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This Week’s Show 23rd June 2017

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SHOW NOTES

The Prepperpodcast Network, The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The Wilderness Gathering, Every Day Carry (EDC), My Bug-Out-Belt, Fried Rabbit Recipe, Campfire Roasted Squirrel, The Basics of Survival Fishing, Post SHTF Recon, This We Have To STOP, Water Purification, Extreme Heat “SURVIVAL”

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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.

Great show John I love it, and as for your youtube channel it’s the bees knees.

Sundays Reserved for all Hosts!

 

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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.

Every Day Carry (EDC)

The equipment that you carry with you on an everyday basis may be the only thing that you will have available if a survival or crisis situation hits.

This equipment is often referred to as Every Day Carry or EDC.
I would like to will give you some examples to equipment that you can carry
with you to give you some resources to handle a survival situation or everyday
problems.

This equipment is similar to what I carry myself.

A Survival Knife is one of the most versatile tools that you can carry with you. Knives come in many shapes and forms. Fixed Blade Knives are great for hiking, hunting and other wilderness activities but are not an item that can be carried in your pocket.

For every day carry more compact alternatives such as a Folding Knife, Swiss Army Knife or Multi-Tool is a more practical solution.

A Compact Folding Knife like the Fällkniven U-4, Spyderco Ladybug, Victorinox and my favourite the Grizzly UK legal folder. Leatherman and Gerber also have a number of compact Multi-Tools designed to be carried on Key rings.

Torches can be used for many things during your everyday life. During a survival situation a flashlight may provide light, be a tool for searching after people or lost equipment and signalling for help.

I recommend that you get a compact LED torch that uses either an AA or AAA battery since these are widely available and have a low price.

Modern high quality torches are often digitally regulated and can give a very low or high output of light, making it possible to have the advantage of very strong light for signalling with the possibility of very long battery life if this would be necessary.

There are many companies but the torch from Fenix and 4 Sevens are among the very best. Some interesting
models are the Coast Range.

There are also a number of compact key ring lights like the Photon Micro-Light II, the
Photon ReX Rechargeable, Streamlight Nano Light, Streamlight Key-Mate, and the
rechargeable Skylight LED lamp with solar panels from Exped.

A compact First Aid Kit containing some basic medication can help you if you would get a headache, diarrhoea or small cuts.

Plasters, sutures, disinfection wet-wipes, hand disinfection, pain-killers and anti-diarrheal tablets can help you cope with many problems.

Compact tweezers can be used to remove splinters and other small discomforts. If you have any medical condition that requires medication like asthma or allergies make sure to include these in your Every Day Carry.

A Water Bottle is an excellent item to carry with you on an everyday basis. It allows you to always have water available.

A normal pop bottle or mineral water bottle works very well but there are also high quality water bottles from Nalgene and Camelbak for example but I like the Lifesaver Jerry Can and the Water-to-go filter bottle.

A Lighter, a box of matches or a Fire Steel is the most common tools used.

A normal BIC lighter is one of the cheapest and most effective methods of starting a fire but if you want a more good looking alternative you can check out the lighters from Zippo, Silva and Wenger, check out the NanoXL.

The mobile Phone is a very useful item today. It allows you contact friends gather information and call for help during an emergency.
Many modern mobile phones also have GPS, a torch, FM/AM radio, camera and
many other features.

A water proof container is a very useful thing to have when hiking or traveling through bad weather since it protects your phone from dirt and water.

If you put “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) numbers in your phone as I have then it’s easy for others to contact your friends and family if for example you had an accident.

If the battery capacity for your phone is low a spare battery or charger or better still a power bank is wise addition to carry with you.

A wrist watch allows you to always keep track of time and can also be used for navigation if you learn this skill. Many watches also have other useful functions like electronic compass, altimeter, barometer, countdown timer, thermometer, sunrise-sunset alarm and other features.Timex make some watches that have many of these features as mine does.

There are also compact button compasses that are designed to be carried on a watch strap like the Silva Carabineer 40 and Suunto Clipper. I favour the Timex E-expedition series like mine which have temperature, tide and compass options.

Pen and Paper are useful items that allow you to leave a message to others during an emergency and write down useful information.

A normal notebook will do just fine for most occasions but if you often have to make notes outdoors or in bad weather I recommend that you get one of the notebooks from Rite-In-The-Rain.

There are also very useful notebook covers from Snigel Design, Maxpedition and Blackhawk. A normal pen will make do for almost every situation but there are a large number of companies that makes high quality pens like the Fisher Space Pen.

Some companies also makes what is referred to as “tactical pens”, these pens are often very expensive, made from very sturdy materials and may include features like a glasbreaker.

Benchmade, CRKT and Surefire are some of the companies that make these type of pens.

550 Paracord is another very useful item that can be used for repair, to secure equipment and much more. Paracord is often made into bracelets so that it can be carried with you at all times.

Your wallet normally contains critical items like ID, Passport, Credit Cards, Cash and Coins for making calls. There are also credit card tool kits like the Logic Survival 11 and other kits from Tool Logic that can be easily carried with you at all times.

There are also other specialized credit card kits like sewing kits available. A fake wallet with an old ID and a little cash can be a useful item to have if crime rate and the risk of robbery are high in your area.

There is compact Nylon Pockets designed to either be carried in the pockets of cargo pants or packs called EDC Organizers from Maxpedition, Blackhawk and other companies.

These pockets can make it easy to store all the items in one location, keep them organized and move them from one set of clothing to another.

There are many alternatives that can hold your gear, if you want a container that keeps your items even more safe an alternative can be the compact containers from Pelican.

The Pro Survival Kit Company have a beltnitems concealed and make it easy to A Pocket Survival Kit is a simple concept that makes it easy to carry the most important items with you at all times.

The Get Home Bag and Light Weight Bug Out Bag are also concepts that can make it easy to always have the most important gear with you.

There is no clear line between Pocket Survival Kits, Get Home Bags, Light Weight Bug Out Bags and a comprehensive Every Day Carry.

Your clothing is also a very important part of your Every Day Carry. Your clothing provides you with your shield against elements like heat, cold, rain and wind.

Your clothing must be appropriate for the climate where you live. A Shell Jacket provides excellent protection from wind and rain.

Merino wool is an excellent fabric for base layers, t-shirts, socks and underwear that is both durable, still provides heat if it gets wet, is resistant to odours and can still be washed in a normal washing machine.

Your foot wear is also critical, can you run or walk long distances in the shoes you are wearing and can they cope with the terrain around you?

There are compact whistles that can be attached to zippers like the AeroWave, these whistles makes it easy to always have a whistle available for signalling, these are both compact and can be found for a price a pound or less.

How many items one should be carrying is a very hard question to answer. It’s fully possible to fit almost every conceivable item for survival into a pair of cargo pants.

The important question is how much you feel comfortable with carrying.

You must find a balance between the space and weight of the items in relation to your personal needs.

It’s better to have a few important items that are always with you, than to have a high number of items that you never carry with you. Some items you may never actually need and other items you may end up using almost every day.

Your personal situation may mean that you can’t carry all the items with you at all times, your work situation or other factors may prevent this.

So for this reason it can be important to have a flexible system and EDC organizers can make this easier for you as they let you separate different gear but still make it easy to include them into your pack or clothing.

When you change your clothing ALWAYS put your Every Day Carry items at the same place or location, this makes it easy to always find your items and see if you have them with you or not.

Your EDC items are not of much use if you can never find them. It’s also good if you always keep your items in the same pockets of your clothing or at the same place in your pack son that you can easily find them and notice if they are missing.

So your Every Day Carry is the set of items that you carry with you at all times to help you with your very day problems and provide tools to handle a crisis or survival situation.

There is no set of gear that is perfect for every situation and every setting so you must find a set of gear that works for you and your specific situation.

Since these are items that you carry with you at all times I suggest that you go for compact, lightweight and high quality items.

It is possible to carry a very comprehensive set of equipment that can allow you to perform a high number of tasks on a smaller number of items. What you should be carrying and how many items you should carry is decision that you have to make based on your personal setting.

Even if you can carry all the items you would like to on your person it is still possible to have a few extra items in your jacket or bag, a small kit where you work, some basic tools or even a fully equipped Bug Out Bag in your vehicle.

Find an overall solution that fits your specific needs.

Your equipment is only a small part of being prepared for disasters and survival situations.

The most important part of being prepared is your own skills, knowledge, training, physical fitness, health and will to survive.

The tools that you carry with you can be very useful but even if you have high quality equipment it can always be lost or break.

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Fried Rabbit Recipe

I think that most of us will be eating rabbit during an extended stay in the wild.

My favourite campfire recipe is fried rabbit and here is a very simple recipe for you to try. Of course it can be spiced up with extra ingredients but that is your choice.

Ingredients:

1 rabbit, cleaned cut into pieces

cooking oil

salt and pepper

1 onion, sliced

1/4 flour

How to Prepare: If it is a young rabbit, proceed with recipe. A older tougher rabbit should be boiled in saltwater until tender.

Lightly brown onions in cooking oil. Dredge rabbit pieces in flour. Salt and pepper.

Put in hot skillet with oil and onions and cook until brown on both sides.

Remove meat from skillet and make gravy by sprinkling one tbs of flour into oil. Cook until brown.

Add 1 1/2 cups water, return rabbit to mixture and cook slowly until gravy thickens.

Campfire Roasted Squirrel

I think another favourits will be squirrel and if you have never tasted it then you should.

This is what you will need.

fresh squirrel

14 teaspoon salt

14 teaspoon pepper

14 cup olive oil

14 teaspoon seasoning salt (optional)

14 teaspoon fav seasoning (optional)

Directions

If fresh squirrel is used skin and leave whole splitting the breast bone length wise to open up the rib cage.

Brush the oil over the squirrel then sprinkle the seasionings liberally all over.

Pull the hot coals to one side away from the main part of the fire.

Either stake the squirrel on a cleaned tree limb over the coals or use a metal grate over the coals.

Rotate periodiaclly and don’t over cook as the meat is real lean and will dryout fast.

The Basics of Survival Fishing

Inland lakes, streams, rivers resoviors and canals all contain fish. Without a firearm or bulky gear to make a trap, fishing is probably your best bet in finding food during a survival situation.

Instead of foraging for possibly dangerous plants to eat, most fish are edible—especially ones found in fresh water.

Only requiring a few small items or things you can find, fishing for survival is easier than trying to hunt, trap and kill small animals without a firearm.

A lure, a few hooks and a several yards of fishing line will easily fit in a mint sweets tin or medicine bottle or other very small container, taking up very little room in your pack.

Always have an emergency fishing kit with you when you venture out in the wilderness or during travel—just in case.

Survival Fishing

If you do not have an emergency fishing kit with you, here is how to make a fishing rod with found items.

Pole

Find a long branch or stick thick enough around to hold a few ounces of weight. With a knife, carve an indention all the way around on one end. This is where you will wrap and secure your fishing line.

Line

If you are near a body of water, especially a bigger pond, lake or river, you might be lucky enough to find tangled fishing line entwined between vegetation around the banks.

If not, use thin green vines, shoe laces, dental floss, wire, string, paracord strands or any other line-type material you can find. Wrap it tightly around your makeshift pole, leaving enough line to drop into shallow water.

Hook

Way back when, hooks were primitively carved from wood or bone. Instead of the modern curved ones we use today, fishermen would file a piece of wood or bone into a straight, sharp point on both ends—more like a spear than a hook.

Being out in the wilderness, you should have a good survival knife with you.

Whittle both ends of a one to two inch piece of wood into sharp points for a hook. You can also use needles, a bent safety pin, bent paper clips, a nail, thick heavy thorns, a sharp metal shard and pop or beer can ring pulls as they also work as hooks.

Tie one end of your hook to your fishing line. When searching for hooks, pick smaller rather than large. It will be easier and faster to catch smaller fish.

Trotlines allow you to catch fish while tending to other things. (Illegal UK)

Lures and Bait

I have caught fish with live worms, pieces of sandwich bread and with plastic lures. Live bugs are an excellent way to attract fish to your hook.

Look under rocks for bugs. Fish also like shiny things, so anything you can attach to your line that attracts the fishes’ attention will help reel them in pieces of foil, jewelry, metal scraps, and even brightly colored cloth can lure a fish.

Traps

Some fish traps are illegal. Do not attempt to make a fish fence or trotline unless you are fishing for survival. Please double check your local fishing laws before setting fishing traps.

Fish Fence

You can trap fish along the edge of the water bank by making a fish fence. Gather a bunch of sticks that are longer than the water is deep.

Along the water bank, make a V-shaped fence using your sticks, making sure the sticks are securely stuck in the mud on the bottom, but sticking up far enough out so the fish cannot swim out of your fence.

On the deeper waterside of the fence, leave a small opening between your sticks so fish can swim in. Put some bait inside the fence, another fish, some bugs or worms or shiny objects and wait. When a fish swims into the fence, he cannot get back out.

