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Show contents 5th May 2015

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Show Notes

This week I start
with
THE
TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING, then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount
Offer,
Are
Those Around You the Enemy? The Ribzwear 30% Discount offer,
The
Bug out Week end is coming,
What
to Tell the kids, The U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)
,
the
Wilderness121 10% Discount offer, Sea Fishing Tips
,
the Midimax 10% Discount offer, Rock Pool Foraging , the
Field-Leisure 10% Discount offer, Out and About,
I
am Just, the Buggrub 10% Discount offer, Positive Mental Attitude
,
Wilderness
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Forest Fires and What to do.

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THE
TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13
th
to 16th August

The Wilderness
Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of
those who enjoy Bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The
previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in
one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and
knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing
bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown
into an event with something for all the family with stories and
music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and
activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness
Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all
those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has
Bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in
plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness
skills classes for all.

There are hands on
demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat
building, bow making, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and
primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on
survival physiology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival
fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to
participate in.

You can probably
pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the
wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of
good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme
for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and
outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on
a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your
used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local
scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting
Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site
logistics.

The catering is
within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the
menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field
camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit
for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

Check
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Are Those
Around You the Enemy?

Surviving a SHT
event is not going to be easy or pleasant, even if you have prepped
for it. During a man-made or natural disaster, anything goes. And
it’s not even rioters and looters that you should be worried about
– its the neigh-boroughs.

When the SHTF and
people’s worst fears actually happen right before their eyes, civil
unrest and a rise in crime will quickly follow suit.

There’s no telling
who is friend or foe. There’s the concern that your neighbours
might know about your provisions and would take whatever measures
necessary to insure their survival — all is fair in love and
war–right?

Never assume that a
neighbour won’t target you because you’ve been friendly in the
past. In desperation, even good neigh boroughs turn bad, but you
can’t help everyone that’ll be knocking on your door for a little
slice of that Spam you’ve ingeniously hidden along with the rest of
your preps.

The best course of
action is to come up with some clever and stealthy ways of prepping,
or getting neighbourhoods involved and prepped themselves while there
is still no emergency.

While the latter
option is the ideal way to get things done, most preppers bet the
chances of it happening is quite slim. Most people have their heads
in the sand and fail or better refuse to see the need for emergency
preparation.

Don’t assume your
on your own just yet. Talk to your neighbours when you have the
chance and ask them about general prepper stuff like; “hey have you
seen NatGeo’s Meet The Preppers?”

You’ll know from
their reactions who is likely to take action to ensure the safety of
their family when a major catastrophe hits, and work from there. And
you might even be surprised that there’s already a community of
preppers in your area doing the work.

I don’t really think
that a cautious prepper would spill all the beans immediately, and
you don’t want to do either.

Seeing that somehow
the message is getting across, start with “I’m thinking of doing
some prepping myself, nothing fancy…” Interested parties would
check with your “prepping” progress once in a while and might
also tell you about theirs.

Try to make allies
out of your neighbours. By prepping covertly, you are able to avoid
unwanted encounters in case of emergency. And by knowing them better,
you’ll know if you’ve got a fellow prepper or a potential
liability.

There is also the
prepper mantra OPSEC, and I cannot disagree with this and in fact I
operate with it in mind as to weapons, ammo, BOL, and definitely any
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What to Tell
the kids

Survival can be
difficult even at the best of times and can be both psychologically
and physically intense; testing you to the limits.

This is likely to be
magnified even further if you are accompanied by children, as you’ll
feel the added responsibility and pressure to get everybody to safety
on an even greater level. There are some things you should do

There is little
point in trying to conceal the gravity of finding yourselves in an
emergency situation when accompanied by children. They will soon pick
up on what’s going on. Therefore, you need to be honest about
what’s happening, yet try to remain calm at the same time.

Offer reassurance
that the situation is not impossible to get out of, that together you
can work things out and that help or rescue is not going to be too
far away.

Whilst you may feel
like panicking inside yourself, it’s important to maintain an
‘adult’ impression at the same time as children naturally and
often subconsciously, think of adults as people who they can rely on
to provide shelter, warmth, food and safety.

By coming up with an
action plan and enlisting the help of the children, not only will you
be able to complete your survival priorities more quickly, but by
being occupied, it will take the children’s minds off the worry
element of survival.

Take an inventory of
all your collective belongings and discuss with the children what
each item might be used for.

Because children
have such fertile imaginations, they may even come up with creative
ideas that you might not even have thought of yourself.

Make sure that they
know what each item does and how you are going to use it. Get them to
help you erect or find a shelter and get them to gather suitable
material for a fire.

Tell them about the
importance of food and water in a survival situation and what the
priorities are. Explain the dangers of eating poisonous foods and
drinking dirty water and what they should and shouldn’t do with
regard to both issues.

Then, adults and
children should all work as a team in your collection of both food
and water provisions and preparing it for consumption.

Encourage a
camaraderie and build some time into your survival regime in order to
take the children’s minds off the situation by telling funny
stories, sharing jokes, having a sing-song and any other general
‘campfire’ games you can come up with.

Just because you are
the adult, you must consider the children as equals when it comes to
being ‘team members’. They will want to help and will often come
up with ingenious ideas. Encourage them to be open with you and with
each other.

Discuss their fears
and try to allay them but show warmth, empathy and be honest and
realistic with them above all else.

Most survival
situations do not last too long, perhaps a day or two is a fair
average estimate.

Therefore, whilst it
might be a scary time for all, with determination and a will to work
together to succeed, both you and the children should return to
safety before too long and will be able to look back on the situation
as an incredible adventure that has only made everybody stronger as a
result.

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U.K mock SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)

The U.K mock SHTF
scenario DX w/e (part 3) will be holding their 3rd year event on June
the 27th.

It is an event for
preppers and people like minded to get together over the air through
CB and PMR for a weekend.

They have chosen CB
and PMR as they are license free and simple to work and legal for
anyone to use in the UK.

All people taking
part get listed on a google map on line and giving a call sign for
the weekend.

There will also be a
time table so people can find each other over the 2 days and the
night.

Most people take
part and BUG OUT for the weekend but some just join in from a parked
car on a hill or from home if they are not able to get out and about.

On their Face Book
page you can see past events at Uk shtf preppers and all so one or
two uploaded to you tube.

The
idea is as follows.

It’s a SHTF
scenario of your choice…. zombie attack, a world war or a flood has
took out your town/city and all land lines, mobile networks and the
internet is down due to whatever you are prepping for and you need to
make a call for whatever reason…

So
what do you do????

Grab your BUG OUT
BAG and head for the hills!!!!!! Radios normally work better from
high ground so the plan would be to bug out to high ground and see
who you can find on the radio.

More information
will be handed out closer to the weekend.

But there are a few
rules……

If you bug out
please make sure you have permission to be on that land.

After the weekend
please clean up your location before going home (LNT)

The radios used are
open for anyone to use in the UK so please be polite and respectful
to ALL other operators.

Make sure you are
safe, you do not want to call out for help for real.

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Sea Fishing
Tips

I love to go sea
fishing and my favourite boat is the Rachael K out of Bridlington.

Its skipper Pete
really knows the water around that bit of the Yorkshire coast very
well.

Last year it was
very difficult to get down to the cod as the Mackeral were committing
suicide between 4ft. and 10ft. deep so we could not even get through
them to get down to the cod.

I would say that cod
remain arguably the UK angler’s favourite sea fish, partly because
of the rough and tough environment and conditions we fish for them
in, but also because they can be caught from the shore and also they
put up a decent fight from the shore and taste good on a plate.

The only fish the
cod can really be confused with is it’s near cousin the whiting.
The cod though has a more blunt head shape, with the whiting being
more pointed.

The lateral line on
the cod is also more pronounced with an upward curve above the
pectoral fin.

Whiting also carry a
definite black spot at the root of the pectoral fin, whereas the cod
does not. Cod range widely in colour.

Over sand they are a
mottled fawn or brown on the back with white underside, but over
mixed ground become a mottled green, yet when living around kelp weed
beds they can be a dull reddy-orange.

Cod are an eating
machine and have a wide diet. They take small crustaceans and crabs,
worms and brittle stars when small, but as they pack on weight start
to become more predatory favouring small cod, whiting, herring,
mackerel, sand eel, pout and poor cod.

The average size
nowadays for UK cod is between 1 and 5lbs, but double figure fish are
always on the cards and 20lbers still feature off the beaches
occasionally.

Cod in excess of
200lbs were recorded in the 1800’s by long-liners over the Grand
Banks, and 100lb plus fish are still sometimes caught commercially
and taken in to fish factories in Iceland and Norway.

The
chance of a monster still remains!

Here are some basic
tips that may increase your chances of a cod feast when fishing on
rough ground.

LOCATION
TIP ONE

If you catch one cod
from a certain position in a certain gully, try and cast back to
exactly the same position again. Cod are predictable and fish will
favour certain specific areas to feed above all others.

LOCATION
TIP TWO

Most rocks marks
fish best during the flooding tide, especially the rock gullies in
deeper water. However when fishing offshore reef ground, fish will
often move along the beach with the flood tide, but drop back again
over the same ground on the ebb, though they tend to be at longer
range.

This means that an
ebb tide at night might well out fish the perfect flood tide by day.

WEATHER
TIP

The best tip off all
is target cod when the sea is rough with a good surf running. Ideal
conditions often fall just as a full gale has blown through and the
sea is just beginning to lose its full swell.

Cod are powerful
swimmers and have no problem feeding in rough surf seas.

BAIT
TIP ONE

I have found that a
big lugworm bait will catch the bulk of the cod. Make your bait by
pushing on two or three worms, size depending up on the hook, then
putting two more worms alongside the hook bait splint style and then
wrap the whole lot together with bait elastic to form a big sausage
shape about 6 to 8-inches long.

BAIT
TIP TWO

Worm baits can often
be made more effective by tipping them off with mussel and queen
cockles, especially after a gale has washed shellfish up on to the
shore. Tipping with squid strip is also effective.

BAIT
TIP THREE

If the cod lose
interest in worm based baits then they should take big mussel baits,
again made with multiple mussel pushed up the hook and bound on with
bait elastic to form a sausage shape about 4 to 6-inches long.

BAIT
TIP FOUR

If the cod become
scarcer as they move offshore, those left inshore will have a
preference for fresh peeler crab if you can get it.

SNAG
TIP

If a fish is hooked
but gets snagged on the way in, give it a few feet of free line and
slightly lower the rod tip. Often the fish will swim the lead weight
free of the snag as it swims back away from you and you’ll realise
this as the line tightens again to the weight of the fish.

Remember
all the sea fish you are likely to catch are edible so get
catching.

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Rock Pool
Foraging

You will be
exploring a whole new set of habitats that have a diversity of
foodstuffs that is entirely different to what you’ll find
elsewhere; shellfish, seaweed, coastal plants, a whole new array of
flavours and textures to explore.

Whole books can (and
indeed have been) written on the subject of seashore foraging. This
short guide does not attempt to replace any of them, and I make no
claims as to it being exhaustive.

I have chosen ten
that are common, easy to identify, simple to find and easy to
prepare.

A
Quick Note on Safety

It does, of course,
go without saying that you have to be absolutely sure of the identity
of any wild food you are about to eat.

But I’m saying it
anyway; don’t make me regret writing this by poisoning yourself
with something you didn’t identify properly.

There are further
risks to seaside foraging that you don’t very often encounter
inland.

The first one, the
one that you’re most likely to run foul of, is cleanliness.

On our congested
little island we have managed to make lots of our beaches somewhat
toxic; before gathering shellfish consult with the Environment Agency
to make sure that your proposed foraging grounds are clean and safe.

Failing that, at the
very least talk with the locals to find out where is safe. Remember
that while shellfish are at their best in winter (or any month with
an R in it, as they say), you CAN eat them in summer; but the quality
during the summer months, when they are spawning, is much reduced.

The
second risk is the sea itself.

You may scoff at
this, but it is VERY easy to be trapped by rising tides or, worse,
caught up in quicksand. If there are signs warning about quicksand or
treacherous tides, take note.

Don’t get drowned,
don’t get cocky. Take a compass with you down to the beach to find
your way home through a sea mist, and make sure you’re not still
there as the tide comes trundling in around you.

I
remember once going down the beach at Bridlington and turning round
and not being able to actually see Brid because of the sea mist.

The final risk I’ll
warn you of is cliffs; now this may seem obvious, but if the forage
you are after is growing on or near a cliff top (and this often
happens, due to the lack of grazing on the cliff itself) then leave
it be. It isn’t worth it, no matter how good the forage looks.

Marsh Samphire (also
known as glasswort) .

Is a funny looking
plant. You find it in mud flats and coastal salt marshes around much
of the South of the British Isles, being less common up in Scotland.
I guess you’d call it something of a ‘succulent’, having a
soft, green water filled body and no leaves as such.

It is now commonly
sold in fishmongers and on farmers markets, one of the few really
wild vegetables for sale, and it is all the rage in some of the posh
restaurants where it fetches a silly price, which is amusing if you
know where to pick it for free.

Get your wellies on
if you’re looking for this one. It’s a dirty job. Pick the young
plants whole in July, ideally, but its edible well into August and
sometimes into September. Wash them well, steam them lightly, toss in
a little butter, and pick them up by the roots and bite off the soft
growth.

Eat it as fresh as
you can and you won’t be disappointed. As it ages, it gets a hard,
wiry heart, which isn’t the end of the world, just chew the plant
off that.

Sea Beet is
fantastic and If I lived close to the sea, almost anywhere in the UK,
then I wouldn’t grow spinach or chard in my garden, I’d rely on
this superb wild vegetable. It grows profusely on cliffs and by dunes
near the sea, and it tastes just like spinach, only sometimes it is
slightly salty.

It is, in fact, the
wild relative of spinach, and you can sometimes spot that there’s
been some hybridisation (you find some wild cultivars that have
bigger leaves, odd colouration, etc).

And to be honest you
can use it like spinach; try the leaves raw first, find out whether
the specimen is good enough for salad, but if it isn’t then it’ll
cook as well as spinach.

Alexanders are one
of the umbellifers we can thank the Romans for introducing, they
brought it over as a green vegetable, and a superb one it is too.

You can find it
around the coast of much of Britain (being especially common from
Anglesey, down and around all the way to Norfolk, sporadically
further North on the East Coast being plentiful in places like
Scarborough), and also inland by some roadsides and some waste
places, where it can almost inexplicably grow to the exclusion of
everything else.

Pick the young stems
and steam them gently, perhaps coating in butter when they’re done.
Or chop them and add them with stock vegetables in a stew, and
they’ll impart a delicate, herby flavour unlike anything else.

I personally like to
use them to flavour seafood dishes; try adding the chopped leaves to
moules mariniere, or dressing crab salads with them.

Like any umbellifer,
you could do yourself serious harm if you were to mistake one of the
poisonous wild relatives of Alexanders for the real thing. But don’t
let that worry you too much, once you get to know the texture and
smell you’ll have no trouble knowing the real thing.

Pick it before it
flowers if you can; if you miss it in Spring, go looking again in
Autumn when it starts growing again to flower next Spring.

The
Limpet, The poor old limpet isn’t rated as a food by most people,
and I can see why. They’re tough, hard to prise off the rocks, and
take some cooking to make them good, but on the flip side they’re
plentiful, tasty, and very easy to identify!

The key to limpet
hunting is stealth. You may laugh at this, but once a limpet knows
you are there then there’s no shifting him.

Don’t try a gentle
tap to remove him, all you’ll achieve is that he will grip the rock
more tightly, and unless you actually smash his shell (ruining the
limpet for nothing) then he’s staying where he is.

One firm strike at
an unsuspecting limpet with the butt of a knife or a small rock is
all that is needed. Don’t try to pry one off with a knife, I tried
that once and the end broke off!

When you’ve got
your limpets, you’ll see that they’re basically snails.

There are two good
ways of cooking limpets. Either plunge them into boiling water for 5
minutes, extract them from their shells, and then fry with some
garlic and herbs (I like alexanders and wild garlic for this), or put
them on the rack of a warn barbecue, shell side down, and poach them
in their own juices with just a drop of lemon juice.

The latter produces
a surprisingly tasty and tender morsel of food.

The limpets head is
rather hard, so you might find limpets go down better if you cut the
hard part off after the initial boiling.

Winkles are one of
my favourite seaside forages. I think that this comes from happy
childhood memories of gathering winkles in the rock pools on the
coast of Carlingford Lough, and then boiling them for a short while
in salty water before sitting and eating them by the sea, armed with
a trusty pin to work the unlikely, snot like snails from their
shells.

And
in all honesty, that’s as good as it gets with winkles.

You’re not going
to fill your belly with them in a hurry, but they are tasty and fun
little things to eat, and if you’ve got a good patch then you can
pick plenty. Never empty a whole pool of them, but rather take a few
from lots of different pools; leave plenty of breeding stock.

Common throughout
the British Isles, these little grey-black sea-snails are found in
rock pools in the littoral, tidal zone.

I cook them for
12-15 minutes in boiling salted water, dress them with a little more
salt and vinegar, then sit and winkle them out; you get a pin, flick
off the little hard shield, and then carefully twist and pry the meat
out.

It takes some
getting used to, but it’s well worth it. Pop it straight into your
mouth (or save it for a more complex recipe if you prefer), and
ideally, throw the shell over your shoulder and into the sea,
enjoying the view from the harbour wall…

Mussles, are my
favourite shellfish, and perhaps the tastiest, having a flavour that
can rival the oyster and even the best scallops I think.

They are really very
common, if you have a good spot to go forage on. Best picked from
rocky shore lines, and it is extremely important that the shore be
clean; really, check this out with the Environment Agency if you are
in any way unsure.

Once you have your
mussels, put them in a bucket of salty water with some oats, and
leave them overnight. This frees up a lot of the grit that might be
in them and somewhat cleans and purges them.

If
you are starving though cook straight away of course.

Take each one, tap
it to make sure it stays closed (if it isn’t closed chuck it, it’s
dead and therefore unsafe), scrape off any barnacles, pull out the
byssus (the hairs that hold the mussels together and to the rocks)
and they’re ready for cooking.

Cook them just as
you would for bought ones, but in the spirit of happy foraging, try
combining them with other wild ingredients.

Moules mariniere
flavoured with cow parsley and sorrel works well, and a wild herb
soup with mussels is one of the best things you will ever taste.

Once cooked any that
do not open through away.

Bladder Wrack, is
the manky seaweed with little air holes on it that makes it float up.
It isn’t the tastiest seaweed, but it’s the most common, and it
has a pleasant, salty, inoffensive flavour.

It’s a good
beginner’s seaweed for all of those reasons; give it a go, it’ll
surprise you.

Pick it in Spring,
when it is starting to throw up softer growth. Don’t gather the
nasty stuff that has broken away on its own, pick it when it is still
moist and attached to the rocks, and only pick the softer stuff,
leaving the old, tough fronds behind.

I like to chew
little bits on the beach, just as it is, but most people think I’m
insane for that, it’s far too salty.

For your first
seaweed recipe, can I suggest using it in a simple fish stew. Take
your bladderwrack and soak it for a couple of hours in clean water,
then add it to the stock you’re going to use and boil it for half
an hour.

Remove it from the
stock, and you’ve imparted a subtle, salty, sea weedy flavour and a
kind of slightly thick, almost slightly glutinous texture. Give it a
shot.

Sea Lettuce,
actually looks like lettuce leaves, a green and leafy seaweed found
between the low and high tide marks all round Britain.

I would guess that
from talking about eating seaweed with some French friends that this
is the one that our neighbours over the channel esteem most.

Really, the leaves
are very lettucy in shape. I recommend a recipe I’ve adapted from
Roger Phillips wild food book, pick them fresh from the rocks, soak
in fresh water for half an hour, and cook lightly in butter for three
minutes before dressing with olive oil, vinegar, pepper and lemon
juice.

Garnish with chopped
spring onions, and you have the nicest hot seaweed salad you’ll
ever encounter.

Or try marinating in
soy sauce, rice wine and vinegar for an oriental salad, it goes very
well with oily fish, like Mackerel for example.

Sweet Oar Weed, This
is kind of brownie green, with straight but frilly fronds up to 3m
long.

You need to get your
waders on for this one; you find it right at the low tide mark,
extending into the sea. Pick it in spring, when it is at its best.

This
is the one you want to pick for real crispy fried seaweed.

The stuff you
normally get in Chinese restaurants is cabbage, and that’s nice,
but it isn’t a patch on real fried seaweed.

Gather a frond or
two, hang them in a warm place until kind of dry and leathery; you
aren’t looking at totally dried out here, but you want it dry to
the touch.

Cut it into squares
about 1-2cm across, and drop the squares a few at a time into hot
(not boiling) fat, taking great care because they do spit terribly.
They will quickly expand and go crispy.

They will need no
salting, but a little pepper does no harm.

Kind of like seaweed
crisps, and surprisingly sweet.

Lastly is Laver
rather like sea lettuce, but much darker, almost black, kind of
purplish sometimes. In truth, you’re likely to pick a wide variety
of very similar species, but it barely matters, they mix together
just fine.

A traditional
foodstuff in some parts of Wales, I’d go so far as to call it an
‘acquired taste’. But if you find some, try cooking it to a puree
(takes a while; an hour or more sometimes), and keep in the freezer
till breakfast time. Then heat it in a pan, spread it on toast, and
serve with bacon.

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Out and About

Here are three
survival tips that are free, and won’t cost you anything.

There is a caveat
though, that is you may need to force a slight change in your
behaviour and habits.

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

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

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

Define
‘awareness’ in the context of your self-security:

Know what is
happening or has happened in your field of travel

Look
around you (and behind you) while moving (walking, driving, etc)
outside your home

Make eye contact
while scanning in crowded public places

Whether by paying
attention to the news or ‘hearsay’, understand the history of the
area you are about to travel in.

Most people over
time will come to understand where the ‘bad’ areas are in their
local region – areas especially vulnerable to crime.

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

Look around you (and
behind you) while travelling

This simple
behaviour is more effective than you may imagine.

The reason is that
so many people do not do this, They are ignorant to their
surroundings, and are the first to become victims.

Predators
look for the weaker prey.

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

Instead, scan around
you from time to time, with your head up straight, as you walk with
purpose – shoulders back, and confident.

Not only might you
avoid an unruly-looking gang of troublemakers, but they might avoid
targeting YOU.

Make eye contact
while scanning in crowded public places

Making purposeful,
but quick eye contact is another very effective deterrent to a
criminal.

Here’s the reason…
Most people purposely avoid eye contact in public places. They want
to remain in their own little world and by looking down or avoiding
eye contact, they are convinced that they will remain in that cocoon.
The reality is that they are entirely wrong.

Sure, that type of
behaviour may avoid unwanted conversation that otherwise might
initiate from a stranger, but that’s about it… By occasionally
scanning and making quick eye contact with others, tells any
potential criminal that you are not afraid. ‘Quick’ eye contact
simply means don’t stare.

Staring
will provoke a stranger.

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

Granted, for some
people, learning to do these simple things will feel uncomfortable at
first – and they may feel as though they are being paranoid.

However, after
awhile, this will become part of you, just like being able to carry
on a conversation with someone while driving a car. It’s no big
deal…

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

I
am Just

Lots of things get
people in trouble when they go into the woods including lack of
preparedness, not paying attention to the weather, accidents etc.

More commonly, it is
the attitude toward our safety that is the precursor to a life
threatening event occurring.

How many times have
you said to yourself or have heard others say, “I am just………”
as in “I’m just going to walk up the ridge and see if I can see a
deer,” or “I’m just going to be out for fifteen minutes,” or
perhaps “I’m just going to run down to the shop.”

I believe these
three little words “I am just” get more people into trouble than
any other three little words I can think of!

Except I LOVE YOU
Ha, Ha,

Most
commonly you don’t say these words out loud, but say them to
yourself, silently─
which is even more dangerous.

Many times you are
not even conscious of your decision to leave your gear behind.

Unconsciously
you already have made the decision to leave it because “I am
just…….” When spoken out loud there always is the chance that
someone, upon hearing you say, “I am just……….” will step in
and remind you of the importance of always taking your emergency
clothing and equipment with you ─
even though the possibility of having to spend an unplanned night out
is remote.

When
nothing looks familiar, and every direction seems to be the same,
STOP and think about what to do next!

It
is easy to convince yourself that nothing life threatening will
happen ─
after all you are “just……………” When you use the word
“just,” you are convincing yourself that the weather will remain
pleasant, that no accident will happen, that you will not get lost,
or that you will be able to get back before dark!

You
are saying to yourself that you don’t need to carry your day pack
with your emergency gear and warm clothing because you won’t need
it ─
you are “just…………….”

It also is easy to
rationalize away the need to always carry your back up clothing and
emergency equipment.

As the years ago by,
one hunting season follows another, and you have yet to spend that
unplanned night out, the temptation to reduce the weight of the day
pack you are carrying by leaving your survival kit at home, can be
very attractive.

As you look to the
mountains in anticipation of having to ascend on foot and hunt at
higher altitudes, it is natural to want to lighten your load and
leave behind those pieces of equipment that you have seldom, if ever,
used.

Sometimes
it is “space” or the lack of it, which causes you to decide to
leave items behind that you should take.

Most often, it’s
the short trips that get you in trouble! After all, “I was just………”
You get complacent.

Nothing
life threatening ever has happened in the past and so it is easy to
convince yourself that it won’t happen in the future and if it does
you can handle it ─whatever
“it” is!

Ignoring the
possibility of finding yourself in a survival situation is like
playing Russian roulette.

Falling victim to
the “I am just” syndrome is like playing

Russian
roulette with five out of six chambers loaded!

History
is replete with examples of those finding themselves in trouble who,
after being rescued from some horrendous situation, said “I
was just……..”

Several
years ago in the US an older man left his camp one evening ─
he was “just” going to walk down to the end of the ridge and see
if he could spot a stag.

The following
morning was the opening day of the shooting season. He never returned
and despite an extensive search he was not found alive.

Ten days later his
body, partially buried under snow, was discovered by other hunters.

His emergency gear
consisted of a .357 Magnum pistol and thirty seven rounds of
ammunition, which he had used to try to signal his hunting partners.

Thirty-six of the
thirty-seven cartridges had been fired, but were never heard by
either his partners or those that searched for him.

He had tried to
shelter himself by drawing two log ends together and laying slabs of
bark on top of the logs to provide a crude roof.

His clothing, a
mixture of cotton and wool, failed to provide the protection he
needed from the environmental conditions he encountered.

Physiologically he
died from hypothermia, but it also could be said that he died because
he had rationalized away the need to carry any additional emergency
gear.

Equipment that might
have prevented the situation from developing in the first place – a
map, compass or a GPS Receiver.

Equipment that he
could have used to increase his protection from cold temperatures,
precipitation and wind-chill.

Equipment that he
could have used to attract the attention of the rescuers that were
looking for him – a mirror, whistle, mobile, warm clothing,
survival bag.

He was “just going
to walk to the end of the ridge, to look for an elk and then return
to camp!”

The
words “I
am just”

when spoken out loud or silently should be considered a red flag
warning!

When
you say them yourself or hear others say them

STOP! The trap is being set!

Continuing on only
will spring the trap and once you are in it, there may be no escape.

Without adequate
clothing, without basic survival equipment (reliable fire starting
devices, waterproof, windproof sheltering materials, a signal mirror
and whistle), without the ability to build a fire or signal to
others, survival depends on an individual’s tenacity to live, their
ability to improvise what they need and luck – but sometimes that’s
not enough!

As
you contemplate what you should have with you as you begin a trip –
even a short one, don’t use the words “I am just…….

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Positive
Mental Attitude

The benefits of
maintaining a good attitude in the wilderness seem implicit.

Daily experiences
have taught us that mood influences outcomes. But just how does this
“Pollyanna principle” affect your brain in survival
situations?

A little positivity
goes a long way when you’re calling a handmade hovel miles from
civilization “home.”

While it may sound
like a page ripped from a self-help book, positive mental attitude
(PMA) is an integral part of survival.

In general terms,
PMA combats your unconscious stress, allowing you to think more
clearly and make better decisions.

For example,
remember how the fight-or-flight response limits the amount of things
you observe around you?

By improving your
attitude and, consequently, lowering your stress, you reinvigorate
your awareness of your surroundings.

Imagine
how vital that would be when sharing habitats with unfriendly
neighbours.

Now I know that
looking at the glass half full can increase our chances of survival,
but how exactly does that happen?

Why
can positive thoughts breed positive results?

The study of
positive psychology that analyses the effect of positive thinking and
emotions on people sprang up a relatively short time ago.

Research revealed a
link between positive thinking and emotions and successful survival.

That’s because it
opens up global thinking capacities in the brain, allowing for more
innovation and creativity.

In the wilderness,
once your initial needs are met, you will require new ideas and
prioritization of tasks to keep yourself alive for the longer term.

Physiologically, PMA
reverses the toll of stress on our bodies. Think about your body
language when you watch a funny movie.

You’re often more
relaxed than when you see a nail-biting thriller. This loosening up
will help you conserve precious energy.

Proper wilderness
preparation and training also contributes to positive thinking
because you will better know how to fend for yourself. That, coupled
with PMA, can help you cross the bridge to survival.

Wilderness
Hygiene

Mate you Stink! – a
common phrase heard in the woods.

But beware of the
pot calling the kettle black. “Camping sanitation practices” –
“personal hygiene” – whatever you want to call it, it’s about
more than just smell.

