The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned there could be 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within two months.
currently plaguing West Africa could become airborne
between human hosts the greater possibility of mutation
longer virus is living within the human ‘melting pot’
1,000 new Sierra Leone isolation centres to contain virus
says ‘horror’ of children dying from disease must be avoided
first Briton to contract virus after working in Sierra Leone
is the first person to be diagnosed in the U.S.
Texas from Liberia, touching down in Brussels and Washington
Texas are feared to have come into contact with him
in Texas said he was in a serious but stable condition
General’s Special Representative has warned. There is a ‘nightmare’ prospect
that the deadly disease will become airborne if it continues infecting new
working in these kinds of situations, wars, natural disasters – I have never
seen anything as serious or dangerous or high risk as this one.’
West Africa warned the international community has just four weeks to stop its
spread before it spirals ‘completely out of control’.
– officials believe the number of new cases is doubling every few weeks, while
more than 3,300 people in West Africa have so far been killed.
infected with the virus every hour.
from its official website which indicated that the “airborne spread” of Ebola
was strongly suspected by health authorities, amidst efforts by officials in
Texas to calm concerns about the first outbreak of the virus in America.
they remove the warning but not deny that it is or will mutate to being
airborne droplets, so if it does become an epidemic in the West you must wear
protection suits with masks, this is because of their close contact with the
difference is you “Will not know it”
“isolation” and that means preps, water, in fact in real terms you will be
you and your family, you will need the very same one full piece protective suit
that the medical staff use.
that is to seal off certain areas and enforce a quarantine what will you do
then? Will you cope? Can you cope? And for how long.
armed guard in their own homes.
of October a man died in Uganda’s capital after an outbreak of Marburg, a
highly infectious haemorrhagic fever similar to Ebola, authorities said on
Sunday, adding that a total of 80 people who came into contact with him were
a severe headache followed by haemorrhaging and leads to death in 80 percent or
more of cases in about nine days. It is from the same family of viruses as
Ebola, which has killed thousands in West Africa in recent months.
or specific treatment for the Marburg virus, which is transmitted through
bodily fluids such as saliva and blood or by handling infected wild animals
such as monkeys.
said in a statement that the 30-year old radiographer died on Sept. 28 while
working at a hospital in Kampala. He had started feeling unwell about 10 days
earlier, and his condition kept deteriorating. He complained of headache,
abdominal pain, vomiting blood and diarrhoea.
and tested at the Uganda Virus Research Institute, and results confirmed the
man had the Marburg virus.
brother, one of the people he came into contact with, has developed similar
symptoms and has been quarantined in a group of 80 others, 60 of whom are
came into contact with the victim either in Kampala or his burial place in
Kasese, a district in western Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of
shorter incubation period of 14 days, compared with Ebola’s 21.
Just Some Thoughts on Gear to Carry
wrap meat and veggies in it, throw it in a fire, and a few minutes later have a
hot meal. It can also be moulded into a bowl, cup, funnel, or a pot for boiling
scissors, to make sun boxes for small plants, to collect dew from trees, and in
the summer it can be put in windows to keep the heat out.
self-protection if the SHTF, but if you’re caught off guard, nothing’s better
than a good baseball bat, it never misfires.
things get ugly, fuel will be unavailable or unaffordable. If you need to
travel long distance for supplies, you’ll need a good bike. Make sure to get a
mountain bike and not a skinny-tired ten speed.
a great comfort food for adults. Just don’t go overboard with it as too much
sugar can weaken your immune system.
little cash. In most emergency scenarios, people will still accept cash.
bags, heavy duty bags are very thick and sturdy. You can stuff them with
sharp branches and debris or use them to drag heavy objects. They can also be
used as a poncho, a lean too, an A frame or a temporary patch for a leaky roof.
to stock up on as it can be used for fishing lines, repairing tents or clothing
lines, and suture material.
having constant entertainment and distractions that they’re likely to become
very bored if the power is out. But nothing cures boredom like a good board game,
or a game of cards. This is especially important if you have children.
one pair of glasses, but what if your glasses break and all the opticians are
closed? It’s good to have at least one backup pair and a glasses repair kit.
the amazing MULE LIGHT range is FANTASTIC https://www.uvpaqlite.com/ You can
use them to mark the location of important objects like doorknobs, flashlights
and radios. They make a great substitute for candles, and they’re fun for kids.
know of several people who haven’t bothered to get one yet (especially those
living in apartments). Even if you don’t bug out to some location in the woods,
you’ll still want to get a good hatchet in case you need to split wood or chop
through the bone of an animal. It also makes a good weapon.
records, birth certificates, prescriptions, property deeds, registration
papers, titles, and any other important papers. You should make photocopies of
all ID’s and credit cards. Put everything inside Ziploc bags and keep them in a
safe if you have one. You might also want to include cherished photographs.
Google or Yahoo maps and many don’t even have a physical map anymore. It is so
importance to have a good map marked with potentially dangerous areas. It can also
be used for identifying the shortest, safest route to a friend or relative’s
home, a place with supplies, etc. And don’t forget a good motorway map too.
making notes, or keeping a journal (you’re living in interesting times; write
survival situations, you’ll want to use no more water than is necessary. This
is why I think you should get LOTS of these they can also be used as tinder.
This can be used to repair leaks, collect water, or build a makeshift shelter.
become less and less common in modern society. You should get a decent kit and
learn how to sew buttons and patch/mend clothes because new shirts and trousers
might be hard to come by.
tried to shovel the footpath so got a pair of snow shoes. You could also use
the back of a chair or tennis rackets.
firewood, holding debris, privacy screens, shade, tablecloths, tents, lean
to’s, A frames etc.
to cut through bone, metal, plastic, and wood with ease.
will hopefully choose different one to cover your needs.
a long-term power cut can quickly turn from a momentary inconvenience to an
requires electricity; Kitchen Appliances cooking, heating or cooling our homes,
lighting, running water for drinking, bathing & washing dishes and clothes,
refrigeration of food, and communication needs; phones, radio, television and
special equipment such as a respirator, ventilator, oxygen concentrator,
suction machine, medication compressor.
powered by a backup power source such as a generator.
failure by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be
prepared to cope on your own during a power cut for at least 72 hours .
emergencies for members of your household with special needs.
survival supply kit that includes items you can use when there is a power cut.
lantern, and a camp stove.
Remember cordless phones do not work when the power is off.
or even wind-up ones are safer than candles, gas lanterns (to minimize the risk
with the fireplace or one that can be heated easily with a portable heater.
Choose heating units that are not dependent on an electric motor, electric fan,
or some other electric device to function.
the type of chimney flue specified for it.
cleaned every autumn in preparation for use and to eliminate creosote build-up
which could ignite and cause a chimney fire.
gas supply, have it connected with shut-off valves by a certified corgi engineer.
a power cut, check with furnace, appliance and lighting fixture dealers or
manufacturers regarding power requirements and proper operating procedures.
equipment, and turn the thermostat(s) for the home heating system down to
minimum to prevent damage from a power surge when power is restored.
power can be restored more easily when there is not a heavy load on the
It’s strongly recommended that expensive electronics be unplugged during a
power cut to protect them from power surges when electricity is restored, but
for when you can’t unplug, surge protectors will help prevent damage to
electronics like computers and televisions.
that both you and the repair crews outside know that the power cut is over and
has been restored.
and freezer doors closed.
hours if the door remains closed.
equipment, or home generators indoors. They give off carbon monoxide.
you can’t smell or see it, carbon monoxide can cause health problems and is
unattended and keep out of reach of children. Always extinguish candles before
going to bed.
information on the power outage and advice from authorities
a power cuts, but must only be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s
electrical system through an approved transfer panel and switch that has been
installed by a qualified electrician.
can result when the current produced by the home generator is fed back into the
electrical lines, and transformed to a higher voltage. This can also endanger
the lives of utility employees working to restore the power.
well-ventilated conditions, well away from doors or windows, to prevent exhaust
gases from entering the house.
extension cords must be used, ensure they are properly rated and.
that have lost power.
usually horizontal switches and may be labeled (e.g., “kitchen,”
“off” position or in a middle position between “on” and
position and then back to “on.” That should clear an overload and
return power to the room.
reasons: too many lamps and appliances plugged into the circuit; a damaged cord
or plug; a short circuit in a receptacle, switch or fixture; or faulty wiring.
corrected the problem, or call an electrician.
side to avoid electrical arc if the breaker should malfunction.
you’re unsure of your abilities or about any aspect of the job, call an
reconnecting tools and appliances. Turn the heating-system thermostats up
first, followed in a couple of minutes by reconnection of the fridge and
allow air to escape from upper taps.
on the power to it.
for signs of spoilage. If a freezer door has been kept closed, food should stay
frozen 24 to 36 hours, depending on the temperature.
defrost (usually after two days), it should be cooked; otherwise it should be
freezer. If you return home after a period of absence and the ice has melted
and refrozen, there is a good chance that the food is spoiled.
throw it out!
be there when needed again.
Somerset, Yorkshire it is already here.
range from being moderately inconvenient to a complete nightmare. Being
prepared means that a power cut needn’t be a disaster…
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.
milk and food may turn rancid. A little preparation is definitely worthwhile.
the candle bases
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.
Bath-time is a good time to introduce candlelight – it makes a relaxing
atmosphere and your child is safely contained in the tub.
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.
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
well as blankets hats and gloves.
immediately. They should have a 24-hour emergency telephone number that is on
your electricity bill or in the front of the yellow pages.
have a young children, elderly person or those with medical problems in the
house and ask for an estimated length of time.
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.
kept free of toys and clutter in case you do end up stumbling around in the
planning to bug out in my boat.
are two major camps, the bug-out doctrine and the bug-out doctrine.
tailorable to personal needs and available options.
the bug-in doctrine is preferable, for solo young men probably the bug out.
resources, I was mostly prone to bug out prepping, with the focus largely on
skills (as I had a lack of gear or resources to acquire gear).
git l, I face the prospect of seeing my family exist in a growing police state,
one where what my children eat, are taught, and medicated would be controlled
by the state.
desperate to secure a viable future for our family, there is a perception that
any survival prep would be woefully inadequate to sustain a family.
the perception of an insurmountable barrier to providing for your family is
merely that, a perception in my opinion.
for our families. As I own a boat I continue to ask myself the same question
over and over again, will it work, as a BOB=bug-out-boat, I would like to share
an option that began as an exotic fascination that may perhaps grow into a
viable survival option.
nuances of boats and how they can be tailored to nearly any survival need, but
I think as an introductory analysis it should be approached as simply as
possible to encourage feedback and discussion.
provide the basic essentials for survival: shelter, water, power, and food.
sailboat is not something that is difficult or even out of the ordinary.
are many liveaboards in the UK already. Some live year round in their boat,
only occasionally sailing to holiday destinations.
available weekend. As a survival option the boat can be much cheaper than purchasing
a house or land, offers superb mobility, and is as self-contained as any
reasonably acquired in a sailing condition for around 2,000 to £5,000.
more money to operate than should be required. I believe this is a common
misconception from individuals who buy boats just like that fourth or fifth
car, to use ‘every now and then.’
maintained or run for six months.
piece of property; it should be maintained and used to have utility. Using a
boat as a home would help ensure that needed repairs and maintenance are kept
report that boat maintenance is not beyond the scope of home repair on land.
bottom) and some every few months (motor check), not unlike a home.
to be truly mobile is probably the biggest advantage a boat has to a homestead.
according to the houses of treason? The adage ‘fight or flight’ comes to mind.
superior option, who doesn’t like to be Rambo sometimes? But in reality, with a
family in a world of uncertainty I believe the flight option offers the best
security and preservation of lifestyle.
where you would fear for your family or lifestyle, one can always untie in the
middle of the night and motor/sail for the Scottish islands.
is probably the premier survival issue in 99% of situations.
water everywhere…. Water procurement would be the easy part, one would just
need to take care to only fill tanks with (purified) seawater from offshore,
and not near major ports or sea lanes.
convert seawater into drinkable water, a boat must be equipped with a reverse
osmosis system (referred to as watermakers).
should not be considered lightly, as with any water filtration system. The
ability to turn seawater into clean drinking water provides an almost unlimited
supply of the basic necessity of life.
anywhere from £3,000 to £5,000. I consider this as a necessary upgrade to any
boat and should be included in the final cost analysis of a survival boat.
course in addition to the ability to purify the water, the ability to hold it
is important. All liveaboard boats have clean water holding tanks that range in
size from 25 to 75 gallons.
storage for almost a week. To keep the watermaker working, a power source is
off grid power system. The bonus that boats have out of the box against a
homestead is that they have a fossil fuel generator included in the function of
should) supplement the generator with solar and wind power generation.
solar generators are a familiar sight on boats and liveaboards, the prices for
such systems can vary widely, but take the same approach one would take with an
onshore off grid system.
meet those needs. One concern is those with high power needs would not have the
space for the requisite battery bank to provide.
could find a boat very attractive. Expect similar costs and concerns with power
generation for a boat in comparison to a bug-out location.
bag for survival minded liveaboards and motor cruisers. The limited storage
space creates a problem for individuals who are keen to store much of their
the sea and fresh produce (often cheaper than on the UK mainland) from many
inclined to take the latter option stored. Now given the smaller space on the
ship you would need to acquire and use fishing, cleaning, and cooking skills.
situations, remember practice makes perfect.
boats is the tried and tested ice box method of our grandfathers, still
requiring physical ice to cool the box.
in a grid down scenario, where power becomes a premium.
huge change from the skills based food acquisition requirements for bugging
but perhaps the most amount of skills investment.
the ability of a boat to provide adequately, I believe the boat should be
considered a viable and worthy survival option to many along the costs of the
nation, and especially for those with boats moored inland on our extexsive
river and canal system
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United Kingdom is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be
entering another Great Depression.
only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for that to
little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes. Most of us are so used to running out to the
supermarket for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would
happen if suddenly we were not able to do that.
drunken teenager. All it would take for
the entire UK to resemble East London after the bombers had left would be for a
major war, a terror attack, a deadly pandemic or a massive natural disaster to
strike at just the right time and push the teetering UK economy over the
you suddenly could not rely on the huge international corporate giants to feed,
clothe and supply you and your family?
total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see
very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has
unprecedented number of large earthquakes around the world and volcanoes all
over the globe are awakening and don’t forget the massive flooding we have
in Iceland to see how devastating a natural disaster can be. Not only that, but we have a world that is
full of lunatics in positions of power, and if one of them decides to set off a
nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an
and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least) and there is
the possibility that much of the entire world could be drawn into the conflict.
(electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the Northern
hemisphere back to the Stone Age in an instant.
viral pandemic (such as what happened with the 1918 Spanish Flu) could kill
tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the
the EU economy is going to collapse. So
just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on
top of all the economic problems that we are having.
will need to survive when the economy totally collapses and the next Great
commodities in existence in the event of an economic collapse.
what they have in their house right now, in fact I would say that many would be
dead by then anyway.. So what about
long could you survive on what you have?
will suddenly find yourselves competing with the hordes of hungry people who
are looting the stores and roaming the streets looking for something to eat.
take time. So you need to have enough
food stored up until the food that you plant has time to grow. But if you have not stored up any seeds you
might as well forget it. When the
economy totally collapses, the remaining seeds will disappear very quickly.
seeds, now is the time to get them.
but without water you will die in just a few days, try going without water for
24hrs, I have and I did not like it. So
where would you get water if the water suddenly stopped flowing out of your
near your home? Would you be able to boil water if you need to? OH1 and by the
way you will need to.
gather water if society breaks down, another thing to consider is water
purification tablets. The water you are
able to gather during a time of crisis may not be suitable for drinking. So you may find that water purification
tablets come in very, very handy.
living on the streets, but the vast majority of us will need some form of
shelter to survive for long. So what
would you do if you and your family lost your home or suddenly were forced from
in case of emergency? Do you own a tent
and sleeping bags if you had to rough it?
If one day everything hits the fan and you and your family have to
“bug out” somewhere, where would that be?
situation, you are probably going to need some warm, functional clothing. If you live in a cold climate, this is going
to mean storing up plenty of blankets and cold weather clothes. If you live in an area where it rains a lot,
you will need to be sure to store up some rain gear.
emergency situation, make sure that you and your family have something warm to
put on your heads. Someday after the
economy has collapsed and people are scrambling to survive, a lot of folks are
going to end up freezing to death.
fact, in the coldest areas it is actually possible to freeze to death in your
own home. Don’t let that happen to you.
consider investing in a good axe. In the
event of a major emergency, gathering firewood will be a priority. Without a good tool to cut the wood with that
will be much more difficult.
you can boil water and you can stay warm.
So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing sticks together?
lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them, and
just to be sure please include a fire steel.
supply of candles. Candles come in quite
handy whenever the electricity goes out, and in the event of a long-term
economic nightmare we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so
survival, this is not the first or the second thing that comes to mind. But having hiking boots or very comfortable
and functional shoes will be absolutely critical.
your family must walk everywhere you want to go. So how far do you think you will get in high
heels? You will want footwear that you
would feel comfortable walking in for hours if necessary.
because when the economy truly collapses you may not be able to run out to the
shoe store and get what you need at that point.
thing that you grab? Just think about
it. A Torch or a lantern of course. In a major emergency, a torch or a lantern is
going to be a necessity – especially if you need to go anywhere at night.
will probably be best during a long-term emergency. If you have battery-powered units you will
want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.
family want? Among other things, you
will all want to know what in the world is going on. A radio can be an invaluable tool for keeping
up with the news.
probably work best for the long term. A
battery-powered until would work as well – but only for as long as your
batteries are able to last.
communicate with your family and friends.
You will also want to be able to contact an ambulance or law enforcement
phone is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis.
available. Be sure to have a plan
(whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others
during a major emergency.
already know how incredibly handy they can be.
It can be a very valuable and versatile tool. In a true survival situation, a Swiss Army
knife can literally do dozens of different things for you. Make sure that you have at least one stored up
truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what would you do without toilet
paper? Just think about it. Imagine that you just finished your last roll
of toilet paper and now you can’t get any more.
toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for
granted in society today. So what would
happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?
Other Medical Supplies
note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during a major
crisis. In your survival supplies, be absolutely
certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that
you think you may need, and don’t forget any prescription medicine
available at all. If that happens, how
will you get around? Be certain to have
some extra fuel stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to
get somewhere someday.
and your family, what would you do?
Well, you would want to repair the clothes that you have and make them
last as long as possible. Without a good
sewing kit that will be very difficult to do.
something more “robust” to fend off wild humans, millions of us will
one day be thankful that they have something to defend themselves with.
find yourselves having to be on the move.
If you are in a wilderness area, it will be very hard to tell what
direction you are heading without a compass and a map. It is always a good idea to have at least one
compass stored up.
what will you carry all of your survival supplies in? Having a good hiking backpack or
“survival bag” for everyone in your family is extremely
important. If something happened in the
city where you live and you suddenly had to “go”, what would you put
your most important stuff in?
you carry it all if you had to travel by foot?
These are very important things to think about.
work together that will have the best chance of making it. Whether it is your family, your friends, a
church or a local group of people that you know, make sure that you have some
people that you can rely on and work together with in the event that everything
hits the fan. Loners are going to have a
really hard time of surviving for long.
backup plan for everything.
stored up, what are you going to do?
out” location immediately do you have a Plan B?
fortress but circumstances force you to leave do you have an alternate plan?
envision. It is important to be flexible
and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes.
Hurricane Katrina. You don’t want to
have to rely on the government to take care of you if something really bad
U.S. strategic grain reserve contains only enough wheat to make half a loaf of
bread for each of the approximately 300 million people in the United States.
times are coming.
mixture to make the soap.
solution of potash commonly called lye.
bottomless barrel set on a stone slab with a groove and a lip carved in it. The
stone in turn rested on a pile of rocks.
the solution a layer of straw and small sticks was placed in the barrel then
the ashes were put on top. The lye was produced by slowly pouring water over
the ashes until a brownish liquid oozed out the bottom of the barrel.
solution of potash lye was collected by allowing it to flow into the groove
around the stone slab and drip down into a clay vessel at the lip of the
instead of the barrel method. The ash hopper, was kept in a shed to protect the
ashes from being leached unintentionally by a rain fall.
periodically and water was poured over at intervals to insure a continuous
supply of lye. The lye dripped into a collecting vessel located beneath the
the soap was the next step. This consists of cleaning the fats and grease of
all other impurities contained in them.
smelliest part of the soap making operation. Animal fat, when removed from the
animals during butchering, must be rendered before soap of any satisfactory
quality can be made from it.
remain in the fat sections. Fat obtained from cattle is called tallow while fat
obtained from pigs is called lard.
it was also rendered to remove all impurities that had collected in it. The
waste cooking grease being saved over a period of time without the benefits of
refrigeration usually became rancid.
sweeter. It would result in a better smelling soap. The soap made from rancid
fats or grease would work just as well as soap made from sweet and clean fats
but not be as pleasant to have around and use.
a large kettle and an equal amount of water was added. Then the kettle was
placed over the open fire outdoors. Soap making was an outside activity.
anyone’s house. The mixture of fats and water were boiled until all the fats
had melted. After a longer period of boiling to insure completion of melting
the fats. The fire was stopped and into the kettle was placed another amount of
water about equal to the first amount of water.
cool down and left over night.
top forming a layer of clean fat. All the impurities being not as light as the
fat remained in water underneath the fat.
or casserole containing meat has been put in the refrigerator, you can see the
next day the same fat layer the colonists got on the top of their rendering
Making Can Begin.
amount of lye solution determined to be the correct amount. This is easier said
than done. We will discuss it more later. Then this pot was placed over a fire
again outdoors and boiled.
determined when the mixture boiled up into a thick frothy mass, and a small
amount placed on the tongue caused no noticeable “bite”.
process could take up to six to eight hours depending on the amount of the
mixture and the strength of the lye.
only a soft soap. When the fire was put out and the soap mixture was allowed to
cool, the next day revealed a brown jelly like substance that felt slippery to
the touch, made foam when mixed with water, and cleaned.
the colonists had done all their hard work to produce. The soft soap was then
poured into a wooden barrel and ladled out with a wooden dipper when needed.
the boiling. If this was done a hard cake of soap formed in a layer at the top
of the pot.
wasted to make hard soap. Common salt was more valuable to give to the
livestock and the preserving of foods.
the colonists, making their own soap, did not make hard soap bars.
for sale, the soap would be converted to the hard soap by the addition of salt.
As hard bars it would be easier to store and transport.
the soap maker were often scented with oils such as lavender, wintergreen, or
caraway and were sold as toilet soap to persons living in the cities or towns.
sold today. Soap made by the soap makers was poured into large wooden frames
and removed when cooled and hard.
bar. Soap was sold usually by the pound. Small wrapped bars were not available
until the middle of the 19th century.
described is not only how the homesteading colonial women made their soap.
making was generally a task the women did. This was essentially the method used
by all soap makers of the period. Soap making was always considered one of the
most difficult jobs on the farm or homestead.
correct strength, as I have said. In order to learn this, the soap maker
floated either a potato or an egg in the lye.
above the lye solution, the lye was declared fit for soap making.
colonists felt that lye of the correct strength would float a potato or an egg
with an area the size of a nine pence (about the size of a modern 1p) above the
boiled down more or the lye solution could be poured through a new batch of
know a bit about BOV’s.
will take you away from your current location in a time of crisis or distress.
Almost anything that will move can be considered a potential BOV candidate.
can carry or tow some kind of load.
answer is yes, it is very likely that you will need something to move you and
your stuff around at one time or another. Even if you are well set up in a
great location, there may come a time you will need to move.
on what the circumstances may be to make you move, but I can make some
suggestions that will help you decide what you may require when that time
where you start to question what you need to move and how far you need to move
it. If it is just one person, and they have a small bag of things, then the
demands are not great.
with you including the kitchen sink, then you will need something more
willing and able to move from your established location? Take into
consideration that if your group is large, some might not wish to go even if it
is against their better judgment.
take up more space, things that cannot be left behind like medical equipment or
around. You never know what might happen, and if you can make provision for
these possibilities, within reason, more power to you.
across the county, across the country, maybe even across the world! You will
need to identify the location you wish to get to, and what might be required to
have to adjust your course. Make allowances in your plan to get there via the
move. If you are in a set location with good resources and a chance of living
well, then your absence may be short, until you can return.
term items are of prime consideration, with a few longer term items thrown in
just in case.
have to take a lot of gear with you. You must make plans to take all that gear
with you safely and efficiently.
hide it until the time is right to retrieve it. You may have to hide some of
your gear beforehand to lessen the burden later on. This must all be considered
and factored into your plan.
the move? If it is just once, think about where that one move is going to, and
will you have to move again?
already failed. Also, if you plan to continually move, will you be able to stay
for an extended period in one spot if the circumstance permit?
you have no thoughts of going anywhere, it is wise to be prepared ahead of time
if the unthinkable occurs and you do have to move.
transport, and the transport you select must be able to follow those plans, or
you aren’t going anywhere!
very likely have to move around a little no matter how well prepared you are,
as even the best-laid plans sometimes fail.
decide to go, a good reliable BOV should always be placed high on the list of
needs, even if it is just as an emergency.
you are dead. Nobody else can help you once you are dead either.
try to save the other survivors that are with you
dangerous attitude. This belief prevents you from rapidly accepting a survival
situation as it really is and reacting to it immediately.
you probably will. If you don’t, you almost certainly won’t.
loss of sleep.
and when you will return before going. If you fail to return or report in
within a reasonable time, they can make sure that help will be on the way.
until your actions in a crisis become completely automatic. This will provide
you with strong self-confidence. It will also allow you to perform all
necessary actions instinctively even if you are severely injured and are in a
half conscious state.
know, the less you have to carry with you.
have with you when there is an emergency.
and always keep this with you, it will significantly improve your chance of
emergency, you may experience:
situation occurs with absolutely no warning of any kind. In most cases there is
a moment of realization that something is going to happen just before it does.
