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Parry Blade – “Signature” Knife – A Knife That The Professionals Rely On

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This Week’s Show 13th December 2018

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The Tactical Shoulder Bag Review

This tactical shoulder bag is stylish and compact. Featuring numerous pockets and compartments helping you organise many items.

Its multi functional for all outdoor activities such as camping hiking climbing and hunting.     “An AMAZINGLY compact bag for its size”

Lightweight, compact handy to carry.

It can be carried as a shoulder bag crossbody bag or handbag.

The strap is adjustable and detachable.

Numerous pockets and compartments for maximum storage.

It has a concealed a pocket in its back.

Great for outdoor activities such as camping hiking climbing hunting etc

So what is it really like? Do I need one, do you Need one?

At the moment I use a posse3v shoulder bag as my EDC bag. It is a great bag, but, it really is too big for my needs, its too green, I mean it looks military.

For me the bigger the bag the more I put in it, and the less I actually want to carry it around all day.

For this reason alone, I love the Tactical Shoulder Bag from Titan Depot. For me it is just the right size and allows me to have what I need with me all day and without any over weight carrying issues.

I took it with me to London recently and as an anti theft feature whilst I was on the underground I wore it cross body using its adjustable shoulder strap.

In it I carried the 10 in 1 ultimate survival kit, which in itself had everything I could possibly need.

I had my meds and inhalers, wet wipes, water-to-go bottle, London street map, Magnesium rod and striker, Vizshock X-20P power bank, Tex Energy Power Bank, charging cables, my book, spare glasses, reading glasses, Trail mix, mobile, Baofeng Radio and my Grizzly UK legal folder. So in my opinion a complete set up.

Using the handle on the top of the bag was extremely comfortable, easy and no strain at all, it just made it easy to lift into and out of my car etc.

The bag itself is very well stitched and well made with three zipped pockets at the front, a main full size compartment within the middle of the bag, a secret rear zipped pocket, small unzipped side pockets and a molle system on the bottom front pocket for extra carry.

Price wise at £30 its great value and extremely practicable for both male and female preppers and survivalists alike.

With Christmas approaching, it would make someone very happy indeed to find it under the tree.

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The Survival Axe Review

The Survival Axe is the ultimate outdoor multi tool. With 31 features, the tool will fully equip you for any situation you might come across.
The design incorporates an all-steel full tang and axe head with an ultra strong, lightweight glass filled nylon handle.



The resharpen-able hatchet blade is great for chopping, clearing debris, or demolition.

The hammer head and claw is great for pounding in and removing tent stakes or repairing your deer stand or survival shelter
The patented, integrated 6″ bi-metal saw blade folds out of the handle, locks into place, and will saw through just about anything you need it to.

The saw blade is easy to change depending on your situation.

The gas valve shut off wrench with integrated bottle opener saves the day in multiple ways.
This incredible, compact is only 11 inches long and weighs just over 1.5 pounds.

Large enough to do some serious damage if needed, but compact enough to fit into the glove box of your vehicle or your bug out bag.

Now anyone who knows me, knows my view on axes, suffice to say I do not own one. I designed the Titan survival knife and it is such a rival to the axe that A good friend Charlie Griffin names it the Naxe, as it was a cross over of the two.

So I now have an axe, but it is a very special axe, it’s a Survival Axe and I actually love it. So what changed my mind on axes, I hear you say, well, it was its build quality, design and performance combined with the price that impressed me.

With the non-slip grip it feels comfortable in my hand, in fact it feels just right not too heavy and very well balanced.

The question is, is it an axe with multi-functions? or a multi function tool with an axe head?

The answer is for me anyway an axe with multi-function tools. And I like that, because as an axe it will do what you want an axe to do and with ease.

But if you need to break your car window, cut your seatbelt, hammer, saw, bash, destroy, tighten or un-tighten nuts and bolts, carve feather sticks, prepare fuel for your fire, open a bottle of beer, hack, slash, pull, pry, saw, pierce and pound, then the Survival Axe is for you.

It is a must for a BOB, GHB and is certainly now part of my BOB set up.

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Blizzard Condition Survival Kit (for your car)

You need some kind of kit for your vehicle during the winter season.
The most IMPOTANT SURVIVAL question: DO I NEED TO GO OUT IN THE FRIST PLACE.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle, (folding will do fine)…
Second thing you are going to want to do is get some kind of traction material to put under your tires.
Best sources: kitty litter, road salt, pea gravel, car mats, old carpet, branches, sticks or some kind of traction plating to lay under your tires.
If you can not get out then you need food so be sure to store some candy bars or high calorie foods in the car.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle. You must keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow/debris to prevent the build up of carbon monoxide gas which cannot be seen or smelt.
You will need warm clothing with extra hat, gloves scarf woollen/fleece type material, Thermos flask of hot drink, tea, coffee soup etc. torch, whistle for signalling, milar blanket/s, small bright coloured tarp/plastic sheet for shoeing up broken window (in crash) and to aid signalling to rescuers.
Charged mobile phone with “credit”, mobile charging cable, OTC medicines/ personal medications, toilet roll, waste bags “zip lock type” wet wipes/hand sanitiser.
Have at least 20% more fuel than the journey requires (running engine if stuck in snow to keep warm).
Find out if your vehicle is front wheel or rear wheel drive (see owners manual) put the traction item/s under the drive wheels.
Dress as though you are going to have to walk in the snow, and take the layers off when you get into the car. Boots, gortex coat, hat, gloves, etc.
If you are stuck long enough, you may need to urinate. How will you handle that?

Print this off and place it behind your drivers sun visor NOW!

Get READY for POWER CUTS Power Cut Advice

Select a room to live in that has an existing heating source, open fire, portable gas fire etc.

Your goal is to keep that room at a minimum of 18c ( you will not freeze to death)

You need to consider sleeping arrangements, mattresses of the beds, inflatable camping type mattresses, reclining chairs, couches etc.

Consider toilet arrangements

i.e. adjacent to toilet, basic bucket black bags. You will also require, toilet rolls, wet wipes air freshener, water to flush your toilet is close to the shelter room will be needed ad no power no flushing toilet.

Water

Drink min 1 gallon per person per day. Have pop, tea, coffee packet soups. NB. Even in the cold you need to hydrate and drink as at any other time.

Food

All tinned food is cooked so can be eaten cold, but with a camping stove, kettle, pots and pans you can cook as “normal”.
Use paper plates and cups = no washing up and future fire starters.

Clothing

Wear layers, even in the room if feeling cold, woollen/fleece, hats, gloves and scarf.
Try to block drafts but DO NOT seal the room (you need to breath).

Keep mobile phones charged and have power packs for each one, keep one just for emergency calls and NOT for surfing or texting etc. emergency calls only and for that the most basic one will do.

Emergency mobile number is 112

Lightning

Torches, camping lights, solar lights, candles (above children height on firm base “tea lights”) keep lighters and matches etc. away from kids they are not toys.

Other Communication Systems

PMR Radios great within a defined area, e.g. an estate, a farm yard perhaps up to 3 to 5 miles line of sight depending on weather conditions.

CB radio as above but the distance legally can be 10 to 15 miles

Ham Radio with the correct equipment condition’s etc. around the world.

Consider also

Fire extinguisher/Fire buckets

Board games, pack of cards etc.

Thermometer to keep an eye on room temperature

Taping the inside of windows with clear plastic sheets will help retain heat

Russia Wants to Attack UK Infrastructure

The British defence secretary says Russia poses a threat to the UK and it does not necessarily entail plans to invade British shores.

Rather Gavin Williamson believes that the Kremlin is targeting British infrastructure and energy supply in a bid to cause “panic” and chaos.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Williamson said Russia was spying on Britain’s critical national infrastructure and had its eyes on energy lines that allowed the UK to trade gas and electricity with the continent.

“They are looking at these things because they are saying these are the ways that we can hurt Britain.

“If you could imagine the domestic and industrial chaos that this would actually cause. What they would do is cause the chaos and then step back.”

He said that Russia could target the UK through a cyber attack or from undersea activity.

Personally I no longer see Russia as an aggressor if in deed they ever where. But I do see them exploring all possibilities and methods of attack should things change in the future.

And let’s be honest I bet we are doing exactly the same thing.

I think they are looking for vulnerabilities, so they have many different options in their arsenal.

In face the chief of the defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach said that British undersea internet cables were vulnerable to a Russian attack.

Guy’s if the Gary MaKinnon can hack into NASA and the American Military Complex, if the NHS can be disabled by a simple but effective virus, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Russians could do this if the so wanted.

It’s got to be the way to go, in fact it would talk longer to trace the source of the threat/attack than to carry it out.

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bars

Ingredients

3 Cups of cereal (oatmeal, cornmeal, or wheat flakes)

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons honey

2 1/2 Cups powdered milk

1 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup water

Why not add raisons if you like

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.

Place in a small square dish and dry in the oven under very low heat.

Wrap and store

This will make 2 bars, each containing approx. 1000 calories or enough food for one day. These will store for a long time if they are cooked until quite dry, and are excellent for emergency packs, etc. Eat dry, or cooked in about 3/4 Cup of water.

One bar contains only half of the nutrients of the whole recipe and therefore you may wish to set aside two bars per day to get the following:

Probably the biggest problem is the low vitamin C. However, in a pinch, a person could live a long time off these bars alone.

They are also a bit short in the calorie department, but are excellent in protein, over half of the B vitamins, and excellent in the minerals category.

I think that nutritionally they really smash most of the expensive bars you can buy from the different shops etc. and properly sealed would probably last as long.

Although I actually make them just to take with me and they beat trail mix by miles.

High Energy Survival Bars

Ingredients

2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter

Directions

Mix all ingredients except for peanut butter through a meat grinder or use a pestle and mortar

Add peanut butter and mix well.

Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.

Cut into bars and wrap well.

This amount will make around 60 2 ounce bars

Homemade Survival Energy Bars

This homemade energy bar recipe is packed full of goodies and will sustain even the most exhausted prepper, survivalist or zombie hunter out there.

Wrap them individually and make extras for tucking into BOB (Bug Out Bags) or GHB (Get Home Bags) backpacks etc.

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola or your own mix of course.

1/2 cup raisins (or any chopped dried fruit)

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or your favourite nut)

A large box of M&M’s or smarties or again your choice.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Generously butter or oil an 8 x 8 inch square pan (preferably non-stick).

Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Stir in the granola, raisins, hazelnuts and M&M’s and mix until combined.

Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars or squares. Serves 8 to 12.

Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix. It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator/oven and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder/ pestle and mortar.

So you are stuck in snow

OK so you have a snow shovel in your vehicle during winter, you do have one don’t you? Having one can literally mean the difference between life and death… You should also have a vehicle emergency pack with essential survival items in case you have to spend the night in your car, or walk miles home in freezing weather.

Even if you have a snow shovel, if the road is frozen hard, even after digging out around the wheels, it can still be difficult to gain traction and get un-stuck.

In this situation there is a way you can get traction and get moving again. It can also work even if you didn’t have a snow shovel, so couldn’t dig out first, but only if the snow isn’t too deep.

This tip will only really work on hard surfaces such as roads, driveways and car parks, but here’s what to do –

If there is snow and you have a snow shovel, dig out as much snow around the wheels as possible. No snow shovel, then do this!

Take out the floor mats in your car, turn them upside down and place them in front and underneath the wheels which are spinning, this will obviously depend on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive.

Jump back in the car and try to drive forward slowly and steadily.  If you escape, be sure to run back and pick up your floor mats. If your car simply moved over the floor mats and immediately got stuck again, you can keep repeating the process and inch forward.

BREAK

Prepared for Disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you prepared?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think through the things you use on a daily basis.

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

Prepare for the worst weather that you might encounter.

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

Evacuation

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear attack/accident

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

The risk for others is the exposure to radiation.

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

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

This is called fallout radiation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bioterrorism

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

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

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

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

Thousands of victims would overwhelm medical services and die.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemical terrorism and hazardous spills

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

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

The CDC lists 58 known chemical warfare agents.

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

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

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

Natural disasters

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

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

Be prepared

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

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

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

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

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

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

And on that note:

In a new report that warns that the electric grid is the “prime target” of terrorists, Americans are being urged prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare.

“People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness,” said a just-published report to President Trump.

“There needs to be more individual accountability for preparedness,” adds the report, “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage,” from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security.

It looked at the potential of a power outage of up to six months and recommended Americans have enough supplies on hand for a minimum 14 days, a standard for some prepper organizations.

 

This Week’s Show 29th November 2018

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The Survival Axe Review

The Survival Axe is the ultimate outdoor multi tool. With 31 features, the tool will fully equip you for any situation you might come across.
The design incorporates an all-steel full tang and axe head with an ultra strong, lightweight glass filled nylon handle.



The resharpen-able hatchet blade is great for chopping, clearing debris, or demolition.

The hammer head and claw is great for pounding in and removing tent stakes or repairing your deer stand or survival shelter
The patented, integrated 6″ bi-metal saw blade folds out of the handle, locks into place, and will saw through just about anything you need it to.

The saw blade is easy to change depending on your situation.

The gas valve shut off wrench with integrated bottle opener saves the day in multiple ways.
This incredible, compact is only 11 inches long and weighs just over 1.5 pounds.

Large enough to do some serious damage if needed, but compact enough to fit into the glove box of your vehicle or your bug out bag.

Now anyone who knows me, knows my view on axes, suffice to say I do not own one. I designed the Titan survival knife and it is such a rival to the axe that A good friend Charlie Griffin names it the Naxe, as it was a cross over of the two.

So I now have an axe, but it is a very special axe, it’s a Survival Axe and I actually love it. So what changed my mind on axes, I hear you say, well, it was its build quality, design and performance combined with the price that impressed me.

With the non-slip grip it feels comfortable in my hand, in fact it feels just right not too heavy and very well balanced.

The question is, is it an axe with multi-functions? or a multi function tool with an axe head?

The answer is for me anyway an axe with multi-function tools. And I like that, because as an axe it will do what you want an axe to do and with ease.

But if you need to break your car window, cut your seatbelt, hammer, saw, bash, destroy, tighten or un-tighten nuts and bolts, carve feather sticks, prepare fuel for your fire, open a bottle of beer, hack, slash, pull, pry, saw, pierce and pound, then the Survival Axe is for you.

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Blizzard Condition Survival Kit (for your car)

You need some kind of kit for your vehicle during the winter season.
The most IMPOTANT SURVIVAL question: DO I NEED TO GO OUT IN THE FRIST PLACE.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle, (folding will do fine)…
Second thing you are going to want to do is get some kind of traction material to put under your tires.
Best sources: kitty litter, road salt, pea gravel, car mats, old carpet, branches, sticks or some kind of traction plating to lay under your tires.
If you can not get out then you need food so be sure to store some candy bars or high calorie foods in the car.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle. You must keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow/debris to prevent the build up of carbon monoxide gas which cannot be seen or smelt.
You will need warm clothing with extra hat, gloves scarf woollen/fleece type material, Thermos flask of hot drink, tea, coffee soup etc. torch, whistle for signalling, milar blanket/s, small bright coloured tarp/plastic sheet for shoeing up broken window (in crash) and to aid signalling to rescuers.
Charged mobile phone with “credit”, mobile charging cable, OTC medicines/ personal medications, toilet roll, waste bags “zip lock type” wet wipes/hand sanitiser.
Have at least 20% more fuel than the journey requires (running engine if stuck in snow to keep warm).
Find out if your vehicle is front wheel or rear wheel drive (see owners manual) put the traction item/s under the drive wheels.
Dress as though you are going to have to walk in the snow, and take the layers off when you get into the car. Boots, gortex coat, hat, gloves, etc.
If you are stuck long enough, you may need to urinate. How will you handle that?

Print this off and place it behind your drivers sun visor NOW!

Get READY for POWER CUTS Power Cut Advice

Select a room to live in that has an existing heating source, open fire, portable gas fire etc.

Your goal is to keep that room at a minimum of 18c ( you will not freeze to death)

You need to consider sleeping arrangements, mattresses of the beds, inflatable camping type mattresses, reclining chairs, couches etc.

Consider toilet arrangements

i.e. adjacent to toilet, basic bucket black bags. You will also require, toilet rolls, wet wipes air freshener, water to flush your toilet is close to the shelter room will be needed ad no power no flushing toilet.

Water

Drink min 1 gallon per person per day. Have pop, tea, coffee packet soups. NB. Even in the cold you need to hydrate and drink as at any other time.

Food

All tinned food is cooked so can be eaten cold, but with a camping stove, kettle, pots and pans you can cook as “normal”.
Use paper plates and cups = no washing up and future fire starters.

Clothing

Wear layers, even in the room if feeling cold, woollen/fleece, hats, gloves and scarf.
Try to block drafts but DO NOT seal the room (you need to breath).

Keep mobile phones charged and have power packs for each one, keep one just for emergency calls and NOT for surfing or texting etc. emergency calls only and for that the most basic one will do.

Emergency mobile number is 112

Lightning

Torches, camping lights, solar lights, candles (above children height on firm base “tea lights”) keep lighters and matches etc. away from kids they are not toys.

Other Communication Systems

PMR Radios great within a defined area, e.g. an estate, a farm yard perhaps up to 3 to 5 miles line of sight depending on weather conditions.

CB radio as above but the distance legally can be 10 to 15 miles

Ham Radio with the correct equipment condition’s etc. around the world.

Consider also

Fire extinguisher/Fire buckets

Board games, pack of cards etc.

Thermometer to keep an eye on room temperature

Taping the inside of windows with clear plastic sheets will help retain heat

Russia Wants to Attack UK Infrastructure

The British defence secretary says Russia poses a threat to the UK and it does not necessarily entail plans to invade British shores.

Rather Gavin Williamson believes that the Kremlin is targeting British infrastructure and energy supply in a bid to cause “panic” and chaos.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Williamson said Russia was spying on Britain’s critical national infrastructure and had its eyes on energy lines that allowed the UK to trade gas and electricity with the continent.

“They are looking at these things because they are saying these are the ways that we can hurt Britain.

“If you could imagine the domestic and industrial chaos that this would actually cause. What they would do is cause the chaos and then step back.”

He said that Russia could target the UK through a cyber attack or from undersea activity.

Personally I no longer see Russia as an aggressor if in deed they ever where. But I do see them exploring all possibilities and methods of attack should things change in the future.

And let’s be honest I bet we are doing exactly the same thing.

I think they are looking for vulnerabilities, so they have many different options in their arsenal.

In face the chief of the defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach said that British undersea internet cables were vulnerable to a Russian attack.

Guy’s if the Gary MaKinnon can hack into NASA and the American Military Complex, if the NHS can be disabled by a simple but effective virus, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Russians could do this if the so wanted.

It’s got to be the way to go, in fact it would talk longer to trace the source of the threat/attack than to carry it out.

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bars

Ingredients

3 Cups of cereal (oatmeal, cornmeal, or wheat flakes)

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons honey

2 1/2 Cups powdered milk

1 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup water

Why not add raisons if you like

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.

Place in a small square dish and dry in the oven under very low heat.

Wrap and store

This will make 2 bars, each containing approx. 1000 calories or enough food for one day. These will store for a long time if they are cooked until quite dry, and are excellent for emergency packs, etc. Eat dry, or cooked in about 3/4 Cup of water.

One bar contains only half of the nutrients of the whole recipe and therefore you may wish to set aside two bars per day to get the following:

Probably the biggest problem is the low vitamin C. However, in a pinch, a person could live a long time off these bars alone.

They are also a bit short in the calorie department, but are excellent in protein, over half of the B vitamins, and excellent in the minerals category.

I think that nutritionally they really smash most of the expensive bars you can buy from the different shops etc. and properly sealed would probably last as long.

Although I actually make them just to take with me and they beat trail mix by miles.

High Energy Survival Bars

Ingredients

2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter

Directions

Mix all ingredients except for peanut butter through a meat grinder or use a pestle and mortar

Add peanut butter and mix well.

Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.

Cut into bars and wrap well.

This amount will make around 60 2 ounce bars

Homemade Survival Energy Bars

This homemade energy bar recipe is packed full of goodies and will sustain even the most exhausted prepper, survivalist or zombie hunter out there.

Wrap them individually and make extras for tucking into BOB (Bug Out Bags) or GHB (Get Home Bags) backpacks etc.

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola or your own mix of course.

1/2 cup raisins (or any chopped dried fruit)

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts (or your favourite nut)

A large box of M&M’s or smarties or again your choice.

