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This Week’s Show 11th December 2017

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The Wilderness Gathering

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

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

Live Music

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

Children’s Bushcraft

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

The Masterclass

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

Where is it?

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

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

Interesting Stories from One Days MSM

More than 730,000 children could be at risk after being given a vaccine which could make Dengue fever worse.

The vaccination programme in schools across the Philippines has been suspended after evidence showed it could make symptoms more severe in children who hadn’t previously had the illness.

Hundreds of thousands of youngsters in the Philippines, from ages nine and up, received a dose last year and Department of Health (DOH), spokesman Eric Tayag said the country is preparing for the ‘worst-case scenario’, Sky News said.

The office of the Philippine president vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the dengue immunisation programme, which said it placed lives at risk.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said: ‘We will leave no stone unturned in making those responsible for this shameless public health scam which puts hundreds of thousands of young lives at risk accountable.’

Disgraceful but it’s of course part of the NWO plan

A disease which ‘eats’ the flesh of pets has killed a dog in the Midlands as experts warn of a potential epidemic.

This winter’s bitter weather could see a huge surge in dog deaths due to the deadly Alabama Rot, which has already killed hundreds of dogs in the last few years.

The Bilton Veterinary Centre in Rugby, Warwickshire, confirmed: ‘Sadly we have had a confirmed case of CRGV/Alabama Rot in a dog at our practice. The dog has sadly died because of this illness.’

Experts warn the disease reaches a peak between November and February, especially in ice-cold Arctic conditions.

Dog owners have been told to ‘take great care’ when walking their dogs where there are stagnant pools of water, as it is thought the germs thrive in bushy, boggy ground in the winter months.

I’ve never heard of this one, have you?

Fourteen million Britons are living in poverty as families and the elderly are hit by rising food and energy bills, a charity has warned.

Startling figures show almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in impoverished conditions than four years ago.

In total four million children and 1.9 million elderly people were said to have faced severe austerity due to rising household costs, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said.

Prosperous Great Britain NOT No mention of the Bali volcano, Terrorists attacks, Brexit, natural or manmade disasters let alone information on how to protect yourself from these threats.

But the answer must be, self-sufficiency, the ability to survive come what may. In the case of a Bali type incident, it’s the ability to bug-out.

With the Dengue fever and the Alabama rot we as preppers know how to protect ourselves from disease and how to filter and purify water from any source.

As for living in poverty we know how to plan meals, and how to manage supplies to last.

We as preppers have so much tried and tested knowledge that perhaps we should be showing the poor or struggling families how to exist and make ends meet.

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, 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 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 must occasionally replace items that have reached their expiration date.

Drinking water supply

A person can 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 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 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.

Basic Bug-in Kit

You may need to shelter-in-place or stay in your home during an extended power cut. You and your family need to be prepared to

do this for at least 72 hours (you may already have some of these items in your Family Emergency Bug-Out Bag).

Water

Store at least a 3-day supply for each member of your family.

Children, nursing mothers and people who are ill require more water.

Non-perishable food

Store at least a 3-day supply and select foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking, and little or no water.

First aid supplies

Purchase a complete first aid kit and first aid manual.

Add personal care items such as toothpaste and soap, toilet rolls and a supply of non-prescription drugs

Tools and supplies, such as:

Battery-operated radio, Torch and extra batteries

Lantern and fuel, candles, fire lighting kit.

Compass, matches in a waterproof container, signal flare, whistle

Pocket knife or multi-tool

Clothing & bedding, such as:

1 change of clothing and footwear per person

Rain gear

Blankets or sleeping bags

Sweaters

Special items

Medication

Keep important family records and documents in a waterproof, portable container or a bank safety deposit box including:

Photo ID (passports, driver’s license, etc…)

Bank account, credit card numbers and a small amount of cash

Photos of family members in case you are separate

Store items in a waterproof pack or hold all and make sure everyone knows where to find it.

My Fried Bannock

Ingredients

This serves 6 or a hungry 2

3 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons baking powder

water

vegetable oil or lard and butter to finish

Directions

Mix half the flour with the remaining dry ingredients.

Add water until the mixture becomes thick, “like a paper mache paste”.

Add more flour until the dough feels like a soft earlobe.

Heat the oil or lard over a medium-high heat until very hot, but not smoking.

Dry Dough

If in dry dough form break off small pieces of the dough and flatten each to the size of your palm, about 1/2-inch thick.

Place the pieces in the hot oil, turn after about 3 minutes, or when golden brown.

Wet Dough

If in wet dough form, like a thick porridge “no lumps” spoon a dollop into a hot frying pan and cook for 3mins each side.

Finish with a knob of butter by each piece (optional)

Are you Prepared to Survive?

The most important part of survival is being prepared to survive for an extended period of time whenever you leave the comforts of civilization and the nearness of travelled roads.

Many of us either are – or will be – involved in wilderness activities of one kind or another, whether as part of your job or as recreation.

Survival preparation is just as – if not more – important when you are flying from one place to another and your flight plan takes you over untracked wilderness, deserts or snow caped mountains.

Most of the following suggestions in this section are geared towards land survival.

There are some key areas you need to be aware of to survive over a long period.

Yes, it is true that most people who survive are rescued or find their way back to civilization within three days of becoming lost or being injected into a survival situation through illness or accident while in the wilderness.

But – and this is what is most important to you – there are some people who have to survive for weeks or months before they return to the comforts of modern society.

If you ever have the misfortune to become one of those people, a strong background in survival knowledge and technique may just save your skin, as surely as ignorance will likely cost you your life.

There are still significant numbers of wilderness fatalities who would still be alive – if only they had learned the skills they needed to survive.

What do you need before you are really prepared for survival? A positive attitude, training and practice, and a few essential pieces of equipment.

ATTITUDE!

You need to want to survive and you need to believe that you can. Otherwise, you become too easily depressed and willing to give up the fight – and it really is a fight – against the worst that circumstances, climate, weather, terrain, natural enemies (like wild animals and mosquitos) and remoteness can throw at you.

As we sit in front of our computers – we have things pretty good, although we may be getting further and further out of shape if we spend TOO many hours here!

Things can be a whole lot different if you are faced with an airplane that will never fly again, the beginnings of a three-day blizzard, and two hundred kilometers to the nearest road, with injured companions.

Things are also a lot different if you are lost having finally figuring out that you are not where you are supposed to be – and that you haven’t the foggiest idea of just where “here” is!

Think it can’t happen? Ahhhh, but it does! Nearly every day…

People who spend a great deal of time in wilderness areas will probably never admit to being well and truly lost – though they may confess to having been “a bit confused for a couple of days a time or two”.

A positive outlook, no matter how bad the situation, is one of the keys to keeping you alert and aware of what’s going on around you. If you become depressed and give up, your chances of long-term survival decrease drastically.

Training and Practice

No matter how positive your attitude, you will not do well in a survival situation without the knowledge and skills you need to live off the land with only the barest minimum of equipment and supplies.

It takes time to gain these, and you cannot learn everything you need to know from books or websites alone, no matter how good the information or how reputable its author(s).

Your primary survival tool is your brain, and it can never be fully effective without the experience of actual survival living situations and skills practices.

There is absolutely no substitute for starting a fire in the rain without using a lighter or any matches, any more than there is a substitute for preparing food you have obtained by collecting plants or killing animals… Some of the essential tasks of survival are rather less than pleasant, but you need these skills to keep yourself and your companions alive and healthy enough to continue surviving.

Survival courses require a combination of classroom-style work and hands-on experience with the techniques and tools. While some of the training can take place during your usual meeting time, you will need at least a full outdoor weekend for the practical side of even an introductory course.

More time will be required for survival training courses that will help you build your skills to a level where you will be able to survive most situations.

Your skills will also improve if you haul them out and use them frequently. You can also challenge yourself from time to time by spending a weekend with a planned survival camp.

Equipping to Survive

There really is not space enough here to tell you how to build survival kits, and doing so in this format would leave you without the training you will need to be able to effectively use the items in the kit.

However, there are a few basic principles involved in building a survival kit for yourself that I can mention to get you thinking.

Before you begin building your survival kit, you need to decide what its purpose is. Will it need to be small enough to put in your pocket, or will you be able to carry it in your backpack or a small daypack?

If it’s for your pack, what will you have left over if you lose the pack in a stream crossing or through some other misadventure?

Your survival kits (the one in your pocket and the one you add to your pack) should change in content with the season.

For instance, you will need more ways of getting fires started quickly in the winter-time than you will in the summer, when you will want to trade out some fire-starters for insect repellents.

In addition to whatever else you put in the kit, you should consider getting a miniature survival guide – one that has a good plant-identification section.

While this may seem to be a trivial recommendation, there are plants that mimic each other in appearance, with one being edible, and the other, well, not…

Your best source of information for building an appropriate set of survival skills for yourself will come from a combination of good research and quality survival information.

Will You Freeze to Death?

If you can’t heat your home and you have no friends or family to go live with–you and your family will be in deep do do.

 

For many of us preppers, this heat issue is the Achilles heel. Without heat, we may have to forsake food, weapons, ammo and other emergency supplies to stay warm–to stay alive.

 

You can’t walk into a local communal shelter with rifles, shotguns strapped across your back, etc. Of course, many preppers will fire up the generators to keep warm!

 

How long before the fuel runs out? If the grid does down and stays down, how long before the fuel shortages start?

Assuming your generator doesn’t get stolen–because everyone else in the neighborhood is freezing to death–how many weeks (possibly months) of fuel will it take until the spring thaw! I just don’t see how we can survive even weeks without heat.

 

Blankets, solar blankets you say? Wood burning stove. Fireplace.

 

Yes, these will help. But here’s the problem. In the UK it is not uncommon to see temperatures (w/wind chill) drop to -30 degrees below zero.

 

Good luck with your solar blanket. People will be tearing the drywall down and starting fires in their living rooms to stay warm.

 

So, the question begs: Will We Freeze to Death? The answer is NO if you are prepared. Can you say wood burning stove! If you don’t have one, get one, even a small one can generate plenty of heat to stay alive! Buy it, install it, stockpile wood and a good chain saw (for foraging).

 

You must also plan to survive in just one room which is then easier to keep warm than trying to hear many rooms.

 

Many say the power would be restored within a reasonable timeframe. I say: Are you sure? Severe weather can certainly knock out the power as we see every year.

The Threats We Face

For years we have been warned loads of times by different people that in order to distract and cover up the extent of the upcoming economic crash, there must be war, military action which would prop up the failing economy, global and domestic, and what we are seeing right now is a massive all-out war campaign.

United States General Paul Vallely issued a dire warning that ISIS/Al-Qaeda sleeper cells are already in big US cities, preparing to launch attacks upon the transportation system, the electrical grids and shopping centers.

Ex-CIA Official Mike Morell saying “we need to worry about another 9/11-style attack by ISIS and that he wouldn’t be surprised if ISIS showed up to a US mall with an AK-47.

Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is saying ISIS would blow up a major US city, which followed Senator Lindsey Graham’s warning of “America in flames” House Homeland Security Chair Rep.

Michael McCaul stating that ISIS is intent on hitting the west, and this is just a small sample of this all-out push and campaign being conducted by the US government, using mouth-pieces on talk shows and interviews, in a campaign to persuade Americans to support all-out war.

You can bet that if this is happening in the U.S. then it will follow here too. We are also targets for ISIS soft target attacks, we have a reputation of harboring Islamic extremists and allowing them to spread their hate without worry of arrest.

We even allow terrorists to walk our streets freely under the stupid assumption that it is OK as we are following them to see who they talk to and were they go.

And worse of all we allow trained combat hardened terrorists back into our country even though we know what they have done.

The UK government is like a turkey voting for Christmas.

Make no mistake, the threat of ISIS attacking us is very real. They have provided ample evidence that they here, they are in our cities and on our streets and planning their attacks now,

The problem is though, those very same terrorists and/or supporters of ISIS, will not just go away or magically disappear once military action against Syria and Iraq begins.

We will face this threat for decades and we as preppers and survivalists must prepare, we have no other choice in this.

Perhaps we should begin with keeping our eyes open and reporting anyone/thing that is strange or out of the norm, write down car numbers, carry an EDC when out and about perhaps a GHB.

If you think I am being paranoid, then let me tell you this.

Bloody Friday is the name given to the bombings by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Belfast on 21 July 1972. Twenty-two bombs exploded in the space of eighty minutes, killing nine people (including two British soldiers) and injuring 130.

If my Father had not told me not to go into Belfast city that day I would not be here now as I would have arrived at Oxford bus station at the same time as the bombs exploded.

You and your family must have a plan, if GOD forbid you are caught up in such an event, as I believe that we in the West are facing our own Troubles and on a very much larger scale.

Not too long ago we had the Stuxnet super cybervirus Stuxnet represented a nightmare: a dangerous computer worm that in some modified form could be used to attack an electric or telecommunications grid, an oil refinery or a water treatment facility.

 

This insidious virus infects and disables industrial power grids, water purification plants, telecommunications and more. Stuxnet was suspected of disabling an Iranian nuclear research facility two years ago.

 

More recently, an article from ComputerWorld.com states “Homeland Security warned that with all the hacking conferences and common pen testing software, the industrial control systems that are connected directly to the Internet could be easily located and hackers could point, click and destroy.

 

So, you see dear listener cyber-terrorism is a real risk, our grid is vulnerable and likely will continue to be more so soon.

Being Prepared

A popular misconception about being prepared is that you are preparing for a total, catastrophic meltdown that throws us all back to the stone age.

 

One minute we’re living, the next we’re running around in chest rigs and getting into fire fights with those who would take what we have.

 

A SHTF event can be anything from an aggravating annoyance to what I have just described.

 

You can move or leave if it’s a localized event so it’s not SHTF

 

There are any number of scenarios where this simply isn’t true medical issues, family responsibilities, jobs, resources, quickness of weather events, etc. can all conspire to prevent you from dashing off to safety.

And even if you could, I can’t think of a worse case of the poop hitting the ventilation than having my home destroyed or a family member killed.

Minor things like flat tires are so easy to deal with that they aren’t SHTF events

Really? Your car gets a flat in a coned off work area on the motorway, it’s hanging out into a lane of traffic and the flat tire is on the traffic side.

