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How to Get 30 Days of Food Preps

Fancy 30 days’ worth of food? well here is what I recommend for beginners.

The idea is to simplify the beginning stages of storing food and to get you to a minimum of 30 days of stored food as quickly and as cheaply as possible.

As you know I am not a fan of those big cases of Mountain House or Wise food. Although prepared foods like this absolutely have a place in your overall food preps, you should not be relying completely on these foods to make up your entire stockpile.

Your food preps should be as normal as your daily food intake already is, if you wouldn’t eat Mountain House every day of the week now, why would that change in a long-term disaster scenario?

Another trap new preppers experience is “sticker-shock” when looking at the prices of these foods.

This can lead to newer preppers taking far too long to even get to 30 days of stored food, which is the bare minimum everyone should have on hand, right now, no matter what.

This survival prep list is a cheap way for a new prepper, or someone rebuilding their stockpile from scratch to make a few trips to the supermarket and walk out with 30 days of long-term storable food that will last for years to come for a fraction of the cost of 30 days of freeze-dried prepared meals.

This list is developed based for a typical family of 4 with an average daily calorie count of about 2000 calories per day.

5 pounds of wheat flour – Flour can be used to make literally hundreds of different foods including bread, pasta, tortillas, pie crusts, biscuits and desserts.

Flour can also be used to thicken soups and sauces. Be sure to keep in mind any wheat or gluten allergies you might have in your family.

A good alternative to wheat flour would be corn meal.

I suggest wheat flour above white flour simply because wheat flour contains more fibre and nutrients than white flour, which gives you more bang for less.

10 pounds of brown rice – Rice has been the staple food source in many areas of the world for centuries.

It takes on other flavours very easily and is a great carbohydrate addition to most meals.

Brown rice is suggested over white for the same reason as wheat flour.

Brown rice still has the rice hull attached which is packed with protein, fibre and other nutrients.

It does take a little more care when cooking but once you get the hang of it, brown rice actually tastes much better than white.

100 (8oz. tins) of tinned vegetables – It is important to have a well-balanced diet within your stored foods.

You can’t live off of rice and beans alone.

Tinned vegetables do have a slightly lower nutrient value than fresh, but they store very well.

Pick out a good variety of canned vegetables but make sure that you’re picking ones that you actually like and keep in mind how you are going to prepare them and what flavourings you will add to them.

5 pounds of pasta – Pasta is another great carbohydrate that takes on other flavours very well, stores essentially forever if done correctly and packs a lot of calories.

5 (jars) of pasta sauce – Pick out a good variety of different sauces but pay attention to the expiration dates on them.

Most sauces can store unopened for several years, however some types of organic sauces do expire much quicker.

Pasta sauce is also very versatile and can be used with various vegetables and carbohydrates.

10 pounds of beans – It wouldn’t be a survival food list without beans!

There are hundreds of varieties of dried beans that are great for long-term storage. Be sure to experiment with different varieties to find the kinds that you like.

Also keep in mind that beans do require a significant amount of water to hydrate and cook.

3 large jars of peanut butter – Peanut butter is a great survival food because it stores for a very long time, is fairly resistant to temperature changes and is a great source of protein and fat.

Just make sure to keep in mind any possible nut allergies. An allergic reaction in a survival scenario could be a death sentence.

2 (packs) of yeast – Yeast is extremely versatile.

It can make anything from breads to alcohol. If you have never worked with yeast before, buy some and do some experimenting.

3 boxes of baking powder and baking soda – These are important ingredients in baking and open up a whole new set of foods that you can make.

5 pounds of sugar – Sugar is just one of those staples that is necessary when making foods from scratch and is the easiest flavouring ingredient you can use.

White sugar stores much better than brown.

Brown sugar goes bad quicker and will turn solid quickly.

100 tins of tinned meats – In a survival situation protein should be your biggest concern.

Protein fills you up faster, keeps you full longer, typically has the highest calorie count and gives you the most long-term energy.

Be sure to try out as many canned meats as you can for both variety and preference.

Are you Prepared to Survive
The most important part of survival is being prepared to survive for an extended period of time whenever you leave the comforts of civilisation and the nearness of travelled roads.
Many of us either are – or will be – involved in wilderness activities of one kind or another, whether as part of your job or as recreation.
Survival preparation is just as – if not more – important when you are flying from one place to another and your flight plan takes you over untracked wilderness, deserts or snow caped mountains.
Most of the following suggestions in this section are geared towards land survival.
There are some key areas you need to be aware of in order to survive over a long period.
Yes it is true that most people who survive are rescued or find their way back to civilisation within three days of becoming lost or being injected into a survival situation through illness or accident while in the wilderness.
But – and this is what is most important to you – there are some people who have to survive for weeks or months before they return to the comforts of modern society.
If you ever have the misfortune to become one of those people, a strong background in survival knowledge and technique may just save your skin, as surely as ignorance will likely cost you your life.
There are still significant numbers of wilderness fatalities who would still be alive – if only they had learned the skills they needed to survive.
What do you need before you are really prepared for survival? A positive attitude, training and practice, and a few essential pieces of equipment.
ATTITUDE!
You need to want to survive and you need to believe that you can. Otherwise, you become too easily depressed and willing to give up the fight – and it really is a fight – against the worst that circumstances, climate, weather, terrain, natural enemies (like wild animals and mosquitos) and remoteness can throw at you.
As we sit in front of our computers – we have things pretty good, although we may be getting further and further out of shape if we spend TOO many hours here!
Things can be a whole lot different if you are faced with an airplane that will never fly again, the beginnings of a three-day blizzard, and two hundred kilometres to the nearest road, with injured companions.
Things are also a lot different if you are lost having finally figuring out that you are not where you are supposed to be – and that you haven’t the foggiest idea of just where “here” is!
Think it can’t happen? Ahhhh, but it does! Nearly every day…
People who spend a great deal of time in wilderness areas will probably never admit to being well and truly lost – though they may confess to having been “a bit confused for a couple of days a time or two”.
A positive outlook, no matter how bad the situation, is one of the keys to keeping you alert and aware of what’s going on around you. If you become depressed and give up, your chances of long-term survival decrease drastically.
Training and Practice
No matter how positive your attitude, you will not do well in a survival situation without the knowledge and skills you need to live off the land with only the barest minimum of equipment and supplies.
It takes time to gain these, and you cannot learn everything you need to know from books or websites alone, no matter how good the information or how reputable its author(s).
Your primary survival tool is your brain, and it can never be fully effective without the experience of actual survival living situations and skills practices.
There is absolutely no substitute for starting a fire in the rain without using a lighter or any matches, any more than there is a substitute for preparing food you have obtained by collecting plants or killing animals… Some of the essential tasks of survival are rather less than pleasant, but you need these skills to keep yourself and your companions alive and healthy enough to continue surviving.
Survival courses require a combination of classroom-style work and hands-on experience with the techniques and tools. While some of the training can take place during your usual meeting time, you will need at least a full outdoor weekend for the practical side of even an introductory course.
More time will be required for survival training courses that will help you build your skills to a level where you will be able to survive a majority of situations.
Your skills will also improve if you haul them out and use them frequently. You can also challenge yourself from time to time by spending a weekend with a planned survival camp.
Equipping to Survive
There really is not space enough here to tell you how to build survival kits, and doing so in this format would leave you without the training you will need to be able to effectively use the items in the kit.
However, there are a few basic principles involved in building a survival kit for yourself that I can mention to get you thinking.
Before you begin building your survival kit, you need to decide what its purpose is. Will it need to be small enough to put in your pocket, or will you be able to carry it in your backpack or a small daypack?
If it’s for your pack, what will you have left over if you lose the pack in a stream crossing or through some other misadventure?
Your survival kits (the one in your pocket and the one you add to your pack) should change in content with the season.
For instance, you will need more ways of getting fires started really quickly in the winter-time than you will in the summer, when you will want to trade out some fire-starters for insect repellents.
In addition to whatever else you put in the kit, you should consider getting a miniature survival guide – one that has a good plant-identification section. While this may seem to be a trivial recommendation, there are plants that mimic each other in appearance, with one being edible, and the other, well, not…
Your best source of information for building an appropriate set of survival skills for yourself will come from a combination of good research and quality survival information.
Could you live the Prepper Lifestyle?
Living a prepper lifestyle is not only good for preparing for the future, but it’s a great way to live a less stressful life. Many people get tired of the rat race and long for something more calming.
A few give up their suburban lives and head for remote locations. That’s not what being a prepper is about.
Being a prepper is not about pulling yourself away from society and living like a hermit.
It’s simply living a life that doesn’t rely on the others to see you through a short term or long term disaster. While being a prepper is a great way to live, it’s really not for everyone.
So how can you tell who’s a good fit and who will absolutely hate living the life of a prepper? First, living the prepper lifestyle takes a complete commitment. The life is not for you if you think you want to dabble in it and see how it goes.
You’re either into it, or you’re not. If you’re ready to give up the way you’ve been living until now, and you’re ready to break free of the capitalistic mentality taught by society, then the lifestyle is for you.
If you know that you’re ready to walk away from being dependent on others for your needs, then this is for you. You have to believe that what you’re gaining is a better life for yourself and your family.
If you know that you’re ready to get organized and are committed to building your short term and long term list of goods and supplies, then the prepper lifestyle is something you’d find to be a good fit.
Being ready to become totally self-sufficient is a good clue that you’re ready for a life change. If you’re ready to learn about self-protection and first aid and how to take care of yourself and your family through anything, then you’re ready.
Being a prepper is not about living to the extreme the way the wacky survivalists you see portrayed on television live. It means you accept that there are things outside your control that could impact your life greatly, such as disasters, government collapse, etc. – and you want to be ready for whatever comes.
That’s when you know you’re ready for the prepper lifestyle. But not everyone who thinks they are, actually is ready.
If you’re in a relationship and your partner is dead-set against it, hates it, wants no part of it, you’re not ready if you don’t want to risk ruining the relationship.
You’re not ready if there are certain things in your life that you feel you absolutely can’t give up – such as a daily trip to the local pub or that expensive cup of coffee.
You’re not ready and the lifestyle is not for you if you set aside money for supplies but then spend it on going out to eat or shopping for a new pair of shoes or the latest video game.
You’re not ready if you have a deep attachment to the conveniences of life and rely too heavily on technology. You can’t imagine your life without modern technology is a sign you’re not ready.
If you have an unwillingness to learn how to prepare for the future or aren’t interested in sustainable living, then you’re not ready for the prepper lifestyle.
But most people can I think see a day when the worst case scenario happens, and if it happens to you, you’ll have to deal with it – ready or not.

Organizing your every Day Carry

Having a proper every day carry (EDC) setup is one of the most important things you can do to be prepared, well, every day.
While you can get separated from your bug out bag and might not be able to get home quickly, your everyday carry is always on you to help you survive and get things done.
I have covered some basics on the best every day carry setup before, but that’s really only useful if you’re starting from scratch.
If you just want to fine-tune your EDC however, there isn’t a lot out there to help. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of five ways to fine-tune your EDC setup so it’s more useful and always at hand.
When starting out with every day carry items, it’s common to start with things that go in your pockets. This is great until you run out of room and your EDC makes you uncomfortable.
Once you’ve got some EDC experience, try moving to other locations on your body for keeping items. The most common upgrade is moving to your belt.
By keeping your knife or multi-tool on your belt along with other small items, you can free up space in your pockets while keeping everything you need on you.
You don’t have to go crazy here and have a belt that would rival an SAS Trooper, but simply keeping your knife, fire starter, and multi tool on your belt can give you a lot more space than you had before. Moving past your belt, think about your trousers and shirts with additional pockets that can hold items, too. By spreading your EDC out over your entire body, you ease the burden and make it far more comfortable.
Weight vs. Usefulness
If you’ve had an EDC setup for some time now you probably realize that not everything that you think is vitally important really is. It’s easy to go overboard and fill your pockets with things you MIGHT use at some point.
If you’re feeling weighed down by your EDC it might be time to take inventory of what you’re carrying and see if the weight of each item is really worth it.
For example, you might carry a small water filter straw with you in a cargo pocket, but you could lighten the load by using a small pill container with some water purification tablets in it.
Another weight-saving idea is the use of a small LED light instead of a standard torch/flashlight.
While the torch/flashlight is better, the keychain light can free up space for other more important items.
KISS
If you only follow one tip in this list, make it this one. KISS stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Don’t overthink your EDC setup by trying to plan for every possible scenario. Your EDC is meant to give you a leg up on everyone else, not to be a mini bug out bag.
Keep things simple and don’t stress out about it. Keep the essentials like a source of fire, a knife, a multi-tool, watch, and a weapon if you’re able to.
Beyond this just include items that make you feel safe and comfortable without trying to plan out scenarios. Trust me, even the most basic EDC setup is far more than the average person has.
Less is Sometimes More
Having an elaborate every day carry setup is great, until it’s so elaborate that you stop using it. The idea of an EDC is to have it with you every day.
If it takes 15 minutes to load yourself up chances are you’ll leave the house from time to time without it, and that’s not good at all.
It’s often better to have less items with you that you carry all the time than a lot of items that you only carry every now and then.
Think about what you need and ask yourself what would happen if the SHTF and you didn’t have the item in question? Would it make a difference? If not, ditch it and free that space up for something else.
The less items you have the less chance you have at forgetting something or losing something, and that means the pieces you do use are more valuable and overall better.
Trial and Error
Finally, don’t be afraid to change things. I have talked about changing your EDC for colder weather, but you can make changes to it every day if that suits you.
Try items out and if they don’t work, ditch them and find something new. Don’t put up with pieces in your EDC that you’re not in love with.
These are things you have with you 24/7, so you better love them or else you’ll hate carrying them.
Try a few setups out to see how they work and if you like them or not. Try your knife in a front pocket, back pocket, belt…try it all.
You won’t know what you really like unless you try a few different ways.

Avoiding Civil
Unrest


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


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


We only have to look
back to the Mark Dugon incident   Other widespread civil unrest could be
caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence
in government, or storms that leave people homeless.

 

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 saw 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 avoid
those areas completely.
If you were planning
on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it
for another day or better location outside the city.  Simply staying away
from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.
Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much
tougher to do…
If for some reason
you find yourself in a place that is quickly becoming a hot spot you should
leave the area immediately and by any means possible.  If that means
leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way
to go.  Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.
There is always the
possibility that civil unrest could become more widespread than it has in the
past.  If that is the case you should have plans in place to fortify your
home I recommend using the plywood you should have stored in your garage and
covering up any vulnerable windows.  The use of firearms in a situation
like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched. As
any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions
at a later date.
Personally I would
rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
So, while there are
many disaster scenarios that we can do very little to avoid (although we can
still prep and plan for them) civil unrest is one situation that with good
situational awareness we can avoid altogether.

 


Do we really
need to prep?


Quite often our
detractors will counter our preparedness plans with the age old argument, you
are wasting your time if it happens we will all be dead, well I say what if?
What if you did not die what would you do then, how could you survive?


VIOLENT solar super
storms could destroy life as we know it at ANY MOMENT, shocked scientists have
warned today.


It is “only a matter
of time” before a catastrophic eruption on the surface of the sun hurtles
towards the planet with devastating consequences.


The Earth could be
the target of an explosion equivalent to “10 billion Hiroshima bombs exploding
at the same time”.

 

It has emerged
crisis meetings have been held to discuss how to limit the damage of solar
super storms which present a “long-lasting” threat to all forms of life.
Scientists warn
communication systems will be crippled, vital services such as transport,
sanitation and medicine will close, and loss of power will plunge the planet
into darkness.
Without power,
people would struggle to fuel their cars at petrol stations, get money from
cash dispensers or pay online.
Water and sewage
systems would be affected too, meaning that health epidemics in urbanised areas
would quickly take a grip, with diseases we thought we had left behind
centuries ago soon returning.
The warning comes as
Britain is experiencing one of the hottest summers on record. Scientists have
warned of “highly unusual activity” on the surface of the sun which
has already sent smaller solar flares spiralling towards earth.
Solar storms are
triggered when coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun tear into the earth’s
magnetic field ripping it apart.
This triggers huge
surges of electrical currents which lead to widespread power outages and
destroy machinery which use electricity.
So judging by the
law of averages I would say it is only a “matter of time” before a violent
solar storm smashes into Earth.
Our planet is in
fact facing a repeat of the devastating solar super storm of 1859 – dubbed the
Carrington Event after English astronomer Richard Carrington.
Carrington spotted a
solar flare before terrifying fireballs hurtled across the atmosphere making
people think it was the end of the world.
Its impact on
civilised life was relatively small as there was less reliance on electronics,
a similar event now would be nothing short of catastrophic.
We must realise
these super storms are large enough to cause serious damage and they happen
quite often relatively speaking.
It is only now, when
we are so dependent on technology that we are so vulnerable, and one is overdue
by about five years.
NASA scientists say
a Carrington-level event happens every 150 years with the next one currently
five years overdue.
The likelihood of
one occurring in the next decade is as high as 12 per cent, they added.
DOOMSDAY WARNING the World will end in the next SEVEN YEARS, warns terrifying
prophecy
Floods, earthquakes
and deadly plagues will finish all humanity and the civilised world as we know
it.
The horrifying
forecast is being made by some Christian groups who predict the “Rapture”
phenomenon will bring about a global Apocalypse before 2021.
Traced back to
ancient Biblical texts, believers claim warnings of the impending Armageddon
also signal the second coming of Jesus.
They say similar
events have been charted in ancient history including the Biblical Flood of
2,348 BC, told in Genesis, and the Three Plagues of Egypt.
Though dismissed by
some, others insist such calamitous theories are true and warn the impending
catastrophe will destroy the planet.
Dr F. Kenton
Beshore, President of the World Bible Society, says the “Rapture” is
likely to occur between now and 2021 before the Second Coming between 2018 and
2028.
So there you have it two reasons why you must prep.

 


What to do when you bring the bacon home?


As good as mass-produced bacon is, curing and smoking your
own at home kicks things up to a whole new level.


Once you master the technique, the flavour options are
endless. Like your bacon with a kick? Bump up the red or chilli powder.


Like it sweeter? Try extra honey, brown sugar, real maple
syrup or sorghum or molasses or treacle in your cure.


While the curing process takes some time, the recipe itself
is a simple one. Any smoker will work, but electric models make it easier to
maintain the necessary low smoking temperatures needed to get the bacon just
right. Wood choices can be as varied as you want them to be, but hickory and
apple are the two most popular. 


Curing bacon at home is so simple that the hardest part of
the whole process can be procuring the pork belly itself.

 

Bacon made from wild pigs is a bit leaner than its store
bought cousin, but it tastes pretty good.
Prep Time
7-9 days
Cook Time
6-8 hours on the smoker
Ingredients
A whole pork belly from the butcher shop normally runs
around 10-12 pounds.  A belly from an adult wild pig around 4-6.  The
following recipe is enough cure for 5-6 pounds, if you buy a whole pork belly,
just separate it into two, more or less equal, pieces.
5 pound piece of pork belly, skin on or off, your choice
1.5 teaspoons pink salt (cure also known as Prague Powder
number one, available on the internet at around £4 for 250g)
1/2 cup Maldon salt
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sorghum molasses, if you can’t find that then use
molasses or treacle
1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 gallon Ziplock bag
Cooking Instructions
Begin by mixing all dry ingredients into a small bowl. Rub
the cure into the exposed surfaces of the pork. Really work it in, make sure
the belly is well coated with the cure. Place the pork into a two gallon
Ziplock bag and pour sorghum over the top of the meat (honey works well too)
and seal the bag. Place the belly flat into a pyrex dish (the bag will leak a
little, they always do) and put it in the fridge. Flip the pork once per day
for 7 to 10 days.
I often get asked, “How do I know when it is finished
curing?” The answer is, when it tastes right to you. After day seven or
eight, open the bag and slice a tiny sliver from one side.
Rinse it well under cold water and fry it like you would
bacon. If you like the flavour, it is finished. If you would like the salt and
spice to be a bit stronger, let it soak another day or two. Remember that the
outer surface is always quite a bit saltier than the inner slices will be.
Now that the bacon is fully cured, remove it from the bag
and rinse thoroughly under running water. The next step is to let the bacon dry
completely to form a sticky pellicle.
I prefer to do this by placing the bacon on a wire cooling
rack and running a low speed fan over it for six to eight hours.
Your bacon is now ready for the smoker. A good remote meat
thermometer comes in handy at this point.
I like to start my smoker at 175 degrees.  Maintain
this temperature for 3-4 hours then bump it up to 200 degrees to finish.
You are looking for an internal temperature of 150 degrees
on the pork belly. Once you reach this point, the bacon is finished. Remove
from the smoker and let the bacon cool completely before slicing.
I like to let mine come to room temperature, then place it
into the freezer for an hour or two. The freezer helps to firm the bacon and
makes slicing easier.
The fastest way to slice bacon is on a deli style meat
slicer. A good sharp knife works too. Cured bacon will keep up to a year when
vacuum sealed and kept in the freezer.
Use your homemade bacon just like you would bacon you buy
from the supermarket. It makes a fine breakfast, wraps nicely around a pigeon
breast or chunk of deer or steak, and seasons a pot of campfire baked beans
like nothing else. After you get the basic recipe down, try flavours to make
your own perfect blend.

