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This Week’s Show 27th June 2019

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The water-to-Go 15% discount offer, Freezedried and Co Review, The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The Titan Depot 15% discount offer, Fukushima, The Wilderness121 10% discount offer, Now you can get 10% discount on all products at OFF GRID TOOLS, Rice, is it the Answer?, Big5 sauces 10% discount offer, The Biltongman 10% discount offer, Wilderness Gathering, Prepping 101, BREAK Outdoor Hygiene, Fear and What It Does, Prepping Requires Preparation, Surviving post SHTF.

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Freezedried and Co Review

The choice of meals on the www.freezedriedandco.com website is varied and also includes numerous vegetarian options too.

For breakfast, you have two choices – Muesli, Porridge, Oat flakes and Cereals

The main meals, there are three pages of options from 1 day, 3 day, 5 day, 7 day, 10,day and 14 day packs, packs for deserts and even for the sea fairer and desert marathon runners.

This means they cater for every need.

They have meals with meat, fish, poultry, non-meat meals as well.

In addition to this fantastic choice there is the Survival FoodPack – Self-heating Menu with a 3 – 6 year life.

The Survival FoodPack is a MRE ration which includes two meals, pork chop with potatoes and chicken with whole rice and bacon, along with a self-heating system allowing you to heat up your meal without making a fire or using gas. This pack can last up to 6 years after production.

So who is Freezedried and co?

Ariane Pehrson creates Saveurs et Logistique – Lyophilise.fr in 2010 when it becomes evident for her, as a sailor’s wife, that the short supply on the French market does not allow Offshore Race sailors to stock up on food as they would like in terms of food variety and quality, unless knocking on all providers’ doors and racking their brains over logistical issues. That’s how it all started.

She sets up her store at the core of the Offshore Race Division based in Lorient (Brittany, France) to be as close as possible to the sailors and be able not only to supply them with food products but also to get their feedback on the products, and constantly strive to get better products, or different ones, with a broader variety, so as to always satisfy them the best she can.

It became quite obvious to create a website and share this wonderful range of products, gathered at one place, with anyone who enjoys eating in so varied circumstances (mountain, trek, trip, exploration, work abroad, emergency situations)…

Because of its light weight, compact size and ease of preservation linked to the freeze-drying process, freeze-dried food translate into weight and volume reduction as well as space optimization; this preservation method is so effective that it retains the savor and nutrition of the food without adding any preservatives.

In fact they make and supply freeze dried meals for the French Military and many other brands sold across the UK and the EU.

Perhaps, because they are a French based operation, you expect the food to be different and taste better that the usual run of the mill cardboard offering.

And you know what it does, it really does. I love them, they taste fantastic and they are filling, and for me that is what you need when in the wilderness, or simply fishing for the afternoon.

Plus they are very light and do not require a lot of water to hydrate at all.

And don’t forget the self heating survival meals as they too taste great.

They should be on your food to try list.

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Fukushima

Radiation has been leaking out of the Fukushima power plant every day since the meltdown.

TEPCO, the Japanese electricity company in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted that radioactive material has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the defunct power plant for the past six years and that the problem is far from over.

Anywhere between 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water have been released into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site on a daily basis. It is believed that the water contains traces of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90.

Despite the best efforts of the Japanese government and the scientific community in the country, fish in the region have most certainly been affected by the output of radiation into the ocean from the power plant.

NO, just because it’s not on the nightly news, it has not gone away at all.

Here are some facts and observations as well as links to what is going on on social media.

According to the report of Canadian researchers in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, it took approximately 2.1 years for cesium-134 and cesium-137 from the Fukushima disaster to navigate across the Pacific Ocean and bombard the West Coast.

During that time, a spike in beached marine life began to infest California’s shores. Meanwhile, the mainstream media’s coverage of the disaster fell virtually silent, claiming radiation levels did not pose a threat to public health.

Fukushima “fingerprint” Radioactive isotopes found in Canadian salmon from 2015.

“Colossal Pacific Salmon Run Reduced to Rubble”,
British Columbia Canada:

5 Billion Bq of Strontium-90 flows to the sea every single day.

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Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.

That means most of that water – stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant – will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.

Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years.

It is unclear how much that would delay decommissioning. But any delay could be pricey; the government estimated in 2016 that the total cost of plant dismantling, decontamination of affected areas, and compensation, would amount to 21.5 trillion yen (£148 billion), roughly 20 percent of the country’s annual budget.

Tepco is already running out of space to store treated water. And should another big quake strike, experts say tanks could crack, unleashing tainted liquid and washing highly radioactive debris into the ocean.

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Rice, is it the Answer?

Rice is a grain that can easily be purchased and stored (although not easily grown in many regions). Rice is one of those grains which you can’t just grow in your UK garden.

Why do I store it?
It can store for longer than 10 years(if stored properly), can be cooked in numerous ways, is relatively inexpensive to purchase, and is easy to digest.

Rice is life for thousands of millions of people.

It is deeply embedded in the cultural heritage of their societies. It is the staple food for more than half of the world population.

In Asia alone, more than 2,000 million people obtain 60 to 70 percent of their calories from rice and its products.

Ninety percent of rice is produced in Asia.

It is the most rapidly growing source of food in Africa, and is of significant importance to food security in an increasing number of low-income food-deficit countries.

Rice is a staple item and everyone on a diet or not should store rice.

Rice can be spruced up with just about anything and taste great. It takes between 3 and 6 months for a rice plant to reach maturity, depending on the variety and where it is grown.

So just think of how awesome this little grain really is. Scientists believe there are 140,000 varieties of cultivated rice, but no one knows the exact number. Rice is important to all. Three of the world’s four most populous nations use rice as their staple food – China, India and Indonesia.

Together, these countries have 2,500 million people.

Brown or White?
Brown rice is unpolished whole grain rice that is produced by removing only the outer husk.

It becomes white rice when the bran layer is stripped off in the milling process. Compared with white rice, brown rice is more nutritious because it contains bran, which is a source of fiber, oils, B vitamins, and important minerals.

Brown rice does tend to spoil faster because it has more of its natural oils. Of course, if you vacum pack it, it will last for a really long time.

Brown rice is better for people suffering from diabetes as it takes the body longer to absorb it.

Nutrition:
While rice provides a substantial amount of dietary energy, it has an incomplete amino acid profile and contains limited amounts of essential micro nutrients.

So you must store more than just rice.

Livelihood:
In South Asia, where 530 million people live on less than US $1 a day, calories supplied by rice account for about 60-70 % of total food intake. Rice cultivation is the principal activity and source of income for about 100 million households in Asia and Africa.

Storage:
Brown and white rices store very differently.

Brown rice is only expected to store for 6 months under average conditions. This is because of the essential fatty acids in brown rice.

These oils quickly go rancid as they oxidize. It will store much longer if refrigerated. White rice has the outer shell removed along with those fats.

Because of this, white rice isn’t nearly as good for you, but will store longer. Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life for white rice of 8-10 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F.

It should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures. Stored in the absence of oxygen, brown rice will last longer than if it was stored in air.

Plan on 1 to 2 years. It is very important to store brown rice as cool as possible, as if you can get the temperature down another ten degrees, it will double the storage life again.

So add tinned, curries, stews, meats, chilli, sauces, etc. to your stored foods.

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 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.

Prepping 101

You spend a lot of time and money preparing for a man-made or natural disaster. You probably have everything you need to secure your premises for the next great storm, power cut, flood or even terrorist attack.

The question is are you totally prepared?

What would you do if you could not just run to the shop and pick up the everyday items that your family needs?

Could you and your family survive if the shops shelves were empty for a few days, weeks or even months?

Now is the time to begin preparing a stockpile of all the necessities you need in the case of a disaster.

Start planning before it is too late. You need to make sure you have everything your family needs in case of a long term emergency where you will not have access to goods and services.

You never know what lurks around the corner to take away everything you need to survive.

Why Are Stockpiles Important

The main reason you need a stockpile is obvious. You need enough provisions to survive through a catastrophic event.

However, this is not the only reason you need to have a stockpile.

The materials you have saved can help save your life in ways you could never imagine. The main reasons for your stockpile are:

Survival

The most basic reason to have a complete stockpile is survival.

When a catastrophic event occurs, you will not have access to shops, restaurants, fuel or even medical care. For this reason, you need to make sure you have everything you need to survive day by day.

This can be something as simple as having fresh water to drink. It could also mean having the necessary equipment to suture a cut or perform minor surgical procedures.

You will also want materials in your stockpile to provide temporary shelter and heat.

Having these supplies available can mean the difference between living and dying for you and your family.

Bartering

You stockpile will not only be used as a life force for you and your family. It will also be a form of barter between your friends, neighbors and other survivors.

During a catastrophic event, money can be made worthless. You can’t just run down to the corner shop and buy what you need.

You may need to trade with people to get what your family needs to survive. For this reason, when creating your stockpile, load up on all provisions, whether you need them personally or not.

The bottle of whiskey or pack of cigarettes that you will not use can be traded for the food and water you need to make it through another couple of days.

Shelter

You also want to make sure that your stockpile takes care of all your needs. Sure you will need food, water and medical supplies, but you may also need shelter and warmth.

You can never take for granted that you will have a roof over your hear when an emergency happens. You need to include shelters and heating supplies in your stockpile.

Your stockpile should include EVERYTHING you need for you and your family to survive long term.

It Is Never Too Soon

The first rule in starting your stockpile is “It is never soon enough”. You never know when you will need it. You want to have your stockpile ready when you need it.

After a catastrophic event, you do not want to be running around trying to find what you need. Make sure everything is in place before you need it.

You want to make sure you go through the list and get everything that you and your family members will need for a two week period.

It may sound like a long time, but you want to make sure you do not run out. Your family’s life can depend on it.

Start by getting all of the food and water items you will need. Once you have all of those items, you can move on to the first aid essentials and continue through until you have everything.

You may also find items that your family needs that are not on the list. This is a basic list of the items you need for survival. Not everything is on the list. For example, if you or someone in your family is on medication such as insulin or heart medication, make sure you have enough on hands at all time to last a few weeks.

There is no foolproof list for everyone. This list is just the starting point for your family’s needs.

You also need to remember that you do not have to purchase everything on the list at once. Begin buying what you can.

Keep adding to the list until you have everything that you need for a long period of time. You also want to keep checking the items in your list to make sure they have not expired.

If you find an item that is past its expiration date, simply replace it. You need to check your supplies frequently to make sure everything you have on hand can be used when it is needed.

I have found that the best way is to buy what you eat and eat what you buy, simply rotate.

BREAK

Outdoor Hygiene

Prepping, survival and camping in general is all about compromise.

Since carrying every modern convenience isn’t possible, you need to decide what you can live without. Clock radio? Use the sun. Refrigeration? Try a cold stream. Jacuzzi? Not unless it’s geothermal.

Personal hygiene is another compromise that preppers and survivalists make.

No challenge worries the outdoor survivalist novice more than how to stay clean. On the trail, however, “clean” is a relative term.

Instead of wearing fresh underwear every day, you’ll learn to rotate it. A moss-covered ledge makes a great nap spot, and the “three-second rule” applies to any food you drop on the ground.