As those cars whiz by your head please explain to the class how you aren’t in a bad situation.

Take it a step further. Now it’s your wife or daughter. When they call you on the phone in hysterics just tell them to suck it up and how “minor” the situation is.

Let me know how it turns out.

You break your leg. Not a SHTF event, right? What if you just started a small business? You have three contracts at different places and are a one-man operation.

Now you can’t work, can’t bill and can’t make money. Oh yea, your contracts will likely replace you with someone else.

Call me crazy, but something like that seems bad, no?

Because a situation is minor for you doesn’t mean it will be minor for all in your care.

Furthermore, any number of circumstances can ambush you to turn a minor event into a full blown catastrophe.

You go out to dinner with the family. You are on the way home and find your house has burnt to the ground.

A chemical truck spills and releases toxic gas into the air. You must leave and leave right now.

You have just enough time to grab your family but must leave your dog standing on the front porch.

A major blizzard snows in your elderly father. His power goes out and he needs his insulin to survive.

There is no way for him to leave, and very little chance of someone getting to him.

You move into a dream home for which you have saved your entire life. Six months later an earthquake damages it beyond repair.

You then find out your cut-rate insurance doesn’t cover the damages and you don’t have the money to fix your house.

You are on the way to take your oldest son to college. As you pull out of the driveway the phone rings. It’s your boss and you’ve just been fired.

Now sure, those are fabricated situations. But you can’t deny that in each one of them some level of crap has solidly hit the fan.

If I prepare for Mad-Max I’m prepared for all of the smaller things that could happen

People who focus on Mad-Max also tend to focus a lot on MRE’s and guns.

They also tend to overlook little things like tire repair kits, quality foot ware, cooking equipment, how they will take care of bodily waste, etc. etc.

While you are planning for your trip to live in the woods, did you remember to buy rock salt so when your driveway is a sheet of ice you can get out?

You know what else they tend to overlook?

Training. Yea. really important to know how to do stuff, not just have all the gear and no idea.

It’s just too easy to get wrapped up in the fantasy land of becoming a wandering one-man army in your brand new multicam kit and your 1000-yard rifle when all you think about is SHTF.

Trust me, it will cause you to overlook a simple preparation along the way.

Top of the Food Chain

After a SHTF event most of us accept that our control at the top of the food chain will be disrupted.

It may be a temporary situation and we may soon get our control back, in individual cases it may not occur and in some cases, we may not be able to regain our status at all.

The differences between these outcomes is going to be how prepared you are physically and mentally, to the local predators and if you are armed or not.

Weapons are going to make a big difference here and you need to bear this in mind. There will be nobody to phone up and get help.

It is down to you and the predator and it is only through our society and technology that we are top of the food chain.

It is a fragile position and we can quickly find that for a period, a short brutal and fatal period, our society or technology has left us vulnerable and we drop a few links in the chain.

You read about it all the time in the news. People were eaten by sharks, others by polar bears and others have died due to storms.

Our position at the top is precarious.

Of course, as well as what we see as natures predators we also have to deal with the most dangerous predator of all. “Man” is currently the number one predator of man.

This takes up most of the news, one man harming another in some way. Where this should be a major consideration in allowing us to defend ourselves it appears that it does the opposite.

After an event we have already considered local predators and have stocked up on traps, weapons and defensive capabilities.

We can handle the wolves, dogs and other wild animals. We can even handle the weather and the loss of our food, water and shelter. We are fully prepared for those.

They are on our lists, we have weapons that can deal with them and we should be thankful that we live in the UK where we don’t have Grizzlies, Lions, Alligators, Sharks and other major predators.

We don’t have as standard tornadoes, tsunamis and earthquakes either so we really are lucky.

What we do have though, and plenty of, are human predators. Some are obviously predators and will come up against your defenses.

Just hope that you are armed enough. There are others though who are not so obvious. 

Those that will kidnap your children during the disruption of an event, those that will infiltrate your security at home and kill you in your sleep.

They will disarm you with guile and lies and you will be defenseless against them. If you don’t think you will fall for lies and deceit just look around and see what is going on today as we are being screwed over by politicians

You need to prepare but there are some things that you just cannot fully prepare for.

Liars and con men are one of those. 

You can only be aware. Phase your acceptance of people until they prove themselves.

Even then be careful how much access they have. It is (need to know) and being careful that will serve you best here. Real people will understand.

Predators cannot afford to wait as they cannot hide their true identities for long.

One thing I am always accused of is that I am not very forgiving. I’m friendly enough but I only get screwed once. I rarely forgive people screwing with me, but I never forget.

They only get one chance. I will be honest with everyone and if they are honest in their dealings with me then I can forgive mistakes but never something deliberate.

 

After a few years this issue will almost disappear, and it will be less dangerous.

 

Everyone will know who is trustworthy and who is not.
In the olden days people’s integrity was known for miles.

 

So, all you will have to worry about is those who are wandering.

They should be few and far between.

Keep your friends close and kill your enemies, or at least keep clear of them if they don’t deserve killing.

 

 

 

 

 

This Week’s Show 30th November 2017

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SHOW NOTES

Starting with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, then the Water-to-Go 15%discount offer, The Wilderness Gathering, U.S. Patented Viruses on the Rampage, Radiation Detection and Effects, How to Make Nettle Soup, Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes, Eating Crows and Some Recipes, Back Pack Survival.

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The Wilderness Gathering

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

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

Live Music

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

Children’s Bushcraft

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

The Masterclass

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

Where is it?

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

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U.S. Patented Viruses on the Rampage

Are you prepared to be quarantined for weeks, maybe months without contact with the outside world? That means no food shopping, no petrol stations, no going to work…

A deadly airborne plague in Madagascar has now killed 143 people and infected 1,947 people and it is continuing to spread.

The outbreak, which has been described as ‘the worst in 50 years’, has yet to reach mainland Africa, nine countries have been placed on high alert.

The plague has spread through coughing, sneezing or spitting and can kill within 24 hours.

The World Health Organisation has earmarked £3.8m to combat disease and predicts it could take six months to stem the outbreak.

You may have heard that a new virus in Africa has already claimed the lives of 3 and is suspected of have infected many more. The danger of this Marburg virus is that it’s HIGHLY infectious and it kills up to 90% of those who are infected. So what’s it take to be infected…? Answer: Not much. Human contact with the possibly contaminated areas and of course any contact with bodily fluids. Now before you panic – this outbreak is still contained in Uganda for the time being… at least that’s what we’re being told at present. Here are some of the details related to this recent outbreak: Marburg has been compared to Ebola, which also presents with haemorrhagic characteristics. Here are four ways Marburg and Ebola are similar. 1. Marburg and Ebola have similar transmissions Similar to how Ebola has been found in African monkeys and nonhuman sources,

Marburg has been found in fruit bats and monkeys in Africa.

Both are transmitted to humans through bodily fluids, such as blood or waste. Infected individuals generally do not become contagious until they display symptoms. 2. Marburg and Ebola display the same deadly haemorrhagic symptoms
Symptoms of both Marburg and Ebola include, but aren’t limited to: fever, muscle aches and pains, diarrhoea, fatigue, chills, nausea and vomiting, and external and internal bleeding.

Bleeding generally occurs in the eyes, and, according to Mayo Clinic, can occur in the ears, nose, and rectum when the infected person is close to death. 3. Marburg and Ebola have similar risk factors For both Marburg and Ebola, the risk of contracting the diseases are only more likely when individuals travel to areas where outbreaks occur, such as Africa, conduct research on animals from Africa or the Philippines, or provide care for infected individuals.

According to Mayo Clinic, family members providing medical or personal care for relatives are often at risk of transmission. 4. Vaccinations for Marburg and Ebola are still in development There are no current vaccinations for the Marburg virus, and while vaccinations for Ebola have been praised as promising, scientists are still working on the advancement of protection from the virus. Here are a list of minimal precautions that you should take before and during a pandemic outbreak. Before a Pandemic Store a two week supply of water and food. Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.

Have any none prescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic help records.
Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home. During a Pandemic Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Radiation Detection and Effects

Handheld radiation detectors tell you what you can’t see, smell or taste, but what could make you horribly sick and now their sales have skyrocketed for that exact reason.

Radiation is an invisible component that has huge detrimental effects on the human body and unless you have something to detect it, you are practically blind to its levels and won’t notice anything it is too late.

The nuclear threat is higher now than ever as superpower countries compete, flex and test their nuclear weapons.

And in one pocket of the world is the radical North Korea taunting much larger countries to enter into a nuclear fight.

It is this reason, as well as possible future struggles and conflicts involving nuclear weapons that have seen a spike in radiation suits, gas masks, and iOSAT pills sales

But now the market is turning towards the likely possibility of your first steps outside the front door of your make-do shelter to look at how you might test the radiation of the air, the ground and water after a possible nuclear strike or nuclear reactor leak after a blackout.

Before we look into what radiation detectors do and how they work, we should look at why they are important.

What radiation can do to the body

The most common question people ask is “what will radiation do to me”

To answer something like this, we first need to look at how much radiation is involved.

Radiation isn’t just a one-hit kill type of matter, we are exposed to low levels of radiation every single day, how much of it determines whether we are affected or not.

In looking at harmful levels of radiation, there are two different types of exposure: acute and chronic.

Acute exposure is where a dose of radiation is received all at once, this would be something like an X-Ray or a CT scan you might have done for health reasons, think of it as a once-off sudden impact of a packet of radiation.

The other type is chronic exposure, this is a level of exposure of a long period of time.

This would be where a nuclear attack has happened, and you are walking around post-fallout without protective equipment being exposed to consistent strong levels of radiation.

This has occurred in the past in places such as Chernobyl, Hiroshima and Fukushima.

Rain or a bucket of water

If you consider radiation exposure like water, you can either have a huge bucket thrown at you all at once, or you can have a bucket’s worth of rain on you at at a slow pour.

In both circumstances, you are going to get very wet, but when it comes to radiation, those effects can differ from the bucket to the rain.

Both are obviously bad for your health, so with this in mind, when the nuclear bomb was designed it included both to be a quick-effect as well as a long-lasting weapon.

For a person who experiences a nuclear explosion they will receive two doses, one from the initial blast and the second from the fallout as the particles sit on the ground post-explosion.

Health effects of radiation

For acute exposures of radiation, the lowest count of exposure (25-50 rem or rads) will see a drop in white blood cell counts.

For the medically-termed Radiation Syndrome, which occurs at about 150-350 rads, there are typical symptoms of radiation poisoning such as:

Nausea

Fatigue

Hair loss

And the skin goes red like a sunburn.

Anything more and there is a 50% chance of dying within 30 days.

When it comes to chronic exposure, where people are subjected to repeated doses of high radiation counts over time, there are long-term effects over time.

These can be:

Increased risk of internal or external bleeding

Fertility problems, including loss of menstruation and reduced libido

Changes in kidney function, leading to anaemia and high blood pressure

Heart problems

Changes in the skin

Loss of hair

Future birth defects

Bone marrow death

Gastrointestinal death

Central Nervous System death

For a nuclear bomb to hit a city, the blast would be anywhere from 5-10 miles with a strength of 500 rads.

That means most people in that vicinity would suffer death from the blast, or the fallout.

For those that are caught in the fallout, a highly recommended medication is potassium iodide (iOSAT) to limit the body’s absorption of radiation particles.

Using radiation detectors

You can see why there’s a need to detect radiation.

Without something like a radiation detector, we are essentially guessing what the radiation value is until someone gets incredibly sick, then we know we are in trouble.

This is essentially a human canary in a coal mine.

Using the right protective equipment against radiation is paramount, but to know when that equipment is needed, or not, is also essential.

How do radiation detectors work?

Radiation detectors have built-in ionizing radiation detectors that use gas molecules that ionise with radiation particles setting off electrons in a reaction known as a Geiger Discharge.

This is why most radiation detectors are also referred to as Geiger Counters.

For most handheld radiation detectors, their best and most accurate detection is in confined spaces, topsoil and objects that may have radiation contamination.

What about the effect of an electromagnetic pulse against radiation detectors?

This is a common concern that I personally have had a lot of questions about, especially with the backup effect that can be posed by a nuclear bomb’s EMP to shut down electrical processes with a very wide area.

Thankfully, because a lot of these devices are designed for the purpose of nuclear radiation detection, they have in-built mechanisms to cope with EMP waves.

Personally, with a device like this, I wouldn’t risk the chance that the electrics could become faulty so I would either: At the warning of a nuclear attack, keep the radiation detector in the microwave with any other electrics and plug it in at the wall for grounding

Or, build or buy a Faraday Cage

These solutions would ensure any radiation detectors are still able to work after a nuclear attack.

How to use radiation detectors

Handheld radiation detectors available on the market today are very easy to use, this is also one of the reasons why they are being widely purchased at the moment as a simple-to-use device to detect a terribly harmful material.

The alert timing of these instruments varies from 5 – 20 seconds depending upon the radiation count and the capacity of the radiation detector you decide to use. For most radiation detectors, 20 seconds provides a highly accurate result as to the level of radiation the detector encounters.

When you are using the device, the indicator screen will display the reading in either in:

Sieverts (Sv) – unit of ionizing radiation dose and a measure of the health effect of low levels of ionizing radiation on the human body; or

Counts Per Minute (CPM)/ Counts Per Second (CPS); or

Roentgens per hour (mR/hr)

How to choose the right one

Choosing the right radiation detectors are important when looking at this equipment as this is something you don’t want fail or give inaccurate readings.

To know how to choose the best radiation detector is simple, they need to have a certification by a country that has put these items under real test conditions. For the US, this would be an NRC certification. However, some of the big selling radiation detectors have also been certified in Japan and Germany.

How to Make Nettle Soup

 

With consumers being so bombarded with marketing for ready-meals, fast-food, and other chemical rubbish often I find people forget about some of nature’s ingredients that are normally right on their doorstep!

 

This recipe will go through how to make a nettle soup, which not only is a cheap and easy to make meal but also extremely good for you.

 

Nettles (which are rich in iron and contain lots of great vitamins) have been said by many to have anti-anemic, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

It’s also a diuretic so is great for detoxing and helps remove toxins from the blood.

 

On top of all that it also is a great remedy against arthritis, rheumatic conditions, allergies, kidney disease…. (And the list goes on!)

