This is one of the major survival scenarios that preppers have been aware of for a long time. Not only the lack of medications, but the possibility that available medications may not work on new flu viruses. Take precautions, flu can kill you.
Fire can be a beautiful thing to behold; knowing how to make fire is an essential skill that kick-started the next phase of human evolution, and it’s been keeping us alive ever since. As majestic as it is, fire is equally dangerous and will become deadly if unprepared. Fire can cross your path in several forms: As a way to create warmth; to send a signal; to prepare food and boil water; it can be as simple as lighting a cigarette or a campfire, or you can be faced with the wrong end of a ranging forest fire.
By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog
Here’s what you should know about fire…
The three elements of fire.
This is basic high school science, yet something a lot of people discard when in an emergency. Fire needs heat, fuel and an oxidizing agent to burn. This is known as the Fire Triangle, and it’s vital when you’re making a fire or trying to kill one. (Fire needs 16% oxygen to burn; the air around us contains approximately 21%).
Have a fire starter kit.
Fire starter kits are cheap and there are thousands available for order on the internet; take a look at some of the options on Amazon.com and make sure that you have one as part of your survival kit. You’d rather have it and not need it, right?
If you make your own fire starters, do it carefully.
Many frugal survivalists prefer to make their own fire starter kits at home instead of buying them. That’s great, as long as you do it safely. (One of the most disastrous examples I’ve seen was an enthusiast who made his own portable kit in a small tin, then placed it next to the fire: It heated up, and the results should be relatively obvious. Store combustibles safely. It’s fire. Be careful).
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Don’t rely on matches.
Matches are a go-to for many avid campers, but it could also be their biggest mistake. Yes, there are ways to light wet matches – take a look at this article on WikiHow to see how – but that is not a chance you can afford to take when it’s your survival being put at risk. You’ll very likely be safer with a flint fire starter kit.
Certain woods are poisonous when burned.
Know how to identify different types of woods, and know which are poisonous when burned. Novice fire starters often collect any wood they can find for their fire, only to be told by the locals later that they should have stayed away from it – or, in the worst-case scenario, serious illness or death occurs. Some include Elder wood, poison Sumac, and poison oak. Illness or death can occur from fumes, and any food prepared over a poison-wood fire could kill you.
Know how to treat a burn.
Common remedies for treating a burn include the application of some sort of fat or oil: Mayonnaise, butter, cooking oil or margarine. DON’T. This literally adds fuel to the burn, and it can lead to anything from infection to grilling your burn wound like a steak. Emergency guides generally recommend immediate cooling of the burn until help can be found – cold, sterile water. Have burn gel as part of your emergency kit, always.
Putting out fires are different.
Depending on what kind of fire you’re looking at, the way you put it out differs. Never grab the nearest thing and throw it on the fire; in many cases, that’s going to be an accelerant like alcohol, petrol or paraffin. (Also, never pour water on an oil fire. You’ll turn a fire into an inferno). Have a fire extinguisher handy, and keep baking soda and sand nearby. Remember how fire has three elements? Remove its oxygen.
Don’t forget smoke inhalation.
In most house and forest fires, the cause of death isn’t being burned alive, but smoke inhalation. Symptoms can include a dry cough, dizziness, nausea and potentially coughing up blood. Go down, because heat travels upwards and smoke tends to be less dense at the bottom. Fire can also be dangerous in other ways, like falling debris and burning embers.
Burnt food is carcinogenic; keep an eye on that fire!
Hone your barbeque skills at home when you’re not in a survival situation: Learn the tricks behind fish versus chicken versus beef; you can even bake on an open fire if you know how. Keep in mind that when food burns, acrylamide forms – this is a carcinogenic and obviously dangerous to your health.
Putting out camp and food fires are essential.
Put simply and in the words of an anthropomorphic bear, only you can prevent forest fires. Always make sure your fire is properly extinguished (and a fire that looks dead isn’t always), never leave a fire unattended and don’t put your tents, sleeping bags, gear or combustibles too close to the fire. Sand is your best friend for putting out smaller fires, so always keep a bucket or two nearby.
Send us your best fire starting tips for in the field (or at home) through the comments.
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Not all of this will be relevant to your situation should you have to leave your home if or when the SHTF. But modern guerrilla warfare was based on the following 18th century rules, & I think they are worth taking note of.
1. Don’t forget nothing.
2. Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.
3. When you’re on the march, act the way you would if you was sneaking up on a deer. See the enemy first.
4. Tell the truth about what you see and what you do. There is an army depending on us for correct information. You can lie all you please when you tell other folks about the Rangers, but don’t never lie to a Ranger or officer.
