow a small sense of security that really isn’t too expensive. Encourage people to start small as being prepared can seem overwhelming. Something as simple as buying a few cans of beans or a pack of water each pay period is attainable for most.

Skills:

Ask what skills each person has to bring to the table if needed.

Tools:

What tools do the team players have if we need them after a disaster, like chainsaws? That neighbor down the street that has one maybe your new best friend after a disaster.

First Aid Supplies:

Order first aid supplies in bulk and divide them out as ordered, paid for in advance.

Food Storage:

Decide what food products people would like to purchase and save money by buying a case and splitting the cost.

Wheat Grinders:

Who have some electric ones, who have hand grind ones? Who has some hard wheat? Who knows how to make bread, biscuits or crackers?

Water Storage:

Order high capacity water tanks, you’ll save money and then fill them with a lead-free hose.

Order WaterBricks and split the cost if they are cheaper by purchasing eight to ten of them.

Decide what types of water containers people can store in their homes.

Order Water Preserver (you only need to rotate the water every five years).

Talk about how much water is needed for each family for each day.

Solar Power Items:

Check Costco for a Roadshow for emergency preparedness items coming. Goal Zero has great prices when they come there. They have items needed for people who use CPAP’s and nebulizers, to name just a few.

Paper Products:

Have everyone stock up on paper goods, like plates, paper towels, paper cups (hot and cold), and plastic silverware. Baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper and Depends for the elderly if needed for older neighbors.

Store black 33-gallon garbage bags, you will need many, trust me.

Fuel Storage:

Ask how much fuel each one has stored and what kind. Propane, charcoal, lump charcoal, pine cones, raw wood and butane canisters are all examples.

Cooking Devices/Stoves:

See the kinds of outside cooking devices each family has. For instance, Camp Chef stove/ovens, Volcano Stoves, Dax Stove, Butane stoves, etc. Please practice with all cooking devices before you need them after a disaster.

Who has Dutch ovens, griddles, how many and what size?

Flashlights:

Flashlights, make sure every family has several flash lights, batteries, and lanterns, to name a few items.

Large Equipment:

Who has access to a back hoe if needed?

Washing and Drying Clothes:

Who have clotheslines, washing buckets and clothespins? Bleach is for safety measures.

Portable Potty:

Who has a portable potty with the necessary 10-gallon bags, with kitty litter or Reliance Bio Blue

How can I get my neighbors to be prepared? It’s not if, but when we have a disaster we must work together as a team. Do you know your neighbors? Do you want to know your neighbors?

Survival food storage by Linda

What you can do when the power is out by Linda

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How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Here is my dilemma, how can I get my neighbors to be prepared for the unexpected? I have mentioned to you before that I am asked to teach classes to churches, businesses, and subdivisions about food storage and emergency preparedness. As I stand in front of groups I can tell if a group understands the importance of working together as a neighborhood. Mark and I had dinner with friends last night and we started talking about the importance of neighbors working together as a team if and when a disaster hits our neighborhood. About six years ago I taught classes for one hour every week on Wednesday’s to whoever saw my sign outside that said “Food Storage Moms”. I then sent out emails and posted my message about the FREE classes on Facebook. I also tried to encourage people to gather their important documents and place them in a binder.

I charged a small fee for the binders at my cost. I provided the dividers, zippered bags, paper protectors for pages to include in their binders. I shared food storage by having a taste testing of the various freeze-dried fruits and vegetables for everyone who came to try them out. I had a few speakers come and talk about walkie talkies from a search and rescue team. They suggested the ones we needed. Here are the ones they suggested at the time. Walkie Talkies

Well, two other families joined Mark and me for our quest to be connected by choosing channels on our walkie talkies so we can check on each other after a disaster or pandemic. It’s frustrating for me not to be able to sell at my cost to others items as critical as these and my book at local churches and neighborhoods. Here’s the deal, I am not selling trinkets or frivolous items. I understand the tax issues etc. BUT I am paying the taxes. So, for whatever excuses they have, very few are prepared in my neighborhood. I’m grateful for those that are, but I cannot feed or hydrate the entire neighborhood.