Your health and the
health of fellow hikers; the aesthetics of the wilderness; avoiding
fines; and your personal comfort are all at stake as well.

It’s all about the
bugs – bacteria, viruses, and other various nasty’s. Keep them at
bay through better personal and environmental cleanliness, and you’ll
feel better, smell better and be less likely to end up gut-wrenching
sick.

Survivalists and
Preppers are usually knowledgeable about water contamination and
proper treatment, but are less cautious about other sources of germs
from food and waste – witness a trio of survivalists or preppers all
sticking their grubby hands into a bag of trail mix at break time.

But just because you
don’t have a gold-trimmed taps, a bidet and a rubbish disposal at
camp doesn’t mean you can’t keep yourself and your trail area
reasonably clean when out in the woods.

I’ve
put some suggestions together on the subject so you can be a friend
to the woods – and to your tent mate.

Make a point to
carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your pocket and use it
frequently – after toilet use; before grabbing a handful of trail
mix; before cooking dinner.

This cuts down on
the prospects of ingesting bacteria that can make you sick – a
doubly unpleasant experience when on a survival exercise let alone
the real thing.

Carry
a small bottle of rubbing alcohol and some cotton balls.

Soak the cotton with
the alcohol and give yourself a rub down at night under the arms,
feet and groin area.

You’ll be amazed
at how dirty the cotton becomes – yes, that all came off you – and
how much better you feel afterwards. A light weight to carry with big
benefits.

Whenever you can,
don’t pass up the chance to dip your feet in a creek.

A quick 5-minute
stop a couple of times a day to clean your feet, dry and move on does
wonders for eliminating bacteria and relieving hot spots that may
have been developing into blisters as you hike.

Better still, rotate
your socks in use while you’re at it.

Speaking of socks,
if you camp near water, wash out your socks and hang out to dry
overnight.

Just make sure you
have one dry pair for in the morning, as sometimes they won’t dry
out completely at night. Tie outside your pack to finish drying the
next day.

Carry a bandanna and
a small bottle of biodegradable soap to give yourself an occasional
sponge bath of sorts – at least your face, underarms, groin,
buttocks and feet.

This reduces
chafing, odours, and bacteria, and you’ll sleep better if not so
sticky everywhere.

For minimal impact
on the environment, carry water away from the source to take this
bath if you are using soap – one way is to include in your pack a
container cut from a 1-gallon jug, or buy a collapsible bucket.

Carry a small
container of body lotion or muscle rub and use it on your feet at
night after cleaning.

Try to sleep in
something other than what you hiked in, and hang those hiking clothes
to air out overnight when possible. If near water, rinse them out
when you can.

Maintaining dental
hygiene while camping is comforting and healthful. Include dental
floss and a travel-sized travel toothbrush and toothpaste in your
pack.

Don’t rinse out
your mouth right near your tent though. As with dishwater, either
dispose of it well away from your sleeping area or in running water
that will quickly dilute it.

An alternative to
bathing with water is using wet-wipes you can remove a lot of grunge
from your body with one or two of these alcohol-soaked cloths, when
used burn them.

I’ve heard of
survivalists and preppers going as long as a week without “going”
because of either being uncomfortable with the process, or too
bashful of sorts to let nature take its course.

No point getting
your colon all up in knots over it; just emulate your cat, as
explained below.

First, on urination
– not a problem for us blokes; the world is our bathroom. Do
relieve yourself away from camp sites as the urine odour can remain
for some time.

Ladies have more
difficulty, but are encouraged to either drip-dry, carry out the TP,
or bury it where allowed by using a backpacker’s trowel.

Second, There’s
actually a good-selling book titled “How to S#!+ in the Woods”,
but I’ll try to condense that issue down to a few points:

Go off trail and at
least 200 feet from any water source, including springs and streams.

Always carry a
lightweight plastic backpacker’s trowel when you hike for toilet
purposes.

Like your cat tries
to, dig a hole 4-6 inches deep. If the ground is covered with snow,
be sure to dig through the snow and create the cat hole beneath the
topsoil – this can be quite hard work if the ground is frozen.

Then just squat
above it. This is the part novices fear the most, but actually
results in much more natural and healthful elimination than sitting
at a 90 degree angle on your home toilet.

There are a couple
of pointers – make sure you’re really out of sight; squat with
your rear downhill; hang on to a tree for balance; and make sure your
shirt or coat is lifted up in the back.

After wiping with
TP, get yourself even cleaner back there with wet wipes this will
reduce the chances of chafing and later discomfort.

After using the
cat-hole, cover it and the TP with the soil you removed. Revert the
site to its natural look by re-scattering leaves, rocks or pine
needles over the top. Place a rock on top so the next person along
doesn’t step in it or animals try dig it up.

Always follow with a
good hand cleaning with hand gel or soap and water.

Keep your trowel as
clean as possible – wipe off on grass or sand or wash off after each
use. Keep it and your roll of TP in a plastic bag and carry in or on
your pack away from your food.

According to many
countryside polls rubbish left on the trail and at camps –
wrappers, toilet paper, plastic jugs can distract from the wilderness
experience. Here’s how you can be part of the solution.

Plan ahead and pack
consumables with minimal wrappers. Use Ziploc re-sealable baggies to
package individual meal servings instead of their original
containers, then use those bags to hold your rubbish coming out.

Avoid cans and other
containers with metal – you’ll have to carry those in and out.

If fires are
permitted where you camp, you can burn some trash items, but beware
of paper not burning all the way to ash, or you still have a rubbish
problem.

Cigarette
butts can hang around for years, and don’t easily burn up – if
you’re going to smoke, carry out the butts.

If you see rubbish
on the route – be a trooper and pick it up; don’t wait for
“someone to do something about it”.

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Survival
Skills

Survival skills are
the combined knowledge and abilities of methods and techniques that
will be used in situations where modern conveniences and
infrastructures don’t exist or have been damaged.

Survival skills are
typically thought of in the context of wilderness survival.

The term is a very
broad and general one, and applies to many ‘levels’ of survival,
from the simple ability to cook your own food, make your own bread.

Shutting off the
electricity-gas-water to your home, successfully build a fire, build
your own shelter, purify drinking water, all the way to identifying
outdoor wild edible plants, trapping, hunting, evasion, field
dressing game, building a fence, preserving foods, growing a
successful garden, and on and on.

I would say that the
underlying theme is the general ability to be self-sufficient.

Everyone has their
own unique interests and abilities, and really, no one person can
know it all. People will gravitate towards the skill set that they
find natural or enjoyable for them.

However, it is also
a very good thing to challenge yourself and get outside of your
comfort zone.

People usually need
to be pushed to get into that zone, but the sesame somewhat stubborn
people (I’m one of them) will often find it very rewarding after
having conquered a new skill.

The thought of being
able to survive and make it on your own, is just that… a thought.

In reality, it would
be highly unlikely that even the best could succeed for long. OK,
maybe the best could… but you know what I mean. We will always need
support from others.

After
all, this is how we built ‘civilization’.

Having survival
skills will allow you peace-of-mind. They will also allow you to
enjoy the outdoors to a further extent than others (except for the
foolish).

They will enable you
to adapt to situations without panicking and enable better decisions
during times of crisis.

Survival
skills are a valuable commodity during times of disaster.

Having survival
skills, even if not ‘required’ in real life, will make you a
different person, one who knows that they do not need to fully rely
on the system.

Survival skills also
include those that aren’t necessarily primitive.

Having an open mind,
a logical mind, a mind with experiences, will enable you to adapt.
Adapting, or adapting successfully, is probably the greatest skill of
all.

It’s a very
general term, but the ability to do, go, change, or make something
else with the resources that you currently have, is a great asset.

So, in summary, to
have survival skills doesn’t require that you necessarily learn how
to go off and live by yourself in the woods.

You might say that
‘modern survival skills’ could be defined a little differently
–having the skills to work outside of the system while still
functioning in the modern world.

Start small. Examine
what it is that you are ‘chained to’, the things that are holding
you down. Figure out ways to break the chains.

Become slightly more
self-sufficient by growing some of your own food – even if it
isonly seasonal. Learn some of the basics like how to read a map and
navigate without a GPS receiver.

Learn how to ‘tin’
and preserve foods. How about stepping out of the ‘comfort zone’and
considering working for yourself instead of ‘the company’.

Think about the
skills that you have now, at your current job. Are they something
that you could do on your own?

Maybe you have other
skills that could be utilized in a side business for yourself –
something you enjoy, part time on the weekends. That’s where it
starts…

Survival skills…
think, ‘self-sufficient’, and go from there.

Forest Fires
and What to do

From now on here in
the UK more and more of us will be heading for the woods, and why
not.

There is one danger
that we should all be aware of and that is a forest fire.

A forest fire can
cause an incredible amount of devastation in a very short space of
time and wildfires have been responsible for killing many people over
the years.

One of the most
common mistakes people who are trying to escape a forest fire is to
try to out run it. However, even in less dense forests, forest fires
travel so quickly and faster than you can run.

By having a good
knowledge of the way in which a forest fire travels and by having
some awareness of the terrain you are in, these two things combined
give you the best opportunity of surviving a forest fire.

One of the first
things to remember is that a forest fire travels uphill far quicker
than it travels downhill.

Therefore, if you
see an opportunity, you might be able to keep in advance of the fire
by moving downhill as quickly as you can.

Knowing your terrain
and your current position in relation to it can help too.

Think of any roads,
or stretches of water such as a lake, river, stream or pond that
maybe close by and head towards them where it’s practical to do so.

Anywhere there is
little or no vegetation which is able to burn such as the examples I
have mentioned can buy you valuable time.

Knowing your trees
can also help. Evergreen trees, such as conifers and those which have
needles burn far more quickly than deciduous trees.

Therefore, if you’re
presented with the option between the two to try to escape, choose an
escape route through a deciduous thicket of trees.

If you’re
completely trapped and the forest fire is in such close proximity
that an immediate escape is not possible, you should try to find or
even dig a ditch into which you should climb and keep yourself as low
down as possible.

Curl yourself up
into a ball and, where possible, cover yourself up with a blanket or
a coat if you have to these with you.

If you’re able
to, soak the blanket or coat in water first.

By making sure
you’re low down and covered up, this will give you the best chance
of minimising the effects of the suffocating heat and smoke as so
many people die in forest fires each year due to excessive inhalation
of the smoke as opposed to being burned alive.

If you’re lucky
enough to survive the fire, then once it has passed through, move
upwind where the fire will have already burned out the vegetation.

If you’re in a
remote woodland area where a forest fire is about to take hold, the
likelihood is that if you’re not aware, it will be upon you in no
time at all.

Buying you extra
time can mean the difference between life and death.

Therefore, it’s a
good idea to be aware of the signs of fire approaching.

Obviously, this is
likely to begin by you having a vague sense of smelling smoke.

If that occurs, look
at any cars, awnings and tents that may be in the area. A sure sign
that fire is approaching is where you can spot fine particles of ash
which will settle on these kinds of surfaces.

Look up into the sky
and see if you can spot any hazy areas which don’t seem in keeping
with the rest of the sky.

Obviously, if the
ash thickens and the smell of smoke becomes more pungent, then the
approach of fire is imminent.

Many forest fires
often begin due to someone’s carelessness or negligence – a
discarded cigarette end being the most obvious.

Therefore, it’s
important to beaware of the safety procedures with regards to fire
when out in the woods and to follow any rules, regulations and signs
which are in place.

Pay particular
attention to safe cooking procedures at camp as well as ensuring that
any campfires you build are permitted, are within the regulations and
that they are closely monitored at all times and extinguished
properly.

Also, pay
attention to any instructions you may receive from fire fighters that
might be trying to stem the blaze.

If a fire is burning
out of control around you, it’s easy to panic and to do the wrong
thing.

However, where fire
fighters are present, they will have been professionally trained to
deal with all manners of fire fighting and all members of the fire
fighting team will be working in co-ordination to ensure that the
fire is extinguished as quickly as possible and to get people to
safety.

Therefore, if
they tell you to do something, don’t question their judgement –
just do it. It could save your life.

   

Show Contents 20th April 2015

Show Notes

I start this week
with
THE
TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August, followed by
The
GO ID Personal Emergency ID Kit Review,

Blizzard Survival 10% Discount offer,
Keeping
Warm at Night, Breaking News the Brown Stuff has Hit the Fan,
Luci
EMRG review,
the
Ribzwear 30% Discount offer, The Swedish Torch, Making Cordage with
natural fibers, the Wilderness1w21 10% Discount offer, The Faraday
Cage, 4 Reasons to add a pellet air gun to your survival arsenal,
Midimax 10% Discount offer, Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes,
the Field-Leisure 10% Discount offer, Air Rifle Hunting, the Buggrub
10% Discount offer, Catapult Hunting and UK Law, Eating Crows and
Some Recipes, the Hunter-Knives 10% Discount offer,
Escape/Travel
Belt Review.

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THE
TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August

 The
Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the
diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival
skills.

The
previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in
one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and
knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing
bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown
into an event with something for all the family with stories and
music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and
activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The
Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family
event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great
outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of
children to get involved in plus more activities for all including
den building and wilderness skills classes for all.

There are
hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha
boat building, bow making, greenwood working, archery and axe
throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few.

There
are talks on survival physiology, classes on falconry and wilderness
survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and
anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up
information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness
and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of
good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme
for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and
outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organizers have even laid on
a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your
used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are
local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide
Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and
site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event
with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and
drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot
showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just
to attend as a day visitor.
Check out
www.wildernessgathering.co.uk
or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

The GO ID
Personal Emergency ID Kit Review

Whether you are on a
sola trip into the wilderness (not a good idea by the way), and you
have an accident or medical emergency and are unable to communicate,
or you are part of a group on a wilderness trip having had an
accident or a medical emergency and are unable to communicate and the
other group members are not aware of any medical condition you may
have,

I
would say you are in deep do-do. Imagine if any of the above did
happen to you and you had the GO
ID,
which
is visible to the rescuers or paramedics, now you know that they will
be able to treat your medical condition and or take it into account
when giving you treatment for something else.

The
GO
ID
is
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personal that they suffer from illness or allergies or medical
implants.

The GO>ID
MISSION:

To empower people
with an emergency ID they can set & forget.

To provide financial
assistance to organizations which provide life-saving emergency care,
especially those lacking basic equipment to serve their communities.

5% of our profits
are donated to first responder organizations.

What’s in the
Package

Metal
GO>ID

— Comes in several colours and 3 types of metal.

Silicon
ID Cover

— Each ID comes with a matching silicon cover. The cover keeps your
information safe and discretely hidden when you attach your GO>ID
your shoe, key ring, zipper pull, etc.

Hook
& Loop Fasteners (2 loops, 1 hook) “Velcro”

— Thin and strong, easily attach your GO>ID to your watch.

Laser
Labels (3)

— Laser-specific labels are perfectly suited for your laser printer
— and they’re waterproof and permanent.

Inkjet
Labels (3)

— Inkjet-specific labels are perfectly suited for your inkjet
printer — and they’re waterproof and permanent.

Clear
Label Over-laminate (2)

— An added layer of protection for your ID label so you can take it
anywhere!

Zipper
Hook

— Clip or hang your ID in any easy to find location, like a zipper
pull, belt loop, keychain, etc.

Resealable
Bag

— Keep all of your ID Making Kit materials together for later use
in this handy resealable bag.

Protected
by GO>ID Sticker (1)

— They want everyone to know that you are protected with the GO>ID!
Reflective stickers can also help prevent night-time incidents.

When
you’re in need, first responders will need all the information they
can get.

GO>ID is the personal emergency ID which gives essential
information to first responders, even if you aren’t able.

You
can easily change your personal information as your situation
changes. Just print your personal medical ID label on your own
printer and you can … Go>Anywhere!

Alert first
responders with two of the most recognized emergency symbols in the
world — the star of life or the letters “ID”. Each GO>ID
comes with both symbols.

GO>ID is the
first ID you can easily wear wherever you want: on your watch, on
your shoe, on your backpack, your zipper pull, cell phone … any
place you can imagine.

GO>ID enables you
to carry more important information than most other medical IDs —
up to 250 characters.

There’s no chip or
battery so, unlike many devices, it won’t lose power or wear out.

The included ID
Making Kit makes it easy to print your custom labels and assemble the
GO>ID for how you want to use it.

GO>ID is designed
to protect your information and allows for anonymity while on the go.
Your personal information stays hidden and discretely out of the way
— either under your watch or in the included silicon cover.

The unique alert tab
lets first providers know you have important information for them.

The ID is
lightweight and comes in several colours and materials. The lightest
weighs less than a sheet of paper (1oz)!

The GO ID Personal
Emergency ID Kit’s contents are provided and made by you, and all you
need is a computer the internet and a printer.

I firmly believe
that the GO ID will save further lives and provide a level of
confidence and reliability that has not really been available to us
in the UK before.

You would be foolish
in fact many would say reckless to ignore the GO ID. I have decided
to include the GO ID as part of my EDC and if out in the woods I will
transfer it to my outer clothing for peace of mind. You
can get yours at http://go-id.org/

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Keeping
Warm at Night

Sleeping warm is one
of the factors that can make or break a cold weather adventure.
Remember the body cools down during sleep and the blood is drawn from
the extremities (feet and hands) to the center or core of the body,
so proper insulation must be provided to prevent heat loss.

To stay warm and get
a good night’s sleep on your next camping or backpacking trip, try
some or all of the following tips:

Keep hydrated during
the day and avoid drinking lots of fluids at night, so you won’t
have to go to the toilet in the middle of the night.

If you must go, use
a pee bottle, it’s better than exposing yourself to the elements so
to speak. Just make sure you label the bottle! Anyway, holding it in
requires your body to waste energy (calories) trying to heat up the
water in your bladder to 98.6 degrees.

Eat a big meal with
lots of calories before you turn in for the night. Calories are a
unit of heat, without them the furnace won’t burn hot.

Keep a snack with
you for the middle of the night, so if you do wake up cold you can
replenish lost calories and warm back up again.

Go to bed warm. Warm
up by taking a brief walk around camp or chopping some fire wood, in
fact any exercise will do.

Really fluff up your
sleeping bag to gain maximum loft before you climb in.

Use a good
insulating pad between you and the ground. Studies show that what you
have under you is more important in keeping you warm than what’s on
top of you.

Wear a wooley hat to
bed, you lose most of your body heat through your head.

Keep your nose and
mouth outside your sleeping bag. Your breath contains a lot of
moisture that can cause dampness to collect in the bag as you sleep.
To keep your face warm, wear a balaclava or wrap a scarf around your
face.

Roll the moisture
out of your bag each morning when you get up (roll from foot to
head), then leave it open until it cools to air temperature. If
weather permits, set it out to dry, in other words air it.

Avoid overheating at
night and make sure you go to bed dry. Being too warm produces
perspiration, so vent your bag if needed or take off your woolly hat.

Make sure your feet
are as dry as possible before going to bed. This can be done by
having a pair of dry socks in your bag for sleeping only.

Wear loose fitting
clothing to bed so it doesn’t restrict circulation.

Keep your sleeping
gear clean. Dirt clogs air spaces in the material and reduces
insulation value making it harder to stay warm.

Fill a water bottle
with hot water before you go to bed and then strategically place it
at any cold spots in your sleeping bag. Just make sure it has a screw
on lid like the Nalgene bottles.

Or you can use
disposable heater packs or hand warmers, which costs a little extra
money. Or, in the old days they would take some heated rocks from
around the camp fire and place them in a wool sock. Just make sure
they’re not too hot.

If using this
old-fashioned method to keep warm, make sure that the rocks are
completely dry before heating. Trapped steam may cause so much
outward pressure that the rocks may explode.)

Finally the old
stand by…to stay warm snuggle up to someone or use the Buddy System
(share warmth with others).

Breaking News
the Brown Stuff has Hit the Fan

Are you really
waiting for a “Breaking News ” report on TV to tell you
that it’s time to carry out your bug out plans?

Honestly are you
actually basing your families survival on the lying controlled
British media?

Yes, you heard it
here first on Sky TV this morning the brown stuff officially hit the
fan, so pack your gear, fuel up and wait for the flag.

Do you really expect
an announcement? What could be more obvious than the ‘announcements’
we’ve already had?

This government has
given away billions of our money illegally to the banks and other
crooks who have been stealing our money for decades and were
apparently so financially strapped that they took that bailout cash
and gave one £M bonuses to their staff.

I suppose you could
say that there will be those who will think nothing of burning down
their local banks, which have been stealing their money and then
stole their homes with repossessions?

At some point, the
corrupt politicians and greedy corporations are going to brown off
and crap on enough people to incite a level of civil unrest commonly
known as riots.

To use an
Americanism Thomas Jefferson said, “When injustice becomes law,
rebellion becomes duty.” The fan, folks, is aimed squarely at
us. Mr. Jefferson, we hear you.

So what more are you
waiting for hyper fuel and food prices? Just around the corner. As
that is coming, count on it.

There will be long
queues at the shops to buy anything at all? long queues at the bank
to get out what’s left of your dwindling stash?

News reports of
banks and petrol stations burned to the ground by irate customers?

Perhaps you are
waiting for the event? an EMP/CME that knocks out the power across
the UK or the virus that wipes out entire cities, or an economic
crash that leaves the pound worthless and millions starving and
freezing to death.

Or, perhaps there
won’t be any dramatic and totally obvious big-bang event that shocks
the world. It might just be a continuation of the rich stealing from
the rest of us until their karma finally hits them in the head.

That’s one universal
law they can’t escape: the inevitable consequences of their immoral
and criminal actions. Their sh1t, folks, is aimed squarely at them.
Front row seats, anyone?

My personal
favourites are a pole shift, and an Israeli attack on Iran A pole
shift and ice age are natural phenomena that happen from time to
time. Such an event is overdue.

Why would Israel
attack Iran? Well as it is backed by the U.S., they might simply be
told to, knowing that should it go wrong the U.S. is there to stand
with them. They might decide alone that the attack must happen to
prevent a pre-empted attack from Iran.

Is it now time to
bug-out? well not now OK as I don’t see enough cause to pack up and
head for the hills.

Remember, SHTF does
not necessarily mean that it’s time to bug out, it means that some
trouble has started.

We are in trouble,
folks, as indicated by what I have just said and depending on your
point of view there will be other events that will mean different
things to different people. Well I still thing that we have time to
make plans and prepare as best we can for an even uglier state of
affairs. I just happen to think that the sooner we prepare the
better, we owe that at least to our family’s.

For many years we
have been watching and hearing the brown stuff hitting the fan for
and many of us are aware that we are closer to some kind of disaster
than ever in our history.

Unfortunately we
have a government who are more likely to drown us than to save us, so
don’t expect any help from them.

Beginning to prepare
can be done step by step, there is so much information across the net
to help you, so what is stopping you?

Luci EMRG
review

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emergency light.

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event of a power cut or emergency.

Its features include
a safety flasher and a high visibility red and white S.O.S. flasher
along with an ultra-bright flashlight setting and lantern mode for
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Extremely compact,
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Powered by
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A front pack is a pack
or bag that allows for access of equipment from the persons chest.
Front packs first and foremost allow for easy access of gear without
the removal of any equipment.

In many adventure
outdoor activities it can be critical to the sport to have the
ability to reach essential gear fast without the removal of a
backpack. Simplicity is the foremost purpose of the front pack but
there are many additional benefits as well.

In all there are
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The Swedish Torch

Here
is a method of making a Swedish torch with a chainsaw or splitting
wood with a bladed tool. So I thought I’d give it a go. You will
need straight dead standing branches a couple of inches in diameter
and green bendy sticks.

Make two small hoops
with the bendy sticks, think Christmas wreath here. Now cut the
branches all the same length bar one which is half size. Next arrange
the branches so the hoops fit over them.

The half size one
goes in the centre of the bundle, this aids airflow. Getting it to
stand can be tricky so I made a wooden stake and pushed that into the
ground and pushed the centre of the torch on to it. Stuff the top
with twigs and birch bark and light it up. It’s a method for a
quick brew or cook up on wet ground or if you don’t want to leave a
mess.

Making Cordage
from Natural Fibres

In these modern days
in our throwaway society, cordage, whether it’s string, cord or
rope is taken for granted. Not much thought is given to it. A piece
of string is used and when its job is done it will probably be
discarded. When a piece of string is needed again, a fresh piece is
cut from the ball and so it goes on.

However, to produce
a length of cordage in the field from natural fibres can take a
significant amount of time. Especially if a long, thin strong length
of cordage needs to be produced. There are two main methods of
producing cordage, twisting and plaiting.

Normally twisting is
used to create an initial length of cordage. Then plaiting can be
used with several of these twisted lengths to produce stronger,
larger diameter cordage (cord or rope).

Lots of different
natural fibres can be used to produce cordage. For example nettles,
inner willow bark etc. Bear in mind that the cordage produced from
natural fibres such as these are not as strong as commercial cordage
which is now available.

To prevent cracking
and breaking care should be taken not to bend natural cordage too
sharply when using it in lashings or tying knots. One solution is to
moisten the cordage to improve its flexibility but, one disadvantage
of this is that water, as well as softening the natural fibres causes
them to swell increasing the diameter of the cordage.

This is fine until
the cordage starts to dry out then any lashings or knots you have
tied will become loose.

The outer fibres of
the common nettle can be used to produce relatively strong thin
cordage. First of all you must remove the leaves.

This can be done by
running your hand from the bottom to the top of the stem. Grasp the
nettle firmly and you should not get stung. If you are worried about
getting stung you can do this process wearing gloves.

Once all the leaves
and stings have been removed you can crush the stem with the butt of
your knife then run your thumb nail down the length of the nettle to
open and flatten the stem out? Now take the stem and bend it over a
finger.

The outer fibres
should now be able to be gently removed from the hard inner core. The
outer fibres should then be put somewhere to dry until needed.

Take one of the
nettle fibres and hold it tightly between finger and thumb at one end
of the fibre. Then twist the fibre from the other end, rolling it
over and over until it kinks, usually somewhere in the middle. The
fibre will now be half the original length.

It will be doubled
at one end. Continue to hold this end tightly between fingers and
thumb while rolling the two tail ends around one another. When one of
the tail ends ‘runs out’ add a new fibre in and continue
twisting.

Continue this
process until your cordage reaches the length you require, to finish
tie an overhand knot to stop the cord unwrapping.

The roots of many
trees and plants can be used to produce cordage for example pine,
alder and birch. Luckily the best roots for cordage tend to be found
near the surface of the ground where they are thin and flexible.

Using a digging
stick or spade gently dig down until a suitable root is found. Then
follow the root along, exposing as much of its length as possible.
This can sometimes be tricky as roots tend to interlace and can
sometimes be quite a complicated puzzle.

Don’t be lazy and
try to pull on the root to remove it from the ground as it’ll just
snap. In general it’s best to remove the roots outer bark but, it’s
not always required. You can remove this bark by using a brake.

A brake is a thin
stick which has a split at the end. You basically pull the root
through the split stick (brake) and this scrapes the bark off the
root.

Larger diameter
roots can be split in half or even quartered to produce the required
diameter cordage. Splitting also gives the advantage of giving
cordage with a flat edge, giving a lashing more contact area and
therefore greater strength.

To split a root
start the split with your knife. Then pull the two halves apart to
continue the split. If the split starts to run off centre, bend the
thicker half more (at a greater angle to the split).

Pay particular
attention when approaching knots or bends with the split as these may
have to be cut with a knife to stop them from running off.

As I mentioned at
the beginning. We tend to use cordage without a thought. The old
saying “Easy come, Easy go” springs to mind. However, being able
to produce cordage from natural fibres is an important skill which
should not be overlooked.

It is time consuming
but a skill well worth learning. One thing is for sure, after making
a reasonable length of cordage from natural fibres you will certainly
have new found appreciation for a humble piece of string.

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The Faraday
Cage

EMP can be caused by
the detonation of a nuclear device in the atmosphere, miles above
land. Its pulse wave can easily cover a continent and destroy
electronic components in computers, engines, power plants, and solar
panels alike.

An event like this
has never happened on a large scale, and there are differing opinions
as to the exact consequences, but one thing is certain: In a matter
of moments, life as we know it would be gone forever. We are also in
danger from our closest star, the sun, which could also do extensive
damage in the form of (CME). The results would be the same as an
EMP..

In an instant the
post-EMP world would be back in the 1800’s, but you know to be honest
I think it would a lot worse.

Without power and
the help of machines we would not have the tools, skills, knowledge,
and, in some cases, raw materials to make the most basic tools for
survival.

How many blacksmiths
do you know? Do you happen to own a pair of Shire horses and a wagon
for transportation?

You will need to be
able to sew to repair your clothes etc., but can you create cloth
from raw cotton or sheep’s wool?

The moment of an EMP
burst freezes time. The food, equipment and tools in our homes may be
the only ones we have for a long time.

If you have one pack
of toilet roll then that is it.

As with all survival
situations there is a way out, a solution that has to be learnt and
understood and then put into practice.

There is a simple
way to protect our electrical items from EMP/CME, and that is to
build containers to shield important items from the effects of what
could be as much as 50,000 volts of power.

The Faraday cage is
the answer. The good news is that they are very simple to make.

The hardest part
about protecting your equipment is simply doing it. A few rolls of
heavy duty aluminium foil, some cardboard boxes and any thing from a
biscuit tin to a galvanized steel bin are enough to create your own
Faraday cage and protect your electronics from EMP.

The simplest and
cheapest way to build your own Faraday container is to use heavy duty
aluminium foil.

By completely
wrapping an item in several layers of foil, you can protect that item
from the damaging effects of EMP.