Since learning to be comfortable with a more relaxed state of hygiene takes time and experience, here are some questions and answers to get you started.

What do you mean, ‘No deodorant?

Deodorant isn’t one of hiking’s 10 essentials. In fact, you should always leave it at home.

Why? Because deodorant does more than banish odours; its sweet smell attracts bugs and other wildlife, including bears. After a few days without deodorant, you’ll get accustomed to your new, “natural” odour.

And this fragrance won’t bother you or your fellow travellers as long as you regularly wash your armpits and groin area with soap and water or hand sanitizer as described below.

When should I wash my hands?

Doctors wash their hands whenever they see a new patient.

We should do the same after going to the bathroom and before cooking or eating meals.

If you don’t, the germs on your fingers will end up in your eyes or mouth. We are quick to blame trail illnesses on contaminated drinking water, but hand-to-mouth infection is a frequent culprit, too.

Because washing with soap and water isn’t always convenient or available, carry a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

This clear gel contains a small concentration of ethyl alcohol that kills germs on contact.

Just add a drop to your palm, rub your hands together vigorously, and wait 20 to 30 seconds for the alcohol to evaporate.

How do I clean the rest of my body?

Alcohol-based sanitizer will clean hands—but it won’t disinfect your entire body (and if you tried to, it would sting like hell).

To get clean after a sweaty day on the trail, you have three alternatives. First, jump in a lake. Not only is a cool swim extremely refreshing, it also rids your body of sweat and dirt.

Second option: Take a trail shower by stripping down and washing yourself with biodegradable soap, a sponge or wash cloth, and several lighters of water. Shower at least 200 feet from any lakes, streams, or ravines, and pay special attention to your face, underarms, groin, lower legs, and feet.

Third, if it’s too cold or impractical to take a trail shower, try a sponge bath. Strip off your soiled clothing and squirt some alcohol-gel sanitizer on a clean bandanna or cotton balls. Rub the gel on your skin, focusing on trouble areas like the groin, armpits, between your toes, and inner thighs. Wet wipes also work well. Whichever method you choose, dry yourself off with a lightweight, quick-drying microfibre towel.

What should be inside my toiletry kit?

Car campers can pack all the toiletries they would bring on a normal vacation, but backpackers should carry only the basics.

In addition to leaving the deodorant at home, you should ditch shampoo (environmentally unfriendly), razors (not practical), mirrors (too fragile), and of course, the hair dryer (unless you brought a five-mile extension cord). Here’s what you should pack:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Dental floss

Alcohol gel-based hand sanitizer

Cotton bandanna or wash cloth

Wet wipes or baby wipes

Biodegradable soap

Absorbent pack towel

Toilet paper in its own plastic bag.

Fear and What It Does

What can freeze a human being on the spot, erase the memory of every plan, cause a heart attack, and possibly dirty your pants as well? Fear. You’ll notice it’s a four-letter word and should be treated as such.

It is insidious, diabolical and sneaky and can really turn rock-solid men or women into melting crying wimps.

Fear is usually the result of some sort of sensory overload – something you see, hear, feel, even imagine- that sets off a string of involuntary responses in your body.

You can learn to identify it and manage it, but you cannot control it unless you eliminate the source of the fear and thus the fear altogether.

There are different levels of fear as well, from low-level anxiety to all-out panic attacks.

Your body has different levels of involuntary responses to each.

It can be very helpful to know what your body is doing while you’re going through such episodes, so that you can plan to be prepared during anything.

For the purposes of this article – keeping yourself alive in a survival situation- we’re going to focus on a genuine, heart-stopping event of fear – like a terrorist attack or a wild animal attack.

Events that you hope to never encounter, but when you do, you “will” be afraid.

It is important to realize that all human beings are susceptible to fear and it’s okay. God designed our bodies with responses to keep us alive.

But these same responses, if we’re not aware of them and educated, can create a survival dilemma. So, let’s look at what happens in our bodies when the terrorist attacks and think through what we can do to best maximize our survival potential considering these phenomena. What goes on when the panic button goes off?

The terrorist attacks (and I want to say, THIS is my own personal nightmare scenario) having lived through the “troubles” in N.I. I have seen many bombs explode, seen and heard gun fights and lived through uncertainty for many years.

The first bombs where frightening and we where scared, but as time went on we became used to them and in fact got annoyed when TV programs where interrupted with requests for shop owners to return to their premises.

You see the fear was in the uncertainty not the explosion itself.

Right away you will have a racing heart rate, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) goes hog-wild by immediately releasing tons of stress hormones- called adrenaline – into the circulatory system.

This is a reflex. You can’t control it.

The chemical cocktail is the basis for the body’s fight-or-flight- mechanism and is characterized by several factors including an increased heart rate (from 70 beats per minute to more than 200 in less than one second), increased cardiac output, higher blood pressure, and increased blood sugar.

Blood is diverted from organs to the larger muscle groups, resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills while the breathing rate accelerates, thereby transporting greater amounts of oxygen to the newly recruited muscle fibers. At the same time, sweating increases to cool the muscles.

Minor blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict to reduce bleeding from potential injuries, digestion ceases, and muscle tremors take over.

The pupils dilate, reducing depth perception, while axillary muscle performance takes a nosedive, creating blurred vision. And, as if this isn’t enough, the field of sight narrows, producing tunnel vision.

To a greater or lesser extent, time appears to pass more slowly, called the tache-psyche effect, allowing for increased reaction time to perceived emergency.

So, if you wind up outdoors faced with your real fear, you better have thought out a plan of action beforehand, wouldn’t you say?

You can’t see well, your judgement is impaired, your circulatory system could be messing with your core body temperature, putting you at risk, and you have no fine or complex motor skills.

One thing he adds later, is that you also lose parasympathetic nerve system control – read: bowel control. Down in those war trenches it got nasty…

Think through all your gear in your pack. What kind of fire starter/s do you have packed? Things that need fine motor skills to get a fire going? How about your shelter?

Complicated or simple? Always consider the worst-case scenario and using these facts about your body in crisis, plan for survival!

Prepping Requires Preparation

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

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

Prepping is better than insurance.

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

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

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

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

Try saying that about insurance!

Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety

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

It’s really that simple, OK?

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

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

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

Home

Neighborhood

City or Town

County

Region

Country?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks

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

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

Write down your plan.

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

You should also factor time into your plan.

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

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

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

Prepping Requires Actual Preparation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surviving post SHTF

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send a Scout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make a Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Look

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A British Chernobyl

It was at 1.23am on Saturday, April 26, 1986, that a vast explosion blew the 200-tonne concrete shield built over the reactor’s core through the roof and into the night sky.

A second, even more powerful blast followed and a radioactive cloud, 400 times more potent than that created by the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, was unleashed in what remains the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Plutonium-239, one of the elements in that cloud, has a half-life — the time it takes for radioactivity to drop to half its level — of an astonishing 24,000 years.

In the aftermath of the explosion, a 30km-radius exclusion zone — 2,600 square km — was established around Chernobyl, and almost a quarter of a million people were subjected to a chaotic evacuation with convoys of buses standing for hours, exposing the occupants to high radiation levels.

A similar sized zone was set up in nearby Belarus.

Grotesque human error was compounded by the fundamentally flawed design of the reactor, incompetence, lies, the consequences of shoddy workmanship and cost-cutting, so creating a ‘perfect storm’ of extreme conditions that triggered an unstoppable chain reaction.

That was Chernobyl

The very same is in my opinion a very serious possibility here in the UK.

Nuclear experts have warned that two Scottish reactors should not be reopened because of cracks that could force both Glasgow and Edinburgh to be evacuated.

Earlier this year, worrying footage of almost 400 cracks 2mm-wide at Hunterston B in North Ayrshire were revealed.

Owners EDF Energy and trade union GMB want the reactors put back into service, after they were closed in October 2018.

But Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, and Dr David Toke, of the University of Aberdeen, are warning against attempts to reopen the reactors.

Although the probability of a meltdown is still low, both Glasgow and Edinburgh would need to be entirely evacuated if one was to occur.

The reactor was forced to shut the reactor after experts found the hairline fractures were growing faster than expected, in about one in every 10 bricks in a reactor core.

The limit for the latest period of operation was 350 cracks but an inspection found that allowance had been exceeded.

Now, EDF energy plans to ask the regulator for permission to restart with a new operational limit of up to 700 cracks on the 31st July this year.

I have researched the facts previously and written articles on how stupid EDF Energy plans are.

Cracks are actually expected to form over time in all the UK’s nuclear reactors, but recent close-up filming at Hunterston has revealed around 370 small fractures.

This means that is was then already over the safety limit set and agreed by EDF and the Office of Nuclear Regulation of 350 cracks.

EDF, which runs the plant 35 miles west of Glasgow, said they were 1mm when first seen in 2017.

They are now “opening very slowly”, with an average crack size of 2mm. They were 1mm cracks when first seen in 2017

Cracks of 10mm on the inside of the fuel channel and 18mm on the outside are still safe, according to EDF.

So not only has the limit of cracks been exceded, the crack size has doubled in two years.

UK safety is not a concern in my opinion, but it seems that profit is.

The whole idea of using a nuclear reactor that has so many cracks in it that it has exceded the initial safety levels that caused it to be shut down in the first place is suicide in my opinion.

But to find that these cracks have actually doubled in size in two years surely must ring alarm bells with EDF and certainly the Office of Nuclear Regulation .

If they have exceded safety levels and doubled in size as these cracks have I say it should never be restarted, we must not play with these reactors, and if we do so, we do so at great peril to us all.

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Simply Eggs

Omelet in a Zip Lock Bag

Ingredients

4 large eggs

1/4 lb. ham, chopped

1 c. shredded Cheddar

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, chopped

salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/4 c. freshly chopped chives

Directions

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Crack two eggs into a large resealable freezer bag, then press out as much air as you can and seal the bag shut. Squeeze the eggs to beat them. Re-open the bag and add half of the ham, cheese, onion, and bell pepper and season with salt and pepper.

Repeat entire process using a second resealable bag and the remaining ingredients. Carefully place bags in the boiling water, and cook until the mixture is set, about 8 minutes.

Use tongs to remove the bags from the pot. Carefully open each bag and roll out the omelet onto a plate. Garnish with chives and serve immediately.

Cooking Eggs in an Orange

You need to slice off the top of the orange – same sort of height you might do a boiled egg. Refer to the photos to see the sort of ‘cap’ you are trying to create.

The most difficult bit of the procedure is to remove the contents of the orange (eat it, it’s tasty and healthy btw)

At the end, the cap should still sit on the top of the orange.

I like smokey streaky bacon, however back bacon or similar is fine. Just wrap it round inside – or drape it in so it covers all the inside of the orange.

Crack an egg into the orange

I use toothpicks to secure the lids – but true backwoods style would probably use small sharpened green sticks.

It’s a good idea to soak the toothpicks because otherwise they’ll just burn away.

Cooking on fires isn’t straightforward, you need to understand the difference between embers and flames.