This is why I am writing this post to get ideas from you, my readers. I would love it if my neighborhood felt the need to be prepared. Do you sometimes wish you could shout from the roof tops,”please store water or how full is your pantry”? Is your gas tank partially full? Do you have flashlights with extra batteries, etc?

I know of maybe eight families in my neighborhood who are self-reliant or at least partially prepared. I know for sure that four families heeded my advice to get some food storage and water. I realize some people are living paycheck to paycheck. I know that feeling, trust me.

After a year of doing these meetings, I decided to teach the world. I thought if I can’t get more than a handful of my neighborhood to “get it” I will try and teach whoever sees my blog. I will forever be grateful for being interviewed by The New York Times after six months of my blog going live. Then I was honored to be asked to write a book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. Then, I was interviewed by a group who helped gather information for Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” 

So today, I am asking for your help, how are you getting your neighborhoods prepared to work together as a team? Here are some things I have tried. I would love to add 50 ideas if you have them. I realize after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, people will “get it” after remember seeing the horrific water storms and the empty grocery stores. They may remember to fill their gas tanks to 3/4 full, just in case.

But what about three weeks from now or three months, will they pick up an extra can of beans or a case of water? I really need your help on this one today. I thank you in advance.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Team Members:

Decide who to invite to your neighborhood team. Or maybe don’t have a team at all. Just hand out information when asked about it.

Emergency Contact Info:

We need to share family members phone numbers, emails, and addresses so we can contact people if we need to after a disaster. It would be helpful just to contact a family member if we have a minor disaster in our neighborhood.

Meetings:

Have a meeting once a week or once a month to decide what we need as a group or as individuals.

Emails:

Send emails about good deals available, ask for money up front before ordering so no one is stuck with the bill.

72-Hour Kits:

Here is my list which is really long, but have them pick and choose what fits their needs. 72-Hour Kits-Adult Size

I had a reader on Facebook today write this comment: (Roxy)  I have a lot of friends in small apartments who don’t have the space for major storage. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a Rubbermaid tote to allow a small sense of security that really isn’t too expensive. Encourage people to start small as being prepared can seem overwhelming. Something as simple as buying a few cans of beans or a pack of water each pay period is attainable for most.

Skills:

Ask what skills each person has to bring to the table if needed.

Tools:

What tools do the team players have if we need them after a disaster, like chainsaws? That neighbor down the street that has one maybe your new best friend after a disaster.

First Aid Supplies:

Order first aid supplies in bulk and divide them out as ordered, paid for in advance.

Food Storage:

Decide what food products people would like to purchase and save money by buying a case and splitting the cost.

Wheat Grinders:

Who have some electric ones, who have hand grind ones? Who has some hard wheat? Who knows how to make bread, biscuits or crackers?

Water Storage:

Order high capacity water tanks, you’ll save money and then fill them with a lead-free hose.

Order WaterBricks and split the cost if they are cheaper by purchasing eight to ten of them.

Decide what types of water containers people can store in their homes.

Order Water Preserver (you only need to rotate the water every five years).

Talk about how much water is needed for each family for each day.

Solar Power Items:

Check Costco for a Roadshow for emergency preparedness items coming. Goal Zero has great prices when they come there. They have items needed for people who use CPAP’s and nebulizers, to name just a few.

Paper Products:

Have everyone stock up on paper goods, like plates, paper towels, paper cups (hot and cold), and plastic silverware. Baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper and Depends for the elderly if needed for older neighbors.

Store black 33-gallon garbage bags, you will need many, trust me.

Fuel Storage:

Ask how much fuel each one has stored and what kind. Propane, charcoal, lump charcoal, pine cones, raw wood and butane canisters are all examples.

Cooking Devices/Stoves:

See the kinds of outside cooking devices each family has. For instance, Camp Chef stove/ovens, Volcano Stoves, Dax Stove, Butane stoves, etc. Please practice with all cooking devices before you need them after a disaster.

Who has Dutch ovens, griddles, how many and what size?

