Newly Expanded Australian Survival Forum.

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The Survival Connection.

This is a survival board on our groups forum. Many of our members joined our 18th century Living History forum because they had a strong interest in survival & prepping, so we also added The Survival Connection board.
This board is like a separate forum, it is not just for primitive gear & primitive skills, it covers anything & everything in regards to survival.

The Survival Connection Forum: http://neclhg.freeforums.net/board/18/survival-connection

Prepper’s Gear – Pressured Jerry Can Water Filter Review

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Not having enough water when the brown stuff hits the fan is one of my greatest fears. After all, water is quite essential for all the living creatures on this planet. As preppers, we aspire to have clean water for drinking and usage when the public utilities get shut down. I for one, I’m always … Read more…

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The Ultimate Survival Prepping for Sarin Gas Attacks

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“Doomsday Preppers” have taken into careful consideration the different situations and scenarios in which survival prepping would be necessary, and one situation that may require attention is protection against sarin gas attacks or other chemical warfare releases in your environment. Chemical warfare agents were heavily used as an attack weapon in warfare up until after … Read more…

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November 4th The Beginning of the End

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November 4th The Beginning of the End James Walton “I Am Liberty” Audio player below! Something is stirring in this nation. It’s in the back of all our minds. While some call it revolution others call it insurrection. NO matter how you slice it its an ugly thing that many claim is unavoidable. On November … Continue reading November 4th The Beginning of the End

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Survival Intelligence Methods For SHTF

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Most of us store as much as we can. We train as much as we can. We read as much as we can and we hope to be as prepared as possible. Of course, we all know that there is a limit to what we can truly be prepared for. There is just too much … Read more…

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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.

Bugging In VS Bugging Out. How Safe Are Your Homes?

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Many if not most people including preppers have decided that bugging in, staying at home in the city is the best way to go. I am not going to say that bugging out to the wilderness/bush is going to be easy, certainly if you have had no previous experience & have not learnt any primitive skills, then it will be very hard for these people. But is the option of bugging in really a good idea? I don’t think so.

In the city when the electricity goes off there will be no power, no cooking, no sewage so no toilets, & no water on tap. We are talking a major shtf situation here, long term problems. Not safe to go outside & I don’t think you will be safe inside. Preppers boo hoo the idea that gangs, raiders, thugs could run a Mack truck through a house or set their home on fire. Think again! If they can’t simply break in & take what you have, they will destroy your home.

So you have food & water supplies, how long do you think they will last? There will be no hunting, no foraging. The supermarkets will have been raided & all stocks gone. Too dangerous to cook outside & too dangerous to bury your toilet buckets outside.
Think about it.

Items You Should Stockpile For Proper Off The Grid Sanitation

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A natural disaster can bring a brutal aftermath and people often get caught unprepared. Damaged water mains and downed power lines are often common results of Mother Nature’s fury. The lack of proper sanitation requires your immediate attention and resolution. Stockpiling the following supplies will make your life easier when having to deal with the … Read more…

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Top 50 Things To Disappear From Stores Before A Natural Disaster

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Every time a big storm is predicted, you see people panicking and ransacking regional stores. These are the same people that call folks like you and me “odd”. They think we exaggerate with our prepping plans and we won’t need all the things we stockpile. Before a natural disaster, the following things will disappear faster … Read more…

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Prepping on the Cheap Part One: Bugging In

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Prepping on the Cheap Part One: Bugging In On this episode, we are talking about prepping on the cheap. This episode is all about how to get the most value and the most quality preps with the least output of cash. Listen to this broadcast or download “Prepping on the Cheap Part One: Bugging In” … Continue reading Prepping on the Cheap Part One: Bugging In

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How to Deal with Cabin Fever When Bugging In

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The term ‘bug out’ apparently gained popularity during World War 2, the term being inspired by cartoons of bugs scattering underfoot when discovered. As for bugging in, that refers to doing the opposite: staying put. It’s something you might have to do if there’s a natural disaster like a blizzard, tornado, heavy rain or snow. […]

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Fight back against hackers during the smart home revolution!