Embers have very little or absolutely no flame but glow red hot especially when blown on.  If you’re used to using BBQ’s, that’s what we’re talking about.  Flames are much less hotter & just blacken the food with soot.

Embers is what we want. When the egg swells and pushes the lid up, the food is cooked.

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Holiday Beach Terrorist Attacks

ISIS is planning Sri Lanka-style attacks on Brit holidaymakers in the Mediterranean, it has been reported.

The jihadis have been driven from their final stronghold in Syria but they have been linked to the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka that killed 250 people.

Warnings have been sounded that they are using their expertise to carry out more attacks after being freed from having to defend territory.

A memo has now been issued to British troops warning of the threat to military personnel and civilians abroad.

The jihadis could “target hotel locations to kill, injure or take hostage” people on the Costas and other holiday hotspots, the heads of the intelligence services have said.

The spies have reportedly identified a terrorist hit list of targets including Spain and Turkey with Greece, Tenerife and North African countries such as Morocco and Tunisia are also at risk.

ISIS inspired gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed 38 of which 30 were British at a beach resort near Sousse in Tunisia in June 2015.

Then in 2017 Younes Adouyaaqoub went on the rampage on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas in a van, killing 13.

The warning comes as the Foreign Office this week updated its travel advice for Spain.

“Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain,” it reads.

The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the authorities.”

It recently emerged ISIS-supporting extremists have threatened to launch attacks on Spanish tourist towns.

The terrifying threats surfaced in a 33-minute video was uncovered by the Middle East research group MEMRI.

The video was found on file-sharing platform Telegram and released by ISIS propaganda outlet Muntasir Media.

It’s a grim outlook, but we are likely to see more attempts at attacks, more regularly, for the foreseeable future.

“Sri Lanka was not a one-off. If anything, it was a test run.”

If the terrorist is carrying a gun it’ll be over pretty quickly, so try and get outside fast.

Run outside and get to a sheltered location or if you are in a high rise building, your best option might be to run upstairs, to try and get to the roof.

Just get as far away from the situation as you can.

Do it fast and trust your instinct.

If you are in the open, say the beach, then seek cover, run to any open building, a hotel, shop, apartment etc. Do not just lie down and play dead.

Put your mobile phone on SILENT.

If you are with a family or group then put a plan in place should you be involved in a terrorist attack.

Each of you should carry a local tourist type foldable map. Marked on this map should be your accommodation, telephone boxes, British consulate/embassy, Medical facilites/ doctors,the location you are going to that day and the route there, and a selected and agree meet-up point to head for if you get split up.

Include the hotel phone number, local English speaking taxi company, hospital/ medical facities /doctors etc.

If in the middle of summer you hear what you think are fireworks, think again and put your plan into practice.

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Making a Home-Made Dirty Bomb is Not Easy.

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

Let’s make one.

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

The requirement is to disperse the metal.

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

Those pieces can be found quite easily by Geiger counters.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What we have achieved will only be measurable statistically.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BREAK

Gas Attack Effects

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immediate signs and symptoms of sulfur mustard exposure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mustard Gas Conclusion

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

Redness and itching of skin, eventually changes to yellow blistering

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

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

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

Chlorine Gas Conclusion

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

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

If indoors, exit the building as quickly as possible.

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

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

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

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

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

Chlorine gas is a powerful irritant that can wreak havoc on the human body, but isn’t known for being extremely lethal. A small amount of sarin gas, however, mirrors the effects of VX nerve agent — the world’s most deadly poison.

Here’s what sarin gas is and what it does to the body, according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reuters, and other sources.

Where the toxin comes from and what it is

Sarin is a nerve agent that:

Was developed in Germany in 1938 as a pesticide.

Is a human-made substance that’s similar to insecticides called organophosphates, yet is far more powerful.

Is clear, colorless, tasteless, and odorless liquid in pure form, and dissolves easily in water.

Rapidly evaporates into a dense gas that sinks to low-lying areas, and is the most volatile of all nerve agents.

In a bomb, mixes as two chemicals to weaponize the nerve agent.

Can affect people through their skin, eyes, and lungs, and through contaminated food and clothes.

Was used in attacks on Japan in 1994.

Was used during an attack in Syria in 2013.

What the symptoms of exposure are

Moderate exposure

Head: confusion, drowsiness, and headache.

Eyes: watery eyes, eye, pain, blurry vision, small/pinpoint pupils.

Mouth, nose, and lungs: cough, drooling, runny nose, rapid breathing, chest tightness; victims have described breathing sarin gas as “a knife made of fire” tearing up their lungs.

Skin: excessive sweating, muscle twitching at the site of contact.

Digestion: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, increased urination, diarrhea.

Cardiovascular: abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, weakness.

Lethal exposure

Convulsions

Loss of consciousness

Paralysis

Breathing failure

How sarin nerve agent is treated

While there’s an antidote, to be effective it must be used quickly — so the CDC recommends leaving the area where gas may be present and seeking fresh air. They also recommend getting to higher ground, since sarin gas sinks downward.

The CDC also says potential victims should:

Rapidly remove clothing, tearing it off if necessary.

To protect from further exposure, place the contaminated clothes in a bag, then seal within another bag, as soon as possible.

Wash the entire body with excessive soap and water.

Flush the eyes for 10-15 minutes if vision is blurred.

If swallowed, don’t induce vomiting or drink fluids.

Seek medical attention immediately.

My Survival Fishing Kit

Many commercial survival kits contain a few small hooks, tiny, weights, and a short length of lightweight fishing line.

With some live bait an amateur could use that miniature fishing kit to catch a few small fish for food.

However, small fish contain very little meat and it would take many of them to make a meal.

There will be many setbacks, such as broken lines and lost hooks. A tiny fishing kit of this type might help catch a few small fish, but it isn’t going to do much good in a real survival situation.

Further, most would not know how to use that gear to catch fish when live bait is unavailable.

I love fishing and I wanted to design a survival fishing kit for myself, a kit I could have fun with as well as a kit capable of providing fresh food in a survival situation.

It stands to reason that commercial fishing line will be far better than any fishing line I could make in a true survival situation.

Generally speaking, a half-mile of commercial fishing line weighs only about one-quarter of a pound, can be contained on a spool the size of a human fist, and costs less than a typical fast-food lunch.

With the internet and a little surfing you can source cheap line in fact some is free if you pay shipping.

For me it is simply a must-have item for fishing kit.

Fishing line is available in many different strengths and styles. For example, a hooked quarter-pound fish tugging on a small 6-pound test monofilament line will probably not cause it to break, but the line will likely snap if you have hooked a twenty-pound fish.

Abrasion from jagged rocks and underwater obstructions will also weaken a fishing line, as will fishing in extremely cold water.

Having a stronger fishing line than you expect to need is the key, but smaller fish can become “spooked” by a strong large-diameter fishing line. A fluorocarbon line can overcome this problem as it is nearly invisible in the water, but small-diameter fluorocarbon lines can still break when big fish are hooked.

In a survival situation a person would want to catch fish of all sizes so a versatile line is needed.

Chosing the best all-purpose survival fishing line is a matter of personal opinion, but I would recommend a braided line which generally has 3-5 times the breaking strength of a monofilament or fluorocarbon line.

For example, a braided line having a 50-pound breaking strength can have a line diameter equivalent to a 10-pound monofilament or fluorocarbon line. Even with mild abrasion damage, such a strong braided line would continue to be useful for fishing as opposed to most lightweight monofilament or fluorocarbon fishing line of equal diameter.

Remember the weakest link in the set up is at the knot which ties the line to the hook, a fact which is especially true for braided lines.

I suggest having pre tied hooks to line with you, it’s a lot easier than than trying to do this with freezing cold fingers.

Fishing hooks can be crafted by hand from wire, wood, or bone with unpredictable results, but off-the-shelf hooks are far superior in strength, sharpness, design, and function.

Plenty of straight hooks in small and large sizes as well as medium-sized treble hooks are also must-have items for survival fishing kits. Both modern-day fishing line and hooks are so useful, effective, dependable, and affordable it makes little sense to be without them and try to make your own.

From a minimalist perspective strong fishing line and hooks are the two primary items in my fishing kit and I would be content just having that. However, I can greatly improve my kit without adding much bulk by including the following:

Multi-tool containing pliers and a single-edge knife blade (for hook removal, scaling/cleaning fish, and crafting artificial lures)

Container with lid (such as a small tin or margarine tub, used to contain the miscellaneous hardware noted below, also useful to hold live bait when needed)

Many large and small paper clips, safety pins, rubber bands; as well as a few strong finishing nails (miscellaneous useful hardware)

A small pack which will be useful for storing the entire fishing kit

Of course, a telescoping fishing rod and a reel can be useful too, but they are bulky and can break fairly easily.

I have the Pen Fishing Rod and Reel which I really love to fish with.

Other fishing kits use a small hand-held stick (or dowel rod) so the line can be retrieved by hand in the same way as when flying a kite.

I also have a small assortment of plastic baits, spinning lures, but don’t go overboard as the kit should be as compact as possible.

There are many ways to catch fish using hooks and line, one of which involves live bait.

Anything can be used as bait: worms, crickets, various bugs of all types, as well as pieces of raw meat. Small fish can be used as bait to catch larger fish.

Food such as fruit, bread, and kernels of corn can attract fish. Simply attach the bait to a hook which is tied to a line and cast the baited hook into the water.

Don’t expect instant results as several hours might pass before you catch a fish, if at all.

Use a short length of nylon cord to retain captured fish by feeding one end of it into the mouth of the fish and working it out through the gills. Allow the captured fish to remain in the water while securing both ends of the nylon cord on the shoreline so the fish do not swim away.

If weight is needed to keep the bait on the bottom of the water then rocks can come in handy for this purpose.

Using a separate three-foot strand of nylon cord, repeatedly wrap and tie the rock into a cocoon of sorts which can easily be tied to a baited fishing line.

I do not use floats as are not usually needed to catch fish, but when necessary they can be fashioned from nearly any piece of buoyant material.

The small paper clips and safety pins can help serve as attachment points for weights and floats while the large paper clips can be used to create artificial lures.

There are two main types of artificial lures we can easily craft using common and natural materials. One is a weighted jig we can bounce on the bottom of the lake to imitate the actions of a frog or small fish.

A lure is not live bait, but with some practice we can convince predatory fish that it is alive.

Using a large straight hook and a rubber band, tightly bind a pea-sized rock near the eye of the hook. Within the many folds of that same rubber band attach several 2” pieces of nylon cord and fray the ends to create multiple separate strands of loose fiber.

These loose string tips will mimic hair or phalanges and add a bit of realism to our artificial lure when it is in the water.

Attach the lure to the fishing line, cast it into the water a fair distance from shore, and allow it to descend to the bottom.

Lightly tug on the fishing line every few seconds so the jig rises up from the bottom about 6-12” and then allow it to fall back to the bottom again. Repeat this fairly slow process until you have fully retrieved the lure, then cast it back out into the water and repeat the retrieval process again.

During the retrieval process, keep your eye focused on the fishing line at the point where it touches the surface of the water.

If the fishing line appears to be moving quickly in an unexpected direction chances are you have hooked a fish, so tug hard on the line to set the hook.

