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This Week’s Show 21st September 2017

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This week I begin with the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Beginning Prepping, The Get-Home Bag, HAIX Protector Forest Review, HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 20 Mid Review, Let’s look at Nuclear Threats, My Homemade MRE, Pine Needle Tea, Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?

 

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Beginning Prepping

Firstly all preppers must start somewhere and I would like to look at how to start getting your essentials supplies together.

Getting started in prepping seems a simple task – at least until you start looking at all the things you might need.

And then it can very quickly seem daunting and even impossible.

And to some extent, it is. After all, you know that no matter how well you prepare, you are always going to miss some vital supply for the emergency situation you find yourself in.

While it may be daunting, the process of creating one or more lists of prepper related activities and prioritizing them will go a long way towards helping you stay really focused on building your survival provisions and skills.

Here are a few tips to help you be more effective at this critical prepping task.

Make Small Lists

Trying to make a single list of all the items/skills you want to have to be a prepared person/family is almost impossible. You could fill a book on all the items that could be useful.

A better way is to have a list of categories (food, tools, garden supplies, water supplies, bug out bag, etc.) and then work on each category.

This simple technique keeps each list much more focused and easier to use. And if the list is getting too big (like a food list might), feel free to break that list into smaller lists. For instance, food can be broken into subcategories like canned foods, dry foods, etc.

You can create and maintain your lists by hand but if they are very long, a good idea is to use a computer.

This way, you can alphabetize the list and even use the internet to quickly find things on each list. And it is of course very easy to add items to the list, keep track of quantities desired and already purchased and even purchase dates and what you paid for each item.

Oh, and it is a good idea to periodically print out your lists (or at least make a back up copy on a CD or on a flash drive.

Prioritize The Items On Each List

When you create your lists, you should put everything you can think of that you might possibly need on them. After all, they do become a valuable reference guide as you build them up.

But lots of things on the list are not immediate essentials either because they are expensive and can’t be bought right away or they are “nice to have” things but not essential.

A good idea is to break each list into groups. Group A, would be Must Have items. Group B, would be valuable items but not as important as A group items. And Group C would be nice to have but not essential items.

By having these groupings, you can keep your purchases more focused.

For instance, if there is something in your A group that is a bit expensive and requires you to save some money before you can purchase it, you can decide if that item really belongs in that group or if it might belong in the B group – something nice to have but can be bought later when you have more money.

Or you might decide that it is worth saving until you can buy that item.

I think if you don’t prioritize your list, you may not know what to do in this situation. Or you might just buy all the low cost items first, even if they are not too useful, just so you can check off more items on your unprioritized list.

Cash is a scarce resource for most of us. Focus and use it wisely so that at any point in time, you are as prepared as you can be for the emergency you are preparing for.

Periodically Review Your Lists

Things change. Focus changes. Life situations change.

We don’t live in a bubble. Events in our life will change our focus. Perhaps we learn more about some aspect of preparedness that makes us change the mix of items and skills we consider important.

Perhaps you move to a new location where a different set of tools is more important. Perhaps you just didn’t have time to make a comprehensive list the first time around.

Your lists are not some set it and forget it thing. They are dynamic. Review them periodically to see if there are new things to add, things to remove, items that should have a different priority, etc.

While you are actively accumulating supplies, reviewing your lists once a month is good. As your inventory grows, it can be pulled back to every few months.

This simple activity will keep your lists fresh and serve to remind you about some things on your lists that are important were overlooked.

Make A Perishables List

It would be nice if we could buy/learn everything we need and just forget about it forever after. But not all things are as long lasting as a screwdriver.

Even knowledge is perishable. For instance, you should attend refresher CPR classes periodically.

The purpose of the perishables list is to be sure you are always stocked with good supplies AND to be sure that you use perishable supplies before they go bad so that you are not wasting your money.

Follow these four tips and you will soon be the most organized prepper that you know. You will be saving time and money and most importantly, you can sleep good at night knowing that at every moment you are as prepared as you possibly can be given your resources.

You must have an emergency action plan in place at all times, and there are eleven essential items you need to have in order to be prepared for any emergency situation. These items can help you at home and on the road. With that in mind, you should start gathering them today.

You will need:

Food

Portable Water Purifier

Fire Building Tools

Cooking equipment

Change of Clothes

First Aid Kit

Speciality Care Items

Navigation Tools

Portable Shelter

Hygiene Kit

Comfort Items

Let’s look at each of these in closer detail.

Food

You need to have enough food on hand to last at least 72hrs. If you can store enough food to last longer, that will be better.

Be sure to select non-perishable food items, such as:

Tinned meats and fruit

Beef Jerky

MREs

Also, consider getting some high calorie energy bars. You can find bars that contain an entire day’s worth of calories.

That means it will be easy to store a lot of them. It will also be easy to take them with you if you have to leave your home.

Once you gather up your food, put it in a storage area. Be sure to rotate your food so you will always have fresh supplies.

You can do that by occasionally consuming items and then replacing them.

Remember eat what you store and store what you eat

Portable Water Purifier

If a disaster strikes, water from your home’s taps may become unsafe to drink.

On top of that, you might have to source water if you have to leave your home. With that in mind, you will need a portable water purifier.

You can use the purifier at home or on the road.

Make sure you choose a purifier that is easy to transport and kills bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Also, choose a system that will be able to provide enough water for your entire family.

Fire Lighting Tools

You should always have fire lighting tools on hand so you will be able to stay warm if the power goes out or if you have to leave your home. Tools should include:

Waterproof Matches, Ferro-Rod and striker, cotton wool balls and vaseline.

Good quality survival knife

Change of Clothes

Always remember extra clothes as part of your emergency action plan in case you have to leave your home at a moment’s notice.

You need two changes of clothes, an extra pair of socks, and some extra shoes. Make sure the clothing is weather appropriate and can withstand the elements.

First Aid Kit

You never know what might happen in an emergency situation. With that in mind, you need a comprehensive first aid kit on hand. 1

The kit should include basic first aid items, along with tactical items such as tourniquets and trauma dressings. Also, the kit should contain everyone’s medications, glasses and contact lenses, if applicable.

Speciality Care Items

If you live with a baby, an elderly person or a pet, you need to stock up on specialty care items.

For instance, have lots of baby food, nappies and wet wipes for a baby. Have mobility items and medication for an elderly person, and have pet food and flea prevention for a pet.

Make sure you have extra in case of an emergency situation.

Navigation Tools

You might have to flee before or after a disaster. With that in mind, you need to have navigation tools at your disposal. It’s a good idea to have a map and compass on hand at all times. A GPS will also be helpful, but relying on it could be silly and dangerous if you drop it or the batteries go flat.

Also, print off some maps and directions. That way, you will have everything you need, even if the power goes out.

Portable Shelter

Your emergency action plan should always include a portable shelter in case you have to flee your home. If possible, get a tent.

Just make sure you get one that is easy to transport from one place to the next. You don’t want to get a big, heavy tent that is difficult to carry.

If you can’t get a tent, you can get a tarp. Just make sure you have the items you will need to turn the tarp into a shelter.

Bring stakes, rope and duct tape. Also, a knife will come in handy if you need to cut away some brush to make room for your shelter.

Hygiene Kit

You should create a hygiene kit that you can use in an emergency. The kit should have all of the items you will need to stay hygienic, whether you are at home or on the road.

Be sure to include:

Soap

Shampoo

Feminine Products

Toilet Roll

Comfort Items

Comfort items are essential during a disaster. You need items that will help you pass the time and enjoy yourself, even when you don’t’ have access to modern conveniences.

Gather up some books, games and other items that you can take with you in case you have to flee.

Get Ready

Now you know the items you must have for your emergency action plan, and you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation

Make sure you gather these items up in case a disaster strikes. In other words do not just write a list, but make a plan and follow it.

 

( This could be part 2) or form part of the above.

Mobile Phone, charger, power pack

Water Bottles

Flash-lights

Multi Tool, Pocket Knife

Emergency Food, Energy Bars, Trail Mix

First Aid Kit

Compass

Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Water Filter Bottle, Auqa Tabs, Chlorine Bleach

Sewing Kit

Maps

Duck Tape

Lighter, Ferro-Rod and striker Fire Steel, Waterproof Matches Emergency Candles

Space Blanket

Zip-lock bags

Crowbar

Tarp, 4 season tent

Survival knife, Shovel Flares Signal Mirror Whistle

Ham Radio, CB Radio, PMS

Bivy Whistle

Hiking Boots

Cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, Portable Camping Stove Propane/gas etc.

550 Paracord

Hammock

Tinder (for fire starting)

Mylar blanket

L.E.D. Headlamp

Dental floss

Extra Socks, Gloves, Rain suit or poncho, Wide Brim Hat, Bandanna

Bible

Playing Cards

Battery Radio Ammo, Pellet Gun, Slingshot, Snare Wire

Multi-Vitamins

GPS Device

Portable Camping Stove Propane

Batteries

Solar Charger

Fishing Rod, Reel, Fishing line, hooks, floats artificial bait

Saw Plastic

Rubbish Bags

Binoculars

Scissors

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Jump leads

Cable Ties Oil (for your vehicle, can also be used to start a fire or create smoke for a signal fire)

Tool Kit Tire Repair Kit

Hard Boiled Sweets ( can give you a boost of energy and a boost to your morale) Emergency

Credit/Debit Card Personal Identification Papers Family Photos (morale Booster)

Dust Mask

Lantern

Cash (Putting £20 or £50 in you kit might come in useful someday)

Rubbing Alcohol, Toilet Paper

Can Opener Chemical hand warmer packets

Survival Manual, First aid Manual

What is between your ears YOUR KNOWLEDGE

The Get-Home Bag

Now even more than ever I see the real need for a get-home bag, and it needs to be with us when ever we are away from home.

When I say with us, I do not mean left in the vehicle while we are working or shopping, I really do mean with us.

The contents of this GHB I will cover later, however having a GHB is not enough at all, it must be combined with a what to do plan.

What You Can Do to Prepare Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined the possible threats, man-made or natural and their effect on your area, it is important that you discuss them with your family or household and develop a disaster plan together.

Create an emergency contact plan. Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur.

Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact.

Make sure every household member has that contact’s, and each other’s, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work and mobile).

Leave these contact numbers at your children’s schools, if you have children, and at your workplace.

Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don’t.

Select a meeting place. Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated.

You will also need a meeting place in the town or city where you are shopping, so you can all meet up if an attack occurs.

Remember too, this will also apply if on holiday or in a strange city, in fact I would argue even more so.

You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.

Having a GHB “with you” will make a ghuge difference to how an attack affects you personally, and if public transport is unavailable you know how to get back home by utilising your Plan

If Disaster Strikes

Remain calm and be patient. Follow the advice the security services. Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.

If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries.

Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people. If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight/torch. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches.

Check-Call-Care: Check the scene to make sure it is safe for you to approach.

Then check the victim for unconsciousness and life-threatening conditions.

Someone who has a life-threatening condition, such as not breathing or severe bleeding, requires immediate care by trained responders and may require treatment by medical professionals. Call out for help.

There are some steps that you can take, however, to care for someone who is hurt, but whose injuries are not life threatening

Control Bleeding

Cover the wound with a dressing, and press firmly against the wound (direct pressure). Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart if you do not suspect that the victim has a broken bone.

Cover the dressing with a bandage. If the bleeding does not stop: Apply additional dressings and bandages. Use a pressure point to squeeze the artery against the bone. Provide care for shock.

Care for Shock

Keep the victim from getting chilled or overheated. Elevate the legs about 12 inches (if broken bones are not suspected).

Do not give food or drink to the victim. Tend Burns Stop the burning by cooling the burn with large amounts of water. Cover the burn with dry, clean dressings or cloth.

Care for Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints

Rest the injured part. Apply ice or a cold pack to control swelling and reduce pain. Avoid any movement or activity that causes pain. If you must move the victim because the scene is becoming unsafe, try to immobilize the injured part to keep it from moving.

Be Aware of Biological/Radiological Exposure Listen to local radio and television reports for the most accurate information from responsible governmental and medical authorities on what’s happening and what actions you will need to take.

Create a Disaster Plan Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and terror attacks to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.

Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.

Pick two places to meet:

Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.

Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.

Ask an out of area friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.

Discuss what to do in an attack and don’t forget to practice and update Your Plan

There are many other things we will do as our threat level assessment dictates but this is what is in my GHB.

A few other things, your geographical location and situation, changing seasons, the nature and location of the event, your families plans, and the distances you may have to travel, should cause you to adjust the contents of your GHB If you can’t wear good walking shoes at work you will need to keep a pair in your bag.

The contents of my GHB is based upon an ongoing threat level analysis. Everyday I wake up, check the current events, evaluate what it all means to me, and decide if I need to change the threat Level.

I repeat the process every night before going to bed. I know that sounds very sad, but it is now a habbit a routene.

Think about it the weather changes from mild to icy cold, from damp wet to very sunny hot these are reasons alone to want to change the GHB contents leave alone the extreme terrorist threat we now face.

N95 face mask

Flash Light/Torch

Bic Lighters

Multi tool. (I always wear mine)

A UK legal carry 3 inch, folding non-lock knife

Water, enough for your journey or a water filter bottle.

Energy Bars

Any emergency food you prefer but enough for your journey home

Walking shoes, woollen socks

Local map, OS map and if far away a UK motorway map-Finding ways around obstacles or detours.

Disposable poncho

Emergency blanket

Extra clothing-weather specific

Extra mobile phone battery or a power cell

Emergency credit card/debit card to pay for a lift, buy spare parts or food, water,accommodation etc.

