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This Week’s Show 20th October 2017

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SHOW NOTES

I start this weeks show with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, then the Water-to-Go Filter Bottle 15% discount offer, Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water, The Tarphat 20% discount offer, Do You Know What’s in Your Tap Water? Civil Defence Planning Today, How to Get 30 Days of Food Preps,What to do when you bring the bacon home? Survival Trapping, Basic Winter Vehicle Kit, Eight Deadly Enemies to Your Survival.

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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 in holiday destinations safe to drink in fact you can drink from any water scource.

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 odours too.

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Civil Defence Planning Today

Civil Defence as we know it is now virtually unrecognisable in the 21st Century. As a result of the end of the Cold War, “war planning” has now stopped and the councils are no longer required to prepare for war.

So does Civil Defence really exist today? The answer is to ask another question, What is Civil Defence?.

According to the Cold war document “Civil Defence – Why do we need it”, Civil Defence is “to adapt ourselves to the reality that we at present must live with, and to prepare ourselves so that we could alleviate the suffering which war would cause if it came.”

Military defence is concerned with stopping a threat that would require Civil Defence, however in nuclear war there is no military defence so Civil Defence is required.

And this form of Civil Defence had a face – much of it secret, but things we now know a lot about, such as nuclear bunkers, food rationing, food depots, emergency communications networks etc.

That was the Cold War and this is 2017. If we take an alternative view of Civil Defence then we could define it as “to plan for the situation after a terrible event and make sure civilian life can continue.”

This would include the right to food, shelter, warmth, sanitation and importantly a democratic system of Government (as opposed to overthrow by military invasion!).

.The new threat needing Civil Defence

The main threat we face today is International Terrorism but with roots here in the UK.

Its aim is to specifically target our way of life but generally in one specific area – i.e. a particular right (i.e. to live etc.).

The need therefore to plan for a complete break down in society (which would have followed a war) is therefore defunct.

Equally the need for “hard” measures such as bunkers and depots is also no longer applicable.

The face of Civil Defence is therefore “soft strategies” which relate to plans for how the emergency services should respond and deal with catastrophies when they happen. Regional Planning plays a crucial part to make sure a co-ordinated response occurs.

Civil Defence therefore no longer has any secrets. The old “spies for peace” won’t find much here.

However the police and MI5 have radically altered the way they operate but in comparison with the Cold War threat – they could now be considered the Military defence – i.e. offensive response / proactive mechanisms to stop against an attack. Secrets relating to MI5/Police exist for our own good (rather than the survival of the select few).

But …

There are 2 (very small) war planning Civil Defence “hard” measures still in place. One is the Pindar nuclear bunker under Whitehall and the other is the National Attack Warning System – a BT system to get an attack warning message out to the public.

The latter however is no longer considered core to the Governments warning systems and further reduces the “war related” measures still active.

Pindar is a very active nuclear bunker under the MOD building which is still used for emergencies but is not specifically a civil defence bunker.

That is it, it’s up to us to plan for our survival.

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.

The Basic Winter Vehicle Kit

It seems like every winter there are news stories of people getting stranded in bad weather while driving around the UK.

Very few ask themselves this critical question: Do I really need to go out at all?

I have written many articles about how to prepare your home for a power cuts or natural or man-made emergencies, Now I want to look at how to be prepared for an emergency when traveling in your vehicle.

Keeping warm and safe

Warmth, of course, is a major concern in a cold climate and bad weather emergencies.

Since you’ll be in your vehicle, you’ll have that as protection against the elements. but extra clothing (preferably wool), some blankets, and a sleeping bag will keep you warm if you are overnight or longer.

You should keep these items in a black bag in the boot, or better still like me in a plastic storage box.

I recommend wool clothing because it sheds moisture, just in case you have to leave your car during wet or snowy weather. It’s no fun being stranded and cold, and hypothermia is a real danger in cold weather.

If you do run your car engine to operate the car heater, be sure you aren’t breathing in carbon monoxide fumes from the exhaust.

In a snow emergency, you must make certain that the car’s exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow, and be sure the exhaust is not being sucked into the car through an open window in the back of the vehicle.

Opening a front window a bit will help admit fresh air into the passenger compartment. You can’t smell carbon monoxide, so don’t rely on your nose.

Finding supplies

Once you’ve ensured you and your family will be warm during a car emergency situation, you need to ensure you’ll have enough food and drinking water.

I realize that not everyone lives near a camping or sporting goods shop stocked with all kinds of really great fold-up and lightweight camping equipment.

But don’t worry as substitutes for many of the specialized camping equipment and freeze-dried foods you will need can be found in most supermarkets, if you know what to look for.

The two biggest complaints I hear from people when it comes to buying emergency supplies are the high cost for items they may never actually use and the need to replace out-of-date food that was never eaten.

Yes, those tasty freeze-dried, ready-to-eat meals from most camping stores are expensive, and yes, many may never actually be used.

But that is also true of buying a fire extinguisher, as you don’t intend to ever actually use it either, but it’s a real life saver if you do.

To address these high-cost concerns and the difficulty to locate camping stores that stock hard-to-find survival equipment, I decided to assemble a 10-day emergency food supply by shopping only at local supermarkets this is very cheap insurance if you travel through areas where you would not want to be stranded, and you will not be that much out of pocket if you have to occasionally replace items that have reached their expiration date.

Drinking water supply

A person can actually live many days without any food, but your body must have drinking water. This is easy to solve by tossing a few plastic gallons of bottled water in the boot.

Food and drink mixes

When it comes to stored emergency food, you want meals that are easy to prepare, use little or no cooking equipment, and tastes good.

Since you could be injured or trapped, you want to keep it very simple. So please keep your emergency preps in the car passenger area with you as you may not be able to get to the boot.

There are many drink mixes and dehydrated food packs that are inexpensive and can be found supermarkets, although they are not actually advertised or sold as emergency or camping supplies.

Check out self heating meals too.

You may also want a few things to eat that do not require any hot water or cooking. Several small sealed packages of beef jerky and trail mix and high energy bars are a good choice. However, avoid any foods or snacks that contain ingredients like chocolate, which can melt when stored in a heated car trunk.

Heating foods and drinks

You can use a mini camping gas cooker or a home-made emergency heater of the type made from an empty tin with a toilet roll squeezed inside it, check my site for details.

You need only one or two cups of water at a time, so you will not need to hold a large pan full of water over a fire for very long.

Your saucepan or metal cup will most likely also serve as your “plate” to eat from after preparing a dehydrated food meal.

I think it’s really nice to have some paper plates and paper towels which store forever if kept dry.

Most dehydrated food packaging uses strong Mylar or plastic coated aluminum-foil construction, and some brands may even allow adding the hot water right into the pouch.

You must carefully cut off the top and support the pouch on a solid surface to prevent it tipping over. You need to be very careful while pouring in boiling hot water or you may scald yourself.

Most pre-packaged meals require the water to be extremely hot, so you may need to stir the mixture and let slightly cool for a few minutes before eating.

Since you can heat only one cup of water at a time, you may want to prepare your meal first. You can then refill the cup with water after eating to make hot water for coffee, tea, or hot cocoa to sip as you try to relax while waiting for the storm to end or rescuers to arrive.

Non-food items needed

Your emergency food pack will need a few items you should already have around the house that you can re-use.

These include some eating utensils and a really good pocket knife or small kitchen knife. I also suggest taking OTC pain killers, and any medication you are taking which should get you through most minor medical emergencies.

If you really want comfort you can also include travel-size packages of toothpaste, shampoo, hand lotion, toilet tissue, bar soap, hand sanitizer, some first-aid supplies, and a disposable razor. It is your pack after all.

While you are putting your emergency pack together, save up all those free packets of salt, pepper, and condiments you get at fast food outlets as these will also come in handy for emergencies.

If you don’t have a spare torch/flashlight, purchase one of the new small LED-type torch/flashlights that use three AAA-size batteries. These torch/flashlights are small and very bright, and will operate weeks on these tiny batteries.

A length of paracord and a tarp are very handy for many emergencies. And finally, don’t forget that roll of duct tape.

Eight Deadly Enemies to Your Survival

When putting together survival kits, there are 8 enemies of survival to consider – no matter whether the kit is for someone going into the bush, or if the kit is being made for a teotwawki situation. Taking care of these eight issues by stocking up your kit well will go a long way to ensuring your survival in just about any survival situation.

Fear:

Fear often leads to panic and panic does no one any good…in fact it often kills. The best way to temper fear is by preparing with proper survival skills and survival gear.

Survival skills help reduce fear because you know that you can take care of yourself in a survival situation. Without those survival skills people who are lost are often so scared they don’t know what to do. They’re scared of the animals, scared of the dark, scared of being without all of the comforts of civilization.

Survival gear helps combat fear because it gives you the tools that makes surviving easier.

Complacency:

Complacency is a bane of modern life. Complacency is dangerous because it lulls you into believing everything is alright and causes you to ignore clear signs of danger. A good way to combat complacency is by practicing the art of relaxed awareness.

Relaxed awareness is similar to the art of meditation….it is achieved by being fully immersed and aware of your surroundings. A good example of relaxed awareness is when you are practicing defensive driving. After you practice defensive driving, you remember the entire drive because your mind was fully engaged and active the entire trip. Unfortunately relaxed awareness isn’t something you can pack in a bag, but you can practice it constantly to help ensure your survival.

Hunger:

Hunger can nag at you, slow you down, and eventually kill you. Combat hunger by learning primitive hunting and fishing skills. Make sure that you have snare wire, survival knives, paracord, a fishing kit and anything else you can think of that will help you find and secure game and fish. Also, learn what wild plant in the area are edible.

Thirst

You will die in only a few days without water. Depending on your activity level and the environment, you will need at least a gallon of water a day. Knowing how to locate, store and decontaminate water is essential. Always carry a way to store and decontaminate water.

98.6 degrees Fahrenheit

If you can’t keep the core temperature of your body at 98.6 degrees, you are in a world of hurt. Cody Lundin of “Dual Survival” fame covers this reality very well in his book “98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive”.

You need to be able to protect your body from both heat and the cold. Always have a way to make a quick emergency shelter in your survival kit. Bivy bags are lightweight and take up very little room. You also need several ways to start a fire in your kit. Also, always have clothing in your survival kit that is rugged and made for the weather of the season that you are in.

Pain

Avoid pain at all costs. It can cripple or at the very least slow you down to the point that you are in imminent danger of losing your life. If possible, carry medications to deal with it. Injuries are more likely when one panics or is fatigued.

Fatigue

Getting overly tired or fatigued makes the chances of injury greater and increases the dangers of exposure. One important thing to understand is that fatigue affects your mind just as much as it does your body.

Arctic explorers discovered that if you sleep when you need to rather than pushing on, you will wake up when you become cold. If you push on till you collapse from exhaustion you’ll freeze to death instead of waking up.

Boredom

Boredom is like a cancer that slowly eats away at morale. It is always a good idea to keep a way to entertain you in your survival kit. Something as simple as a deck of cards can do wonders for fighting boredom. To this one you can add loneliness…if you are alone. Loneliness can be devastating.

As you can see, these enemies of survival can all make surviving an emergency much more difficult…if not impossible. By understanding them you will have a much better chance of getting out of your next survival situation/emergency alive

 

 

This Week’s Show 5th October 2017

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This week I begin the show with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, then Survival Skills, Fishing to Survive, My Thoughts on North Korea’s “H” Bomb, Eating Road Kill, Flouride is Not Good, ‘Run, Hide, Tell’, The simplest Survival Navigation Technique, Multi-use Survival Kit.

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Survival Skills

Acquiring survival skills is an on-going process that will last for your entire life.

There is always more to learn and experience, which is part of the fun of being a survivor.

As your survival expertise grows the knowledge and abilities you gain are often useful in other areas.

For example survivors prepare ahead of time, and they are experts in the art of ingenuity and inventiveness.

Excellent attributes for anyone.

The possible environments and situations you could find yourself in are in numerable.

Although each situation has its particular requirements for successfully surviving, in the final analysis it is mastery of five basic survival skills that are essential.

Proficiency and preparedness in these 5 basic skills will give you the edge and put you on your way toward becoming a talented survivor.

Knowing how to build a fire is the best survival skill you can have.

Fire provides warmth ,light, and comfort so you get on with the business of survival.

Even if you do not have adequate clothing a good fire can allow you to survive in the coldest of environments.

Fire keeps away the creatures that go bump in the night and so you can have the peace of mind and rest you need. And that is not all.

Fire will cook your food and purify your water, both excellent attributes when you want to stay healthy when potential disease causing organisms are lurking about.

Fire will dry your clothing and even aid in the making of tools and keeping pesky insects at bay.

But even that is not all. Fire and smoke can be used for signalling very long distances.

Always have at least two, and preferably three, ways of making a fire at you immediate disposal.

With a lighter, a fire steel and a magnesium rod you should be able to create a fire anytime anywhere no matter how adverse the conditions.

So the lesson here is to learn the art of fire craft, Practice and become an expert.

Your ability to create a fire is perhaps the most visible mark of an experienced survivor. I recommend that you practice in your back garden in all weather, as if you cannot light a fire there how will you light one when it really matters.

Shelter protects your body from the outside elements. This includes heat, cold, rain, snow, the sun, and wind.

It also protects you from insects and other creatures that seek to do you harm.

The survival expert has several layers of shelter to think about. The first layer of shelter is the clothing you choose to wear.

Your clothing is of vital importance and must be wisely chosen according to the environment you are likely to find yourself in.

Be sure to dress in layers in order to maximize your ability to adapt to changing conditions.

The next layer of shelter is the one you may have to build yourself, a lean-to or debris hut perhaps.