A jig is especially effective in places having lily pads or lots of underwater grass where larger fish might be hiding.

From my own personal experience using this technique, I have hooked several fish in 24 inches of water or less with some hooks being set when the jig was a few inches from the shoreline.

Another type of artificial lure we can craft is a plug which appears to swim in the water rather than bounce on the bottom. Slide a treble hook onto a large paper clip, tightly wrap a rubber band around the paper clip several times so the hook won’t slide off, and fasten the other end of the paper clip to the fishing line. Although small and very simple in appearance, fish can be enticed to believe this lure would make a good snack. Additional bulk material and weight can be added as desired.

Just about anything can serve as a plug, even an old metal bottle cap. In that example, fold the bottle cap in half using pliers (printed side out), use the nail with a “rock as a hammer” to create a hole on each pointed end of the folded cap, affix one end to a treble hook while the other end is tied to the fishing line. This kind of lure works better in streams and rivers as the moving water will help keep the lure in a near-constant swimming motion which can attract fish.

This simple fishing kit can offer numerous other fishing possibilities, especially when combined with objects found in our surroundings.

Having so many hooks, strong line, and nylon cord you could also create a trot line having many baited hooks. Bait a dozen hooks, tie them to 12-inch lengths of fishing line, and tie each of those pieces of fishing line to a 15-foot length of nylon cord at one-foot intervals. Secured in the water using a stake at each end, a nylon cord trot line can capture multiple fish even when it is left unattended for several hours. (NB illegal in the UK)

A decent and useful survival fishing kit need not be large or expensive, but it should be better than one which can fit inside the handle of a survival knife.

I say buy a good supply of strong fishing line and hooks as making these items by hand would be unnecessarily frustrating and time-consuming in a survival situation.

This Week’s Show 6th June 2019

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Nuclear War Threat Has Not Gone Away

The risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two, a senior U.N. security expert said on Tuesday.

Renata Dwan, director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research, said the threat of nuclear war is an ‘urgent’ issue that the world needs to take more seriously.

Despite the fact that 122 nations have signed a treaty to ban the weapons, she said, all countries with nuclear arms are currently updating their stockpiles.

Meanwhile arms control treaties are also being torn up – such as the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty which was signed at the height of the Cold War but torn up by the Trump White House earlier this year.

Increased competition between superpowers such as China and the US is also driving up the risk of nuclear conflict, she said.

Traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war.

The increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces, and new technologies that blur the line between offence and defence, are contributing to the problem, she told reporters in Geneva.

‘I think that it´s genuinely a call to recognise – and this has been somewhat missing in the media coverage of the issues – that the risks of nuclear war are particularly high now, and the risks of the use of nuclear weapons, for some of the factors I pointed out, are higher now than at any time since World War Two,’ she said.

The nuclear ban treaty, officially called the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was backed by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.

The treaty has so far gathered 23 of the 50 ratifications that it needs to come into force, including South Africa, Austria, Thailand, Vietnam and Mexico.

However, it is strongly opposed by the United States, Russia, and other states with nuclear arms.

Dwan said the world should not ignore the danger of nuclear weapons.

‘How we think about that, and how we act on that risk and the management of that risk, seems to me a pretty significant and urgent question that isn’t reflected fully in the (U.N.) Security Council,’ she said.

Let’s hope she is wrong, but what if she is not?

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Signal Crayfish Free Fresh Water Food

Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans related to lobsters, and there are two main species in UK – the native white-clawed crayfish and the non-native American signal crayfish, which was introduced to Britain in the 1970s via crayfish farms, and subsequently escaped.

There are a few other introduced species of crayfish, but they are not very widespread. They are called signal crayfish because the underside of their claws is bright red, making them easy to identify.

Signal crayfish can be up to 25cm long with claws extended. If you’re not sure whether what you’re looking at is a signal crayfish or a native crayfish, look for the red claws – a sure sign that you’re looking at a signal crayfish.

Trapping crayfish for food in the UK only involves the signal
crayfish.

The native crayfish is now becoming rare and it is illegal to touch.

By the way ALL signal crayfish once removed from a water source must be killed, it is illegal to return it whatever its size.

They live on the beds of streams and rivers and are carnivorous, eating mainly dead creatures, but they can decimate natural and stocked fish numbers by eating their eggs.

The signal crayfish can walk overland to establish itself in new waterways, and is now widespread throughout Britain.

What are the benefits of eating Crayfish?

First – getting food from the wild is always a good idea from an environmental perspective (unless we deplete the resource – but this isn’t an issue here, as we’ll see later).

Wild food requires no pesticides, fertilisers, hormones or genetic modification – in fact, no ecological interference at all.

The second benefit is in reducing their numbers.

The American crayfish is causing problems for both the native crayfish and for British Waterways.

Signal crayfish outcompete native crayfish because they are bigger, their eggs hatch earlier in the year, females lay up to 500 eggs (the native crayfish lays around 200), and they are less fussy about what they eat.

Also, the signal crayfish carries a fungal disease (commonly called the crayfish plague) that kills the native crayfish (it’s not at all harmful to humans though).

Also, American crayfish burrow into the banks of rivers and streams to build their homes, causing erosion of the river banks.

Oh I nearly forgot they taste great

So what can you do?

Firstly you need a licence to keep crayfish in this country – see the DEFRA website – in case they escape into the wild. If you’re thinking of farming crayfish, ponds now have to be indoors and escape-proof.

However I assume that you’re not going to keep them, you’re just going to catch them from the wild.

Don’t put any crayfish you’ve caught into ponds or other bodies of water temporarily, as they could escape and colonise an area that
doesn’t have them, it is also illegal to do so.

Tapping crayfish

There are bylaws covering the trapping of crayfish, and what you can do depends on local circumstances – especially if there are native crayfish in your area.

Contact the Environment Agency to ask about your local circumstances, or you can get a crayfish trapping advice pack from the National Fisheries Laboratory on 01480 483968.

You will need Environment Agency tags on your trap for it to be legal.

The Environment Agency’s concerns are that if people are allowed to catch crayfish for food, they will be sold to the restaurant trade, and because there is money to be made, some people might ‘seed’ rivers and streams that don’t have signal crayfish, so that they can be harvested in the
future.

I share this concern, so I would encourage people never to buy or sell crayfish, but to trap them just for their own consumption.

Trapping crayfish is a summer activity, of course.

In winter, they will be hibernating in the river banks.

The trap shouldn’t have an entrance of more than 95mm, because if there are otters in the area, they could get caught.

Bait the trap with something tasty for crayfish (chicken livers), plus a brick to weigh it down, then put it into a stream you suspect has crayfish.

Check the next day.

Anything other than signal crayfish, let go, and don’t leave a trap in a watercourse for more than 24 hours, in case something other than a crayfish gets trapped in it.

Let any native crayfish go if you’ve caught any. But if you catch small signal crayfish, don’t put them back (in fact it is illegal to put them back, once caught as I have said).

Signal crayfish are cannibals, and if you remove only big ones, there will be nothing to keep the numbers of small ones down.

The Signal crayfish is delicious and not too far from the taste of lobster. If you do want to ensure you have the best possible culinary experience, we really recommend leaving the crayfish to “purge” for 24 hours before being consumed.

As you can imagine, when they spend their lives in the river-bed feeding on all sorts they can accumulate some dirt and grit, so leaving them in a bucket of clean water for a period of time should allow them time to expel any waste products. That’s not to say they wouldn’t still be delicious fresh from the river!

Cooking Crayfish

Boil a large pan of water and tip them in – they are killed instantly.

Simmer for around 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave in the water for another 2 minutes.

They turn pink when they are cooked, and look like mini-lobsters (which they are).

The edible parts are the tail and the meat in the claws.

Pull and separate the head and tail. Pull off the legs, and then grab the end of the flesh sticking out of the tail casing and pull.
Sometimes there will be pink eggs – you can eat those too.

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Homemade Cheese

What you will need

4 litres of whole milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 large lemon, juiced

What to do

Pour the milk into a large pan, and stir in a pinch of salt.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan.

When the milk begins to boil turn the heat off then stir the lemon juice into the milk, the milk will then curdle.

This may take 5 to 10 minutes.

Line a sieve with a cheesecloth, now pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds.

What is left in the cheesecloth is the Farmer’s Cheese.

The liquid is the whey.

Gather the cloth around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can.

Then I find it best to suspend the cheese cloth over the sink for example.

When it has stopped dripping, I put it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge.

Why not try using herbs or other flavourings.

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 THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 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.

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Could you live the Prepper Lifestyle?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Organizing your every Day Carry

Having a proper every day carry (EDC) setup 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. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of five ways to fine-tune your EDC setup 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 setup 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 in this list, make it this one. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t overthink your EDC setup 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 setup is far more than the average person has.

Less is Sometimes More

Having an elaborate every day carry setup 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 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 setups 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.

Avoiding Civil Unrest

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

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

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident. Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence in government, or storms that leave people homeless, and lets not forget Brexit.

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

Of course there is always the chance of peaceful protests turning violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.

These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

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

In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs.

On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in London or the Bradford riots.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest?

Having lived in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles I can say that I have seen
many street riots but avoided many, many more by simply staying away from their location, going around it or putting of travelling that day until things had calmed down.

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news.

Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.

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

If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it
for another day or better location outside the city.

Simply staying away from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.

Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much tougher to do…

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

If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way
to go.

Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

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

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

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched.

As any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

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

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

A Family Plan

What you do, or do not do, is down to have you got a plan or not.

You are driving home and the fuel lights come on, what do you do now? Fill up now or in the morning on the way to work?

But what if?

So you did fill up and drove home you wife was still out working you put the meal into the oven and jumped into the bath.

Then complete darkness, a power cut, what is your plan now?

Where is your wife? Is she OK, is she trapped underground on a tube train?

Is she in a massive traffic jam as the traffic lights are not working? Oh! And the mobile phone network is down too.

I am sure something similar has happened to many people across the world, and the problem with these disasters both natural and man-made is that they are unpredictable.

We know that they have happened so therefore we expect they will happen again, however we do not know when or how bad they will be or in fact where they will be.

In the U.S. September is National Preparedness Month, We could do with one in the UK to be honest as it would as it would remind people that they should be planning for power cuts
and disasters themselves and not be relying on the Government for their existence when these events occur.

Unlike the U.S. the UK has yet to totally embrace the preppers and survivalist mind set, although I have to say things are changing, and more and more people are waking up to the fact that if they do not plan to survive such events then they will not survive it is that simple.

Reconnect with Family after a Disaster

Plan for Specific Needs before a Disaster

Build an Emergency Kit

How to… Practice for an Emergency

Planning to survive is not as easy as it sounds unfortunately, I bet that the majority of people in the UK have not even discussed let alone developed an emergency plan for family members detailing what to do and how to reunite in the event of a disaster.

Think back to the earlier scenario…how would your reach your wife?

Do the two of you have a designated meeting place or perhaps a point of contact outside of your immediate community who can assist with connecting the two of you and confirming both parties are safe?

Connecting, having and practising an emergency plan and being within arms’ reach of emergency supplies are all small, simple steps we can take today.