This is precisely the moment that your instinctive reaction can save your life.
lifesaving medical treatment necessary.
more of what you need. Familiarity with your new environment will give you
will discover the means you need to help you survive are always around you.
Believe in the ends, and the means will show themselves.
Believe that you will be rescued but never pin all of your hopes for survival
on someone else helping you. Do not stop doing what you need to do in order to
survive while you wait.
have no needs. Remove anything that is potentially useable as quickly as
possible. Identify, cover, remove and bury casualties
accidents and leads to fatal decisions. To test for exhaustion. Look up at sky,
if it appears to be receding you need to get some sleep.
emergency, saving your energy is infinitely more important than trying to save
as fast as you have to.
investment from everything you do. Always consider EROEI (Energy Returned On
Energy Invested). Do not expend an ounce of sweat to get a half ounce of water
or 1000 calories to get 800 calories of food. In the long run, these are not
Do, Check, Act
necessities for survival. The fact that our species has established itself in
every corner of the Earth is proof of this.
take advantage of the resources available.
reflection. Wait until you are fully conscious of your situation.
should not take needless risks. You must keep your plans flexible and
continuously adapt to new information and the changing environment around you.
Discretion is the better half of valour. If following your original plan will
put you in further peril, stop, think back off, and find another solution or
luxury of an accident or a mistake now. Some accidents and mistakes cannot be
avoided. Most can. A lot of accidents occur because at a subconscious level,
the victim wants the accident to happen. This can be motivated by feelings of
guilt, a desire to be punished, to escape some responsibility, to gain
sympathy, or to get help from others. Be aware of this threat.
travel for help
The key question is whether or not they will find you in time to save you.
rescue. If they do not find you, you must be able to cross obstacles and
navigate your way to safety.
exhausted, injured or confused.
track you and so that you can find your way back if needed.
back if needed.
eventually. However, traveling along a watershed typically leads through
marshes, thickets, etc. and may easily triple the distance you have to travel.
Straight line travel may be best if you know where you need to go.
parts of the UK this year was bad enough to leave over 80,000 people without
power which meant no lighting, heating, hot food, or baths and showers.
spring time seeing only a fraction of the actual rainfall that fell in such a
short period of time.
no’s, makes sense. Whether or not you
feel compelled to prepare at the level of those practised by the Doomsday
Preppers – a popular TV show on the Discovery Channel, because of their
heightened awareness for disasters;
tips for consideration when creating plans to protect your family and assets.
already hit many here in the North East, are you prepared at all to hang in
there for the necessary time it would take to put the pieces of normalcy back
in place? If not, listen up because that
is what this show is all about, helping you get prepared.
involved in civil defence and other things closely connected to it and it was
obvious then that if I survived an attack from the Warsaw Pact then I would
need to learn how to survive post attack.
disasters, and 9/11 did point out significant issues with disaster preparedness
and response, 7/7 brought it home to the British public, who now had to contend with living with
people who actually planned to do us all harm, and the realisation that they
were vulnerable and that perhaps they too should plan to survive post an
with all the important things already considered, some basics already packed so
you can evacuate on a moment’s notice?
were, could you hang in there with meals, water, basic first aid and more until
help arrived? If the answer to any of
these is no, then you need to start thinking about how you need to protect your
family and assets today, because it is not really an issue of IF, but when.
so tight for many, saving in any way, shape or form has become impossible. That is why I am doing this show now, well
ahead of the next heavy floods – to give people time to add a few things to
their shopping trolleys as they go along since most can’t just go out and shop
for all the supplies at once.
the risk for some are higher than others. What are some of the disaster risks
to keep in mind when prepping?
preparations that a person should have in place to encounter most types of
and many even lost proof of their identity – loss of your driver’s license,
birth certificates, passports and more.
In the planning process, what are some strategies for keeping vital
documents safe and within reach for escape?
homes rather than leave when they are warned. Heavy flooding can led to sewage
and rats surrounding homes.
contamination, downed trees, power cuts and more. Let’s talk about having an escape plan, and
what that includes.
complete halt as computers can easily be down because of lack of access to
electricity or damage to a location.
With the credit /debit card swipe habit, most of us no longer carry cash
ones that impact a single family. These
days, zero income homes are a stark reality for some. It seems to me that the preparations I just
discussed for preparing for a financial disaster would have come in handy for
those who lose a job unexpectedly, or have to quit a job to care for an ill
partner or loved one.
several years. However, for those just
getting started, let us break down the basic prep into stages of time say: How much more of the basics I just
mentioned do we need to get by for say 3 days?
7 days? Two weeks?
approximately one day.
secretive about their prepping in anticipation of neighbours and friends
becoming aggressive about getting access to your stuff.
point recently the “prepper” movement exploded and became mainstream.
and decide to increase their odds of surviving it by putting aside supplies.
“stocking up” — essential throughout most of humanity’s existence — was common
in the United Kingdom up until advances in transportation logistics brought
about the “just in time” shipping model.
and year-round to massive community 24 hour supermarkets. What our grandparents
called “lean times” became a thing of the past for even the poorest of us.
whenever we wanted it took a couple of hard jolts around the turn of the 21st
century: predictions regarding the “Y2K bug” created a resurgent interest in
self-sufficiency, which was further rekindled by the 9/11 terror attacks, the
7/7 London attacks and the foreign wars our politicians have got us into.
popular views about the end of the Mayan calendar, and ginned-up fears of
catastrophic climate change, economic collapse, and violent weather patterns
have grown what was once a fringe culture.
the late 1990s. That wave focused on military supplies, weapons, and tactics,
and was in many ways limited by their options.
on hoarding and protecting supplies in remote cabins. Yet today’s preppers have
a dizzying array of gourmet shelf-stable foods, “green” power options, and even
custom-built housing to meet their particular survival needs. Additionally,
enterprising companies now cater to nearly every desire the preppers can dream
episode with prepper Peter Larson, and displayed the work of Paul Seyfried and
Utah Shelter Systems. An underground bunker built by Utah Shelter Systems was
the core of the Larson family’s preparation plans, and with good reason.
shipped almost anywhere are designed to withstand nuclear, biological, and
chemical disasters, and being buried yards underground, they are secure from
all but the most determined marauders.
complete shelter and tens of thousands more on land, installation, and
provisioning? Mr. Seyfried fiercely guards the confidentiality of his client
list, but will volunteer that it includes “international bankers, hedge fund
managers, attorneys, doctors, oil company geologists, business men, and movie
seen business expand and contract as events bring awareness of their products.
After 9/11, the company experienced an increase in sales in the Northeast,
centred around New York.
and they range across the Southeast and Southwest, typically as shelters
against the common natural disasters that strike the southern part of the
country. The most commonly purchased shelter is the $60,750-plus 10′x50′
shelter which offers the best cost per square foot, and customers typically
order more bunks to add capacity.
there are some small bunker communities of well-heeled preppers coming together
for mutual support.
dollars on. Some look at the economy and prep for the very real possibility of
preparing against drought or unemployment. I think the major thing that
connects our customers is a sense of independence and self-sufficiency. They
want to be prepared for anything that may be in the future — whether that is a
natural disaster, a man-made disaster, or unemployment.
does strike, being prepared is just part of the equation. As we witnessed in
New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, even the normally law-abiding will resort
to out-of-character barbarism if they think it necessary to ensure their
survival or the survival of their families.
been to acquire firearms, preferably guns with more capacity and range than
anyone you expect to be causing trouble. It hasn’t been until recently that the
thought of stopping any inbound fire has become socially acceptable.
called US PALM is in the process of changing that by creating and successfully
marketing body armor designed for the civilian market.
bizarre preparations for what most people consider unrealistic scenarios — such
as polar shifts or the Mayan apocalypse — but with the current global economic
situation, the carnage of recent natural disasters, and the fragility of power
grids, other scenarios are no laughing matter.
grandparents did is now regarded by many as a wise investment against uncertain
times, and like any market, there are smart businesses willing to cater to this
defence – Person(s), Water, Food, Fire making, Shelter.
not to include weapons in the top 5 however a resourceful prepper/survival
should be able to make a make shift weapon.
strong preference is to have the water and food source(s) within the confines
of the actual BOL. If not on the BOL very nearby, since going to get the
food/water consumes energy and time. Both will be in short supply once SHTF.
of your BOL. The location should be a critical OpSec item and not discussed
with anyone that has not been vetted. I highly recommend that your stored food
be stored in more than one location. Your stored food location should be
temperature controlled if possible (cellar, bunker, insulation, air flow),
water proof (or at least the containers the food is in)
crops, not to mention hide the numbers in the retreat. One can take an educated
guess of your numbers based on the amount of food being grown, even the amount
of waste being produced.
One has to ensure proper draining and terrain types for the livestock they plan
on raising. My preference is unless the BOL can be well defended stick with
smaller livestock that can be mobile such as chickens, ducks, rabbits and
surrounding water sources and places where wildlife is likely to be. Also look
for signs of wildlife such as droppings, tracks and rubbings. Also talking with
local hunters will yield clues of where the local wildlife is.
prepper events the underground water table will be intact. The well needs to be
well defended since the well water can be accessed and tampered with in a
surgical strike. Also just because it’s from a water table does not mean it’s
safe to drink (ask anyone that has had a gasoline leak near their well). If
possible strike a well in sandy soil since the sand will act as a natural
(a spring fed pond or creek being the best). The major issue with running water
is lack of control since most will run through one’s BOL and not start and stop
on it. Also it is not a source you can for the most part locate where it’s
Also make sure the container that you are using is designed for long term
liquid storage and if possible use layered storage methods so if one layer is
breached the other layer keeps the water/food intact.
Defendable a BOL is depend on so many factors and is heavily dependent on the
person as well. In general you want a location in which access can be
controlled, in a location that is off the main path or blends in well with the
having an apartment a couple of blocks from a megastore, looters are more
likely to target the megastore before targeting the apartment).
BOL as shabby and unoccupied as possible. If you have the manpower then you
want to do the opposite and make the BOL as foreboding as possible.
double edged sword in that it makes one able to see a greater distance however
bad guys can see the BOL from a greater distance.
scratch then start well here is how. I
will tell you everything you need to know about starting your first veg plot.
few square feet with potential? Are you past the stage of needing a big lawn
for football and could you reclaim some of it for vegetable beds?
this applies, are there some allotments nearby, or, as a starting point, do you
have room for a few big pots on a terrace, balcony or window ledge?
hour or two a week than growing even a little of your own vegetables. Let this
be the year when you start to grow your own – it will then almost certainly
become a lifetime’s habit.
varieties have emerged clearly as front runners in the time/reward ratio. They
are quick and easy to grow, so that with little or no gardening experience,
they still do well and go on to form the basis of hundreds of free and
delicious meals over the next few months with very little sweat. This exercise
is not about growing every single edible plant you and your family eat.
need too much TLC (such as red peppers and aubergines), or that take up tons of
room for months at a stretch and then only give you a minimal harvest (eg
Brussels sprouts, main crop potatoes and parsnips).
grower with lots of space, not high-priority plants for those of us who prefer
to dip in and out of a vegetable patch, with almost instant rewards and
abundant, self-perpetuating harvests.
as possible, which you can harvest from on a Monday for supper and, by the
following Monday, will have grown back with more for you to eat,
bringing in baskets of salad, herbs and veg from just outside your back door in
a few weeks. I’ll try to cover all the basics about site and soil, as well as
what to grow. I’ll cover where to put
the patch and how to clear the ground, getting rid of lawn or weeds, and then
how to keep on top of the weeds once the plot is cleared.
and flexible layout and help you work out whether to create raised beds or not,
and what to do with the soil. I will also include companion planting (mixing
two plants closely together for beneficial effect) and tips on how to make your
productive patch look good. Well planned, these abundant plots are often the
best-looking areas of a garden.
for your plot. If you have the choice, it’s good to grow veg in the kind of
sunny, sheltered spot where you might want to sunbathe. Most of the plants
going into the patch are annuals.
to grow rapidly. To enable them to put on this performance, they need all the
help they can get and plenty of food to fuel this growing process. That’s only
possible in full sun, so avoid overhanging trees and shade-throwing sheds and
buildings as far as possible.
need shelter from the wind. They won’t grow well if rocked at their roots and
their leaves will blacken with wind burn.
permanent hedge on the windy, western side of the plot. These will give the
more delicate plants a chance of survival outside.
use a few straw bales for instant effect. These provide a cheap, but perfect
temporary wind break, which can be removed once the worst of the spring winds
are over in early May.
about five times its height, so a two-metre hurdle protects for 10 metres.
soil of perennial and annual weeds before you plant.
the grass (stack the turf somewhere upside down and it will compost into
beautiful top soil which you can put back into the beds in a few months), then
carefully dig it over, meticulously making sure you’ve got rid of any roots of
the nightmare invasive perennial weeds such as marestail (which looks like a
one-stem fir tree), couch grass, Japanese knotweed which is (tall, green and
pink stems looking slightly like rhubarb as it emerges), bindweed which has
(bright green, shield-shaped leaves and white trumpet flowers) or ground elder
(like a large flat-leaved parsley with mini, white, cow-parsley-like flowers).
go the non-organic route), try spraying them off with glyphosate (found in
systemic weed killers) available at any garden centre.
and on a very still day, very carefully spray off your patch, laying
weighted-down plastic sheeting around it to prevent any drift onto the
surrounding grass or flower beds. Leave it for two weeks or until any green has
browned, then dig over the ground.
weeds (for example, groundsel, with yellow flowers, bittercress with white
flowers and cress-tasting leaves, speedwell with pretty blue saucer flowers),
are your problem, it’s a good idea to cover the patch for a couple of weeks in
weeks earlier than if you left the patch open to the elements. Use sheets of
clear plastic. It warms and dries the soil, and – transparent – encourages the
germination of any dormant weed seed.
cleared by hand or hoe and you will have a weed-seed-free bed.
mulch to prevent any weed seed that drifts in from germinating in your soil.
