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Week’s Show 13th July 2017

 

SHOW NOTES

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

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

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

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

Tuesday’s Surviving Dystopia w/DJ Cooper

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

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

Surviving Dystopia? What the heck does that mean?

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

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

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

It’s little old me.

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

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

Saturdays … Pioneering your way to freedom w/John Milandred

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

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What’s the Odds?

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

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

Asteroid Impact

Odds of killing you: 1 in 700,000

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

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

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

Near-Earth Supernova

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

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

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

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

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

Gamma-Ray Burst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear War

Odds of killing you: 1 in 10

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

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

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

Robot Uprising

Odds of killing you: Unknown

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

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

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

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

The Wilderness Gathering

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

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

Live Music

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

Childrens Bushcraft

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

The Masterclass

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

Where is it?

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

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

What to do in a Riot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get out, stay alive, and go home.

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Keeping Warm in the Wilderness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE FOLLOWING ARE POINTERS FOR PREVENTING HYPOTHERMIA

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

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

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

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

Conserve, share, and create warmth.

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

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

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

Create body heat.

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

Build a fire.

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

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

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

Add progressively larger wood to the flame area.

Prevent heat loss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trapping and Snaring for Food

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

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

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

You can die from lack of water in 3 days,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fishing

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

Absentee Fishing

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

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

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

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

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

Fish Fences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These are the real dangers.

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

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

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

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

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

Examine your surroundings and weigh up your options.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The problems with Bartering

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

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

Security – You may be putting yourself, family, and supplies at risk simply by showing yourself at a place to barter. Who knows who’s watching you.

Timing – I wouldn’t expect most people to be ready, willing, and able to barter for quite some time after a grid-down scenario… we have to cull the masses first.

Thieves / con artists – People will try to steal from you, swindle you, fast-talk you, and more. I’m still not sure whether this will be more or less of a problem in a long-term barter society but it will still happen.

Why are you bartering in the first place? – You should always work to be as self-sufficient as possible and, therefore, not need anything from anybody else.

Certainly, this isn’t 100% feasible but I would rather attempt to have everything I could possibly need and then only choose to trade for supplies I didn’t have or couldn’t easily procure on my own with nearby, trustworthy neighbours.

And I accept this isn’t always possible to do either.

Despite the these concerns, I wanted to focus on yet another concern: you and whomever you’re trading with just won’t see eye-to-eye with what each of you want to give or receive.

What I mean is I think that people could very well want to barter all sorts of things you wouldn’t want and probably won’t need either. Of course, I should note that bartering is an age-old method of procuring goods and is, in fact, still a part of some cultures.

As such, bartering can be done and done relatively successfully… eventually, I would though suggest that this is only possible within a stable society, one that has come to terms with its overall situation.

The question I think is what makes you think that the other guy is going to have anything that you really want or need?

Let’s say that you’ve chosen to stockpile an assortment of barter supplies, including disposable lighters, matches, any type of fuel, ammo (not the best thing to barter), maybe some long-term foods, soap, vitamins, perhaps alcohol, and a wide assortment of other stuff people will probably want, including the number one survival item toilet roll. so OK you’ve done your part and you’re ready to barter. And you have a few things in mind. But, guess what?

The other guy wants to trade you a pallet full of ceramic tiles! What are you going to do with that? You don’t need or want those.

Ok, maybe he’s got a valuable skill to trade instead, such as being an mechanic. That might prove useful but what if he is an electorial mechanic? and, well, you don’t need one of those.

So, you keep searching. Maybe you find somebody you can work with, maybe not.

You see, the real problem I have with expecting to barter in a post-SHTF world is that a direct goods-for-goods bartering system will be very hard to work out since it is probably impossible to make a “fair” trade for both parties.

Yes you could probably figure out how to add or subtract other supplies or equipment to balance out the equation but then you open yourself up to possibly taking things you didn’t really want in the first place.

And this, my friends, is why I think money was invented.

But, wait, you have a solution! Let’s go back to a gold-based (or silver-based) economy. After all, you thought ahead wisely and choose to stockpile a nice stash of gold and silver coins for just such an occasion.

The question is did the other guy?

What are you going to do if the other guy is the one owing you money but he doesn’t have it, or doesn’t have the type of money that you want?

More importantly, I really feel it would take a long time for society to stabilize enough to where peaceable transactions could take place in which both valuable goods and an alternative currency could be exchanged. I’m thinking years to be honest.

Now, I know I’m being a little silly with my examples such as the other guy wanting to barter a pallet full of ceramic tiles.

And I’m sure that people will quickly figure out that nobody wants ceramic tiles post-SHTF and they wouldn’t even bother.

Obviously, therefore, they’re going to choose to bring supplies that you and others will probably be interested in.

That said, I do see situations–especially shortly after SHTF–where you could have desperate people attempting precisely these types of transactions (e.g., wanting to trade a pallet full of tiles for a single meal) of which you’re still not interested and really only wastes your time and, more importantly, opens you up to being highly vulnerable because you’re now assuredly dealing with desperate people.

Look after a SHTF event, people will be desperate enough to trade nearly anything they have for the basics they do not have and if you then willfully offer some of the supplies you’ve procured as barter items you’ll likely only end up in situations like this (trading for things you don’t want) or, at the very least, put a giant bullseye on your back as “being the guy who has stuff” that they want… er, need!

I know there are ways around this problem, such as trading through a third-party but they would have to be a very trustworthy individual (or group) for me to be willing to do that for a variety of other reasons, including your continued safety.

Honestly, I don’t think there’s a good answer regarding bartering post-SHTF.

Yes, eventually a barter economy and an alternative currency (or several) will emerge. People will try to trade ridiculous things.

You will also want (and/or need) to barter eventually too. I’m sure I will too. But I would suggest you do your best to hold off for as long as possible and let other people take the brunt of the ridiculous trades and bullseyes on their backs before you really consider bartering as a viable option.

 

 

This Week’s Show 6th July 2017

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SHOW NOTES

I begin my show this week with the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, The Wilderness Gathering, Survival Napping, My Bug-Out-Belt, A Survival Tip Sheet, Prepping For The What Ifs and The Oh No’s!, WAR May Be Just a Click Away.

 

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

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

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

Tuesday’s Surviving Dystopia w/DJ Cooper

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

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

Surviving Dystopia? What the heck does that mean?

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

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

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

It’s little old me.

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

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

Saturdays … Pioneering your way to freedom w/John Milandred

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

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Survival Napping

As experienced preppers and survivors we often think in terms of taking action in order to survive.

For example we have our bug-out bags pre-packed and are ready to go, so that we may walk or drive many miles with enough supplies to get us there.

Survivors know how to build a fire in many different ways under a variety of adverse conditions. Survivors can obtain drinkable water and forage edible foods from a plethora of sources.

As survival experts we can defend ourselves and our property to the best of our ability.

And that is just the beginning. When the going gets tough the experienced wilderness and urban survivor springs into action, taking adversity head on.

But not always. A wise old friend of mine once told me, “Sometimes the best thing you can do – is do nothing!”

When the going gets tough sometimes the best thing to do is to take a long nap. During very bad weather or social unrest it is often not wise to continue on with your plans.

Rather than flail about in wind and storm or risk altercation during social unrest, simply go to sleep and wait it out! You will save your energy, reduce the risk of injury, and get a good rest besides.

