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This Week’s Show 5th January 2018

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Starting with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, the Water-to-Go 15% discount offer, then the Wilderness121 10% discount offer, I move on to the Wilderness Gathering, the Preppers New Year, Wake Up America, Prepping Requires Preparation, it’s a Habit, Bartering, Surviving Post SHTF.


The Nuclear Survival Course will be run over a weekend, Fri 18th, Sat 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018. The venue is The Hawkhills (see it’s History). Accommodation will be tarps, hammocks, tents etc. in the woods near by. (LEAVE NO TRACE) must be observed.
Cost of the two day Nuclear Survival course and arrival details.
Arrival is Friday the 18th or Early Saturday 19th.
Friday arrivals to set up in the woods.
Course begins Saturday 10.00 in the classroom, t…here will be a mid/day break finishing, 1700 to 1800
Saturday night in the woods Bar-B-Q and then individual sleep systems.
Sunday the course continues and begins at 0930 in the classroom, there will be a mid/day break finishing 1600 to 1700
All times are flexible and allow for late comers and early leavers.
Tea/Coffee will be available upon arrival and in the afternoon from the coffee lounge
All attendees will receive a certificate and a paper back copy of my Complete Nuclear Survival Guide.
The cost is £65 p.p. for the weekend.

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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

The Preppers New Year

It doesn’t matter if you are new to prepping or have been prepping for years. or a more experienced prepper, it’s a great time to get back to prepping basics.

Organize Your Preparations

Firstly, do a stock take, check all equipment, check torches and their batteries, (are they sweating) check all food for BBD, check water, if a year-old, plan to replace it.

Check all blades, do they need sharpening and cleaning, is your footwear cleaned and laces checked.

Have you checked the stitching on all your bags, check trousers and jackets for stitching and holes in pockets?

Set A Monthly Budget

List any items you need to replace due to this check, then list items you want and or need in the new year.

Then plan to achieve this financially.

Prepping can be expensive, which is why it’s important that you don’t spend money you don’t have.

You should allocate a monthly budget for your personal finances. Your goal with your budget is to be just that budget so stick to it.

Write A Bug Out Plan/Plans

While bugging in is usually safer than bugging out, there are certain kinds of disasters where bugging out may be your only option (ex. natural disasters, nuclear power plant accidents, terrorist attacks/enemy invasions, etc.).

It’s vitally important that you have Bug Out Plan written out, so you know where to go and how to get there.

Have a pre-determined bug out location or rendezvous point selected and have back up routes for getting there marked out as well.

Spend 30 Minutes Exercising Everyday

Your chances of survival will always increase if you’re in good shape.

Besides, exercising every day is good for you anyway. Set a resolution to spend at least thirty minutes exercising every single day, even if all you can manage is a 30-minute walk. That is way better than nothing.

Wake up America

On December 14, 2017, in complete defiance of protocol and in violation of U.S. sovereignty, County Cook Commissioner Richard Boykin told CBS Chicago that “we’re headed to the United Nations to meet with the Assistant Secretary General” to ask that the UN “help out” by dispatching troops (“peacekeepers”) to Chicago to quell its gun violence.

Commissioner Suggests U.N. Send Troops to Fight ‘Quiet Genocide’ Of Gun Violence in Chicago

On September 4, 2017, more than three months before Commissioner Boykin’s interview with CBS Chicago, Alistair Williams of Stock Board Asset uploaded to YouTube a video taken by a drone of “a convoy of UN armored vehicles” at “an undisclosed location” in Hagerstown, MD.

There is no legitimate reason for United Nations vehicles to be in Maryland or anywhere in the United States.

On December 18, four days after CBS Chicago’s interview with Richard Boykin intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas identified the exact location of the UN vehicles. Ambellas writes:

Over 50 heavily armored United Nations vehicles and various pieces of equipment (generators, etc.) sufficient enough to support a small company of ‘peacekeeper’ troops” are sitting on the deck in the rear parking lot of “a U.S. government-owned warehouse” located at 11841 Newgate Blvd., Hagerstown, Maryland.