This is only limited by your inventiveness and ingenuity. If the situation requires, your shelter can be insulated with whatever is at hand for the purpose.

Being prepared, you may have a space blanket or tarp with you, in which case creating a shelter should be relatively easy.

Before you have to make a survival shelter for real, be sure to practice and experiment with a variety of materials and survival scenarios on a regular basis.

Should the need arise you will be glad you did.

By signalling to make contact with people who can rescue you without having to be in actual physical contact with them.

There are a variety of ways to signal for help. These include using fire and smoke, flashlights, bright colour clothing and other markers, reflective mirrors, whistles, and personal locator beacons.

Three of anything is considered a signal for help: 3 gunshots, 3 blows on a whistle, three sticks in the shape of a triangle.

In a pinch, your ingenuity in devising a way to signal potential help could very well save your life.

Whenever you plan an excursion be sure to always bring extra food and water

Having more on hand than you think you need will give you that extra measure of safety should something happened and you have to stay out longer than anticipated.

You can go without food for a number of days, but living without water for even a few days will cause your efficiency to drop dramatically.

I have gone without water for 24 hours, you try it as it is not pleasant.

If at all possible, boil any water you find in order to kill disease organisms that maybe in even the cleanest looking water.

Filtering or chemically treating water is second best.

The most basic step would be to pour the water through any cloth material like a T-shirt for example.

If you cannot filter and or purify water then drink it, but upon rescue report this to a doctor as it will take several days before stomach bug will cause you problems.

Always bring along your first aid kit and a space blanket. Most injuries you are likely to encounter in the wilderness are relatively minor scrapes, cuts, bruises, and burns.

Larger injuries are going to need better facilities than that which you have at your disposal, which means you will need outside help.

Panic is your number one enemy when you are in any emergency situation, be it injured, lost, or stranded.

What you need in these situations is first aid for the mind.

Think STOP:

Sit

Think

Observe

Plan

Your best defence in any emergency is your ability to think and make correct decisions.

Building a fire is often the beginning of first aid for the mind.

Doing so will keep you busy and provide an uplift from the warmth, light and protection fire provides.

The expert survivals kills and know-how you have accumulated through practice and experience will serve you well.

When the real thing comes along, you will be prepared and adept at staying alive.

Where others have perished, as a survivor you will know you can make it.

And that is a good feeling to be sure.

Remember the more you have in your head the less you have to carry on your back.

Fishing to Survive

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

And whilst it is perfectly possible to exist without food for a few weeks and live off edible wild plants and berries, you’ll no doubt be glad of a hearty meal.

Therefore, it’s very useful to learn some fishing skills and here are some tips; assuming that you have no fishing gear with you.

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

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

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

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

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

Survival fishing isn’t an exact science though.

The more hooks you have in the water and your willingness to be patient and to experiment are going to be your biggest allies. Bad weather approaching is always a good time to go fishing as well as just after dawn and just before dusk.

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

A forked spear which can trap the fish between its prongs works best.

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

Only your imagination can limit you to the kinds of fish traps you can engineer.

One of the simplest methods is to use the effects of the tide.

On a beach or area with tidal waters, build a circle of rocks and use small pebbles to plug any gaps.

When the tide comes in, it will bring small fish in with it.

Simply return to the rock circle later and see what you’ve caught.

Most fish found in freshwater are edible although some will taste better than others.

However, it’s important to remember that it’s not a matter of taste but a matter of survival. Once caught, cut the throat and gut it by slitting it from its anal passage to its throat removing the offal as you go.

Remove the head, tail and fins then smoke, grill or boil it.

My Thoughts on North Korea’s “H” Bomb

There are two types of nuclear weapons, and they make use of the strong nuclear force by either splitting very large atoms apart (nuclear fission in an atomic bomb) or by squeezing very small atoms together (nuclear fusion in a hydrogen bomb, a.k.a. thermonuclear bomb).

Both processes release vast amounts of energy. Our sun and most stars are nothing but massive fusion reactors.

To build a nuclear weapon you need to find nuclear fuel. And very few types of atoms are both the right size and abundant enough to make a nuclear weapon.

It’s either uranium or plutonium for fission bombs, or a mixture of deuterium and tritium (both of them rare forms of hydrogen) for nuclear fusion.

To collect weapons-grade uranium is not easy. You need a concentrated (“enriched”) lump of the less stable form, uranium-235, which is only about 1% of naturally occurring uranium.

(The other 99%, uranium-238, doesn’t work for an atom bomb because it doesn’t split apart easily enough).

Separating these two forms, or isotopes—which are identical in almost every way but differ slightly in weight—is hard, and takes a lot of energy.

The plant that enriched uranium for the first atomic bomb covered more than 40 acres (16 ha) of land, with 100 miles (161 km) of piping, and thousands of heaters and compressors to turn the metallic uranium into a gas so the isotopes could be separated.

The problem with tritium an isotope of hydrogen is even greater. There is nearly no naturally occurring tritium, so it has to be synthesized.

This is done in specially designed reactors, which aren’t easy to build and generate tiny amounts of tritium at a time.

So most countries fail to find enough nuclear fuel to make a bomb. Iran, for instance, struggled to generate enough enriched uranium-235 to get started. And, in the nuclear deal it signed in 2015, Iran had to send to Russia whatever low-enriched uranium it had.

Then create a mini-sun

With enough fuel, you can make a very basic nuclear bomb.

What you need is to create conditions that can start a nuclear chain reaction.

In a fission weapon, when one atom of uranium-235, for instance, splits apart, it releases two neutrons.

If each neutron hits another atom of uranium-235, those too will split, each releasing another two neutrons, and so on. This happens only if there’s enough uranium-235 in one place—the critical mass—for each neutron to have a high chance of hitting another atom.

Once you’ve made enough uranium-235, though, creating critical mass is relatively easy.

You start out with two smaller lumps of uranium and, when it’s time to set the bomb off, bang them together at high speed.

Fusion weapons are more complex. Nuclear fusion requires conditions that exist inside the sun: extremely high temperature and pressure, millions of times of what we have on Earth.

And the nuclear fuel needs to be held under those conditions for long enough to kickstart fusion.

Although technical details remain secret, one way to create these sun-like conditions is to first have a nuclear fission explosion.

In other words, you need to make an atom bomb that then sets off a hydrogen bomb. But the payoff can be thousands of times more destructive than an atom bomb.

The biggest hydrogen bomb ever tested, Tsar Bomb (1961), was more than 3,000 times bigger than the atomic bomb that was used in Hiroshima.

When it was tested in a remote part of Russia, it was predicted that anyone within 100km of the blast would have suffered third-degree burns from the radiation released.

After the test, it was observed that the blast wave broke window panes 900kn away.

So if the explosion had occurred in Berlin, it would have broken windows in London.

Hitting the target

But there is little point in having a Tsar Bomb-sized hydrogen bomb today.

The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August 1945 weighed 4,400kg (9,700 lb) and Tsar Bomb weighed 27,000kg.

These types of bombs can only be moved in specially designed bomber planes.

With today’s anti-aircraft technology, such planes would be brought down before the nuclear weapon could be deployed.

So today, if nuclear weapons are to reach the target intended, they need to be small enough to be put on a missile.

This makes the design of new nuclear weapons more difficult.

India has claimed to have tested a thermonuclear device, but the claims remain contested.

According to Bhupendra Jasani, a nuclear physicist at King’s College London, instead of working on hydrogen bombs, countries like India and Pakistan are probably working on “boosted” atomic bombs.

A boosted weapon is one that packs more punch by using a higher proportion of its own nuclear fuel; although the Hiroshima bomb caused so much destruction, it used merely 1.4% of the uranium put in it.

One way to do this is to put some fusion fuel at the core of an atomic bomb. This mixture of deuterium and tritium is compressed to create a fusion reaction.

This produces more neutrons, which then enhance the chain reaction of the fission fuel. In other words, you use an atom bomb to set off a tiny hydrogen bomb which in turn ratchets up the atom bomb.

I therefore suggest that North Korea’s claimed “hydrogen bomb” was really an attempt to test a boosted atomic bomb.

The seismometer readings suggest that the bomb North Korea tested was in the rang of what atomic bombs can yield rather than what hydrogen bomb can yield.

Basically all Jong-un wants is to inflate his own ego and tell his people that he is doing all he can to protect them from vicious forces outside.

Even though I think he may not have an H-bomb, the fact that North Korea has conducted four nuclear weapons tests since 2006 should be a cause for worry.

Eating Road Kill

In rural areas in the 20th century road kill was considered a table delicacy for many who would otherwise be going without meat. Deer, various birds, rabbit etc. and a variety of other animals killed by vehicles and left lying on the side of the road became an important source of protein for many a family.

An important feature of road kill is that the hunting has been done for you.

There the animal lay; all you needed to do was pick it up, skin it, dress it, and cook it . A gift from God a hungry man should not pass up!

Many people have considered road kill to be a windfall.  As long as the kill is fresh and the animal looks healthy, its meat is perfectly safe to eat.

As with all meat, be sure to prepare it properly before consumption.

So You Won’t Eat Road Kill? Or You Don’t think you could eat road kill?

That’s simply because at this time you can afford to snub your nose at such easy free meat.

Sure, right now many of you are squeamish at the thought of eating road kill.

After all, your stomachs are regularly full and probably have been for all of your life.

You have never experienced first-hand what it is like to go hungry for several days straight – or even weeks.

Your cupboards are well stocked, and as much food as you could possibly want is waiting for you at the local shop. But remember that could all change.

During times of natural and man made disaster or economic collapse food sources can quickly dry up. It’s amazing how preconceived food prejudices are soon rejected when real gnawing hunger sets in.

After a few months without enough food to eat, you will think nothing of eating insects, worms, rats, or anything else that comes your way.

Served with veg and gravy a nice road kill badger roast would be a seriously welcome addition to the dinner table.

When you think about it, what’s the difference whether that animal was dispatched at the abotrior , by a hunter in the forest, or a speeding vehicle?

I would say none. As long as the meat is reasonably fresh and well-cooked it will not matter one bit how the animal met its end.

What does matter is feeding yourself and your family; road kill could put meat on the table when food is scarce and your survival is at stake.

Road Kill is Good Food, Road kill is traditionally accepted mealtime fare in many areas. In my neck of the woods pheasants are daily hit by motorists speeding through the countryside.

The local gamekeeper reckons he loses up to 35 to 40 per day on the roads around the estate.

Just as when you shop for meat at the supermarket, you want to insure your road kill meat is fresh and has not “gone off”.

Although obvious signs of potentially spoiled meat include smell and the presence of scavenging insects, maggots, and the like, meat can also be spoiled without these signs.

You must cook all meat thoroughly in order to destroy any disease causing organisms or parasites.

If you find road kill on a stretch of road you had just passed over several hours before, then chances are your road kill is reasonably fresh and you are in meat.

As in all things, the best survivors are aware of their environment and open to opportunity as it presents itself, however unexpectedly.

Road kill meat is a potentially valuable resource in times of need and not to be overlooked by the hungry survivor.

Remember in the UK if you hit and kill game on the roads YOU are not allowed to stop and pick it up however the driver of the vehicle behind legally can.

Flouride is Not Good

Fluoride used by Nazis to sterilize inmates and make them docile. Fluoride a key dumbing down ingredient of Prozac and Sarin nerve gas — poisons of choice for tyrant rats.

If this is new to you, please go and look at the tooth paste box or tube and read the medical warning?

One of the most commented on pieces I did last year was the one on flouride in tooth paste, the result was amazing as people did not know this was going on and most told me they had thrown out the usual tooth paste and the had bought fluoride-free instead

First of all, it needs to be stated that the ‘substance’ referred to as ‘Fluoride’ is a misnomer – there is no such substance listed in the periodic chart of the elements, nor in the prestigious CRC handbook, .nor in the sacred ‘bible’ of the pharmaceutical industry – the illustrious ‘Merck Index’.

Instead, we find a GAS called Fluorine – and from the use of this gas in various industries such as aluminium manufacturing and the nuclear industry -certain toxic by-products are created which have ‘captured’ fluorine molecules.

One such toxic, poisonous ‘by-product’ is called sodium Fluoride – which according to the Merck Index is primarily used as rat and cockroach poison and is also the active ingredient in most toothpastes and as an “additive to drinking water”.

But sadly, there is much more to this sordid tale.

Did you know that sodium Fluoride is also one of the basic ingredients in both PROZAC (FLUoxetene Hydrochloride) and Sarin Nerve Gas (Isopropyl-Methyl-Phosphoryl FLUORIDE) – (Yes, folks the same Sarin Nerve Gas that terrorists released on a crowded Japanese subway train!).

Let me repeat: the truth you need to understand the fact that Sodium Fluoride is nothing more (or less) than a hazardous waste by-product of the nuclear and aluminium industries.

In addition to being the primary ingredient in rat and cockroach poisons, it is also a main ingredient in aesthetic, hypnotic, and psychiatric drugs as well as military NERVE GAS!

Why, oh why then is it allowed to be added to the toothpastes and drinking water of us the people?

Historically, this substance was quite expensive for the worlds’ premier chemical companies to dispose of – but in the 50’s and 60’s – Alcoa and the entire aluminium industry – with a vast overabundance of the toxic waste – SOMEHOW sold the FDA and our government on the insane (but highly profitable) idea of buying this poison at a 20,000% markup and then injecting it into our water supply as well as into the nation’s toothpastes and mouth wash.

Yes that’s right dear listener, a 20,000% markup.

Consider also that when sodium Fluoride is injected into our drinking water, its level is approximately 1 part-per-million (ppm), but since we only drink ½ of one percent of the total water supply, the hazardous chemical literally ‘goes down the drain’ and voila – the chemical industry has not only a free hazardous waste disposal system – but we have also PAID them handsomely in the process!!

