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This Week’s Show 10th January 2019

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The water-to-Go 15% discount offer, The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The Titan Depot 15% discount offer, The Wilderness121 10% discount offer, Now you can get 10% DISCOUNT on all products at OFF GRID TOOLS, Post Brexit Food Shortages, People could be warned to ‘vary their diet’ if we leave the EU without a deal, China and Russia are working together to HEAT the atmosphere, It’s not just Putin or ISIS, The Underground Bomb Shelter, BREAK Pine Needle Tea, Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?, The Priorities of Survival, From Camping Mode to Survival Mode.

Blog Talk Show 10th January 2019

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A big shout out to Andrew Jones a long time listener

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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.

People could be warned to ‘vary their diet’ if we leave the EU without a deal.

This was a recent MSM headline.

Well dear listener the article went on to say the following:

If we ‘crash out’ in March next year, current agreements on importing food will no longer stand, meaning there could be large scale disruption to food supply.

Don’t worry – ministers say we will have enough to subsist on (and who doesn’t love tinned sardines, Ryvita, and Kendal Mint Cake?)

However, we may have to change what we currently eat, as certain perishables become more difficult to get hold of.

Leaked plans shown to The Times show fruit from Spain and vegetables from the Netherlands might be among the goods affected if trade from the EU is limited or stricter checks are put in place.

They say government planners are looking at whether a point could come when people have to ‘vary their diet’.

Somehow, I don’t think that’s the kind of ‘varied diet’ that nutritionists have in mind.

The government is drawing up contingency plans for ‘no deal’ at a cost of £4 billion, as Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement looks unlikely to get through parliament.

Of course, a lot can change in three months, and we have to hope that Parliament gets things together enough to avoid a return to rationing.

But, with diet changes being talked about as a possible outcome, plenty of people have questions…

OK, fact, we will not starve without Spanish fruit or Dutch veg.

As for changing what we eat, well, we actually do that all the time, you know, we swap between tinned or frozen foods to fresh and back again. In the winter we eat pickled foods and we even store such foods and others to cover times when we may not have the opportunity to get out and buy fresh ones.

We British have a very varied diet and one that is not set in stone at all.

Whether you are a prepper or not, common sense dictates that you air on the side of caution and simply buy a little more of what you would have already bought, just in case.

If nothing happens then you have extra supplies that you can simply eat or even keep stored, your choice.

China and Russia have joined forces and are going ahead with controversial plans to heat and alter the Earth’s atmosphere.

This project, experts claim, has potential military applications as it can disrupt satellite communication, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Charged particles, known as ions, create a reflective layer over a specific region of land and cause a satellite communications blackout.

The two superpowers have conducted several joint experiments which altered the chemical composition of the air high above Europe and China ans to expand the use of the technology.

The South China Morning Post reports that one experiment involved a region half the size of Britain (126,000 sq km/49,000 square miles) more than 310 miles (500 km) above Eastern Europe.

Vasilsursk, a small Russian town, experienced a spike of electricity which had ten times more negatively charged subatomic particles than nearby regions.

Further experiments included increasing the temperature of an ionised gas in the atmosphere by more than 100°C (212°F).

Electrons were sent into the sky by a specialist facility in Vasilsursk which was built during the cold war.

Military interest in the ionosphere is not new but technological advancements has made its manipulation possible.

Changing the ionosphere over enemy territory can disrupt or cut off communication with satellites, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Changing the atmosphere has sparked further fears as theorists claim the technology may be used to modify weather patterns, cause natural disasters and even interfere with proper brain function.

Both the US and the Soviet Union developed sites to alter the ionosphere during the Cold War but China has redoubled these efforts and is now building its own.

Purportedly, the advanced facility in Sanya, Hainan will be able to manipulate the ionosphere over the entire South China Sea.

Some have raised concerns that this technology could be manipulated to modify weather and cause natural disasters, although most experts believe this is nothing more than a conspiracy theory,

Extra criticism has come in the shape of claims the radiation could affect the true function of human brains.

Dr Wang Yalu, an associate researcher with the China Earthquake Administration who took part in the study in June, rejected these claims.

‘We are just doing pure scientific research. If there is anything else involved, I am not informed about this,’ she said in an interview.

Basically if they “perfect” this as a weapon, which I believe is what they are attempting then the EMP weapon will be out of date.

It’s not just Putin or ISIS

The UK government secretly planned to dump the radioactive hulks of 22 nuclear submarines in the sea off north west Scotland, documents released by the National Archives reveal.

A survey for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1989 identified six sites for “seabed storage” of defunct naval submarines near the islands of Skye, Mull and Barra for up to 60 years – and probably longer.

Detailed and highly confidential MoD studies concluded the plan was “feasible” and would “obviate the international problems which we would face were we to dispose of these vessels in international waters.”

According to one MoD official the aim was “to remove submarines from public view”. Another hoped that “everyone will forget about these submarines and that they will be allowed to quietly rot away indefinitely.”

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has recorded more than 500 safety mishaps with nuclear submarines on the Clyde since 2006 – half of them in the last four years.

UK defence minister, Stuart Andrew MP, has disclosed that there have been 259 “nuclear site event reports” for Trident submarines based at Faslane over the last 12 years. Over the same period there have been 246 safety events on nuclear-powered but conventionally-armed “hunter-killer” submarines berthed or docked at the naval base.

Overall 23 incidents were categorised as having a “high potential” for leaking radioactivity into the environment or within a submarine or building. Some 148 incidents were said to have a “moderate potential for future release or exposure”.

The weapons were being moved between Birmingham and London along the M40 when the convoy was forced to stop on the carriageway.

An escort vehicle travelling with the convoy, which was carrying four nuclear warheads, was forced to stop on the hard shoulder of the M40 near junction nine near Bicester at around 11am on Monday.

UK nuclear weapons convoys ‘have had 180 mishaps in 16 years’

Military convoys carrying nuclear weapons through Britain’s cities and towns have experienced 180 mishaps and incidents, including collisions, breakdowns and brake failures during the last 16 years, according to a report produced by a disarmament campaign.

The incidents catalogued in the report – based on official logs released under the Freedom of Information Act – include fuel leaks, overheated engines, clutch problems, and other mechanical faults in the convoys.

At other times, according to the report, the convoys went the wrong way, were diverted, and lost communications with commanders. The rate at which the incidents have occurred has risen in recent years, with 43 in the last three years.

Serious safety concerns’ over UK nuclear plant at Sellafield

AN investigation into the UK’s most hazardous nuclear site has revealed a host of ‘serious safety concerns’, including the risk of a radioactive plume spreading over western Europe.

The BBC Panorama programme highlighted potential risks at Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and nuclear decommissioning site in north England.

Nothing about nuclear fuel production, or its use in what ever format is safe.

The Underground Bomb Shelter

Basically, an underground bomb shelter is an enclosed, sheltered room which has been built in such a way as to protect you from nuclear threats.

When I say sheltered, I mean “underground”.

At least 3 feet of soil rests above the shelter, shielding the occupants from radioactive fallout. The underground bomb shelter should be constructed in such a way as to provide maximum protection from a nuclear attack.

This primarily means you will need shielding from the blast wave and protection from radioactive fallout.

Unlike the Cold War era when we would have some warning of an attack, in today’s world where the greatest possibility of a nuclear explosion will be delivered via terrorists, you will not receive notice of an impending attack.

The unfortunate souls who are vaporized by a terrorist’s nuclear blast would probably be reserved to an area 1 mile in diameter.

The blast wave will move out so fast that people within 5 miles won’t have time to escape unscathed.

Those located 5 to 20 miles from the blast will probably see the mushroom cloud or panicking people and be able to make a hasty entrance into an underground bomb shelter in time to escape fallout hazards.

Many baby boomers (people in their 50s) will race to local fallout shelters once maintained by the Civil Defense plan but no longer stocked with supplies.

They are the ones who grew up doing monthly “duck and cover” drills in primary or secondary school.

The decision will improve their chances of receiving less radiation than most. But, many will die.

Within half an hour, most of us will probably know a nuclear strike has taken place, and when and where it happened.

Fallout charts will pepper the news and warn people in the predicted area.

Those of us who have built a shelter will have ample time to secure ourselves within the shelter.

Everyone else within the expected fallout zone will frantically pack their bags and hit the road in hopes of escaping the fallout, which could be falling 50 miles from ground zero an hour after the explosion.

The traffic jams will see large numbers of people exposed to the radiation within the fallout.

Those poor souls will be dead within hours.

Some people within the traffic jams will escape with their lives by heading in a direction perpendicular to the expected fallout zone.

If you are caught in a traffic jam, you have but minutes to make the decision to put the SUV in 4 wheel drive and head North or South – even if they have to cross a field.

For the most part, everyone caught in the fallout within the first 48 to 72 hours will die.

Those who survive the blast, which can be lethal up to 10 miles from ground zero, will survive the dangers of fallout if they are in an underground bomb shelter.

Where should my underground bomb shelter be placed?

Anywhere that makes it quickly accessible.

In certain situations, you may only have a few minutes to secure you and your family.

On the other hand, you may have a few hours.

This all depends on location of detonation, weather, and your distance from ground zero.

The problem is, no one knows exactly where the first attack will take place.

Therefore, it is recommended you choose a location near your home – preferably in your back garden.

The optimum location is one that has the underground bomb shelter situated deep enough to provide a 36-inch (or more) barrier between the shelter and the surface of the ground.

A location under the patio or garage you are thinking about building would be perfect. If you are building a new house, include space for an underground bomb shelter in your basement.

Just make sure you allow for the 36 inches of space below the ground floor.

How much warning time will I receive?

That depends on the type of attack.

If it comes via missile, you may get several minutes warning from the emergency response system (if the American military – NORAD – even puts out such a warning).

Most likely the UK’s first nuclear attack will come in the form of a “dirty bomb”, a 1 to 10 kiloton nuclear device.

In that case, you won’t have any warning about an impending explosion.

If you are close enough to ground zero and survive the explosion and blast wave, your warning will be obvious.

If you are some miles (10 or more) away, you’ll probably have at least a minute or two to prepare for fallout. Of course, everyone in the UK (and the world) will know about the attack within an hour.

