SurvivalRing Radio Talk -Survival, Preparedness, and Self Reliance – 02/10/2017

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Here’s today’s episode of SurvivalRing Radio. Today’s Topic?  The Basics of Self Defense Techniques, What a nuclear attack on the USA might look like, FREE fallout shelter plans, putting in your own well, News & more…all things you need to consider in building YOUR situational awareness lifestyle. http://www.freedomizerradio.com/blog/2017/02/survivalring-radio-talk-survival-preparedness-self-reliance-02102017/ Survival…what it takes, what you need, and how to become […]

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts You may just thank us one day for sharing this little secret, If SHTF and you need to remove rusted nuts or bolts, remember this! This is an old secret that a lot of us don’t know or forget! There are hundreds and hundreds of lotions and potions …

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Money Mondays: Can a Crisis Like Venezuela’s Happen Here?

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  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com You can’t help but feel bad about the citizens of Venezuela, as they suffer under miserable economic conditions:  People waiting in lines all night and day to buy basic necessities, formerly middle class people having to hunt dogs and cats in their neighborhood for their next meal, with widespread rioting and looting. But can it happen here?  This post certainly got my attention Coming Destruction? Alan Greenspan Warns “Venezuela Under Martial Law […]

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Why to get your kids involved in prepping

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Why to get your kids involved in prepping

Guest post written by: James Smith

As a parent and a prepper nothing plagues me more than my fear of my children being in a SHTF scenario. As a parent it is your natural instinct to protect your young ones from any and all harm. However, as a prepper I have learned that part of being prepared is to accept that sometimes things can happen that you have no control over. Once you relinquish this false sense of control you are truly ready to equip yourself against the worst.

The best way to protect your kids is to arm them with the facts and get them into prepping as well. Have an open and honest discussion with them. Find out how aware they are of the world around them. What do they know about emergencies and things going wrong? Highlight your fears to them. Tell them what you think can happen. Work on an emergency plan with them. Get their input as well. Kids are innovative and they have a way of looking at things with a unique perspective. You might be surprised at how many good ideas for prepping your child might come up with.

An important thing to remember when getting your children involved – do not overwhelm them. While it might seem like a good idea to tell them everything you fear, this is not always appropriate, they are children after all. Start small, talk about the more realistic and likely scenarios with them first. A good place to start is school shootings. This is a very common topic and sadly a very commonplace occurrence. Schools nowadays are also focusing on running drills for school shootings. This means your child will have at least some understanding of the topic and a good idea of what to do. Once you have established an open talking channel with your child you can move on to the more outlandish cases out there.

Start by formulating a family emergency plan. Make your child a planner. Don’t just ask them to be a passive onlooker in your family’s emergency plan. The more your child is involved the more likely he/she is to become serious about it and follow through with it, should the need ever arise. Work on making your child independent. Society today is very removed from nature. Too much food comes out of a box or plastic bag. Teach your child where their food comes from. Teach them how to be self-sufficient in their needs. Start out by taking a few camping trips with your child. Get them in touch with nature. Children actually enjoy the out-doors once they get used to the idea of being away from tv/computer/phone screens. If you make these activities family centered and fun your child will look forward to the trips. Focus on building key skills like fishing and hunting. You might even pick up a few fun hobbies along the way. Using the best spotting scope, we got for hunting, my son and I spotted some beautiful western bluebirds. After this we both actually fell in love with bird watching. Now we enjoy our skill-building camping trips even more as avid bird-watchers.

Prepping doesn’t necessarily have to be a frightening experience for you or your child. Make it a fun, family activity. Get your children involved when they are young. Don’t leave out the girls, survival skills are important for everyone. The last thing I would say purely as a parent – trust your children. Trust them to do what’s right in a survival situation and teach them all that you can when they are still in their teenage years. Happy prepping!