This is very wrong and it stinks.

Independent scientific evidence over the past 50 plus years has shown that sodium fluoride shortens our life span, promotes various cancers and mental disturbances, and most importantly, makes humans stupid, docile, and subservient, all in one neat little package.

There is increasing evidence that aluminium in the brain is a causative factor in Alzheimer’s Disease, and evidence points towards sodium fluoride’s strong affinity to ‘bond’ with this dangerous aluminium (remember it is a by-product of aluminium manufacturing) and also it has the ability to ‘trick’ the blood-brain barrier by imitating the hydrogen ion thus allowing this chemical access to brain tissue.

There is a tremendous amount of emotional, highly unscientific “know-it-all” emotions attached to the topic of ‘sodium fluoride’ usage -but I personally have yet to find even ONE objective, double blind study that even remotely links sodium fluoride to healthy teeth at ANY AGE.

Instead, I hear and read such blather as “9 out of 10 DENTISTS recommend ‘fluoride’ toothpaste” etc. etc. etc.

Concerning the ‘practice’ of putting sodium fluoride into drinking water, where did this insanity begin and WHO tried it first?

Well it appears the very first occurrence of purposefully putting sodium fluoride into drinking water was in the German ghettos and in Nazi Germany’s infamous prison camps.

The Gestapo you see had little concern about sodium fluoride’s ‘supposed’ effect on children’s teeth; instead, their reason for mass-medicating water with sodium fluoride was to STERILIZE HUMANS and force the people in their concentration camps into calm, bovine, submission.

Kind of shocking isn’t it folks!! Ah, but it gets even better.

The following letter was received by the Lee Foundation for Nutritional Research, Milwaukee Wisconsin, on 2 October 1954, from a research chemist by the name of Charles Perkins. He writes:

“I have your letter of September 29 asking for further documentation regarding a statement made in my book, “The Truth about Water Fluoridation”, to the effect that the idea of water fluoridation was brought to England from Russia by the Russian Communist Kreminoff.

In the 1930’s Hitler and the German Nazis envisioned a world to be dominated and controlled by a Nazi philosophy of pan-Germanism.

The German chemists worked out a very ingenious and far-reaching plan of mass-control which was submitted to and adopted by the German General Staff. This plan was to control the population in any given area through mass medication of drinking water supplies.

By this method they could control the population in whole areas, reduce population by water medication that would produce sterility in women, and so on. In this scheme of mass-control, sodium fluoride occupied a prominent place.

“Repeated doses of infinitesimal amounts of fluoride will in time reduce an individual’s power to resist domination, by slowly poisoning and narcotising a certain area of the brain, thus making him submissive to the will of those who wish to govern him. [A convenient and cost-effective light lobotomy? — Ott].

“The real reason behind water fluoridation is not to benefit children’s teeth. If this were the real reason there are many ways in which it could be done that are much easier, cheaper, and far more effective.

The real purpose behind water fluoridation is to reduce the resistance of the masses to domination and control and loss of liberty.”

“When the Nazis under Hitler decided to go to Poland, both the German General Staff and the Russian General Staff exchanged scientific and military ideas, plans, and personnel, and the scheme of mass control through water medication was seized upon by the Russian Communists because it fitted ideally into their plans to communize the world.”

“I was told of this entire scheme by a German chemist who was an official of the great I.G. Farben chemical industries and was also prominent in the Nazi movement at the time. I say this with all the earnestness and sincerity of a scientist who has spent nearly 20 years’ research into the chemistry, biochemistry, physiology and pathology of fluorine — any person who drinks artificially fluorinated water for a period of one year or more will never again be the same person mentally or physically.”

Signed: CHARLES E. PERKINS, Chemist, 2 October, 1954.

Apparently, the public outcry by Dr. Bronner and others precluded the fluoridation of public water systems for a season – but soon thereafter, the Food and Drug Administration allowed this deadly poison to be put in ‘toothpaste’, and our dentists were systematically brainwashed into providing ‘fluoride treatments’ to their many patients.

Of course, today many major metropolitan areas have a minimum of 1 parts per million sodium fluoride systematically added to their water supply and more areas are seeking to add this poison every year.

Add to this the fact that bottling companies (soft drinks, juices, etc.) use fluoridated water to make their products – is it any wonder that people can no longer think clearly and ask pertinent questions of their elected and ecclesiastical leaders?

Is it also a mystery why so many top Nazi mind control scientists were brought to America by the CIA and their infamous ‘Operation Paper Clip’?

If you believe all of this is ‘just a coincidence’ – go ahead and keep brushing your teeth with your ‘fluoride’ toothpaste and sucking on your sodium fluoride enhanced Coke or Pepsi product – for ignorance truly is bliss and you truly deserve what you get.

Mothers, if your little ones are having trouble concentrating at home or in school, or have been diagnosed as ‘attention deficit’ – perhaps you would be well advised to look for the culprit (and the solution to the problem) no further than your home medicine cabinet (your tube of toothpaste) and your friendly neighbourhood school’s water taps!!

Buy a water to go bottle fas the tap water tastes fantastically refreshing, that is what I did.

‘Run, Hide, Tell’

In the light of this week’s tragic events in LA I want to recover what to do in such an event.

Firstly may I offer my prayers and thoughts to the injured and their families and to the relatives and friend of those taken from them.

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

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

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

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

You must turn your phone to silent.

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

So this is what I recommend you should do

Escape if you can.

Consider the safest options.

Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.

Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?

Insist others leave with you.

Leave belongings behind.

If you can’t RUN, HIDE.

Find cover from gunfire.

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

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

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

Be aware of your exits.

Try not to get trapped.

Be quiet, silence your phone.

Lock / barricade yourself in.

Move away from the door.

Call 999 – What do the police need to know?

Location – Where are the suspects?

Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?

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

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

Types of weapons, handguns long guns, explosives.

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

What are your plans if there were an incident?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stock up on emergency food, equipment and essential supplies.

If the situation is still live i.e. ongoing do not call or text loved ones at the scene as they may NOT have put their mobile phones on silent.

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

The simplest Survival Navigation Technique

Things happen…your GPS or compass may become lost or broken.

You may find yourself needing an alternate method of finding your bearings. You can use terrain association, if there is some readily identifiable features in view, but you really need to orient your map to a direction.

Anyone who has gone through any survival courses has been taught a variety of methods of survival navigation. Most have two problems in common, first they only apply to certain conditions, second they are a little too complicated and very easy to forget.

If you wish to use the North Star, it must be night, you need a clear night sky and must be in the northern hemisphere. The watch method of survival navigation is difficult since almost no one can remember which hand does what, and how north is indicated.

Also most people now wear digital watches without the hands on them, especially during outdoor activities. The stick shadow technique for survival navigation is simple, easy to remember and works anywhere on the planet in conditions where you can see a shadow.

The improvised Survival Navigation Technique is the simplest and most versatile method for direction finding without a compass.

It works anywhere on the planet as long as the sun throws a shadow.

Equipment needed is simple: only a stick or straight object such as a pen, and two small objects like pennies or rocks and you will be able to find north.

Step One of the Stick Shadow Technique for Survival Navigation

Place your stick or any straight object into the ground, so it throws a shadow.

Step Two

Put a rock or penny at the tip of the shadow, something easily identifiable and wait 15 or 20 minutes.

Step Three

Place a second object at the tip of the shadow’s new position.

Step Four

Place your left foot on the first rock or penny and your right foot on the second object. Just remember that you read left to right so your left foot goes on the first object and right on the second object, or if you are military-minded you always start off with your left foot.

You are now facing north!

All you really need to remember is to place the two rocks at the tip of the stick’s shadow. Then place your left foot on the first rock and right foot on the second rock.

If you ever find yourself without a compass and in need of a little help orienting yourself, then this technique is easy to remember and needs little equipment or special conditions.

Multi-use Survival Kit

Just as with the Chap-Stick having multiple uses, practicing this mind set is an excellent way to insure that as much of your survival gear as possible meets the needs of your Bug out Plan.

Multi-purpose survival gear items improve our survival kit in multiple ways:

Save space

Why bring 3 items when you can use 1 do the same jobs? selecting the correct items to save space will free up room in your Bug out Bag to carry other useful survival tools or more food and water.

Save weight

There are many dangers in weighing yourself down with everything plus the kitchen sink, by reducing the number of items you carry will you will notice the benefits the longer you have to travel.

Increase simplicity/Reduce clutter

Your Bug out partner has just tripped and badlt cut their knees and hands, quick get the first aid kit!!!! It’s in there somewhere, under all the other cool survival supplies that I packed…..just wait a minute….. I just need to find my torch. You see the more items you pack the harder it will be to find what you need. Stick to the essentials – Pack less and improvise more for an efficient survival kit.

Here is a list of the best multi-purpose survival tools below.

For most purposes, there are a great number of options of items to consider when building your best survival kit.

Here are some of the best suggestions I could find for your kit for those of you who do not have the time or inclination to search on your own, based on utility, size, and weight.

However as always, you need to choose the best items for YOUR survival.

Survival Axe

These come in many sizes and blade types but most of them will do the jobs of a hatchet (obviously), pry tool, shovel, and wrench.

You should look for any opportunity to remove any heavy items such as steel tools to build the best survival kit, so being able to leave behind any of these is a good step.

Survival Knife

For me I chose to have a large survival knife like the Chris Caine Companion for chopping etc. and a small survival knife for skinning, gutting and finer work like the Chris Caine Survival Knife, So I do not need or carry an axe but this is my choice, and mine alone.

Survival Whistle

These are generally quite cheap and some of them even cover a lot of the basics. And have a built in compass, dry container with the whistle and some even a fire starting flint within.

Multi-tool

Anything with both the words “multi” and “tool” in it is worth taking a look at. There are a great many options for multi-tools – focus on weight and practicality when looking. Are you going to really need the one with the Allen key and corkscrew? Stick to the basics of a straight blade, saw, and tin opener and add what few other options you see fit.

Some bonus items that are rarely thought about are a magnifying glass and USB stick. These come on some multi-tools and can be used to start fires and store important family records, respectively. But do not forget the bottle opener.

Tarp

There is so much you can do with a tarp, it is a multi-tool all in itself. Besides the obvious of keeping gear dry and being used as a shelter, they can also be used for signalling and be easily turned into a stretcher to carry the injured and can even be used to collect rain water plus much, much more.

Plastic Bags

It is good to have a few of these as they have many, many uses and are very light and small. Plastic bags can be used to carry water, keep clothes and fire starting kits dry, store food, and organize small items, and I recommend using zip lock freezer bags because they are resealable.

Duct Tape

Good old duct tape, where would the world be without it? Duct Tape can be used as an emergency bandage, to secure a splint, to reinforce or repair waterproofing, as a rope replacement for shelter building, and taped over sore spots to prevent blisters and of course to secure a prisoner for example.

Bandana

A bandana can be moistened and tied around the neck to help keep you cool, be used to filter water, will protect you from the sun, be used as a bandage, it can be utilized to tie on a splint, or be a replacement for rope in tasks such as shelter building.

Paracord

I only use the 550lb strong paracord cord as it can be used to pull a person to safety or used in shelter building, ascending or descending inclines, as a clothes line, to fasten a splint, or to build a snare.

Sanitary Pads/Tampons

These are often overlooked but are highly versatile. In addition to its intended use, a sanitary pad can be used as a bandage, it can be shredded and used as tinder, and it can be used to filter sediment from water.

YOU’RE Grey Matter

Remember the more you know the less you will have to carry.

Your own brain is the most valuable multi-purpose survival tool that you have. The “WILL TO SURVIVE” is the best survival tool that you will ever have. Many, many people have survived dangerous life threatening situations with just that alone.

Rely on your knowledge before any of these other tools I have mentioned, and it will get you out of most sticky situations alive.

 

This Week’s Show 28th September 2017

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I start my show this week with the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Why Prepare 72-Hour “Bug-Out” Bags, Survival Cooking and Foraging, The Importance of Water, How to Build a Survival Shelter, Survival and Stress, Getting Started, Bugging out-Minimum Impact Fires.

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Why Prepare 72-Hour “Bug-Out” Bags

This is an easy, cost-effective preparation that makes a ton of sense — no matter what happens.

 

Even a small preparation like this can have an enormous impact on how you survive the first few days after any type of catastrophic event.

 

I’ll bet there were a lot of people after evacuated flood hit Britain that would have loved to have such a bag for each member of their family…

 

This could be a backpack or bag of some sort for each family member that contains all the items that individual may need during the first 72 hours after a disaster strikes.

Items to include in such a bag would be toiletries, important papers (see below), change of underwear and clothes, some bottled water, snacks, a few bags of freeze-dried food that only require two cups of hot water to reconstitute within self-contained bag, water purification device,

 

Metal cup and small pot for boiling water, backpacker mini-cook stove with fuel, sleeping bag, towel, ability to make fire, torch/flashlight with extra batteries, glow sticks, ground cloth, tarp, rain gear, plastic forks, knives, spoons, parachute cord, personal cleaning wipes,

 

A first aid kit and medication, good sharp knife and a multi-tool, fishing line, small fishing hooks, compass, cash, physical gold and silver, map of areas you may need, and any other items that would make sense for you.

 

Special items required by the elderly, babies, and pets need to be considered as well.

 

Important paperwork you should bring with you includes: birth certificates, insurance policies, passports, medical records, pet medical records, bank account information, deeds and titles to cars, homes etc., computer backup.

 

Gather these and put them in a suitable container and wrap in plastic against the elements

 

Having such preparations after a flood or any disaster would allow you to grab and go because it’s already prepared.

 

Each member of my family has such a bag. I keep them under our stairs in a heavy-duty large black bag for protection against the elements.