Umbrella

Triangle bandage / kravat – Multi use, medical, water filter (not purifier), dust filter for face, etc.

Toilet paper

Candle – Heat, Fire starter, Signal

6ft x 8 ft Tarp – Shelter, ground tarp for working on vehicle.

Magnesium Fire Starter / Fire Steel

Compass / Signal Mirror – Navigation, directional day time signaling (A couple flashes in a drivers eyes will get their attention – just don’t hold it on them as it could cause an accident).

Whistle

Emergency road flare – Emergency distress signal, fire starter.

Folding saw – Collecting fuel for an overnight fire if needed, removing debris from a road, etc.

Notepad and pens/pencil – Leaving directions, destination and contact information.

Shemagh – Head cover, scarf, dust filter, water filter, Wet down put on neck to avoid overheating, etc.

White cotton towel – Waving it at passing cars is an emergency distress signal, to clean up with after repairing vehicle

Hand/foot warmers

Gloves,

First-aid-kit, first-aid manual or mobile app

Medication

Pain killers

All of the gear in my Get Home Bag fits nicely in a small backpack.

A little heavier than most will be used to carrying, but it isn’t over whelming and will give you plenty of resources to deal with a wide variety of situations.

While most all of the items in a Get Home Bag should have multiple uses the extra mobile phone battery or power cell, the cash, and emergency credit card are in all likelihood the most useful in most terrorist attacks or emergencies.

The important thing to remember is that your GHB will naturally be different to mine and that’s OK.

I think the main thing is that what ever you carry it will be more than most.

HAIX Protector Forest Review

The HAIX Protector Forest is made to the highest standard, these are chainsaw boots, designed for both professional and DIY enthusiast.

The model features GORE-TEX performance with four-lamination technology creating the best in-class safety footwear to resist water from the outside.

The breathable technology makes it one of the most comfortable safety shoes to use in hazardous working environments. Kevlar fabric is used in the uppers of the boot , enabling it to offer cut protection.

The Protector Forest has a traditional steel toe cap and is soled with sturdy VIBRAM rubber which is anti-slip and has a rugged profile. The sole is also resistant to oil, heat and gasoline.

I hate new shoes and boots as they always hurt my feet as they are worn in, as they say.

But to my surprise these did not, in fact they fitted like a glove, a pleasure to put on and to wear.

Well being in a local river for 4 hours proved that they are waterproof, as the tissue paper I had placed in them was bone dry.

Another pet hate with boots is sweaty feet, so being on a very hot day, 24c I sat out in the sun for the afternoon in my boots and expected the usual walnut feet, again no, my feet were dry, even after walking, driving and sun bathing.

NO, sorry I did not attempt to chain saw my lower leg off, but as a pair of the worlds toughest boots I will take the word of HAIX on the level of protection they provide.

By the way as to their anti-slip soles, they work too as my local petrol station had had a spill and I walked through it tying to slide but could not.

HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 20 Mid Review

The HAIX Black Eagle 20 Mid Tactical Gore-Tex Waterproof Breathable Boot is 3-layer GORE-TEX laminate waterproof and highly breathable Very good grip on different terrains Made of different EVA/TPU materials, Permanent cushioning in heel area

I have just worn these boots on average from 0700 until 0100 at the Wilderness Gathering, through hot sunny spells, thunderstorms, and sat in the sun for many hours on my stand.

Their name needs to change the HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 20 SLIPPERS, because these boots are way by far the very best and most comfortable boots I have ever worn.

With 7 day’s continuous wear and no blisters, sweaty feet or nipping I cannot recommend them highly enough.

They look cool, they are very easy to lace up and I like the elastic laces which keep the boots tight and secure.

The idea of the Velcro closure covering the lace knot is great as it keeps the laces from being covered in my or other debris, this makes them a doddle to undo.

These too are waterproof having also been left in a local river for 4 hours and again the tissue was born dry after taking them out.

Having spent a week at the Wilderness Gathering on mostly slippy grass/mud I can say for sure that the soles work very well and I did not slip at all.

They give me a feeling of being able to go anywhere in them on any terrain and you know having confidence in your kit is all that you can ask of it.

I wore them with a pair of (thin) socks on purpose as most people do not have special walking socks and I wanted to see how my feet would cope.

For three days/nights I had them on 24/7, even sleeping in them, and I actually forgot I had them on.

There were no issues, no problems, the truth is they measured up to my demands and did more than what I could have expected from them.

If your job means that you will be spending hour upon hour in your work boots the HAIX Black Eagle Tactical, or SLIPPERS as I like to call them, are best.

Let’s look at Nuclear Threats

Just because you don’t live next to a nuclear power station does not mean that you are free from any possible nuclear radiation threats. There are several facts and factors you need to know:

Look at Nuclear power plants – As the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 demonstrated, even if you are several hundred miles or away from a nuclear power station, if an unlikely but possible major nuclear accident happens and you are downwind of it at the time, your safety would be seriously at risk.

Then there could be nuclear material accidents – These can happen at a plant that works with nuclear material or nuclear waste or during the transportation of radioactive material in your area.

Don’t forget Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs) – These include terrorist attacks with radioactive material devices, as in “dirty bombs”, which are caused by conventional and not nuclear explosions.

Nuclear weapons attack – You may say: “But the cold war is over”. Yes, but the world is still full of crazy people, and there are now more nuclear weapons in the hands of more countries and terrorist groups than during the cold war.

Take this news report for example: On June 24 2009, a news report from the Associated Press started with: “North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.” Plus there is still great animosity between many nations with nuclear capabilities.

The other factor that we have learned from the past is that historically, war has followed the collapse of the economy of a nation. I hope there are no economy collapses anywhere in the world. But if it happens, war is possible, and it could quite likely be nuclear.

There is also the possibility of a terrorist attack with a portable nuclear device like a “suitcase bomb”.

There are 2 main dangers of a nuclear bomb: the initial blast effect and the radioactive fall-out afterwards. Fall-out is sometimes misunderstood.

There are different types of fall-out radiation, and its dispersal will depend on several factors, but it is basically fine dust from the explosion that continuously gives off invisible radiation as it falls to earth.

The largest, most dangerous particles will reach the ground first, closer to ground zero.

According to the research those particles that are concentrated and dangerous enough to require the use of fall-out shelters to protect you, will fall to earth within a few hours.

The finer particles will be carried by the wind, some taking months to settle to earth.

Fortunately the radiation from radioactive particles reduces with time, which helps man and nature to recover.

The initial radiation, which is fatal with one hour of exposure, weakens to only 1/10th as strong 7 hours later. Two days later, it’s only 1/100th as strong.

Is a nuclear attack survivable? Absolutely – contrary to popular opinion! There are many myths about nuclear war, including this big one that no one will be able to survive it. To the contrary; nuclear wars are very survivable, IF people are prepared, excluding a small percentage of people near ground zero (the point directly below the explosion).

In fact, in Nagasaki during the atomic bomb attack, some people who were far inside tunnel shelters built for conventional air raids located as close as one-third of a mile from ground zero, survived uninjured.

This was true even though these long, large shelters lacked blast doors and were deep inside the zone within which all buildings were destroyed.

Another myth is that fall-out radiation penetrates everything and will kill all those who survived the initial blast.

Again, this is not true.

Adequate preparation can protect you from any harmful doses. And even minor preparations can save your life, even though your health may be adversely affected.

If nuclear wars are not survivable, then it would not make any sense to build nuclear fall-out shelters, and governments would not spend large amounts of money doing so for their citizens.

Some countries have done just that, including Russia, Switzerland and some Scandinavian countries. And, some countries have built them only for their leadership and not for their citizens!

There have been 2,000 nuclear detonation tests so we have actually had a nuclear war in real terms and we have all survived.

My Homemade MRE

I have been looking at the high prices of British Army MRE Ration Packs (About £10+ along with postage!) and I decided to opt for making my own for my bug out bag.

 

All of these items I bought from my local Asda so these are current prices. I would recommend using a vacuum sealer or Mylar bags with o2 absorbers to make these feasible, otherwise the shelf life I predict is probably not going to be reached due to the nature of some of the items.

 

Anyway, let’s begin, please note numbers after names are Calories, then price!

Breakfast

 

8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76

Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14

Lunch

Cup a Soup 90 £0.10

Dinner

Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68

Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10

Snacks

Boost bar 305 £0.25

Kendal mint cake 85g 350 £0.88

Pumpkin seeds 566 £0.55

Strawberry lances 300 £0.33

Coffee sachet 75 £0.14

 

So this leads to a total cost of £4.93 and a whopping 2853 calories!

 

I have also got three vacuum sealed bags of peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops which I would also chuck into the bug out bag, these contain a staggering 1750 calories for only £0.99 and will last for ages in the vacuum seal!

 

I’ll add as well, my MRE weighs about 870g, where as a normal British Army one weighs 1750g and also it’s technically not an MRE as it requires water and minimal heating, but I have both of those in my BOB so nothing to worry about really!

 

This is a very basic but very tasty MRE option and I am sure as I experiment further that it will develop and become more season friendly with both a range of hot and cold meals.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values.

You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.

It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you!

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

(This process releases more of the oils & resins that contain the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like turpentine.)

Bring about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep, covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!

Drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect. (Make it fresh each time.

Enjoy your tea!

With cold & flu season approaching Pine Needle Tea is a gift of health as well as an enjoyable experience.

And since Pine is best used fresh, it’s a perfect excuse to get out & enjoy the change of seasons!

Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?

I would say that not all survivalists are preppers but all preppers are survivalists. Now having probabley confuced you even more, I shall continue.

Preppers prepare for a natural or man-made disaster that would remove the comforts of modern life for an extended period of time.

Here I am talking about an EMP/CME, Nuclear accident, attack, biological or chemical, floods, earthquakes, all types of bad weather etc. plus loads more.

I suggest that “everyone” is in fact a prepper whether they will admitt that or not. Anyone who has a spare wheel, first-aid-kit, umbrella, waterproofs, fire extinguisher or even a flashligh is preparing for something. The “prepper” as they have been portrayed in the media takes it a stage further that is all.

The prepper plans to be able to survive this SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event by having srote of water, food, weapons, ammo, medicines, fuel, etc.etc.

A prepper I would suggest is a single person looking after number one, or a family man/woman looking after his/her family and they focus only on that to the exclusion of others around them.

In fact their only focus is to acquire everything they would need to survive any disaster that affects them.

Any cross over between the prepper and the survivalist is to me quite obvious as if the prepper loses his/her stores then they too will have to survive on little if anything, in fact they would then by a survivalist, if that is of course, they had bothered to learn the relevant skills and knowledge.

In any case in the long term the prepper will use up all the stotes they had gathered and what will they do then? again the only option will by to revert to being a survivalist living on knowledge and learned skills.

The survivalist however in my opinion plans to survive using knowledge and skills gained from experience over a perion of time. The survivalist learns how to provide shelter, clean water, make fire, hunt, trap, fish, forage, cook, navigate etc.etc. with the minimum of equipment because survival situations happen when we are least prepared, or when we are miles away from our preps.

The Homesteader is a combination of both prepper and survivalist and is perhaps the ideal that all preppers and survivalist aim to be.

They are usually land owners, with a shelter of some type with access to water, crops, livestock, and preps made from the surplus of their production.

They know how to can, smoke, dry and to preserve their extra foods for another day. They have moved off grid in many cased thus removing their dependence upon the society and the system they have removed themselves from.

I hope this helps you understand and goes some way to answering your questions.

The Priorities of Survival

You have been making you way home during a man-made disaster involving economic collapse and during your trip home the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles and you have taken refuge in the area around a lake.

You now know you have water, fish and small animals to sustain you BUT?

Now I like to think there are 7 Enemies of Survival and knowing the 7 Priorities of Survival will greatly increase your chances and abilities in surviving the aftermath of a disaster.

The first of the seven is a Positive Mental Attitude.

As attested by those who have survived both Man-Made, Natural Disasters and wilderness emergencies, a positive mental attitude is the most essential element in any survival situation.

The second of the seven is First Aid.

If any injury from the disaster is life threatening, such as rapid blood loss, first aid becomes the most important thing to do.

The third of the seven is Shelter.

Extreme cold or hot weather conditions make finding or building a shelter of top importance. At such times even painful but minor injuries must wait until shelter is available. This is even more urgent if night is approaching.

The forth of the seven is Fire.

Often, along with shelter, you will need a fire for warmth and signaling. Fuel should be secured and the fire started before dark.

The fifth of the seven is Signaling.

When you have taken the first steps in dealing with the emergency, you might need to prepare rescue signals depending on your situation.

The sixth of the seven is Water.

Under all circumstances, water is essential. You can live only a few days without it. Finding water is even more urgent when the weather is hot and dry.

And the seventh of the seven is Food.

A healthy person can live several weeks without food; it does not rate high as a survival priority.

Pick Your Training Ground

The first thing you’ll want to do is pick a spot where you’ll be practicing. Ideally this would be a place that is near your home, is accessible during both the day and night, and has the resources you need to practice the various survival skills. This will be your training ground.

Setting up Shelter

Whether you live in an arid, temperate, or cold environment, exposure is often the first cause of death for those caught in a wilderness-survival situation. For this reason, shelter will be the first step to take.

Choose your Shelter

If you’re new to wilderness survival, this step would be simply building a tent or setting up a tarp shelter. As you get comfortable with that you’ll want to move on to making a primitive shelter.

Since I cannot cover every shelter that is possible to build from the resource on your training ground, you’ll need to do some research in determining what type of shelter is best for your environment.