5. Don’t never take a chance you don’t have to.
6. When we’re on the march we march single file, far enough apart so one shot can’t go through two men.
7. If we strike swamps, or soft ground, we spread out abreast, so it’s hard to track us.
8. When we march, we keep moving till dark, so as to give the enemy the least possible chance at us.
9. When we camp, half the party stays awake while the other half sleeps.
10. If we take prisoners, we keep ’em separate till we have had time to examine them, so they can’t cook up a story between ’em.
11. Don’t ever march home the same way. Take a different route so you won’t be ambushed.
12. No matter whether we travel in big parties or little ones, each party has to keep a scout twenty yards ahead, twenty yards on each flank and twenty yards in the rear, so the main body can’t be surprised and wiped out.
13. Every night you’ll be told where to meet if surrounded by a superior force.
14. Don’t sit down to eat without posting sentries.
15. Don’t sleep beyond dawn. Dawn’s when the French and Indians attack.
16. Don’t cross a river by a regular ford.
17. If somebody’s trailing you, make a circle, come back onto your own tracks, and ambush the folks that aim to ambush you.
18. Don’t stand up when the enemy’s coming against you. Kneel down, lie down, hide behind a tree.
19. Let the enemy come till he’s almost close enough to touch. Then let him have it and jump out and finish him with your hatchet.
How to Survive Total Social Collapse and the End of Civilization As We Know It
Survival is the Ability to Stay Alive and Escape Danger.
America is in DANGER, and several of America’s allies are also in DANGER. Are you ready for what might happen next?
People have survived extreme conditions and dangers in many lands and at many times — we reveal their secrets.
If You Want to Survive A Possible Collapse …
Then you better learn a few things about survival.
What is survival anyway? Knowledge of survival skills can make the difference between life and death — knowing survival can keep you alive and well when other people are dying.
Lots of people have lost their lives because of complacency and being unprepared for an emergency — natural disasters, medical emergencies, fires, and violent crime take lives everyday and in every country.
There are two kinds of survivors in the world, which kind are you?
There are people who survive disasters and events on sheer luck a lot like refugees in a war torn country — who come out of the event beaten and traumatized and clueless as to how they’re still alive. You can see the despair all over their faces. They are overwhelmed. They may be sick, soiled, hungry, cold, dressed in rags. They have no strength. They have lost all hope.
There’s another kind of survivor though — that’s the survivor you want on your side when things go south; the person you take with your team on an expedition (because you know that person can be counted on); the person you put in charge of things; the person who gets the job done every time; the person who can find a solution, even when no one else can.
The person that rises to the challenge — that’s not afraid to look death in the face. With no fear of death to hold them back, they have little fear of anything.
That kind of survivor is decisive — that decisiveness comes from experience and knowledge of survival. These people know survival.
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Congratulations — your decision to learn about survival is a powerful first step to being confident in the face of danger and having a set of steps you can take for any number of emergencies and disasters you might face in life.
That alone can make you a leader — when you understand survival and learn what it takes to survive in places like the Rocky Mountains, the cold and rugged conditions of Alaska, or even a remote desert wasteland — or a plane crash in the middle of nowhere — or a terrorist attack or man-made or natural disaster — you put yourself in a different league of people; it takes adventurers and warriors to survive in extreme conditions as these places and these events.
Using Our Survival Site
From wilderness survival to surviving a terrorist attack, we have detailed survival guides, many with step-by-step instructions; we have a survival guide for surviving both a mall shooting with multiple gunmen and even a school shooting or an armed robbery; we have an article (or series of articles) for just about every survival topic you can think of (if it’s not on our site, let us know).
We walk you through short term survival kits like a get home bag to keep at school or work and even one for your children, to long term survival kits or even specialized survival bug out kits for your car. Your survival kit will be based on many factors such as the number of people in your family, whether or not you commute to work each day by car or bus, if you or your loved ones have medical needs, and how far you are from major cities or areas known to be subject to common natural disasters. From a 72 hour survival kit to a bug out bag to a hidden cache of survival supplies — you can have all your bases covered.
Survival supplies are going to vary based on the scenario for what you are preparing to survive; if we’re talking simply an excursion into the snow or desert or a two-week trip into the mountains for hiking or hunting, you’re not going to need as many or the same kind of survival supplies as a person stocking up for “doomsday” — what National Geographic likes to call a “Doomsday Prepper” nowadays. We’ll walk you through choosing survival supplies for short term and long term disaster, as well as strategies for keeping your survival supplies safe and unharmed by dangerous people or other threats or additional disasters.