 

Understand what “just in time inventory” is — and how this can affect you

 

Most Brits take for granted the intricate systems that make it possible for us to engage in seemingly mundane day-to-day tasks like filling up our petrol tanks, loading up our shopping carts at the local supermarket, obtaining necessary medications, and even pouring ourselves a clean glass of water…

 

When we wake up each morning, we just expect that all of these things will work today the same way they worked yesterday.

 

What very few people have considered is the complexity involved in the underlying infrastructure that allows goods, services, and commerce in GB to flow.

 

Fewer still have ever spent the time to contemplate the fragility of these systems or the consequences on food, water, health care, the financial system, and the economy if they are interrupted.

 

The truth is, our “just in time” inventory and delivery systems leaves us incredibly vulnerable to a nationwide disaster.

 

You see, it is very expensive to hold and store inventory, so most manufacturers and retailers rely on a continual flow of deliveries that are scheduled to arrive “just in time,” which significantly reduces their operating expenses.

 

This is considered to be good business practice for manufacturers and retailers, but it also means that if there was a major nationwide transportation disruption, our economic system would grind to a halt almost immediately.

 

Once store shelves are picked clean, they would not be able to be replenished until trucks could get back on the road. In the event of a major nationwide disaster, that could be quite a while.

 

A report prepared for business leaders highlights just how critical our “just in time” inventory and delivery systems are, and assesses the impact on the general population in the event of an emergency or incident of national significance that disrupts the truck transportation systems responsible for carrying some millions on tons of commodities and supplies across the United Kingdom each year.

 

A shutdown of truck operations as a result of elevated threat levels, terrorist attacks, or pandemics would, according to the report, have “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors.”

 

So too would events such as an EMP attack or a coordinated cyber-attack that could shut down global positioning systems and the computers responsible for inventory control.

 

Another potential scenario that is more likely now than ever before is liquidity problems within the financial system stemming from currency crisis or hyperinflation…

 

All of our “just in time” delivery systems are built upon the unhindered transfer of money and credit, but when credit flow becomes restricted or money becomes worthless, no one will be able to pay for their goods.

 

Likewise, no one will trust the credit worthiness of anyone else.

 

This is exactly the scenario playing out in Greece right now and the consequences on the health care industry in that country have left many without lifesaving drugs. When there’s no money, no one will be transporting anything.

 

The effects of a transportation shutdown for any reason would be immediate (in some cases, within hours) and absolutely catastrophic.

 

Any event that disrupts truck transportation systems may seem unlikely to many, recent history suggests it is fully plausible — and the blowback can be devastating…

 

A day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, panicked government officials stopped all transportation flow into the region, forcing hundreds of trucks loaded with emergency supplies like food and water to wait for permission before they could enter the area.

 

As a result, thousands of residents of the city were left without items essential for survival. It took days before truck routes were re-opened and supplies were allowed to flow.

 

Government officials acting on limited information, lack of knowledge, and personal politics were responsible for restricting the flow of goods into New Orleans, potentially killing hundreds of people

 

It will be exactly the same here in the United Kingdom

 

What this incident demonstrated is that when the trucks in America stop, all commerce and delivery stops with it.

Survival Cooking and Foraging

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

 

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

 

Initial Preparation

 

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

 

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

Different Methods of Cooking

 

Rock Boiling

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Spit Cooking

 

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

 

Pit Cooking

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Rock Frying

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Avoiding Temptation

 

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

 

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

 

What You Can Eat in the Wild

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

What Not to Eat in the Wild

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Other Food Survival Tips

 

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

 

This is not the case.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn’t.

The Importance of Water

If you’re faced with a survival situation one of the things you’re going to have to do is to find water.

 

Your body loses around 2 to 3 litres of water every day through sweating and urination and this can be even greater if the weather’s hot and/or you’re using a lot of physical energy.

 

Therefore, in order to prevent dehydration, it’s important to find water to replace these lost fluids quickly.

 

Observing Nature

 

If you’re fortunate, you may be near a lake, river, stream or pond where you’re only concern will then be purifying the water but if you’re in arid terrain where there is no immediate evidence that flowing water is nearby, there are a number of resources that you can still tap into – it’s just a case of knowing where to look.

 

Low areas and valleys are natural places into which water will drain. Therefore, if you’re situated in an elevated area, you need to descend to have the best chance of finding water.

 

Look out for rock crevices as you go as rain will often collect in them. Muddy or damp ground is also a good indicator as are any areas of noticeably different green vegetation or a group of trees that seem ‘out of place’ with the rest of the landscape.

 

Have you seen any animals in the area? If not, what about animal tracks? If you’re able to spot some tracks which all tend to travel in the same direction, this could be a sign that the animal has headed for a place to drink.

 

Flocks of birds gathering in the same place and even a swarm of insects often means that there is water close by.

 

Rainwater, Dew and Condensation

 

Even if you’ve followed the observations above and still haven’t come across water, there are other things you can do to collect it. If it rains, many people have been able to survive simply by harvesting rainwater.

 

You can collect it from your tent by lowering the tent and having some kind of container in which to catch the raindrops which have landed on it – even a plastic bag will do.

 

Even if it’s sunny, there will still be dew to collect first thing in the morning. The easiest way to harvest dew is to get a cloth or an old T-shirt and simply drag it through the grass until the cloth is soaked with dew.

 

Then, simply wring it out either directly into your mouth or into a container.

 

You can even use condensation as a useful source of drinkable water. Both trees and plants draw moisture from the ground and the best way of utilising this is to tie a plastic bag to a branch which is facing the sun and tie a knot in the bag at the top over the branch.

 

Evaporation from the leaves will then result in condensation forming in the bag which you can then use to drink.

 

Solar Still

 

Building a solar still harnesses the sun’s energy to provide water and is still a device that is used by many tribes’ people today. Basically, they can be built using a sheet of strong plastic, a cup or some other kind of container and a piece of plastic tubing.

 

You should set up your still in the lowest, dampest area you can find then beginning digging a hole until you hit damp soil.

 

Then, place your cup in the middle of the hole and place one end of the plastic tubing in the cup.

 

Next you need to cover the hole with the plastic sheet ensuring that you have access to the other end of the tube outside the confines of your still and you can use the earth you have dug up to act as weight on top of the plastic sheet so that no air can escape.

 

As the soil is heated by the sun, the moisture evaporates and condenses on the plastic which then drips down to the lowest portion of the plastic then into your cup.

 

You can then drink from the cup by sucking on the tube which means you don’t have to disassemble your still first which can then be used again.

 

The Importance of Water Purification

 

Wherever possible, opt for flowing water as opposed to using water collected from stagnant pools as it’s less likely to contain as many impurities.

 

However, it’s important that you purify ALL water that’s been collected.

 

Even if you come across a stream that looks crystal clear, you can’t be sure that a dead animal isn’t lying further upstream, so you should purify all water that you take from the environment.

 

However, don’t collect water that has scum floating on it or where it’s surrounded by dead vegetation.

 

Clear, fast flowing water should always be your chosen option where possible and if the water bubbles or seems to be a strange colour or gives off an unpleasant odour, only use it as a last resort.

Remember that, in a survival situation, water takes on far more importance than food and until you’re sure you have enough water resources available, you should try to conserve as much energy as you can.

So, when out searching for water, try to do it early in the morning or late in the day when it will be cooler and you’re less likely to lose as much fluid through perspiring.

 

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 ridge-pole 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 ridge-pole should be at about hip height.

 

Once your ridge-pole is in place, you’ll need ribbing.

 

Lean the ribs against the ridge-pole 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 the debris that you have available can help determine how small the spaces in your lattice can 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 grand kids 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!

Survival and Stress

We’ve all commented at one point or another about having a stressful day. But most of us don’t have a clue as to how debilitating stress can be especially in survival situations.

 

To reduce its impact and to increase the chance of survival in the wilderness, it’s important to not only understand stress but to also overcome it.

 

The environment, your physical and mental condition, and the availability of materials all affect the amount of stress you will have to manage.

 

Environment Stress

 

There are three environmental factors that will directly impact you in a survival situation. They are the climate (temperature, moisture, and wind), terrain (mountainous, desert, jungle, arctic), and life forms (plants and animals).

 

At first glance these obstacles may seem insurmountable and history has provided plenty of examples of people perishing as a result of unfavourable environmental conditions.

 

Still, there are other stories of survivors that successfully adapted to the given conditions or travelled to another location that was better equipped to meet their needs so we know it can be done.

 

Understanding how the environment might affect you is the first and necessary step to overcoming the unpredictable hardships of nature.

 

Physical and Psychological Stress

 

Both the physical and psychological stresses of survival will directly affect your outlook of your situation.

 

If you’re not careful, you may lose all hope virtually guaranteeing your death. These stresses may also end up dictating the order in which you meet your needs which is not the ideal way to prioritize.

 

Instead, it is important to make decisions based on logic and not emotion.

 

Physical stresses are brought about by the physical hardships of survival. Overcoming them requires proper preparation.

 

The six P’s provide a good rule for all wilderness travellers: prior proper preparation prevents poor performance.

 

So what does preparing mean? It involves the following: ensuring that your immunizations are up-to-date, staying well hydrated both before and during any outback adventure, and being physically fit prior to travelling into the wilderness.

 

The amount of time a survivor goes without rescue will have a significant impact upon his will or drive to survive. As time passes, the survivor’s hopes of being found ultimately begin to diminish.

 

With decreased hope comes increased psychological stress.

 

This sort of stress is much more insidious than other forms and you need to be on the lookout for it.

 

The basic stresses that will affect you, the survivor, psychologically are as follows: pain, hunger and thirst, heat or cold, fatigue, loneliness, and fear.

 

Overcoming Survival Stress

 

The most important key to surviving is the survivor’s will. The will or drive to survive is not something that can be bought.

 

However, your will is directly affected by the amount of stress associated with a survival situation.

 

Prior preparation, keeping a clear head and thinking logically, prioritizing your needs, and improvising all will help alleviate some of this stress.

 

When a problem arises, remember the acronym STOP:

S: Stop – Clear your thoughts and focus on the problem.

T: Think – Identify practical solutions. Consider each in detail.

O: Organize – After looking at your options, pick one. Develop a step-by-step plan from beginning to end.

P: Proceed With Your Plan – Be flexible and make adjustments as necessary.

Getting Started

In this article I will be talking about food and water needs in your Bug Out Bag as well as other items everyone should have handy for bugging out.

 

Everyone knows food and water are two essentials that you need to survive. However, if you are truly packing a 72 hour Bug Out Bag, skip the “food” and opt for high value cereal bars.

 

This will allow you to save some room in your bag while still maintaining nutritional value. In regards to water, I would suggest carrying at a minimum 3 bottles for each day, each bottle being a minimum of 8oz.

 

Depending upon your geographic location, your health status and the type of emergency you encounter, this may need to change. To allow this flexibility, I pack the minimum amount stated above in my bag and store additional water with the bag.

 

If I feel that the situation warrants it, I will grab the extra water on my way out.

Better still buy a Water to go filter bottle and drink it when you want..

 

Now is where the real work begins.

 

When an event occurs, or before an event sometimes, you will be forced to decide whether you are bugging in or bugging out.

 

No matter what your decision, you will need to have plans in place to successfully weather the storm.

 

Bugging In –

 

If you decide to Bug In you will need to have enough supplies on hand for yourself and anyone bugging in with you. If you have small children, elderly family members or pets, you will need to consider their needs as well.

 

General concerns should be: food, water, sanitation, medical supplies, first aid and protection. Also consider a deck of cards or some other small game to help pass the time.

 

Bugging Out –

 

Bugging out is altogether different. If you are not bugging out in a vehicle, you will need to work your pack to a weight that is comfortable for you to carry to potentially be able to move quickly and quietly.

 

If you are bugging out on foot, consider dropping a little of the food weight in order to carry more water. The bug out bag is meant to only support you for about 72 hours, so get to your destination as quickly as possible.

 

You will need to develop routes for your bug out plan that will steer you towards your objective without placing yourself in danger from other people or the elements any more than is necessary.

 

Ensure that you understand the topography of your routes, including elevation changes. Bugging Out in a major rainstorm would be rough if your route took you through low-lying areas, for example.

 

If your destination is further than three hours away (by whatever travel method you have in place) from your home, consider a layover location between the two sites.

 

This should be some type of facility where you can secure and store equipment, as well as supplies, that you can access 24/7.

 

If possible, store a cot or sleeping bag in case you need to lay low or rest for a while. Failing to do this could result in being overly tired and committing errors in your judgement that could cost you dearly.

 

In regards to the placement of your PSS (Primary Shelter Site) location, I highly suggest that the site be no more than 3 days walk, or half a tank of fuel in your primary vehicle.

 

Your PSS does not have to be a bunker in the woods. You may be planning to go to a family member’s home away from the city, a vacation home or a camp ground you like to visit.

Your PSS is simply a place other than your residence that you can go to in case of any emergency.

 

So let’s review our two days of work and look at where we will need to go on Day 3;

 

In your Bug Out Bag (BoB)

 

Torch with Batteries

Cash (I try to keep £100 in there)

Copies of important papers (Insurance, Medical cards, etc)

Water (6-12 bottles)

Fire-starting materials

First Aid Kit

Duct Tape

Knife

Food / cereal Bars

 

At this point you should also have a designated location that you plan to Bug Out to, known as your PSS (Primary Shelter Site).

You should consider developing multiple routes, at least 2 or 3, to get from your common locations (work, home, school) to your PSS.

 

Ensure these routes avoid locations that would become overly congested in an emergency situation or take you through areas prone to flooding.

 

Aside from your PSS, you should have determined your need for a layover location in between there and your residence.

 

It may take several days, weeks, or even months to get these plans and items in order. Take your time and make wise decisions that will not impede your everyday life.