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Generously butter or oil an 8 x 8 inch square pan (preferably non-stick).

Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

Stir in the granola, raisins, hazelnuts and M&M’s and mix until combined.

Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes.

Cool and cut into bars or squares. Serves 8 to 12.

Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix. It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator/oven and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder/ pestle and mortar.

So you are stuck in snow

OK so you have a snow shovel in your vehicle during winter, you do have one don’t you? Having one can literally mean the difference between life and death… You should also have a vehicle emergency pack with essential survival items in case you have to spend the night in your car, or walk miles home in freezing weather.

Even if you have a snow shovel, if the road is frozen hard, even after digging out around the wheels, it can still be difficult to gain traction and get un-stuck.

In this situation there is a way you can get traction and get moving again. It can also work even if you didn’t have a snow shovel, so couldn’t dig out first, but only if the snow isn’t too deep.

This tip will only really work on hard surfaces such as roads, driveways and car parks, but here’s what to do –

If there is snow and you have a snow shovel, dig out as much snow around the wheels as possible. No snow shovel, then do this!

Take out the floor mats in your car, turn them upside down and place them in front and underneath the wheels which are spinning, this will obviously depend on whether your car is front or rear wheel drive.

Jump back in the car and try to drive forward slowly and steadily.  If you escape, be sure to run back and pick up your floor mats. If your car simply moved over the floor mats and immediately got stuck again, you can keep repeating the process and inch forward.

Survival Cooking and Foraging

Although cooking outdoors is often a great way to prepare food, the chances are that, in a survival situation, you’re not going to have the right types of food or cooking utensils to make it much of a pleasurable experience….or, so you might think!

Your skills and knowledge of how to gather food and water using natural means and to prepare it correctly will often give you an even greater sense of achievement and will boost your morale even further which is important, in addition to providing you with the nutrients which will help you to survive.

Initial Preparation

Unless you’re an expert in foods in the wild which can be eaten raw, you need to ensure that you cook all the food which you’ve harvested thoroughly to make sure it’s free from parasites and you should check that there are no visible signs of disease or abnormalities.

This goes for plants too, some of which are safe to eat when cooked but highly toxic if eaten raw.

Different Methods of Cooking

Rock Boiling

This technique comes in handy when you’ve not got a container which can be placed upon or over an open fire. You need to gather some small rocks or stones which won’t shatter or crumble and heat them in the fire for about 2 hours.

In a survival situation, make sure you have a backup set of rocks in the fire when the others have been removed to help with the continual cooking. Once the rocks are hot enough, you can remove them from the fire and put them into your container of water which will then begin to boil.

At that point, you can start adding your food to the container to cook it. You need to ensure that you’ve got more rocks to add if you want the pot (or whatever your container is made from) to keep boiling.

Spit Cooking

You can make a spit out of a sapling and simply skewer a gutted, skinned and cleaned small animal or fish which you can then suspend over the heat turning it regularly. To ensure its cooked through, it’s better to do this over coals or some other type of low intensity burning material as opposed to over open flame.

Pit Cooking

This is great if you want to steam your food. Basically, you need to dig a pit or hole in the ground and line the bottom of it with rocks.

Then, build a fire on top of the rocks and let that burn for a couple of hours until the rocks beneath are red hot.

Then scrape out the remainder of the fire and place some non-poisonous grasses about 7 or 8 inches deep on top of the rocks.

You then place the food you’re cooking on top of the grasses. Wrapping the food in large leaves first is often a good idea if you want to seal in the juices from your food.

Then place some more grasses and seal the pit with some bark or similar material and some earth. After a couple of hours, just remove the earth, bark and grasses, not forgetting they’ll be hot and your food will taste delicious and it’s a method that also helps to retain the food’s natural juices.

Rock Frying

Following a similar process to the rock boiling technique, once again heat the rocks in the fire and, once removed, you can use them almost like a frying pan.

Other alternative methods include building a rock oven for baking but for a quicker solution to cooking things more slowly, use a rock or slab of wood as a reflector by propping it at about a 45 degree angle from the fire.

As it heats up, you can then use it like a grill remembering to turn the food over to ensure its evenly cooked.

Enjoying a meal when faced with a survival situation is going to be a fantastic morale booster and the gathering of the food and its preparation is all part of that.

Not only will it help pass the time of day and keep your mind occupied, it will sustain you and give you energy for the days ahead, should a rescue or escape not be immediate.

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Temptation

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

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

What You Can Eat in the Wild

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

Dandelion leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, the roots make a welcoming hot drink (if you’re not I

n a survival situation and want a natural snack, the flower itself can be dipped in batter and made into a fritter).

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

You may also find more common foods like blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. However, be absolutely sure you know what you are eating before putting it in your mouth and also remember that some wild plants need to be cooked before they are safe to eat.

What Not to Eat in the Wild

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

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

Plants with shiny leaves or with umbrella flowers or which have yellow or white berries or a milky sap (except dandelions) are also highly ‘suspicious’ and should be avoided. And if a plant gives off a pungent odour, you’re better off leaving it alone.

Other Food Survival Tips

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

This is not the case.

Also, make sure that if you’ve found what you know is a patch of plants that are edible that all the plants you gather are the same species, as there may be similar looking plants growing in the same area but which are highly dangerous.

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

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

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

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

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn

BREAK

Prepared for Disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you prepared?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Think through the things you use on a daily basis.

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

Prepare for the worst weather that you might encounter.

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

Evacuation

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

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

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

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

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

Nuclear attack/accident

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

The risk for others is the exposure to radiation.

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

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

This is called fallout radiation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bioterrorism

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

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

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

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

Thousands of victims would overwhelm medical services and die.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chemical terrorism and hazardous spills

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

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

The CDC lists 58 known chemical warfare agents.

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

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

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

Natural disasters

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

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

Be prepared

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beginning Prepping

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Small Lists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prioritize The Items On Each List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Periodically Review Your Lists

Things change. Focus changes. Life situations change.

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

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

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

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

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

Make A Perishables List

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

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

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

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

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

You will need:

Food

Portable Water Purifier

Fire Building Tools

Cooking equipment

Change of Clothes

First Aid Kit

Specialty Care Items

Navigation Tools

Portable Shelter

Hygiene Kit

Comfort Items

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

Food

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

Be sure to select nonperishable food items, such as:

Tinned meats and fruit

Beef Jerky

MREs

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

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

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

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

Remember eat what you store and store what you eat

Portable Water Purifier

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

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

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

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

Fire Lighting Tools

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

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

Good quality survival knife

Change of Clothes

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

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

First Aid Kit

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

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

Specialty Care Items

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

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

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

Navigation Tools

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

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

Portable Shelter

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

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

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

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

Hygiene Kit

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

Be sure to include:

Soap

Shampoo

Feminine Products

Toilet Roll

Comfort Items

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

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

Get Ready

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

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

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So where do I keep it, I mean, the glove box or my EDC bag or BOB?

So, I have actually tried all three locations at a week each.

my glove box.

I placed it in their and thought I will never need it as I have managed very well without one for years.

While waiting to pick someone up, I took it out of the glove box and noticing my finger nails where filthy I used the multi-tool to clean and file them. The knife and survival card also did the same job very well.

I though I’d see what the rest of the kit would do as I was early anyway. I was parked down the road in a lay bay on a country road, so the universal chain saw was asking to be used, it as I expected did a great job in sawing it’s way through different branch sizes, and when tried on a gate post it had no problem with seasoned wood either.

Next was the compass, I tested this against my car nav system and it performed very well indeed, and would certainly keep you on a basic bearing to safety.

The whistle and the key chain flash-light both did what it says on the tin, nothing special with them.

The Tactical Pen, is a delight to use, it writes very well, it is comfortable to hold and it leaves deep dents in wooden posts, it penetrates 2ltr pop bottles like butter and I have no doubt that it will smash any car window should I need to.

The survival card has a blade which actually works, a jagged edge/saw teeth and that does saw into standing wood quite easily. But more importantly it also has a bottle opener.

The lightweight folding knife is very light, but super strong, you could use it for game prep, basic camp work, OK, you will not chop down trees or fight a rabbid dog with it, but it was not designed for that, it is a simple, well made small blade.

The zoomable LED flash light is remarkable indeed, due to it’s Super Bright 350 Lumens Zoomable LED Lens Producing An Intense Beam of Light of up to 600 feet or more.

I love it. Imaging being stuck on a road in the dark, or having to change a wheel in the dark, it is a life saver. Of course it would save the day if you dropped your keys in the dark, or where out fishing, hunting or simply out late night walking.

Yes I can see it being very useful in my glove box for all the reasons above, however I think more importantly it’s the peace of mine it gives me that is worth even more to me, the simple confidence that should I need it, it’s there for me.

Week two I kept it in my EDC bag, and never used it once. Perhaps, in my mindset my EDC bag is for emergencies only. I don’t know but there it is.

The third week was also the very same, I never used it once as my BOB is for just that, and I did not bug-out that week.

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BREAK

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.

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.

A Tough Question

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about a major SHTF event?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Civil Unrest

Civil Unrest has occurred in pockets across the country over the past few years and is perhaps one of the more likely scenarios that could adversely affect us in the future.

It’s possible that we could see more protests and riots like those organized in Ferguson, here in the UK.

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence
in government, or storms that leave people homeless.

Or at least that is our perception, I however am aware of under hand police tactics used to infiltrate groups of peaceful protesters and stepping the level of protest up
to and including violence, therefore justifying the police taking action to
disperse what was planned to be a peaceful law abiding protest.

Of course there is always the chance of peaceful protests turning violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.
These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at
what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

While civil unrest is something that can strike any part of the country it is perhaps the most straightforward to avoid.

In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs. On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in London or the Bradford riots.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest? Having lived in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles I can say that I have seen
many street riots but avoided many, many more by simply staying away from their
location, going around it or putting of traveling that day until things had calmed down.

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news. Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.

If you hear there will be picketing, protests, or even a “peaceful march” in a particular location you should avoidn those areas completely.

If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it for another day or better location outside the city. Simply staying away
from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.
Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much
tougher to do…

If for some reason you find yourself in a place that is quickly becoming a hot spot you should leave the area immediately and by any means possible.

If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way to go. Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

There is always the possibility that civil unrest could become more widespread than it has in the past.

If that is the case you should have plans in place to fortify your home I recommend using the plywood you should have stored in your garage and covering up any vulnerable windows.

