This Week’s Show 23rd August 2018

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The Water-to-Go 15% discount offer, the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, the Titan Depot 15% discount offer, the Wilderness121 10% discount offer, the WG 2018 report, What Would You Do-Could You Survive? BREAK My Fried Bannock, Time for Tea Bags,

Nuclear Survival Course, Just a Thought, My Basic Survival Tip Sheet, The Complete Nuclear Survival Guide.

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WG 2018 Report

Once again the WG exceeded all expectations as usual. The weather was fairly kind to us and in any case we would have enjoyed it whatever the weather.

Fudge kept us all lubricated with various concoctions although his double jack gets my vote.

As a true gathering of course, meeting old friends makes it a whole event for me, Charlie and Fiona, Gus and Claire, Tony, Sean, Annie, Chris, Fraser, George, Steve, Kermit, and many others whose name will come to me after I have written this report.

I held my first 3 hr masterclass which those who attended seemed to like and enjoy, My classroom talk on prepping also was well received.

In fact all masterclasses and classroom lessons were very well supported indeed.

We even ran a coyote event in the form of a water purification talk.

I was a little disappointing with the lack of radio users from UKSN and Paladin members, in fact there were none at all.

With the exception of Jay from Paladin.

The show was well attended and again there were no safety problems at all.

As usual I cannot wait until next year, and I have to tell you that this is an event that you should aim to attend next year.

So it’s a big thank you to Roger and Dom and all the staff for working so hard to organize the WG and running it during the event.

What Would You Do-Could You Survive?

So you are on holiday or business in a strange city and or country and the brown stuff hits the fan now imagine what life would be like if suddenly you lost your house, your bank accounts and almost everything that matters to you?

Travel is no longer possible the system is down. This will happen to millions of people in our globe trotting existence as we set off where ever with little or no regards as how we will get back if it all goes up in smoke.

What now? How will you survive as you are now homeless? One thing is certain, it isn’t going to be easy so I hope that these survival lessons will put you one step ahead of the rest.

Every day we simply walk past homeless people on our 1st world streets and we pretend not to see them, or we say sorry no change. But these people are doing what preppers and survivalist practice to do, they are not only living off grid but surviving by using knowledge and learned skills.

Homeless survival lessons – Shelter in a time of need

For the homeless, just like a prepper or survivalist, shelter is probably the most important, basic needs of them all and they have developed ways to make this a possible.

Basic survival training dictates that there are three major aspects when choosing a shelter: protection from the elements, warmth and concealment. There aren’t many options available and the following ones are the most exploited ones:

Vehicle

If you have a vehicle, you are one of the lucky ones and it will become your ideal cover.

Having access to supermarket parking, a major hotel chain or any other 24 hour parking will keep you safe and you’re less likely to have someone paying you a visit.

Your vehicle can provide you with heat and power for devices such as mobile phones, razors etc. The best part is that you can move your shelter and get away from any unpleasant situation.

Sleeping Rough

Sleeping rough can be challenge and it’s one of those homeless survival lessons that you will learn the hard way.

Second, you have to accept any shelter you are lucky enough to find and get used to the idea that you may will be sleeping in an area with other people in your situation.

And third, what’s yours can become someone else’s and you will experience the true nature of humans. As a tip for keeping what you have try sleeping with your legs on your suitcase and using your backpack as a pillow.

If you come across a homeless shelter they should be used as little as possible, and only around meal times and personal needs, such as showering.

The worst part about the shelters is that they house a lot of people that are on one drug or another and these individuals can become dangerous.

Urban camp site

This is the most common shelter for many of the homeless people as we have seen with the refugees across the EU, the problem is that building one is not as easy as it may look.

It’s one of the homeless survival lessons that can come in handy during any emergency scenario and there are some good tips we can all use.

When it comes to urban camp sites, your enemies are moisture, the changing weather and environmental predators.

Furthermore, in some cities outdoor sleeping can be illegal and you might be harassed or asked to move.

If you find a place to build a camp site, make sure you divide it into three areas: where you sleep, where you cook and eat and where you take care of bodily functions.