 

Prepping can consume great amounts of time, effort and financial resources.

 

Trying to move too quickly will only make it harder to complete your preps.

 

So “Day 2” of your prep is now complete and if something were to happen today, you would have a source of supplies readily available, a safe place to go to and several routes to get you there.

 

Congrats! You are on your way!

 

Bugging out-Minimum Impact Fires

A fire means heat, light, and life. To many people, a campsite with no fire is just not camping. A campfire means self-sufficiency, survival, and comfort.

 

Our view of campfires is built on centuries of tradition and historic need. Fortunately, there are many places to camp where a fire is completely appropriate, safe, and welcome.

 

The ability to enjoy an outdoor adventure with alternate heat and light sources greatly expands your opportunities and allows a more self-sufficient experience. The development of lightweight, very efficient camp stoves has eliminated the real need for a fire in most circumstances so it is now a choice to use a fire or a stove.

 

Why Have a Fire?

 

A fire warms you on a cold camping trip, but there are much better ways to stay warm. Bringing appropriate clothing and having healthy food means less need for fire.

 

Campfire heat is useful for drying clothing and warming water to put in a bottle in your sleeping bag to make it more comfortable.

 

Cooking – whether it is boiling water or cooking meat, a fire is used to prepare food for consumption.

 

Entertainment – watching the flames is relaxing and telling stories around a fire is a great way to complete a strenuous day in the woods.

 

On any outdoor adventure, a source of heat for emergencies is required. You should always be prepared to start a fire in a survival situation.

 

But, a backpacking stove is a great alternate source of heat from the campfire. Stoves have many benefits over fires:

Stoves have nearly instant, ready-to-cook heat. No waiting for the fire. They also extinguish immediately.

 

Stoves have no smoke and leave no ash or partially-burned wood. They do not create soot on pots.

 

They are Safe – the risk of wildfire is nearly eliminated with stoves.

 

They are consistent – stoves work at nearly any elevation, temperature.

 

Before heading out on a wilderness adventure, it is a good idea to decide whether campfires or stoves will be used for each day of the trip.

 

It may be decided to have campfires some days and stoves on others. Some things to consider when making the decision include:

 

Fire Danger – what will the wind conditions, humidity, and vegetation dryness be like for the location and season?

 

Fire Restrictions – contact the local land managers to find out what types of fires are allowed in the area.

 

In some moorland areas in the North Yorkshire dales national Park fire lighting is banned during dry spells.

 

Fuel Availability – is there adequate fuel so fires will not deplete or impact the resource?

 

Group Skills – is everyone in the group able to safely build and tend fires?

 

Menu – will the food the group takes cook better over a stove or fire

 

Leave No Trace Campfires

 

Once the decision is made to have a fire, the expertise of minimizing its impact comes into play.

There will be an impact to the area from any fire, but there are many ways to reduce and disguise the impact.

 

Use existing fire rings – in an established campsite, use the fire ring

 

If there is no fire ring, do not make one. Instead, build a mound fire.

 

Build small fires – create a fire just large enough to cook the food. Feed it fuel as needed.

 

Burn all wood to ash – stop adding fuel to the fire well before bed-time or departure time so it has time to burn itself out. This prevents having chunks of partially burned wood to disperse.

 

Gather firewood carefully:

 

Use wood that is down. Leave limbs on standing trees, even if they are dead limbs.

 

Use wood that is smaller around than an adult’s wrist. It should be broken by hand – no saws or axes are needed.

 

Leave larger logs and limbs for habitat and to decompose into the soil.

 

Take a hike out away from camp to gather wood. Leave close-in wood so it can decompose into the soil.

 

Or to be used by you in a medical emergency for example.

 

Clean up after the fire:

 

Scatter unused wood as naturally as possible.

 

Push unburned ends of wood into the fire as it burns down so it is all consumed.

 

When the coals have burned to ash, soak well with water and make sure it is completely out. Use water rather than dirt to put out the fire.

Collect the cold ash and scatter it over a large area well away from the camp site.

 

Fires built on the ground overheat the organic soil and kill the creepy crawlies living in it.

 

It may take a very long time for anything to grow in the spot where a fire was built.

 

An established fire ring is a sacrificed spot in which fires are accepted to prevent destruction of other areas.

 

In the absence of fire rings, rather than creating a fire directly on the ground, it is better to insulate the organic soil from the heat of your fire by using a camp stove, fire pan, or mound fire.

 

Fire Pans

 

A collapsible fire pan is a good way to have a campfire and greatly reduce its impact. A metal pan with 3-inch sides perched on 4 or 5 stones allows a fire without scorching the soil underneath.

Follow all Leave No Trace campfire guidelines listed above.

 

Mound fire Mound Fires

 

Another way to insulate soil is to cover it with a few inches of mineral soil and build a fire on that. Mineral soil is found underneath the top layer of rich, darker, organic soil.

 

Mineral soil, sand, or gravel do not have the thriving life in them that organic soil has so a fire on that material is ok.

 

To create a mound fire, follow these steps:

 

With a small shovel or trowel, gather sand or mineral soil into a bag. Good places to look are the root ball of a blown-down tree or a dry riverbed.

 

The bag can be a stuff sack turned inside out to keep the inside clean.

 

Lay a ground cloth on the spot where the fire will be built. This makes clean up easier. Some sparks will land on the cloth and it will be worn and dirty from the ground so use something sturdy and expendable.

 

Pour the sand onto the ground cloth. Flatten the top of the pile so the mound is at least 4 inches thick and bigger around than what the fire will be.

 

Use the Leave No Trace campfire guidelines I have mentioned

 

After cleaning up the campfire, return the soil to its original location and clean away and spills at the fire site.

 

If in a group

 

Prepare the group’s expectations so they are aware of what fires will be used.

 

Practice with the stoves being used so everyone is competent in their use.

 

Take advantage of weather information for last minute planning.

 

Take along a few candles. Use these in place of a campfire in your evening meeting place.

 

The stars and darkness are a fun change from a campfire and storytelling can be more exciting.

 

Minimizing Campfire Impact is Important because:

Fires are potentially the most dangerous and expensive impact we might have and if bugging out their existence allows others to track and follow us from A to b.

This Week’s Show 21st September 2017

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Beginning Prepping

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Small Lists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prioritize The Items On Each List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Periodically Review Your Lists

Things change. Focus changes. Life situations change.

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

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

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

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

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

Make A Perishables List

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

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

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

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

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

You will need:

Food

Portable Water Purifier

Fire Building Tools

Cooking equipment

Change of Clothes

First Aid Kit

Speciality Care Items

Navigation Tools

Portable Shelter

Hygiene Kit

Comfort Items

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

Food

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

Be sure to select non-perishable food items, such as:

Tinned meats and fruit

Beef Jerky

MREs

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

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

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

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

Remember eat what you store and store what you eat

Portable Water Purifier

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

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

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

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

Fire Lighting Tools

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

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

Good quality survival knife

Change of Clothes

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

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

First Aid Kit

You never know what might happen in an emergency situation. With that in mind, you need a comprehensive first aid kit on hand. 1

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

Speciality Care Items

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

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

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

Navigation Tools

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

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

Portable Shelter

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

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

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

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

Hygiene Kit

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

Be sure to include:

Soap

Shampoo

Feminine Products

Toilet Roll

Comfort Items

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

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

Get Ready

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

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

 

( This could be part 2) or form part of the above.

Mobile Phone, charger, power pack

Water Bottles

Flash-lights

Multi Tool, Pocket Knife

Emergency Food, Energy Bars, Trail Mix

First Aid Kit

Compass

Backpack

Sleeping Bag

Water Filter Bottle, Auqa Tabs, Chlorine Bleach

Sewing Kit

Maps

Duck Tape

Lighter, Ferro-Rod and striker Fire Steel, Waterproof Matches Emergency Candles

Space Blanket

Zip-lock bags

Crowbar

Tarp, 4 season tent

Survival knife, Shovel Flares Signal Mirror Whistle

Ham Radio, CB Radio, PMS

Bivy Whistle

Hiking Boots

Cooking utensils, cutlery, plates, Portable Camping Stove Propane/gas etc.

550 Paracord

Hammock

Tinder (for fire starting)

Mylar blanket

L.E.D. Headlamp

Dental floss

Extra Socks, Gloves, Rain suit or poncho, Wide Brim Hat, Bandanna

Bible

Playing Cards

Battery Radio Ammo, Pellet Gun, Slingshot, Snare Wire

Multi-Vitamins

GPS Device

Portable Camping Stove Propane

Batteries

Solar Charger

Fishing Rod, Reel, Fishing line, hooks, floats artificial bait

Saw Plastic

Rubbish Bags

Binoculars

Scissors

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Jump leads

Cable Ties Oil (for your vehicle, can also be used to start a fire or create smoke for a signal fire)

Tool Kit Tire Repair Kit

Hard Boiled Sweets ( can give you a boost of energy and a boost to your morale) Emergency

Credit/Debit Card Personal Identification Papers Family Photos (morale Booster)

Dust Mask

Lantern

Cash (Putting £20 or £50 in you kit might come in useful someday)

Rubbing Alcohol, Toilet Paper

Can Opener Chemical hand warmer packets

Survival Manual, First aid Manual

What is between your ears YOUR KNOWLEDGE

The Get-Home Bag

Now even more than ever I see the real need for a get-home bag, and it needs to be with us when ever we are away from home.

When I say with us, I do not mean left in the vehicle while we are working or shopping, I really do mean with us.

The contents of this GHB I will cover later, however having a GHB is not enough at all, it must be combined with a what to do plan.

What You Can Do to Prepare Finding out what can happen is the first step. Once you have determined the possible threats, man-made or natural and their effect on your area, it is important that you discuss them with your family or household and develop a disaster plan together.

Create an emergency contact plan. Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur.

Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected by the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact.

Make sure every household member has that contact’s, and each other’s, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers (home, work and mobile).

Leave these contact numbers at your children’s schools, if you have children, and at your workplace.

Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later or try e-mail. Many people flood the telephone lines when emergencies happen but e-mail can sometimes get through when calls don’t.

Select a meeting place. Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated.

You will also need a meeting place in the town or city where you are shopping, so you can all meet up if an attack occurs.

Remember too, this will also apply if on holiday or in a strange city, in fact I would argue even more so.

You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency. Be sure to include any pets in these plans, since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.

Having a GHB “with you” will make a ghuge difference to how an attack affects you personally, and if public transport is unavailable you know how to get back home by utilising your Plan

If Disaster Strikes

Remain calm and be patient. Follow the advice the security services. Listen to your radio or television for news and instructions.

If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries.

Give first aid and get help for seriously injured people. If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight/torch. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches.

Check-Call-Care: Check the scene to make sure it is safe for you to approach.

Then check the victim for unconsciousness and life-threatening conditions.

Someone who has a life-threatening condition, such as not breathing or severe bleeding, requires immediate care by trained responders and may require treatment by medical professionals. Call out for help.

There are some steps that you can take, however, to care for someone who is hurt, but whose injuries are not life threatening

Control Bleeding

Cover the wound with a dressing, and press firmly against the wound (direct pressure). Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart if you do not suspect that the victim has a broken bone.

Cover the dressing with a bandage. If the bleeding does not stop: Apply additional dressings and bandages. Use a pressure point to squeeze the artery against the bone. Provide care for shock.

Care for Shock

Keep the victim from getting chilled or overheated. Elevate the legs about 12 inches (if broken bones are not suspected).

Do not give food or drink to the victim. Tend Burns Stop the burning by cooling the burn with large amounts of water. Cover the burn with dry, clean dressings or cloth.

Care for Injuries to Muscles, Bones and Joints

Rest the injured part. Apply ice or a cold pack to control swelling and reduce pain. Avoid any movement or activity that causes pain. If you must move the victim because the scene is becoming unsafe, try to immobilize the injured part to keep it from moving.

Be Aware of Biological/Radiological Exposure Listen to local radio and television reports for the most accurate information from responsible governmental and medical authorities on what’s happening and what actions you will need to take.

Create a Disaster Plan Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and terror attacks to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.

Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case.

Pick two places to meet:

Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire.

Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone must know the address and phone number.

Ask an out of area friend to be your “family contact.” After a disaster. Other family members should call this person and tell them where they are. Everyone must know your contact’s phone number.

Discuss what to do in an attack and don’t forget to practice and update Your Plan

There are many other things we will do as our threat level assessment dictates but this is what is in my GHB.

A few other things, your geographical location and situation, changing seasons, the nature and location of the event, your families plans, and the distances you may have to travel, should cause you to adjust the contents of your GHB If you can’t wear good walking shoes at work you will need to keep a pair in your bag.

The contents of my GHB is based upon an ongoing threat level analysis. Everyday I wake up, check the current events, evaluate what it all means to me, and decide if I need to change the threat Level.

I repeat the process every night before going to bed. I know that sounds very sad, but it is now a habbit a routene.

Think about it the weather changes from mild to icy cold, from damp wet to very sunny hot these are reasons alone to want to change the GHB contents leave alone the extreme terrorist threat we now face.

N95 face mask

Flash Light/Torch

Bic Lighters

Multi tool. (I always wear mine)

A UK legal carry 3 inch, folding non-lock knife

Water, enough for your journey or a water filter bottle.

Energy Bars

Any emergency food you prefer but enough for your journey home

Walking shoes, woollen socks

Local map, OS map and if far away a UK motorway map-Finding ways around obstacles or detours.

Disposable poncho

Emergency blanket

Extra clothing-weather specific

Extra mobile phone battery or a power cell

Emergency credit card/debit card to pay for a lift, buy spare parts or food, water,accommodation etc.

Umbrella

Triangle bandage / kravat – Multi use, medical, water filter (not purifier), dust filter for face, etc.