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Pine Needle Tea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For a Refreshing Tea:

Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.

Bring water almost to a boil

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

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

Steeping Tea Allow needles to settle enjoy your refreshing tea!

For a Medicinal Tea:

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

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

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

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

Enjoy your tea!

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

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

Prepper-Survivalist- What’s the Difference?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Priorities of Survival

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

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

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

The first of the seven is a Positive Mental Attitude.

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

The second of the seven is First Aid.

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

The third of the seven is Shelter.

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

The forth of the seven is Fire.

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

The fifth of the seven is Signaling.

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

The sixth of the seven is Water.

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

And the seventh of the seven is Food.

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

Pick Your Training Ground

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

Setting up Shelter

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

Choose your Shelter

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

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

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

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

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

Build it

Chose you location and look up for widow makers.

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

Test it

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

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

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

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

Refine it and Retest

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

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

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

Step 3: Finding, Collecting and Purifying Water

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

Finding Water and Collecting Water

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

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

Purifying Water

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

Finding and Preparing Food

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From Camping Mode to Survival Mode

Your camping gear is the starting point for your survival plan.

History is a magnificent tool for understanding the present but it is also great at foretelling the future.

If there is one thing you can accurately say about history it is that it will repeat. Peace and war, feast and famine, prosperity and depression, all cycle as random eddies in the river of time.

Thus it is prudent to consider that a desperate situation is not only possible but, if we believe history, quite likely.

This realization mandates developing a mentality and a plan that prepares us for the ability to simply surviving.

What happens if your town has five fire engines and your house becomes the sixth fire burning? Unless you are willing to fight the fire you are just plan out of luck.

So self sufficiency is the way we must learn to think in order to survive.

Survival at Home

Perhaps you have seen the movie “Contagion” where a really bad and untreatable virus spreads throughout the world.

Much of what is enacted in the movie is, in fact, how I think governments would handle such a situation.

Schools and businesses would be simply closed and you might even find yourself restricted to your own home.

This would put us at the mercy of government emergency services.

What happens when the governments’ survival resources run out or are stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities?

Desperate people do desperate things.

If conditions deteriorate to this point, we may need to “get out of Dodge”, so to speak.

Head for the hills.

Here is where preppers and survivalists, in fact campers in general have a decided advantage over the standard population.

In a minimal sense we have to configure for survival every time we just go camping. Whether you are setting up for a weekend trip or a two week one you will have had to addressed these basic survival needs:

water

food

protection from the elements

Thus all you have to do is add a food and water stash to your basic camping equipment inventory and you have the core of a survival plan put together.

Choose a couple of good spots to locate your survival camp away from built up areas, as these places will most likely be chaotic.

Again, desperate people do desperate things so get away from the masses.

Gather the tribe.

Plan where your family and selected friends will be when things start falling apart.

They can meet you there where you can pool resources and efforts.

The wolf pack mentality is very useful when in the survival mode.

Setup your survival base camp in a familiar out of the way spot near water ( have a purifier) and natural food sources.

Having the means, knowledge and ability to protect yourself and your loved ones maybe essential to your collective survival.

In the mean time:

Consider learning the following skills:

How to identify and prepare natural foods in your area.

How to start a fire without matches.

How to hunt and fish.

How to shoot and defend yourself.

I know it’s ugly to think about but remember what history has taught us about the dark side of human nature.

This Week’s Show 20th December 2018

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Survival Cooking and Foraging

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

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

Initial Preparation

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

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

Different Methods of Cooking

Rock Boiling

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

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

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

Spit Cooking

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

Pit Cooking

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

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

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

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

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

Rock Frying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Temptation

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

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

What You Can Eat in the Wild

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

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

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

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

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

What Not to Eat in the Wild

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

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

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

Other Food Survival Tips

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

This is not the case.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The EMP Threat

I have dealt with EMP many times before, but always from the prepping point of view. Some may have thought EMP, how daft, how silly. Well, dear sceptic, here is the military view.

One of the most important conclusions in a new report by the U.S. Air Force’s recently established Electromagnetic Defense Task Force (EDTF) is traditional deterrence, based on threat of retaliation, may not work against nuclear EMP attack.

EDTF’s independent analysis concurs with warnings made by the Congressional EMP Commission for 17 years.

A single nuclear weapon detonated over the United States or the UK at high-altitude (30 kilometers or higher) would produce no blast or radioactive fallout or other effects injurious to people, usually associated with nuclear blasting a city, as at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Instead, a high-altitude nuclear burst would generate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), like a super-powerful radio wave that would cause protracted blackout of electric grids and destroy all kinds of electronics across a vast region.

Communications, cars, airplanes, computers, electronics that support business and finance, industrial production and the supply of food and water, would suddenly be destroyed, literally at the speed of light.

A nuclear weapon burst 30 kilometers above the United States would generate an EMP field on the ground about 600 kilometers in radius. Catastrophic consequences would cascade far beyond the EMP field, causing the electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures to collapse over a much larger region.

Such an EMP attack could be delivered by a balloon, an aircraft doing a zoom climb, or a short-range missile launched off a freighter. Any of these attack modes could be executed anonymously, thwarting deterrence.

A nuclear weapon burst 400 kilometers over the U.S. would generate an EMP field on the ground 2,200 kilometers in radius, covering most of North America, including all 48 contiguous United States, most of Canada and much of Mexico. .

The same would happen to the UK and most of mainland Europe

A satellite or medium-range missile launched off a freighter could execute such an EMP attack anonymously, thwarting deterrence.

Hundreds of satellites are in low-earth orbit, including two North Korean satellites that the EMP Commission warns may be nuclear-armed for surprise EMP attack.

EMP could instantly destroy and disrupt U.S. satellites and their ground stations, Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) radars, and other National Technical Means needed to identify an attacker.

The USAF’s Electromagnetic Defense Task Force warns:

“In a Western society governed by law and international standards, attribution is essential to viable deterrence.

The party deterring must have the ability to identify an actor and justifiably hold an actor at risk.”

Moreover: “When an aggressor cannot be identified, the situation may embolden or persuade that actor to be aggressive.”

The EDTF Report’s “Stuckenberg Model for the Spectrum of Conflict” introduces between peace and traditional war a broad “gray zone” for acts of aggression short of traditional all-out warfare that are as yet unaddressed by classical deterrence theory, and may be undeterrable.

EMP attack and other attacks in the “Electro-Magnetic Spectrum (EMS)” are in the gray zone, posing unprecedented challenges to deterrence, according to the USAF Electromagnetic Defense Task Force Report:

“Traditional deterring efforts afford little or no utility in preventing adverse enemy action in the EMS [Electro-Magnetic Spectrum].

In many respects, this is not dissimilar from deterrence activities in cyber space—which are almost completely ineffective.”

Furthermore: “Strategic EMS gray zone challenges can conceivably threaten a nation’s survival.

Gray zone EMS threats, such as EMP, were addressed by the Commander of the United States Strategic Command, General John Hyten, during his remarks at the Air Force Association Convention on 20 September 2017, when he noted,

‘EMP is a realistic threat and it’s a credible threat.’ General Hyten went on to note that civil society is not prepared to address the challenges associated with an EMP attack.

EDTF supports this position.”

Alarmed by the lack of progress being made by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy protecting the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures — upon which the Department of Defense depends to support military bases, conduct operations, and defend the nation — the USAF launched its Electromagnetic Defense Task Force at a summit of experts on August 20-22, 2018, to find solutions and spur Washington to action.

The EDTF Report is the product of 135 leading scientists, strategists, and scholars representing more than 40 Department of Defense organizations, including NATO, academia, and the private sector.

The U.S. Air Force EDTF Report warns that EMP and other Electro-Magnetic Spectrum threats are a clear and present danger warranting highest-priority action from the White House.

The EDTF Report calls upon the White House to launch an EMP “Manhattan Project” to protect civilian and military critical infrastructures on a crash emergency basis.

The recently published National EMP Strategy by the Department of Homeland Security plans continued study of the EMP threat until 2026.

So, spanner in the works time.

China and Russia have joined forces and are going ahead with controversial plans to heat and alter the Earth’s atmosphere.

This project, experts claim, has potential military applications as it can disrupt satellite communication, a distinct advantage in the event of war or espionage.

Charged particles, known as ions, create a reflective layer over a specific region of land and cause a satellite communications blackout.

The two superpowers have conducted several joint experiments which altered the chemical composition of the air high above Europe and China plans to expand the use of the technology

So watch this space.

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BREAK

EU Civil Unrest

France prepares ‘last resort’ chemical weapon that can be smothered around Paris to keep Yellow Vest rioters away from key buildings as anti-Macron protests continue

When a government is so afraid of its people that they plan to attack them with chemical weapons, its time to change the government.

French security forces could smother the centre of Paris with debilitating powder 

The chemical can be spread across an area of size of six football pitches in ten seconds

Police desperate after five weekends of ‘Yellow Vest’ rioting around France  

Paris alone saw 168 arrests with police using water cannon, batons and tear gas 

Now senior officers have confirmed that some of the 14 armoured cars deployed by gendarmes contained ‘a radical device that was only to be used as a last resort’ against their own citizens.

A gun-like distributor on the vehicles’ turrets can spray the powder over 430,500 sq. ft. in ten seconds, Marianne magazine reports.

The high-density noxious product contains the same power as 200 tear gas grenades, and is designed to knock people out indiscriminately in an emergency.

A source at the Paris police prefecture said: ‘If a large crowd forced barriers through the security perimeter, then the powder would be used as a last resort in order to stop them.’

But it is sure to raise concerned questions among civic rights groups, as well as monitoring organisations, including the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, of which France is a member.

Colonel Richard Carminache, of the Gendarmerie, confirmed that the controversial devices had ‘never been used in cities to my knowledge.’

Each distribution would result in ‘a highly concentrated teargas cloud, the equivalent of 200 grenades in one go,’ said Col. Carminache, who added: ‘It’s best to run to get out’.

Teargas is classed as a chemical weapon, and is actually banned from warzones, in line with international agreements.

Across Europe we have seen similar unrest and demonstrations, that the MSM has chosen to ignore and to keep us in the dark about what is going on and why.