Keep
in mind that every side of the item needs to have a minimum of three
layers,
so by the time you have wrapped it in foil, some sides may have more
than three layers.

This is fine, so
long as you have no less than three layers of HD aluminium foil
between any part of the item and the open air.

By itself, these
three or four layers of foil are probably enough to protect your
electronic gear, but when dealing with a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI event, there
are no replacements, nor second chances, so it pays to do it right
the first time.

Simply adding more
than four layers of foil to the device is probably overkill and may
not add any more protection than the initial three or four layers.
However, you can increase the effectiveness of your Faraday
protection and here is how to do it..

Simply place your
foil wrapped device into a shoe box or other cardboard box that is
wrapped in foil, then place that box inside a biscuit tin or if its a
bigger item a steel rubbish bin with a tight-fitting lid.

There is nothing
wrong with using many smaller tins with lids rather than just one
large one. With your devices protected by three layers like this,
they’re likely to survive even an enhanced EMP attack with a
stronger electromagnetic pulse.

Heavy duty aluminium
foil. You’re going to be using a lot of this.

Either plastic wrap
(or something similar) or plastic bags for each electronic item you
want to shield.

Pieces of cloth that
will be used to wrap items. This is a good way to use up old
T-shirts, jeans, and clothes the kids have outgrown.

Cardboard boxes of
assorted sizes

Small, essential
items that contain an electronic component, such as a clock radio,
walkie-talkies, ebook/kindle, mp3 player, Sat Nav, spare mobile
phone, etc.

Make sure these
aren’t things you’ll be wanting or needing in the near future. If
you don’t already have duplicates, make a list of what you want
stored in your Faraday container and then look for inexpensive
duplicates.

Firslyt, wrap an
item in cloth. This will add a layer that will isolate the item from
the foil and will also help to keep any sharp edges or corners of the
item from puncturing the aluminium foil.

Next, wrap the
object with plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag and then wrap with
at least 3 layers of foil. Use your hands to gently mould the foil
each time, making sure there are no holes or rips in the foil.

Place your wrapped
items in the cardboard box and then wrap the entire box with two
layers of foil.

Layering for EMP/CME
is just as important as layering for winter weather! Be sure that no
foil used to wrap the outside of the box touches any of the foil
within the box. When your box is wrapped and finished, store it off
the ground.

If you want to store
large items or have numerous items to store, completely line a steel
rubbish bin with cardboard. Make sure there are no gaps.

The foil wrapped
items cannot touch the metal of the rubbish bin. Make sure the lid of
the can fits tightly, and Bob is you auntie.

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

You
heard me correctly, I said Pellet Gun. Yes, the kind powered by air
I have a good quality Pellet Air Gun and it’s not just because I
still have it from when I was a kid.

I
INTENTIONALLY have added this gun to my survival kit for very
specific reasons…which I have detailed below. If you’ve never
considered a Pellet Gun as a survival rifle option, you might change
your mind after reading this post.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1000’s
of Pellets Fit into Small Spaces

Not
only are pellets “Dirt Cheap”, they are very small. You can
carry 1000s and not even know they are there. You can store 10s of
1000s in just 1 shoe box. To top it off, pellets have a shelf life
of pretty much forever! Traditional ammunition can go bad over time.
Especially with the talks of giving ammunition an expiration date,
stocking a few 1000 pellets isn’t a bad idea.

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

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

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

I
will in future sell my CO2 powered air gun, and buy a break barrel.
Needing to refill canisters or tanks doesn’t make any sense in a
survival situation. You want to keep it as old fashioned as
possible. It’s hand pump all the way for this survivalist.

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

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

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Benefits
of Animals when Living Off the Grid

If you go the extra
mile and decide to keep animals, you will greatly reduce your
dependence on the outside world of shops & supermarkets because
animals can provide you with the following:

Meat and Poultry (fresh
meat, no hormones, healthier food).

Milk and Eggs (will
make you happy every morning).

You can obtain other
by-products such as cheese and butter (once you learn how to make
them).

Animals are also great
pets and can bring joy to the whole family.

Can keep the grass
mowed down for you.

Can provide you with
fertilizers for your plants.

They can multiply,
which means you have the option to sell or increase production.

Goats are one of the
best choice’s when living off the grid, because they’re low
maintenance, they can basically take care of themselves.

Goats can survive on
bushes, trees, desert scrub and aromatic herbs when sheep and cattle
would starve to death. Goat milk casein and milk fat are more easily
digested than cow milk.

Goat milk is valued for
the elderly, sick, babies, children with cow milk allergies, patients
with ulcers.

Goats have a lot to
offer, and they don’t ask much in return. They can clear invasive
weeds, offer fresh goat milk, and they can be a fun pet. They can
also be used for meat if necessary.

Goats can be quite a
bit of work too, but many people are finding that raising urban goats
is quite rewarding.

Before getting a cow,
think hard about it. A cow is the biggest tie in the farm, you will
have to milk her twice a day, to feed the cow you need to grow
fodder, to use up the manure from the cow you will have to dig or
plough more land … unless you’re dedicated to spend more time in
the farm, think loud and often before getting a cow.

On the other hand, a
cow will save you more money in the farm than anything else, milk,
butter and cheese go up and up in price, you can also sell or trade
calves if you want for something else you might need more on the
farm.

Sheep are a very good
thing to keep. Sheep live and fatten on grass. Don’t even make
demands on your hay unless the ground is covered with snow (and even
then they won’t eat hay unless they have previously learnt to); they
are thus cheap to keep.

A good number would be
4 ewes and a ram (or ask a neighbouring farmer if you could borrow
his ram for a few days).

Choose the breed that
is native to the country you live in. Very good pasture may carry
three ewes with their lambs per acre, less good two ewes and their
lambs. You might average one and a half lambs per ewe.

But they will do far
better if you rotate them around the farm: put them on, say, a
quarter of your grass acreage and keep them there until they have
nibbled the grass right down, then move them on to the next quarter.
In this way let them follow the cows—sheep will graze very well
after cows have had all they can get: cows will starve after sheep.

To raise chicken the
humane and healthy way is to give them enough space to scrap, to
perch, to flap their wings and take dust baths (which is not possible
and even cruel in a wire cage).

If you want to have
eggs all year then a couple of dozen of hens will do. Give each hen a
handful of grain every evening and a handful or two of high protein
food in the morning, and any scraps you can spare, and they will do
the rest.

They will eat a lot of
grass and a lot of earwigs. They will hatch you out a clutch of
pretty little chicks. Keep them out of your garden or they will play
hell with it.

Always keep a cock
among your hens, hens like having fun as much as we do. Let your
chicken run right out into the fields and woods. They will be getting
so much free food.

Why go in for
incubators and brooders when hens will do all that work for nothing
for you? Hens will be able to give you eggs from grain and household
scraps alone, but not many. If hens are really to produce eggs they
must have some protein.

Raising geese is very
easy and require very low maintenance if any. A pen of geese, say
three geese and a gander will run happily about the fields, and live
on grass with just a handful of grain thrown to them every night to
lure them home to shut them in from the foxes, otherwise they don’t
need any grain.

But you must protect
them from rats and foxes. Rats will pull goose eggs, or young geese,
right out from under the feathers of the goose mother. A fox will go
miles to get a sitting goose.

When geese begin to
lay, say in February or March, if you are lucky enough to have a
broody hens then, you will have to splash eggs with water every day,
because a hen doesn’t know this part of goose mother’s duties.

Boiled
British Freshwater Fish Recipes

These can be cooked
using foraged greens or taken home and given the chief treatment.

Boiled Tench

Prepare the tench by
scaling, gutting, removing the gills then washing and patting dry.

Place in a large pan
then pour over just enough water to cover. Add 25g of salt per 1l of
water added then bring to a simmer, cover and cook gently for about
10 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Transfer the tench to a
warmed serving plate and garnish with parsley. Accompany with melted
butter.

Boiled Trout

This is a traditional
British recipe for a classic dish of boiled trout that’s filleted and
served topped with a truffle, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice and olive
oil. Ingredients: 2 medium trout, cleaned and scaled 2 summer
truffles 2 garlic cloves 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp extra-virgin
olive oil juice of 1 lemon sea salt, to taste

Method

Bring a pan of
lightly-salted water to a boil. Add the trout and cook for about 20
minutes, or until done through. Remove the fish then take off all the
skin and fins.

Take the fish and
carefully remove the flesh as four fillets (discard all the bones).
Arrange these fillets on a serving plate. In the meantime, place the
truffles and garlic in a mortar and crush to a paste.

Add the vinegar and
lemon juice and mix thoroughly to combine. Place the oil in a pan,
add the truffle mixture and heat gently over a low flame (this should
be just heated through, do not allow the sauce to fry). Take off the
heat and season to taste. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve.

Feed the 5 thousand

A fish boil is a fun,
low-maintenance way to feed a large group of people — and although
it is traditionally served outdoors, you can also bring the party
inside. Whether you’re planning an outdoor picnic or a big family
get-together, a fish boil provides a nutritious, low-calorie meal for
the entire family.

Step 1

Fill a large pot about
three-quarters of the way up with water. Bring the water to a boil,
either on your stovetop or outside on an open fire.

Step 2

Add the potatoes and 1
pound of salt for every 10 people, and then bring the liquid back up
to a boil. Cook for 8 minutes, then add the onions to the pot.

Step 3

Add 2 pounds of peeled
baby carrots, if desired. Wait until the water comes back to a boil,
and then cook another 2 minutes. Double these cooking times for every
10 people you are serving.

Step 4

Add the whitefish and
cook for 14 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to test the
centre of the fish. If the fish reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit in the
centre, it’s done.

Step 5

Place
one piece of fish, three onions and two potatoes on each plate, then
add a pat of butter and spoon some of the broth over the fish. Serve
with a wedge of lemon if you have one.

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Air
Rifle Hunting

Hunting with air rifles
is challenging, demanding and, in the purest and best sense of the
word, entirely sporting.

A number of factors
combine to make a clean, humane and effective shot at a rabbit a lot
more than simply yanking on a trigger with hope in your heart,
though.

It’s true; pests form
the vast majority of legal and suitable air rifle quarry, but there’s
more to simply knowing what you can shoot when you are out in the
countryside.

Fair enough, something
defined as a pest doesn’t need much to qualify for a well-aimed
pellet, but no matter how lowly or nasty a creature might seem to be,
it still deserves a clean, quick and humane end with no suffering
involved.

You, as an air rifle
hunter, must behave with sportsmanship and with respect for your
quarry at all times, and because of its relatively short range, using
an air rifle will also make more demands of you than almost any other
type of sporting arm.

Field craft, the
ability to get close enough to your target to ensure an accurate and
humane shot, will test your abilities to the utmost. Quite often
you’ll be frustrated if a tiring stalk ends in failure, but you get
a real sense of achievement, and pride, when you do succeed.

There are one or two
unwritten rules of air rifle hunting which make it clear that some
species never qualify as legitimate or sporting quarry. All the game
birds, for instance, will frequently present easy targets, but don’t
be tempted because your permission to shoot will be very quickly
withdrawn if you are seen to be poaching!

Hares can become pests
but they are too large to be shot humanely with airgun pellets, and
that applies to foxes, too. There are plenty of sporting species that
qualify as air rifle quarry without any need to look any further.

Also as an air rifle
hunter, you must not only abide by the Country Code but uphold it too
and possibly gain brownie points from the landowner in the process. I

f you see some example
of the code being broken, like a dog worrying sheep, kids vandalising
farm buildings or machinery, a picnic fire that’s not been properly
extinguished, or simply rubbish left behind by thoughtless people do
something about it.

As a privileged and
authorised person which you are, since you’re out hunting on some
farmers land you owe it to him to help police his land, so even if
you can’t immediately do anything about a problem, report it as
soon as possible.

The farmers bush
telegraph soon spreads good news and bad, so showing that you’re
prepared to help will quickly become known and you’ll more than
likely be made welcome on other farms.

Even if you never see
another soul when you’re out hunting with your air rifle, there are
right and wrong ways to behave and more often than not someone will
be watching!

Open gates carefully
and ensure they shut behind you but don’t slam them this only
weakens the hinges.

If the gate should be
locked, climb over at the hinged end, not the latched end, because
your weight will have far less effect if you cross where the gate is
best supported, by the hinges.

If you have to cross a
barbed-wire or stock-mesh fence, push the wire down at the centre of
a run between two posts and, provided there’s enough slack for you
to cock one leg and then the other over, hop over.

If the fence is too
tight, climb as close as possible to a fence-post, but don’t force
the fence down and leave it sagging in the middle. Farm animals
escaping into crops or neighbouring land is a sure-fire way to lose
your shooting rights!

Whenever you cross from
one field to another, make sure your rifle is safe. If it has a
sling, which is best and safest whenever that’s possible, you can
leave it on your shoulder when opening and closing a gate.

But at all other times,
especially when you have to climb and need both hands to cross an
obstacle safely, make sure the rifle is unloaded and lay it down
parallel with the fence or gate, so that you can reach over or
through when on the other side, and retrieve it safely.

Resting the barrel on
the wire is dangerous because the rifle might slip and fall if the
fence wobbles as your weight is on it, and also because you might
walk past the barrel once you’ve crossed the fence.

Even though you know
the rifle is unloaded, never walk in front of a barrel that’s
pointing at you.

I was always taught the
“Horse always kicks” and the “Gun is always loaded” remember
this and you will not go far wrong.

When you fancy decoying
pigeons you’ll often need to build a hide but if you don’t take
hide-poles to support the net with you, ask the farmers permission
first before cutting any.

Don’t cut slow
growing hardwood sticks, such as ash, from close to where the hide is
to be built, choose quick-growing species like hazel.

Cut the poles with a
fine-tooth saw or secateurs, at a steep angle, which gives you a
point to make pushing them into the soil easier, and leaves behind a
stump from which buds will more quickly sprout.

Use side branches to
dress the hide netting to blend it in with the surroundings, and when
you pack up, tuck these branches into the base of the hedge and leave
the hide poles where you can find them next time, or take them with
you.

Leave the area as
you found it. That’s part of the Country Code too. LNT

When rabbit shooting,
it might seem to make sense to paunch the rabbits (taking out the
stomach and intestines) to make carrying them easier, but in fact
cleaning out rabbits that have cooled off for a few hours is much
easier than cutting open warm and floppy ones, and you won’t leave
piles of guts around to attract foxes.

Most large areas are
crossed by some form of path. As an authorised person, you must know
where they are and make every effort to ensure that anyone using such
paths is not in any way put at risk by any shots you might take.

What this means is that
the most sensible thing to do is keep well away from footpaths,
tracks, rights of way and bridleways, and public roads.

All responsible air
rifle hunters must know the laws on hunting and as well as shooting
safely.

This means you should
be able to recognise your quarry and whether it is legal to shoot it
or not. As long as you have permission to be on the land or property
where you are shooting, you may legally shoot the following species:

GREY SQUIRREL
Common and destructive pest, especially damages trees. Has displaced
the native, protected, Red squirrel in many parts of the UK.

CARRION CROW
Major predator on game and songbirds, eggs and chicks, will also peck
eyes from new born lambs. It is very wary and difficult to stalk.

FERAL PIGEON
Cheeky chappie town scrounger actually carries a variety of nasty
diseases. Creates mess and damages buildings. Do Not Eat

COLLARED DOVE
Same size as protected Turtle dove but Collared variety can steal and
soil large quantities of stored grain in farmyards. Needs
controlling.

ROOK Although
officially a pest and predator, at certain times of the year they can
be beneficial to agriculture, eating harmful insect pests.

WOODPIGEON Vast
flocks hoover-up crops in all parts of the UK. They are the most
destructive pest in constant need of control and very good to eat.
(E)

RABBIT Back in
plague numbers in many areas, the rabbit is as destructive and greedy
as the woodie and in need of continuous control.

RAT Public enemy
number 1. They cause untold millions of pounds worth of damage
worldwide plus carrier of several highly dangerous diseases.

MAGPIE One of
the most voracious and destructive predatory pests, hitting young
broods of garden songbirds in particular.

There are other birds,
like jays and jackdaws which are defined as pests, but don’t as a
rule pose the same threat as those listed above.

Greater and lesser
black-backed gulls and herring gulls, although also on the list, are
too big or because of habitat not to be considered as suitable air
rifle quarry.

All birds, except the
named pest species, are legally protected. Even pests may only be
shot by authorised persons defined as the landowner, or one who has
permission to shoot on the land where the quarry is present.

The Wildlife and
Countryside Act, which governs avian pest species control, requires
that a shooter must be sure that the quarry was causing or about to
cause damage at the time it was shot.

By definition a pest is
a species whose numbers, appetite and destructive nature result in
damage to food crops etc. so the need to control their numbers is
obvious.

Using an air rifle to
hunt at night, together with hand-held or scope mounted lamps,
red-dot sights or modern Night Vision devices, is exciting.

Both rabbit and rat
numbers have surged over recent years so, with permission, of course,
there’s plenty of pest control available.

Hunting lamps,
hand-held or scope mounted, are all you need for lamping success that
and a bit of common sense.

The power source can be
integral using re-chargeable batteries, or via a coiled flex to a 6v
or 12v battery slung from a belt or your shoulder. Cordless lamps are
more compact and simple but they are also heavier than flex types and
you should remember this when making your mind up.

Hand-held types are not
so easy to hold out at arm’s length for very long, but smaller
models with stock-mounted power-packs are worth trying.

Reflector sizes vary
from an inch or so to over a foot but air rifle models are mostly of
the smaller variety, between 2in and 6in – which send the beam from a
krypton or halogen bulb lancing out into the night to pick up the
gleam from your quarry’s eyes.

Most lamps have a
trigger-switch, which you can pull with one finger and on some you
can also lock the trigger on, so your finger doesn’t tire with the
strain of keeping the switch down.

All hunting lamps
should be used sparingly. Just a quick flash round with the beam to
pick out the targets, close the range down with a silent approach,
pinpoint the rabbit in the light and take the shot.

This method will save
your battery, increase the time you can be out, and help to gain a
bigger bag by not disturbing other potential targets.

Any risk, no matter how
slight, involved in your intended shot must mean giving up the stalk
and simply trying somewhere else on the shoot. You must also be aware
that it is illegal to shoot within 15 metres of the centre of any
road, track, path or right of way.

The Country Code,
mostly unwritten and defined over many centuries, has fundamentally
changed recently, due to the Right to Roam. The Countryside and
Rights of Way Act 2000 (CRoW) allows the general public access to far
larger areas of the countryside than ever before but not unlimited
access.

Large expanses of
moorland, heathland, down land and mountain areas are now open but
the act does not allow unlimited public access on private land,
except via the many footpaths and bridleways that already exist.

Ordnance Survey maps of
the British Isles include a key which defines the difference between
county and parish boundaries, bridleways, tracks and paths with
public footpaths and rights of way represented by red dotted lines
and the word PATH or FP.

Road access points are
indicated by signposts and the latest legislation has brought in
another sign which indicates access to suitably designated areas.

Footpaths are also a
standard width, 3 feet, which is wide enough for two people to pass
without bumping into one another. But whatever the status of a path
that crosses your shoot, the best advice is to avoid them whenever
you can, and certainly when you are aware that there’s anyone using
them.

As an air rifle hunter,
respect for the countryside includes having the same sort of respect
for yourself, and your sport.

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Catapult
Hunting and UK Law

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

However you must:

a. Have permission from
the landowner to do so first!

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

c. Intend to kill.

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

In other words not to
kill but merely to cause suffering. Therefore if you are seen
shooting at a rabbit time and time again without killing or stunning
the rabbit only hitting it, this could be seen as contrary to this
act, and would need to answer for it, possibly in court.

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

Anyone hunt with a
catapult?

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

SIMPLE CATAPULT
PLINKING:

Use an old cardboard
box, full of crumpled papers such as computer paper, newspaper etc.,
and take a couple of drawing pins, staples or tape etc. and fasten a
target on the box – and shoot away. At the end of the session, you
can take out the papers and shake them lightly, recovering your ammo
– for your next volley.

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

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

SIMPLE CATAPULT
HUNTING:

Firstly, be ethical,
and practice at home with your catapult before venturing out in to
the field to hunt for rabbits, grouse, pheasants, pigeons, squirrels
etc. We want good clean killing shots. As well, be ethical, and take
only shots at close range, learn how to hunt various animals, so that
you get very close to them before taking your shot.

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

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

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

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

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

Eating
Crows and Some Recipes

I think most people
have a natural prejudice that has prevented most crow hunters from
even considering this bird as wild game.

My experience is that
the mere mention of dropping these birds on the menu brings a series
of comments from my mates as if I had just suggested stir frying up a
batch of common sewer rats.

And if you ever make
the mistake of sharing these thoughts with a non-hunter, be prepared
for the same reaction. This is a shame since, properly prepared, the
members of the Corvid family are as tasty as most other game birds
and even tastier than some.

Besides, with crow
populations as high as they are, what an untapped resource we have at
our disposal.

Historically, crows, as
well as other non-songbird species have been common fare. Remember
“four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”? Our revulsion
seems to centre around the fact that the crow and its close relatives
are scavengers and therefore unfit to eat.

Well, as far as pigs
and chickens are concerned, you just wouldn’t believe what these
supermarket critters will stick in their mouths.

Seafood? You honestly
don’t want to know what goes into a some shellfish before it ends up
on that expensive seafood platter. I suppose the same goes for
lobsters. The list goes on.

In short, it’s really
just our cultural prejudice that limits our possibilities. You know,
maybe crow meat just needs some clever marketing terminology. Look
what they did for Sweet Breads and Escargot…

Field Preparation

It will come as little
surprise to anyone that even the biggest crow doesn’t make much of a
meal. However, the fact that it is often possible to take large
numbers at a time can compensate for this.

Since a morning shoot
can easily net from 10 to 100 birds, you want to limit the amount of
time necessary to clean each bird. Put out of your head any idea of
plucking a crow like you would a goose or duck.

Besides the breast
meat, there just isn’t enough edible meat on a crow to make it
worthwhile. Using the technique described below, you can extract the
best meat of a crow within a minute or two with very little mess.

Lay the crow on its
back in front of you with its head pointed to the right.

Take a finger and
locate where the breast bone meets the upper abdomen.

With a sharp knife,
make a cut across the crow (wing to wing) below the breast bone.
Don’t be concerned about cutting too deep, no edible meat will be
damaged with this cut.

Holding the birds feet
with your left hand, place 2 or 3 fingers under the skin where the
cut was made and pull in opposite directions. The skinless breast
meat should now be exposed.

Take the knife again
and separate each breast half away from the bone starting in the
middle and working outward. You should end up with 2 lime sized
pieces of crow breast. Discard the remains properly.

The meat can now be
frozen, marinated or freshly prepared.

Recipes

Below are some recipes.
Feel free to try these or to experiment with your own creation. There
is no reason why any recipe for dove, quail or grouse to be found in
a wild game cookbook would not work just as well.

Then you can decide
whether to tell your guests what went into the recipe before or after
they have finished. Bon Appetite!!

Pre-Cooking
Preparation

Preparation

You can use this method
with crows, coots, diver ducks and just about any fowl that may have
a strong flavour.

Use as many breasts as
you decide to grill and soak them from 2 hours to overnight in salt
water then thoroughly rinse and dry the breasts.

Then use your favourite
brand of Italian dressing and put enough to coat the bottom of a
container you can put a lid on and put a layer of breasts, a layer of
dressing, and keep layering till all the breasts are in the
container. Finally, top off with dressing and put in fridge
overnight. The next day they will be tender and tasty.

Summer Crow Layers

Ingredients

16 pieces of crow
breast meat (no bones) (8 crows)

16 pieces of green
pepper

16 cherry tomatoes

8 button mushrooms

8 ears of sweet corn

1 1/2 cups of Teriyaki
sauce

1/2 cup melted butter

8 kabob skewers

Preparation

Cut each piece of crow
in half and place in a covered bowl with the Teriyaki sauce over
night. Clean and cut each ear of corn into 3 pieces. Cook in boiling
salt water for 10 minutes.

Alternately put corn (3
pieces), green peppers (3 pieces) and cherry tomatoes (3) along with
4 pieces of crow meat on each skewer. Use 1 mushroom to top each
skewer. Brush with melted butter and place on preheated grill for
about 4 minutes. Flip, butter again and place back on grill for
another 4 minutes. Repeat one last time for a total of 12 minutes or
until they appear done. Serves four adults.

Country “C”
Medallions

Ingredients

24 pieces of crow
breast meat (no bones) (12 crows)

2 medium onions
(chopped)

6 tblsp of oil

5 slices of bacon
(chopped)

1 big or 2 small
turnips (peeled & chopped)

1/3 of celery root
(peeled & chopped) – note: substitute with celery

3 tblsp wet mustard

1 tblsp lemon juice

salt, pepper to taste

dash of paprika

2 bay leaves

2 juniper berries –
note: substitute with allspice

1 tblsp Majorjam
(crushed)

1 heaping tblsp of
mayonnaise

water

Preparation

Sauté onions and bacon
in oil until golden. Add meat, spices and sauté some more. Add
vegetables and the rest of the ingredients except mayonnaise. Add
enough water to keep the meat almost covered. Cook in a slow cooker
on medium

In about 3 hours you
will see that the meat is soft enough to cut with a fork. Take the
meat out and place on heated platter or dish to keep warm. Remove the
bay leaf and put all the gravy (about 2 cups) in a blender and blend.
When thoroughly blended, add mayonnaise and blend shortly.

Add gravy to meat and
serve over rice with a winter salad. Serves four adults.

Pan Fried Crow

Ingredients

2 eggs

seasoned bread crumbs
or flour

oil or bacon grease

Preparation

Remove breast meat from
as many crows as desired. Beat with meat mallet (for tenderizing).
Dip the pieces in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs or flour. Fry
in oil in hot skillet.

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situation suddenly turns south.

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webbing, so it doesn’t look too tactical or military and will fit
through standard size belt loops. But its ordinary looks conceal
some very un-ordinary features.

The Escape/Travel Belt’s
unique buckle conceals and securely holds a non-metallic Handcuff
Key

and a Ceramic
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(both are included).

The
versatile design of the belt’s interior provides dozens of access
points to its many discreet elasticized compartments, which are
ideal for stashing currency or whatever small items you require.
The
belt even comes with some pre-deployed tools included in
compartments in the rear of the belt: a second non-metallic
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I
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consider that I will need them but also because they are also
non-metallic.

10
Cable ties
2x
10’s of Biox Aqua Tablets
2x
Folded zip-lock bags
2x
£10 notes
Bag
of my everyday OTC medicines
4x
co co codamol pain Tablets
It
is now what I consider to be complete, however as with all kit
things will be replaced and or removed as I finely hone it to work
best for me. Please remember that your belt will be filled with
what you decide you need with you and that is the way it should
be.I really love it because of the items carried secretly within
in and being non-metalic I can even take it on holiday with me and
that too fills me with a greater level of confidence that should
something go wrong I have the means to help me out of a stick
situation.
I
also like the fact that not one of my friend even noticed that
this belt was any different to any other that I or they had worn.
In fact I had to mention the belt before they said so what, it is
just a belt. Their comments changed when I showed them what was
hidden in the belt and all of thought that it was a cool must
have.
Far
be it for me to disagree with them. The belt also preformed very
well when I took it into the shower with me and soon dried out
later with no shrinkage or loss of structure at all.
Yes
if you want an all round basic/normal belt with a covert capacity
then this is the one for you.

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Show Contents 6th April 2015

Show Notes

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Water
Security

Second only to air,
water is one of our most basic human needs. In fact we are made up of
72.8% water.

Nonetheless, most
people who have grown up and lived in the Western world have come to
take clean water for granted. They turn the tal and clean water comes
pouring out as if by magic.

At the same time,
3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases. Most
of these people live in places where there is no tap water or the tap
water cannot be trusted to be clean.

Ask yourself two
questions:

Should I trust my
tap water now?

Will I be able to
trust my tap water in the future?

Your tap water is
prepared and delivered by the water company’s and I would ask have
you ever had an independent test of your water quality? Has anyone in
your community? Clean water is critical to health and yet few of us
pay more than passing attention to it, in fact I would say we take it
for granted.

Next consider the
future. The economy is crashing or about to and this is negatively
affecting tax revenue not only for the government, but also for local
councils.

That means
cost-cutting will be necessary, which means that these water company
workers could be made redundant. The question is will you be able to
trust your water supply when the infrastructure starts falling apart
and there are insufficient staff left to maintain it?

Then you must
consider purposeful damage to the water supply, either by
ex-employees or by terrorist organizations. The public water system
has very little protection against the introduction of toxins for
example.

Bottled Water

Bottled water can be
stored for quite some time to provide for a backup water supply in
the event supply fails or has it’s purity compromised.

Distilling

Purchasing a home
water filter to enableto create 100% pure trustworthy clean water —
if you have power to operate the still.

Private Wells

In some areas, it is
possible to drill your own well to reach reasonably safe water. You
will need to research the water table in your area to determine if
this is feasible.

Portable Water
Filters

Small water filters
are available which can provide safe drinking water in manageable
quantity from very impure sources. These are not long-term scalable
solutions for personal hygiene, but they can certainly help to keep
you alive in an emergency.

Tap water Filters

Larger water filters
can filter water coming out of a single tap. These tend to be less
effective than the portable water filters at producing clean drinking
water.

Summary

A
water security plan should consider all potential threats to your
water supply and the chances of each threat occurring. The right
solution for
you

might be purchasing a few chlorine tablets, or it might be installing
a whole house water filter and buying a home distilling system.