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Advancements in data bandwidth and technology have created obvious benefits, such as allowing homeowners to manage their house from anywhere on the planet. By using a video doorbell camera and smart door lock, users can open, lock, and answer their front door all from a remote device, wherever they may be.

More devices also open the door for unwanted intruders, as each smart home gadget in a household functions as a new entrance that can be broken into. Growth in the market of smart home devices has moved so quickly that the home security market is falling far behind, creating a gap that thieves and intruders can squeeze into before security technology catches up.

The video doorbell and smart lock used to let in guests can also be used by thieves to monitor a house and break in while the owner is away. Security specialists also showed during a demonstration at an exhibit that they could take control of the lights of an entire office complex by hacking into a smart lightbulb in a single room of the building. It shows that the threat can come from anywhere.

Thanks to smart home devices and the engineers and innovators who create them, our lives at home are becoming less demanding, more efficient, and more secure every day. Smart home devices have created a new market that is rapidly growing and is expected to be at least five times larger by 2022. The smart home revolution is coming, but users must still protect themselves whenever possible.

While the security industry catches up with the advancements in smart home devices, you can use low-tech but effective methods to secure your home, family, and gadgets. For a more high-tech solution you can install a firewall on your home network which will act as a barrier for all your smart devices regardless of their security weaknesses. View the accompanying infographic to see how you can protect yourself with simple solutions that are sure to thwart intruders.

This is a guest post and infographic is by Joseph Mack from smarthomeSAGE, a blog that analyzes the impact that smart home technology has on home life.

INFOGRAPHIC

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What You Need To Know About Meals Ready To Eat (MREs)

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Meals Ready to eat, or simply MREs, are very popular among preppers and survivalists. Although MREs are primary intended for use in the field by the military, they are now being stockpiled by average Americans. Before you fill your pantry with Meals ready to Eat, there are a few things you should know about these … Read more…

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7 Things You Need in Order to Hunker Down During a Disaster

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Here’s a great article for those who are new to prepping. Unless your home is burning down, getting flooded, or being overrun with looters, or in the path of some other dangerous threat, you’re best off hunkering down in your home during a disaster. With any luck, you can just wait it out until things […]

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Tornado Survival Tips To Help You Prepare, Survive And Rebuild

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Seeing a violent rotating vortex reaching down from the clouds to the ground is a life changing experience. The sound a tornado makes is known by everyone living in the Midwest and this deadly weather event can change lives in minutes. The following tornado survival tips are a common law in the Midwestern states, but … Read more…

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17 Must-Have Items To Prepare For Weather Disasters

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Today’s weather is unpredictable and some say it’s all due to global warming. Weather disasters are a common occurrence and we have to be prepared for them. Mother Nature doesn’t mess around and you shouldn’t do it either. Stock up on these items before severe weather disasters hit your area. Meteorologists are able to predict … Read more…

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The Benefits of Stockpiling Coffee for Long-term Survival

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If you think that coffee is just a luxury, and something that could easily be discarded in the event of a societal collapse… think again. Studies show that everyone from elite athletes, to average working people benefit greatly from drinking coffee. If you depend on a cup of Joe to function now, imagine what it … Read more…

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25 Things NOT To Do If You Bug In

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There are countless articles and videos with lists of tips, hacks, and things to do if you bug in during a disaster. However, there aren’t many lists of things NOT to do. That is the subject of this video by Reality Survival. If you’ve never bugged in for an extended period of time without power, […]

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Ten useful tips to defend your home

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In a world where the future is unknown, prepping becomes a necessity. One of the most important things you can do is make sure you are able to defend your home. Home invasion is a real danger during a crisis scenario and you need to be prepared. Thieves won’t wait for the brown stuff to … Read more…

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Brass Shells for my Black Powder DB Shotgun.