They have however chosen to report cars burning and scenes of riot which have all been in Paris. The have not shown the blocked roads across the country with no violence, where motorists show solidarity with the “Yellow Vests” by displaying there own yellow vests on their dashboards.

The beginnings of a UK yellow vest movement have been seen in Somerset, over council tax rises against service cuts, and I feel sure this will evolve across the country.

So how do we deal with a UK yellow vest protest?

Firstly, protest is legal in the UK, as long as it is peaceful.

Secondly even if it does happen you can be ready for it by simply planning for it. If you are aware of when and where it may be happening then act accordingly.

Ensure that you have enough fuel in your vehicle to last and if not then fill up when and where you can.

Carry extra cloths, water, snack bars etc, mobile phone charger/power bank, map of alternative routes to and from work and home.

People power has worked in the UK before, remember:

The Ulster Workers’ Council (UWC) strike was a general strike that took place in Northern Ireland between 15 May and 28 May 1974, The strike succeeded in bringing down the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive.

If truck drives and tanker drivers join in then preppers will be very well placed to ride out the storm as they are already prepared.

Chemical Attack on the UK

Jihadis are plotting a devastating CHEMICAL WEAPONS attack in Britain and could launch a chlorine bomb on London Underground, security chiefs warn

Before the novichok attack in Salisbury, the Government’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) put the risk of a chemical weapons strike by jihadis at 25 per cent.

Security sources say that has now surged to more than 50 per cent. There are particular fears over the potential for a chlorine bomb to be detonated on the London Underground.

The threat is considered so severe that terror chiefs secretly met with emergency services bosses a fortnight ago to ‘war game’ their response to such an atrocity.

If a Chlorine Gas Attack happens, here is what to do.
Be aware of any yellow-green gas floating around with the strong smell of bleach.

Some soldiers in WWI described it as pepper and pineapple. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, you may have trouble breathing or seeing and will feel a burning sensation.

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

If indoors, exit the building as quickly as possible.

If outdoors, move to the highest ground.

Since chlorine gas is more dense than air, it will sink to the ground.
Grab a cotton pad or any fabric and soak it in urine.

Hold it up to your nose as a mask. The Canadian military survived the first large-scale chlorine gas attack in WWI by using urine instead of water, under the presumption that the urine crystallizes the gas
Remove all clothing that may have been exposed to the gas, being sure not to let the clothes touch your face or head.

Cut the clothes off so that they don’t need to make additional contact with your skin as they’re peeled off. Seal the clothes in plastic bags.

Clean your body thoroughly with a lot of soap and water.

Rinse your eyes with water if your vision is blurred or your eyes burn; if you wear contact lenses, throw them away. However, water mixed with Chlorine gas can turn into Hydrochloric acid, so be careful.
I hope this piece has helped you understand the possible threat that we now face, and given you some idea of what is best to do.

Not Getting Enough Sleep

For months I drove down to Southern Italy and back once a week a 3,000 mile round trip. Although the contract was to deliver within 24hrs, my best ever time was 19hrs 30mins.

I can promise you that I do know what not enough sleep feels like and when driving it is bloody scary indeed.

Especially when on a motorway with no junctions available to pull off and rest.

Whith this being a weekly problem I started cat napping, setting my mobile alarm for 10 or 15mins and literally switching off. This is or was enough for me to then be able to carry on for a 100 or so miles.

A worn out look, red eyes, black circles, staring into space, disorientation, headaches, stumbling, uncontrolled shaking, thirst, irrational thinking, problematic problem solving, and Zombie-like appearance and behaviour.

You’re alive, but you have the Zombie look which can definitely have a serious impact on your SHTF event behaviour and performance, so plan for it happening at some point.

You won’t know it, when you got it

According to the most basic definition of sleep deprivation from Wikipedia, “it is the condition of not having enough sleep. A chronic sleep restricted state can cause fatigue, daytime sleepiness, clumsiness, and weight loss or gain.

It adversely affects the brain and cognitive function. Sleep deprivation over long periods of time can cause diabetes, effects on the brain, effects on growth, impacts on the healing process, loss of attention and functional memory, over all decline of general abilities, and many other conditions.

It is not a simple condition that can be ignored, especially for preppers and survivalists and others caught up in a survival scenario.

The worst part of having this condition is the fact that once you have it, it may already be too late to recognize you have it. It’s like boiling a frog in water by slowly raising the temperature of the water.

The frog never notices the changes until its dead, and rarely does a person as sleep deprivation creeps up upon them.

All of you died-in-the-wool preppers have long ago debated the pros and cons of either going it alone or with a limited number of close family members or a much bigger, but perhaps still manageable sized group.

Obviously going totally solo is the toughest route, and frankly I personally think the most impractical. Few people if any have all the collective skills and knowledge needed to survive a SHTF by themselves.

In a group Bug-In or Out the “team” can learn to rely on each other.

There is an immediate system of checks and balances for everything from gathering/preparing food, doing security work, area maintenance, health checks, and everything else.

One of the high level advantages to working within a group is that each person can monitor how each other person is doing.

This is critical when it comes to members that are on medications, or have pre-existing conditions. It is particularly helpful for everyone to watch each others behaviour in potential cases of depression, paranoia, fear, shock, and conditions like sleep deprivation.

This group partnership also pays huge dividends when it comes to everyday accidents, minor or serious.

If the onset of any of these is caught early enough, then accommodations among the group can be made to deal with them to a positive conclusion.

In this case its sleep deprivation which if on your own could evolve without much warning, and then it’s too late.

In a group each can easily see signs that the lack of dedicated sleep is impacting a person’s performance and behaviour.

Catnaps, Mini-sleeps, Dozing, and Rim Sleep

Eventually you will sleep. But the primary question is do you want to maintain the control of the how, when, and where or have the lack of sleep inadvertently control you?

The best strategy is to plan for sleep just like any other necessity of maintaining all other daily activities within a Bug-Out or Bug-In set up.

All people sleep at different times and flexible rates with varying intensities. In a normal daily routine many of us work eight hours a day, and sleep eight hours a night. But then these days such a schedule seems far more rare than standard. There are many work/rest schedules for a lot of people that certainly don’t fall within the realm of eight hour set periods.

Lots of people work shift work, odd schedules, weekends, and nights. They find sleep when they can, however poor the quality.

One way or the other we all have some sort or manner of a routine. During a SHTF episode that routine is going to be totally disrupted and often turned completely upside down or inside out.

Many of us will have to relearn how to grab some shut eye any way we can. Some should be better than none.

So, during a SHTF develop as fixed a schedule as you can.

Work toward trading off duties with others so that everybody can find time to sleep. You may not be able to lie down on a bed for several hours.

A good recliner or a soft spot out in the woods can work, too. Its very important the comfort factor must be addressed. Nobody sleeps well on a rock, standing up in a corner, or across the bonnet of a car.

As you prep or a Bug-Out in particular since the comforts of home will no longer be available for the most part, do plan for high quality options in a sleeping bag, portable pad, and some sort of pillow.

Same for a Bug-In make plans to sleep however short lived. Catching a few catnaps or dozing for a short time will help if prolonged sleep is not possible.

Find a soft, quiet place and take full advantage of every opportunity to sleep despite how minor. Otherwise sleep deprivation will creep in and take control over you. Avoid that at all costs.

How to Make Nettle Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients:

1 large onion

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

2 or 3 potatoes

Splash of olive oil

Knob of butter

Organic salt and organic pepper (to taste)

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

Cream (optional, to taste)

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

Making the Soup:

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

Wash and drain the nettles.

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

Preparing the nettles for the soup

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

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

Making the nettle soup mix

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

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

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

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

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

Boiled British Freshwater Fish Recipes

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

Why should camp fire cooking be bland?

Why not plan and prepare for your wild food meals?

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

Boiled Tench

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

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

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

Boiled Trout

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

Method

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

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

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

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

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

Feed the 5 thousand

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

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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

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.

This Week’s Show 13th December 2018

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The Tactical Shoulder Bag Review

This tactical shoulder bag is stylish and compact. Featuring numerous pockets and compartments helping you organise many items.

Its multi functional for all outdoor activities such as camping hiking climbing and hunting.     “An AMAZINGLY compact bag for its size”

Lightweight, compact handy to carry.

It can be carried as a shoulder bag crossbody bag or handbag.

The strap is adjustable and detachable.

Numerous pockets and compartments for maximum storage.

It has a concealed a pocket in its back.

Great for outdoor activities such as camping hiking climbing hunting etc

So what is it really like? Do I need one, do you Need one?

At the moment I use a posse3v shoulder bag as my EDC bag. It is a great bag, but, it really is too big for my needs, its too green, I mean it looks military.

For me the bigger the bag the more I put in it, and the less I actually want to carry it around all day.

For this reason alone, I love the Tactical Shoulder Bag from Titan Depot. For me it is just the right size and allows me to have what I need with me all day and without any over weight carrying issues.

I took it with me to London recently and as an anti theft feature whilst I was on the underground I wore it cross body using its adjustable shoulder strap.

In it I carried the 10 in 1 ultimate survival kit, which in itself had everything I could possibly need.

I had my meds and inhalers, wet wipes, water-to-go bottle, London street map, Magnesium rod and striker, Vizshock X-20P power bank, Tex Energy Power Bank, charging cables, my book, spare glasses, reading glasses, Trail mix, mobile, Baofeng Radio and my Grizzly UK legal folder. So in my opinion a complete set up.

Using the handle on the top of the bag was extremely comfortable, easy and no strain at all, it just made it easy to lift into and out of my car etc.

The bag itself is very well stitched and well made with three zipped pockets at the front, a main full size compartment within the middle of the bag, a secret rear zipped pocket, small unzipped side pockets and a molle system on the bottom front pocket for extra carry.

Price wise at £30 its great value and extremely practicable for both male and female preppers and survivalists alike.

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The Survival Axe Review

The Survival Axe is the ultimate outdoor multi tool. With 31 features, the tool will fully equip you for any situation you might come across.
The design incorporates an all-steel full tang and axe head with an ultra strong, lightweight glass filled nylon handle.