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Survival supplies are many times food and water and ways to replenish food and water when supplies run low —survival gear though has a lot more to do with actual tools like survival packs, survival knives, and the essentials; and then of course survival tools that most people don’t realize are very handy to have in a survival situation: Chainsaws and machetes; wetsuits and spear heads; game carts and primitive weapons; and too many more to list here.
After a few days of reading on SecretsofSurvival.com you’re going to learn a lot of survival tips for multiple real-life events — whether it’s crossing through the mountains in the dead of winter without a lighter or a tent or water or food — or it’s finding yourself on a hi-jacked airplane or in a major city just struck by a series of dirty bombs or chemical weapons. We have too many survival tips to count.
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Learning survival can open up new regions in the brain — maybe these are primitive regions that life in the modern world has put to sleep.
We are wired to survive. We are wired to fight or flight in the face of danger. Today though a lot of people are like deer caught in a car’s headlights — there is no fight or flight in them.
America’s Survival in Jeopardy: Greed at the Top
While we’ve been sleeping, the survival of our nation and other Western nations is in growing jeopardy each year that passes … the greed of so many people at the top of America’s food chain and our nation’s actions in the world have made us the most hated nation on earth. The powerful and elite in this country are driving America into the ground.
The last thing on my mind nowadays is what can I do for corporate America to help keep the American engine chugging and on the tracks.
Instead, the thing on my mind nowadays is what can I do to teach people how to survive a major disaster or emergency when all Hell breaks loose in America; whether that’s from the hand of God and something out of the last chapter of the Bible (my personal belief, and I have a lot of evidence to back it up if you’re brave enough to tackle “End of Days” topics — see link at the top of the site), or whether it’s simply because capitalism isn’t something that is going to stand the test of time, not when there are other forces at work in the world driving the engines of Communist countries like China and North Korea, or other nations like Iran driven by Islamic “destiny” as they might translate it from the Koran. And then of course there are the “former” Communist countries like Russia. There’s a saying in the KGB from what I’ve heard: Once KGB, always KGB.
I’ve got a feeling that history is going to show that once a Soviet, always a Soviet. The Cold War might be over in America but what if the Cold War isn’t over for Russia? Russian and Chinese espionage and cyber attacks on America (both at an all time high as reported in the news) by both nations as well as alliances with North Korea and Iran don’t bode well for America.
History is likely to to show that America in 2015 is a lot like Western Europe in 1938.
No one realized what Nazi Germany and Japan had in store until it was too late.
Any guess where and when the next Pearl Harbor is going to take place? What will you be doing on that day?
What were you doing when 9/11 hit? I can remember my phone ringing that morning and a friend telling me to turn on the news, that terrorists had just crashed commercial jets into the Twin Towers and America was under attack.
Do you remember that day?
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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog
Have you noticed that things have gotten eerily quiet in the month of October? After the chaos of late August and early September, many had anticipated that we would be dealing with a full-blown financial collapse by now, but instead we have entered a period of “dead calm” in which things have become exceedingly quiet in almost every way that you can possibly imagine. Other “watchmen” that I highly respect have made the exact same observation. Even though the economic numbers are screaming that we have entered a global recession, they aren’t really make any headline news. A whole host of major financial institutions around the planet are currently in danger of collapsing and creating the next “Lehman Brothers moment”, but none of them has imploded just yet. And of course Barack Obama seems bound and determined to start World War III. On Monday, it was announced that he is sending a guided missile destroyer into Chinese waters in the South China Sea. The Chinese have already stated that they might just start shooting if this happens, but Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care. But until the shooting actually begins, that is not likely to upset the current tranquility that we are enjoying either.
To me, what we are experiencing at the moment would best be described as “the calm before the storm”. If you are not familiar with this concept, this is how it is defined by How Stuff Works…
Have you ever spent an afternoon in the backyard, maybe grilling or enjoying a game of croquet, when suddenly you notice that everything goes quiet? The air seems still and calm — even the birds stop singing and quickly return to their nests.
After a few minutes, you feel a change in the air, and suddenly a line of clouds ominously appears on the horizon — clouds with a look that tells you they aren’t fooling around. You quickly dash in the house and narrowly miss the first fat raindrops that fall right before the downpour. At this moment, you might stop and ask yourself, “Why was it so calm and peaceful right before the storm hit?”
Like so many others, I believe that a great storm is coming, and yet right at this moment things seem so peaceful.
Unfortunately, this period of peace and quiet is not going to last for long, and most Americans know deep down that something is seriously wrong with our nation. In fact, a new WND/Clout poll has found that 85.3 percent of all likely voters in the United States believe that our country is going in the wrong direction…