Sometimes the best thing you can do- is do nothing!

This strategy has been employed by experienced wilderness survivors such as the northern Native Americans during foul winter weather, arctic explorers, and high mountain expeditions like those on Mount Everest and K2.

Even the very squirrels and other animals, natures experienced survival instructors, will hunker down during the worst of conditions. They simply curl up in their dens and go to sleep.

During a survival situation of any kind, the ability to sleep warm, dry, and comfortable is very important and can mean the difference between health and the ability to take action during waking hours or possibly not making it out alive.

If you have the proper survival gear and knowledge, your outdoor sleep system can get you through the most trying of times with little expenditure of precious energy or

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 instructor.

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.

My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here’s a shout out to Mr Jones/Technofish who listens to my show on the way to work, thank you mate.

A Survival Tip Sheet

The first item in my survival kit is a very basic survival tip sheet. It is far from comprehensive, as it is meant for someone who is already quite familiar with survival techniques.

It is intended to help clear someone’s mind and start them focusing on the right priorities.

State of mind is Crucial to coping with a survival situation. A clear-headed, common sense approach will see you through… panic kills. Here is what the basic instruction sheet says.

SURVIVAL TIPS –What to do if you suddenly find yourself in that situation.

STEP ONE Stop!…Now take a deep breath, and resign yourself to your current circumstances.

Do not panic, and do not feel ashamed at being in your predicament. Some of the best woodsmen in the world have become lost or disoriented, so set your mind to come through this with your honour intact

People have died of a combination of stupidity and panic. They run frantically, in big circles, through the woods at night trying to find their way out. The best thing to do is often to find some shelter for the night and find your way out in the morning.

Once you are calm, check yourself over. Your health and welfare are paramount. Address any immediate needs (injuries) as best you can, and then read on.

STEP TWO

Take stock of what you have, and what your immediate needs are. If you are reading this, you have quite a lot to work with, as this kit contains an extensive amount of gear to help in any situation.

Be creative. Most of the items can have multiple uses, and are limited only by your imagination. As for your immediate needs, here are a few simple rules.

A healthy human can survive for several weeks without food, and several days without water, but in many cases only several hours without proper shelter from the elements.

Evaluate the weather for where you are, and to what extremes it may go. Shelter from the elements or a fire may well be your first priority. There are multiple items in the kit to help you build a fire.

As for shelter, the clear plastic painter’s tarp and the survival blanket can help. The survival blanket can also help to reflect the warmth from a fire. Be careful not to damage them or any other piece of gear.

You will most likely need them later.

Example: instead of poking holes in the tarp to tie it off, push a small pebble up from under the tarp, and tie off around it. Try using rocks instead of stakes to hold down corners, etc etc. Once you have some shelter from the elements, you can take a little time to plan for your other needs.

STEP THREE

Step three is water. You must drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. An adult should drink at least a couple of litters per day (more in hot climates).

If you spent the night on high ground, then plan on moving camp. In most areas, just continue to walk downhill and you will eventually find water.

Watch animals or follow their tracks. They will usually lead to water. Birds also tend to congregate near water. In dry areas, you may have to consider other means, such as a solar still.

If you are getting water from streams or ponds, boil before drinking, or use water purification tablets or straw.

STEP FOUR

Signal. Some of the signalling items you have are the whistle, the mirror, the blanket, and of course, fire! Signalling is best accomplished by making yourself as big as possible. Smoke signals work well as does anything that can be seen or heard from a long ways off.

STEP FIVE

Food, as mentioned above is probably not something you need to consider unless you are reasonably sure that rescue is a good many days or weeks off.

As a general rule, avoid plant life unless you know for a fact that something is edible. The easiest rule to remember is that if it walks, swims, crawls, or slithers… thump it, and chuck it on down!

Use the knife, hooks and line, make a spear, make snares with the 80lb test cord. Use your imagination! The facts are, ALL fur bearing animals are edible. ALL birds are edible with no exceptions. Grubs found in rotten logs are edible, as are almost all insects (6 legs).

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

The kit was packed tightly in its container, but once unpacked, figure out where and how you want to carry everything. Keep the items you will use frequently close at hand (in your pockets if they are free of holes). You can wrap cords, fishing lines, etc around the sheath to keep them tangle free and ready to use. Use slip knots or those you can undo easily, and therefore get the most use out of every piece of gear.

Getting a good night’s sleep will make everything easier on you.

Try to build as good a shelter and bed as you can. The extra time and effort will pay off. Use everything you can think of for insulation. Crawling inside a big pile of leaves or pine needles is actually pretty warm and comfortable (do not attempt this near a fire).

A large pile of fresh pine sprigs is not only a springy mattress, but is good insulation from the ground.

Fire

When starting a fire find dry wood. Look for the dead branches at the very bottom of evergreen trees. Good tinder will greatly enhance your chance for success.

Take small branches and shred them with a knife or your fingers. You can use dead grass, dried moss or fern, or a strip of cloth from the tail of your shirt. Use anything that will ignite quickly. Place this in the centre. Around this, build a tee pee of small dry twigs.

 

Once this is burning, slowly feed your fire with larger and larger pieces of wood. Always making sure the fire is burning freely before you progress to a larger piece of wood. Once this fire is burning DO NOT let it go out.

A fire is man’s best friend in the wild. It provides heat, protection, a good signal, etc etc.

Shelter

Do not make the mistake of trying to construct a large shelter. Make it just large enough to accommodate you and not much else. This is important, especially in cold climates, because your body heat may well have to heat it.

Be extremely careful if you are going to use fire to heat the shelter, as most natural shelter materials are flammable! Plan ahead, and use common sense.

Food

Do not even think about looking for food until you have a good (and plentiful) water source, and your signals are set up.

Once you have these, and are ready to go in search of food, small animals, fish and insect life are always your best bet (remember, do not eat spiders or anything else with more than 6 legs).

Setting multiple snares and fishing lines in ways that you do not have to baby-sit them is a good idea. Check them from time to time for a catch.

This allows you to “hunt” without expending much energy. If you must eat plant life, stay away from mushrooms and any plant that has a milky sap.

Prepping For The What Ifs and The Oh No’s!

The flooding disaster that hit the North East and many other parts of the UK last year was bad enough to leave over 80,000 people without power which meant no lighting, heating, hot food, or baths and showers.

These floods happened in what would normally have been our spring time seeing only a fraction of the actual rainfall that fell in such a short period of time.

Without doubt, being prepared for thewhat ifs and the oh no’s, makes sense. Whether or not you feel compelled to prepare at the level of those practised by the Doomsday Preppers – a popular TV show on the Discovery Channel, because of their heightened awareness for disasters;

I believe this group offers a lot of great tips for consideration when creating plans to protect your family and assets.

 

If a flood disaster were to hit your town today as has already hit many here in the North East, are you prepared at all to hang in there for the necessary time it would take to put the pieces of normalcy back in place? If not, listen up because that is what this show is all about, helping you get prepared.

 

I first considered prepping way back in the 80’s when involved in civil defence and other things closely connected to it and it was obvious then that if I survived an attack from the Warsaw Pact then I would need to learn how to survive post attack.