 

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Infographic: Natural Disasters and Hospital Safety

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Natural Disasters and Hospital Safety During times of meteorological disasters, citizens often make it a point to head to local hospitals in the hopes of finding safety from the storm. After an investigation by Consumer Reports, it has become apparent that flocking to nearby hospitals may not be the safest option, especially when so many […]

Product Review – Live Fire fire starter

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Live Fire Fire Starter

Tis the season, and this camping lover finally got a chance to scratch that itch and get out into the bush. And what a great opportunity to try out – in real circumstances – some of the gear that I’ve come across recently. I’d like to report back my findings on Live Fire. 

According to the manufacturer – Live Fire is a compact, all weather, waterproof fire starter that takes a spark from a ferrocerium rod, lighter or match even after being submerged in water for extended periods of time. From first looks, I’ve got no problem with what they’ve said.

But now to the report. First some background. It was my son and I, and we decided to get into the deep back country with some friends of ours. My young son is not one for sleeping in, and so at 6 am we were both awake. The weather could not have been more perfect those few days we were out.  25 – 30 degrees in the daytime and about 15 at night. So we were chilly waking up – nothing a sweater couldn’t handle though.

Yet, what do you do first thing you wake up when you are camping, regardless of if you need to? Light a fire. Yep. So we drove to a local stock pile and picked up a load full of wood. We prepared a little bit of kindling and prepared the wood in the pit. I then pulled out my Live Fire, pulled off the plastic wrap and opened the lid. The innards looked and smelled like fire starter.

Live Fire Fire Starter
Scratched the surface a little to expose the fibers

I didn’t bring a striker rod – just matches. So pretty excited here goes match #1 –  nope, no go. Put the match right up to the Live fire until the match nearly burnt my finger. The match had no effect on the Live Fire. Hmmm… that was not cool. Let’s try again. Match #2 – same thing… I’m embarrassed to say, but 10 matches later with no progress I decided I had better read the instructions. And what do you know – your suppose to open the lid (did that) and fluff up the fire starter to expose the fibers (whoops). Wow, now I’m really embarrassed. Good thing my friend who I’m suppose to impress with all my cool gear is still sleeping! 

Ok, round #2 – fluffed up the fibers with a random stick. Match #11 – we have action! So technically I’m going to call that match #1 having read the instructions and now doing this for ‘real’.  Wink.

The Live fire lit up great, I had the container open about half way, it didn’t need to be to get it going, but regardless. So, once it was lit, I put it under my kindling and it did it’s job great. A few seconds later and my fire was booming. I pulled the Live fire out of the fire, closed the lid and extinguished the fire in the canister. Ready to go for next time. And I did use it over and over again, probably 5 times over the course of this expedition, and it’s got lots of use left in it yet.

I did notice that the canister did get warm, so I wouldn’t recommend leaving it in the fire past the point of the fire being self sustaining, or you may not be able to get it out without gloves.

Overall experience – Loved it and would recommend it 100%. The Live Fire lit amazing (let’s not mention the not reading the instructions mishap – ok) and performed great. My thoughts were that this would do great in situations where you either didn’t have much kindling, where your kindling was wet,  where you were just to lazy to find / make some, or if you were in a hurry to get your fire up and running.

The Live Fire acts as a booster. It’s like having 100 matches burning all at once, so you can get a fire going harder and faster much quicker. And yet you don’t burn your fingers. I highly recommend this stuff for your camping bag, your 72 hour kit, and your bug out bag.

Live Fire is also available in a 550 Paracord format where a strand of fire starter is built right into the cord. Great to make into lanyards, zipper pulls, and bracelets for multi-purpose use. I’ve tried that version too, and I love how well it lights. Happy Fire Making!

This post by Dwight from Briden Solutions – Proudly helping Canadians obtain high quality Survival supplies.   

INFOGRAPHIC: Risk Areas Of Natural Disasters in the USA

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Life throws you curveballs, and there are many things in life that you can’t prepare for. However, you can prepare for natural disasters and severe weather that’s likely to come your way. Different areas of the United States are more likely to encounter certain kinds of dangerous weather, and by knowing what your region is […]