Make sure you pay a visit to the local restaurants to get some free napkins; they will serve as toilet paper if you can’t afford any. Or acquire some from public buildings and fast food take-aways.

When choosing a camp site go for higher ground, it doesn’t matter if it’s a hill or the rooftop of a building.

Being elevated decreases your chances of sleeping in puddles or rainwater run off.

A tarp is an accessory that many homeless people carry because it can be used in many ways, it can easily be taken down, folded and carried.

Tarps can easily be converted into tents and lean-tos. Heavy duty bags are also valued items because they can serve as both rain ponchos and storage containers.

Moisture is your biggest enemy and it will compromise both hygiene and warmth.

You should avoid sleeping directly on the ground because the cold will permeate your body quickly and hypothermia can set in.

Always build a bed from cardboard, tree branches or even polystyrene foam before putting yourself or your sleeping bag directly on the ground.

You have to remain unseen and make your camp site portable as much as possible if you want to survive.

A clean and non-visible camp is crucial because it is less likely to be disrupted or detected.

Remember that you don’t want to waste physical and psychological energy to always rebuild your camp site. Make sure your camp site can be taken with you if you need to relocate.

Although urban camping laws are different from city to city, in the case of a SHTF or martial law, all rules will go out the window. Make sure you don’t draw negative attention for now.

Whether you have a tarp or not most people agree that cardboard is a vital survival item and many homeless survival lessons are built around it.

It’s a perfect insulator and you can build various shelters from it.

There are those less fortunate that seek out smaller rooms in abandoned buildings and insulate the entire room with cardboard.

It’s an item that can protect you from the elements if you line it with rubbish bags it’s really lightweight compared to other building materials.

Think about this next time you want to throw away the cardboard box from your new TV, you never know when you might find a good use for it.

Fire and Heat

Just like in any survival situation, there are a few ways to create a heat source, depending on your situation or environment.

For the homeless, cans are invaluable items because their size makes them easily concealable and they can be used for warmth or cooking.

You can get petroleum jelly and lighters from a £1 shop and using a wood, newspaper, cloth or cotton balls, they are able to improvise a portable cooking stove by using a empty tin.

Tuna tins make great candles and you can use all sort of kindling in order to make a good fire.

Hygiene, staying clean in a dirty world

If you keep yourself clean you will keep attention away from you, attention from people who might prey on you or your things.

It is crucial to blend in and leaving behind a trail of strange odours should be always avoided.

You can visit swimming pools frequently for a shower are great for the homeless people that are located near a pool or beach and don’ forget service stations which have facilities for long distance drivers.

Save any wet wipes that come with the fast food they are great for when you need to clean your face, under arms and groin.

Baking soda is used as both toothpaste and deodorant substitute.

Hand sanitizers, toothbrushes, and razors are also cheap at the pound shop.

Good hygiene is crucial if you want to walk around shopping centres during the day “Warm and Dry” without looking homeless.

Clothing and bags

You need to keep your feet as dry a possible whenever you travel and if you are homeless, you will travel a lot.

Taking off your shoes and socks when you have the chance to get comfortable is a rule that many respect.

Procuring extra socks has become a habit for many of the homeless people, especially since the socks are the most needed item that is donated the least.

Think about this next time when you do a donation.

Having multiple items of clothing helps in multiple ways because you can change them often and keep the “dirty look” away from you.

Having multiple layers of clothes is ideal when winter sets in because you can keep warm even in harder conditions.

You should carry a backpack with just the essentials while having everything else concealed at your camp.

Carrying only the essential will not draw attention to yourself and to me is basic common sense.

Carrying your house with you, will just make you a target for the others and you won’t be able to blend in.

Your backpack is your whole world (it should contain birth certificate, social security card and all the money you have) and you should learn to keep a good eye on it.

Food and water, the basic needs of humans

Finding food and water plays an important role in the life of every homeless person (That is what you now are) and you will spend quite some time trying to get what you need.

There are various strategies and these are used even by those who have a roof over their head, but have a hard time living from one pay day to the other.

Hotels often have free continental breakfasts and if you look clean, you can eat and load up on food such as dry cereal, peanut butter, breads and bananas.