 

All of that from a pesky weed that most of us avoid and ignore!

 

Preparation:

 

First things first, pick a good spot. I would try to  any spots that are nearby to roads as you’ll likely get a mouthful of pollution, and try to look out for the smaller sized nettles as they are more nutritious and tasty for your soup.

 

The spot I found today was in a clearing in a local wood, but the same principles can be applied to most of the world!

 

Now you have found your spot, onto some practicalities of nettle picking, wear a good pair of gloves.

 

If you get stung, take a look around for any doc leaves (big vainly leaves normally found nearby to nettles) as rubbing these on a new sting will relieve the pain.

 

Typically to make a batch of soup for four people you will want to get about half a bag of nettles.

 

At this point if you want to pick more nettles you might want to consider filing up your bags and then:

 

Preparing and freezing any leftover nettles for another day (just wash/cut/dry them and they will freeze well)

 

Making nettle tea by cutting off the tips (they taste less bitter in tea) and putting in a cafetiere.

 

You can also dry the nettles for tea by either hanging them up in a warm place (the airing cupboard.

 

Look up some of the other handy uses for nettles (you’ll probably be surprised how versatile they are!)

 

Ingredients:

1 large onion

2 or 3 garlic gloves (or more or less to your taste)

2 or 3 potatoes

Splash of olive oil

Knob of butter

Organic salt and organic pepper (to taste)

Chicken stock (this is very easy to make from leftover chicken) or just use a cube

Cream (optional, to taste)

Cayene Pepper or Chilli Flakes (optional if you like your soups to pack a kick!)

 

Making the Soup:

 

Step 1 Prepare the nettles (again at this point you may want to wear some gloves to avoid getting stung).

 

Wash and drain the nettles.

 

You only want to use the fresh smaller young looking leaves so pick these off the stalk and discard the rest (or better still stick them on your compost pile!). I find using a pair of scissors is a fast way of doing this.

 

Preparing the nettles for the soup

 

Step 2 Peel and chop your potatoes, garlic, and onion and fry them on a high heat in a saucepan with a bit of olive oil and some butter until the onion is soft and the potatoes have started to go brown.

 

If you want a spicy “sting!” to your soup then also add in either some cayenne pepper or some chili flakes to taste.

 

Making the nettle soup mix

 

Step 3 Add the nettles into the pan and mix around with a wooden spoon and after 30 seconds or so add a litre of boiled water and your chicken stock. (If you have made the stock fresh you may need a few extra cubes to get in more flavour)

 

Step 4 Boil the soup on a medium heat until the potatoes are soft (normally takes between 12-15 minutes).

 

Step 5 Take the soup off the heat (and ideally let it cool for a bit) then blend the whole thing till you have a smooth consistency.

 

You can return the soup to the pan on a high heat after this briefly to warm it up ready for serving adding in any salt and pepper to taste.

 

Step 6 Serve the soup with some nice organic bread and if you like you can add some cream by swirling around in the bowl with a small spoon for a mind blowing and decorative finish!

Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes

 

Why should camp fire cooking be only grill bake and roast?

Why should camp fire cooking be bland?

Why not plan and prepare for your wild food meals?

 

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

Boiled Tench

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

 

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

 

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

 

Boiled Trout

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

 

Method

 

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

 

Take the fish and carefully remove the flesh as four fillets (discard all the bones). Arrange these fillets on a serving plate.

 

In the meantime, place the truffles and garlic in a mortar and crush to a paste.

 

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

 

Take off the heat and season to taste. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve.

 

Feed the 5 thousand

 

A fish boil is a fun, low-maintenance way to feed a large group of people — and although it is traditionally served outdoors, you can also bring the party inside.

 

Whether you’re planning an outdoor picnic or a big family get-together, a fish boil provides a nutritious, low-calorie meal for the entire family.

 

Step 1

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

 

Step 2

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

 

Step 3

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

 

Step 4

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

 

Step 5

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

Eating Crows and Some Recipes

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

 

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

 

And if you ever make the mistake of sharing these thoughts with a non-hunter, be prepared for the same reaction.

 

This is a shame since, properly prepared, the members of the Corvid family are as tasty as most other game birds and even tastier than some.

 

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

 

Historically, crows, as well as other non-songbird species have been common fare. Remember “four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”?

 

Our revulsion seems to centre around the fact that the crow and its close relatives are scavengers and therefore unfit to eat.

 

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

 

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

 

In short, it’s just our cultural prejudice that limits our possibilities. You know, maybe crow meat just needs some clever marketing terminology.

 

Look what they did for Sweet Breads and Escargot…

 

Field Preparation

It will come as little surprise to anyone that even the biggest crow doesn’t make much of a meal.

 

However, the fact that it is often possible to take large numbers at a time can compensate for this.

 

Since a morning shoot can easily net from 10 to 100 birds, you want to limit the amount of time necessary to clean each bird.

 

Put out of your head any idea of plucking a crow like you would a goose or duck.

 

Besides the breast meat, there just isn’t enough edible meat on a crow to make it worthwhile.

 

Using the technique described below, you can extract the best meat of a crow within a minute or two with very little mess.

 

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

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

 

With a sharp knife, make a cut across the crow (wing to wing) below the breast bone.

 

Don’t be concerned about cutting too deep, no edible meat will be damaged with this cut.

 

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

 

Take the knife again and separate each breast half away from the bone starting in the middle and working outward.

 

You should end up with 2 lime sized pieces of crow breast. Discard the remains properly.

 

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

 

Recipes

 

Below are some recipes. Feel free to try these or to experiment with your own creation.

 

There is no reason why any recipe for dove, quail or grouse to be found in a wild game cookbook would not work just as well.

 

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

 

Pre-Cooking Preparation

 

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

 

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

 

Then use your favourite brand of Italian dressing and put enough to coat the bottom of a container and put a layer of breasts, a layer of dressing, and keep layering till all the breasts are in the container.

 

Finally, top off with dressing and put in fridge overnight. The next day they will be tender and tasty.

 

Summer Crow Layers

Ingredients

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

16 pieces of green pepper

16 cherry tomatoes

8 button mushrooms

8 ears of sweet corn

1 1/2 cups of Teriyaki sauce

1/2 cup melted butter

8 kabob skewers

Preparation

Cut each piece of crow in half and place in a covered bowl with the Teriyaki sauce over night.

 

Clean and cut each ear of corn into 3 pieces. Cook in boiling salt water for 10 minutes.

 

Alternately put corn (3 pieces), green peppers (3 pieces) and cherry tomatoes (3) along with 4 pieces of crow meat on each skewer.

 

Use 1 mushroom to top each skewer. Brush with melted butter and place on preheated grill for about 4 minutes. Flip, butter again and place back on grill for another 4 minutes.

 

Repeat one last time for a total of 12 minutes or until they appear done. Serves four adults.

 

Country “C” Medallions

Ingredients

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

2 medium onions (chopped)

6 tblsp of oil

5 slices of bacon (chopped)

1 big or 2 small turnips (peeled & chopped)

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

3 tblsp wet mustard

1 tblsp lemon juice

salt, pepper to taste

dash of paprika

2 bay leaves

2 juniper berries – note: substitute with allspice

1 tblsp Majorjam (crushed)

1 heaping tblsp of mayonnaise

water

 

Preparation

Sauté onions and bacon in oil until golden. Add meat, spices and sauté some more.

 

Add vegetables and the rest of the ingredients except mayonnaise.

 

Add enough water to keep the meat almost covered. Cook in a slow cooker on medium

 

In about 3 hours you will see that the meat is soft enough to cut with a fork. Take the meat out and place on heated platter or dish to keep warm.

 

Remove the bay leaf and put all the gravy (about 2 cups) in a blender and blend. When thoroughly blended, add mayonnaise and blend shortly.

 

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

Pan Fried Crow

Ingredients

2 eggs

seasoned bread crumbs or flour

oil or bacon grease

Preparation

Remove breast meat from as many crows as desired. Beat with meat mallet (for tenderizing).

 

Dip the pieces in beaten egg and then in bread crumbs or flour. Fry in oil in hot skillet. Bacon grease can be substituted by can smoke. Leave inside a tad pink if you like that sort of thing.

Back Pack Survival

There’s a lot of confusion about what survival means.

 

To some, it’s getting through the aftermath of an airplane crash in a desolate area. It can mean knowing when to avoid walking in radioactive areas.

 

Or, it can mean knowing how to barter with troops in the aftermath of riots, war, and looting. To others, survival has to do with avoiding danger and knowing how to deal with it when it breaks into your home in the dead of night.

 

Survival ideas abound and there are as many definitions and strategies as there are survivalists. Some have good ideas for survival and some have unsound tactics.

 

Bad ideas can mean extra work or trouble in everyday life; bad ideas during a survival situation get you killed.

 

On the job training doesn’t work when you’re dealing with poison and gunfights. Or survival.

 

One of the most dangerous ideas as far as I’m concerned is that of “backpack survival.”

 

A “backpack survivalist” is a survivalist that plans on leaving his home ahead of a disaster and taking to the woods with only what he can carry out with him.

 

He plans to survive through a strategy that is a sort of cross between the Boy Scout in the woods and Robinson Crusoe.

 

The backpack survivalist plans on outrunning danger with a four-wheel drive or a motorcycle and hopes to travel light with a survival kit of everything he might need to cope with the unexpected.

 

He hasn’t cached anything in the area he’s headed for because, chances are, he doesn’t know where he’s headed.

 

Somehow, he hopes to overcome all odds with a minimum of supplies and a maximum of smarts.

 

Certainly, it is a noble cause; but it seems like one destined to failure. And that’s not survival.

 

Hold on a minute. Backpack fever or bugoutosis does makes sense when you’re facing a localized disaster like a derailed train with overturned poisonous gas tanks.

 

A potential nuclear meltdown, an impending hurricane or severe flooding, or similar disasters where there is a safe place to run to.

 

During such a time, it makes perfect sense to retreat and come back when things settle down.

 

Likewise, some people have to work in dangerous areas.

 

For them, donning a backpack and heading for a retreat that they’ve prepared beforehand is a viable survival strategy.

 

These people aren’t backpack survivalists.)

 

Let me make a confession. Yes, I once was a closet backpack survivalist. I had an ALICE pack and had it packed with all I could carry.

 

As I learned more about how to survive, I realized I needed to carry more.

 

Soon I discovered that, just for my family to survive for a very few days, I’d need a pack mule and/or a hernia operation… Something was very wrong.

 

Probably most survivalists start out the same way. Things are bad so let’s bug out.

 

As backpack survivalists, we make elaborate plans centered on the idea of “bugging out” of the area we live in.

 

We hope to travel to an area that is safer than the one we’re in and plan on living off the land or on some survival supplies we’ve hidden in the area.

 

On the home front, we carefully prepare a stock of supplies that we can quickly cart off in a car or van when things start to look bad.

 

As more and more plans are made and as ever more survival gear is purchased, the survivalist realizes just how much he needs to cope with to survive.

 

If he is any sort of realist, he soon amasses enough gear to warrant a truck or more likely a moving van just for carrying the survival equipment.

 

(And don’t laugh, there are survivalists who have large trucks for just such use.)

 

Some brave souls continue to make more elaborate plans and some of these survivalists may be able to pull off their plans.

 

Those who have really thought things out and have spared no expenses may manage to survive with a bugout strategy.

 

But I think there are more logical and less expensive ways to survive a large crisis.

 

Forget all your preconceived notions for a minute.

 

Imagine that there is a national emergency and you are an outside observer?

 

What happens if a nuclear attack is eminent, an economic collapse has occurred, or a dictator has taken over and is ready to round up all malcontents (with survivalists at the top of the list)?

 

Situations change with time. The survivalist movement and backpack fever first started up when fuel guzzler cars were about all that anyone drove.

 

That meant that a survivalist with some spare fuel could outdistance his unprepared peers and get to a retreat that was far from the maddening crowd, as it were.

 

With cars getting 30 or even 40 miles per gallon, it isn’t rare for a car to be able to travel half way across the country on less than a full tank.

 

The exodus from cities or trouble spots will be more limited by traffic jams than lack of fuel even if the petrol stations are completely devoid of their liquid fuel too, there are a lot of people thinking about what to do if the time for fleeing comes.

 

And about half of the people I know are all headed for the same spot: an old Railway Tunnel void of water and food.

 

I suspect that the battle at the entrance of the old tunnel will rival the Little Big Horn.

 

No matter how out of the way their destination, most survivalists are kidding themselves if they think others won’t be headed for their hideaway spot along with them.

 

There are few places in the UK which aren’t accessible to anyone with a little driving skill and a good map.

 

There are few places which aren’t in grave danger during a nuclear war or national social unrest.

 

Though most nuclear war survival books can give you a nice little map showing likely targets, they don’t tell you some essential information. Like what the purpose of the attack will be.

 

The enemy may not be aiming for military targets that day; a blackmail threat might begin by hitting the heart of the farmland or many cities before demanding the surrender of the country being attacked.

 

The target areas on the maps might be quite safe.

 

And the maps show where the missiles land IF they all enjoy 100 percent accuracy and reliability.

 

Does anyone know of such conditions in war? With Soviet machinery!? Targets may be relatively safe places to be in.

 

Added to this is the fact that some areas can be heavily contaminated or completely free of contamination depending on the wind directions in the upper atmosphere.

 

Please keep a crystal ball in your survival gear?

 

But let’s ignore all the facts thus far for a few moments and assume that a backpack survivalist has found an ideal retreat and is planning to go there in the event of a national disaster… What next?

 

His first concern should be that he’ll have a hard time taking the supplies he needs with him.

 

A nuclear war might mean that it will be impossible to grow food for at least a year and foraging is out as well since animals and plants may be contaminated extensively.

 

An economic collapse wouldn’t be much better. It might discourage the raising of crops; no money, no sales except for the barter to keep a small farm family going.

 

With large corporations doing much of our farming these days, it is not unreasonable to expect a major famine coming on the heels of an economic collapse.

 

Growing food would be a good way to attract starving looters from miles around.

 

Ever try to pack a year’s supply of food for a family into a small van or car? There isn’t much room left over.

 

But the backpack survivalist needs more than just food.

 

If he lives in a cold climate (or thinks there might be something to the nuclear winter theory) then he’ll need some heavy clothing.