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My youngest son bought me two boxes of brass shells for my black powder 12 gauge, so I have some hand loading to do.
Bring on the Zombies 😊 

No loader required, I can load these brass shells in just the same way as I load my muzzle-loading guns. The only difference is that I also need primers for the shells. More on this when I start reloading.
Keith.
 

7 Overlooked Forms Of Shelters When Society Collapses

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7 Overlooked Forms Of Shelters When Society Collapses

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Most of us are planning on “bugging in” when a disaster strikes. Generally speaking, that’s a much more practical solution for people who don’t have a survival retreat off in the woods somewhere. Not only does your home provide you with shelter, but it has all of your survival equipment and supplies, as well as your other possessions. But what do you do if something happens to your home?

There is always a risk of your home taking a hit during a natural or man-made disaster. Some disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, are known for destroying houses. If that should happen to you, then you will need an instant replacement. If you haven’t thought about it beforehand, then you might not have an idea of where to go or what to do.

To start with, evaluate the condition of your home. If part of it is still standing, then you might be able to take shelter there, at least on a temporary basis. You only want to do this if the part that is standing is structurally sound, though. If it is likely to fall, you don’t want to be trapped inside.

If you find that you have to abandon your home during a societal collapse, there are a number of places around you, many of which may very well be excellent shelters to use. While they may not be as nice to stay in as your home, neither is a makeshift shelter or a tent off in the woods somewhere.

1. Outbuildings

If you have outbuildings on your property, that might be a good starting point. Surprisingly, a shed or detached garage might survive a situation in which the house is destroyed. While that building may not be as well constructed as the home was, it might have been sheltered by the home itself.

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7 Overlooked Forms Of Shelters When Society Collapses

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Granted, a shed or garage isn’t a very comfortable or even nice place to lay your head to rest, but it has the advantage of being close to your home. That means you can stay close to your possessions. If you are going to begin salvage operations — to get what you can out of your damaged home — then it helps to stay close. Besides, those salvaged items can be used to make your temporary shelter more comfortable.

2. Your place of business

If you own a business, then you probably have an alternate shelter that you have legal title to, even if it is rented. Your office or store may very well survive something that damages your home, simply because commercial buildings are often stronger than residences. Their simpler construction, lack of windows and need to support more weight on the floor leads to a more robust building design.

If you have such a place, it would be good to stock some emergency supplies and equipment there, so that in the case of a disaster, it’s easy to move your family to the workplace. While you probably won’t want to abandon the equipment and supplies you have at home, what you keep at your business will help your family to survive while you are salvaging whatever you can.

3. Abandoned homes

Whatever makes your home uninhabitable may make it so that many other people flee. If that happens, then there will probably be a good assortment of abandoned homes available in the neighborhood. (Note: Use this option only as a last resort in a societal collapse.) The problem with this is that you would technically be trespassing and if the person came back, the situation could become a bit sticky. For this reason, I wouldn’t be too quick to move into someone else’s home.

If forced to move into someone else’s home, it is wise always to treat it as if it were theirs and not mine. In other words, I would take care of their home, leaving their possessions alone as much as possible. While I would use their furniture and kitchenware, I wouldn’t remove anything from their home or rearrange things any more than absolutely necessary. That way, if they were to come back, I could at least show that I’ve cared for their home.

Having said that, moving into an abandoned home is probably the most comfortable option you have for an urban survival shelter in an emergency situation. While it wouldn’t be your home, it would be a home, with all the comforts to be expected.

4. An abandoned business

There are always abandoned buildings around that were once stores, warehouses and other businesses. Any of these provide the basics necessary for a shelter. They can keep the weather out and protect your family. At the same time, businesses usually have a lot of open space, which you can configure as you need for your family. They also often have bathrooms, which might still work if there is water service.

While I wouldn’t hesitate to use an abandoned business as a survival shelter, I wouldn’t expect much more of it than it to be something to help protect me from the weather. I would operate under the assumption that anything I need would have to be brought in.