The key factors are that it keeps you protected from the elements (dry when wet, shaded when hot, warm when cold, etc.).

For example, I live in the North East — a place that abounds in trees and forest debris. My shelter of choice here is the debris hut which is basically a framework of sticks that is stuffed inside and out with leaves or other natural debris for insulation.

This will keep me both dry and warm without the need for a tarp or sleeping bag.

Build it

Chose you location and look up for widow makers.

Once you’ve chosen your shelter type, start building it. Again, this could be in one easy go (like setting up a tent) or if it requires normally an hour or two to build (like a primitive shelter) you must be aware of weather changes and loss of light.

Test it

Knowing how to build the shelter is only half of the process. Sleeping in a shelter you built is really the best teacher.

It will teach you to overcome the fear of being alone, the dark, as well as sleeping in something other than your bed.

In the case of a primitive shelter, it teaches you how best to insulate it, where to build it, what materials to use and so on.

If you don’t make it through the whole night, that’s fine. Take note of what needs to improve and use that for the next step.

Refine it and Retest

Now that you’ve tried it for a night, make the improvements to the shelter and try it again.

If you used a tent, this part might include putting down ground insulation to prevent ground chill, or even moving location for a more even surface.

Remember, a shelter will protect you from the elements take the time to make a good one.

Step 3: Finding, Collecting and Purifying Water

Dehydration is a major concern in not just arid environments but in cold environments as well. Since most publications say we cannot go for much longer than 3 days without water, this will be the next skill you will practice.

Finding Water and Collecting Water

The first part of this step is to find a source of water. This could be morning dew (in which case it is already purified), ice or snow, a body of water, a dried out river bed, setting up a solar still and so on.

Once you’ve found your water source, you’ll want to practice different means of collecting it such as soaking it up with a cotton shirt, long grasses, discarded bottles or cans that you find lying around and so on. In the beginning, use your own containers and as your skill grows you can practice making your own or finding field expedient ones.

Purifying Water

If the water you collected requires purifying then you’ll need to practice how to do that. This could be practicing using a commercial filter, water-purification tablets, or fire.

Finding and Preparing Food

Most of the time you spend ia a Survival situation is taken up in this step. If you’re a beginner, you’ll skip finding food and just practice outdoor food preparation and cooking over a fire.

But as you run out of your food stores, or arrive in a survival situation without any food you will need to start gathering and preparing wild edibles, procuring meat through trapping, fishing, hunting and so on.

It also includes gutting, skinning, cleaning and preparing the animal, cooking it, and of course, eating it.

Using a trapping example, you might spend an hour one day making a set of snares or building primitive traps.

Then when you have some time, you’ll set them up (be sure you have the necessary permits) and check on them regularly to see if you caught anything.

If you don’t succeed, take note of any improvements you can make (different bait, different location etc.) and make those changes the next time.

When you do catch or hunt something, you’ll be practicing skinning, cleaning, and preparing the animal to be eaten.

Since you’ve already know how to make fire you can simply set up a fire and cook it that way.

I would like to think that whatever survival aid you bring with you to help you survive, you will during the 42 days find a natural low tech way to provide the same result.

This Week’s Show 7th September 2017

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SHOW NOTES

This week I begin with The Wilderness Gathering Report, Birling Gap Gas Incident, the SURVIVAL STILL LAUNCH NOT, the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, UK Knife Crime, From Camping Mode to Survival Mode, Survival Strategies, Its not a CON-Trail, Preppers Will be Next, My Homemade MRE, Pine Needle Tea.

The Wilderness Gathering Report

There are only 357 days untill the Wilderness Gathering, have you booked yet?

With the 30 acres of old oak forest pre-booked by June this year perhaps it’s something to think about, especially if you could not get a place this year.

Anyway that’s how I feel, I miss it already.

This show is the UK’s top bushcraft show and that’s really down to the dedication and bloody hard work of Roger, Dom and their great team Thank you guys so much and well done.

I really must also thank Charlie and Fiona, Gus and Clare, Steve, Tony, Peter, David Bud (chilli Rum), Fudge for all your help, advice and for making gthe event so enjoyable for me.

As usual the WG was beyound what most people expected, it was very well attended and as previous years we had European mainland visitors again, it was great to see Mahdi from Holland again, there where visitors from South Africa, Belgium, Southern Ireland and Hungry and perhaps others I did not get a chance to meet.

Yes we had a little wet stuff, but less than usual and we probabley got wetter on the inside or at least we tried too.

This year we saw many more kids or at least it looked that to me and they where kept busy busy involved in the Coyotte clubs extensive range of activities.

So if you’ve got a free week in August 2018, (dates to be released) why not book the time off work and have a week of fun and learning in the woods.

Birling Gap Gas Incident

On Friday 25th August 2017 this story appears in on the Dailymail online site http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4824432/British-paramedics-start-carrying-antidote-nerve-gas.htmlI

On Sunday the 27th August 2017 this story appeared http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/update-suspected-chlorine-causes-many-casualties-at-birling-gap-1-8123374

And was covered by all the mainstream newspapers and news networks.

Today 29th August 2017 it’s not mentioned in these papers or on the news networks.

The emergency services in Sussex have no comment at all.

I find this all very strange indeed. Two days after it is admitted that NHS staff are carrying 10x atropine for their personal use and that support vehicles are on standby with (enough) for the general public because of a chlorine gas attack, then a “Chlorine Gas” incident occurs and nobody says “is this a terrorist Attack”

Has a D notice been slammed on the press? and if the answer is yes, then why?

In my eyes there is no other explanation to arrive at but for me to say that I think this was an emergency services exercise.

This would explain why only a handful of causalities were actually decontaminated and not everyone who turned up with the same symptoms.

It would also explain why the fire crews and other emergency service workers where photographed walking around “without” HAZCHEM suits. Certainly the RNLI inshore rescue boats crew had no HAZCHEM suits on.

I knew something was not right when a police statement said that there would be no more gas.

I mean how do they know?

Having looked at the wind direction on that day I have to say that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.

Having checked EDIS http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=eu&lang=eng there is no such incident on the Mainland European Coastline.

But EDIS shows the incident in the Beachy Head area.

I suggest that the gas was released from an off shore vessel and that once released the gas itself would screen the vessel from view.

I say this because of the reasons I have given and because the gas drifted onshore. Survival Still

Even though it was sent to me as a gift the Survival Still was captured by UK Customs, great is it not they let tarrorists and returning jahadi fighters back into the country but STOP a package clearly marked as a GIFT and charge me £68 import duty.

Could this be because parcels have no human rights and cannot fight back. So much for favourite nation status.

This is why it was not launched at the WG.

IPN and UKSN

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UK Knife Crime

Chief constable Julie Spence, who heads Cambridgeshire Police was I think the first to give a stark public warning by singling out Poles, Lithuanian and Iraqi Kurds who are carrying knives on the streets way back in 2008.

Mrs Spence said: ‘We have had the Iraqi Kurds who carry knives and the Poles and the Lithuanian who carry knives. If it is normal to carry them where you come from, you need to educate them pretty quickly’.

The comments of such a senior officer in an Parliamentary evidence session will spark widespread alarm at a time when the UK is struggling to control knife crime.

Especially as hundreds of thousands more immigrants have poured over our open borders.

Almost a quarter of shops in some towns are breaking knife laws with some selling deadly blades to children as young as 12.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said irresponsible retailers were putting lives at risk, as the latest official figures showed a 20 percent annual rise in knife crime in England and Wales.

These two points alone should have been enough to show this Government what needs to be done to reduce knife crime, but will it take steps to close retail outlet infringements of UK knife law? will it target immigrant communities and gang culture in general with stop and search and hand down stiff prison sentences for those caught breaking UK knife law?

I suspect that as our police are totally politicized and totally PC that nothing of the sort will be done to tackle this surge and really make out streets safer to walk.

What will be done is False Flag campaigns and Government sound bites to pull the wool over the public’s eyes into thinking that these initiatives work.

For example when I look into the knife amnesty initiative, well it’s clear to see that it does not work, I mean how many have we had and knife crime is on the up.

Anyway, as most of the knives that are handed in from old kitchen knives to granddads WW1 Bayonet/souvenir where never going to be on the streets nor used in criminal activities.

We are no safer, who really thinks that a criminal would hand his weapon of choice into the police, unless he had replaced it with another.

The proposed new law to make online buyers physically pick up their purchases will do two things.

Firstly it will drastically affect UK online knife sales putting thousands of lively hoods at great risk, with many companies going out of business.

Secondly it will deprive thousands of the very tools they require to carry out their legal hobbies, pastimes and activities from fishing, shooting, farming, camping to carving and simply collecting to their desires content.

Remember they banned hand guns and gun crime nearly trebled.

Criminals do not apply for licenses, not do they stick to the rules. We as non-criminals should not be legislated against because of this Governments unwillingness to enforce existing and adequate UK knife law.

If YOU, do not also exercise this right it will be removed, there is nothing surer.

Remember knives are only tools and like any tool, say a hammer it can be used to attack someone, but no one calls for hammers to be banned do they?

UK Legal KNIVES– NON-LOCKABLE FOLDING POCKET KNIFE

In the UK it is, totally “legal to carry a non lockable folding pocket knife or multi purpose tool” as long as the cutting edge is 3″ long or less. When stopped by Police and asked why I am carrying it, I only ever reply, “Because the law says I can”. You can get further details here. https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

From Camping Mode to Survival Mode

Your camping gear is the starting point for your survival plan.

History is a magnificent tool for understanding the present but it is also great at foretelling the future.

If there is one thing you can accurately say about history it is that it will repeat. Peace and war, feast and famine, prosperity and depression, all cycle as random eddies in the river of time.

Thus it is prudent to consider that a desperate situation is not only possible but, if we believe history, quite likely.

This realization mandates developing a mentality and a plan that prepares us for the ability to simply surviving.

What happens if your town has five fire engines and your house becomes the sixth fire burning? Unless you are willing to fight the fire you are just plan out of luck.

So self sufficiency is the way we must learn to think in order to survive.

Survival at Home

Perhaps you have seen the movie “Contagion” where a really bad and untreatable virus spreads throughout the world.

Much of what is enacted in the movie is, in fact, how I think governments would handle such a situation.

Schools and businesses would be simply closed and you might even find yourself restricted to your own home.

This would put us at the mercy of government emergency services.

What happens when the governments’ survival resources run out or are stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities?

Desperate people do desperate things.

If conditions deteriorate to this point, we may need to “get out of Dodge”, so to speak.

Head for the hills.

Here is where preppers and survivalists, in fact campers in general have a decided advantage over the standard population.

In a minimal sense we have to configure for survival every time we just go camping. Whether you are setting up for a weekend trip or a two week one you will have had to addressed these basic survival needs:

water

food

protection from the elements

Thus all you have to do is add a food and water stash to your basic camping equipment inventory and you have the core of a survival plan put together.

Choose a couple of good spots to locate your survival camp away from built up areas, as these places will most likely be chaotic.

Again, desperate people do desperate things so get away from the masses.

Gather the tribe.

Plan where your family and selected friends will be when things start falling apart.

They can meet you there where you can pool resources and efforts.

The wolf pack mentality is very useful when in the survival mode.

Setup your survival base camp in a familiar out of the way spot near water ( have a purifier) and natural food sources.

Having the means, knowledge and ability to protect yourself and your loved ones maybe essential to your collective survival.

In the mean time:

Consider learning the following skills:

How to identify and prepare natural foods in your area.

How to start a fire without matches.

How to hunt and fish.

How to shoot and defend yourself.

I know it’s ugly to think about but remember what history has taught us about the dark side of human nature.

Survival Strategies

As a prepper you’re probably into planning. Most likely, you research and study the what is put out by experts. Whether we prepare for incidents small or large, we all ponder what we’d do if something world-as-we-know-it-ending went down.

The trouble is, a lot of the plans that get made are more likely to get you killed than to save you.r And people post these plans online, then new preppers read them and think, “Wow, what a great idea.”

Look I’m not an expert at all, and I do not claim to be king prepper, who knows absolutely everything. I’d just like you to consider the variables if one of these plans happens to be your default strategy.

Bad Strategy #1: “I’ll just hunt and live off the land.”

No, you probably won’t. You might try to hunt, but guess what? Loads of other people have this same idea. Unless you live hundreds of miles from civilization, the population of deer and small game will be quickly decimated in an event that renders the food delivery system inoperable.

Furthermore, hunting is not as easy as simply wandering into the woods, taking aim with a rifle, and popping a wandering buck in the head. Have you ever hunted? Have you done so recently, and by recently I mean within the past year? Have you ever field dressed an animal? Can you hit a moving target? Do you know how to set up snares? Do you know how to butcher and preserve meat? Are you in good enough shape to drag a 200 pound carcass through the woods?

If you can’t say yes to every single question listed here, hunting should probably not be your go-to plan for feeding your family.

Bad Strategy #2: “I’ll go into the woods and live there.”

This is closely related to Bad Strategy #1.

But it’s worse. Living in the wilderness is not going to be a marshmallow roast. First off, there are no marshmallows out there. Just lots of predators and food that has to be killed and skinned before you can eat it.

In this strategy, people like to talk about their proximities to a national forest. “There are thousands of acres, just on the other side of my fence.”

Okay. But when is the last time you went into that forest more than a few miles on foot? Did you spend more than a couple of nights there? Was the weather inclement?

What are your local predators (not including the human variety)? Do you have a camping kit that you can carry in on foot? Will your children and spouse be able to also carry supplies?