“The vehicles are all painted white and bear the letters “U.N.” and appear to be ready for some type of rapid domestic deployment.”

It’s so bad in Chicago, the murder rate is 1 murder every 3 hours.

The victims are mostly African American’s and the perps are mostly African Americans too.

The Commissioner equated this death toll to a “quiet Genocide” and said that as it was only one minority community that was affected the UN who are used to protecting vulnerable groups should be called in.

Not being an American, I cannot say for sure, but I think it’s against the American Constitution for foreign troops to be deployed on U.S. soil.

In fact, it would be nothing less than an armed invasion, at act of war.

How will this make the law enforcement teams feel, that they cannot do their job? What roll will they play and under whose command?

Is the grand plan to start a riot, or situation of mass unrest? As a catalyst for deploying UK troops onto the streets?

Will this in turn bring in Martial Law and gun confiscation?

And if this works in Chicago which city will be next?

Prepping Requires Preparation

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

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

Prepping is better than insurance.

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

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

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

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

Try saying that about insurance!

Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety

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

It’s really that simple, OK?

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

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

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



City or Town




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks

Once you’ve identified the things you feel you should prepare for, it’s important to put together a plan. Unless you’re far more gifted than most people, your plan will become involved enough that you need to write it down.

Write down your plan.

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

You should also factor time into your plan.

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

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

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

Prepping Requires Actual Preparation

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s a Habit

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

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

But knowledge is far different from habit, which is more important. Brushing your teeth is a habit. So is smoking. These actions come on autopilot and do not require you to stop and analyze it first.

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

Disaster preparedness is one habit that you certainly should have.

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

Organized People Do Better

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

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

Question Everything

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

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

Learning Is Breathing

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

These people know what to do in emergency situations, they know what survival tools are and have them ready, and are very flexible. They focus on learning how to be self-reliant and to make use of what is readily available. If you do not know what skills are necessary, try to take courses online, attend night school or ask your friends who share the same interest.

There Is Always Another Way

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

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

Always Have A Plan

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

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

Stay Physically and Mentally Fit

When disaster strikes, it’s hard to maintain focus and think properly. If that happens, all your planning will go to waste. That’s why preppers always stay fit mentally and physically.

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

Action Beats Preparation

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

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

They Keep Their Heads Out of The Sand

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

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

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

You need to make it a habit.

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

And the best way to practice is with your family members or with other members of the community. Engage them in activities that can help them be aware of what to do in such situations and practice it. Make your family a team, and make your team your family.

Basic knowledge is not going to help you and thinking might come second when your instincts prevail. As mentioned, habits come on autopilot and do not need analysis thus saving you time, energy, and probably your life.



When the SHTF and the shelves are empty, the unprepared (also known walking dead) will think to themselves, “I should start a garden to grow my own food!” Great idea!

But by then it will be too late. The local sources of gardening seeds, fertilizer, and equipment will be sold out. Online sources too. Suddenly a packet of seeds costing a few pence will be much more valuable.

So, if you have enough seeds for your own survival garden, you could barter some stored seeds to your unprepped neighbors. You can also save seeds from each garden harvest, dry them, and barter those seeds as well.

As a barter item, seeds keep well, take up little space, and will be widely sought after. They should represent a good return on investment, in that they are cheap now, and they will be worth much more later.

Instant Coffee

Buy the kind with caffeine, freeze-dried, any major brand. Even if you don’t care for the stuff, coffee is going to be in short supply and high demand. Certain crops are easy to grow in the UK, such as corn, wheat, soy, veg etc.

But coffee plants will not grow well here not for that matter Tea plants.

So, the availability is always teetering on the edge of a cliff. Demand for coffee never goes down, even when people have little money, it’s one of the last things that people will give up.

So, price can easily skyrocket.

Coffee keeps well, takes up little space, and is very popular.

You can’t go wrong storing some freeze-dried coffee for bartering purposes.