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One nice thing about abandoned businesses is that you can pre-plan. Just by keeping your eyes open for businesses that close in your area, you can know which businesses would be available in the case you need an emergency shelter. A little further investigation could show how you can get into those buildings if you have to use them as a shelter.

5. A vehicle

This may sound a bit unusual, but survival situations are unusual. A vehicle can actually be a fairly good, although small shelter, in times of need. I lived in a motorhome for a number of years, traveling the country. Although the space was limited, I had everything I needed. In a pinch, I could have lived in a much smaller vehicle if needed.

A prepared vehicle is easier to live in. But even if your vehicle isn’t prepared ahead of time, there are things you can do to make it work. Adding a shell to the back of a pickup or removing the back seats from a van creates a living space. A mattress in that area makes a comfortable sleeping area. Camping equipment, such as a camp stove, can quickly turn that makeshift vehicle shelter into something rather comfortable and workable.

6. An abandoned basement

Basements are the part of any structure that are most likely to survive. As such, they can be used as a place of refuge, even when the rest of the building has been destroyed. Often, the floor above the basement will remain intact even when the rest of the building is destroyed. That can turn the basement into an underground home.

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During World War II, much of Europe was destroyed. As the various armies battled across the landscape, defenders would take refuge in buildings, using them as makeshift pillboxes. The attackers then had to destroy those buildings, clearing out the soldiers. The residents of those buildings often took refuge in the basement.

While a basement isn’t a very comfortable shelter, it worked for the Europeans. At a minimum, it protected many of them from being killed by shrapnel and gunfire. Once the fighting moved on, many stayed in the basements because the houses and apartments above were destroyed. While it wasn’t as comfortable as home, it was shelter.

7. The underground

Speaking of basements, underground structures of many types have been used as shelters at one time or another. The catacombs of France are probably the most famous of these. But those aren’t the only underground shelters that have been used. Governments often build underground bunkers to hide activities, simply because they are well hidden.

Of course, you won’t be able to get into an underground bunker that the government is using, but many cities nevertheless have some sort of underground. This could be a storm sewer system (like the catacombs) or a subway system. Some cities even have commercial areas that are underground. Regardless of why the structure is underground, it is much more likely to survive many a calamity than anything above ground is. That makes it possible to use as an emergency shelter.

What type of shelter would you use? Share your tips in the section below:

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30 Cheap and Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks

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Saving money isn’t just about finding good deals–it’s about finding cheap alternatives. For example, rather than buying a terrarium, you could make your own out of picture frames. And instead of buying a mini grill, you could make your own out of lasagna pans and cooling racks. Here are a few more ideas: Turn pool […]

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How to Make a Realistic Urban Bug in Plan

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Written by Dan Stevens, Modern Survival Online It is said urbanites cannot bug in. Bugging out seems to be the first choice for people who are trapped in cities that will become death traps. Bugging in seems to be a luxury if you either live in the burbs, a small town or the wilderness or… if you’re willing to move there. Allow me to prove those people wrong. Well, in part, because there are limits to what you can do […]

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7 Reasons Bugging Out Could Get You Killed

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When disaster strikes and you’re at home, you will always have two specific options: bug in at home and wait out the disaster, or load up your vehicle and bug out to a rendezvous point or bug out location. When people think of prepping, many of them think of bugging out on the road and […]

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Things you should know before bugging in or bugging out

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If some sort of event occurs in your area, you should be prepared if you want to make it on your own. If said event represents a threat for the well-being and physical integrity of your family, you will be forced to act. This means you have to choose between bugging in or bugging out, … Read more…

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10 How-To Survival Books Worth Owning

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If the brown stuff hits the fan, getting the right type of preppers together who possess a good amount of survival skills will be almost impossible if you don’t have a large network of people. However, with the right set of how-to survival books, you might just have enough knowledge to make it through. I’ve … Read more…

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Ask yourself these questions when a crisis arises

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We prepare for the worst and we do everything we can to assure the safety of our loved ones. However, a crisis can hit unexpectedly and the timing and manner in which you act will determine your odds for survival. Before you start evacuating or hunkering down, there are some questions you need to ask … Read more…

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Sigma 3’s Survival Shelter Lean To

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In this video Sigma 3 demonstrates for us how to create a cold and wet weather survival shelter with a custom bed and fire place. This is more of a permanent camp shelter verses an on the go survival shelter. It would be great for camping with your buddies or just to get away from the world for a while. This video will not show you how to do this with just a knife, even though it is possible. It will just take a lot more work. He does recommend bringing some bigger tools to build this shelter.