Survival
Hunting

There are many
different kinds of traps you can set if you’re looking to hunt land
based animals for food

Some are more
elaborate than others and need to be carefully designed if they’re
going to be successful.

However even though
the initial effort can be painstakingly slow when you’re putting
traps together, once they’re up and running, they can keep working
for you round the clock.

It is, however,
important that you check the traps regularly to minimise any
suffering to the animal. I would say that rabbits are your best
target.

The larger the prey,
the greater the degree of skill needed so birds are ideal in a
survival situation where you may not have the time to make a more
sophisticated kind of trap.

Locating Your
Trap

The best way to
position your trap is to go out onto any trail and look for
footprints. Often, they’ll not be too far from water where an
animal will be looking to drink.

You’ll be able to
ascertain the direction the animal was heading, its approximate size
and if you’ve done your homework, you may even be able to recognise
what animal it is by its footprints. It’s these kinds of areas
where you need to be setting your traps.

Avoiding Animal
Suspicions

When out setting a
trap, you should try to avoid disturbing the area in which you’re
setting it as much as possible. Your scent will be the biggest
giveaway to animals so wear gloves when you handle the trap.

Another way of
disguising any scent on the trap is to hold it over smoke for a few
minutes before positioning it.

Box Traps

A box or drop trap
is a useful device for catching birds and small animals. You can make
a box out of sticks, twigs and branches – in fact, any material
that you have available.

There are 2 ways of
trapping here. You place the bait in the box and then have a piece of
wood or stick propping up the box on one side. Simply by having a
piece of cord attached to the stick will allow you to pull on the
cord once your prey is inside taking the bait.

Then the box will
simply fall, leaving the prey caught inside. However, because of your
presence near the trap and with you physically having to wait until
the right opportunity presents itself, a far better method is to
design a trigger mechanism so that when the animal steps onto the
area holding the bait, the box automatically falls trapping the prey
without you having to be there.

Snare Traps

Snare traps are more
effective for slightly larger game animals that might be more
suspicious to fall for a box trap or may be more dangerous to kill if
cornered in a box. You can make a snare using cord, wire in fact
almost any cordage.

When locating a
snare trap, you should once again look for trails where small game
animals might look for food and water sources.

Animals are
creatures of habit so if you see footprints or any other signs that
an animal has been passing through a particular area, .e.g. animal
droppings are an obvious example, then you can be sure that they’ll
return time after time.

Places that may
offer shelter and safety to small animals from other larger predators
are also a natural location in which to set a snare.

How a Snare Works

The loop in the
cordage make sure snare is designed to tighten and hold the animal as
it walks through it.

The loop should be
free moving which means it will tighten naturally as the animal walks
through it or struggles once it moves forward into it.

Remember, the loop
must be big enough for the animal it’s designed to catch and far
enough above the ground to match the level of its head.

Therefore, it’s
not an exact science and it can take many attempts and re-adjustments
before you’re successful but constant practice and patience is the
key.

Setting Your
Snare

A normal holding
snare simply holds the animal at ground level and may or may not kill
it through strangulation.

For the holding
snare, once you think you’ve placed the loop at the right height,
you then need to secure the other end to a bush or some other kind of
stake or tree trunk which you’re sure cannot be pulled away by the
animal.

Then you should move
some brush or logs to force the animal to walk in a particular
direction so that it has no alternative but to enter the loop.

If it’s set up on
a regular trail this shouldn’t present a problem as the animal will
follow its usual path anyway so as it enters the loop and continues
trying to move forward, the loop will tighten and become smaller
until the animal can go no further.

It’s then trapped.
It’s important to remember that snaring should only be used in a
real emergency survival situation. In some countries it’s illegal
and in the UK, snares need to be free running so that it relaxes once
the animal stops struggling.

After the Prey is
Caught

To many people faced
with a survival situation, the thought of killing an animal for food
is often quite difficult to come to terms with.

Sometimes the animal
may be dead already but if it’s still alive, it can still be
dangerous and can bite, claw or scratch you severely which will not
only be painful but can carry the risk of disease.

A rock or some kind
of heavy implement in order to kill it quickly by hitting it on the
head is necessary.

For
the uninitiated, this can obviously be a very traumatic experience
but in a survival situation, you may have little choice. Food from
animals and birds will provide you with the necessary fats and
proteins that will prolong your life and killing and eating small
animals, fish, birds, insects and plants might mean the difference
between life and death.

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The Bug out Week end is coming.

The
Community of UK Preppers on FB are having a (Bug out weekend)
So
why not join them on the 2nd to the 4th may 2015 to share and learn
ideas with other like-minded people
Location
The
location is Winteringham Lane, West Halton. DN15 9AX

Available
Spaces

All spaces are designated specific areas of the Bug Out
Weekend location that are suitable for that type of bugging out
system as the location is a wild managed area and has a range of
different types of ground.

All the places listed here are for
the tree covered areas of the location.

1. Hammocks:
———————15 spaces.

2. Tarps and
tents—————-10 Places

3. 4×4 and off road
vehicles—-20 places.

4. Campervans and trailers—-15
places

There is a large open ground area of the location for
the Bug Out Weekend to use whatever system you choose, but I will be
limiting these spaces to 40 spaces.

Admission Fee
£20.00
for adult over 16 years

£10.00 for child under 16 years

Free
for child under 10 years

Traders and promoters are welcome
for no extra cost to the entrance fee

Anyone who says they
are going to the event must pay a non-refundable £5.00 deposit per
person to secure their place.
How to make deposit payment.
Only
if you wish to attend say you are going and I will message you and
give you the Paypal address with a payment reference number.

Once
payment has been made i will send you your payment receipt reference
number. This number is to be presented on entry to the Bug out
Weekend where the deposit will be deducted from the admission
cost.

Arrangements
Please arrange any train Tickets
to Scunthorpe as soon as possible (ASAP) as this will save you money
and could be cheaper than your own car.
We can arrange to pick you
up from Scunthorpe Train Station and drop you back off for a fee of
£3.00. Please let me know as soon as possible if you require this
service.
Facilities

There will be a toilet
facility in place.

There will be ranges for Archery,
Crossbow, Air rifle, live round rifles and shotgun too.

There
will be a solar Shower available with hot water available if
needed..

There will be a Marquee set up in case of any wet
weather so it won’t stop people who want to do a bit of
socialising

There will be a BBQ for anyone who wants to have a
good old meat feast at the cost of £5.00 per head

UK
Firearms Licensing Act

For anyone who wishes to bring
along a gun or rifle that requires to be licensed under the UK
Firearms licensing act 1968.

It is every owner’s
responsibility to ensure they are covered under the Uk Firearms
licensing act and proof of cover for any such firearms must be shown
before you are allowed entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting.

The
organisers or associates will not be held responsible for any
transportation of unlicensed Firearms to or from the Bug Out
Weekend.

See the link
belowhttps://www.gov.uk/firearms-licensing-police-guidance
Ranges

Strict
safety rules and timing guidelines at the range points must be
followed at all times.
Disclaimer

All guidelines and
disclaimers will be presented on entry to the Bug Out Weekend meeting
by security staff.

All guidelines and disclaimers must be read
and understood before entry to the Bug out Weekend.

To be sure of a place
go to FB and find The bug out weekend “CUP”

Remember its
Called Angling Not Catching

In a survival
situation, once you have found shelter, built a fire and collected
water, your next task will be to find food resources.

And whilst it is
perfectly possible to exist without food for a few weeks and live off
edible wild plants and berries, you’ll no doubt be glad of a hearty
meal. Therefore, it’s very useful to learn some fishing skills and
here are some tips; assuming that you have no fishing gear with you.

Fishing for
Survival

If you’re near
water, the first thing you must do if you’re looking to catch fish
is to spend a bit of time observing how the fish behave each day.

Like you, they’ll
also be looking for their next meal, so you’ll need to establish
their habits – when they’re active, where in the water they head
for etc.

An additional tip,
however, is to consider the temperature if you’re not sure where to
look. In hot weather where the water is low, you’ll probably find
them in deeper shaded water and when it’s cooler, you’ll find
them in shallower areas where the sun warms the water up.

Using Hook and
Line

Some type of cord
should always form part of your survival kit anyway and if you
haven’t included a proper fishing hook too, you can always
improvise and craft one out of a piece of bone, thorn, wood or a
safety pin works just as well.

Remember the inner
strands of 550 paracord are ideal for fishing.

For bait, it’s
useful to try to gain an idea of what the fish in the area are
eating. Insects, a piece of bread, some raw meat, if you can find
any, or worms are all good sources of bait.

Survival fishing
isn’t an exact science though. The more hooks you have in the water
and your willingness to be patient and to experiment are going to be
your biggest allies. Bad weather approaching is always a good time to
go fishing as well as just after dawn and just before dusk.

Spear Fishing

If you are handy
using your knife to carve out a piece of wood, making a spear to fish
with in shallow water is another alternative but if you see fish
swimming around in shallow water, it’s a useful skill to learn even
though it takes an extreme amount of skill, quick reactions and
patience. A forked spear which can trap the fish between its prongs
works best.

As for a net, you
can fashion one out of using some kind of shirt or T-shirt tied onto
a Y shaped branch.

Fish Traps

Only your
imagination can limit you to the kinds of fish traps you can
engineer. One of the simplest methods is to use the effects of the
tide. On a beach or area with tidal waters, build a circle of rocks
and use small pebbles to plug any gaps. When the tide comes in, it
will bring small fish in with it. Simply return to the rock circle
later and see what you’ve caught.

Most fish found in
freshwater is edible although some will taste better than others.
However, it’s important to remember that it’s not a matter of
taste but a matter of survival. Once caught, cut the throat and gut
it by slitting it from its anal passage to its throat removing the
offal as you go. Remove the head, tail and fins then smoke, grill or
boil it.

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THE TWELTH
WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August

The
Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the
diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival
skills. The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a
small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing
bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living
skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The
show has grown into an event with something for all the family with
stories and music by the camp-fire in the evenings and skills
workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the
festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become
the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and
the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age
groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all
including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.

There
are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening,
basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe
throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are
talks on survival physiology, classes on falconry and wilderness
survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and
anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up
information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness
and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of
good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme
for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and
outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on
a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your
used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are
local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide
Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and
site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event
with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and
drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot
showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just
to attend as a day visitor.
Check out
www.wildernessgathering.co.uk
or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

The U.K mock
SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)

The U.K mock SHTF
scenario DX w/e (part 3) will be holding their 3rd year event on June
the 27th.

It is an event for
preppers and people like minded to get together over the air through
CB and PMR for a weekend.

They have chosen CB
and PMR as they are license free and simple to work and legal for
anyone to use in the UK.

All people taking
part get listed on a google map on line and giving a call sign for
the weekend.

There will also be a
time table so people can find each other over the 2 days and the
night.

Most people take
part and BUG OUT for the weekend but some just join in from a parked
car on a hill or from home if they are not able to get out and about.

On their Face Book
page you can see past events at Uk shtf preppers and all so one or
two uploaded to you tube.

The
idea is as follows.

It’s a SHTF
scenario of your choice…. zombie attack, a world war or a flood has
took out your town/city and all land lines, mobile networks and the
internet is down due to whatever you are prepping for and you need to
make a call for whatever reason…

So
what do you do????

Grab your BUG OUT
BAG and head for the hills!!!!!! Radios normally work better from
high ground so the plan would be to bug out to high ground and see
who you can find on the radio.

More information
will be handed out closer to the weekend.

But there are a few
rules……

If you bug out
please make sure you have permission to be on that land.

After the weekend
please clean up your location before going home (LNT)

The radios used are
open for anyone to use in the UK so please be polite and respectful
to ALL other operators.

Make sure you are
safe, you do not want to call out for help for real.

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You are listening
to the UK preppers Radio network on KPRNDB-UK I’m your host Tom
Linden

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Lyme Disease

Every year I warn of
the threat of contracting Lyme disease because it tends to be
something that most people do not consider when they plan a trip into
the wilderness.

It is however
something that you must consider as it can affect you for many years,
in fact ray Mears had Lyme disease for nine years.

Lyme disease is a
bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks
are small, spider shaped insects that feed on the blood of mammals
including humans.

The most common
symptom of Lyme disease is a red skin rash that looks similar to the
bull’s eye on a dartboard. However, if Lyme disease is left
untreated, further symptoms can follow, including:

A high temperature
(fever) 38C or over.

Muscle pain.

Joint pain and
swelling.

Neurological
symptoms, such as temporary paralysis of the facial muscles.

A person with Lyme
disease is not contagious because the infection can only be spread by
the ticks.

Lyme disease is an
uncommon infection. The Health Protection Agency (HPA) estimates that
there are between 1,000 – 2,000 cases of Lyme disease in the UK
each year.

The ticks that cause
Lyme disease are commonly found in woodland and heath land areas.
This is because these types of habitat have high numbers of
tick-carrying animals, such as deer and mice. Parts of the UK that
are known to have a particularly high population of ticks include:

Exmoor.

The New Forest in
Hampshire.

The South Downs.

Parts of Wiltshire
and Berkshire.

Thetford forest in
Norfolk.

The Lake District.

The “Yorkshire
Moors”.

The Scottish
Highlands.

Due to their
breeding patterns the tick population is at its highest during late
spring and early summer.

Ticks can also be
found in rural areas of many other countries including:

France.

Germany.

United States of
America.

Austria.

Sweden

Russia

There is a widely
held misconception that the outlook for Lyme disease is poor, and
that the condition cannot be treated. However, this is not the case.

If Lyme disease is
diagnosed in its early stages, it can be treated with antibiotics,
and the outlook for the condition is excellent. Most people will make
a full recovery within a couple of days.

Even if more serious
symptoms develop, they can usually be cured with antibiotics,
although a longer course will be required.

A vaccination for
Lyme disease was introduced in 1998, but it has since been withdrawn
by the manufacturer due to controversies over alleged side effects.

The best way to
prevent Lyme disease is to take sensible precautions when you are in
areas that are known to have a high tick population, such as:

Wear a long sleeved
shirt.

Wear long trousers
and tuck the legs into your socks.

Why not wear
gaiters?

Wear insect
repellent.

Inspect your skin
for ticks, particularly at the end of the day, including your head,
neck, armpits, groin and waistband.

How much do
you know?

As a PREPPER you
will need to be 100% self-sufficient as it may be that you are
isolated from other survivors for years.

Here are some ideas
for you to consider.

HOW many of you are
constantly learning new skills?

How many are
involving your children in this process?

Remember that
children’s brains are like a sponge so they will absorb much more
than you and at a faster rate.

How many people have
a large collection of HOW TO Books? Have you got any of these books?

Books on hunting

Books on Survival

Books on growing
food

Books on soil

Books on building
from wood to steel

Books on how to make
steel, iron, tools etc.

Books on tinctures

Books on cooking

Books on plants and
trees

Books on herbal
medicines

Books on human body
physiology

Books on fasting

Books on Poisonous
Snakes and insects and HOW to do First Aid the list goes on and on

How many people have
done a First Aid course?

How many people know
what CPR is and how to perform it?

How many people know
HOW to treat a snake bite?

How many people
“KNOW” how to do the following?

Woodworking

Building log cabins

Metal working

Constructing
underground tunnels

Extracting Oil from
plants

Making bows and
arrows

Making natural glue

Make flour from
different plants (not just wheat)

Make tinctures

Extracting birch
tree oil

Make charcoal

How many people have
several of the following?

Axes

Knives

Round wood saws

Single and double
person wood saws

Many files for
sharpening the above

Manually powered
Wood lathe IF possible

How many people have
prepared the land around their bunker or home for growing organic
food?

Adding organic
matter (cow manure etc.) into the soil.

Adding powdered rock
dust (AKA: minerals) at least 2 + yards down into the soil.

How many people have
created natural defences around their home (or know how to) using
things like 2 or 3 layers of different trees with Passive Normal
Trees on the outside and then a second layer inside made up of Attack
Trees which are made up of plants with thorns, spines and prickles.

Then inside this
layer you can run a barbed wire this way when someone runs into this
at night, you will certainly know about it.

How many people have
studied NATURAL medicine and this includes HERBAL medicine and
pressure points?

How many people know
what herbal medicine is?

How many people know
that PINE Trees have natural Vitamin C and that Pine Bark is also
abundant with Vitamin C.?

Did you know that
Vitamin C deficiency has been one of the biggest killers of humans
through our known history and yet in most cases where people had
access to Pine Trees, almost no one utilized this powerful disease
fighting natural medicine?

How many people KNOW
that just by standing out in the sun for approx. 40 minutes a day you
can get all the Vitamin D you need to stop over 90% of cancers and
sickness (and it is FREE), Plus it also has been said to stop babies
being born with rickets.

How many people know
that by drinking RAW unprocessed cow’s milk, you can rebuild your
teeth and bones? How many people have a milking cow or 3 on their
land? How many actually have some land?

How many people have
several EXIT tunnels from their bunker? How many even have bunkers?

There are 101 things
I could list here but I hope that you get the picture.

Whatever you think
you know now is NOT enough.

FINALLY:

How many of you have
actually spent a FAMILY WEEK living next to a river or stream and
surviving off the land so that you can make a list of all of the
things you will need WHEN you really do need to KNOW implicitly how
to do these things.

When the Brown
Stuff Hits the Fan

Many people nowadays
are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet.
Aside from the geophysical part that “seems” to be going haywire
and could be nothing other than the planet’s cycles, there are
plenty of man-made catastrophes that loom on the horizon.

Never has the planet
had as many people as now and the more people there are the more
competition there is for resources. More countries seek nuclear
devices than ever before and with advancements in technology this is
a much easier process than at any time before.

Biological and
chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps
in technology in regards to computers. Oil markets are much tighter
because of the countries of China and India and their increasing need
of energy to fuel their booming economies, and new finds of oil
fields cannot keep up with the demand.

The debacle of the
world economies needs no introduction. In short, bad times, really
bad times could and probably will be coming to a neighbourhood near
you.

Unless you and your
family take quite seriously this possibility, if and when something
extremely horrible happens, you could very well end up one of the
large number of statistics.

Many survival sites
have informative and excellent advice on survival that can help you
make it through a limited amount of time when everyday life is
totally disrupted.

However, what
exactly does a person do IF the society that almost all of us have
become way too dependent on, fails to recover for an extended period
of time, if ever again?

What IF civilization
implodes and only begins to recuperate after centuries have gone by?
If you watch some of the ideas people have on survival being
interviewed on television, you have to wonder what exactly these
people are thinking.

The people that have
prepared for problems with the world are woefully ready for any
disaster lasting for more than a few days at best. One lady thought
having a torch was being prepared.

Even those that have
invested in a years’ worth of food and supplies, there are some
basic survival skills that need to be learned and understood to
better increase one’s chance of making it through a possible
long-term survival situation.

Here are some
suggestions on those survival skills that will likely be needed after
a nightmare has hit human civilization with a vengeance. Each of
these skills can fill an entire article on learning and teaching of
it.

So only a brief
overlay of each of these will be discussed to long descriptions.
Further information can be obtained through many survival books and
the many articles on each subject.

Situations and
personal handling of SHTF situations will differ widely, but the
foundation will likely be there for almost everyone. The main
objective is to get people into learning and practicing these
survival skills so when something cataclysmic does happen, they can
better deal with and make it through intense human tragedy.

Prepare for the
worst. Individuals can still hope for the best, but something lacking
with many preppers is that they still cannot even think about
something really awful happening.

Too many of those
that do ready themselves for disasters cannot find within themselves
to even discuss with their families and friends a calamity that is
horrid and what to do if it should manifest itself.

This denial I think
leads to a failure of preparing enough beyond usually a couple of
weeks or so. To them, there is still that government or other safety
net waiting for them when their preparation runs out.

Learn and train your
mind to expect the totally unexpected.

The bizarre often
happens, and there are events that are going to freak out even some
of the better prepared survivalists. A lot of people will prepare and
practice all sorts of drills for various horrors, which is wonderful
training.

There still lurks
the possibility of something so strange and weird that it shocks
practically everyone. By addressing this possibility in your thoughts
before it actually happens, you have conditioned your mind to at
least accept this.

Training for
something strange can be done through other individuals within your
circle of allies coming up with sudden scenarios that only their
imaginations can fathom.

Learn to live
meagre. This is practising for when times become lean for everyone.
If a person wants to avoid the shock of living well to living under a
rationed way of life, now is the time to get used to it.

We all take so much
for granted – the modern conveniences – it becomes an automated
habit to turn on a light switch, flip on the internet, TV, mobile
phone, without even considering this could be wiped out within an
instant.

We open the
refrigerator and there is food, or put food already pre-cooked into
the microwave to warm it. We go to the supermarket and get what we
need. We have entertainment at our fingertips.

If this is all gone,
how will people handle it? Horribly I think if they have not gotten
used to going without it for at least part of their lives. A “time
out” each day from what we so rely on that could disappear is quite
helpful to being ready for if it does go away suddenly.

Find personal
motivators to continue on. When it looks hopeless after a mega SHTF
episode, having some concrete reason to fight and continue on is an
absolute necessity to avoid giving up.

Many people will
feel, “what’s the point?”, and just stop trying to survive.

Someone’s child
sitting next to them, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend,
someone that means something to you can be that inspiration to
continue on. It can be just someone’s desire for life that helps
them over the hump. Finding that personal reason to survive and fight
on is so important.

Understand the world
and potential disasters that await. When you can better expect what
could happen, you are less likely to be caught off guard. Timing is
everything.

An individual that
can bug out before something hits is going to be way ahead of the
pack. While predicting the future is probably going to be unlikely,
seeing a situation developing and acting on it before it occurs can
be a life saver.

By monitoring the
news of the world with vigilance you can see something others don’t.
By becoming more informed about earth science if you live in an area
prone to geophysical disaster can make a great difference.

The old adage about
knowledge is power is very true, but knowledge is also part of
survival and the more you have the more likely it is that you will
survive.

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

Your own personal
plan is ONLY what best fits what you are going to do during and after
a disaster. People should also have back-up plans, PLAN B and C and D
at least because nothing ever seems to go as planned. Haphazard
approaches to the aftermaths of catastrophes are kind of like a
chicken running around without a head.

Understand how
you’ll react. Some people just cannot handle stress, they freeze up
and panic overwhelms them.

Everyone reacts to
stress and fear in different ways, and even the most calm in control
person can go ballistic or paralysed with fright. Addressing this
issue before something happens and attempting to come to grips with
it is essential.

People have
remarkable levels of tolerance for bad times and most can dig down
and come up mentally with what is necessary to survive. Any phobia or
fear is usually better dealt with before being put to the test.

A first step is to
admit to oneself that these disasters can and do happen and then
thinking over, even writing down how one will handle it. Talking this
over with another is invaluable.

Understand the
psychology of desperate people. This is a difficult one. After a SHTF
event people are just going to go crazy I think.

That neighbour that
was in control during many minor emergencies may be the one pounding
on your door with whacked out eyes demanding what you have because
they did not prepare for anything.

Someone in your own
survival group may just blank out in a zombie-like stare. Unexpected
times brings out the worst in people and people should prepare for
this possibility.

You yourself could
lose it. Again, preparing for this will help should it occur. You
always hope that disasters will bring out the best in your fellow
person, but often this is not the case.

Be clever and
inventive. When the world falls apart around someone, there is likely
not going to be anyone there to repair what you have or somewhere to
replace it. You will either have to go without, repair it yourself,
or jerry rig up some contraption that will function for you.

Much can be learned
by practising going without your power tools and fixing things using
only hand tools and what you can find in spare parts laying around.
Using junk to come up with unique devices that work for you will
become a necessary skill you will need to master, should society fail
to come back.

Learn and condition
yourself into a survival mentality. Homeless people become experts at
seeing what others consider pure trash as survival tools. The fine
art of scrounging around will become a chore that people will have to
do to find what they need.

That bottle on the
ground after a disaster can be used for many purposes including
collecting something you can use.

People must first
try to see in their minds what use certain items can have for them.
Homeless people have become quite good at this during stable times,
everyone will have to learn this skill after times become
nightmare-like.

Know where you are
going. Whether someone is going to bug in or bug out to somewhere
safer, they need to know where they plan to make a stand and stay.
Transportation is a very important issue to consider and how much of
what they have can be moved to where they are planning to go.

Fuel will be a huge
consideration as the lack of it prohibits how far someone can go.
Something else everyone should understand is how to read maps. You
will likely not have any GPS system to guide you and the good old
fashioned paper map may be the only way to show you where you are
going.

Understanding
topographic maps is also key here.

Learn how to
maintain light at night. One of the most depressing situations is to
spend night in near to total darkness. Besides this, not being able
to see at night is dangerous. Learning how to make candles and wicks
should be a skill to consider learning.

Fats and other oils
will burn and can be obtained throughout nature and the outdoors.
Long term solar battery rechargers for torches and LED battery
powered lanterns are another option.

Learn how to hide.
There will almost certainly come a time after a bad disaster that you
will want to avoid being noticed at all.

Learning how to
camouflage yourself is a good start. Avoiding detection is concealing
yourself from sight, sound, and smell from others. Any activity that
a person engages in can be magnified many times when the normal
sounds of a busy city or town are now quiet.

Much careful
consideration must go into taking this into account if a person wants
to remain unbeknownst to others that mean them harm.

Remaining
inconspicuous can be difficult in some cases, but it can be done.

Maintain proper
hygiene. This is one of the top priorities within the armed forces
because disease and sickness can and do take down the toughest of
soldiers.

People must realize
that after a terrible disaster it is not like someone that goes
camping, comes back dirty, and takes a nice long shower or a hot
bath. After SHTF the water to the taps, as well the hot water heater,
may not work.

Bathing on at least
a semi-regular basis is necessary to avoid all sorts of bacteria from
building up on the skin and causing a variety of health concerning
ailments that will then have to be treated. People should plan on
just how they will keep themselves clean, even thinking about sponge
baths as an option.

How to dispose of
waste and proper sanitation. In third world countries and the
pre-flush toilet era one of the leading causes of illness and death
was and is waste not properly discarded. If the toilets won’t flush
because there is no water to make them work, human waste is going to
be a huge whopping problem for people trying to survive.

Even improperly
burying human excrement can lead to disease. Portable toilets, toilet
paper and disinfection (bleach for one) should be one of the top
items in any survival kit, lots of it. Also disposal of other trash
is an issue that can bring hungry dangerous animals around drawn to
the stench.

Burning of your
rubbish can be a choice of some, while plastic rubbish bags and the
means to find some place to dump them is another alternative.

Learn to control
pest and other vermin. This is a problem that led to about half of
Europe dying several hundred years ago with the Black Death.

Fleas and ticks
carry some terrible diseases.

Even people that
stay inside their own homes will have to deal with this problem.
People outside will have to contend with the fleas, ticks, flies,
mosquitoes, mice, rats, etc., etc., etc.

There are many
repellents in nature that can help a lot such as citronella, even the
smell of garlic that most vermin do not like much at all. Stocking up
on insect and other commercial repellents is always an excellent
idea. It only takes one bite to make a person deathly sick.

Understand radiation
and fallout and how to protect yourself.

This is one of the
least understood of the survival precautions taken. There are
hundreds of nuclear power plants that could fail after the world goes
to the toilet. There are still tens of thousands of nuclear weapons
available for war should countries decide to use them.

Fallout is something
that you might not even see and until you are sick might not even
know you have been contaminated. Purchase of a radiation detector
that is protected against EMP is a wise idea. Understanding about
radiation accumulation dosage RAD’s and how to shield oneself
against it is paramount.

Learn how to
forecast the weather. Without knowledge of what to look at before a
storm system comes in, someone could be trapped and die when they are
buried under snow or a wall of water from a flash flood.

Even one of those
pocket weather forecasters that can be purchased at most sporting
goods stores is a good start. Other weather forecasting books are
available to help someone get a better idea on what the future
weather holds for an area that they are in.

Weather is still one
of the deadliest killers in the modern age. It will become magnitudes
worst when people cannot get weather warnings over a radio or other
source. People will have to forecast it themselves.

Learn first aid.
Treating yourself and or others will probably be the only thing
someone can do as medical professionals are going to be few and far
between. Many places offer free classes on first aid because they
want people in the community to be prepared.

A good first aid
book along with a first aid kit is something every household should
have before, during, and after a disaster. Primitive conditions
should be expected when anyone is helping someone after a
catastrophe. A stockpile of antibiotics are always a good idea.

Learn about
nutrition. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are nothing to fool
around with.

Just look what
scurvy, the lack of Vitamin C, can do to someone. Many survivalists
and preppers make the critical mistake of only being concerned about
calories to keep them going. Vitamins; A, B1 through B12, C. D, E, K,
Minerals; Calcium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese,
Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, and trace minerals are
necessary to keep a body going.

Many survival foods
have some of what your body needs, but sadly lack in others. Each
person needs different amounts and any survival food supply should
make this need as important as the food itself.

Vitamin and mineral
supplements should be stocked with food if someone is unsure about
what they are getting.

Learn to keep body
temperature uniform. The Goldilocks analogy here, not too hot, nor
too cold, but just right. Your physical body should remain as near to
what your body has been used to as possible.

It is not only
uncomfortable being freezing cold or roasting to death, it puts a lot
of stress on the body making someone more susceptible to becoming
sick. Trying to stay cool uses up a lot of water, and trying to stay
warm uses up more calories. Plan ahead with good warm clothes and
blankets for the cold.