Most fast-food restaurants and pizza places have food that gets thrown away at the end of the business hours and you can ask for this food, and in time, you can develop a good relationship with the managers.

They will provide you with left-over food, before it reaches the bin.

Dumpster diving/raiding the bins is another activity that is practised by many homeless people, but you need to know how to do it.

Soup kitchens, missions, churches and shelters also serve food in the UK and some parts of Europe but the trick is knowing when to go to these places.

Also, you can’t always carry the food back to your camp site because it will attract animals.

If you can’t keep a camp site and you need to travel a lot, you will need to carry food that is light, portable and small. Simple to cook food that will not spoil quickly is what you should have.

Water sources are fairly easy to come by and many rely just on boiling the water. However, there are those who have a Water filter bottle in their bag to avoid getting sick from consumption. They carry one or two water bottles that they fill up every time they find a fountain.

The mental courage only few of us have

Being homeless takes a great toll on your mind spirit, regardless if you have a camp or access to food and water.

Depression and mental fatigue often leads to substance abuse and apathy.

You will have to get used to hear No and you will have to learn how to deal with rejection, without focusing on the negative.

Most of the homeless people focus on the day to day life and don’t put too much thought on what will come tomorrow.

Most of them expect for everything to go wrong and they manage to roll with it when it comes.

No matter what life throws at them, they manage to stay strong and find the inner courage to push forward.

They use common sense and live for each day, hoping that things will get better. They try not to focus on the negative and make good use of the homeless survival lessons they’ve learned from others.

They can survive for days, weeks or even months on the streets until they get back on their feet.

The trouble is that post SHTF things may never get back to “normal”.

Being homelessness is a real problem everywhere and it’s a true survival tests for most of the homeless.

Knowing more about being homeless peoples survival techniques and learning from these homeless survival lessons is a good way to prepare for any emergency situation that can change or life in minutes.

During this time of year, don’t ignore the homeless and help them if you can. They are the real survivors of our cities and they have to face a harsh reality, a reality in which we can make a difference.

If you donate clothes, don’t forget about the socks because as I said before, these are vital items that are overlooked by many of those who want to help.

BREAK

Survival Skills

Survival skills are the combined knowledge and abilities of methods and techniques that will be used in situations where modern conveniences and infrastructures don’t exist or have been damaged.

Survival skills are typically thought of in the context of wilderness survival.

The term is a very broad and general one, and applies to many ‘levels’ of survival, from the simple ability to cook your own food, make your own bread.

Shutting off the electricity-gas-water to your home, successfully build a fire, build your own shelter, purify drinking water, all the way to identifying outdoor wild edible plants, trapping, hunting, evasion, field dressing game, building a fence, preserving foods, growing a successful garden, and on and on.

I would say that the underlying theme is the general ability to be self-sufficient.

Everyone has their own unique interests and abilities, and really, no one person can know it all. People will gravitate towards the skill set that they find natural or enjoyable for them.

However, it is also a very good thing to challenge yourself and get outside of your comfort zone.

People usually need to be pushed to get into that zone, but the sesame somewhat stubborn people (I’m one of them) will often find it very rewarding after having conquered a new skill.

The thought of being able to survive and make it on your own, is just that… a thought.

In reality, it would be highly unlikely that even the best could succeed for long. OK, maybe the best could… but you know what I mean. We will always need support from others.

After all, this is how we built ‘civilization’.

Having survival skills will allow you peace-of-mind. They will also allow you to enjoy the outdoors to a further extent than others (except for the foolish).

They will enable you to adapt to situations without panicking and enable better decisions during times of crisis.

Survival skills are a valuable commodity during times of disaster.

Having survival skills, even if not ‘required’ in real life, will make you a different person, one who knows that they do not need to fully rely on the system, skills also include those that aren’t necessarily primitive.

Having an open mind, a logical mind, a mind with experiences, will enable you to adapt. Adapting, or adapting successfully, is probably the greatest skill of all.

It’s a very general term, but the ability to do, go, change, or make something else with the resources that you currently have, is a great asset.

So, in summary, to have survival skills doesn’t require that you necessarily learn how to go off and live by yourself in the woods.