 

9/11 reminds us that not all disasters are natural disasters, and 9/11 did point out significant issues with disaster preparedness and response, 7/7 brought it home to the British public, who now had to contend with living with people who actually planned to do us all harm, and the realisation that they were vulnerable and that perhaps they too should plan to survive post an attack.

 

If we are lucky to get pre-warnings, can you be ready to go with all the important things already considered, some basics already packed so you can evacuate on a moment’s notice?

 

If you had no warning and found yourself trapped where you were, could you hang in there with meals, water, basic first aid and more until help arrived? If the answer to any of these is no, then you need to start thinking about how you need to protect your family and assets today, because it is not really an issue of IF, but when.

 

Disasters can strike at any time, and I want all of you to be prepared.

 

Prepping involves setting aside resources, and with finances so tight for many, saving in any way, shape or form has become impossible. That is why I am doing this show now, well ahead of the next heavy floods – to give people time to add a few things to their shopping trolleys as they go along since most can’t just go out and shop for all the supplies at once.

 

We can never know what exact disaster to expect, although the risks for some are higher than others. What are some of the disaster risks to keep in mind when prepping?

 

What do you think realistically are the most generic preparations that a person should have in place to encounter most types of possible disasters?

In flooding disasters, the personal loss is so excessive, and many even lost proof of their identity –

 

loss of your driver’s license, birth certificates, passports and more. In the planning process, what are some strategies for keeping vital documents safe and within reach for escape?

 

Now some people have been known to decide to remain in their homes rather than leave when they are warned. Heavy flooding can led to sewage and rats surrounding homes.

 

Water contamination, downed trees, power cuts and more. Let’s talk about having an escape plan, and what that includes.

 

What if computers were down and basically service came to a complete halt as computers can easily be down because of lack of access to electricity or damage to a location. With the credit /debit card swipe habit, most of us no longer carry cash on us.

Let’s talk a bit about financial preparation for a disaster.

 

Sometimes there isn’t a large scale disaster, just personal ones that impact a single family. These days, zero income homes are a stark reality for some. It seems to me that the preparations I just discussed for preparing for a financial disaster would have come in handy for those who lose a job unexpectedly, or have to quit a job to care for an ill partner or loved one.Preppers are prepared to be self-sufficient for up to several years.

 

However, for those just getting started, let us break down the basic prep into stages of time say: How much more of the basics I just mentioned do we need to get by for say 3 days? 7 days? Two weeks?

 

What are the most basic skill sets, if any, listeners should consider getting?

 

It is said we are only 3 meals away from anarchy that is approximately one day.

Preppers talk about this a lot, and so many are secretive about their prepping in anticipation of neighbours and friends becoming aggressive about getting access to your stuff.

Surviving SHTF

Nuclear warfare is not necessary to cause a breakdown of our society. You take a large city like London, Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds— their water supply comes from hundreds of miles away and any interruption of that, or food, or power for any period of time you’re going to have riots in the streets.

 

Our society is so fragile, so dependent on the interworking of things to provide us with the goods and services that you don’t need nuclear warfare to fragment us anymore than the Romans needed it to cause their eventual downfall.

 

While some may consider such a discussion a waste of time, more and more people are coming to the conclusion that preparations of some sort are warranted in our current troubled environment — on many fronts.

 

Surviving Economic Collapse is about how much preparation individuals are willing to do and is usually in direct correlation to their belief that something catastrophic could happen, making life as we know it a much more difficult task.

 

It is a proven fact throughout history that when disruptions of any kind occur, those who made even the smallest preparations typically fare much better than those who gave no thought at all in this regard.

 

I want to share with you a list I have compiled of the things that could potentially happen — and that threaten our way of life in a small or large degree.

 

There is no way to predict these things, but anyone with common sense can see that the possibility is likely we could experience one or more of these events at some point in the future…

 

Any single event or combination of events could cause terrible and debilitating circumstances for a short or long period of time:

 

Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, volcanic eruptions, solar flares, earthquakes, and other geophysical events happen across our world daily.

 

There is the every present possibility of wars, nuclear wars, nuclear reactor meltdowns, and radiation fallout.

 

Then we have the coming financial meltdown (derivative, debt crisis, economic collapse and/or bond implosion) causing currencies to implode and governments to topple

 

There are problems with the exploration, delivery, or production of oil, the lifeblood of modern economies

 

We are seeing a spread of disease such as the Black Plague or a bird flu pandemic more and more often

 

We have frequent Power cuts

 

And you could even say that political anarchy or revolution is a possibility too.

 

Racial strife or civil war is on the cards that is for sure

 

Electromagnetic pulse events are in the news even more now.

 

With any of these scenarios listed above (and there is a host of others I have probably not even thought about), you could have localized, national, or global unrest and even war for an indefinite period of time depending on the scope and duration of the event(s).

 

An item that is not on the list — but could be equally devastating to individual families — is the loss of a job.

 

Losing a job can be a catastrophic event if one is not properly prepared. Most families find themselves living pay day to pay day with little in the way of savings and almost nothing in the way of preparations.

 

For years, I had brought up the issue of preparedness to a close friend of mine.

 

When I first started talking about it, my friend and his wife basically blew me off… but I kept bringing the topic up.

 

Eventually they thought it prudent to at least get some sort of food storage together. Their family was accustomed to an upper middle class income and living comfortably in suburbia with their three children…

 

About a year after making their food preparations, the breadwinner of the family lost his job and ended up working a series of almost minimum wage jobs trying to make ends meet.

 

He kept applying for better-paying jobs in his field of expertise — but no matter how qualified he was nobody was interested in hiring someone at his previous salary level or his age (late fifties).

 

The family’s lifestyle was devastated and they eventually lost their home…

 

In a recent conversation with this friend, he told me that without their food storage, things would have been immeasurably more difficult. He thanked me for being a good friend and pushing the issue when he and his wife weren’t listening.

 

The family is now living a greatly reduced lifestyle, but keeping their heads above water and continuing with their preparations.

 

I share this story because on an individual basis, there is a host of things that can happen in which being prepared could make a huge difference.

 

We often, as a people in general, terms take things for granted and think ‘this’ or ‘that’ will never happen to us. In addition to a major job loss due to a myriad of reasons, you could lose your health or the ability to do your job.

 

Unfortunately, things of this nature are happening to more and more people every day. In fact, I’m certain all of us have been affected to some degree by similar stories of friends and relatives.

 

Our Current State of Affairs

 

The world in general seems afflicted on so many different fronts.

When you look at the list above, any rational person could easily see one or more of these scenarios occur within their lifetime.

 

Aside from the geophysical things that seem to be going haywire, and could be explained simply as the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of man-made catastrophes that loom on the horizon…

 

Never has the planet had as many people as it does now. With increased population numbers, there is increased pressure for resources.

 

More countries seek nuclear devices than ever before and recent advancements in technology make this much easier than any time before in history.

 

Biological and chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture — and are being stored by an increasing number of very scary countries.

 

Oil markets are tighter than ever as demand from countries like China and India increases, but new supply cannot keep up with the increasing demand.

 

The financial debacle of the world economies needs no introduction to my listeners. In short, bad times — really bad times — for any number of reasons could and probably will be coming to a location near you.