The resharpen-able hatchet blade is great for chopping, clearing debris, or demolition.

The hammer head and claw is great for pounding in and removing tent stakes or repairing your deer stand or survival shelter
The patented, integrated 6″ bi-metal saw blade folds out of the handle, locks into place, and will saw through just about anything you need it to.

The saw blade is easy to change depending on your situation.

The gas valve shut off wrench with integrated bottle opener saves the day in multiple ways.
This incredible, compact is only 11 inches long and weighs just over 1.5 pounds.

Large enough to do some serious damage if needed, but compact enough to fit into the glove box of your vehicle or your bug out bag.

Now anyone who knows me, knows my view on axes, suffice to say I do not own one. I designed the Titan survival knife and it is such a rival to the axe that A good friend Charlie Griffin names it the Naxe, as it was a cross over of the two.

So I now have an axe, but it is a very special axe, it’s a Survival Axe and I actually love it. So what changed my mind on axes, I hear you say, well, it was its build quality, design and performance combined with the price that impressed me.

With the non-slip grip it feels comfortable in my hand, in fact it feels just right not too heavy and very well balanced.

The question is, is it an axe with multi-functions? or a multi function tool with an axe head?

The answer is for me anyway an axe with multi-function tools. And I like that, because as an axe it will do what you want an axe to do and with ease.

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Blizzard Condition Survival Kit (for your car)

You need some kind of kit for your vehicle during the winter season.
The most IMPOTANT SURVIVAL question: DO I NEED TO GO OUT IN THE FRIST PLACE.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle, (folding will do fine)…
Second thing you are going to want to do is get some kind of traction material to put under your tires.
Best sources: kitty litter, road salt, pea gravel, car mats, old carpet, branches, sticks or some kind of traction plating to lay under your tires.
If you can not get out then you need food so be sure to store some candy bars or high calorie foods in the car.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle. You must keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow/debris to prevent the build up of carbon monoxide gas which cannot be seen or smelt.
You will need warm clothing with extra hat, gloves scarf woollen/fleece type material, Thermos flask of hot drink, tea, coffee soup etc. torch, whistle for signalling, milar blanket/s, small bright coloured tarp/plastic sheet for shoeing up broken window (in crash) and to aid signalling to rescuers.
Charged mobile phone with “credit”, mobile charging cable, OTC medicines/ personal medications, toilet roll, waste bags “zip lock type” wet wipes/hand sanitiser.
Have at least 20% more fuel than the journey requires (running engine if stuck in snow to keep warm).
Find out if your vehicle is front wheel or rear wheel drive (see owners manual) put the traction item/s under the drive wheels.
Dress as though you are going to have to walk in the snow, and take the layers off when you get into the car. Boots, gortex coat, hat, gloves, etc.
If you are stuck long enough, you may need to urinate. How will you handle that?

Print this off and place it behind your drivers sun visor NOW!

Get READY for POWER CUTS Power Cut Advice

Select a room to live in that has an existing heating source, open fire, portable gas fire etc.

Your goal is to keep that room at a minimum of 18c ( you will not freeze to death)

You need to consider sleeping arrangements, mattresses of the beds, inflatable camping type mattresses, reclining chairs, couches etc.

Consider toilet arrangements

i.e. adjacent to toilet, basic bucket black bags. You will also require, toilet rolls, wet wipes air freshener, water to flush your toilet is close to the shelter room will be needed ad no power no flushing toilet.

Water

Drink min 1 gallon per person per day. Have pop, tea, coffee packet soups. NB. Even in the cold you need to hydrate and drink as at any other time.

Food

All tinned food is cooked so can be eaten cold, but with a camping stove, kettle, pots and pans you can cook as “normal”.
Use paper plates and cups = no washing up and future fire starters.

Clothing

Wear layers, even in the room if feeling cold, woollen/fleece, hats, gloves and scarf.
Try to block drafts but DO NOT seal the room (you need to breath).

Keep mobile phones charged and have power packs for each one, keep one just for emergency calls and NOT for surfing or texting etc. emergency calls only and for that the most basic one will do.

Emergency mobile number is 112

Lightning

Torches, camping lights, solar lights, candles (above children height on firm base “tea lights”) keep lighters and matches etc. away from kids they are not toys.

Other Communication Systems

PMR Radios great within a defined area, e.g. an estate, a farm yard perhaps up to 3 to 5 miles line of sight depending on weather conditions.

CB radio as above but the distance legally can be 10 to 15 miles

Ham Radio with the correct equipment condition’s etc. around the world.

Consider also

Fire extinguisher/Fire buckets

Board games, pack of cards etc.

Thermometer to keep an eye on room temperature

Taping the inside of windows with clear plastic sheets will help retain heat

Russia Wants to Attack UK Infrastructure

The British defence secretary says Russia poses a threat to the UK and it does not necessarily entail plans to invade British shores.

Rather Gavin Williamson believes that the Kremlin is targeting British infrastructure and energy supply in a bid to cause “panic” and chaos.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Williamson said Russia was spying on Britain’s critical national infrastructure and had its eyes on energy lines that allowed the UK to trade gas and electricity with the continent.

“They are looking at these things because they are saying these are the ways that we can hurt Britain.

“If you could imagine the domestic and industrial chaos that this would actually cause. What they would do is cause the chaos and then step back.”

He said that Russia could target the UK through a cyber attack or from undersea activity.

Personally I no longer see Russia as an aggressor if in deed they ever where. But I do see them exploring all possibilities and methods of attack should things change in the future.

And let’s be honest I bet we are doing exactly the same thing.

I think they are looking for vulnerabilities, so they have many different options in their arsenal.

In face the chief of the defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach said that British undersea internet cables were vulnerable to a Russian attack.

Guy’s if the Gary MaKinnon can hack into NASA and the American Military Complex, if the NHS can be disabled by a simple but effective virus, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Russians could do this if the so wanted.

It’s got to be the way to go, in fact it would talk longer to trace the source of the threat/attack than to carry it out.

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bars

Ingredients

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

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons honey

2 1/2 Cups powdered milk

1 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup water

Why not add raisons if you like

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.

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

Wrap and store

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

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

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

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

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

Although I actually make them just to take with me and they beat trail mix by miles.

High Energy Survival Bars

Ingredients

2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter

Directions

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

Add peanut butter and mix well.

Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.

Cut into bars and wrap well.

This amount will make around 60 2 ounce bars

Homemade Survival Energy Bars

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

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

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola or your own mix of course.

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

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

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

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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

Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

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

Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes.

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

Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix. It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator/oven and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder/ pestle and mortar.

So you are stuck in snow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Prepared for Disaster

Are you prepared for a disaster that could affect the daily function of your life or the lives of your family members? Or do you even believe a disaster will ever affect you?

Blizzards, floods, power cuts, and who knows what else happens all the time. Still, most of us ignore the warnings. “It can’t happen here,” some say. “The government will take care of me if it does,” others think.

But not only do they happen, they can happen to you. And when they do, you will be on your own. The recent UK flooding events have proved this. Look at the total disruption of transportation when it snows for example.

There were even hundreds of motorists stranded on UK motorways over night due to heavy snow fall.

This was followed by the immediate and complete paralysis of air transportation at major international airports. Thousands were stranded for days on their own in strange cities.

As serious as these events were, they pale in comparison to the possibilities. Consider a major biological or nuclear attack or accident. Hundreds of thousands of casualties are predicted in some scenarios.

These disasters or attacks would overwhelm local, regional, and national emergency resources and cause widespread panic. Transportation would stop, markets would be stripped of food within hours, essential emergency services would be overwhelmed, and food, medical supplies, and emergency service workers would be sent to the disaster area, leaving critical shortages in local areas.

Are you prepared?

Now, more than ever, you need to prepare for the possibility of disasters or attacks on a scale and type never before imagined. It is your duty to yourself, your family, and your country to be prepared.

Some of us need to be prepared for being at “ground zero.” Certain areas are the most likely direct targets of terrorists or natural disasters. All of us need to be prepared to be indirect targets, those affected by the temporary collapse of our nation’s infrastructure.

In short, we all need to be able to live self-sufficiently for a period of time.

What to prepare for will depend on your geographical area. Natural disasters and the risk of major terrorist attacks vary by where you live. The first thing you need to do is make a list of the possible disasters for which you need to prepare.

Some of the things you will want to consider include natural disasters, such as blizzards, floods, and even wild fires, as well as technological disasters, such as nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) attacks, and hazardous material accidents.

Don’t forget cyber-attacks, the possibility that an enemy could attack our computer systems, shutting down electrical, gas, communications, transportation, and emergency and medical services. What about attacks on our farms and agricultural processing plants? While they would likely affect only a small number of people directly, they would completely shut down food production and distribution systems.

While there are many things to plan for, your response to all of them is one of two things: stay at home or evacuate. For blizzards, earthquakes, cyber-attacks, nuclear fallout, quarantine after biological attacks, and collapse of the infrastructure, you will want to stay at home.

For floods, hurricanes, or with some advance notice of NBC attacks, evacuation may be your course of action.

Whenever possible, staying at home in your own environment and with your own emergency supplies is the best choice.

When you evacuate, you are essentially a refugee at the mercy of government evacuation centres or the compassion of the local population.

In a major disaster, don’t expect to be welcomed by the locals who are struggling with their own survival.

In all situations, you will need to be able to think for yourself. Confusion always accompanies a major disaster and initial information and instructions may be conflicting and incorrect.

So, monitor the radio and television for official instructions on what to do, such as whether to evacuate or not, but don’t assume they are correct. Make your own decisions based on your plans and preparation.

Riding it out at home or as we say “Bugging-In”

Key to your survival is preparing a disaster supplies kit, essentially the stockpiling of all materials that you would need to live on if you are cut off from outside utilities, water, and supplies. Once a disaster occurs, there won’t be time and materials may not be available.

How long you will need to be self-sufficient is hard to say. My advice would be that everyone store enough food, water, and supplies to take care of their family for a minimum of three days.

