Survival Gear Review: Milwaukee Sawzall

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Created in 1951, the Milwaukee Sawzall has been destroying wood, metal, nails, bolts, pipe and stone ever Milwaukee_Sawzall_battery_posingsince. With it’s few moving parts, fast blade changes, variable speed, and a near unlimited number of blade options, the Sawzall is first and often only choice when speed and results are more important than precision and stealth.

By Doc Montana, a Contributing Author to SHTFBlog and SurvivalCache.com

The Milwaukee Sawzall is a reciprocating saw of which there are many brands. Most major power tool manufacturers sell a reciprocating saw, but the Milwaukee Sawzall is the original. Lately battery-tool options have pushed the reciprocating saws well beyond the extension cord, outside the construction site and into the hands of fire/rescue personnel. And from there it was a short hop into the survival kit for those who are a little more prepared than most.

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The real breakthrough came with the high-capacity Lithium-Polymer batteries that give the battery-powered Milwaukee_Sawzall_gun_in_handSawzall near-corded performance. With 18 volts and 9 amp-hours of run time, the ability to swap blades and batteries will keep the Sawzall in the destruction fight until the job is done. Using a corded saw, here’s a video showing 73 seconds of saw time to cut a car in half.

Reciprocating saw blades come in many lengths but three main flavors of cutting prowess: those for wood (mostly), those for metal (mostly) and those for both. There are a few less common options for cutting cast iron, stone, trees, and plastics, but the survival/rescue side usually leans towards the combination blade or metal cutters.

A Survival Lightsaber (almost)

Much of the cutting magic is found in the dance between number of teeth per inch and the reciprocating speedMilwaukee_Sawzall_blade_kit of the saw. For instance, a popular general purpose survival choice might be the six-inch 18-tooth metal cutter, or perhaps the nine-inch 12-tooth combination blade. But luckily, you can have both. And others. And more. By finding the cutting sweet-spot of blade type and blade speed, the ideal recipe for slicing up whatever you’ve got can be found quickly. Full speed is always an option, but it might just dull your blade faster and heat up your workspace.

Some specific uses include using the five-tooth Sawzall Axe blade to cut through windshield glass and reinforced protective plastics. Or the 14-tooth Sawzall Torch blade to slice through chain link fence like butter. Need to go through a wood door with metal hardware, the Sawzall Wrecker blade is a good choice. Slicing bolts and rebar is child’s play for the right blade, and cutting your way into a vehicle or out of a building is a powerful breaching option camouflaged as a common power tool.

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If I had to choose only one blade, it would be the nine-inch 8-teeth per inch Diablo Steel Demon carbide-Milwaukee_Sawzall_Diablo_extreme_metal_cuttingtipped thick-metal cutting blade. A few companies even make specific “rescue/demolition” blades in bright emergency yellow color and averaging 12 teeth per inch in lengths from six inches to 12 inches.

Some of the best blade choices regardless of length or teeth is bi-metal technology. Bi-metal means that the blade is actually a composite of two metals, a harder high-speed steel for the teeth, and a durable and flexible spring steel for the blade body. The two metals are welded together creating a stronger blade that stays sharp longer.

Always Use Protection

When using the Sawzall, eye protection is a must, and ear pro is highly recommended. Gloves are also a good Milwaukee_Sawzall_closeupidea because there is nothing subtle about the way the Sawzall cuts. It’s violent, aggressive, and permanent. Once the jackhammer-like action of the Sawzall starts up, the blade strokes back and forth at hundreds to thousands of times a minute, or if the blade jams, the saw starts slam dancing, the blade bends or snaps, or usually a combination of the above. A key element to successful and safe Sawzalling involves keeping the shoe tight against your workpiece. The shoe is the adjustable metal plate between the blade and the saw body. By pushing the shoe against what you are cutting, the reciprocating motion is only with the blade. But if you loosen your grip, the saw will buck violently. Because the Sawzall cuts with impunity, you must take care around electrical and gas lines, and the heat generated by the sawing friction can start a fire.

If rescuing a person, don’t forget that the jabbing blade on the far side of cut can do serious damage to flesh so apply the necessary safeguards and distance when operating the saw. Additional protection should be provided when glass and hot metal flakes can rain down or fly around in the wind. Pulling metal shards out of an eyeball is hard enough in an emergency room.

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Adjusting the depth of the shoe keeps fresh blade in contact with the material to be cut while allowing a firm Milwaukee_Sawzall_Wreckersaw placement. The Sawzall can behave like a small chainsaw as well when using one of the pruning blade choices. The heavy tooth design is similar to bow saws and camp saws and cuts with the same speed and flying sawdust. Another area where the Sawzall excels is with large game butchering. If metal presents few problems for the Sawzall, then bone and gristle will do little but wet the blade and damen the noise.

Packing an 18 volt Milwaukee Sawzall in your kit might be on the advanced side of preparedness, but many of the battery-powered tools and lighting solutions popular in shops and construction sites can make important contributions to your initial survival options.

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Why Democracies Fail

Why Democracies Fail

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You can never have a revolution to establish a democracy. 

You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

—G. K. Chesterton, “The Wind and the Trees” (1909)

 

To an ancient Greek, “democracy” was inseparable from “dictatorship” of the common people.

—Doug Lorimer, Introduction to Democracy and Revolution (2001)

 

The Goal of the Constitution

The United States was founded as a republic, not a democracy.  That is what the Framers intended and what the Constitution itself says, both explicitly and implicitly.  The Constitution, for example, says that, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government . . ..”   More important, though, are the assumptions implicit in forms of government created by the Constitution.  It’s important to know that the Constitution assumes a universe of law and responsibility, of obligation and right … that no majority vote or despotic edict should be allowed to subvert.

At the same time, the Constitution also assumes the darkness, irresponsibility and fallen nature of humanity.  It’s assumed that both citizens and politicians alike will attempt to find loopholes in the legal functions of civil government for personal gain or out of an idealist desire to create some type of utopia.  The Framers of the Constitution worked hard to design a form of government that would check the lusts and desires of its citizens while still allowing the government to do its job.  At the same time, they realized that any rule can be bent or broken when the people stand idly by — or worse, when they call for rule-breaking as their right.

By the first decades of the 20th century, however, there were strong forces at work in politics, education and the media striving to rewrite America’s history and redesigning its government.  First, there was the historical revisionism that tried to convince the American people and the rest of the world that the United States was and had always been a democracy.  Second, there was an educational and political attempt to transform the United States into an actual democracy — or at a minimum, to strengthen the democratic drive toward mob rule.

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Who would do such a thing?  And why?

Democracy and Socialism

Because the propaganda campaign in favor of democracy has been so successful, we find it hard to consider the dangers in democracy or to even consider the unseemly company it has kept for the last 200 years.  But let’s look at two representative statements from Communist heroes:  Karl Marx and Mao Zedong.

In the Communist Manifesto (1848), Marx wrote that “the first step in the revolution by the working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.”  Once the proletariat can force their will on the rest of the society through democratic process, they can recreate that society along Communist lines.  In Marx’s thinking, democracy and communism were not enemies, but the first was a very necessary step to the second.  Communists fought for a democratic revolution in order to accomplish a truly social revolution.

The Chinese dictator Mao Zedong argued along these same lines:

Every Communist ought to know that, taken as a whole, the Chinese revolutionary movement led by the Communist Party embraces the two stages, i.e., the democratic and the socialist revolutions, which are two essentially different revolutionary processes, and that the second process can be carried through only after the first has been completed.  The democratic revolution is the necessary preparation for the socialist revolution, and the socialist revolution is the inevitable sequel to the democratic revolution (The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party, 1939).

How does this work, exactly?  First, foolish or devious factions push for a greater and greater expansion of the electorate.  These factions demand (in the name of equality) that no one should be excluded from voting simply because they aren’t citizens, are felons or are under 18.  These same factions work to inculcate in this expanding electorate the sure conviction that the “will of the people” is and ought to be the final standard in terms of which the nation and its government must move.  The assumption, whether spoken or not, is that the people are basically good at heart and mean well.

Finally comes the historically inevitable.  Voters discover that they can lawfully plunder the public treasury by majority vote.  They then vote for every candidate or measure that will allow them to do just that.  They will use the State to take money from the hard-working and productive to give to others who have not earned it.  Usually that will involve themselves in some fashion — or at least that’s what they will expect.  Along the way the State always takes a huge chunk of the money to cover administrative services and then a little extra for good measure.  But the bureaucratic overhead always paid first.  In this process, voters will surrender one political liberty after another until they have made themselves slaves.  It is no accident that the welfare state and political despotism rise together.

Along the way, the voters and the existing government will inevitably appeal to the will of the people and throw down or ignore every legal restraint that might stand in the way.  City, state and county jurisdictions will eventually be rendered subject to federal control and authority.  The Congress, the president or the high court will assume all power so that it might effectively accomplish the will of the people.

This is nothing new, of course.  As governor of New York, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said this:

Now, to bring about government by oligarchy masquerading as democracy, it is fundamentally essential that practically all authority and control be centralized in our National Government. The individual sovereignty of our States must first be destroyed, except in mere minor matters of legislation (March 2, 1930).

Why Democracies Fail

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A secret oligarchy masquerading as democracy?  For anyone who really wants to know how all this works should consider the basic rule of forensic accounting:  Follow the money.  At the dawn of the 20th century, who owned the media?  Who funded the prestige universities and the teacher colleges? Who paid for the election of senators, congressmen and presidents?  Who set up tax-free foundations to influence political policy?  Follow the money and find out who calls the shots.