Vegetable Oil

Preppers tend to favor certain foods for storage: grains, dried beans and other legumes, canned goods, a few other things.

But I think vegetable oil tends to get over-looked or under-valued. You need more dietary fat than you realize.

Now, you are getting a lot of fat from foods like cheese, meat, junk food, restaurant food. But when you are eating from stored foods, most of those things are low in fat.

So, you will be using more veggie oil then, than you do now.

Vegetable oil is easy to store, but you must keep an eye on the expiration dates.

When the SHTF, it might be a good bartering item. Veggie oil makes your stored food much more palatable. You can use stored flour and some yeast to make fried dough.

You can take rice, which can be tedious to eat frequently, and fry it up with a few veggies from the garden and a generous amount of oil, and make fried rice.

Yes, you will want plenty of veggie oil, when the SHTF, and so will your neighbors.

So, it’s a good bartering item.


When the SHTF, the internet is probably going to get broke really quickly.

No power, means no internet, of course. But other stuff can happen. Suppose there is a major war somewhere. Well, currently, hacking is a weapon of war.

The enemy will try to cause harm to our society by hacking or by taking down the internet. So, loss of the internet, for some period, or intermittent outages, may become a fact of life.

After a few days of being without the internet, people are going to remember that you can also get information from things called “books”. And those books are going to suddenly rise in value.

Which topics will be most in demand? I think the useful subjects, like: gardening, home repair, car repair, self-defense, first aid and other medical books.

But it might also be the case that works of fiction will be in demand as electronic forms of entertainment generally depend on power, internet, and cable services — which may not be up and running.


Disruptions to the food supply during a major disaster are highly likely. But stored food is always limited in variety and some nutrients.

So, I think it’s prudent to store a multivitamin or a few different supplements, for use when the SHTF. I like the One-A-Day Health multivitamin. But certain other supplements are also good: vitamin D, zinc, lycopene, etc.

A long-term disaster might also affect the healthcare system. So, using a supplement will be important to reduce risk of illness in the first place. That’s a big advantage.

Will a multivitamin be suitable for bartering? I’m not sure. Some people will understand the usefulness of a supplement. But others will be so focused on necessities, that the importance of preventative health measures may be lost on them.

Purified Water

Now here’s an idea for an unusual bartering item: purified water. If you have water purification equipment, during a time when there is no power (for boiling water) and the tap water supply is contaminated, your purified water is valuable. You could trade a 2 liter bottle of purified water for whatever items your neighbors might offer. You could trade work in your garden for food and water. Yes, a combination of food plus purified water is probably the most enticing bartering item.

Questionable Bartering Items

This next list of items for bartering is questionable. I have some reservations about each one, for various reasons. I personally would think twice before bartering these things. But it’s worth discussing, and you can use your own judgment.

Guns and Ammo

First, obey all UK laws on firearms and ammunition. I don’t know whether bartering these items is legal in your jurisdiction. So that is the first concern.

The other concern, which should be obvious, is that after you have bartered a gun and ammo for some food, the person can rob you at gunpoint of that food. Rookie mistake, am I right?

In some cases, though, it might be a reasonable trade. If you and your neighbor know each other well, and you both are well-armed anyway, you might trade some ammo that you have, for ammo that you need. They are no better armed before or after the deal. Just be very careful as desperate times can change people for the worse.

Most of the time, you are just better off keeping your guns and ammo off the bartering market.

Prescription Meds

It is, of course, not legal to barter with prescription medications of any kind. But law and order might fall apart at some point. And then, if you need meds, what can you do? I don’t have any advice in that situation.

Antibiotics are perhaps a special case. You can buy antibiotics on the grey market, offered as fish antibiotics. They are the same antibiotics made and sold for human use.

I had a minor medical issue a few years ago. No physician would prescribe an antibiotic for me, though I was convinced that is what I needed. I eventually put myself on a fish antibiotic — type, dosage, and length of time as stated in online medical resources. And that cured the disorder completely. So, I’m sold on the idea. But it is not without its risks.