Find places that are
cooler during hot weather. Keeping out the elements where you are is
essential and should be given much thought. If living outside, having
a good shelter is beyond important. is something everyone should
become more familiar with.

How to start and
maintain a fire. This is for everyone. Having a fire and keeping it
going when you need to has been the essence to the very first people
on the planet surviving.

Fire cooks, heats
water, keeps you warm, sterilizes items, and gives light. Having a
lighter, matches, any starter is one thing, but actually keeping the
fire going is another.

Making sure the fire
does not cause damage to your home or shelter is something not
everyone thinks about. Burning of toxic wood or other material is
something to remember never to do.

Keeping a fire not
too noticeable to others is something everyone should remember
because normally a fire means FOOD to a hungry person. While most
everyone thinks that using a fire is rudimentary, there is much more
to it.

Obtain water and
purify it. This is one of the most rehashed subjects of survival but
probably the most important one. Most people just assume the taps
will continue to flow and water will be there.

Preppers that take
water as extremely urgent often forget just how heavy water is and
the hauling of water back and forth from a source such as a stream
can be difficult as well as hazardous if it is wiser to stay inside
for whatever reason.

People need to know
that unless water is from a spring it will likely need to be purified
and this means some reliable filters or boiling it which requires
heat from a fire, along with pots to boil it in.

Aside from drinking,
water is also needed to rehydrate food, make milk from powder, and of
course cleaning yourself with. We all have to have a certain amount
of liquid a day, and juice and other sources will suffice, but water
is something that everyone still needs in order to keep their bodies
healthy and functioning, as well as to remove toxins in the body.

Water need and how
much water will be used is something that is often vastly
underestimated by many.

Learn how to grow
food and or find it. People’s supplies will only last so long, and
eventually self-sufficiency with acquiring food will become
necessary.

Many people are into
seed storing, and in many cases growing your own food will feed the
family.

However growing food
has many drawbacks that people need to look at. Water is an issue in
dry areas as irrigation is very manpower or animal power dependent.
The growing season is a huge consideration.

Pest problems are
enormous as pest control, pesticides both natural herbicides and
chemical, are not going to be readily available. One of the gravest
things to contemplate about is actually guarding your yield, as two
legged problems could be a bigger issue to your crops than some
beetle infestation.

Hungry people will
see food growing and take it, 24 hours a day. No one can grow enough
food to feed all those seeking food. From a practical sense, it might
be a better idea for some to go the hunter and gathering approach.

Learn how to defend
yourself and be willing to do it. This almost certainly means owning
a firearm and knowing how to use it and be willing to use it to
protect yourself or others. Many TV survival documentaries show have
people that feel they can defend themselves with knives, clubs,
whatever, but in reality against someone else with a firearm they are
going to lose 95%+ of the time.

A firearm is an
extension of a weapon that has speed and force behind it. Even the
humble .22 calibre can stop any person. Many people think that they
cannot use a firearm against another person, but this feeling changes
abruptly when they see one of their family members at risk.

Some people still
cannot use a firearm, and in this case should consider some form of
self-defence such as the non-lethal devices including stun batons,
pepper sprays, TASERS, even baseball bats.

NO ONE should ever
consider themselves to be safe after a SHTF event, NEVER. People can
feel that everyone will come together and rebuild society, many good
people will, but there are plenty of bad people in this world.

It may come down to
you or them. Everyone needs to practice and practice with any
self-defence armament they have, so there is no hesitation when it
comes to saving one’s life from someone that is willing to take
yours.

These are
suggestions that people need to address now, before trying to survive
the aftermath of a horrible event that sends the normalcy that
everyone has become accustomed to down the drain for extended periods
of time.

People that prepare
have to realize that when civilization stops functioning, so does
everything that most of us depend on.

There may never be
that safety net there for us to fall into WHEN our stocked up
survival supplies run dry. Much of survival is having supplies, as
well as backups for when food, water, and other necessities cannot be
found.

The other part is
being ready for everything our new life could throw in our way. For
this we all need to learn survival skills. At least think about it
and then hopefully act upon it.

When someone thinks
about their personal needs, an individual can probably add many more
survival skills to. They should become quite proficient with the
skills they personally need and can use NOW, before SHTF so they have
a better chance of surviving some nightmare series of events that
“seem” like an inevitability in the not too near distant future.

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Cute
and Cuddly but-deadly?

A new generation of
killer diseases set to hit mankind could come from cats and dogs, a
study has found.

Scientists say human
beings will soon be infecting serious illnesses which have spread
from their domestic pets.

A report found
the risk to humans from animal-based ’emerging diseases’ has
increased as pets have moved ‘out of the barn’ and into homes.

Researchers say that
domestic pets such as this Afghan Hound could be the source of the
next major diseases to jump between animals and humans.

People are becoming
more and more at risk because pets are increasingly part of their
owner’s lives – including sleeping in their bedrooms.

The report says
diseases in humans started by animals will be increasingly virulent –
like canine rabies which kills around 55,000 people in Africa and
Asia each year.

It calls for global
monitoring of these ‘zoonotic’ diseases – spreads from animals to
humans – so medicines and vaccines can be developed.

The study was led by
Michael Day, Professor of Veterinary Pathology in the School of
Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol and published in the
journal Emerging Infectious Diseases,

He says cats and
dogs are a ‘large potential source’ of the new generation of diseases
set to hit mankind.

Professor Day said:
‘The number of small companion animals is significant.

For example there
are an estimated eight to ten million dogs living in up to 31 per
cent of UK homes and in the USA, 72 million dogs in 37 per cent of
homes.

In developed
countries the relationship between man and dogs and cats has
deepened, with these animals now closely sharing the human indoor
environment.

The benefits of pet
ownership on human health, well-being and development are
unquestionable, but as dogs and cats have moved from the barn, to the
house, to the bedroom, the potential for disease spread to humans
increases.

Researchers say the
increased number of owners who sleep with their pets has increased
the risk of diseases spreading from them to their owners

The report was
backed by The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), One
Health Committee, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World
Health Organization (WHO).

The report said
international health agencies largely monitor diseases spread by
livestock – not domestic pets.

Professor Day added:
‘For example, the WHO monitors human influenza virus infection
through a network of 111 centres in 83 countries.

In contrast,
there is no such monitoring for the infections that may be
transmitted between small companion animals and man.

If you’re feeling
bad and think you’re sick as a dog, you might have put your finger on
the cause, researchers say.

There are more than
200 diseases that can be transferred from animals to humans, and even
man’s best friend can be unfriendly when it comes to staying healthy.

Almost every
animal is capable of passing some type of disease or sickness to
humans.

Dr Leon Russell, a
veterinarian in Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary
Medicine who teaches a course on the subject, says ailments range
from near harmless to downright deadly. The technical term for such a
transfer is zoonosis, which means any disease that is communicable
from animals to humans.

Most of those 200 or
so diseases that can be passed to humans are fairly rare and don’t
occur much in the United States. But there are a few dozen that are
very common and can be even be killers.

One of the worst
is salmonella which we have all heard of.

Salmonella

Is a bacterial
disease found in poultry and eggs and uncooked meat. Worldwide, it
kills thousands of people every year but can be one of the most
preventable.

Its bacterial cousin
— campylobacter — can also be acquired from poultry, but young
puppies have been known to pass the disease.

If you cut up
chicken and then use the same knife to cut the bread or salad, you’re
asking for trouble. And it’s best to clean off a cutting board you’re
using, too. Just one drop can make a person very sick.

You must wash your
hands after handling raw meat or poultry to prevent transfer of these
bacteria to other food items.” Snakes and other reptiles are
capable of passing salmonella, too, he says. “If a youngster has
handled a snake or other reptile and then eats without washing his
hands, it gives salmonella an open door to invade the body,” he
says.

Toxoplasmosis

Being pregnant is
not the best time to be cleaning out the cat’s litter box, either.
Russell says toxoplasmosis is sometimes passed from cats to humans
and can harm a woman’s fetus during pregnancy, possibly leading to
birth defects.

It’s best to let
someone else change the cat litter if you’re pregnant, he advises.

Eating uncooked
meat, such as pork, mutton or beef, is another way of transmitting
toxoplasmosis,” Russell believes. Cows — and dogs — can pass
along leptospirosis to their owners.

It affects the liver
and kidneys and can become very serious. It can be similar to
infectious viral hepatitis in humans, Russell points out.

Animals urinating in
surface water such as ponds, tanks or even small puddles is a hazard,
he says

Brucellosis

Brucellosis can also
be passed from cattle to humans, and although it is not as common in
the United States as it used to be, other countries still are dealing
with the problem.

It often comes
from impure raw milk and can cause a high fever and affect bone
development.

Roundworms/hookworms

Children who ingest
dirt that is used with dogs who have roundworms can get roundworms
and can get ill, and hookworms from an uncovered cat’s sand box cause
skin lesions on humans.

Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever is
not a myth — it’s real and when kitty’s claws come into contact with
skin and blood, it can result in flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph
glands.

Nationally, about 1
per cent of all emergency room hospital admissions are due to animal
bites or scratches that figure may sound low, but it adds up to
between 1 and 2 million people a year.”

Rabies

The dreaded disease
of rabies has been around for hundreds of years, and skunks and
solitary bats are the most frequent carriers, the best advice: Use
common sense and stay away from wild animals, and if you see a bat on
the ground or a wall, leave it alone.

And remember that
rabies is transmitted by animal bites, not by skunk scent or flying
bats.”

Histoplasmosis

If you’re a bird
lover, watch out for histoplasmosis. It comes from bird droppings
that are often seen on the footpath or on cars, and if you inhale it
long enough, it causes conditions that resemble tuberculosis and can
become very serious.

Psittacosis

Parakeets can give
humans Psittacosis, commonly called Parrot Fever, which can cause
flu-like illness and eventually may affect the heart and lungs.

Tularemia

The Easter bunny can
be soft and cuddly, but if it is a wild rabbit it is capable of
passing along Tularemia, which causes skin lesions, high fever and
swollen lymph nodes Lyme disease/Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Ticks on animals can
make them sick and the results can be transferred to humans in the
form of Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, both of which
can be deadly. Lyme disease starts out as a skin rash, evolves into
conditions resembling arthritis and in its final form, can cause
serious neurological problems.

Deer ticks have been
known to pass along Lyme disease and dog ticks spread Rocky Mountain
Spotted Fever to humans.

Encephalitis

Horses can develop
Equine Encephalitis and the same mosquitoes can pass it to their
owners. Although horses and humans can be victims of mosquito
transmitted Encephalitis, horses do not directly transmit the disease
to humans.

Ringworms

Most moms know a
young kitten or dog can have ringworms, a skin ailment that while not
usually serious, can be extremely unpleasant.

Ferrets can be cute
and playful, but some have a nasty habit of biting small children
which can cause various types of infection.

And what about
the reverse? Can animals get diseases from humans?

Tuberculosis can be
passed both ways — from animals to humans and vice versa. If people
use common sense, they should not have much to worry about when it
comes to animal diseases.

Washing your hands
after handling animals and pets, not kissing dogs or cats near their
mouths, treating bites effectively, keeping clean litter boxes and
bird cages — all of these things can go a very long way in easing
any worries an animal or pet owner might have.

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A
Chlorine Gas Attack on the UK

According to Colonel
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon Islamic State terrorists could launch a
chlorine gas attack on Britain, chlorine gas used to kill thousands
of British troops in the First World War trenches.

He also believes
that every ISIS fighter from Britain will have been given chemical
weapons training in the hope they will come back to launch an attack.

The retired head of
chemical and biological weapons for the Army believes the Tube or
sporting events could be the target.

Scotland Yard said
that last year five muslim extremist a week were heading to Syria and
an estimated 500 of them may have returned to Britain.

Colonel de
Bretton-Gordon, who is now managing director of Avon Protection,
believes that ISIS terrorists returning to the UK are ‘highly likely’
to use the gas, because it is easier to get hold of than weapons like
guns and explosives.

He has spoken out to
warn the public what to do if there is an attack on UK soil and
believes that it would be ‘very survivable and a lot less dangerous
than bombs and bullets’.

He said ‘I am
convinced that IS fighters are all being given training in chemical
weapons and the ones from Britain who are likely to be more educated,
will all be targeted in the hope they may return to the UK.

‘They will have a
reasonable idea on how to use chlorine and other toxic chemicals as a
terror weapon.

‘This could happen
on a train or tube or even at a big football match. Acquiring weapons
and ammunition is very difficult in the UK but you can get up to 90
tonnes of chlorine without any licence.

‘The authorities
must keep a close eye on those fighters returning to the UK,
especially if they have a background in chemistry, and in particular
anybody buying toxic chemicals’.

Chlorine was used
100 years ago during the 2nd Battle of Ypres in April 1915, where the
gas was vapourised into a cloud.

Chlorine gas is
classified as a ‘choking agent’, burning the lungs when inhaled in
large quantities. But it is nowhere near as dangerous as nerve gases
like sarin.

Mr de Bretton-Gordon
says that chlorine is being used on an ‘industrial scale’ in Syria
and Iraq but that taking simple steps would help people survive an
attack.

Chlorine is readily
available in Britain, used in swimming pools and for decontamination
in industry.

So I hope I have not
scared the pants off you. Remember surviving a Chlorine gas attack
possible by following simple rules.

Firstly chlorine is
not very toxic and the green and yellow clouds are easy to see and
avoid. It is very non-persistent only lasting for a few minutes. It
was used in the First World War but dropped because it did not work
very well.

ISIS must not get
the advantage of an unexpected chemical attack in the UK. If you can
hold your breath for 30 seconds and run in the opposite direction you
will be okay. If outside you should aim to climb or reach higher
ground.

You can also urinate
on a cloth or T-shirt for example and hold it to your mouth this will
help because urine kills chlorine.

If the attack was on
the Tube, chlorine is heavier than air, so it would quickly drop to
the tracks. I think the real problem would be the panic that the
attack would create in the thousands of commuters way underground.
Chlorine attacks are very survivable and a lot less dangerous than
bombs and bullets, if you use simple procedures.

I think it is fair
to say that it is the real fear of toxic chemicals and chemical
weapons that is the killer and not the toxicity of the agents.

For those of you old
to remember it is 20 years since the sarin attack on the Tokyo
underground, but it took three years and $10m dollars to create 1kg
of sarin and I think it is highly unlikely that ISIS or anyone else
has the capability to do that in Britain’.

However ther have
been crude roadside bombs filled with toxic chlorine gas that are now
being used by Islamic State terrorists, it has been claimed.

Used in roadside
bombs here in the UK, in other words in the open air, it would
disperse reasonably quickly and I think it would be intended to cause
panic rather than serious harm.

This would not be
un-similar to a Dirty Bomb in effects as it too would create panic in
the general panic.

We as preppers just
need to keep ahead of the game and learn how to counter these
potential threats.

Organizing your
every Day Carry

Having a proper every
day carry (EDC) set-up is one of the most important things you can do
to be prepared, well, every day.

While you can get
separated from your bug out bag and might not be able to get home
quickly, your everyday carry is always on you to help you survive and
get things done.

I have covered some
basics on the best every day carry setup before, but that’s really
only useful if you’re starting from scratch.

If you just want to
fine-tune your EDC however, there isn’t a lot out there to help. So
I have compiled a list of ways to fine-tune your EDC set-up so it’s
more useful and always at hand.

When starting out with
every day carry items, it’s common to start with things that go in
your pockets. This is great until you run out of room and your EDC
makes you uncomfortable.

Once you’ve got some
EDC experience, try moving to other locations on your body for
keeping items. The most common upgrade is moving to your belt.

By keeping your knife
or multi-tool on your belt along with other small items, you can free
up space in your pockets while keeping everything you need on you.

You don’t have to go
crazy here and have a belt that would rival an SAS Trooper, but
simply keeping your knife, fire starter, and multi tool on your belt
can give you a lot more space than you had before.

Moving past your belt,
think about your trousers and shirts with additional pockets that can
hold items, too.

By spreading your EDC
out over your entire body, you ease the burden and make it far more
comfortable.

Weight vs. Usefulness

If you’ve had an EDC
set-up for some time now you probably realize that not everything
that you think is vitally important really is. It’s easy to go
overboard and fill your pockets with things you MIGHT use at some
point.

If you’re feeling
weighed down by your EDC it might be time to take inventory of what
you’re carrying and see if the weight of each item is really worth
it.

For example, you might
carry a small water filter straw with you in a cargo pocket, but you
could lighten the load by using a small pill container with some
water purification tablets in it.

Another weight-saving
idea is the use of a small LED light instead of a standard
torch/flashlight.

While the
torch/flashlight is better, the keychain light can free up space for
other more important items.

KISS

If you only follow one
tip then please make it this one, KISS stands for Keep It Simple,
Stupid. Don’t overthink your EDC set-up by trying to plan for every
possible scenario. Your EDC is meant to give you a leg up on everyone
else, not to be a mini bug out bag.

Keep things simple and
don’t stress out about it. Keep the essentials like a source of
fire, a knife, a multi-tool, watch, and a weapon if you’re able to.

Beyond this just
include items that make you feel safe and comfortable without trying
to plan out scenarios. Trust me, even the most basic EDC set-up is
far more than the average person has.

Less is Sometimes
More

Having an elaborate
every day carry set-up is great, until it’s so elaborate that you
stop using it. The idea of an EDC is to have it with you every day.

If it takes 15 minutes
to load yourself up chances are you’ll leave the house from time to
time without it, and that’s not good at all.

It’s often better to
have less items with you that you carry all the time than a lot of
items that you only carry every now and then.

Think about what you
need and ask yourself what would happen if the SHTF and you didn’t
have the item in question? Would it make a difference? If not, ditch
it and free that space up for something else.

The less items you have
the less chance you have at forgetting something or losing something,
and that means the pieces you do use are more valuable and overall
better.

Trial and Error

Finally, don’t be
afraid to change things. I have talked about changing your EDC for
colder or warmer weather, but you can make changes to it every day if
that suits you.

Try items out and if
they don’t work, ditch them and find something new. Don’t put up
with pieces in your EDC that you’re not in love with.

These are things you
have with you 24/7, so you better love them or else you’ll hate
carrying them.

Try a few set-ups out
to see how they work and if you like them or not. Try your knife in a
front pocket, back pocket, belt…try it all.

You won’t know what
you really like unless you try a few different ways.

The
Deadly Enemies to Your Survival

When putting together survival kits, there are 8
enemies of survival to consider – no matter whether the kit is for
someone going into the bush, or if the kit is being made for a
teotwawki situation. Taking care of these eight issues by stocking up
your kit well will go a long way to ensuring your survival in just
about any survival situation.

Fear:

Fear often leads to panic and panic does no one
any good…in fact it often kills. The best way to temper fear is by
preparing with proper survival skills and survival gear.

Survival skills help reduce fear because you
know that you can take care of yourself in a survival situation.
Without those survival skills people who are lost are often so scared
they don’t know what to do. They’re scared of the animals, scared
of the dark, scared of being without all of the comforts of
civilization.

Survival gear helps combat fear because it gives
you the tools that makes surviving easier.

Complacency:

Complacency is a bane of modern life.
Complacency is dangerous because it lulls you into believing
everything is alright and causes you to ignore clear signs of danger.
A good way to combat complacency is by practicing the art of relaxed
awareness.

Relaxed awareness is similar to the art of
meditation….it is achieved by being fully immersed and aware of
your surroundings. A good example of relaxed awareness is when you
are practicing defensive driving. After you practice defensive
driving, you remember the entire drive because your mind was fully
engaged and active the entire trip. Unfortunately relaxed awareness
isn’t something you can pack in a bag, but you can practice it
constantly to help ensure your survival.

Hunger:

Hunger can nag at you, slow you down, and
eventually kill you. Combat hunger by learning primitive hunting and
fishing skills. Make sure that you have snare wire, survival knives,
paracord, a fishing kit and anything else you can think of that will
help you find and secure game and fish. Also, learn what wild plant
in the area are edible.

Thirst

You will die in only a few days without water.
Depending on your activity level and the environment, you will need
at least a gallon of water a day. Knowing how to locate, store and
decontaminate water is essential. Always carry a way to store and
decontaminate water.

98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

If you can’t keep the core temperature of your
body at 98.6 degrees, you are in a world of hurt. Cody Lundin of
“Dual Survival” fame covers this reality very well in his book
“98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive“.

You need to be able to protect your body from
both heat and the cold. Always have a way to make a quick emergency
shelter in your survival kit. Bivy bags are lightweight and take up
very little room. You also need several ways to start a fire in your
kit. Also, always have clothing in your survival kit that is rugged
and made for the weather of the season that you are in.

Pain

Avoid pain at all costs. It can cripple or at
the very least slow you down to the point that you are in imminent
danger of losing your life. If possible, carry medications to deal
with it. Injuries are more likely when one panics or is fatigued.

Fatigue

Getting overly tired or fatigued makes the
chances of injury greater and increases the dangers of exposure. One
important thing to understand is that fatigue affects your mind just
as much as it does your body.

Arctic explorers discovered that if you sleep
when you need to rather than pushing on, you will wake up when you
become cold. If you push on till you collapse from exhaustion you’ll
freeze to death instead of waking up.

Boredom

Boredom is like a cancer that slowly eats away
at morale. It is always a good idea to keep a way to entertain you in
your survival kit. Something as simple as a deck of cards can do
wonders for fighting boredom. To this one you can add loneliness…if
you are alone. Loneliness can be devastating.

As you can see, these enemies of survival can
all make surviving an emergency much more difficult…if not
impossible. By understanding them you will have a much better chance
of getting out of your next survival situation/emergency alive.

The
office preppers
GHB

The recent extreme
weather in the UK made me think about what it would mean for people
at work, or commuting to work, if a disaster were to occur in an
inner city area.

Businessmen often
meet with clients in unfamiliar buildings as well as strange cities.

I don’t want to be
an alarmist, and while the chances that anything like this will
happen are probably small, they aren’t zero.

Most businesses tend
to think of business continuity in terms of employees watching the
weather report and deciding to work from home, rather than situations
where lives are endangered — commuters being caught in a flash
flood and having to abandon their cars, or office workers escaping a
burning high-rise tower in the midst of a power cut.

There were reports
during Hurricane Sandy that New Yorkers were ditching their laptops
and briefcases after they realized these items were just making it
more difficult to get back home.

So, maybe a small
“every-day-carry” (EDC) survival kit for office workers isn’t
such a crazy idea. It might make the difference between struggling
and not being able to cope with an emergency.

You can keep a few
things in a desk drawer or, if you are often out and about, in your
briefcase. That means your kit has to be small and light.

The purpose of my
kit, my “get home bag” is help get me out of a building or city
and back home, and it is that simple.

That could involve
going back to the car and driving (or taking a taxi), taking public
transportation, or even walking home if the roads can’t be used.

Plan B is to stay
somewhere safe until help arrives. It’s a sensible idea to keep an
emergency kit in your car, and you could pick up some supplies from
the car even if you can’t drive home.

Of course, I always
have my phone, charger, a Swiss Army knife and a protein bar in my
normal EDC. But I believe that everybody should keep a pair of
sensible shoes at work (old ones are fine and you won’t miss them).

Here’s what I came
up with for my EDC that supplements these items.

Many experts
recommend a backpack or pouch so you can carry your EDC kit, I like
the Maxpedition Jumbo EDC from Black Cat Survival.

My Items

A small, bright,
durable LED Torch/flashlight. Check the batteries at least monthly.

A pair of
light-weight leather work gloves in case you need to clear a path by
moving something sharp or hot.

A space blanket to
keep warm and dry, block the sun, or use the reflective surface to
signal.

A whistle to attract
first responders. Whistles are louder than your voice and won’t
wear out.

A disposable
surgical mask; these filter out 95% of bacteria, ash and perhaps
larger smoke particles.

A chemical light
stick. These typically last for 12 hours, weight less than a spare
set of batteries for the torch/flashlight, and can be used for
marking a location or signaling for help. Their shelf life is a
couple of years.

About £10 in loose
change; enough for drinks and food from a vending machine, calls from
a pay phone, and bus fare for you and a friend (want to bet your bank
card won’t work in an emergency?).

A city map to plot a
course home get one that covers the entire city, shows bus routes and
— unlike a GPS or smart phone — doesn’t need batteries. Don’t
forget to get a local map when travelling to another city, and if
your journey home involves you taking a rural route then include an
OS map.

A packet of hand
sanitizer, or wet wipes.

A camper’s towel,
one of the compressed cylindrical ones formed about 4 cm wide and 1
cm high. Can also be used for first aid or tinder.

A package of pocket
Kleenex; in a pinch, it can double as toilet paper.

A travel tube of
aspirin, with something like Bendryl tossed in for allergic
reactions.

Two 4×4-inch gauze
bandages to stop bleeding from cuts.

A laminated business
card.

A disposable lighter
in a water-proof container. I strongly recommend that you NEVER START
A FIRE INDOORS but fire can be used for light, heat, and to boil
water (you’ll need a metal container to boil water).

A thin, flat,
miniature ice scrapper in case the car is iced up, some people say
credit cards work fine. Try to use an expired one!

Consider your
specific needs. You might not need all of these items, or want to add
more (medication? first aid? water bottle? spare mobile battery? hard
copy of emergency contact numbers?).

 
 
 
 

Show Contents 30th March 2015

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those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The
previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in
one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and
knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing
bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown
into an event with something for all the family with stories and
music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and
activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The
Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family
event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great
outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of
children to get involved in plus more activities for all including
den building and wilderness skills classes for all.

There are
hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha
boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing
and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on
survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival
fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to
participate in.

You can probably pick up information on
nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at
The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality
trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show
selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing
to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service
bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted
kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and
explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as
well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The
catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game
featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland
and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the
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BASIC PREP
LIST FOR ONE MONTH/ONE ADULT
I
thought that I would come up with a very basic but practical list of
preps that only need to be multiplied by the number of people in your
family or group.Water:
30 gallons per person minimumCanned
meals
:
30 cans per person (Pasta meat mixes; Chunky type soups; Chili;
etc.)Canned/Tinned
meat

spreads and similar items for sandwiches: 12 cansPeanut
Butter
:
2-3 lbs per personJam/Jelly:
1-2 lbs per personCrackers:
4 1 lb. boxes per person (for sandwiches and snacks)Canned
fruit
:
12 cans per personInstant
breakfast cereal
:
30 packs per personVegetable/fruit
juices
:
1 gallon per personCoffee,
(2 lb) tea, hot chocolate etc
.
Consider instant in case no electricity.Dry
milk
:
Large box, increase if frequent milk drinker; 2 per childDessert
items
:
Canned or single serve puddings and similar , hard candy, or similar
comfort foods and “treats”, if funds allowSugar:
5 lbsSalt:
1 lb; other spices/condiments as desiredBaking
soda
:
1 boxIbuprofen:
bottle 100Multiple
Vitamin
:
1 bottle/30 day supplyPrescription
Medications:
minimum
30 days supplyAntibacterial
soap
:
1 per sinkHand
sanitizer
:minimum
1 pocket size and one large to refill fromBleach
unscented, 1 gallonVinegar:
plain, 1 gallon for disinfectant purposesToilet
paper

10-15 rollsPaper
towels
;
6 rollsPaper
plates, cups, disposable silverware

Manual
can opener

Camp
Stove
,
or other alternative heating method to boil water and
fuelFlashlights:
One per person minimum, consider LED lights to reduce battery usage.
Additional LED headlamps extremely useful.Radio:
battery poweredBatteries:
3 to 4 sets per battery powered itemFire
extinguishers
Battery operated smoke detectors

Children
specific items
:
Food, formula, nappies, OTC medicines.
No HGV Drivers
No Food
As preppers and
survivalists we prep for natural and man made disasters and even
nuclear war, but it appears that with our “Just in time”
economy and supermarket ordering system we could be at risk of a
total disruption of food deliveries which could turn into looting and
even food rioting.
The reason is there
are not enough HGV drivers in the UK.
Britain is on the
brink of a food crisis caused by a shortage lorry drivers which could
lead to empty shelves this summer.
Shoppers could
literally be faced with empty shelves without urgent action to
recruit an army of lorry drivers, it was warned today.
Chancellor George
Osborne is under pressure to announce support for training in the
haulage industry in the Budget this week, amid warnings of a worrying
shortage of 45,000 drivers.
The crisis in in the
industry could mean food shortages at peak times, including this
Easter and the summer months.
New training rules
mean the logistics industry is thousands of drivers short, according
to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.
The Freight
Transport Association claims more than 20,000 drivers have quit since
September.
It comes after a new
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced across
the EU, which meant drivers had to complete an extra 35 hours
training, costing some £500.
Hauliers say the
rules mean there are not enough people to drive lorries across the
country, raising the prospect of ’empty shelves’.
Mr Osborne is being
urged to find £150million to increase training for thousands of
drivers before the shortages hit vital supplies.
Richard Burnett, the
chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, told the Telegraph:
‘We need George Osborne to dig deep and find a way through this.
The problem isn’t
going to go away. If it’s not tackled in this Budget, then whoever
comes in to government are going to have to wake up and recognise
that this is a significant issue and it’s growing. We’ve no young
people coming through into the industry.
Six weeks before
Christmas, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin urged people to
‘get their shopping done’ in case the driver shortage hit the supply
of food and presents.
He defended the new
EU rules, arguing that drivers need to know how to drive their
lorries properly.
But he urged people
not to leave their shopping until the last minute, in case supply
lines are affected.
I think people must
accept that everything on a shelf was delivered by a truck and
anything can prevent that truck from either setting off or actually
arriving. Surely this must be seen as another reason to prep, I hope
so anyway.
The U.K mock
SHTF scenario DX w/e (part 3)
The U.K mock SHTF
scenario DX w/e (part 3) will be holding their 3rd year event on June
the 27th.
It is an event for
preppers and people like minded to get together over the air through
CB and PMR for a weekend.
They have chosen CB and
PMR as they are license free and simple to work and legal for anyone
to use in the UK.
All people taking part
get listed on a google map on line and giving a call sign for the
weekend.
There will also be a
time table so people can find each other over the 2 days and the
night.
Most people take part
and BUG OUT for the weekend but some just join in from a parked car
on a hill or from home if they are not able to get out and about.
On their Face Book page
you can see past events at Uk shtf preppers and all so one or two
uploaded to you tube.
The idea is as
follows.
It’s a SHTF scenario
of your choice…. zombie attack, a world war or a flood has took out
your town/city and all land lines, mobile networks and the internet
is down due to whatever you are prepping for and you need to make a
call for whatever reason…
So what do you
do????
Grab your BUG OUT BAG
and head for the hills!!!!!! Radios normally work better from high
ground so the plan would be to bug out to high ground and see who you
can find on the radio.
More information will
be handed out closer to the weekend.
But there are a few
rules……
If you bug out please
make sure you have permission to be on that land.
After the weekend
please clean up your location before going home (LNT)
The radios used are
open for anyone to use in the UK so please be polite and respectful
to ALL other operators.
Make sure you are safe,
you do not want to call out for help for real.
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Bugging Out
When the situation around you is so bad that you
have to leave, then go. The military referred to it as “Bugging
Out”. 
This can be a complete disaster all by itself, but
a little prior planning will certainly help. There are three things
that you should consider before going anywhere:
Where are you going?
How are you going to get there?
What will you do when you get there?
You should plan for the worst possible situation.
If you live in a highly populated area the roads will be jammed up.
The airlines may or may not be flying in or out of your area. 
Buses, trains and taxis will be full, if
working. Walking may be dangerous. So what do you do?
Consider first: Stay at home. Bunker In.
Everything you have is already there. You and your family know where
everything is, and you are in an area you are familiar with. But are
you safe staying at home? Is there a raging fire close by heading
your way? Is there a flood? Terrorist threat or actual terrorist
activity?
Is there a nuclear, biological or chemical
problem in your area?
 