 


Thinking of
Bugging-out?


I am always thinking
about what I would do if I needed to bug out. I am continually re-drawing my
bug-out plan as, as you know I plan to bug-in unless ordered or forced to
bug-out.


I now live in a
semi-rural area but to be honest in a SHTF scenario I’m not so sure I am far
enough away from expected hungry looting hordes.


The following
considerations for a bug out location are based on my location and what I am
currently thinking about to make the best decision possible for me and my
family. Your circumstances will be a different, but the basics of picking a bug
out location stay the same.


Of course, let’s be
honest bugging out could potentially be something we all need to do, and
picking a good bug out location requires thought and planning.


As you begin you’re
planning for a perfect and safe bug out location there are a number of
different factors to keep in mind like distance, location, finances,
accessibility and many more.


Without the proper
planning you could find yourself with a bug out location that is inaccessible
during a SHTF situation or a location that is ill equipped to sustain you and
your family for any given period of time.

 

Knowing how and when
to bug out is great, but if you have nowhere to go you might as well stay put.
There is no reason to leave one dangerous situation and then put yourself into
a situation that you are not properly prepared to handle.
This is why we
preppers prepare. This is why survival skills and educating ourselves is just
as important as stockpiling food and water, if this stuff runs out, we need to
be able to get more, and having a good bug out location could help us do that.
Here are a few
things to take into consideration when you are looking for a good bug out
location, and keep in mind, your situation will be different than mine.
Location
Picking a location
to bug out to is important for not only security, but self-sufficiency as well.
The way you prepare will be different for bugging out to the mountains than it
will be for bugging out to a low land area.
In a mountain area
you have more natural resources available and more possibility’s available when
it comes to defences, but you also need to have wilderness survival skills,
especially because of those now wild and roving packs of ex K9 pets, wild boar
and even farm livestock that could possibly also be hungry and thirsty.
These animals could
be a great food source, or you could be a great food source for them.
In the low lying
areas you will have less cover and concealment so it’s probably a good idea to
get as far away from other people and main roads as you can. There will be less
wildlife in the low lying areas and less trees for building and fire wood, but
one benefit could be that you would have more options when it comes to farming
as long as you have a good water supply.
How Will You Get There?
Getting to your bug
out location will be just as important as having one in the first place. When
choosing a location have at least 3 different routes you can take to get there.
Another rule of thumb is to pick a location that is within one tank of fuel,
you won’t be able to stop to re-fill if the power is off and you probably wouldn’t
want to anyway.
Pick routes that
will not lead you through hot spots or danger zones, avoid populated areas.
How Long Do You Plan on Staying?
How long will your
location sustain you and your family? Purchasing an empty plot of land and
continually building up your resources and defences is a low cost way to take a
bug out location that you could survive at for a week or two, to a location
that you could survive for many months or indefinitely.
If you plan on
staying at your BOL long term, self-defence and self-sufficiency will become
more and more important, your supplies will eventually run out and someone will
inevitably cross your path.
Living Off the Land – Survival Skills
Unless you are Lofty
Wiseman or old framer bill you are probably not going to be able to live off
the land. Everyone knows the basics of gardening or hunting, but these are
skills that take years of practice, you could very well starve because the
animals you weren’t able to kill ate all your crops.
Seriously though,
you will need skills to supplement your food supply, but you need to have food
stored while you develop your skills.
Does the land you
plan on bugging out to have the natural resources you need? What you are able
to hunt and grow will need to be a factor when you supply your bug out
location. Here are a few questions you should ask yourself.
What wildlife lives
in this area?
Is the soil fertile
enough for gardening?
What crops can I
grow?
Is there water
nearby for farming?
Will I be able to
have livestock?
Is There a Natural Source of Water Nearby?
As usual water is
the most important part, without a natural water supply nearby you will
probably find yourself heading off to find water, and putting yourself in
danger. A container or water storage is OK, but at some point you will need a
well, river or some other natural water source nearby.
Building some sort
of water catchment and water storage is also a good idea to add to your supply.
Weather
Weather will play a
role in how you prepare also. In the Scottish Highlands or near me on the North
Yorkshire Moors you must take winter into account. You will need to be able to
survive for at least 3 months without any food source other than what you have
stored.
Plan for severe
weather, floods, blizzards, natural disasters or even manmade disasters which
could really mess with your survival plans.
Make sure and take
your local weather into account when you are thinking about a bug out location.
How warm will your
shelter be in the winter?
Will your crops or
shelter be damaged by flooding?
Is your shelter
strong enough to withstand strong winds?
Do you have supplies
to get you through any severe weather?
Protection – Geographic Camouflage
Protection is not
just guns and ammo, protection begins at your perimeter. As I said earlier,
mountain areas offer more protection and natural camouflage but require more
survival skills, flat lands will require you to be further off the beaten track
and have more ingenuity like building underground or other camouflage.
How hidden is your
bug out location?
How easily can
someone find your location?
How easy would it be
for someone take what you have?
How will you defend
your location?
Shelter
We all need shelter
to survive and withstand the elements. Shelter is also important for avoiding
extreme temperatures that could ruin your stored supplies.
There is more to
shelter than just putting a roof on some walls. There are many options
available when it comes to shelter that don’t require you to be an architect or
construction worker, here are some examples.
Shipping containers
Underground shelter
Trailer home or
mobile home.
A log cabin or even
a teepee
This is just a few
ideas, but if you use your imagination you can come up with some unique ideas
based on your situation, and sometimes the more unique, the less likely people
will see it as “shelter” or “storage”
Population
Population should be
a consideration not only for where your bug out location is, but you should
also take into account the population along the way to your bug out location.
Always have at least
three routes to your location, you never know if one of your routes will be
impassable because of riots, traffic or infrastructure damage.
This is a big choice
I have to a make, do I go west through? Or do I go further east? I would feel
more comfortable going east towards the coast, but before I choose that I need
to see if there are a few safe routes I can take that don’t lead me through any
populated areas.
Who’s coming?
Who else do you
expect at your bug out location in the future? It’s never a good idea to tell
everyone about your plans, but you might have a few family members that you
will want to help in the future.
If you are prepping
and stockpiling supplies for 5 people, make sure you take into account that if
someone else comes into the picture you are going to go through your supplies
more quickly.
Having more people
with you could potentially help with building, farming and hunting, but it will
also require more supplies so it’s always good to have a little extra just in
case.
So I suggest you get planning.

 


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. 


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.
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 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 Tools and emergency supplies
should include such things as battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra
batteries, 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 and 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.

 

Emergency Essentials
Even though emergency situations don’t happen very often,
when they do, they impact our lives to a great extent. To minimize or eliminate
the negative effects of a certain emergency, you need to be prepared and have
the emergency essentials, in terms of knowledge, food, water, shelter, and an
escape plan.
When disaster strikes, we are caught by surprise and usually
unprepared. But emergencies sometimes have a similar pattern and cause the same
problem even if they’re different in nature, therefore the steps to prepare for them is the same, for
example stocking food and water are steps that can help you in most national
emergencies, and that’s what we will discuss now.
Imagine there is an emergency in your city, or country,
people will scramble to the shops, there will be a panic, looting, and so on
will result, if you still decide to go to the store, you will find empty
shelves or even closed shops. Wouldn’t it be better if when there is such an
emergency, you sit with your family, and use the food and water you have
stored? You bet it would be.
As you stock food, take into account your family’s unique
needs. Try to include foods that they will enjoy and that are also high in
calories and nutrition. Foods that require no refrigeration, water, special
preparation, or cooking are best. Take into consideration individuals with
special diets and allergies such as babies and the ill. Make sure you have a
manual can opener and disposable utensils. Don’t forget non-perishable foods
for your pets.
Keep food in a dry, cool dark area if possible.
Open food boxes and other re-sealable containers carefully
so that you can close them tightly after each use.
Wrap perishable foods, such as cookies and crackers, in
plastic bags and keep them in sealed containers.
Empty open packages of sugar, dried fruits, and nuts into
screw-top jars or air-tight canisters for protection from pests.
Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before use.
Throw out canned goods that become swollen, dented, expired,
or corroded.
Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh
supplies, dated with ink or marker. Place new items at the back of the storage
area and older ones in front.
The following list shows the rough expiration dates of many
types of food. So make sure to replace the easily perishable food more often.
You should use the following within six months:
Powdered milk – boxed
Dry, crisp crackers
Potatoes
These foods should be used within one year, or before the
date indicated on the label:
Canned condensed meat and vegetable soups
Canned fruits, fruit juices, and vegetables
Ready-to-eat cereals and uncooked instant cereals
Peanut butter
Jelly
Hard candy and canned nuts
Vitamins
These foods however may be stored indefinitely (in proper
containers and conditions):
Wheat
Vegetable oils
Dried corn
Baking powder
Soybeans
Instant coffee, tea, and cocoa
Salt
Noncarbonated soft drinks
White rice
Bouillon products
Dry pasta
Honey
Powdered milk – in nitrogen-packed cans
Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in
an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half
gallon) of water each day. People in hot environments, children, nursing
mothers, and ill people will require even more. You will also need water for
food preparation and hygiene.
Store at least one gallon per person, per day. Consider
storing at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If
you are unable to store this quantity, store as much as you can. If supplies
run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find
more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by
reducing activity and staying cool.
If there is an emergency, and you used up all the water you
stocked in your home, try the following. Safe water sources in your home
include the water in your hot- water tank, pipes, and ice cubes. You should not
use water from toilet flush tanks or bowls, radiators, waterbeds, or swimming
pools/spas.
You will need to protect the water sources already in your
home from contamination if you hear reports of broken water or sewage pipes, or
if local officials advise you of a problem. To shut off incoming water, locate
the main valve and turn it to the closed position. Be sure you and other family
members know beforehand how to perform this important procedure.
To use the water in your pipes, let air into the plumbing by
turning on the tap in your home at the highest level. A small amount of water
will trickle out. Then obtain water from the lowest tap in the home.
To use the water in your hot-water tank, be sure the
electricity or gas is off, and open the drain at the bottom of the tank. Start
the water flowing by turning off the water intake valve at the tank and turning
on a hot-water tap. Refill the tank before turning the gas or electricity back
on. If the gas is turned off, a professional will be needed to turn it back on.
Disaster Activity Children’s Kit
This year saw some bad weather and massive floods here in
the UK and around the world we have seen earthquakes, extreme heat, landslides,
tsunamis, blizzards and tornadoes which have forced thousands of families to
flee their homes.  
Children account for many of the victims displaced.
Parents can help a child get through the long days that
follow a natural disaster with an activity survival kit. What are the benefits
of a disaster activity survival kit? What are a few suggested items that can
reduce stress and help a child cope with the disaster?
What items should not be taken to an evacuation shelter?
Kids and teens find it hard to camp out in a survival
shelter for very long. Some people have to wait for days or weeks after a flood
or other weather disaster has passed before they can safely return home.
A disaster survival kit can help keep a child (or teen)
occupied for much of the waiting time. Let the child help pack his kit; older
children and teens can pack their own.
Keeping the kit packed and ready-to-go saves valuable time
in the event the family has to evacuate on short notice.
The most obvious reason for having a disaster activity
survival kit for each child is to stave off boredom. Here are some other good
reasons for building a kid’s survival kit?
The child who builds or helps to build his disaster survival
kit gets a sense of understanding and control in disaster planning.
Familiar, favourite items on hand will give comfort and
hopefully keep stress and anxiety levels manageable in strange surroundings
during a disaster crisis.
Items (such as drawing and colouring sets) gives the child
an alternative way to vent feelings and fears about the disaster.
Items that make up a child’s disaster survival kit depend on
the child’s age and personal preferences.
Consider too, where the family is going to be staying for
the next few days or longer. Use a backpack or duffel bag to hold a child’s
survival kit items.
What items are recommended for a child’s activity survival
kit?
A few favourite books and/or magazines
Writing Pads and pens
Personal CD player, gaming device or other player that uses
headphones
Laptop or notebook computer and headphones
Crayons, washable markers, paper and colouring books
Sticker books and word puzzle books
Favourite cuddly toy
Board games and puzzles with large pieces
Deck of cards
Favourite blanket and/or pillow
Small dolls, cars, action heroes and other toys that prompt
a child’s imagination
In a shelter situation or even in a hotel, don’t forget
batteries and headphones. Don’t count on being able to plug in a battery
charger at a shelter, and don’t expect Internet service.
If your family is going to take refuge in a local community
centre for example? There are rules parents need to be aware of – guidelines to
follow when making activity suggestions to a teen or helping a child make a
survival kit.
Remember that hundreds of evacuees can add up to a lot of
noise unless shelter rules are observed. Know too, that space is extremely
limited – spots are taped off in some shelters – so limit your belongings.
Horseplay, loud talking, profanity, musical instruments and
loud music are not tolerated.
Plan “quiet” activities like a good book for
reading or a diary to write in. If you want music, then bring a radio, personal
CD player or similar player and a good set of headphones.
Don’t assume that everyone is going to like your kind of
music.
Show consideration when bringing toys for young children. No
noisy toy instruments, remote control cars (can cause people to trip, too),
whistles, or toys that emit sirens or other loud sounds.
Please, no balls, Frisbees or anything that might invade
another person’s space.
Steer clear of games and items with small pieces that could
easily become lost. Leave messy things like glue, moulding clay and paint sets
at home.
Leave behind sharp items like scissors and craft needles
unless it’s an older child that is responsible.
Incidentally, if you’re going to be stuck in your home’s
basement shelter for a lengthy bit of time, then you still might want to follow
the public shelter guidelines above.
Children will feel less stressed if they’re allowed to
pack-up and bring a few favourite belongings to an emergency shelter or other
place of refuge.
Stick with quiet toys and devices that will reduce boredom
and maintain peace for other evacuees.
It’s no fun to leave the comfort and conveniences of home
when a weather or land crisis strikes.
Include your children when making disaster preparations and
allow them to make an activity kit.
Whole family involvement will make coping with bad weather
and flooding and other natural disasters a whole lot easier.

 

How to get
started
Lately I’ve been
considering the plight of people who are new to preparedness. How overwhelming
this all must be for them.
Even for those of us
who have been prepping for years it can still be overwhelming and intimidating.
I imagine that for people that are new the task ahead must look like Mount
Everest.
Most people begin to
plan for specific problems or vulnerabilities and go from there. There’s
nothing inherently wrong with this approach, and I believe that looking at
specific scenarios is a key part of being prepared for whatever may come this
way.
It’s perfectly
normal and common to start this way. Most of the time you start thinking about
the scenario that first got you started on the preparedness path. It’s ok, and
normal, and not wrong. Trust me!
But today I want to
advocate an approach that is a bit different than that.  This approach is a bit less overwhelming and
it is more practical than war-gaming individual disaster scenarios.
Ignore Specific Scenarios
For Beginners the
first thing you need to do is ignore specific scenarios. Yes, this means that I
don’t want you thinking about EMP, tornadoes, pandemics, or even the zombie
apocalypse.
The reason why I
want you to do this is because any time you look at a specific scenario in
depth, you end up focusing on specific details and you end up rat-holing and
losing sight of the big picture.
You end up spending
a ton of time with no concrete results that you can actually do something
about.
In case the term
isn’t something you’ve heard before, “rat-holing” is a term used to describe a
conversation or process that has deviated from its original productive purpose
into a generally unproductive but long and winding detour that eventually comes
to a dead end.
The original
discussion purpose may be to agree on a course of action. However, if one or
more people rat-hole into a specific point of the discussion then the
discussion stalls with no actionable outcome.
Figure out What’s Important
The first thing I
want you to do is to figure out what is important to your life. Most of the
time the basics are clear: food, water, your health, shelter, and power.
Grab a sheet of
paper and write it down. Think about what else is important to your life, and
go into a bit more detail than I went into here.
Find Your Dependencies
Now for each of
these things you’ve written down, figure out what you’re dependent upon for
those needs. For example you’re probably dependent upon the power company for
electricity, and you most likely get most of your food from the supermarket.
Do this for each
item you’ve written down, and now you should have a list of needs and what you
are dependent upon for those needs.
Contingency Planning
For Beginners Now
it’s time to do the fun stuff. You need to put contingency plans in place for
each of these dependencies. But not just anything. I want you to start small,
and work your way up.
What you’re planning
for is for the disruption in the normal availability of those dependencies. To
use the electricity example again, this is you planning for a power cut.
Like I said, you
want to start small here, and expand your contingency plans. Start planning for
a three day disruption, then a week. Then two weeks, a month, three months, and
six months. Go all the way out to a year if you want.
Once you hit two
weeks, if you feel more comfortable with different time frames after that, go
for it. I’m giving you a guideline, but it’s definitely not some sort of hard
and fast rule.
Take as much time as
you want. This doesn’t have to happen tonight, or tomorrow. Go at your own
pace, and don’t feel like it’s a race. But don’t stall out. Make progress on a
consistent basis.
Why This Works
This works because
all any disaster is, when you get down to it, is a removal of your support
structure and dependencies for a certain amount of time.   
Whether it’s a power cut for a few hours or a job loss
that lasts a few months.
By preparing for
those dependencies to be unavailable, you’re actually preparing for just about
any disaster scenario.  You can dig into
specific scenarios once you’ve got the basics accounted for, but by and large
just having your main dependencies covered will get you through just about
anything.
As with anything in
life, though, action is what gets things done. You have to actually work on
your preparedness plans, not just put them together.  You have to take action to put those
contingencies in place.  They won’t show
up on their own.
Wrapping Up
Prepping for
Beginners remember…preparedness planning is very personal, and it’s not about
planning for the latest and greatest disaster. It’s about structuring your life
in a way that you are not completely up a creek without a paddle if the power
goes out or you can’t get to the supermarket.
This will give you a
sense of peace and confidence that you are able to take care of yourself and
your family. When your dependencies give out for whatever reason, you’ll have a
sense of security that comes from knowing that you’ll be ok, and you have time
to figure out what comes next.

Will You Freeze
To Death


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


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


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


How long before the
fuel runs out? If the grid does down and stays down, how long before the fuel
shortages start? Assuming your generator doesn’t get stolen–because everyone
else in the neighbourhood is freezing to death–how many weeks (possibly months)
of fuel will it take until the spring thaw! I just don’t see how we can survive
even weeks without heat.


Blankets, solar
blankets you say? Wood burning stove. Fireplace. Yes, these will help. But
here’s the problem. In the UK it is not uncommon to see temperatures (w/wind
chill) drop to -30 degrees below zero. Good luck with your solar blanket.
People will be tearing the drywall down and starting fires in their living
rooms to stay warm.


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


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


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


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


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


More recently, an
article from ComputerWorld.com states “Homeland Security warned that with all
the hacking conferences and common pen testing software, the industrial control
systems that are connected directly to the Internet could be easily located and
hackers could point, click and destroy. So you see dear listener
cyber-terrorism is a risk, our grid is vulnerable and likely will continue to
be more so in the near future.