The legality of bartering for cigarettes is questionable. But maybe you could fly under the radar if you are doing some low volume bartering. And once law and order break down, no one will care.

But if you don’t smoke yourself, I’m not sure how much money and space you want to devote to cigarettes for bartering. I prefer items that I can also use, which will be bartered if I find I have more than I need.


When times are difficult, alcohol is in high demand. Spirits are worth more, so it takes up less room in storage. It is flammable, and prone to pilfering by pesky teenagers, so storage is tricky.

I would think that hard liquor in medium sized bottles, would be best. Your bartering customer might not have anything of sufficient value to trade for a large bottle of high-quality spirits.

Again, the legality of bartering alcohol is questionable. You don’t have a liquor license, so I would keep this type of bartering for closer friends and family members. You don’t want people banging on your door at all hours, demanding a drink.

My personal preference is to barter with stored items that I will use myself, also. That strategy makes the most of limited money and storage space. I would shy away from bartering stuff that is in a legal grey (or not-so-grey) area, but maybe that’s just me.

You can also barter with your work or your knowledge, to help a neighbor start a garden, for example. So, there are many options.

Surviving post SHTF

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

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

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

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

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

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

Send a Scout

If you know the area you want to search, it’s a good idea to send a scout with binoculars, a radio, and a gun. Scouts should watch the area for a few hours to make sure no one is living there and that there is no one lying in wait.

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

The radio is so your scout can stay in touch. If the area is compromised or not worth the trouble,
the group’s leader can instruct the scout to return or to check another area.
This is another good reason why you should have a CB radio as part of your preps.

If you lose contact with your scout, you’ll know something is wrong and can send reinforcements.
But the reinforcements need to be careful not to wander into a trap. The purpose of the scout’s gun should be obvious.

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

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

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

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

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

Make a Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Look

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

Car repair garages– You have a better chance of finding the part you need here than in a department store. It’s true now, and it will be true after the SHTF, too.
Cars – You’ll want to check the glove box, under the seats, and in the boot for snacks, tools, and other useful items.

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

Food warehouses – Most people will aim for the shops first, so it will be a little longer before the warehouses are picked clean. Even then, there may be a few things that were overlooked. Also check the lorry trailers. You may find non-perishable foods and other supplies.
Industrial rubbish bins – It won’t be fun, but you might find some hidden treasures in them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week’s Show 22nd December 2017

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Beginning with the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer then the Water-to-Go 15% discount offer I move on to the Wilderness Gathering, keeping warm in the cold, Fear and what it does, the zip lock bag omelette, my survival meal, Walking Home – Survival Tips, survival napping, survival and stress, ground to air signals.

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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

Keeping Warm in the Cold

Post SHTF it will be keeping warm that will be difficult for most survivors.

Especially during very cold weather, simply, because the central heating will not be there to keep you warm.

The survivor’s only survival option is to learn how to deal with this threat to life.

Remember with a little knowledge, planning, and good equipment you can defend yourself from the elements.

Wet Cold Weather

During wet AND cold weather conditions you are facing a double threat. Water is very efficient at exchanging heat. So, you must concentrate on protecting yourself from the wet ground and from freezing rain or wet snow.


Windchill is often given on weather reports because cold coupled with high winds saps you heat much faster than the cold alone. Keep this in mind. Understand this. Knowledge is the key to survival.


Always keep your head covered. You can lose 40 to 45 percent of body heat from an unprotected head and even more from the unprotected neck, wrist, and ankles.

Your head is basically a radiator. It has lots of blood flow for a couple of reasons but has very little fat for insulation. Good insulation on your head and neck is half the battle. Forget this area and you are doomed.

Now that you realize your head is an important part of the heat loss equation we can look at how to keep your body warm by identifying four basic principles.

Four basic principles to keep warm!

Keep clothing clean.

Avoid overheating and sweating.

Wear clothes loose and in layers.

Keep clothing dry.