 

Unless you and your family take this possibility quite seriously, if and when something does happen, you could very well find yourself in some extremely difficult circumstances…

Just look at the latest news coming out of Greece, as reported by Reuters.

 

This is happening right now — and it’s only going to spread.

 

When the political and economic systems of entire nations collapse the consequences are devastating.

 

Earlier this year pharmacies and hospitals in Greece were unable to provide lifesaving medicines due to a shortages caused by a freeze in the flow of credit from manufacturers to distributors to patients.

 

A collapse in the country’s economy has forced many Greeks to turn to black market barter economies and has left millions financially devastated, with no hope of finding an income stream for the foreseeable future.

 

The credit system of the entire country is in shambles. So much so that reports are emerging about food shortages and hunger within the Greek prison system, suggesting that serious problems in the food delivery chain have begun to materialize.

 

Today the news gets even worse. Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) announced an emergency meeting to deal with what can only be construed as a tell-tale sign that this crisis is very rapidly reaching critical mass and may spiral out of control in the very near future:

 

Greece’s power regulator RAE told Reuters on Friday it was calling an emergency meeting next week to avert a collapse of the debt-stricken country’s electricity and natural gas system.

You may have thought the financial collapse of 2008 was bad.

 

That was just a warm-up.

 

The main event is staring us in the face, and the whole of Europe has front-row seats.

 

What is happening in Europe is just a precursor for what will eventually be happening to the United States..

 

The following are Items to Consider that I feel are prudent as you make your own preparations based on the problems that could potentially threaten our way of life.

 

Each of the items below could fill a book… but my intent is to at least get you thinking about the most important things related to being prepared.

S

hould I stay or should I go?

 

Many have already decided where they will go if and when any such disaster occurs. I hope they get there but…

 

Personally, I know many who have already left the United Kingdom — and they have never looked back. I have been invited to their retreats in Spain, Australian, New Zealand, and the Greek Islands, and they seem very happy with their decision to leave.

This is a huge decision

 

My hope is that the following discussion may be of some help when thinking about this topic.

 

Because I have travelled internationally so much in my previous life I often compare notes on my trips with others (Drivers, tourists etc.) about their travels…

 

One of the realizations you see first-hand as you travel extensively worldwide is the extreme wealth, extreme poverty, and extreme corruption that exists in all of its world flavours.

 

If you think the United Kingdom is corrupt, you should try going to Peru, or Bolivia, or Panama.

 

And if you think those countries are corrupt, you haven’t see anything compared to Russia, Haiti, India, or some places in Africa…

 

The fact is corruption and the growing global police state is EVERYWHERE!

So while we certainly see much to complain about in the United Kingdom, which is definitely going the wrong way fast, from what I have seen in most other places on the planet, the U.K. is still less corrupt than most.

 

There are bad apples everywhere throughout politics, local police, special agents, and most certainly the court system — but for every bad apple, there are probably three times as many honourable people who are truly just trying to do their jobs.

 

Leaving the country is a decision you must make before the event takes place due to the sheer amount of time and effort it takes to accomplish such a task.

You must also think about being away from family and friends who don’t share your enthusiasm to leave the country and what affect that could have on everyone over time.

 

For most, I think it’s probably best to just hunker down in your own country and prepare as much as you can. If you can afford a retreat cabin somewhere far away from the big cities, that would probably be best — but again, you still need to get there once the event occurs.

 

Studies have clearly shown that once a SHTF event occurs, you have two to three days to get to where you ultimately want to hunker down. After that, travel becomes extremely dangerous and it is unlikely you will reach your final destination.

 

Highways will become kill zones targeted by the bad guys. To a gang of armed looters who forgot to prepare or plan ahead before the event, there is not a better target than an RV loaded down with stored food, ammo, and gold.

 

Don’t be foolish and attempt travel once things have gone south: If you need to get somewhere, plan to leave the moment the event happens and arrive where you want to be within 72 hours.

 

This may require several false starts (meaning the situation looked bad at first, but didn’t materialize, and you need to return home) on your part as events start to unfold. But it’s better to be safe than sorry if you are planning to get somewhere when an event happens.

 

Military strategists know from historical accounts of what happens when governments fail or when SHTF events affect a country: The rule of thumb is that roads are to be avoided at all costs.

If you cannot afford a retreat cabin of some sort, there are things you can do to hunker down in your own home…

 

First, you need to stock up and find a way to defend it.

 

Like-minded friends and neighbours can be a huge support network — as long as they have prepared as well.

 

There is a great book (it’s not well-edited, but has solid content) on how to live in your home and defend it called

 

Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defence if it All Falls Apart by Joe Nobody, which in itself is a lesson in laying low.

 

This book isn’t about turning your home into a concrete bunker armed to the teeth; it’s more about using cosmetic deception to fool would-be marauders into thinking your place has already been hit.

 

It includes plenty of clever techniques that go far beyond “shooting back.”

 

Ultimately, everyone must decide for themselves based on finances, family concerns, and individual preferences what he can or cannot do in his preparations.

 

Hopefully, this discussion will help you make the best choices for what is in your best interest.

 

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

 

This is a good motto to live by, despite how you think about things.

 

Individuals can still hope for the best (that things can and will eventually work out), but what good is your prosperity going to do if you don’t have anything to eat or a safe place to hang out for an extended period of time?

 

Why not prepare while you still can — when things are readily available and can still be purchased at cheap prices? The coming hyper-inflation will make any such purchases beforehand look very intelligent…

 

To prepare for the worst, you need a plan. Why are most people so against doing basic preparations that could be the difference on how they survive — or whether they survive?

 

History shows time and again that those who prepare always fare better than those who did not. Having a plan and being determined to act on that plan will always be the best way to handle any contingencies, should they occur.

 

After disaster strikes, your mind is going to be racing around like a car on a race track. Pre-planning and having a written set of measures to take will make someone’s life go much smoother when the SHTF.

 

Your own personal plan is ONLY what best fits what you are going to do during and after a disaster.

 

People should also have back-up plans — Plans B and C, at least — because nothing ever seems to go as planned.

Haphazard approaches to the aftermaths of catastrophes are kind of like a chicken running around without its head.

WAR May Be Just a Click Away

A cyberattack is any type of offensive manoeuvre employed by nation-states, individuals, groups, or organizations that targets computer information systems, infrastructures, computer networks, and/or personal computer devices by various means of malicious acts usually originating from an anonymous source that either steals, alters, or destroys a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system.

These can be labelled as either a cyber campaign, cyberwarfare, or cyberterrorism in different context.

Cyberattacks can range from installing spyware on a PC to attempts to destroy the infrastructure of entire nations. Cyberattacks have become increasingly sophisticated and dangerous as the Sutxnet worm recently demonstrated.

NATO have warned another cyber attack like last week’s could prompt war with the world’s armies uniting to crush the hackers.

Indiscriminate attacks

These attacks are wide-ranging, global and do not seem to discriminate among governments and companies.

Destructive attacks

These attacks relate to inflicting damage on specific organizations.

Cyberwarfare

These are politically motivated destructive attacks aimed at sabotage and espionage.

Government espionage

These attacks relate to stealing information from/about government organizations.

Corporate espionage

These attacks relate to stealing data from corporations related to proprietary methods or emerging products/services.

Stolen e-mail addresses and login credentials

These attacks relate to stealing login information for specific web resources.