Preparing a “72-hour kit” is a good idea. It can be used for immediate evacuation and part of your overall disaster supply kit. Place items in a portable, easy-to-carry container, such as a large plastic box or duffel bag, ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

But, is it enough? A blizzard, earthquake, quarantine, or nuclear fallout could confine you for much longer. You need to be able to take care of all the needs for your family for a period of at least two weeks and possibly longer.

Having supplies for one to three months is not all that unreasonable or hard to accomplish.

There are six basics that should be part of your home disaster supplies kit: water, food, first aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies, clothing and bedding, and special needs items.

Tools and emergency supplies should include such things as battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra batteries or wind or solar powered versions, cups/plates/utensils, non-electric can opener, matches, lantern, fire extinguisher, hand tools for repairs and to turn off household water and gas, a whistle, and plastic sheeting.

For sanitation, include toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, personal hygiene items, disinfectant, and household chlorine bleach. Many more items can be added.

Think through the things you use on a daily basis.

Clothing and bedding Clothing and bedding would include a change of clothing and footwear for everyone in the household, rain gear, cold weather clothes, hat and gloves, and blankets or sleeping bags. Remember, a house or car can get very cold without heat.

Prepare for the worst weather that you might encounter.

Store your disaster supply kit in a convenient place that is known to all family members and make sure they know your family’s disaster plan. Evaluate your kit once a year and update it according to family needs.

Evacuation

You may not have much time to prepare when you need to evacuate. A hazardous materials spill could mean instant evacuation, so always have a smaller version of your home disaster supply kit in the boot of your car.

When you have advance warning of an evacuation, bring your portable “72-hour” disaster supply kit, along with additional food, water, and clothing. Keep important family documents in a waterproof, portable container, ready to bring with you in an evacuation.

These may include your will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security card, bank and credit account numbers, family documents (birth, marriage, and death certificates), inventory of valuable household items, and important telephone numbers.

It would be a good idea to always keep some cash in this container, so you have it for an emergency. If there is time, valuable family heirlooms or photographs can be added.

Now that you have a basic plan for any emergency, let’s consider plans for some specific risks.

Nuclear attack/accident

A nuclear disaster could result from an accident at a nuclear power plant, a detonation of a nuclear device by terrorists or a rogue nation, or an explosion of a “dirty” bomb, an explosive surrounded by radioactive material. Individuals at “ground zero” will have little chance of survival.

The risk for others is the exposure to radiation.

Radiation is dangerous because of harmful effects on the body. In large amounts, radiation can cause radiation sickness, thyroid and other cancers, and death.

These effects are greater the longer a person is exposed to the radiation and the closer the person is to the source. If radiation is released into the atmosphere, it can travel for thousands of miles, contaminating the ground and living organisms as it settles back to earth on dust or rain.

This is called fallout radiation.

Time, distance, and shielding are the factors that minimize exposure to nuclear radiation. Most radiation loses its strength fairly rapidly, but it is important to limit the amount of time spent near the radiation source.

The farther away an individual is from the radiation source, the less exposure. Shielding is a barrier between an individual and the radiation.

Concrete, earth, and structures are good shields. Depending on the distance from the source, the best protection from radiation fallout may be to remain indoors.

After a nuclear disaster you may be advised to evacuate. If so, remain calm, pack your evacuation survival kit in your vehicle, and follow the evacuation routes out of the area. If there is time before leaving, close and lock windows of your house, close fireplace dampers, turn off air conditioning, vents, fans, and furnace.

Doing these things will make your house safer when you return by minimizing exposure to the inside of your house to fallout.

If you are advised to remain at home, bring pets inside, secure your house from fallout by closing and locking doors and windows, closing fireplace dampers, turning off air conditioning, vents and fans.

If your emergency supplies are stored in a garage or barn, bring them inside and, if there is time, store additional water in tubs, sinks, and available containers. Inside the house, the safest area is a basement or underground area, followed by an interior room with no windows.

Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to go outside. When coming in from the outdoors after exposure to fallout, shower and change clothes and shoes. Put the contaminated items that were worn outside in a plastic bag and seal it.

Open water sources (streams, creeks, lakes), fruits and vegetables from outdoor gardens, and livestock will all be contaminated. Do not eat or drink products from these until you know it is safe.

Bioterrorism

Very few people were actually infected in the anthrax attacks in the USA after 911 because it took direct physical contact with the bacteria to develop the disease. Other biological agents are contagious (passed from person to person), however, and are much more dangerous.

Biological agents are microorganisms (bacteria or viruses) or toxins that produce diseases in humans. The Centre For Disease Control (CDC) lists 17 biological agents that may be used as weapons, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, and botulism.

They are not immediately detectable, may take days to grow and spread, and it is impossible to know when an attack occurs. While preparations are being made for defence against such attacks, nobody really knows what to expect.

Fortunately, most of these biological agents are hard to make into weapons. Worst-case scenarios, such as suicide terrorists infected with smallpox traveling through metropolitan areas, are staggering, however.

Thousands of victims would overwhelm medical services and die.

Likely? Hopefully not, but who knows? Those at “ground zero” who are infected will need professional medical help.

With air travel, people will spread the disease all over the country before we even know an attack occurred.

The rest of the country will shut down as soon as authorities realize what happened.

Expect widespread closure of the country and mandatory quarantines. Transportation, food, and vital services will stop. Plan to stay at home if advised or ordered and avoid exposure with outsiders who may carry disease.

Your stockpile of food and supplies should get you through this disaster. You may want to have some medical-type masks and gloves on hand.

Should you stockpile antibiotics in preparation for such attacks? Authorities say no and this may be practical advice.

A large number of different types and amounts of antibiotics would need to be stored to protect your family against all likely biological weapons.

Many of the diseases are viruses, not treatable with antibiotics, and those treatable by antibiotics might be altered to make them resistant to available antibiotics. Besides, you will need professional medical care if you are exposed.

Chemical terrorism and hazardous spills

Chemical agents are gases, liquids, or solids that are poisonous to humans. Depending on the type and amount of the material, exposure to chemical agents can cause illness or be fatal.

Chemical agents include chlorine or ammonia gases that are transported on trains daily, other hazardous industrial chemicals, and chemical warfare agents, such as nerve agents, blister agents, blood poisons, and others.

The CDC lists 58 known chemical warfare agents.

Some nerve agents, such as Sarin, used in the attack in Japan, kill quickly. If you are at “ground zero” in such situations your only chance is to evacuate immediately.

A hazardous materials spill is probably more likely than a terrorist chemical attack. For gases and other chemicals that spread in the air, evacuation to avoid exposure is critical.

Leave the area as soon as you are aware of the incident. Full face respirators (gas masks) may be useful for escape in such situations. Buy good quality, new masks designed for industrial or rescue use, not army surplus masks.

Natural disasters

Natural disasters are somewhat easier to prepare for—you either get out of their way (evacuate) or you protect yourself indoors.

In floods Sandbag doors and windows, move furniture and other items to higher ground, and evacuate if necessary. Do not drive or walk through flood waters and stay off bridges when they are covered with water.

Be prepared

Bad weather Preparation should include boarding up windows and flood-proofing your home. Bring in outside furniture, bicycles, and rubbish bins. Listen to recommendations of emergency officials and evacuate if advised. If not advised to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.

Blizzards Stay indoors and use the telephone only for life-threatening emergencies. Use fires safely and properly ventilate. It there is no heat, cover windows, close off un-needed rooms, and stuff towels in cracks under doors.

Wear layers of warm clothing. Eat and drink plenty. Food generates body heat and water helps circulation to keep the skin warm.

It is important to know what to do and have a plan before a disaster strikes. The internet can provide additional information for preparing for and dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Consider your risks, develop a plan, prepare your disaster supplies kit, and discuss with your family what to do in case of an emergency.

Remember, the future belongs to those who prepare. You must be ready before disaster strikes.

And on that note:

In a new report that warns that the electric grid is the “prime target” of terrorists, Americans are being urged prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare.

“People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness,” said a just-published report to President Trump.

“There needs to be more individual accountability for preparedness,” adds the report, “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage,” from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security.

It looked at the potential of a power outage of up to six months and recommended Americans have enough supplies on hand for a minimum 14 days, a standard for some prepper organizations.

 

This Week’s Show 29th November 2018

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The Survival Axe Review

The Survival Axe is the ultimate outdoor multi tool. With 31 features, the tool will fully equip you for any situation you might come across.
The design incorporates an all-steel full tang and axe head with an ultra strong, lightweight glass filled nylon handle.



The resharpen-able hatchet blade is great for chopping, clearing debris, or demolition.

The hammer head and claw is great for pounding in and removing tent stakes or repairing your deer stand or survival shelter
The patented, integrated 6″ bi-metal saw blade folds out of the handle, locks into place, and will saw through just about anything you need it to.

The saw blade is easy to change depending on your situation.

The gas valve shut off wrench with integrated bottle opener saves the day in multiple ways.
This incredible, compact is only 11 inches long and weighs just over 1.5 pounds.

Large enough to do some serious damage if needed, but compact enough to fit into the glove box of your vehicle or your bug out bag.

Now anyone who knows me, knows my view on axes, suffice to say I do not own one. I designed the Titan survival knife and it is such a rival to the axe that A good friend Charlie Griffin names it the Naxe, as it was a cross over of the two.

So I now have an axe, but it is a very special axe, it’s a Survival Axe and I actually love it. So what changed my mind on axes, I hear you say, well, it was its build quality, design and performance combined with the price that impressed me.

With the non-slip grip it feels comfortable in my hand, in fact it feels just right not too heavy and very well balanced.

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The answer is for me anyway an axe with multi-function tools. And I like that, because as an axe it will do what you want an axe to do and with ease.