You might say that ‘modern survival skills’ could be defined a little differently –having the skills to work outside of the system while still functioning in the modern world.

Start small. Examine what it is that you are ‘chained to’, the things that are holding you down.

Figure out ways to break the chains.

Become slightly more self-sufficient by growing some of your
own food – even if it isonly seasonal. Learn some of the basics like how to
read a map and navigate without a GPS receiver.

Learn how to ‘tin’ and preserve foods. How about stepping out of the ‘comfort zone’and considering working for yourself instead of ‘the company’.

Think about the skills that you have now, at your current job. Are they something that you could do on your own?

Maybe you have other skills that could be utilized in a side business for yourself – something you
enjoy, part time on the weekends.

That’s where it starts… Survival skills… think, ‘self-sufficient’, and go from there.

My Fried Bannock

Ingredients

This serves 6 or a hungry 2

3 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons baking powder

water

vegetable oil or lard and butter to finish

Directions

Mix half the flour with the remaining dry ingredients.

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

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

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

Dry Dough

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

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

Wet Dough

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

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

Place the bannock on a paper towel to soak up the excess grease.

Time for Tea Bags

Did you know tea is the secondly most consumed beverage in the world? If you’re one of the millions of people who enjoy a nice cup of tea then did you know of the uses for used tea bags?

Soothe a Blistering Sunburn

After a day in the sun there’s nothing quite like a serious sunburn from being in the sun without adequate protection.

The application of green and/or black tea bags directly onto sunburned skin is a long-lasting home
remedy to treat not only pain, but also speed up the healing process.

It appears that compounds known as tannins work to eliminate pain by calming inflammation.

Another health benefit? Due to its antioxidant activity, the topical application of green or black tea bags may actively fight cancer formation by stopping cellular mutations.

Regardless of how it works, find near-instant relief from sunburn by applying brewed tea bags directly onto sunburned skin. Allow the bags to sit on the skin for 15 to 30 minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Restore Vitality to Wary Eyes

Dark rings under your eyes? Tired of always looking tired? If so, then try tea bags. The tannins found in green and black tea may reduce puffiness and redness around the eye area.

Brew two tea bags and then place them in the freezer for 10 minutes, or until cold. Sit down and place a tea bag over both eyes and allow it to cool and rejuvenate your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes.

Repeat each night for the most visible results.

Soothe Aching and Bleeding Gums

Aching and bleeding gums can be caused by a host of ailments, ranging from a newly extracted tooth to gum disease.

Regardless, find relief by biting down on a brewed green or black tea bag.

The antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities of tea bags streamline the healing
process while simultaneously numbing pain and reducing blood loss. Repeat as many times as necessary to provide the relief you’re craving.

Find Poison Ivy Rash Relief

Anyone who’s experienced the constant itching and pain caused by this harmless-looking plant is well-aware how uncomfortable this rash is. Obtain near-instant pain and itch relief by brewing enough tea bags to fully cover the rash.

Once the tea bags have cooled, apply directly on the rash. Allow the bags to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tip: Wear gloves when removing the tea bags to prevent accidentally spreading poison ivy.

Polish Wooden Furniture

While tea bags are used as a natural remedy for your body, they’re also an effective tool around your home. Tannins and other active compounds perfectly clean surfaces by removing germs and debris.

To use tea bags as a furniture polish, brew one to two bags and allow them to cool for several minutes. Squeeze until excess moisture has been eliminated.

Hold the tea bags in a soft cloth and wipe furniture as you normally would. To prevent accidental stains, immediately wipe the surface with a clean cloth.

Natural Wart Remover

Warts are unsightly, and in some cases, painful. Even though the most effective wart treatments involve acids and other synthetic compounds, they can be painful and expensive.

While this home wart removal remedy has been used for generations, modern science is just starting to support its effectiveness.

MedlinePlus suggests the antioxidant properties found in green tea inhibit wart growth. In fact, green tea seems so powerful, initial studies found evidence green tea may actually kill HPV, the virus responsible for warts.

Brew several green tea bags and set aside to cool.

Once comfortable to the touch, place a green tea bag directly on the wart. Secure the bag with tape or a bandage. After 15 minutes, replace with the second tea bag and soak the wart for 15 to 20 more minutes.