Stolen credit card and financial data

Stolen medical-related data

Hacktivism

Computer users around the world were scrambling last week to reboot systems after a tidal wave of ransomware cyber attacks spread from Ukraine and Russia across Europe to the United States and then on to Asia.

The attack, dubbed GoldenEye, appeared very similar but more sophisticated to the WannaCry ransomware which hit more than 200,000 users in more than 150 countries last month and is thought to have originated from a Ukrainian tax software.

This Week’s Show 29th June 2017

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SHOW NOTES

I begin this week’ show with the Wilderness Gathering, the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, My Bug-Out Belt, Mobile/Cell Numbers and Apps, Working on the Edge, Boot and Foot Care, Arbeit Macht Frei, Choosing your Bug-OUT Location, Survival Mistakes.

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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!

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.

Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer

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Life-saving technology has never been so affordable.

All you have to do to get a 20% discount is enter the code “PREPPER” at the checkout, it is that simple. Thank you Blizzard Survival.com

My Alpenlore Bug-Out-Belt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“We promise you have never seen a product like this that offers such a vast array of features. Johnny Spillane (World Class Olympian) and 3 Silver medalist and world champion in Nordic Ski proudly wears our product and finds it to be a great aid that you carry with you but never notice its there” says Scott.

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

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Mobile/Cell Numbers and Apps

Calling ‘112’ will direct your emergency call from any country in the EU

Pressing ’55’ during a 999 call signals that it’s not safe for you to speak out loud

The RapidSOS app lets you summon emergency services, even without signal

Every Brit knows to call 999 in an emergency.

But emergencies aren’t always that simple. What happens, for example, if you’re in a foreign country, or you have your phone but aren’t in a position to speak out loud?

From the little-known codes every traveller should have stored in their phones, to the app that fetches help at the touch of a button,

The universal EU number

Call ‘112’ from whatever EU country your’re in and it will route it to the right local emergency services

‘112’ is the emergency number people in distress can call in all 28 member states of the European Union to get immediate assistance from the fire brigade, a medical team or the police.

You can call the number 112 with a fixed or mobile phone, and the number is free everywhere.

It works by routing your call to the emergency department for whatever country you are in.

The 55 ‘silent solution’

There may come a time when a 999 call needs to be made but talking will put a person or others in more danger – in which case press ’55’ to signal this to the operator

It’s a potentially life-saving function that has been used by the emergency services for the past 15 years, but very few people are aware of its existence.

There may come a time when a 999 call needs to be made but talking will put a person or others in more danger.

The solution? Press ’55’ when given the option to do so. It’s dubbed the ‘silent solution’.

Hundreds of thousands of silent 999 calls are made to the police annually, so operators using the ‘silent solution’ to help filter out accidental calls.

When a person calls 999, an operator asks which service they require. If they don’t answer, they are prompted to tap the handset, cough, or make a noise.

They are then given the option to press 55. If there is no response to any of the prompts, the call is terminated.

Texting 999

Register with the emergencySMS service and you’ll be able to text, not call in the case of an emergency

If you are in a situation in which you can’t call 999, but are able to text, you can.

You must be already registered with the emergencySMS service for it to work, however.

To do so, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply, then follow the instructions you are sent.

The RapidSOS app

This app lets you call for help at the touch of the button in 135 countries, and is compatible with any three-digit emergency number in these regions

Users of this free app can call the police, fire service, report a car crash or seek medical help at the press of a button – and it works even if you don’t have signal.

It can be used in 135 countries, and is compatible with any three-digit emergency number in these regions.

Each of the four buttons on the app trigger a standard call to nearby dispatchers, and each call is placed with the phone’s GPS location, user details and any pre-entered medical information attached.

If the user doesn’t have signal on their network, the app lets them ‘roam’ onto another network to connect the call.

It also doesn’t require the user to speak the language of the country they are in, which again is useful when on holiday.

The ICE app

The ICE app puts your emergency information on you lock screen wallpaper so that anyone can access it, and can sit along with your own screensaver.

It’s always worth having an ‘ICE’ (In Case of Emergency) number stored in your phone – a fast way for rescuers to contact your next of kin should you be unable to.

However, most smartphones are password-protected these days, making it impossible for others to scroll through your address book.

The ICE app puts your emergency information on you lock screen wallpaper so that anyone can access this vital information.

 In addition to displaying your ICE number, you can also list information including blood type, medical conditions like diabetes, or allergies to certain medications.

Disaster Alert app

If you live in, or are visiting an area prone to natural disasters, this free app will warn you – everything from floods and earthquakes to severe storms and avalanches the Disaster Alert app will give you warnings.

It alerts the user to everything from floods and earthquakes to severe storms and avalanches.

Citizen Aid app

Simply download The free, no adds citizenAID App from either Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store.

The citizenAID App will reduce the anxiety from difficult decision making in an unfamiliar situation. Follow the logical steps to do the right things in the right order. Stay safe and help us… to help you… to save lives.

The citizenAID app is free to the UK public and is designed initially for use in the UK. Access is left open internationally for the wider public good, but recognising there is detail that relates only to the UK (such as emergency service phone number). Additional country versions will be developed dependent on demand.” US Version is avaliable, search “citizenAID US” in google & iTunes.

Forager’s Buddy app

Forager’s Buddy is a free application for android smart phones and tablets, designed to help users mark on the map all remarkable places, where they can find various kinds of wild food resources (Using the GPS module of the device). You can use this application in various outdoor activities like: wild herbs / mushroom gathering, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, etc The designer says feel free to tell him about the changes you would like to see in Forager’s Buddy. Features (Free edition): 1. Route recording & viewing (Exporting route as .kml file format)**. There is ability to view nearby spots and converting .kml route files to .gpx format 2. Exporting and Importing data as CSV. 3. Data Filtering. 4. Attach a photo to a location 5. Viewing of the approximate distance of each item from user’s current location. 6. Emergency Call and SMS (Sends a SMS with user’s last known location and battery status of the device). 7. Favorites. 8. Item Location Sharing (e.g. via E-mail or SMS). 9. Current Location Sharing (e.g. via E-mail or SMS). 10. CSV file sharing (e.g. via E-mail or Bluetooth). 11. KML route file sharing (e.g. via E-mail or Bluetooth). Features (Pro edition): 1. All features of free edition / Ad free

British Red Cross app

If a friend or family member was having a heart attack or was choking, would you know how to help them?

Our free app features simple, easy advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.

With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to learn first aid.

The information you need is all hosted on the app itself, meaning no internet connection is needed, making it fast and easy to access.

Working on the Edge

Common knowledge states that a dull knife is far more dangerous to you than a sharp one. This becomes a problem for many people since most of us either lack the equipment or the skills to sharpen a knife.

As I always say a dull knife is a piece of metal.

If you have a knife sharpener then here are some tips to help you achieve a fine cutting edge.

The angle you hold your blade at is important. If you are sharpening a hatchet you want a 30 degree chopping edge. If you’re dealing with fine cutlery you’ll want a 10 degree edge. If you’re sharpening a knife for general use, you’ll probably want a 15 degree angle.

Anything above 30 degrees or below 10 degrees won’t actually sharpen the blade.