And, frankly, they could mean the difference between life and death once a disaster strikes.

But no reminder, activity or promotion will be as meaningful and as impactful as the one you take for your own life and for that of your family.

This also means thinking beyond what’s immediately obvious and planning for those who may not be able to prepare or readily plan for themselves – like those who are disabled, the elderly and don’t forget your pets.


How to Stop Bleeding With Black Pepper

When it comes to survival and wilderness first aid, I highly recommend you carry a blood clotting agent with you in your first aid kit, personally I believe that CELOX produce the best consumer available blood clotting agent, as unlike many other brands, CELOX is also effective for people
on blood thinners such as heparin and warfarin etc.

You can purchase CELOX fromAmazon. It is quite expensive, but simply put – it could save your life one day…

If you do not have a clotting agent such as CELOX, you can in fact use simple ground black pepper to stop bleeding quickly for small to medium sized cuts/wounds.

Black pepper is naturally antibacterial and makes blood coagulate quickly and stops bleeding.

Black pepper was commonly used by soldiers in the Second World War, and even today it is often used in professional kitchens (probably due to its availability) to stop cuts from bleeding.

It couldn’t be simpler to use black pepper to stop bleeding – simply pour a generous amount of ground black pepper onto the wound and apply pressure (and bandage if necessary) and it should quickly stop bleeding (please use common sense though as serious cuts may still require the attention of a doctor).

Note: Finely ground black pepper works best, and no, black pepper does not sting when put on a cut!

Personally I keep some Black Pepper in my first aid kits for emergencies, and for day-to-day and around the home, black pepper is a useful alternative for smaller wounds.

By the way I am not a medical expert, this information is based on my own experience and research.

Please do your own research and exercise common sense before trying this.

If you have an existing medical condition or allergy, please check that this won’t interfere with your condition or medication.

This Week’s Show May 23rd 2019

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‘Stockpile coins and banknotes’: Sweden tells its citizens to squirrel away hard cash under their beds in case of a cyber attack

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency has issued guidance to every household

It tells residents to stockpile ‘cash in small denominations’ for emergencies

It fears computer networks could be disrupted by terrorism or cyber-warfare

The government recommends that each citizen keep cash under their bed

Cashless payments are all the rage but people in Sweden have been told to squirrel away notes and coins in case of a cyber attack on the nation’s banks.

Digital payments offer convenience for both buyers and sellers alike and the Scandinavian nation has been an eager adopter of the technology.

Now, government experts are concerned that people could be left without any money should its computer networks become victim to an attack.

Sweden’s Civil Contingencies Agency has issued guidance to every household telling residents to stockpile ‘cash in small denominations’ for use in emergencies.

The warning will ring alarm bells around the world as developed nations increasingly make the move to a cashless society.

Emergencies envisioned by the Swedish government range from power cuts and other accident interruptions to computer networks, through to terrorism and cyber-warfare.

The government recommends that each citizen keep cash under their bed, according to a report in the Times.

Natalie Ceeney, who chairs an independent review into access to cash, told a conference last week: ‘If we don’t take action now in this country, we’re only a couple of years away from Sweden.

‘Sweden’s big message to us is, “Plan now before you get into a mess.” Sweden hit its crisis when its equivalent of the NHS declared it was going cashless.’

Sweden became the first European country to issue modern banknotes, in 1661 – ahead of the Bank of England, which followed in 1694.

Government figures suggest that 15 per cent of the nation’s citizen would find life difficult if they could not access and spend their money immediately.

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The Climate Fraud

(NaturalNews) When drug companies are caught faking clinical trial data, no one is surprised anymore. When vaccine manufacturers spike their human trial samples with animal antibodies to make sure their vaccines appear to work, we all just figure that’s how they do business: lying, cheating, deceiving and violating the law.

Now, in what might be the largest scientific fraud ever uncovered, NASA and the NOAA have been caught red-handed altering historical temperature data to produce a “climate change narrative” that defies reality. This finding, originally documented on the Real Science Website, is detailed here.

We now know that historical temperature data for the continental United States were deliberately altered by NASA and NOAA scientists in a politically-motivated attempt to rewrite history and claim global warming is causing U.S. temperatures to trend upward. The data actually show that we are in a cooling trend, not a warming trend (see charts below).

This story is starting to break worldwide right now across the media, with The Telegraph now reporting (1), “NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been ‘adjusting’ its record by replacing real temperatures with data ‘fabricated’ by computer models.”

Because the actual historical temperature record doesn’t fit the frenzied, doomsday narrative of global warming being fronted today on the political stage, the data were simply altered using “computer models” and then published as fact.

Here is proof of the climate change fraud

There is a chart of U.S. temperatures published by NASA in 1999. It shows the highest temperatures actually occurred in the 1930’s, followed by a cooling trend ramping downward to the year 2000.

The authenticity of this chart is not in question. It is published by James Hansen on NASA’s website. (2) On that page, Hansen even wrote, “Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought.”

After the Obama administration took office, however, and started pushing the global warming narrative for political purposes, NASA was directed to alter its historical data in order to reverse the cooling trend and show a warming trend instead.

This was accomplished using climate-modeling computers that simply fabricated the data the researchers wished to see instead of what was actually happening in the real world.

Using the exact same data found in the chart shown above (with a few years of additional data after 2000), NASA managed to misleadingly distort the chart to depict the appearance of global warming:

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EMP on the USA

The military is warning the U.S. government to prepare for a potential electromagnetic pulse weapon attack, as countries like , Russia, Iran, and North Korea develop the special weapons.

The shocking report, published by the Air Force’s Air University, reveals that the U.S. is dismally unprepared for such an attack that could wipe out all electricity, kill 90 percent of the East Coast, and lead to utter chaos.

And it could take 18 months or more to restore the electricity grid and social order.

‘Based on the totality of available data an electromagnetic spectrum attack may be a threat to the United States, Democracy and world order,’ the 2018 report says.

EMP weapons use light, lasers, invisible microwaves and electromagnetic energy to cut off electricity. Natural sources of EMS appear in solar storms or artificially in hardware like radar or nuclear weapons.

North Korea, Russia, Iran as well as the U.S. have been developing such weapons. But, the report warns, the U.S. needs to start preparing against an attack.

What will happen to the U.S. after an EMP attack

  • A foreign attack by an EMP weapon will shut down electricity in the U.S.

  • Military will be cripped as weapons will be downed, military and commercial jets will be degraded, bases cut off and power and GPS will go dark

  • Military may also be unable to identify who launched attack without electricity

  • Nuclear reactors will melt down and 4.1million people living near them will be displaced

  • 90 per cent of East Coast population will die after a year

  • No electricity will interfere with transportation, food, and healthcare

  • Cell phone service will go out

  • Civil unrest would start within hours

  • It could take 18 months or more to restore order

If the U.S. suffered an EMP hit, electricity would be lost, the military’s weapons would be downed, 99 nuclear reactors would likely melt down without electricity to cool them, and 4.1million people living near nuclear reactors would be displaced as radioactive clouds spread

An EMP would cause instantaneous and simultaneous loss of many technologies reliant on electrical power and computer circuit boards, such as cell phones and GPS devices, the report says.

Military and commercial jets would be degraded, bases would be cut off, and power and GPS would go dark making defense and counter-attacks virtually impossible.

The U.S. would be unable to determine who even launched the attack as they would be deployed via satellite.

The attack would dismantle or interfere with electricity, affecting transportation, food processing and healthcare. In fact, 90 per cent of the population on the East Coast would die in a year of the attack.

‘Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power (due to loss of emergency generators), sewage, fresh water, banking, landlines, cellular service, vehicles,’ the report says.

Civil unrest is predicted to start within just ‘hours’ of the attack.

It’s time to prepare.

THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 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.

How to Build a Survival Shelter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BREAK

Survival Skills in Your Head

People sometimes forget that the smallest 20 Skills You Can Trade After SHTF and most convenient storage space is in their own heads.

If you find yourself in the midst of a disaster and you need to either build or fix something, having the knowledge and experience already in your mind will hugely benefit your ability to survive.

And if there’s something you need from your neighbours but you’re not willing to trade any of your supplies, you could do some work for them in exchange.

But what sort of skills will be the most useful after SHTF? vvvv

Knowing Microsoft Excel might not do you much good, but knowing how to make soap could mean the difference between health and sickness.

Or maybe you could trade your soap for more food. The point is, you need to learn a few skills that will be useful in a post-disaster world.

I suggest you take up one as a hobby while you still have time to learn.

Here, then, are 20 skills you can trade after the SHTF, listed in alphabetical order:

Animal Husbandry The ability to raise animals such as chicken for eggs, rabbits for meat, goats for milk, etc.

There is a limit to how much meat and dairy people will be able to store, and there will be a huge demand for fresh food.

Cleaning Not just washing your hands, but the ability to clean clothes without a washer and dryer, make cleaning products to use around the house, and keep your home germ free.

Clothing. If times are tough, people won’t be able to go out and charge new clothes and shoes any time they need them.

They’re going to need to fix shoes, patch torn pants, and mend shirts. This is an important skill that has become very rare in modern society.

Construction Especially without power tools. Is worth knowing, how to properly fix roofs, board up windows or build outhouses using only basic hand tools.

Cooking skills will be very much sought after as people are going to get sick and tired of eating canned soup and freeze-dried food.

If you can cook a tasty meal and dessert without power, people in the neighbourhood will thank you with favours or supplies they don’t need.

Most people live their entire lives without realizing how much misery they would experience if not for the dentist.

A perfect example of this is in the movie Cast Away where the main character has to knock out one of his own teeth.

Someone who knows how to clean and remove teeth could be a great help.

Fire Making will be a great skill to have as people won’t know how to start a fire once they’re lighters run out of fuel. People in your area will be safer and healthier if you can help them get a fire going so they can boil water and cook food.

First Aid/Medical skills will become vital as people tend to take doctors for granted. Without them, they will need help sewing up wounds, setting bones, performing CPR, and deciding which herbs and medications help with which ailments.

Food Storage. Canning, dehydrating, sealing, smoking skills will come into their own as people don’t know how to store food without a refrigerator.

Offer to preserve someone’s leftovers in exchange for help or supplies.

Gardening. Yet another skill that has become more and more rare. Learn to grow fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables, preferably indoors unless you have a secure backyard.

Gathering is great and the main thing here is knowing which naturally-occurring plants in your area have nutritional and/or medicinal value and which ones are useless and/or poisonous.

Gunsmithing will also be a vital skill If you’re facing a long-term disaster, people are going to need guns for hunting and self-protection.

It will help if you know how to repair guns and reload shells. But only help people you completely trust.

Hunting and Fishing. When food supplies get low and gardens fall short, people are going to have to hunt and fish.

If you can provide meat for your friends and family, they’ll have time to take care of other necessities.

Mechanic. Even if the Great Recession turns into Great Depression II, most people are still going to have jobs (remember, unemployment only got up to 25% in the 1930′s), which means they’ll need a way to get to work.

The problem for many people is that they won’t be able to afford to get their cars fixed.

If you learn how to work on cars, or any machine for that matter (lawnmowers, generators, etc.), you’ll have a particularly valuable skill.