Flashlights:

Flashlights, make sure every family has several flash lights, batteries, and lanterns, to name a few items.

Large Equipment:

Who has access to a back hoe if needed?

Washing and Drying Clothes:

Who have clotheslines, washing buckets and clothespins? Bleach is for safety measures.

Portable Potty:

Who has a portable potty with the necessary 10-gallon bags, with kitty litter or Reliance Bio Blue

How can I get my neighbors to be prepared? It’s not if, but when we have a disaster we must work together as a team. Do you know your neighbors? Do you want to know your neighbors?

Survival food storage by Linda

What you can do when the power is out by Linda

The post How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Here is my dilemma, how can I get my neighbors to be prepared for the unexpected? I have mentioned to you before that I am asked to teach classes to churches, businesses, and subdivisions about food storage and emergency preparedness. As I stand in front of groups I can tell if a group understands the importance of working together as a neighborhood. Mark and I had dinner with friends last night and we started talking about the importance of neighbors working together as a team if and when a disaster hits our neighborhood. About six years ago I taught classes for one hour every week on Wednesday’s to whoever saw my sign outside that said “Food Storage Moms”. I then sent out emails and posted my message about the FREE classes on Facebook. I also tried to encourage people to gather their important documents and place them in a binder.

I charged a small fee for the binders at my cost. I provided the dividers, zippered bags, paper protectors for pages to include in their binders. I shared food storage by having a taste testing of the various freeze-dried fruits and vegetables for everyone who came to try them out. I had a few speakers come and talk about walkie talkies from a search and rescue team. They suggested the ones we needed. Here are the ones they suggested at the time. Walkie Talkies

Well, two other families joined Mark and me for our quest to be connected by choosing channels on our walkie talkies so we can check on each other after a disaster or pandemic. It’s frustrating for me not to be able to sell at my cost to others items as critical as these and my book at local churches and neighborhoods. Here’s the deal, I am not selling trinkets or frivolous items. I understand the tax issues etc. BUT I am paying the taxes. So, for whatever excuses they have, very few are prepared in my neighborhood. I’m grateful for those that are, but I cannot feed or hydrate the entire neighborhood.

This is why I am writing this post to get ideas from you, my readers. I would love it if my neighborhood felt the need to be prepared. Do you sometimes wish you could shout from the roof tops,”please store water or how full is your pantry”? Is your gas tank partially full? Do you have flashlights with extra batteries, etc?

I know of maybe eight families in my neighborhood who are self-reliant or at least partially prepared. I know for sure that four families heeded my advice to get some food storage and water. I realize some people are living paycheck to paycheck. I know that feeling, trust me.

After a year of doing these meetings, I decided to teach the world. I thought if I can’t get more than a handful of my neighborhood to “get it” I will try and teach whoever sees my blog. I will forever be grateful for being interviewed by The New York Times after six months of my blog going live. Then I was honored to be asked to write a book “Prepare Your Family For Survival”. Then, I was interviewed by a group who helped gather information for Ted Koppel’s book “Lights Out” 

So today, I am asking for your help, how are you getting your neighborhoods prepared to work together as a team? Here are some things I have tried. I would love to add 50 ideas if you have them. I realize after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, people will “get it” after remember seeing the horrific water storms and the empty grocery stores. They may remember to fill their gas tanks to 3/4 full, just in case.

But what about three weeks from now or three months, will they pick up an extra can of beans or a case of water? I really need your help on this one today. I thank you in advance.

How Can I Get My Neighbors To Be Prepared

Team Members:

Decide who to invite to your neighborhood team. Or maybe don’t have a team at all. Just hand out information when asked about it.

Emergency Contact Info:

We need to share family members phone numbers, emails, and addresses so we can contact people if we need to after a disaster. It would be helpful just to contact a family member if we have a minor disaster in our neighborhood.

Meetings:

Have a meeting once a week or once a month to decide what we need as a group or as individuals.

Emails:

Send emails about good deals available, ask for money up front before ordering so no one is stuck with the bill.