Fixing the Blame

And yet there is a great danger in fixing blame on the elite alone.  The prophet Micah wrote, “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god” (4:5).  The political forms that any given people uses to express and implement its moral and social convictions are … like those convictions themselves … inescapably religious.  A nation acts socially and politically in terms of its gods.

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The Greeks and Romans both operated in religious faith as they constructed their democracies and their republic, and that faith was, in principle … wholly demonic.  Only God’s restraining grace enabled the ancient Greeks and Romans to construct temporarily workable systems.  And if the Roman republic briefly allowed its people more personal liberty than the Athens offered hers, we must remember that some idols are more immediately horrible than others.  We should always be thankful for God’s common grace.  We should also marvel at what divine providences the Roman people learned, for a little while, to value abstract virtue, representative government, and written law.  Yet none of Rome’s advantages stopped the rapid decline of the Republic into tyranny or prevented the rise of Caesar.  God’s patience and grace does have limits. Something we as American Christians would do well to consider.

The Nature of Virtue

The Framers of the Constitution knew well enough that political forms alone cannot guarantee liberty.  They counted heavily on the morality of the American people, but they did not always understand the sources of that morality.  By 1787 most Americans were either professing Christians or had at least grown up in a culture where Christian values were normative (common grace, again).  Some may find it hard to believe but by the time the new federal government was up and running, that consensus was already changing.  Even movements within the church were shaping and rewriting American ideals, and sadly these new theologies corrupted or even silenced the voice of the Gospel.

Public education soon put a generally unnamed deistic god at the head of a civil religion that required virtue, but could not produce it.  Because all the children of the Enlightenment, right-wing and left-wing, were seriously wrong about one thing: The natural man isn’t naturally good.  We’re natural sinners, at war with both God and our fellow man.

Only the Gospel of Jesus Christ can work true virtue in our hearts and produce godly government.

21 Camping Essentials: The Gear You Never Want To Forget

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Camping Essentials

OK, I’ll admit it…

A few years ago, I forgot to pack the sleeping bags for our weekend camping trip.

We were 3 hours from home when my wife asked: “did you pack the sleeping bags?”

My initial reaction was a defensive “of course I did …..” but as I thought about it more I realized – I HAD NOT!

We made due with a few random blankets but it less enjoyable and relaxing as it should have been.

After that, I decided to make myself a list of camping essentials. The same list I’m sharing with you today.

So don’t make the same mistake I did. Use this article to make sure you have all your camping essentials.

This camping essentials list is not just for first-time campers either. Even experience campers should use a list to double check their camping essentials before heading out.

We all get excited! We all get in a hurry to “get away!” We assume our significant other packed that essential item…trust me – it can happen.

So the following camping essentials are items you’d regret leaving behind. The things that turn a good camping trip to a great one.

Now, this camping essentials list is NOT an attempt to take as few items as possible. If that’s what you’re looking for, check out our article on minimalist camping.

This list includes all the essentials to make your camping trip as fun and as relaxing as possible.

Here are SkilledSurvival’s top 21 camping essentials:

glowing tent in the evening

1 – Shelter (Tent/RV)


I know what you’re thinking; shelter, duh!

But unless your shelter is your vehicle (like an RV or van), you’ll want to triple check you packed your tent.

Now, if you don’t already own a tent you have a lot of choices. For example, you could go with a survival tent or a cold weather tent.

Unless you’re one who enjoys sleeping under the stars without a tent.

If you’re only planning a single camping trip, you might be able to get away with borrowing one. But if you’re looking to make this a regular hobby, invest in a high-quality tent is essential.

Or you could even go with a hammock if the weather’s nice. Just use your sleeping bag in the hammock and sleep off the ground and under the stars.

But what happens if you forget your tent, hammock, and sleeping bag?

tact bivvy in hand

In the name of preparedness, you should have a backup emergency shelter such as this emergency survival blanket.

The Tact Bivvy is a life-saving survival device and an excellent backup camping essential. Toss one in your glove box and you’ll never be without protection from the elements – whether its camping or a blizzard.

Wishing Well With Wooden Bucket On A Barren Landscape

2 – Water


Have you thought about your camping water plan? Will your campsite have a public water pump? Or is it a remote site near a lake or creek? What if your campground doesn’t have any drinkable water nearby?

You need to know what the water situation is before you go. You’ll need to plan differently for a site with potable water vs a remote place in the desert.

Either way, you’ll want to have a large water container and leave it at your campsite for daily use. You’ll need it for tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and extinguishing your campfire.

I recommend you get a few water bricks for this purpose.

These containers are perfect for camping.

Each one contains 3.5 gallons of water, they are stackable, they have a handle for easy carrying, and they’re virtually indestructible.

Plus, you can get a free screw-on spigot to go with it – if you buy four or more!

KA-BAR Military Survival Knife

3 – High-Quality Survival Knife


While camping, you may need to cut a rope, fillet a fish, or whittle a walking stick and a high-quality survival knife is ideal for these tasks.

Invest in a survival knife that can pierce, slice and do some chopping as well.

I keep my survival knife on me at all times just in case. As a survivalist I always recommend a trusty survival knife anytime you head into the wilderness.

Survival Medical Kit Image

4 – Medical Supplies


I camp to get away from it all. But getting away also means emergency items like gauze, bandages, and painkillers are not as close as the corner store.small first aid medical kit

So you need to take some emergency medical supplies with you.

You can do this by building your own DIY first aid kit or invest in a good one.

Either way, never hit the road without this critical camping essential.

Cold Weather Tent With Man Sitting Outside

5 – Sleeping Bag or Blankets


Sleeping bags have been a staple for campers for years. Sleeping bags go with tents like peanut butter goes with jelly.

I even take mine during warm summer camping, because there’s always a chance it gets really cold in the middle of the night. And if you’re unprepared, you could wake up in the middle of the night freezing. Then you’ll have to scramble to add multiple layers of clothes just to stay warm – not fun.

So get a nice warm one for those cooler nights. Worst case, if your sleeping bag is overkill on a hot night, you can always just sleep on top of it. Then if you get cold, just quickly slip inside.

I recommend investing in a warm one instead of suffering the frustrations of a cheap one.

6 – Warm Rainproof Clothes


Heavy coats are warm, but on a rainy camping trip, they can be uncomfortable.

It’s better to pack lightweight, rainproof, waterproof, breathable clothes as a top layer. That way you’ll avoid overheating in warm humid weather but keep the rain off in wet weather.hiking waterproof jacket

It’s all about properly layering to prepare for any weather conditions.

Look for design details like armpit zips, mesh pockets, and cinched hoods, to protect you from the elements.

You won’t enjoy your camping trip unless you keep yourself both dry and comfortable.

7 – Insect Repellent


Maybe it won’t be buggy, but if it is, watch out!Insect Repellent

I’ve tried a few of the alternative repellents but for me, deet is the only thing that works.

Yes, deet is a nasty chemical, so I try to use it sparingly on my skin. But it sure does keep those pesky skeeters away.

It’s one of the more important camping essentials on this list!

Forget it and you’ll pay the price.

camping chairs

8 – Camping Chairs


Sitting on the ground sucks.

I’ve done it many times on backpacking trips because chairs are too heavy and bulky for backpacking –but not for camping.

If you’re going camping, you’re probably taking a vehicle to get there. So make some trunk space for a good camping chair or two.

Your butt and back will thank you.

stack of firewood

9 – Lots Of Firewood


Some of you may be wondering why firewood wasn’t higher up on this camping essentials list. Isn’t firewood a camping staple?

Yes, it is, but you may not want to pack it.

It depends on your particular camping situation. Experts recommend you buy your firewood locally after you get to your campsite. And in some circumstances, it can be illegal to transport firewood across state lines…

Also, if it’s been a dry summer, you might have a fire bane to contend with.

The bottom line is, if you happen to forget firewood before you leave, you’ll typically be able to find some after you get there.

But do your research before you leave. Because camping without a campfire just isn’t the same.

10 – Air-Tight Containers


If you’re planning on camping for a few days, you’ll have to make a few camping meals for you and your group.

But remember, you’re now cooking and eating with wild animals around and that means you need to respect them.

bear food vault

Never leave your food out, instead, put it in air-tight containers – like this bearproof food vault.

These containers ensure you end up with raccoons and bears sniffing their way into your campsite.

Airtight containers trap food smells and protect it from hungry animals.

landscape sunset

11 – Sunscreen


I don’t know about you, but when I go camping – I spend nearly all my time outdoors. I don’t understand people who go camping only hide in their tent or RV all day.

I usually go fishing in the morning and go on a hike in the afternoon.

And being outdoors more than normal is a recipe of a nasty sunburn. And you can still get burnt even if it’s a cloudy day.

So you’ll want to make sure everyone in your group is wearing some SPF protection.

Consider getting the waterproof kind if you’ll be out on the lake all day and re-apply often.

12 – High-Performance Cooler


A lot of people forget to pack a cooler, but it’s an important camping essential.

camping cooler

A cooler keeps your food safe from the outdoor elements and animals. It’ll also keep you from illnesses like food poisoning – so it’s absolutely essential and worth every penny!

A high-performance cooler will keep your foods fresh and cold for at least three days after being opened.

Plus, a good cooler helps keep your campfire beverages cold. And I like the coolers where you can grab what you need (beer) without having to sort through your food items in the dark.