Are you planning to build a house with some traps and a Swiss Army knife? What will you eat and drink? Are you adept at foraging in your area? For how long can you actually survive on what you can carry? How are your First Aid skills and what supplies will you have? Can you handle the loneliness? And what about the other, perhaps less than moral, individuals that have the same idea?

Have you ever lit a fire with wet wood? Have you ever camped, outside of a camp ground area? What if it rains? In many climates, getting wet is a death sentence.

Bad Strategy #3: “I’ll bug out on foot for miles through the mountains, even though I don’t regularly exercise.”

If bugging out on foot is one of your plans, I’d like to suggest you pick a clear day, put on a loaded backpack and some hiking boots, and go for a practice hike to your location. Go ahead. I’ll wait here.

This one really bothers me. There is a large contingent of armchair preppers who have this idea. However, they don’t exercise regularly. They look back 20-30 years to their high school or military glory days, when they played football,or had a drill sergeant screaming right behind them as they ran.

Just because you were once very physically fit, that doesn’t mean you are still able to hike up a mountain in bad weather with a 50 pound kit on your back.

This is a classic recipe for a heart attack, by the way. Extreme over-exertion. High-stress situation. High-sodium, easily packable food. Out-of-shape person.

A few miles into the journey, particularly if it includes a steep climb, the person will experience a pounding heart, dizziness, and faintness, as the body tries to shut down to protect itself from the unaccustomed demands. If the physical stress continues, the heart won’t be able to keep up with the demand to pump blood. Game. Over.

Embarking on an overly ambitious bug-out journey can endanger not only you, but the people making the trek with you. What if you have a heart attack half way up the mountain? What if you have an asthma attack? What if you injure your out-of-shape self? Who is going to help you? If the situation is bad enough that you’re bugging out, you aren’t likely to be airlifted to a hospital for medical care. Will someone put their own safety at risk to hang out with you while you recover?

I’m not trying to talk anyone into staying in a bad situation when bugging out could be the wiser course of action. But if your bug out route is a long distance or over difficult terrain, you need to get out there and start training before you put the lives of everyone in your team or family at risk.

Bad Strategy #4: “I have lots of weapons and tools. I’ve never used them. But I have them.”

Do you have pepper tools that are still in the box? How often do you make it to the shooting range? When’s the last time you actually felled a tree then chopped firewood? When did you do it without a chainsaw?

There are loads of different examples that I could give about tools that just sit there in their boxes, awaiting their moment of glory when it all hits the fan.

For the purposes of Bad Strategy #4, I’m including firearms as a tool. Skill with an axe is not a given. Accurate aim doesn’t stay with you if you don’t practice. Even building a fire is not easy if you’ve only done it once or twice.

Not only is it vital to practice using your tools during good times, when you have back-up options available, but you need to test your tools to be sure that they operate as intended.

I once purchased a water filtration system for use during off-grid situations. It was missing an essential gasket. Without that gasket, it would be totally useless.

Sure, I could have tried to jerry rigged something, but the point of buying all of this stuff is to save having to jerry rig. Because I checked out my tool before I needed it, I was able to send it back and get a replacement.

Bad Strategy #5: “I’ll just run a generator and continue on like nothing ever happened.”

Generators are loud, smelly, and finite.

If you want to bring attention to yourself in the midst of a down-grid scenario, the surest way to do it is to be the only house in the area with lights blazing in every window. Generators are commonly stolen, because they’re impossible to hide, rumbling away beside your house. A person with ill intent would be likely to think that if you have a generator with extra fuel, you might have some other awesome stuff that they’d want too.

Keep in mind, if you do opt to use a generator, that this is not a long-term solution. There’s only so much fuel that anyone can store. Eventually, it’s going to run out, and if your plan was completely dependent on being able to run a generator, what will you do then?

Bad Strategy #6: “I’ll just use my fireplace for cooking and heating.”

If using your fireplace or wood stove is part of your survival plan, how much wood do you have? Is it seasoned and dry? Can you acquire more? Have you actually chopped wood before? Recently? When is the last time you prepared food using your stove or fireplace?

The good news is, you can make this strategy work, as long as you ramp up your wood supply and begin using your fireplace or wood stove on a regular basis to work out the bugs in your plan now.

Bad Strategy #7: “I’m going to bug-in, in the city and scavenge what I need.”

This is a terrible idea on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start.

First of all, when utilities are interrupted, those in large metropolitan areas are left with few options. It’s hard to dig a toilet in the concrete jungle. Remember when New York was hit by Super storm Sandy? People were defecating in the halls of apartment buildings to try and keep their own apartments moderately sanitary. Unfortunately, sewage built up in the pipes and spewed into apartments, filling them with deadly human waste.

Store shelves will quickly be emptied before and after disasters, leaving little to scavenge. If you happen across the wrong place, you’re likely to be shot by a property owner defending his or her goods.

If you wait too long to evacuate, roadways will be blocked, and you can end up being a refugee, with no option but camps. Cities will be populated with desperate people, some of whom were criminals before the disaster struck.

Even those who were friendly neighbours before the disaster can turn on you, because desperation can turn anyone into a criminal in order to feed their families.

Highly populated areas withoutoutdoor space will quickly become death traps in the wake of a disaster.

Its not a CON-Trail

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE VINDICATED: U.S. SENATE REPORTS CHEMTRAILS ARE REAL AND ARE KILLING US!

Mentioning the word ‘chemtrails’ on a public bus or Facebook is bound to earn you a few eye rolls from eavesdroppers and sceptical family members.

However, while scepticism – regardless of the source – isn’t exactly the worst thing in the world, it appears that those who believe strongly in the idea that the U.S. government is spraying dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere may have been onto something after all.

The evidence? No, not some YouTube video by a retired NASA janitor. This time, you’ve got an actual official government document from the U.S. admitting to the placement of chemicals in our atmosphere.

To start with, Dr. Norman A Beckman begins by requesting a report on the history of weather modification. Washington, D.C., July 30, 1976.

Dr. Norman A. Beckman, Acting Director, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Dear Dr. Beckman: Weather modification, although a relatively young science, has over the years stimulated great interest within the scientific, commercial, governmental, and agricultural communities.

Although the Soviets and some U.S. private operators claim some success in suppressing hail by seeding clouds, our understanding of the physical processes that create hail is still weak.

The one major U.S. held experiment increased our understanding of severe storms, but otherwise proved mostly the dimensions of what we do not yet know.

For over 30 years both legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government have been involved in a number of aspects of weather modification.

That last statement alone should have you clicking on google to see the full facts. Share it with your more sceptical friends and see what they have to say

Additional details on Chemtrails vs Contrails is also available online and it appears that Geoengineering, Solar Radiation Management, Climate-Engineering, Weather Modification, HAARP, & “Chemtrails” Cloud-seeding & rudimentary weather control was a somewhat old technology, back when I was a little kid.

I remember watching the contrails & wondering as the years have gone by, why some of them behaved differently. Genuine contrails, are merely condensation forming behind certain engines at specific altitudes, & dissipate as you watch.

They never lasted very long. There are others though, colloquially referred to as “chemtrails”, which I noticed behaved differently, even under the same weather conditions, long before I knew the different terms they were given.

Rather than dissipating almost as soon as they’re formed, as actual contrails do, these would remain for long periods of time, gradually dispersing into a haze – often blanketing the sky for many hours.

When I’ve watched the end of a contrail, dissipating in real time as the jet flies along, while chaff from another plane is obviously dispersing into a recognizable haze – I can clearly see the difference, and if you are honest so can you.

Preppers Will be Next

My fellow preppers the times are a changing for real. Governments here and in the US are planning to curtail our liberties in the name of freedom and security and that we all know is a total con.

If they were bothered about security then our borders would not be left open to all and sundry to simply walk across.

It they were bothered about freedom then they would not be forcing GM crops on us, stopping us from growing food or from storing water, they would not be planning to take our guns away and they would not be snooping on us at every turn, would they?

I have mentioned on previous shows that it is now illegal in New Zealand and some US states to grow your own food and to sell it or give it away or to store rain water.

I also mentioned that the EU is now planning to make it illegal to store heirloom seeds or grow anything that is not on their list.

Most of these liberties are openly enjoyed by the general public, but my friends they are actually aimed at you the prepper and survivalist to prevent you being able to independently survive.

If a new law is passed here in the UK then anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.

Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as Isis and Isis – and the Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram.

These new orders would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

The obvious problem with this is that Leftists and Islamic supremacists constantly advance the false claim that opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is justifying hatred against people, and the government clearly endorses this view. So this law will be used to curtail any opposition to the advance of Sharia in the UK.

In the US the Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.

Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote? It gets worse. Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.

Since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds.

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Right wing and Left wing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favour of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics have boded ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

One particularly troubling mental health label being applied to veterans and others who challenge the status quo is “oppositional defiance disorder” (ODD).

The ODD denotes that the person exhibits ‘symptoms’ such as the questioning of authority, the refusal to follow directions, stubbornness, the unwillingness to go along with the crowd, and the practice of disobeying or ignoring orders.

Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government…

At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”

The case of 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub—who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning.

Labelled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys—is a prime example of the government’s war on veterans.

So how many of you admit that you too have had such thoughts about the parasites in our elected houses?

OK we only have ourselves to blame as we voted for them. But they are now becoming a deadly enemy as they trample over our laws and constitutions in a mad race to their NWO.

Successive US governments have continuously chipped away at the provisions of the American Constitution to a point where it in real terms no longer exists.

Here in the UK a former Prime Minister was either black mailed because of his alleged paedophile activities or openly conned the UK into the vile EU government that now passes over 70% of our laws.

Now is the time to practice OPSEC as if they do not know what we’re doing then there is less chance of them being able to disrupt our plans.

If your laws allow you to open carry or to concealed carry, or as it is in the UK carry a non-locking pen knife with a 3″ or less cutting blade then you must exercise this right as if you do not it will be removed that I can say for sure.

Surely now you can see that our elected government is following a pre-planned course of oppression against its very only population and it is therefore now more than ever up to us to secure our own future and the system has no intention of helping us no matter what happens.

My Homemade MRE

I have been looking at the high prices of British Army MRE Ration Packs (About £10+ along with postage!) and I decided to opt for making my own for my bug out bag.

 

All of these items I bought from my local Asda so these are current prices. I would recommend using a vacuum sealer or Mylar bags with o2 absorbers to make these feasible, otherwise the shelf life I predict is probably not going to be reached due to the nature of some of the items.

 

Anyway, let’s begin, please note numbers after names are Calories, then price!

Breakfast

 

8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76

Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14

Lunch

Cup a Soup 90 £0.10

Dinner

Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68

Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10

Snacks

Boost bar 305 £0.25

Kendal mint cake 85g 350 £0.88

Pumpkin seeds 566 £0.55

Strawberry lances 300 £0.33

Coffee sachet 75 £0.14

 

So this leads to a total cost of £4.93 and a whopping 2853 calories!

 

I have also got three vacuum sealed bags of peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops which I would also chuck into the bug out bag, these contain a staggering 1750 calories for only £0.99 and will last for ages in the vacuum seal!

 

I’ll add as well, my MRE weighs about 870g, where as a normal British Army one weighs 1750g and also it’s technically not an MRE as it requires water and minimal heating, but I have both of those in my BOB so nothing to worry about really!

 

This is a very basic but very tasty MRE option and I am sure as I experiment further that it will develop and become more season friendly with both a range of hot and cold meals.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values.

You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.

It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you!

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

(This process releases more of the oils & resins that contain the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like turpentine.)

Bring about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep, covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!

Drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect. (Make it fresh each time.

Enjoy your tea!

With cold & flu season approaching Pine Needle Tea is a gift of health as well as an enjoyable experience.

And since Pine is best used fresh, it’s a perfect excuse to get out & enjoy the change of seasons!

This Week’s Show 3rd August 2017

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SHOW NOTES

This week I start my show withthe Wilderness Gathering, Survival Still Launch, Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, How to Prep Cost-Effectively, My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt, the Tarphat 20% Discount Offer, 4 Reasons to Add a Pellet Air Gun to Your Survival Gun Arsenal, Fire Starting with Cotton Wool and Vaseline, Walking Home – Survival Tips, Survival Thoughts, Two of My Favourite Campfire Meals, Eating Berries and Plants to Survive, Wilderness Myths, Catapult Hunting and UK Law.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of Bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Children’s Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/tickets.htm.

UK LAUNCH

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How to Prep Cost-Effectively

Often individuals watch shows and see others prepping for what is described as doomsday events. Often the individuals that we watch or hear about spend thousands of dollars on prepping supplies.

 

If you are like most individuals and do not have thousands of dollars to spend on prepping supplies, you must find another avenue to acquire your prepping supplies.

 

Be reassured that there are other means of acquiring a large storehouse of food and supplies for a SHTF event than spending thousands of dollars in obtaining them. One way an individual can acquire a stockpile of food is by purchasing an extra item of the regular types of foods that they normally would use.

 

When shopping instead of Buying two cans of corn by three. Take one can of the corn and put it in your prepping storeroom. You can then rotate the food as you need the food and replace the extra food while shopping the following week. This is a great way to acquire a very large cachet of food over a period of about six months.

 

Another way an individual can save money on purchasing prepping items is by visiting your local pound shop. Some may laugh at this idea. Some may think this idea is absurd. The facts of the matter are that your local pound shop often has first aid supplies that are normally very costly at other shops, mine also sells food.