Emergency survival Lighting Idea
An oil lamp can have a number of advantages over candles and
mineral oil lamps:
Very cheap to run – can even burn used cooking oil
The fumes are less toxic than those of paraffin candles or
mineral oil lamps
The production of renewable vegetable oil is less harmful to
the environment than petroleum based products (including paraffin candles)
For the prepper and survivalist, vegetable oil is easier to
store in bulk, or can even be produced on the home farm
Due to the wider base, more stable than candles, and the
flame of any burning wick falling into the oil will be extinguished
Odour free when using olive oil
Making an oil lamp is very easy, quick and cheap, and gives
plenty of opportunity for a creative outlet. The basic element is nothing more
than a piece of twisted wire, a length of twine, some vegetable oil and a
vessel to hold it all in.
However, if you don’t want to mess around with a fiddly job or don’t have the
tools and materials, you could, instead, buy a lamp or just the holder and
spare wicks.
You can get one from a small family business in the USA. If
you live in the UK you can now buy the lamp or wick holder (made by the same
company as the US wick holder) from
www.allthingsgreen.net
.
The lamp is an octagonal jar with wick, wick holder and
instruction leaflet and at £5 makes a very attractive and unusual gift even for
the tightest budget. It would appear that price even includes delivery.
To make one you will need:
Pliers or a vice
Wire cutter (may be part of pliers)
A nail or similar for shaping the wick holding coil
(diameter as wick)
Wire
Vegetable oil
Container
Making the Wick Holder
The wire should be thin and soft enough to bend into a small
circle. I had a roll of tinned copper wire in my shed which did the job, but
you could strip a piece of electrical wire, or use whatever you can lay your
hands on which will do the job. Steel wire of the same diameter is much tougher
to bend. It needs to be a little thinner than 1mm diameter.

Caution when using copper wire – vegetable oil is a fatty acid
and when in contact with copper for a while will produce toxic verdigris. I
noticed the oil turning blue-green when I used copper wire, probably with
verdigris. When using copper wire, to be on the safe side, remove the wick
holder when not in use and wipe off any oil to prevent the formation of
verdigris.

Caution when using galvanised wire – remove the zinc coating with sand
paper or a file to prevent toxic zinc vapours. I don’t know if the lamp flame
is hot enough to vaporise the zinc coating, but I’d do it as a precaution
anyway.

Work out the length by using a piece of twine, wrapping it around the nail
about 4-6 times, then tracing the height, the radius of the base, the base
circle and the handle the length of wire should be about 35-40cm long.

The height is determined by how much oil you want to have in the container. The
top level of the oil should always be fairly close to the bottom of the wick
holding coil. The wick needs to be drenched with oil at all times, or it will
be burned too fast.

If the oil is too far below the flame, the oil cannot be
wicked up as fast as the flame is burning the oil. To avoid the constant need
to top up the container, the surface area should be greater than the height,
i.e. a wide, shallow container is best.
Here is a good tip drop some pebbles or marbles into the oil
to raise the level as the oil is used up.

The handle allows the wick holder to be removed from the container for
lighting, and should be long enough to avoid burning your fingers when
replacing the holder. If the container is narrow, the handle needs to extend over
the edge.

If the handle is likely to be heavier than the holder and
base, then the base needs to be counter-weighted by wrapping another turn of
wire around the base. The shape of the handle will be determined by the
dimensions of the container.
If the container is wide enough to allow the handle to be
inside it without the risk of getting burnt when grabbing the handle, then the
handle should be below the rim so that the lid can be placed on the jar when
not in use.

Start shaping the wire by holding one end of it against the nail with pliers or
a vice, and twist the wire around the nail a few times, until you have a coil
about 1cm long. Hold the end of the coil with pliers whilst bending the wire
parallel with the nail to form the stem, then bend at a right angle.

The Wick
Most plant fibre twine should work. I used cotton twine, but
you could experiment with jute, hemp, flax, nettle or any plant fibre.
It should be absorbent and reasonably smooth, which may
precludes jute, and other rough cordage. If you have some handy, and nothing
better suited, give it a go anyway.
A length of about 40cm will make a reasonable length of
wick. Twisting the wick is a bit tricky, and a job best done with another
person, though you can hold one end in your teeth as you twist the other end,
or tie one end to a door handle or chair leg or whatever, but allow extra
length for tying. Twist it under tension until the twine becomes quite hard,
then grab the middle, and bring the ends together, still under tension, then
let go of the middle, and the two ends will twist around each other to form a
thicker, denser cord.

Now feed the twisted end through the wick holding coil from below, until it
sticks out about 6mm. The burner element is now finished. Tip: if the wick
won’t easily go through the coil (it should be tight enough to prevent it
dropping out), twist the wick as you thread it in, to firm it up.

Container
You can use any glass jar which gives enough clearance for
the flame, any clearance above 4cm should be safe. As stated earlier, the
proportions should be more width to height to avoid frequent refuelling. Think
of Roman oil lamps, they were shaped like a shallow gravy boat.
If the container is shallow enough for the flame to be above
the rim, the container can be of opaque material, like a terracotta dish or
heavy saucer.

If you use pebbles to raise the oil level, you may want to use a saucer under
the lamp or a small additional dish to keep the oily pebbles after topping up
with oil, maybe also a spoon for retrieving the pebbles.

For outdoor lighting it is best to use a sheltering glass container. It is also
easy enough to make a portable lantern by wrapping some wire around the neck of
the jar, include some loops and hook a long handle into the loops. If the flame
is too hot under the hand, you could put the lid onto the container after
punching a few holes into it. The beauty of this kind of lantern is that the
flame can shine through the base of the jar too, casting more light onto the
ground.

Oil
Now you may be thinking, burning vegetable oil must be very
smelly. Some oil may be, but olive oil burns very clean and without odour.
Smoking oil smells unpleasant, but burning oil does not.
So forget the stench of a smoking frying pan. However, even
the smellier types of oils can be used economically outdoors. Perhaps you have
a bottle of forgotten salad oil at the back of the cupboard. Here is some use
for it.
Or how do you get rid of the deep frying fat after making a
few batches of chips (French fries)? Light your porch, patio or garden path.
You could even collect waste oil from fast food outlets. Strain it and use it
for your lantern.
You could also add a few drops of essential oil for a
scented light. The volatile oil will evaporate easily with the nearby heat,
before the flame can actually burn it.
Using the lamp
The first time the lamp is used the wick should be allowed
to fully absorb oil before lighting it. Keep the wick about 6 mm long, and make
sure the oil reaches to just below the coil. If the holder is in a jar, lift it
up to light the lamp.
When the flame shortens it is a sign that the wick is also
shortening, and it should be pulled up a little with a pin or tweezers. Remove
any charred wick. The wick should not burn very fast. If it does, then the oil
level may be too low. Top up or drop in a pebble. It is also best not to extend
the wick too far, as a large flame is more likely to smoke.
To extinguish the flame use a candle snuffer, purpose made
or improvised, or if the handle is inside the jar as suggested earlier, just
place the lid on the jar. This will prevent any smoking. Alternatively, the
lamp can be tilted and the holder tipped over to submerge the flame into the
oil, which will instantly, and smokelessly extinguish the flame.

 

Does the Bible say
anything about the current wave of doomsday predictions and violence throughout
the planet?
Movie trailers for
the science fiction disaster film 2012 added to the hype, showing entire cities
devastated by enormous tsunamis and earthquakes, meteors raining down fiery
death from heaven and human history coming to a violent end.

According to Wikipedia, “The studio also launched a viral marketing
website operated by the fictional Institute for Human Continuity, where
filmgoers could register for a lottery number to be part of a small population
that would be rescued from the global destruction.”

Other scenarios picture a wonderful change in human consciousness and the
ushering in of a New Age. John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenesis,
describes the coming New Age this way: “Around the year we call 2012 a
large chapter in human history will be coming to an end.
All the values and assumptions of the previous World Age will expire, and a new
phase of human growth will commence.”

Well as we now know
he was wrong, or at least he got the date wrong at least.
All the hype about 2012 was based on a mixture of speculation about Mayan
calendars, the book The Bible Code, some ancient Oriental prophesies, supposed
writings of Nostradamus and a little of the biblical book of Revelation.

But does the Bible say anything about the end of human history?

In Matthew 24:3, Jesus was asked about the sign of His coming and the end of
this age.

He gave prophecies of many events to happen before His return. He said there
would be religious deception, wars and rumours of wars, famines, disease
epidemics and earthquakes, all leading to a time of Great Tribulation when
mankind would be on the verge of destroying all life on the earth if the time
wasn’t cut short (verses 21 and 22).
Could that be a reference to WW111?

Then Jesus prophesied there would be heavenly signs, and He would return with
power and great glory (verses 29-30).
While Jesus gave His disciples signs to watch for that indicated His return, He
stated clearly that no one knows the exact date except His Father.

In Mark 13:32 we read, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even
the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Matthew’s account
puts it this way, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the
hour in which the Son of Man is coming” (Matthew 25:13).

The Bible does not tell us the date Jesus Christ will return to save humanity
from destroying ourselves.

But it does promise that Christ will return and set up a government that will
bring peace and prosperity to this earth. In the meantime God doesn’t ask us to
explore the intricacies of ancient Mayan calendars, or believe the Hollywood
film scripts either.

He warns of rampant deception and tells us not to be fooled by those who claim
secret knowledge of His return (Matthew 24:4, 23-26).

What are we to do? The purpose of the biblical prophecies and warning signs is
to remind us of our need to always be growing closer to God and to be
spiritually ready.

We need to be preparing spiritually for Christ’s return and the end of this
world now, and every year.

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you
do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).


UK Blackout Fears are you Prepared?


This is 2014 and believe it or not emergency measures are
needed to ensure Britain avoids blackouts this winter, the National Grid boss
has admitted.


He says that old power stations could be brought out of
mothballs to supply extra energy.


A number of coal-fired power stations have been shut to
satisfy EU targets for cutting greenhouse gases.


Four nuclear plants have closed unexpectedly for repairs –
although Mr Holliday said two may be ready by the end of the year.


The result is the total amount of electricity that can be
supplied could be just 5 per cent greater than demand from consumers.


We could be looking at 1970s-style blackouts. I would say
that managers had ‘failed to plan adequately’. 


Winter is on the way depending on where you live and
experiencing a power cut can range from being moderately inconvenient to a
complete nightmare. Being prepared means that a power cut needn’t be a
disaster…


Emergency supplies


Last winter there were families in remote parts of the
country where a power cut left them stranded for days without heat, light,
cooking facilities and hot water. Shops had to be closed and heavy snowfall
blocked roads and railways. With a power cut – no matter where you are – can
cause real problems.  


Candles can be dangerous, keeping warm is difficult and
milk and food may turn rancid. A little preparation is definitely worthwhile.


Here’s an emergency check-list of what you should have in
the house:


Candles, minimum four to five dozen.


Candle stick holders. In a pinch, fold aluminium foil around
the candle bases 


Matches and disposable lighters.


Emergency heater


Torches and extra batteries.

 

Canned goods and dry food mixes
Water and juices.
Extension cords, long enough to reach your neighbour’s
house.
Hand tools such as hammer, screwdriver and wood saw.
Seasoned firewood.
Extra blankets.
Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.
First-aid kit
Fire Extinguisher
Remember to keep these things together and in a place where
they will be easy to reach and find in the dark. It’s also a good idea to keep
some emergency lighting on each level of the house, a lighter with candles
should be fine until you can access the torches.
Try to get children used to candles – from distance!
Bath-time is a good time to introduce candlelight – it makes a relaxing
atmosphere and your child is safely contained in the tub.
During a power cut you’ll only be able to use them on high
surfaces. Do not walk around with a lit candle, use torches instead to get
about the house.
During a power cut
You will find the temperature in your home drops quickly.
Keep a small baby close to you for warmth, and consider co-sleeping. Toddlers
will need extra clothes and blankets at bed times. A torch may make an
impromptu night-light.
However even adults will need extra layers of clothes as
well as blankets hats and gloves.
Report the power cut to your electricity supplier
immediately. They should have a 24-hour emergency telephone number that is on
your electricity bill or in the front of the yellow pages.
Tell them if you have a young children, elderly person or
those with medical problems in the house and ask for an estimated length of
time.
If the power cut is going to last several days, consider
staying with a friend or relative with power. Having no heat or light is going
to be, at the best, inconvenient and at the worst, dangerous.
And finally…
Get your family into good habits. Stairs should always be
kept free of toys and clutter in case you do end up stumbling around in the
dark.
The 1940’s Diet
Are we storing ‘too’
much food for bugging out?
Could we actually
live on what the British families did in the 1940’s?
I know that a
rationed diet would be healthier for us as well?
When rationing was
introduced in England on January 8, 1940 it was to ensure that food was
distributed fairly and that the dwindling food supplies lasted.
However, rationing
did vary slightly month to month depending on the availability of foods
increasing when it was plentiful and decreasing when it was in short supply.
Here is the weekly
ration allowance for one adult in the 1940’s… (Remember that in addition to
this people were encouraged to incorporate lots of fruit and veggies into their
diets and grow even more in their back gardens!
Weekly ration for 1 adult
Bacon & Ham 4
oz.
Meat to the value of
£1.50 (around about 1/2 lb minced beef)
Butter 2 oz.
Cheese 2 oz.
Margarine 4 oz.
Cooking fat 4 oz.
Milk 3 pints
Sugar 8 oz.
Preserves 1 lb every
2 months
Tea 2 oz.
1 fresh egg per week
Sweets/Candy 12 oz.
every 4 weeks
In addition to this
a points system was put in place which limited your purchase of tinned or
imported goods.
16 points were
available in your ration book for every 4 weeks and that 16 points would enable
you to purchase for instance, 1can of tinned fish or 2lbs of dried fruit or 8
lbs of split peas.
Does this sound a lot or little to you?
When you try and
produce all your own food from scratch using the above ingredients and realize
just how precious or even how difficult it was at times to obtain other
necessary food stuffs like flour, oats etc.
It really makes you
appreciate how difficult and how IMPORTANT the role was of the1940’s
housewife to feed her family and keep them healthy. It was for sure a long
and hard job.
I have designed this
recipe from the rations available.
BREAKFAST
2 slices of
wholemeal (whole wheat) toast with margarine and marmalade or marmite or large
bowl of porridge oats (oatmeal) made with water, splash of milk and a little
sugar or honey mixed in.
LUNCH
Oslo Meal-
2 slices of whole
wheat bread spread with a little margarine or butter small block of cheese
grated and placed over salad, fresh lettuce leaves other salad items like
carrot, cucumber or tomato and a glass of cold milk
OR,
Meat Gravy
 1 lb mince beef
Corn starch
Water
Thyme
Salt & pepper
Old ripe tomatoes
(optional)
Oxo cubes or marmite
DINNER
Two large baked
potatoes topped with a little bit of strong cheddar, generous serving of meaty
gravy, a chunk of freshly baked wholemeal bread, a few spoonful’s of steamed
carrots, big mound of steamed cabbage. For dessert one pear.
OR
A big mound of
mashed potato (a blob of marg and some thyme, salt & pepper for seasoning),
served with large portions of cabbage and cauliflower and the remainder of the
meaty gravy made yesterday.
For dessert two
freshly baked Rock Buns and two steaming hot cups of tea!
SUPPER
Round off the day
with a glass or two of milk- usually one small glass of cold milk and a cup of
milky coffee.
The amount depends
on how much you have left to use!
This diet depends on
what is available or what recipes have been created.
You can always make
veggies stews with beans and pulses in for extra protein.

 


Aquaponics


What if I told you
that you could catch fish for dinner in your back garden?


What if I told you
that right up until you caught those fish, they were growing the veggies for
the rest of your dinner?


Would you believe
me?


Well you should as
this can all be done now by using an ingenious method of gardening called
Aquaponics.


What is Aquaponics?


Aquaponics is the
growing of fish, or other water-based animals, along with land plants in a controlled
environment.


It is used to
maximize the use of energy and nutrients in the system so that it can harvest
the maximum amount of vegetables and fish protein. The word aquaponics comes
from the words aquaculture, which is the cultivation of fish or other water-
based animals, and hydroponics, where plants are grown in a sterile medium or
completely in water.


Basically, the
plants extract the water and nutrients that they need to grow, cleaning the
water for the fish. There are bacteria that live on the surface of the grow
bed.


These bacteria
convert ammonia wastes from the fish into nitrates that can be used by the
plants. The nitrates are relatively harmless to the fish but more importantly
they make terrific plant food.


 What Types
of Fish Can You Use in Aquaponics?


Any type of fresh
water fish works well in an aquaponic system. Carp can be grown by aquaponics
but you can also grow most fresh water fish, trout, and even signal crayfish,
(license required).


It’s not just for
edible fish! You can also grow any decorative fresh-water fish such as Koi or
goldfish. When choosing your fish you will need to take into consideration the
temperature at which they can thrive and survive in.


For example most
river fish can survive down to temperatures in the low 60s, but won’t thrive
until they reach the mid 70’s. Whereas trout will survive up to a maximum
temperature of 65, but they will not thrive until their water is in the high
40s to low 50’s. (Temps given in Fahrenheit)


What Types of Plants Can You Grow in an Aquaponic Garden?


There are too many
to name. It is actually easier to list the categories of plants that DO NOT
thrive in an aquaponics system. Plants like blueberries and azaleas do not work
well as they require an acidic environment to thrive.


With some protection
all of this will work in any climate. A greenhouse is ideal as you can create a
perfect environment for your fish and plants and the bonus is sunlight is free!
Also all the water in the fish tank, sump tank and grow beds will create a thermal
mass in your greenhouse which helps moderate temperature extremes.


Don’t worry if you
don’t have a greenhouse, aquaponics work inside. You can just as easily grow
fish and veg in your garage or even your cellar for example.

 

Benefits of Aquaponic Gardening
Aquaponic Gardening
enables home fish farming. Fresh fish for you and your family.
Aquaponic Gardening
uses 90% less water than soil-based gardening because the water is
re-circulated and only that which the plants take up or evaporates is ever
replaced.
Aquaponic Gardening
results in two crops for one input (fish feed).
Aquaponic Gardening
is four to six times as productive on a square foot basis as soil-based
gardening. This is because with aquaponic gardening, you can pack plants about
twice as densely and the plants grow two to three times as fast as they do in
soil.
Aquaponic systems
only requires a small amount of energy, this is to run a pump and aeration for
the fish.
Aquaponics does not
rely on the availability of good soil, you can literally set up anywhere such
as any piece of land big enough, abandoned warehouses, schools, restaurants,
cellars and garages.
Aquaponic Gardening
is free from weeds, watering and fertilizing. It is done at a waist-high level
so prevents back strain.
Aquaponic Gardening
has to be organic. Natural fish waste provides all the food the plants need.
Pesticides would be harmful to the fish so they are never used. Hormones,
antibiotics, and other fish additives would be harmful to the plants so they
are never used.
The result is every
bit as flavourful as soil-based organic produce, with the added benefit of
fresh fish for a safe, healthy source of protein.