Toilet paper

Candle – Heat, Fire starter, Signal

6ft x 8 ft Tarp – Shelter, ground tarp for working on vehicle.

Magnesium Fire Starter / Fire Steel

Compass / Signal Mirror – Navigation, directional day time signaling (A couple flashes in a drivers eyes will get their attention – just don’t hold it on them as it could cause an accident).

Whistle

Emergency road flare – Emergency distress signal, fire starter.

Folding saw – Collecting fuel for an overnight fire if needed, removing debris from a road, etc.

Notepad and pens/pencil – Leaving directions, destination and contact information.

Shemagh – Head cover, scarf, dust filter, water filter, Wet down put on neck to avoid overheating, etc.

White cotton towel – Waving it at passing cars is an emergency distress signal, to clean up with after repairing vehicle

Hand/foot warmers

Gloves,

First-aid-kit, first-aid manual or mobile app

Medication

Pain killers

All of the gear in my Get Home Bag fits nicely in a small backpack.

A little heavier than most will be used to carrying, but it isn’t over whelming and will give you plenty of resources to deal with a wide variety of situations.

While most all of the items in a Get Home Bag should have multiple uses the extra mobile phone battery or power cell, the cash, and emergency credit card are in all likelihood the most useful in most terrorist attacks or emergencies.

The important thing to remember is that your GHB will naturally be different to mine and that’s OK.

I think the main thing is that what ever you carry it will be more than most.

HAIX Protector Forest Review

The HAIX Protector Forest is made to the highest standard, these are chainsaw boots, designed for both professional and DIY enthusiast.

The model features GORE-TEX performance with four-lamination technology creating the best in-class safety footwear to resist water from the outside.

The breathable technology makes it one of the most comfortable safety shoes to use in hazardous working environments. Kevlar fabric is used in the uppers of the boot , enabling it to offer cut protection.

The Protector Forest has a traditional steel toe cap and is soled with sturdy VIBRAM rubber which is anti-slip and has a rugged profile. The sole is also resistant to oil, heat and gasoline.

I hate new shoes and boots as they always hurt my feet as they are worn in, as they say.

But to my surprise these did not, in fact they fitted like a glove, a pleasure to put on and to wear.

Well being in a local river for 4 hours proved that they are waterproof, as the tissue paper I had placed in them was bone dry.

Another pet hate with boots is sweaty feet, so being on a very hot day, 24c I sat out in the sun for the afternoon in my boots and expected the usual walnut feet, again no, my feet were dry, even after walking, driving and sun bathing.

NO, sorry I did not attempt to chain saw my lower leg off, but as a pair of the worlds toughest boots I will take the word of HAIX on the level of protection they provide.

By the way as to their anti-slip soles, they work too as my local petrol station had had a spill and I walked through it tying to slide but could not.

HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 20 Mid Review

The HAIX Black Eagle 20 Mid Tactical Gore-Tex Waterproof Breathable Boot is 3-layer GORE-TEX laminate waterproof and highly breathable Very good grip on different terrains Made of different EVA/TPU materials, Permanent cushioning in heel area

I have just worn these boots on average from 0700 until 0100 at the Wilderness Gathering, through hot sunny spells, thunderstorms, and sat in the sun for many hours on my stand.

Their name needs to change the HAIX Black Eagle Tactical 20 SLIPPERS, because these boots are way by far the very best and most comfortable boots I have ever worn.

With 7 day’s continuous wear and no blisters, sweaty feet or nipping I cannot recommend them highly enough.

They look cool, they are very easy to lace up and I like the elastic laces which keep the boots tight and secure.

The idea of the Velcro closure covering the lace knot is great as it keeps the laces from being covered in my or other debris, this makes them a doddle to undo.

These too are waterproof having also been left in a local river for 4 hours and again the tissue was born dry after taking them out.

Having spent a week at the Wilderness Gathering on mostly slippy grass/mud I can say for sure that the soles work very well and I did not slip at all.

They give me a feeling of being able to go anywhere in them on any terrain and you know having confidence in your kit is all that you can ask of it.

I wore them with a pair of (thin) socks on purpose as most people do not have special walking socks and I wanted to see how my feet would cope.

For three days/nights I had them on 24/7, even sleeping in them, and I actually forgot I had them on.

There were no issues, no problems, the truth is they measured up to my demands and did more than what I could have expected from them.

If your job means that you will be spending hour upon hour in your work boots the HAIX Black Eagle Tactical, or SLIPPERS as I like to call them, are best.

Let’s look at Nuclear Threats

Just because you don’t live next to a nuclear power station does not mean that you are free from any possible nuclear radiation threats. There are several facts and factors you need to know:

Look at Nuclear power plants – As the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986 demonstrated, even if you are several hundred miles or away from a nuclear power station, if an unlikely but possible major nuclear accident happens and you are downwind of it at the time, your safety would be seriously at risk.

Then there could be nuclear material accidents – These can happen at a plant that works with nuclear material or nuclear waste or during the transportation of radioactive material in your area.

Don’t forget Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs) – These include terrorist attacks with radioactive material devices, as in “dirty bombs”, which are caused by conventional and not nuclear explosions.

Nuclear weapons attack – You may say: “But the cold war is over”. Yes, but the world is still full of crazy people, and there are now more nuclear weapons in the hands of more countries and terrorist groups than during the cold war.

Take this news report for example: On June 24 2009, a news report from the Associated Press started with: “North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.” Plus there is still great animosity between many nations with nuclear capabilities.

The other factor that we have learned from the past is that historically, war has followed the collapse of the economy of a nation. I hope there are no economy collapses anywhere in the world. But if it happens, war is possible, and it could quite likely be nuclear.

There is also the possibility of a terrorist attack with a portable nuclear device like a “suitcase bomb”.

There are 2 main dangers of a nuclear bomb: the initial blast effect and the radioactive fall-out afterwards. Fall-out is sometimes misunderstood.

There are different types of fall-out radiation, and its dispersal will depend on several factors, but it is basically fine dust from the explosion that continuously gives off invisible radiation as it falls to earth.

The largest, most dangerous particles will reach the ground first, closer to ground zero.

According to the research those particles that are concentrated and dangerous enough to require the use of fall-out shelters to protect you, will fall to earth within a few hours.

The finer particles will be carried by the wind, some taking months to settle to earth.

Fortunately the radiation from radioactive particles reduces with time, which helps man and nature to recover.

The initial radiation, which is fatal with one hour of exposure, weakens to only 1/10th as strong 7 hours later. Two days later, it’s only 1/100th as strong.

Is a nuclear attack survivable? Absolutely – contrary to popular opinion! There are many myths about nuclear war, including this big one that no one will be able to survive it. To the contrary; nuclear wars are very survivable, IF people are prepared, excluding a small percentage of people near ground zero (the point directly below the explosion).

In fact, in Nagasaki during the atomic bomb attack, some people who were far inside tunnel shelters built for conventional air raids located as close as one-third of a mile from ground zero, survived uninjured.

This was true even though these long, large shelters lacked blast doors and were deep inside the zone within which all buildings were destroyed.

Another myth is that fall-out radiation penetrates everything and will kill all those who survived the initial blast.

Again, this is not true.

Adequate preparation can protect you from any harmful doses. And even minor preparations can save your life, even though your health may be adversely affected.

If nuclear wars are not survivable, then it would not make any sense to build nuclear fall-out shelters, and governments would not spend large amounts of money doing so for their citizens.

Some countries have done just that, including Russia, Switzerland and some Scandinavian countries. And, some countries have built them only for their leadership and not for their citizens!

There have been 2,000 nuclear detonation tests so we have actually had a nuclear war in real terms and we have all survived.

My Homemade MRE

I have been looking at the high prices of British Army MRE Ration Packs (About £10+ along with postage!) and I decided to opt for making my own for my bug out bag.

 

All of these items I bought from my local Asda so these are current prices. I would recommend using a vacuum sealer or Mylar bags with o2 absorbers to make these feasible, otherwise the shelf life I predict is probably not going to be reached due to the nature of some of the items.

 

Anyway, let’s begin, please note numbers after names are Calories, then price!

Breakfast

 

8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76

Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14

Lunch

Cup a Soup 90 £0.10

Dinner

Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68

Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10

Snacks

Boost bar 305 £0.25

Kendal mint cake 85g 350 £0.88

Pumpkin seeds 566 £0.55

Strawberry lances 300 £0.33

Coffee sachet 75 £0.14

 

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

 

I have also got three vacuum sealed bags of peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops which I would also chuck into the bug out bag, these contain a staggering 1750 calories for only £0.99 and will last for ages in the vacuum seal!

 

I’ll add as well, my MRE weighs about 870g, where as a normal British Army one weighs 1750g and also it’s technically not an MRE as it requires water and minimal heating, but I have both of those in my BOB so nothing to worry about really!

 

This is a very basic but very tasty MRE option and I am sure as I experiment further that it will develop and become more season friendly with both a range of hot and cold meals.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values.

You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.

It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you!

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

(This process releases more of the oils & resins that contain the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like turpentine.)

Bring about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep, covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!

Drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect. (Make it fresh each time.

Enjoy your tea!

With cold & flu season approaching Pine Needle Tea is a gift of health as well as an enjoyable experience.

And since Pine is best used fresh, it’s a perfect excuse to get out & enjoy the change of seasons!

Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?

I would say that not all survivalists are preppers but all preppers are survivalists. Now having probabley confuced you even more, I shall continue.

Preppers prepare for a natural or man-made disaster that would remove the comforts of modern life for an extended period of time.

Here I am talking about an EMP/CME, Nuclear accident, attack, biological or chemical, floods, earthquakes, all types of bad weather etc. plus loads more.

I suggest that “everyone” is in fact a prepper whether they will admitt that or not. Anyone who has a spare wheel, first-aid-kit, umbrella, waterproofs, fire extinguisher or even a flashligh is preparing for something. The “prepper” as they have been portrayed in the media takes it a stage further that is all.

The prepper plans to be able to survive this SHTF or TEOTWAWKI event by having srote of water, food, weapons, ammo, medicines, fuel, etc.etc.

A prepper I would suggest is a single person looking after number one, or a family man/woman looking after his/her family and they focus only on that to the exclusion of others around them.

In fact their only focus is to acquire everything they would need to survive any disaster that affects them.

Any cross over between the prepper and the survivalist is to me quite obvious as if the prepper loses his/her stores then they too will have to survive on little if anything, in fact they would then by a survivalist, if that is of course, they had bothered to learn the relevant skills and knowledge.

In any case in the long term the prepper will use up all the stotes they had gathered and what will they do then? again the only option will by to revert to being a survivalist living on knowledge and learned skills.

The survivalist however in my opinion plans to survive using knowledge and skills gained from experience over a perion of time. The survivalist learns how to provide shelter, clean water, make fire, hunt, trap, fish, forage, cook, navigate etc.etc. with the minimum of equipment because survival situations happen when we are least prepared, or when we are miles away from our preps.

The Homesteader is a combination of both prepper and survivalist and is perhaps the ideal that all preppers and survivalist aim to be.

They are usually land owners, with a shelter of some type with access to water, crops, livestock, and preps made from the surplus of their production.

They know how to can, smoke, dry and to preserve their extra foods for another day. They have moved off grid in many cased thus removing their dependence upon the society and the system they have removed themselves from.

I hope this helps you understand and goes some way to answering your questions.

The Priorities of Survival

You have been making you way home during a man-made disaster involving economic collapse and during your trip home the roads were blocked with abandoned vehicles and you have taken refuge in the area around a lake.

You now know you have water, fish and small animals to sustain you BUT?

Now I like to think there are 7 Enemies of Survival and knowing the 7 Priorities of Survival will greatly increase your chances and abilities in surviving the aftermath of a disaster.

The first of the seven is a Positive Mental Attitude.

As attested by those who have survived both Man-Made, Natural Disasters and wilderness emergencies, a positive mental attitude is the most essential element in any survival situation.

The second of the seven is First Aid.

If any injury from the disaster is life threatening, such as rapid blood loss, first aid becomes the most important thing to do.

The third of the seven is Shelter.

Extreme cold or hot weather conditions make finding or building a shelter of top importance. At such times even painful but minor injuries must wait until shelter is available. This is even more urgent if night is approaching.

The forth of the seven is Fire.

Often, along with shelter, you will need a fire for warmth and signaling. Fuel should be secured and the fire started before dark.

The fifth of the seven is Signaling.

When you have taken the first steps in dealing with the emergency, you might need to prepare rescue signals depending on your situation.

The sixth of the seven is Water.

Under all circumstances, water is essential. You can live only a few days without it. Finding water is even more urgent when the weather is hot and dry.

And the seventh of the seven is Food.

A healthy person can live several weeks without food; it does not rate high as a survival priority.

Pick Your Training Ground

The first thing you’ll want to do is pick a spot where you’ll be practicing. Ideally this would be a place that is near your home, is accessible during both the day and night, and has the resources you need to practice the various survival skills. This will be your training ground.

Setting up Shelter

Whether you live in an arid, temperate, or cold environment, exposure is often the first cause of death for those caught in a wilderness-survival situation. For this reason, shelter will be the first step to take.

Choose your Shelter

If you’re new to wilderness survival, this step would be simply building a tent or setting up a tarp shelter. As you get comfortable with that you’ll want to move on to making a primitive shelter.

Since I cannot cover every shelter that is possible to build from the resource on your training ground, you’ll need to do some research in determining what type of shelter is best for your environment.

The key factors are that it keeps you protected from the elements (dry when wet, shaded when hot, warm when cold, etc.).

For example, I live in the North East — a place that abounds in trees and forest debris. My shelter of choice here is the debris hut which is basically a framework of sticks that is stuffed inside and out with leaves or other natural debris for insulation.