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched. As any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

Personally I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

So, while there are many disaster scenarios that we can do very little to avoid (although we can still prep and plan for them) civil unrest is one situation that with good situational awareness we can avoid altogether.

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.

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Are You Ready

That’s a great question, as it should be followed with another, “Ready for What”

Well let’s see what could affect us

State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives.

The Department of Homeland Security reported that over the last year, Russia’s military intelligence agency had infiltrated the control rooms of power plants across the United States. In theory, that could enable it to take control of parts of the grid by remote control.

While the department cited “hundreds of victims” of the attacks, far more than they had previously acknowledged, there is no evidence that the hackers tried to take over the plants, as Russian actors did in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

Ireland’s national cyber security centre confirmed it was investigating attacks on the country’s electricity supply board that could have seen hackers knock out grid in Northern Ireland

These RUSSIAN hackers have attacked energy networks operating in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland in an attempt to gain control of the system.

Nuclear war

While only two nuclear weapons have been used in war so far – at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II – and nuclear stockpiles are down from their the peak they reached in the Cold War, it is a mistake to think that nuclear war is impossible. In fact, it might not be improbable.

The Cuban Missile crisis was very close to turning nuclear. If we assume one such event every 69 years and a one in three chance that it might go all the way to being nuclear war, the chance of such a catastrophe increases to about one in 200 per year.

Worse still, the Cuban Missile crisis was only the most well-known case. The history of Soviet-US nuclear deterrence is full of close calls and dangerous mistakes.

The actual probability has changed depending on international tensions, but it seems implausible that the chances would be much lower than one in 1000 per year.

A full-scale nuclear war between major powers would kill hundreds of millions of people directly or through the near aftermath – an unimaginable disaster. But that is not enough to make it an existential risk.

Bioengineered pandemic

Natural pandemics have killed more people than wars. However, natural pandemics are unlikely to be existential threats: there are usually some people resistant to the pathogen, and the offspring of survivors would be more resistant.

Evolution also does not favour parasites that wipe out their hosts, which is why syphilis went from a virulent killer to a chronic disease as it spread in Europe.

Unfortunately we can now make diseases nastier. One of the more famous examples is how the introduction of an extra gene in mousepox – the mouse version of smallpox – made it far more lethal and able to infect vaccinated individuals.

Recent work on bird flu has demonstrated that the contagiousness of a disease can be deliberately boosted.

Right now the risk of somebody deliberately releasing something devastating is low. But as biotechnology gets better and cheaper, more groups will be able to make diseases worse.

Most work on bioweapons have been done by governments looking for something controllable, because wiping out humanity is not militarily useful.

But there are always some people who might want to do things because they can. Others have higher purposes.

For instance, the Aum Shinrikyo cult tried to hasten the apocalypse using bioweapons beside their more successful nerve gas attack. Some people think the Earth would be better off without humans, and so on.

Superintelligence

Intelligence is very powerful. A tiny increment in problem-solving ability and group coordination is why we left the other apes in the dust.

Now their continued existence depends on human decisions, not what they do. Being smart is a real advantage for people and organisations, so there is much effort in figuring out ways of improving our individual and collective intelligence: from cognition-enhancing drugs to artificial-intelligence software.

The problem is that intelligent entities are good at achieving their goals, but if the goals are badly set they can use their power to cleverly achieve disastrous ends.

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the control over matter with atomic or molecular precision.

That is in itself not dangerous – instead, it would be very good news for most applications. The problem is that, like biotechnology, increasing power also increases the potential for abuses that are hard to defend against.

The big problem is not the infamous “grey goo” of self-replicating nanomachines eating everything. That would require clever design for this very purpose.

It is tough to make a machine replicate: biology is much better at it, by default. Maybe some maniac would eventually succeed, but there are plenty of more low-hanging fruits on the destructive technology tree.

The most obvious risk is that atomically precise manufacturing looks ideal for rapid, cheap manufacturing of things like weapons. In a world where any government could “print” large amounts of autonomous or semi-autonomous weapons (including facilities to make even more) arms races could become very fast – and hence unstable, since doing a first strike before the enemy gets a too large an advantage might be tempting.

Weapons can also be small, precision things: a “smart poison” that acts like a nerve gas but seeks out victims, or ubiquitous “gnatbot” surveillance systems for keeping populations obedient seems entirely possible.

Also, there might be ways of getting nuclear proliferation and climate engineering into the hands of anybody who wants it.

I cannot judge the likelihood of existential risk from future nanotechnology, but it looks like it could be potentially disruptive just because it can give us whatever we wish for.

Unknown unknowns

The most unsettling possibility is that there is something out there that is very deadly, and we have no clue about it.

The silence in the sky might be evidence for this. Is the absence of aliens due to that life or intelligence is extremely rare, or that intelligent life tends to get wiped out.

If there is a future Great Filter, it must have been noticed by other civilisations too, and even that didn’t help.

Whatever the threat is, it would have to be something that is nearly unavoidable even when you know it is there, no matter who and what you are. We do not know about any such threats (none of the others on this list work like this), but they might exist.

UK GOV, Threatens it’s OWN People with Military Force.

The traitors in Westminster who are the root cause of any protests or civil unrest, are now using Brexit as an excuse to impose martial law and take away liberties from England’s indigenous population.

The UK has already cracked down on its citizens by becoming the world’s foremost surveillance state allowing its police and intelligence agencies to spy on its own people to a degree that is unprecedented for a democracy.

The UN’s privacy chief has called the situation “worse than scary.”

Now the land of George Orwell has the possibility of martial law to accompany the extreme surveillance.

Britain has always been a testing ground for the New World Order, and the elites are taking huge strides towards imprisoning the population forever.

As far as I am concerned the gov are anticipating civil unrest, because it’s part of their plan..

In fact it is what they want.

This gov has totally screwed up the country, and they needed someone, or something else to blame it on.

They got their scape goat on a plate, Brexit was perfect for this purpose, and a convenient excuse to get boots on the street.

They have planned the 20,000 less police on our streets, knowing those left cannot cope, giving them the reason to put troops on our streets,

They have engineered the country into two opposing camps, remain and brexiteers, so we would fight against each other, and then use this as an excuse to implement martial law.

Divide and conquer has been used many times to take control of a people.
The population are too busy sitting on a couch drinking cheap lager watching curry nation street.

Article 11 is closely linked to freedom of expression as it applies to protests, marches and demonstrations, counter-demonstrations, press conferences, public and private meetings and more – but it does not protect intentionally violent protest.

People turn to Article 11 when public authorities stop a demonstration going ahead, take steps in advance to disrupt a demonstration or store personal information on those taking part.

The State can’t interfere with your right to protest just because it disagrees with protesters’ views, because it’s likely to be inconvenient and cause a nuisance or because there might be tension and heated exchange between opposing groups.

Instead it must take reasonable steps to enable you to protest and to protect participants in peaceful demonstrations from disruption by others.

Let’s pretend that the UK has been placed under MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the legal process. Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding military weapons.

Never take the government’s word at face value-except when they tell you that they’ll kill you.

Government and its components of career politicians, bureaucratic vermin, and their agents of enforcement, the SS ninja wannabes, have survived on illusion and lies, and for a lot longer than you’d think.

It’s the very nature of the job; being part of an empire wrapped in the cloak of British political traditions of Freedom, that corrupts. all that power, attracting the most venal along with the most patriotic to defend Britain.

All that license under ever mutable law written by money whores to lie, steal, embezzle, blackmail, extort, poison, torture, enslave, murder.

Is it any wonder then, that such human scum would get together and work “the system” to set themselves up as kings, dispensing with the pretty coverings of Constitutional limitations.

They take as much as they can, while keeping YOU ASLEEP, AS YOU LET YOURSELF BE SEDUCED AND PUT ASLEEP BY THEIR FELLOW TRAVELERS IN THE MEDIA AND CORPORATE BOARDROOMS.

Do NOT tell anyone anything that could get you in trouble.

Assume anything can get you in trouble, because it probably will.

Especially with any government official, but anyone looking to gaining a favour with the state can and will snitch on you.

The rat who would sell you out for his thirty pieces could be: A small businessman looking for an in with the state so he can make money a little easier.

A former friend who’s looking to get some revenge.

Someone desperate for even some food.

Times are tough and will get tougher. Again, KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!

Review the remaining rules of surviving MARTIAL LAW with this in mind.

Because some rat on two legs you say the wrong thing to, WILL snitch to the “authorities” in exchange for favours or even brownie points, and then you get to find out how ironclad KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT is.

ANY AUTHORITY FIGURE IS THE ENEMY!

Unless you are waging a war of liberation-gathering intelligence or spreading disinformation or infiltrating-have no relation with nor voluntary contact with any soldier, police officer, bureaucrat, or anyone in authority in private life cooperating with MARTIAL LAW.

Assume they’re all liars, con artists, hustlers, thieves, and sellouts.

Same goes to any fellow travellers in big business; they and government have been in the same bed for centuries.

Stay away from them as much as possible. Tell them lies. Don’t do any business with them. Unless they’re sticking a gun in your face don’t even acknowledge that they exist. Shun them, their family and any sycophants that fawn over them for a few favours.

PERSONAL SURVIVAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OBEYING ANY DICTATE!

If you’re prohibited from having an item that helps you survive, get the item, review AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

If you’re prohibited from having extra food, medicine, guns (no brainer) then you will CACHE your prohibited items in a place where they won’t easily be found.

Use your imagination. One idea is to store “whatever” in sealtight waterproof containers in remote wooded areas, known ONLY TO YOU!

Firearms are metallic; they can be detected by metal detectors unless you store them deep underground or in a place they won’t think of looking right away, like sealed in wider metallic tubes, away from your property.

HELP OUT THOSE WHO ARE RESISTING!

They, unlike you, have decided that there’s nothing to lose and therefore deserve anyone’s help who’s willing to risk their lives.

Do you think MARTIAL LAW is going away on it’s own?

Those bastards in black will have a sudden change of heart and do something worthwhile for a change and not oppress you?

At The VERY LEAST: have extra food, water for resistance fighters, basic medical supplies, ammo caches (hint, these should be concealed).

Those who fight will need to keep hidden, yet be able to communicate with fellow fighters.

You can be a intermediary. If you have skills, like welding, machine tools, chemistry, you can make weapons, ammo, other things the resistance needs.