Trotline

If you have plenty of hooks and fishing line, you can create a trotline that lets you tend to other needs, like building a fire, making a shelter and procuring fresh water while catching fish in your trap.

Making a trotline requires several supplies. You will need a rope long enough to span across the body of water, plenty of fishing line, hooks, weights and floats.

First, find paracord, rope or twine (you can use long vines tied together) that reaches the length between both sides of the body of water, with enough room left over on either side of the cord to tie to a tree or other hearty structure.

Second, starting at one end of the main cord tie fishing line at three- to four-foot intervals; these are your drop lines. After tying the drop lines, add hooks and bail, or lures, to each line.

Third, you will need to weight your trotline. Use two or three of your drop lines on either side of the main line to add the weights. You can use large rocks as weights. For floats use an empty plastic jug. Tie your floats to the top of the same lines as the weights.

Post SHTF Recon

Recon/recky patrols are typically sent out to gather information such as enemy numbers, and in the case of a Prepper group, they would also be used to locate resources, and generally keep track of the comings and goings of others that may or may not pose a threat.

The patrols would normally range beyond any security patrols. In fact, they may cover many miles in and around a city in a single day.

Security patrols are usually sent out to detect threats that may be directed at the base camp or BOL.

A security patrol would be the first to know of an attack directed at the base camp and they would need the means to provide advanced warning to the camp so they can prepare.

A security patrol can become static for a few days to observe an enemy camp, a specific building, or to observe major transportation routes for traffic flow.

If you are trying to survive in an urban environment after the SHTF and all sense of law and order has deteriorated, then it is up to you and your group to protect yourselves and to do what you need to do to organise and prepare your people..

A major consideration when patrolling in a city are the structures, which translate into hiding places for others in particular snipers.

Security patrols may have to clear buildings one-by-one to secure an area to ensure you have a safe zone within the established boundaries.

There is any number of ways to clear a building and your technique may depend on whether or not you need the resources within said building and what type of resistance you expect to find.

The Objective

Operate in an offensive posture and not defensive. You do not want to be trapped in any building while it’s under assault. You want to be the attacking force, clearing buildings, suppressing the threat before it gets out of your control and always be ready to advance the assault toward any opposing forces.

Considerations

Isolate the building, if there is a power source to the building such as a generator or solar power, for example, they would need to be disabled.

Do you have the firepower and expertise to breach doorways? Shotguns can be used for breaching doors, or battering rams, or even explosives. All of which take considerable expertise to implement safely and effectively.

Once inside, do you have personnel properly trained to clear the building room by room?

Finally, what is your exit plan if things go off the rails?

Typically, the military and certain law enforcement agencies use what are called fire teams, which normally consist of four people. Along with the fire team would be a support team in place to provide suppressive fire so the fire team can reach the building and do their work without taking direct fire.

The support team in a Prepper group may only be one or two shooters and conserving ammunition must be a consideration, so planning is crucial. You would only be able to provide direct fire, whereas, a military or law enforcement unit could utilize indirect fire as well.

Keep in mind in most cases, your objective is not to destroy the structure with explosives. There may be resources inside you need or intelligence information that can be gathered up. There may or may not be anyone inside the building, but you don’t know until you enter the structure. You have to go into it assuming there is a threat in the building, however.

Breaching a Door

You normally would use shotguns or even heavy caliber rifles to perform a ballistic breach. The order of movement is to have a gunner that breaches the door and for the time being they are called number one and following, the gunner is two, three, and four.

Once the door is breached, however, the gunner steps back and number two steps through the door first and assume the number one position.

The gunner assumes position number four because usually they would have the heaviest caliber weapon for breaching, and then they would help provide additional cover for the extraction or to provide an emergency egress if needed.

A ballistic breach is the most practical for a Prepper group unless you have access to explosives, but then the order of movement would change once explosives are introduced into the mix.

Then there is what is called a mechanical breach, which would in most cases, take longer, and as such, you would need extra shooters to provide cover for the team as they either use a battering ram on the door, or attempt to take it apart using pry bars, cutters, or sledgehammers.

If you establish a base camp in a city, you have to establish a perimeter. Any buildings inside that perimeter have to be cleared and declared safe, otherwise, you have no idea of the threats that may be looming literally next door, so learning how to clear/secure a building must be an essential part of your Prepper group training.

Having military or law enforcement trained personnel in your group would give the group a greater advantage.

A security patrol, for the most part, would be responsible for clearing the buildings while the Recon patrol identifies buildings of interest, buildings that may have resources or enemy personnel inside.

All of the above is determined by the mission and you as the group leader must determine the mission if you plan to set up camp inside of a city. Decisions are based on your group’s number of personnel, types of buildings, how much area you want to control, and size of any opposing forces.

This We Have To STOP

Thank goodness the UK is leaving the EU, these EU idiots are a bunch of crazie’s

The European Commission is changing the European Union’s plant legislation, apparently to enhance food safety across the continent. This move has sparked a heavy opposition from many, saying that the measure will threaten seed diversity and favour large agrochemical businesses. This new law creates new powers to classify and regulate all plant life anywhere in Europe.

The “Plant Reproductive Material Law” regulates all plants. It contains restrictions on vegetables and woodland trees, as well as all other plants of any species. It will be illegal to grow, reproduce, or trade any vegetable seed or tree that has not been tested and approved by the government, more specifically the “EU Plant Variety Agency.”

This agency will be responsible for making a list of approved plants and an annual fee must also be forwarded to the agency if growers would like to keep what they grow on the list. The new law basically puts the government in charge of all plants and seeds in Europe, and prevents home gardeners from growing their own plants from non-regulated seeds.

If they did, they would now be considered criminals.

The draft text of the law has already been changed several times due to a large backlash from gardeners.

This law will immediately stop the professional development of vegetable varieties for home gardeners, organic growers and small scale market farmers. Home gardeners have really different needs – for example they grow by hand, not machine, and can’t or don’t want to use such powerful chemical sprays.

There’s no way to register the varieties suitable for home use as they don’t meet the strict criteria of the Plant Variety Agency, which is only concerned about approving the sort of seed used by industrial farmers.

It seems the government is taking over everything, virtually all plants, vegetables seeds and gardeners are to be registered by thegovernment. What’s even more disturbing is that all heirloom seeds will be criminalized. This means that saving seeds from one generation to the next will become a criminal act!

This law was written for the needs of the globalized farm seed industry, who supply seed by the ton to industrial farmers. It should not apply at all to seed used by home gardeners and small market growers. Freely reproducible seeds should be a human right, they are part of our heritage.

I understand this is to protect the business of big agri-companies, but registration and testing should be voluntary for all non GMO, non-patented and non-hybrid seed.

So what can you do?

Please sign the petition! http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/We_dont_accept_this_Let_us_keep_our_seeds_EU

Water Purification

I hope that over the years I have convinced you to consider all sources of water as contaminated until treated, I would like to suggest the best way to make water safe to drink. Once again I am sure to be stirring up a hornet’s nest of dissent on this subject but I stand by what I write as proven beyond doubt. Try to release any preconceived
notions you may have as you read what follows.

The miracle of modern advertising would have you believe that the portable water filters on the market today will remove nearly all pathogens and disease causing organisms from water. Nothing could be further from the
truth.

The fact is, studies have conclusively shown water filters vary a great deal in the types and amount of organisms they are able to filter. And that is when the water filters are functioning properly and users correctly operate and maintain them. A tall order
indeed, especially in the field during adverse conditions.

Would you drink water from a filter that is removing only 85% of water borne
disease organisms? Chances are the water filter you use isn’t even doing that well.

Various chemicals used to treat water also lack the ability to destroy 100% of disease causing organisms in water.

The manufacturers of chemicals and water filters don’t want you to know
what the best way to make water safe to drink really is. That’s because it’s simple,inexpensive to operate, and they cannot sell it.

The fact is, the best way to make water safe for consumption will destroy
or render inert 100% of disease causing organisms. What’s more, this process is readily available and nearly fool proof. It has been successfully used for centuries and remains hands down the best method of all: boiling.

The age old question has always been “how Long Does the Water Need to Boil”?

Well here is my answer, water does do not even have to reach the boiling
point (about 212° F or 100° C at sea level) to be rendered safe to
drink;

Once the water temperature reaches 185° F (85° C) nearly all disease causing organisms have been destroyed.
And the only reason you typically get water up to the boiling point is you probably
do not have a “thermometer” handy to measure the water temperature and I would suggest that boiling is “proof positive” the water is hot enough to make it safe to drink.

You can also throw out the myth that you must boil water longer at higher elevations. The boiling point of water even on Mount Everest is still high enough to destroy all
disease causing organisms even before the water has started to boil.

So to finish you must consider water from any source as contaminated with disease causing organisms.

By far the best way to treat water is by boiling it.

You only have to bring the water to a boil. Don’t waste fuel; there is no
need to boil water for 10-minutes, 5-minutes, or even 1-minute. Once it
is boiling all disease causing organisms have been destroyed or rendered
inert some time earlier.

Extreme Heat “SURVIVAL”

In very hot conditions, plan to drink at least one quart of water in the morning, at each meal, and before strenuous physical activity.

Plan to drink one quart of water per hour as a general guideline, but realize that you may need to drink more than that to allow for variations in your body size, body type, and type of activity. It’s better to drink smaller amounts of water frequently than to gulp large quantities of water on a few occasions, as drinking large quantities of water may cause heat cramps.

If possible, drink cool water (about 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit), and make the effort to keep water cool by wrapping containers in wet clothes and keeping them out of the sun.

Salt also helps the body maintain its homeostasis, so plan to replenish salt by eating regular meals. Too little salt causes heat cramps, and too little salt combined with insufficient water supply can lead to heat exhaustion. It’s okay to drink beverages designed to keep electrolytes in balance, but these should not be the only source of water.

Prolonged exposure to heat can result in hyperthermia. Hyperthermia (sometimes referred to as heat stroke) occurs when the body takes in more heat than it can dissipate. Death or disability occurs if the body temperature gets too high.

A side effect of extreme heat in normally hot countries is power cuts. Power grids can become overloaded when large numbers of people use their air conditioners at the same time. This makes a bad situation worse because air conditioning is the primary means for cooling a home.

Extreme heat is the number one cause of weather related death in the United States. Between 1992 and 2001, almost 2,200 people were killed as a result of heat exposure.

Heat related death outnumber all other weather related events combined. In addition, more than 6,200 people are hospitalized each year due to extreme heat.

At present there are around 41,000 winter-related deaths and 2,000 excess summer deaths.

It is predicted that without adaptation, the number of heat-related deaths will increase by 66% in the 2020s, 257% by the 2050s and 535% by the 2080s. Cold weather-related deaths will increase by 3% in the 2020s, then decrease by 2% in the 2050s and by 12% in the 2080s, they added.

We are now experiencing a heat wave here in the UK.

Important Survival Tips for Extreme Heat

Here are some tips you can use to help keep your home cooler in times of extreme heat:

Install window air conditioners and make sure they are insultated and installed properly with insulation.

Check air-conditioning ducts if you have it for holes and proper insulation. Consider having an air conditioning professional check the pressure of your air conditioning ducts to see if there are any leaks.

Install window reflectors between your curtains and windows, materials like aluminum foil-covered cardboard to a good job of reflecting heat to the outside.

Make sure all of your doors and windows are properly insulated to keep hot air out, and cold air in

Keep direct sunlight from shining into your house by covering windows with curtains, blinds, or shutters. Outdoor louvers are best at keeping the heat out.

Make sure you keep hydrated by drinking lots of water

Make sure your car emergency kit has drinking water

Preparing for Extreme Heat

Being prepared for extreme heat or any other type of disaster requires preparation beforehand.

There are three important steps you should take in preparation for extreme heat.

Get a kit

Make a plan

Get informed

Having the proper emergency preparedness kit, having a plan, and knowing what to do before extreme heat strikes, will greatly improve you and your family’s chances of being safe.

Make a Plan

In order to know what to do when extreme heat occurs, you need to create a Family Emergency Plan. Sit down with your family members and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in the event of a disaster or emergency.

You should update your Family Emergency Plan every six months, as phone number, work locations, and other important information could change.

This Week’s Show 18th June 2017

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Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, The wilderness Gathering, My Bug-Out-Belt, Survival Strategies, Its not a CON-Trail, Preppers Will be Next, Is it just me? Making a Homemade Dirty Bomb is Not Easy, My Mum.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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 tarps 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 campground 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 prepper 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 woodstove is part of your survival plan, how much wood do you have? Is it seasoneed 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 woodstove 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. Remeber when New York was hit by Superstorm 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 neighbors 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 Isil – 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 dihsability.

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.

Is it just me?

Statistics by Cancer Research UK reveal that within 15 years, 50 men out of every 100 are likely to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 44 out of every 100 in 2010.

Women’s lifetime cancer risk is also increasing and is predicted to rise from 40 to 44 out of every 100 women by 2027.