This will keep me both dry and warm without the need for a tarp or sleeping bag.

Build it

Chose you location and look up for widow makers.

Once you’ve chosen your shelter type, start building it. Again, this could be in one easy go (like setting up a tent) or if it requires normally an hour or two to build (like a primitive shelter) you must be aware of weather changes and loss of light.

Test it

Knowing how to build the shelter is only half of the process. Sleeping in a shelter you built is really the best teacher.

It will teach you to overcome the fear of being alone, the dark, as well as sleeping in something other than your bed.

In the case of a primitive shelter, it teaches you how best to insulate it, where to build it, what materials to use and so on.

If you don’t make it through the whole night, that’s fine. Take note of what needs to improve and use that for the next step.

Refine it and Retest

Now that you’ve tried it for a night, make the improvements to the shelter and try it again.

If you used a tent, this part might include putting down ground insulation to prevent ground chill, or even moving location for a more even surface.

Remember, a shelter will protect you from the elements take the time to make a good one.

Step 3: Finding, Collecting and Purifying Water

Dehydration is a major concern in not just arid environments but in cold environments as well. Since most publications say we cannot go for much longer than 3 days without water, this will be the next skill you will practice.

Finding Water and Collecting Water

The first part of this step is to find a source of water. This could be morning dew (in which case it is already purified), ice or snow, a body of water, a dried out river bed, setting up a solar still and so on.

Once you’ve found your water source, you’ll want to practice different means of collecting it such as soaking it up with a cotton shirt, long grasses, discarded bottles or cans that you find lying around and so on. In the beginning, use your own containers and as your skill grows you can practice making your own or finding field expedient ones.

Purifying Water

If the water you collected requires purifying then you’ll need to practice how to do that. This could be practicing using a commercial filter, water-purification tablets, or fire.

Finding and Preparing Food

Most of the time you spend ia a Survival situation is taken up in this step. If you’re a beginner, you’ll skip finding food and just practice outdoor food preparation and cooking over a fire.

But as you run out of your food stores, or arrive in a survival situation without any food you will need to start gathering and preparing wild edibles, procuring meat through trapping, fishing, hunting and so on.

It also includes gutting, skinning, cleaning and preparing the animal, cooking it, and of course, eating it.

Using a trapping example, you might spend an hour one day making a set of snares or building primitive traps.

Then when you have some time, you’ll set them up (be sure you have the necessary permits) and check on them regularly to see if you caught anything.

If you don’t succeed, take note of any improvements you can make (different bait, different location etc.) and make those changes the next time.

When you do catch or hunt something, you’ll be practicing skinning, cleaning, and preparing the animal to be eaten.

Since you’ve already know how to make fire you can simply set up a fire and cook it that way.

I would like to think that whatever survival aid you bring with you to help you survive, you will during the 42 days find a natural low tech way to provide the same result.

This Week’s Show 7th September 2017

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SHOW NOTES

This week I begin with The Wilderness Gathering Report, Birling Gap Gas Incident, the SURVIVAL STILL LAUNCH NOT, the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, UK Knife Crime, From Camping Mode to Survival Mode, Survival Strategies, Its not a CON-Trail, Preppers Will be Next, My Homemade MRE, Pine Needle Tea.

The Wilderness Gathering Report

There are only 357 days untill the Wilderness Gathering, have you booked yet?

With the 30 acres of old oak forest pre-booked by June this year perhaps it’s something to think about, especially if you could not get a place this year.

Anyway that’s how I feel, I miss it already.

This show is the UK’s top bushcraft show and that’s really down to the dedication and bloody hard work of Roger, Dom and their great team Thank you guys so much and well done.

I really must also thank Charlie and Fiona, Gus and Clare, Steve, Tony, Peter, David Bud (chilli Rum), Fudge for all your help, advice and for making gthe event so enjoyable for me.

As usual the WG was beyound what most people expected, it was very well attended and as previous years we had European mainland visitors again, it was great to see Mahdi from Holland again, there where visitors from South Africa, Belgium, Southern Ireland and Hungry and perhaps others I did not get a chance to meet.

Yes we had a little wet stuff, but less than usual and we probabley got wetter on the inside or at least we tried too.

This year we saw many more kids or at least it looked that to me and they where kept busy busy involved in the Coyotte clubs extensive range of activities.

So if you’ve got a free week in August 2018, (dates to be released) why not book the time off work and have a week of fun and learning in the woods.

Birling Gap Gas Incident

On Friday 25th August 2017 this story appears in on the Dailymail online site http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4824432/British-paramedics-start-carrying-antidote-nerve-gas.htmlI

On Sunday the 27th August 2017 this story appeared http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/update-suspected-chlorine-causes-many-casualties-at-birling-gap-1-8123374

And was covered by all the mainstream newspapers and news networks.

Today 29th August 2017 it’s not mentioned in these papers or on the news networks.

The emergency services in Sussex have no comment at all.

I find this all very strange indeed. Two days after it is admitted that NHS staff are carrying 10x atropine for their personal use and that support vehicles are on standby with (enough) for the general public because of a chlorine gas attack, then a “Chlorine Gas” incident occurs and nobody says “is this a terrorist Attack”

Has a D notice been slammed on the press? and if the answer is yes, then why?

In my eyes there is no other explanation to arrive at but for me to say that I think this was an emergency services exercise.

This would explain why only a handful of causalities were actually decontaminated and not everyone who turned up with the same symptoms.

It would also explain why the fire crews and other emergency service workers where photographed walking around “without” HAZCHEM suits. Certainly the RNLI inshore rescue boats crew had no HAZCHEM suits on.

I knew something was not right when a police statement said that there would be no more gas.

I mean how do they know?

Having looked at the wind direction on that day I have to say that an onshore source in northern France is very unlikely.

Having checked EDIS http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php?area=eu&lang=eng there is no such incident on the Mainland European Coastline.

But EDIS shows the incident in the Beachy Head area.

I suggest that the gas was released from an off shore vessel and that once released the gas itself would screen the vessel from view.

I say this because of the reasons I have given and because the gas drifted onshore. Survival Still

Even though it was sent to me as a gift the Survival Still was captured by UK Customs, great is it not they let tarrorists and returning jahadi fighters back into the country but STOP a package clearly marked as a GIFT and charge me £68 import duty.

Could this be because parcels have no human rights and cannot fight back. So much for favourite nation status.

This is why it was not launched at the WG.

IPN and UKSN

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UK Knife Crime

Chief constable Julie Spence, who heads Cambridgeshire Police was I think the first to give a stark public warning by singling out Poles, Lithuanian and Iraqi Kurds who are carrying knives on the streets way back in 2008.

Mrs Spence said: ‘We have had the Iraqi Kurds who carry knives and the Poles and the Lithuanian who carry knives. If it is normal to carry them where you come from, you need to educate them pretty quickly’.

The comments of such a senior officer in an Parliamentary evidence session will spark widespread alarm at a time when the UK is struggling to control knife crime.

Especially as hundreds of thousands more immigrants have poured over our open borders.

Almost a quarter of shops in some towns are breaking knife laws with some selling deadly blades to children as young as 12.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said irresponsible retailers were putting lives at risk, as the latest official figures showed a 20 percent annual rise in knife crime in England and Wales.

These two points alone should have been enough to show this Government what needs to be done to reduce knife crime, but will it take steps to close retail outlet infringements of UK knife law? will it target immigrant communities and gang culture in general with stop and search and hand down stiff prison sentences for those caught breaking UK knife law?

I suspect that as our police are totally politicized and totally PC that nothing of the sort will be done to tackle this surge and really make out streets safer to walk.

What will be done is False Flag campaigns and Government sound bites to pull the wool over the public’s eyes into thinking that these initiatives work.

For example when I look into the knife amnesty initiative, well it’s clear to see that it does not work, I mean how many have we had and knife crime is on the up.

Anyway, as most of the knives that are handed in from old kitchen knives to granddads WW1 Bayonet/souvenir where never going to be on the streets nor used in criminal activities.

We are no safer, who really thinks that a criminal would hand his weapon of choice into the police, unless he had replaced it with another.

The proposed new law to make online buyers physically pick up their purchases will do two things.

Firstly it will drastically affect UK online knife sales putting thousands of lively hoods at great risk, with many companies going out of business.

Secondly it will deprive thousands of the very tools they require to carry out their legal hobbies, pastimes and activities from fishing, shooting, farming, camping to carving and simply collecting to their desires content.

Remember they banned hand guns and gun crime nearly trebled.

Criminals do not apply for licenses, not do they stick to the rules. We as non-criminals should not be legislated against because of this Governments unwillingness to enforce existing and adequate UK knife law.

If YOU, do not also exercise this right it will be removed, there is nothing surer.

Remember knives are only tools and like any tool, say a hammer it can be used to attack someone, but no one calls for hammers to be banned do they?

UK Legal KNIVES– NON-LOCKABLE FOLDING POCKET KNIFE

In the UK it is, totally “legal to carry a non lockable folding pocket knife or multi purpose tool” as long as the cutting edge is 3″ long or less. When stopped by Police and asked why I am carrying it, I only ever reply, “Because the law says I can”. You can get further details here. https://www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

From Camping Mode to Survival Mode

Your camping gear is the starting point for your survival plan.

History is a magnificent tool for understanding the present but it is also great at foretelling the future.

If there is one thing you can accurately say about history it is that it will repeat. Peace and war, feast and famine, prosperity and depression, all cycle as random eddies in the river of time.

Thus it is prudent to consider that a desperate situation is not only possible but, if we believe history, quite likely.

This realization mandates developing a mentality and a plan that prepares us for the ability to simply surviving.

What happens if your town has five fire engines and your house becomes the sixth fire burning? Unless you are willing to fight the fire you are just plan out of luck.

So self sufficiency is the way we must learn to think in order to survive.

Survival at Home

Perhaps you have seen the movie “Contagion” where a really bad and untreatable virus spreads throughout the world.

Much of what is enacted in the movie is, in fact, how I think governments would handle such a situation.

Schools and businesses would be simply closed and you might even find yourself restricted to your own home.

This would put us at the mercy of government emergency services.

What happens when the governments’ survival resources run out or are stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities?

Desperate people do desperate things.

If conditions deteriorate to this point, we may need to “get out of Dodge”, so to speak.

Head for the hills.

Here is where preppers and survivalists, in fact campers in general have a decided advantage over the standard population.

In a minimal sense we have to configure for survival every time we just go camping. Whether you are setting up for a weekend trip or a two week one you will have had to addressed these basic survival needs:

water

food

protection from the elements

Thus all you have to do is add a food and water stash to your basic camping equipment inventory and you have the core of a survival plan put together.

Choose a couple of good spots to locate your survival camp away from built up areas, as these places will most likely be chaotic.

Again, desperate people do desperate things so get away from the masses.

Gather the tribe.

Plan where your family and selected friends will be when things start falling apart.

They can meet you there where you can pool resources and efforts.

The wolf pack mentality is very useful when in the survival mode.

Setup your survival base camp in a familiar out of the way spot near water ( have a purifier) and natural food sources.

Having the means, knowledge and ability to protect yourself and your loved ones maybe essential to your collective survival.

In the mean time:

Consider learning the following skills:

How to identify and prepare natural foods in your area.

How to start a fire without matches.

How to hunt and fish.

How to shoot and defend yourself.

I know it’s ugly to think about but remember what history has taught us about the dark side of human nature.

Survival Strategies

As a prepper you’re probably into planning. Most likely, you research and study the what is put out by experts. Whether we prepare for incidents small or large, we all ponder what we’d do if something world-as-we-know-it-ending went down.

The trouble is, a lot of the plans that get made are more likely to get you killed than to save you.r And people post these plans online, then new preppers read them and think, “Wow, what a great idea.”

Look I’m not an expert at all, and I do not claim to be king prepper, who knows absolutely everything. I’d just like you to consider the variables if one of these plans happens to be your default strategy.

Bad Strategy #1: “I’ll just hunt and live off the land.”

No, you probably won’t. You might try to hunt, but guess what? Loads of other people have this same idea. Unless you live hundreds of miles from civilization, the population of deer and small game will be quickly decimated in an event that renders the food delivery system inoperable.

Furthermore, hunting is not as easy as simply wandering into the woods, taking aim with a rifle, and popping a wandering buck in the head. Have you ever hunted? Have you done so recently, and by recently I mean within the past year? Have you ever field dressed an animal? Can you hit a moving target? Do you know how to set up snares? Do you know how to butcher and preserve meat? Are you in good enough shape to drag a 200 pound carcass through the woods?

If you can’t say yes to every single question listed here, hunting should probably not be your go-to plan for feeding your family.

Bad Strategy #2: “I’ll go into the woods and live there.”

This is closely related to Bad Strategy #1.

But it’s worse. Living in the wilderness is not going to be a marshmallow roast. First off, there are no marshmallows out there. Just lots of predators and food that has to be killed and skinned before you can eat it.

In this strategy, people like to talk about their proximities to a national forest. “There are thousands of acres, just on the other side of my fence.”

Okay. But when is the last time you went into that forest more than a few miles on foot? Did you spend more than a couple of nights there? Was the weather inclement?

What are your local predators (not including the human variety)? Do you have a camping kit that you can carry in on foot? Will your children and spouse be able to also carry supplies?

Are you planning to build a house with some traps and a Swiss Army knife? What will you eat and drink? Are you adept at foraging in your area? For how long can you actually survive on what you can carry? How are your First Aid skills and what supplies will you have? Can you handle the loneliness? And what about the other, perhaps less than moral, individuals that have the same idea?

Have you ever lit a fire with wet wood? Have you ever camped, outside of a camp ground area? What if it rains? In many climates, getting wet is a death sentence.