You use different coarseness levels for different levels of sharpness. If your knife is already pretty sharp and just needs a tune up, use the fine side of your sharpener. However, if your knife is dull, you’ll want to start with something coarser before moving to a finer sharpener to really put an edge on your blade.

You must sharpen each side of your blade an equal number of times. If you sharpen one side more than another, you won’t actually be sharpening it.

Ceramic

The first easy way to sharpen your knife is with a piece of ceramic. Most mugs are ceramic, so they are a good choice. The ceramic is used as a replacement for your fine stone. You just use the ceramic the same way you would a fine stone, 3 cuts both ways at a consistent angle

Glass

The second household item you can use is glass. Try using the top of a car window or the top of a glass cup. Either way, you use the rim of the glass in much the same way that you would the ceramic mug, making 3 cuts each way at a consistent angle until the blade is sharp.

Steel

The third thing you can use is a piece of steel like that found on a file or the back of another blade. The only thing is that you have to worry about the hardness of the steel. The steel on the sharpener needs to be harder than the blade you are sharpening, or else it won’t work. The Rockwell scale is a good measure of hardness to use in this situation. Otherwise, you just use the steel the same way you would a sharpener.

Sandpaper

The fourth thing you can use is sandpaper. This is especially good if you need something rougher than steel or ceramic. In order to sharpen your blade, just hold the paper flat and use the paper like your sharpening stone.

Concrete

The final thing you can use to sharpen your knife is concrete.When using concrete, make sure that it is a relatively smooth area with out any clutter. You may want to wet the concrete, but this isn’t necessary. This should only be used as a last resort however, since the concrete can damage your blade in the process of sharpening it. However, it can still sharpen your blade in an emergency.

Afraid of Wild Camping Alone

Wild camping is a life changing experience that (in my opinion) everybody should try at least once. Its the ultimate way to get away from it all but does this solitude and remoteness put potential wild campers off?.

For those who’ve never slept out in a tent, just the single night in a regulated campground can be unnerving enough. Getting them to head off out away from everybody else and all the resources a campground offers can often be a big ask.

The saying strength in numbers holds true both from a safety and confidence point of view. Even being in a group doesn’t give a cast iron guarantee of total safety these days no matter where you are, but its a much better introduction to this side of camping, if your not an experience wild camper.

Wild Camping in Urban Areas

This has always been a non started for me and something that should be approached with careful planning.

The main problems are an abundance of people compared to the level of population if you venture out in the countryside. The locals have different expectations too, happening across a tent in the countryside is going to be less of a novelty than finding someone camping in the local park.

In all the years sleeping out under the stars I’ve seen enough to stay away from parks, graveyards and the other places you’d expect to be empty at night but can attract the worse kind of visitor.

Not Just About Pitching a Tent

A campsite full of other people with all the facilities and instant communication (should something go wrong) is a far cry from a deserted field in the middle of nowhere. Reading up on the basic survival tips and getting a good camping kit together will ease you into wild camping but there’s nothing like having a few trips under your belt to know exactly what your doing.

Joining up with another wild camper who’s got the experience is a quicker (and safer) way to storm up that learning curve. You’ll properly be introduced to some great camping spots that would have taken years to find (if ever). That said some wild campers (me included) are sometimes a little reluctant to give up those amazing pitches for fear they’ll get misused to the point where access isn’t possible anymore.

Don’t Fear the Night

If you keep your wild camping off the beaten track, the chances of anybody stumbling across you in the night is very minimal. The other side of this is if you choose places that would require the use of a torch at night to walk out of, then your always going to see someone before they see you.

When I first started taking my wife wild camping she was concerned about trouble from other people but this happens very rarely. Anybody intent on harm has better picking grounds than wandering around the countryside in the dark with organized campsites being more of a likely target than the hard to find wild camper. My advice is do it, just get out and do it.

Boot and Foot Care

An army marches on it’s stomach, well i march on my feet.

I used to do road marching as a “hobby” and ended up building up to the Nijmegan 4 days march which is 25 miles every day with a minimum 22lbs small pack. This is usually bags of sand taped up weighed in and weighed when back.

Believe it or not we wore DMS boots, say no more.

I don’t recommend you hike 10 miles (16 kilometers) with a pack on your back in any boots — even the most perfect boots, gifted to you on high by a choir of footwear angles — without breaking them in first.

The need to break in a boot is especially true with burlier boots — the stiffer your boot, the longer it takes to break in.

The creases you make in your boots as you break them in will form the shape of the boot for its life, so be sure you do it right. Wear them around the house with the socks you’ll hike in and make sure the lacing is tight against the boot’s tongue, which should lay flat. Then start with short day hikes and slowly, slowly increase the distance.

If your new leather boots are killing you and you don’t want to buy a new pair, try this soak the boots in warm water before wearing them with your hiking socks. A wet foot in a wet boot is no fun to begin with and will quickly create blisters, but molding a wet boot to your foot can be a last-resort break-in trick.

You could also simply walk down or up a shallow river or stream. Or even as we where advised to pee in them then go for a walk.

Feet

A quick point here you should condition your feet too, one way to do this is to dab them every night with white spirits which will harden the skin on the soles of your feet.

Socks

Start with the right socks — a moisture-wicking synthetic liner inside a wool-mix sock is a popular choice. Then try to keep your feet clean and dry — fabric “gators” that wrap around your boot and leg close the gap at the top of your boot, not only keeping out moisture but also keeping grime from sneaking in.

If your feet sweat, take your boots and socks off during rest breaks. If possible cool your feet off in a stream and then elevate them. Consider carrying a few extra pairs of socks and changing into them at these rest breaks. Wet skin increases friction and friction causes blisters.

Rinse out your nasty, sweaty, grimy socks in a stream and hang them on the outside of your pack. Not only will this trick ensure you have another clean, dry pair of socks to change into, but perhaps it will keep your hiking partners from crowding behind you on the trail.

Rob at www.therealsurvivalist.com interviewed me for his site and has released part 1 of my 2 part interview. Thanks Rob you did a great job.

Arbeit Macht Frei

Work Makes you Free … were the words on the gates of Auschwitz and other Nazi work camps.

At first, expect millions of unemployed office and hi-tech workers – highly educated in suddenly-unwanted specialties.

Expect the conditions following economic collapse to lead to a new peasantry – office workers becoming field labourers or bandits; tied to food production by desperate circumstances.

But without modern sanitation and medical care, I think plagues and epidemics will run rampant.

Without modern education, many academic and professional categories will vanish. Expect religions and cults to experience enormous growth as oil-based societies return to more medieval structures.

Myths work as long as a majority believe them to be true. Leaders clad their agendas in the language and thought patterns of those myths.

Until the 20th century, leaders used religious talk … now people believe that democracy and the free market really exist and that they are the mainstay for everything dear and valuable … Thus to mobilize today’s population, leaders use democracy and free-market talk.

It is like the difference between official socialist/communist concepts and real-world socialism/communism.

Our societies require the on-going integrated functioning of many factors, including electricity, water, food, heat, transportation, communication, medicine and security.

An extended manipulation or failure of any of these sub-systems can damage or collapse the others; and the collapse of one country or region can have huge consequences elsewhere on our interconnected planet.

Food is power.

We use it to change behaviour. Some may call that bribery.