(cheap municipal compost available from many town councils, mushroom compost or
leaf mould) in between your rows. This should make your patch relatively
weed-free through the summer and so easier to maintain.
THE COMING COLLAPSE
opinion on what he should do with his cash now that he is pulling it out of the
self-sufficient. I’m far from being a doomsayer, but it is now no longer
whether hard times are coming, it’s simply a matter of when.
much you try to nationalize financial institutions and throw good money after bad,
market forces and past mistakes that were not allowed to play out, as free
markets should, will eventually collect their toll.
worse inflation will be down the road. Couple all of that with a government
that wants to redistribute wealth that’s not theirs to play with, and we could
have the making of a disaster, the likes of which we’ve never seen
people into the real world, and they’re no longer listening to idiotic advice
from talking heads. Nowadays, learning how to survive literally is taking
precedence over learning how to survive the downturn of their 50(k).
increase. In the mid-90s, the politicians and news media labelled the self
defence advocates and survivalists and Preppers as “kooks” and “conspiracy
mind-set, buying dehydrated food and not trusting the government to assure his
survival. The populace is scared and asking “what should we do,” but no one is
really responding to them on a level they can understand.
plan, since that will vary with the location, skill level and special
circumstances of the people involved. It is, however, a survival plan that will
get you through the initial stages of a crisis, since this period always seems
to be the most dangerous.
a good investment against inflation but a poor provider of calories. It’s even
harder to trade for usable goods, since the average person knows little about
it, I would say.
stored safely for a period of time. Dehydrated food and canned goods are the
way to go, since they don’t require power to keep them from spoiling when
properly rotated. How much should you buy? The “survivalist” standard is a one
year’s supply of food for those you intend to feed. That’s a lot of food, and
I’m not sure you will actually need that much to make it through the most
dangerous times of a crisis.
(years) are 1) inflation driving food prices high, 2) sporadic food shortages
due to panic (as seen recently in Iceland), and 3) a hunger-based increase in
those who cannot sustain themselves from their own land with established
gardens and crops. If you can afford more, then by all means buy more, since a
proper food storage program means never wasting and always rotating.
storage program or where it’s located.
a disruption to your community’s water source or power grid. Plastic water
storage barrels and common bleach for purification are the best route. Do not
use your potable water for bathing. In a crisis it should be saved for drinking
first-aid hand cleaners. Water from suspect sources can be boiled for cooking
purposes and to replenish your potable water. It should also be noted that
almost every home has at least 40 gallons of water already stored in their hot
get at least a six-month supply of your prescription medications. I realize
that most people will say that they cannot do this, since their doctor or
insurance will not allow that much at one time.
long trip and will be away from home for at least six months and you will be
able to buy a long-term supply of your meds. You may have to pay a little more
due to your insurance rules, but it’s worth it to have a stockpile of your
have extra pairs of glasses and also a plentiful supply of standard first-aid
supplies, such as wound management supplies, alcohol and other disinfectants,
OTC meds such as aspirin, Imodium, cold medications, etc.
won’t write a prescription, use a veterinary supply store. Vet antibiotics will
work just as good as human antibiotics, no matter what the college boys may
tell you. (Vet supply stores are also a good place to purchase general
yourself, your family and your supplies from the common street thug and or a
hungry person trying to feed his own family. The best way to do this is to not
let anyone know about your survival plan.
government workers, next of kin, and anyone else you would normally trust with
your life. Trust no one now and you won’t be forced defend against them later.
people in countries with food shortages turn on each other to survive.
defending our family and food with weapons, most people are not mentally or
physically prepared to do it. My suggestion is to have a good home defence
shotgun. Backstop that with enough ammo and you’ll be good to go. Survival
works best when it’s kept simple and basic.
Installing a good alarm system that works on battery backup and is local
(meaning the alarm system notifies the homeowner instead of some rent-a-cop
monitoring a desk at an alarm centre) is a good start.
security cameras are also great early warning devices for the occupants. Strategically
placed perimeter fencing and hedge rows with aggressive plants such as Prickly
Pear will make it more difficult for the criminal element to operate against
for escape) and steel entrance doors with dead bolts are other additions that
make your house a less-than-desirable target.
common thug is not that smart.
easy, quick access to hit a target and escape. If you do not live in an area
that can be modified to be defendable, then move to a better location. If you
cannot move, then map out and practice an escape and evasion plan before a
which there is no definitive answer? There is no way to predict how inflation
will affect the pound’s value, but I still think that in the beginning of any
crisis, standard pounds will still be able to purchase items easier than gold,
simply due to the fact that our system, at this stage, is not set up to trade
or pick up useful tools from other individuals. If I had to put a value on it,
I would say have at least a month’s wages in cash in a safe place in your home.
haul are communication and energy questions. Knowing what’s going on in the
rest of the world will give the survivor key indicators on how to plan for the
future, when to move, and what to expect.
receiving the full spectrum of AM, FM and short-wave bands. If you don’t have a
small solar charger and rechargeable batteries, then make sure you stock up
(and rotate) the batteries you will need when the lights go out.
remote location, then having a portable generator and extra fuel comes
in real handy for long-term survival scenarios. If you store fuel, be sure to
put stabilizer in it to keep it from going bad.
necessary to work on your generator, well pump, vehicle and other things that
you typically call a repairman to fix. If you’re not mechanically inclined,
then your library should include the books that walk you through the basic
concept of repairing everyday items.
preparing for a self-sufficient lifestyle is the type of clothing they buy.
can find. Forget about all the cool looking tactical clothing, since it usually
doesn’t hold up well in long-term situations and will simply make you a target
if anarchy comes to your street.
clothes and boots are heavy enough to fit the bill and also make sure you have
the tools to repair any and all of your gear when needed.
us. How tough they will be is anyone’s guess, but the best bet is to always
plan for the worst and hope for the best.
about everything and preparing in advance of a crisis.
practiced and performed every day of your life. This will probably weed out a
good portion of lazy people as being self-sufficient when a crisis hits.
and criminals, taking advantage of the crisis and resorting to violence to take
what is not theirs. So, prepare now, don’t be obvious or outspoken about your
preparations, train your family well, keep your network small and be prepared
to face things you didn’t prepare for.
whatever the future holds.
am becoming convinced that the collapse of society is only a matter of time.
actually experiencing these extreme adversities first hand are they?
beforehand and made to be as prepared as possible for the real hardships on and
off the battlefield. The survivalist can to be more mentally and physically
prepared for the falling apart of civilization that so many survivalists and
the general public feel is inevitable.
loss of everything we all have become way too accustomed to.
type of mock realism can get you more mentally prepared for when society starts
to quickly disintegrate around you.
help you, ‘the survivalist/prepper cope better when things do start to fall
electricity by turning them off for at least a couple of hours.
computer, no television, no cell phone, etc. This will be a wakeup call for
become use to receiving information from other sources such as books.
lights to illuminate the darkness.
garden with it.
fire pit, something not dependent on the electric or gas companies.
have previously stored, or use a portable toilet.
repair it, sew it, then wear it again.
you can use it.
else rather than the city or county trash pick up services.
sickness with only what you have available to you in your home.
like you do, and see what it like for all of you to be confined to a smaller
days that is of course safe.
than using a motor vehicle.
be alone after ‘it’ happens.
using one of those solar showers, or heating water over a fire to be used to
make hard times easier.
dishwasher or washing machine, dry clothes on a clothes line.
drinking it, and see how clean you can get it.
hazardous, you find on the ground and ask yourself, what can I do and use what
at a park or recreation area. Observation skills will help you stay alive
better after chaos breaks loose.
paper map, compass, or landmarks.
dangerous), like raining all day long, you may have to live this way in the
familiar with every street, landmark, trees, houses, etc. within 2 miles of
your home, walk the area often.
to be prepared to undergo things that are going to be vastly different and very
difficult to adjust to and handle. By using some or all of these prep tips now and before the aftermath of
“the nightmare” that is coming, you will be more adapt at handling it.
personal preparation exercises to this to make you even more mega disaster
put them into 2 categories… They each serve a specific purpose.
It is used to give you the essentials you would need to get back to your home
in case of emergency while you are away.
pre-planned Bug-Out location or other location of relative safety.
choice in equipment and gear selection as you have much more room to pack gear.
However you must also plan for the worst case scenario, which would be having
to hump your gear on your back.
that every ounce counts, and saving even 1 pound worth of gear that you don’t
have to drag along with you will make your life much better.
sacrifice light weight for something that isn’t durable. Remember that what you
have is it-Make sure you buy quality gear that will serve you for the
long-haul. You probably won’t be able to replace any of it soon
to the Uber Tacti-Cool models. What should you look for??
rather have more room than less. I would try to resist the urge to pack it to
the gills. For some reason, if I have extra space I try to fill it up with more
stuff. Try to remember you are going to have to carry this thing for
(sometimes) many, many miles.
at 1 ton fully loaded out if you can’t pick it up. Make sure that you can sling
it on your back by yourself, there may come a time you have to…
that it is solid, and double stitched (at least). Inspect the straps, I like
wide straps that have a high load-bearing rating to them. Ensure it is
generously padded as your bag can get awful rough to carry when it is digging
into your back and shoulders etc…
belt to it. This makes distributing the weight of the pack more even and easier
the close-together zipper teeth. This allows for a more secure bag, and reduces
the chance that the zipper will have a sudden failure. Nothing stinks worse
than having a large portion of your gear dropping out of your bag or worse,
having it fly down the side of a hill or into another area where you can’t get
points to it. This makes it easier to attach other gear to it and remove it
easily. I would put things on there that you may want to get to in a hurry
(like medical gear) and not have to download most of your bag to get to it when
you need it.
you will need both warm weather and cold weather gear!
ventilation and water drainage. There are also some nice swim-style shoes on
the market that won’t take up much space in your bag and can come in handy.
feet warm and will wick moisture away from your feet. You won’t be able to
travel, gather food and water or do most things if your feet are out of action.
is a place where military surplus gear is just fine in my opinion. Make sure
you have some under-layer garments available to insulate them when it gets
weather insulation by themselves.
select a material that will wick moisture away from your body. This will keep
you more comfortable when it is hot, and keep you from losing body heat when it
need close at hand. I like the British Army pistol belts as they are study,
have a buckle that has a high load bearing weight rating.
when it gets cold. A bandana can be used to keep the sun off you as well.
rated, my all-time favourites are the Survival I shield from Survival Metrics
they are UV rated and store in a small 35mm type of canister.
light windproof jacket is also a must. A tactical vest that you can load out
with your essential “at-hand” gear is also a nice option.
hand, it may also be handy to have some equipment on hand to make the process a
space. If you go this route, get one that compacts down and is as lightweight
long service life. They are useful as a waterproofing method when you make a
shelter out of natural materials. I know they are supposed to reflect body
heat, but are only effective if there is an air pocket between you and the
puncture. They are also very noisy if that is of concern to you.
lightweight and compact. All you need are 2 trees. It will also get you up off
the ground and away from creepy-crawlies.