Keep clothing clean. This principle here is that your clothing is your insulation. Contaminate your clothes with dirt and oil etc reduces their insulating value.

No sweat! avoid overheating. Overheat and you will sweat! Get your insulation/clothing wet and your insulation become a conductor.

And when water evaporates it takes the hottest molecules away, leaving the colder ones behind. Effectively sucking the heat out of you like an air conditioner.

That is what sweat is designed to do after all… cool you off. So, sweating/turning on your bodies AC can kill you in a survival situation.

This one issue probably contributes to a very large percentage of hypothermia deaths when people find themselves in a survival situation.

Keep a cool head and think. Be smart! Remember your head is a great radiator. So, if physical exertion starts to overheat you, removing head gear is the first line of action to keep yourself from sweating.

Wear your clothing loose and in layers. This goes for your feet as well. Wearing tight clothing restricts blood circulation and you need good circulation to keep your extremities warm.

Feet and hands do not produce much heat. Most of your heat comes from the large muscles. Tight clothing reduces the amount of trapped air and it is this air that also acts as insulation… it isn’t JUST the clothing themselves that is going to keep you warm.

Keep clothing dry. In cold temperatures, your inner layers of clothing can become wet from sweat and your outer layer, if not water repellent, can become wet from snow and frost melted by body heat or rain or standing water or even dew.

Wearing water repellent outer clothing, if available is a great advantage.

OK so you know not to get wet but eventually you will get wet and you need to know some techniques to remedy the situation if you want to survive.

Hanging wet articles of clothing is one method of drying them.

Getting direct sun light on them is a big help as well as in the wind. If this is not an option, then maybe your body can be used as a dryer. Body heat can raise the garments temperature to facilitate evaporation. But first you should wring out as much excess water as possible.

In a campsite you should hang damp clothing inside the shelter near the top because heat rises.

Using fire is the best option as it will dry clothing much faster than any of the other alternatives. Just be careful to not try and dry to quickly as you can shrink leather and burn clothing if they get to hot.

Drying shoes and boots is one area that you are probably most likely to screw up. These articles do not dry easily so warping them or worse because you got them to hot is a big concern.

A heavy sleeping bag can be a life saver in a cold weather survival situation. Sleep in a survival situation where you don’t have adequate equipment can be almost impossible and a sleeping bag allows you to sleep much longer in cold weather than you would be able to without one.

Like your clothing it is imperative that you keep your sleeping bag clean and dry. Placing it directly on damp ground can quickly turn your one chance at a good night’s sleep into a struggle for survival.

Take the time to prepare a bed of leaves and such to keep the sleeping bag from contacting the wet cold ground.


Although washing yourself may be uncomfortable in a cold environment, you really need to wash periodically to help prevent rashes. Once you have a rash it can quickly turn into something more serious when in a survival situation.


When dealing with injuries and sicknesses it is imperative to take measures to prevent them from ever happening. Prevention is paramount.


Hypothermia is the lowering of the body temperature. Initial symptom of hypothermia is shivering. First you shiver. Then you shiver to the point that you can’t control it or stop it.

This is your body trying to produce heat to warm itself. Sluggish thinking, irrational reasoning are next and eventually a feeling of warmth may occur.

This is a critical point. You feel warm, but you MUST at this point try to warm yourself up or you will die.

But warming up brings on the sensation of pain again. But you must endure this, or you will not make it.

The will to survive is paramount here and it is at this point that many people give in and stop fighting to live. Death comes at around 77-degree core body temperature.


Rewarming the entire body say in a warm bath should shelter be reached should be slow because of the real risk of cardiac arrest and rewarming shock.


 Never force an unconscious or semi-conscious person to drink.


Frostbite means having parts of your body freeze. Mild frostbite involves only the skin that takes on a dull whitish pallor. Deep frostbite extends to a depth below the skin.

Feet, hands, and exposed facial areas usually the first areas affected by frostbite. There is no fix once it has happened so prevention here is the only option available to combat it.