If you have inside information, share it. If you have videography experience, tools,

Make how-to videos on resisting the theft of your freedoms. If You have medical training, Set up an underground hospital.

With the utmost care develop a SURVIVAL NETWORK.

This is a group of people with skills and/or resources who can help each other in areas they would be lacking on their own.

It could be anything from extra food, medicine, repair parts, fuel, transportation-whatever.

In any given neighbourhood you can have machinists (weapon makers), medical personnel, drivers (good knowledge of local roads), gardeners (agriculture knowledge base).

Petty bureaucrats secretly opposing martial law are prime candidates to spy, steal, or commit sabotage.

Computer technicians can hack government systems and create surveillance systems.

Construction workers can build secret rooms to hide anything from a arms cache to a secret factory. People in the media can smuggle cameras and work with computer techs to bug enemy meetings, and produce freedom media that documents successful means of resisting.

Salesmen can “borrow” merchandise from their stores for use, anything and everything is useful.

Especially useful will be disgruntled cops and military who can provide everything from intel on raids to weapons to training.

Keep the numbers of your group “small”: smaller cells are more difficult to penetrate by enemy agents and professional snitches.

Keeping that in mind, a means of communication independent from wiretapped phones and audible eavesdropping devices must be developed amongst you.

Runners can be an athlete or a kid on a bike.

They can carry small packages, or notes.

A mail drop can be a home, a hollowed out tree trunk, a hole in the ground, an open fence pole, anything. Just be sure it’s discreetly out of sight of surveillance.

Get contacts with Patriots and be the most reliable source of intelligence you can be. Every bit of drag on the government beast helps, perhaps in botching that paperwork, breaking that surveillance camera in disguise, or misdirecting that bureaucrat or soldier cop.

That act might be the beginning of a butterfly effect of bringing down the state of MARTIAL LAW and restoring Freedom to our country.

Always keep that in mind. You must find your own way, but find it you must, if you want what was stolen from you back!

Red Like Reagan

Now I’m very excited indeed to have permission from a country artist who tells it like it is and has his head switched on.

Besides which he can sing the birds off the branches and play his guitar like a serenading romeo.

Remember when the snowflakes and the hollywood legends in their own lunch time said” If Trump gets in we will leave the States. It never happened, as they know which side their butter is on.

Here is a song about just that, by the one and only Buddy Brown.

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A Sign of the Times and What To Do

Over the past four years, there has been a significant rise in acid attacks across the UK.

In 2016, there were 454 attacks compared to 216 in 2015 and 162 in 2012, according to the BBC.

While full figures haven’t been made available for this year, there has been several high-profile instances reported over the past couple of months alone. Last month, the Evening Standard reported that six people had acid thrown over them in London in just 24 hours.

The instances have become so prevalent that senior doctors have now waded in to warn bystanders that they can make a real difference to the victim if they act fast.

The first step, consultant emergency physician Johann Grundlingh and colleagues write, is to remove the victim from further exposure as soon as possible.

“Irrigation of the affected area with copious amounts of water is vital to remove the chemical and should be performed as soon as possible to minimise the long term effects of scarring and need for surgical reconstruction,”.

Even when the victim is in the emergency department, it is important to continue washing off all the acid with water “starting at the area of contamination or the face or eyes”.

Here is further advice if you or someone you witness has suffered a chemical burn.

Remove the chemical while protecting yourself. Wear gloves or use a towel.

Remove contaminated clothing or jewellery to prevent further burning.

Rinse the burn immediately with a gentle steady stream of cool tap water for 10 minutes or more.

A shower can be used as can mild soap on skin.

You must protect your eyes when washing acid off your skin.

Loosely apply a dry bandage, gauze or clean cotton clothing.

You should seek emergency care if:

The person is showing signs of shock (fainting, pale or shallow breathing).

The chemical has burnt through the first layer of skin and blisters have formed

The burn covers an area more than three inches in diameter and if the burn goes all the way round a limb or involves the eyes, hands, feet, face, groin, buttocks or a major joint like the knee or elbow.

Helping or getting help as soon as possible is essential because acid burns can cause physical and mental distress to people for the rest of their lives.

Prepping Requires Preparation

Perhaps you are asking, “what is prepping,” or are just perhaps beginning your prepping journey.

Either way, let me introduce it to you now to, self-insure you and your family against life.

Prepping is better than insurance.

With normal insurance, you pay and pay. You must pay, even if you never use it. That’s just how insurance works.

With prepping, you self-insure against things you believe will happen. The things you prepare for could be as minor as a burst water main or as major as an N.B.C. event.

Some preppers are even preparing for the end of the world – prepping offers something for everybody.

The best part is, many of the preparations (preps for short) you put into place will add value to your life – even if the reason you put those preparations into place never happens.

Try saying that about insurance!

Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety

Before you can prepare for something in a quality way, you need to understand it. The best way to do that is to study the thing you are preparing for.

It’s really that simple, OK?

There are some basic preparations that everyone will want to put in place, but there are even more that only some people will adopt. Preparing for the end of the world falls into that last category.

Few people have unlimited resources, so learn which events are likely to happen to you and your family.

I suggest that you start with your home and slowly broaden your scope. How broad of a focus you expand to is up to you, but you should eventually expand your focus to include – at least – your county or region.

Home

Neighborhood

City or Town

County

Region

Country?

If you ever consider preparing for a pandemic, you may even expand your focus to the world at large.

That way, you have advanced notice for when to start staying home and avoiding people.

Make sure you consider time when you’re preparing too.

Otherwise, you may just be really prepared for one thing for a long time.

As a rule of thumb, start at a 3-day minimum and increase the time you’re prepared for to a week.

Then, just keep adding time – one week at a time.

If you win the lotto – or are just well off – you might add a month at a time or more.

The important thing here is that you’re prepared for the scope you have chosen to focus on and can survive for the time that you have chosen to prepare for. Balance it out.

Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks

Once you’ve identified the things you feel you should prepare for, it’s important to put together a plan.

Unless you’re far more gifted than most people, your plan will become involved enough that you need to write it down.

Write down your plan.

This will help you remember the events you wanted to prepare for and the order you decided to prepare for each event. In other words, writing down your plan will help you take the quickest, least expensive path from where you are to where you want to be.

You should also factor time into your plan.

enough basic preparations in place to last you and your family a week is better than making sure you can survive anything for a day. Start simple and slowly build to increase the time and events you are prepared for.

Gas masks are sexier than adding to your water and food storage, but having stored water and food will be useful more frequently than the gas mask.

Don’t design your plan for sexy. Design your plan for practical everyday needs – factoring in the events you know are going to happen.

Prepping Requires Actual Preparation

You can study and plan to the end of time, but until you start putting your plan into place you are not prepared.

It can be fun to surf YouTube and watch all the nifty little hacks that people have come up with to turn empty soda cans into a solar heater, but doing this will not heat your home.

It can be fun to imagine how you might follow these videos to do the same – to imagine how cool it would be to do the same. You can feel somewhat fulfilled by seeing the results they achieved, but that’s a false feeling.

How do you know you can do the same thing unless you try? How do you know you can do something unless you first practice that skill?

Maybe there was a critical step not included in the video and you only think you have a full set of instructions.

Until you practice that new skill or test the preparations you have bought or created, you have no idea if you are prepared.

It’s a Habit

Hopefully you have read many books on prepping and what to prep for, and you should have practiced it several times at home, and that is good.

Learning the basic skills to be prepared and to survive is a necessity and gives us the power of self-reliance.

But knowledge is far different from habit, which is more important. Brushing your teeth is a habit.

So is smoking. These actions come on autopilot and do not require you to stop and analyze it first.

Whatever habit you may have, it is formed to free our brains for more complicated issues. It helps us save mental energy and prevents stress.

Disaster preparedness is one habit that you certainly should have.

Though most of these habits can be inherent or instinctual, some of them can be acquired or learned. Look at these habits of a prepper that you might discover you already have, or want to acquire.

Organized People Do Better

Being organized is one of the basic and common characteristics of a prepper. This habit is usually instinctual or engrained over the course of an individual’s life.

Chances are you are already an organized person. Regularly cleaning up your desk and making sure every item is on its right place, sorting your rubbish, folding your clothes and putting them away, these are signs of being organized. Having this habit alone can increase your chance of survival when disaster strikes.

Question Everything

It’s not about being skeptic or being a pessimist. It’s about knowing the facts and understanding the logic before accepting the truth or making decisions. Questioning everything is a habit that highly effective preppers have.

They question skills (Is it useful? Is it the most efficient way to achieve the goal?), products or goods (Will it last? Is it a good product?), and knowledge (Is it true? Is it proven?). Knowing what is true and logical helps people make good decisions.

Learning Is Breathing

Effective preppers always look for an addition to their skillset and knowledge base. They want to learn more useful and efficient skills and put them into practice, and want to be the person who knows what to do.

These people know what to do in emergency situations, they know what survival tools are and have them ready, and are very flexible. They focus on learning how to be self-reliant and to make use of what is readily available.

If you do not know what skills are necessary, try to take courses online, attend night school or ask your friends who share the same interest.

There Is Always Another Way

I would say that one of the most common survivor traits is the ability to improvise. Survivalists seek for another way to do things in case the usual path is not an option. These people usually have a higher chance of survival when SHTF.

Most preppers prepare not only for the actual disaster but for the aftermath, and when that time comes, your improvisational skills will be very useful.

Always Have A Plan

If the truth where known, most families are aware of the importance of emergency preparedness but roughly half of all Americans and even less Brits have discussed or developed an emergency plan with their family. We like to think we are prepared when in fact, we only know about being prepared but haven’t put it into action.

People who have good survival habits always have a plan and can execute it. You can practice this habit with your daily, weekly or even monthly activities and at the same time, plan for emergency situations. Also, make sure you plan food stocks wisely. 

Stay Physically and Mentally Fit

When disaster strikes, it’s hard to maintain focus and think properly. If that happens, all your planning will go to waste.

That’s why preppers always stay fit mentally and physically.

They are ready to make rational decisions quickly under the most adverse of circumstances. Also, they are prepared to walk long distances, carry heavy objects and to do other physically demanding tasks necessary for survival—looking for a survival food for example.

Action Beats Preparation

It really pays to be prepared. Having your emergency food supply ready, knowing the bug-out-plan, and knowing what to do in disastrous situations is vital.