 

When the Power Stops
It is a fact that our country is more reliant on electrical
power today than at any time in its history.
Our way of life – from everyday conveniences and the
security of local emergency services to commerce and communications – is
contingent upon an always on, always available flow of electricity.
But an aging infrastructure coupled with a rise in natural
and man-made disasters threatens our entire modern day digital infrastructure.
According to many experts from the private and public sector, we’re just one
major catastrophic event away from a complete meltdown of life in the United
Kingdom as we know it today.
So, what happens if and when the grid goes down for an
extended period of time? Aside from the aggravation of not being able to
determine what is happening through traditional media channels, for the Average
person, his problems have only just begun.
Our dependency to the power grid doesn’t just stop at the
lack of electricity in our homes to power our appliances or an inability to
charge our mobile phones; it Is much broader and affects every aspect of our
lives.
We are regularly inundated with news reports covering power
cuts that last several days or weeks resulting from bad weather or snow storms.
During those times, when entire metropolitan areas or regions experience power
cuts, we get a glimpse into what a truly widespread emergency might look like.
It is often the case that the first thing residents of
affected areas do is rush to the supermarket and DIY stores hoping to acquire
critical supplies like food, water, batteries, flashlights and generators.
And while these supplies acquired at the onset of crisis may
provide short term sustenance, any long-term power cut situation that lasts for
many weeks or months will prove dangerous, and perhaps fatal, to the
unprepared.
Consider, for a moment, how drastically your life would
change without the continuous flow of energy the grid delivers. While
manageable during a short-term disaster, losing access to the following
critical elements of our just-in-time society would wreak havoc on the system.
Challenges or shut downs of business commerce
Breakdown of our basic infrastructure: communications, mass
transportation, supply chains
Inability to access money via atm machines
Payroll service interruptions
Interruptions in public facilities – schools, workplaces may
close, and public gatherings.
Inability to have access to clean drinking water
The last widespread outage in the Northeast with over 80,000
homes without electricity, showed how intimately interconnected and alarmingly
fragile our power grid is.
If our society is more reliant on power than at any time in
history – without it, we’ve got no commerce, no communications, no clean water
– and if power becomes less reliable in the future, the big question is: Will
we be able to hack it?
THE TROUBLE with the future of power isn’t that there is one
big problem that could knack us. It’s that there are a host of them, any one of
which could knack us.
These things that
could knack us I would class as Extreme Natural Disasters
This includes earthquakes, hurricanes, snow storms,
thunderstorms as well as massive solar storms that have the potential to
seriously damage the electrical grid. You don’t think it could happen?
It took just 90 seconds for a 1989 solar storm to cause the
collapse of the Hydro-Quebec power grid, leaving 6 million Canadians without
power for up to nine hours.
A NASA-funded report noted the risk of significant damage to
our interconnected grid in light of the forecast for increased solar activity.
Acts of Terrorism
This category includes, but is not limited to a physical
attack on the bulk power system, either at its source of generation or
somewhere along its transmission route, cyber-attack on the computers
controlling our interconnected grid, electro-magnetic pulse, or an EMP, weapon.
Have you read my “effects of EMP” article. EMP’s will create
long-lasting damage that would incapacitate electronic systems across the
country and forever change our way of life.
Cyber-threats
are another concern and someone with serious hacking skills could easily take
out computers, networks or information stored therein to cause lasting damage
to our way of life.
The Ailing Grid
Our ailing power grid is almost as sick as our failing
economy. With one malicious event, be it man made or by natural means, it is
down. Our power delivery system is as old and stooped as a pensioner.
As it is upgraded and its capacity is expanded, our
rapacious need for more electrical power races to max it out once again.
A wide-spread emergency, such as a massive power surge,
solar flare or a rogue electromagnetic pulse (EMP) detonation have the capacity
to render our entire power infrastructure useless.
Transformers and other key elements on which the grid
depends could be permanently damaged as a result of massive electric surges.
In an event such as this our immediate problem will be
finding a way to order, manufacture and take delivery of the components needed
to replace the faulty ones.
Most of the parts made for our electrical grid are made in
China – and many are decades old. It would take months to get the parts shipped
to this country and replaced.
During the power cut, millions would be adversely affected;
some even suggesting that within a year 9 out of 10 Britons would be dead from
starvation, disease and violence.
Ladies and
gentleman, if there’s one thing that can cause the veritable “S” to hit the
fan, this is it.
So how do we remedy and or prepare for a grid down scenario?
Think retro – like pioneer retro- and by that we have to go way back to when we
were not so dependent on the luxury of on-demand energy in its various forms.
When preparing for a grid-down scenario, we must comprise
different contingency plans for short-term and longer-term issues. That being
the case, we have to admit to ourselves that it could last longer than we
expect and be much more than just a minor inconvenience.
Therefore, the best way to prepare is to start with your
basic needs. That is the need for light, heat, water, and food. Therefore we
must employ the usual SHTF plans to overcome this potential disaster situation.
The vulnerability of our grid is nothing new to us as
preppers. Some have seen this problem coming for a long time and changed their
entire ways of life by going off-grid.
They have found alternative sources such as solar, wind and
diesel to power their homes and machinery. A majority of us, who have not gone
off-grid, are making a concerted effort to avoid dependence on this ailing
infrastructure and preparing for life without it.
That being said, all we can do is stay the course, prepare
accordingly and continue on.
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Florida Makes
Off-Grid Living Illegal


It’s no secret that
an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas State
brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it
down.


Each one of the
community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The
Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self-sustainable.


This time, it’s a
lady called Robin Speronis that’s come under fire. She lives off the grid in
Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system.


A few weeks ago,
officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited
the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be
connected to an electricity grid and a running water source.


So it appears that
our dependency on corporations isn’t even a choice.


In the end, she was
found not guilty of not having a proper sewer or electrical system; but was
guilty of not being hooked up to an approved water supply.


So what exactly is
off grid living?


It means living independently, mainly living
independently of the utility companies. Providing your own power.


It does not mean living in the Stone Age, it’s not about
bush craft. It’s about generating your own power, your own water, dealing with
your own waste.


It’s about being more self-reliant and being less
dependent on the system. Perhaps realizing that the system isn’t
really protecting us anymore and we have to look after ourselves.


The real problem
with off the grid living is that corporations lose their ability to control
those who go off grid.


With a completely
self-sustaining life style, nobody would ever have to work. What would happen
then?


Think about that for a moment.


We would be free to
expand and create, to discover our full potential as a race and move forward
into the world of exploration and discovery, all the while living in harmony
with nature, not against it.


We’ve accepted the
monetary system, and deem it necessary for the proper function of society.
Money doesn’t ever have to come in the way of necessity, we’ve just been made
to believe that it does.


The human race does
not need to be dependent on these corporations.


While we continue to
feed this dependency, the planet continues to suffer. In order to move forward,
we must start cooperating with each other, and realize just how much potential
we have to create something magical and amazing.


Bottom line, anybody
who has the desire to live off-grid should not be hassled for it, it should be
a free choice.


It gets worse.

 

You may not be aware
of this, but many Western states, including Utah, Washington and Colorado, have
long outlawed individuals from collecting rainwater on their own properties
because, according to officials, that
rain belongs to someone else.
The American
government is working hard to make it illegal for you to grow veggies in your
own yard.
And in New Zealand
They have passed a
law that makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorisation, and it
defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural
medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water).

By controlling seeds, the bill takes the power to grow food away from the
public and puts it in the hands of seed companies. That power may be abused.

The bill will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red
tape and registration costs. Food prices are already rising due to increased
energy costs and commodity speculation, while effective disposable incomes are
falling.

Growing food for distribution must be authorised, even for “cottage
industries”, and such authorisation can be denied.

Under the Food Bill, Police acting as Food Safety Officers can raid premises
without a warrant, using all equipment they deem necessary – including guns
(Clause 265 – 1).

Members of the private sector can also be Food Safety Officers, as at Clause
243. So Monsanto employees can raid premises – including marae – backed up by
armed police.

The Bill gives Food Safety Officers immunity from criminal and civil
prosection.

The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade
Organisation obligations under an international scheme called Codex
Alimentarius (“Food Book”). So it has to pass this bill in one form or another.

These facts are in
my opinion even more reason to prepare and plan to survive, as you know we are
doing it right when they try to ban it.

 


A Family Plan


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


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


But what if?


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


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


Where is your wife? Is she OK, is she trapped underground on
a tube train? Is she in a massive traffic jam as the traffic light are not
working? Oh! And the mobile phone network is down too.


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


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


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


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


Reconnect with
Family after a Disaster


Plan for Specific
Needs before a Disaster


Build an Emergency
Kit


How to… Practice
for an Emergency


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


Think back to the earlier scenario…how would your reach your
wife? Do the two of you have a designated meeting place or perhaps a point of
contact outside of your immediate community who can assist with connecting the
two of you and confirming both parties are safe?


Connecting, having and practicing an emergency plan and
being within arms’ reach of emergency supplies are all small, simple steps we
can take today.  And, frankly, they could mean the difference between life
and death once a disaster strikes.


But no reminder, activity or promotion will be as meaningful
and as impactful as the one you take for your own life and for that of your
family. This also means thinking beyond what’s immediately obvious and planning
for those who may not be able to prepare or readily plan for themselves – like
those who are disabled, the elderly and don’t forget your pets.



Having Problems
Prepping?


The thoughts that
bounce around our heads can create a chain reaction of events that can
either help us or hinder us all along the way.

 

 

These thought
processes can also make a big impact on our prepping
activities. Regardless of what part of the prepping spectrum you are on,
we have certain thoughts on the kind of prepared individual we want to end
up being.

 

 

When we don’t meet
our expectations, we tend to grow frustrated and feel more inclined to give
up. When I first began prepping, I wanted to be a hard core prepper and
had some pretty grandiose conceptions of how that would be.

 

 

I envisioned being
the kind of prepper who could live off the land with nothing but a blade, some
snares and a water bottle. Have I met this goal? Not really. But I haven’t
stopped pursuing it either. I just know that this type of goal takes time to
master, and being honest it is not for me if truth be known.

 

 

When we haven’t
achieved our goals in the time expected, we can begin losing focus and be
frustrated. This could be because of the short attention spans our society has.

 

 

Our need
for immediate results can wreak havoc on a prepper’s long term desire to
be prepared. To avoid this, we have to admit at the very beginning this
is not a short-lived hobby, but a long term lifestyle change that will
take time, energy and an ongoing pursuit for knowledge.

 

 

It can take years of
studying and practicing skills to get to the point of being a hard core
prepper. Years! Anyone who thinks differently is fooling themselves and will
set themselves up for failure because of these preconceived notions.

 

 

Rather than looking
at the end result and growing frustrated because you aren’t at the point you
wanted to be, stay focused on the starting point.

 

 

Why are you preparing in the first place?

 

 

I would say that in
order to have a well-rounded supply and knowledge base, we have to start at the
very beginning and layer our prepping activities in short term, longer term and
sustainable increments. This is the best way to stay organized and ensure that
you can succeed in a disaster scenario.

 

 

The best way to
begin prepping is by making a goal. Something as simple as, “I want to be
prepared for a 3 month long disaster.” By setting a goal, you can create a
preparedness plan based around this, which becomes your starting point.

 

 

Moreover, when you
create a goal, you have also created a reference point to turn to in case you
get overwhelmed or overloaded with prepping. This reference point reminds
you to remember what you’re prepping for. From there, you can gather your
supplies and learn your skillsets.

 

 

Plan – Set your
prepper goals (short and long term), make a strategy, create lists of
supplies, make meal plans, create a financial budget to get out of debt, as
well as to fund your prepping activities.

 

 

Accrue – Begin
investing in supplies, practice preparedness-based skills, continue to educate
yourself on prepping and ways to promote a self-reliant lifestyle

 

 

Apply – When you
begin using your food stores, practicing your skills and confidently using your
preps, you are applying the knowledge you have learned. Don’t forget to keep
accumulating knowledge and learning better ways to prep.

 

 

Don’t Lose Focus

 

 

Give yourself a
break if you haven’t gotten where you wanted to be. It’s not ok to eat, live
and breathe emergency preparedness.

 

 

Each of us is on our
own journey and some may learn faster than others. Learn from others and don’t
be afraid to include your mistakes and failures as part of your education.

 

 

This is part of the
learning curve, and a necessary one at that. Further, take your time with the
material and include your family. This could be a great way to teach family
members and, rather than carrying “the world on your shoulders,” this gives you
some support.

 

 

Understand, there
will be times when you want to throw the towel in. It’s ok to take a break
from prepping. I have, and so have others. The subject of preparedness can be
stressful, especially if you are reading about worst-case scenarios all the
time.

 

 

Your mind and spirit
will need a break, and taking some time “to fill the well” can help immensely.
Spend time with family and friends, breath, pray, meditate, exercise. Do
anything to put your focus elsewhere for a short time and then, when you
feel better, start prepping again. This makes you more open to continuing
on the prepper journey.

 

Remember my quest to
be the hard core type of prepper? As great as this would be, that’s not where I
am now. But, just because I haven’t met this goal doesn’t mean that everything
I have done in between has fallen by the wayside.
I am still striving
toward this, but know there is a lot to learn along the way; and I’m ok with
that.
Whether your goal is
to be a hard core prepper or not, give yourself kudos for taking the steps
to getting your home prepared and for taking the time to learn new
skills.
We all grow
frustrated at times, especially when this is a long term quest for knowledge
and skills. My advice to those beginning to prepare is to be patient and remember
that prepping takes time.

 


How much do you
know?


As a PREPPER you
will need to be 100% self-sufficient as it may be that you are isolated from
other survivors for years.

 

 

Here are some ideas for you to consider.

 

 

HOW many of you are
constantly learning new skills?

 

 

How many are
involving your children in this process?

 

 

Remember that
children’s brains are like a sponge so they will absorb much more than you and
at a faster rate.

 

 

How many people have a large collection of HOW TO Books?
Have you got any of these books?

 

 

Books on hunting

 

 

Books on Survival

 

 

Books on growing
food

 

 

Books on soil

 

 

Books on building
from wood to steel

 

 

Books on how to make
steel, iron, tools etc.

 

 

Books on tinctures

 

 

Books on cooking

 

 

Books on plants and
trees

 

 

Books on herbal
medicines

 

 

Books on human body
physiology

 

 

Books on fasting

 

 

Books on Poisonous
Snakes and insects and HOW to do First Aid the list goes on and on …

 

 

How many people have done a First Aid course?

 

 

How many people know
what CPR is and how to perform it?

 

 

How many people know
HOW to treat a snake bite?

 

How many people “KNOW” how to do the following?
Woodworking
Building log cabins
Metal working
Constructing
underground tunnels
Extracting Oil from
plants
Making bows and
arrows
Making natural glue
Make flour from
different plants (not just wheat)
Make tinctures
Extracting birch
tree oil
Make charcoal
How many people have several of the following?
Axes
Knives
Round wood saws
Single and double
person wood saws
Many files for
sharpening the above
Manually powered
Wood lathe IF possible
How many people have
prepared the land around their bunker or home for growing organic food?
Adding organic
matter (cow manure etc.) into the soil.
Adding powdered rock
dust (AKA: minerals) at least 2 + yards down into the soil.
How many people have
created natural defences around their home (or know how to) using things like 2
or 3 layers of different trees with Passive Normal Trees on the outside and
then a second layer inside made up of Attack Trees which are made up of plants
with thorns, spines and prickles.
Then inside this
layer you can run a barbed wire this way when someone runs into this at night,
you will certainly know about it.
How many people have
studied NATURAL medicine and this includes HERBAL medicine and pressure points?
How many people know what herbal medicine is?
How many people know
that PINE Trees have natural Vitamin C and that Pine Bark is also abundant with
Vitamin C.?
Did you know that
Vitamin C deficiency has been one of the biggest killers of humans through our
known history and yet in most cases where people had access to Pine Trees,
almost no one utilized this powerful disease fighting natural medicine?
How many people KNOW
that just by standing out in the sun for approx. 40 minutes a day you can get
all the Vitamin D you need to stop over 90% of cancers and sickness (and it is
FREE), Plus it also has been said to stop babies being born with rickets.
How many people know
that by drinking RAW unprocessed cow’s milk, you can rebuild your teeth and
bones? How many people have a milking cow or 3 on their land? How many actually
have some land?
How many people have several EXIT tunnels from their
bunker? How many even have bunkers?
There are 101 things
I could list here but I hope that you get the picture.
Whatever you think you know now is NOT enough.
FINALLY:
How many of you have
actually spent a FAMILY WEEK living next to a river or creek and surviving off
the land so that you can make a list of all of the things you will need WHEN
you really do need to KNOW implicitly how to do these things.

 


How Safe are
You at Home?


One of the scariest
things that can happen is to find an intruder in your home. When it occurs,
it’s frighteningly sudden. Often, there is little or no time to react.

 

 

By the time an
intruder is in the house, it could be too late to effectively keep him at bay.
He may be there to rob you and quickly escape, or he could have other
intentions, including kidnapping or rape.

 

 

The absolute best
way to deal with a home invader (or a burglar if no one is home) is to make him
decide — while he’s still outside — that your home is not one that he should
try to enter.

 

 

If you can convince
that burglar as he’s scoping out your neighbourhood that he will have a very
difficult time accomplishing his goal in your house, you might actually save
your life and that of your family members.

 

 

Some people believe
that their home will never be the target of a burglary because there are more
expensive houses in the immediate area that contain more expensive items to
steal.

 

 

The problem with
that kind of thinking is that fact might not matter to a burglar. A burglar is
equally interested in determining which houses he can get in and out of quickly
without being detected as he is in what kind of loot with which he can escape.

 

 

And a more expensive
house is more likely to have a more elaborate security system that the burglar
doesn’t want to mess around with.

 

 

Your choice — before
something like this happens — is whether to make it easy for the burglar or
very difficult for him.

 

 

Before I tell you
what you can do to make a burglar decide to bypass your home, including locks,
lights and landscaping, there’s something everyone should know.

 

 

The weakest link in your home defence could be you or
another person living in your home.

 

 

Yes, some home
invasions begin when a burglar busts through a front door or breaks a window
and crawls through it. But many others start with a seemingly innocent ringing
of a doorbell.

 

 

The burglar might
pretend that he’s making a delivery or that he’s collecting money for a charity
or informing you about a power cut or water or gas leak, or is just a person in
distress who needs to use a telephone or bathroom.

 

 

When these deceivers
find someone who buys their story, even for just a moment, they can either push
their way into the house after the front door has been opened, or perhaps be
invited in by a kind-hearted but naïve householder.

 

 

Once they’re on the
inside, you’re pretty much at their mercy because they will probably have a
weapon and there will be no tell-tale sign of a forced entry that a neighbour
or passer-by might spot.

 

 

So, you and your
family members should have a plan in place for every time someone rings your
doorbell or knocks on your front door.

 

 

And that strategy
should include not opening the
door until you are absolutely sure you know who that person is. Make sure that
a delivery person shows you an ID, and call the company if you have any doubts
about that person.

 

 

With that in mind I
would now like to look at the top 10 ways that you can turn your home into a
fortress. Remember, these are crucial for convincing a burglar that your home
will be too much trouble for his treachery:

 

 

Always keep your
doors locked, whether you are home or away. Install solid wood or metal-clad
doors, as these are the most likely entry points for an intruder. In addition,
upgrade your locks. Grade 1 or Grade 2 deadbolts, accompanied by heavy-duty
brass strike plates that should keep doors from being kicked in.

 

 

Keep your windows
locked. You don’t want windows that can be manipulated from the outside, so
keep them from opening more than six inches. Consider installing mounting
brackets now so that you could quickly install window bars later if necessary.

 

 

Install a security
system with a loud alarm and advertise that system with signs on your property.
Even before your security system is in place, a loud alarm could scare away an
intruder. Post a sign regarding your alarm near the entrances. Make sure
everyone living in the house knows how important it is to keep alarm codes
confidential.

 

 

Make sure your front
door has a peephole that gives you a good view of anyone on your porch. Your
porch light should be bright enough to enable you to recognize the person
before you open the door.

 

 

Keep the inside of
your house well lit at night. Put your inside lights on a timer when you are
away. Make sure newspapers aren’t delivered while you’re gone, and try to keep
a car in the driveway.

 

 

Take a walk around
your home — inside and out — and look for areas where someone could enter without
a great deal of trouble. Assess these potential breach points and secure them.
If there is a seldom-used door to the outside, install a 2 x 4 barricade on the
inside.

 

Safeguard the
perimeter of your home by installing motion-sensor lights on your property. A
fence can be climbed, but having one might be enough to make an intruder choose
a different home. Keep your shrubbery trimmed in order to reduce the number of
hiding places around your home.
Whether or not you
own a barking dog, plant a “Beware of Dog” sign near your house’s entrances.
Dogs can be trained in defence, or at least to bark when they hear a noise
outside.
Keep tools that
could be used to break into a home (ladders, crowbars, etc.) away from open
view.
Have a family
emergency plan. Every family member should know exactly what to do, in advance,
if an intruder enters the house. Getting out of the house quickly is best, but
if that’s not possible, a previously designated “safe room” is where they
should head.
Always keep a pair
of trainers, a torch and a mobile phone by your bed.
There is clearly a
threat to you and your family in normal times now I want you to consider what I
have just said and imagine you are now post shtf.
What changes would
you make to these peacetime plans? Then put a plan in place to do just that.