Trench Foot

Trench Foot occurs after many hours or days of exposure to wet or damp conditions at low temperatures just above freezing.

The symptoms are a sensation of pins and needles, tingling, numbness, and then pain. The skin will appear wet, white and shrivelled.

Eventually if the condition is not corrected with dry warmth the skin will turn red and then a bluish or black. The feet will swell.

Walking becomes difficult and the feet feel heavy and numb. In extreme cases, the flesh dies, and it may become necessary to have the foot or leg amputated. The best prevention is to keep your feet dry.


When clothed for cold weather, you must drink water to replace lost fluids. Your need for water is as great in a cold environment as it is in hot weather.

One way to tell if you are becoming dehydrated is to check the colour of your urine. The darker the urine the worse the dehydration.

Snow Blindness

The reflection of the sun’s ultraviolet rays off snow causes this condition. The symptoms of snow blindness are a sensation of grit in the eyes, pain in and over the eyes that increases with eyeball movement, red eyes, and a headache that intensifies with continued exposure to light.

Continued exposure to these bright snowy conditions will result in permanent eye damage. To treat snow blindness, bandage your eyes until the symptoms disappear, you can basically make a set of eye patches with a hole just big enough to see through to help or prevent the occurrence.

You can prevent snow blindness by wearing sunglasses.


Building a shelter is an important skill in surviving a cold weather event.

Shelter material should be made of insulators not conductors such as metal.

Be sure your shelter has some ventilation especially if you intend to build a fire in it. The shelter should be no larger than needed so that it is easier to heat. In a survival situation smaller is better when it comes to building a temporary shelter.

Never sleep directly on the ground put clothing, sleeping bag or other equipment on the ground. Lay down a bed of leaves, grass, or other insulating material to keep the ground from absorbing your body heat.

If your shelter is good, then be wary of Carbon monoxide poisoning.

Never sleep with a lamp or heater burning. Carbon monoxide is a great danger.

It is colourless and odourless. Any time you have an open flame, it may generate carbon monoxide. Always check your ventilation. Even in a ventilated shelter, incomplete combustion can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Usually, there are no symptoms.


Fire is especially important in cold weather. It not only provides a means to cook food, melt snow or ice for water but it provides light and can be a huge psychological boost.

Remember that the smoke, smell, and light from your fire may reveal your location to anyone around.

When you know what hits the fan it might be a good idea to take measures to keep you fire as small as possible and as hidden as possible.

Light travels a long way and you don’t want to have others hone in on you while you are sleeping.

Some wood burns easier than others. For example, pine trees that contain resin and tar create more and darker smoke than deciduous trees, but they are also easy to light.

So, pine would be the choice to get a fire started but then switching to hardwoods later can help with less smoke, longer slower burns.

For heating purposes, a single


Avoid drinking a lot of liquid before going to sleep. Getting out of a warm sleeping bag at night to relieve yourself means less rest and more exposure to the cold.

A candle or a small fire the size of your hand provides enough to heat to keep you warm if you have built an enclosed shelter.

Fear and What It Does

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

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

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

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

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

Your body has different levels of involuntary responses to each. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blood is diverted from organs to the larger muscle groups, resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills while the breathing rate accelerates, thereby transporting greater amounts of oxygen to the newly recruited muscle fibers. At the same time, sweating increases to cool the muscles.  Minor blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict to reduce bleeding from potential injuries, digestion ceases, and muscle tremors take over.  


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Zip Lock Bag Omelette

And this is what you will you will need:

A large size plastic freezer ziplock bag for each person

A permanent marker

2 eggs per person

A large pot of water

Tongs optional

Ideas for ingredients to add to your Omelet:

 Precooked meat (bacon, sausage, ham)


Any kind of green pepper, sweet or hot pepper





Salt and pepper, or seasoning of your choice

Diced Tomatoes

Any foraged foods.


Break your eggs into the bag add your ingredients, now squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible and zip it shut.