Plumbing. People will still need their sinks and toilets, even more so if they’re washing clothes in the sink.

Learn to remove clogs, fix toilets and replace leaky pipes.

Psychology. A lot of people will crack up under the stress of seeing their entire world turned upside down, especially those who lose friends and/or loved ones.

It is important to know how to help these people and keep them from wallowing in despair.

Security. In a world full of criminals and looters, someone is going to need to stand guard when others are busy or sleeping.

This person will need to know how to use weapons and be practiced in hand-to-hand combat.

Soap/Candle Making. If the disaster goes on for long, soap and candles will be in high demand and a valuable trade item.

Teacher.

Even if the schools are closed, it’s still important that children spend part of their spare time reading and learning.

Remember, these are the children that will grow up and rebuild the world.

Water Purification. One of the most important skills of all! In the weeks after a major catastrophe, many people will die from dehydration or from drinking unsafe water.

It will help a lot if you learn all you can about cleaning and filtering water.

There are several other skills I thought about including in this list such as bee keeping, brewing, and electrical work, but I think the 20 listed above will probably be the most in-demand skills.

Crossing Rivers

The beauty of a mountain stream flowing through a forest can be the highlight of the day. But knowing how to cross a river is a critical Survival skill.

The fact is that crossing rivers, especially when they’re running high, is among the riskier things you can do on the trail. Rocks and logs may offer a bridge to the opposite bank.

But they’re often wet or covered with algae and mosses.

That can lead to slips and falls, and, therefore, any number of things that you really don’t want to experience: head injuries, broken bones, and the chance to get swept downstream.

The rate of runoff in streams and rivers is highly variable. In years of light snowfall and hot spring days, streams may run at low-to-moderate levels by early summer.

However, in years with heavy and late-season snows, rivers can run so high that trails, even ones with actual bridges can remain impassable well into summer.

Two keys to remember:” Don’t take any unnecessary risks. And don’t push anyone past their skill and confidence level. You’re only as capable as the weakest person in your group”

Check on conditions. Identify your destination or trail.
Then check for updates on weather conditions.

Carry a Staff or a pole. They can help you assess water depth and rate of runoff, then provide additional stability when you do cross a stream.

Wear shorts or convertible pants. Long pants will increase drag in the stream and can be uncomfortable to hike in once they’re soaked.

Pack hiking sandals or gym shoes. If a stream is shallow enough to cross, it’s often easier to walk through the water instead of trying to boulder hop on slippery rocks. With spare shoes or hiking sandals, you can keep your hiking boots dry.

But don’t cross barefoot or use flip-flops because the current can easily sweep them off your feet.

Get out early. Cooler overnight and morning temperatures mean that the volume of snowmelt is lower early in the day, which means that streams will flow more slowly.

Thunderstorms are also more common in afternoon and make currents more treacherous.

At the Crossing assess the situation. The actual point where a trail meets a river may not be the best place to get to the other side.

Scout the river (ideally from an elevated perspective) or look both up- and downstream for alternatives. If you can’t identify a safe crossing location, then don’t take the risk and turn around.

Wishful thinking has no place in this decision, so be conservative and assume the worst. Invariably, streams are faster and deeper than they appear.

Straight, Wide, Shallow. That’s what you’re looking for when identifying a place to cross.

Watch out for debris. If the river is carrying a lot of debris, such as branches and small logs, it’s not a good idea to cross.

The debris is an indication that stream flows are high. And objects flowing downstream can create a serious hazard if they strike you as you’re crossing.

Look for braided channels. The crossing may be wider where a river breaks into separate channels. But the current’s intensity will be dissipated and there may also be small islands or gravel bars where you can take a break and plot your next steps.

Test the current.

Toss a branch and watch how swiftly it moves downstream.
That will give you a better sense of the direction of the main current and how
fast it’s moving.

Don’t cross where flows are much above your knees. Even comparatively shallow water can knock you off balance and carry you downstream if it’s flowing rapidly enough. The only time to wade through deeper water is when you locate a flat pool with little or no current.

Loosen your pack before crossing. Undo your waist belt and let out the shoulder straps so that it’s easier to remove. If you fall in and your pack gets soaked, it can drag you down or get snagged. You might lose your pack but consider the alternative.

Look for low and open exit points on the opposite bank. Once you reach the other side, you’ll want to be able to get out of the stream as quickly as possible. A scramble up a steep bank could lead to a slip that puts you right back into the stream.

When crossing the Stream face Upstream and Shuffle Sideways.
Slide your feet along the bottom while facing the river.

Angle yourself diagonally to the flow and move in a slightly downstream direction toward the opposite bank.

Always maintain two points of contact with the bottom. Use your staff or pole to steady yourself as you shift your feet. The more contact you have with the bottom, the more stable you’ll be.

There’s strength in numbers. Crossing with a partner or with a group of people creates additional stability. Link arms and coordinate your movements.

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 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.

What Is Prepping?

When some people think of prepping, it conjures images of strange people wearing tinfoil hats huddled in a shelter while they wait for the mother ship to return.

For others, thoughts of a recluse living in a one-room shack in the middle of the wilderness come to mind.

But neither of those thoughts captures the real nature of prepping.

At its heart, prepping is simply preparing for the future. And since there is no certainty of what that future may bring, preppers frequently hope for the best yet prepare for the worse.

And with good reason, many preppers feel that we are on the verge of a significant change in life as we know it. So they prepare.

Three Facets of Prepping

For the modern prepper, prepping involves three primary areas: acquiring the necessary supplies, learning requisite skills, and building a community.

Acquiring the Necessary Supplies

Food, water, shelter. We all need these things to survive.
Moreover, we all need a continual supply of them. Preppers know this and take steps to prepare themselves in case the supply is disrupted for any reason.

Preppers don’t want the loss of a job or a truckers strike to keep them from eating. So they prepare. They buy extra food when it’s on sale.

They grow their own in a garden and preserve it. They buy in bulk and store it for a rainy day.

Similarly, preppers don’t like debt. So they pay off their mortgage, they live within their means, and they work hard at their jobs. They are not afraid of physical labour to provide for their families.

Preppers don’t want the loss of a job to turn into the loss of a home or car.

Learning Requisite Skills

Prepping may start with food and supply storage, but it doesn’t end there. Preppers regularly learn and practice new skills. They learn to cook. They learn emergency first aid.

They learn to hunt with a variety of weapons. They learn to build debris huts and other shelters.

From sewing and canning to fire starting and knot tying, preppers learn important and potentially lifesaving skills before they may need them. It’s part of being prepared.

Building a Community

Preppers recognize that there is value in getting to know other like-minded individuals. We can learn from each other. We can help each other.

We can share our knowledge and encourage one another. Prepping is not a zero-sum game; we can expand the pie by helping others.

Additionally, it’s impossible for a prepper to acquire every supply and every skill he may ever need. There’s simply not enough time or money to prepare to that extent. So preppers get to know others in their local community with similar passions yet different skill sets.

If you’re having car trouble, it’s nice to know a mechanic.
If you’ve injured yourself, it’s good to know an paramedic. If the food supply
is disrupted for an extended period, it’s good to know a farmer.

People helping people; that’s part of prepping.

Where to Start?

Prepping is a journey. And as the old adage goes, every journey begins with a single step. Recognizing the need for and prudence of prepping and acknowledging that you are woefully underprepared is a good first step.

Next, make a plan. Identify where you are with your supplies, your skills, and your community. Then determine where you’d like to be and make a plan to close the gap.

If you have 3 days’ worth of food in the pantry and you want 6 months’ worth, prioritize that and plan.

The key is to something. A plan without an action is simply a wish.

Prepping (verb) is the act of a group or individual preparing themselves and loved ones for any potential threat to life as we know it.

There are a few basic things that one would need to know when becoming a prepper, and preparing their family for any potential threats that could come their way, and surviving any ordeals you may face.

First, the basics:

Food

Shelter

Water

These three are probably the absolutely most important things to start off with when considering your survival needs. Why are these important? Well let’s go over each one:

Food – Right now, get up and go look in your kitchen (if you’re home of course) and count the number of days you could survive off of just the food you have at this moment.

You probably counted the food in your fridge too huh? Don’t. The reason being is that in most SHTF situations, the electric grid is more than likely to be gone, and any food you have in your fridge or freezer will go to waste within a matter of hours to possibly two days depending on the weather.

So now just look at the non-perishable items that you have. Most people will find themselves with less than three days’ worth of food.. So now consider this, if you’re like most other people, your first thought is to panic and run to the supermarket and try to stock up.

Well guess what, that’s what all your neighbours are doing too.

So now you have to fight to get whatever is remaining in the shops closest to you.

Once the grocery stores are out, then what? In most SHTF situations, transportation and motorways will become impassable or impossible, meaning that the food that is delivered to supermarkets by road will no longer be on its way.

So with no way to replenish the shops, what do you do?

That is what prepping is all about, preparing your family with either the ability to
grow and produce your own food, or having enough food to last you until proper
order can be restored.

Best is to try and have at least 72hrs worth of food for if you need to leave (bug-out-bag), and 90days worth of food in your house for storage.

Shelter – For obvious reasons, this is an important factor to consider first when beginning to prep. Is your shelter reliable for protection against raids?

Natural disasters?

If you answered no to either of those two questions, then your next step would be to consider how to prepare your home or bug out locations for any type of situation.

Many people who live in places where natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes already have plans in place to protect their shelters.

But if you aren’t already prepared, knowing your location (geographical region), what types of dangers you might be exposed to, and how to properly secure and defend it is going to be important.

Having wood to board up doors and windows, basement to seek deeper shelter and weapons to defend your location is all important things to consider.

Water – One of the most important keys to survival, of any living creature on this planet, is water. In most SHTF scenarios, water will be obtainable for only a short period of time.

With no electricity, how will water be pumped to your house?

Unless you have a well, you’re out of luck. One of the very first things to do
in an emergency disaster situation, is to run to your bathroom and fill up your
bath as quickly as you can.

Having extra water on hand will be important, not just for drinking, but for cooking as well. It would be a good idea to have at least 3 months’ worth of water on hand at all times.

Remember, that food and water have a shelf life, and can expire over time. It’s important to think ahead and get food that will stay fresh and eatable for as long as possible.

This week’s show 4th April 2019

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

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 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.

A Possible British Chernobyl

Footage has been released showing some of the hundreds of tiny cracks inside a nuclear reactor in North Ayrshire.

Reactor 3 at the Hunterston B plant has been shut down for 12 months after the cracks were found to be growing faster than expected.

Cracks are expected to form over time in all the UK’s nuclear reactors, but recent close-up filming at Hunterston has revealed around 370 small fractures.

EDF, which runs the plant 35 miles west of Glasgow, said they were 1mm when first seen in 2017.

They are now “opening very slowly”, with an average crack size of 2mm.

Cracks of 10mm on the inside of the fuel channel and 18mm on the outside are still safe, according to EDF.

The company says it has carried out tests, including earthquake simulations, which show the reactor will still work normally and allow control rods to shut down the reactor in case of an emergency.