I own a large sturdy cooler that doubles as an extra seat for your friend who forgot his camping chair!

Oh, and I hope it’s obvious – if you’re taking a cooler, you need to get some ice for it…

13 – Sleeping Pad or Air Mattress


If you’ve slept on the floor, you know how terrible you feel the next day.

Now, imagine trying to sleep on the hard, cold, uneven ground! Set yourself up for success by investing in a sleeping pad or camping air mattress.sleeping pad

It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you want to enjoy your trip instead of ruining your back.

Also, take pillows with you as well. I can’t sleep well without proper neck support and quality sleep is a must to enjoy your camping trip.

14 – Survival Tools / Gear


No one wants to end up in a wilderness survival situation. But every year, thousands of people do.

And if they had some survival gear with them it would help keep them alive.

So instead of listing each of these tools out individually, I’m just going to list the ones you should take with you camping – just in case.

  • Compass
  • Map
  • Paracord
  • Survival Whistle
  • Survival Shovel
  • Survival MultiTool
  • Radio
  • Signal Rescue Mirror

Check out our ultimate survival gear list to make sure you’re always ready.

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LED Lantern

15 – Campsite Lantern


You should take an LED lantern. That way your group can play cards or set up evening snacks or light the trail to the restroom.

If you forget to pack a good camping lantern, trust me, you’ll notice, and that makes it a camping essential.

The good news is you can get super bright ones at such a low costs nowadays!

rusty hammer and axe

16 – Survival Hatchet or Axe


A survival axe does the one thing that even a good survival knife can’t. It can split a ton of firewood fast. Good luck trying to do that with a knife.Estwing Survival Axe

You can also chop down a few small trees as well (if it’s allowed at your campsite).

So get a good axe and add it to your camping essentials.

17 – Toiletries


Some campgrounds include restrooms with flush toilets and TP – while others do not.

Either way, having a few rolls of toilet paper packed is ALWAYS a good idea. You just never know and being without is less than ideal. In fact, it’s pretty crappy.

Also, if you like clean teeth and showers, etc., you’ll need to pack those essential items as well. Like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

Fire Survival Skill

18 – Fire Starters


I’m a fan of practicing survival skills like starting a fire with sticks.

WetFire Fire Starter

But there’s also nothing as frustrating as spending hours trying to get your campfire lite. And your family and friends don’t care how you get it going so long as it doesn’t take all night.

I recommend trying these WetFire Tinder Cubs to get those marshmallows roasting asap.

19 – Thick Socks


Socks are one of the most underrated camping essentials on this list.

If you’re planning a lot of activities, having some thick socks is important to keep your feet dry and healthy.smart wool socks

Don’t pack thin ankle socks which will cause blisters. Thick long socks will protect your ankles and feet from ticks, and mosquitoes.

Also, don’t wear the same socks over and over – bring a fresh pair for every day you’re there.

Are you not sure which brand of camping socks to go with? I wear Smartwools.

20 – Camping Utensils


It’s hard to enjoy a great camping meal if you have to eat your food without a plate or forks. So make sure you have some cups, bowls, plates, forks, knives, and spoons.

There’s no real way to improvise these items so pack them, and you’ll set yourself up for some excellent camping meals.

Also, don’t forget your telescoping forks for cooking hot dogs or marshmallows over your campfire.

21 – Camping Stove


Yes, a camping stove is essential because you cannot 100% guarantee you can have a campfire to cook with.

I discovered this the hard way. We showed up to a campsite with our dutch oven and a campfire grill grate only to find out there was a fire ban!

We end up borrowing a fellow camper’s Colman Classic Propane Stove. Thank goodness for random campsite friends.

Lesson learned – always have an alternative way to cook your meals – pack a camping stove.

How About A Few Non-Essentials


Why would I put “nonessentials” on this list of camping essentials? Well, because, some things are really really nice to have! So I figured I’d toss out of few of my favorite camping nonessentials to wrap things up.

Here are a few of my extra luxury camping items:

  • Dutch oven
  • A pair of campsite sandals
  • A few new books
  • My acoustic guitar
  • A frisbee
  • Some healthy snacks

Camping Essentials Wrap Up


Camping can be an amazing experience, but only if you’ve properly prepared for such a trip.

You see, the key to having a good camping trip vs. a nightmare one is all in the preparation. Making sure you have all the essential items to keep it fun and relaxing – instead of frustrating.

Experience campers know this and have created a system to ensure they don’t forget those camping essentials.

Now you have this list to double check before you rush out to the wilderness.

But remember, every campsite and every camp trip is unique.

Research the campground before you go. You need to know what it offers regarding amenities such as washrooms, electricity, and more.

Ok, what did I miss? What camping essential can you not live without that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments below, and we might just add it!

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Sustainability & Long Term Survival.

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Sustainability. 

Sustainability/sustainable means lasting  for a long time, or, the ability to make something last for a long time.

If in our preparations for survival we are considering that we may need to live long term in a wilderness situation, then we need to make sure our equipment is sustainable. We also need to make sure that the lifestyle we have chosen is sustainable. In other words, if our equipment is not sustainable, then neither is our lifestyle.

If one has not had the experience, then at least most people can use their imagination to help them see & understand. For instance; let’s say our country is attacked & the enemy uses an EMP to knock out the electricity grid. What will this mean for those living in towns & cities? It will mean that there will be no electricity, no water, no sewage control so no toilets. We all know what else will happen don’t we, looting, supermarkets will be raided for all the food. Chemists looted, gun shops looted, Medical facilities will be hampered. Some people will want what you have, so it will not be safe for you to cook outside or in fact to go outside at all. Your house could be raided, if you manage to repulse an attack, then the attackers may well fire your house or drive a Mack truck through it. Does this make any sense to you?

Now you may say that you must bug in because you simply would not know how to survive in the bush. Well my reply to that is, learn. Get the skills you will need & go bush & get some experience before the shtf.

Now for the equipment. IF you are prepping for long term survival, there is no point relying on items that are NOT sustainable! Ferocerium rods, matches, cigarette lighters, are not sustainable, don’t kid yourself that they are just because you do not have primitive fire lighting skills. Flint, steel & tinderbox is a sustainable method of making fire, & it is an easy method to learn & use. Think about what you have in your bug out pack, do you NEED the items you have, or are they just adding weight & taking up room? Most important items are: Medical supplies, water, food & ammunition. Do NOT compromise the carrying if these items!

Firearms:

I have modern firearms & I have muzzle-loading firearms. IF I had to leave on my own & could only carry one firearm, I choose to carry my flintlock. Why? Because it is sustainable! If it breaks I can fix it. Now I could carry one of my .22 rimfires, the ammunition is relatively light, but if it should malfunction, I simply would not be able to fix it. Yes I could carry a spare firing pin & perhaps the tools needed to strip the bolt & replace the firing pin, but then I still only have a .22, which can not be relied on to drop anything but small game. Yes I know you can shoot roos & goats etc, but how many times have you shot a medium sized animal with a .22 & lost it? I need a gun that I know I can count on, a gun that will efficiently kill small & medium sized game & if possible large game too.

I realize that a flintlock muzzle-loading gun is not the best in a fire fight against others who can load faster than I can, but it only takes one shot to kill, & I plan on keeping a low profile & staying out of fire fights if I can. Now if I am travelling in a group, which in fact I would be if I had to leave my home in the forest, then as a group we would be carrying modern firearms, muzzleloaders & traditional bows. I will add a list of the advantages in carrying/using a flintlock muzzle-loader.  I can see the advantages in carrying a modern firearm, but I can also see the disadvantages, & for me, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages. Reading through this list it is pretty easy to compare these advantages with those of the modern firearm, so see what you think. Do bear in mind the weight factor of modern ammunition, the larger the calibre, the heavier it is. How much can you carry without compromising other important equipment?


Advantages of a Flintlock Muzzle-loader.

1)   Ammo is less expensive than a modern equivalent calibre firearm.

2)  The smoothbore is very versatile, being able to digest round ball, bird shot, & buckshot, or any combination of two of these (can also use minies).

3)  The fusil is lighter to carry than a modern equivalent sized gun.

4)  You can vary the load if needs be.

5)  The smoothbore will digest other projectiles besides lead.

6)  Lead can be retrieved from downed game & remoulded with a simple mould & lead ladle. This means that you can carry less lead, & more of the lighter gunpowder.

7)  You can make your own gunpowder.

8)  You can use the lock to make fire without the need for gunpowder.

9)  You can use gunpowder for gunpowder tinder fire lighting if needs be.

10)        IF the lock should malfunction (these are very robust & it is not likely) you can easily repair it if you are carrying a few spare springs & a few simple tools.

11)If you do not have any spare parts & the lock malfunctions, you can easily convert it to a tinderlock or matchlock & continue using it.

12)        You do not need a reloader, brass shells, caps, or primers. The latter have been known to break down in damp conditions or if they are stored for too long.

13)         Wadding for ball or shot is available from natural plant materials or homemade leather or rawhide.

14)       Less chance of being affected by future ammunition control legislation.

15)        Gunpowder is easily obtainable providing you have a muzzle-loader registered in your name regardless of calibre (NSW)

16)        A .32 calibre flintlock rifle is more powerful than a .22 rimfire, less expensive to feed, more accurate over a greater distance, able to take small & medium sized game, & other than not being able to use shot (unless it is smoothbore), it has all the attributes of the other flintlocks.  For larger game you can load with conical slugs, which of course you can make yourself in the field.