Move the ingredients gently around to ensure they are mixed then add the bag into the boiling water for about 13 to 15 minutes. Job done enjoy.

My Survival Meal

This is a survival meal I have designed not only to be cheap at around 25p each meal but to also to be filling and more importantly tasty.

I have made some trial pasta meals (my own recipe)

The ingredients cost me

Pasta 1kg £0.38p

Lentils1/2 kg £ 0.99p

Cup-a-soup x10 £0.57p

Total £1.94p


Put as much pasta into a zip bag as you want then put in as much lentils as you like and bring to the boil once cooked then add the cup-a-soup and instantly your meal is ready to eat.


I made 8 meals at a cost of 24.1/4p each I think that is fantastic and very cheap and very filling too.


It is easy to add food to them say hotdogs chopped up or any tinned meat in fact, as they are already cooked and just need heating up.


You can also change the flavour by using different cup-a-soups flavours, or use garlic salt, spices or curry powder, dried onions or even fresh or dried peppers.


All you need to do is put the cup-a-soup packet (unopened) into the zip lock bag along with a half-a-cup of lentils and then fill the bag with the pasta.


Mark the soup flavour on the bag.


Instead of cup-a-soups you can use Pot Noodles; Pasta sauce mixes etc. to flavour your survival meal.


This way you can vary the meal flavours as you like each day.


To cook you firstly put the pasta and lentils into water and bring it to the boil and let it boil for 10 minutes when the pasta is cooked then add the cup-a-soup and stir then simply serve.


Please note that the lentils may not be fully cooked, but they will be cooked enough to eat and the fact that they are chewy allows for a different texture to the meal anyway.

Walking Home – Survival Tips

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


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


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


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


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


Let me define ‘awareness’ in the context of your self-security:


Well firstly you should know what is happening or has happened in your field of travel, you should also look around you (and behind you) while moving (walking, driving, etc) and even outside your home, make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places.


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


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


If you are new to the area, or if traveling outside your own area, try to discover where these ‘bad’ areas are.


A great tool to look for crime reports is on, which shows maps dotted with crime reports in Canada, the U.S., and the UK


This simple behaviour is more effective than you may imagine.


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


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


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


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


Make eye contact while scanning in crowded public places


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


Here’s the reason… Most people purposely avoid eye contact in public places.

They want to remain in their own little world and by looking down or avoiding eye contact, they are convinced that they will remain in that cocoon.


The reality is that they are entirely wrong.


Sure, that type of behaviour may avoid unwanted conversation that otherwise might initiate from a stranger, but that’s about it…


By occasionally scanning and making quick eye contact with others, tells any potential criminal that you are not afraid.

‘Quick’ eye contact simply means don’t stare. Staring will provoke a stranger.


Is this type of behaviour simply a bunch of paranoia? Do you have to walk around being paranoid to avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time?


No, of course not.


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


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


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


Survival Napping

As expert survivors we often think in terms of acting to survive.


For example, we have our bug-out bags pre-packed and are ready to go, so that we may walk or drive many miles with enough supplies to get us there.


Survivors know how to build a fire in many ways under a variety of adverse conditions.


Survivors can obtain drinkable water and forage edible foods from a plethora of sources.


As survival experts we can defend ourselves and our property to the best of our ability.


And that is just the beginning. When the going gets tough the experienced wilderness and urban survivor springs into action, taking adversity head on.


But not always. A wise old friend of mine once told me, “Sometimes the best thing you can do – is do nothing!”


When the going gets tough sometimes the best thing to do is to take a long nap. During very bad weather or social unrest it is often not wise to continue with your plans.


Rather than flail about in wind and storm or risk altercation during social unrest, simply go to sleep and wait it out!

You will save your energy, reduce the risk of injury, and get a good rest besides.


Sometimes the best thing you can do- is do nothing!


This strategy has been employed by experienced wilderness survivors such as the northern


Native Americans during foul winter weather, arctic explorers, and high mountain expeditions like those on Mount Everest and K2.