They are very versatile and you can insulate them by putting natural materials
on top. You can use them from a stand-alone tent, to ground cover, and
water-catcher when it is raining.
type you get but can be folded up to fit in a relatively small space, and you
can use them over and over. They are also easy to repair with a little Duct
the Utility multi lite on me every day, you would be hard pressed to find me
without a fixed blade knife if I am in the woods or just think I may need it
for more serious work.
bag and one or two on your person you can access readily. From cutting cordage,
dressing an animal, making tent stakes and fire starting tools to a last ditch
defensive tool, a knife is almost too handy not to have one on you at all
the two I would pick a sturdy machete. You will find it more useful in clearing
brush and even certain chopping jobs than a hand axe is.
and tools. A good diamond knife sharpener is the way to go. You can get a lot
of use from it, and there are models that fold down to a very small package.
must haves. I say have as many fire starting methods available to you as
possible. That being said- keep a small magnifying lens
steel) and magnesium fire starting equipment in your bag. Learn/practice more
“primitive” methods of fire starting before you need to use them for real.
long before we invented the disposable lighter or matches. So I recommend using
these other methods as interesting and even fun and keeping your “sure fire”
methods of fire starting in reserve,
for when getting a fire going now may be a matter of life and death.
to sustain you long term. It takes up too much space and is way too heavy.
keep water purification items in your bag to purify the water you find along
the way. Iodine, Bleach, Tabs and water filters. and carry a Camelbak to
sustain you between fill-ups.
enough of to sustain you for an indefinite amount of time is FOOD. Things I do
suggest you pack in your bag are MRE style meals, Freeze Dried Meals, Emergency
Ration Bars, Honey, Peanut Butter.
content or rather, yes it is. You will be expending a tremendous amount of
Calories, even more if it is cold outside.
have access to the better off you will be.
must. Even a small wound in the field can turn into a major life-threatening
problem if not treated promptly and properly.
(sticks to itself), Clotting agents (cellox, quick clot) for more serious
wounds, Tourniquet, Oral and/or Nasal Airway, Cravats, Antibacterial ointments,
Safety Pins, Duct Tape, Benadryl, Skin stapler or suture, scalpel, tweezers,
Burn ointment or dressing, Pain relievers and various sorts and Gloves.
for chronic health issues. Also if you have a good Doctor, he/she may write you
a prescription for small amounts of antibiotics and pain meds that can be used
in emergency situations.
survival skills, medical procedures/treatment, plant identification and the
like available for reference. You can also make your own “Prompt Sheets” on
things like water purification, emergency medical procedures… and get them
shifting around in a Bug Out bag.
built into your GPS or Watch), Maps, a cooking pot (for cooking and water
purification), flashlight(s) and spare batteries-I prefer rechargeable, Solar
charger for recharging your electronic gear, a quality multi-tool, Duct Tape,
Paracord, wire (or other) saw, fishing/trapping equipment, sewing needles and
thread for clothing repairs, personal hygiene products, Passport/ID,
savings/checking and other account numbers, Immunization records (if you have
them), Money and/or and precious metals that could be used for
barter/trade/purchase if the possibility arises.
a lot, and it is. Just remember that everything you select must have a viable
and essential purpose. Always have backup methods available for the most
important issues such as: Starting Fire, Food gathering, Water purification,
Shelter and Medical needs.
Medications, Food rations, sterile medical packages and other gear. Rotate them
out as they expire.
together a Bug Out bag intimidate you, you have probably done one already.
version of a Bug Out bag. It just isn’t as in depth.
How to Choose a
ones you care about to keep your heads down: your bug out location.
idea is to get out of harm’s way to a prepared area with supplies and gear
which can sustain you. Choosing where to locate this prepared area is an
important decision that requires planning
to you, it is important to note that depending on the kind of disaster and its
reach, your best bet may be to drive to another county to stay with a relative.
and if you do have family connections you can leverage, it may be your best
possible from your home to ensure the best odds that whatever disaster it is
will not impact you. While there are definitely some merits to the very remote
location, there are some drawbacks to consider.
supplies, you have to understand how difficult stocking it will be if you live
extremely far away. If it’s too remote, stocking it from the nearest shop may
also be an ordeal.
journey presents greater fuel risks, and at minimum, forces you to carry a
very unlikely to ever want to go to it when there is no disaster.
should want to be able to take advantage of it as a quiet, natural holiday
space, and so if it’s prohibitively far away, you lose that advantage.
whether or not to bug out, the pain in the bum distance might dangerously deter
you from leaving.
distance away from your main home, otherwise there’s a risk that whatever
disaster has convinced you to bug out will impact your bug out location as
factors, such as:
own location or to get in on one with some other people you will want to look
for a location that is preferably in a different region from your main living
to water, hunting, wood, and enough space to grow your own food. Also take into
consideration the security of the location as well.
supplies stocked up there is the chance that they could be gone before you get
there or even worse taken over and occupied.
take for you to get to the location. If you’re traveling alone and have the
knowhow to survive the more remote and further away you can make your location.
your Bug-Out-Location closer and will likely have to make it more accessible.
own property? The first thing I would do is find a relative or even a friend
who lives in a remote rural location.
friend that lives outside of the region in which you live that will not be
impacted by the same event that would cause you to leave and seek shelter.
your plans, and as a start offer to set them up at your location if something
should happen to cause them the need to leave their location.
work together in this respect, you can work together to get supplies and set up
which is when you choose to stay put and wait out any event.
option especially in a fire or flood situation and you’ll be taking your life
into your own hands.
members who don’t prep, in the event of an actual SHTF emergency.
some of those non-preppers, even though they know all about my views on that
subject. On a side note, does it tarnish
my prepper credibility when I can’t even convince my own siblings to prep?
firstly will I help them if the SHTF? how far do I plan on helping, in terms of
number of people/days? And if at all, I am going to help them in the first
themselves when they start prepping, and it probably needs to be re-asked every
few years or so as situations change.
type of the emergency.
flood or say the loss of their roof in high winds then yes, I am of course
going to help them.
feed the family for some time.
perhaps illness’s to. What they may not have in health, they could make up for
with experience, knowledge and skills.
help greatly as there would be even more people to forage food and fire wood
etc. and also allow for some sort of guard rota to be set up.
and the proposed incomers then stop, think, and re-think, can you handle that
level of friction and argument? Do you need it?
to be good for you, perhaps all you can offer is some of your prepps as you
decide to not let them in.
of the heart, why not plan for what you would do IF this situation arose in the
food and water etc. You would need if they joined your group.
would sleep. As preppers we usually only prep for our immediate family so in
this case the numbers change and we must take this into account.
place, are my family behind any decision I make? can I afford to provide
exactly the same quality of prepps for my extended family as I do for my
agree to help then should my extended family members help me financially in
some way as it is they who will benefit should SHTF
away, one brother and his family live down south 135 miles away and the other
and his family live about 15 miles away.
if the SHTF, which means I don’t really only have one to prep for. And on one
level, it is not good because I love them dearly, and want them to make it too.
my brothers and sister that I cannot be there from them all and perhaps include
information on what to do to start prepping for themselves in the future and
explain that not to do so is very serious indeed, in fact I would go so far as
to say it would be like planning to not survive.
planned for me and my immediate families’ survival and ask them not to rely on
knocking on my door.
toughest you will have to ask and now is the time to ask it.
immediate family together and discuss it and come up with your own answer then
act on it.
Vehicles during a Crisis or Survival Situation
you have your vehicle in a good working condition and with some basic gear in
referred to as a Bug Out Vehicle (BOV). A car with four-wheel drive is good for
getting around in off road driving and if the roads are covered with snow. Make
sure that the fuel in your car doesn’t get too low, check the tyres regularly
and maintain a good service.
a good view. I strongly suggest that you get some extra rear view mirrors so
that your passenger can help you keep an eye out as well.
in the UK alone. When you are driving always take your time and use the
seatbelt. The faster you drive the more likely you are to get killed in an
weather is bad or the visibility low adjust your speed accordingly.
Smartphone’s and text messaging while driving are other activities that can
often result in accidents. Remember that even if you don’t engage in these
activities when you are driving others do. Stay alert.
and glass breaker that is very good to have in your car in case of an accident.
Victorinox has a model of the Swiss Army knife called Rescue Tool that has a
seatbelt cuter, glass breaker and other features.
Home Bag (GHB) in addition with appropriate clothing and footwear should be
brought along if you have to abandon your vehicle and make it back by foot.
blankets, sleeping bags. It may also be a good idea to include equipment to
build a fire and some handwarmers.
Batteries (lithium). Chemical Light Sticks are a good addition if you have to
make reparations or change a tire during the night.
addition if you have to leave your vehicle during low visibility conditions
like a snowstorm or during the night.
secured your equipment it may cause severe damage to you. Even light weight
items may become extremely dangerous in a high speed crash.
get caught in a traffic jam. Especially during winter conditions people often
get stranded because of accidents and severe weather. If the weather is severe
I recommend that you either wait until the weather clears or take precautions
before you leave.
first thought and bring extra clothing, a vacuum bottle with something warm to
drink, something to eat and water.
in every vehicle if possible.
are travelling with two vehicles walkie-talkies are good tools for
communicating between the vehicles.
act as radio operator and navigator.
route you are planning to take, who is travelling in the party, what you are
planning to do and when you are planning to get back.
everyone in the party that’s going knows this information.
you get pulled over at a check point make sure to park the vehicles close
together so that no one can get between the vehicles. When you park your car,
park in the direction you intend to leave.
the dashboard. Cover all equipment. Don’t carry fancy jewellery or expensive
watches in plain sight.
else that is illegal or can be seen as suspicious in your car. Be aware of your
passengers so that they don’t carry anything illegal.
exercise. I suggest that you get a good reliable bike that you can use every
day and a mountain bike that you can use if you want to go off road. A bike
rack for your car is a good accessory if you want to take your bike with on a
camping or hiking trip.
helmet, When you take your bike out I recommend that you carry your Pocket
Survival Kit and Folding Knife, Swiss Army Knife or a Multi Tool. Wenger has a
special Swiss Army knife called Biker 37
good when you ride your bike at night. A small GPS unit that you can mount on
your bike is available from Garmin;
your trousers away from the chain.
escape the city when disaster strikes.
so, what I want is a vehicle that could be used for such a scenario, but also
covers both several other scenarios that are more likely, and at the same time
works for the usual everyday use.
broader definition, one that includes the possible bug out scenarios but takes into account other
a “what if”, there are certain points to keep in mind so that your vehicle
responds to the economic crisis part of the equation as well.
money to throw away. Without compromising on quality, buying used tends to save
you lots of money that can be put to better use.
a vehicle that is three or four years old and has less than 40.000 miles you’re
still looking at a relatively new car that has many years ahead of it, and
you’re buying it for a fraction of what it costs.
cars that have much more or much less than that and check that the general wear
of the car insides matches the miles it’s supposed to have.
do at least some of your own, so easy to understand car mechanics and engines
would be best.
familiar with them and spare parts are both easy to find and affordable.
using mostly for driving on good roads. Maybe it doubles as your daily car as
well, so good millage is very important so as to be affordable to keep it fed.
driving long distances, fuel efficiency means you get to cover more miles with
less of your scarce fuel resources, or using whatever you manage to scrounge
less fuel, it’s mechanically simpler and you tend to have more control of the
vehicle. In some situations such as when
wounded or when there’s a driver with no experience with manual transmission,
perhaps then automatics are an advantage, so both have their pro and cons.
across mud, snow and sand. Even if this vehicle will be dealing with paved
roads 95% of the time, you don’t want to get stuck during an emergency or if
you ever have to drive around traffic or blocked vehicles.
of 4WD. The chances of you needing it aren’t high, but if possible it would be
good to have that alternative. Here we will have to compromise to a degree
because off road capability, good road driving and efficient gas millage tend
to be mutually excluding.
take your entire family and gear twice the distance a fuel thirsty 4.0 4×4 can.