17)        Damage from a .62 calibre or .70 calibre pistol or long arm is in the extreme. Wounded prey is unlikely to escape.

18)         By using buck & ball you are unlikely to miss your target. This load is capable of taking out more than one target.

19)        There is less kick-back to a muzzle-loading gun.

20)       Antique Flintlock muzzle-loading guns do not require a license, registration, or a permit to purchase in NSW Australia.

The Advantages of Carrying/Using 18th Century Equipment.
·      A flintlock smoothbore gun is versatile, you can make fire with the lock without using any gunpowder, you can use various sizes of small shot & round ball, you can if necessary use other projectiles besides lead, you can retrieve lead from shot game & remould it for further use. If the lock should malfunction it is easily repaired with spare springs, if you have no spare springs the lock is easily converted to matchlock.

·      A flintlock rifle has the same advantages as the smoothbore except that it can not use small shot without leading the barrel. A .32 flintlock rifle has more power than a .22 rimfire & is less expensive to shoot.

·      You can purchase an antique flintlock pistol now with no need for licence or registration.

·      Ball moulds can be used as heavy tweezers for removing foreign objects from the body.

·      Gunpowder (Black Powder) can be used to make fire with unprepared plant tinders without wasting ammunition.

·      A trade axe/tomahawk is very versatile. The head is easily removed to be used as a hide scraper, the tomahawk can be thrown for recreation, self defence & hunting. This axe is a good defence weapon for hand to hand fighting, for constructing shelters & traps & for hammering in stakes or wooden pegs. A new helve/handle is easy to make & fit & does not require a wedge to secure the head.

·      The awl is used for making leather items & for repairing leather items. The awl is used to make & repair moccasins.

·      The butcher knife is for skinning & butchering game & can be used for self-defence.

·      The legging knife is a back-up to the butcher knife. If you should dull the edge on your butcher knife you can continue with the legging knife. You do not want to stay around sharpening blades. Your shot may have attracted unwanted attention.

·      The clasp knife is used for camp chores & for making trap triggers. You do not want to use your main blades as utility knives.

·      Flint, steel & tinderbox will enable you to make fire anywhere in all weather conditions. It will not break or wear out & the process is renewable & sustainable.

·      18th century woodsrunner’s clothing (men & women) is practicle, protective, hard wearing & renewable.

·      The housewife (sewing kit) is for making & repairing clothing & packs. The needles can be used for removing splinters & if needs be sewing up wounds. The beeswax is used to wax the linen sewing thread & can be used as makeshift tooth fillings.

·      The angling tackle can be used with a rod or set lines, it can also be used for catching ducks & large land fowl. The linen or silk lines can be replaced with hand made cordage made from plant materials. Silk lines can be used as suture thread.

·      The cooking kettle is used for boiling food, boiling water for drinks & sterilising, carrying water & for catching rainwater.

·      Cotton & linen bags can be used for cleaning dirty water before boiling for drinking or adding to your water bottle.

·      Gun tools are used for repairing the lock on your flintlock muzzle-loading gun if needs be, but these locks are very hard wearing. The tools are merely a back-up. The turn screw is used to remove the lock & barrel for cleaning.

·      The whet stone is used to sharpen your blades, as is the metal file, though both could have other uses if working with metal.

·      The half-axe is optional & is capable of heavier work than the tomahawk without adding too much weight.

·      An auger is optional & is used for making holes for constructing more permanent dwellings. These augers come in a variety of sizes & weigh very little. Small versions will fit in your pack, where longer versions can be tied to your blanket roll.

·      The sword is also optional but in a hand to hand fight can be very useful. The sword is also used for cutting reeds for shelter & mat construction.

·      The wool blanket is far more versatile than a sleeping bag, & if wet the blanket retains more body heat than a sleeping bag. The pure wool blanket can be used as a matchcoat or a Great Coat & can be used in a sitting position under an oilcloth covering on the trail.

·      The oilcloth shelter is very versatile & can be used in many ways, including use as a rain coat. Used as a lean-to shelter you can use fire for warmth at night & you have good visibility on at least three sides. The lean-to is easy & quick to construct & quickly taken down. It does not need tent poles/rods & it is easy to carry.


Anyone using this equipment is advised to learn the many primitive skills that go with this type of wilderness living. If you are living this 18th century lifestyle then your level of comfort will never drop below this level. This equipment does not wear out; anything that could break can be repaired or replaced from natural sources. You are also advised to carry a modern medical kit which should include an eye wash glass.

My Equipment List.

.62 cal/20 gauge flintlock fusil. 42 inch barrel.

.70 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol.

Gun tools and spare lock parts.

Shot pouch and contents.

Leather drawstring pouch of .60 caliber ball (in knapsack).

Powder horn.

Ball mould and swan shot mould.

5 Gunpowder wallets

Lead ladle.

Butcher/Hunting knife.

Legging knife.

Clasp knife.

Tomahawk.

Fire bag.

Tinderbox.

Belt pouch.

Fishing tackle in brass container.

Two brass snares.

Roll of brass snare wire.

Knapsack.

Scrip.

Market Wallet.

Tin Cup.

Kettle.

Water filter bags (cotton & linen bags).

Medical pouch.

Housewife.

Piece of soap and a broken ivory comb.

Dried foods in bags.

Wooden spoon.

Compass.

Whet stone.

Small metal file.

Oilcloth.

One blanket (Monmouth cap, spare wool waistcoat and wool shirt rolled inside blanket).

Two glass saddle flasks.

Length of hemp rope.

Bottle of rum.

Basic list of what I carry. This list is made up from items that we know were carried, from items that my research has shown were available, & from items that have been found, such as the brass snare wire. I am not saying every woodsrunner carried all these items, but I am saying that some woodsrunners may have carried all these items. From experimental archaeology results in historical trekking, I think the items I have chosen are a reasonable choice for any woodsrunner that is going to live in the wilderness for a year or more.

Keith.

Article – How to Survive the Apocalypse

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In a world where the bombproof bunker has replaced the Tesla as the hot status symbol for young Silicon Valley plutocrats, everyone, it seems, is a “prepper,” even if the “prep” in question just means he is stashing a well-stocked “bug-out bag” alongside his Louis Vuitton luggage in a Range Rover pointed toward Litchfield County, Conn. Here is a checklist for the neo-survivalist preparing for the apocalypse.

There’s a good bit of disdain for folks like you and I in the article, but it is interesting to note that even the idiots are taking notice.

Coleman New Propane Camp Stove

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My 30+ year old Sears Propane Camp Stove finally gave up during Hurricane IRMA. One of the burners valves started leaking propane and resulted in a flame around the valve knob. I turned it off and used only the one good burner for the duration of the hurricane. In all the years I’ve used the stove this was the only problem with it. It is now retired in the landfill.

I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a new Coleman propane stove because it has 10,000btu burners where I believe the old Sears stove had much lower btu burners. The extra btu’s now to heat my Coleman fold-up oven much hotter, from barely 300f up to 400f+ degrees needed for all the baking I do in it, like bread, dinner rolls, pizza, etc. Coleman’s new burner design and the regulator is noticeably better, uses less propane and produce much more uniform heat throughout the cooking cycle.

The new stove.

Initial testing of the new stove propane:

Its propane consumption and performance is encouraging.

Percolated Coffee, 8 cup percolator for this test:
Turning the burner on high it took 7:44 seconds to begin to perk.
It took another 5 minutes (typical) to complete the brew cycle with the burner flame reduced by half for controlled perking.
Total time the burner was on start to finish was, 12.44 seconds.
Total propane consumed was 36.0 grams (1.26 oz).

Heating a can of Soup:
Typical can sizes of Campbell’s Soup is for Chunky 18.6 net wt. or for Condensed Soup including the can of water is 21.0 net wt. I used the Chunky soup for this test.
Turning the burner on high it took 2:35 seconds to bring the soup up to 180f the industry standard temperature for serving soup.
Total propane consumed was 7 grams (.24 oz) for the 2:35 seconds cooking time.

Boiling ½ gallon of water to sterilize for drinking:

With burner on high it took 6:48 seconds to bring the water to a rolling boil and using a thermometer verified it was at 212f degrees.

Propane used: 25 grams (.88 oz)

Camp Stove Coleman Oven:

Time to pre-heat to 350f degrees, burner on high, 4:30 seconds.

Propane used, including pre-heating. To maintain 350f for an 18:00 minute baking cycle, I only needed about ¼ the burner flame. This temperature is typical for baking bread or dinner rolls used 45 grams (1.58 oz) total amount of propane used.


Propane, Typical Single Burner Consumption Rate:
A one pound cylinder will run a single burner on high for 2 hours (120 minutes).
A one pound cylinder will make 12 pots of coffee.
A one pound cylinder will heat 64 cans of soup.

A one pound cylinder will boil 8.5 gallons of water to sterilized for drinking.
A one pound cylinder will burn for 12, 10 minute cycles for general meal preparations.

A 20 pound RV tank:

Will provide 240, 10-minute cycles for general meal preparations.

A 30 pound RV tank:

Will provide 360, 10-minute cycles for general meal preparations.

One of the common questions about propane:

What is the shelf-life of propane?
Propane has an indefinite shelf-life. As long as the tank or cylinder are in sound condition and doesn’t leak it will last as long as the tank that contains it.