The cracks cannot be repaired because it is too dangerous and in the near future the reactor – like others around Britain – will have to be decommissioned.

The company is planning to ask permission from the nuclear watchdog, the Office of Nuclear Regulation, to restart the reactor.

The 10m-high, 1,400-tonne reactor is made up of 3,000 graphite bricks and the plant provides electricity for 1.8 million homes when all the reactors are running.

In early 2018 a higher rate of new keyway root cracks than modelled was observed in Reactor 3 during a scheduled outage, and EDF announced in May 2018 “While Hunterston B Reactor 3 could return to operation from the current outage, it will remain offline while the company works with the regulator to ensure that the longer term safety case reflects the findings of the recent inspections and includes the results obtained from other analysis and modelling.

In December 2018 EDF pushed back their estimated return to service date to March 2019 for Reactor 4 and April 2019 for Reactor 3, to allow for further modelling work and a new seismic analysis.

In March 2019 pictures of the cracking were released with EDF stating that it intended to seek permission from the ONR to restart reactor 3 by raising the operational limit for the number of cracks.

About 370 fractures have been discovered, on average 2mm wide, in about 10% of the graphite bricks in the reactor core. This was above the operational limit of 350 fractures, and EDF intends to present a new safety case for an operational limit of 700 cracks.

This is bloody foolish and in persecute of profits at the rick of our lives.

Brexit and Civil Unrest

Police chiefs could be forced to call on the military to tackle civil disorder in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit, according to a leaked document.

Contingency plans drawn up by the National Police Co-ordination Centre warn that a possible shortage of medicine could “feed civil disorder” and a rise in the price of goods could see “widespread protest which could then escalate into disorder”.

There could also be a rise in acquisitive crimes such as theft, along with massive traffic queues at ports, leading to “unprecedented and overwhelming” disruption in the wider road network.

But Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the public need not worry and that departments had to “prepare for all possible outcomes”.

He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr show: “I don’t expect a no-deal outcome but we need to prepare for all contingencies and it’s absolutely correct… I’m not going to go into what the situation may or may not be but I think it’s fair to say we’re preparing for all contingencies.

The document was obtained by The Sunday Times and will be considered by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month.

It focuses on the potential consequences for the police service if a Brexit Britain turns sour.

Among these are:

EU police officers losing their legal right to carry a warrant card. This would potentially affect 750 officers in the Metropolitan Police alone

Increased data costs hitting the budgets of forces which rely on mobile communication

Disruption potentially lasting for three months either side of Brexit day, rather than the six weeks planned for by the government

A perceived lack of communication between the Home Office and the Brexit department

The impact of the Operation Stack (used for queuing traffic at Channel ports) needing to be used at docks around the country

NPCC lead for operations Chief Constable Charlie Hall told The Sunday Times: “The police are planning for all scenarios that may require a police response in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“At this stage, we have no intelligence to suggest there will be an increase in crime or disorder.

“However, we remain vigilant and will continue to assess any threats and develop plans accordingly.”

And do not forget Javid has plans in place for martial law and curfews too.

If there is unrest, which would have been caused by the governments betrayal of the peoples vote, and would be entirely down to the GoV and it’s inability to sort Brexit out in 2 1/2 years.

Pulled Pork and English Muffins

It’s spring dear listener and that means one simple thing…it’s camping season!

Perhaps like me you have been slowly working our way through your winter kit and replacing certain items for spring/summer, and at the same time doing a kit and battery check.

Once you get out into the woods there is nothing like the smell look and of course taste of your first campfire breakfast as you all know.

I think that the trick to campfire food is to keep it super simple and super tasty.

This recipe is just that.

I use leftover BBQ pulled pork from the night before which was slow cooked over the campfire, or brought from home.

This recipe uses English Muffins but of course bread buns will do.

Butter the muffins and toast them on your skillet.

Reheat your pulled pork.

Fry your eggs.

It’s sweet and smoky bbq drippy egg goodness. Seriously one of the most delicious things that you can eat while you are camping.

Enjoy.

Steak & Cheesy Bacon Potato Hash Foil Packs!

Cheesy potato hash, tender-juicy-charred steak –> grilled Or simply cooked how ever you like in garlic butter for the ULTIMATE flavour combination!

And if thats’s not enough, it all gets topped with bacon. CRISPY BACON.

I’m so excited to share these extremely versatile Recipe caters for both medium and well-done steaks.

Foil Packets

These packs can be cooked anywhere.

Personally, I recommend grilling for the best results, but what if you don’t have a grill? Get your skillets out and cook them on your campfire in a really hot cast iron skillet, or your packets will simmer and boil on the inside.

To get the steak to char on the inside, you can flip your packets half way through cooking time.

Beef Cuts

Good quality cuts of meat yield the best results that stay tender during cooking.

Whole eye fillet

Rib eye

Strip (or Porterhouse)

Cheaper cuts WILL produce a tough and chewy result.

Steak should be at room temperature.

Pat them dry with a paper towel to prevent the meat from releasing too much water and steaming in the packets while cooking.

Yes, the meat does char through the foil when grilling!

Oven

This method works better for well done steaks. If you prefer medium rare or medium, I don’t recommend this option.

You’re going to slice it into 2-inch rounds that are at least 1-inch thick to guarantee even cooking with the potatoes.

Cut your fillet into 4-inch long and 3-inch thick pieces. The bigger and thicker you cut them, the juicier the steak will be once its done. For rarer steaks, cut them bigger (5-inch pieces and 4-inch thick).

Potatoes

At this time of the year I would you use baby potatoes and cut them into 1-inch pieces to ensure they cook through. Baby potatoes are really good for these foil packs.

Any other potato, I suggest par boiling them for 5-10 minutes depending on what potato you are using.

Top with cheese bacon.

The Bug Out Survival Show

The B.O.S.S is here again on May bank holiday 4th to the 6th.

This is the show that beginning the years prepping weekends and survival shows.The B.O.S.S. Is different though, here you can learn from instructors at no extra cost. You can try archery. Crossbows, air rifles, you can enjoy a group B.B.Q. For £5 extra per head, well worth it I can tell you.

For full details https://bugoutsurvivalshow.webs.com/

BREAK

CME’s Detected

On last Sunday at 12.00 my mobile phone sounded like an air raid was taking place with this very loud siren going off.

My real time Gamma Pix app was signaling gamma radiation was present.

The reading was 0.4msv

On Monday at 11am again the alarm sounded this time the reading was 0.2 msv

So onto the space weather website and found what I had expected there have been two solar flares CME’s that had hit the earth.

For occupational exposure, the limit is 50 mSv in a single year with a maximum of 100 mSv in a consecutive five-year period, and for the public to an average of 1 mSv (0.001 Sv) of effective dose per year, not including medical and occupational exposures.

There is no safe dose of radiation exposure, but there are dose levels that will definitely cause you harm and there are dose levels that will kill you.

So I was of course not affected by this very small dose if you got a dose of 250 mSv within one day you won’t even have any symptoms.

What it does do however is reinforce my confidence in the Gamma Pix app.

Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water?

Water-to-Go filter bottles are not just for preppers and survivors they are for everybody, they make dodgy water in holiday destinations safe to drink in fact you can drink from any water source.

Tap water is treated with a large number of chemicals in order to kill bacteria and other microorganisms.

Here’s a list of just a few of the chemicals:

Liquified chlorine

Fluorosilicic acid

Aluminium sulphate

Calcium hydroxide

Sodium silicofluoride

Don’t forget that once your water leaves the water treatment plant it travels through pipes, some of which may have been underground since Victorian times.

It is almost impossible for the water not to become contaminated by something undesirable.

How many of us still have lead pipes feeding into our houses? You can pretty much guarantee that if your house was built before about 1970 it’s probably still fed by a lead pipe at the very least from the water main in the street to your stop tap, so there’s every chance of heavy metal contamination.

Over 300 different man-made chemicals have now been detected in British tap water.

Water companies only test for around 20 of these chemicals.

These twenty chemicals are all present in varying amounts for example DDT, Simazine, Atrazine, and 3,4 Benz pyrene, (weed killers).

I can go on and on here, a recent study by Brunel University showed levels of benzotriazole and tolytriazole in UK tap water – these chemicals are found in dishwasher tablets and are used to make our cutlery shiny, yet are finding their way into our water supply.

Studies have also revealed that high levels of the female hormone estrogen contaminate water supplies as it returns to our waterways from the millions of women on the contraceptive pill or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and also from contamination from some industrial chemicals.

As estrogen is not filtered out on a large scale anyone drinking water straight from the tap without a water filtration system is in essence consuming small quantities of the estrogen hormone!

One of the biggest issues currently being researched around the estrogen levels in tap water is it’s link to male fertility problems, it is thought the levels of estrogen found in tap water lead to testicular dysgenesis syndrome and fertility issues!

The Environment Agency also recently revealed research showing large quantities of male fish in rivers and waterways are actually changing sex – all because of the high estrogen levels being found in water.

High levels of estrogen in women can lead to fat storage around the bottom and thighs too!

Next up comes fluoride.

Fluoride is added to around 10% of the UK’s water supply, its purpose is to help prevent dental decay, however the problem with adding fluoride to water in my opinion greatly out way the benefits .

The thyroid gland is particularly affected by fluoride exposure because its store of iodine is depleted.

Lack of iodine depresses the thyroid’s metabolic and immune functions by shuting down production of thyroxine, the thyroid prohormone that controls metabolism resulting in hypothyroidism and lowered immunity.

The resulting hypothyroidism causes weight gain, cold intolerance, dry and prematurely aged skin, depression, constipation, hair loss, memory loss, irritability, increased cholesterol levels, heart disease and loss of libido. Pretty scary stuff yeah?

Isn’t it any wonder the fluoridation of water is banned in all other European countries? …just saying!

And finally…

Research by Birmingham University showed that the “chlorination” process that tap water goes through to kill germs and dangerous bacteria could be a problem for pregnant women.

Researchers found that chemicals formed during chlorination called trihalomethanes, or THM for short were found to affect pregnant women more and cause a higher incidence of three birth defects (hole-in-the-heart defect, cleft palate) very scary stuff!

All of the above reasons are the reasons why I drink from my Water-to-Go Filter Bottle rather than tap water! Plus it also removes any odors too.

How to Get 30 Days of Food Preps

Fancy 30 days’ worth of food? well here is what I recommend for beginners.

The idea is to simplify the beginning stages of storing food and to get you to a minimum of 30 days of stored food as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

As you know I am not a fan of those big cases of Mountain House or Wise food. Although prepared foods like this absolutely have a place in your overall food preps, you should not be relying completely on these foods to make up your entire stockpile.

Your food preps should be as normal as your daily food intake already is, if you wouldn’t eat Mountain House every day of the week now, why would that change in a long-term disaster scenario?

Another trap new preppers experience is “price-shock” when looking at the prices of these foods.

This can lead to newer preppers taking far too long to even get to 30 days of stored food, which is the bare minimum everyone should have on hand, right now, no matter what.

This survival prep list is a cheap way for a new prepper, or someone rebuilding their stockpile from scratch to make a few trips to the supermarket and walk out with 30 days of long-term storable food that will last for years to come for a fraction of the cost of 30 days of freeze-dried prepared meals.