 

Usually most pound shops offer the supplies for a pound or less. I have personally seen in the past were the same supplies often cost more than £5 a piece. Things like Band-Aids, swab sticks, aspirin, and even vitamins are often offered at your local pound shop.

 

A substantial saving can be amassed by purchasing your items at this type of venue.

 

Often individuals think that a survival kit must have a beautiful label with a beautiful amount of individually packaged items to be deemed what is called a survival kit. The real fact of the matter is that as long as the survival kit is capable of administering treatment to an individual that has been injured the first aid kit is completely functional.

 

It doesn’t take a pretty package to have the perfect first aid kit. In actuality, these pre-packaged first aid kits often contain items that are inferior in quality compared to the items that you could obtain from a pound shop, in other words you can design your own kit.

 

Another factor to consider while at the pound shop is buying items such as batteries, flashlights, tools, vitamins, paper products, disinfectants, personal hygienic items; the list goes on and on. An individual can purchase a small duffel bag from your local army surplus store and stockpile these items into it creating one heck of a bug out bag for less than £15.

 

The same bag with inferior items contained inside may be offered at more than £100 when commercially prepared for the public. I am not against buying these commercially prepared bug out bags or first aid kits.

 

What I am concerned with is providing the same opportunities to individuals that are on a shoestring budget as compared to those that live a lifestyle where money is abundant. The fact of the matter is that everyone should be entitled to surviving and having prepping supplies readily available.

 

To buy good but cheap food preps I suggest that you check out http://www.approvedfood.co.uk

Approved Food & Drink is the biggest online seller of clearance food and drink and they deliver to your door across the UK.

I hope this information has provided some food for thought and will help individuals that live on a limited budget.

My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt

My BUG-OUT BLT was personally constructed by Scott Douglas Palmer

Who is Director of Cultural Development at Lion Corporation and Founder & President at Slatsmandu Corporation – Alpenlore, is my version of his awesome range of incredible Hybrid Survival / Tactical EDC Belt Systems

The colours I have chosen are designed to allow my belt to blend into the background in the outdoors environment and at the same time not stand out in a rural environment either.

My belt is the most compact adventure survival belt on the market.

The Alpenlore Belt System is a type of “Hyper Belt” which is an exceptional ON THE FLY adventure Belt that can be worn as an everyday belt, very soft and flexible but solid. and incredibly useful.

High tension outdoor Pro-cord, a type of advanced para-cord (paracord ), can be used for a multitude of Bushcraft, Survival, EDC & First-aid situations in multiple environments.

The applications for its use are endless… Wherever you go, the Alpenlore Belt goes with you and can be immediately deployed.

The inner-core has up to 12 feet of layered hidden webbing. Together with the PROcord shell makes this belt system stand apart from all the others. Strong, lite & compact, just unravel and GO!

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It fits like a normal belt only slightly thicker but unnoticeable while wearing. It is hands free and always there when you need it, from morning till night, the AlpenGuide Belt System is there waiting to assist you.

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4 Reasons to Add a Pellet Air Gun to Your Survival Gun Arsenal

You heard me correctly, I said Pellet Gun. Yes, the kind powered by air I have a good quality Pellet Air Gun and it’s not just because I still have it from when I was a kid. I INTENTIONALLY have added this gun to my survival kit for very specific reasons…which I have detailed below.

 

If you’ve never considered a Pellet Gun as a survival rifle option, you might change your mind after reading this post.

 

As a student and instructor of survival living, I take my gun choices very seriously I recommend a “Break Barrel” rifle as it will never run out of air.

 

Below are 4 reasons (in no particular order) why a Pellet Gun deserves to be including in your Survival Rifle selection:

 

A pellet gun is an excellent Small Game Hunter especially .22 calibre, is a great weapon to take down small game. While people have taken larger game such as wild boars with air guns, they are best suited for small game.

 

Hunting small game is perfect for any survivalist. Rabbit, squirrel, dove, quail, duck and the like are excellent food sources and are readily available in most of the country. With practice, hunting small game with a pellet gun is absolutely no problem.

 

I have taken many small game animals with my .22 cal pellet gun. It requires better stalking skills, but that is a good skill to learn anyway. It requires better shooting skills, but that is also a good skill to hone in on. Hunting with a pellet gun will force you to be a “Better” hunter and it will also put dinner on the table.

 

Secondly the Pellet Gun’s ammo is one of the more convincing reasons to have one on hand. Pellets, no matter the calibre, are very cheap.

 

You can buy 100s of pellets for just a few pounds. Spend £30 and you’ve got enough to last a lifetime of small game hunting. If all hell breaks loose, traditional ammunition will become increasingly difficult to get your hands on.

 

Not to mention that it will be ridiculously expensive. If the world we live in ever gets this way, why waste your traditional ammo on hunting squirrel or other small game? That would be wasteful and careless if there was a smarter way. There is – pellets.

1000’s of Pellets Fit into Small Spaces

 

Not only are pellets “Dirt Cheap”, they are very small. You can carry 1000s and not even know they are there.

 

You can store 10s of 1000s in just 1 shoe box. To top it off, pellets have a shelf life of pretty much forever! Traditional ammunition can go bad over time. Especially with the talks of giving ammunition an expiration date, stocking a few 1000 pellets isn’t a bad idea.

 

Thirdly an air weapon is a silent shooter so forget the earplugs. These guns are silent. In many survival scenarios, a silent weapon is a good thing. Not only can you hunt without drawing attention to yourself or your family, but shooting a silent weapon often means you can get off more than 1 shot if there are multiple targets.

 

Both of these are positive. People pay 1000’s of £££’s to make their guns silent. No extra charge for the pellet gun.

 

Lastly they are powered by air and you don’t have to buy air. And, it’s never going to be out of stock. For this reason, I prefer either a MULTI-PUMP or BREAK-BARREL Pellet Air Gun. I will in future sell my CO2 powered air gun, and buy a break barrel.

 

Needing to refill canisters or tanks doesn’t make any sense in a survival situation. You want to keep it as old fashioned as possible. It’s hand pump all the way for this survivalist.

 

There are tons of options when it comes to Hand Pump or Break Barrel guns. They both come in .177 and .22 calibres. The fps varies depending on the gun.

So there you have it, 4 solid reasons why you should keep a Pellet Gun in your survival arsenal.

Fire Starting with Cotton Wool and Vaseline

One day you find yourself in a situation when you need to make fire and you need to make it quickly.

 

Perhaps you’ve been caught in an unexpected downpour on an open hillside or you’ve taken a spill in your canoe…

 

You haven’t had the opportunity to collect any natural tinder yet. You’re soaked to the skin, there’s a cool wind blowing and you need to get that fire going before you find yourself in real trouble.

 

Due to the possibility of the above scenarios and to be honest my pure laziness, I always carry a small zip lock bag full of cotton wool which has been rubbed with a little Vaseline.

 

This makes a perfect fire starter. It will catch extremely easily from a spark and will burn plenty long enough to take hold of matchstick thick kindling which you can then build on.

 

You don’t need loads of Vaseline. Take a piece of cotton wool about the size of a golf ball. Then simply rub a little Vaseline into it with your fingertips.

 

Make as many of these as you wish to carry and store them in a plastic bag. I use a zip lock bag (the type you can get in any supermarket), they can be resealed easily once you have opened them and taken out what you want.

 

You don’t need a huge lump of this cotton wool to start a fire as the Vaseline allows it to burn for quite a while, possibly 2 to 3 minutes.

 

Break off a piece about the size of a large grape and tease the fibres apart. This will spread the cotton wool ball out into quite a large circumference. Then simply strike a spark onto it or light it with a match or lighter, Make sure you’ve got your kindling ready though eh!

 

Another way to carry your cotton wool and Vaseline mix and keep it totally dry is to buy some plastic drinks straws and fill them with the mix. Firstly by using a multi-tool or a pair of plier’s heat one end with a lighter then crimp the end together forming a water proof seal.

 

It is really easy to do, I use a chop stick but any thin piece of wood will act as a plunger fill the straw with the mix, once full simply repeat the process of sealing the other end as before.

To start a fire using these filled straws either cut the straw in half and tease out cotton wool from each open half and then ignite.

 

My tip here is to cut the straw into equal parts, say four parts per straw and seal all ends, this way the straw will last longer and light even more fires.

 

One other great method of fire lighting in the wilderness that you can plan for is lint tinder.

Take the lint out of your clothes dryer and place it into the 6 compartments of a ½ dozen cardboard egg box and then drip melted candle wax over each compartment individually.

When set all you have to do is break off a compartment to use in starting your fire it should burn for around 4 minutes plus.

By simply closing the lid on the egg box you keep everything dry and also provide more tinder to use in the box lid.

Walking Home – Survival Tips

Here are three survival (security) tips that are free, and won’t cost you anything. There is a caveat though, that is you may need to force a slight change in your behaviour and habits.

 

In today’s world of increasing economic woes, more individuals are turning towards criminal behavior as they become angrier, looking for someone to blame, and may

be downright desperate.

 

You, as a ‘normal’ person, may be walking among them from time to time and you don’t even know it or recognize it.

 

To a large extent, the key to avoid being victimized is to simply be aware. Awareness consciously (and subconsciously) changes your own behaviour such that you will be more likely to avoid dangerous situations that could escalate into violence.

 

Let me define ‘awareness’ in the context of your self-security:

 

Well firstly you should know what is happening or has happened in your field of travel, you should also look around you (and behind you) while moving (walking, driving, etc.) and even outside your home, make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places.

 

Whether by paying attention to the news or ‘hearsay’, understand the history of the area you are about to travel in. Most people over time will come to understand where the ‘bad’ areas are in their local region – areas especially vulnerable to crime.

 

If you are new to the area, or if travelling outside your own area, make an effort to discover where these ‘bad’ areas are. A great tool to look for crime reports is on www.CrimeReports.chttp://www.CrimeReports.com/ which shows maps dotted with crime reports in Canada, the U.S., and the UK

 

This simple behaviour is more effective than you may imagine. The reason being is that so many people do not do this, they are ignorant to their surroundings, and are the first to become victims.

 

Predators look for the weaker prey. Someone who is looking down, or who appears to be in their own little world, they are prime targets for criminals.

 

Instead, you should scan around you from time to time, with your head up straight, as you walk with purpose – shoulders back, and confident. Not only might you avoid an unruly-looking gang of troublemakers, but they might avoid targeting YOU.

 

Make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places

 

Making purposeful, but quick eye contact is another very effective deterrent to a criminal. Here’s the reason… Most people purposely avoid eye contact in public places.

They want to remain in their own little world and by looking down or avoiding eye contact, they are convinced that they will remain in that cocoon. The reality is that they are entirely wrong.

 

Sure, that type of behaviour may avoid unwanted conversation that otherwise might initiate from a stranger, but that’s about it.

 

By occasionally scanning and making quick eye contact with others, tells any potential criminal that you are not afraid. ‘Quick’ eye contact simply means don’t stare. Staring will provoke a stranger.

 

Is this type of behaviour simply a bunch of paranoia? Do you have to walk around being paranoid to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time? No,of course not.

 

Granted, for some people, learning to do these simple things will feel uncomfortable at first – and they may feel as though they are being paranoid. However, after a while, this will become part of you, just like being able to carry on a conversation with someone while driving a car. It’s no big deal…

 

Bolster some confidence while you’re out and about. It may unknowingly ward off a pick-pocket, purse-snatcher, or worse criminal, without you even knowing it happened!

Survival Thoughts

We not only risk natural and man-made disasters, we risk financial, commercial, political and social collapse. Things can go wrong slowly – or things can go wrong very quickly.

 

Without trade, transport, banking or manufacturing, life could quickly diminish to desperate subsistence. It would be uglier than most people can imagine, and in the worse scenarios, you and your unprepared family will likely die.

 

Do you see your lifestyle as a birth right? Do you believe that you deserve perpetual prosperity? Will you choose a sustainable lifestyle and reduce your standard of living?

 

You may be forced to make these changes.

 

A societal collapse would be fast and deep, and would hurt developed countries the most.

 

Yet survival will have little to do with luck.

 

In 1977 New York City suffered a power failure for one night. Over 3,000 arrests were made for looting, 400 policemen were injured, 500 fires were started, more than 25,000 emergency calls were placed and four times the usual number of hospital emergency cases were admitted – all following one lightning strike.

 

Civilization is a veneer.

 

Many empires have declined and fallen. Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Spain, China and Russia … and many of their collapses were self-inflicted, not from being attacked but more often from attacking other countries. Wars are always costly.

 

American and British politicians wanted to police the world while maintaining its people’s lifestyles beyond their ability to pay.

 

Both America and Britain are losing their wealth … like so many countries before.

 

American and British military options seem to increasingly focus on exit strategies that are not too humiliating.

 

So what can you do? An economic collapse will likely hurt the richest countries most, although many if not all other countries will be affected. Survival in any country will require broadly similar strategies.

 

Decide to live – choose to survive!

 

Be prepared – most people will do nothing!

 

Get yourself healthy and understand the risks!

 

Learn what to do before, during and after a collapse!

 

Read, read, read! Perhaps start with Global Research

 

Your best insurance? Decide to survive and stockpile essentials!

 

Professor Sir John Beddington, (UK government chief scientific adviser), says that the world faces a perfect storm of climate change impacting food, energy and water.

 

Will your Social Parachute Open?

 

Little information about the risk of collapse and the difficulties of survival is available in any media. Despite the risk, survival training is nearly non-existent. Government agencies tasked to prepare for and mitigate disaster have been exposed as ineffective.

 

I suggest that you assume that you will be on your own.