 


The threats we
Face


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

 

This past week alone
we have seen Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney warning of a coming 9/11/14 terror
attack, United States General Paul Vallely issuing a dire warning that ISIS/Al-Qaeda
sleeper cells are already in big US cities, preparing to launch attacks upon
the transportation system, the electrical grids and shopping centres.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The UK government is
like a turkey voting for Christmas.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


How to Use the Internet When the
Internet Is Gone
OK, here’s
the scenario: A storm hits the area you live in, knocking out the electricity.
Your lights go out, and with it you’re Wi-Fi. Your laptop, still charged, is
without Internet.
The local
mobile phone networks are both degraded by the weather and instantly overloaded
as thousands of people around you call their friends and family to ask,
“Hey, did your power just go out? You OK?”
Your
phone is getting service, but just barely. Calls are patchy. 3G and 4G Internet
aren’t working at all, so neither are your apps. All you can depend on is the
most resilient, and limited, feature of your mobile phone: Text messages.
Here’s how to access the Internet
without the Internet:
You can
still use Google even if all you have is SMS access. Just add 466453 (GOOGLE)
to your phonebook, then text to it as if you’re searching.
Here’s
something you may not have known about your phone number: It has an e-mail
address. Almost every carrier operates what’s called an e-mail gateway, meaning
that you can send and receive e-mails via text.
Here’s
how to figure out your phone’s e-mail address:
If you’re
on T-Mobile,
it’s yournumber@tmomail.net
If you’re on Virgin, its number@vxtras.com
If you’re on Orange,
its
number@orange.net
If you’re on 02, its
number@o2imail.co.uk
If you’re on
Vodafone, its
phonenumber@vodafone.net
Now, to
receive your e-mail via SMS, you’ll need to forward it to your gateway address:
Most e-mail services offer this
for free in the settings page. Here’s how to do it in Gmail, for example. You’ll have to
turn this on before you lose Internet access. So, like, now.
Gmail
lets you automatically forward incoming mail to another address.
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the gear symbol in the
    top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Select the Forwarding and
    POP/IMAP
    tab.
  5. Click Add a forwarding
    address
    in the “Forwarding” section.
  6. Enter the email address you
    want to forward to.
  7. For your security, we’ll
    send a verification to that email address.
  8. Open your forwarding email
    account, and find the confirmation message from the Gmail team.
  9. Click the verification link
    in that email.
  10. Back in your Gmail account,
    refresh the page.
  11. Select the Forward a copy
    of incoming mail to
    option and make sure your new forwarding address
    is listed in the first drop-down menu.
  12. In the second drop-down
    menu, choose what you want Gmail to do with your messages, such as keep
    Gmail’s copy in the Inbox
     or archive Gmail’s copy.
  13. Click Save Changes at
    the bottom of the page.
Note: While multiple email addresses
can be added as forwarding addresses in the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab,
Gmail can only auto-forward mail to one address at a time. The address that is
currently in use is shown in the drop-down menu next to “Forward a copy of
incoming mail to.”
If this
doesn’t work
, and in
my experience it may not, depending on your carrier and e-mail provider, you
can try an automated forwarding service such as TXTJet.
To send
e-mails via text
, you can
usually just enter an e-mail address instead of a phone number. These same
e-mail gateways work in reverse, meaning you can either respond directly to
messages forwarded through the gateway or send a new message by entering
“email_address@whatever.com” in the recipient box in your texting
app. This works on many older phones, too, though typing out email addresses on
a T9 keypad will be a chore.
It’s not
the most graceful process, but it works.
You can
do almost anything on Twitter via SMS, which, if you’re interested, you can
read about here. But in the event of an outage,
there are really only two Twitter SMS features you’ll need.
To get
simple updates from any account,
set up an SMS Fast Follow. This does not require
your Twitter account, and will keep your text volume low. Just send
“Follow [username]” to 40404. (No @ symbol required.) This will let
you receive updates from important accounts, but won’t let you post. Some
suggestions and example for Fast Follows, though yours will be
location-specific:
How to
add your phone to your existing Twitter account via SMS:

Send a text to your Twitter code [40404] with the word START.
— We’ll
reply and ask you to text YES to the Twitter short code.
— Text
your username to the same number. Do not use the @ symbol or quotation marks.
Send your username ONLY. For example: larrybird
— Next,
text your password. This is case sensitive, so be sure you are sending your
password correctly.
— That’s
it! You’re ready to go!
Your
account can now be used with the whole range of Twitter text commands. A few
important ones:
ON: turns
ALL your authorized Twitter updates and notifications on.
OFF:
turns ALL phone notifications off.
Otherwise,
anything you send to 40404 will be posted from your account. (These
instructions only work for Verizon, AT&T, and affiliated MVNOs.)
This used
to be more functional, but you can still have Facebook forward you
notifications and private messages via SMS, as well as post status updates. You
can also respond to private messages, which is potentially valuable if you
don’t have someone’s phone number but happen to be Facebook friends.
To activate
Facebook via SMS
, go to
your Facebook account settings and click “Mobile” on the left side of
the page. Turn on Facebook Message forwarding and Notifications. (You can
customize which ones get through in a submenu.)
Once this
is set up, you can also post a status update by texting it to 32665 (FBOOK).
So set
these up now just in case.
First Aid Kit and First Aid Training
A first aid kit is
an important item of equipment, especially when you are using a knife, axe or
saw, therefore, it should be carried on your person (I carry a few select
items in a pocket using a small nylon, waterproof pouch e.g. plasters,
bandage etc. I call this my ‘small cuts kit’ with the main first aid kit in
the rucksack). The first aid kit should be stocked to handle every day and
worst case scenarios, as typically you will be a significant distance from
medical help. The first aid kit shown in the picture contains
• 42 x assorted
plasters
• 10 x antiseptic
wipes
• 10 x cotton buds
• 8 x Co-codamol
30/500mg tablets
• 8 x Paracetamol
500mg tablets
• 8 x Ibuprofen
200mg tablets
• 6 x Imodium
tablets
• 4 x safety pins
• 3 x dressing pad
7.5cm x 7.5cm
• 3 x dressing pad
5cm x 5cm
• 2 x stretch
bandages 5cm x 4m
• 1 x roll of
micro-pore tape
• 1 x tube of
Savlon antiseptic cream
• 1 x tube of
Lipsol cream
• 1 x scissors
• 1 x tweezers
• 1 x needle
• 1 x bottle of
surgical spirits
• 1 x field
dressing 20cm x 19cm
• 1 x water proof
container
The most common
requirements will by to treat minor cuts, splitters and blisters. To treat
blisters, first clean the affected area with surgical spirits and drain using
a sterilised needle (heated in flame) by making a small hole at the edge of
the blister and gently push out the fluid.
Then wipe on a
little antiseptic cream or surgical spirit and cover with a suitable plaster
or gauze and tape. Tip; ensure that the tape does not stick onto the blister
as this can cause tearing when removed. If possible remove the cause of the
blister in the shoe and increase padding using thicker or additional socks.
At night allow
blisters to dry by removing plasters and drain again. A rub with surgical
spirits also helps harden and clean the skin and on your feet and between
your toes. You should pay particular attention to medium sized cuts as these
can easily become infected.
Ensure these are
covered with a suitable plaster i.e. keeping the cut clean and immobilised it
whilst it’s healing. Tip, if a cut does become dirty keep a clean plaster on
overnight, its surprising how easily the dirt is drawn out.
The disadvantage of
keeping a plaster on for a long period of time is that it softens the skin,
when possible airs the cut to allow the skin to harden (although not
recommended I find that a splash of surgical spirits helps).
Worst case
scenarios are covered with a standard army field dressing and a selection of
dressing pads and stretch bandages. Pain killers included; Paracetamol
(general, reduce fever), Co-codamol (stronger), Ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory,
aspirin based).
Care should be
taken when mixing Paracetamol based tablets i.e. Paracetamol and Co-codamol.
Finally, Imodium tablets to treat bowl disorders.
And, last but not
least… Knowledge. I have seen extremely fancy first aid kits that would put
some A&E departments to shame. They include, defibrillators, suture kits
etc. But, if you don’t know how to use these items, they are pretty much
useless to you.
GET SOME TRAINING!
St John’s ambulance courses are available in most places. Better still and
much more applicable to the survivalist’s are dedicated survival first aid
courses.

When the Brown
Stuff Hits the Fan


Many people
nowadays are quite aware that the world they live in is going to the toilet.
Aside from the geophysical part that “seems” to be going haywire and could be
nothing other than the planet’s cycles, there are plenty of manmade
catastrophes that loom on the horizon.


Never has the
planet had as many people as now and the more people there are the more
competition there is for resources. More countries seek nuclear devices than
ever before and with advancements in technology this is a much easier process
than at any time before.


Biological and
chemical weapons are also much easier to manufacture because of leaps in
technology in regards to computers. Oil markets are much tighter because of the
countries of China and India and their increasing need of energy to fuel their
booming economies, and new finds of oil fields cannot keep up with the demand.


The debacle of the
world economies needs no introduction. In short, bad times, really bad times
could and probably will be coming to a neighbourhood near you.


Unless you and your
family take quite seriously this possibility, if and when something extremely
horrible happens, you could very well end up one of the large number of
statistics.


Many survival sites
have informative and excellent advice on survival that can help you make it
through a limited amount of time when everyday life is totally disrupted.


However, what
exactly does a person do IF the society that almost all of us have become way
too dependent on, fails to recover for an extended period of time, if ever
again?


What IF
civilization implodes and only begins to recuperate after centuries have gone
by? If you watch some of the ideas people have on survival being interviewed on
television, you have to wonder what exactly these people are thinking.


The people that
have prepared for problems with the world are woefully ready for any disaster
lasting for more than a few days at best. One lady thought having a torch was
being prepared. Even those that have invested in a years’ worth of food and
supplies, there are some basic survival skills that need to be learned and
understood to better increase one’s chance of making it through a possible
long-term survival situation.


Here are some
suggestions on those survival skills that will likely be needed after a
nightmare has hit human civilization with a vengeance. Each of these skills can
fill an entire article on learning and teaching of it.


So only a brief
overlay of each of these will be discussed to long descriptions. Further
information can be obtained through many survival books and the many articles
on each subject.


Situations and
personal handling of SHTF situations will differ widely, but the foundation
will likely be there for almost everyone. The main objective is to get people
into learning and practicing these survival skills so when something
cataclysmic does happen, they can better deal with and make it through intense
human tragedy.


Prepare for the
worst. Individuals can still hope for the best, but something lacking with many
preppers is that they still cannot even think about something really awful
happening.


Too many of those
that do ready themselves for disasters cannot find within themselves to even
discuss with their families and friends a calamity that is horrid and what to
do if it should manifest itself.


This denial I think
leads to a failure of preparing enough beyond usually a couple of weeks or so.
To them, there is still that government or other safety net waiting for them
when their preparation runs out.


Learn and train your mind to expect the totally unexpected.


The bizarre often
happens, and there are events that are going to freak out even some of the
better prepared survivalists. A lot of people will prepare and practice all
sorts of drills for various horrors, which is wonderful training.


There still lurks
the possibility of something so strange and weird that it shocks practically
everyone. By addressing this possibility in your thoughts before it actually
happens, you have conditioned your mind to at least accept this.


Training for
something strange can be done through other individuals within your circle of
allies coming up with sudden scenarios that only their imaginations can fathom.


Learn to live
meagre. This is practicing for when times become lean for everyone. If a person
wants to avoid the shock of living well to living under a rationed way of life,
now is the time to get used to it.


We all take so much
for granted – the modern conveniences – it becomes an automated habit to turn
on a light switch, flip on the internet, TV, mobile phone, without even
considering this could be wiped out within an instant.


We open the
refrigerator and there is food, or put food already pre-cooked into the
microwave to warm it. We go to the supermarket and get what we need. We have
entertainment at our fingertips.


If this is all
gone, how will people handle it? Horribly I think if they have not gotten used
to going without it for at least part of their lives. A “time out” each day
from what we so rely on that could disappear is quite helpful to being ready
for if it does go away suddenly.


Find personal
motivators to continue on. When it looks hopeless after a mega SHTF episode,
having some concrete reason to fight and continue on is an absolute necessity
to avoid giving up. Many people will feel, “what’s the point?”, and just stop
trying to survive. Someone’s child sitting next to them, a parent, a sibling, a
spouse, a friend, someone that means something to you can be that inspiration
to continue on. It can be just someone’s desire for life that helps them over
the hump. Finding that personal reason to survive and fight on is so important.


Understand the
world and potential disasters that await. When you can better expect what could
happen, you are less likely to be caught off guard. Timing is everything.


An individual that
can bug out before something hits is going to be way ahead of the pack. While
predicting the future is probably going to be unlikely, seeing a situation
developing and acting on it before it occurs can be a life saver.


By monitoring the
news of the world with vigilance you can see something others don’t. By
becoming more informed about earth science if you live in an area prone to
geophysical disaster can make a great difference.

 

The old adage about
knowledge is power is very true, but knowledge is also part of survival and the
more you have the more likely it is that you will survive.
Make plans and
stick to them. After a disaster your mind is going to be racing around like a
car on a race track. Pre-planning and having a written down set of measures to
take will make someone’s life go much smoother when SHTF.
Your own personal
plan is ONLY what best fits what you are going to do during and after a
disaster. People should also have back-up plans, PLAN B and C and D at least
because nothing ever seems to go as planned. Haphazard approaches to the
aftermaths of catastrophes are kind of like a chicken running around without a
head.
Understand how
you’ll react. Some people just cannot handle stress, they freeze up and panic
overwhelms them.
Everyone reacts to
stress and fear in different ways, and even the most calm in control person can
go ballistic or paralyzed with fright. Addressing this issue before something
happens and attempting to come to grips with it is essential.
People have
remarkable levels of tolerance for bad times and most can dig down and come up
mentally with what is necessary to survive. Any phobia or fear is usually
better dealt with before being put to the test.
A first step is to
admit to oneself that these disasters can and do happen and then thinking over,
even writing down how one will handle it. Talking this over with another is
invaluable.
Understand the
psychology of desperate people. This is a difficult one. After a SHTF event
people are just going to go crazy I think.
That neighbour that
was in control during many minor emergencies may be the one pounding on your
door with whacked out eyes demanding what you have because they did not prepare
for anything.
Someone in your own
survival group may just blank out in a zombie-like stare. Unexpected times
brings out the worst in people and people should prepare for this possibility.
You yourself could lose it. Again, preparing for this will help should it
occur. You always hope that disasters will bring out the best in your fellow
person, but often this is not the case.
Be clever and
inventive. When the world falls apart around someone, there is likely not going
to be anyone there to repair what you have or somewhere to replace it. You will
either have to go without, repair it yourself, or jerry rig up some contraption
that will function for you.
Much can be learned
by practicing going without your power tools and fixing things using only hand
tools and what you can find in spare parts laying around. Using junk to come up
with unique devices that work for you will become a necessary skill you will
need to master, should society fail to come back.
Learn and condition
yourself into a survival mentality. Homeless people become experts at seeing
what others consider pure trash as survival tools. The fine art of scrounging
around will become a chore that people will have to do to find what they need.
That bottle on the
ground after a disaster can be used for many purposes including collecting
something you can use.
People must first
try to see in their minds what use certain items can have for them. Homeless
people have become quite good at this during stable times, everyone will have
to learn this skill after times become nightmare-like.
Know where you are
going. Whether someone is going to bug in or bug out to somewhere safer, they
need to know where they plan to make a stand and stay. Transportation is a very
important issue to consider and how much of what they have can be moved to
where they are planning to go.
Fuel will be a huge
consideration as the lack of it prohibits how far someone can go. Something
else everyone should understand is how to read maps. You will likely not have
any GPS system to guide you and the good old fashioned paper map may be the
only way to show you where you are going.
Understanding
topographic maps is also key here.
Learn how to
maintain light at night. One of the most depressing situations is to spend
night in near to total darkness. Besides this, not being able to see at night
is dangerous. Learning how to make candles and wicks should be a skill to
consider learning. Fats and other oils will burn and can be obtained throughout
nature and the outdoors. Long term solar battery rechargers for torches and LED
battery powered lanterns are another option.
Learn how to hide.
There will almost certainly come a time after a bad disaster that you will want
to avoid being noticed at all.
Learning how to
camouflage yourself is a good start. Avoiding detection is concealing yourself
from sight, sound, and smell from others. Any activity that a person engages in
can be magnified many times when the normal sounds of a busy city or town are
now quiet.
Much careful
consideration must go into taking this into account if a person wants to remain
unbeknownst to others that mean them harm.
Remaining
inconspicuous can be difficult in some cases, but it can be done.
Maintain proper
hygiene. This is one of the top priorities within the armed forces because
disease and sickness can and do take down the toughest of soldiers.
People must realize
that after a terrible disaster it is not like someone that goes camping, comes
back dirty, and takes a nice long shower or a hot bath. After SHTF the water to
the taps, as well the hot water heater, may not work. Bathing on at least a
semi-regular basis is necessary to avoid all sorts of bacteria from building up
on the skin and causing a variety of health concerning ailments that will then
have to be treated. People should plan on just how they will keep themselves
clean, even thinking about sponge baths as an option.
How to dispose of
waste and proper sanitation. In third world countries and the pre-flush toilet
era one of the leading causes of illness and death was and is waste not
properly discarded. If the toilets won’t flush because there is no water to
make them work, human waste is going to be a huge whopping problem for people
trying to survive.
Even improperly
burying human excrement can lead to disease. Portable toilets, toilet paper and
disinfection (bleach for one) should be one of the top items in any survival
kit, lots of it. Also disposal of other trash is an issue that can bring hungry
dangerous animals around drawn to the stench.
Burning of your
rubbish can be a choice of some, while plastic rubbish bags and the means to
find some place to dump them is another alternative.
Learn to control
pest and other vermin. This is a problem that led to about half of Europe dying
several hundred years ago with the Black Death.
Fleas and ticks carry some terrible diseases.
Even people that
stay inside their own homes will have to deal with this problem. People outside
will have to contend with the fleas, ticks, flies, mosquitoes, mice, rats,
etc., etc., etc. There are many repellents in nature that can help a lot such
as citronella, even the smell of garlic that most vermin do not like much at
all. Stocking up on insect and other commercial repellents is always an
excellent idea. It only takes one bite to make a person deathly sick.
Understand
radiation and fallout and how to protect yourself.
This is one of the
least understood of the survival precautions taken. There are hundreds of
nuclear power plants that could fail after the world goes to the toilet. There
are still tens of thousands of nuclear weapons available for war should
countries decide to use them.
Fallout is
something that you might not even see and until you are sick might not even
know you have been contaminated. Purchase of a radiation detector that is
protected against EMP is a wise idea. Understanding about radiation
accumulation dosage RAD’s and how to shield oneself against it is paramount.
Learn how to
forecast the weather. Without knowledge of what to look at before a storm
system comes in, someone could be trapped and die when they are buried under
snow or a wall of water from a flash flood.
Even one of those
pocket weather forecasters that can be purchased at most sporting goods stores
is a good start. Other weather forecasting books are available to help someone
get a better idea on what the future weather holds for an area that they are in.
Weather is still
one of the deadliest killers in the modern age. It will become magnitudes worst
when people cannot get weather warnings over a radio or other source. People
will have to forecast it themselves.
Learn first aid.
Treating yourself and or others will probably be the only thing someone can do
as medical professionals are going to be few and far between. Many places offer
free classes on first aid because they want people in the community to be
prepared. A good first aid book along with a first aid kit is something every
household should have before, during, and after a disaster. Primitive
conditions should be expected when anyone is helping someone after a
catastrophe. A stockpile of antibiotics are always a good idea.
Learn about
nutrition. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are nothing to fool around with.
Just look what
scurvy, the lack of Vitamin C, can do to someone. Many survivalists and
preppers make the critical mistake of only being concerned about calories to
keep them going. Vitamins; A, B1 through B12, C. D, E, K, Minerals; Calcium,
Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium,
Zinc, and trace minerals are necessary to keep a body going. Many survival
foods have some of what your body needs, but sadly lack in others. Each person
needs different amounts and any survival food supply should make this need as
important as the food itself.
Vitamin and mineral
supplements should be stocked with food if someone is unsure about what they
are getting.
Learn to keep body
temperature uniform. The Goldilocks analogy here, not too hot, nor too cold,
but just right. Your physical body should remain as near to what your body has
been used to as possible.
It is not only
uncomfortable being freezing cold or roasting to death, it puts a lot of stress
on the body making someone more susceptible to becoming sick. Trying to stay
cool uses up a lot of water, and trying to stay warm uses up more calories.
Plan ahead with good warm clothes and blankets for the cold.
Find places that
are cooler during hot weather. Keeping out the elements where you are is
essential and should be given much thought. If living outside, having a good
shelter is beyond important. is something everyone should become more familiar
with.
How to start and
maintain a fire. This is for everyone. Having a fire and keeping it going when
you need to has been the essence to the very first people on the planet
surviving.
Fire cooks, heats
water, keeps you warm, sterilizes items, and gives light. Having a lighter,
matches, any starter is one thing, but actually keeping the fire going is
another.
Making sure the
fire does not cause damage to your home or shelter is something not everyone
thinks about. Burning of toxic wood or other material is something to remember
never to do.
Keeping a fire not
too noticable to others is something everyone should remember because normally
a fire means FOOD to a hungry person. While most everyone thinks that using a
fire is rudimentary, there is much more to it.
Obtain water and
purify it. This is one of the most rehashed subjects of survival but probably
the most important one. Most people just assume the taps will continue to flow
and water will be there.
Preppers that take
water as extremely urgent often forget just how heavy water is and the hauling
of water back and forth from a source such as a stream can be difficult as well
as hazardous if it is wiser to stay inside for whatever reason.
People need to know
that unless water is from a spring it will likely need to be purified and this
means some reliable filters or boiling it which requires heat from a fire,
along with pots to boil it in.
Aside from
drinking, water is also needed to rehydrate food, make milk from powder, and of
course cleaning yourself with. We all have to have a certain amount of liquid a
day, and juice and other sources will suffice, but water is something that
everyone still needs in order to keep their bodies healthy and functioning, as
well as to remove toxins in the body. Water need and how much water will be
used is something that is often vastly underestimated by many.
Learn how to grow
food and or find it. People’s supplies will only last so long, and eventually
self-sufficiency with acquiring food will become necessary.
Many people are
into seed storing, and in many cases growing your own food will feed the
family.
However growing
food has many drawbacks that people need to look at. Water is an issue in dry
areas as irrigation is very manpower or animal power dependent. The growing
season is a huge consideration.
Pest problems are
enormous as pest control, pesticides both natural herbicides and chemical, are
not going to be readily available. One of the gravest things to contemplate
about is actually guarding your yield, as two legged problems could be a bigger
issue to your crops than some beetle infestation.
Hungry people will
see food growing and take it, 24 hours a day. No one can grow enough food to
feed all those seeking food. From a practical sense, it might be a better idea
for some to go the hunter and gathering approach.
Learn how to defend
yourself and be willing to do it. This almost certainly means owning a firearm
and knowing how to use it and be willing to use it to protect yourself or
others. Many TV survival documentaries show have people that feel they can
defend themselves with knives, clubs, whatever, but in reality against someone
else with a firearm they are going to lose 95%+ of the time.
A firearm is an
extension of a weapon that has speed and force behind it. Even the humble .22
calibre can stop any person. Many people think that they cannot use a firearm
against another person, but this feeling changes abruptly when they see one of
their family members at risk.
Some people still
cannot use a firearm, and in this case should consider some form of
self-defence such as the non-lethal devices including stun batons, pepper
sprays, TASERS, even baseball bats.
NO ONE should ever
consider themselves to be safe after a SHTF event, NEVER. People can feel that
everyone will come together and rebuild society, many good people will, but
there are plenty of bad people in this world.
It may come down to
you or them. Everyone needs to practice and practice with any self-defence
armament they have, so there is no hesitation when it comes to saving one’s
life from someone that is willing to take yours.
These are
suggestions that people need to address now, before trying to survive the
aftermath of a horrible event that sends the normalcy that everyone has become
accustomed to down the drain for extended periods of time.
People that prepare
have to realize that when civilization stops functioning, so does everything
that most of us depend on.
There may never be
that safety net there for us to fall into WHEN our stocked up survival supplies
run dry. Much of survival is having supplies, as well as backups for when food,
water, and other necessities cannot be found.
The other part is
being ready for everything our new life could throw in our way. For this we all
need to learn survival skills. At least think about it and then hopefully act
upon it. When someone thinks about their personal needs, an individual can
probably add many more survival skills to. They should become quite proficient
with the skills they personally need and can use NOW, before SHTF so they have
a better chance of surviving some nightmare series of events that “seem” like
an inevitability in the not too near distant future