The fire pit is different than most I have seen. It shows how to run it through the shelter long ways so you have to cut less wood and can save your energy. He also touches on how to add a door to close the shelter up to make it wind proof if you choose or to contain the heat. After all, this is a cold weather shelter.

Sigma 3 Survival school has many more videos on their You Tube as well as their own website and Facebook page. Their school also has an option to learn how to become a survival instructor.

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14 Things to Consider When Sheltering in Place or Bugging In

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bugging inI believe that for many of us sheltering in place or bugging in will be the best choice.  The only way in which I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than leave.  Now that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B.  But if possible, I plan on bugging in.  I know the area well, I have family and friends close by that will help and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.  I suspect the same thing applies to most of us.

I have spent some time thinking about what you have to plan for when bugging in, and have broke it down into 14 separate areas.  These are not in any order of importance, you will have to determine which are the most important to you, depending on your situation.

 14 Things to Consider When Sheltering in Place or Bugging In

  1. Fire – Both wildland and structural fires need to be taken into consideration.  Take into consideration whether or not you will have open flame devices for cooking and lighting. Learn good fire safe practices and have fire extinguishers on hand. Major Wildfires Can be the Biggest Dangers to You and Your Preps 
  2. Security – This is a hard one to advise you on since it will depend on the type of home you are securing and the area in which you live.  Think it terms of securing a perimeter in dept.  The less people can see the better; keep your preps and other supplies hidden.  Watch for prying eyes.
  3. Sanitation – This includes the ability to keep yourself and your clothes clean.  Have the supplies on hand to wash your clothes, dishes, pots and pans.  You need to have a plan to dispose of bodily wastes.  This can include burying them or using them for fertilizer, or a combination of both.
  4. Trash – a large pile of trash can be like putting up a billboard advertizing you have supplies.  Think about how to reuse your trash, for instance tin cans can be flattened and the metal saved for future projects.  Trash, Looking at It with A Different Prospective
  5. Water – You need a substantial water storage and a way to replenish it.  Don’t forget the supplies to filter and purify contaminated water.
  6. Medical – Have on hand a well-supplied medical kit and the necessary prescription drugs that you require.
  7. Food production – Develop some means of producing addition food to supplement your food storage.  This can be in the form of a garden, raising small animals or both. Animals for Food Production on One Acre Lots or Less  You should also know what plants are  growing wild in your neighborhood and how to utilize them.
  8. Communications  – I recommend that you have at least short range radio communication with close family and friends. Strategic vs Tactical Radios for Defensive Use
  9. Food storage – In my opinion you need at least a one year supply of food and the means to preserve any additional foods that you can grow or gather.
  10. Electricity – This can be as simple as a generator or solar panels to recharge batteries.  Remember generators take fuel and make noise.  Solar panels depending on their size can be highly visible.
  11. Build trust with your neighbors – Having friends and family close by that you can count on is very important.  I will help a good neighbor to the best of my ability even if he is not a prepper, if I can count on him for support and help with work.
  12. Shelter – This includes protection from heat and cold.  Have the means to keep your family warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  If you live in a cold climate, have plenty of fuel on hand to stay warm.
  13. Food preparation – Have the means to cook and prepare your food.  This can consist of things like Wonder boxes, sun ovens, Coleman stoves, kerosene stoves or wood stoves.
  14. Plan B – Always have a plan in case it becomes too dangerous to stay.  This should include a bug out location and the necessary supplies to get there.