 

Rifles, medicine, ammunition, tools, and other supplies will also increase what he’ll need to be taking or which he’ll have to hide away at his retreat site.

 

Shelter? Building a place to live (in any style other than caveman) takes time.

 

If he builds a cabin beforehand, he may find it vandalized or occupied when he gets to his retreat; if he doesn’t build it before hand, he may have to live in his vehicle or a primitive shelter of some sort.

 

Thus, a major problem is to get a large enough vehicle to carry everything he needs as well as to live in.

 

There is a major problem of timing which the backpack survivalist must contend with.

 

He has to be packed and ready to go with all members of his family at the precise moment he learns of the disaster!

 

The warning he gets that warrants evacuating an area will have to be acted on quickly if he’s to get out ahead of the major traffic jams that will quickly develop.

 

A spouse at work or shopping or kids across town at school means he’ll either have to leave them behind or be trapped in the area he’s in.

 

A choice not worth having to make.

 

Unless he’s got a hot line from No 10, the backpack survivalist will not hear the bad news much ahead of everyone else.

 

If he doesn’t act immediately, he’ll be trapped out on the road and get a first-hand idea of what grid lock is like if he’s in an urban area.

 

Even out on the open road, far away from a city, a motorway can become hectic following a football game…

 

Imagine what it would be like if everyone were driving for their lives, some cars were running out of fuel (and the occupants trying to stop someone for a ride), and the traffic laws were being totally ignored while the traffic police tried to escape along with everyone else.

 

Just trying to get off or on major motorways might become impossible.

 

If things bog down, how long can the backpack survivalist keep those around from helping to unload his truck load of supplies that they’ll be in bad need of?

 

Telling them they should have prepared ahead of time won’t get many sympathetic words.

 

Even on lightly travelled roads, how safe would it be to drive around in a vehicle loaded with supplies?

 

Our backpack survivalist will need to defend himself.

 

But let’s suppose that he’s thought all this out. He has a large van, had the supplies loaded in it, managed to round every member of his family up beforehand, somehow got out of his area ahead of the mob, is armed to the teeth, and doesn’t need to take a motorway route.

 

When he reaches his destination, his troubles are far from over.

 

The gridlock and traffic jams won’t stop everyone. People will slowly be coming out of heavily populated areas and most of them will have few supplies.

 

They will have weapons (guns are one of the first things people grab in a crisis according to civil defence studies) and the evacuees will be desperate.

 

How many pitched battles will the survivalist’s family be able to endure? How much work or even sleep can he get when he’s constantly on the lookout to repel those who may be trying to get a share of his supplies?

 

This assumes that he gets to where he’s going ahead of everyone else. He might not though.

 

If he must travel for long, he may discover squatters on his land or find that some local person has staked out his retreat area for their own.

 

There won’t be any law to help; what happens next? Since (according to military strategists) our backpack survivalist needs about three times as many people to take an area as to defend it, he will need to have some numbers with him and expect to suffer some casualties.

 

Does that sound like a good way to survive?

 

What about the local people that don’t try to take over his retreat before he gets there?

 

Will they be glad to see another stranger move into the area to tax their limited supplies?

 

Or will they be setting up roadblocks to turn people like the backpack survivalist away?

 

But let’s just imagine that somehow, he’s discovered a place that doesn’t have a local population and where those fleeing cities aren’t able to get to.

 

What happens when he gets to his retreat? How good does he need to be at hunting and fishing?

 

One reason mankind went into farming was that hunting and fishing don’t supply enough food for a very large population nor do they work during times of drought or climatic disruption.

 

What does he do when he runs out of ammunition or game?

 

What happens if the streams become so contaminated that he can’t safely eat what he catches?

 

Can he stake out a large enough area to guarantee that he won’t deplete it of game so that the next year is not barren of animals?

 

Farming? Unless he finds some unclaimed farm machinery and a handy storage tank of fuel at his retreat, he’ll hardly get off first base.

 

Even primitive crop production requires a plough and work animals (or a lot of manpower) to pull the blade.

 

No plough, no food for him or domestic animals.

 

And domestic animals don’t grow on trees. Again, unless he just happens to find some cows waiting for him at his retreat, he’ll be out of luck.

 

(No one has packaged freeze dried cows or chickens at least, not in a form you can reconstitute into living things).

 

Intensive gardening? Maybe. But even that takes a lot of special tools, seeds, know how, and good weather. Can he carry what he needs and have all the skills that can be developed only through experience?

 

Even if he did, he might not have any food to eat. Pestilence goes hand in hand with disasters.

 

Our modern age has forgotten this. But during a time when chemical factories aren’t churning out the insecticides and pest poisons we’ve come to rely on, our backpack survivalist should be prepared for waves of insects flooding into any garden he may create.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s Show 16th November 2017

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SHOW NOTES

This week I start my show with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, then the Water-to-Go Filter Bottle 15% discount offer, The Wilderness Gathering, Post Brexit Food Shortages, Possible Pandemic Madagascan Plague at CRISIS point, My Home Made Emergency Survival Bar, Dangerous Times, Top preparedness uses for black bags, Dry Salting Technique for Sauerkraut

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Water-to-Go Filter Bottle

This is another fantastic offer for you dear listener. I am proud to announce that I have teamed up with the guys at Water-to-Go to bring you this special deal.

 

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The Wilderness Gathering

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

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

Live Music

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

Children’s Bushcraft

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

The Masterclass

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

Where is it?

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

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

Post Brexit Food Shortages

Here is another very good reason to prep, to prepare enough supplies for your family as Brexit approaches.

Whilst the government has acknowledged the need to avoid a cliff-edge after Brexit day, a customs union in itself won’t solve the problem of delays at ports.

So to ensure supply chains are not disrupted and goods continue to reach the shelves, agreements on security, transit, haulage, drivers, VAT and other checks will be required to get systems ready for March 2019.

Britain’s food industry has warned that labour shortages after Brexit could leave over a third of its businesses unviable.

In a survey of the Farm to Fork supply from the Food and Drink Industry, 36% of businesses said they would be unable to adapt if they did not have access to EU labour after Brexit.

A severe labour shortage is becoming a realistic outcome in a sector dominated by European workers.

Thirty percent of the UK food and drink manufacturing workforce are European migrants, and the Brexit vote already appears to be deterring EU workers from moving in Britain.

I also thin k that food prices in the UK will increase if EU workers leave the country post Brexit, food and drink industry groups have already warned the government.

What should I be stocking up on?

Start with non-perishables – toilet rolls, cleaning stuff, toiletries. Plus some foods which last forever – sugar, salt, soy sauce, honey. Then buy dried foods which last 5 – 10 years – rice, pasta, dried beans, oats. Think about how you’re going to store them. Last buy tinned foods. Don’t forget water. Remember to rotate the perishables.

THE UK’s coming food shortages will make the nation’s allotment gardeners into the undisputed rulers of the country, experts have confirmed.

As rocketing prices and scarcity of produce become increasingly likely in the wake of Brexit, those with the ability to grow their own fruit and vegetables are poised to receive the universal adulation they always believed they deserved.

Perhaps it’s time to plough the lawn and start food planting instead.

Possible Pandemic Madagascan Plague at CRISIS point.

Over the last five days, cases have jumped by 37 percent fueled by a strain that is even more deadly than the Black Death which left 200 MILLION dead across the world

Over the last five days, cases have jumped by 37 percent with the WHO no tracking a suspected 1,801 cases.

The deadly outbreak, which is now worse than any other plague outbreak in the last 50 years, is being fueled by a strain that is even more deadly than the Black Death which left 200 MILLION dead across the world.

According to health experts, this current outbreak is actually made up of THREE plagues: Bubonic, pneumonic, and septicaemic.

Of those, the Pneumonic form, a super strain of the yersinia pestis bacterium which ALWAYS results in death, is most concerning because of how quickly it’s spreading.

Two-thirds of this year’s cases have been caused by the airborne pneumonic plague, which can be spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing or bodily fluids.

It is different to the traditional bubonic form that strikes the country each year and is a more dangerous form of the disease.

Untreated, about 30 to 60 percent of people who contract bubonic plague die. Untreated pneumonic plague is always deadly, typically within 24 hours of disease onset.

World Health Organisation advice warns: “The pneumonic form is invariably fatal unless treated early. It is especially contagious and can trigger severe epidemics through person-to-person contact via droplets in the air.”

The unprecedented pneumonic outbreak has prompted warnings in – South Africa, Seychelles, La Reunion, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Comoros and Mauritius.

WHO has delivered nearly1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released US$1.5 million dollars in emergency funds to fight plague in Madagascar.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has been training hundreds of volunteers on the island to publicise preventative measures.

Plague Facts

Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas.

People infected with plague usually develop “flu-like” symptoms after an incubation period of 3-7 days. Typical symptoms are the sudden onset of fever, chills, head and body-aches and weakness, vomiting and nausea.

There are three forms of plague infection, depending on the route of infection: bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic.

Bubonic plague is the most common form of plague and is caused by the bite of an infected flea. Plague bacillus, Y. pestis, enters at the bite and travels through the lymphatic system to the nearest lymph node where it replicates itself.

The lymph node then becomes inflamed, tense and painful, and is called a “bubo”. At advanced stages of the infection the inflamed lymph nodes can turn into suppurating open sores.

There is no inter human transmission of bubonic plague.

Septicaemic plague occurs when infection spreads through the bloodstream Septicaemic plague may result from flea bites and from direct contact with infective materials through cracks in the skin.

Advanced stages of the bubonic form of plague will also lead to direct spread of Y. pestis in the blood.

Pneumonic plague-or lung-based plague- is the most virulent and least common form of plague.

Typically, the pneumonic form is caused by spread to the lungs from advanced bubonic plague.

However, a person with secondary pneumonic plague may form aerosolized infective droplets and transmit plague via droplets to other humans.

Untreated pneumonic plague has a case-fatality ratio close to 100%.

Treatment

Untreated plague can be rapidly fatal, so early diagnosis and treatment are essential for survival and reduction of complications.

If diagnosed early, plague can be cured with antibiotics and supportive care.

If you follow this link it will show you the patent. https://www.google.com/patents/US9062297

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bar

Ingredients

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

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons honey

2 1/2 Cups powdered milk

1 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup water

Why not add raisins if you like

 

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

 

Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.

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

 

Wrap and store

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

High Energy Survival Bars

Ingredients

 

2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter

 

Directions

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

Add peanut butter and mix well.

Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.

Cut into bars and wrap well.

This amount will make around 60 2 ounce bars

 

Home-made Survival Energy Bars

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

 

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

 

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola or your own mix of course.

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

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

 

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

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

 

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

 

Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl.

 

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

 

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

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

 

Bake for 25 minutes.

 

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

 

Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix.

 

It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator/oven and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder/ pestle and mortar.

 

Dangerous Times

Kim Jong-Un has threatened the U.S. island of Guam with a nuclear strike.

I have researched some facts regarding the effects of such an attack over Guam. I say over as this would produce greater blast/shock waves than a ground burst. This is because non of it’s energy is used to make a crater at GZ.

Firstly it is very important to understand that radiacoive fallout is really minimal in comparason to a ground burst as there is no dust, dirt etc. to be sucked up into the atmospher, ionised and then fallback to earth as radioactive fallout.

Secondly radioactive fallout can only go where the wind blows it and at the speed of the wind too.

Now if a N. Korean nuclear attack was to be a ground burst then I am talking about a silent deadly wind heading away from Guam at approx. 90% in other words straight towards the next population center which is the Phillipines followed by Vietnam, Cambodia, and possibly even Indonesia and Singapore.

However the truth of the matter is that any radioactive wind system would actually travel around the world.

As you cannot smell, hear, see or taste radioactive fallout in its finist form this poses a danger to every citizen on the planet.

One detonation would be horrible but if there is a nuclear retaliation things go from horrible to hell.

It is in your best interests to know what to do in this event, how to protect you and yours, and the do’s and dont’s to survive.

The Facts and the Knowledge YOU need to Survive

The blast from a nuclear weapon is incredibly powerful, but it still obeys the laws of physics; the intensity of the destruction drops off rapidly as you move away from the exact centre of the explosion – Ground Zero.

It doesn’t drop in a straight line either, but roughly follows the inverse square law. That basically means the effects of the weapon fall by the square of the distance from Ground Zero; if you’re twice as far away the effects will be about a quarter as destructive, and if you’re three times as far away they’ll be one-ninth as destructive.

These figures aren’t rock solid, and vary depending on the height the weapon explodes at and the shape of the ground, but they’re a pretty good rule of thumb.

Even with a very large weapon, you don’t have to be that far away from it for the level of destruction to fall from total to survivable – and, even in a full-scale attack, huge parts of the country would escape the immediate effects completely.

So if the risk of a nuclear attack increases, unless you live in a major city or right beside a strategic target, it’s definitely worth preparing your home to give it – and you – the best chance of survival.

If you’re going to prepare for a nuclear attack, first you need to know what the dangers are. When the warhead detonates there are basically five ways it can kill you:

Thermal pulse – A very intense flash of heat and light

Blast – Overpressure and high winds

Initial radiation – A pulse of X-Ray and gamma radiation

Residual radiation – Alpha and beta radiation released by the ground around Ground Zero

Fallout – Radioactive particles scattered by the explosion

First, forget about the initial radiation. This is a single brief pulse, lasting a few seconds, and its intensity falls off by the inverse square law.

If you’re more than 3,000 feet from the explosion you won’t pick up a dangerous exposure. In other words, unless it’s a very small weapon, if you’re close enough to have to worry about prompt radiation the thermal pulse or blast will already have killed you anyway.

Residual radiation is more of a problem, but it’s an easily avoided one. When a nuke goes off on the surface, or in the air but low enough for a significant gamma pulse to hit the surface, the ground itself will become radioactive.

It emits alpha particles, which can be stopped by a gas mask and heavy clothing, and more dangerous beta particles, which will penetrate the body of a vehicle.

Residual Radiation can be dangerous weeks after the blast. Luckily, you don’t need to expose yourself to it.

Simply don’t go near craters or areas of complete destruction.

So we’re left with three things you need to protect against: Thermal pulse, blast and fallout. With the right preparation you can make your home much more resistant to all of these. Here’s how to do it.