Is it just me or have things been tipped on their heads?

In the 60’s it was the fashion to smoke even the TV news readers smoked whilst reading the news and from what I can find there were around 10,000 deaths per year attributable to smoking.

Now in the naughty’s smoking is a social no, no, you are treated like an outcast if you smoke, so very few people actually smoke now.

Unlike the strong un-tipped cigarettes of the 60’s today we have low tar and filter tips but the deaths attributable to smoking is in the 100’s of thousands how can this be?

Well I have two theories that I feel could help explain these figures, it is however your choice whether or not you accept them.

The first cause I would argue is the motorway hold up experienced by all those who travel to and from work by car each day.

One of two settings on your heating system will be in operation, either it will be on hot or cold and even if switched off I believe this effect will still be the case.

We pull up behind the car in front and we sit in our sealed cabins while the heating system sucks in the poisonous exhaust fumes from the car in front.

Remember people use these fumes to kill themselves when committing suicide. What can these poisonous fumes be doing to our bodies when we are exposed to them twice a day at least five days each week?

Theory number two goes like this.

We are all aware of the biological effects of nuclear radiation and the increase in cancers and thus deaths suffered by those exposed to radiation, the Japanese bombs and Chernobyl being prime examples.

Is it then unrealistic to expect that as thousands of nuclear bombs have been exploded in tests all over the world, and all of the ground burst weapons will have generated radioactive fallout which will have travelled around the world and descended on us the unsuspected citizens of the world.

These two personal theories are just that personal and my musings BUT what if?

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Recently aid charities have been targeting us here in the UK with pictures of African children having to drink dirty water from contaminated sources.

While I think it is horrific to see this happening and I wish that it could be prevented for ever.

What I cannot understand is why it is happening in the first place?

Here are three statements from their website.

  1. Help build a well – so children don’t have to drink filthy river water that’s teeming with parasites, bacteria and animal waste
  2. Put taps and pumps in the heart of a community – daily treks to the river with a heavy jerry can are tiring and leave little time for school or work
  3. End the threat of diarrhoea, which kills 2,000 children every day

Statement one is a disgrace in this day and age and it is clearly the fault of the village elders in failing to pass down the basics of water filtering and purification to each new generation.

Surely they know who to build a basic sand and gravel filter? Surely they know to boil their water and if not why has the world notbtold or shown them how to do it, if they have forgotten how to survive as a people in their own country.

I must also say that the intention of these charities is to dig down to find water, well what are the villagers doing all day then besides just sitting around, why do they not dig their own wells.

Statement two regards the placing of taps in villages so the kids do not have to walk a long distance to get the water in the first place. Why not just move the village to the water problem solved,

I would have thought it would have been there anyway as all civilisations have always camped and built along river courses you just need to look at the location of our major towns and cities to see how they are situated by rivers and water courses.

Statement three would not be true if basic water hygiene was practiced and villages were situated by water sources.

Overall I fail to see how whole tribes are in this mess in the first place, if anything they should be teaching us their survival techniques and tricks for living where they do.

I do not get it.

Making a Homemade Dirty Bomb is Not Easy.

As the government has informed us that a Secondary school dropout street punk can make a dirty bomb, let’s do a thought experiment.

Let’s make one.

The government descriptions are of radioactive material being dispersed by an explosion. Essentially all candidate materials are metals.

The requirement is to disperse the metal.

Clearly if it is in one piece we might as well just throw it away as No explosion is going to turn it into more than a few pieces.

Those pieces can be found quite easily by Geiger counters.

To kill people we have to get them to eat it or inhale it. As people are not likely to eat pieces of metal they find on the street we are going to have to get people to inhale it or for it to be unnoticeable on their food. Therefore we must reduce the metal to a very fine powder.

With metals that would require a file and the finer the file the finer the pieces are of course. If you have ever done this or handled iron filings you know if you drop them they fall like stones.

They do not float away in the wind and no one is going to inhale them and they would be spat out if chewed. We could drop them off of a high building in a strong breeze but that doesn’t do much for dispersion.

Even if as fine as talcum powder (no easy task) the particles are a hundred times heavier than talcum powder and fall rather than blow away in the wind.

So we have to find a way to get the material fine enough to be dispersed by the wind. To do that the best way is to burn it. That will produce relatively light metal oxide particles.

This can disperse through the air in a stiff breeze and can be inhaled or fall on food.

The best candidate metal is uranium isotope number 235, the one used to make one type of atom bomb. This is slightly heavier than lead. Back when we had lead in gasoline the burned lead came out of the exhaust.

That was so heavy it didn’t get much beyond the footpath so we will still need that tall building.

Uranium burns quite well once started, so mixing the powder with thermite or magnesium will cause a nice burn and on top of a tall building about the best dispersion we are going to get.

It is not “the taller the better” and “the stronger the breeze the better” as we don’t want it falling beyond the target area or, depending on location, or even blowing it out to sea.

It would take some study to determine building height to wind velocity to maximize the results.

Despite the government’s implication we cannot drop into the local university and get a few ounces of U235. But if we could get hold of a few ounces it would come in a lead container weighing a half ton or more.

And after having it and developing a filing machine and collection apparatus the machine would have to work in a lead enclosure in the ten ton range. The mixing with magnesium would have to be done in the room.

This increases our requirement to having a human operator having control of the equipment from outside the room drastically increasing the cost.

As we can make the assumption this is a suicide mission the designated bomber can rush in to pick up a briefcase and head for the tall building and ignite it on the roof. We have now been successful suicide terrorists.

Because of the necessary contamination of the assembly area that person will most certainly die of radiation poisoning due to massive exposure. If not that then certainly because whatever he carries it in will not have the half ton of lead shielding needed to prevent his death by radiation poisoning.

But our success is limited. Exploded or burned outside on top a tall building with a stiff breeze either dust or burned Uranium can cover and contaminate a wide area — until the first decent rain washes it down the sewers.

What doesn’t wash away will certainly collect in pools of rain water making clean-up efforts much easier. We also do not want it too dispersed or else it will be hard to detect above natural background radiation and the media will not become as hysterical.

We have also made a trade-off between burned Uranium which people have a chance of inhaling against a fine dust which essentially cannot be inhaled.

Dust has to fall on food unnoticed and eaten leaving the risk only to food exposed and being eaten while it is settling.

This would of course leave the customers of open air food markets at risk but little would be eaten and the loss limited to one days’ exposed food.

With this success we have created massive hysteria in the media and in the people stirred up by the media. But with neither dust nor burning is there enough radiation in one place or ingested or inhaled by one person to cause radiation poisoning.

What we have achieved will only be measurable statistically.

Starting no sooner than a year later there will be a small statistical increase in radiation related forms of cancer. Actual deaths will not start until perhaps a year or more after that. This statistical increase may be noticeable for another twenty years until things are back to normal.

We will not have hospitals filled with thousands of victims of radiation poisoning.

In the process of designing this weapon we have discovered there are very few useful radioactive materials.

Those commonly available as in smoke detectors are in much too small a quantity and do not put out significant dangerous radioactivity.

Another relatively safe isotope of Uranium, 238, is called depleted Uranium. It was used extensively in anti-tank shells during the Gulf War. That is all over Iraq along the ‘highway of death’ and thus freely available.

There is no good source of U235 outside of a highly guarded weapons plant.

Some universities do have it for research purposes but it is never in large quantities and most always in the form of salts or oxides. It is not in large quantities as the more in one container the more radioactivity it produces.

The larger the sample the more dangerous it is to handle. Fortunately research other than for bombs requires only very small quantities.

It is in the form of salts, such as chlorides so that it is soluble in water for some experiments or as an oxide exactly so that it cannot burn with the attendant risks. So any oxide stolen can be used only for dispersion not burning.

Put it all together and a theft from a university source might yield a few thousandths of an ounce, a few milligrams. As it is in a form which can only be used for explosive dispersal it has that tendency to fall like a rock so it won’t disperse very far and is not likely to be inhaled.

The real danger of its use would be the hysteria in the news media and the panic the media would cause and then cover.

In the process of designing this weapon we have learned there is natural background radioactivity and the amount and type of radioactivity to harm people.

We have learned the only people who would die in the first few years after it is set off would be those caught in the initial fire or explosion.

We have also learned the safety requirements for preparing such a weapon and that the government can discover us by our purchases of lead and industrial robotic equipment.

And if we don’t do everything right we will be dead before half started.

Above all we have learned high school dropout street thugs are not of use except as the designated suicide bomber.

Now the one other alternative are the spent core rods from nuclear reactors.

If we could get some of this, it starts as a new fuel rod at 3% instead of the over 90% concentration for weapons grade material. So the actual amount of radiation is drastically lower to begin with.

When it is spent, ready for reprocessing, they have a wide range of highly radioactive elements which are quite suitable for dirty bombs.

However the problems of obtaining this are greater than stealing U235 from a research facility. Whereas a university would have a night watchman or two, nuclear power plants have 24/7 armed guards, security fences and intrusion detection systems.

If these can be overcome we will find spent fuel rods in huge tanks of water.

If we can remove them we have to put them into the multi-ton lead containers we brought with us. During the hours this would take with our huge truck and cranes, the people working there have called the police.

We could try hijacking a truck carrying the rods to the reprocessing plant. We discover, unlike the movies, the trucks do not travel back roads in the country but on the motorways with police escorts.

We would have about as much chance of getting away as a speeder on police video with ten times the resources after us.

My Mum

It is getting really bad here in the UK food prices are taking off and many ordinary people are unable to put enough food on their children’s plates every day of the week, the old time recipes of Mum and Mum’s mum have been lost or to be more accurate “Never learnt” in the first place.

A whole generation of cooking knowledge has been abandoned to fast food junk and TV meals, to burgers and chips, to so called chicken nuggets and chips.

When was the last time you sat down with your family and ate a Sunday lunch?

I remember sitting around the dinner table for an evening meal with the whole family every day, it was prepared and cooked by mum and it tasted great as well.

But it was more than tasty, it was nutritious, healthy and was simply meat and two veg as the old saying goes. The meals where rotated so that there was variety and to some extent they were controlled by budget but never the less due to Mum’s ability to prepare and plan interesting menus we survived.

It seems to me that these days young Mum’s buy pre-packed food for their kids and by doing so they have no control over what their children are actually eating and therefore they ingest high quantities of salt, sugar and goodness knows how many E’s.

Old preparation skills have also been forgotten or not even learned, for example, how many young Mum’s can dress game, clean fish, make soup, make pastry, make bread, buns, scones, remember these are all the skills that Mum’s where taught by their Mum’s and passed from generation to generation.

These skills are every day survival skills, these skills are the very skills that we as a people will be forced to use when SHTF, but there is now a whole generation that cannot do these things anymore.

How will they and their kids survive when the pre-packed food and tins run out, what will they eat.

There are many different ways that my Mum used to bulk out our meals when times were hard, she used to put barley and or lentils in to soups to make them more filling, she used to use chicken carcasses to make soup, she even bought vegetable cuttings to make soups as well and you know once she had put the barley and or lentils into the soup it tasted great and really filled you up, what I remember is that there was always enough for seconds.

The preparing of foods and the idea of bulking it out are survival skills that my Mum used every day without thinking; she just got on with it and survived.

Perhaps it was because Mum had gone through the war (she was in fighter command) and carried on her frugal ways after the war I used to think that made her such a great cook and provider, but you know I was wrong it was her Mum she once told me that had shown her how to go on.

My Mum’s generation all knew how to make do and they accepted that having to do so was a way of life and nothing special.

Survivalists and Preppers alike should embrace these make do methods as not only do they work, they are very economic too and I feel that they should now be included in all our prepping and planning as they make sense..

Thanks Mum, I miss you.

This weeks Show 2nd June 2017

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The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The wilderness Gathering, My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt, A Tough Question, UK Rules on Wild Camping, One Mans Rubbish is Another Mans Treasure, Survival Cooking, Risks, Pine Needle Tea, Campfire Breakfast, Freshwater Fish and Chips, My Homemade MRE, How to Build a Survival Shelter, Fluoride Is Poison.

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The Wilderness Gathering

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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

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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.

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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.

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A Tough Question

My wife asked me yesterday, what I plan to do with family members who don’t prep, in the event of an actual SHTF emergency.

My brothers and sister and their families arensome of those non-preppers, even though they know all about my views on that subject. On a side note, does it tarnish my prepper credibility when I can’t even convince my own siblings to prep?

I think that there are two questions in my Wife’s question, firstly will I help them if the SHTF? how far do I plan on helping, in terms of number of people/days? And if at all, I am going to help them in the first place.

These are questions I feel that every prepper must ask themselves when they start prepping, and it probably needs to be re-asked every few years or so as situations change.

I figure the answer to the first question will depend on the type of the emergency.

If it’s a small local emergency, like a house fire, flood or say the loss of their roof in high winds then yes, I am of course going to help them.