This type of planning is always a work in progress, don’t say I am ready and rest on your laurels, keep improving your position.

Howard

 

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Surviving Week One post-disaster

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Before you end up bartering or growing a garden for survival, you must survive the first week on your own. If the power grid crashes, if an ice storm hits your area or if any other disaster will disrupt your normal living conditions, surviving week one post-disaster will become a challenge. Help will likely come, … Read more…

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5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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It seems that most discussions about preparedness often revolve around guns, tools and gear. Sometimes we overspend, but today let’s take a look at things you can do that won’t cost you a dime. Sometimes it’s good to take a step back and stop spending so much money.

Gear is great, but knowledge and practice are more important. Here are five free things you can do to be better prepared:

1. Get into shape.

This is, by far, one of the best things you can do to increase your chances of survival. Being fit is necessary, regardless of whether you’re “bugging in” our “bugging out.” You cannot afford to have your body fail you. The amount of energy you’ll expend on a daily basis will increase, the amount of food you’ll be able to procure will decrease and a sick body just won’t be able to cope with that.

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Now, you might be thinking you’ll need to buy weights to use at home. Yet there are many at-home workouts that only use your body weight. They focus on exercises such as jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, squats, leg raises and so on. Of course, you should check with your doctor to see what you can and cannot do. Show him or her the list of exercises, but consider holding off on the real reason why you’re doing this. They might not understand.

2. Make a plan.

Not that I’m making you choose, but if you had a bug-out plan and no bug-out bag, you might be better off than someone who has a BOB but no clue as to how to evacuate.

Making a survival plan isn’t hard. The hardest part is figuring out the various survival scenarios you might have to face. You’ve basically got three main categories: bugging in, bugging out and getting home.

Now, the more family members you have to take care of, the more elaborate the plans. If you have pets, you have to take care of them, too. As long as you have pen and paper or a computer, you can write down your emergency plans and improve them over time.

3. Make an inventory of everything you have.

5 Essential Preps You Can Do Right Now That Are FREE

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Speaking of plans, how about you make an inventory of all the things you have in your home that could be useful during a crisis? Hint: pretty much anything can be of value. When’s the last time you went through all the bags of old clothes and items in your attic? I bet you can find a lot of things up there you thought you’d never use.

Make an inventory and crisscross it with the list of survival items you were going to purchase.

4. Learn a new skill.

The list of survival skills you could learn is a long one, but don’t let that intimidate you. Making primitive tools and weapons (mortar and pestle, tomahawks, fishing spears, slingshots), starting a fire, finding water, crossing a river, signaling for help, escaping a burning building, fixing various things around the house – all of these can be learned for free or almost for free.

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If you’re thinking about bugging in during the next disaster, you might be interested to learn:

  • woodworking
  • plumbing
  • splitting wood
  • milking a cow
  • gardening
  • washing clothes by hand
  • planning your garden
  • recognizing and foraging for wild edibles (some of them may be in your backyard)

…and on and on.

5. Hunt coupons.

Coupons can help you save a lot of money on preps in the long run. If you’re smart enough to use them during sales periods, you might even be able to get some items completely free! The coupon hunt will take a lot of time, though. You’ll have to look all over the Internet, subscribe to a bunch of newsletters, look for them in newspapers and closely monitor when the survival items you want are on sale.

This means you have to know what you want. Make a list of items to purchase. If you do it in excel, you’ll also keep track of how much you spent, so you can make a weekly average and try to keep it as low as possible.