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Blizzard Condition Survival Kit (for your car)

You need some kind of kit for your vehicle during the winter season.
The most IMPOTANT SURVIVAL question: DO I NEED TO GO OUT IN THE FRIST PLACE.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle, (folding will do fine)…
Second thing you are going to want to do is get some kind of traction material to put under your tires.
Best sources: kitty litter, road salt, pea gravel, car mats, old carpet, branches, sticks or some kind of traction plating to lay under your tires.
If you can not get out then you need food so be sure to store some candy bars or high calorie foods in the car.
First thing you are going to need is a snow shovel to get snow away from your vehicle. You must keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow/debris to prevent the build up of carbon monoxide gas which cannot be seen or smelt.
You will need warm clothing with extra hat, gloves scarf woollen/fleece type material, Thermos flask of hot drink, tea, coffee soup etc. torch, whistle for signalling, milar blanket/s, small bright coloured tarp/plastic sheet for shoeing up broken window (in crash) and to aid signalling to rescuers.
Charged mobile phone with “credit”, mobile charging cable, OTC medicines/ personal medications, toilet roll, waste bags “zip lock type” wet wipes/hand sanitiser.
Have at least 20% more fuel than the journey requires (running engine if stuck in snow to keep warm).
Find out if your vehicle is front wheel or rear wheel drive (see owners manual) put the traction item/s under the drive wheels.
Dress as though you are going to have to walk in the snow, and take the layers off when you get into the car. Boots, gortex coat, hat, gloves, etc.
If you are stuck long enough, you may need to urinate. How will you handle that?

Print this off and place it behind your drivers sun visor NOW!

Get READY for POWER CUTS Power Cut Advice

Select a room to live in that has an existing heating source, open fire, portable gas fire etc.

Your goal is to keep that room at a minimum of 18c ( you will not freeze to death)

You need to consider sleeping arrangements, mattresses of the beds, inflatable camping type mattresses, reclining chairs, couches etc.

Consider toilet arrangements

i.e. adjacent to toilet, basic bucket black bags. You will also require, toilet rolls, wet wipes air freshener, water to flush your toilet is close to the shelter room will be needed ad no power no flushing toilet.

Water

Drink min 1 gallon per person per day. Have pop, tea, coffee packet soups. NB. Even in the cold you need to hydrate and drink as at any other time.

Food

All tinned food is cooked so can be eaten cold, but with a camping stove, kettle, pots and pans you can cook as “normal”.
Use paper plates and cups = no washing up and future fire starters.

Clothing

Wear layers, even in the room if feeling cold, woollen/fleece, hats, gloves and scarf.
Try to block drafts but DO NOT seal the room (you need to breath).

Keep mobile phones charged and have power packs for each one, keep one just for emergency calls and NOT for surfing or texting etc. emergency calls only and for that the most basic one will do.

Emergency mobile number is 112

Lightning

Torches, camping lights, solar lights, candles (above children height on firm base “tea lights”) keep lighters and matches etc. away from kids they are not toys.

Other Communication Systems

PMR Radios great within a defined area, e.g. an estate, a farm yard perhaps up to 3 to 5 miles line of sight depending on weather conditions.

CB radio as above but the distance legally can be 10 to 15 miles

Ham Radio with the correct equipment condition’s etc. around the world.

Consider also

Fire extinguisher/Fire buckets

Board games, pack of cards etc.

Thermometer to keep an eye on room temperature

Taping the inside of windows with clear plastic sheets will help retain heat

Russia Wants to Attack UK Infrastructure

The British defence secretary says Russia poses a threat to the UK and it does not necessarily entail plans to invade British shores.

Rather Gavin Williamson believes that the Kremlin is targeting British infrastructure and energy supply in a bid to cause “panic” and chaos.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Williamson said Russia was spying on Britain’s critical national infrastructure and had its eyes on energy lines that allowed the UK to trade gas and electricity with the continent.

“They are looking at these things because they are saying these are the ways that we can hurt Britain.

“If you could imagine the domestic and industrial chaos that this would actually cause. What they would do is cause the chaos and then step back.”

He said that Russia could target the UK through a cyber attack or from undersea activity.

Personally I no longer see Russia as an aggressor if in deed they ever where. But I do see them exploring all possibilities and methods of attack should things change in the future.

And let’s be honest I bet we are doing exactly the same thing.

I think they are looking for vulnerabilities, so they have many different options in their arsenal.

In face the chief of the defence staff, Sir Stuart Peach said that British undersea internet cables were vulnerable to a Russian attack.

Guy’s if the Gary MaKinnon can hack into NASA and the American Military Complex, if the NHS can be disabled by a simple but effective virus, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Russians could do this if the so wanted.

It’s got to be the way to go, in fact it would talk longer to trace the source of the threat/attack than to carry it out.

My Home Made Emergency Survival Bars

Ingredients

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

1/4 tsp. salt

3 Tablespoons honey

2 1/2 Cups powdered milk

1 Cup sugar

1/4 Cup water

Why not add raisons if you like

Instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.

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

Wrap and store

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

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

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

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

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

Although I actually make them just to take with me and they beat trail mix by miles.

High Energy Survival Bars

Ingredients

2 lbs pitted dates

2 lbs figs

2 lbs raisins

2 cups cashew nuts

2 cups sesame seeds

2 cups peanut butter

Directions

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

Add peanut butter and mix well.

Roll out into 1/2 inch thick sheets.

Cut into bars and wrap well.

This amount will make around 60 2 ounce bars

Homemade Survival Energy Bars

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

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

Ingredients

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup granola or your own mix of course.

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

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

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

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

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

Crack the egg into a medium sized bowl.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.

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

Transfer to the pan and distribute evenly over the bottom, pressing firmly with your hands. Bake for 25 minutes.

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

Why not add powdered Vitamin C to the mix. It is easy to make your own with lemon or orange peels by cutting them up into small pieces and drying in a dehydrator/oven and then grinding them up with a coffee grinder/ pestle and mortar.

So you are stuck in snow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Survival Cooking and Foraging

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

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

Initial Preparation

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

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

Different Methods of Cooking

Rock Boiling

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

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

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

Spit Cooking

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

Pit Cooking

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

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

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

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

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

Rock Frying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Temptation

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

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

What You Can Eat in the Wild

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

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

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

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

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

What Not to Eat in the Wild

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

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

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

Other Food Survival Tips

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

This is not the case.

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

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

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

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

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

The only way is to be sure that you have identified the plant in question is by doing your research in order to be confident about what is edible and what isn

BREAK

Prepared for Disaster

Are you prepared for a disaster that could affect the daily function of your life or the lives of your family members? Or do you even believe a disaster will ever affect you?

Blizzards, floods, power cuts, and who knows what else happens all the time. Still, most of us ignore the warnings. “It can’t happen here,” some say. “The government will take care of me if it does,” others think.

But not only do they happen, they can happen to you. And when they do, you will be on your own. The recent UK flooding events have proved this. Look at the total disruption of transportation when it snows for example.

There were even hundreds of motorists stranded on UK motorways over night due to heavy snow fall.

This was followed by the immediate and complete paralysis of air transportation at major international airports. Thousands were stranded for days on their own in strange cities.

As serious as these events were, they pale in comparison to the possibilities. Consider a major biological or nuclear attack or accident. Hundreds of thousands of casualties are predicted in some scenarios.

These disasters or attacks would overwhelm local, regional, and national emergency resources and cause widespread panic. Transportation would stop, markets would be stripped of food within hours, essential emergency services would be overwhelmed, and food, medical supplies, and emergency service workers would be sent to the disaster area, leaving critical shortages in local areas.

Are you prepared?

Now, more than ever, you need to prepare for the possibility of disasters or attacks on a scale and type never before imagined. It is your duty to yourself, your family, and your country to be prepared.

Some of us need to be prepared for being at “ground zero.” Certain areas are the most likely direct targets of terrorists or natural disasters. All of us need to be prepared to be indirect targets, those affected by the temporary collapse of our nation’s infrastructure.

In short, we all need to be able to live self-sufficiently for a period of time.

What to prepare for will depend on your geographical area. Natural disasters and the risk of major terrorist attacks vary by where you live. The first thing you need to do is make a list of the possible disasters for which you need to prepare.

Some of the things you will want to consider include natural disasters, such as blizzards, floods, and even wild fires, as well as technological disasters, such as nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC) attacks, and hazardous material accidents.

Don’t forget cyber-attacks, the possibility that an enemy could attack our computer systems, shutting down electrical, gas, communications, transportation, and emergency and medical services. What about attacks on our farms and agricultural processing plants? While they would likely affect only a small number of people directly, they would completely shut down food production and distribution systems.

While there are many things to plan for, your response to all of them is one of two things: stay at home or evacuate. For blizzards, earthquakes, cyber-attacks, nuclear fallout, quarantine after biological attacks, and collapse of the infrastructure, you will want to stay at home.

For floods, hurricanes, or with some advance notice of NBC attacks, evacuation may be your course of action.

Whenever possible, staying at home in your own environment and with your own emergency supplies is the best choice.

When you evacuate, you are essentially a refugee at the mercy of government evacuation centres or the compassion of the local population.

In a major disaster, don’t expect to be welcomed by the locals who are struggling with their own survival.

In all situations, you will need to be able to think for yourself. Confusion always accompanies a major disaster and initial information and instructions may be conflicting and incorrect.

So, monitor the radio and television for official instructions on what to do, such as whether to evacuate or not, but don’t assume they are correct. Make your own decisions based on your plans and preparation.

Riding it out at home or as we say “Bugging-In”

Key to your survival is preparing a disaster supplies kit, essentially the stockpiling of all materials that you would need to live on if you are cut off from outside utilities, water, and supplies. Once a disaster occurs, there won’t be time and materials may not be available.

How long you will need to be self-sufficient is hard to say. My advice would be that everyone store enough food, water, and supplies to take care of their family for a minimum of three days.

Preparing a “72-hour kit” is a good idea. It can be used for immediate evacuation and part of your overall disaster supply kit. Place items in a portable, easy-to-carry container, such as a large plastic box or duffel bag, ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

But, is it enough? A blizzard, earthquake, quarantine, or nuclear fallout could confine you for much longer. You need to be able to take care of all the needs for your family for a period of at least two weeks and possibly longer.

Having supplies for one to three months is not all that unreasonable or hard to accomplish.

There are six basics that should be part of your home disaster supplies kit: water, food, first aid supplies, tools and emergency supplies, clothing and bedding, and special needs items.

Tools and emergency supplies should include such things as battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra batteries or wind or solar powered versions, cups/plates/utensils, non-electric can opener, matches, lantern, fire extinguisher, hand tools for repairs and to turn off household water and gas, a whistle, and plastic sheeting.