Even the very squirrels and other animals, natures experienced survival instructors, will hunker down during the worst of conditions.


They simply curl up in their dens and go to sleep.


During a survival situation of any kind, the ability to sleep warm, dry, and comfortable is very important and can mean the difference between health and the ability to take action during waking hours or possibly not making it out alive.


If you have the proper survival gear and knowledge, your outdoor sleep system can get you through the most trying of times with little expenditure of precious energy or exposure to danger.

Survival and Stress

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


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


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


Environment Stress


There are three environmental factors that will directly impact you in a survival situation.


They are the climate (temperature, moisture, and wind), terrain (mountainous, desert, jungle, arctic), and life forms (plants and animals).


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


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


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


Physical and Psychological Stress


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


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


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


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


The six Ps provide a good rule for all wilderness travelers: prior proper preparation prevents poor performance.


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


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


With decreased hope comes increased psychological stress.

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


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


Overcoming Survival Stress


The most important key to surviving is the survivor’s will.

The will or drive to survive is not something that can be bought.


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


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


When a problem arises, remember the acronym STOP:

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

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

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

P: Proceed with Your Plan – Be flexible and adjust as necessary.

Ground to Air Signals


When you’re in distress in the outdoors and you need to call for help, you can use a number of different rescue signal techniques.


But if you believe that an airplane, helicopter, or other airborne rescue party may be searching for you, then you can use the five-symbol ground-to-air emergency code to signal a specific message in advance of the aircraft’s landing.


Most importantly, the ground-to-air emergency code can help let rescuers know whether anyone in your party is injured, and it can guide them more effectively towards your location.


The five ground-to-air emergency code symbols and their meanings are as follows:


Require Assistance: V


A V-shaped signal communicates that you need assistance, in general, but it doesn’t imply that you or someone in your party is injured.


Require Medical Assistance: X


Use the letter X to communicate that you or someone in your party needs medical attention.


Whereas the V symbol communicates a call for help, the X symbol communicates a more urgent request for assistance.


No or Negative: N


The N symbol can be used to communicate your negative response to a question that the aircraft or rescue organization has asked.


Yes, or Affirmative: Y


The Y symbol can be used to communicate your affirmative response to a question that the aircraft or rescue organization has asked.


Proceed in this Direction: Arrow, pointing towards the location


Place an arrow-shaped symbol with the head, or point, of the arrow indicating the direction of your location.


This symbol is a good one to use when rescuers may need additional information about how to reach your location after they have identified another ground-to-air signal, such as a group of X symbols in an open area indicating a need for medical assistance.


Place the arrow in a position that will guide rescuers from the open area towards your location.


Tips for Using the Air-to-Ground Emergency Code:


Signal using the air-to-ground emergency code as you would signal with other methods, such as a smoke rescue fire.


Remember these key ideas when arranging signals and communicating with rescue crews:


Choose to place signals on the highest, flattest terrain you can find near your location.


Choose a signal that will contrast with the underlying terrain.


Choose dark-coloured branches, for example, on top of white snow.


Go big! Use several rows of rocks or debris to build each part of a signal letter so that it is thick enough and big enough to be seen clearly from above.


Be prepared to use a back-up signal, such as a signal mirror, to confirm your location as soon as you see aircraft in the area.

As with other visual signals, signalling in threes communicates and confirms distress.


Choose a large, open area as close as possible to your location for the signal location.





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

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).


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


Special items


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


This serves 6 or a hungry 2

3 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons baking powder


vegetable oil or lard and butter to finish


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.


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 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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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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In fact if you drink water then get yourself a Water-to-Go filter bottle as it’s cheaper than drinking bottled water and it’s cleaner too. Get 15% discount at the checkout, code word premprep

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

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:



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!




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!)



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




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.




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


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


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


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




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


2 eggs

seasoned bread crumbs or flour

oil or bacon grease


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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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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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

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%.


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.

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bar


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



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



2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter



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.



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.



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 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.


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.



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


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.


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 . . .