I can offer them a place to stay. I know my food preps would feed the family for some time.

What about a major SHTF event?

No one is perfect, in fact we all have weak points and perhaps illness’s to. What they may not have in health, they could make up for with experience, knowledge and skills.

Bringing extra adults (who you know) into my group would help greatly as there would be even more people to forage food and fire wood etc. and also allow for some sort of guard rota to be set up.

Remember if there are long standing fractions between you and the proposed incomers then stop, think, and re-think, can you handle that level of friction and argument? Do you need it?

Perhaps joining up is not going to be good for you, perhaps all you can offer is some of your prepps as you decide to not let them in.

Before any of this happens and you are faced with a decision of the heart, why not plan for what you would do IF this situation arose in the first place.

Work out, (knowing your family members etc.) how much extra food and water etc. You would need if they joined your group.

How long that food and water would last and where they all would sleep. As preppers we usually only prep for our immediate family so in this case the numbers change and we must take this into account.

Perhaps the actual question is, would I help in the first place, are my family behind any decision I make? can I afford to provide exactly the same quality of prepps for my extended family as I do for my immediate family?

If I and my family agree to help then should my extended family members help me financially in some way as it is they who will benefit should SHTF

My sister and her family live near Birmingham 130 miles away, one brother and his family live down south 135 miles away and the other and his family live about 15 miles away.

Two are too far away to make it here if the SHTF, which means I don’t really only have one to prep for. And on one level, it is not good because I love them dearly, and want them to make it too.

I think that it might help me and my conscience if I inform my brothers and sister that I cannot be there from them all and perhaps include information on what to do to start prepping for themselves in the future and explain that not to do so is very serious indeed, in fact I would go so far as to say it would be like planning to not survive.

In conclusion I would finish by telling them that I have planned for me and my immediate families’ survival and ask them not to rely on knocking on my door.

As I have said many times before, this question is one of the toughest you will have to ask and now is the time to ask it.

Gather your immediate family together and discuss it and come up with your own answer then act on it.

UK Rules on Wild Camping

Camping in a camp site is fine, but there are many who want to get even closer to nature.

They enjoy wild camping, which is pretty much that it says on the tin, camping away from civilisation, and without the modern conveniences of the camp site.

It’s not for wimps, since this is real ‘roughing it’, but those who have the taste absolutely love it.

The thing to remember, though, is that all the land in the United Kingdom is owned by someone, meaning that there are laws that apply to wild camping, those that apply in England and Wales, and different ones in force in Scotland.

Wild Camping In England and Wales

For the most part there’s little problem with wild camping in England and Wales, although if you’re going to be relatively close to a farm, you should make sure you’re above the intake walls, and it’s probably best not to advertise your presence.

In theory the farmer could tell you tomove from his land, but as long as you’re being careful and responsible, there should be no problem.

Generally wild camping is quite acceptable if you’re more than half a day’s hike from a camp site, although, within the UK, that’s generally unlikely.

Within the National Parks, wild camping is a right. However, there are certain limitations.

It has to be on access land (and not all land in a National Park is access land), more than 100 metres from a road, and you must use a tent, not a caravan – for pretty obvious reasons.

But in Dartmoor the right allowing wild camping is enshrined in an amendment to the Countryside Act of 1949.

There will also be exceptions at times. In the Peak District, for example, wild camping has often been banned when the moors are dry to avoid the danger of fires which can be difficult to put out and can easily destroy acres of land.

When wild camping, you do need to observe good camping etiquette, by leaving the land just as you found it, taking all litter with you, making sure there’s only a small group of you, and ensuring that your toilet is more than 30 metres from any water, taking care to carefully buryyour toilet waste – so be sure you have a small digging im plement with you.

You should never spend more than two nights in the same camp, whether on private or National Park land.

Wild Camping In Scotland

New laws about wild camping in Scotland came into effect in 2005, and set out exactly where it’s permissible to camp.

What it largely boils down to is that wild camping is fine except in building sites, schools (and their grounds), around houses, in areas where admission is charged, quarries, golf courses, sports fields (but only when they’re in use), and around buildings.

You also need to be more than 100 metres from a road (there are exceptions here with sites close to lochs, for instance, that have traditionally been used for camping but might be close to roads).

Where no access rights exist, wild camping is not permitted without specific permission, so you need to be very aware of where you are and what kind of land it is before trying to set up camp.

You should not exceed two, or at most three, nights in any one spot.

One Mans Rubbish is Another Mans Treasure

Aboriginal people looked to the wilderness for food, tools and materials for shelter.

Today, modern urban and possibly wilderness survivalists should be looking in their rubbish bins and at roadside litter, in other words fly tipped rubbish.

All these items were found on waste ground. I can’t believe I found a hoodie, a knife and hammer, either! All this rubbish could become a survival treasure!

Rubbish in the ocean kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles each year through ingestion and entanglement, according to the Ocean Conservancy.

Some of the debris they were entangled in, or had ingested, came from shore and includes plastic bags, fishing line, six-pack holders, string from a balloon or kite, glass bottles and cans.

I have read on the internet about an enormous stew of rubbish – which consists of 80 per cent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers –floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

And that’s just the ocean. I’ve found beer cans, black bags full of rubbish, washing machines, dryers, fridges and cars – you name it –in woodlands and otherwise pristine wild areas.

But knowing how to use this rubbish may help keep you alive in an emergency situation.

One person’s rubbish may truly become another’s survival treasure.

Think of rubbish as a survival resource. One of the first actions during a survival situation should be to list all the potential survival items you have.

Don’t overlook the rubbish bins.

Something you might have thrown away before, such as a paper cup or plastic bag, might later end up being your most valuable item, in a survival situation if you have to carry water, that discarded paper cup or plastic bag might be the only container you have.

The same thing goes for shelter. Getting out of the wind and rain, in bad weather, could be critical to your survival.

If you find a bunch of plastic bags, a piece of discarded plastic from a building site and a pile of newspapers, that might be all you have to work with.

Here are some suggestions on how to make emergency survival gear out of stuff you might find.

Start by looking at the bins– can they be a shelter? Then, use your survival mind-set, look around inside the bins and think:

“What’s in here? What can I use?”

Small shopping bags can be braided into a rope. Or, put one on each foot, between your socks and shoes, to serve as a moisture barrier and keep your feet dry.

Bread and produce bags are typically stronger than theshopping bags, and will last longer.

Combine several to make a water container, or use with newspapers to make a rain hat.

Several double-bagged plastic potato bags could make a strong container for carrying stuff.

You might really be lucky and find a potato or feed sack. This strong, woven material could be used for any number of things, such as making clothing.

(Cut a hole at the bottom for your head, and arm holes, and you have a vest that could provide warmth and sun protection.)

Or use it as a bag to carry all your other treasures in.

A milk jug, litre glass bottle, plastic container, gallon juice jug etc. would all make superb water containers.

But know what was in the bottle before using it for a water bottle. Some liquids, such as anti-freeze, gasoline or oil could be poison if ingested!

Cut the top off a 4pint milk container and use it for a cup or bowl. This can help you eat your oatmeal, if you find some, and also be a critical tool you need to dip water out of a spring.

Newspapers, magazines and cardboard can all be invaluable. Use your wilderness survival mind set to think of ways to adapt these items to the situation.

One of the most important uses might be for insulation. Any ofthese paper items provides much-needed insulation and padding when you have to sit or stand on damp or cold ground.

Shred the newspapers or stuff them whole inside your clothing for additional warmth.

Use paper as tinder to start your fire and save your fire starter for an emergency. Use sheets of newspaper to cover up with for warmth, or integrate them into a shelter.

Paper cups can be re-used until they fall apart. Take all you find and store them one inside the other. Other survivors will thank you!

Many wood pallets are made of hardwood, and make great firewood. If you have your chopping blade you’ll have no trouble breaking them up into useable sizes.

Avoid using the pressure-treated woods if possible – some of them produce nasty toxic smoke when burned.

Wood Scraps might be found in a construction site skip, they are already cut to convenient sizes and there are all sorts of other goodies.

These might include pieces of fibreboard, plastic sheeting, insulating materials, nails, screws cord or rope – you name it.

A building site is definitely a target-rich environment.

Finding a group of tins cans can fill a lot of your survival needs.

Use the cleaned and sanitized containers to boil and purify water, over the scrap-wood fire you ignited with newspaper. Cook or heat up food in a can.

Take them along to use as various containers.

Cut up the tin or metal can with your multi tool to make a pan for frying something.

Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the rubbish ice berg. There are all sorts of other stuff out there that can be used, and that use will depend on the situation and your imagination.

Also, please don’t think that any of these rubbish survival skills can replace the equipment you should have.

Rather, think of rubbish gear as another survival skill to add your wilderness and/or urban survival kit.

Walk on any mountain or forest trail, along any stream or beach and you’ll find plastic bags, Styrofoam bait containers, beer cans, can ring pulls, fishing line, fishing nets, six-pack holders, string from a balloon or kite, glass bottles and cans and other stuff.

The rubbish may have survival value, someday, but for now, please pick it up.

The animals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians will all thank you. So will I.

Survival Cooking Risks

So when the brown stuff hits the fan your will bug-out. You will build a shelter, light a fire,hunt, trap and fish and then sit around the fire singing “gin gang gooley” as your food cooks.

It just sounds idyllic doesn’t it?

But according to recent figures this could be the most dangerous aspect of survival camping.

A shocking 94 per cent of more than 2,000 people questioned for a Government survey admit to at least one barbecue habit that is a health risk.

Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues

FSA Chief executive Catherine Brown

Twenty-one per cent believe they have been ill due to something they have eaten as a result, the poll for the Food Standards Agency found.

Almost a third admit to not checking burgers, sausages and even chicken are cooked all the way through.

The FSA has released a list of tips to cut food poisoning, with the first being to pre-cook meat in the oven and finish it off on the barbecue for flavour.

Chief executive Catherine Brown said: “Food poisoning is a real risk at barbecues and we are reminding people to take good care of their families.”

Survival cooking is bar-b-q cooking is it not? When the shtf there will be no chemist, health centre, doctor or NHS to go to to sort out food poisoning, stomach upsets and diarrhoea, all of which will dehydrate you and reduce your physical ability to provide and survive.

OK I do not want to teach my grandmother to suck eggs by it never hurts to get back to basics.

Charred doesn’t mean cooked, cook your barbecue food thoroughly until you are sure that your poultry, pork, burgers, sausages and kebabs are steaming hot, with no pink meat inside.

Avoid cross-contamination by storing raw meat separately before cooking, use different utensils, plates and chopping boards for raw and cooked food. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water and dry them before handling your food for the barbecue and after handling raw foods including meat, fish, eggs and vegetables.

(You should of course wash your hands after touching the bin, going to the toilet, blowing your nose, or touching pets.)

Don’t wash raw chicken or other meat, it just splashes germs. Cooking will kill any bacteria present, including campylobacter. On the other hand, washing chicken, or other meat, can spread dangerous bugs on to your hands, clothes, utensils and by splashing.

Turning meat regularly and moving it around the barbecue will help to cook it evenly. Charred on the outside doesn’t always mean cooked on the inside so, it’s always safer to cut open and check your burgers, sausages and chicken. If in doubt –keep cooking.

Keep plates and cutlery away from raw meat and fish, never serve your guests cooked food on a plate or surface that’s had raw meat or fish on it, and don’t use cutlery or marinades that have been in contact with raw meat. There’s no point in serving up food with a flourish if you’re adding bugs back into the mix.

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!

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!

When it comes to the 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!

Campfire Breakfast

For most, the average work-week morning is downright dreadful. You wake up still bleary-eyed and exhausted. After knocking back some coffee as quickly as you can, it’s time for the struggle to get the kids up and moving.

The rest of your whirlwind morning is spent trying to get them ready for school, while simultaneously attempting to get at least half-put together for work.

At the campsite, mornings couldn’t be more different. The sun is shining softly through the trees, the birds are chirping gleefully, and you couldn’t be more awake or refreshed; somehow, even the old-fashioned percolated coffee tastes better.

With ample time to start your day, you might even have time to cook up a tasty campsite breakfast for everyone.

The following breakfast recipes are a satisfying way to start the day, and easy enough to make that they won’t get frustrating or take all morning.

With them, you’ll be cracking the eggs, flipping the pancakes, and frying up the bacon to create a breakfast very much worth devouring – and remembering.

All-in-One Breakfast

3 sausage links (or other)

3 eggs

Half a potato

1/4 cup shredded cheese 3 tablespoons milk

Cook sausage and cut into small pieces, cut the potato into small pieces and cook in sausage drippings. Drain. Beat eggs and milk together and add to potatoes. When almost cooked, add sausage and cheese. Ready when cheese is melted.

Bacon & Egg in a Paper Bag

3 thick slices of bacon

1 egg

1 paper lunch bag

1 stick

Rub Bacon on the inside bottom of the bag and about 1/2 inch up.