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That’s our list – what would you add to it? What “free preps” did we forget? Share your advice in the section below:

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5 Fatal Mistakes To Avoid When You’re Bugging In

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Unless your home is in danger of being destroyed or an airborne disease is sweeping through your town, you’re better off staying at home than bugging out. It’s more comfortable, all your supplies are there, and as long as you have plenty of home security measures in place, […]

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Survival Sanitation and how to deal with it

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There is a lot of information online about emergency preparedness and how to deal with various crisis scenarios. However, when it comes to dealing with survival sanitation, it seems that this subject is somehow sensitive and it’s not covered by many survival experts. If a catastrophic event would hit us tomorrow, handling survival sanitation will … Read more…

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Bugging In If You Live In a Rural Area

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Bugging In Rural Area

If bugging-out is the very last and very desperate choice, then logically, more resources would go to bugging-in rather than bugging-out. You hedge your bets, of course, by having a plan to bug-out if the situation gets desperate enough, but by and large, your focus is on sheltering in place.

Mass migrations typically have one thing in common. People migrate due to calamities like war, famine, and natural disasters, such as was the case, for example, here in the United States during the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. Farmers, during this period, migrated from the rural areas to metropolitan areas, because the crops died and the land became unproductive. They set up tent cities outside of large urban areas. Farmers fled one disaster only to create another, and in some cases, worse disaster.

People that live in urban areas believe they will need to flee the cities once the SHTF and those living in rural areas fear the golden hoards will descend upon their lands. The thing is, it’s all speculation, and if history is used as a template then just the opposite may happen.

People will go where other people are, and where the supposed resources will be, or will end up being once the situation stabilizes somewhat. Aid workers, emergency shelters, emergency food, and water drops will take place in cities or close to cities, cities where the people are.

This is not to say that the predictions about the golden hoards found on many blogs and websites will not happen however. It may happen but the degree in which it happens is the key.

Bugging in will not be easy if you live in the country. You cannot jump in your car and head for town to pick up supplies. If you don’t have it once the SHTF fan, you may very well have to live without it, or die because of it.

Your home becomes your base camp, home base, or Command and Control, call it what you will but you need a sturdy structure, that can be defended.

You can’t predict how long the crisis will last, so you have to prep assuming it will never end. This means not only do you need a stockpile of supplies you also need the means to replenish your supplies.

You need a water source that you control, and usually, this means a private well that cannot be contaminated by people coming onto your property. Rivers, lakes, and streams are sources, but if there is a migration from urban areas those particular sources will be overrun, soon contaminated, or even taken over by others or the government.

It would be easier to stockpile food than water. You could have several years supply of food stockpiled in your home while trying to get enough bottled water stockpiled for two years would be a daunting task unless you had considerable protected space and containers to do so. Therefore, a water source is critical, a renewable and safe source.

If you have enough food stockpiled for several years and a water source, then you can develop a renewable food source such as gardens, livestock, and aquaponics where you raise fish and produce together. Having a well-stocked fishing pond on your property would be ideal as well. The objective is to have enough supplies on hand to give you time to develop alternative sources.

Having to worry about food and water in the first few days or weeks of any crisis means you may not survive the crisis.

You do not have to be a homesteader to survive a crisis in a rural area, but having the ability to live without relying on any municipality for anything would prepare you for when the SHTF. However, having sufficient supplies and the resources to obtain more will keep you alive as well.

You would need an energy source and one readily available source is wood. Wood will heat your home and cook your food. It will heat water for baths, laundry, and for purification. Wood is considered a renewable source, but it has to be harvested responsibly. Clear-cutting can lead to erosion, which can lead to mudslides, displaced animal populations and so on. Build up your supply so you have several seasons’ worth of wood stored and harvest so it has time to season before needing it.

Before a crisis does strike you may want to consider solar panels. You can buy in increments and use one panel to supply power to one appliance such as a water pump, hot water tank, heating and cooling units and so on.

You could go all solar but it can be expensive and for some, if not many people it may not be worth the cost. Instead prioritize by need. You know you will need refrigeration, so get a panel set up for that, you know you will need a well pump, hot water and possibly a backup heat source or a cooling source in the summer, so work toward supplying power to appliances that would be difficult to do without.

Wind turbines are an option but again they are expensive and having a turbine towering up over 20 feet or so in the air is a beacon to others, who may very well otherwise pass by without noticing.