Thermal pulse

A nuclear weapon releases a huge amount of energy, and about a third of it comes out as electromagnetic radiation.

This radiation covers a wide spectrum, from gamma and X-Ray through UV, radio frequency, visible light and infra-red, and it’s extremely intense.

All this energy delivers a lot of heat; anything close to the explosion will be heated enough to turn it into plasma, and even eight miles from a one-megaton airburst the energy intensity is high enough to cause third-degree burns.

Obviously that’s also enough heat to start fires, and as you get closer to the explosion the risk will go up geometrically.

The good news is, if you take the right precautions your home can be safe from fire at a distance where an unprepared one would burn.

First, clear away anything flammable from around your home.

Dead vegetation will flare up easily and scatter sparks; even if the flash from the weapon doesn’t burn your house down, burning leaves can do it.

Inside, remove anything flammable from windowsills and check your curtains. Light or net curtains need to be taken down, but if you have heavy, lined ones leave them up and closed – they’ll help protect against flying glass if the windows break.

Next, get some white emulsion paint and give the exterior of all your windows a coat.

People laugh at this advice, but it can make a huge difference.

White paint will reflect most of the pulse’s energy and keep it out of your home; without it there’s a very high risk of fires starting inside.

Some people argue that the blast will break your windows anyway, but they’re wrong.

First, in the right conditions the thermal pulse can start fires a lot further away than the blast can break windows.

Secondly, the blast wave is very fast – the shock front can propagate outwards at over three miles per second – but the thermal pulse is travelling at the speed of light.

Even if the blast arrives before the flash has faded you’ll still keep a lot of that thermal energy outside.

If you have a bit more time, paint as much of your house white as you can.

Start on walls that face towards likely nuclear targets – if there’s an airbase five miles away, do that side first.

Your aim here is exactly the same; to reflect as much thermal radiation as possible. Every bit of energy you can reflect back off your walls reduces the risk of a fire.

Sort out as many fire extinguishers and buckets of water or sand as you can.

Keep in your fallout room (I’ll discuss that later).

Cover water buckets; that way you can use them for drinking, too.

Finally, if you hear an attack warning or you have to leave home for a while, turn off the gas and electricity at the mains. That will cut the risk of damage causing a fire.

Blast

Blast is the hardest effect to defend against. The explosion’s shock front will push a fast-moving wave of highly compressed air along with it; close to the explosion this move at three or four times the speed of sound, and it’s very destructive.

The good news is human bodies can survive overpressure up to about 30psi, and anything close enough to face that amount of pressure will almost certainly be vaporized by the thermal pulse.

The bad news is that even heavy concrete buildings won’t survive much above 20psi, and 5psi is enough to collapse the average home.

You are much more blast-resistant than your house, but that won’t help if it collapses on you.

Most fatalities from blast will be indirect, and caused by collapsing buildings.

There are a few things you can do though.

Heavy curtains will slow or stop flying glass, which can save you from injuries if a weapon explodes before you have a chance to get to your fallout room.

If you can, cut down any trees that could fall on your home – because if they can fall on it, a nuclear blast pretty much guarantees that they will.

Clear away loose items from outside. Rubbish bins or bikes, picked up by the blast and slammed into the front wall of your house, can make the difference between it making it through the explosion or collapsing on top of you.

Lightweight wooden sheds or barns will go down at a much lower overpressure than your house so move anything vital out of them. If they’re really flimsy, knock them down yourself; that’s better than having them turned into flying missiles.

Once the overpressure of the blast wave moves on it’s followed by a sudden drop in pressure, then another reflected blast wave as air rushes back into the low-pressure area behind the shock front.

This means stuff can be picked up and thrown at your home from all directions. The sudden pressure changes can be enough to make some buildings literally explode.

Don’t leave doors or windows open to try and prevent this though; if the blast wave is powerful enough to explode your house it will break the windows anyway.

Fallout

When a nuclear weapon explodes only a small amount of its mass – a few pounds – is converted into energy.

The rest, which can be anywhere up to a ton, is superheated by the reaction and turned to incredibly hot, highly radioactive plasma.

Tons of dust and debris – if the fireball created by the explosion touches the ground, thousands of tons – will be sucked up through the fireball and mixed with the plasma, which will cool and condense as the fireball dissipates.

All this dust – blasted by radiation, fused together with bomb material and reduced to the consistency of fine sand – is pumped up into the mushroom cloud and dispersed to become fallout.

The heavier particles will start falling downwind of Ground Zero within minutes of the blast; the lighter ones, depending on how high they go, can be carried into the stratosphere’s high-altitude winds and come down almost anywhere in the world.

In the two weeks following a nuclear attack the whole planet will get a very light dusting of fallout.

Don’t give up hope just yet, though. Fallout doesn’t stay dangerous forever. Its radioactivity falls according to the 7/10 rule – for every sevenfold increase in time since the blast, radiation levels drop to a tenth of what they were:

An hour after the explosion the fallout might be creating a radiation level of 1,000 roentgens per hour (R/hr); five minutes’ exposure to this is often enough to cause radiation sickness.

Half an hour will kill about half the people who’re exposed, and everyone who’s exposed to it for an hour will be dead inside a few days.

After another seven hours the radiation level will have fallen to 100R/hr;

49 hours later it’s down to 10R/hr.

Two weeks after the attack it will be 1R/hr, and at that point you can be exposed for several hours a day without serious risk of radiation sickness.

A year after the attack radiation levels will be close to normal background levels.

The Fallout Room

The key to survival is to avoid the fallout until its initial extreme radioactivity has decayed to a less dangerous level.

To do this you need to prepare a fallout room in your home.

Ideally this should be an inside room with no external walls.

Firstly, it’s easier to keep fallout from getting into it.

Secondly, any radiation from fallout outside that penetrates the walls will lose intensity with distance – remember that inverse square law – and will also be partly absorbed by walls and furniture.

Choose a room as far from the roof as possible, because fallout will collect there – and, if it’s damaged, the lethal dust will get through.

If you have a basement, use that; it will be almost completely protected against radiation from outside.

Many homes don’t have a room with no external walls, so you’ll have to improvise.

Pick a room at the downwind side if you can, because less fallout will be blown up against the walls.

Now seal the room as well as you can. Block up any windows, air vents or other openings as tightly as you can.

Try not to just seal them with plastic sheet on the inside, because if any fallout gets through it’s going to be trapped between the plastic and the wall. That means any radiation from it will be in the room with you, and you really need to keep it outside.

Once the room is sealed you have to thicken the walls.

The main hazard is going to be gamma radiation, and that can make it through a few inches of wood or nearly an inch of aluminium.

The more mass you can put between yourself and the fallout, the better.

If you have the time and materials reinforce the outside of the external walls to a height of six feet above the floor.

A layer of brick or cinder block is good.

If you can’t do that, sandbags are good – use stakes and wire to hold them in place so they can resist blast, or stack them on the inside.

Stacks of books will also absorb gamma particles, and you can use heavy furniture too. Basically any dense, heavy material will absorb the radiation before it can reach into your fallout room.

There’s some stuff you should store in the fallout room, because you’re going to be staying in there for two weeks after the attack.

The first thing is food,ideally food that can be eaten cold.

Then stock as much water as possible, in sealed or at least covered containers – water in an uncovered bucket can collect any fallout that does get it.

Firefighting equipment and camping gear should be in your fallout room, and any comforts you have space for.

You’ll also need either a chemical toilet, or a bucket and a supply of strong rubbish bags to line it with.

Put two rubbish bins, with lids, right outside the door of the fallout room; use one for bags from the toilet bucket, and the other for the rest of your garbage.

There’s one more thing to do.

Inside the fallout room, as far away from outside walls as possible, you need to build your inner refuge.

This is a small, heavily shielded shelter for maximum protection from radiation. If you have a big, heavy table you can use that as a base.

Pile up heavy furniture, sandbags, books and anything else dense around it, cover it so it’s as enclosed as possible and have some boxes full of books or dirt that can be pulled in front of the entrance.

If you don’t have a table take off one or two doors – take them from upstairs if you can – and prop them at 60° against the wall.

Secure them by nailing a strip of wood to the floor so they can’t slide, and cover them with books or sandbags.

Again, have something to block the entrance.

After an attack get into your fallout room as soon as possible, and into the inner refuge.

For at least 48 hours, only leave the inner refuge when it’s absolutely necessary.

Radiation is at its highest during this time and most likely there will be a raised level inside the fallout room; stay as protected as you can.

After two days you can spend more time outside the refuge, but don’t leave the fallout room.

When you need to get rid of toilet waste or rubbish just open the door as far as necessary, drop the bag in the right rubbish bin and shut the door right away.

Close it smoothly though – don’t slam it. The last thing you want to do is stir up any dust, because some of it will be fallout.

Stay in the fallout room for at least two weeks, and longer if you can; sleep in the inner refuge, and if you’re not doing anything go in there as well.

The more protected you are the better.

Preparing your house seems like a lot of work, but you can do a pretty good job of it in two or three days.

It’s worth the effort. If that two or three days makes the difference between your house catching fire or not, you’ll have a safe place to shelter from the fallout.

Don’t prepare your home and there’s a good chance you’ll be out there, desperately looking for shelter, as the radioactive dust starts to fall.

If that happens your chances of survival aren’t high – and when that’s your alternative, preparing your home to resist the attack doesn’t seem like that big a job.

Tom Linden

Biological, Chemical and Nuclear Radiation Advisor IPN

Top preparedness uses for black bags

Black bags can be used by preppers for dozens of purposes besides rubbish disposal.

 

I like heavy duty bags because they’re larger and more durable than the typical kitchen variety.

Poncho:

 

It’s not very stylish but there have been a few of times when I’ve used my knife to make a poncho out of a black bag in order to stay dry.

 

Simply cut holes for your head and your arms and you’re ready to go.

 

Be careful not to cut the holes too large and if the poncho seems too baggy tie a belt or piece of 550 paracord around your waist.

 

This isn’t something you’d want to use in a warm environment because you’d get wet anyway from perspiration but if a black bag can get between you and cold rain it might be worth making such an awful fashion statement.

 

Shelter: Cutting your black bag open (to give you more surface area) and adding it to the top and sides of an improvised shelter like a brush shelter, lean to or fallen tree shelter will make it more weatherproof and provide better insulation.

 

If you are small enough or your garbage bag is big enough you can also use it to build improvised shelters using the poncho hooch designs I’ve previously presented also using 550 cord.

 

If you have duct tape, you could also join two or more garbage bags together to weatherproof your shelter.

 

Another option is putting the foot of your sleeping bag in a trash bag…I’ve used this technique in wet weather when my shelter couldn’t accommodate my whole body.

 

Ground sheet: For best results keep a breathable layer between you and the black bag (like a blanket or sleeping bag) to keep from sweating.

 

Forage Bag: When I travel I often bring an empty bag just in case I end up bringing home more than I took with me.

 

A black bag can fit this role for your bug out bag.

 

If you see something you want to take along as you’re bugging out or heading home you can pull out your black bag and throw it in, fold it up and toss it over your back or strap it to your bag.

 

Water Carrier: A black bag isn’t the best or most durable water carrier but does give you another option for carrying untreated water until you can get it back to camp to filter and purify it. Potable

 

Water Foraging: Y ou can use a black bag to collect rainwater or build a solar still.

 

Pack Cover: Your bug out bag or pack should be waterproof but if you find it’s not or you’ve strapped something like a sleeping bag that’s not waterproof to the outside of your pack you can easily pull a black bag over your pack or wrap your blanket or sleeping bag.

 

A bungee cord or some 550 cord can be used to secure the black bag around your pack or gear.

 

Sealing a Chest Wound: Some basic training, a plastic bag and a little Duct Tape is all you need to provide first aid for a sucking chest wound.

 

Port-a-Potty Liner: There’s a 5 gallon bucket in my inner refuge, just in case…some people call it a honey bucket but there’s nothing sweet involved.

 

Animal Proofing: Even a heavy duty black bag isn’t going to stop anything mouse size or larger…until you hang it in a tree using that 550 cord I have previously discussed.

 

So pop down to the supermarket and stock up.

 

Black bags can be used by preppers for dozens of purposes besides rubbish disposal. I like heavy duty bags because they’re larger and more durable than the typical kitchen variety.

 

Poncho: It’s not very stylish but there have been a few of times when I’ve used my knife to make a poncho out of a black bag in order to stay dry.   Simply cut holes for your head and your arms and you’re ready to go.

 

Be careful not to cut the holes too large and if the poncho seems too baggy tie a belt or piece of 550 paracord around your waist.

 

This isn’t something you’d want to use in a warm environment because you’d get wet anyway from perspiration but if a black bag can get between you and cold rain it might be worth making such an awful fashion statement.

Dry Salting Technique for Sauerkraut

Since living in Germany and visiting Poland 5 times I cannot get enough sauerkraut. So I thought I wouls look into making my own.

Sauerkraut, like most fermentations, involves a succession of several different organisms.

The fermentation involves a broad community of bacteria, with a succession of different dominant players, determined by the increasing acidity.

Do not be deterred by the biological complexity of the transformation.

That happens on its own once you create the simple conditions for it.

Sauerkraut is very easy to make.

The sauerkraut method is also referred to as dry-salting, because typically no water is added and the juice under which the vegetables are submerged comes from the vegetables themselves.

This is the simplest and most straightforward method, and results in the most concentrated vegetable flavour.

Time: 3 days to 3 months (and beyond)

Container: 1-litre wide-mouth jar, or a larger jar or ceramic dish.

Ingredients (for 1 litre):

1 kilogram of vegetables per litre, any varieties of cabbage alone or in combination, or at least half cabbage and the remainder any combination of radishes, turnips, carrots, beets, kohlrabi, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, shallots, leeks, garlic, greens, peppers, or other vegetables

Approximately 1 tablespoon salt (start with a little less, add if needed after tasting)

Other seasonings as desired, such as caraway seeds, juniper berries, dill, chilli peppers, ginger, turmeric, dried cranberries, or whatever you can conjure in your imagination

Method:

Prepare the vegetables. Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and reserve.

Scrub the root vegetables but do not peel. Chop or grate all vegetables into a bowl.

The purpose of this is to expose surface area in order to pull water out of the vegetables, so that they can be submerged under their own juices.