Not to mention that it’s much cheaper to driver on a daily basis. Think small
4×4 road capability, you don’t need a monster rock climber.
debris, car wreck, or whatever may be blocking the road. You want a car that
has some muzzle, but agility makes for a more convenient vehicle for daily
driving and when you need to move fast during emergencies as well.
family and your supplies. Again we’ll
have to compromise and go for some medium sized vehicle, not too big, not to
small, but something that seats 5 with room to spare.
smaller 3-door 4×4 if you’re on your own but always plan on needing some room
trailer one advantage would be that a trailer could be left camouflaged while
you take off on a mission where speed and agility might be the order of the
financial, commercial, political and social collapse. Things can go wrong
slowly – or things can go wrong very quickly.
or manufacturing, life could quickly diminish to desperate subsistence. It
would be uglier than most people can imagine, and in the worse scenarios, you
and your unprepared family will likely die.
that you deserve perpetual prosperity? Will you choose a sustainable lifestyle
and reduce your standard of living? You may be forced to make these changes.
societal collapse would be fast and deep, and would hurt developed countries
night. Over 3,000 arrests were made for looting, 400 policemen were injured,
500 fires were started, more than 25,000 emergency calls were placed and four
times the usual number of hospital emergency cases were admitted – all
following one lightning strike.
fallen. Persia, Greece, Egypt, Rome, Turkey, Spain, China and Russia … and
many of their collapses were self-inflicted, not from being attacked but more
often from attacking other countries. Wars are always costly.
maintaining its people’s lifestyles beyond their ability to pay.
losing its wealth … like so many countries before.
seem to increasingly focus on exit strategies that are not too humiliating.
the richest countries most, although many if not all other countries will be
affected. Survival in any country will require broadly similar strategies.
scientific adviser), says that the world faces a perfect storm of climate
change impacting food, energy and water.
difficulties of survival is available in any media. Despite the risk, survival
training is nearly non-existent. Government agencies tasked to prepare for and
mitigate disaster have been exposed as ineffective. I suggest that you assume
that you will be on your own.
can trust them to protect themselves.
local and smaller scale. This can happen if cheap energy decreases smoothly, if
people act intelligently and if global competition for food, water and oil does
not trigger world wars or financial hyperinflation.
gradually contract as the supply of cheap power (also cheap food, cheap
medicine, cheap communication and cheap education) dwindles.
with it. As cities are products of an industrial revolution based on cheap
energy, expect city and suburban homes to lose value catastrophically. Expect
people who invested in suburban mansions to lose their illusions of equity.
for people stuck in cities.
expediency and social upheaval will gradually increase. Your community probably
depends on electrical machines, electronics and computers … how fast will
your community die without electric power?
threatened areas, with food, oil and water shortages limiting movement. Greatly
reduced food production will result in vastly increased prices.
to rural values – and increasing interest in self-sufficiency and small family
cheap food and groceries?
food items so your weekly shopping bill can be reduced significantly – yes,
that you may not recognise, they all have fantastic price reductions of up to
80% off their original price.
food, don’t be, you probably eat out of date food every day without knowing or
sure that there is at least one jar or packet of something that has been there
well past it’s sell by date and you eat it regularly with no ill effects.
items for sale are short date food that was over-produced by the manufacturer
or was produced for a special market like
has now passed, so fantastic for everyday eating and prepping alike.
arrivals are, if you dither you miss out so don’t let the best offers pass you
by, they really are the cheapest groceries online!
grocery shopping but as the savings are so large you win both ways – you get
cheap food AND it’s brought to your door too, better still if you pool your
groceries with a friend so you both gain and you halve the delivery cost
can recommend them all.
discount food in tins and packets. They frequently have non-food items with
huge discounts off the original price, some are even perfect for squirreling
away for Christmas and birthday gifts.
price Sutherlands sandwich fillings, Ye Olde Oak Ham, Quavers, Walkers crisps
and no end of brand name biscuits and flapjacks.
sweets such as pear drops, rosy apples and rhubarb and custard at half their
an upcoming birthday as well as for preps.
cooking kits in presentation packaging, for pasta, for barbeques, for oil
These are going to fly out quickly so don’t delay on making your purchase.
plenty of non-food items.
from Samsonite. Essential items such as plug adaptors, digital scales, travel
fans, combination suitcase locks etc.
because the prices are well below their RRP, the scales for example are £4.99
down from £19.99
could find that by the time you’d made up your mind they’ve sold out.
short dated food and out of date food staples and a mouth-watering selection of
reduced price chocolates, sweets and handy snacks – plus the unexpected items
that can be different each time you visit the site.
Chicken Grab Bags for 39p, posh Walkers Chilli and Goats Cheese Sensations for
79p down from £2.19 and Seabrooks Cheese and Onion for 29p down from 49p. Check
out the McCoy’s too.
and a selection of Britvic Mixers for around half their normal price.
the makings of a great party for half the price you’d expect to pay in the
food, store cupboard essentials and cleaning items that you’ll find on the
other online bargain food sites they have keenly priced fresh bakery, milk,
cheese, meat and fish so you can buy a temperature controlled box of groceries
that is more similar to a supermarket’s range.
Building your Prep Stocks
differently than the Xbox generation.
preparation, a large emergency food supply is true wealth. Just imagine a
hurricane, flood, or earthquake that disrupts the infrastructure for several
bare, you’re sitting pretty on a year’s supply of food.
it feels like opulence and abundance — wealth.
hunkered down in your home, or else you’ve reached your bugout location.
foundational element of any emergency preparedness plan is the food stock.
late for you to start. In fact, you probably have a three-day supply in your
pantry, but we’ll get to that.
goods are best. In case of power cuts, the freezer will keep your food for only
two or three days.
store longer, and while processed food is not as good for you as whole foods,
it’s better than starving.
environment. Darkness is especially important if any of your canning is done in
glass jars, because the light breaks down vitamins and protein in the food.
balances your diet.
stocks (three days to two weeks), it’ll lift a great burden off your shoulders
if you can just open a can and heat your meal, or eat something that’s good
(which is in itself costly).
calculate precise calorie and nutritional requirements, but if uncertainty is
stopping you from getting something in the cupboard, then just simplify.
ancient, tried-and-tested method — trial and error.
beginners to prepping can build their Emergency Food Stock in Six Months
cuts are short, and a three day supply of dry and canned goods will get you
through most bad weather-induced power cuts.
will get your through three days without power or transportation.
trip to your local supermarket will get you up and running. Here’s a suggested
3-day list (per person):
package or jar
combine quantities in larger containers to save on the unit cost
You don’t waste as much.
for a quick and easy way to get an emergency stock. Save the heavy calculations
for your long-term survival stock.
and rice. I freeze them for two weeks to kill parasites before sealing in
differences from one household to the next to make a precise grocery list.
forward. Just see how much food you need to prepare a meal for your entire
family, and multiply that by three to cover three meals a day.
many calories and what kind of foods you need, and by all means do so if you
right? Here are some suggestions— add your own, of course:
everybody loves them. It’s not huge on vitamins, but that’s what canned fruit
herring. All these make great survival foods. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids,
protein, and flavour.
this, and I bet some of you still have some, twelve years later.
decades. One interesting thing about beans and rice — together they make a
beans have the rest of them. Together, it’s great food.
lima),vegetables (tomato, corn, and your favourite greens), and fruit (peaches,
pears, apple sauce, or just a cocktail).
vitamins, minerals, and fibre you’ll need long term, all while providing all
the variety you’ll need to maintain morale.
say a few cans of blueberries, summer fruits, pineapple, capers, olives, or
whatever your favourite canned goods might be.
bulk keep flour safe from mice and moths
balanced diet and occasional treats are good for health and morale.
you have a one-month supply, buy another two-month supply for each of the next
four months, and a three-month supply the last month.
time to a safe location, which may be a family farm or a friends remote home,
you need to consider pre-locating some supplies, material and equipment close
to this safe location in case you do not have the chance to upload your vehicle
with everything you are planning on taking, or, in case you are regulated to
moving on foot to this safe location.
have your friends or family stock it for you.
locked foot lockers at your safe location, you run the risk of it not being
there when you arrive.
get curious as to what you have in those foot lockers or worse yet, didn’t plan
well themselves and are scavenging for food or whatever you have in these foot
Caching. Caching is the art of preparing, packaging and hiding items so you can
retrieve them when needed.
want to emplace them in a location where you can get to them in case the safe
location is compromised.
and you see an angry crowd surrounding parked your friends house and your
friends hanging in the tree or lying face down on the ground?
discovery by passers-by and from discovery by people who may think you have
hidden something in the area.
or years after you emplace them – don’t trust your memory, prepare a cache
container should provide protection from the elements, most notably water or
sealable buckets and large PVC tubes. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) makes excellent
cache containers since it is relatively cheap and easy to find, and can be
water proofed easily (using PVC cement) and painted to help camouflage and
custom make cache containers to what you want to cache. However, the larger the
container, the harder it is to hide it.
(below ground cache, above ground concealment cache or submersible cache) is
supplies. Some locations, such as rocky areas, may require an above ground
to be a mix of Survival items you forecast a need for, or if you will have
separate caches for each Survival item group, e.g..food, water,
footwear, flashlights, water, medical supplies are all items you would want to
fashion, where it is. It is not a case of simply recording the coordinates on
(IRP) which should be a terrain feature which will not move Crossroads, maybe
a bridge for example.
Point (FRP) which should be another terrain feature that will not move, such as
a rock outcropping or a large and distinguishable tree for example.
submersed or above ground concealed cache.
what tools you will need to recover the cache, such as a metal rod for probing
for a buried cache and a shovel to dig it up with.
lasted a week other people were longer.
differently next time or that I promise you are the first to go after a huge
weather event that you will NOT be able to find.
you’ve gotten a jump start on being better prepared.
don’t forget that this is car boot season batteries, tents, you name it will be
on sale and you don’t have full retail prices, so it’s the perfect opportunity
to stock up on a few things.
shocked at how much we really use every day in our lives. a gallon per person
per day is just the bare minimum for drinking and staying alive! It doesn’t
count for dishes, laundry, bathing/hygiene/first aid, pets, etc.
every bed in the house if you need to.
gallon water containers from the store and slide them on their sides under the
beds, couches, etc. (hey, the kids can’t cram their stuff under them when
“cleaning” their rooms, when they have water bottles under them
assure you when you need them in an emergency, the D batteries as well as the C
and 9 volts are impossible to find!
them is in recycled plastic containers such as spice jars and light drink
containers and store in the door of your freezer.
propane either the little green coleman ones or a couple of big propane tanks
(like fit on your gas grills).
matches, matches, matches! You can never have enough of these and your
neighbours will be desperate, so plan on an extra bag or two to share with
loved ones that weren’t prepared.
with every time we have an extended power cut due to extreme weather is fuel.
lines are CRAZY! Do yourself a favour.
know fuel is expensive, but you will really appreciate it when you can drive a
little bit or fuel your generator without going all over the place.
rotate and freshen the supply, but get more than one and store them properly.
some extra wicks. If you don’t have an oil lamp consider buying one or two.
helps to light up larger rooms like your family room in the evenings, when it’s
too early to go to bed and your’ all hanging out together.
candles. ( During power outages, we keep one burning in the bathroom in a safe
spot. We have no window so it’s pitch
dark, for sure in the middle of the night, so you can see to use the bathroom.
pantry. During emergencies cans of food that can be heated and served are a
really a huge stress reducer.
but in a week or more with no power you
will come to appreciate the simplicity of opening a can of something for dinner
pantry. I recommend, that you plan a
day’s worth of emergency food and store them altogether in a gallon sized
ziplock bag and label them and set them in your panty.
Canned gravy sure can make a lot of dry ingredients like rice and potatoes
taste a lot better!
other foods and supplies! Without it you are forced to boil just about
everything. Store some cooking oils away.
of seconds at every store in town after a disaster is ice. If at all possible
store some bags of ice in a deep freeze.
freezer, try to store a few gallon sized freezer bags with extra ice and also
identify the closest convenience store to you and keep some reserved cash on
hand to run as quickly as you can to get some.
your fridge or in the case of a case diabetic type one patient the insulin
phones (as well as car chargers for phones) and wind up flashlights and radios,
even duct tape to seal windows. along with a tarp, to duct tape and close off
rooms can help retain heat in the
would be awful!
few battery operated fans. In the camping shops there should be some that are
small but standalone so you can set them by your bed, etc.
such as a propane heater for winter, may be in a sale now that winter’s over.
Seriously buy them this week.
or county even, if possible.
very bad thunderstorm hit local mobile phone towers were so jammed with calls
that no one could reach their loved ones to check on each other.
son and actually found it much easier to call my uncle and aunt down south.
emergency. So, decide on a common
friend or family members, preferably in a different county that can be your
message relay centre.
etc. phones. ( put them on the schools emergency contact list on the child’s
records) whom everyone has the number to
and can leave a message on how they are and where they are.
toilet paper. You could not possibly store too much of this (or fuel, water ,or
neighbours. Oh, and stash some extra feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, etc.
specifically put these in a closet for an emergency.
extra’s nothing makes you feel more human than feeling clean.
to the bank or ATM’S! For heaven’s sake even though times are tight, next time
the check-out operator asks you if you need extra cash when you use your card,
say yes and tuck a £20 note away for emergencies.
a £1 a week is better than no cash at all when you need it! Do it!
(especially ones that take you to another place like fantasy, mystery, etc.),
simple crafts (playdoh etc) and put them away, so they are new and fun during
an extended power cut
to get even closer to nature.
what it says on the tin, camping away from civilisation, and without the modern
conveniences of the camp site.
those who have the taste absolutely love it.
that all the land in the United Kingdom is owned by someone, meaning that there
are laws that apply to wild camping, those that apply in England and Wales, and
different ones in force in Scotland.
England and Wales
in England and Wales, although if you’re going to be relatively close to a
farm, you should make sure you’re above the intake walls, and it’s probably
best not to advertise your presence.
move from his land, but as long as you’re being careful and responsible, there
should be no problem.
than half a day’s hike from a camp site, although, within the UK, that’s
there are certain limitations.
a National Park is access land), more than 100 metres from a road, and you must
use a tent, not a caravan – for pretty obvious reasons.
right allowing wild camping is enshrined in an amendment to the Countryside Act
District, for example, wild camping has often been banned when the moors are
dry to avoid the danger of fires which can be difficult to put out and can
easily destroy acres of land.
etiquette, by leaving the land just as you found it, taking all litter with
you, making sure there’s only a small group of you, and ensuring that your
toilet is more than 30 metres from any water, taking care to carefully bury
your toilet waste – so be sure you have a small digging implement with you.
should never spend more than two nights in the same camp, whether on private or
National Park land.