Place bacon in the bottom of the bag, covering the bottom. Crack egg and put in bag on top of the bacon. Fold top of bag down securely. Poke a hole through the top of the bag for the stick.

Hold over the hot coals till cooked.

Freshwater Fish and Chips

The carp has always been pretty safe swimming along British water ways. It is not considered very tasty, and laws prevent coarse fishermen killing more than two a day.

But for the Eastern European angler, who regards the fish as a delicacy, it is a prized catch. And immigrants are catching them illegally – on a massive scale.

Unused to British fishing customs, they see no sense in throwing them back in the water when they can be taken home and eaten instead.

And they are catching so many that the Environment Agency has now set up anti-poaching patrols to give the fish some much-needed protection.

Under current laws, anglers are allowed to kill just two freshwater coarse fish a day which must be caught using a rod and line, and you need a fishing licence to do so.

Using large nets or fixed-rod lines to catch large numbers of fish is illegal and can result in fines of up to £2,500.

But their use has rocketed since large numbers of immigrants arrived from Poland and other Eastern European countries.

Groups of men have been seen spotted stretching nets across canals, walking along the bank and taking fish from entire stretches of water.

Angling Times editor Richard Lee said yesterday: “[The problem] has arisen because a lot of eastern Europeans do not fish for pleasure, but for the table.”

“There is a lot of frustration because it seems little can be done and there is a fear people will take things into their own hands.”

“If these people were made aware of the rules most would toe the line. It is a matter of education.”

I know personally that it is a problem which is spreading all over the country since the influx of east European migrants. I mean back home if they want to eat fish they simply go and catch it.

Over here they find plenty of canals and ponds but the rules are different and netting is illegal they are catching fish to eat because itis cheap and it is what they are used to doing back home.

As a coarse fisherman more than a sea fisherman (due to the distance to the sea) I cannot disagree with the Eastern European mentality, of course I disagree with using nets and spear guns etc. but on single hook rod and line fishing on rivers and not commercial waters why not, after all fish is fish, is it not?

I recently caught some Perch which when pan fried tasted great and you could not get any fresher.

I despair as I walk past the supermarket fish offerings, the variety is fantastic there are even some tropical fish for sale all covered in ice and looking very good.

But my friends the smell gives it all away, this fish is not fresh at all, it is actually decaying before your very eyes.

If you have ever caught a fish you will know that it does not smell of fish at all, it really does not have a smell, well in the case of sea fish there is a fresh sea whiff but it does not smell of fish at all.

What would you rather eat decaying supermarket fish or fresh caught fish eaten within hours of catching it? I think you will agree that the answer is quite simple.

If you have never eaten freshwater fish then do so they taste great especially the predator of perch, pike, zander and trout, yes the trout and salmon are predators, in fact being honest most fish are.

Carp and other bottom feeders can taste very muddy unless purged in running fresh water for at least five days anyway.

Go on buy an EA rod licence and try some fresh fish for dinner.

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 Asda yesterday / today 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

Straberry lances 300 £0.33

Coffee sachet 75 £0.14

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

How to Build a Survival Shelter

Sleeping outside in a primitive survival shelter with no tent and no sleeping bag?! In the rain? Are you crazy?

This idea may indeed seem crazy and a bit daunting to many of us. However, with a couple of hours, proper materials and the right mind set, constructing and sleeping in a primitive survival shelter can be a life-changing experience.

Although there are many types of group and individual primitive survival shelters, I often begin by teaching my students how to build a survival shelter called a debris hut. These structures are fairly easy to construct and can be a warm, dry place to spend the night.

First of all, location is key. Aside from the normal criteria which includes avoiding low spots, steering clear of standing dead trees, etc….proximity to materials can save a lot of time and energy. Take the time to find a spot that feels right.

For construction, the first thing you’ll need to build a survival shelter is a strong ridge pole that is at least a little taller than you are with your arm stretched above your head. You’ll also need something for one end of the ridgepole to securely rest on—a stump, boulder, fork of a tree, some kind of prop. The other end rests on the ground. At the high end, the ridgepole should be at about hip height.

Once your ridgepole is in place, you’ll need ribbing. Lean the ribs against the ridgepole fairly close together leaving a door at the high end. Once ribs are in place, crawl inside feet first checking to see that you have a little room to move, but that it is still snug and cosy.

If your survival shelter is too big, you will have trouble staying warm. Imagine you are making a sleeping bag out of natural materials!

Next, add a layer of lattice, something to act as a net to hold debris in place when it is piled on next. Brush and twiggy branches may work well with the debris that you have available this will also help determine how small the spaces in your lattice need to be.

The structure is now in place and it is time for the essential component of insulation. Of all the things you’ll learn about how to build a survival shelter, not having enough insulation on a cold night will teach you quickly what is required.

Get ready to shuffle your feet or make yourself a rake and start gathering debris! For good insulation, you’ll want material that can trap air. Obviously, dry material is optimal. Pile on your leaves, ferns, grass, or other available debris.

Keep piling, keep piling, go for TWO FEET THICK or more “all over the shelter” if you might get rained on.

Be sure to close up the door area so that you have just enough room to squeeze in without disturbing the structure. Crawl in to see how your cocoon feels. Finish up your insulation by adding some small branches that will hold the debris in case of wind, maintaining as much loft as possible.

Now that the outer layer is complete, it is time to stuff your primitive survival shelter with dry soft debris. If you only have wet leaves, use them anyway, you may get wet, but you can still be warm.

Once your shelter is full of debris, wiggle in to compress a space for your body. Add more debris as needed, and don’t forget the foot area! Fill up the spaces if you are concerned about being cold.

Before you crawl in for the night in your primitive shelter, gather a pile of leaves near the door so that you can close yourself in most of the way.

Aside from having a great story to tell your grandkids one day — or from being able to teach others how to build a survival shelter, spending a night in a survival shelter like a debris hut is an opportunity to overcome fears and gain feelings of freedom and confidence.

Pushing our mental and physical comfort edges also brings us chances to find greater comfort and appreciation in our daily lives. HAPPY BUILDING AND SWEET DREAMS!

Fluoride Is Poison

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Top Medical Journal

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal :

The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.

Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The news was broken by author Stefan Smyle, who cited a report published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD.

To all my listeners especially those who have small children and those that suffer with Fibromyalgia I wouldn’t have researched this subject if I wasn’t concerned with your health and safety, and the health and safety of your loved ones.

I know we all get crazy emails trying to scare us about everything imaginable, and I am always the last one to believe them and the first one to disprove them as urban legend.

But unfortunately this reality is one that has irrefutable science behind it and a shocking truth that I have been compelled to share with everyone I know. The truth revealed here maybe the biggest scientific cover up of our modern era.Please share this with your friends and family, and spread the word…

What is Fluoride

Let me ask you a few rational questions;Would you brush your teeth with rat poison if it just might have some kind of beneficial properties as an anti-cavity agent? Yes, I am asking you if you would put a highly toxic poison that was used as rat killer and as insecticide in your mouth and brush your teeth with it.

Would make your children brush their teeth with a toxin slightly less poisonous than arsenic and even more poisonous than lead, even though everyday they ingested some of this toxic substance that would accumulate throughout their body and could cause numerous health problems?

What if there was so much poison in their toothpaste that it would kill them if they ate the whole tube because it tasted like bubble gum; would you leave it in their bathroom drawer or would you keep it locked up with the medicines or toxic cleaning agents?If you have been using fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, you should have answered “yes” to all of the above questions.

Before we go any further, let’s look at the definition of Sodium Fluoride and establish the fact that it is a highly poisonous substance.

Here is the definition of Sodium Fluoride that is used in toothpaste to prevent cavities: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sodium+fluoride

sodium fluoride – noun a colourless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, NaF, used chiefly in the fluoridation of water, as an insecticide, and as a rodenticide.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

Hmmm, there’s just something insane about using the words “poisonous solid”, “rodenticide”, “insecticide”, and the “fluoridation of water” in the same definition. Fluorine compounds, or fluorides, are listed by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as being in the top 20 of 275 toxic substances which pose the most significant threat to human health.

We have all been brushing our teeth with rat poison and one of the most environmentally damaging toxic waste substances produced by the aluminium and fertilizer industries in America, Sodium Fluoride.

We’ve also been drinking Fluorosilicic Acid (an inexpensive liquid by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturering process) in our tap water and cooking with it as well.

Go read the warning on the back of your toothpaste tube.

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a doctor .”

Your toothpaste warning says that if you ingest more than the usual amount while brushing, call a doctor.

That’s because fluoride is a highly toxic poison and each tube of toothpaste, even the bubble gum flavoured specifically marketed for children, contains enough fluoride to kill a child. http://www.fluoridealert.org/toothpaste.html

When I was a child there wasn’t a poison warning label on my toothpaste tube letting me know not to swallow it because it was poison. Back then toothpaste commercials showed a tooth brush just loaded with toothpaste.

Back then no one was telling anyone, “Don’t swallow your toothpaste”. Fluoride was portrayed as perfectly safe to your health in commercials and by government publications.

It wasn’t until April 7th, 1997, that the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) required that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning on the label.

In this country we consume highly fluoridated tap water, processed foods and drinks every day.

We consume more than the usual amount we would ingest by brushing our teeth alone. One of the fastest ways to absorb a medicine is directly under your tongue and we hold this poison in our mouths 2-3 times a day when we brush our teeth.

Think about how often your children are swallowing it while brushing their teeth because it tastes like bubble gum. We’ve been ingesting it for years and it has been building up in our bodies because fluoride is an accumulative toxin.

This toxin is taking its toll on the health and smiles of people of all ages in the U.S., Britain, Canada, and other modernized countries. Dental Fluorosis is a mild form of fluoride poisoning that is the most visible and well-recognized side-effects of ingesting fluoride toothpaste and drinking too much fluoridated water.

Dental Fluorosis is a discoloration of teeth that ranges from mild to severe. Whereas dental fluorosis used to impact less than 10% of children in the 1940s, the latest national survey found that it now affects over 30% of children.

Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.

 

This weeks Show 27th May 2017

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The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, What to do WHEN the Terror Attack Comes, Run, Hide, Tell, The Wilderness Gathering, EDC Pocket Knives, Survival Communication, The Bushcraft Show.

It’s a very sad time here in the UK.

Of course my thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who have been murdered and injured in the Manchester massacre.

There is complete outrage amongst the people as again our security services have let us down and failed us once more.

The UK government is really to blame as no matter which political party is in power they will not close our borders.

They will not round suspects up.

For those of you outside the UK here is one of the reasons why we are not safe. Known terrorists and terrorist supporters are able to simply walk our streets, claim benefits, free housing and medical care.

It’s time to take this evil threat and squash it and those who intend us harm, why should they have the freedom to plan these attacks, in N.I. We had internment I say bring it back now.

Stop jihad’s returning from fighting entering the UK simple.

OK we must go on, but we must now act with planning and keep our eyes open. We can not let these people win and we will not.

I’m sad to say that there will be more attacks each one will be different as how can you plan for that. They may include Biological and Chemical attacks.

We must remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity.

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What to do WHEN the Terror Attack Comes.

National Counter Terrorism Security Office issues advice on terror attacks

Public urged to ‘escape if you can’ or hide out of gunman’s sight

Warning armed police ‘may be unable to distinguish you from attacker’

Businesses are told to prepare to put sites into a security lockdown

Security chiefs issued new guidance on how to prepare for a Paris-style attack in Britain, with buildings put into lockdown and people told to run, hide and call the police.

Businesses are told to prepare for a ‘fast moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack’, with plans in place to evacuate staff and stopping armed terrorists entering a site.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office also released advice on how to behave in an attack, telling people to ‘escape if you can’ and if not barricade themselves in with their phones on silent.

In an alarming move, jihadists are also said to be recruiting foreign experts to help them develop nerve gas.

Security chiefs fear a repeat of the sarin attack on the Tokyo subway which killed 12 people in 1995.

They are also worried that the extremists are plotting to poison our water supplies.

The terror group is already suspected of using mustard gas and chlorine against Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

Now it has set up a branch dedicated to acquiring weapons of mass destruction to use on the streets of Western cities.

The threat was revealed yesterday by France’s prime minister Manuel Valls.

He told French MPs: “We must not rule anything out. We know there could be a risk of chemical or biological weapons.”

Gas attacks have been around since the 5th century BC, when they were used as chemical warfare.

Today, the release of toxic gas might also be the product of a terrorist attack or industrial accident.

While you should hope that you never have to experience this, knowing how to recognize and respond to such a threat could save your life.

So as the GOV has no plans to close our border then, or round up known or suspected religious fanatics then.

The simple fact is it is up to you and me to ensure our and our families safety in these uncertain times.

My advice is very similar to the Gov. advice which for once is very good.

If you hear loud bangs or explosions and you are in the open, then take cover, put your mobile on silent, remember to keep away from glass windows or doors. Do not simply lie down as people who did that in Paris were shot.