 

Chinese Researchers Created Flu Virus Strains
Scientists slam ‘appalling irresponsibility’ of researchers
in China who deliberately created new strains of killer flu virus
Former government chief scientist Lord May accused Chinese
team of ‘blind ambition’
Researchers created strains in a bid to develop vaccines
Comes as experts warn new flu strain that has killed 27 in
China could spread to Europe
One of Britain’s leading scientists has hit out at Chinese
researchers who created new strains of a killer flu virus in a bid to develop
vaccines.
They claim the ‘hybrid’ flu, which mixes bird flu virus with
human flu, could escape the lab and lead to a global health crisis pandemic
killing millions of people.
It comes amid rising fears of a flu epidemic as China
struggles to contain an outbreak of the virus.
The Bird Flu Virus up close: researchers fear an
experimental strain of he killer virus could escape from the Chinese lab that
created it
The Bird Flu Virus up close: researchers fear an
experimental strain of the killer virus could escape from the Chinese lab that
created it
Fears over hybrid flu escaping led to scientists imposing a
voluntary moratorium on their H5N1 research, banning transmission studies using
ferrets.
However, researchers decided to lift the ban earlier this
year, arguing that they have now consulted widely with health organisations and
the public over safety concerns.
However, some scientists still oppose the work, saying any
work is too dangerous and experimental strains could escape the lab.
Professor Hualan Chen, director of China’s National Avian
Influenza Reference Laboratory at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute,
deliberately mixed the H5N1 bird-flu virus, which is highly lethal but not
easily transmitted between people, with a 2009 strain of H1N1 flu virus, which
is very infectious to humans.
 GPs advised how to
spot bird flu as virus continues to mutate at an alarming rate
The researchers claim the work could help develop a vaccine.
The work of Zhang and colleagues provides a framework for
further studies examining how the structure of the avian flu virus influences
how readily it could transition to being a pathogen with human pandemic
potential,’ Science Express, the journal which published the research, said.
The study, which was carried out in a laboratory with the
second highest security level to prevent accidental escape, resulted in 127
different viral hybrids between H5N1 and H1N1, five of which were able to pass
by airborne transmission between laboratory guinea pigs.
However, it is feared
the mutated viruses could escape, sparking a global pandemic.
They claim they are doing this to help develop vaccines and
such like,’ Lord May of Oxford, a former government chief scientist and past
president of the Royal Society, told The Independent.
In fact the real reason is that they are driven by blind
ambition with no common sense whatsoever, and the record of containment in labs
like this is not reassuring.
They are taking it upon themselves to create human-to-human
transmission of very dangerous viruses. It’s appallingly irresponsible,’ he
said.
It comes as experts warn human cases of a deadly new strain
of bird flu that has killed 27 people in China are likely to crop up in Europe
and around the world.
Quarantine activities at a bay in Hwaseong City, South
Korea. Lord May, a former Government science advisor, warned the ‘hybrid’ flu,
which mixes bird flu virus with human flu, could escape the lab and kill
millions
In his first media interview since returning from an
international scientific mission to China last week, Professor Angus Nicoll,
the head of the influenza and respiratory viruses programme at the European
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said the H7N9 flu outbreak in
humans was one that should be taken extremely seriously and watched closely.
We are at the start
of a very long haul with H7N9,’ Nicoll told Reuters in a telephone interview.
He said there were many scientific questions to be answered
about the new flu strain, which was first detected in patients in China in
March having been previously unknown in humans.
The flu has so far infected at least 127 people in China and
killed 27 of them, according to latest data from Chinese health authorities and
the World Health Organization.
Scientific studies of the virus have established it is being
transmitted from birds – probably mostly chickens – to people, making it a
so-called zoonotic disease that humans catch from animals rather than from
other humans.
Nicoll, who visited Beijing and Shanghai last week with a
team of international scientific experts, confirmed what the WHO has repeatedly
said – that there is no evidence yet of the virus efficiently passing from
person to person – a factor that would make H7N9 a serious pandemic flu threat
if it were to evolve.
A worker sprays disinfectant in a live poultry market in
Banchiao, New Taipei City, ahead of a sweeping ban on live poultry slaughter in
markets that will take effect across Taiwan in two weeks
Nicoll said the ‘most pressing public health question’ for
now was to identify the source of the circulating virus – the so-called
‘reservoir’ – that is leading to chickens contracting it and sporadically
passing it on to humans.
This is likely to take time, with any results unlikely for
several months.
He said the ECDC, which monitors disease in the European
Union, and health authorities around the world should expect that ‘imported
cases’ of H7N9 flu may well begin to crop up elsewhere.
Flu experts speaking at a briefing in London on Wednesday
said those mutations, together with evidence that H7N9 is still mutating
rapidly and probably spreading almost invisibly among birds because it does not
make them obviously sick, meant this new flu was a ‘serious threat’ to world
health.
You can never predict anything about flu, but it is
concerning to see those mutations there, Nicoll said. ‘That’s why it’s
important Europe should take this very seriously.’
Nicoll added that he thought the Chinese were doing an
‘impressive job’ handling, reporting, investigating and seeking to contain the
outbreak.
Outbreak Of New SARS-Like Virus Kills 5 In Saudi Arabia
With a new bird flu in China, it’s easy to forget that
there’s another worrisome virus emerging in the Middle East.
Today we got a rude reminder of its presence.
Five more people have died from a new SARS-like virus on the
Arabian Peninsula, the World Health Organization Thursday. Two others are being
treated in intensive care.
That brings the total cases to 24, including 16 deaths.
Since the virus in April 2012, it has been detected in
Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the U.K.
There’s very little information about the seven new cases,
except that they were all reported at the same hospital in Al-Hasa — a region
on the eastern edge of Saudi Arabia, bordering the Persian Gulf.
Virologists discovered the new coronavirus after it killed a
Saudi Arabian man last summer.
Coronaviruses can cause a mild cold or severe pneumonia-like
symptoms.
Bats harbor many types of coronaviruses and were probably
the original source of the new coronavirus that appeared in the Middle East.
We have not found any cases anywhere else in the eastern
region, Dr. Ziad Memish, from the Saudi Ministry of Health, The National.
The virus is a cousin of SARS, which killed more than 750
people in 2003. Like SARS, nCoV causes severe pneumonia, but it doesn’t spread
easily between people.
In February, two family members in Britain the virus from a
relative who had been traveling through Saudi Arabia. But otherwise, there has
been little evidence of person-to-person transmission.
Genetic sequencing shows that nCoV is most closely to a bat
virus. But health workers still don’t know where the virus comes from.
That’s the million-dollar question, virologist of the U.K.
Health Protection Agency told Shots a few weeks ago. “We don’t really know
how any of these patients have caught the virus, except for the two families in
the U.K.,” Bermingham said, referring to the first 17 cases.
We don’t have a good handle on what’s happening on the
Arabian Peninsula or elsewhere,” she added. “But we’re hopeful that
authorities there are actively investigating their severe respiratory
illnesses.
Viruses are one of those things that pop up every now and
then. You just don’t know when they’re going to cause human infections,”
she said.
And Another Super Bug
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported sexually
transmitted disease in the U.S.
A growing number of cases are being reported globally of an
antibiotic-resistant strain known as HO41
It has been listed as a superbug and doctor are warning it
has the potential to become very dangerous very quickly
Gonorrhea is especially common amongst young people aged
15-24
Doctors are warning that an antibiotic-resistant strain of
gonorrhoea, now considered a superbug, has the potential to be as deadly as the
AIDS virus.
This particular strain of gonorrhea, known as HO41, was
discovered in Japan two years ago in a 31-year-old female sex worker who had
been screened in 2009. The bacteria has since been found in Hawaii, California
and Norway.
In a bid to avoid contracting gonorrhea, in particular the
HO41 strain, people are encouraged to practice safe sex
HO41 has so far proved resistant to current antibiotic
treatment and so it has been placed in the superbug category.
This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because
the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly,’ Alan
Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine told CNBC.
Nearly 30 million people have died from AIDS related causes
worldwide, but Christianson believes the effect of the gonorrhea bacteria is more
direct.
Getting gonorrhea from this strain might put someone into
septic shock and death in a matter of days,’ Christianson said. ‘This is very
dangerous.’
In a briefing on Capitol Hill last week, William Smith,
executive director of the National Coalition for STD Directors, urged Congress
to target nearly $54 million in immediate funding to help find an antibiotic
for HO41 and to conduct an education and public awareness campaign.
A Terrifying holiday bug that can burst your blood vessels
All it takes is an insect bite and you could even fall
victim on a trip to France. The growing danger of deadly dengue fever
James Bradley had planned a romantic holiday to Bali as a
surprise for his wife. But a few days into their trip, the 33-year-old
developed what he thought was flu.
It was, in fact, a tropical disease, and he deteriorated so
rapidly his wife Katie feared the worst.
He had contracted dengue fever, a disease spread by infected
mosquitoes. While it usually produces only flu-like symptoms, James went on to
develop a severe form, which causes internal bleeding and can prove fatal.
Worldwide, 20,000 people die from it every year.
With no cure or vaccination, dengue is endemic in more than
100 countries (compared with nine in 1970), and there are 100 million
infections every year.
Though it’s a tropical disease, cases have been reported in
France and Croatia. After it struck the island of Madeira last year, the World
Health Organisation warned of a future European outbreak.
Though it cannot be passed from human to human, a
non-infected mosquito that bites someone with dengue then becomes a carrier,
passing the disease to the next person it bites.
Infected travellers can also inadvertently bring home the
disease to their native country.
Dengue incubates for several days — after the initial bite,
the disease multiplies in the lymph glands.
By morning, the fever had hit 40c. I was also being sick and
suffering terrible diarrhoea. The hotel called a doctor, who diagnosed
gastroenteritis.’
By the next day,
James could barely walk.
Not only was James showing the characteristic symptoms —
fever, aches and vomiting — but blood tests showed his platelet count was
plummeting.
Platelets are the tiny cells that are vital for blood
clotting. A healthy person usually has 200,000 to 400,000 platelets per cubic
millimetre of blood. James’s had fallen to just over 100,000 — a common level
in dengue sufferers. A count of 50,000 can prove fatal.
 
When the Trucks Stop the UK Stops
OK so you are not a prepper and you think that preppers are
a few cards short of a full deck? you assume that anyone that is
“preparing for doomsday” does not have their elevator going all the
way to the top floor?
Well, you might want to listen to me first before you make a
final decision that all preppers are crazy.
The information that you are about to hear I hope will shock
you.  To be honest, you have no idea how
incredibly vulnerable our economic system is to a transportation
disruption.  I am continually getting
emails and comments on my websites asking “how to prepare” for what
is coming, so when I came across this information I knew that I had to share it
with all of you.
Hopefully what you are about to hear will motivate you to
prepare like never before, and hopefully you will share this information with
others.
Originally, I was going to write an article about the rising
unemployment in Europe today.  Did you
know that unemployment in the Eurozone is now at a 15 year high?  It has risen for 10 months in a row with no
end in sight.
But I have written a few articles about the economic crisis
in Europe before.  So before starting on
this article I started thinking of all the “preparation” questions I
have been getting lately and I went surfing for further information.
The truth is that our “just in time” inventory and
delivery systems leave us incredibly vulnerable to a nationwide disaster.
You see, it is very expensive to hold and store goods, so
most manufacturers and retailers rely on a continual flow of deliveries that
are scheduled to arrive “just in time”, and this significantly
reduces their operating expenses.
This is considered to be good business practice for
manufacturers and retailers, but it also means that if there was a major
nationwide transportation disruption that our economic system would grind to a
halt almost immediately.
Once store shelves are picked clean, they would not be able
to be replenished until trucks could get back on the road.  In the event of a major nationwide disaster,
that could be quite a while.
So what could potentially cause a nationwide transportation
shutdown?
Well, it is easy to imagine a lot of potential scenarios – a
volcanic eruption, a historic earthquake, an EMP attack, a solar megastorm, a
war, a major terror attack, an asteroid strike, a killer pandemic, mass rioting
in UK cities, or even martial law. If something caused the trucks to stop
running, life in the UK would immediately start changing.
So exactly what would that look like?
A Timeline Showing the Deterioration of Major Industries
Following a Truck Stoppage
The first 24 hours
Delivery of medical supplies to the affected area will
cease.
Hospitals will run out of basic supplies such as syringes
and catheters within hours. Radiopharmaceuticals will deteriorate and become
unusable.
Service stations will begin to run out of fuel.
Manufacturers using just-in-time manufacturing will develop
component shortages.
UK mail and other package delivery will cease.
Within one day
Food shortages will begin to develop.
Automobile fuel availability and delivery will dwindle,
leading to skyrocketing prices and long lines at the petrol stations.
Without manufacturing components and trucks for product
delivery, assembly lines will shut down, putting thousands out of work.
Within two to three
days
Food shortages will escalate, especially in the face of
hoarding and consumer panic.
Supplies of essentials—such as bottled water, powdered milk,
and canned meat—at major retailers will disappear.
ATMs will run out of cash and banks will be unable to
process transactions.
Service stations will completely run out of fuel.
Domestic rubbish will start piling up in urban and suburban
areas.
Container ships will sit idle in ports and rail transport
will be disrupted, eventually coming to a standstill.
Within a week
Automobile travel will cease due to the lack of fuel.
Without autos and busses, many people will not be able to get to work, shop for
groceries, or access medical care.
Hospitals will begin to exhaust oxygen supplies.
Within two weeks
The nation’s clean water supply will begin to run dry.
Within four weeks
The nation will exhaust its clean water supply and water
will be safe for drinking only after boiling. As a result gastrointestinal
illnesses will increase, further taxing an already weakened health care system.
This timeline presents only the primary effects of a freeze
on truck travel. Secondary effects must be considered as well, such as
inability to maintain telecommunications service, reduced law enforcement,
increased crime, increased illness and injury, higher death rates, and likely,
civil unrest.
All this would happen almost immediately if there was an EMP
attack or a CME event, I suggest that if you are not a prepper that you
seriously consider becoming one and if you are a prepper heed my words please.
So you don’t think a
Pandemic could happen well these stories will prove you wrong

 