2005, and set out exactly where it’s permissible to camp.
down to is that wild camping is fine except in building sites, schools (and
their grounds), around houses, in areas where admission is charged, quarries,
golf courses, sports fields (but only when they’re in use), and around
exceptions here with sites close to lochs, for instance, that have
traditionally been used for camping but might be close to roads).
without specific permission, so you need to be very aware of where you are and
what kind of land it is before trying to set up camp.
two, or at most three, nights in any one spot.
to survive when SHTF.
then prepare your body for the challenges that lie ahead and start out slowly.
great condition and could easily hike for hours on end, you can be wrong.
specific fitness exercises that strain your body in ways that it may not be
suddenly change your entire experience.
progress. There is no fun in draining yourself to the point of collapse.
boundaries but do not go too far.
goals. Here are some suggested schedules when you’re training for bugging out
regular intervals (1-2 times per week) under not too challenging conditions and
without a backpack.
able to be back before sunset.
able to comfortably make a 15km (9 miles) hike.
a small day pack with some snacks and drinks.
of your load by adding more equipment or food/drinks.
you are able to comfortably finish a 15km hike with 10kg (22lb.) backpack.
can train yourself in more challenging terrains and greater vertical gains.
distance and the weight and size of your pack. With the proper training, you
should be able to carry up to 25-30% of your body weight as Backpack Load.
having to deal with uphill- and downhill walking. Steadily increase the number
of vertical meters you gain on your day hikes.
day hikes with periods of rest between them. Consecutive hikes bring the added
challenges of possible blisters, muscle aches and skin irritation.
yourself by increasing the number of consecutive Hiking days.
level and will get your body adjusted for bugging out.
the advice local emergency responders giver you think before you act never put
yourself or others in unnecessary danger try to get to a safe place if possible
– this may not be your home
attempting to help others try to reassure others around you
believe you may be in danger, you should: go inside and stay away from doors
and windows stay inside for as long as it is safe to do so tune in to your
local radio, TV and internet news channels – local emergency responders (eg
police and fire services) will use these to give you information.
if there is a fire, or the emergency services tell you not to.
prepare for an emergency
make yourself and your family better prepared for emergencies are to:
a wind-up radio because it wouldn’t need new batteries during a power cut) plan
how your family will stay in contact in an emergency and write down their
especially as your phone might not be working be prepared to turn off
electrical appliances – if there is a power cut and several appliances restart
at once when the power is back on, they may overload the system gather
essential items which you might need in an emergency.
workplace, or children’s school speak to your neighbours and friends and see if
you can help them prepare for emergencies
for or prevent certain emergencies by:
reduce their impacts
and how the UK is preparing for emergencies
relatives, friends and other people who need help during an emergency. If you
see someone in need of first aid, you should try to:
injured person find out what happened find out how many casualties there
are look to see if there is anyone
around who can help call 999 as soon as you can
neighbours and community
your community by doing things like keeping pavements clear during icy weather
and checking on neighbours.
with an emergency. If, for example, you are a tree surgeon, you can help clear
fallen trees after a storm.
homes and precious possessions are just some of the ways people can be affected
be underestimated – people need to recover in their own way and at their own
lives. But those providing support during an emergency should also be mindful
of how they give practical and emotional help.
family, friends and professionals soon after an incident may make it less
likely that people affected will develop mental health conditions.
For example, you may get news beforehand about things like floods and severe
weather or disease outbreaks.
industrial action, which can cause interruptions to utility supplies and food
or fuel deliveries.
warning – for example, a terrorist attack or an industrial accident. Industrial
accidents can cause problems with fuel and energy supply, the release of
dangerous materials, or even major explosions and fires.
on computer systems) can also cause serious problems.
kinds. Emergencies may happen in a small area but could affect a larger area –
for example, disruption to the supply of energy, fuel, telecommunications and
cholesterol and high quality protein.
chicken, turkey and some fish for its beneficial health virtues and its
mature female (doe) each year.
thirty does, but in order to keep the gene pool healthy, you should have one
buck for each 5 does.
bucks, and keep rotating the animals to keep the gene pool as large as
breed will be ready to butcher at 3 months, yielding a very tender meat.
consider the Flemish Giant unsuitable for a meat rabbit, due to the meat to
bone ratio, also the amount of food consumed to meat ratio.
with a New Zealand for meat production.
6 feet for this large breed, but slightly smaller for the smaller breeds.
3/4 inch square holes to accommodate droppings and urine.
someplace else to stand, however.
tray or box the full size of the floor of the pen with all four sides about 2
1/2 inches high should be slid under the pen to catch the animal waste.
tray should be emptied once per week and rinsed with a disinfectant. Be careful
when using bleach, as it will react with the urine and give off a harmful gas!
wide should be included in the pen to give the doe privacy while she is having
sure there is plenty of dried hay in the pen when she is “due”.
female rabbits will conceive at any time they have an “encounter”
with a buck. There is no set oestrous period.
from her young.
to mate within hours of giving birth.
age depending on the breed. Smaller breeds mature quicker than larger ones.
Lop 4 lbs., Mini-Rex 4 1/2lbs., Dutch 5 1/2 lbs., Havana 5 1/2 lbs., Florida
White 6 lbs., Mini Lop 6 1/2lbs., Rex 9 lbs., Palomino, 10 lbs., Satin 11 lbs.,
New Zealand 11 lbs., French Lop 12 lbs., Flemish Giant 13+ lbs.
great source of tasty food.
Bag Runs Out – What To Do After 72 Hours?
when the fan blades turned brown) and now you’re on the last day of your bug
out bag, what now?
what’s low or gone.
weeks or even months if it has to. Your fire starter should still be in good
shape, your emergency blankets are ok, you still have a tent….but what about
your food and water? AAH yes!
water, especially water, you will die all warm and toasty.
day or two but you’re still ok for about another three weeks.
a destination you’re trying to reach where you can resupply you won’t starve if
you make it there in time.
2-3 days before your body shuts down and you eventually die on about the 4th
the average and the rule of thumb is 3 days.
going and you know for sure that you can reach it in 1-2 days, then start
can by not sweating.
out for a BOL, then you need to start looking for water.
wilderness look and listen for signs of water and head in that direction.
can be green spots of vegetation in the distance (you may have to do for it),
naturally occurring valleys between hills, or something as obvious as a creek
such as a desert you should start planning now for your water, not after the
otherwise you will surely die. If possible drive the area now while you can
think and plan things out.
hidden spot along your path, but you have to do this beforehand.
remember that there is probably water all around you, although it may not be
or a bottle of water somewhere inside. Hopefully you will find someone who can
spare a bit.
lakes, and swimming pools are all great sources.
loose then take refuge inside of an abandoned house and look for water in water
heaters, the BACK of toilets (not the bowl), and sink traps.
some water. Just remember that this
water will more than likely be contaminated so filter and boil it first.
temp base camp until you can locate food, or keep moving to your BOL.
in luck your scenario may be over by then and you can begin going back to a
as basic long term survival.
Processing And Preserving Food
raw food stuff into well-cooked and well preserved eatables for both the humans
and the animals.
out processed or preserved foods for our daily consumption.
harvested, slaughtered and butchered and clean constituents are used by food
processing industry to manufacture very nutritious and easy to cook food
processed or preserved food.
destroy micro-organisms, oxidation, toxic inhibition, dehydration or drying,
osmotic inhibition, freezing, a sort of cold pasteurization which destroys
pathogens and various combinations of all these methods.
humans to preserve or process their food. Drying reduces the water content in the
product and lack of water delays the bacterial growth very much.
most common technique to preserve or process cereal grains like wheat, maize,
oats, rice, barley, grams and rye etc.
preserved and flavoured by the use of smoke mostly in big smoke houses.
process is very simple as the combination of smoke to preserved food without
actually cooking it and the aroma of hydro-carbons generated from the smoke
processes the food and makes it even tastier to eat.
modern world to preserve or process the food both on commercial and domestic
amount of food stuffs which can be further used in some natural emergencies.
process which includes some which do not need freezing when are in their
whereas a potato does not.
bags and bottles in a vacuum area.
as the air-tight environment doesn’t provide oxygen needed by germs especially
bacteria to survive.
is very commonly used for preserving processed nuts.
it sucks out the moisture from the food. This is done through the process of
are used very frequently to treat meat.
food is very frequent where it comes to preserve fruits.
such as apples, peaches and plums are cooked with sugar until they are
crystallized and then it is stored dry.
combination of alcohol to make some branded alcohol and spirits.
food is cooked in chemicals and materials which destroy micro-organisms.
is very strictly kept in mind that these chemicals or materials are fit to eat
oil and many other types of oils. Pickling is very commonly seen in vegetables
such as cabbage and peppers.
eatables that are pickled.
very strict rules and regulation set by the governments.
would a vegetarian prep to survive?
off as, as a meat eater I have not thought of this question as I am not
to me that there will be thousands of vegetarian preppers and survivalists out
there who need to know what to do just as much as we meat eaters do.
nutrition if they never eat meat?
are two simple, timeless ingredients.
found in protein. These elements are called amino acids, and there are 22 of
them that the human body needs to keep the factory in business.
make many of these building blocks for itself. There are nine essential amino
acids, though, that only come from food.
has all the parts in one neat kit.
in all nine essential aminos. Lucky for vegetarians, protein comes from
many sources. You don’t need an all-in-one kit to build a bookshelf.
how to farm, each have their own share of amino acids. It’s a mix and match.
a short list of the most common and healthiest:
shelf life that can stretch as long as five years, under the right conditions.
sealed in an airtight container and kept out of the light, they can survive for
an amazing twenty years or more, without losing any of their nutritional
downside of precooked beans is a higher level of sodium, added during the
the complex sugars in the beans to escape.
away as much of the residual sodium and sugars as possible.
overnight to soften. The soak time can be shortened by briefly boiling the
beans first, but there is a risk of food poisoning because they still need to
sit for several hours.
bacteria than cool water.
on the top of the water; this is the sugar escaping. Dry beans cause less gas
than canned beans.
less there is to ferment after you eat it.
has been precooked, then dehydrated. It’s popular because it is quick and very
easy to cook.
just plan ahead for it. Instant rice is better than none at all, but if you do the easy prep work and cook up some
real rice, you’ll see a major improvement in texture and flavour.
Give it a shot!
grains don’t stick together.
dishes, and for soups.
risotto. It is very sticky, and has a good strong flavour.
are just milled differently. Whole grain brown rice gets its colour from a
layer of vitamin rich bran, which is ground off to produce white rice.
brown has more nutrition and better flavour, it takes longer to cook and must
be refrigerated so the oils in the layer of bran don’t get rancid.
much longer shelf life – 25 to 30 years, when stored properly. To compensate
for the loss of the healthy bran layer during milling, white rice is often
the folks who don’t like to share the two simple rice cooking secrets.
outstanding results, follow these steps:
Use a large pot; ideally, you want three times as much water as rice while
you’re rinsing it.
the rinse water, and repeat. If the water is not running clear after the second rinse, go ahead and do it a
will relax, and the rice will need less time on the stove. Soaking is the key
to cooking rice with the best texture.
regular white rice, but it can go as long as 10 hours.
you go to work, and it will be ready & waiting for you when you get back
pot. Use a little less water than the standard 2:1 ratio, so it won’t get mushy
you lift the lid, the steam will escape before the job is done.
Beans and rice have been fuelling us since the days of the
Every major culture has a variation of this simple mix of staple
ingredients. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, a meal of beans and rice is
of companies, you’ve probably encountered TVP.
But what is TVP? And do I need
any of it in my food storage?
Protein (TSP), or soy meat. It is a
non-meat product that provides a comparable percentage of protein per serving
when reconstituted as meat.
in fibre and low in fat.
extracted. The flour is mixed with
water, then cooked under pressure and squirted out of a machine to dry.
air pockets when it comes out of the extruder, giving it a texture and mouth
feel similar to meat.
in various forms like strips, flakes, and crumbles depending on what the final
product will be used for.
soy based and has no meat products in it.
TVP has flavour added. There is chicken,
ham, beef, and bacon flavours of TVP.
perfectly good freeze dried meats and canned meats available? One good reason is the cost.
than freeze dried or commercially canned meats.
Because of the cost savings, TVP is an enticing alternative that can be
used alone or as a meat extender to add protein to a variety of meals.
not bad as an extender or occasional pie filler.
in water until it is reconstituted.
on the variety of TVP you’re cooking–check your product label for more specific
idea on what to prep, the usual rules on storage still apply and only your lack
of imagination will limit your recipe choices.