For sanitation, include toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, personal hygiene items, disinfectant, and household chlorine bleach. Many more items can be added.

Think through the things you use on a daily basis.

Clothing and bedding Clothing and bedding would include a change of clothing and footwear for everyone in the household, rain gear, cold weather clothes, hat and gloves, and blankets or sleeping bags. Remember, a house or car can get very cold without heat.

Prepare for the worst weather that you might encounter.

Store your disaster supply kit in a convenient place that is known to all family members and make sure they know your family’s disaster plan. Evaluate your kit once a year and update it according to family needs.

Evacuation

You may not have much time to prepare when you need to evacuate. A hazardous materials spill could mean instant evacuation, so always have a smaller version of your home disaster supply kit in the boot of your car.

When you have advance warning of an evacuation, bring your portable “72-hour” disaster supply kit, along with additional food, water, and clothing. Keep important family documents in a waterproof, portable container, ready to bring with you in an evacuation.

These may include your will, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, passports, social security card, bank and credit account numbers, family documents (birth, marriage, and death certificates), inventory of valuable household items, and important telephone numbers.

It would be a good idea to always keep some cash in this container, so you have it for an emergency. If there is time, valuable family heirlooms or photographs can be added.

Now that you have a basic plan for any emergency, let’s consider plans for some specific risks.

Nuclear attack/accident

A nuclear disaster could result from an accident at a nuclear power plant, a detonation of a nuclear device by terrorists or a rogue nation, or an explosion of a “dirty” bomb, an explosive surrounded by radioactive material. Individuals at “ground zero” will have little chance of survival.

The risk for others is the exposure to radiation.

Radiation is dangerous because of harmful effects on the body. In large amounts, radiation can cause radiation sickness, thyroid and other cancers, and death.

These effects are greater the longer a person is exposed to the radiation and the closer the person is to the source. If radiation is released into the atmosphere, it can travel for thousands of miles, contaminating the ground and living organisms as it settles back to earth on dust or rain.

This is called fallout radiation.

Time, distance, and shielding are the factors that minimize exposure to nuclear radiation. Most radiation loses its strength fairly rapidly, but it is important to limit the amount of time spent near the radiation source.

The farther away an individual is from the radiation source, the less exposure. Shielding is a barrier between an individual and the radiation.

Concrete, earth, and structures are good shields. Depending on the distance from the source, the best protection from radiation fallout may be to remain indoors.

After a nuclear disaster you may be advised to evacuate. If so, remain calm, pack your evacuation survival kit in your vehicle, and follow the evacuation routes out of the area. If there is time before leaving, close and lock windows of your house, close fireplace dampers, turn off air conditioning, vents, fans, and furnace.

Doing these things will make your house safer when you return by minimizing exposure to the inside of your house to fallout.

If you are advised to remain at home, bring pets inside, secure your house from fallout by closing and locking doors and windows, closing fireplace dampers, turning off air conditioning, vents and fans.

If your emergency supplies are stored in a garage or barn, bring them inside and, if there is time, store additional water in tubs, sinks, and available containers. Inside the house, the safest area is a basement or underground area, followed by an interior room with no windows.

Stay inside until authorities say it is safe to go outside. When coming in from the outdoors after exposure to fallout, shower and change clothes and shoes. Put the contaminated items that were worn outside in a plastic bag and seal it.

Open water sources (streams, creeks, lakes), fruits and vegetables from outdoor gardens, and livestock will all be contaminated. Do not eat or drink products from these until you know it is safe.

Bioterrorism

Very few people were actually infected in the anthrax attacks in the USA after 911 because it took direct physical contact with the bacteria to develop the disease. Other biological agents are contagious (passed from person to person), however, and are much more dangerous.

Biological agents are microorganisms (bacteria or viruses) or toxins that produce diseases in humans. The Centre For Disease Control (CDC) lists 17 biological agents that may be used as weapons, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, and botulism.

They are not immediately detectable, may take days to grow and spread, and it is impossible to know when an attack occurs. While preparations are being made for defence against such attacks, nobody really knows what to expect.

Fortunately, most of these biological agents are hard to make into weapons. Worst-case scenarios, such as suicide terrorists infected with smallpox traveling through metropolitan areas, are staggering, however.

Thousands of victims would overwhelm medical services and die.

Likely? Hopefully not, but who knows? Those at “ground zero” who are infected will need professional medical help.

With air travel, people will spread the disease all over the country before we even know an attack occurred.

The rest of the country will shut down as soon as authorities realize what happened.

Expect widespread closure of the country and mandatory quarantines. Transportation, food, and vital services will stop. Plan to stay at home if advised or ordered and avoid exposure with outsiders who may carry disease.

Your stockpile of food and supplies should get you through this disaster. You may want to have some medical-type masks and gloves on hand.

Should you stockpile antibiotics in preparation for such attacks? Authorities say no and this may be practical advice.

A large number of different types and amounts of antibiotics would need to be stored to protect your family against all likely biological weapons.

Many of the diseases are viruses, not treatable with antibiotics, and those treatable by antibiotics might be altered to make them resistant to available antibiotics. Besides, you will need professional medical care if you are exposed.

Chemical terrorism and hazardous spills

Chemical agents are gases, liquids, or solids that are poisonous to humans. Depending on the type and amount of the material, exposure to chemical agents can cause illness or be fatal.

Chemical agents include chlorine or ammonia gases that are transported on trains daily, other hazardous industrial chemicals, and chemical warfare agents, such as nerve agents, blister agents, blood poisons, and others.

The CDC lists 58 known chemical warfare agents.

Some nerve agents, such as Sarin, used in the attack in Japan, kill quickly. If you are at “ground zero” in such situations your only chance is to evacuate immediately.

A hazardous materials spill is probably more likely than a terrorist chemical attack. For gases and other chemicals that spread in the air, evacuation to avoid exposure is critical.

Leave the area as soon as you are aware of the incident. Full face respirators (gas masks) may be useful for escape in such situations. Buy good quality, new masks designed for industrial or rescue use, not army surplus masks.

Natural disasters

Natural disasters are somewhat easier to prepare for—you either get out of their way (evacuate) or you protect yourself indoors.

In floods Sandbag doors and windows, move furniture and other items to higher ground, and evacuate if necessary. Do not drive or walk through flood waters and stay off bridges when they are covered with water.

Be prepared

Bad weather Preparation should include boarding up windows and flood-proofing your home. Bring in outside furniture, bicycles, and rubbish bins. Listen to recommendations of emergency officials and evacuate if advised. If not advised to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.

Blizzards Stay indoors and use the telephone only for life-threatening emergencies. Use fires safely and properly ventilate. It there is no heat, cover windows, close off un-needed rooms, and stuff towels in cracks under doors.

Wear layers of warm clothing. Eat and drink plenty. Food generates body heat and water helps circulation to keep the skin warm.

It is important to know what to do and have a plan before a disaster strikes. The internet can provide additional information for preparing for and dealing with natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

Consider your risks, develop a plan, prepare your disaster supplies kit, and discuss with your family what to do in case of an emergency.

Remember, the future belongs to those who prepare. You must be ready before disaster strikes.

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Beginning Prepping

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Small Lists

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prioritize The Items On Each List

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Periodically Review Your Lists

Things change. Focus changes. Life situations change.

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

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

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

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

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

Make A Perishables List

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

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

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

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

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

You will need:

Food

Portable Water Purifier

Fire Building Tools

Cooking equipment

Change of Clothes

First Aid Kit

Specialty Care Items

Navigation Tools

Portable Shelter

Hygiene Kit

Comfort Items

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

Food

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

Be sure to select nonperishable food items, such as:

Tinned meats and fruit

Beef Jerky

MREs

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

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

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

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

Remember eat what you store and store what you eat

Portable Water Purifier

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

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

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

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

Fire Lighting Tools

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

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

Good quality survival knife

Change of Clothes

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

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

First Aid Kit

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

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

Specialty Care Items

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

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

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

Navigation Tools

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

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

Portable Shelter

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

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

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

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

Hygiene Kit

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

Be sure to include:

Soap

Shampoo

Feminine Products

Toilet Roll

Comfort Items

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

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

Get Ready

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

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

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So where do I keep it, I mean, the glove box or my EDC bag or BOB?

So, I have actually tried all three locations at a week each.

my glove box.

I placed it in their and thought I will never need it as I have managed very well without one for years.

While waiting to pick someone up, I took it out of the glove box and noticing my finger nails where filthy I used the multi-tool to clean and file them. The knife and survival card also did the same job very well.

I though I’d see what the rest of the kit would do as I was early anyway. I was parked down the road in a lay bay on a country road, so the universal chain saw was asking to be used, it as I expected did a great job in sawing it’s way through different branch sizes, and when tried on a gate post it had no problem with seasoned wood either.

Next was the compass, I tested this against my car nav system and it performed very well indeed, and would certainly keep you on a basic bearing to safety.

The whistle and the key chain flash-light both did what it says on the tin, nothing special with them.

The Tactical Pen, is a delight to use, it writes very well, it is comfortable to hold and it leaves deep dents in wooden posts, it penetrates 2ltr pop bottles like butter and I have no doubt that it will smash any car window should I need to.

The survival card has a blade which actually works, a jagged edge/saw teeth and that does saw into standing wood quite easily. But more importantly it also has a bottle opener.

The lightweight folding knife is very light, but super strong, you could use it for game prep, basic camp work, OK, you will not chop down trees or fight a rabbid dog with it, but it was not designed for that, it is a simple, well made small blade.

The zoomable LED flash light is remarkable indeed, due to it’s Super Bright 350 Lumens Zoomable LED Lens Producing An Intense Beam of Light of up to 600 feet or more.

I love it. Imaging being stuck on a road in the dark, or having to change a wheel in the dark, it is a life saver. Of course it would save the day if you dropped your keys in the dark, or where out fishing, hunting or simply out late night walking.

Yes I can see it being very useful in my glove box for all the reasons above, however I think more importantly it’s the peace of mine it gives me that is worth even more to me, the simple confidence that should I need it, it’s there for me.