Catherine Bertini, UN World Food Program Executive Director, 1997 said

“A gradual collapse would not be SO bad. A fast collapse would be devastating. Most people will freeze, panic or reject the news – until they are motivated to move by thirst, starvation, looters and epidemics”.

Many people who wait for help will die. NOW is the best time to make emergency last-minute preparations. How can you arrange to keep your essential possessions … and your life?

The essential difference between survivors and casualties is preparation!

During a disaster – every second counts! Waiting for help may kill you!

The potential Stages of Societal Collapse are

Moral Collapse. You stop trusting people. You distrust your elected politicians, businesses, government employees, religious leaders and military. Unemployment soars and your neighbourhood becomes increasingly dangerous.

As riots and suicides increase, dysfunctional authorities may talk about the temporary crisis and seek scapegoats. I remember talking to Selco who described exactly this as the Collapse began in the Balkans.

Financial Collapse. You stop trusting banks. You cannot assess risk and your financial assets are not guaranteed. If financial institutions become insolvent; your savings may be wiped out, and you cannot access your capital.

As social unrest and suicide increase, airlines and borders may be closed. Authorities may call this a temporary measure and may blame computer hackers.

Commercial Collapse. You stop trusting businesses. Money may be devalued and/or become scarce. People hoard and trade basic commodities and medications, import and retail chains cease, and there are widespread shortages of survival necessities.

Supermarkets are guarded and you hear of food riots. Martial law may be enforced in cities. If your electricity stops – would you freeze in the dark?

Authorities may talk of a temporary emergency and may blame farmers and traders.

Political Collapse. You stop trusting governments. Official attempts to provide survival necessities are ineffective; and politicians lose legitimacy and relevance.

Emergency calls are not answered. Starving people want your food, medical supplies and weapons. You may hear of military coups or of millions of starving people. Authorities may blame terrorists.

Social Collapse. You stop trusting authorities. Social institutions become resourceless. Dead bodies become commonplace. Cities become centres of starvation and disease. Might is right … but who has weapons? Internment camps may conceal starvation and genocide … for a while.

Authorities may blame hoarders/ preppers.

Military Collapse. You stop trusting the military. Martial law transitions into local dictatorships. The military may perceive you and your family as targets competing for the same resources as themselves – or as potential slaves.

They may create systems of forced labour and slavery … fighting local wars over local resources.

Kindness becomes a strange concept. Authorities may blame communists.

Civilization Collapse. You stop trusting hope. Death is everywhere. People cannot afford to be kind. Urban regions become death zones. Nothing is more dangerous than desperate men.

Whose women and children will live – and whose will die? You hear stories of cannibals. You might be killed for a chocolate bar … you might be hunted for your meat.

The only authorities are people who can kill you.

Here is a story from a US Government report following the winter of 1609-1610: Concerning CANNIBALISM IN AMERICA

Driven thru insufferable hunger to eat those things which nature most abhorred, the flesh and excrements of man as well of our own nation as of an Indian, digged by some out of his grave after he had lain buried three days and wholly devoured him; others, envying the better state of body of any whom hunger has not yet so much wasted as their own, lay wait and threatened to kill and eat them; one among them slew his wife as she slept in his bosom, cut her in pieces, salted her and fed upon her till he had devoured all parts saving her head.

It hardly matters what causes it – financial collapse, global warming, an oil war or space aliens.

As infrastructure collapses, misinformation will dominate the media. Instructions and advice given to avoid widespread panic may worsen your chances of survival.

This may not be a good time to stay indoors and wait for instructions. It may be a good time to get out of a city fast while you still can.

Government agencies may tell you, while communications last, that their instructions will ensure your survival. But your survival may not support their survival.

Police in most countries (including the UK) are not obligated to protect you even now … and if you are not prepared, you may quickly die during a fast economic collapse.

But if you are prepared … you might just survive.

During a financial collapse your paper assets and perhaps even banknotes may lose value. Keep records of your stocks and bonds, certificates of deposit, insurance, taxes and other paper instruments in case of recovery.

Be prepared for hyperinflation and have a stock of useful money-substitutes for trading … coffee, sugar, salt, toilet paper, herbs, pain-killers.

Hoarding may not be a crime … yet.

During commercial collapse most consumer goods become unavailable, except as trade for useful items or services. Shops and supermarket staff hoard their goods and food awaiting some sign of recovery – and only distribute those goods in return for trade or protection, or at gunpoint.

Communications cease and food riots begin. Don’t expect police, military or firemen to protect you or your home. Suspected looters or terrorists may be shot on sight … which means anybody.

During martial law, little freedom remains, and martial law can be enacted with a signature. Expect curfews, rationing, closed borders and travel permits at first … later you may hear rumours of sealed cities, slave labour and concentration camps

During political collapse government services vanish. Your contracts, licenses and tax returns have little meaning.

Police and military use their weapons to protect their own homes and supplies from riots and starving people. Suicides skyrocket.

Motorways look like car parks. Starving city people converge on farms near cities, known food-producing areas and hoilday homes.

Expect stringent rules and road barricades to limit theft and contain epidemics. Expect summary executions for minor offences.

During social collapse most hospitals, clinics and schools cease to function. Their staff may not be paid and either be forced to work (perhaps at gunpoint) or become local enterprises trading their services for food, medications and essentials.

Disease is everywhere and medications are scarce. Equipment requiring electrical power may be operated from local generators while fuel is still available.

Few people care whether you live or die … and some would prefer to loot your dead body.

During military collapse the military forces become a new aristocracy based on scavenging and feudal farming.

Much of your food and property could be confiscated and little if any effort invested in your survival. Torture and executions are commonplace.

You’re on your own.

Unless you have needed skills you are an easily-replaced field slave or grunt soldier.

During civilization collapse most of your time is spent gathering and protecting whatever you can hoard, trade or scavenge; and avoiding being robbed, enslaved or eaten.

Pity has become a luxury! What skills are essential to your survival?

Choosing your Bug-OUT Location

When disaster strikes, you need a safe place for you and the ones you care about to ride it out: your bug out location.

The basic idea is to get out of harm’s way, to a prepared area with supplies and gear which can sustain you. Choosing where to locate this prepared area is an important decision that requires planning.

Before getting into your personal remote location belonging to you, it is important to note that depending on the kind of disaster and its reach, your best bet may be to drive to another county to stay with a relative.

Your bug out location need not be an isolated piece of owned property, and if you do have family connections you can leverage, it may be your best bet.

This is one of the first things you need to consider carefully. At first thought, a bug out location would be super far isolated to ensure the best odds that whatever disaster it is will not impact you.

While there are definitely some merits to the very remote location, there are some drawbacks to consider.

First, if your intention is to stock this location with supplies, you have to understand how difficult stocking it will be if you live extremely far away. If it’s too remote, stocking it from the nearest supermarket may also be an ordeal.

While you should have extra fuel anyway, an extra-long journey presents greater fuel risks, and at minimum forces you to carry a little more.

If your location is very far from your house, you may be very unlikely to ever want to go to it when there is no disaster. If you are spending hard-earned money on rural land, you should want to be able to take advantage of it as a quiet, natural vacation space, and so if it’s prohibitively far away, you lose that advantage.

If there is a disaster where you’re on the fence about whether or not to bug out, the pain in the butt distance might dangerously deter you from leaving.