Once hidden then stay there until you are told it is safe to leave.

If you are shopping in a group, family/friends then select an RV point were you will all meet up if separated should an attack occur.

If you see someone/something suspicious phone 999 and report what you have seen. Please try to remember vehicle Reg., make, colour, number of occupants and their description, their location, and the direction in which they left.

If you are in an enclosed space, for example a cinema, club, pub, restaurant or sporting event, then upon entering look for the exits and make a mental plan as to which one you will head for and stick to that.

If the attack is a chemical one then you will see gas being used and there are a few points to be aware of.

Firstly gas really only works effectively in enclosed spaces and if outside only goes where the wind blows.

If it is chlorine gas it will be green/yellow in colour and as it is heavier than air it will stay close to the ground.

Use any material to cover your mouth and nose if you do not have a mask and for best results urinate on the material then breath through it as urine cancels out the chlorine gas.

What I mean is the reaction of urea and chlorine gas produces dichlorourea, which will crystallize onto the damp material, effectively neutralizing the effects of the chlorine.

What ever action you take leave the area asap and try to leave up wind if possible.

Immediate signs and symptoms of sulphur mustard exposure

Exposure to sulphur mustard usually is not fatal. When sulphur mustard was used during World War I, it killed fewer than 5% of the people who were exposed and got medical care.

People may not know right away that they have been exposed, because sulphur mustard may not have a smell or have a smell that might not cause alarm.

Typically, signs and symptoms do not occur immediately. Depending on the severity of the exposure, symptoms may not occur for up to 24 hours. Some people are more sensitive to sulphur mustard than are other people, and may have signs and symptoms sooner.

Sulfur mustard can have the following effects on specific parts of the body:

Skin: redness and itching of the skin may occur 2 to 48 hours after exposure and may eventually change to yellow blistering of the skin.

Eyes: irritation, pain, swelling, and tearing may occur within 3 to 12 hours of a mild to moderate exposure. A severe exposure may cause signs and symptoms within 1 to 2 hours and may include the symptoms of a mild or moderate exposure plus light sensitivity, severe pain, or blindness lasting up to 10 days.

Respiratory tract: runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, bloody nose, sinus pain, shortness of breath, and cough within 12 to 24 hours of a mild exposure and within 2 to 4 hours of a severe exposure.

Digestive tract: abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Bone marrow: decreased formation of blood cells (aplastic anaemia) or decreased red or white blood cells and platelets (pancytopenia) leading to weakness, bleeding and infections.

Mustard Gas Conclusion

Be aware of a usually colourless gas that smells like mustard, garlic, or onions–but note it doesn’t always have an odor. If you are exposed to mustard gas, you may notice the following symptoms but they may not appear until 2 to 24 hours after exposure:

Redness and itching of skin, eventually changes to yellow blistering

Irritation of eyes; if exposure is severe, there may be light sensitivity, severe pain, or temporary blindness

Irritation of respiratory tract (runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, bloody nose, sinus pain, shortness of breath, and cough)

However showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to sulfur mustard.

Chlorine Gas Conclusion

Be aware of any yellow-green gas floating around with the strong smell of bleach. Some soldiers in WWI described it as pepper and pineapple. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, you may have trouble breathing or seeing and will feel a burning sensation.

Move quickly into an area with clean air in order to minimize exposure to the gas.

If indoors, exit the building as quickly as possible.

If outdoors, move to the highest ground. Since chlorine gas is more dense than air, it will sink to the ground.

Grab a cotton pad or any fabric and soak it in urine. Hold it up to your nose as a mask. The Canadian military survived the first large-scale chlorine gas attack in WWI by using urine instead of water, under the presumption that the urine crystallizes the gas

Remove all clothing that may have been exposed to the gas, being sure not to let the clothes touch your face or head. Cut the clothes off so that they don’t need to make additional contact with your skin as they’re peeled off. Seal the clothes in plastic bags.

Clean your body thoroughly with a lot of soap and water. Rinse your eyes with water if your vision is blurred or your eyes burn; if you wear contact lenses, throw them away. However, water mixed with Chlorine gas can turn into Hydrochloric acid, so be careful.

I hope this article has helped you understand the possible threat that we now face, and given you some idea of what is best to do.

Run, Hide, Tell’

You should escape if you can, taking the safest route but only if you can do so without endangering yourself.

If you can’t run, it’s safest to hide.

You should find cover from gunfire, remembering that if you can see the attacker, the attacker can see you.

I have to say that being out of sight doesn’t mean a person is safe – as bullets can go through wood, glass, metal and brick.

You must turn your phone to silent.

Finally, when safe to do so, you should inform the police by calling 999.

So this is what I recommend you should do

Escape if you can.

Consider the safest options.

Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.

Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?

Insist others leave with you.

Leave belongings behind.

If you can’t RUN, HIDE.

Find cover from gunfire.

If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.

Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.

Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.

Be aware of your exits.

Try not to get trapped.

Be quiet, silence your phone.

Lock / barricade yourself in.

Move away from the door.

Call 999 – What do the police need to know?

Location – Where are the suspects?

Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?

Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.

Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.

Types of weapons, handguns long guns, explosives.

Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.

What are your plans if there were an incident?

What are the local plans? e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan.

Do whatever it takes to make your family comfortable, but reinforce the point that the risk to any individual is very low.

In statistical terms, traffic accidents are far more common than acts of terror, and few of us are scared about the prospect of being knocked down crossing the road.

Discuss terrorist activity with your family. If they have any fears, such as fear of flying outside the country, it’s best to discuss them in the open and understand how they might play out.

Review possible action plans with your family, including where everyone may be at any given time and how to get all family members together again.

Focus on actions each family member can take to reduce feelings of helplessness and fear.

Check the internet for biohazard equipment and decide if buying it makes sense for you.

I as a Prepper have a bag called an Every Day Carry (EDC) bag and I have an N95 face mask in it.

Just be sure you’re not scaring your family; there’s a fine line between being reassuringly prepared and creating panic and drama.

Research gas masks and protective suits. Please make sure the masks have proper filters and spares.

An obvious problem to resolve is how to make this equipment available at all times. Unless you plan to carry it everywhere, there will be times when it’s out of reach.

Stock up on emergency food, equipment and essential supplies.

Understand that terrorism is about creating terror. Fear is the real enemy.

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.

EDC Pocket Knives

Now before I start repeat after me “an everyday carry pocket knife is a tool, not a weapon.”

In fact, a knife (or cutting blade) is the first ever tool made by humans, evidenced by stone versions that are over 2.5 million years old.

We had a need back then. and we still do today. However, things have changed a bit since that time. Today’s society immediately connects the idea of a knife with a threatening weapon rather than a tool.

I have carried a pocket knife for over 50 years and never once thought of using it as an offensive weapon, it was, is and will always be a tool.

To me an EDC pocket knife should be used like a key, a pen, or a mobile phone.

Well, not literally. You’re not going to make a long-distance call on your Swiss Army Knife are you?

The purpose of my EDC knife is to effectively perform everyday tasks in which a sharp blade is necessary; opening packages or envelopes, cutting strings or tags, and other small chores.

There are endless possibilities and they will become apparent once you have convenient access to one. If your job or lifestyle requires you to need a sharp blade more than 10 times a day, you should upgrade to a work knife or multitool, not an EDC pocket knife.

For an UK Legal EDC pocket knife, you are only allowed up to a 3″ cutting edge and non-locking blade. Sometimes a bit shorter. Any longer and you’re in a different category of knife, and breaking UK knife law, any shorter and the knife is more or less useless.

Let’s focus on small jobs and tasks – not sawing down a tree.

Yes, carrying your EDC knife in a pouch on your belt is legal but it can also be kept in a pocket but still readily available.

You don’t need to wear it around your neck, advertising it to everyone. If you need a belt pouch for your work knife and job, more power to you.

However in an “office type scenario” belt-holstered pouches don’t mix.

So you could consider pocket clips as well as in-pocket carry options. Depending on the size/colour/finish of the pocket clip, your knife carry still may be pretty visible, but not necessarily sticking out like a sore thumb.

Some are more discreet than others, while others leave a considerable amount of the knife visible. With a pocket clip, you can quickly and easily access the knife to perform a small task.

In-pocket carry is great for stealthily carrying in a public setting, except you may have to dig around in your pockets for it.

The best way to resolve that issue is to carry less in your pockets. Switching between the two carry methods is a great balance, depending on the setting. Find what works best for you.

The majority of the knife world is pretty much in general consensus that a non-serrated blade is best for everyday carry.

Some may disagree, as their everyday tasks may include cutting rope and such. As I said before, if you’re using a knife in these situations you should upgrade to a work knife with a serrated edge, not an EDC pocket knife.

A simple sharp blade should be all you need for an EDC pocket knife, allowing you to make clean precise cuts.

You’re not Crocodile Dundee, folding knives are much more compact and easier to carry on your person.

It is the Criminal Justice Act 1988 that most significantly affects the carrying of knives in the UK.

Simply put it is an offence under section 139 of the Act to carry an article with a blade or sharp point in a public place.

A folding pocket knife is not included, so long as the cutting edge is under three inches.

In practical terms it is best to take ‘cutting edge’ as meaning the whole blade, sharp or not.

Now that is all well and good. BUT, I am not happy with a folding knife that does not lock.

I think they are very dangerous and can easily close on the fingers of the user causing nasty injuries and the very least.

In my opinion we should be legally allowed to carry a lock-knife as I saw the law is there to punish the bad guys, not to criminalise the rest of us.

My fist, my car, in fact anything I use to cause injury to another will be classed as a weapon, and someone stabbed by a pocket knife does not say that’s ok mate its a non-lock knife as the result is of course the same.

Survival Communication

I see a lot of discussion on survival forums and blogs about the options available for radio communication among small groups in a post-SHTF situation.

There are many types of radios that can meet some or most of the communication requirements, including FRS (Family Radio Service), GRMS (General Mobile Radio Service), in the states and CB (Citizen’s Band) and VHF (Very High Frequency) marine-band radios elsewhere.

Those who live in coastal areas or along major navigable inland waterways who are planning to bug out by boat will already be familiar with VHF radios, as they are standard equipment for most vessels, whether hand-held or fixed-mount units.

While it is illegal to use channels in the marine VHF band for communication on land in normal times, in any scenario forcing you to bug-out in the first place, this will not likely be something to worry about.

The advantage of marine VHF radios over most of the alternatives is that this band offers a large range of channels and hand-held units have two power levels for the transmitter, usually 1 watt for low power and 5 or 6 watts for high power.  This gives good range, especially on the water or in open country.

Another advantage of hand-held VHF units is that they are now more rugged than ever, and several models are available that are not only waterproof, but submersible as well.

However when the grid goes down there will be a great many people who will make a big mistake one day by assuming the ever present cell phone will remain in use as a viable communications tool.

Now think about the circumstances that will cause you to grab your bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible that the mobile networks might be under the control of the very people you are inclined to protect yourself and your family from.

So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect.

You need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption of the Internet and the mobile phone network. People who are putting survival communications plans into effect now are going to be very pleased with the results one day.

I think it goes without saying that both CB radio and amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin learning about radio communications.

Some keywords to begin your own search on include, frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are others as well but these are the most popular).

Just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper the simplest alternative to mobile phones and the Internet, is radio communications. It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out.

Sure they have the FCC in the states and OFCOM here in the UK but no one will be listening to these bodies WTSHTF. So start working a communications plan that will allow you to replace that mobile phone with communications gear that YOU understand.

CB or HAM?

That’s a discussion that will never be settled as there are proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two.

Let me give you a little bit of an explanation without going overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can travel.

Enter the CB Radio

Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and survivalists, and they are:

  • PRICE

  • AVAILABILITY

  • LEGAL ISSUES

Starting with the first item price, leads us to discover that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition at local flea markets, swap areas, and even garage sales in the states and around £10 to £20 here in the UK.

There are higher priced, base and mobile, units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear. One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output.

Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking for.

As for the availability of CB, we have already mentioned flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and a host of other online sources for CB equipment.

The only real legal issue concerning CB radio is that you are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a mobile operation. There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a CB is not authorized to operate on and the use of excessive power output. But these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB equipment itself.

Ham Radio

Let’s talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio license). The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in another part of the world.

The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz frequencies.

Not wanting to go too deep into any form of radio technology I would encourage you to learn the phonetic alphabet.

Simply write it down as I did then read car number plates as you drive around or street sign etc. and practice it, this way you will soon master it.

When it comes to PMR communications I recommend the GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios from http://www.buytwowayradios.com you will not be disappointed.

And referring to Marine Radio, well I am already licensed to operate anywhere in the world while at sea, the license cost me £75 but it may have gone since I got my license..