Emergencies typically occur with little or no warning.
result, many are caught off guard and are ill equipped to handle such a sudden
citizens are not prepared.
is because of the overwhelming nature of it all.
compartmentalized sections will help you concentrate on one task at a time
until the end result is met.
related, natural disasters, economic or personal disasters), and prioritize
what your emergency plans will be by which emergencies are most likely to occur
in your area.
or economic disasters.
also tend to occur without warning (unemployment, divorce,death in the family).
help determine what steps need to be taken by you and your family members when
an emergency arise will ensure that all preparedness needs are covered.
preparation will help in determining what steps need to be taken by you and
your family members when an emergency does arise.
follow these protocols:
members know where your destination is, the contact information, a secondary
(3-day, 2 week, short-term or longer- term disasters).
to your preparedness budget.
clothing, safety and communication.
versatile so that if you have to carry them for long periods it will not be a
case your first plan does not work out.
emergency I.D. cards made for each family member (including your pets) with
current information provided.
each month will create a preparedness foundation that you can fall back on.
the needed items for the disaster you are preparing for.
short-term supply to compliment your long term food items.
access part of your home where natural elements such as sunlight and moisture
are not an issue.
better prepared for emergencies is through knowledge and practice.
and walk through any information on disaster preparedness you can get your
different, in the case of preparedness.
life-saving plans into muscle memory. This rehearse-to-be-ready concept is how
many emergency personnel and even athletes train to condition their mind and
set to fall back on if need be.
avoid making these 8 common mistakes made by preppers.
mind. Knowing which disasters may affect your family and having the necessary
supplies in place to handle these disruptions in our daily lives will ensure
that all of your preparedness concerns are covered.
prepare can make all the difference if an unexpected disaster occurs.
and have a desire to keep your family safe during a disaster –
who are preparing for the unknown future, and for those who see the importance
of having necessary items in place before a disaster strikes.
fundamental knowledge on how to start prepping, help you gain an understanding
of why you need to have certain disaster supplies, and give insight on where to
get certain supplies.
for a given disaster and then begin acquiring items for their basic needs.
those preparing for a short term disaster or a long term disaster.
the ability to care for yourself and your family independently during an
check list will add another layer of disaster planning, and expedite the
process of getting ready for a disaster, if one comes your way.
the area you live in will help you plan more thoroughly for the disaster.
for will also determine the type of survival gear that is needed.
prone to flash flooding and torrential downpours from thunderstorms, the items
they choose would be different than survival items chosen for earthquake
for the worst case scenario so that all areas are covered.
but being completely prepared and self-sufficient for a given disaster is the
reasoning behind prepping.
of mind for many.
the long term preppers.
preppers are those that want to be prepared for anywhere between 1 week-3
that every family have a short term food supply in the case that food routes
are interrupted due to severe storms, or unforeseen circumstances.
disasters that have a longer term effect, thus they plan for longer
self-sufficiency in the event the disaster does occur.
to complement their long term supply.
longer term food supply usually includes dehydrated foods, MRE’s, seeds, hand
crank wheat grinders, and equipment to be used in a non-technological
happen to you, and they can happen to me.
As long as you are prepared for a given scenario, then you already have
tools in place when you need it most.
movement. Preparing for a disaster and
being self-sufficient has occurred for centuries.
preparing for a total, catastrophic meltdown that throws us all back to the
and getting into fire fights with those who would take what we have.
to what I have just described .
weather events, etc can all conspire to prevent you from dashing off to safety.
ventilation than having my home destroyed or a family member killed.
they aren’t SHTF events
motorway, it’s hanging out into a lane of traffic and the flat tire is on the
you aren’t in a bad situation.
they call you on the phone in hysterics just tell them to suck it up and how
“minor” the situation is.
started a small cleaning business? You have three contracts at different
apartment complexes and are a one-man operation.
and can’t make money. Oh yea, your apartments will likely replace you with
minor for all in your care.
you to turn a minor event into a
full blown catastrophe.
on the way home to find your house has burnt to the ground.
You have to leave and leave right now.
family but have to leave your dog standing on the front porch.
goes out and he needs his insulin to survive.
and very little chance of someone getting to him.
entire life. Six months later an earthquake damages it beyond repair.
find out your cut-rate insurance doesn’t cover the damages and you don’t have
the money to fix your house.
you pull out of the driveway the phone rings. It’s your boss and you’ve just
deny that in each one of them some level of crap has solidly hit the fan.
things that could happen
MRE’s and guns.
quality footware, cooking equipment, how they will take care of bodily waste,
did you remember to buy rock salt so when your driveway is a sheet of ice you
can get out?
Kinda important to know how to do stuff, not just have kickass Condor and Uncle
becoming a wandering one-man army in your brand new Multicam kit and your 1000
yard rifle when all you think about is SHTF.
and materials for shelter.
survivalists should be looking in their rubbish bins and at roadside litter, in
other words fly tipped rubbish.
I found a hoodie, a knife and hammer, either! All this rubbish could become a
and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles each year through ingestion and
entanglement, according to the Ocean Conservancy.
entangled in, or had ingested, came from shore and includes plastic bags,
fishing line, six-pack holders, string from a balloon or kite, glass bottles
rubbish – which consists of 80 per cent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million
tons, say oceanographers –floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man’s
land between San Francisco and Hawaii.
full of rubbish, washing machines, dryers, fridges and cars – you name it –in
woodlands and otherwise pristine wild areas.
rubbish may help keep you alive in an emergency situation.
may truly become another’s survival treasure.
actions during a survival situation
should be to list all the potential survival items you have.
cup or plastic bag, might later end up being your most valuable item, in a
survival situation if you have to carry water, that discarded paper cup or
plastic bag might be the only container you have.
rain, in bad weather, could be critical to your survival.
of plastic bags, a piece of discarded plastic from a building site and a pile
of newspapers, that might be all you have to work with.
gear out of stuff you might find.
by looking at the bins– can they be a shelter? Then, use your survival
mind-set, look around inside the bins and think:
on each foot, between your socks and shoes, to serve as a moisture barrier and
keep your feet dry.
shopping bags, and will last longer.
or use with newspapers to make a rain hat.
bags could make a strong container for carrying stuff.
This strong, woven material could be used for any number of things, such as
you have a vest that could provide warmth and sun protection.)
bag to carry all your other treasures in.
juice jug etc. would all make superb water containers.
bottle before using it for a water bottle. Some liquids, such as anti-freeze,
gasoline or oil could be poison if ingested!
or bowl. This can help you eat your oatmeal, if you find some, and also be a
critical tool you need to dip water out of a spring.
Use your wilderness survival mind set to think of ways to adapt these items to
these paper items provides much-needed insulation and padding when you have to
sit or stand on damp or cold ground.
clothing for additional warmth.
your fire starter for an emergency. Use sheets of newspaper to cover up with
for warmth, or integrate them into a shelter.
you find and store them one inside the other. Other survivors will thank you!
firewood. If you have your chopping blade you’ll have no trouble breaking them
up into useable sizes.
some of them produce nasty toxic smoke when burned.
are already cut to convenient sizes and there are all sorts of other goodies.
materials, nails, screws cord or rope – you name it.
definitely a target-rich environment.
the scrap-wood fire you ignited with newspaper. Cook or heat up food in a can.
with your multi tool to make a pan for frying something.
There are all sorts of other stuff out there that can be used, and that use will depend on the situation and your
skills can replace the equipment you should have.
as another survival skill to add your wilderness and/or urban survival
beach and you’ll find plastic bags, Styrofoam bait containers, beer cans, can
ring pulls, fishing line, fishing nets, six-pack holders, string from a balloon
or kite, glass bottles and cans and other stuff.
value, someday, but for now, please pick it up.
thank you. So will I
prepared for an extended survival scenario away from civilization, but you have
to get out of the city first (maybe). In a disaster situation that might not be
so easy. However If you have these three things in place you will greatly
increase your chances.
in a large city; maybe you take the underground or take a bus to work every day.
you are on the fifteen or twentieth floor.
you going to get out of your building? How are you going to get down the
street? How are you going to get home?
covered in dust wandering around in shock? I don’t.
useless to you at this point. The car park is at street level and possibly hundreds
of yards away. That could mean life or death in this situation and you need to
would it do you in this environment? Most people’s B.O.B. is packed for
survival with wilderness Camping gear, food, clothing, etc.
and serves one purpose: To get you from wherever you are to your Home.
of the building like a crowbar. Things to help you make it through the
aftermath like water and breathing masks.
or radios. Things that will help you on what could be a very long walk home
such as food and maybe shoes.
overlap, but a GHB can be much smaller, less weight conscious, have more
specific tools, and be planned for one purpose. Do you have one cached in your
office or place of work?
home, now what? Let’s assume that the SHTF out there.
situation and determined that the city is in mass chaos and you need to get out
now. What do you do? Again, you have your Bug Out Bag, but you still have to
get out of the city.
needs to get you from your home to your serious survival cache or Bug Out
Location outside of the city.
in various places, and even fewer people have a dedicated Bug Out Location.
While you should probably be working on that, you still need a Bug Out Plan.
you might encounter while trying to bug out of your city so you will have to
plan for yourself.
rule: Contingency. Is your way out double, triple and quadruple backed up?
walking or riding route?(Do you have maps of your area in your Bug Out Bag?)
home again, but this time you surveyed the situation and decided that you are
not in immediate danger but are still not at situation normal.
situations where you can stay in your own home but have to rely on your own
preparations to survive.
for an extended period. Maybe it means you actually can’t leave your home at
all for whatever reason.
Plan should include food and water preparations first and foremost.
is going to be bad soon? Do you really want to live on the backpack meals out
of your Bug Out Bag when you don’t have to?
system set up? (No water=nose wage: it’s always the little things….) Do you
have unprepared neighbours’ to worry about? (To help or guard against?)
is almost an immediate set-back compared to those bugging out from more rural
areas, but with a Get Home Bag, a Bug Out Plan, and a Bug In Plan you are
better off than most people.
Survive. The phrase could be taken literally – that is, to stay alive.
The words, ‘to survive’, could also be interpreted less literally – more
like staying healthy or healthier than otherwise.
the context of survival preparedness, some will describe this notion to
its very basic core – like the ability to survive in the wilderness
without any modern help whatsoever, you are on your own, life and death
circumstances,black and white.
describe survival preparedness more-or-less in the context of living
within today’s modern society parameters, and utilizing the modern tools
available today in order to prepare or be prepared for various problems
that may occur tomorrow.
What I’m trying to say is that
there are some ‘survival preparedness’ “preppers”that are more hard-core
than others and I’ve noticed that the movement has been coined with two
labels in an apparent attempt to delineate their core values.
not so sure that I agree with labels and definitions, knowing that
there are all sorts of ‘shades of gray’, but having said that, the two
labels are Survivalists and Preppers.
are the hard core while the Preppers are the soft core. Again, I do not
agree with the labelling here, but the fact is that it exists.
Prepper is thought of as someone who is fully functioning within the
system of modern society, preparing for minor disruptions that may come
their way, while the Survivalist is considered to be on the edge,
perhaps already hunkered down in their bunker or survival retreat –
ready for Armageddon.
As in all walks of life,
there are truly the extremes, and lots of in-between.When it comes to
survival preparedness, I believe that the spectrum is all pretty much
OK, so long as it’s within the law of the land.
there are so very many different types of people, personalities,
skills, and interests, there will likewise be a multitude of variety
when it comes to how one prepares, and what they are preparing for.
will interpret risks differently from one another and people will be in
varying vicinities of the risk themselves. Some face much higher risk
than others based on their geographical location, their occupation,
their own current financial and preparedness situation, etc.
think that it’s great how more and more ordinary folks are waking up
and realizing that things are not all Rosy out there and that there are
very real risks facing us all as the world’s economic systems are
teetering on the brink of failure while the rumour of wars fill the air.
will always be ‘newbies’ to survival preparedness and there will always
be veterans of the same. There’s room for everyone.
Just remember this… by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
You might want to take this with you when shopping.
It’s worth printing this and cutting it out to have in your wallet or purse.
Let’s stop the out sourcing of our jobs.Help the British farmers and pass this on
READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE
BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK—CAREFULLY!
all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to
make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart
/Asda when buying food products.
Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes …. interesting!
This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it’s a concern to you.
GREAT WAY TO “BUY BRITISH ” AND NOT FROM CHINA!!
The whole world is concerned about China-made “black hearted goods”.
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?
If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan .
is our right to know, but the government and related departments never
educate the public, therefore, we have to RESCUE ourselves.
adays,Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products
“MADE IN CHINA “, so they don’t show from which country it is made.
However,you may now refer to the barcode – remember if the first 3 digits are:
690-692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 … USA & CANADA
30 – 37 FRANCE
40 – 44 GERMANY
471 …. Taiwan
49 … JAPAN
50 … UK
BUY ‘BRITISH’ by watching for “50” at the beginning of the number.
We need every boost we can get! Pass this on to everybody on your E-Mail Contact List!!