Prepping If You Are Disabled
Most people assume preppers and survivalist are Rambo types
with lots of cool gear and a more than reasonable amount of physical prowess
for handling any type of situation that comes along.
Since EVERYONE needs to be prepared for disaster, that
stereotype leaves out a goodly portion of the population who are disabled in
one fashion or another. Note that disabled doesn’t just mean someone in a wheel
chair.
Disabilities can run the gamut from being morbidly obese to
missing limbs to having severe chronic health conditions to not being able to
understand English (and therefore not being able to understand orders to
evacuate, etc) to being elderly to having limited mobility to having an acute
fear of large groups of people (which would make living in a shelter tricky) to
having schizophrenia…
You can see that the range and number of disabilities is
quite long but the idea is that no matter what your condition is, you or your
carer (ie: the person charged with caring for people with these and other
disabilities) needs to take some additional things into consideration in order
to be prepared for disaster, including:
What MUST you have to survive apart from the food, water,
shelter stuff? For someone on a ventilator, that would be electricity. For
someone with severe psychotic episodes, that may mean medication. Make these
items your top preparedness priorities.
If you rely on medication, consider getting prescriptions
for 90 days instead of 30 days. Also ask your doctor or pharmacist what their
plan is to ensure that you will still be able to get your needed medications
after a disaster such as a bad weather or flooding.
Plan with someone who can help you. This may be a family
member, friend, neighbour, home help or nurse, etc. If you are disabled, start
planning now with someone who would be able to help you in the event of a
disaster.
How will you let them know if you need help? What if the
phones are out, will they come to your house to check on you? 
If you don’t
speak English, do you have a neighbour who can translate for you or do you have
picture books of signs that can help tell emergency responders what you need?
If you are elderly or infirm, does someone else have a key
to your home so they don’t have to break a window to check on you?
Stockpile the things you need that others may not have and
therefore would not be able to provide you in the event of a disaster. This
could be hearing aid batteries or specialized medical supplies? If it isn’t
something that one could usually just borrow from a neighbour, plan on stocking
much more of the item than usual
If you are replacing an expensive specialized item, consider
saving the old one in case the new on gets broken in a disaster. Dentures,
hearing aids, wheel chairs, prosthetic limbs, glasses…even though these items
may not fit like they used to after you get used to your new item, in a disaster
these items would be difficult to replace immediately and would come in handy.
Be in the best physical shape possible. If you are obese,
start working out and going on a diet NOW when it will be most beneficial for
you. If you are in a wheel chair, there is no reason not to have exceptional
upper body strength developed by working out.
If you are elderly, exercise can do wonders to not only
reduce your risk of falls on a normal day but will make you stronger and better
able to help yourself during a disaster.
Keep a list of your current medications and a copy of the
most recent prescriptions in your BOB. Include doctors contact numbers, contact
info for next of kin, and a current medical history with an up to date
medication list too.
If you have a spare wheelchair, walker, or crutches, keep
the spare in the garage or in an out building. During an earthquake, for
example, your wheelchair may end up crushed but if you have a spare one in the
outbuilding which suffered less damage, you may be able to use that one.
Evacuate WAY ahead of time. If an evacuation is imminent,
don’t wait until the last minute; get to a safe spot as quickly as possible.
Which would be better? Picking up grandma and safely ensconcing her in a nice
hotel for a few days when it looks like bad weather is heading her way or being
stuck with a senile and incontinent grandma in the family minivan as you wait
in a 10 mile long back up on the freeway with everyone else trying to evacuate
at the same time?
The bottom line is that there is no guarantee that anyone
will come around to help you right after a disaster, thus the need for
preparedness. For those with no disabilities, this would be a difficult time,
however for those who rely on others (or assistive devices or medication or
other necessary things) it will make the situation many times worse.
For those with disabilities and/or those who care for people
with disabilities, the need to prepare thoroughly and immediately cannot be
overstated.
Prepping When Cash is Tight
Earlier this week, I realized I have been doing as much
prepping as I wanted to.
I don’t have as much done this far in the year as I
had planned and am far behind my goals. Money has become tight, as I’m sure is
the case for a lot of people. I’ll be honest; it got me down for about a day.
But! There’s lots that you can do that takes no money at
all. I started out by taking inventory of what I do have and looking again at
my list of what I would like to have. Reassess and revaluate your goals.
Next I spent hours watching videos on everything prepping
and survival that I could find. Youtube is great for this, but make sure you
take everything with a grain of salt. The people that make these videos could
be anyone, just like you or me.
So really think about the things that these people do and
say but there really is a wealth of information out there, for free. So find
the videos and take notes. There is also a lot of information on facebook
groups and hashtags on twitter.
After that, I decided I could use to be in a bit better
shape. If the S were to HTF, being in good physical condition would definitely make
it a bit easier.  So, I revamped my
workout routine. Anyone can work out and you don’t need gym equipment and you
don’t even need to run.
One of the easiest things you can do is sit on the couch and
watch an hour long program. Each time there is a commercial, do 20 sit ups or
push ups.
That should give you close to 100 in an hour! If that’s too
much work, cut it down to 10 or 5 or even 1, anywhere is a good starting point.
By doing the exercise in small sets, it doesn’t feel like as much of a work out.
The last thing I did was mentally prepare. I realized that I
may not have thousands of pounds tied up in my preparations but at least I have
prepared.
That’s more than what most people have done. I thought about
what could happen in my area (snowstorms, floods, economic collapse etc) and
thought about how my life would be affected.
What would I do in _____ situation? What if _____ happened?
And make your plans from there.
What would it take to get you to bug out? Where would you
go? What would you bring? Make your plans and constantly reassess them, always
be willing to change them and be flexible!
If you haven’t started prepping you better get started soon
because the world is facing a number of problems that could spell disaster for
life as we know it.
Now I’m not trying to scare people into buying into the
whole 2012 end of the world thing, but I do think we’re facing some serious
trouble in the very near future.
From the growing Occupy movements that are increasingly
starting to turn violent, to the global financial meltdown that’s wreaking
havoc on the world, things seem to be getting worse at an alarming pace. The
world as we know it seems to be teetering on the edge of a cliff and in my
opinion there are way too many people hoping or trying to make it fall over.
But even if the world does fall into chaos, there are things
that you can do that will help bring balance and stability back into your life.
To start with you need to start preparing to survive whatever lies ahead.
There are lots of notions about preparing that turn out to
be myths. The very mention of survival or preparedness can conjure negative
mental images that have no basis in fact.
Myth 1 – Prepping Is Expensive. Prepping does not need to
cost a lot. You can start small and only purchase things that are affordable.
In fact, some preparations, including food storage, can actually save a little
money.
Myth 2 – Prepping Takes Too Much Time. Anything, including
hobbies, surfing the web, or watching TV, can “take a lot of time.”
Prepping is a worthwhile activity to which you are able to devote just as much
or as little time as you want. It all depends on your comfort level.
Myth 3 – You Need A Lot Of Space For Storage. Anyone can
create storage space, whether in a small apartment or a house in the suburbs.
Myth 4 – You Need A Farm Or A Retreat Location. It would be
nice if we could each lay claim to a faraway place we could go to, but most of
us aren’t that fortunate. Instead, just prepare wherever you are, as best as
you are able to. Any amount of preparation is preferable to none at all.
Myth 5 – Preparing Will Turn Me Into A Tin-Foil Hatter
Living In The Woods Decked Out In Military Gear Threatening People with
Explosives.
This image stems from media stereotypes of survivalists.
Sociopathic loners like the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and right wing
militias that really enjoy visions of far-fetched conspiracies to warrant
firearm fanaticism.
The truth is, most preppers are normal everyday people who
realize the system may not always be around to support them and so feel they
have to look after their own personal safety and security. In a time of
on-going financial crisis, spectacular natural disasters, and technology run
amok, imaginary conspiracies by shadowy government entities really are the very
least of our problems.
There are plenty of emergencies we can plan for, which range
from events with a higher likelihood of occurring, including unemployment or
illness in the family, to natural disasters like hurricanes or floods to rare
but extremely catastrophic events such as a terrorist attack or pandemic.
Whether you’re making preparations for a short-term or long-term emergency the
initial steps towards those goals are the same.
Even if you’re starting from the beginning without any
emergency supplies at all, as soon as you get started with the prepping
process, you will soon start to see positive results.
As you build on these simple measures, you can expect to be
confident in your labour and be rewarded with the confidence that you have done
the very best you can to safeguard your household for disaster.
Questions, Questions, Questions
How in the world is someone supposed to actually prepare for
an economic collapse?
What should you do
with your money?  How can you make sure
that your family is going to be okay?
How can you prepare if your resources are extremely limited?
These are the kinds of questions people ask me all the
time.  Once people understand that the
economy has been collapsing and will continue to collapse, then the next step
for most of them is that they want to get prepared for the storm that is
coming.
So where should someone get started?  Well, the truth is that no two people are
facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look
different for each individual.
But there are certain core principles that we can all
benefit from.
For example, when a financial storm is coming that is not
the time to be blowing thousands of dollars on vacations and new toys.  You would be surprised at how many people
there are that claim that they have no extra money in their budgets and yet
somehow have plenty of money to run down to Wal-Mart and buy a big stack of
DVDs.
When times are difficult, each hard-earned dollar becomes
much more precious, and we all need to start getting into the habit of making
the most out of our limited resources.
The seemingly endless prosperity that we have all been enjoying for
decades is coming to an end, and most of us have absolutely no experience on
how to deal with truly hard times.
If you are under the age of 60, it might be a really good
idea to read a book or two on what conditions were like during the Great
Depression of the 1930s in America or how people survived in ration UK during
WW11. There is a lot that we can learn from our own history.
Another key characteristic that we will all need in the
years ahead is flexibility.  Anyone that
has spent any time in the military knows that very few plans ever work out
perfectly.  As the global economy breaks
down and the world becomes increasingly unstable, conditions are going to
change rapidly.
What might work really well in one situation might be the
exact wrong thing to do 6 months later.
If you are not willing or able to adapt to dramatic change then you are
going to have a lot of difficulty in the years ahead.
Many people refer to me as a “doom and gloomer”
because I plan and prep so I keep pointing out that the entire world is heading
for a complete and total financial nightmare.
But I don’t think that it does any good to stick your head
in the sand.  I believe that there is
hope in understanding what is happening and I believe that there is hope in
getting prepared.
It is those that are completely oblivious to what is really
going on that will be totally blindsided by the coming crisis.  When they finally realize what has come upon
them many of them will totally lose it.
I am
trying my best to warn people so that they can have a chance to be prepared for
what is coming.
I am not spreading
doom and gloom.
I am spreading hope.
And I want to make another point.  Generally, things are going to be getting
progressively worse as the years roll along.
As I have written about before, I believe that the economic collapse is
not a single event.  Rather, I see it as
a series of waves that will be punctuated by moments of great crisis.
So advice about preparation is going to be different
depending on whether you are talking about the short-term or the mid-term or
the long-term.  Hopefully you will keep
that in mind as you read my answers to the questions below.
The following are common questions that people ask about how
to prepare for the collapse of the economy….
How Do I Get Started?
When the financial crisis of 2008 hit, what was the biggest
danger for most people?
The biggest danger was that they would lose their jobs and
not be able to pay their bills.
During the last recession, millions and millions of people
did end up losing their jobs.
And because many of them were living paycheck to paycheck
many of them also ended up losing their homes.
You do not want that
to happen to you.
So what I am about to say next is not considered to be very
“sexy” in prepper circles, but it is absolutely crucial advice.
You need to have an emergency fund saved up that can cover
your expenses for at least six months.
That way if you lose your job or your business goes under
you will be able to keep going for a while as you figure out what your next
move will be.
These days it takes the average unemployed person nearly 40
weeks to find a new job, and it will likely be even worse in the next major
economic downturn.
So make sure that you have plenty of cash saved up just in
case.  If you are currently living
paycheck to paycheck you are extremely vulnerable.
What Should I Do With
My Money?
I get this question a lot.
People always want to know where they should put their
money.
Well, my first piece of advice is always to build an
emergency fund. Most people do not have one.
After that is done, I am a big believer in not putting all
of my eggs into one basket.

 

 

Sometimes people will tell me that they are going to take
all of their money out of the banks because they don’t feel safe having their
money in them.
Well, if you stick all of your money in your mattress, what
happens if there is a fire or what happens if someone robs you?
That is why I believe in spreading your risk around.  Having money in different places is a good
thing.
But one place I would not put it is in the stock
market.  If you were fortunate enough to
catch the recent rally you should get out while the getting is good.
If you have blind faith in the stock market you are going to
be deeply disappointed eventually.  I do
not have a single penny in the stock market, and a couple of years from now
that is going to look like a very wise move.
Should I Invest In
Precious Metals?
A lot of people that write about the economic crisis in this
country really advocate investing in precious metals because they tend to hold
value over time.
I like precious metals myself, but if you are going to
invest you need to get educated so that you know what you are doing.  If you go in blindly you are likely to get
burned at some point.
In addition, you need to be prepared for wild fluctuations
in price over the coming years.  There
will be times when gold and silver absolutely soar and there will be times when
they drop like a rock.
So if you are going to play the game you need to be able to
handle the ride.
Should I Get Out Of Debt?
Many that write about the coming economic collapse say that
you shouldn’t even bother to pay off your debts because the financial system is
going to collapse anyway.
I don’t see it that way.
I don’t believe that our banks are going to totally collapse
and suddenly go out of existence.
Not in the short-term anyway.
So I believe that it is actually a good idea to get out of
debt.
When financial troubles hit you
don’t want a horde of collectors coming after you.
There is a lot of freedom that comes with getting out of
debt, and in this environment it is wise to become as independent of the system
as possible.
What If I Don’t Have
Any Money To Prepare?
In this kind of economic environment it is no surprise that
I get this question a lot.
Many families are just barely scraping by each month and
they do not have much money to put into anything.
And I can definitely sympathize with that.
However, I would say that there are very, very few families
out there that do not have anything that can be cut out of the budget.
The truth is that most families are experts at blowing money
on really stupid stuff.
In general, I recommend that all families do what they can
to reduce their expenses.
The smaller of a financial footprint you have, the better
off you will be and the more resources you will have to help you get prepared.
Also, now is the time to be looking for ways that you can
increase your income.
For many people, starting a side business is a way to bring
in some extra cash.  Yes, this will cut
into your television watching time, but now is not the time to be lazy.
The time you spend working hard now while the sun is still
shining will pay off later.
Don’t be afraid to work harder than you ever have before.
Should I Rent Or Buy?
This is a question that I also get a lot, and it really
depends on your situation.
If you rent, that gives you a lot more flexibility.  You can move for a new job or a new
opportunity without having to sell a house.
And you get to avoid a lot of the expenses and hassles that come with
being a homeowner.
If you buy, you get to “lock in” your housing
expenses for many years.  In a highly
inflationary environment this would potentially be very beneficial.  And interest rates are very low right now.
In addition, it is going to be really hard to rent a really
good “prepper” property.  If
you are looking for a property that is away from the big cities where you can
grow your own food and become more independent of the system, then in most
cases you are going to have to buy such a property.
But remember if you do buy, it is going to be much harder to
move if something does happen and you need to go somewhere else.
What About My Health
Condition?
Over the next few years, the NHS care system should continue
operating at least somewhat normally.
But the truth is that our health care system is in horrible shape and it
is not a good thing to be totally dependent on pills and doctors.
Even if economic conditions were perfect it would be a good
idea to learn what you can do on your own to improve your health.  But this is especially true as we move into a
time of great economic instability.
Should I Be Storing
Food?
Yes.
However, even though the United States is experiencing an
historic drought right now, I do not believe that there will be major food shortages
in the UK this year or next year.
Down the road, however, is a different story.
And your food £’s are never going to go farther than they do
right now.  As I wrote about the other
day, this drought is likely to cause food prices to go up substantially, and so
the food you store now might end up being twice as valuable a few years from
now.
In addition, you never know when a major disaster or
emergency is going to strike so it is always good to become more independent of
the system.
I encourage everyone to learn how to grow a garden.  Yes, your space may be limited, but there is
no excuse for not growing what you can.
Should I Be Storing
Water?
It is always good to have some water on hand in case
disaster or emergency strikes.
And you should be rotating whatever water you currently have
on hand because you don’t want water sitting around indefinitely.
But what is much more important is to make sure that you and
your family have access to a source of water that you can depend on if disaster
strikes and the grid goes down.
For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants
maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the
amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific.
According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment
facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders)
that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification
chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days.
Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made
safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water
supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days.
Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe
for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to
increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already
weakened healthcare system.
Other Than Food And
Water What Other Supplies Will I Need?
Anything that you use on a regular basis or that you would
use in an emergency situation is something that you should consider storing up.
For example, if you could not buy any more toilet paper from
the shops, what would you do?

 

 

Basic things like that are often overlooked by many preppers.
In a previous article, I listed dozens of things you may
want to consider storing.  Preparation is
going to look different for every family, but hopefully that list will give you
some ideas.
What Happens If The
Power Grid Goes Down?
This is a very important consideration – especially if you
live in a colder climate.
Some people have a backup generator for such circumstances.
Others have set up wind and/or solar systems for their
homes.
Alternative energy solutions are great if you can afford
them, and they will enable you to become much more independent of the system.
But not everyone can afford to put in solar panels or a big
wind turbine.
So do what you can with what you have.
Should I Leave The
Big Cities?
A lot of people ask me this, but there is no easy answer.
In this day and age, a good job is like gold.  It can be really, really tough to give up a
good job and move to the middle of nowhere.
But without a doubt, society is starting to come apart at
the seams and I do expect rioting and major civil unrest in our major cities at
some point in the future.
In the end, you need to do what is right for you and your
own family.  Nobody else can make this
decision for you.
What Should I Do If
My Family And Friends Won’t Listen To Me?
This is another very common question that I get.
What should people do if nobody will listen to them?
Well, you just have to do the best that you can.  If they won’t listen now, just keep planting
seeds.  Keep sending them articles that
are packed with statistics and information that show why an economic collapse
is going to happen.
In the years ahead we are all going to need our families and
our friends because communities will endure what is coming much better than
“lone wolf” individuals will be able to.
No matter how hard you prepare, at some point you are going
to need the help of someone else.

 

 

So don’t be afraid to reach out to others.
If nobody among your family or friends will listen to you at
the moment, you may have to prepare on your own right now.
In fact, you may have to do extra preparation because at
some point it is probably inevitable that your family and friends will come to
you for help.
That is the perspective that my wife and I take.  We are not only preparing for ourselves.  We are also preparing for the family members
that may have to depend on us someday.
Nobody said that preparing was going to be easy.
But beyond any physical preparations, I also believe that it
is absolutely crucial to prepare mentally and spiritually.
The times that are coming are going to be incredibly
challenging.  They are going to require a
great deal of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.
If you are a “lone wolf” that believes that you
don’t need anyone or anything, then I feel sorry for you and I honestly don’t know
how you are going to make it.
None of us have all the answers.
I know that I certainly do not.
Common Prepping Mistakes
With the abundance of bad info out there, it’s easy for new
preppers to make a lot of mistakes.
I, myself, when I was a new prepper made
many mistakes and I’m sure I’ll make more, but that’s part of the learning
process. 
To help you speed up this process, here are some common prepping
mistakes you’ll want to avoid:
Not having a survival library. Books are less common these
days because we do so much reading on the Internet and Kindles. But if the
power goes out, having a good collection of survival books could save your
life.
They’ll give you something to read when you’re bored, and will have
important instructions on things like purifying water, building fires, and
medical care.
While you want to learn as much of this info as you can
ahead of time, no one can know everything, and there are bound to be times when
a survival library will come in handy.
Focusing on supplies instead of skills. Of course, just
because you have all the best books on survival doesn’t mean you shouldn’t
bother to learn survival skills. It’s possible your books will be destroyed or
you won’t be able to get to them.
The same rule applies to your survival food and gear. What
if you’re at work when your home is destroyed by an explosion, earthquake or
some other disastrous event? Would you still have the skills to survive, or are
you completely dependent on your food and gear?
Not having enough water preps. I cannot overemphasize the
importance of water. There are many survivalists who have six months of food
and only two weeks of water on hand.
Considering that you can survive without food about ten times
as long as you can survive without water, you’d be better off with two weeks of
food and six months of water.
Don’t do that either by the way, but at least make sure your
water will last as long as your food. If you don’t have enough room for that much,
there are many ways to collect and purify water.
Not having enough variety in food supplies. Too many new
preppers buy nothing but rice, beans, flour, salt and sugar. If that’s all you
have to eat after a disaster, you’re going to be miserable.
Your body will have trouble adjusting to the new bare-bones
diet and you’ll suffer from food fatigue, where your survival food won’t be
appetizing even when you’re very hungry.
Make sure you buy the ingredients for
a variety of possible meals so you’ll feel satisfied every time you eat.
This leads to my next
point…
Not eating what you store. This was the first mistake I made
when I started stocking up on food. I bought all kinds of food, sealed it up,
put it in the closet, and forgot about it.
Inevitably, some of my food went bad and I had to throw it
out. It’s important you store what you eat and eat what you store.
If you’re not sure how to cook meals from the basic
ingredients, I’d recommend getting some cookbooks and a guide like Emergency
Food Storage & Survival Handbook 10 Common Prepping Mistakes which has a
lot of great recipes.
Not having enough vitamins. Personally, I think everyone
should be taking multivitamins since most modern diets don’t provide the
nutrition we need, but this will be even more important in a survival
situation.
The stress of having your life turned upside down, constant
threats to you and your family, and manual labour will take a lot of energy and
tax your immune system. Vitamins will help keep you strong and healthy, especially
Vitamin C.
Relying only on food storage. While the last few points have
been about food, don’t forget all your other survival needs. When a lot of
people think of prepping, the first things they think about are food and water
and they proceed to stock up on them while neglecting healthy and beauty
supplies, first aid kids, bug out bags, cooking implements, clothes, weapons
and other important items.
While food should be
your first priority, don’t forget your other priorities.
Relying only on an arsenal. At the other end the spectrum,
there are some preppers who focus all their attention on guns and ammo. The
reasoning is that not only will they be able to protect themselves, they’ll be
able to hunt their food and trade ammo for other supplies.
This is unrealistic, especially if you’re in or near a city.
The little bit of wildlife in your area will be picked clean by others, and
most people won’t be interested in your ammo as they, like you, will be looking
to trade for food and other vital supplies. Sure, have some weapons for
self-defence, but don’t go overboard.
Not taking care of pets. As much as we all love our pets,
for some reason it’s easy to forget that they need preps, too.  
Animals require
more than just food and water.
Planning on bugging out. Although having a bug out bag and a
vehicle survival kit is important, unless you have advance warning of a
disaster it will be very difficult to get from your home to your bug out
location.
The streets will be congested, roads and entire areas could
be inaccessible, and fuel could become unavailable.  
That’s why I think it’s so
important to be ready to shelter in place.