Is the electricity and water still working? Are
thugs running rampant? Is it summer or winter with lots of snow? Is
there a wild elephant in the yard? You have to consider all the facts
before you decide to bug out. If, after all this thinking, you still
have to leave, what do you take with you?
Most travel today has to be by private vehicle.
Even with the streets jammed with others trying to get away, it is
still your best bet for getting out safely. If you haven’t already
done it, prepare an vehicle emergency kit.
This kit depends a lot on the size of your
vehicle, and the number of people in your party. Here’s a list of
some items you may want to include in your own vehicle emergency kit:
VEHICLE EMERGENCY KIT CONTENTS (Minimum)
Extra fuel in an approved container.
Warm clothing for everyone in your party.
Maps of the area you are leaving/going to.
12 Volt tire inflation pump.
Spare tire… a real one.
Blankets, towels, pillows.
Roll of plastic sheeting or large plastic bags.
Torch with spare bulbs and batteries.
Fire extinguisher.
Small shelter or tent.
Small cooking set & charcoal briquettes.
Individualized personal non-perishable items.
Snow Chains for tires.
Folding shovel.
Compass
Tools for vehicle repair
Extra oil for engine and transmission
Change of clothing for everyone in your party.
1 Gallon of water per person in your party, per
day. Plan on 3 days
Emergency food for up to 3 days without re-supply,
preferably dehydrated types.
Books suitable for all members of your party.
A heavy knife, axe, or machete.
Weapons of choice.
All the above items, except the water, can be kept
locked in your car all year long. Water can only be included when the
outside temperatures will stay above freezing. A frozen water
container will crack, and when it thaws will leak out all over your
stuff. Space permitting, feel free to add any other items you think
you will need.
KEEP YOUR VEHICLE IN TOP MECHANICAL CONDITION,
ALL THE TIME. KEEP THE TANK FILLED. NEVER LET THE TANK GO BELOW 1/4
FULL.
The Best Place to go is the place you’ve already
set up.
Where are you going? And for how long? If you can
safely travel, try for a safe place the shortest distance away from
your home that you can find.
Is it a hotel on the other side of town, or
Grandma’s house in another county? The shortest distance to safety
gets you off the roads the quickest.
Did you make arrangements with a friend or
relative, in advance, to use their home as a “bug out”
location? Did you agree for him/her to come to your house if they
have an emergency? You should have.
Consider the following when deciding WHERE to
go:
Is the location you have pre-arranged under the
same threat as you are? Floods and bad weather will cover huge areas,
but forest fires are generally smaller in area.
Does the location you choose have all the
facilities that you need in order to survive? Is their water and
electricity still on, or is it questionable? Are hospitals available?
Can every member of your party agree to where you
plan to go?
Is food and water available where you plan to go?
Is the shelter large enough to handle you, your
party, and everyone else who may show up to use the same facility?
Is the area you pick in a relatively safe
location, or will the situation later deteriorate and force you to
pack up and move again?
Are you comfortable with your decision?
Once you’ve considered all the items above, and
you’ve made your decision, it’s time to pack up. Everyone in your
party must know ahead of time how much space they will be allotted in
your vehicle.
If you have a small car and someone shows up with
a trunk full of clothes, you’ve got a problem. Like a ship at sea, if
it’s your car, you are the Captain. Your decisions stand…don’t back
down. Pack all the things you absolutely HAVE to have first. 
Then add all those “nice to have”
items next. Don’t forget important items.
PACKING CHECKLIST (“Need to Have” items)
The relevant maps with or without a sat nav
Medications for a 30-day supply. Prescriptions for
refill, if necessary.
Glasses and spare glasses, sunglasses.
Warm clothing for cold weather, regardless of the
time of year.
Extra shoes, belts, gloves, and hats.
Mobile phone/s and 12 volt charger.
At least one change of clothing each.
Extra shoes and shoelaces
Dental care items. Includes false teeth care.
List of names, addresses and telephone numbers for
family, friends, co-workers   
Elderly care products, hearing aid batteries.
MONEY. As much as you can get. Hide it.
Female hygiene products.
Baby care items: nappies, food/milk mix, bottles,
etc.
Personal hygiene items: Top of list: Toilet Paper
Laundry detergent, softeners, personal soap.
Lose change for vending machines and telephones.
Credit cards, ID cards, Insurance papers.
NHS card/number and National Insurance number
Handicapped persons – special equipment and
supplies needed for daily life.
Any special item of apparel that anyone in your
party needs to live day-to-day.
Everything else is on the “Nice to Have”
list. There are just a few items that I include on my “Nice to
Have” list. Most of them involve entertaining children. But, in
planning for any trip, water, food, and shelter have to be
considered:
WATER: The number one priority on your list of
survival items. One gallon per person per day. There must be a means
of refilling or re-supplying your water while you travel. If your
travel is planned for 1 day…and the roads are jammed…it may take
3 days.
You must have water to live. If the electricity is
out all along your route, you will not be able to get either food or
fuel. Most of the stores and restaurants on the route will be
closed. 
Don’t depend on someone else to help you…they’re
probably worse off than you are.
FOOD: Dehydrated food requires water to re-hydrate
it so it can be eaten. Pre-plan what foods you ALL can eat, and add
them to your car. Plan at least for 3 days’ worth of food.
You can live a long time without food, but only a
short time without water. Do not take foods that are overly salty or
make people thirsty. An ice chest of fresh fruit and sandwiches goes
a long way.
Small children need milk, so don’t forget that
item.
Include some snacks to augment the above supply.
Don’t be afraid to have the same thing 3 days in a row. It’s boring
but it cuts down on buying supplies. If you include perishable food,
you must eat it the first day out, or it will spoil.
The ice in even the best quality chest will
eventually melt. (Melted ice = water.) You can wash using melted
water from the ice chest…it’s very “refreshing”…and
cold.
Every car should already have an emergency
first aid kit.
 
There are many commercially available kits out
there that have adequate supplies for up to 3 days, barring
catastrophic accidents.
However, most kits only include enough plasters
for one person, for 2 or 3 days. Consider buying extras and throwing
them in the kit. 
You don’t have a first aid kit…get one.
SHELTER: Shelter includes the time you are
travelling as well as when you get there. Nobody can drive
continuously for 3 days without relief. Eventually, you will have to
stop, eat a meal, and sleep.
Hotels and motels may not be available. The
roadside rest areas will already be full, if you’re allowed in them
at all. What to do? If you can find a friendly local in the area off
the main road (particularly farmers), you can ask to camp on their
property.
Be sure to assure them you will clean up your mess
before you leave. You can even offer to pay them for their
inconvenience. Private property is safer than public areas in a mass
evacuation. But public camp-sites (parks, forests, etc.) may still be
open.
OK: You’ve got your vehicle fully packed with
everything you need to travel. You’ve counted heads, and everyone is
present and ready to go. Are you ready? Not yet.
HOW TO GET THERE? The route of travel between two
places in the UK is almost infinitely variable. . Remember there’s a
lot to think about on how you are going to travel to your
destination:
Route Planning Considerations
Does your planned route avoid major populated
areas? More people = more problems.
Are all the roads open?
How many drivers are available you trust?
Are there places available where you can
reasonably expect to get water, fuel, and food?
Are the civil authorities still available to
direct traffic and provide emergency services?
Is another route available, even if it’s longer?
Are all the bridges and tunnels open?
Does this route avoid bad weather conditions, or
take them into account?
Can this route safely be driven at night?
Can anyone unfamiliar with the route drive it
while you are resting?
Does an alternative route offer better conditions
and safety than the originally proposed route?
Are there safe areas within a reasonable drive
that you can use for emergency sheltering, including camping
overnight, if required?
Is driving time a planning factor?
Are mountains, or hazardous terrain a problem for
your vehicle?
Can you safely get to “A” from “B”?
You made your decision, you’re on the road. You
left word with friends in the area you just left on where you were
going, and how you plan to get there. You promise to keep others
informed of departure and arrival times. 
You know someone will miss you if you don’t show
up in a reasonable time period. Your plan works perfectly, and now
you have arrived where you were supposed to be.
Once at your destination, quickly evaluate the
shelter arrangements. Is it too crowded? Is it safe or unsafe. Are
there people there you don’t trust? Evaluate everything.
If something doesn’t “smell right”, move
on to another shelter. 
The last resort is to sleep on the side of the
road or in the car park of a shopping centre.
Ask the local police if there is a safe place to
park and sleep. You probably will not be allowed to cook over a
camp-fire in the local shopping centre car park.
Putting tent pegs in concrete is very difficult
too. But, assuming the current shelter will be OK, they next logical
step is to ask “NOW WHAT?”…
YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE!
You’re alive and well. You have money and the
tools to survive. Get on with your life. Post-Disaster Recovery is an
entirely different problem.
What
is a BOV, and Do I Need One?
A BOV or Bug Out Vehicle is some form of transport
that will take you away from your current location in a time of
crisis or distress. Almost anything that will move can be considered
a potential BOV candidate. 
That includes motor vehicles, animals, human
powered devices or anything that can carry or tow some kind of load.
The next question is “do I need one?” 
The simple answer is yes, it is very likely that
you will need something to move you and your stuff around at one time
or another. Even if you are well set up in a great location, there
may come a time you will need to move. 
I can’t elaborate on what the circumstances may
be to make you move, but I can make some suggestions that will help
you decide what you may require when that time comes.
Firstly, how many, how far, how much, how often?
This is where you start to question what you need to move and how far
you need to move it. If it is just one person, and they have a small
bag of things, then the demands are not great. 
However, if it is your whole family, and
everything goes with you including the kitchen sink, then you will
need something more substantial.
How many?
So, how many people are included in the group that
are willing and able to move from your established location? Take
into consideration that if your group is large, some might not wish
to go even if it is against their better judgement.
Some of the group may have special requirements
that will take up more space, things that cannot be left behind like
medical equipment or wheelchairs.
Also consider that you may even have extra people
to move around. You never know what might happen, and if you can make
provision for these possibilities, within reason, more power to you.
How far?
Is your new location across the road, across the
city, across the county, across the country, maybe even across the
world! You will need to identify the location you wish to get to, and
what might be required to get there. 
That includes consumables, possible repairs and
any chance you might have to adjust your course. Make allowances in
your plan to get there via the ‘scenic route’.
How much?
This is what you plan to take with you if you do
have to move. If you are in a set location with good resources and a
chance of living well, then your absence may be short, until you can
return. 
In that case, short term items are of prime
consideration, with a few longer term items thrown in just in case.
If you plan to bug out, and stay bugged out, then
you will have to take a lot of gear with you. You must make plans to
take all that gear with you safely and efficiently. 
You may have to leave some of it behind, or hide
it until the time is right to retrieve it. You may have to hide some
of your gear beforehand to lessen the burden later on. This must all
be considered and factored into your plan.
How often?
Do you plan to move once, a few times or be
continually on the move? If it is just once, think about where that
one move is going to, and will you have to move again?
If the answer is yes, then your plans for the one
move have already failed. Also, if you plan to continually move, will
you be able to stay for an extended period in one spot if the
circumstance permit?
You must be willing to be flexible in these plans,
even if you have no thoughts of going anywhere, it is wise to be
prepared ahead of time if the unthinkable occurs and you do have to
move.
Different styles of travel require different modes
of transport, and the transport you select must be able to follow
those plans, or you aren’t going anywhere!
In the end, if you plan to survive for a long
time, you will very likely have to move around a little no matter how
well prepared you are, as even the best-laid plans sometimes fail.
Whichever way you decide to go, a good reliable
BOV should always be placed high on the list of needs, even if it is
just as an emergency.
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Choosing a BOL
Location
If your BOL comes under attack here is the
priority of defence – Person(s), Water, Food, Fire making,
Shelter. 
It may sound illogical not to include
weapons in the top 5 however a resourceful prepper/survival should be
able to make a make shift weapon.
Accessibility to food and water is critical to a
BOL. The strong preference is to have the water and food source(s)
within the confines of the actual BOL. If not on the BOL very nearby,
since going to get the food/water consumes energy and time. Both will
be in short supply once SHTF.
Stored Food – Store food in a location that is
at the core of your BOL. The location should be a critical OpSec item
and not discussed with anyone that has not been vetted. I highly
recommend that your stored food be stored in more than one location.
Your stored food location should be temperature controlled if
possible (cellar, bunker, insulation, air flow), water proof (or at
least the containers the food is in)
Grown food supplies should be spaced out to
conceal the crops, not to mention hide the numbers in the retreat.
One can take an educated guess of your numbers based on the amount of
food being grown, even the amount of waste being produced.
Raising livestock takes special care when looking
for a BOL. One has to ensure proper draining and terrain types for
the livestock they plan on raising. My preference is unless the BOL
can be well defended stick with smaller livestock that can be mobile
such as chickens, ducks, rabbits and goats.
As for wildlife when looking for a BOL look at
maps to see surrounding water sources and places where wildlife is
likely to be. Also look for signs of wildlife such as droppings,
tracks and rubbing s. Also talking with local hunters will yield
clues of where the local wildlife is.
Water is almost as critical as shelter for
survival.
Well Water – Is the best source one can have
since in most prepper events the underground water table will be
intact. The well needs to be well defended since the well water can
be accessed and tampered with in a surgical strike. Also just because
it’s from a water table does not mean it’s safe to drink (ask
anyone that has had a gasoline leak near their well). If possible dig
a well in sandy soil since the sand will act as a natural filter
A stream, river or pond is a good thing to have on
one’s BOL (a spring fed pond or stream being the best). The major
issue with running water is lack of control since most will run
through one’s BOL and not start and stop on it. Also it is not a
source you can for the most part locate where it’s tactically
sound.
Much like stored food, make sure it’s in a core
location. Also make sure the container that you are using is designed
for long term liquid storage and if possible use layered storage
methods so if one layer is breached the other layer keeps the
water/food intact.
This is a large and vague topic, the main reason
is how Defendable a BOL is depend on so many factors and is heavily
dependent on the person as well. In general you want a location in
which access can be controlled, in a location that is off the main
path or blends in well with the environment. 
If you are low on manpower the object will be to
make the BOL as shabby and unoccupied as possible. If you have the
manpower then you want to do the opposite and make the BOL as
impressive as possible. 
A hill is a double edged sword in that it makes
one able to see a greater distance however bad guys can see the BOL
from a greater distance.
Prepper
Training
As more catastrophes seem to be accelerating more
and more I am becoming convinced that the collapse of society is only
a matter of time. 
The true survivalist can feel that they are ready
for the chaos, but without actually experiencing these extreme
adversities first hand are they?
In the military soldiers are conditioned and
trained beforehand and made to be as prepared as possible for the
real hardships on and off the battlefield. The survivalist can to be
more mentally and physically prepared for the falling apart of
civilization that so many survivalists and the general public feel is
inevitable.
Self-reliance also has to do with being ready for
the sudden loss of everything we all have become way too accustomed
to. 
Experiencing a type of mock realism can get you
more mentally prepared for when society starts to quickly
disintegrate around you. 
The following tips (suggestions) should help you,
‘the survivalist/prepper cope better when things do start to fall
apart.
See what it is like to go without the utilities
such as electricity by turning them off for at least a couple of
hours.
Go at least 24 hours without electronic
conveniences; no computer, no television, no cell phone, etc. This
will be a wakeup call for many.
The internet will not be there after many
catastrophes, become use to receiving information from other sources
such as books.
Spend some nights using only candles and or
battery operated lights to illuminate the darkness.
Start storing rainwater and start watering your
plants and garden with it.
Try cooking some of your meals using a solar oven,
barbecue, fire pit, something not dependent on the electric or gas
companies.
Flush the toilet for one day or more using only
water you have previously stored, or use a portable toilet.
Instead of throwing away a piece of damaged
clothing, try to repair it, sew it, then wear it again.
Take any household item and write down every
creative way you can use it.
Find other means of some of your trash disposal,
something else rather than the city or county trash pick up services.
Have a fake imaginary illness and fictionally
treat that sickness with only what you have available to you in your
home.
Gather your family and even your friends together
that feel like you do, and see what it like for all of you to be
confined to a smaller space.
Use ‘other” means of cooling or heating your
home for a few days that is of course safe.
Actually walk or bicycle to run some of your
errands other than using a motor vehicle.
Start spending some very quiet time alone. You may
have to be alone after ‘it’ happens.
Try using alternative means of bathing
occasionally, like using one of those solar showers, or heating water
over a fire to be used to bathe with.
See what ingenious gadget made from junk you can
think of to make hard times easier.
Try washing dishes and clothes on occasion without
using the dishwasher or washing machine, dry clothes on a clothes
line.
Experiment by trying to purify dirty polluted
water, without drinking it, and see how clean you can get it.
Scavenger hunt. Take some time and collect
everything, not hazardous, you find on the ground and ask yourself,
what can I do and use what I have?
Take along a pad of paper and write down
everything you see at a park or recreation area. Observation skills
will help you stay alive better after chaos breaks loose.
Try to locate some place off the beaten path using
only a paper map, compass, or landmarks.
Spend some days outdoors when the weather is
miserable (not dangerous), like raining all day long, you may have to
live this way in the future.
See how fast you can get your essentials together
and ready to leave.
If you plan to stay where you are, thoroughly
become familiar with every street, landmark, trees, houses, etc.
within 2 miles of your home, walk the area often.
The truly “ready” survivalist should be
training themselves to be prepared to undergo things that are going
to be vastly different and very difficult to adjust to and handle. By
using some or all of these  prep tips now and before the
aftermath of “the nightmare” that is coming, you will be more
adapt at handling it. 
Add your personal preparation exercises to this to
make you even more mega disaster ready.
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The Humble
Dandelion
Before we get to the dandelion coffee,
let’s learn a bit about dandelion.
Volumes could be written on the many
uses of Dandelion, indeed they have been!
This common weed is often hated and
poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of
us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support it taking
over our lawns.
This plant was purposefully brought to
North America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable
resource behind. 
Every part of the dandelion can be used
as food or medicine, making back door herbalism simple and easy, as
it should be.
When the first spring leaves pop up out
of the ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh with
salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea.
The leaves are highly nutritious,
containing large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many
more vitamins and minerals. 
The French call this plant
pissenlit, which alludes to its strong diuretic properties.
A tea of dandelion leaves is a great
way to flush excess water from the system. (Of course, before using
this effective remedy we always want to make sure the water retention
is caused by a non-serious condition like sitting on an airplane too
long.)
When eaten with meals, the bitter taste
of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to
relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.
The root is a great ally for the liver.
It can be eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can
help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause
being a stagnant liver. 
 Most herbalists agree that
long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.
The flower can be eaten in salads, or
fried up as fritters as below. An oil made from dandelion flowers is
warming and can be applied externally to relieve arthritis and other
aches and pains.
Lastly the latex, or sap, from the
dandelion stems can be used topically on warts. Apply several times
daily for best results.
My favourite way to enjoy dandelion is
by making dandelion coffee with the roots. This beverage doesn’t
contain the caffeine found in coffee, but does have a rich, dark
taste similar to coffee.
Like burdock, dandelion’s strong
diuretic activity makes it an inappropriate choice for someone with
low blood pressure or excessive urination.
Dandelion Coffee
Prior to decocting the dandelion root,
roast the dried chopped root in a cast iron pan until it fragrant and
has changed colour from being off-white to light and dark brown.
For each 8 oz of water you are making,
use 1-2 teaspoons of the roasted root.
Add the root to simmering water and
continue to simmer while covered for 7–15 minutes
The resulting brew will be darkly
coloured.
I enjoy my dandelion coffee with
cream, and many people enjoy adding honey as well.
Dandelion Fritters
This time of year, one of my favourite
activities is making and eating dandelion flower fritters.  The
simple dandelion is one of my favourite herbs.   
Did I just say herb in reference to
dandelion Yep!  This plant is tenacious, despite many peoples
best efforts to eradicate it from their lawns, and thankfully so
since she has so much to offer.   
But, I was going to tell you about
fritters.
First of all I love gathering the
dandelion flowers – just the tops for fritters.   
They are easy to pick and so bright and
cheery on a sunny day.  Usually, I want to pick more than I
need, just because the gathering is so fun. Pick them in the sunshine
when they are open, and when you have time to make the fritters right
after gathering.
Bring your basket of flowers inside,
find a bowl, and mix together one egg and one cup of milk.  Stir
in a cup of flour and your fritter batter is ready to go. 
(If you like your fritters sweet you
can add a little maple syrup or honey.)
Now, prepare a skillet on the stove
with gently warmed olive oil – keep it over medium heat.
Take one of the flowers and hold it by
the greens at the base of the flower petals. Dip the petals into the
batter and twirl until the flower is covered.
Drop it into the skillet, flower side
down.  Continue dipping and dropping flowers, checking the first
ones every once in a while to see if they are brown.   
When they’ve lightly browned, flip
them over and brown them on the other side.
When they’re brown on both sides
remove them from the skillet and drain the excess oil on paper towel.
For a sweet treat, drizzle them with
maple syrup, honey, jam, or powdered sugar.   
For savoury fritters try dipping in
mustard or adding some savoury herbs to the batter.
Fish Farming
as a Source of Protein
Fish farming has become an increasingly
popular way for people to raise their own source of edible fish,
right in their backyard.
The idea of fish farming may have once
sounded like a silky, eccentric concept, but today it can be a
lucrative business. Do you think that lobster at the seafood
restaurant and all that shrimp will just continue to come from the
ocean?
Not even mother nature is an unlimited
supply of fish, which is why we see an increase today in lobster
farms or shrimp farms, etc. We are simply using the vast supply given
to us by nature faster than it can reproduce itself.
As interesting as “aquaculture”
is, large scale fish farming is not what will be covered here. We
will be looking at fish farming for the single family, from the
benefits of raising your own supply of fish to the equipment needed
to do so.
So, with the abundance of fish on the
market shelves, in whatever form, why would anyone want to go to the
trouble of sustaining their own fish farm?
First of all, the alleged “fresh”
fish in stores can be rather pricey, and if fish is a major source of
your protein requirements, then you may want to consider investing in
your own continual supply.
Secondly, commercial fish is more
likely to contain high amounts of pesticides. If you raise your own
fish properly, they are guaranteed to be healthier, without
additional pollution residues.
Third, farmed fish has a higher fat
content than commercial fish, but it is monounsaturated so it helps
raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels but not the bad (LDL).
To raise your own fish you will need
good water with a pH of 7, a temperature of 55 degrees F, and a high
oxygen content. There is simple equipment that can be used to achieve
these ideal conditions.
To begin with, you need a tank. A
tank can be a small swimming pool the size of 12 feet across and up
to 3 feet high. 
Or, you can make a more permanent
concrete structure and coat it with waterproof compound.
Along with the tank you will also need
an aerator and a filter. An aerator is needed as fish need plenty of
oxygen to survive, and studies have shown that constant aeration can
double fish production. 
You can find commercial aerators at a
few farm supply stores that carry aquaculture supplies and set it up
in your tank, or you can purchase a submersible spray fountain.
Home-made filters are made from a large
metal drum filled with gravel or rock. The filter needs to be set up
with a hose from a pump going into the filter at the top, and then a
hose or pvc pipe at the bottom for the water to come out of and drop
back into the tank.
To keep your water in optimum condition
you must regularly check the pH. As stated previously, it should stay
at 7. If it becomes too alkaline (8 or above) add gypsum. If it
becomes too acidic (6 or below) add lime.
The overall water temperature should
remain at 55 degrees, but it honestly depends on what type of fish
you are farming. The two most popular types of home farmed fish are
carp and trout. Carp do well at temperatures of 85 degrees while
trout thrive at 55 degrees.
Some raise trout in the Autumn and
spring and Carp  in summer.
These types of fish should not be
raised together. Not only because of the difference preferred in
water temperature, but because they will not get along.
To actually begin farming your fish,
you need to set up your tank with aerator and filter and run it for
at least 10 days to get the water in optimum condition for the fish.
The best place to get your initial
supply of fish is a fish hatchery, or someone else you know in the
business. The best source for fish hatcheries near you is Dept. of
the environment. 
When you get your fish they will more
than likely be in plastic bags, and, just as you do with indoor
goldfish, set the bags, unopened, in your tank until they reach the
same temperature and then the fish may be released.
Fish can be fed with a commercial food
supply and or fish scraps. Portions should increase as the fish grow
but it is very important not to overfeed.
To harvest only a few fish at a
time, use a net. If you desire to harvest them all at once you can
drain your tank.
Fish farming is not a project that can
be undertaken hastily or lightly. It requires commitment and work,
but if you’re a fish lover the rewards are well worth it.
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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.
Dirty Bomb
Attack
A Dirty bomb attack is now a ‘real threat’ to
Britain as nuclear waste smugglers swap tips online, Foreign Office
warns
Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt used a
speech in London to warn of the dangers posed by a rise nuclear
weapons being smuggled around the world.
Alistair Burt said countries around the world face
a ‘real and global threat’ of a nuclear terror attack. South Korean
radiologists have been pictured taking part in an exercise in dealing
with a possible radioactive terror attack at the Kimpo airport
He warned  that information freely available
on the internet combined with nuclear material becoming more widely
available means an attack, once ‘unthinkable’ is not a ‘real
and global threat’.
Mr Burt, who has responsibility for our
counter-terrorism policy, said the UK’s National Security Strategy
identified nuclear terrorism as a primary danger to Britain.
He said: ‘Nuclear terrorism is a real and global
threat.  A successful attack, no matter where in the world it
came, would be catastrophic.
Catastrophic for the immediate devastation and
terrible loss of life, and for the far-reaching consequences –
psychological, economic, political, and environmental.
Such an attack was unthinkable just a
generation ago.  But it is now a possibility we need to confront
with the utmost vigilance.’
In today’s world of modern communication,
information is spreading faster.  Like nuclear energy, this
brings huge benefits, but it also brings significant risks. 
There is more information about nuclear weapons on the internet than
there ever has been.
As is the case in cyberspace, the danger is
stateless in geographical space.  It is impossible for any
national government or police force, no matter how advanced, to
contain on its own.
Global smuggling networks are thriving. 
Criminal cells operate across borders and across continents.’
He said the UK has been at the ‘forefront’ of
tackling illicit trafficking of nuclear material.
He also lifted the lid on the UK’s secretive
Atomic Weapons Establishment which works on detecting the trade in
nuclear material.  ‘This is a rare opportunity to publically
acknowledge that their work has been central to the defence of the
United Kingdom for over 50 years,’ he said.
Mr Burt’s stark warning came as he addressed a
meeting in London of experts from around the world discussing ways to
prevent a devastating attack.
His warning comes as global experts gather in
London to plot how to thwart catastrophic attacks that could kill
thousands.
Fears were high that a bomb attack would target
the London Olympics this summer. Last month Senior Foreign Office
Minister Baroness Warsi warned: ‘Nuclear  terrorism remains
one of the greatest threats to our global peace and security.
The Foreign Office is working with dozens of
countries to bolster the UN Convention for the Suppression of Acts of
Nuclear Terrorism.
The convention allows for international
cooperation in the investigation, prosecution and extradition of
anyone plotting terrorist acts involving radioactive material or a
nuclear device.
You know I believe that we cannot prevent these
terrorists from attempting a “dirty bomb” attack, but as preppers
and survivalists we can bloody well learn what to do if it does
happen.
Remember that a dirty bomb is not a nuclear
bomb OK, it is in fact a chemical explosion with radioactive material
and or either mixed in to the explosive or encasing the explosive so
that when detonated the blast throws the radioactive material into
the air which is then spread by the wind downwind.
The initial causalities would be very low as the
explosion would not need to be large, and in any case the objective
of the explosion is not to kill but to disperse the radioactive
material around the explosion site.
It is for this reason that I classify a “Dirty
Bomb” as a denial weapon, by that I mean denial of access to an
area for some length of time, i.e. a Dirty Bomb detonated in Dover
for example with its 7,000 lorries alone coming into the UK everyday
would do what the German U-boats failed to do in one fell swoop.
And don’t forget the tourist and business travel
from our busiest channel seaport.
The same denial effect would cause absolute
economic havoc if a Dirty Bomb was detonated in and around the City
of London square mile, at Canary wharf or indeed the centre of any
major city in the UK.
The length of the denial period would depend on
the levels of radioactive materials used in the explosion and the
delivery method.
By this I mean that if a Dirty Bomb was detonated
in a confined area say a ships hold or an underground car park its
effects would be reduced in relation to one that was detonated on a
ship’s deck or on a street in a city centre.
Remember that our first line of defence against
a Dirty Bomb is the wind as the radioactive material can only go were
the wind blows it so it you are upwind then you are OK.
If however you are downwind then you must react as
if it was radioactive fallout heading your way and stay indoors until
the all clear is given.
This period I
would have thought would be quite short as the radioactive material
will not be blown too high in the air so it will naturally settle
closed to ground zero in any case and also it will be less intense in
radioactivity.
Nigel at
www.hunters-knives.co.uk
has offered you dear listener 10% on all his products simply by using
the code PREP10.
The Bug out Week
2015 is Coming
Details and information.Please
read the information on their FB page before you say that you are
going as there is a £5 deposit to pay for your place and all the
places are limited.