As far as the golden hoards are concerned, you can choose to worry about them or not. You will, of course, have to worry about people passing through, people who may have lived in the area but are not prepared, and of course, there are always criminals on the hunt for smash and grab opportunities.

Let people know you are ready, willing and able to defend what is yours using firearms. This will deter most opportunists. As far as roving gangs of rogue Preppers on the loose or Jade Helm type situations you can choose to fret over them or not. Logically, and realistically you would not have to worry, but being prepared is being realistic as well. The biggest threat most likely will be four-legged predators after your livestock, so have the firearms needed to for this type of situation as well.

Having a generator is a good idea, not so much for supplying power to the home but supplying power to tools and having the ability to recharge certain devices or batteries. The generator would not be running continuously, but only when needed for power tools, extra lighting, and recharging, or to supply power to a well pump if you have problems with a solar panel, for example.

Threats

Medical

Injuries and other medical conditions will be a major concern. A sliced finger can manifest into a deadly infection. A broken leg limits or can stop your productivity, food may rot on the vine, and animals can go unfed, because of this type injury.

It’s important that you have substantial first aid training and the supplies and medicines needed for all members of the family or group.

Boredom

Yes, boredom is a threat and you must prepare for this. Boredom can cause you to do things you normally wouldn’t do. You may decide to take chances to relieve said boredom. You have to be aware of this and ask yourself why you are doing certain things, to help you realize you may be doing things that could be dangerous.

You would not be able to jump in the car to take a drive to relieve boredom. If any of your vehicles operate and you have fuel, they would be used for chores around the home/farm, or used for bugging-out, they would not be used to cure your boredom.

Lack of Information (Intel)

Lack of human contact goes along with this as well. However, when people say they live in the country to get away from people they still seek out the company of others, and when there is not an option to get together with others it makes it even worse.

Not knowing what is going on in the country or in your local area can be maddening, so it is important that you have the means to monitor for information, or you may decide to venture off to find out, which may put you in danger.

Other Humans

Humans will be a threat, and whether they are a threat to your existence remains to be seen. As we have stated numerous times in previous articles, if you face a well-armed force, then your only recourse is to retreat. This means you need a plan, an escape route. Snoops and those looking for a quick meal or to snatch some supplies without paying can be run off with a few well-placed shots, but a well trained and well-armed force will take what they need or want, regardless of your efforts. Live to prep another day if this is the case.

Remember the police may not show up during a major crisis. A gun in your hand is worth two cops in a car racing around trying to help everyone.

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Emergency Water Storage Solutions

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You never know what disaster can hit your area and how it will affect you. An earthquake, a tornado and even civil unrest will affect the basic services in your area. You can do without food, without ammunition or your smartphone, but when the water runs out you must have a backup plan. Spending effort … Read more…

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EMP Attack Survival Guide

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  You wake up in the middle of the night and hear a crash sound outside. The lights are off and you stumble in the dark to find a working flashlight. Once you get outside you notice that a power outage hit your neighborhood, you check your phone but it’s dead too. That doesn’t make … Read more…

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Emergency Bunker – What you need to know

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Many people dream about having a vacation home somewhere nice just to get away from the rush of the modern world. If you are part of the preparedness and survival communities, you might as well have plans to have a second home. The difference is that we want something that protects us from the threats … Read more…

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Episode 68 Bugging Out VS Bugging In

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Bugging Out VS Bugging In

This week we tackle the ages old debate in the Prepper community. Bugging in vs bugging out. Which one is better? Like many things that depends. We try to tackle some of the instances but you will have to think for yourself.

Many are tied to one or the other. They are staying no matter what. Hurricanes, tornados and toxic waste spills wont deter them. The same could be said for those beneath Mt Vesuvius. If they had warning that is.

Others only focus on the bug out. They have built the ultimate Bug out bag and are ready to go in a second. Sure that bag now weighs a ton and you have no walked a mile in over a decade.

Today we try to break these convictions. Do not be tied to either. Be prepared for both. decide what to do based on the situation.

 

 

 

 

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