Week two I kept it in my EDC bag, and never used it once. Perhaps, in my mindset my EDC bag is for emergencies only. I don’t know but there it is.

The third week was also the very same, I never used it once as my BOB is for just that, and I did not bug-out that week.

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BREAK

My Mum

It is getting really bad here in the UK food prices are taking off and many ordinary people are unable to put enough food on their children’s plates every day of the week, the old time recipes of Mum and Mum’s mum have been lost or to be more accurate “Never learnt” in the first place.

A whole generation of cooking knowledge has been abandoned to fast food junk and TV meals, to burgers and chips, to so called chicken nuggets and chips.

When was the last time you sat down with your family and ate a Sunday lunch?

I remember sitting around the dinner table for an evening meal with the whole family every day, it was prepared and cooked by mum and it tasted great as well.

But it was more than tasty, it was nutritious, healthy and was simply meat and two veg as the old saying goes. The meals where rotated so that there was variety and to some extent they were controlled by budget but never the less due to Mum’s ability to
prepare and plan interesting menus we survived.

It seems to me that these days young Mum’s buy pre-packed food for their kids and by doing so they have no control over what their children are actually eating and therefore they ingest high quantities of salt, sugar and goodness knows how many E’s.

Old preparation skills have also been forgotten or not even learned, for example, how many young Mum’s can dress game, clean fish, make soup, make pastry, make bread, buns, scones, remember these are all the skills that Mum’s where taught by their Mum’s and passed from generation to generation.

These skills are every day survival skills, these skills are the very skills that we as a people will be forced to use when SHTF, but there is now a whole generation that cannot do these things anymore.

How will they and their kids survive when the pre-packed food and tins run out, what will they eat.

There are many different ways that my Mum used to bulk out our meals when times were hard, she used to put barley and or lentils in to soups to make them more filling, she used to use chicken carcasses to make soup, she even bought vegetable cuttings to make soups as well and you know once she had put the barley and or lentils into the soup it tasted great and really filled you up, what I remember is that there was always enough for seconds.

The preparing of foods and the idea of bulking it out are survival skills that my Mum used every day without thinking; she just got on with it and survived.

Perhaps it was because Mum had gone through the war (she was in fighter command) and carried on her frugal ways after the war I used to think that made her such a great cook and provider, but you know I was wrong it was her Mum she once told me that had shown her how to go on.

My Mum’s generation all knew how to make do and they accepted that having to do so was a way of life and nothing special.

Survivalists and Preppers alike should embrace these make do methods as not only do they work, they are very economic too and I feel that they should now be included in all our prepping and planning as they make sense..

Thanks Mum, I miss you.

Boot and Foot Care

An army marches on it’s stomach, well i march on my feet.

I used to do road marching as a “hobby” and ended up building up to the Nijmegan 4 days march which is 25 miles every day with a minimum 22lbs small pack. This is usually bags of sand taped up weighed in and weighed when back.

Believe it or not we wore DMS boots, say no more.

I don’t recommend you hike 10 miles (16 kilometers) with a pack on your back in any boots — even the most perfect boots, gifted to you on high by a choir of footwear angles — without breaking them in first.

The need to break in a boot is especially true with burlier boots — the stiffer your boot, the longer it takes to break in.

The creases you make in your boots as you break them in will form the shape of the boot for its life, so be sure you do it right. Wear them around the house with the socks you’ll hike in and make sure the lacing is tight against the boot’s tongue, which should lay flat. Then start with short day hikes and slowly, slowly increase the distance.

If your new leather boots are killing you and you don’t want to buy a new pair, try this soak the boots in warm water before wearing them with your hiking socks. A wet foot in a wet boot is no fun to begin with and will quickly create blisters, but molding a wet boot to your foot can be a last-resort break-in trick.

You could also simply walk down or up a shallow river or stream. Or even as we where advised to pee in them then go for a walk.

Feet

A quick point here you should condition your feet too, one way to do this is to dab them every night with white spirits which will harden the skin on the soles of your feet.

Socks

Start with the right socks — a moisture-wicking synthetic liner inside a wool-mix sock is a popular choice. Then try to keep your feet clean and dry — fabric “gators” that wrap around your boot and leg close the gap at the top of your boot, not only keeping out moisture but also keeping grime from sneaking in.

If your feet sweat, take your boots and socks off during rest breaks. If possible cool your feet off in a stream and then elevate them. Consider carrying a few extra pairs of socks and changing into them at these rest breaks. Wet skin increases friction and friction causes blisters.

Rinse out your nasty, sweaty, grimy socks in a stream and hang them on the outside of your pack. Not only will this trick ensure you have another clean, dry pair of socks to change into, but perhaps it will keep your hiking partners from crowding behind you on the trail.

A Tough Question

My wife asked me yesterday, what I plan to do with family members who don’t prep, in the event of an actual SHTF emergency.

My brothers and sister and their families are some of those non-preppers, even though they know all about my views on that subject. On a side note, does it tarnish
my prepper credibility when I can’t even convince my own siblings to prep?

I think that there are two questions in my Wife’s question, firstly will I help them if the SHTF? how far do I plan on helping, in terms of number of people/days? And if at all, I am going to help them in the first place.

These are questions I feel that every prepper must ask themselves when they start prepping, and it probably needs to be re-asked every few years or so as situations change.

I figure the answer to the first question will depend on the type of the emergency.

If it’s a small local emergency, like a house fire, flood or say the loss of their roof in high winds then yes, I am of course going to help them.

I can offer them a place to stay. I know my food preps would feed the family for some time.

What about a major SHTF event?

No one is perfect, in fact we all have weak points and perhaps illness’s to. What they may not have in health, they could make up for with experience, knowledge and skills.

Bringing extra adults (who you know) into my group would help greatly as there would be even more people to forage food and fire wood etc. and also allow for some sort of guard rota to be set up.

Remember if there are long standing fractions between you and the proposed incomers then stop, think, and re-think, can you handle that level of friction and argument? Do you need it?

Perhaps joining up is not going to be good for you, perhaps all you can offer is some of your prepps as you decide to not let them in.

Before any of this happens and you are faced with a decision of the heart, why not plan for what you would do IF this situation arose in the first place.

Work out, (knowing your family members etc.) how much extra food and water etc. You would need if they joined your group.

How long that food and water would last and where they all would sleep. As preppers we usually only prep for our immediate family so in this case the numbers change and we must take this into account.

Perhaps the actual question is, would I help in the first place, are my family behind any decision I make? can I afford to provide exactly the same quality of prepps for my extended family as I do for my immediate family?

If I and my family agree to help then should my extended family members help me financially in some way as it is they who will benefit should SHTF

My sister and her family live near Birmingham 130 miles away, one brother and his family live down south 135 miles away and the other and his family live about 15 miles away.

Two are too far away to make it here if the SHTF, which means I don’t really only have one to prep for. And on one level, it is not good because I love them dearly, and want them to make it too.

I think that it might help me and my conscience if I inform my brothers and sister that I cannot be there from them all and perhaps include information on what to do to start prepping for themselves in the future and explain that not to do so is very serious indeed, in fact I would go so far as to say it would be like planning to not survive.

In conclusion I would finish by telling them that I have planned for me and my immediate families’ survival and ask them not to rely on knocking on my door.

As I have said many times before, this question is one of the toughest you will have to ask and now is the time to ask it.

Gather your immediate family together and discuss it and come up with your own answer then act on it.

Avoiding Civil Unrest

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

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

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence
in government, or storms that leave people homeless.

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

Of course there is always the chance of peaceful protests turning violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.
These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at
what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

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

In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs. On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in London or the Bradford riots.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest? Having lived in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles I can say that I have seen
many street riots but avoided many, many more by simply staying away from their
location, going around it or putting of traveling that day until things had calmed down.

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news. Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.

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

If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it for another day or better location outside the city. Simply staying away
from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.
Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much
tougher to do…

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

If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way to go. Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

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

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

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched. As any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

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

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

Working on the Edge

Common knowledge states that a dull knife is far more dangerous to you than a sharp one. This becomes a problem for many people since most of us either lack the equipment or the skills to sharpen a knife.

As I always say a dull knife is a piece of metal.

If you have a knife sharpener then here are some tips to help you achieve a fine cutting edge.

The angle you hold your blade at is important. If you are sharpening a hatchet you want a 30 degree chopping edge. If you’re dealing with fine cutlery you’ll want a 10 degree edge. If you’re sharpening a knife for general use, you’ll probably want a 15 degree angle.

Anything above 30 degrees or below 10 degrees won’t actually sharpen the blade.

You use different coarseness levels for different levels of sharpness. If your knife is already pretty sharp and just needs a tune up, use the fine side of your sharpener. However, if your knife is dull, you’ll want to start with something coarser before moving to a finer sharpener to really put an edge on your blade.

You must sharpen each side of your blade an equal number of times. If you sharpen one side more than another, you won’t actually be sharpening it.

Ceramic

The first easy way to sharpen your knife is with a piece of ceramic. Most mugs are ceramic, so they are a good choice. The ceramic is used as a replacement for your fine stone. You just use the ceramic the same way you would a fine stone, 3 cuts both ways at a consistent angle

Glass

The second household item you can use is glass. Try using the top of a car window or the top of a glass cup. Either way, you use the rim of the glass in much the same way that you would the ceramic mug, making 3 cuts each way at a consistent angle until the blade is sharp.

Steel

The third thing you can use is a piece of steel like that found on a file or the back of another blade. The only thing is that you have to worry about the hardness of the steel. The steel on the sharpener needs to be harder than the blade you are sharpening, or else it won’t work. The Rockwell scale is a good measure of hardness to use in this situation. Otherwise, you just use the steel the same way you would a sharpener.

Sandpaper

The fourth thing you can use is sandpaper. This is especially good if you need something rougher than steel or ceramic. In order to sharpen your blade, just hold the paper flat and use the paper like your sharpening stone.

Concrete

The final thing you can use to sharpen your knife is concrete.When using concrete, make sure that it is a relatively smooth area with out any clutter. You may want to wet the concrete, but this isn’t necessary. This should only be used as a last resort however, since the concrete can damage your blade in the process of sharpening it. However, it can still sharpen your blade in an emergency.