Bad Strategy #3: “I’ll bug out on foot for miles through the mountains, even though I don’t regularly exercise.”

If bugging out on foot is one of your plans, I’d like to suggest you pick a clear day, put on a loaded backpack and some hiking boots, and go for a practice hike to your location. Go ahead. I’ll wait here.

This one really bothers me. There is a large contingent of armchair preppers who have this idea. However, they don’t exercise regularly. They look back 20-30 years to their high school or military glory days, when they played football,or had a drill sergeant screaming right behind them as they ran.

Just because you were once very physically fit, that doesn’t mean you are still able to hike up a mountain in bad weather with a 50 pound kit on your back.

This is a classic recipe for a heart attack, by the way. Extreme over-exertion. High-stress situation. High-sodium, easily packable food. Out-of-shape person.

A few miles into the journey, particularly if it includes a steep climb, the person will experience a pounding heart, dizziness, and faintness, as the body tries to shut down to protect itself from the unaccustomed demands. If the physical stress continues, the heart won’t be able to keep up with the demand to pump blood. Game. Over.

Embarking on an overly ambitious bug-out journey can endanger not only you, but the people making the trek with you. What if you have a heart attack half way up the mountain? What if you have an asthma attack? What if you injure your out-of-shape self? Who is going to help you? If the situation is bad enough that you’re bugging out, you aren’t likely to be airlifted to a hospital for medical care. Will someone put their own safety at risk to hang out with you while you recover?

I’m not trying to talk anyone into staying in a bad situation when bugging out could be the wiser course of action. But if your bug out route is a long distance or over difficult terrain, you need to get out there and start training before you put the lives of everyone in your team or family at risk.

Bad Strategy #4: “I have lots of weapons and tools. I’ve never used them. But I have them.”

Do you have pepper tools that are still in the box? How often do you make it to the shooting range? When’s the last time you actually felled a tree then chopped firewood? When did you do it without a chainsaw?

There are loads of different examples that I could give about tools that just sit there in their boxes, awaiting their moment of glory when it all hits the fan.

For the purposes of Bad Strategy #4, I’m including firearms as a tool. Skill with an axe is not a given. Accurate aim doesn’t stay with you if you don’t practice. Even building a fire is not easy if you’ve only done it once or twice.

Not only is it vital to practice using your tools during good times, when you have back-up options available, but you need to test your tools to be sure that they operate as intended.

I once purchased a water filtration system for use during off-grid situations. It was missing an essential gasket. Without that gasket, it would be totally useless.

Sure, I could have tried to jerry rigged something, but the point of buying all of this stuff is to save having to jerry rig. Because I checked out my tool before I needed it, I was able to send it back and get a replacement.

Bad Strategy #5: “I’ll just run a generator and continue on like nothing ever happened.”

Generators are loud, smelly, and finite.

If you want to bring attention to yourself in the midst of a down-grid scenario, the surest way to do it is to be the only house in the area with lights blazing in every window. Generators are commonly stolen, because they’re impossible to hide, rumbling away beside your house. A person with ill intent would be likely to think that if you have a generator with extra fuel, you might have some other awesome stuff that they’d want too.

Keep in mind, if you do opt to use a generator, that this is not a long-term solution. There’s only so much fuel that anyone can store. Eventually, it’s going to run out, and if your plan was completely dependent on being able to run a generator, what will you do then?

Bad Strategy #6: “I’ll just use my fireplace for cooking and heating.”

If using your fireplace or wood stove is part of your survival plan, how much wood do you have? Is it seasoned and dry? Can you acquire more? Have you actually chopped wood before? Recently? When is the last time you prepared food using your stove or fireplace?

The good news is, you can make this strategy work, as long as you ramp up your wood supply and begin using your fireplace or wood stove on a regular basis to work out the bugs in your plan now.

Bad Strategy #7: “I’m going to bug-in, in the city and scavenge what I need.”

This is a terrible idea on so many levels it’s hard to know where to start.

First of all, when utilities are interrupted, those in large metropolitan areas are left with few options. It’s hard to dig a toilet in the concrete jungle. Remember when New York was hit by Super storm Sandy? People were defecating in the halls of apartment buildings to try and keep their own apartments moderately sanitary. Unfortunately, sewage built up in the pipes and spewed into apartments, filling them with deadly human waste.

Store shelves will quickly be emptied before and after disasters, leaving little to scavenge. If you happen across the wrong place, you’re likely to be shot by a property owner defending his or her goods.

If you wait too long to evacuate, roadways will be blocked, and you can end up being a refugee, with no option but camps. Cities will be populated with desperate people, some of whom were criminals before the disaster struck.

Even those who were friendly neighbours before the disaster can turn on you, because desperation can turn anyone into a criminal in order to feed their families.

Highly populated areas withoutoutdoor space will quickly become death traps in the wake of a disaster.

Its not a CON-Trail

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS ARE VINDICATED: U.S. SENATE REPORTS CHEMTRAILS ARE REAL AND ARE KILLING US!

Mentioning the word ‘chemtrails’ on a public bus or Facebook is bound to earn you a few eye rolls from eavesdroppers and sceptical family members.

However, while scepticism – regardless of the source – isn’t exactly the worst thing in the world, it appears that those who believe strongly in the idea that the U.S. government is spraying dangerous chemicals into the atmosphere may have been onto something after all.

The evidence? No, not some YouTube video by a retired NASA janitor. This time, you’ve got an actual official government document from the U.S. admitting to the placement of chemicals in our atmosphere.

To start with, Dr. Norman A Beckman begins by requesting a report on the history of weather modification. Washington, D.C., July 30, 1976.

Dr. Norman A. Beckman, Acting Director, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Dear Dr. Beckman: Weather modification, although a relatively young science, has over the years stimulated great interest within the scientific, commercial, governmental, and agricultural communities.

Although the Soviets and some U.S. private operators claim some success in suppressing hail by seeding clouds, our understanding of the physical processes that create hail is still weak.

The one major U.S. held experiment increased our understanding of severe storms, but otherwise proved mostly the dimensions of what we do not yet know.

For over 30 years both legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government have been involved in a number of aspects of weather modification.

That last statement alone should have you clicking on google to see the full facts. Share it with your more sceptical friends and see what they have to say

Additional details on Chemtrails vs Contrails is also available online and it appears that Geoengineering, Solar Radiation Management, Climate-Engineering, Weather Modification, HAARP, & “Chemtrails” Cloud-seeding & rudimentary weather control was a somewhat old technology, back when I was a little kid.

I remember watching the contrails & wondering as the years have gone by, why some of them behaved differently. Genuine contrails, are merely condensation forming behind certain engines at specific altitudes, & dissipate as you watch.

They never lasted very long. There are others though, colloquially referred to as “chemtrails”, which I noticed behaved differently, even under the same weather conditions, long before I knew the different terms they were given.

Rather than dissipating almost as soon as they’re formed, as actual contrails do, these would remain for long periods of time, gradually dispersing into a haze – often blanketing the sky for many hours.

When I’ve watched the end of a contrail, dissipating in real time as the jet flies along, while chaff from another plane is obviously dispersing into a recognizable haze – I can clearly see the difference, and if you are honest so can you.

Preppers Will be Next

My fellow preppers the times are a changing for real. Governments here and in the US are planning to curtail our liberties in the name of freedom and security and that we all know is a total con.

If they were bothered about security then our borders would not be left open to all and sundry to simply walk across.

It they were bothered about freedom then they would not be forcing GM crops on us, stopping us from growing food or from storing water, they would not be planning to take our guns away and they would not be snooping on us at every turn, would they?

I have mentioned on previous shows that it is now illegal in New Zealand and some US states to grow your own food and to sell it or give it away or to store rain water.

I also mentioned that the EU is now planning to make it illegal to store heirloom seeds or grow anything that is not on their list.

Most of these liberties are openly enjoyed by the general public, but my friends they are actually aimed at you the prepper and survivalist to prevent you being able to independently survive.

If a new law is passed here in the UK then anyone who criticises Sharia law or gay marriage could be branded an “extremist” under sweeping new powers planned by the Conservatives to combat terrorism.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, unveiled plans last month for so-called Extremism Disruption Orders, which would allow judges to ban people deemed extremists from broadcasting, protesting in certain places or even posting messages on Facebook or Twitter without permission.

Mrs May outlined the proposal in a speech at the Tory party conference in which she spoke about the threat from the so-called Islamic State – also known as Isis and Isis – and the Nigerian Islamist movement Boko Haram.

These new orders would extend to any activities that “justify hatred” against people on the grounds of religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability.

The obvious problem with this is that Leftists and Islamic supremacists constantly advance the false claim that opposition to jihad terror and Islamic supremacism is justifying hatred against people, and the government clearly endorses this view. So this law will be used to curtail any opposition to the advance of Sharia in the UK.

In the US the Government is actively seeking those who criticize government, and arresting them without charging them. They are remanded to mental health institutions where they are given “training” on how to view the world.

Remind you of a little book that George Orwell wrote? It gets worse. Most of the victims of the government’s kidnapping scheme are veterans.

Since the start of Operation Vigilant Eagle, the government has steadily ramped up its campaign to “silence” dissidents, especially those with military backgrounds.

Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on Right wing and Left wing “Extremism,” which broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favour of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics have boded ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.

One particularly troubling mental health label being applied to veterans and others who challenge the status quo is “oppositional defiance disorder” (ODD).

The ODD denotes that the person exhibits ‘symptoms’ such as the questioning of authority, the refusal to follow directions, stubbornness, the unwillingness to go along with the crowd, and the practice of disobeying or ignoring orders.

Persons may also receive such a label if they are considered free thinkers, nonconformists, or individuals who are suspicious of large, centralized government…

At one time the accepted protocol among mental health professionals was to reserve the diagnosis of oppositional defiance disorder for children or adolescents who exhibited uncontrollable defiance toward their parents and teachers.”

The case of 26-year-old decorated Marine Brandon Raub—who was targeted because of his Facebook posts, interrogated by government agents about his views on government corruption, arrested with no warning.

Labelled mentally ill for subscribing to so-called “conspiratorial” views about the government, detained against his will in a psych ward for standing by his views, and isolated from his family, friends and attorneys—is a prime example of the government’s war on veterans.

So how many of you admit that you too have had such thoughts about the parasites in our elected houses?

OK we only have ourselves to blame as we voted for them. But they are now becoming a deadly enemy as they trample over our laws and constitutions in a mad race to their NWO.

Successive US governments have continuously chipped away at the provisions of the American Constitution to a point where it in real terms no longer exists.

Here in the UK a former Prime Minister was either black mailed because of his alleged paedophile activities or openly conned the UK into the vile EU government that now passes over 70% of our laws.

Now is the time to practice OPSEC as if they do not know what we’re doing then there is less chance of them being able to disrupt our plans.

If your laws allow you to open carry or to concealed carry, or as it is in the UK carry a non-locking pen knife with a 3″ or less cutting blade then you must exercise this right as if you do not it will be removed that I can say for sure.

Surely now you can see that our elected government is following a pre-planned course of oppression against its very only population and it is therefore now more than ever up to us to secure our own future and the system has no intention of helping us no matter what happens.

My Homemade MRE

I have been looking at the high prices of British Army MRE Ration Packs (About £10+ along with postage!) and I decided to opt for making my own for my bug out bag.

 

All of these items I bought from my local Asda so these are current prices. I would recommend using a vacuum sealer or Mylar bags with o2 absorbers to make these feasible, otherwise the shelf life I predict is probably not going to be reached due to the nature of some of the items.

 

Anyway, let’s begin, please note numbers after names are Calories, then price!

Breakfast

 

8 x Belvita Biscuits 445 £0.76

Coffee Sachet 75 £0.14

Lunch

Cup a Soup 90 £0.10

Dinner

Mugshot Pasta 307 £0.68

Lemon + Black pepper tuna tins x 2 340 £1.10

Snacks

Boost bar 305 £0.25

Kendal mint cake 85g 350 £0.88

Pumpkin seeds 566 £0.55

Strawberry lances 300 £0.33

Coffee sachet 75 £0.14

 

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

 

I have also got three vacuum sealed bags of peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops which I would also chuck into the bug out bag, these contain a staggering 1750 calories for only £0.99 and will last for ages in the vacuum seal!

 

I’ll add as well, my MRE weighs about 870g, where as a normal British Army one weighs 1750g and also it’s technically not an MRE as it requires water and minimal heating, but I have both of those in my BOB so nothing to worry about really!

 

This is a very basic but very tasty MRE option and I am sure as I experiment further that it will develop and become more season friendly with both a range of hot and cold meals.

Pine Needle Tea

I thought that would introduce you to a simple tea that is delicious, healthy and a great immune booster.

For those of you who are new to the world of plants, a safe and simple tea can be made from the common Pine trees that surround us.

Pine Needle Tea has long been a favourite of traditional and indigenous peoples, both for its refreshment and for its medicinal values.

You may not realize that Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A.

It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not only does it taste good, but it’s good for you!

Each variety of pine has its own flavour to impart, so experiment and see which needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!

Just remember that while all Pines are evergreens, not all evergreens are Pines! So head out to the local woods or park, positively identify your pine trees, bring back some needles and give this one a try!

Step-by-step Instructions for Making Pine Needle Tea:

Collect a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better. (A small handful will be plenty.)

Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)

Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.

Allow to steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

(This process releases more of the oils & resins that contain the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like turpentine.)

Bring about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep, covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!

Drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect. (Make it fresh each time.

Enjoy your tea!

With cold & flu season approaching Pine Needle Tea is a gift of health as well as an enjoyable experience.

And since Pine is best used fresh, it’s a perfect excuse to get out & enjoy the change of seasons!