 

Rule One: Don’t trust your government to protect you. You can only trust them to protect themselves.

 

At best, life in the coming decades will become increasingly local and smaller scale. This can happen if cheap energy decreases smoothly, if people act intelligently and if global competition for food, water and oil does not trigger world wars or financial hyperinflation.

 

At best, energy-dependent enterprises and cities will gradually contract as the supply of cheap power (also cheap food, cheap medicine, cheap communication and cheap education) dwindles.

 

At best, cheap power gradually vanishes, taking industry with it. As cities are products of an industrial revolution based on cheap energy, expect city and suburban homes to lose value catastrophically. Expect people who invested in suburban mansions to lose their illusions of equity.

 

Expect the disruption of urban infrastructure to create logistical nightmares for people stuck in cities.

 

At best, after years of collective paralysis, political expediency and social upheaval will gradually increase.

 

Your community probably depends on electrical machines, electronics and computers … how fast will your community die without electric power?

 

At best, expect populations to migrate away from cities and threatened areas, with food, oil and water shortages limiting movement. Greatly reduced food production will result in vastly increased prices.

 

Expect a return to rural values – and increasing interest in self-sufficiency and small family farms.

Two of My Favourite Campfire Meals

Quick Fried Camp Squirrel

INGREDIENTS

One to two squirrels

2 to 3 cups flour (bread crumbs)

3 to 4 whole eggs

Some seasoning if you want to spice it up.

 

Directions

Place pan on High.

Add spices to the eggs.

Dip squirrel into the eggs until fully covered.

Next place into the four or bread crumbs.

Place into the pan turn the heat slowley

Cook the squirrel for roughly 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown.

 

Then serve.

 

When preparing game birds, you can cook young birds by broiling, roasting, or in any of your other favourite recipes.

 

But older birds should be stewed or braised to tenderize them.

If you’re not sure how many servings you’ll get from each bird this may help you:

1 serving = 2 quail

1-2 squab

2-3 doves

or 1 small duck.

You can figure on at least 2 servings from 1 pheasant or 1 large duck.

A 4-6 lb. goose should feed 4-6 people.

 

Rabbit Stew or Pheasant Stew

1 or 2 rabbits or pheasants

Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

1 c. sour cream

1 c. cream of mushroom soup

1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. chopped onions

Preparation:

Season and cut up meat. Mix sour cream, soup and Worcestershire sauce. Add chopped onions. Cook in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Or on the edge of a camp fire stirring regularly and moderating the heat.

Eating Berries and Plants to Survive

Many people believe that they will never find themselves in a survival situation, but it can happen to anyone and the importance of knowing the plants and berries that you can safely eat to sustain you, cannot be emphasised enough.

 

Whilst there is an abundance of food to be found in the natural environment, there are also plants and berries which if eaten, can cause you severe stomach upsets at best and at worst, can kill you.

 

The ‘look’ of a particular plant or berry is simply not enough and if you can’t identify it, then the advice is to leave it alone and not to risk eating it.

 

Therefore, if you’re out in the woods, it’s useful to have a basic knowledge of the vegetation that grows in a specific area you’re visiting and know how to identify which plants are safe and which are toxic.

 

Hunger pangs are highly likely to ‘kick in’ if you are stranded for some time without food but it’s important to remember that you can actually survive for a few weeks without food as long as you have enough water to sustain you.

 

Therefore, no matter how abundant and tempting plants and berries might be, you should never eat any wild vegetation unless you are 100% sure you can identify it.

 

There is a vast range of things which grow in the wild, which are safe to eat and will help to keep you nourished when faced with a survival situation.

 

Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, the roots make a welcoming hot drink (if you’re not in a survival situation and want a natural snack, the flower itself can be dipped in batter and made into a fritter).

 

As we know nettles can be steamed or boiled and make a useful substitute for your ‘greens’ and of course, there’s nettle tea! The roots of the burdock plant can be boiled and then eaten like potatoes and pitted rose hips are packed with vitamin C.

 

You may also find more common foods like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries.

 

However, be absolutely sure you know what you are eating before putting it in your mouth and also remember that some wild plants need to be cooked before they are safe to eat.

 

In brief, you shouldn’t eat anything that you can’t identify. However, there are a few clues as to the kinds of things you should definitely steer clear of.

 

Anything that has thorns or spines you should treat with suspicion and unless you are highly knowledgeable about mushrooms and fungi, you should keep away from as, although you can eat many fungi, some of them are deadly.

 

Plants with shiny leaves or with umbrella flowers or which have yellow or white berries or a milky sap (except dandelions) are also highly ‘suspicious’ and should be avoided.

 

And if a plant gives off a pungent odour, you’re better off leaving it alone.

 

Many people fall ill because they assume that if an animal is eating a particular plant or berry, then it must be safe for humans.

 

This is not the case. Also, make sure that if you’ve found what you know is a patch of plants that are edible that all the plants you gather are the same species, as there may be similar looking plants growing in the same area but which are highly dangerous.

 

You also need to know which plants need cooking first to make them safe as some plants are still harmful if you eat them raw.

 

Some survival books will show you how to do an edibility test on a particular plant if you cannot identify it.

 

This is a quite lengthy process beginning with testing a small portion of the plant on your skin to see if it causes an allergic reaction, then on your lips and tongue etc. but it is a painstaking, lengthy process and doesn’t offer a 100% guarantee as to the plant’s safety and should only ever be used in an absolute emergency.

 

There are plenty of resources on the internet to show you how to conduct a plant edibility test but you should treat these with some caution.

 

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn’t.

Wilderness Myths

Fire Myths

Survival Matches – I see “waterproof survival matches” listed in more kits than I care to count, and I got to say… terrible idea.

 

While it may add a sense of drama to a movie when “Rambo” is down to his last couple matches, you don’t need that kind of drama if you’re in a life or death situation!

 

The space and weight taken up in a kit or in your pocket by a dozen “survival” matches would be better filled with a small Bic lighter.

 

A lighter will start a LOT more fires than those few matches. If you’re worried about the lighter failing, then bring a magnesium fire starter.

 

These are 100% waterproof, will light thousands of fires, and the magnesium burns a lot hotter than matches.

 

Flashlight Method – This is a method I’ve seen by which you can break the bulb of your flashlight, and then use the coil inside to light a fire.

 

Simply put… give it a shot in your backyard and you’ll find that it’s great at destroying flashlights but terrible at actually starting fires!

 

Recommendation bring a lighter, and uses your flashlight for… LIGHT!

 

Ice Lens Method – Can you start a fire with a lens that you fashion from ice? Probably not.

 

Scientifically, it’s possible, but in all practical sense, the odds are really slim to none.

 

Seriously, give it a try in the comfort of your own backyard on a nice warm day.

 

Feel free to let me know how well this works. Also, while you’re wasting hours on this, imagine that you’re also freezing to death in a snowy, icy environment.

 

You’ll quickly realize that this is a colossal waste of your time and energy, and you won’t get a fire going. I guarantee you that.

Recommendation bring a lighter!

 

Shelter Myths

High Ground is Warmer – This is one survival tale that keeps popping up all over the place.

 

We’re told that when considering locations for a shelter, we should avoid valleys and low lying areas because cold settles there and it may be several degrees colder than higher ground.

 

This is scientifically sound, but in actual practice… it’s pure, unadulterated bullshit.

 

This is because while a thermometer may show a few degrees difference between two elevations, thermometers are incapable of measuring wind chill factors.

 

In most cases, higher elevations are exposed to a lot more wind while small valleys and lower areas are sheltered from it.

 

A thermometer may show that actual air temperature has increased 2 or 3 degrees by moving to higher ground, but the temperature as far as your body is concerned is likely to have dropped by20 or 30 degrees.

 

Wind will suck away your body heat faster than you can generate it. Today as I write this, it’s almost 50 degrees and sunny outside… a seemingly nice October afternoon.

 

However, today’s wind chill factor drops that to somewhere between 20 and 30… And suddenly it’s not so great!

 

Now consider what happens once you get a fire going. Most fires will quickly heat the surrounding area, but when you have some wind factored in, most of that heat is carried off.

 

Also remember that a fire in the wind is going to consume about twice as much wood. You’ll spend most of your time and energy finding firewood, and then get very little heat as a reward!

 

Not a very good trade off. As such, one of your primary concerns is to find a place that’s very sheltered from the wind and elements, and then build yourself a nice, warm fire to keep you warm!

 

Shelters Should Be Built From Dead Materials – This one came from our friends in the “green”survival movement.

 

They are far more concerned that a few trees might get killed than they are about your life.

 

All advice from them should be considered highly suspect. Imagine building your shelter as a big pile of dead leaves and wood.

 

Now imagine having a campfire anywhere near that. Do you really want to climb in there and go to sleep? Nuff’said.

 

Water Myths

Boil for 10 Minutes – This is one so old, I don’t even know where it came from. I’ve also heard 5 minutes, 15 minutes and even 20 minutes of boiling time.

 

All of these are B S I’ll keep this short… if the water reaches boiling point, it’s safe to drink, period, end of story.

 

Divining Rods – This is another old wives tale. Use your common sense and you’ll probably find water

 

Use a forked stick and “mystical psychic powers”, and you may find yourself very dead.

 

I’ve heard people claim that a divining rod is simply tapping into one’s subconscious thoughts.

 

I suppose if you’re some sort of walking emotional wreck who keeps every shred of logic and common sense buried away in your subconscious… then sure… go ahead and wave your stick.

 

Hold a séance while you’re at it. Maybe the spirits will tell you where to find water.

 

The rest of us (sane folks) will simply think our way through the situation.Common sense says water runs downhill.

 

If you walk downhill, you’re pretty likely to find water. Birds and animal trails can also lead you to water… they need it as much as you do.

 

Food Myths

Plants Are a Good Source of Food in the Wilderness – Unless you’re a certified expert not just in plants, but in the plants of the given region you happen to be in, stay the hell away from the plants!

 

Here’s the facts…

 

– ALL fur bearing mammals are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

– ALL 6 legged insects are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

– Almost all freshwater fish and almost all birds are safe to eat, and will provide you with nutrients and calories.

 

…and finally – MOST plants will harm you, make you sick, or worse… poison you.

There are actually very few that will provide you with any nutrients or calories.

 

It’s a simple equation… if it walks, crawls, swims, or flies, the odds are in your favor that it’s not only safe to eat, but that it will provide you with the nutrition and energy your body needs.

 

If it sits there like… umm… like a plant, the odds are against you both for your own physical safety, and for nutritional content. It’s just not worth the gamble unless you’re absolutely sure!

Catapult Hunting and UK Law

It is completely legal to shoot rabbits with a catapult with the intention to kill. So if you are looking for dinner you can use a catapult, it is legal.

 

However you must:

 

Have permission from the landowner to do so first!

 

Be proficient enough to be able to kill, and must use suitable projectiles to ensure this! For example steel ball bearings.

 

Intend to kill.

 

It is also important to note: The Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 which makes it an offence to injure, maim, beat with sticks, torment, burn, wild animals etc. .

 

In other words not to kill but merely to cause suffering.

 

Therefore if you are seen shooting at a rabbit time and time again without killing or stunning the rabbit only hitting it, this could be seen as contrary to this act, and would need to answer for it, possibly in court.

 

Therefore power, accuracy, using adequate and suitable projectiles, and at a range whereby an accurate shot will kill, is vital to be and be seen to be within the law.

 

Anyone hunt with a catapult?

 

When I was younger I used to make my own catapults and hunt rats, squirrels and pheasants with steel bearings.

 

I was playing out in the snow today with my hand made EL Cocodrillo Catapult from http://www.catapultelite.co.uk and was amazed that I was back to grouping bearings in a 1.5 inch group at 20 yards again in no time.

 

Think I will have to practice some more and maybe have a hunt on the tree rats around here.

 

This catapult as with all of Elite’s catapults is designed to fit into your hand and feel like it is supposed to be there it is so easy to use.

 

SIMPLE CATAPULT PLINKING:

 

Use an old cardboard box, full of crumpled papers such as computer paper, newspaper etc., and take a couple of drawing pins, staples or tape etc. and fasten a target on the box – and shoot away.

 

At the end of the session, you can take out the papers and shake them lightly, recovering your ammo – for your next volley.

 

Be sure to try various distances, and various sizes of ammo, and varying weights – practice as much as you can before actually going out hunting.

 

I usually like a bull’s eye of about two inches square, with the target placed about 10 feet away to start, and then extend my distance out to twenty five yards.

 

SIMPLE CATAPULT HUNTING:

 

Firstly, be ethical, and practice at home with your catapult before venturing out in to

the field to hunt for rabbits, grouse, pheasants, pigeons, squirrels etc.

 

We want good clean killing shots. As well, be ethical, and take only shots at close range, learn how to hunt various animals, so that you get very close to them before taking your shot.

 

Nearly any ‘small game’ can be shot and killed effectively at close range with a catapult, but rabbits & pheasants are likely the easiest because they often ‘stand still’ and will allow a catapult hunter to get within several feet allowing for an excellent shot.

 

Often these animals will hold tight for a second and even a third shot if need be. Your adrenaline will be surging – and you will experience ‘buck fever’ so – beforehand – practice, practice, practice!

 

Get as close as you can to your quarry, and by using the same catapult draw technique that you use for target shooting, but with the heavier hunting ammo, draw back, taking aim at the head of your target/quarry, and let fly!

 

Pigeons, especially in barns can also be great sport, in that one usually has an excellent shooting opportunity, and you won’t put holes in the roof, either. Most farm folk don’t like pigeons in their barn: pigeons are carriers of much disease!