That said, quite obviously the location has to be a decent distance away from your main home, otherwise there’s a risk that whatever disaster has convinced you to bug out will impact your bug out location as well.

Depending on where you like, a good two hour drive is probably sufficient.

Who lives nearby? This is connected to the remoteness point, but is a bit separate, too. If you are too isolated, no one will be able to see your property. While this may sound like a good thing, a neighbour can actually be a fantastic asset for you to ensure that if you do ever use your place, there’s less of a chance of it having been looted.

Having a line-of-sight neighbour you’ve met and know gives you options, and keeps you from having to make your location totally invisible from view.

If your location is extremely remote, a thief who finds it can likely take all the time they want removing your possessions.

Since burying absolutely everything at your location is time consuming, difficult to accomplish without a trace, and keeping your location from being a pleasurable retreat space, the neighbourhood option might be the better choice.

Even if the neighbour doesn’t actively watch your location, people will be less confident robbing you if they can see that they are within view of another residence, and if they rob you anyway, they might not take as much since they are more likely to consider themselves in a hurry.

During hard times, yes, other people can be a risk, but compared with an urban centre, a small community has potentially a good chance of taking care of itself and its residents.

If you get to know them well enough, you can get into prepping with them and help then get a handle on their own self-sufficiency to be less reliant on you in a time of need.

Also, absolutely go to the location before you buy and talk to the people in the area, if there are indeed people around. Make sure their values, concerns, and priorities are in line with yours so that you know you can feel comfortable going there and know you won’t be the neighbourhood nuisance.

This is that much more the case with direct neighbours.

Be sure to look into whatever homeowners associations or other regulatory bodies could either block or increase the costs of any development project you may have.

Are you on the grid, or off the grid? Which do you prefer? Off grid means less hassle from outside, but far more work from inside. The same goes for water availability. Choose a location based on the skills you have or are at least willing to learn in the short term.

Depending on how you intend to use the land at your bug out location, you may have different land requirements. Do you intend to have any kind of garden? How is the soil? Is it good for gardening? Is it contaminated? Is there wildlife in the area? Is there a water source nearby?

If it’s very remote, how difficult will it be to bury the structure and your supplies? Is it at least partially south-facing? does it have shade?

These factors can be very important to you, or less so, depending on our plans. But the best options, especially the water source which would be good for any survival situation, are likely to increase costs.

Remember, a bug out location is a very personal decision. Put time into thinking about it, and scout around for land prices before committing. If it seems too good to be true, there’s a very good chance it is. Good luck!

Survival Mistakes

Wilderness survival techniques are arguably a matter of life and death. Turning into a self-sufficient survivor does not happen at the snap of a finger.

It takes knowledge, proper gear, and preparation. By planning for the worst before it happens you could be saving your life and other’s.

According to some of the top wilderness survival websites, there are eight common mistakes that can cost you big in the wild. The first is no shelter, which really turns into a double barrelled mistake. If you do not have a proper shelter with you or lack the knowledge to build one with what is around you-you might be in trouble.

It is vital to create a shelter that keeps you dry and limits exposure to the elements, especially the wind.

The second biggest wilderness survival mistake is being caught without a working navigational tool. It is easy to get turned around in the middle of thick bushes and trees. A map and a compass are failsafe standards any wilderness adventurer should pack.

Thanks to technology, a GPS is a handy tool as well. GPS devices are small, compact, and generally able to work for a descent timebperiod if kept at full charge. Keep navigational tools with you at all times.

Learning how to utilize cardinal directions by the sun and stars is also beneficial.

Another common mistake that can cost you is lack of knowledge and preparation.

There are five key things you should be knowledgeable of first:

How to build shelter

How to signal for assistance

What is safe to eat and how to find it

How to build and maintain a fire

How to locate water and safely prepare it

Never underestimate the risk factor. The most innocent of outdoor excursions-fishing, hiking, hunting-can turn into a wilderness survival situation. Always be prepared.

Don’t be caught with the wrong clothing. A rule of thumb is to always dress in layers, making the outer layer warmer than what you should need. Research indicates that most hypothermia cases develop in temperatures over 40 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to lack of proper clothing.

Water is essential to survive.

The problem is finding drinkable water. Waterborne organisms can cause severe diarrhoea and vomiting, which increases dehydration. Carry a supply of pure drinking water along with the ability to filter water by boiling, chemical tablets, or filters.

Finally, be sure to have a signal plan and know how to create and maintain a fire. Almost any outdoor/camping supplier has sections dedicated to signal devices. Whistles, mirrors, high beam torches, and fire starting devices are all easy to carry signal devices. Couple these with learning how to create your own emergency signal by using trees, rocks, dirt, or even snow.

Fire is vital to wilderness survival. It can warm, protect, and heat food or boil water. You can even use it to signal for help.

Do not underestimate learning how to make and maintain a fire. Take time to prepare for your outdoor excursions and you will be able to tackle whatever kinks come your way.

When it comes to survival skills, the smallest of mistakes could have a huge impact on your ability to stay safe.

However, there are a few things which can help to avoid making such mistakes, and will ensure that your survival skills are as effective as possible.

If you find your survival skills being put to the test unexpectedly, then the natural reaction can be to panic.

However, this is often the worst thing you can do, as you need to be thinking as clearly as possible in such situations.

You might not be able to simply google ‘survival techniques’ whilst checking your facebook page and playing cheeky bingo, but if you have done your research, then you will already be well prepared.

You simply need to keep a clear head, and remember all the skills which you have learnt.

Often, people panic the most when it comes to putting up a shelter, and tend to rush the process. In actual fact, it is worth spending extra time making sure that your shelter is safe and secure, and unlikely to collapse without warning, OH! And water and wind proof as well.

Survival Napping

As experienced preppers and survivors we often think in terms of taking action in order to survive.

For example we have our bug-out bags pre-packed and are ready to go, so that we may walk or drive many miles with enough supplies to get us there.

Survivors know how to build a fire in many different ways under a variety of adverse conditions. Survivors can obtain drinkable water and forage edible foods from a plethora of sources.

As survival experts we can defend ourselves and our property to the best of our ability.

And that is just the beginning. When the going gets tough the experienced wilderness and urban survivor springs into action, taking adversity head on.

But not always. A wise old friend of mine once told me, “Sometimes the best thing you can do – is do nothing!”

When the going gets tough sometimes the best thing to do is to take a long nap. During very bad weather or social unrest it is often not wise to continue on with your plans.

Rather than flail about in wind and storm or risk altercation during social unrest, simply go to sleep and wait it out! You will save your energy, reduce the risk of injury, and get a good rest besides.

Sometimes the best thing you can do- is do nothing!

This strategy has been employed by experienced wilderness survivors such as the northern Native Americans during foul winter weather, arctic explorers, and high mountain expeditions like those on Mount Everest and K2.

Even the very squirrels and other animals, natures experienced survival instructors, will hunker down during the worst of conditions. They simply curl up in their dens and go to sleep.

During a survival situation of any kind, the ability to sleep warm, dry, and comfortable is very important and can mean the difference between health and the ability to take action during waking hours or possibly not making it out alive.

If you have the proper survival gear and knowledge, your outdoor sleep system can get you through the most trying of times with little expenditure of precious energy.

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Show 23rd June 2017

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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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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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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

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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.