Survivors are those who perform and not those who know what to do. They are not people who are fearless, but they are ready to face their fears to do what needs to be done.

They Keep Their Heads Out of The Sand

People who know what’s happening around them always have an advantage in terms of survival over those who are just going with the flow.

These people don’t allow themselves to be caught off guard. They keep themselves aware of the news, current events, and weather forecasts to be able to respond appropriately. While not all situations are predictable, it pays to be ready as early as possible. Aside from depending on the news, observe your surroundings and be mindful of what can happen.

Being prepared is not a one-time thing. Having your survival food kits or emergency tools such as flashlights, matches or whistles are simply not enough.

You need to make it a habit.

If you don’t, your knowledge might be useless in situations that might cause panic. Building a habit that can benefit you when disasters strike is not that hard, but you need to put in time and effort.

And the best way to practice is with your family members or with other members of the community.

Engage them in activities that can help them be aware of what to do in such situations and practice it. Make your family a team, and make your team your family.

Basic knowledge is not going to help you and thinking might come second when your instincts prevail.

As mentioned, habits come on autopilot and do not need analysis thus saving you time, energy, and probably your life.

Surviving post SHTF

So, you will not have to scavenge post SHTF because you already have everything you need, you have prepped, you are OK, Well maybe, maybe not.

Even if you’ve been prepping for years, it’s still possible you forgot a few things. But even if you didn’t, you could still end up in a situation where you need something you never thought you’d need.

What if one of your group becomes pregnant or a parent with a small child joins your group? You may have to go looking for baby food, nappies etc.

What if your prescription medications are lost or destroyed? You may have to go looking for replacement meds. What if vital equipment is damaged? What if you need parts for your shelter or vehicle?

These are just a few possibilities off the top of my head. There are dozens more situations you won’t think of until you’re in them.

The point is, you may have no other choice but to scavenge for supplies after the SHTF. If someone’s life is on the line, you’ll have no choice.

Send a Scout

If you know the area you want to search, it’s a good idea to send a scout with binoculars, a radio, and a gun.

Scouts should watch the area for a few hours to make sure no one is living there and that there is no one lying in wait.

You might think I am going over the top here, but some people become very dangerous when there are no police to keep them in check. The last thing you want is to get robbed or possibly killed while scavenging for supplies.

The radio is so your scout can stay in touch. If the area is compromised or not worth the trouble,
the group’s leader can instruct the scout to return or to check another area.

This is another good reason why you should have a CB radio as part of your preps.

If you lose contact with your scout, you’ll know something is wrong and can send reinforcements.

But the reinforcements need to be careful not to wander into a trap. The purpose of the scout’s gun should be obvious.

When surveying the area, the scout needs to note any obstacles that might make the area more
trouble than it’s worth.

Examples include barbed wire fences, high walls, ditches, streams, and so forth. All these things might make it too difficult or dangerous to lug back supplies.

check for vehicle access as this would speed the operation up.

The scout should also note whether any buildings in question have been damaged by things such as
bombs and or looters etc. You don’t want the stairs you’re climbing to collapse or a ceiling to fall on your head while you’re digging through rubble.

You and your group will have to weigh the costs versus the benefits and the risks versus then rewards before searching an area.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve decided where to go and what to look for, you’ll have to decide who to send. Never send
someone alone. He or she could twist an ankle or something and need help returning to camp.

Also, there could be heavy obstacles or supplies that require at least two people to move. And remember, one person is far more likely to be robbed or killed than a group of people.

Of course, you should send several people, but that depends on how many you can spare. You don’t want to leave children alone at your camp.

Everyone who goes should bring a sturdy backpack along with several empty bags (cloth, mesh, or
even rubbish bags for light stuff), work gloves, a multitool, a good knife, a flashlight, a gun, a face mask, and goggles.

Those last two are in case the location’s air is full of dust, smoke, or toxic chemicals. At least one person in the group should also have a crowbar.

And if you need fuel, don’t forget to bring a siphon and a fuel container

If you have several areas to search, you’ll have to decide the order in which to search them.

It’s better to start farther out and work your way back toward camp so you don’t waste energy carrying
supplies farther than necessary.

But if you know the heaviest items are going to be in a place, you might want to go there last.

If scavenging your area is going to take several days or weeks, you should get a map and mark the
locations you search so you don’t accidentally visit the same place twice.

Where to Look

You should look everywhere! Here are some possible places to search and what you
may find within them.

Car repair garages– You have a better chance of finding the part you need here than in a department store. It’s true now, and it will be true after the SHTF, too.

Cars – You’ll want to check the glove box, under the seats, and in the boot for snacks, tools, and other useful items.

Parts of the car itself might prove useful, too. The mirrors could be used for signalling, the wiring for cordage, the upholstery for bedding and insulation, the battery for power (if someone in your group is mechanically inclined), and of course the engine parts if you need them for your own vehicle.

Food warehouses – Most people will aim for the shops first, so it will be a little longer before the warehouses are picked clean. Even then, there may be a few things that were overlooked. Also check the lorry trailers.

You may find non-perishable foods and other supplies.
Industrial rubbish bins – It won’t be fun, but you might find some hidden treasures in them.

Fire stations
– You may find food, supplies, and clothing. Plus, the fire engine has a tanwith hundreds of gallons of water. It will need to be filtered, though.

Petrol Stations – These will probably be picked clean, but you never know.

Shops – These will probably be picked clean, too, but you may find food in less obvious places such as under shelves and behind displays. Also check the bathrooms, the offices, the stock room, and the loading bay.

Hospitals –
Obviously these should have lots of clothes and medical supplies.

Houses –
Check everywhere–rooms, garage, basement, attic, back garden, sheds, the garden if there is one, etc.

The water heater has up to 70 gallons of drinking water. Better yet, look for houses with swimming
pools. Also keep an eye out for metal mailboxes which can be converted into woodstoves.

Manufacturing Facilities – They may have fuel, batteries, tools, and first aid supplies.

Marinas –
Check abandoned boats. They usually have supplies like emergency rations, communication equipment, fishing equipment, ropes, fuel and possibly guns.

Office Buildings – Check break rooms for vending machines and check desks for snacks and small tools. There should be fire extinguishers in most rooms and cleaning supplies in the care takers room.

Pawn Shops If you’re lucky you’ll find weapons, ammo, and other miscellaneous gear.

Pet Stores If your pets are still okay, a pet store might make it possible for you to keep feeding them without giving up any of your own food. You could also eat it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you’re desperate.

Restaurants –
These will probably be empty, but check anyway. There may be a few tins or bags of food that were overlooked. Anything that was in the freezer will have gone bad, though. But there may still be pots, pans etc.

Retail Stores
– Consider grabbing some non-electric entertainment such as books, cards, board games, sports equipment, clothing etc.

Schools –
There’s a lot to be found in schools–tools, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, and possibly food in the cafeteria.

Self-storage Facilities – If you have time to pry open all of them, it might be worth it. You probably won’t find any food or perishable items, but there’s a chance you’ll find some clothes or useful gear and equipment.

Hopefully you’ll never have to go digging through any of these places, but you should prepare for the possibility. Good luck.

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Could you live the Prepper Lifestyle?

Living a prepper lifestyle is not only good for preparing for the future, but it’s a great way to live a less stressful life. Many people get tired of the rat race and long for something more calming.

A few give up their suburban lives and head for remote locations. That’s not what being a prepper is about.

Being a prepper is not about pulling yourself away from society and living like a hermit.

It’s simply living a life that doesn’t rely on the others to see you through a short term or long term disaster. While being a prepper is a great way to live, it’s really not for everyone.

So how can you tell who’s a good fit and who will absolutely hate living the life of a prepper? First, living the prepper lifestyle takes a complete commitment. The life is not for you if you think you want to dabble in it and see how it goes.

You’re either into it, or you’re not. If you’re ready to give up the way you’ve been living until now, and you’re ready to break free of the capitalistic mentality taught by society, then the lifestyle is for you.

If you know that you’re ready to walk away from being dependent on others for your needs, then this is for you. You have to believe that what you’re gaining is a better life for yourself and your family.

If you know that you’re ready to get organized and are committed to building your short term and long term list of goods and supplies, then the prepper lifestyle is something you’d find to be a good fit.

Being ready to become totally self-sufficient is a good clue that you’re ready for a life change. If you’re ready to learn about self-protection and first aid and how to take care of yourself and your family through anything, then you’re ready.

Being a prepper is not about living to the extreme the way the wacky survivalists you see portrayed on television live. It means you accept that there are things outside your control that could impact your life greatly, such as disasters, government collapse, etc. – and you want to be ready for whatever comes.

That’s when you know you’re ready for the prepper lifestyle. But not everyone who thinks they are, actually is ready.

If you’re in a relationship and your partner is dead-set against it, hates it, wants no part of it, you’re not ready if you don’t want to risk ruining the relationship.

You’re not ready if there are certain things in your life that you feel you absolutely can’t give up – such as a daily trip to the local pub or that expensive cup of coffee.

You’re not ready and the lifestyle is not for you if you set aside money for supplies but then spend it on going out to eat or shopping for a new pair of shoes or the latest video game.

You’re not ready if you have a deep attachment to the conveniences of life and rely too heavily on technology. You can’t imagine your life without modern technology is a sign you’re not ready.

If you have an unwillingness to learn how to prepare for the future or aren’t interested in sustainable living, then you’re not ready for the prepper lifestyle.

But most people, can I think, see a day when the worst case scenario happens, and if it happens to you, you’ll have to deal with it – ready or not.

How to stay warm at home when cash is low

How to stay warm at home if without turning the heating on when low on cash? Here are some thoughts…

Fool the eye: Sometimes warmth is a matter of perception.

Warm colours and textures make you feel warmer so change out your decor. Try a throw so you can snuggle under it.

Cut a rug: Cover up your bare floors with a rug.

Bake something: Stews, roasts, casseroles and soups are made for the cold weather because they cook at low temperatures for a long period of time and, of course, they warm you up going down.

Drink something: Wrap your hands around a warm mug of tea, cocoa or coffee.

Let the sun in: Open curtains and blinds during the day.

Change your bedding: Switch to flannel sheets, a down comforter, use extra blankets.

Clean the house: Not only will your house be cleaner but activity will get your blood pumping.

Cover your head: It sounds silly but wearing a hat (and socks) to bed at night, even if the rest of you is clad in skimpy clothing, will keep you warm.