Another question:

Do the one pound camping cylinders leak over time?
Well, it is possible because there is a mechanical valve that makes the seal.
I checked eight of my one pound cylinders that I have in storage with several over 15 years, and none of them have leaked. This was verified by using a gram scale and checking the weight each cylinder and found they were within 2 grams of each other and were the same weight as two brand new cylinders.

Manufacturers Comments:

  • Wind Block™ panels help shield burners from wind and adjust for various pan sizes

  • Perfect Flow™ technology provides consistent performance, even in extreme conditions

  • Perfect Heat™ technology for more efficient cooking with less fuel

  • 20,000 total BTUs of cooking power

  • Fits a 12-in. and 10-in. pan at the same time

  • 2 independently adjustable burners give you precise control for 2 temperature zones

  • Durable, chrome-plated grate is removable for easy cleaning

  • Aluminized steel cooktop for durable rust-resistance

  • Lasts up to 1 hour with both burners on high on one 16.4-oz propane cylinder

  • Perfect for camping, hunting, tailgating and other outdoor occasions

  • 3-year limited warranty

Photo’s of Oven Test

Stove with ½ gallon of water and timer.

Percolator and timer.

Soups, timer, and temperature gauge.

Gram scale used for weighing propane usage.

Stove with oven.

Ovens’ temperature gauge. Need to add 100f to the reading for the actual inside oven temperature.

Oven with temperature gauge inside oven showing actual oven temperature compared to oven door gauge.

Made some dinner rolls to test the oven. Rolls ready to rise.

Rolls risen, 60 minutes.

Rolls baked, 18 minutes.

Roll bottoms. These rolls were baked on the lowest rack position. Browned the bottom to much and top not enough. I will use the middle rack position from now on as this will balance the browning.

Rolls ready to eat! Yes, they were very good eating.

Overall:

The new stove is vastly improved over older models, mostly due to new burner design, it burns hotter using less fuel.

It will take some experimenting to find out the correct flame size to maintain the oven baking temperature and the proper rack position (there are 3 positions) for the types of food you bake. It’s not difficult to use and does a good job for camp baking. Worth owning!



Expat Preppers – Living Abroad for Survival and Security

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Today I’m building off my last blog post on increasing American political violence and the lack level civil discourse in this country. Today I want, from a prepper’s perspective, to pose the question: If not America—where? There seems to be an increasing level of interest (based solely on anecdotal comments and articles I’ve read online). . . Read More

Do’s & Don’ts for comforting someone who has just lost everything

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Everything was lost. Ruined by tainted flood water, with no hope of salvage.

I drove by my friend’s beautiful home that Hurricane Harvey had ravaged and stared at what was left, piled high outside on his front yard. It wasn’t my own personal loss, and yet, I felt very deep sorrow all the same.

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I wasn’t there when a convoy of dump trucks arrived to unceremoniously load up ruined carpet, furniture, flooring, toys, and mementos and drive away, as though the remnants of the secure home that once stood there were nothing more than common trash.

Those remnants did have meaning, every piece had a story to tell, and now here I was, wondering what to say and how to comfort this family who had lost it all.

I’ve asked some of the victims of Harvey’s wrath what words and actions comforted them and which caused pain and distress. Here is what they told me:

DON’T say, “It could be worse.” In the middle of a dire loss, it’s hard to see how it could possibly get any worse.

DON’T say, “It was just stuff.” Ultimately, that is true. We have our loved ones who are safe and sound, but that pile of debris represented things both tangile and intangible: security, love, memories, and how do you replace Grandma’s hand-crocheted baby blanket, a wedding dress meant to pass on to the next generation, or a treasured collection? It’s easy to say, “It was just stuff,” when it wasn’t your stuff!

DON’T say, “This will make you strong.” How do you know? An event that makes one person strong may completely destroy another.

DON’T say, “Call if you need something,” and then just walk away. When your friend has lost everything that was significant to her, she needs a hug and some of your time, just to chat or cry.

DON’T say, “It’s a blessing in disguise.” Yikes! When your home and its belongings have been destroyed, it may take weeks for your friend to be able to look beyond that loss and see a silver lining.

DON’T say, “Did you have insurance?” or “Did you have flood insurance?” As they say, hindsight is 20/20 and you’d better believe your sweet friend is already feeling enough guilt — guilt for not increasing her insurance limits, guilt for not buying additional flood insurance, guilt that she didn’t think to prepare for something like this. Please just be there for her with comforting words, a cup of coffee, and a listening ear.

DON’T say, “Other people have lost so much more.” Really? Does that make her loss easier to bear?

DON’T say, “We are so blessed this didn’t happen to us!” I do love to watch for life’s many blessings and be grateful for them, but this isn’t what to say to a victim of a hurricane, fire, or some other calamity because it implies that they were cursed. You got the blessing, they got the curse. Nope. That’s not how it works. In our case when our home didn’t flood, all I could say was, “We were fortunate and so very grateful.”

DON’T say, “You didn’t really like your flooring/couch/furniture/etc. anyway.” That may be true, but so much more was lost than that. Now the family has to cope with being homeless for a time, will face monumental struggles with bureaucracy and finances, and may never truly recover. Right now, an ugly couch or worn carpet is the very least of their problems.

DON’T say, “You should have…” You should have tried to salvage more. You should have tried to move everything upstairs. You should have parked your car a few blocks away. You should have bought a house in a safer neighborhood. Most moms already live under a cloud of guilt. They don’t need any more piled on. They made the best decisions they knew how to make at the time.

DON’T make light of the situation. Some of us try to bring humor into difficult situations and often it does help, but take your cue from your friend. If she is deeply suffering, she probably won’t appreciate a clever joke or pun right now.

DON’T say, “Well, at least you’re alive!” If the crisis is big enough, the sorrow deep enough, your friend just might be wishing she wasn’t.

DON’T say, “I wonder how this will affect our property values now.” Could you possibly be more shallow?

So often when we feel uncomfortable, the first words out of our mouths may not be the most comforting to others. By now you may be wondering, what should I say and do for someone who has lost everything?

DO put your money where your mouth is. If their home has been destroyed, show up in work clothes, boots, and work gloves and show your love by helping rip out carpet, move furniture, and pack boxes.

DO offer to watch their kids while the home is being gutted and through the whole process. Children are already traumatized, emotions will be running high. Being able to work, grieve, rant and rage without the kids witnessing every moment will be a blessing in itself.

DO bring cleaning supplies, mops, buckets, brooms, face masks, bleach and mold remover.

DO round up other strong bodies and arrive with a complete work crew.

DO fill ice chests with ice, cold drinks, and snacks.

DO set up a schedule to provide dinners.

DO give gift cards and even cash to help with immediate needs. Gift cards for Home Depot, Lowe’s, restaurants, WalMart, etc. are appreciated.

DO say, “I’m sorry.” It’s not difficult to learn how to comfort someone.

DO offer to run errands, go grocery shopping, or transport kids.

DO offer a hug, a prayer, some time together over coffee and DO spend most of the time listening.

DO be reliable. Please don’t promise to help and then be a no-show.

DO become an advocate for your friend. Let others know her current needs, add her name and address to local churches who are sending out work crews, meals, and supplies.

DO offer to take a shift of supervising clean out crews and hired workers, especially if your friend has to go back to work. Walking that line between being desperately needed at home so the recovery and restoration can continue and desperately needing to earn an income is a difficult one.

DO expect your friend to be emotional and sometimes, unpredictably so. Have a few tissues on hand if or when she just needs to have a good cry.

DO offer your home as a quiet, cool, clean refuge in the midst of her chaos. It may be for just a few hours or much longer, if that is necessary.

DO offer to do some legwork for her, such as researching FEMA procedures, vetting restoration and construction companies, asking for referrals, and so on.

Check out this list for more creative ways to provide support and comfort for a friend who has lost everything. Add your ideas in the Comments section.

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How to Identify Venomous Snakes in America

How to Identify Venomous Snakes in America When you are walking through the woods and feel something slither under your foot, you probably panic. A snake can catch anyone off guard, whether it is nestled under leaves or rocks or in plain sight. Most snakes will strike and run, which could leave you clueless as …

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Prepper Bundle Flash Sale 90% Off, Less Than 3 Days Now

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Remember that awesome Prepper Bundle we talked about a few months back? Well, apparently there’s been a huge request for it to come back and fortunately for you… Jennifer and Bill have heard your requests. Now (actually since Friday) through this coming Monday (less than 3 days as of this email) the Prepper Bundle is … Continue reading “Prepper Bundle Flash Sale 90% Off, Less Than 3 Days Now”

What’s up with Prepper Camp?

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What’s up with Prepper Camp? Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below In this show I give a recap of Prepper Camp 2017. I give a quick overview of the classes that were held and what I gained from them. We also discuss what some of the other attendees said about their experience. I walked … Continue reading What’s up with Prepper Camp?

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Hackers Are Getting Personal: 4 Ways Every Person Using a Cell Phone or Computer Is at Risk

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Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

This Week in the News

Cyber-criminals are no longer just striking … Read the rest

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-9-23)

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Image: While working on the barn one day this week, I looked up and witnessed this incredible ring around the sun.   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments.

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Prep Blog Review: Top Communication Skills For SHTF Survival

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How many time have you ever wondered what you need to communicate in a disaster situation or what skill you need to have?

Most people consider that they only need a handful of devices on hand, but what are the most important electronic appliances that you will actually use? Some give a list based on their priorities but these are not always the same for everyone, as we each have our own criteria of what’s important and what is not.