 

Small glass marbles (like you played marbles with, as a kid!) work well for this plinking, and is a cheap source of ammo that is obtainable by all. I don’t recommend using them for hunting purposes.

 

 

This Week’s Show 27th July 2017

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Week’s Show 13th July 2017

 

SHOW NOTES

This week I start my show with the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, What’s the Odds?, the Wilderness Gathering, What to do in a Riot, My Bug-Out-Belt, The Tarphah 20% Discount Offer, Keeping Warm in the Wilderness, Trapping and Snaring for Food, When The Bug Out Bag Runs Out – What To Do After 72 Hours? The problems With Bartering,

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Monday’s Pappy’s Place w/Pappy Canoli http://www.prepperpodcast.com/pappy-s-pl

I like this show because he covers prepping, history and common sense issues in a totally relaxed way.

In the Month of June, Pappy will be riding and raising money to help Fight Kids’ Cancer. His goal is to raise $600 and riding 121 miles for your generous donations. If you would like to the cause, please donate at ==> Great Cycle Challenge, USA Riding To Fight Kids’ Cancer and then follow along as he logs his rides.

Tuesday’s Surviving Dystopia w/DJ Cooper

Dj is our Excutive Producer, manager, well known author, publisher and host and has her own business, she never stops and is a true inspiration to me and many of her listeners.

The message is simple “shit happens”…could be a job loss, could be illness or accident, maybe a hurricane or full on Armageddon, invest in your personal utopia lest it becomes a dystopia.

Surviving Dystopia? What the heck does that mean?

In it’s most basic sense? “The art of Getting By”

Wednesdays Open http://www.prepperpodcast.com/surviving-dystopia

Thursday’s The UK Prepper http://www.prepperpodcast.com/the-uk-prepper

It’s little old me.

Friday’s The Family Preparedness Hour http://www.prepperpodcast.com/the-house-of-b

Listen to the Preaching Prepper, as the purpose of his show is to help and encourage those who have started on the road of preparedness. He prepares for the “day after” any event, and his show is full of interesting personal stories and experiences.

Saturdays … Pioneering your way to freedom w/John Milandred

John is the founder of this great station, and he actually lives OFF GRID, his experience of growing his own meat, slaughtering and butchering, his animal husbandry, his total personal knowledge of living his life as a homesteader I would say is second to none.

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What’s the Odds?

Well 2012 and the Mayan event never happened which is why I can talk to you now, but what could actually happen to us on this beautiful world we call home.

Here are some of the threats we may face as far fetched that they may seem to you they could happen.

Asteroid Impact

Odds of killing you: 1 in 700,000

Let’s kick off our little nightmare parade with the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, a metric named for a stylish Italian burg but which actually quantifies the level of threat posed by known asteroids.

A Torino 0 means the rock ain’t worth a mention, because it won’t ever intersect Earth. A Torino 10 means make peace with your preferred deity as it’s about to rain inexorable rocky death from the skies, likely taking human civilization down in a tsunamic pyre of thunder and ash.

The fact that we need a scale that goes to 10 is less than comforting. Luckily, we are aware of exactly two asteroids that rate above zero on the Torino scale — 2007 VK184 and 2011 AG5 — both of which merit a measly Torino 1. Stand down, Bruce Willis; we don’t need any asteroid drillers today.

Near-Earth Supernova

Odds of killing you: 1 in 10,000,000

There was an exceedingly dim and disingenuous attempt recently to suggest that the Mayan Apocalypse was actually a prediction that the star Betelgeuse would go supernova in 2012, but but the science for that was laughable.

Don’t get me wrong, supernovae put out a lot of energy and having one go up near the human homeworld would be bad, but it would have to be pretty near us to matter — within about 30 light-years or so, a radius that doesn’t contain that many stars, let alone likely candidates to flame on supernova. (Betelgeuse is over 600 light-years distant.)

And even then, what we’re talking about is a stripping of the ozone layer from supernova-emitted gamma radiation output, rather than some sci-fi-esque shockwave ripping Earth apart. It wouldn’t be quick or colorful, other than some nifty aurorae.

You’re more likely to die at the hands of Beetlejuice (or any other deranged mime and/or Tim Burton character cosplayer) than Betelgeuse or a similar supernova.

Gamma-Ray Burst

Odds of killing you: 1 in 14,000,000

The good news is no gamma-ray burst (GRB) has ever been observed within our own galaxy.

The bad news is GRBs are so powerful that they are easily observed in other galaxies, and we don’t know what causes them.

Scientists think they might be products of hypernovae, the supersized cousins of supernovae, but we can’t really be sure.

But the fact that giant bursts of deadly radiation that dwarf supernovae can literally appear out of apparent nothingness doesn’t leave us feeling all warm and cozy.

If a GRB were to appear in the vicinity and direction of earth, the best case scenario is we all turn into giant green rage monsters of the Bruce Banner variety.

The more likely outcome is earth is scoured clean of surface lifeforms in a blast of high-energy radiation — as we think happened 450 million years ago.

Of course, since most galaxies only generate one GRB per million years, and the odds of a Milky Way GRB being aimed directly at earth are incredibly slim, there’s no need for the radiation suits (or anger management classes) just yet.

Nuclear War

Odds of killing you: 1 in 10

The figure above is not a typo; it was the headline-grabbing 2009 statistic from Stanford professor Martin Hellman, who has spent his career modeling the likelihood of nuclear conflict.

Bottom line, there are a lot of nukes lying around, and lot of countries that could build a crude nuclear weapon should they want to — some of them less than reputable.

(Looking at you, North Korea and Iran.) Worst of all, once somebody sets off a nuclear weapon, the odds of a nuclear response increase dramatically, and the dominoes of mutually assured destruction start to fall — snuffing a huge swath of humanity in the process. I don’t have a joke here; this one is legitimately terrifying.

Robot Uprising

Odds of killing you: Unknown

You laugh now, but Cambridge University has set up the Centre fo the study of Existential Risk specifically to study the increasing likelihood of human extinction, and a cybernetic revolt is right at the top of their list.

We already have Killer robots wandering the skies, self-driving cars cruising the highways in some U.S. cities, and phones smart enough to turn our idle mutterings into dinner reservations.

We’re one Google darknet glitch and a Johnny Five lightning strike away from a full blown Skynet singularity.

I can’t tell you the odds of it happening, only that it gets more likely every day. Let that thought keep you warm at night.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.

The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Childrens Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/tickets.htm.

What to do in a Riot

Having seen many, many riots in N.I. when I was a kid, some of which included live gun fire on more than one ocassion I can tell you that it’s the last place you want to be.

Don’t go near it: If you don’t have to be there, don’t. There’s no honor in putting yourself in harm’s way, taking a brick to the head, and getting put in a coma.

If you can stay away, do it. Leave the ego at home. Don’t look for trouble, because you’ll find more than you can handle. This is about you going home to your loved ones, not them coming to see you in a hospital bed.

Situational awareness: Always know what’s going on around you. Always. At the shops, at red lights, in your driveway, when you’re out in public, in a carpark, at the ATM, anywhere.

If you see something that looks odd, stay away. If you see some people who look like they’re planning something or up to no good, you’re probably right. Walk proud, keep your head on a swivel, and don’t look like a victim (more on that below). Lock your car doors. Pull your head out of your app, and know who is around you.

Every day carry (EDC): Depending on what country you live in, you’ll have certain options as far as what you carry with you every day when you leave the house.

For me, living in the UK, I carry a small UK legal pocket knife, and if I’m in the mood to be extremely safe I carry a UK legal defence spray and a tactical pen.

All concealed, all the time. You DO NOT want to get caught in a situation that requires you to defend yourself without the tools necessary to do it.

If you’re in it, don’t panic: If you find yourself out and about when violence breaks out, DO. NOT. PANIC.

Panic doesn’t help. Rational thinking does. Don’t freak out and don’t freeze in place and wait to be attacked. You need to act and act quickly. Which, brings me to my next point.

Master OODA Loop: If you’re a military guy or anyone who has received any kind of tactical training, you may have heard of OODA Loop. It stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act and has to do with how you handle yourself in a high-stress or crisis situation. Basically, it means that you assess the situation, weigh your options, and make a decision. Instead of me hashing it out here, You’ll be very glad you did.

Know that you ARE NOT safe: These rioters who trash their own cities and attack women? They ARE NOT like you.

The Antifa thugs, Communists, and far-left progressives don’t like people like you. They hate freedom. They don’t care if children get hurt, or if you’re with your family; so don’t try to reason with them, because it won’t work.

They are not rational, so don’t expect any favors. Valueless people act in valueless ways, and you could be shown no mercy. Know your enemy.

Run: This is your best option. If you can run, do it. Run away and do not stop until you’re sure you’re safe. There’s no honor in getting hurt in a riot.

Don’t wait for the police: If things are out of control, don’t expect the police or military to save you. You need to protect yourself and your family.

In riots like we’ve seen recently, the police don’t know who the good guys are and who the bad ones are at first glance. And, oftentimes, they can’t get to you anyways. You need to take action because the police may be overwhelmed and have no way to immediately help you.

If you need to, join in: If you can’t get out or get away, and see no options, join in. Take off your Trump hat, and blend into the crowd – only for as long as you have to get out and get where you need to be. Again, this is about your safety. It’s about survival.

Don’t look like a target: Cowards in masks attack targets. It’s what cowards do. So, don’t look like one.

If you’re hunched over with your face in your phone and not paying attention, that projects weakness and paints you as a target to rioters. Walk upright, look people in the eye, and don’t let people get close to you.

If they do, issue strong verbal commands to show them you mean business and tell them to back off. Harsh language means something to these people.

You’re speaking their language. So walk proud, watch for cues that you’re about to be attacked (e.g. posturing, looking around, change in stance, etc.), keep moving, maintain as much distance as you can from a would-be attacker, use strong verbal commands, and keep your head up.

If you need to, hide: Plain and simple. If it’s so bad that you have no way to get out and there’s a SAFE place for you to lockdown for a while (maybe if you have young kids with you and can’t evade danger) then hide.

A house, a locked door, anything where your safety is guaranteed. I wouldn’t recommend it most times but if you have to, hide and wait it out.

Never get backed into a corner: If you get put up against a wall or backed into a corner with a mob of violent morons coming at you, you’re going to take a beating. So, don’t do it. Evade, evade, evade. Always stay moving, and never stop until you’re safe.

If you can, stay in a pack: There’s strength in numbers. Stay with others or find some like-minded people and join them. Your chances of coming out unscathed and walking away are always better if you have others to help watch your back. Don’t get divided, help each other, and communicate as you’re navigating the riot.

Never start a fight, but know how to finish one: If you’re not already, you need to get trained so you’ll know how to fight if you have to. And, I’m not talking about Karate or Kung Fu. I’m talking about real life stuff that will let you incapacitate your attackers and save your life so you can go home to your loved ones.

Learn how to fight. Never start it, but know how to finish it and get away.

Never brandish a weapon (unless you have to): This is last resort stuff. If you’re carrying a weapon (e.g. a gun, knife, ASP), you have to genuinely fear for your life and/or the life of others you’re with to legally use it.

Remember, weapons are tools that you use when you need to. You’re not Rambo. And, no matter how you think a shootout will go down, it won’t go down that way. You’re not in the movies. If you have to fight, learn how to fight with your weapon. Sometimes you might not need to draw. But if you do, be sure you’ve been trained and know how to use it.

That’s all folks. Remember, in a mob or riot, your one goal is to get out alive. That’s it. These are some of the tactics that can help you do it.

You’re not in it to fight (you’ll lose) and you’re not in it to prove your point or change hearts and minds (they won’t listen anyways).

Get out, stay alive, and go home.

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Keeping Warm in the Wilderness

In the woods when you are around pine trees look for old stumps, fallen trees, or limbs that have fallen and rotted into a hard core.

Scrape into them to see if there is a hard rich golden colour. If you have hit the right stuff, it will smell like fresh pine sap, and will not appear in the least bit old or rotted, although it may be taken from the centre of a very rotten knot or stump.

This is the best fire starting material you will ever come across.

Split off a few splinters and set your fire. It will flare as if lighter fluid was dropped on it. It will burn for a good while, but will put off a very black sooty smoke. Carry a few small pieces in you survival gear for those rainy days.

Reflectors or as boiling rocks, be sure that the rocks are collected from a high and dry area. It may take a little more time to secure good rocks, but the effort is certainly worth it and could save you from a painful accident.

Rocks that are collected from a creek bed or in a damp place can hold moisture in them that forces itself out when the rocks are heated. This creates an explosion of incredible force. Not only is it dangerous, (i.e., loss of eye, puncture wound, etc.), but the loud pop sounds like a gunshot and may scare away any wild game you hope to harvest.

Nine out of ten accidents in the woods are self-inflicted, so be careful and use your head.

Dehydration is one of the leading causes of fatigue in the outdoorsl. If you feel thirsty you are probably dehydrated already. One of the most convenient ways I found to keep my intake of water up, was to purchase a hydration system.

You’ll be amazed at how much you do drink without noticing , and how much better you feel on the trail.

One extra tip is to pack a small bag of salted peanuts with you. The salt helps you to retain the water, the fat and protein will give you an energy boost .

THE FOLLOWING ARE POINTERS FOR PREVENTING HYPOTHERMIA

Which dulls the brain–the most important survival tool you have to help you survival:

Seek and create shelter from cold, wind, snow, and rain. If possible, retreat to timbered areas for shelter construction and fire.