It’s muggy in here: Use a humidifier. Humid air feelswarmer.

No humidifier? Open the bathroom door while you’re showering.

Reverse the fan: We know that, since heat rises, running your ceiling fan in reverse will push the warm air back down to the ground.

Do your laundry: Nothing warms you up like clothing straight from the dryer.

It’s drafty in here: Block drafts with weather stripping, a rolled up towel or a draft stopper.

It takes two: Snuggle up with your significant other.

Something old fashioned: Try a hot water bottle or, before you get into bed, running a hot pan over your sheets. Bags of rice or dried beans, warmed in the microwave, are
another option.

How to stay warm with no heating for whatever reason.

Wear layers of clothing in real times if it is very cold then dress for the outdoors, wear a hat and gloves.

If you have a real fire build it up and gather the family in that room.

Block all drafts with rolled towels, rolled newspapers or fix weather strips.

You can create a double glazing effect by nailing up Perspex over existing windows remembering to leave an air gap between them, remember not to bang the nails home as that may by your only escape route in the event of a fire.

How to prevent 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.

Nibble high energy goods–sweets, nuts, and energy bars. 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.

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 over 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.

How to Make a Survival Heater

Getting stranded in your car can be a dangerous possibility, being stuck in your home during a power cut can be equally as dangerous without the ability to heat your surroundings.

Therefore I suggest that you plan now to have the ability to provide that lifesaving heat.

This is the equipment you will need

A small empty metal tin: You want this to be slightly taller but thinner than a standard roll of toilet paper.

My can of choice is an unused 1 quart/ 2 pint paint tin found in most DIY shops. You can also use an empty food tin that is the same size.

A larger metal tin that can easily accommodate the first one: I use a 1 gallon used paint tin (again found in most DIY shops). Another option is a coffee tin or a metal
bucket and so on.

Some type of lid that can be placed over the larger tin: I also like to get a lid for the
smaller can which I will explain later.

Toilet paper (unscented)

Six bottles of 70 to 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) seen on Ebay £2.229 for 500ml

Matches or some other fire starter

This is what you do

Prepare the toilet paper: The first step is to take out the central cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll, leaving only the paper behind.

Next you’ll want to squeeze and roll the paper into the smaller tin. If the tin is so small that a full-size paper roll has no chance of fitting inside it, then you can remove some of the external sheets (just like you would if you were going to the bathroom) until it does squeeze into the tin. It’s important that it fills up the entire volume of the can.

Add the fuel: If you are now ready to use it, simply add the alcohol until the toilet roll inside the can is completely saturated.

One of the benefits of using a 1 quart/2 pint paint tin is that you can store the stove with the fuel already added by placing the air-tight lid over the can.

This saves space and allows you to have more fuel available. The lid can also be used to control the output of the flame.

Place the smaller tin into the larger one and position it in your car or room to be heated:

The larger tin provides an insulating barrier and some protection for passengers
and your car.

You’ll also want to position it in a place that’s far enough from anything combustible. Use the palm check. Put the back of your hand against the surface you’re worried about and if you can’t keep your hand there without burning it then it’s either to close or you’ll need to adjust the flame.

Light the stove: First, open a window just a crack to provide some airflow and then carefully place a match (or throw some sparks using a firesteel) onto the saturated
toilet paper and viola!

You’ve got yourself a burning stove.

Use caution in lighting as it will combust very quickly. It’s best to partially cover the
smaller tin with a lid to decrease the size of combustion (you can always increase it later).

You may notice if you follow these steps, that a pretty sizable flame results from having the smaller tin’s opening completely exposed.

While this is fine if you want to warm up faster, it does tend to go through the fuel fairly quickly and is not so efficient.

A better way is to partially cover the smaller tin with a lid. Or if you used a 1 quart/2 pint paint tin, you can make a small hole in the lid it comes with and place that on top of the can.

Both of these methods control the burn rate and allow the stove to provide a constant heat.

Another option is instead of completely saturating the toilet roll you can pour just a few ounces of alcohol on the paper and regularly add more as it burns up.

This will also control the size of the flame and conserve fuel. I prefer to use the lid method over this one, since you don’t have to regularly add alcohol (it’s nice to
sleep for a stretch of time and not have to regularly add fuel)

A Word on Carbon Monoxide I’m sure by now many of you are thinking, “What about the dangers of carbon monoxide?”

Carbon monoxide is produced from the partial oxidation of carbon-containing compounds. “Partial oxidation” is just a big word for what happens when combustion (fire) takes place in an area where there isn’t much oxygen.

This is most apparent when one operates a generator inside a home or if their wood stove is improperly vented.

In the case of this alcohol stove, while there is risk of carbon monoxide emissions (rubbing alcohol contains carbon: C3H7OH) the risk is very minimal. Opening your window slightly should provide sufficient oxygen for a clean burn.

If you still are concerned about it, I would recommend purchasing a battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm and turning it on (putting in the batteries) when running the
stove. This will provide you ample warning should there be an issue.

What to do when you bring the bacon home?

As good as mass-produced bacon is, curing and smoking your own at home kicks things up to a whole new level.

Once you master the technique, the flavour options arenendless. Like your bacon with a kick? Bump up the red or chilli powder.

Like it sweeter? Try extra honey, brown sugar, real maple syrup or sorghum or molasses or treacle in your cure.

While the curing process takes some time, the recipe itself is a simple one. Any smoker will work, but electric models make it easier to maintain the necessary low smoking temperatures needed to get the bacon just right. Wood choices can be as varied as you want them to be, but hickory and apple are the two most popular.

Curing bacon at home is so simple that the hardest part of the whole process can be procuring the pork belly itself.

Bacon made from wild pigs is a bit leaner than its store bought cousin, but it tastes pretty good.

Prep Time

7-9 days

Cook Time

6-8 hours on the smoker

Ingredients

A whole pork belly from the butcher shop normally runs around 10-12 pounds. A belly from an adult wild pig around 4-6. The following recipe is enough cure for 5-6 pounds, if you buy a whole pork belly, just separate it into two, more or less equal, pieces.

5 pound piece of pork belly, skin on or off, your choice

1.5 teaspoons pink salt (cure also known as Prague Powder number one, available on the internet at around £4 for 250g)

1/2 cup Maldon salt

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup sorghum molasses, if you can’t find that then use molasses or treacle

1 Tablespoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 gallon Ziplock bag

Cooking Instructions

Begin by mixing all dry ingredients into a small bowl. Rub the cure into the exposed surfaces of the pork.

Really work it in, make sure the belly is well coated with the cure. Place the pork into a two gallon Ziplock bag and pour sorghum over the top of the meat (honey works well too) and seal the bag.

Place the belly flat into a pyrex dish (the bag will leak a little, they always do) and put it in the fridge. Flip the pork once per day for 7 to 10 days.

I often get asked, “How do I know when it is finished curing?” The answer is, when it tastes right to you. After day seven or eight, open the bag and slice a tiny sliver from one side.

Rinse it well under cold water and fry it like you would bacon. If you like the flavour, it is finished.

If you would like the salt and spice to be a bit stronger, let it soak another day or two. Remember that the outer surface is always quite a bit saltier than the inner slices will be.

Now that the bacon is fully cured, remove it from the bag and rinse thoroughly under running water. The next step is to let the bacon dry completely to form a sticky pellicle.

I prefer to do this by placing the bacon on a wire cooling rack and running a low speed fan over it for six to eight hours.

Your bacon is now ready for the smoker. A good remote meat thermometer comes in handy at this point.

I like to start my smoker at 175 degrees. Maintain this temperature for 3-4 hours then bump it up to 200 degrees to finish.

You are looking for an internal temperature of 150 degrees on the pork belly. Once you reach this point, the bacon is finished. Remove from the smoker and let the bacon cool completely before slicing.

I like to let mine come to room temperature, then place it into the freezer for an hour or two. The freezer helps to firm the bacon and makes slicing easier.

The fastest way to slice bacon is on a deli style meat slicer. A good sharp knife works too. Cured bacon will keep up to a year when vacuum sealed and kept in the freezer.

Use your home made bacon just like you would bacon you buy from the supermarket. It makes a fine breakfast, wraps nicely around a pigeon breast or chunk of deer or steak, and seasons a pot of camp fire baked beans like nothing else. After you get the basic recipe down, try flavours to make your own perfect blend.

BREAK

Brexit and Prepping

About 8 miles from me the small village of Goldsborough and there was once a brick-and-steel-frame cold store for meat and fish. Now demolished.

It once formed part of the central management of food supply chain.

It was massive and it sat alongside what was once a railway track. What’s more, it was only one of 43 built that year around the country, alongside 40 grain stores. And all for a population only a little more than half that of today’s.

Last week, in evidence to the Brexit select committee, Raab said “in the event of a no-deal Brexit, which could impede the free flow across our borders of the 30 % of our food currently imported from the EU. No, the government itself would not be stockpiling food”

The reason for this is because the GoV. have no where to store it, so you can imagine how confused the farmers, producers, retailers and the British Food supply chain in general are.

In face our just in time delivery system has left us totally vulnerable to any disruption from whatever source.

Only 49% of the food we consume is produced in Britain, he said. The rest comes from abroad, and most of that is in the form of ingredients to be turned into the foods we eventually eat.

Or, as the head of one of Britain’s biggest food manufacturers put it to me, “That lot couldn’t run a fish and chip shop.”

So as preppers what should we do? should we prep for Brexit? or is it all scaremongering?

Well I would say fore warned is fore armed, with that in mind I will be prepping, just in case, as any extra preps can only benefit me in the long run anyway.

If you are a prepper then you will have what you already need anyway.

So, what to buy?

The most important rule for prepping food is to buy things that last long and are preserved in some way i.e. tinned food, dried food or pickled food.

Buy it in bulk if possible at the Cash ‘n Carry though for tins focus on buying packs of individual cans and not those giant gallon tins that restaurants use.

The second most important rule is to only buy things you enjoy eating.

Regardless of what happens you’re going to have a lot of food with a long shelf-life lying around so it’s better if you can eat it and enjoy it rather than being stuck with 100 tins of SPAM that you hate.

Shopping List (✓ for personal favourites/necessities)

  • Large bag(s) of Rice. ✓

Tinned Beans – I go for a split of Kidney, Chickpeas and Black. ✓

  • Tins of Sardines in oil/brine. ✓

  • Tins of other fish such as tuna or salmon.