Another problem worth mentioning is, that it’s one thing to have them by your side and a completely different story in using them. We all know how to change a battery, that’s true, but what other options do we have in case of a disaster and when these are not longer available.

Sometimes we can just rely on old, proven techniques and sometimes we can improvise.

With this in mind, we have put together a list of 5+1 articles that will help you out so let’s get started !

1. Ten Principles of Preparedness: #10 Communication

“In the second season of one of my favorite television shows, “Jericho”, there was a perfect illustration of what can happen if reliable communication does not exist (I recommend you renting this two-season series or at least catching some of it on hulu.com).

While communication is the last aspect of the Principles of Preparedness, this doesn’t mean it’s insignificant in any way. In fact,  there’s a lot of danger, panic, relying on misinformation and chaos that can arise, all from the lack of communication.”

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2. How To Modify An Am Radio To Receive Shortwave Broadcasts

“You can convert AM radios to receive shortwave frequencies between 4 and 9 MHz and used it that way for a while. You can make a like conversion on an AM radio you own. This can be really helpful when SHTF and you need to communicate.

Shortwave frequencies bounce off of the ionosphere and return to earth halfway around the world. It is easy to receive broadcasts from another continent; depending on conditions, time of day, signal strength, and target area for the broadcast.”

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3. SHTF Survivalist Radio Lists

“From monkeys in the Amazon Rainforest, to dolphins in the Caribbean, to ants under your picnic table, all species rely on communication with each other for survival. Humans are no different – we rely on communication to both warn and inform us, especially in times of crisis.”

Read more on Ask a Prepper.

4. Light, Fire and Smoke | Emergency Communication Signals

“In ancient days, people communicated by firelight. Signal fires were the “in thing.” Not only did they tell friendly forces of a presence, or of success in battle, a large collection of fires also intimidated intended victims.

Fire and smoke have been used to communicate trouble or distress among people ever since. The invention of the telescope in the 1700s significantly increased the range of long distance silent communication—observers could see signals at far greater distances.”

Read more on Survival Life.

5. Off-Grid Charging System For AA-AAA Batteries, Plus USB

“Off-grid charging for the AA or AAA battery and other consumer batteries can be accomplished with a combination of the right portable solar panel and battery charger to get the job done. When might this be useful?

While off-grid, camping, hiking, a remote location, or simply for your own preparedness.

-Communications devices
-Portable radios
-Flashlights
-Handheld GPS
-Etc..

While on the go, out in the field or backpacking, the following off-grid charging equipment will charge the most popular size consumer batteries (AA, AAA).”

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6. Campfires From Scratch: No Boy Scout Juice Required

“Liar, liar, pants on fire! I discover at a young age that pouring Boy Scout Juice on sticks for a “quick” campfire was not real smart. Boy Scout Juice is a vague term which includes all sorts of liquid accelerants. We had gasoline at the cabin that day.

I can’t remember who to blame for this grand idea, Henry or Craig, but I vividly remember the low whoosh sound that transformed a flickering kitchen match into a flaming mushroom cloud billowing up my legs. Screaming and wild dancing, reminiscent of cartoon characters, commenced in a desperate attempt to extinguish my now flaming trousers.”

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This article has been written by Edward Szalinksi for Survivopedia.

What To Make Of September 23, 2017

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     I have really hesitated whether to even write or comment on all the uproar over the prophetic implications of today’s date.  I would venture that “September 23, 2017” has become the hottest Google search item in the last few weeks.  Why wouldn’t it be, when headlines like the following are all over the internet?  Will The World End on September 23, 2017?  The Apocalypse Will Begin on September 23rd! And my favorite … The End 2017: Watch This Video Before It’s Too Late!
     I want to be clear that there are many serious-minded Bible scholars who reverently look to the Book of Revelation as they proclaim their prophecies.  I do not mean to mock them.  But there are as many New Agers and Astrology enthusiasts who mix their theories with just enough Bible components to cause confusion and inaccurate predictions.  It is my goal to present a simplified, yet informative overview of the topic.
     Let’s talk about what CAN BE verified and SHOULD BE considered.  First of all, it is important to note that Astronomy and Astrology are not the same thing.  Astrology is the study of the relationship between planets and celestial objects and human affairs.  In other words, a person looks to the planets and stars for their identity, instead of to God, the Creator of the heavens.  God is missing from the relationship equation.  Astronomy, on the other hand, is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. What is the difference, and is there a relationship to God in Astronomy?  If you are studying the planets and stars (instead of worshipping them), then [if you are willing], you can hear the voice of God … When God created the heavens and the earth, He said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” — Genesis 1:14.

     So, fast forward to all the conversation about what is going on in the heavens right now, and specifically, surrounding September 23rd.  Astronomers point out that during this time frame, (on September 23, 2017), the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo, and the nine stars of the constellation Leo, along with the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars, combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo.  Many Bible prophecy “experts” see this phenomenon as the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2:  And a great sign [warning of an ominous and frightening future event] appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child (the Messiah) and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.  They believe that this signifies the Second Coming of Jesus, connecting this verse with Jesus’s mention of birth pangs and His warning of the signs that proclaim His return and the beginning of the Tribulation in Matthew 24: But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].
     Now, consider all the speculations over the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the weather phenomena, the flooding in Europe, and all the conspiracy theories about the “rogue” planet coming perilously close to earth. This phenomenon is known variably as “Planet X” or “Niburu”, which some theorize could be what the Bible calls “Wormwood”, which makes its appearance when the third angel sounds his trumpet in Revelation 8: and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood.  All these events coming together at this time is fueling lots of conversations among Christians and non-Christians, alike.
      I will tell you that there are many different concepts floating around about these prophecies, and by no means, is the Church in agreement.  Chief among the points of contention is when one believes the Rapture of the Church takes place.  There are many who are believing that if this is indeed the beginning of the Tribulation, then the Body of Christ will be raptured any moment.  Others aren’t so pre-occupied with declaring the day or the hour, because as Jesus said, But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  BUT, let us not forget that God, Himself, said in Genesis, Chapter 1, that the sun, moon, and stars, [and constellations] are to be useful signs for marking the seasons.  So, is there any Biblical justification for tying seasons to Jesus’s return?
     Let me begin by saying in Genesis 1:14, that word “seasons” is the Hebrew word môed”, meaning “a festival; an assembly convened for a definite purpose; the appointed place of meeting”.  It is very important to note that this is the same Hebrew word God uses when He speaks to Moses about His established Feast Days.  It is also valid to point out that the “season” of the Spring Feasts of the Lord coordinate with the First Coming of Christ — He died on the Feast of Passover (as our sacrificial lamb, delivering us from the bondage of sin); was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread (born without sin, He is our Bread of Life); He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits (as the first fruit of the Harvest of Souls); and 50 days later, on what we call Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks of the Whole Harvest) He sent the Holy Spirit to write God’s Laws on the hearts of new Believers, for a harvest of souls.
     If you need it summarized more than that, here it is in a nutshell …. Christ died on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits!  To carry on His Plan of Salvation, God sent the Holy Spirit to write His commandments on the heart of Believers on the day of the Feast of Pentecost, which commemorated the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai nearly 1500 years before.  Now that Law is written on our hearts.  That all happened [precisely, I might add] in the season of the Spring Feasts.

     Therefore, we should also be mindful of the “season” of the Fall Feasts, because God, Himself, said He made the seasons as useful signs. So, what do the Fall Feasts foreshadow?  The Bible tells us that the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) celebrates the return of the King (as Messiah) and the Rapture of the Church of Believers.  It is known as the “Day of the Lord”.  The next Feast day is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and it is a day of repentance and recognition that Jesus sacrificed His life for ours.  It most likely also represents a future Day of Judgment for all mankind.  Finally, the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) shows us that Yeshua is our Tabernacle (our sanctuary) as we celebrate our deliverance from this sinful world.  It is also a “feast of ingathering” of the fall harvest, which is symbolic of Yeshua’s gathering the faithful to Himself in the Millennial Kingdom.  So you can see, that the Fall Feasts are a time of rehearsal for His Second Coming, and a time of great expectation.  So in light of all the focus on this September, the question becomes, “Will He come on this year’s Fall Feasts?”
     But that is always the question … Yes, we don’t know the day or the hour (as Jesus makes clear), but I believe we are to know the seasons, so that we will not be caught unawares. That’s why we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4,  For you yourselves are fully aware that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
     So, here is another link to the “signs in the heavens” and the pregnant woman in labor (as represented by the constellations of Virgo and Leo at the present time).  You can see how everyone is getting excited about what they see going on in the heavens.  For the first time, in a long time, both the heavens and the Feast Days are aligning.  But here is what you need to know about my personal opinion … I put more stock in the Return of Jesus according to the Feast Days than I do according to the stars and the constellations.  And in 2017, the Feast of Trumpets (in which the angels will announce His Second Coming) is the ONLY Feast of The Lord in which the arrival is dependent upon the confirmed sighting of the new moon [in Jerusalem] before it can officially begin. For that reason, there are always two days alloted and considered to be “one long day”.  In 2017 this Feast is held on the 21st and 22nd of September. So, if you are reading this blog on the 23rd, we may be witnessing the constellations of Virgo and Leo coming into alignment, but the Feast of Trumpets has passed.
     Does this mean that all this hoopla is over nothing?  Not necessarily. There are certainly signs in the heavens that match Biblical descriptions.  But we must not get so focused on them that we take our eyes off God’s “appointed times” that have already signified [so accurately] Christ’s First Coming.  Let us earnestly contemplate the blessings of having God show us His planned redemption for those who have faith in His Son. And let us search the Scripture for all the references to the Feasts and how Jesus celebrated them.  They are appointed times, set forth by Jehovah God, for all His people to meet with Him and see that each holy Feast Day is a picture of Jesus and His redemptive work on behalf of all mankind.  Let us look upon these Fall Feast Days, and their prophetic nature, with praise and thanksgiving.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4   “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God”.