Use natural shelters: the windless side of ridges, rock croppings, slope depressions, snow blocks, a snow hole at base of standing trees, dense stands of trees, or under downed trees or dry stone walls and hedges.

Improvise a windbreak or shelter from: stacked rocks or snow blocks, tree trunks, limbs, bark slabs and evergreen boughs, or dig a snow cave or snow trench with a cover.

Conserve, share, and create warmth.

Conserve body heat by putting on extra clothing. Replace damp undershirt and socks. Place damp wool clothing over dry wool clothing. Loosen boot laces to increase circulation.

Place feet with boots on in a pack. Use evergreen boughs to insulate body from ground. Place hands in armpits or crotch.

Share body heat. Sit or lie front to back or back to back. Warm the hands and feet of injured person or companions.

Create body heat.

Nibble high energy goods–candy, nuts, energy bar. Sip water kept warm with body heat. Use solid fuel hand warmer, igniting both ends of fuel stick, which is good for four hours of heat. Do isometric exercises to stir up body’s circulation system.

Build a fire.

Find dry wood–dead lower branches and bark from underside of trees. Look under downed trees and inside dead logs for dry kindling. Remember wet wood will burn as it dries in a strong fire.

Select a sheltered area, protected from strong winds, as the site for an emergency campfire. Under snow conditions build a fire base first, with large, four-inch diameter or larger pieces of wood (use your wire saw from your survival kit).

Put fire starter on the base, surround a fire starter with branches to hold kindling above the fire starter, then place a hatchwork of kindling and slightly larger wood on the branches. Light fire starter and blow lightly to help its flame ignite kindling.

Add progressively larger wood to the flame area.

Prevent heat loss.

Remember the body loses heat by respiration, evaporation, conduction, radiation, and convection.

To prevent loss by respiration, cover the mouth and nose with loosely woven or knitted wool.

To reduce evaporation through excessive perspiration, wear clothes that breathe and are in layers.

To avoid loss by conduction, put a layer of cover between the body and a cold, wet surface. This insulation is particularly important if you’re already wet.

To prevent loss by radiation, keep the head, hands, and feet covered.

To prevent loss by convection, protect the body from the wind.

In stage one of hypothermia, the victim begins shivering, has poor coordination, slurs speech, and shows poor judgment.

By stage two, when the body temperature is below 95 degrees, muscular rigidity replaces shivering, and the victim becomes more irrational and needs warmth immediately from external sources and protection from further heat loss.

Know that the victim is the LAST to realize s/he’s in danger.

Trapping and Snaring for Food

Having spent well over 30 years studying survival skills I have had first-hand experience of the many processes that each learner will go through to finally achieve each element of natural wilderness survival.

As we all know food is the LAST thing you should worry about. Shelter, fire, water and signalling for help are far more important.

Remember the rule of 3’s… You can die from exposure to the elements in 3 hours,

You can die from lack of water in 3 days,

But it takes 3 WEEKS or more to die of starvation.

3 weeks is a long time, so plan for your essentials first. If you have your other bases covered, then you can start planning for food. Snaring and fishing are your best bets, as they allow for you to

“set and forget”, which means that you conserve energy.

All hunting should be done with as little energy expenditure as possible. Find a comfortable spot and wait for dinner to come to you. Rabbits, being very common worldwide, are a good wild game food.

They can typically be found grazing in fields and clearings where grasses and other low lying plants are found. Watch to see where they enter and exit these areas to provide the locations for snares.

Some people have been known to add impassable brush and wooden stakes along both sides of the path leading to the trap creating a funnel effect.

They can then drive rabbits or other small game in the direction of the trap and be relatively sure that the game will head straight into the snare.

The Rabbit Snare can be used for many types of small game depending on how and where you deploy it. It consists of a noose loosely draped over twigs, brush, or any low-lying points where you can drape it.

The noose is smooth cord that can easily slide through the small metal ring it is tied to (small key rings work very well for this).

The key to this snare is the bowed branch overhead, and the catch or trigger mechanism. A simple trigger consists of a very simple stake that is wedged at an angle very close to that of the line to the branch.

It is also sharpened and sits on a smooth rock so that any movement at all will free it.

A rabbit is not very smart, and assumes that the string across its path is simply grass, and typically does not slow down.

The looseness and breadth of the noose allows the game to proceed a couple feet before it tugs the branch and releases the catch.

You must remove all human scent and two good ways that I use are firstly to place the complete snare over a fire and let the smoke do its work (remember smoke is a natural smell) or secondly to place the complete snare into fresh cow dung don’t worry it is only digested grass.

Fishing

Survival fishing is quite different than normal fishing. Survival fishing is often done without you even being there. It’s more akin to trapping and snaring than it is to conventional fishing. There are several ways in which this can be accomplished.

Absentee Fishing

If you have fishhooks and line (in a survival kit), then you’re way ahead of the game. You can bait a whole bunch of hooks, string them on a line across the waterway, and then walk away. This is “absentee fishing”.

Be careful that the line you string across the waterway is strong (10 – 15 lb line).

Tie it between a couple trees a couple feet above the water, and then you can either rely on the water flow to keep the bait near the surface, or simply put just enough line down to your hooks to not allow them to sink.

If the water is moving, your bait will be dancing to entice the fish. If there’s little or no movement, you can tie some leaf covered branches to the paracord to catch the wind, which also makes your bait look lively.

While waiting for a catch, you can keep yourself busy with important things like fire and shelter, and simply check your lines every few hours.

Fish Fences

If you don’t have any hooks and line, then I recommend a “fish fence”. A “fish fence” is just what it sounds like. It’s a fence that you make out of sticks that will corral the fish for you.

The fence should be dense in fact the denser the better, as long as water can flow through, and fish cannot! This is built on land in sections, and then inserted in a likely waterway by pushing the posts into the mud at the bottom.

There are several versions of this… it really depends on the waterway. If it’s a pond, and there’s no flowing water, then you’ll just make a corral in a shallow area with only one opening that funnels fish in.

Once they’re trapped in the small area, they can be speared or grabbed more easily.

If you’re working with a stream, then it’s important to determine the direction of flow. Observe whether fish are moving upstream, downstream, or both.

If the fish are moving in one direction then a basic fence placed diagonally across the stream will concentrate the fish in a small area making it easier to spear one.

If the fish are moving in both directions, you may want to make a “corral” that will catch in both directions as shown below.

If you have built your fencing in sections, it’s easier to try different configurations to see which works best for you.

When The Bug Out Bag Runs Out – What To Do After 72 Hours?

So you’ve had to abandon your home or BOL (or was not at it when the fan blades turned brown) and now you’re on the last day of your bug out bag, what now?

The first thing you should do is STOP and take a minute to reflect.

Check through your bag and see what’s still useful and what’s low or gone.

For the most part everything inside your bag will last for weeks or even months if it has to. Your fire starter should still be in good shape, your emergency blankets are OK, you still have a tent….but what about your food and water? AAH yes!

These are the real dangers.

You still have heat, shelter, and light but without food and water, especially water, you will die all warm and toasty.

Without food you’ll begin to feel hungry and run down in a day or two but you’re still OK for about another three weeks.

Assuming you have a destination you’re trying to reach where you can resupply you won’t starve if you make it there in time.

Without water however you’re in much worse shape. You have 2-3 days before your body shuts down and you eventually die on about the 4th day.

I have heard stores of people living 5 days, and even 7 without water but the average and the rule of thumb is 3 days.

Examine your surroundings and weigh up your options.

If your goal is to get where ever you’re going and you know for sure that you can reach it in 1-2 days, then start marching.

Don’t stop except to rest at night. Try to conserve all the water you can by not sweating.

If you don’t have a place to go or you’re more than 2-3 days out for a BOL, then you need to start looking for water.

If you’re in the wilderness look and listen for signs of water and head in that direction.

Signs can be green spots of vegetation in the distance or in naturally occurring valleys between hills, or something as obvious as a river bed.

If your survival scenario puts you in an arid environment such as a desert you should start planning now for your water, not after the shtf.

Have a plan and a place to go and carry enough water to get you there otherwise you will surely die. If possible drive the area now while you can think and plan things out.

It may be possible to cache some extra supplies in a hidden spot along your path, but you have to do this beforehand.

If you’re in an urban environment (which most will be) remember that there is probably water all around you, although it may not be drinkable.

It would be hard to imagine a house without at least one can of pop or a bottle of water somewhere inside. Hopefully you will find someone who can spare a bit.

Spigots on houses (beware the owners), ditches, man-made lakes, and swimming pools are all great sources.

If all hell has truly broke loose then take refuge inside of an abandoned house and look for water in water heaters, the BACK of toilets (not the bowl), and sink traps.

They will all hold some water. Just remember that this water will more than likely be contaminated so filter and boil it first.

Once your water is restocked either hunker down and build a temp base camp until you can locate food, or keep moving to your BOL.

If you’re in luck your scenario may be over by then and you can begin going back to a normal life.

If not, I hope you are learning self-sufficient skills now as well as basic long term survival.

The problems with Bartering

I don’t believe that bartering is a good idea, well initially anyway so here are my I have many concerns about bartering including:

OPSEC – You’re showing off what you have and who you are, at least, that which you’re willing to barter with.

Security – You may be putting yourself, family, and supplies at risk simply by showing yourself at a place to barter. Who knows who’s watching you.

Timing – I wouldn’t expect most people to be ready, willing, and able to barter for quite some time after a grid-down scenario… we have to cull the masses first.

Thieves / con artists – People will try to steal from you, swindle you, fast-talk you, and more. I’m still not sure whether this will be more or less of a problem in a long-term barter society but it will still happen.

Why are you bartering in the first place? – You should always work to be as self-sufficient as possible and, therefore, not need anything from anybody else.

Certainly, this isn’t 100% feasible but I would rather attempt to have everything I could possibly need and then only choose to trade for supplies I didn’t have or couldn’t easily procure on my own with nearby, trustworthy neighbours.

And I accept this isn’t always possible to do either.

Despite the these concerns, I wanted to focus on yet another concern: you and whomever you’re trading with just won’t see eye-to-eye with what each of you want to give or receive.

What I mean is I think that people could very well want to barter all sorts of things you wouldn’t want and probably won’t need either. Of course, I should note that bartering is an age-old method of procuring goods and is, in fact, still a part of some cultures.

As such, bartering can be done and done relatively successfully… eventually, I would though suggest that this is only possible within a stable society, one that has come to terms with its overall situation.

The question I think is what makes you think that the other guy is going to have anything that you really want or need?

Let’s say that you’ve chosen to stockpile an assortment of barter supplies, including disposable lighters, matches, any type of fuel, ammo (not the best thing to barter), maybe some long-term foods, soap, vitamins, perhaps alcohol, and a wide assortment of other stuff people will probably want, including the number one survival item toilet roll. so OK you’ve done your part and you’re ready to barter. And you have a few things in mind. But, guess what?

The other guy wants to trade you a pallet full of ceramic tiles! What are you going to do with that? You don’t need or want those.

Ok, maybe he’s got a valuable skill to trade instead, such as being an mechanic. That might prove useful but what if he is an electorial mechanic? and, well, you don’t need one of those.

So, you keep searching. Maybe you find somebody you can work with, maybe not.

You see, the real problem I have with expecting to barter in a post-SHTF world is that a direct goods-for-goods bartering system will be very hard to work out since it is probably impossible to make a “fair” trade for both parties.

Yes you could probably figure out how to add or subtract other supplies or equipment to balance out the equation but then you open yourself up to possibly taking things you didn’t really want in the first place.

And this, my friends, is why I think money was invented.

But, wait, you have a solution! Let’s go back to a gold-based (or silver-based) economy. After all, you thought ahead wisely and choose to stockpile a nice stash of gold and silver coins for just such an occasion.

The question is did the other guy?

What are you going to do if the other guy is the one owing you money but he doesn’t have it, or doesn’t have the type of money that you want?

More importantly, I really feel it would take a long time for society to stabilize enough to where peaceable transactions could take place in which both valuable goods and an alternative currency could be exchanged. I’m thinking years to be honest.

Now, I know I’m being a little silly with my examples such as the other guy wanting to barter a pallet full of ceramic tiles.

And I’m sure that people will quickly figure out that nobody wants ceramic tiles post-SHTF and they wouldn’t even bother.

Obviously, therefore, they’re going to choose to bring supplies that you and others will probably be interested in.

That said, I do see situations–especially shortly after SHTF–where you could have desperate people attempting precisely these types of transactions (e.g., wanting to trade a pallet full of tiles for a single meal) of which you’re still not interested and really only wastes your time and, more importantly, opens you up to being highly vulnerable because you’re now assuredly dealing with desperate people.

Look after a SHTF event, people will be desperate enough to trade nearly anything they have for the basics they do not have and if you then willfully offer some of the supplies you’ve procured as barter items you’ll likely only end up in situations like this (trading for things you don’t want) or, at the very least, put a giant bullseye on your back as “being the guy who has stuff” that they want… er, need!

I know there are ways around this problem, such as trading through a third-party but they would have to be a very trustworthy individual (or group) for me to be willing to do that for a variety of other reasons, including your continued safety.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a good answer regarding bartering post-SHTF.

Yes, eventually a barter economy and an alternative currency (or several) will emerge. People will try to trade ridiculous things.

You will also want (and/or need) to barter eventually too. I’m sure I will too. But I would suggest you do your best to hold off for as long as possible and let other people take the brunt of the ridiculous trades and bullseyes on their backs before you really consider bartering as a viable option.