  • Lentils – dry for orange and pre-cooked for brown. ✓

  • Stock cubes of your choice – form a basic part of so many meals. ✓

  • Tinned veggies of your choice.

  • Jarred veggies of your choice.

  • Pickled veggies of your choice.

  • Herbs and Spices of your choice. ✓

  • Flour. ✓

  • Salt/Sugar/Pepper. ✓

  • Tea. ✓

  • Coffee.

  • Squash drink.

  • Dried fruit such as raisins.

  • Chocolate. ✓

  • Dried Nuts.

  • Dried Pasta. ✓

  • Tinned chopped tomatoes – make the bulk of so many meals. ✓

  • Tomato puree.

  • Peanut butter. ✓

  • Honey, Marmite or Jam.

  • Oats. ✓

  • Cooking Oil – I prefer olive. ✓

  • Heinz Tomato Soup. ✓

  • A couple of bottles of condiments such as mustard, ketchup or hot sauce.✓

  • Yeast.

  • Jars of Salsa.

  • Cereal. ✓

  • Vinegar. ✓

  • Pet or baby food if you have either of these.

  • Alcohol of choice if you can afford it.

  • Water – I doubt you’ll need for an emergency but a couple of cases won’t hurt. ✓

  • Any non – perishable luxuries of your choice not included here. ✓

  • Cigarettes if you smoke.

You probably don’t need everything on this list it’s just there for a quick and easy reference on what you could buy.

Also avoid buying frozen goods if possible though making and freezing some meals in Tupperware containers closer to Brexit is probably a good idea.

How much food you want to store is up to you, just remember you’re prepping mostly for economic hardship and not the End of the World.

ALSO MOST FOOD IN CANS LASTS WAY LONGER THAN ITS EXPIRATION DATE.

Other Stuff worth buying

Since Cash ‘n’ Carries sell more than just food it’s probably worth picking up some other non-food supplies as well. Batteries, Tampons and Toilet Paper are great choices as are toiletries, cleaning products or washing detergent.

Actually if there’s one thing you should take away from all this is to shop at the Cash ‘n’ Carry as much as possible.

Growing Food

If you have access to an allotment or garden then a great way of getting good fresh food is gardening.

Even those without one can grow some stuff inside or on a balcony. If you want to start doing something now then go plant some rhubarb, sage, chives, thym,e, bay, rosemary and some fruit bushes such as cranberries, strawberries or raspberries.

They won’t flower this year but will next you and you basically just have to water them every few days.

Easy things to grow in gardens/allotments are tomatoes, squash, cucumber, chillies, beans and potatoes.

You can also find blackberries and elderflower pretty easily to.

A couple of chickens might be worth a go if that’s your thing.

Medicine

It probably doesn’t hurt to have some extra medicine around. Unfortunately it’s pretty hard to get prescription medicines in bulk so if you have a prescription of something essential such as epilepsy medication my best idea would be to tell your doctor that it was lost or stolen and that you need an emergency one.

That being said please don’t do this if not necessary since it’s probably illegal and probably not going to be necessary.

Conclusion
So basically everything is probably going to end up OK but with a little bit of foresight you can help put yourself through any hardship that may come through the Brexit period.

Don’t spend your life savings hoarding up for the apocalypse when it is most likely just going to be Y2K but do spend some time now to make sure everything will be fine later.

Shelters

Now understanding how to create effective wilderness survival shelters is one of the most important outdoor skills.

From keeping you protected from the elements to providing a place to rest, wilderness shelters serve a key role in survival situations. Not only do they provide for physical needs, but also help create a sense of home in the wilderness.

Though each season and environment presents its own challenges, there are several universal principles for creating effective wilderness survival shelters, the most important aspect of making wilderness shelters is choosing a good location.

A good location is one that 1) provides easy access to ample building materials such as dead
sticks, leaves, and grasses; and is 2) away from major hazards such falling branches, pooling water, and insect nests.

You also want a location that has a large enough flat area to allow you to lie down and sleep comfortably.

Quite often a common mistake when building wilderness survival shelters is to build them too large.

Not only does it take more materials, effort, and time to construct, but often ends up being cold due to the amount of space on the inside.

Effective wilderness shelters are often small on the inside just large enough to fit your body to conserve body heat.

All shelters need to be constructed with safety in mind.

Large strong branches can provide the initial framework for many types of survival shelters.

Typically, branches used for frame work should be strong enough to easily support the weight of an adult.

This is especially important for lean-to and debris style shelters.

Whether you are in a hot and sunny environment or a cold and wet forest, insulation and cover is

important to keep you protected from the outside elements. Leaves, grasses, small sticks, ferns, and pine needles are types of debris that can be used for insulation.

Be sure to layer large amounts of debris on your shelter.

Also, don’t forget to use debris to create a thick mattress on the inside of your shelter to insulate you from the cold ground, I would say it needs to be at least 18 inches deep.

Bark or soil can be added on the top and sides of your shelter to create a barrier from cold wind and rain.

In cool and cold environments the primary shelter concern is staying warm to avoid hypothermia.

With wilderness survival shelters, there are typically two choices for a heat source: your own body heat or heat from a fire.

Wilderness shelters that rely on your own body heat as the primary heat source (such as a debris hut), need to be small on the inside and have lots of extra insulating debris (imagine your mummy sleeping bag with ten times as much insulation).

If you plan to use a fire on the inside of your shelter as a heat source, carefully plan how it will be tended all night, be sure to collect a full night’s worth of firewood before dark, and be extra careful not to burn down your shelter!

The type of shelter you choose depends on many factors including what materials are available, environmental conditions, choice of heat source, and whether it will be a personal or group shelter.

So plan what type of shelter you want to use, bring a hammock and a sheet, build a lean to against a dry stone wall or between two trees, build whatever design you like but remember our typical summer weather and make it water and windproof.

Government will use anti-hoarding laws to take your food, water and supplies

In 1994. Then-President Bill Clinton issued an executive order that combined a number of laws that would take effect in the event martial law was declared.

One of the laws including in his order, EO 10998, permits the federal government to seize hoarded food supplies from both public and private holders.

Some people may feel the federal government does not have the right to confiscate stored food in the event of a national emergency where access to food is limited. They believe the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution — which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure — protects their privacy and should be upheld to protect their food supplies even if other people do not have access to food in a disaster.”

Only, that’s not going to be the case, as any declaration of martial law would essentially nullify any constitutional protections and civil rights that inhibit the government from self-preservation and preservation of the civil society.

In fact, the government’s hand – not yours – was strengthened even further in March 2012, when President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order, which “grants the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense and other agencies complete control of all U.S. resources, including the ability to seize, confiscate or re-delegate resources, materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defence as delegated by the following agencies,”

Included in the order is all farming equipment; all forms of energy and energy production; “food resources,” which means all food commodities; all water resources; and so forth.

What’s more, under the order all Americans are automatically registered with the government according to their skill level, so – like the military draft – they can be forced to perform jobs and services the government deems vital to the nation’s functioning [as part of a National Defence Executive Reserve].

And by the way, it won’t just be your food and water the government will take; if you’ve stored fuels, weapons, medicines and other supplies, Uncle Sam will help himself to those items, too, leaving you nothing but dependent (and vulnerable).

This information is not designed to make you angry, but to make you think – about who you tell about your preparedness plans and what items you’re stockpiling; about where you may consider moving your stash to avoid detection; about finding additional ways to feed yourself in times of trouble.

A food-and-water stash won’t do you any good if it’s confiscated “for the greater betterment of the country,” so you ought to take the time now to consider ways to protect what you’ve built or what you’re building.

Coming to a City Near You?

An Iraqi and a Syrian were arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 35-year-old German man that triggered violent clashes in the city yesterday.

Police brought in water cannons as fireworks were thrown from opposing sides, causing widespread injuries.

The state and local officials appealed for calm as thousands took to the streets to demonstrate the stabbing of an unnamed German man on the weekend. Local prosecutors confirmed they had arrested two suspects, a 22-year-old Syrian man and a 21-year-old Iraqi man.

But today, the German Chancellor hit out over the violent demonstrations, saying that Germany “would not tolerate vigilante justice”, in a statement released by her spokesman.

What Merkel and the other politicians in Europe forget is that, “they have no power” WE, the people, hold the power either through elections or civil disobedience and even civil war.

Germany has been destroyed and changed above all recognition, certainly since I lived there that’s for sure.

The question is why are the protests in Chemnitz? And are they on the way to a city near you.

Firstly because of Merkels suicidal immigration policies Germany has literally been flooded by migrants who will never assimilate, in fact insist that Germans change their ways to suit the invaders.

The followers of this cult see white women and female children as non human. Their grooming gangs roam our streets with police collusion to cover up their activities.

They have a knife culture that Europeans do not. Back in the late 80’s, early 90’s the then largest immigrant population in Germany was the Turks, even then they demanded FREE TV channels from Turkey, and they got it, that was for me the beginning of what we see today.

This invasion has been forced on the German people and they have had enough. How long will it be before another countries immigrant population thinks OK, it’s our turn now?

All across mainland Europe indigenous peoples, traditions, culture, heritage and pride is being eroded bit by bit.

Here in the UK the English flag is seen as racist, and the police demand it be taken down, The southern states can equate to this, even the statues to their former leaders are being torn down, we in the UK can relate to this too as snowflake universalities do the same thing.

As preppers and survivalist we prepare to survive and to maintain our traditions, culture, heritage and pride, as they are what makes us what we are.

It could well fall to us to defend our very existence, and perhaps that is why there are “anti hoarding” laws, to stop us should the situation arise.

We have been betrayed by our respective governments, our elected representatives are tratiors nothing less.

We did not ask for mass immigration, we know that all these young men of fighting age are not asylum seekers, as who would leave behind their elderly and their children in such an unsafe country that they had to flee.

The Controlled MSM has brain washed the left into believing their garbage. Calling ordinary people who protest at what is being done “racists” does not change the problem nor does it solve it.

the tags racist, nazis and far right are used to close down debate, by denying access to the media, as how can we debate with these horrible people.

So, it is up to you now, if you accept what I have said then prepare for the coming unrest, and plan to Bug-Out away from these communities to locations where they are not.

As if they riot as they do in peacetime imagine what they will do when the cops are too busy protection buildings, artwork, banks and the super rich.