After several days, you’ll notice the wart will turn black, and fall off soon thereafter.

Plant Fertilizer

Desire a natural way to feed your garden? Green or black tea provides essential nutrients to soil, which help plants thrive. Break open a used tea bag and mix the tea leaves with the soil.

Tenderize Your Meat

For meat eaters, there’s nothing as satisfying as taking a bite out of a juicy, tender steak.

Unfortunately, not all cuts are as tender as they seem. Black tea is renowned by professional and amateur chefs for its ability to tenderize meat while adding a subtle earthy flavour to meats.

Steep 2 to 4 tea bags in 2 cups of water. Pour the tea, including tea bags, over your meat and allow it to marinate for 1 to 3 hours.

Eliminate Genital Herpes Pain

Genital herpes is not only an uncomfortable experience, but its presence can cause just as much mental anguish as it can physical.

Eliminate the pain and outbreak duration through the help of black tea bags.

According to a study published in the June 2013 issue of ‘BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine’ compounds in black tea, primarily the avlavins, stopped the growth and replication of the herpes virus.
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This study confirms the use of black tea for herpes treatment and many herbal and holistic practitioners have recommended this for generations.

Brew 1 to 2 tea bags for five minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool. Once safe to touch, place the tea bag directly onto a herpes lesion.

Allow to soak into your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat once a day until your outbreak is under control.

I will never look at a used tea bag the same way again.

We are running another Nuclear Survival Course on 26th, 27th and 28th October. Please plan on getting there on the 25th for an early Saturday start.

You can get all the details here: http://www.ukpreppersradionetwork.co.uk/the-nuclear-urban-wilderness-survival-school/

Just a Thought

I believe that not all survivalists are preppers but all preppers are survivalists.

I/we live in an era of survival gadgets, equipment and solutions that can be bought off the shelf online from the comfort of our homes, in fact it is only the amount of money we have that limits the quality and proficiently of the kit we choose to purchase.

I have become intrigued by primitive civilisations alive today in the remoter parts of our world and how they SURVIVE, as 4th world low tech citizens of our planet.

I know that I cannot try their foods at source, or trap and hunt as they do for the animals they share their forests with.

BUT, surely I can learn from them when it comes to fire lighting, shelter building, cooking, hunting methods, blades and tools and I want to try and learn these skills and then pass this knowledge onto others.

I understand that this path will not be easy but even as preppers we will eventually run out of certain supplies if not all of them. –

My Basic Survival Tip Sheet

The first item in my survival kit is a very basic survival tip sheet.

It is far from comprehensive, as it is meant for someone who is already quite familiar with survival techniques.

It is intended to help clear someone’s mind and start them focusing on the right priorities.

State of mind is crucial to coping with a survival situation. A clear-headed, common sense approach will see you through… panic kills.

Here is what the basic instruction sheet says.

Survival Tips –What to do if you suddenly find yourself in that situation.

Step one Stop!…Now take a deep breath, and resign yourself to your current circumstances.

Do not panic, and do not feel ashamed at being in your predicament. Some of the best people in the world have become lost or disoriented, so set your mind to come through this with your honour intact

People have died of a combination of stupidity and panic. They run frantically, in big circles, through the woods at night trying to find their way out.

The best thing to do is often to find some shelter for the night and find your way out in the morning.

Once you are calm, check yourself over. Your health and welfare are paramount. Address any immediate needs (injuries) as best you can, and then read on.

Step two

Take stock of what you have, and what your immediate needs are.

If you are reading this, you have quite a lot to work with, as this kit contains an extensive amount of gear to help in any situation.

Be creative. Most of the items can have multiple uses, and are limited only by your imagination.

As for your immediate needs, here are a few simple rules.

A healthy human can survive for several weeks without food, and several days without water, but in many cases only several hours without proper shelter from the elements.

Evaluate the weather for where you are, and to what extremes it may go. Shelter from the elements or a fire may well be your first priority.

There are multiple items in the kit to help you build a fire.

As for shelter, the tarp and the survival blanket can help.