Prepping for Beginners

As humans, we are naturally aware of possible threats around
us, and often the way a person neutralizes that threat is to create a story of
the worst case scenario and begin to prep around that.
Becoming a person who preps for disasters begins with a
level of awareness.  A prepper knows that
there are possible threats, and it only makes sense to be as prepared as
possible beginning with the basic disaster items to sustain basic needs (food,
water, clothing and shelter) and then adding more preparedness layers onto
it.
Basic disaster items are intended to sustain a person and
their family for 3-5 days.  However, many
decide to expand their disaster supplies to encompass a longer duration in the
case that emergency response is delayed.
This is why preppers believe in having “back-ups for their back-ups.”
Getting Started
When preparing for a disaster, it is essential to have
provisions in place to secure your needs.
That being said, beginning a food supply must begin with research.  Finding out how many calories a person needs
per day in order to survive, and knowing how much food to store is essential
when beginning to prepare.
Additionally, going to survival/prepping forums to read
about what others are doing is another way of finding more research.  Preppers are very open to helping others who
want to prepare.  We have all been at the
beginning stage of preparing, and it can be overwhelming at first, but the
overall goal is to get people prepared.
When beginning to get preparations in place, concentrate of
the basic needs of survival: water, food, shelter, clothing and move on from
there.  Below are some basic suggestions
on items that would be ideal to have in the home:
Water
It is suggested to have 1 gallon of water per person/per
day.  Having a 3 day supply of water on
hand is a great place to start.  However,
many preppers like to be as thorough as possible in their prepping.
Therefore, I suggest playing it safe and double the amount
of water needed.  The extra water can be
used for other purposes. Extra water that is stored can also be used if family
members such as children or
the elderly become dehydrated and need more water.
Additionally, having an alternative source for water such as
a water filter, frozen water in the freezer, and 5 gallon water containers is
suggested.  In a disaster situation, a
person does not want to run out of water.
Lakes and streams can also be a way to find water, but the water needs
to be treated.
In the case that someone
is not near any running streams or lakes, there are places in nature where one
can find alternative water sources.
Food
Comparative shopping at the large volume supermarkets
typically has better deals than at smaller shops.
Finding local ads from the large supermarket websites can
save on fuel money as well as on shopping time. Even Pound shops sell canned
goods and food products that would be good for short term/long term food
supplies.
Look for sales all the time and buy as much of the item as your
budget will allow.
Using a food storage calculator will help determine how much
food is necessary.  There are some
considerations to keep in mind before purchasing the food items:
Expiration Dates – It’s best to find items that have
expiration dates that are 1-2 years away from expiring, unless that item is
used frequently in the home, and can be rotated frequently.
Items on Sale – Go for the deals.
Typically, there are deals that are
advertised in the newspaper.  You do not
have to break the bank to get food items.
Just get a little each time you shop.
In season vegetables are typically cheaper.  Larger cans of goods generally have better
deals.
The amount of people in the household.
A wide variety of food will help reduce food fatigue.
The serving amount in the food.
Vitamin content in the food.
Any special health considerations for family members.
Medical Supplies
Medical emergencies can occur at the drop of a hat, and
having the necessary supplies can mean the difference between life and
death.  When an emergency situation
arises, one must act calming and decisively.
In the case of a severe injury where there is a lot of blood
loss, there must be supplies that can stop bleeding, cut the pain threshold and
calm the patient if necessary.
Find websites online that deal with first aid care and go
through each injury to see what medical instruments and items are needed.
Moreover, check in your community and see if the St. Johns
Ambulance, Red Cross or Medical Centres offer classes to assist in medical
emergencies.  Make a list for supplies
that can be added to the disaster medical supplies.
72 Hour Bags
In the case that a person has to evacuate, having a prepared
72 hour kit or bug out bag will expedite the process of leaving as well as
keeping things running as smoothly as possible.
A 72 hour bag should have all items necessary to survive for 3
days.
When preparing a bag keep the main
surviving points is mind (water, food, shelter, clothing).  Having a separate bug out bag for the vehicle
will also come in handy in the event that someone has to leave their home
immediately.
Tools
Tools are a valuable commodity when it comes to
survival.  Their usefulness for hunting,
digging, cutting, communicating and for navigational purposes are all essential
items to have on hand.
Knives ( to cut large machete type and a smaller hunter)
Multi-tool
Camping shovels
Candles
Hammer or hatchet
Collapsible fishing rod with hooks, line, bobbers, etc.
Flares
Maps, compass or GPS devices
( Having extra compasses ensures that navigation is accurate).
Rope (paracord),
Knife sharpening stone,
 Torch/s with extra
batteries
Written Survival Notes
In a high stress situation that some are not used to,
forgetfulness plays a part from dealing with all the changes that are
occurring.  Having some manuals to look
upon for survival information or for spiritual information to lift the morale
is a good idea and does not take up much space in a pack.
Survival Manuals
First Aid Manuals
Survival e-books
Understanding how to survive in different scenarios requires
one to constantly be learning in order to be as prepared as possible.
Prepping is a passion for some. 
For others it is simply to keep their family
as safe as possible.   
Whatever the
reasoning is behind why you have decided to prep, you will be better off in the
long run.
What Is Prepping?
When some people think of prepping, it conjures images of
strange people wearing tinfoil hats huddled in a shelter while they wait for
the mother ship to return.
For others, thoughts of a recluse living in a
one-room shack in the middle of the wilderness come to mind.
But neither of those thoughts captures the real nature of
prepping.
At its heart, prepping is simply preparing for the future.
And since there is no certainty of what that future may bring, preppers
frequently hope for the best yet prepare for the worse. And with good reason,
many preppers feel that we are on the verge of a significant change in life as
we know it. So they prepare.
Three Facets of
Prepping
For the modern prepper, prepping involves three primary
areas: acquiring the necessary supplies, learning requisite skills, and
building a community.
Acquiring the Necessary Supplies
Food, water, shelter. We all need these things to survive.
Moreover, we all need a continual supply of them. Preppers know this and take
steps to prepare themselves in case the supply is disrupted for any reason.
Preppers don’t want the loss of a job or a truckers strike
to keep them from eating. So they prepare. They buy extra food when it’s on
sale. They grow their own in a garden and preserve it. They buy in bulk and
store it for a rainy day.
Similarly, preppers don’t like debt. So they pay off their
mortgage, they live within their means, and they work hard at their jobs. They
are not afraid of physical labour to provide for their families.
Preppers don’t
want the loss of a job to turn into the loss of a home or car.
Learning Requisite
Skills
Prepping may start with food and supply storage, but it
doesn’t end there. Preppers regularly learn and practice new skills. They learn
to cook. They learn emergency first aid. They learn to hunt with a variety of
weapons. They learn to build debris huts and other shelters.
From sewing and canning to fire starting and knot tying,
preppers learn important and potentially lifesaving skills before they may need
them. It’s part of being prepared.
Building a Community
Preppers recognize that there is value in getting to know
other like-minded individuals. We can learn from each other. We can help each
other. We can share our knowledge and encourage one another. Prepping is not a
zero-sum game; we can expand the pie by helping others.
Additionally, it’s impossible for a prepper to acquire every
supply and every skill he may ever need. There’s simply not enough time or
money to prepare to that extent. So preppers get to know others in their local
community with similar passions yet different skill sets.
If you’re having car trouble, it’s nice to know a mechanic.
If you’ve injured yourself, it’s good to know an paramedic. If the food supply
is disrupted for an extended period, it’s good to know a farmer.
People helping people; that’s part of prepping.
Where to Start?
Prepping is a journey. And as the old adage goes, every
journey begins with a single step. Recognizing the need for and prudence of
prepping and acknowledging that you are woefully underprepared is a good first
step.
Next, make a plan. Identify where you are with your
supplies, your skills, and your community. Then determine where you’d like to
be and make a plan to close the gap. If you have 3 days’ worth of food in the
pantry and you want 6 months’ worth, prioritize that and plan.
The key is to do
something. A plan without an action is simply a wish.
Prepping (verb) is the act of a group or individual
preparing themselves and loved ones for any potential threat to life as we know
it. There are a few basic things that one would need to know when becoming a prepper,
and preparing their family for any potential threats that could come their way,
and surviving any ordeals you may face.
First, the basics:
Food
Shelter
Water
These three are probably the absolutely most important
things to start off with when considering your survival needs. Why are these
important? Well let’s go over each one:
Food – Right now, get up and go look in your kitchen (if
you’re home of course) and count the number of days you could survive off of
just the food you have at this moment.
You probably counted the food in your fridge too huh? Don’t.
The reason being is that in most SHTF situations, the electric grid is more
than likely to be gone, and any food you have in your fridge or freezer will go
to waste within a matter of hours to possibly two days depending on the
weather.
So now just look at the non-perishable items that you have.
Most people will find themselves with less than three days’ worth of food.. So
now consider this, if you’re like most other people, your first thought is to
panic and run to the supermarket and try to stock up.
Well guess what, that’s what all your neighbours are doing
too.
So now you have to fight to get whatever is remaining in the shops closest
to you.
Once the grocery stores are out, then what? In most SHTF
situations, transportation and motorways will become impassable or impossible,
meaning that the food that is delivered to supermarkets by road will no longer
be on its way.
So with no way to replenish the shops, what do you do?
That is
what prepping is all about, preparing your family with either the ability to
grow and produce your own food, or having enough food to last you until proper
order can be restored.
Best is to try and have at least 72hrs worth of food for if
you need to leave (bug-out-bag), and 90days worth of food in your house for
storage.
Shelter – For obvious reasons, this is an important factor
to consider first when beginning to prep. Is your shelter reliable for
protection against raids?
Natural disasters?
If you answered no to either of those two questions, then
your next step would be to consider how to prepare your home or bug out
locations for any type of situation.
Many people who live in places where natural disasters such
as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes already have plans in place to protect
their shelters. But if you aren’t already prepared, knowing your location
(geographical region), what types of dangers you might be exposed to, and how
to properly secure and defend it is going to be important.
Having wood to board up doors and windows, basement to seek
deeper shelter and weapons to defend your location is all important things to
consider.
Water – One of the most important keys to survival, of any
living creature on this planet, is water. In most SHTF scenarios, water will be
obtainable for only a short period of time.
With no electricity, how will water be pumped to your house?
Unless you have a well, you’re out of luck. One of the very first things to do
in an emergency disaster situation, is to run to your bathroom and fill up your
bath as quickly as you can.
Having extra water on hand will be important, not just for
drinking, but for cooking as well. It would be a good idea to have at least 3
months’ worth of water on hand at all times.
Remember, that food and water have a shelf life, and can
expire over time. It’s important to think ahead and get food that will stay
fresh and eatable for as long as possible.
Bugging Out
When the situation around you is so bad that you have to
leave, then go. The military referred to it as “Bugging Out”.
This
can be a complete disaster all by itself, but a little prior planning will
certainly help. There are three things that you should consider before going
anywhere:
Where are you going?
How are you going to get there?
What will you do when you get there?
You should plan for the worst possible situation. If you
live in a highly populated area the roads will be jammed up. The airlines may
or may not be flying in or out of your area.
Busses, trains and taxis will be
full, if working. Walking may be dangerous. So what do you do?
Consider first: Stay at home. Bunker In. Everything you have
is already there. You and your family know where everything is, and you are in
an area you are familiar with. But are you safe staying at home? Is there a
raging fire close by heading your way? Is there a flood? Terrorist threat or
actual terrorist activity?
Is there a nuclear, biological or chemical problem in your
area?
Is the electricity and water still working? Are thugs running rampant? Is
it summer or winter with lots of snow? Is there a wild elephant in the yard?
You have to consider all the facts before you decide to bug out. If, after all
this thinking, you still have to leave, what do you take with you?
Most travel today has to be by private vehicle. Even with
the streets jammed with others trying to get away, it is still your best bet
for getting out safely. If you haven’t already done it, prepare an vehicle
emergency kit.
This kit depends a lot on the size of your vehicle, and the
number of people in your party. Here’s a list of some items you may want to
include in your own automobile emergency kit:
VEHICLE EMERGENCY KIT
CONTENTS (Minimum)
Extra fuel in an approved container.
Warm clothing for everyone in your party.
Maps of the area you are leaving/going to.
12 Volt tire inflation pump.
Spare tire… a real one.
Blankets, towels, pillows.
Roll of plastic sheeting or large plastic bags.
Torch with spare bulbs and batteries.
Fire extinguisher.
Small shelter or tent.
Small cooking set & charcoal briquettes.
Individualized personal non-perishable items.
Snow Chains for tires.
Folding shovel.
Compass
Tools for vehicle repair
Extra oil for engine and transmission
Change of clothing for everyone in your party.
1 Gallon of water per person in your party, per day. Plan on
3 days
Emergency food for up to 3 days without re-supply,
preferably dehydrated types.
Books suitable for all members of your party.
A heavy knife, axe, or machete.
Weapons of choice.
All the above items, except the water, can be kept locked in
your car all year long. Water can only be included when the outside
temperatures will stay above freezing. A frozen water container will crack, and
when it thaws will leak out all over your stuff. Space permitting, feel free to
add any other items you think you will need.
KEEP YOUR VEHICLE IN
TOP MECHANICAL CONDITION, ALL THE TIME. KEEP THE TANK FILLED. NEVER LET THE
TANK GO BELOW 1/4 FULL.
The Best Place to go is the place you’ve already set up.
Where are you going? And for how long? If you can safely
travel, try for a safe place the shortest distance away from your home that you
can find.
Is it a hotel on the other side of town, or Grandma’s house
in another county? The shortest distance to safety gets you off the roads the
quickest.
Did you make arrangements with a friend or relative, in
advance, to use their home as a “bug out” location? Did you agree for
him/her to come to your house if they have an emergency? You should have.
Consider the
following when deciding WHERE to go:
Is the location you have pre-arranged under the same threat
as you are? Floods and bad weather will cover huge areas, but forest fires are
generally smaller in area.
Does the location you choose have all the facilities that
you need in order to survive? Is their water and electricity still on, or is it
questionable? Are hospitals available?
Can every member of your party agree to where you plan to
go?
Is food and water available where you plan to go?
Is the shelter large enough to handle you, your party, and
everyone else who may show up to use the same facility?
Is the area you pick in a relatively safe location, or will
the situation later deteriorate and force you to pack up and move again?
Are you comfortable
with your decision?
Once you’ve considered all the items above, and you’ve made
your decision, it’s time to pack up. Everyone in your party must know ahead of
time how much space they will be allotted in your vehicle.
If you have a small car and someone shows up with a trunk
full of clothes, you’ve got a problem. Like a ship at sea, if it’s your car,
you are the Captain. Your decisions stand…don’t back down. Pack all the
things you absolutely HAVE to have first.
Then add all those “nice to
have” items next. Don’t forget important items.
PACKING CHECKLIST (“Need to Have” items)
The relevant maps with or without a sat nav
Medications for a 30-day supply. Prescriptions for refill,
if necessary.
Glasses and spare glasses, sunglasses.
Warm clothing for cold weather, regardless of the time of
year.
Extra shoes, belts, gloves, and hats.
Mobile phone/s and 12 volt charger.
At least one change of clothing each.
Extra shoes and shoelaces
Dental care items. Includes false teeth care.
List of names, addresses and telephone numbers for family,
friends, co-workers
Elderly care products, hearing aid batteries.
MONEY. As much as you can get. Hide it.
Female hygiene products.
Baby care items: nappies, food/milk mix, bottles, etc.
Personal hygiene items: Top of list: Toilet Paper
Laundry detergent, softeners, personal soap.
Lose change for vending machines and telephones.
Credit cards, ID cards, Insurance papers.
NHS card/number and National Insurance number
Handicapped persons – special equipment and supplies needed
for daily life.
Any special item of apparel that anyone in your party needs
to live day-to-day.
Everything else is on the “Nice to Have” list.
There are just a few items that I include on my “Nice to Have” list.
Most of them involve entertaining children. But, in planning for any trip,
water, food, and shelter have to be considered:
WATER: The number one priority on your list of survival
items. One gallon per person per day. There must be a means of refilling or
re-supplying your water while you travel. If your travel is planned for 1
day…and the roads are jammed…it may take 3 days.
You must have water to live. If the electricity is out all
along your route, you will not be able to get either food or fuel. Most of the
stores and restaurants on the route will be closed.
Don’t depend on someone
else to help you…they’re probably worse off than you are.
FOOD: Dehydrated food requires water to re-hydrate it so it
can be eaten. Pre-plan what foods you ALL can eat, and add them to your car.
Plan at least for 3 days’ worth of food.
You can live a long time without food, but only a short time
without water. Do not take foods that are overly salty or make people thirsty.
An ice chest of fresh fruit and sandwiches goes a long way.
Small children need
milk, so don’t forget that item.
Include some snacks to augment the above supply. Don’t be
afraid to have the same thing 3 days in a row. It’s boring but it cuts down on
buying supplies. If you include perishable food, you must eat it the first day
out, or it will spoil.
The ice in even the best quality chest will eventually melt.
(Melted ice = water.) You can wash using melted water from the ice chest…it’s
very “refreshing”…and cold.
Every car should already have an emergency first aid kit.
There are many commercially available kits out there that have adequate
supplies for up to 3 days, barring catastrophic accidents.
However, most kits only include enough plasters for one
person, for 2 or 3 days. Consider buying extras and throwing them in the kit.
You don’t have a first aid kit…get one.
SHELTER: Shelter includes the time you are traveling as well
as when you get there. Nobody can drive continuously for 3 days without relief.
Eventually, you will have to stop, eat a meal, and sleep.
Hotels and motels may not be available. The roadside rest
areas will already be full, if you’re allowed in them at all. What to do? If
you can find a friendly local in the area off the main road (particularly
farmers), you can ask to camp on their property.
Be sure to assure them you will clean up your mess before
you leave. You can even offer to pay them for their inconvenience. Private
property is safer than public areas in a mass evacuation. But public campsites
(parks, forests, etc.) may still be open.
OK: You’ve got your vehicle fully packed with everything you
need to travel. You’ve counted heads, and everyone is present and ready to go.
Are you ready? Not yet.
HOW TO GET THERE? The route of travel between two places in
the UK is almost infinitely variable. . Remember there’s a lot to think about
on how you are going to travel to your destination:
Route Planning Considerations
Does your planned route avoid major populated areas? More
people = more problems.
Are all the roads open?
How many drivers are available you trust?
Are there places available where you can reasonably expect
to get water, fuel, and food?
Are the civil authorities still available to direct traffic
and provide emergency services?
Is another route available, even if it’s longer?
Are all the bridges and tunnels open?
Does this route avoid bad weather conditions, or take them
into account?
Can this route safely be driven at night?
Can anyone unfamiliar with the route drive it while you are
resting?
Does an alternative route offer better conditions and safety
than the originally proposed route?
Are there safe areas within a reasonable drive that you can
use for emergency sheltering, including camping overnight, if required?
Is driving time a planning factor?
Are mountains, or hazardous terrain a problem for your
vehicle?

 

 

Can you safely get to “A” from “B”?
You made your decision, you’re on the road. You left word
with friends in the area you just left on where you were going, and how you
plan to get there. You promise to keep others informed of departure and arrival
times.
You know someone will miss you if you don’t show up in a reasonable time
period. Your plan works perfectly, and now you have arrived where you were
supposed to be.
Once at your destination, quickly evaluate the shelter
arrangements. Is it too crowded? Is it safe or unsafe. Are there people there
you don’t trust? Evaluate everything.
If something doesn’t “smell right”, move on to
another shelter.
The last resort is to sleep on the side of the road or in the
car park of a shopping centre.
Ask the local police if there is a safe place to park and
sleep. You probably will not be allowed to cook over a campfire in the local
shopping centre car park.
Putting tent pegs in concrete is very difficult too. But,
assuming the current shelter will be OK, they next logical step is to ask
“NOW WHAT?”…
YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD
AS MINE!
You’re alive and well. You have money and the tools to
survive. Get on with your life. Post-Disaster Recovery is an entirely different
problem.
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.
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
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 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 Tools and emergency supplies
should include such things as battery-operated radio and flashlights with extra
batteries, 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
V
ery 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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