This Weeks Show 19th May 2017

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SHOW NOTES

Blizzard survival 20% discount offer, LIMITLESS EQUIPMENT MARK 1 Survival Kit ReviewMy Bug-Out-Belt, Are WE Being Prepared? The Wilderness Gath, ering, My Thoughts on EMP, Limitless Equipment Premium Survival Cord Review, The Bushcraft Show, LIFESAVER jerrycan Review, Prepared for Disaster, Hybridlight Hybrid Solar Headtorch Review, The Get-Home Bag.

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LIMITLESS EQUIPMENT MARK 1 Survival Kit Review

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  3. X 1 Water resistant red LED: Save your night vision

  4. X 2 Mini Chemical Light stick: 8 hours emergency light

  5. X 2m reflective TACTI-GLOW Survival Firecord: 7 strand. 550lb

  6. X 1 Wire steel saw: cutting wood

  7. X1 Sheet waterproof paper

  8. X1 Pencil

  9. 1m copper snare wire. 0.8mm diameter

  10. X1 Sewing kit: Needles, thread, buttons, threader

  11. X 2 safety pins

  12. X 1 #10 Scalpel

  13. X 2 Ranger bands. X 1 large. X 1 small

  14. X 1 Water carrier

  15. X 2 NATO Oasis water purification tabs. (1 ltr per tab)

  16. X 1 Sachet sugar: Energy. Morale

  17. 2 gm petroleum jelly in vial: Add to tinder for extended flame

  18. X 1 Alcohol swabs: Wound cleaning. Disinfectant. Tinder

  19. X 1 Gauze pad (8X6cm). Wound dressing. Tinder. Etc

  20. Fish hooks ready tied to nylon. Size #10

  21. X 4 #4 non toxic split shot

  22. X 8m 6 lb fishing line

  23. X 1 Fishing lure (maggot). Natural colour

  24. X 1 Tampon: Tinder. Wound dressing. Etc.

  25. X 2 stock cubes .

  26. X 2 salt sachet

  27. X 1 20cm square tin foil: Cooking. Signalling. Etc

  28. 1m Dental floss

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This is something for your glove box, BOB, GHB, EDC, it’s the complete emergency survival solution that you can always have with you anywhere anytime. Don’t forget to pack it in you’re suitcase for holidays and buiseness travel as failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

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Are WE Being Prepared?

In 2013 a North Korean freighter, the Chong Chon Gang, was caught attempting to move through the Panama Canal with a cargo of nuclear capable missiles on their launchers. They were hidden under thousands of bags of sugar.

It appears that it was just luck that they were caught because as it was drugs that the search teams were after, no one was looking for nuclear missiles.

Apparantly by the end of the Cold War, the Russians developed a super EMP H bomb and some of their scientists went to North Korea.

It is therefore highly possible that North Korea could already have developed a super EMP weapon.

In 1859, a powerful geomagnetic solar storm blasted the Earth with charged particles, causing spectacular patterns in the sky and auroras visible as far south as the Caribbean. Telegraphs, the closest thing to modern technology at the time, shorted out. causing fires. The occurrence was known as the Carrington Event.

Analysts have been quietly studying the possible impact of this increasingly likely event for years. In 2013, the legendary insurance market Lloyd’s of London estimated a Carrington-level storm which occurs roughly every 150 years, would leave 20 to 40 million Americans without power from 16 days to two years and cost $600 billion to $2.6 trillion, Lloyd’s claimed.

The consequences of such a storm would be similar to a massive EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, triggered by detonating a nuclear weapon at high altitude.

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.html

My Thoughts on EMP

So in the middle of the summer an enemy explodes an EMP weapon high above the earths surface, say between 50 and 100 miles up.

Northern Europe is hit by a massive Electromagnetic Pulse. Instantly everything with a chip is rendered useless.

So all cars, buses, lorries, trains, areoplanes, communications, power, water, heating, lighting and this includes our “just in time transport delivery system” too will be as if they never existed at all.

Within a flash we are back in the 1800’s. But this time we have no reliance on horses for farming, transport of goods or people.

Our toilets will not flush, our kitchen white goods will not work, our money will be trapped in an electronic banking system that no longer functions.

Credit and debit cards will be useless pieces of plastic.

Common values, morals, respect, civil obiediance, honesty and consideration for others will go out the window in peoples desperate fight to grab whatever they can before someone else does.

Then the deseases will begin to take hold, TB, coleria, the medical system will also back in the 1800’s, no more ambulances rushing you to A&E, no more operations, no more fire service to rescue your cat or to put out life threatening fire storms as they rage across the cities uncontrolled.

No more police to come to your rescue and save you from whatever. No more 999.

Absolutley horriffic I thing you will agree.

But as I sat at my laptop this morning I thought of another problem our modern society has produced, something that I have never seen covered before in prepping and survival shows and articles.

On a typical weekday in last year, 535,000 passengers arrived in central London by train in the morning peak time of 07:00 to 09:59.

On average, a total of 977,000 people travel into London by trains alone throughout each day.

Add to that planes, buses, cars and bikes and the figure is over 2Million.

Imagine that number of people trapped in some cases hundreds of miles from their homes. Imagine again those people without GHB’s, accommodation, water, food, perscription medicines, communications, proper clothing, footwear,or thier families and loved ones.

Ostensibly you now have up to 2million refugees in the London. Who will house and feed them, water and cloth them, medicate them protect them.

Imagine if you were one of them whay would you do?

Of course every major UK city, town and even village will be affected in much the same way although the numbers in each case will of course vary.

I said imagine this happening in the middle of summer. And I picked this time of the year for one reason.

On average an amount of 60 million go on holiday each year.

However 45 million of these people go on their holidays in the summer months from June 25th – August 31st Of these 45 million people only a mere 6 million people go in groups of friends each year.

So now they have the very same problems London commuters will face but magnified many times because now they are thousands of miles away from home, in a foreign country. They will have to contend with a different culture, language, laws and way of life.

Oh! and now that they are not holiday makers any more, but refugees, there will be no more bacon and eggs for breakfast, no more British beer, no more Insurance cover, so no more medical treatments, no more money.

And I would suggest no more ways to get back to their loved ones in the UK.

Imagine that, so what would you do?

Before you go, use google earth etc. to reckon the area you are going to for,

Rivers, lakes, streams, swimming pools, fruit trees and crops in general. Shops selling camping equipment, hospital and medical centre locations, police stations, shopping centres, fishing tackle shops, in fact the list is endless and limited only by your imagination.

In my opinion I think that every time you pack your suitcase for your holidays you are in fact Bugging-Out.

So bearing in mind what I have said perhaps some additions to your normal holiday items would be prudent.

Yes I know that luggage weight restrictions are a concern, but how many of us come back from a holiday with items of clothing that we have not worn?

Anyway you could always pay a little extra if you go over your 22kgs.

However what I have in mind should not weight too much at all.

These are the extra items I would pack, and I know it is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, and that you will add to it yourselves.

Map of Holiday Country

Local language phrase book

Emergency supply of prescription medications.

Water filtration bottle each

Copy of your home deeds

Contact numbers

Bank details

Torches for each plus spare batteries

Multi-tool each

Hidden extra cash each

Decent foorwear

Spare glasses

Feminine products

Emergency meet up plan if separated while on holiday.

If you are in a holiday complex then I suggest that you get everyone together and have a general meeting and decide what you all want to do.

I would ask the complex/hotel staff what they suggest, but do not leave your accommodation as it is at least a roof over your head, and if you do it may be denied to you upon your return.

There is of course a chance that the RAF/Navy will be able to take you home, that is if their planes and ships still work, and they are not involved in a shooting war.

If you are in a villa, camp-site, taverna, camper, caravan, tent whatever then you are on your own in real terms. But a lot of what I have said will still apply to you in any case.

I think that those stranded abroad post an EMP attack will have to make the best of their lot and resign themselves to life outside the UK for many years to come if not for ever.

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THE BUSHCRAFT SHOW BRINGS FAMILIES INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE FOR AN OUTDOORSY WILD WEEKEND

When: 27-29 May 2017

Where: Beehive Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, Derbyshire

During the course of the late May Bank Holiday weekend the Bushcraft Show is set to welcome families from around the UK and abroad in what will be a celebration of all things bushcraft. Whether you’re a bushcraft enthusiast, or simply wanting to learn more about this fascinating topic, there is something for everyone, young and old!

2017 brings you a Show like no other… Nowhere on earth can you meet and learn from bushcraft and survival expert – Ray Mears, SAS Survival Legend – Lofty Wiseman, bushcraft and survival presenter and author – Dave Canterbury, Primitive Survival Expert – Will Lord, Leading Outdoorsman Johan Skullman and human-powered adventurer Richard Harpham, all under the same sky, in the same weekend. You can be guaranteed an experience of a lifetime at The Bushcraft Show 2017.

With only three days to try all the activities at the show, it is set to be a fun-filled weekend full of adventure and discovery. Here are just some of the activities running throughout the whole weekend and, with many of them included in the price of your ticket, it really does represent great value for money.

CAMP COOKING – FIRE LIGHTING – DEN BUILDING – CAVE ART – OPEN CANOEING – ZORBING – EXPERT SPEAKERS  – FIRE TWIRLING – LOW ROPES COURSE – SPOON CARVING – LIVE MUSIC – DANCING – STORYTELLING – ARCHERY – WOODLAND CRAFTS – TRACKING – AXE THROWING – BIRDS OF PREY – SPECIALIST CLASSES – RAFT BUILDING – FIELD ARCHERY – YOGA – LEATHERCRAFT – WILD DODGEBALL – WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – SCAVENGER HUNT – NAVIGATION – FISHING – PREHISTORIC THEMED FANCY DRESS – GAME PREPARATION – NET MAKING – BUSH TUCKER – BARS & REFRESHMENTS –  WOODLAND WALKS – POND DIPPING – SWEDISH SAUNA – FORAGING – ZOMBIE SURVIVAL – COMMUNAL CAMPFIRE – GRASS ROPE TUG OF WAR – WILD FOOD WALKS – FORGING – FELTING – LEGAL TRAPPING – FLINTKNAPPING – BRONZE AGE CASTING – SHARPENING SKILLS – PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY – CIRCUS SKILLS – STORY STONES – KAYAKING – STAR LORE – BREAD MAKING – NIGHT WALKS…

Adventurer & Natural History TV Presenter, Steve Backshall said, “It’s been tremendous fun… here at this amazing show. It’s about rediscovering very old ways of interacting with the outdoors… We’ve got people around us now practicing traditional crafts that might completely disappear.”

Our sincere thanks goes to the official sponsors of The Bushcraft Show 2017:  The Bushcraft Store1948 Original EquipmentWoodland WaysRJ BushcraftFjällräven, Frontier Bushcraft  and  Bushcraft & Survival Skills Magazine.

For more information visit: www.TheBushcraftShow.co.uk or call 0333 4567 123 (option 0)

LIFESAVER jerrycan Product Review

A robust and portable water filter capable of delivering up to 20,000 litres of clean water for group use. The LIFESAVER jerrycan holds up to 18.5 litres at any one time and is designed to support those with a greater demand for clean water such as groups expeditions, people embarking on overland travelling or those setting themselves up for off-grid living. The LIFESAVER jerrycan was designed to store and carry dirty water, once water is cleaned there is risk of recontamination. With the jerrycan, just filter water when you want to drink it.

Filter watered can be used for drinking, washing and cooking. No need for bad tasting chemicals such as chlorine or chlorine dioxide.

LIFESAVER technology

LIFESAVER microbiological water filters use ultra filtration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources. LIFESAVER water filters meet an adaption of NSF Protocol 231 based on recommendations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). LIFESAVER bottles filter bacteria to a minimum of Log 6 (99.9999%), Viruses to a minimum of Log 4 (99.99%) and Cysts to a minimum of Log 3 (99.9%).

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Specifications

Effective against:

VIRUS REDUCTION*

> 99.99% (Log 4)

BACTERIA REDUCTION*

> 99.9999% (Log 6)

CYST REDUCTION*

> 99.9% (Log 3)

FILTER MEDIA

Ultra Filtration (UF)

CHEMICAL REDUCTION

Optional activated carbon filter removes chlorine, taste and odour

DRY WEIGHT

3.9kg / 137 oz

VOLUME OF WATER FILTERED**

10000UF: 10,000 L / 2,650 US Gallons

20000UF: 20,000 L / 5,300 US Gallons

INITIAL FLOW RATE**

10000UF: 3 L/Min @ 0.6 bar (g)

20000UF: 4 L/Min@ 0.6 bar (g)

JERRYCAN STORAGE CAPACITY

18.5 litres

REPLACEABLE CARTRIDGE

YES

WARRANTY

2 YEARS

* Tested by BCS laboratories issued 9/02/16 based on an adaption of NSF/ANSI P231 Protocol. These units are tested with two different types of water to challenge the filtration capability beyond the standard use. All figures quoted are taken from the stressed challenge phase of the test imitating sewage contaminated water.