They are now taking deposits; £5 per
person

All deposits are non-refundable.

You must say
what the deposit is for in the notes on paypal before you send
payment and what system you are using to bug out.

Here is the
paypal address to make payments to;ijc1197@yahoo.co.uk

Community
of UK Preppers (Bug out Weekend)
Come and
join us on the 2nd to the 4th may 2015 to share and learn ideas with
other likeminded people.Location is
near Scunthorpe Winteringham Lane, West Halton. DN15 9AX

The
location is nice 16 acre spot with a variation of different types if
terrain, from a wooded area, good for hammocks, tents and bug out
vehicles. Then an open area used for summer grazing that is also good
for tents and tarps with poles and bug out vehicles.
Just
follow your sat nav and pick up the signs to the meeting as you
approach, the signs will say BUG and there will be an arrow that will
point in the right direction.
Here are the
spaces that are still available.

All spaces are designated
specific areas of the Bug out Weekend location that are suitable for
that type of bugging out system as the location is a wild managed
area and has a range of different types of ground.

All the
places listed here are for the tree covered areas of the
location.

Hammocks 15 spaces. 09 left

Tarps and tents
30 Places 27 left

4×4 and off road vehicles 20 places. 16
left

Campervans and trailers 15 places 12 left

There is
a large open ground area of the location for the Bug Out Weekend to
use whatever system you choose, but this area will be limiting to 40
spaces. Admission Fee£20.00
for adult over 16 years

£10.00 for child under 16 years

Free
for child under 10 years

Traders and promoters are welcome
for no extra cost to the entrance fee.

Anyone who says they
are going to the event must pay a non-refundable £5.00 deposit per
person to secure their place.

Once payment has been made you
will receive your payment receipt reference number. This number is to
be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend where the deposit will
be deducted from the admission cost that is to be paid upon entry.
ArrangementsPlease
arrange any train Tickets to Scunthorpe as soon as possible (ASAP) as
this will save you money and could be cheaper than your own car.

The
organisers can arrange to pick you up from Scunthorpe Train Station
and drop you back off for a fee of £3.00. Please let them know as
soon as possible if you require this service. FacilitiesThere
will be a toilet facility in place.

There will be ranges for
Archery, Crossbow, Air rifle, live round rifles and shotgun
too.

There will be a solar Shower available with hot water
available if needed.

There will be a Marquee set up in case of
any wet weather so it won’t stop people who want to do a bit of
socialising

There will be a BBQ for anyone who wants to have a
good old meat feast at the cost of £5.00 per headUK
Firearms Licensing Act
For anyone who
wishes to bring along a gun or rifle that requires to be licensed
under the UK Firearms licensing act 1968.

It is every owner’s
responsibility to ensure they are covered under the UK Firearms
licensing act and proof of cover for any such firearms must be shown
before you are allowed entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting.

The
organisers or associates will not be held responsible for any
transportation of unlicensed Firearms to or from the Bug out
Weekend.

See the link below and click on it or copy and paste
it to your
browser.https://www.gov.uk/firearms-licensing-police-guidance
Ranges
Strict
safety rules and timing guidelines at the range points must be
followed at all times.
DisclaimerAll
guidelines and disclaimers will be presented on entry to the Bug out
Weekend meeting by security staff.

All guidelines and
disclaimers must be read and understood before signing and entry to
the Bug out Weekend.
Just a quick one

I do hope to see you
there as we had a great time with the Bug out Weekend meeting Back in
May 2014.

The weather was amazing even though the Met Office
said it was going to pour down with strong winds and low
temperatures,

That put a lot of people off. That was annoying
as it takes a bit of effort to say the least to organise the thing
and make it work.

So just come along and Bug out Weekend with
us and try out your survival systems and learn some new things along
the way.

Even if you have never done anything like this
before, just bring your camping gear and see what people do.

There
are plenty of us to help and give advice. That’s what the Bug out
Weekend is all about.

If you need to borrow anything I am sure
we can help.

Just let us know in advance.

Make some
friends and have a laugh in the sun or in the marque and the Bug Out
Weekend will be what we make it.
We do appreciate your
support.
Bug Out Weekend (CUP)Peter
at Buggrub
is not only sponsoring the
competition on my website he is also offering a 10% discount on all
his products, by using the word PREPPER. So have you got the gonads,
can you walk the walk, dare you, I dear you to buy some buggrub and
then eat it, go on I dare you. Peter’s website is www.buggrub.com

Bugout
Coffee Review
Coffee production
varies significantly across the world, but on average, a coffee tree
produces about five pounds of fruit per year, called cherries due to
their red colour and round shape.
The cherries contain
two facing seeds, though 5 to 10% of the cherries will contain only
one seed, called a Peaberry In Hawaii trees produce up to 60 pounds
of fruit a year; in other areas trees may produce only two and a half
pounds.
The scent of the
flowers resembles that of jasmine, though the flowers only last a
couple of days before dropping.

The coffee tree can produce
one or two crops per year depending on the region where it is grown.
The fruit, which takes about nine months to mature, does not mature
all at once. The harvest requires hand-picking so that only the red,
ripe cherries are picked.

The fruit is either
dry processed in the sun, allowing a limited amount of fermentation
to help remove the fruit, or wet processed in which the fruit pulp is
removed by using water to press the cherries through a sieve.
How much coffee
does a coffee tree produce?
It produces 5 pounds
of coffee cherries
Which produces 1
pound of green coffee
Which produces just
over 13 ounces of roasted coffee
Which produces
around 45 cups of coffee
Caffeine works by
changing the chemistry of the brain. It blocks the action of a
natural brain chemical that is associated with sleep. So if you need
to stay alert then its a cup of coffee that you need.
It is even
recommended that on a long drive you should stop and have a coffee as
a way of preventing dryness.
Coffee also has its
place in the prepping and survivalist communities as we too at times
must maintain alertness, either in a true survival situation or on
guard at night around camp
Coffee and prepping
seem to go together, so go ahead and prescribe yourself some
coffee
in the name of emergency preparedness! Certainly coffee is a survival
food
and an ideal prep for your food storage plan.
If history repeats
itself, then coffee is,
indeed, a survival tool as coffee was a
staple of pioneers in North America, as well
as the military!

Coffee
for survival is something to consider even if you don’t ordinarily
drink coffee,
because coffee has several benefits. Here is the
truth about coffee and survival of
an economic collapse:Coffee
improves the flavour of poor quality water.
Filtering
water doesn’t always improve taste. Coffee enhances the quality of
your
hydration.
Did you know it was
the pioneers who drank coffee who were the ones
to survive the
2000-mile journey along the Oregon Trail? Contaminated water
brought
water-borne disease of cholera with symptoms of high fever, vomiting
and
diarrhoea.
Cholera and
dysentery were the leading causes of death along the route.
Pioneers
prevented sickness by drinking coffee. It was the process of boiling
water
that helped purify the water and make it taste
better.
Preppers can
certainly learn lots from the old Pioneers about water quality.
Coffee
increases energy and alertness.


Coffee provides mental alertness and simultaneously increases
energy. Coffee has
indeed been a military favourite.
For Civil
War soldiers (1861-1865), coffee was the primary ration. Soldiers of
World War I (1914-1918) were issued dehydrated coffee packets as
standard military rations.
African tribes have
been known to create “energy balls” by wrapping fat around
coffee berries to provide hunters with an added source of energy

while on the go.
Enhances
Morale.
During
an economic collapse, you’ll feel richer having coffee in your preps.
Why?
Coffee is an excellent morale booster to provide a sense of
normalcy to stressful
situations. The smells of coffee provide an
uplift in addition to the taste. Preppers
may also feel more full
between meals, drinking coffee, which can be satisfying as

well.Coffee
barters well
.
Coffee
is an import, which means that this staple will be all the more
valuable in terms of bartering when SHTF. Coffee will surely be a
good item to barter: it will be short in supply and there will be
plenty of people who want it.Coffee
changes the acidity of your soil
.
Coffee
grounds can help add nitrogen’s and can acidify your soil and help
with your
composting efforts.Coffee
provides many health benefits including:
A lowered risk of
cancer and Type II diabetes
Boost of metabolism
Reduced depression
An improved vascular
health
A lowered risk of
heart disease
Antioxidant benefits
Improved cholesterol
levels
Certainly coffee is
a stimulant, but it’s also a diuretic, which means you’ll urinate

more than without it. According to Web MD, drinking coffee means
you’ll be “less
likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s
disease, and dementia.”

Caffeine will keep you mentally
alert and awake when you need to stand guard of
your
preps.
Bug-Out Coffee was born out of necessity

Two years after
starting their own retail coffee business Blakes Coffee they realized
it was time to marry their two passions, great coffee and the reach
for self sufficiency by being prepared !
Bug-out coffee
believe the most important resource in a time of crisis is a clear
mind.
Mistakes can be made
if you are not thinking clearly! If you are a coffee drinker you do
not want to be combating caffeine withdrawal when you need to be
focusing on other targets.
Designed to last
whole bean or chocolate covered eat and run for Preppers, Sportsman &
.
The company is owned
and run by survivalists
Jay L Blake
Hailing From Wales
U.K. Jay Blake is a Mechanical Engineer, Father of 3 and true
Survivalist. Macgyver of machines, professor of all things zombie and
the prepared provider you want at your back when the s.h.t.f.
Jenny Blake
Canadian girl, spent
her youth stalking Algonquin Park, Bushcraft apprentice ,chartered
herbalist & gear girl with a passion for sharp things. Definitely
the girl you want beside you in a crisis.
Bug-Out Coffee was
even trailed by The U.S. Army’s Military Nutrition Division, during
“Hell Week” which is run by the Seals.
They found that 200
milligrams of caffeine significantly improves vigilance, alertness
and reaction time, even after half a week awake.
These guys are
extremely serious about getting things done. Their conclusion
recommends caffeine over amphetamines because it’s legally and
medically easier to give to people.
It’s also motivating
for regular people: If coffee can help Navy SEALs stay awake for 72
hours of torture, that morning coffee better not just wake you up —
you’d better karate chop through your desk and do a day’s work before
lunch.
So what does it
taste like, surely that is the 64M dollar question and the answer it
fantastic, sharp, clean, chemical free, tasty, in fact it is without
doubt the best coffee I have even had the pleasure to drink.
Bugout Whole Bean
Coffee
Qualifications:
Designed to Last. Dark roast, organic & fair trade. Dressed in
heat sealed Mylar.
Stats:
227g
Approach:
Will arrive at your door and you are ready to brew!
Bugout
Chocolate Covered
Coffee
Beans
Qualifications: Eat
& Run.
Dark chocolate
covered coffee beans ready to consume in resealable heat sealed Mylar
bags.
Stats: 227 g
Bugout coffee are
offering listeners of my show a special offer price as well as FREE
delivery to the UK so using the code UKPRN here is the link.
The
Meats Snack Review
The
Jerky Group is the UK’s leading beef jerky and biltong supplier. We
offer a
‘one
stop shop’

solution for the supply of meat snacks. Our brands include the UK’s
number one and Europe’s longest established jerky brand,
Wild
West
.
As
they say it was a dirty job but some body had to do it, I was sent
one of each of the most tasty bags of Beef Jerky, Biltong and Pork
Scratchings I have ever eaten.
I
think firstly it would be good to tell you about each category in
turn.
BEEF
JERKY

is made using selected cuts of lean beef that are marinated, cooked
and slowly smoked. It is then sliced and packaged, and sold as a
tasty and nutritious snack.
BEEF
BILTONG

is
a similar product, but the main difference being that it’s air
dried rather than being cooked and smoked.
Both
jerky and biltong are highly popular with athletes and anyone looking
for an energy boost, as both products are high in protein and
relatively low in fat. This also makes jerky and biltong a relatively
healthy snack when compared to products such as crisps, biscuits and
chocolate, and hence why it’s also so popular as a snack at home or
for those on the move and at work.
Jerky
has its origins in North America with early settlers observing
indigenous people preparing and eating a type of dried meat, which
inspired them to develop the food we now know as jerky.
Biltong
comes from South Africa, and again it was a dried meat the indigenous
people produced which the settlers from Europe took a lead from, and
went on to develop biltong. Interestingly, the name biltong comes
from the Dutch words ‘bil’, meaning rump, and ‘tong’ meaning
strip or tongue.
The
name jerky seems less obvious when its roots are explored, but none
the less it comes from the Quechua (an ancient language spoken in the
Andes) word ch’arki which simply means ‘dried, salted meat’.
Another
reason for jerky and biltong’s popularity is the fact that it’s
so convenient to buy and store, as it doesn’t need refrigeration
and, certainly for the brands you’ll find on this website, doesn’t
need to be eaten straight away, and will keep for up to three days if
the packet is resealed.
Hogbites
has been added to the company’s already successful range of beef
jerky and beef biltong brands. Hogbites was launched in 2012 and is
an additive free version of the traditional Black Country snack.
Hogbites
Crackling has a softer bite than other brands, because of a double
hand-cooked process and the added touch of Cornish Sea Salt for extra
flavour.
I
must say that these are the very best and tastiest pork scratchings I
have ever eaten, and they will not en-danger your teeth either.
The
complete range is additive free and totally natural in every way, in
fact the Men’s Health UK Magazine is using this jerky for a new range
called “Mens health fuel beef jerky”.
I
usually have at least one pack of beef jerky ot biltong each wek as
well as some pork scratchings, and I am now hooked on these products
simply because of their clean and individual flavour. To be honest I
love them and I know you will too.
I
have now got some in my BOB just for the taste you understand,
nothing to do with the protein and calories.
This
is the full range
Wild
West Jereky
Europe’s
longest established Brand
Now
made in Scotland
Made
from whole muscle, marinated and naturally smoked
Free
from gluten containing ingredients (original, peppered and hot ‘n’
spicy)
Improved
softness & much more tender
High
in protein, low in carbs
HogBites
Premium
Pork Snack brand
Crackling
and Traditional Black Country Scratchings
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Show Contents 13th March 2015

Show Notes

This week I begin
the show with
The
Valley Food Storage Review, followed by The Bug out Week is coming,
It is Getting Colder,
Pemmican
and how to Make it,
Sprayable
Sleep Review, Preparing for SHTF, Anglo Arms Paracord Knife Review,
Waste Not Want Not, The Basic Mindset for Survival, Surviving in Hot
Weather,
Why
Learn Wilderness Survival Skills, Prepping for Beginners,
THE
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The
Valley Food Storage Review

I bet you’re
asking yourself “Why should you get Valley Food Storage food over
this other company’s food?”

This
question can be answered with one word – Quality!

When they prepare
our foods, they take great care in making sure what you get is only
the best out there. Taking the time to find the best ways to make
sure your food lasts as long as possible is also one of our top
priorities.

Several companies
will tell you their food will have a shelf life of 25 years.

But wait, how can we
be sure that’s true?

Did they really make
their food, and then sit around for 25 years to test their foods
shelf life?

The
answer is probably not.

By doing a little
research we found that almost all food storage companies will use
ingredients that are known to spoil after just a few short years;
making the food you bought utterly useless.

Packaging
your food

Long-term food
storage requires a focus on the proper containment to keep foods safe
for longer periods of time. The proper processing and handling to
ensure viability is also necessary.

When it comes to
this step, there are a number of factors that need to be considered
in order to ensure the quality and longevity of the food.

Moisture Content

Microbe presence

Nutrient Breakdown

Chemical Additives

Stability of
ingredients

They make the extra
effort of making sure that all these factors are addressed properly.

Moisture
Content & Microbe Presence

By using the
revolutionary process of Nitrogen Flushing, they are able to address
2 issues right off the bat. Nitrogen flushing displaces oxygen in the
packaging, which is one of the bigger issues when it comes to food
storage.

Oxygen along with
Moisture allows bacteria (“Microbes”) to grow and mould your
food, break down the oils, and spoil the contents of the package.

We also check that
the food we put in to each package contains less than 5% moisture
(the ideal shelf stable food should have less than 7%).

Most food storage
companies don’t always check this part of the process as it takes a
lot more time to ensure it’s done properly; their food often will
contain up to 20% moisture in it.

This
is the company’s commitment

Along with our
individualized commitment to the long-term viability of our foods,
Valley Food Storage has a commitment to how healthy and nutritive
these products are for you.

We don’t add any
chemical preservatives, which can alter the taste and the nutrient
value to your food in a negative way. We guarantee your complete
satisfaction and you can hold us to it.

Well
that is what the company says, but what do I say?

I was sent two meals
and each pack says they provide 5 servings, well to be honest if you
combine them with other food say meat or fish and veg they will do
exactly that very easily indeed.

But if you are on
your lonesome and starving then it is common sense to eat the whole
pack yourself.

To cook these meal
simply measure out five cups of water tip the contents in, stir and
boil for 15 to 20 minutes done.

The two I tried were
the Irish Pub Cheddar Potato Soup and the Mango Habanero Chili

The Irish Pub
Cheddar Potato Soup is one of those delicious meals that warms you
from the inside out. It is one of the best soups around.

I really liked this
one and did have it all myself, round the camp fire you could try
adding hot dog sausages or any tinned meats for example and that
would certainly bulk it out and reduce the amount of cooking required
to fill you up.

The Mango Habanero
Chili is some of the most flavourful and hottest tasting chili
around. Sure to warm you up in any situation.

Now with this one I
was a bit dubious as I am not a lover of hot chilies, but again I was
happily surprised and ate the lot, well I did let Julie have some and
even she enjoyed it and that is a complement indeed.

Valley Food Storage
have a sure fire hit with these very tasty meals they are filling
easy to store and light enough so you want to pack them for your
wilderness adventures.

It is also great to
see a meal that has five servings in it, as this allows you to carry
a selection of their meals for your party and spread them throughout
your back packs.

I really like these
meals and will be buying more for my trips out and about.

The
Bug out Week 2015 is coming

Details and
information.

Please read the
information on their FB page before you say that you are going as
there is a £5 deposit to pay for your place and all the places are
limited.

They are now taking
deposits; £5 per person

All deposits are
non-refundable.

You must say what the
deposit is for in the notes on paypal before you send payment and
what system you are using to bug out.

Here is the paypal
address to make payments to;

ijc1197@yahoo.co.uk

Community of UK
Preppers (Bug out Weekend)

Come and join us on the
2nd to the 4th may 2015 to share and learn ideas with other
likeminded people.

Location is near
Scunthorpe Winteringham Lane, West Halton. DN15 9AX

The location is nice 16
acre spot with a variation of different types if terrain, from a
wooded area, good for hammocks, tents and bug out vehicles. Then an
open area used for summer grazing that is also good for tents and
tarps with poles and bug out vehicles.

Just follow your sat
nav. and pick up the signs to the meeting as you approach, the signs
will say BUG and there will be an arrow that will point in the right
direction.

Here are the spaces
that are still available.

All spaces are
designated specific areas of the Bug out Weekend location that are
suitable for that type of bugging out system as the location is a
wild managed area and has a range of different types of ground.

All the places
listed here are for the tree covered areas of the location.

Hammocks 15 spaces. 09
left

Tarps and tents 30
Places 27 left

4×4 and off road
vehicles 20 places. 16 left

Campervans and trailers
15 places 12 left

There is a large open
ground area of the location for the Bug Out Weekend to use whatever
system you choose, but this area will be limiting to 40 spaces.

Admission Fee

£20.00 for adult over
16 years

£10.00 for child under
16 years

Free for child under 10
years

Traders and
promoters are welcome for no extra cost to the entrance fee.

Anyone who says they
are going to the event must pay a non-refundable £5.00 deposit per
person to secure their place.

Once payment has been
made you will receive your payment receipt reference number. This
number is to be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend where the
deposit will be deducted from the admission cost that is to be paid
upon entry.

Arrangements

Please arrange any
train Tickets to Scunthorpe as soon as possible (ASAP) as this will
save you money and could be cheaper than your own car.

The organisers can
arrange to pick you up from Scunthorpe Train Station and drop you
back off for a fee of £3.00. Please let them know as soon as
possible if you require this service.

Facilities

There will be a toilet
facility in place.

There will be ranges
for Archery, Crossbow, Air rifle, live round rifles and shotgun too.

There will be a solar
Shower available with hot water available if needed.

There will be a Marquee
set up in case of any wet weather so it won’t stop people who want to
do a bit of socialising

There will be a BBQ for
anyone who wants to have a good old meat feast at the cost of £5.00
per head

UK Firearms
Licensing Act

For anyone who wishes
to bring along a gun or rifle that requires to be licensed under the
UK Firearms licensing act 1968.

It is every owner’s
responsibility to ensure they are covered under the UK Firearms
licensing act and proof of cover for any such firearms must be shown
before you are allowed entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting.

The organisers or
associates will not be held responsible for any transportation of
unlicensed Firearms to or from the Bug out Weekend.

See the link below and
click on it or copy and paste it to your browser.

Ranges

Strict safety rules and
timing guidelines at the range points must be followed at all times.

Disclaimer

All guidelines and
disclaimers will be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend meeting
by security staff.

All guidelines and
disclaimers must be read and understood before signing and entry to
the Bug out Weekend.

Just a quick one

I do hope to see you
there as we had a great time with the Bug out Weekend meeting Back in
May 2014.

The weather was amazing
even though the Met Office said it was going to pour down with strong
winds and low temperatures,

That put a lot of
people off. That was annoying as it takes a bit of effort to say the
least to organise the thing and make it work.

So just come along and
Bug out Weekend with us and try out your survival systems and learn
some new things along the way.

Even if you have never
done anything like this before, just bring your camping gear and see
what people do.

There are plenty of us
to help and give advice. That’s what the Bug out Weekend is all
about.

If you need to borrow
anything I am sure we can help.

Just let us know in
advance.

Make some friends and
have a laugh in the sun or in the marque and the Bug Out Weekend will
be what we make it.

We do appreciate your
support.

Bug Out Weekend
(CUP)

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It
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If you
think the record snow falls and cold temperatures in Parts of New
York is just a freak event, than you’re not going to like what I am
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To NASA Scientist/Climatologist John Casey that is just the beginning
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the evidence is clear that the earth is rapidly growing colder
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“solar minimum” – a phenomenon with significantly reduced solar
activity, including solar flares and sunspots.

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“All you have to do is trust natural cycles and follow the facts,
and that leads you to the inevitable conclusion that the sun controls
the climate, and that a new cold era has begun.”

“The
data is pretty solid,” Casey says. “If you look at the 100-year
global temperature chart, you look at the steep drop-off we’ve had
since 2007. It’s the steepest drop in global temperatures in the
last hundred years.”

I have to
say that my childhood was blessed with hot summers and very cold
snowy winters, and there was no doubt that autumn and spring existed.

I remember
the pavements being almost too hot to stand on with bare feet, in
fact there was a saying back then, “The pavements were so hot you
could fry an egg on them”.

Then the
winter came it was with loads of snow fall, as kids we used to roll
the snow into giant snow balls perhaps four to five feet high, in
fact I even managed to block the pathway to our house and my dad had
to take an axe to the snowball to break it up.

Nature
signalled spring with snow drops and you knew that summer was on the
way.

Autumn was
a time of change with the leaves turning and vegetation growing back
and as the temperature dropped we knew winter was around the corner.

However
these days the seasons are all rolled into one it seems and nature is
beginning to be affected by this non-seasonable climate.

Birds are
hatching when there is no food for them as the berries have been and
gone and we no longer have any snow to speak of.

However
things are actually changing and Al Gore the godfather of climate
hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels — this
one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up.

The
glaciers have not melted in fact they have grown in size and I see
this as an indication of worldwide temperatures dropping, and yes the
planet cooling down.

I hear you
ask and what has this got to do with prepping and survival?, That is
a good question and I shall try to answer it.

The cold
weather will affect our crops by reducing the growing time and by
killing the bees that pollinate those crops and we will starve to
death.

If the
crops are affected then so will the livestock be affected as they
will not have the food they need to grow and we will starve to death.

If the
overall year round temperature drops then even more of our elderly
will die each year, last year 25,000 died in the UK due to winter
related diseases.

In 2013
the UK wheat crop was own by a third after extreme weather – it was
the wettest autumn since records began, and that was followed by
coldest the spring in 50 years which together devastated the British
wheat crop.

This meant
that food manufacturers had to import nearly 2.5m tonnes of the crop
where as normally we export around 2.5m tonnes of wheat .

The 2013
harvest was 12m tonnes, one of the smallest in a generation, after
many farmers grubbed up their failing, waterlogged crops and
replanted fields with barley. According to a National Farmers Union
poll of 76 cereal growers covering 16,000 hectares, nearly 30% less
wheat than usual is being grown in Britain this year.

I would
suggest that everyone start growing their own as that may be the only
option in the future.

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Pemmican
and how to Make it

Pemmican
is a concentrated nutritionally complete food invented by the North
American Plains Indians. It was originally made during the summer
months from dried lean Buffalo meat and rendered fat as a way to
preserve and store the meat for use when travelling and as a primary
food source during the lean winter months.

The
nutritional qualities of pemmican are unmatched when it is properly
made. It can be eaten for months or years as the only food and no
nutritional deficiencies will develop. Yes, that is correct, no
fruits, vegetables, grains, or dairy products are required to
maintain perfect health – just properly made pemmican and water.

For
the best quality pemmican, use red meat, (deer, beef, elk, bison,
etc), and the rendered fat from these same animals. The animals
should be grass fed or have eaten their natural diet in the wild. DO
NOT include nuts, seeds, vegetable products, vegetable oils, grains,
beans, or dairy products of any kind.

A
small amount of well dried berries (blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
is the only acceptable addition and should not exceed 5% by weight
should you choose to include them.

You
will need equal amounts by weight of very dry red meat and rendered
beef tallow. If you have one pound of dried meat then you will need
one pound of rendered beef tallow, two pounds of dried red meat then
two pounds of rendered beef tallow, etc.

Rendering
fat is a simple process and most of us are familiar with it as it is
one of the end results of frying bacon. The process of frying the
bacon releases the fat from the cellular structure of the meat and
drives off the water.

It
is the boiling off of the water that actually makes bacon pop and
sizzle. The fat itself just turns to a liquid.

Your
goal in the rendering process is a bit different from frying bacon in
that it is the fat you want to keep rather than the crisp
“crackling”, which by the way taste good when they are still warm
with a bit of salt. If you don’t want them they make wonderful dog
treats when cool.

We
also want to keep the ultimate temperature of the fat as low as
possible. You should try to keep it below 250 deg F. and usually aim
for a final temperature of around 240 deg F.

You
gain nothing by raising the temperature any higher than 240-250 other
than more damage to the fatty acids which you want to avoid as much
as possible. In short, you need the temperature high enough to boil
off the water in a reasonable length of time, but as low as practical
to maintain the nutritional value and not denature the structure of
the fatty acids any more than necessary.

There
are two generally accepted methods of rendering. One is to place the
fat in a pot and heat it on the stove top. The other is to place the
fat in a roasting pan and put it in the oven with the temperature set
between 225 – 250 deg F.

The
stove top method can be completed in about one hour and requires
constant attention. The oven method takes 12 hours or more, but can
be left unattended during the entire process.

I
will be covering the stove top method here with comments on the oven
method.

Cut
the fat into small pieces about ½” square. Place the diced fat in
a stock pot or pan. I select my pot size such that the raw fat fills
the pot about ¾ full. This gives you room to stir and mix without
slinging fat all over the stove or counter.

It
also fills the pot deep enough with the liquid fat so that you can
use a thermometer to keep track of the temperature.

If
you are using the oven method just put your fat in a good sized
roasting pan and pop it in the oven set between 225 to 250 deg F and
then go away for 12 to 24 hours. The oven thermostat will take care
of the temperature for you.