What To Make Of September 23, 2017

     I have really hesitated whether to even write or comment on all the uproar over the prophetic implications of today’s date.  I would venture that “September 23, 2017” has become the hottest Google search item in the last few weeks.  Why wouldn’t it be, when headlines like the following are all over the internet?  Will The World End on September 23, 2017?  The Apocalypse Will Begin on September 23rd! And my favorite … The End 2017: Watch This Video Before It’s Too Late!
     I want to be clear that there are many serious-minded Bible scholars who reverently look to the Book of Revelation as they proclaim their prophecies.  I do not mean to mock them.  But there are as many New Agers and Astrology enthusiasts who mix their theories with just enough Bible components to cause confusion and inaccurate predictions.  It is my goal to present a simplified, yet informative overview of the topic.
     Let’s talk about what CAN BE verified and SHOULD BE considered.  First of all, it is important to note that Astronomy and Astrology are not the same thing.  Astrology is the study of the relationship between planets and celestial objects and human affairs.  In other words, a person looks to the planets and stars for their identity, instead of to God, the Creator of the heavens.  God is missing from the relationship equation.  Astronomy, on the other hand, is a natural science that studies celestial objects and phenomena. What is the difference, and is there a relationship to God in Astronomy?  If you are studying the planets and stars (instead of worshipping them), then [if you are willing], you can hear the voice of God … When God created the heavens and the earth, He said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,” — Genesis 1:14.

     So, fast forward to all the conversation about what is going on in the heavens right now, and specifically, surrounding September 23rd.  Astronomers point out that during this time frame, (on September 23, 2017), the moon appears under the feet of the Constellation Virgo. The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo, and the nine stars of the constellation Leo, along with the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars, combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo.  Many Bible prophecy “experts” see this phenomenon as the fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-2:  And a great sign [warning of an ominous and frightening future event] appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child (the Messiah) and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.  They believe that this signifies the Second Coming of Jesus, connecting this verse with Jesus’s mention of birth pangs and His warning of the signs that proclaim His return and the beginning of the Tribulation in Matthew 24: But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].
     Now, consider all the speculations over the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the weather phenomena, the flooding in Europe, and all the conspiracy theories about the “rogue” planet coming perilously close to earth. This phenomenon is known variably as “Planet X” or “Niburu”, which some theorize could be what the Bible calls “Wormwood”, which makes its appearance when the third angel sounds his trumpet in Revelation 8: and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water—the name of the star is Wormwood.  All these events coming together at this time is fueling lots of conversations among Christians and non-Christians, alike.
      I will tell you that there are many different concepts floating around about these prophecies, and by no means, is the Church in agreement.  Chief among the points of contention is when one believes the Rapture of the Church takes place.  There are many who are believing that if this is indeed the beginning of the Tribulation, then the Body of Christ will be raptured any moment.  Others aren’t so pre-occupied with declaring the day or the hour, because as Jesus said, But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  BUT, let us not forget that God, Himself, said in Genesis, Chapter 1, that the sun, moon, and stars, [and constellations] are to be useful signs for marking the seasons.  So, is there any Biblical justification for tying seasons to Jesus’s return?
     Let me begin by saying in Genesis 1:14, that word “seasons” is the Hebrew word môed”, meaning “a festival; an assembly convened for a definite purpose; the appointed place of meeting”.  It is very important to note that this is the same Hebrew word God uses when He speaks to Moses about His established Feast Days.  It is also valid to point out that the “season” of the Spring Feasts of the Lord coordinate with the First Coming of Christ — He died on the Feast of Passover (as our sacrificial lamb, delivering us from the bondage of sin); was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread (born without sin, He is our Bread of Life); He rose on the Feast of Firstfruits (as the first fruit of the Harvest of Souls); and 50 days later, on what we call Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks of the Whole Harvest) He sent the Holy Spirit to write God’s Laws on the hearts of new Believers, for a harvest of souls.
     If you need it summarized more than that, here it is in a nutshell …. Christ died on Passover, was buried on the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits!  To carry on His Plan of Salvation, God sent the Holy Spirit to write His commandments on the heart of Believers on the day of the Feast of Pentecost, which commemorated the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai nearly 1500 years before.  Now that Law is written on our hearts.  That all happened [precisely, I might add] in the season of the Spring Feasts.

     Therefore, we should also be mindful of the “season” of the Fall Feasts, because God, Himself, said He made the seasons as useful signs. So, what do the Fall Feasts foreshadow?  The Bible tells us that the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) celebrates the return of the King (as Messiah) and the Rapture of the Church of Believers.  It is known as the “Day of the Lord”.  The next Feast day is the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and it is a day of repentance and recognition that Jesus sacrificed His life for ours.  It most likely also represents a future Day of Judgment for all mankind.  Finally, the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) shows us that Yeshua is our Tabernacle (our sanctuary) as we celebrate our deliverance from this sinful world.  It is also a “feast of ingathering” of the fall harvest, which is symbolic of Yeshua’s gathering the faithful to Himself in the Millennial Kingdom.  So you can see, that the Fall Feasts are a time of rehearsal for His Second Coming, and a time of great expectation.  So in light of all the focus on this September, the question becomes, “Will He come on this year’s Fall Feasts?”
     But that is always the question … Yes, we don’t know the day or the hour (as Jesus makes clear), but I believe we are to know the seasons, so that we will not be caught unawares. That’s why we read in 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4,  For you yourselves are fully aware that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
     So, here is another link to the “signs in the heavens” and the pregnant woman in labor (as represented by the constellations of Virgo and Leo at the present time).  You can see how everyone is getting excited about what they see going on in the heavens.  For the first time, in a long time, both the heavens and the Feast Days are aligning.  But here is what you need to know about my personal opinion … I put more stock in the Return of Jesus according to the Feast Days than I do according to the stars and the constellations.  And in 2017, the Feast of Trumpets (in which the angels will announce His Second Coming) is the ONLY Feast of The Lord in which the arrival is dependent upon the confirmed sighting of the new moon [in Jerusalem] before it can officially begin. For that reason, there are always two days alloted and considered to be “one long day”.  In 2017 this Feast is held on the 21st and 22nd of September. So, if you are reading this blog on the 23rd, we may be witnessing the constellations of Virgo and Leo coming into alignment, but the Feast of Trumpets has passed.
     Does this mean that all this hoopla is over nothing?  Not necessarily. There are certainly signs in the heavens that match Biblical descriptions.  But we must not get so focused on them that we take our eyes off God’s “appointed times” that have already signified [so accurately] Christ’s First Coming.  Let us earnestly contemplate the blessings of having God show us His planned redemption for those who have faith in His Son. And let us search the Scripture for all the references to the Feasts and how Jesus celebrated them.  They are appointed times, set forth by Jehovah God, for all His people to meet with Him and see that each holy Feast Day is a picture of Jesus and His redemptive work on behalf of all mankind.  Let us look upon these Fall Feast Days, and their prophetic nature, with praise and thanksgiving.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-4   “Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God”.

Emergency Cleaning Buckets-How To Be Prepared

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We all need emergency cleaning buckets. I know we all have cleaning supplies in our homes. I have two bathrooms and under each bathroom sink, I have cleaning supplies, like window spray, Clorox wipes, paper towels and extra garbage bags to refill the small garbage cans in each bathroom. I have cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink and above the washing machine and dryer. Here’s the deal, I had an awesome reader by the name of Beth, mention to me that her church, The United Methodist Church makes 5-gallon buckets that are filled with cleaning supplies to help those in need wherever they live all over the country. I tried to find the link about what they put in each bucket, but I couldn’t find it. But I love the idea that we could each make 5-gallon buckets filled with essential items people would need to clean up after a disaster wherever it may happen. Plus, we would be ready in a pinch to go help a neighbor in need. Janet sent me this link for those buckets: UMCOR

I call this comment by Beth, a cartwheel moment, you know when you realize these emergency cleaning buckets would be so easy to put together and fairly reasonable in price. We could make it a neighborhood project to buy buckets with handles and fill them once a week with one item. I have a friend in the neighborhood who calls me and a few other sweet women in the neighborhood to help clean houses when people move out. We all bring our buckets with our own supplies and all get to work. Luckily, the houses are quite small where I live. I bring a step-stool that I feel safe climbing on to clean out the higher cabinets in kitchens, etc. It’s not a paid assignment, it’s a gift from neighbors to help those who are moving to another neighborhood.

I think this is why I loved Beth’s comment about the 5-gallon buckets filled with emergency cleaning supplies. Just picture the grocery stores after a disaster, those cleaning supply shelves will be empty, I promise. And for that matter, all the shelves will be empty at all stores, that’s why we store water and food storage, right? Right. Here are some items I use. I know some people are against using Clorox, but you will need a lot of Clorox after a disaster, trust me. I’ve cleaned a lot of flooded basements, who knows what’s in that water. I shoveled mud from houses, yep Clorox is on my list. And gloves, and  N-95 masks.