The finer the veggies are shredded, the easier it is to get juices out, but size does not really matter

Salt and season. Salt the vegetables lightly and add seasonings as you chop.

Sauerkraut does not require heavy salting.

Taste after the next step and add more salt or seasonings, if desired. It is always easier to add salt than to remove it.

Squeeze the salted vegetables with your hands for a few.

This bruises the vegetables, breaking down cell walls and enabling them to release their juices.

Squeeze until you can pick up a handful and when you squeeze, juice releases (as from a wet sponge).

Pack the salted and squeezed vegetables into your jar. Press the vegetables down with force, using your fingers or a blunt tool, so that air pockets are expelled and juice rises up and over the vegetables.

Fill the jar not quite all the way to the top, leaving a little space for expansion.

The vegetables have a tendency to float to the top of the brine, so it’s best to keep them pressed down, using one of the cabbage’s outer leaves, folded to fit inside the jar, or a carved chunk of a root vegetable, or a small glass or ceramic insert.

Screw the top on the jar; lactic acid bacteria are anaerobic and do not need oxygen (though they can function in the presence of oxygen).

However, be aware that fermentation produces carbon dioxide, so pressure will build up in the jar and needs to be released daily, especially the first few days when fermentation will be most vigorous.

Wait. Be sure to loosen the top to relieve pressure each day for the first few days.

The rate of fermentation will be faster in a warm environment, slower in a cool one.

Some people prefer their krauts lightly fermented for just a few days; others prefer a stronger, more acidic flavour that develops over weeks or months.

Taste after just a few days, then a few days later, and at regular intervals to discover what you prefer. Along with the flavour, the texture changes over time, beginning crunchy and gradually softening.

Move to the refrigerator if you wish to stop (or rather slow) the fermentation. In a cool environment, kraut can continue fermenting slowly for months.

In the summer or in a heated room, its life cycle is more rapid; eventually it can become soft and mushy.

Enjoy your kraut! I start eating it when the kraut is young and enjoy its evolving flavour over the course of a few weeks (or months in a large batch).

Be sure to try the sauerkraut juice that will be left after the kraut is eaten. Sauerkraut juice packs a strong flavour, and is unparalleled as a digestive tonic or hangover cure.

Tips…

Surface growth – The most common problem that people encounter in fermenting vegetables is surface growth of yeasts and/or moulds, which are caused by oxygen.

Many books refer to this as “scum,” but I prefer to think of it as a bloom. It’s a surface phenomenon, a result of contact with the air.

If you should encounter surface growth, remove as much of it as you can, along with any discoloured or soft kraut from the top layer, and throw away.

The fermented vegetables beneath will generally look, smell, and taste fine. The surface growth can break up as you remove it, making it impossible to remove all of it. Don’t worry.

Develop a rhythm – Start a new batch before the previous one runs out. Get a few different flavours or styles going at once for variety. Experiment!

Variations – Add a little fresh vegetable juice and dispense with the need to squeeze or pound.

Incorporate mung bean sprouts . . .hydrated seaweed . . . shredded or quartered brussels sprouts… cooked potatoes (mashed, fried, and beyond, but always cooled!) . . . dried or fresh fruit… the possibilities are infinite . . .

 

 

This Week’s Show 2nd November 2017

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Beginning with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer and the Water-to-Go Water Filter Bottle, I move on to The DOD Holds a Solar Storm Based Blackout Drill Today, MSM makes up it’s own stories again, Has Anyone Tried This, Treating Wounds with Sugar, So you are stuck in snow, The Emergency Information System, Why Not to Bug-Out, Fluoride Is Poison, Boot and Foot Care.

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The DOD Holds a Solar Storm Based Blackout Drill Today

Today November 04-06, the US Department of Defense headquarters entity worked with the US Army and US Air-Force MARS organizations and the Amateur Radio community to request status reports for 3,143 US counties.

During the exercise, communication frequencies used will be HF NVIS, VHF, UHF, and non-internet linked Amateur Radio repeaters.

In addition, Army Mars Programe Manager Paul English said,

We want to continue building on the outstanding cooperative working relationship with the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community,”

English said. “We want to expand the use of the 60-meter interop channels between the military and amateur community for emergency communications, and we hope the Amateur Radio community will give us some good feedback on the use of both the 5-MHz interop and the new 13-MHz broadcast channels as a means of information dissemination during a very bad day scenario.

A CME can launch a billion tons of plasma from the sun’s surface into space, at speeds of over a million miles per hour.

Every so often, the sun burps. But, unlike myself, when the sun burps, it does so with the power of 20 million nuclear bombs.

These hiccups are known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs)—powerful eruptions near the surface of the sun driven by kinks in the solar magnetic field.

The resulting shocks ripple through the solar system and can interrupt satellites and power grids on Earth.

In July, the US government quietly preparing for a massive coronal mass ejection with the passage of an Executive Order – “Coordinating Efforts to Prepare the Nation for Space Weather Events”.

Here is snippet of section 1 of the executive order:

Space weather events, in the form of solar flares, solar energetic particles, and geomagnetic disturbances, occur regularly, some with measurable effects on critical infrastructure systems and technologies, such as the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite operations and communication, aviation, and the electrical power grid.

Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, healthcare, and transportation.

Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents. Successfully preparing for space weather events is an all-of-nation endeavor that requires partnerships across governments, emergency managers, academia, the media, the insurance industry, non-profits, and the private sector.

Back in April 2017, an article titled ‘Yesterdays Broad Power Outage Likely Caused By Geomagnetic Storm’‘.

While everyone thought terrorism was to blame, It was correctly pointed out that large power failures in major US cities was due to an intense geomagnetic storm registering 8-10 on K-Planetary Index.

Here is what I think: The United States government is quietly preparing for a major space-weather event to paralyse communication systems and energy grids across the entire country.

As a citizen, you’re not allowed to know this knowledge and frankly you will not be prepared—only the government will be.

The writing is on the wall of what is coming through an executive order and DOD drills.

No wonder public trust with government is at historic lows, because you’re not allowed to know the truth.

Simultaneously, the wealthiest families who own mega corporations in the United States are ploughing millions into their proxy armies called community organizing groups.

Let’s just hope, a coronal mass ejection doesn’t occur when these severely misguided folks are protesting.

But what if: Is the United States really preparing for a North Korean EMP attack?

MSM makes up it’s own stories again

Selling papers is their game, and the MSM will never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

The Daily Mail ran this story (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5015765/Police-seize-terrifying-knife-disguised-CREDIT-CARD.html)

Police seize terrifying knife disguised as a CREDIT CARD – and they’re on sale on eBay for just pennies.

So it’s not the Tom Linden Survival Knife Titan, it’s not a Machette, it’s not a Zoombie knife, it’s a 2.6″ blade that folds out from what looks like a credit card.

How sensational is that? how demonising, how utterly futile is that.

It’s a well known fact that most knife crime is committed using knives bought from retail outlets or simply taken from a kitchen drawer.

Has Anyone Tried This

Your compass is a measuring tool that can be adapted to a variety of needs. It can be used to measure more than just direction.

You can use your magnetic compass to determine the width of a stream or small body of water without having to get wet.

This quick and easy method of determining distance using a compass may just come in handy. In any case, it is always a good trick you can use to amaze your fellow survivors.

Here is how it is done.

Standing at the edge of the water, sight an object directly across from you on the far bank. Take a compass reading on this object and mark the spot where you are standing.

Walk along the stream until the compass reading to the same object across the stream changes by 45-degrees and mark this spot also. Now measure the distance between the two marks you set.

This will be equal to the distance between the first mark and the object you sighted across the stream.

For example:

Say you are standing next to a stream and directly across from you on the opposite bank is a large tree. Take out your compass and sight the tree.

Let’s pretend the compass reads 300-degrees (Azimuth type compass) or S30W (Quadrant type compass).

Mark this spot and then walk either downstream or upstream until the compass sighting on the same tree reads 45-degrees in either direction from your first reading (either 255-degrees or 345-degrees on an azimuth type compass, S15E or N15W on a quadrant type compass).

Mark this position also. The width of the stream is equal to the distance between your two marks on the ground. If you have practised pacing (and every survivor should) you can count the number of paces between the two marks and calculate the width of the stream.

Treating Wounds with Sugar

The information I will give you now is not medical advice, and should not be considered as such OK.

 

Any wound, cut or abrasion has the potential of becoming infected if not treated promptly and effectively. Certain wounds that become infected can be serious leading to loss of a limb and or possibly loss of life.

 

For over 4,000 years, medical practitioners have known about the wound healing properties of sugar.

 

Now in Europe and in the U.K. in particular doctors, nurses and others directly responsible for the treatment of wounds and burns are bringing back this 4,000-year-old treatment.

 

Trials using patients with wounds have shown that the ancient treatment works.

 

The reason sugar works to treat wounds is because sugar tends to draw water into its midst, through osmosis.

 

This action both dries the bed of the wound to promote new tissue growth and dehydrates the bacterium that causes the infections in wounds, leaving the bacteria weak and fragile.

 

However sugar taken orally will not destroy bacteria inside the body.

 

The reason why it works is because sugar is hygroscopic and functions to dehydrate all bacteria. Bacterium of course requires water to survive and to multiply. Thus, the lack of water results in bacterial death.

 

When bacteria die, they cannot reproduce. Therefore, infection cannot occur if all bacteria are eliminated in and around the wound.

 

Some studies have concluded that honey mixed with sugar can enhance the healing. It may be that the viscosity of the honey allows greater penetration into the wound and allows better contact with the wound. Honey also has certain anti-bacterial properties according to some experts.

 

The same theory applies when cooking oil is mixed with sugar to treat wounds. The oil or honey is mixed with sugar and applied as a salve. Petroleum jelly can also be applied to the bandage to help keep the sugar in place.

 

Puncture wounds are typically left open to promote healing.

 

A simple salve of sugar applied to the wound and covered loosely once it has stopped bleeding has the greatest effect according to most.

 

Sugar in its granulated form will draw the moisture from the wound, which kills off the bacteria and prevents further growth.

 

In a survival situation, sprinkling granulated sugar in a wound may very well stop or prevent a serious infection. You must have clean water to irrigate the wound so that fresh sugar can be reapplied.

 

Depending on the severity of the wound, you would change the dressing of sugar two to four times daily.

 

Proper hand sanitation is critical as well as having clean bandages available. Used cotton bandages can be rinsed well with clean water and then boiled for 10 minutes or longer to sterilize.

 

The drying and handling process must be such as to prevent contamination of the bandages.

 

So you are stuck in snow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edible Flowers

Roses are a medicinal flower that have been used since ancient times for their nutritional and healing benefits.

 

Rose petals are rich in vitamins C, A, D, E & B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium. Rose petals contain sedative, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and mood enhancing properties.

 

They are known to soothe sore throats, nervous tension, anxiety, headaches, peptic ulcers, hypertension, fluid retention, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and heart disease.

 

Rose petals are also often used for painful menstruation and for digestion issues such as flatulence, constipation, and diarrhoea.

 

Fresh organic rose petals are a wonderful addition to fruit salads, green salads, desserts, and a variety of healthy meals.

 

Rose petal tea is also a soothing and relaxing way to enjoy its benefits. Simply use 1 teaspoon of dried rose petals to 1 cup of hot water and allow to steep for at least 10 minutes, sweeten with raw honey if desired.

 

Rose water can also be made by placing 2-4 cups of rose petals in a pot and pouring just enough water to cover them, Simmer for about 45 minutes and then allow to cool. Strain and store rose water in the fridge, it will be good for 7-10 days.

 

Rose water works as an astringent and as an anti-aging & beautifying tonic for the face and skin.

 

Rose petals are also an excellent addition to your bath and can help provide relief for dry, itchy skin, bug bites, sunburn, acne, and eczema.

 

Make sure to always seek out organic or unsprayed roses since conventionally grown rose petals often contain harmful pesticides.

 

Why Grow Edible Flowers?

 

Edible flowers are perfect for anyone with an interest in gardening or food, and are the most versatile plants to have in the garden, providing a visual and culinary feast.

 

For those of you who need convincing, just see how edible flowers can benefit your garden…

Make the most of your space

 

You may be lucky enough to have a large garden or allotment, but if not then why not grow an edible garden to make the most of the space you have? Why grow flowers you can only look at? Grow flowers that you can eat as well!

 

You only need a small courtyard garden, balcony or windowsill to enjoy edible flowers. Here is a range of edible flowers which are suitable for small spaces or window boxes.

 

Get two crops for the price of one!

 

Ever had so many runner beans you just do not know what to do with them? Gone on holiday and come back to find that your radishes have gone woody and started flowering?

 

There are many vegetables which can provide you with two crops, with edible flowers either before or long-after the vegetable is ready to eat.

 

The flowers can often be tastier than the vegetable itself, and make a fantastic addition to any savoury dish. Rocket, radish, squash, courgette, peas, beans and mustard are just some of the flowering vegetables you can enjoy.

 

Grow them anywhere

 

You are only limited by your imagination…

 

Enhance your vegetable garden

 

As well as the benefits of companion planting, brighten up the look of your vegetables both on the plot and the plate by adding some beautiful edible flowers.

 

Happy bees and butterflies

 

We all know the importance of helping out bees and other pollinating insects by enriching our environment with beneficial plants so why not plant edible flowers that they enjoy as well as you?

 

Natural pest control and companion planting

 

Many of our edible flowers are perfect for companion planting. Try planting borage next to your strawberries for even sweeter fruit, marigolds next to your tomatoes to deter black and greenfly, or try garlic chives next to your carrots to help ward off carrot roof fly. Use permaculture to improve your garden.

 

Easy gardening

 

For the amateur, or busy, gardener, edible flowers are quick and easy to grow.

 

Safe for children

 

If, like me, you have small children (Grand children in my case) then you want to be sure that your garden is a safe place to be.

 

Many common garden plants are poisonous so why not fill your garden with edible flowers instead? Be assured that if any flowers do get subjected to a toddler taste test they will come to no harm.

 

You can also get them to grow the flowers they like and then allow them to eat them there and then, no preparation etc.

 

Enjoy edible flowers all year long

 

By sowing a range of edible flowers you should be able to have something to harvest all year long.

 

Why not learn ways of preserving them to enjoy all year round. Add a little bit of summer to winter meals.