This list is developed based for a typical family of 4 with an average daily calorie count of about 2000 calories per day.

5 pounds of wheat flour – Flour can be used to make literally hundreds of different foods including bread, pasta, tortillas, pie crusts, biscuits and desserts.

Flour can also be used to thicken soups and sauces. Be sure to keep in mind any wheat or gluten allergies you might have in your family.

A good alternative to wheat flour would be corn meal.

I suggest wheat flour above white flour simply because wheat flour contains more fibre and nutrients than white flour, which gives you more bang for less.

10 pounds of brown rice – Rice has been the staple food source in many areas of the world for centuries.

It takes on other flavours very easily and is a great carbohydrate addition to most meals.

Brown rice is suggested over white for the same reason as wheat flour.

Brown rice still has the rice hull attached which is packed with protein, fibre and other nutrients.

It does take a little more care when cooking but once you get the hang of it, brown rice actually tastes much better than white.

100 (8oz. tins) of tinned vegetables – It is important to have a well-balanced diet within your stored foods.

You can’t live off of rice and beans alone.

Tinned vegetables do have a slightly lower nutrient value than fresh, but they store very well.

Pick out a good variety of canned vegetables but make sure that you’re picking ones that you actually like and keep in mind how you are going to prepare them and what flavourings you will add to them.

5 pounds of pasta – Pasta is another great carbohydrate that takes on other flavours very well, stores essentially forever if done correctly and packs a lot of calories.

5 (jars) of pasta sauce – Pick out a good variety of different sauces but pay attention to the expiration dates on them.

Most sauces can store unopened for several years, however some types of organic sauces do expire much quicker.

Pasta sauce is also very versatile and can be used with various vegetables and carbohydrates.

10 pounds of beans – It wouldn’t be a survival food list without beans!

There are hundreds of varieties of dried beans that are great for long-term storage. Be sure to experiment with different varieties to find the kinds that you like.

Also keep in mind that beans do require a significant amount of water to hydrate and cook.

3 large jars of peanut butter – Peanut butter is a great survival food because it stores for a very long time, is fairly resistant to temperature changes and is a great source of protein and fat.

Just make sure to keep in mind any possible nut allergies. An allergic reaction in a survival scenario could be a death sentence.

2 (packs) of yeast – Yeast is extremely versatile.

It can make anything from breads to alcohol. If you have never worked with yeast before, buy some and do some experimenting.

3 boxes of baking powder and baking soda – These are important ingredients in baking and open up a whole new set of foods that you can make.

5 pounds of sugar – Sugar is just one of those staples that is necessary when making foods from scratch and is the easiest flavouring ingredient you can use.

White sugar stores much better than brown.

Brown sugar goes bad quicker and will turn solid quickly.

100 tins of tinned meats – In a survival situation protein should be your biggest concern.

Protein fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, typically has the highest calorie count and gives you the most long-term energy.

Be sure to try out as many canned meats as you can for both variety and preference.

What to do when you bring the bacon home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prep Time

7-9 days

Cook Time

6-8 hours on the smoker

Ingredients

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

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

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

1/2 cup Maldon salt

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

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

1 Tablespoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 gallon Ziplock bag

Cooking Instructions

Begin by mixing all dry ingredients into a small bowl. Rub the cure into the exposed surfaces of the pork. Really work it in, make sure the belly is well coated with the cure. Place the pork into a two gallon Ziplock bag and pour sorghum over the top of the meat (honey works well too) and seal the bag. Place the belly flat into a pyrex dish (the bag will leak a little, they always do) and put it in the fridge. Flip the pork once per day for 7 to 10 days.

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

Rinse it well under cold water and fry it like you would bacon. If you like the flavour, it is finished. If you would like the salt and spice to be a bit stronger, let it soak another day or two. Remember that the outer surface is always quite a bit saltier than the inner slices will be.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Survival Trapping

Trapping or snaring is a simple process. Your goal is to hold, contain, or kill the intended target species.

Without real traps or snares, you have to use your head. The
better your understanding of wildlife, the better trapper you will be.

I have a friend who just started trapping and she told me she used to think you just put traps anywhere in the woods and the animals would be caught!

This is a very important statement if you are a beginner. To understand trapping, you have to understand what estate agents say all the time
– “Location, location, location.”

To become an expert trapper, you must study every piece of written material on the target animals. I am not just talking about trapping books and videos, but wildlife studies.

Have you seen the movie with Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins called “The Edge”? I think that is what it was called, anyway.

This is the movie where they are stranded up in Alaska. They make that little cage trap out of sticks and twine to catch the squirrel.

Then they catch a squirrel. The funny part was the squirrel the movie shows getting caught in the trap doesn’t even live in Alaska!

I have seen animals in traps, and I laughed my head off when I saw that part! A trapped squirrel would have jumped and pushed at the cage.

That cage, having no weight on it would have fallen open,
and the squirrel would have escaped. Don’t rely on Hollywood to teach you any
survival skills!

Pine Sap and Birch Bark Trap. I will now discuss some different emergency trapping techniques. One of my favourites is a century old way of trapping birds. For centuries, the Indians knew that trapping fed them better than hunting, and they developed this trap.

Form a cone like an ice cream cone, and tie strips of inner bark around the cone to keep it together. Score a pine tree by cutting off a 4 x 4 inch square in the bark, until you can see the inner bark. The sticky sap will flow out.

Take a stick and get a good glob of sap, then smear it onto the inside of your cone. Using whatever the birds – like grouse or pheasants – are feeding on (berries, corn, etc…), make a small trail leading into the cone, and fill the inner cone with the bait.

The bird will eat the bait and follow the trail right into the cone! Once they stick their head in, the pine sap will stick to their feathers.

The bird is now blind. But, just like a bird in a cage that you place a cover over, these trapped birds will lay down, thinking it is night time, and go to sleep.

It is very important to make sure no light can be seen inside the cone.

Approach the trapped bird slowly and quietly. Once you grab the bird, hold on tight, because it is going to freak out! Quickly grab it and wring its neck.

Stove pipe Bird Trap.

The stove pipe game bird trap is so simple, it makes me laugh every time I think about it.

The principle behind it is that birds can’t back up. Have you ever seen a bird walk backwards? Neither have I!

A friend told me about it when I was in school. There was a farm inside the village limits loaded with pheasants! He used to train his dogs there. The pheasants were just too tempting for me, so I had to try it.

So, I made a trap, baited it with corn, and the next day, sure enough, there were fresh pheasant tracks going right into the pipe!

Man! This is great, I thought! I lifted the pipe, expecting the weight of a bird, only to be disappointed upon finding it empty.

Mice must have stolen the bait, I thought. After two more days of tracks going into the pipe and no pheasants, I figured it out. I was using an 8-inch pipe, and the birds could turn around.

I went back to the scrapyard, found some 6-inch pipe, and the next day, the pheasant was waiting!

Of course, I had to try it on the grouse, and found that a 4-inch pipe works for them. My guess for quail would be the 2- or 3-inch pipe.

Materials needed:

6-inch diameter, 24-inch long stove pipe

A piece of chicken wire, about 12-inches square and some duct tape

That’s it. You take the chicken wire, form it around one end of the pipe, and duct tape the overlay nice and tight around the pipe. Place a trail of corn going into the pipe, and a pile or cob in the back.

This has to be the easiest trap to make, and man does it work! Be careful when you pull the pheasants out. They are a feisty bird, and you had better have a good hold on them. Otherwise, they will fly off.

A Pit Trap.

This is a neat trap. A friend who enjoys (poaching) told this me about this one, on
catching pheasants.

You take a coke bottle, or a small shovel, and dig a hole 6 inches in diameter, 10- to 12 inches deep. Make a trail of corn leading to the hole, and cover the bottom with corn.

The pheasant, or grouse, will come up and reach down to get
the corn.

Then, they fall into the hole. Their wings are stuck at their sides, and their feet are hanging up in the air! You just pull them up by the feet, and wring the neck.

Fish Trapping.

One of the oldest methods of catching fish is used in small rivers and streams. You find a shallow spot next to a deep hole. At night, the fish come out to feed, and will swim in the shallows.

To take advantage of this, you can narrow down the opening into a “V”. Behind the “V” is a solid wall of rocks.

The fish will swim in and get caught or confused, and lay in the trap until daylight.

When you go to check the trap, approach quietly from the front. Place a large rock, or rocks, blocking the hole in the “V”. This is to keep any from escaping.

Netting is the best way to catch the fish in the containment area. If you don’t have a net, make a spear. Clubbing fish is a waste of time in the water.

All that happens is you get very wet, and the fish could get so scared they will jump over the back wall to escape. Yes, I found that one out first-hand.

If you are serious about trapping, get real equipment, and real snares. Real traps and snares will always catch more than these home made traps.

Trapping is a skill that takes practice. You have to learn to walk into the woods and recognize what type of animal lives there.

Then you need to learn where they travel for food, water, and shelter and set your traps and snares accordingly.

Choosing Game

Choosing and cooking game isn’t difficult with a few guidelines and a little information about Game.

Game is the term for wild animals and birds hunted and caught for food.

Game has been a favourite British food forever, as it was once the main source of meat for many being wild and more importantly, free.

Today many animals and birds, which were once wild, are now raised on farms including quail, deer and rabbit.

Game falls into two types; feathered and furred.

The season for wild feathered game starts officially on the 12th August, known as the Glorious 12th, and runs through to late February; furred game from August 1st until late April.

Dates vary throughout the UK and Ireland for different types of Game and precise details can be found on the Shooting UK website.

Buying Game

Many supermarkets now sell oven-ready game with cooking instructions but if you want to know more about where your meat came from then it is best to go to a specialist game dealer.

A game dealer will be able to tell you where and when the bird or animal was shot and advise on cooking methods.

Knowing the age of the game is very important, as this will determine the cooking method.

Young birds can be roasted whereas older birds are better suited to a casserole or pie.

If you are lucky to have been given a brace of birds, young birds if un plucked will have smooth legs, and the beak and feet will still be pliable.

Fresh game can only be bought in season unless frozen, whereas farmed game is not subject to the seasons and can often be bought year-round.

Farmed game is tenderer and less gamey in flavour than from the wild; which you choose is down to personal preference.

Hanging Game

Birds and animals caught in the wild have a tendency to be dry and tough and the way to counteract this is to hang them.

Hanging tenderizes the meat and allows flavour to develop.

The test of when a bird or animal had been hung sufficiently used to be waiting until the head and tail feathers fell off, or maggots appeared in the gut is no longer used – thank goodness.

Ripeness is now judged by the smell.

A high bird will smell powerfully gamey; a bird that is rotten smells bad, as any meat that has gone off.

Pheasant, partridge and grouse should be hung by the neck, wildfowl including geese by the feet. This helps the meat to mature slowly and retain moisture – very important to avoid the game being dry when cooked.

We have about two months left to obtain some game; quite often game butchers will offer a deal on locally shot game, my local butcher has an offer of 10 oven ready pheasants for only £20.

But I ask you if you have not tried it to do so this year, you will not regret it.