Emergency Cleaning Buckets

  1. 5-gallon bucket with a good handle
  2. Dishwasher Soap – I prefer Dawn liquid
  3. Laundry detergent – so we can wash whatever needs to be cleaned if power is restored and it’s safe to use washing machines
  4. Hand soap and hand sanitizer
  5. Clorox-liquid
  6. Clorox wipes
  7. Cleaning gloves
  8. Non-latex gloves
  9. N-95 Masks
  10. Window cleaner
  11. Spic & Span Spray Cleaner
  12. Garbage bags – 33-gallon black bags
  13. Rags, lots of rags. I use these instead of paper towels: Burp Cloths by Birdseye Lithium Reusable
  14. Sponges or some sort of scrubbing pads
  15. Mop
  16. Clothesline and clothespins
  17. Pair of work gloves
  18. Paper towels
  19. Bottles of water to drink
  20. Air freshener
  21. Deborah reminded me about this product, Odoban for removing odors: Odoban

I remember washing clothes, towels, etc. for a friend after her home caught on fire. We washed those items like seven times and never got the smoke smell out. All the neighbors pitched in to try and clean them. After that experience, today I would trash them. We never got the smell out of them and we used more detergent, water, and power than the clothes were probably worth. I learned a big lesson helping that neighbor.

The critical thing is to have cleaning supplies on hand, not just for emergencies to go help others with our emergency cleaning buckets, but to make sure we have those items for our own homes in case a disaster hits our neighborhood and the stores become empty very quickly. I know we talk about first aid supplies, well, cleaning supplies are essential to rid our homes of bacteria that may creep into our homes after an unforeseen disaster or emergency. Please tell me the items you would add to my list. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

Cleaning bathrooms by Linda

Cleaning my house by Linda

N-95 Masks

Cleaning gloves

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The Seven (7) Most Important Survival Techniques You Should Teach Your Kids!

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Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Jessica at Huntingmark.com, an article on another core theme of The Prepper Journal, teaching our children. There are links to instructional videos on YouTube and you can usually skip the ads attached in a few seconds.

Parents are the true well-wishers of their children, and they always strive for their betterment and safety. In this era we as a society have become dependent to the machines and our kids have learned this as well, to both their benefit and peril.

Pretty rare are the opportunities to train our children for emergency situations ,however, one must as it may be a matter of your kids’ life. I have done research on the subject and I am going to present the best guide that will tell you how to train your kids for the survival conditions.

But you have to think about it deeply as it is the matter of your kids’ life. 

I have researched and compiled on the subject and going to present the best guide that will tell you how to train your kids for the survival conditions.

So, here we go:

  1. How to find, purify, and store the water:

Your child needs to learn how to find water, how to purify it and how to store it for future use. Without fresh water you have 3 days, max, so teaching your children how they can find water should be goal #1. As we all know they can find it in rivers, lakes and wells. They can also find it by finding a stand of trees or heavy brush that grows alone a line in an open field, valley or ravine. These plants seek water, grow where water is closest to the surface. They need to be taught that the intake of raw water might cause various diseases, so it is necessary to purify it, through boiling it for a few minutes which can kill the microorganisms. They need to know to avoid the impurities that settled at the bottom of the pan.

  

Moreover, it can be stored in bottles etc, for the further use.

So, let’s watch the step by step process:

Purify Water

  1. How to arrange the food:

Finding the food source is another important technique your child must know about. Teach your kids how to fish, how to hunt chicken; and how to open the canned food without a can opener. They should be familiar with these techniques, so that they can use those tips and tricks in survival conditions.

    

  1. How to build the shelter:

Building a shelter can protect your kids in emergency situations, such as from the harsh weather/temperature. So, they must know how to build up a shelter for survival. Teach them how to make a bed of leaves to get a barrier between the body and the ground, so that the temperature of the body might be maintained well in colder climates.

    

Similarly, there are lots of more tricks to build a shelter for survival:

Building a Shelter

  1. How to use a knife properly:

Your children should be taught about how to use a knife properly. They must know about the different kinds of knives and their uses, for example, fillet knife, skinning knife,  hunting knife etc.

Kids, fishing, contemplate cleaning fish they caught, Chama River, outside Abiquiu, New Mexico

They should know how to cut and debone the flesh; how to cut and peel the fruits and veggies; and such other techniques to cut the things for various purposes without harming their body parts.

  1. How to build up the fire and protect you from it:

Building the fire up is another necessary trick to teach the children, so that they can use it in survival circumstances. They must know how to build the fire with the help of lighter, fire starter, matches or something else.

There is another important aspect to teach them, that is how to protect themselves from the fire burns.

  1. How to use maps and compass:

It is another important thing to teach your kids. They must know how to use the maps and compass; and how to navigate towards the safer destination. This technique will help them to survive in the emergency situations.

  

In case, you don’t know how to use the compass, this tutorial video is going to teach you about:

Maps and a Compass

 

  1. How to do self defense:

Last but not the least Self defense!

 

Self defense is pretty much important to teach your children for a survival condition. They must know how to defend themselves from the wild animals, attackers, and such other risks:

Self Defense

Conclusion:

So, that is all about the top 7 techniques you must teach your kids for their survival. Besides, you can also teach them how to cook a meal, how to sew, how to treat the wounds, how to call for help, how to use the GPS function of a mobile phone, how to swim, how to climb up a tree, how to fish, how to hunt, and such other techniques for obtaining more skills.

All these tricks will help your kids to combat the emergency and disastrous conditions and they would be able to protect themselves and survive.

Editors Note: As always, if you have information for Preppers that you would like to share and possibly receive a $25 cash award like Jessica, as well as being entered into the Prepper Writing Contest AND have a chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards  with the top prize being a $300 card to purchase your own prepping supplies, then enter today!

 

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The Seven (7) Most Important Survival Techniques You Should Teach Your Kids!

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.

Editors Note: A guest submission from Jessica at Huntingmark.com, an article on another core theme of The Prepper Journal, teaching our children. There are links to instructional videos on YouTube and you can usually skip the ads attached in a few seconds.

Parents are the true well-wishers of their children, and they always strive for their betterment and safety. In this era we as a society have become dependent to the machines and our kids have learned this as well, to both their benefit and peril.

Pretty rare are the opportunities to train our children for emergency situations ,however, one must as it may be a matter of your kids’ life. I have done research on the subject and I am going to present the best guide that will tell you how to train your kids for the survival conditions.

But you have to think about it deeply as it is the matter of your kids’ life. 

I have researched and compiled on the subject and going to present the best guide that will tell you how to train your kids for the survival conditions.

So, here we go:

  1. How to find, purify, and store the water:

Your child needs to learn how to find water, how to purify it and how to store it for future use. Without fresh water you have 3 days, max, so teaching your children how they can find water should be goal #1. As we all know they can find it in rivers, lakes and wells. They can also find it by finding a stand of trees or heavy brush that grows alone a line in an open field, valley or ravine. These plants seek water, grow where water is closest to the surface. They need to be taught that the intake of raw water might cause various diseases, so it is necessary to purify it, through boiling it for a few minutes which can kill the microorganisms. They need to know to avoid the impurities that settled at the bottom of the pan.

  

Moreover, it can be stored in bottles etc, for the further use.

So, let’s watch the step by step process:

Purify Water

  1. How to arrange the food:

Finding the food source is another important technique your child must know about. Teach your kids how to fish, how to hunt chicken; and how to open the canned food without a can opener. They should be familiar with these techniques, so that they can use those tips and tricks in survival conditions.

    

  1. How to build the shelter:

Building a shelter can protect your kids in emergency situations, such as from the harsh weather/temperature. So, they must know how to build up a shelter for survival. Teach them how to make a bed of leaves to get a barrier between the body and the ground, so that the temperature of the body might be maintained well in colder climates.

    

Similarly, there are lots of more tricks to build a shelter for survival:

Building a Shelter

  1. How to use a knife properly:

Your children should be taught about how to use a knife properly. They must know about the different kinds of knives and their uses, for example, fillet knife, skinning knife,  hunting knife etc.

Kids, fishing, contemplate cleaning fish they caught, Chama River, outside Abiquiu, New Mexico

They should know how to cut and debone the flesh; how to cut and peel the fruits and veggies; and such other techniques to cut the things for various purposes without harming their body parts.

  1. How to build up the fire and protect you from it:

Building the fire up is another necessary trick to teach the children, so that they can use it in survival circumstances. They must know how to build the fire with the help of lighter, fire starter, matches or something else.

There is another important aspect to teach them, that is how to protect themselves from the fire burns.

  1. How to use maps and compass:

It is another important thing to teach your kids. They must know how to use the maps and compass; and how to navigate towards the safer destination. This technique will help them to survive in the emergency situations.

  

In case, you don’t know how to use the compass, this tutorial video is going to teach you about:

Maps and a Compass

 

  1. How to do self defense:

Last but not the least Self defense!

 

Self defense is pretty much important to teach your children for a survival condition. They must know how to defend themselves from the wild animals, attackers, and such other risks:

Self Defense

Conclusion:

So, that is all about the top 7 techniques you must teach your kids for their survival. Besides, you can also teach them how to cook a meal, how to sew, how to treat the wounds, how to call for help, how to use the GPS function of a mobile phone, how to swim, how to climb up a tree, how to fish, how to hunt, and such other techniques for obtaining more skills.

All these tricks will help your kids to combat the emergency and disastrous conditions and they would be able to protect themselves and survive.

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