72-Hour Kits:

Here is my list which is really long, but have them pick and choose what fits their needs. 72-Hour Kits-Adult Size

I had a reader on Facebook today write this comment: (Roxy)  I have a lot of friends in small apartments who don’t have the space for major storage. You’d be surprised how much you can fit into a Rubbermaid tote to allow a small sense of security that really isn’t too expensive. Encourage people to start small as being prepared can seem overwhelming. Something as simple as buying a few cans of beans or a pack of water each pay period is attainable for most.

Skills:

Ask what skills each person has to bring to the table if needed.

Tools:

What tools do the team players have if we need them after a disaster, like chainsaws? That neighbor down the street that has one maybe your new best friend after a disaster.

First Aid Supplies:

Order first aid supplies in bulk and divide them out as ordered, paid for in advance.

Food Storage:

Decide what food products people would like to purchase and save money by buying a case and splitting the cost.

Wheat Grinders:

Who have some electric ones, who have hand grind ones? Who has some hard wheat? Who knows how to make bread, biscuits or crackers?

Water Storage:

Order high capacity water tanks, you’ll save money and then fill them with a lead-free hose.

Order WaterBricks and split the cost if they are cheaper by purchasing eight to ten of them.

Decide what types of water containers people can store in their homes.

Order Water Preserver (you only need to rotate the water every five years).

Talk about how much water is needed for each family for each day.

Solar Power Items:

Check Costco for a Roadshow for emergency preparedness items coming. Goal Zero has great prices when they come there. They have items needed for people who use CPAP’s and nebulizers, to name just a few.

Paper Products:

Have everyone stock up on paper goods, like plates, paper towels, paper cups (hot and cold), and plastic silverware. Baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper and Depends for the elderly if needed for older neighbors.

Store black 33-gallon garbage bags, you will need many, trust me.

Fuel Storage:

Ask how much fuel each one has stored and what kind. Propane, charcoal, lump charcoal, pine cones, raw wood and butane canisters are all examples.

Cooking Devices/Stoves:

See the kinds of outside cooking devices each family has. For instance, Camp Chef stove/ovens, Volcano Stoves, Dax Stove, Butane stoves, etc. Please practice with all cooking devices before you need them after a disaster.

Who has Dutch ovens, griddles, how many and what size?

Flashlights:

Flashlights, make sure every family has several flash lights, batteries, and lanterns, to name a few items.

Large Equipment:

Who has access to a back hoe if needed?

Washing and Drying Clothes:

Who have clotheslines, washing buckets and clothespins? Bleach is for safety measures.

Portable Potty:

Who has a portable potty with the necessary 10-gallon bags, with kitty litter or Reliance Bio Blue

How can I get my neighbors to be prepared? It’s not if, but when we have a disaster we must work together as a team. Do you know your neighbors? Do you want to know your neighbors?

Survival food storage by Linda

What you can do when the power is out by Linda

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How to make Bannock or Indian Bread, the food of mountain men

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Back in the 18th century, every day was a survival situation for most people in North America. Obtaining and eating foods with a high-calorie intake was a great challenge. The taste wasn’t a priority back then and people were looking for calories and durability. Such food is the bannock or Indian bread, and it is … Read more…

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How to make Bannock or Indian Bread, the food of mountain men

Back in the 18th century, every day was a survival situation for most people in North America. Obtaining and eating foods with a high-calorie intake was a great challenge. The taste wasn’t a priority back then and people were looking for calories and durability. Such food is the bannock or Indian bread, and it is … Read more…

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25 Survival Uses for Ammo Cans

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Old ammo cans are incredibly useful if you’re a prepper. They’re designed to be sturdy, stackable, waterproof, and easy to transport (with handles on the top and the front). That’s why militaries have been using them for decades. There are several sizes and shapes, but they all have the same basic design which hasn’t been […]

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Prepping should not be 24/7 serious…

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Prepping should not be 24/7 serious… Ray Becker… “The Ray Becker Show” Audio player provided! In the first segment I 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 … Continue reading Prepping should not be 24/7 serious…

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