**Volume of water filtered by the jerrycan and flow rates dependant on the composition and turbidity of the feed water.

I love it, why, because it is the answer to water purification for the weekend, the week or longer, as once filled and pumped you simply have to turn the tap on and you have clean clear fresh water.

Next to my shelter at the BOSS was a dirty beck which had hardly any flow at all. Yes I put that water into the Lifesaver Jerry Can and many of us drank from it without any problems at all.

Of course the cleaner the initial “dirty water” is, so to speak, then the longer the filter will last. So try and select your source, but have confidence that if you have no choice but to take water from a dirty source the Lifesaver jerry can will do the job and literally save your life.

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Prepared for Disaster

Are you prepared for a disaster that could affect the daily function of your life or the lives of your family members? Or do you even believe a disaster will ever affect you?

Blizzards, floods, power cuts, and who knows what else happens all the time. Still, most of us ignore the warnings. “It can’t happen here,” some say. “The government will take care of me if it does,” others think.

But not only do they happen, they can happen to you. And when they do, you will be on your own. The recent UK flooding events have proved this. Look at the total disruption of transportation when it snows for example.

There were even hundreds of motorists stranded on UK motorways over night due to heavy snow fall.

This was followed by the immediate and complete paralysis of air transportation at major international airports. Thousands were stranded for days on their own in strange cities.

As serious as these events were, they pale in comparison to the possibilities. Consider a major biological or nuclear attack or accident. Hundreds of thousands of casualties are predicted in some scenarios.

These disasters or attacks would overwhelm local, regional, and national emergency resources and cause widespread panic. Transportation would stop, markets would be stripped of food within hours, essential emergency services would be overwhelmed, and food, medical supplies, and emergency service workers would be sent to the disaster area, leaving critical shortages in local areas.

Are you prepared?

Now, more than ever, you need to prepare for the possibility of disasters or attacks on a scale and type never before imagined. It is your duty to yourself, your family, and your country to be prepared.

Some of us need to be prepared for being at “ground zero.” Certain areas are the most likely direct targets of terrorists or natural disasters. All of us need to be prepared to be indirect targets, those affected by the temporary collapse of our nation’s infrastructure.

In short, we all need to be able to live self-sufficiently for a period of time.

What to prepare for will depend on your geographical area. Natural disasters and the risk of major terrorist attacks vary by where you live. The first thing you need to do is make a list of the possible disasters for which you need to prepare.

Some of the things you will want to consider include natural disasters, such as blizzards, floods, and even wild fires, as well as technological disasters, such as nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) attacks, and hazardous material accidents.

Don’t forget cyber-attacks, the possibility that an enemy could attack our computer systems, shutting down electrical, gas, communications, transportation, and emergency and medical services. What about attacks on our farms and agricultural processing plants? While they would likely affect only a small number of people directly, they would completely shut down food production and distribution systems.

While there are many things to plan for, your response to all of them is one of two things: stay at home or evacuate. For blizzards, earthquakes, cyber-attacks, nuclear fallout, quarantine after biological attacks, and collapse of the infrastructure, you will want to stay at home.

For floods, hurricanes, or with some advance notice of NBC attacks, evacuation may be your course of action.

Whenever possible, staying at home in your own environment and with your own emergency supplies is the best choice.

When you evacuate, you are essentially a refugee at the mercy of government evacuation centres or the compassion of the local population.

In a major disaster, don’t expect to be welcomed by the locals who are struggling with their own survival.

In all situations, you will need to be able to think for yourself. Confusion always accompanies a major disaster and initial information and instructions may be conflicting and incorrect.

So, monitor the radio and television for official instructions on what to do, such as whether to evacuate or not, but don’t assume they are correct. Make your own decisions based on your plans and preparation.

Riding it out at home or as we say “Bugging-In”

Key to your survival is preparing a disaster supplies kit, essentially the stockpiling of all materials that you would need to live on if you are cut off from outside utilities, water, and supplies. Once a disaster occurs, there won’t be time and materials may not be available.

How long you will need to be self-sufficient is hard to say. My advice would be that everyone store enough food, water, and supplies to take care of their family for a minimum of three days.

Preparing a “72-hour kit” is a good idea. It can be used for immediate evacuation and part of your overall disaster supply kit. Place items in a portable, easy-to-carry container, such as a large plastic box or duffel bag, ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

But, is it enough? A blizzard, earthquake, quarantine, or nuclear fallout could confine you for much longer. You need to be able to take care of all the needs for your family for a period of at least two weeks and possibly longer.

Having supplies for one to three months is not all that unreasonable or hard to accomplish.

There are six basics that should be part of your home disaster supplies kit: water, food, first aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies, clothing and bedding, and special needs items.

Tools and emergency supplies should include such things as battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra batteries or wind or solar powered versions, cups/plates/utensils, non-electric can opener, matches, lantern, fire extinguisher, hand tools for repairs and to turn off household water and gas, a whistle, and plastic sheeting.

For sanitation, include toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, personal hygiene items, disinfectant, and household chlorine bleach. Many more items can be added.

Think through the things you use on a daily basis.

Clothing and bedding Clothing and bedding would include a change of clothing and footwear for everyone in the household, rain gear, cold weather clothes, hat and gloves, and blankets or sleeping bags. Remember, a house or car can get very cold without heat.

Prepare for the worst weather that you might encounter.

Store your disaster supply kit in a convenient place that is known to all family members and make sure they know your family’s disaster plan. Evaluate your kit once a year and update it according to family needs.

Evacuation

You may not have much time to prepare when you need to evacuate. A hazardous materials spill could mean instant evacuation, so always have a smaller version of your home disaster supply kit in the boot of your car.

When you have advance warning of an evacuation, bring your portable “72-hour” disaster supply kit, along with additional food, water, and clothing. Keep important family documents in a waterproof, portable container, ready to bring with you in an evacuation.

These may include your will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security card, bank and credit account numbers, family documents (birth, marriage, and death certificates), inventory of valuable household items, and important telephone numbers.

It would be a good idea to always keep some cash in this container, so you have it for an emergency. If there is time, valuable family heirlooms or photographs can be added.

Now that you have a basic plan for any emergency, let’s consider plans for some specific risks.

Nuclear attack/accident

A nuclear disaster could result from an accident at a nuclear power plant, a detonation of a nuclear device by terrorists or a rogue nation, or an explosion of a “dirty” bomb, an explosive surrounded by radioactive material. Individuals at “ground zero” will have little chance of survival.

The risk for others is the exposure to radiation.

Radiation is dangerous because of harmful effects on the body. In large amounts, radiation can cause radiation sickness, thyroid and other cancers, and death.

These effects are greater the longer a person is exposed to the radiation and the closer the person is to the source. If radiation is released into the atmosphere, it can travel for thousands of miles, contaminating the ground and living organisms as it settles back to earth on dust or rain.

This is called fallout radiation.

Time, distance, and shielding are the factors that minimize exposure to nuclear radiation. Most radiation loses its strength fairly rapidly, but it is important to limit the amount of time spent near the radiation source.

The farther away an individual is from the radiation source, the less exposure. Shielding is a barrier between an individual and the radiation.

Concrete, earth, and structures are good shields. Depending on the distance from the source, the best protection from radiation fallout may be to remain indoors.

After a nuclear disaster you may be advised to evacuate. If so, remain calm, pack your evacuation survival kit in your vehicle, and follow the evacuation routes out of the area. If there is time before leaving, close and lock windows of your house, close fireplace dampers, turn off air conditioning, vents, fans, and furnace.

Doing these things will make your house safer when you return by minimizing exposure to the inside of your house to fallout.

If you are advised to remain at home, bring pets inside, secure your house from fallout by closing and locking doors and windows, closing fireplace dampers, turning off air conditioning, vents and fans.

If your emergency supplies are stored in a garage or barn, bring them inside and, if there is time, store additional water in tubs, sinks, and available containers. Inside the house, the safest area is a basement or underground area, followed by an interior room with no windows.

Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to go outside. When coming in from the outdoors after exposure to fallout, shower and change clothes and shoes. Put the contaminated items that were worn outside in a plastic bag and seal it.

Open water sources (streams, creeks, lakes), fruits and vegetables from outdoor gardens, and livestock will all be contaminated. Do not eat or drink products from these until you know it is safe.

Bioterrorism

Very few people were actually infected in the anthrax attacks in the USA after 911 because it took direct physical contact with the bacteria to develop the disease. Other biological agents are contagious (passed from person to person), however, and are much more dangerous.

Biological agents are microorganisms (bacteria or viruses) or toxins that produce diseases in humans. The Centre For Disease Control (CDC) lists 17 biological agents that may be used as weapons, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, and botulism.

They are not immediately detectable, may take days to grow and spread, and it is impossible to know when an attack occurs. While preparations are being made for defence against such attacks, nobody really knows what to expect.

Fortunately, most of these biological agents are hard to make into weapons. Worst-case scenarios, such as suicide terrorists infected with smallpox traveling through metropolitan areas, are staggering, however.

Thousands of victims would overwhelm medical services and die.

Likely? Hopefully not, but who knows? Those at “ground zero” who are infected will need professional medical help.

With air travel, people will spread the disease all over the country before we even know an attack occurred.

The rest of the country will shut down as soon as authorities realize what happened.

Expect widespread closure of the country and mandatory quarantines. Transportation, food, and vital services will stop. Plan to stay at home if advised or ordered and avoid exposure with outsiders who may carry disease.

Your stockpile of food and supplies should get you through this disaster. You may want to have some medical-type masks and gloves on hand.

Should you stockpile antibiotics in preparation for such attacks? Authorities say no and this may be practical advice.

A large number of different types and amounts of antibiotics would need to be stored to protect your family against all likely biological weapons.

Many of the diseases are viruses, not treatable with antibiotics, and those treatable by antibiotics might be altered to make them resistant to available antibiotics. Besides, you will need professional medical care if you are exposed.

Chemical terrorism and hazardous spills

Chemical agents are gases, liquids, or solids that are poisonous to humans. Depending on the type and amount of the material, exposure to chemical agents can cause illness or be fatal.

Chemical agents include chlorine or ammonia gases that are transported on trains daily, other hazardous industrial chemicals, and chemical warfare agents, such as nerve agents, blister agents, blood poisons, and others.

The CDC lists 58 known chemical warfare agents.

Some nerve agents, such as Sarin, used in the attack in Japan, kill quickly. If you are at “ground zero” in such situations your only chance is to evacuate immediately.

A hazardous materials spill is probably more likely than a terrorist chemical attack. For gases and other chemicals that spread in the air, evacuation to avoid exposure is critical.

Leave the area as soon as you are aware of the incident. Full face respirators (gas masks) may be useful for escape in such situations. Buy good quality, new masks designed for industrial or rescue use, not army surplus masks.

Natural disasters

Natural disasters are somewhat easier to prepare for—you either get out of their way (evacuate) or you protect yourself indoors.

In floods Sandbag doors and windows, move furniture and other items to higher ground, and evacuate if necessary. Do not drive or walk through flood waters and stay off bridges when they are covered with water.

Be prepared

Bad weather Preparation should include boarding up windows and flood-proofing your home. Bring in outside furniture, bicycles, and rubbish bins. Listen to recommendations of emergency officials and evacuate if advised. If not advised to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.

Blizzards Stay indoors and use the telephone only for life-threatening emergencies. Use fires safely and properly ventilate. It there is no heat, cover windows, close off un-needed rooms, and stuff towels in cracks under doors.

Wear layers of warm clothing. Eat and drink plenty. Food generates body heat and water helps circulation to keep the skin warm.

It is important to know what to do and have a plan before a disaster strikes. The internet can provide additional information for preparing for and dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Consider your risks, develop a plan, prepare your disaster supplies kit, and discuss with your family what to do in case of an emergency.

Remember, the future belongs to those who prepare. You must be ready before disaster strikes.

Hybridlight Hybrid Solar Headtorch Review

This is a first for me, and I cannot understand why others have not done oft this. It is such a simple idea, a solar powered head torch, it’s light, very well made and ideal for preppers, survivalists and all outdoorsy types in fact.

It is so comfortable to wear that I quite ofter forgot I was wearing it. The beam of light is perfect to navigate in the dark and in the woods too, and being waterproof is of a bonous for us here in the UK lol.

It now has a place in my glove box as I am trying to see how long a full charge lasts, but it may by futile as they say a charge lasts for years.

Product Description

Hybrid SOLAR Rechargeable: Charge using the detachable solar panel outdoors or indoors under incandescent lighting or by connecting via a USB cable for rapid charge

Compact and Lightweight: The perfect comfortable Headlamp to wear for hours. Rotates 120 degrees vertically

75 Lumen LED

Long run time: 25 hours of light on one full charge guarantees you will never run out of light. Even when you’re out for weeks

Durable and water resistant: Perfect for Biking, Hiking or working under the bonnet of your car

Holds a charge for years: Always ready when you need it. Perfect for any emergency

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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, wollen 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.