 

Know your flowers are free from pesticides

 

By growing your own edible flowers you know that they are free from pesticides and pollutants and are safe for the whole family to eat.

 

Here are some edible flowers that need planting this month

 

Pansies are easy to grow, they are brightly coloured edible flowers which bloom for much of the year.  The flowers are up to 8cm diameter which, combined with the distinct colours and mild, sweet flavour,  make them popular edible flowers.

 

Pansies are most commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts, are ideal for sugaring and beautiful when scattered over salads or used to garnish sweet and savoury dishes.

 

Dianthus ‘Parfait’ are a compact and striking dianthus with vivid pink, red and white coloured flowers. They are perfect for containers and small gardens.

 

Their eye-catching colours and large petals make them particularly well suited to decorating cakes and desserts, for adding to salads and crystallising.

 

The edible petals are mild in flavour making them ideal for adding to a wide variety of foods.

 

Polyanthus are pretty edible flowers in a variety of reds, yellows, pinks and blues. The young leaves are also edible and can be added to salads or used as a green vegetable.

 

The edible flowers are commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts and also to add to salads.

 

They give beautiful results when crystallised.  Polyanthus are a hardy perennial which will provide you with a colourful carpet of flowers early in the year.

 

A delicate blue and white viola with a mild sweet, ‘green’ flavour.  These violas are very easy to grow and flower for much of the year.  Violas are popular edible flowers as the whole flower may be eaten.

They have a wide range of culinary uses and are most commonly used to decorate cakes and desserts.

Violas are ideal for sugaring and beautiful when scattered over salads or used as a garnish to sweet and savoury dishes.

The Emergency Information System

The three most important factors in surviving a disaster are physical fitness, training, and knowledge.

The first two are the hardest to achieve since it takes considerable time to get, and stay fit, as well as practice those skills vital to a survival situation. But the knowledge part is easy.

I keep a modest collection of books at home that cover a wide range of subjects, everything from learning how to stitch a wound, to how to build a greenhouse.

But if there was a major disaster and I had to evacuate to a retreat location, it would be impossible to bring my books with me.

A few years back I thought of bringing my laptop, with all my books in PDF format loaded on the hard drive. But laptops were pretty heavy, fragile, and had a short battery life.

And how would you recharge the batteries if you had no power? Laptops run on between 7.2 V to 14.8 V. so even if you brought along a 12v solar panel you’d be hard pressed to get the battery fully charged even in direct sunlight.

Without electricity the only ways to recharge a laptop were through your vehicles 12v cigarette lighter using a DC/AC inverter, or from a portable generator.

So if you were bugging out on foot, then don’t bother bringing the laptop.

But the latest generation of e-readers, smart phones, and tablets have solved all these problems.

The first problem solved is weight and size, Smart Phones and Tablets are much smaller and lighter than laptops, and if you get a sturdy case for them they can withstand a bit of rough handling.

The battery life is also much longer, anywhere from 4 to 14 hours.

The best part is that they all can be recharged from a 5.5V, 500mA source.

This means that not only will my 12 volt 5 watt solar panel be more than adequate to recharge the battery, but on cloudy days I could also recharge it using either a hand charger or pedal generator.

The whole kit consisting of a tablet, solar panel, hand charger, and bicycle generator, could fit in a messenger pouch 7″ X 12’ X 2.5″ and would weigh just over 3lbs.

Even if you had to evacuate on foot, it is well worth the space and weight to carry this kit since not only will you have access to hundreds of important books and manuals, but you could also watch some of your favourite film on a flash drive.

Anyone who has been without TV, internet and Wi-Fi for a few days knows how dull and boring things can get. Watching a good film once a day would greatly improve morale.

And since you have three alternative methods of recharging the battery, you’ll always be able to have it running when you need to.

In addition the battery chargers can be used to recharge your radios and flash lights too.

Flash Drives

Most Smart Phones and Tablets have enough on-board memory to store a couple of hundred books easily, but I don’t want to store my survival information on my Tablet for two reasons.

First, most don’t have that much storage space to begin with and since a survival library is something you would need only in an emergency, I don’t want to use up the internal memory when I’m using the device during everyday activities.

The second reason is security. Think how fast you would end up in an ‘interrogation room’ if you are stopped at the boarder or pulled over by police and they discover there are books on ‘Escape and Evade Tactics’ and ‘Military Training Manuals’ on your smart phone.

There is nothing illegal about reading such books, I have them to be better prepared to survive a disaster, not plan a terrorist attack.

But since law enforcement can’t seem to tell the difference between the two, I prefer to keep my possession of such material discreet. A Flash Drive or SD Card are easy to hide or conceal.

Many smart phones, tablets, and e-readers won’t allow you to use an external flash drive to upload content without either buying extra adapters and/or installing software and drivers.

Before deciding on which device you want to use as part of your Emergency Information System, do some research on whether that particular model has a standard USB port, a Micro USB port, or a SD Card slot, and if they are configured as an input. (Some USB ports are only used for charging and can’t transfer information at all.)

An Emergency Information System should be a a vital part to your bug-out kit since having access to a library of medical, wilderness, survival, technical, and homesteading books can provide you with the knowledge to overcome any obstacle and save lives.

In addition, this kit will provide some entertainment to help restore a sense of normalcy during a disaster, which is especially vital if you have children with you.

Putting together a kit consisting of a Tablet, Solar Charger, Hand charger or even a bicycle charger and a couple of flash drives is not expensive at all.

I recommend you carry three flash drives. One for your survival and prepping books, another with all your personal information and scanned copies of your important ID and credit cards, and a third, or more, loaded with your favourite films or YouTube videos.

Why Not to Bug-Out

The plan seems simple doesn’t it? All you need for the best chance of survival for your family is a well-stocked bug out bag, a good local knowledge  and keeping abreast of what is happening in the news.

 

So as a knowledgeable and informed prepper you will be able survive as you have a great head start over the non prepper when SHTF.

 

You will take your family and your supplies hike off into the wilderness before the approaching death and destruction.

 

You have  a plan to bug out.

 

It sounds perfect, but now I am going to try and convince you how that might not be the best and first option you should consider.

 

There are many reasons and situations I can think of why you do not want to bug out from your home.

 

You may be asking yourself, how can I even say those words as a prepper without getting struck by lightning?

 

It’s true that hunkering down is not the option that gets the most press, but in my opinion during most (but not all) scenarios, it is the better choice.

 

That is unless you are a combat-trained SAS Warrior.

 

If you are like me, just an average guy with a family and a giant subterranean monster unleashed by nuclear experiments is  not  headed your way, you might want to stay put.

 

Here are a few reasons why:

 

You live where your stuff is.

 

I’ll be the first to admit that a lot of these reasons are going to seem incredibly simple and obvious, but I think sometimes that is the best way to approach a problem.

 

As a prepper you have probably  started collecting your preps to help you get through short and long term emergencies.

 

Some of you have stored a TON of supplies because you have been doing this for a long time or else you are independently wealthy and you bought everything you think you need.

 

Even if you only have  weeks worth of water, food etc., that is nothing to sneeze at.

 

Everything you have is stored probably in  an organised way for easy retrieval.

 

You don’t have to carry it and the supplies aren’t subject to the elements.

 

Leaving your home will make you potentially have to leave most, or all of your survival supplies at home.

 

You could put them all in your  BOV, the all singing, go anywhere, with the trailer, right?

 

Of course you could, but are you sure that truck will always own it?

 

It’s just better to Bug-in because there are tons of advantages like…

 

Even your kitchen floor is more comfortable than sleeping in the woods

 

Yes, I know that some people sleep perfectly well in the woods and I can too, once I am  exhausted.

 

Honestly, you would have to agree that your old lumpy mattress would be preferable to sleeping in the woods or  an empty building.

 

Why is that important?

 

Getting plenty of good sleep has a huge impact on our health.

 

It not only affects your moods, but alertness and even immune system. In a disaster you will be stressed in ways you haven’t even considered.

 

You may be working like a dog and having a comfortable and relatively safe place to rest your head, even if that is the living room floor it will be an advantage that the people in the woods won’t have.

 

Built in Community whether you know it or not

 

In times of crisis, you can almost guarantee that communities will band together in some way.

You probably don’t consider your small neighborhood or dead end street a community but let some disaster happen and you will see humans come together for support, safety and to help each other out.

 

Being around even just a few neighbors who know you can give you advantages if you need assistance.

 

Even neighbors you don’t get along with, will probably overcome grudges if the disaster is severe enough.

 

Of course, there is the potential that  they could turn on you for being the lone prepper but I think in most cases, things won’t go Mad Max for a little while.

 

If it does you will have to adjust, but I believe that most people would benefit by banding with their neighbors for support.

 

You could have an opportunity for leadership here or compassion by helping out others who haven’t prepared.

 

It is much better to strive for this kind of relationship with people than head out the door and face the world with only what is on your back.

 

Being Cold is not nice and it can kill you. If you like to keep the thermostat somewhere in the upper 60’s to low 70’s during the winter.

 

There might be some play in that range, but there are no thermostats outside.

 

Whatever the temperature is outdoors is what you are going to be living with.

 

Can you start a fire?

 

Of course, but the last place I want to be on a cold winter night, is huddled up in my sleeping bag under a tarp even if I did have a nice roasting fire beside me.

 

There are some situations where you wouldn’t be able to start a fire.

 

Maybe if it was raining and you couldn’t find any dry wood or tinder, or there were people that didn’t look so friendly following you.

 

Staying in your home, even without power can give you advantages of shelter that you won’t easily find outdoors.

 

You can seal off rooms and even your body heat will generate a little warmth.

 

You can black out your curtains with heavy gauge plastic sheeting and even the heat from a lantern or a couple of candles can put out an amazing amount of heat.

 

You may put yourself in a worse situation

 

The problem with most bug out plans are that most don’t have a destination.

 

Do you think the National Forest is going to be reserved solely for you and your family?

 

Do you think you will just set up a tent and start hunting for small game?

 

In a large regional disaster, there could be millions of people leaving the cities.

 

And they will all be competing with you for natural resources.

 

With even a few dozen hunters in the same area game will be depleted in days if not sooner.

 

Then you will be stuck near a bunch of other hungry people who blame you for catching the last squirrel.

 

Being on the road makes you an easier target

 

One of the advantages of staying put at home is  the home field or defenders advantage.

 

When you go out, you do not know what you are walking or driving into.

 

The best you can do, is try to recon the best you can, which will only slow you down more.

 

By staying put in your home, you can set up a type of neighborough watch  and monitor who is coming in.

 

This gives you the opportunity to set up defensive positions and plans that anyone walking in with thoughts of taking advantage of you, won’t be aware of.

 

If nobody knows you, you are a stranger

 

If the people in the town do not know you, they will treat you as suspicious, maybe even hostile.

 

Have you ever been walking your dog and seen someone strange walking through your neighborhood?

 

This was someone you didn’t know so obviously they fell under suspicion.

 

Had they been one of your neighbors kids you would have recognized them, but this new person stuck out.

 

That is what you will be faced with if you leave your home and go wandering through other towns and cities.

 

In your home neighborhood, you will be dealing with known people that you can grow a deeper relationship with.

 

There is a built-in level of trust because they have lived near you for years.

 

If you start walking into a strange town with your  bug-out bags, weapons etc. you may not like the attention you receive.

 

Gear is heavy and a lot of gear is heavier.

 

Speaking of walking around in your  bug-out kit how many of you have  walked for 3 days with your bug out bag?

 

OK, now add water, food weapons, ammoand anything else you think you might need to defend yourself.

 

Your food will run out, possibly your ammo and that will help you with the weight, but in a disaster when you are walking out the door in full combat gear, do you think supermarkets will be open when you run out of something?

 

In a grid down you won’t get to call AAA

 

Maybe you are one of the lucky ones that have a place to go up in the mountains.

 

If you don’t get out before everyone else starts leaving, you could be stuck on the road.

 

What if your old bug out vehicle breaks down?

 

All those supplies in the trailer are either going to feed a lot of other people on the road or you will most likely die defending them.

 

If you aren’t already living at your retreat before the disaster happens, you will have to be incredibly fast to avoid getting stranded.

 

Let’s say you are ready to go, do you know when you would actually leave?

 

Do you know when the S has actually HTF and it’s time to leave or will you debate leaving with your wife and mother for two days because they think it will all blow over soon?

 

Leaving home may put you in a worst situation than staying put.

 

If you get hurt you want to be near a secure shelter not under a tarp

 

I have a decent first aid supply kit. I don’t have IV’s and a ton of medicine but I can take care of garden variety injuries pretty well.

 

Imagine you somehow break your leg after the grid is down.

 

Would you rather drag yourself into the house, or be stuck in the woods for weeks unable to move?

 

Most hospitals don’t stick their patients out in the loading bay for a reason so you will convalesce better with a good roof over your head that is hopefully providing some climate protections.

 

If nothing else, it will be a relatively clean and safe place to get better and that beats lying under a log.

Fluoride Is Poison

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Top Medical Journal

Fluoride Officially Classified as a Neurotoxin in World’s Most Prestigious Medical Journal :

The movement to remove industrial sodium fluoride from the world’s water supply has been growing in recent years, with evidence coming out against the additive from several sources.

Now, a report from the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, has officially classified fluoride as a neurotoxin — in the same category as arsenic, lead and mercury.

The news was broken by author Stefan Smyle, who cited a report published in The Lancet Neurology, Volume 13, Issue 3, in the March 2014 edition, by authors Dr. Phillippe Grandjean and Philip J. Landrigan, MD.

To all my listeners especially those who have small children and those that suffer with Fibromyalgia. I wouldn’t have researched this subject if I wasn’t concerned with your health and safety, and the health and safety of your loved ones.

I know we all get crazy emails trying to scare us about everything imaginable, and I am always the last one to believe them and the first one to disprove them as urban legend.

But unfortunately this reality is one that has irrefutable science behind it and a shocking truth that I have been compelled to share with everyone I know. The truth revealed here maybe the biggest scientific cover up of our modern era.Please share this with your friends and family, and spread the word…

What is Fluoride

Let me ask you a few rational questions;Would you brush your teeth with rat poison if it just might have some kind of beneficial properties as an anti-cavity agent? Yes, I am asking you if you would put a highly toxic poison that was used as rat killer and as insecticide in your mouth and brush your teeth with it.