The survival blanket can also help to reflect the warmth from a fire. Be careful not to damage them or any other piece of gear.

You will most likely need them later.

Example: instead of poking holes in the tarp to tie it off, push a small pebble up from under the tarp, and tie off around it. Try using rocks instead of stakes to hold down corners, etc. etc.

Once you have some shelter from the elements, you can take a little time to plan for your other needs.

Step three

Step three is water. You must drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty.

An adult should drink at least a couple of litters per day (more in hot climates).

If you spent the night on high ground, then plan on moving camp. In most areas, just continue to walk downhill and you will eventually find water.

Watch animals or follow their tracks.

They will usually lead to water. Birds also tend to congregate near water. In dry areas, you may have to consider other means, such as a solar still.

If you are getting water from streams or ponds, boil before drinking, or use water purification tablets or straw or better still buy a filter bottle.

Step four

Signal. Some of the signalling items you have are the whistle, the mirror, the blanket, and of course, fire!

Signalling is best accomplished by making yourself as big as possible. Smoke signals work well as does anything that can be seen or heard from a long way away.

Step five

Food, as mentioned above is probably not something you need to consider unless you are reasonably sure that rescue is a good many days or weeks off.

As a general rule, avoid plant life unless you know for a fact that something is edible.

The easiest rule to remember is that if it walks, swims, crawls, or slithers… thump it, and chuck it on down!

Use the knife, hooks and line, make a spear, make snares with the 80lb test cord.

Use your imagination!

The facts are, ALL fur bearing animals are edible. ALL birds are edible with no exceptions.

Grubs found in rotten logs are edible, as are almost all insects with (6 legs).

Things to keep in mind

The kit was packed tightly in its container, but once unpacked, figure out where and how you want to carry everything.

Keep the items you will use frequently close at hand (in your pockets if they are free of holes).

You can wrap cords, fishing lines, etc. around the sheath to keep them tangle free and ready to use.

Use slip knots or those you can undo easily, and therefore get the most use out of every piece of gear.

Getting a good night’s sleep will make everything easier on you.

Try to build as good a shelter and bed as you can.

The extra time and effort will pay off. Use everything you can think of for insulation.

Crawling inside a big pile of leaves or pine needles is actually pretty warm and comfortable (do not attempt this near a fire).

A large pile of fresh pine sprigs is not only a springy mattress, but is good insulation from the ground.

Fire

When starting a fire find dry wood. Look for the dead branches at the very bottom of evergreen trees.

Good tinder will greatly enhance your chance for success.

Take small branches and shred them with a knife or your fingers. You can use dead grass, dried moss or fern, or a strip of cloth from the tail of your shirt.

Use anything that will ignite quickly. Place this in the centre. Around this, build a tee pee of small dry twigs.

Once this is burning, slowly feed your fire with larger and larger pieces of wood.

Always making sure the fire is burning freely before you progress to a larger piece of wood.

Once this fire is burning DO NOT let it go out.

A fire is man’s best friend in the wild. It provides heat, protection, water purification, comfort and a good signal to attract rescuers.

Shelter

Do not make the mistake of trying to construct a large shelter.

Make it just large enough to accommodate you and not much else.

This is important, especially in cold climates, because your body heat may well have to heat it.

Be extremely careful if you are going to use fire to heat the shelter, as most natural shelter materials are flammable! Plan ahead, and use common sense.

Food

Do not even think about looking for food until you have a good (and plentiful)water source, and your signals are set up.

Once you have these, and are ready to go in search of food, small animals, fish and insect life are always your best bet (remember, do not eat spiders or anything else with more than 6 legs).

Setting multiple snares and fishing lines in ways that you do not have to baby-sit them is a good idea.

Check them from time to time for a catch.

This allows you to “hunt” without expending much energy. If you must eat plant life, stay away from mushrooms and any plant that has a milky sap, except Dandelions.

Common edible plants include cattail roots, acorns, clover, dandelions, almost all grasses that are seed bearing and the inner bark of trees such as Poplar, Willows, Birches and Conifers.

My book The Complete Nuclear survival Guide is available here: http://www.ukpreppersradionetwork.co.uk/the-complete-nuclear-survival-guide/

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