Heat
on medium high heat and stir well about every minute or so for the
first 10 minutes. This will keep the bottom from overheating while
enough fat is being liberated to cover the bottom of the pan.

After
about 10 minutes you’ll see a pool of fat forming on the bottom
which should be merrily boiling away. You can now rest a bit and stir
every 5 minutes or so just to keep things well mixed.

After
about 30 minutes the liquid fat should be deep enough to cover all
the chunks and it should have the appearance of a rolling boil.

Reduce
the temperature to medium heat and put a candy thermometer into the
fat making sure it does not touch the bottom of the pan.

The
water boiling off the fat will keep the temperature around 220 deg F
for a while, but there will come a point where the temperature will
start rising.

Keep
stirring occasionally and keep your eye on the thermometer. As it
begins to rise, lower the heat setting to keep the temperature around
230 to 240 deg F. The picture above is after about 45 minutes. The
crackling is beginning to turn dark in colour, the boiling is slowing
down, and the temperature of the fat is rising requiring close
attention to the heat setting.

After
about one hour the major boiling action will have stopped and there
will just be small bubbles rising from the fat. 90% of the crackling
will be a chestnut brown colour.

The
lighter chunks may have a bit more fat left in them, but it is not
worth the effort to extract it. If you did the oven method, the fat
in your roasting pan should have a similar look.

Now
take a good sized strainer and place it the container where you will
store your rendered fat, now line the strainer with a single layer of
paper towel. This will filter out the sediment and just allow the
liquid fat to drip through.

From
your pot or roasting pan pour the fat, crackling and all, into the
lined strainer. Press on the crackling with a serving spoon to press
as much fat out of them as possible.

When
you’ve gotten all the fat you can, remove the strainer and set the
container aside to cool. You can sprinkle the crackling with a bit of
salt and pepper and enjoy them as a snack, set them aside to cool for
dog treats, or discard as you wish.

Generally,
well dried meat will weigh just slightly less than 1/3 of its raw
weight. Therefore, 10 pounds of raw lean meat will yield about 3 lbs
of thoroughly dehydrated meat.

Since
pemmican is 50% fat and 50% dried meat by weight, 3 pounds of dried
meat will make 6 pounds of pemmican which will be equal to about 18
pounds of fresh meat.

Start
with well dried red meat. Beef, Bison, Deer, Elk, etc. Make sure that
the strips of meat are thoroughly dry all the way through.

Any
observable moisture in the meat will provide an environment for mould
and bacteria to grow. If the strips of meat are bent double they
should crack and not be rubbery.

Traditionally
the meat used for pemmican is dried without salt or any other
seasoning. If you choose to season your meat I suggest that you go
very lightly – less than half of what you would use for jerky. Use
only dry spices like garlic powder, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and
salt etc.

NEVER,
NEVER, NEVER make pemmican with meat that has been marinated in soy
sauce, wine, or any marinade that contains sugar of any kind, and no
vegetable oils of any type.

Grind
the meat to a fibrous consistency like a fluffy, but slightly chunky
mulch in a food processor using the steel blade, or in a blender.

Weigh
the amount of ground meat that you have and then weigh out an equal
amount of rendered animal fat from the rendering process above.

Fat
from red meat animals is preferable for best nutrition and keeping
qualities as it becomes very firm when cool – similar to candle
wax. No vegetable oils or butter should be used. Pork or lamb fat can
be used but are not recommended as the fatty acid profile is
different and they melt at too low a temperature.

This
can cause the fat and lean to separate in warm weather, so storage
becomes a problem unless you are willing to pack the pemmican in
liquid tight containers.

Melt
the fat on low heat. It will start to melt at about 120 deg F. Try to
keep the temperature of the fat below 150 deg F. You spent time
drying the lean meat at low temperature to maintain its nutritional
value so you don’t want to deep fry it when you mix it with the
fat.

Mix
the shredded meat into the melted fat and stir until well blended.

The
completed mixture should look much like moist crumbled brownies. The
mixture may look “wet” but most of the fat should be absorbed or
coating the meat fibres – there should be little or no liquid fat
pooling in the bottom of the pan.

Using
a wooden spoon, press the warm mixture into a mould of your choice,
or spoon into a Ziploc plastic bag and press flat, removing as much
air as possible. Try using mini loaf pans that are slightly larger
than a cube of butter and hold about 150 grams (1000 total calories)
of pemmican.

The
Ziploc bags which I recommend are sandwich sized and are loaded with
about 300 grams (2000 total calories). When pressed flat they are
about 5” x 6” x ½” thick. Set aside to let cool and harden.

The
final product will be very hard – almost like a block of wax – and
will look a bit like dark oatmeal with some ground raisins stirred
in.

One
half ( ½ ) pound of pemmican per day is about the minimum required
for a sedentary adult and provides about 1,500 calories. Someone
doing light activities might find ¾ pound more appropriate to their
needs and this would provide about 2,200 calories.

Twice
this amount (or more) could easily be necessary when doing hard
physical labor (think digging ditches or mountain climbing).

Pemmican
is the perfect food for backpacking and hiking. Ten pounds of
pemmican will easily sustain a backpacker for a full week providing 1
½ pounds of pemmican per day which would supply 4,400 calories –
enough to support strenuous climbing at high altitude and in cold
weather.

The
same 10 pounds of pemmican would supply food for two full weeks of
leisure camping activities at ¾ pound per day providing 2,200
calories.

When
made correctly, using grass fed lean red meat, dried at a temperature
below 120 deg F., and rendered fat from grass fed animals, pemmican
is a complete food and no other nutrients or supplements are
necessary to completely meet all human nutritional requirements.

No
other single food is as calorie dense or nutritionally complete.

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delivers it gradually over time – mimicking how your body naturally
produces and uses melatonin.

So what is
in it? Well the answer is only 3 natural ingredients

Tyrosine

Which is a
natural amino acid produced by the body

Melatonin

Which is
naturally produced by the body

Water

Simply
natural and from mother earth

The 64
million dollar question is of course does it work.

Well
fellow preppers and survivalists the answer is yes, it actually does.
I was as sceptical as perhaps you are now as you listen to me, and
that is fine you do right to be.

However
the fact is that it really does work and work very well, I am sure
that you will agree that in a survival situation sleep is extremely
important to your health and wellbeing.

I like you
have on occasion had trouble getting to sleep while out in the woods
whether it is because of Stoney ground, lack of home comforts and of
course the cold.

Here is
the solution to those and many other problems in trying to get to
sleep.

They also
make an energy spray which I am yet to test but that would be a real
gift would it not?

All I
can say is get some try it out you will love it.

Preparing for SHTF

We
all know we should be preparing for the future, and especially for
challenging times, natural disasters and other problems that could
occur. The Boy Scout motto says it all very simply – Be
Prepared.
Some preparations revolve around learning new skill
sets, while other preparations involve storing water, food, medicine
and other supplies, tools and equipment that will be needed.
Unfortunately, many people don’t prepare for the future for various
reasons.

I
think some of these reasons are:

Lack of knowledge
They don’t know what to prepare for, how to prepare for it, what
supplies may be needed, or how best to store those supplies.

Too
difficult
– They fear that acquiring and storing food and
supplies will be too complicated, too time consuming, or too
difficult.

Too Expensive – They think that acquiring
all the things they need will be too expensive. Most people don’t
have a lot of extra cash to spend on things that they don’t need
right now.

Potential Disasters

What are the
potential disasters that we should all be preparing for? The list of
potential problems is very long, and even the most exhaustive listing
will surely miss any number of disasters that may occur. Disasters
are, by their very nature, usually quite unpredictable.

Every
type of disaster will have its own set of unique challenges for
people to overcome. These challenges, and their solutions, will also
be affected by the particular circumstances and resources of your
locality.

There
is no way that I can cover in detail every possible disaster and
situation, nor can any single subject provide all the answers for all
challenges you may face.

Because
I cannot intended provide such complete coverage in one subject, this
is meant as a starting point offering useful advice that will fit
most situations.

Generally speaking, most disasters will
probably fall into at least one of four categories:

Personal
Disasters
such as a job loss, financial problems, disease, or
disability.

Local and/or Regional Natural Disasters
such as tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, wildfires, floods, volcanoes,
earthquakes, or epidemic disease.

Global Natural Disasters
such as an asteroid or comet strike, super volcano, global epidemic
disease, or natural or man-made climate change.

Societal
Disasters
such as peak oil, resource scarcity, wars, economic
collapse, political collapse, and/or civil unrest.

Results
of a Disaster

A disaster usually will result in the
temporary or permanent loss of many of the “comforts of
civilization” we are used to enjoying.

Comforts
of civilization are those things that are provided to us by modern
civilization that we tend to take for granted. It would be difficult
for most people to provide many of these things for themselves,
especially without learning new skills, stockpiling supplies and
preparing well in advance for their loss.

These comforts of
civilization we may lose include:

Readily available running
water that is safe to drink.
Readily available food from shops and
restaurants.
Flush and forget human waste disposal.

Modern
medicine and health care.
Readily available electricity for
lighting, heating, cooling, cooking and hot water.
Readily
available natural gas for heating, cooking and hot water.
Readily
available liquid fuel for cars, trucks, tractors and planes.
Instant
long distance communication (phones, email, etc.).
Ready access to
education.
Ready access to emergency services such as fire,
police, and paramedics.
Most modern luxuries (television, IPods,
computers & the Internet, etc.)
Ability to spend money without
having it (credit cards, mortgages, instalment plans, etc.)

Too
often disasters also involve the loss of life, such as the hundreds
who died due to Hurricane Katrina, the hundreds of thousands who died
due to the 2004 tsunami or the  recent Haiti earthquake, or the
tens of millions who died during the great wars and since.

Two
Challenges

You may face two distinct challenges related to
a crisis, which may require different skill sets, supplies and
equipment.

Surviving in the midst of a disaster
During a disaster you are likely to have chaos, confusion and panic,
as well as immediate physical dangers.

You
will need skills and supplies for your immediate and short-term
survival. Water, food, medicine, shelter, warm clothing &
blankets, the ability to make fire, the ability to hide, and the
ability & tools to protect yourself are some of the things you
may need in the middle of a disaster.

Surviving in the
aftermath of a disaster
– After the immediate crisis is over,
when things have calmed down somewhat and most immediate physical
dangers have passed, you will still need to survive the aftermath of
the disaster.

This
aftermath may be relatively short-lived, such as the aftermath of a
snow storm or flooding, or it may be extremely long-lasting, such as
the aftermath of an economic or political collapse.

This
may require a large quantity of stored supplies and/or the skills,
tools and equipment needed to produce those supplies yourself for an
extended period of time.
Anglo
Arms Paracord Knife Review

Manufactured
by Anglo Arms, this Green Paracord Knife is silver bladed. Heavy duty
with a sharp blade, it weighs 140 grams, with a blade length of 3.58
inches and an overall length of 7.99 inches.

This
paracord knife is perfect for camping, survival and various
activities. With the blade heavier than the handle, it could also be
a good throwing knife. A nylon sheath is included with the purchase.

Firstly a
warning, this knife is super sharp out of the cordula sheath. In fact
it is so sharp that when I was putting it back into the sheath I
managed to put it straight through the sheath so be careful you have
been warned.

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

The
Paracord Knife is small light extremely well made and simply ideal
for all but the heaviest of tasks required of a knife when out in the
wilderness.

It would
make a fantastic spear point when fixed to the end of a big stick by
using the paracord wrapped around the handle, but it would equally be
at home skinning and prepping wild game and chopping veg etc.

I have
even used it for battening smaller pieces of wood to make kindling
and it sailed through without a hitch.

Needless
to say I love it and it is one of those survival items that you will
keep finding a use for over and over again.

This
wonderful little knife usually sells for £3.99 which is fantastic
value but recently it has been on sale for only £1.50 and you cannot
beat that.

Ken at MidiMax.co.uk is
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Waste
Not Want Not
In my opinion it is a waste of food and
therefore nutrition to just eat the fillets from the fish so I
have been doing some research on cooking fish heads and am
finding that in the early days of this county they were quite
popular.  They often used them in soups and stews. 
This recipe shows how easy it is to make a fish head soup.

Fish head soup

2 fish heads

2 garlic cloves

2 carrots

2 potatoes

1  onion

2 pieces celery

3 to 4 c. water

Salt to taste

Black pepper

Boil fish heads, onion and garlic for 1/2
hour.  Strain, take the meat of the bones and add back into
the broth.  Cut up the vegetables in small pieces.  Add
to broth and boil on low flame until cooked.  Serve with
bread.
Another simple recipe is to cook fish heads
with rice.  It is pretty simple, cook your rice like normal
with the fish heads placed on top of the rice.  This cooks
the rice and the fish heads at the same time, letting the fish
flavour seep down into the rice.  When the rice is done,
take the fish heads out and remove the flesh.  Put the
flesh back into the rice, mix and serve.
After a TEOTWAWKI situation, it will become
important to not waste food.  We will be forced to use
foods that we would now turn our noises up at.  Fish heads
for instance are quite nutritious and full of protein. Learn how
to cook with unusual foods and collect recipes now. 
The
Basic Mindset for Survival
The
will to survive is by many experts considered to be the
single most important factor for making it through a survival
situation. There are many examples of people how have
survived horrible situation and hopeless situations, pain and
suffering, people how have kept going and against all odds
made it through. Few people have died because they have
continued to fight, but many have died because they stopped
trying.

Any crisis or survival situation will be a
difficult situation to cope with. A crisis is a situation
where urgency is important, there is a threat and action must
be taken fast. A crisis presents a threat against basic
values like life, health or property.

A
crisis also results in uncertainty; the scope of the disaster
is seldom known right away. It is also often unclear what
current and future consequences the event will have. These
three factors make it into a difficult task of handling a
crisis: for individuals but also for government agencies and
the media.
.
By
familiarizing yourself with different types of Risks you will
get a more realistic perspective on what effects such a
situation might result in and what can be learned from
previous situations. It also helps you to mentally prepare
for what you could expect from these situations but also
gives you a chance to plan ahead and take precautions in
order to avoid or minimize the effects from such risks.
However
some disasters may be threats that no one has seen coming or
been preparing for, these situations present much larger
challenges when it’s hard for the affected people to
understand what is happening and government agencies may lack
both routines, training and equipment to deal with the
situation.

Possible challenges
Sleep
Deprivation and Fatigue
Loss of property or economic
loss
Personal Injuries
Fear and Uncertainty
Exposure
from wind, cold or heat
Dehydration or lack of
food
Stress
Injuries or death to friends or loved
ones
Unfamiliar threats and situations
It’s
up to you

In some situation government agencies
may be able to provide healthcare and other needs like
shelter, water, food and security.

But
during a large scale disaster no government has enough
resources to provide immediate help to everyone that needs
it. Infrastructure like the electrical grid, water, sewage,
roads, railways and airports may be damaged.
This
can make it hard to transport the resources and supplies
needed to an affected area. It may also result in a situation
with secondary effects like the outbreak of disease, no
access to clean water and dangerous or damaged buildings. In
these situations you must help yourself.
There
may be days, weeks or even months before outside assistance
will be provided. During large scale disasters help is
normally provided from both national government agencies like
first responders, police, fire fighters, military, national
guard but also from Non Governmental Organization (NGO:s)
like the Red Cross. If the situation is extremely severe help
may also be provided by other nations and international
organization like the United Nation World Food Program
(WFP).

Staying positive is extremely important and
this can be very hard if suffer from exhaustion, sleep
deprivation, stress, injuries, disease or if you just lost
someone that you care about.

If
let you self become negative the risk is much bigger that you
will only see problems, if you try to stay positive the
chance to you will be able to find solutions for different
problems is much bigger. This also makes it easier to
improvise and work with the terrain.
Your
own knowledge, health, experience and equipment will also
make it easier to find solutions.

The nature of a
crisis situation makes it very likely that both government
agencies and the media may misinterpret the situation when
they have to make decisions based on incomplete information
under time pressure when people lives and property are on
stake.

Even
if experts and journalists have access to modern
communications and training no one can get everything right
during this type of situation. This is the nature of the
situation and you must take this is into consideration when
you receive information.

It’s of no
use to become angry or feel despair if information about help turns
out to be incorrect, this must be expected. Keep your focus on the
situation at hand.

Adapting to the situation
Try
to stay positive
Do not complain, especially not if you are in a
leadership position. Your reactions will affect others as well.
Make
sure that you keep busy. Work continually to improve your situation,
ensure that you have the access to shelter, water and food.
If you
are in a group make sure that everyone has a task to do and that
everyone is included in the work and that everyone has access to the
information available about the situation.
Don’t second guess
yourself; keep the focus on the situation at hand. What can you do to
minimize the consequences and improve your situation?
Try to stay
alert and calm.
Plan your actions and take risk into account –
if you injure yourself during a survival situation because you’re
careless your situation might become much more difficult.
Take
care of your friends, family and the other people around you.

Be
Ready

It’s impossible to be prepared for every possible
threat, but by getting knowledge, skills and experience you will
improve your chances to survive a crisis situation. Equipment and
supplies can also make it much easier to deal with crisis situation
if you have access to water, means of purifying water, food,
equipment to prepare the food, a radio so that you receive messages,
different sources of light, first aid and other medical supplies and
so on.

Surviving
in Hot Weather

In the hope that this
year we will have a hot summer here is some advice on keeping safe.

1. Pre-hydrate,
hydrate and re-hydrate.

During hot weather you
will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity
level. Drink plenty of fluids in advance, during and after activities
and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate.

Using a hydration back
pack is a great way to stay hydrated.

Warning: If your doctor
generally limits the amount of fluids you drink or has prescribed
water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

2. Dress for the
heat.

Wear lightweight,
light-coloured clothing. Light colours will reflect some of the sun’s
energy. Limit your direct exposure to the sun and wear a hat for
extra protection.

3. Monitor those at
high risk.

Extreme heat can be
hazardous to your health and although anyone can suffer from
heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.
Those most at risk for heat-related illnesses include children, older
adults, those that work or exercise outside and those with
pre-existing medical conditions.

4. Children and cars
– use common sense.

Never leave infants,
children, pets or the elderly in a parked car where temperatures can
become life-threatening in minutes, even with the windows rolled
down. Additionally, hot interior surfaces of a car can burn a child’s
skin.

Before you put your
child in a car that has been parked in a warm/sunny spot, check the
temperature of the car seat or upholstery first.

5. Avoid strenuous
activity.

When possible,
strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to
the coolest part of the day. Take regular breaks when exercising or
engaged in physical activity on warm days.

If you recognize that
you, or someone else, is showing signs of a heat-related illness,
stop the activity immediately, find a cool place to rest, hydrate and
seek medical attention if necessary.

Remember, heat stroke
is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The
American Red Cross advises that warning signs can vary among
individuals but common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke may
include:

Heat Exhaustion:

Heavy sweating

Muscle cramps

Pulse rate: fast and
weak

Breathing: fast and
shallow

Nausea or vomiting

Fatigue

Weakness

Headache and/or
dizziness

Heat Stroke:

An extremely high body
temperature (above 103 degrees)

The absence of sweating

Rapid pulse

Difficulty breathing

Throbbing headache

Strange behaviour
and/or hallucinations

Confusion, agitation
and disorientation

Unconscious

6. Be a good
neighbour.

Isolated, elderly
adults are at a much higher risk of health-related issues. Be a good
neighbor and take a minute to check in with your neighbours.

7. Remember your
pets.

Hot weather can affect
the well-being of pets making them susceptible to overheating which
can lead to very dangerous heat stroke. Always provide a source of
water and a cool, ventilated place for your pet.

Remember that leaving
your pet inside a parked car, even for a few minutes, can be fatal.
The inside of a car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.

8. Stay indoors, if
possible.

Stay indoors and, if
possible, in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air
conditioning, consider going to the shopping mall, community centre
or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can
help your body stay cooler when you return to the heat.

9. Use the pool.

Either use a community
swimming pool or a shop bought garden pool and immerse yourself in
the cool water.

10. Place beakers of
water or juice in the fridge so that there is always a cold drink
available.


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Why Learn Wilderness Survival Skills

Why should you learn
wilderness survival skills just for backpacking? They may save your
life someday, remember the more you know then the less you carry on
your back. The best reason, however, may be that it’s just a good
feeling to know you can deal with whatever comes up. It makes you
feel more at home.

To survive means to
stay warm and dry, hydrated, uninjured, and to find your way out of
the survival situation. Eating is nice too, but not crucial if the
situation is for a few days. Below are some more or less random
survival tips, just to get you interested.

Wilderness Survival
Tips

1. Warmth: Sleep with
your head slightly downhill to stay warmer. This may take some
getting used to, but it works.

2. Food: In the UK
there is no berry that looks like a strawberry, or raspberry, that
can hurt you from one taste. Just spit it out if it doesn’t taste
right. Warning if you are not sure leave well alone.

3. Fire starter: If you
put dried moss or Birch bark strips in your pocket as you walk,
you’ll have dry tinder to start a fire, just in case it’s raining
later. Experiment with different materials.

4. Direction-finding:
Mark the tip of the shadow of a stick, and mark it again fifteen
minutes later. The line between the first and second marks points
east.

Place your left foot on
the first shadow tip and your right foot on the second shadow tip and
you are pointing North. A few techniques like this can save you when
your compass is lost.

5. Weather: In parts of
the UK and especially in mountainous areas you can see the clouds
forming just before the afternoon storms. Being able to read the sky
can keep you out of trouble.

6. Staying dry:
Hypothermia is the biggest wilderness killer, and getting wet is the
biggest cause. Watch for ledges or large fir trees to stand under if
you see the rain coming.

7. Shelter: A pile of
dry leaves and dead grass can keep you very warm in an emergency.

8. Hydration: Fill
water bottles every chance you get, and you won’t have such a hard
time with any long dry stretches of trail don’t wait to drink until
you are thirsty, instead drink frequently all day.

9. Injury: Pop a
“blister” on the trunk of a small spruce or fir tree you
can use the sap that oozes out as a good antiseptic dressing for
small cuts.

10. Fire starter: White
birch bark will usually light even when wet or when caked in snow or
ice.

These are just a few of
the wilderness survival tips and techniques you can easily learn. Why
not practice one or two on your next backpacking trip?

Primitive, Survival
& Wilderness Living Skills

Survival situations are
not planned or expected and can be life threatening. You can find
yourself in a survival situation in a remote location or even an
urban or rural location.

Natural or manmade
catastrophic disasters can threaten your safety may even require you
to relocate to a remote area for survival.

People who are at great
risk are hunters, hikers, backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts who are
unprepared to handle an emergency situation in the wilderness.

Learn to be prepared by
training and practicing your craft in the field. You should practice
camping outdoors in very primitive surroundings in all kinds of
weather. Using no electricity, modern toilet facilities, hot showers,
or any of the comforts of home.

Primitive Skills

Many skills you will
need to learn are techniques used by ancient Native Americans who
used natural resources to live in a primitive environment. You need
to know how to prevent a life threatening situation and have self
confidence in the wilderness.

Basic Survival
Equipment List

A backpack, blanket or
sleeping bag, rain poncho, survival knife, compass, additional
clothing, comfortable hiking boots, magnifying glass, torches and
extra batteries, prescribed medicines that are taken on a regular
basis, food, tent, tarp, cooking and eating utensils and a water
bottle.

Specific Survival
Training Skills

Finding shelter;
building a debris hut.

Finding water sources;
wild edibles, wild plant identification for food and medicne.

Fire building
techniques.

Making utensils,
primitive cooking methods.

Primitive weapons;
fishing, hunting, tracking and game preparation.

Food preservation.

Wilderness First Aid –
handling emergency situations.

GPS, Map, Compass.

Dealing with stress,
setting priorities.

I recommend that you
practice all survival skills especially fire starting in a controlled
environment like for example your back garden as if you cannot manage
it there what chance have you got on a wet and windy cold winters
night in the woods.

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Prepping
for Beginners

As humans, we are
naturally aware of possible threats around us, and often the way a
person neutralizes that threat is to create a story of the worst case
scenario and begin to prep around that.

Becoming a person who
preps for disasters begins with a level of awareness. A prepper
knows that there are possible threats, and it only makes sense to be
as prepared as possible beginning with the basic disaster items to
sustain basic needs (food, water, clothing and shelter) and then
adding more preparedness layers onto it.

Basic disaster items
are intended to sustain a person and their family for 3-5 days.
However, many decide to expand their disaster supplies to encompass a
longer duration in the case that emergency response is delayed. This
is why preppers believe in having “back-ups for their back-ups.”

Getting Started

When preparing for a
disaster, it is essential to have provisions in place to secure your
needs. That being said, beginning a food supply must begin with
research. Finding out how many calories a person needs per day in
order to survive, and knowing how much food to store is essential
when beginning to prepare.

Additionally, going to
survival/prepping forums to read about what others are doing is
another way of finding more research. Preppers are very open to
helping others who want to prepare. We have all been at the
beginning stage of preparing, and it can be overwhelming at first,
but the overall goal is to get people prepared.

When beginning to get
preparations in place, concentrate of the basic needs of survival:
water, food, shelter, clothing and move on from there. Below are
some basic suggestions on items that would be ideal to have in the
home:

Water

It is suggested to have
1 gallon of water per person/per day. Having a 3 day supply of water
on hand is a great place to start. However, many preppers like to be
as thorough as possible in their prepping.

Therefore, I suggest
playing it safe and double the amount of water needed. The extra
water can be used for other purposes. Extra water that is stored can
also be used if family members such as children or the elderly become
dehydrated and need more water.

Additionally, having an
alternative source for water such as a water filter, frozen water in
the freezer, and 5 gallon water containers is suggested. In a
disaster situation, a person does not want to run out of water.
Lakes and streams can also be a way to find water, but the water
needs to be treated.

In the case that
someone is not near any running streams or lakes, there are places in
nature where one can find alternative water sources.

Food

Comparative shopping at
the large volume supermarkets typically has better deals than at
smaller shops.

Finding local ads from
the large supermarket websites can save on fuel money as well as on
shopping time. Even Pound shops sell canned goods and food products
that would be good for short term/long term food supplies.

Look for sales all the
time and buy as much of the item as your budget will allow.

Using a food storage
calculator will help determine how much food is necessary. There are
some considerations to keep in mind before purchasing the food items:

Expiration Dates –
It’s best to find items that have expiration dates that are 1-2
years away from expiring, unless that item is used frequently in the
home, and can be rotated frequently.

Items on Sale – Go
for the deals.

Typically, there are
deals that are advertised in the newspaper. You do not have to break
the bank to get food items. Just get a little each time you shop.
In season vegetables are typically cheaper. Larger cans of goods
generally have better deals.

The amount of people in
the household.

A wide variety of food
will help reduce food fatigue.

The serving amount in
the food.

Vitamin content in the
food.

Any special health
considerations for family members.

Medical Supplies

Medical emergencies can
occur at the drop of a hat, and having the necessary supplies can
mean the difference between life and death. When an emergency
situation arises, one must act calming and decisively.

In the case of a severe
injury where there is a lot of blood loss, there must be supplies
that can stop bleeding, cut the pain threshold and calm the patient
if necessary.

Find websites online
that deal with first aid care and go through each injury to see what
medical instruments and items are needed.

Moreover, check in your
community and see if the St. Johns Ambulance, Red Cross or Medical
Centres offer classes to assist in medical emergencies. Make a list
for supplies that can be added to the disaster medical supplies.

72 Hour Bags

In the case that a
person has to evacuate, having a prepared 72 hour kit or bug out bag
will expedite the process of leaving as well as keeping things
running as smoothly as possible. A 72 hour bag should have all items
necessary to survive for 3 days.

When preparing a bag
keep the main surviving points is mind (water, food, shelter,
clothing). Having a separate bug out bag for the vehicle will also
come in handy in the event that someone has to leave their home
immediately.

Tools

Tools are a valuable
commodity when it comes to survival. Their usefulness for hunting,
digging, cutting, communicating and for navigational purposes are all
essential items to have on hand.

Knives (to cut large
machete type and a smaller hunter)

Multi-tool

Camping shovels

Candles

Hammer or hatchet

Collapsible fishing rod
with hooks, line, floats, etc.

Flares

Maps, compass or GPS
devices ( Having extra compasses ensures that navigation is
accurate).

Rope (paracord),

Knife sharpening stone,

Torch/s with extra
batteries

Written Survival
Notes

In a high stress
situation that some are not used to, forgetfulness plays a part from
dealing with all the changes that are occurring. Having some manuals
to look upon for survival information or for spiritual information to
lift the morale is a good idea and does not take up much space in a
pack.

Survival Manuals

First Aid Manuals

Survival e-books

Understanding how to
survive in different scenarios requires one to constantly be learning
in order to be as prepared as possible.

Prepping is a passion
for some.

For others it is simply
to keep their family as safe as possible.

Whatever the reasoning
is behind why you have decided to prep, you will be better off in the
long run.

THE
TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13
th
to 16th August

The
Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the
diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival
skills. The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a
small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing
bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living
skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The
show has grown into an event with something for all the family with
stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills
workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the
festival.

The
Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family
event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The
show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get
involved in plus more activities for all including den building and
wilderness skills classes for all.

There
are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening,
basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe
throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are
talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness
survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and
anybody to participate in.

You
can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to
live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There
is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected
to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to
tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have
even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring
along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There
are local scout and explorer groups onsite promoting the World Wide
Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and
site logistics.

The
catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game
featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland
and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the
option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day
visitor.

Check
out www.wildernessgathering.co.uk
or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

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Prepared
for Disaster

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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
torches with extra batteries, 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.