Would make your children brush their teeth with a toxin slightly less poisonous than arsenic and even more poisonous than lead, even though everyday they ingested some of this toxic substance that would accumulate throughout their body and could cause numerous health problems?

What if there was so much poison in their toothpaste that it would kill them if they ate the whole tube because it tasted like bubble gum; would you leave it in their bathroom drawer or would you keep it locked up with the medicines or toxic cleaning agents?If you have been using fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth, you should have answered “yes” to all of the above questions.

Before we go any further, let’s look at the definition of Sodium Fluoride and establish the fact that it is a highly poisonous substance.

Here is the definition of Sodium Fluoride that is used in toothpaste to prevent cavities: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/sodium+fluoride

sodium fluoride – noun a colourless, crystalline, water-soluble, poisonous solid, NaF, used chiefly in the fluoridation of water, as an insecticide, and as a rodenticide.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

Hmmm, there’s just something insane about using the words “poisonous solid”, “rodenticide”, “insecticide”, and the “fluoridation of water” in the same definition. Fluorine compounds, or fluorides, are listed by the US Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) as being in the top 20 of 275 toxic substances which pose the most significant threat to human health.

We have all been brushing our teeth with rat poison and one of the most environmentally damaging toxic waste substances produced by the aluminium and fertilizer industries in America, Sodium Fluoride.

We’ve also been drinking Fluorosilicic Acid (an inexpensive liquid by-product of phosphate fertilizer manufacturing process) in our tap water and cooking with it as well.

Go read the warning on the back of your toothpaste tube.

“WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek professional help or contact a doctor .”

Your toothpaste warning says that if you ingest more than the usual amount while brushing, call a doctor.

That’s because fluoride is a highly toxic poison and each tube of toothpaste, even the bubble gum flavoured specifically marketed for children, contains enough fluoride to kill a child. http://www.fluoridealert.org/toothpaste.html

When I was a child there wasn’t a poison warning label on my toothpaste tube letting me know not to swallow it because it was poison. Back then toothpaste commercials showed a tooth brush just loaded with toothpaste.

Back then no one was telling anyone, “Don’t swallow your toothpaste”. Fluoride was portrayed as perfectly safe to your health in commercials and by government publications.

It wasn’t until April 7th, 1997, that the United States FDA (Food & Drug Administration) required that all fluoride toothpastes sold in the U.S. carry a poison warning on the label.

In this country we consume highly fluoridated tap water, processed foods and drinks every day.

We consume more than the usual amount we would ingest by brushing our teeth alone. One of the fastest ways to absorb a medicine is directly under your tongue and we hold this poison in our mouths 2-3 times a day when we brush our teeth.

Think about how often your children are swallowing it while brushing their teeth because it tastes like bubble gum. We’ve been ingesting it for years and it has been building up in our bodies because fluoride is an accumulative toxin.

This toxin is taking its toll on the health and smiles of people of all ages in the U.S., Britain, Canada, and other modernized countries. Dental Fluorosis is a mild form of fluoride poisoning that is the most visible and well-recognized side-effects of ingesting fluoride toothpaste and drinking too much fluoridated water.

Dental Fluorosis is a discoloration of teeth that ranges from mild to severe. Whereas dental fluorosis used to impact less than 10% of children in the 1940s, the latest national survey found that it now affects over 30% of children.

Fluoridation could turn out to be one of the top 10 mistakes of the 21st century.

Boot and Foot Care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feet

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

Socks

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

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

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

 

This Week’s Show 26th October 2017

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SHOW NOTES

Beginning with the Blizzard Survival 20%discount offer, then the Water-to-Go 15% discount offer I move on to Situation Update The Plague, Tips for Over Night Survival, Route Planning, What Is Prepping? Be Prepared… For a Power Cut.

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Situation Update The Plague

The outbreak of plague in Madagascar continues to evolve.

Since our last report on 4 October 2017, a total of 230 new suspected cases including 17 deaths (case fatality rate 7.4%) were reported.

Between 1 August and 8 October 2017, a total of 387 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 45 deaths (case fatality rate 11.6%) have been reported from 27 out of 114 districts in the country.

Of these, 277 cases (71.6%) had the pneumonic form of the disease, 106 were bubonic plague, one case was septicaemic plague, and 3 cases were unspecified.

Of 279 cases reported to the Central Plague Laboratory of the Institut Pasteur of Madagascar, 38 were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), 113 were classified as probable cases after testing positive on rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and 123 remain suspected cases, pending results.

Fourteen (64%) out of 22 regions in the country (including the North and South-east Regions that are considered non-endemic) have been affected. At least eight healthcare workers from one district health hospital have contracted plague since 30 September 2017.

Plague is known to be endemic on the Plateaux of Madagascar (including Ankazobe District where the current outbreak originated) and a seasonal upsurge (predominantly the bubonic form) usually occurs early every year between September and April.

Unlike the usual endemic pattern, the plague season begun early this year, and the current outbreak has affected major urban centres, including Antananarivo (the capital city) and Toamasina (the port city).

There are three forms of plague, depending on the route of infection: bubonic, septicaemic and pneumonic (for more information, see the link http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs267/en/).

Tips for Over Night Survival

In the UK, most people who become lost are often day hikers or climbers who fully expect to sleep in their own bed (or at least in their own sleeping bag) that night.

But a turn onto the wrong trail or an extra twenty minutes of late afternoon climbing can result in an unexpected overnight stay. Not forgetting an injury event either.

If you don’t carry a “survival kit” as such, there are a few inexpensive yet essential items I seldom venture far from home without.

Among these are:

A reliable, sturdy survival knife.

A good-quality multi-tool.

A length of Parachute cord.

A competent knowledge of how to use these three items will allow you to cut poles, prepare kindling, lash together a shelter, make a bow-drill fire, and perform a host of other tasks.

Other items include:

A foil emergency blanket can also be used as an improvised poncho, ground cloth, or tarp.

First aid kit. It should include gauze, bandages, butterflies, antibiotic cream, plasters etc.

Compass: Worthwhile if you know how to use it, or know the approximate direction of nearby major landmarks.

A Wooley hat (even in warm weather). In addition to keeping you warm, it can be used as a bag.

A magnesium striker

A method of water purification (water-to-go filter bottle).

A whistle. In really remote areas, a signal mirror is also a worthy addition.

Tips:

Learn to construct a simple cold-weather survival shelter. It doesn’t take a freezing night to bring about fatal hypothermia. Temperatures even in the fifties can be disastrous if you are improperly dressed or wet.

Always carry or wear a bandana. It can be used as a bandage, sling, or carrying bundle. A belt is useful, too.

Wrap a quantity of duct tape around your water bottle. Use good quality tape.

Stay put: You arrive at “lostness” from one direction, a single degree out of 360.

You have 359 chances to depart your situation in the wrong direction.

Make a base camp: As humans, our sense of well-being is improved when we have a place to call home, even if it is a temporary one.

Locate it in an area that is out of the wind, and where it won’t be flooded during a rainstorm.

Learn how to tie and use half a dozen or so simple but useful knots. Overhand knot, square knot, clove hitch, bowline, sheet bend, lark’s head, timber hitch, and variations on the half-hitch are good suggestions.

Customize your list: Include items specific to your needs such as daily or emergency medications, inhalers, or epi-pens.

Practice your skills and become familiar with your gear before you need them, so you know what to expect! when the time comes to use them, as it is then too late to learn them.

Having to night –out even with what some would see as sub-standard kit is not the end of the world so don’t panic.

Having clothes on is better than being naked, being behind a wall, hedge or tree is better than being exposed to the elements.

Being under a poncho is better than being wet, being in a cheap tent is better than being in a poncho, being in a sleeping is better than being without one, I think you get the message.

Any shelter is better than none.

You main priority in finding shelter is to defend your body from the weather that is it you must keep dry and warm to have a chance of survival.

And as long as you understand the basic principles you can go on survival exercises even without the top of the range designer kit, because people have survived with far less before they were invented and I promise people will continue to do so in the future.

Route Planning

Route planning is an essential navigation skill and one you must master if you are planning to bug out.

Even for the more experienced survivalist or prepper who has been training for years and only walks for pleasure, a few minutes route planning is very valuable.

Some experienced survivalists and preppers see it as an unnecessary chore but I say that even in a familiar area it can make you think about things you may have missed and help prevent you becoming complacent.

Think of route planning as a sort of risk assessment, the important thing is to think about what if, and how you would deal with that. Also it is vital not to overestimate your fitness that of of your party. You may be much fitter than other members so escape routes and alternative routes are very important.

Many people who are experienced day walkers also underestimate the difficulty of multi day walks with a full pack on.

Route Cards

A route card is quite simply the route you plan to take broken into stages with the time you expect to return on. It can be written on anything in any form as long as copy is left with a responsible person who will be able to contact help if you do not arrive back when you should.

This means if you get into trouble help will know where to look, for a multi-day expedition a card should cover each day. Make sure when you do get back safely that you inform the person with the card.

The more detailed a route card the better, as it is much better to work out compass bearing etc at home than up a mountain and allows you to plan a more enjoyable trip and means if something does go wrong from a sprained ankle to a broken leg you are much better prepared.

Designing your ownroute card is fairly simple and most navigation books have an an example, which you can use or adapt.

Date:

Members in group:

Weather Forecast:

Starting grid Ref:

Description:

Departure Time:

To (Grid Ref)Finishing Point Grid Ref:

Estimated Arrival Time:

Phone Check in Time:

Party leaders Mobile No:

Escape route

Estimating Time

The speed which you cover ground will depend on many things, fitness, how much your pack weighs, experience, weather and ground conditions, and the terrain.

If you have time the best way is to work out a pace card where you time the number of paces and time it takes you to cover a set piece of ground say 100 meters and then work out your average speed over a 1km, but this takes time and experience to do.

Generally you will cover 3km or 2 miles an hour over rough trails with a pack on with this falling to about 2km over hilly or steep ground.

A large group will travel more slowly than a solo or pair of walkers as it must travel at the speed of the slowest member but also more time is needed while the group waits as they cross obstacles such as styles and streams or wait while people go to the toilet.

One good way of estimating time is Nasmith’s Rule. W. Nasmith was a Scottish mountaineer in the late 19th century who came up with a formula for estimating the time needed to complete a hike in the mountains which is still widely used today.

The rule states that you should allow 1 hour for every 5km (3 miles) adding 30 minutes for every 1,000 ft (300 meters) that you gain in height.

This rule assumes a fit experienced party and does not allow for rests (and is therefore used by the British military in its training).

It also doesn’t allow for bad weather and makes no allowance for downhill (steep descents will also slow a party and contra to what people think you do not tend to gain time coming down compared to if the ground was flat).

This rule works well for UK land ranger maps (1:50,000) where you can add 1 minute for every 10-meter contour line.

Example a 20km (12 miles) walk gaining 2000ft of height would take 5 hours without breaks (4 hours for distance plus 1 hour for ascent)

Escape Routes

You will note on the example route there is a space for escape routes. This is an easy way off the mountain at a certain point or a quick route to the nearest shelter or help.

They should be easy routes to follow even in bad weather (which may be the reason for needing the escape route in the first place) and should not be too steep of difficult as you may have a party member with a minor injury.

The reason for using an escape route may not be serious, it could be that members of the party are not as fit as they thought or the weather is worse than planned.

IF IN DOUBT, USE THE ESCAPE / ALTERNATIVE ROUTE, many groups get in trouble when they soldier on despite problems which then become much more serious, it may not be macho but it is sensible and mountain rescue will not thank you for getting yourself in trouble when you had a chance to get out of danger earlier.

What Is Prepping?

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

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

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

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

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

Three Facets of Prepping

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

Acquiring the Necessary Supplies

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

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

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

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

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

Learning Requisite Skills

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

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

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

Building a Community

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

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

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

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

People helping people; that’s part of prepping.

Where to Start?

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

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

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

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

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

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

First, the basics:

Food

Shelter

Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural disasters?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be Prepared… For a Power Cut

Winter is on the way or depending on where in the UK i.e. Somerset, Yorkshire it is already here.

Depending on where you live, experiencing a power cut can range from being moderately inconvenient to a complete nightmare. Being prepared means that a power cut needn’t be a disaster…

Emergency supplies

Last winter there were families in remote parts of the country where a power cut left them stranded for days without heat, light, cooking facilities and hot water. Shops had to be closed and heavy snowfall blocked roads and railways.

With a power cut – no matter where you are – it can cause real problems.

Candles can be dangerous, keeping warm is difficult and milk and food may turn rancid. A little preparation is definitely worthwhile.

Here’s an emergency check-list of what you should have in the house:

Candles, minimum four to five dozen.

Candle stick holders. In a pinch, fold aluminium foil around the candle bases

Matches and disposable lighters.

Emergency heater

Torches and extra batteries.

Canned goods and dry food mixes

Water and juices.

Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbour’s house.

Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw.

Seasoned firewood.

Extra blankets.

Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.

First-aid kit

Fire Extinguisher

Remember to keep these things together and in a place where they will be easy to reach and find in the dark. It’s also a good idea to keep some emergency lighting on each level of the house, a lighter with candles should be fine until you can access the torches.

Try to get children used to candles – from distance! Bath-time is a good time to introduce candlelight – it makes a relaxing atmosphere and your child is safely contained in the tub.

During a power cut you’ll only be able to use them on high surfaces. Do not walk around with a lit candle, use torches instead to get about the house.

During a power cut

You will find the temperature in your home drops quickly. Keep a small baby close to you for warmth, and consider co-sleeping. Toddlers will need extra clothes and blankets at bed times. A torch may make an impromptu night-light.

However even adults will need extra layers of clothes as well as blankets hats and gloves.

Report the power cut to your electricity supplier immediately. They should have a 24-hour emergency telephone number that is on your electricity bill or in the front of the yellow pages.

Tell them if you have a young children, elderly person or those with medical problems in the house and ask for an estimated length of time.

If the power cut is going to last several days, consider staying with a friend or relative with power. Having no heat or light is going to be, at the best, inconvenient and at the worst, dangerous.

And finally…

Get your family into good habits. Stairs should always be kept free of toys and clutter in case you do end up stumbling around in the dark.