This Weeks Show 24th March 2017
This week I look at the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, My bug-out belt, The Wilderness Gathering. False Flag attack, The Bug Out Survival Show 2017, Emergency Food in the Boot, Eating Road Kill,What Happens IF? How to Help Your Rescuers. Home Made Emergency Survival Bars, Thieves are putting health at risk by stealing treated crops, Some Things to Consider When Living Off the Land, Could your cat give you TB? Fears that deadly New virus could go Global, 10 Considerations for your Bug Out Location, Blackpack Survival,
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MY BUG OUT BELT
My BUG-OUT BELT was personally constructed by Scott Douglas Palmer
Who is Director of Cultural Development at Lion Corporation and Founder & President at Slatsmandu Corporation – Alpenlore, is my version of his awesome range of incredible Hybrid Survival / Tactical EDC Belt Systems
The colours I have chosen are designed to allow my belt to blend into the background in the outdoors environment and at the same time not stand out in a rural environment either.
My belt is the most compact adventure survival belt on the market.
The AlpenLITE Belt System is a type of “Hyper Belt” which is an exceptional ON THE FLY adventure Belt that can be worn as an everyday belt, very soft and flexible but solid. and incredibly useful.
High tension outdoor Pro-cord, a type of advanced para-cord (paracord ), can be used for a multitude of Bushcraft, Survival, EDC & First-aid situations in multiple environments.
The applications for its use are endless… Wherever you go, the AlpenLITE Belt goes with you and can be immediately deployed.
The inner-core has up to 12 feet of layered hidden webbing. Together with the PROcord shell makes this belt system stand apart from all the others. Strong, lite & compact, just unravel and GO!
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It fits like a normal belt only slightly thicker but unnoticeable while wearing. It is hands free and always there when you need it, from morning till night, the AlpenGuide Belt System is there waiting to assist you.
Specs Each AlpenLITE Belt SYSTEM is created from 100% Premium Hardware with fine attention to detail and proudly Handcrafted by Americans who have extensive experience with the Outdoors.
And the AlpenLITE BELT is the most compact rescue adventure belt in the world!
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The Wilderness Gathering
If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then we have the family show for you – Wilderness Gathering, a unique Bushcraft event, is the longest running and still the original festival of bushcraft, survival and primitive living skills.
The Gathering has become a social event and brings together families and friends, all those interested in Bushcraft and Wilderness living skills to enjoy a weekend of knowledge sharing in a relaxed and family friendly atmosphere
The perfect introduction for your children to the great outdoors, lots of exciting events are planned throughout the weekend including:
The all important knife workshop which introduce the safety and fundamental use of knives & Fire Safety Workshop. Program of activities listed below. The first event for the coyote kids club and the coyotes will be a mandatory knife safety workshop on Friday morning. This will be run by Ian Cresswell from Lonescout Bushcraft. In fact there are literally too many activities to mention so click here to check them out. http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/coyote.html
And the activities for adults are just as varied and they are listed here http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/whats-on.html
Add to this great food, local cider, mead, evening entertainment. great people and it’s now over 5 days it has to time to get booked http://www.wildernessgathering.co.uk/tickets.html
FLASE FLAG ATTACK?
Scientists to simulate nuclear bomb going off in New York.
REMEMBER on 9/11 there was a simulation running
REMEMBER on 7/7 there was a simulation running
Scientists plan a huge computer simulation built to work out how New York would respond to being hit with a (small) nuclear bomb.
The scientists from Virginia’s George Mason University aim to simulate how Manhattan’s 20 million inhabitants would respond after a small device went off.
To do this, they’ll use ‘virtual agents’ – simulated people who react based on the testimonies of disaster victims.
Part of our modeling challenge is going to be figuring out if a parent would go through a contaminated area to retrieve a child at a daycare or school, putting themselves at risk in the process, because it’s important to them to physically be there with their children.
So is a NUCLEAR flase flag attack being planned I hope not.
The Bug Out Survival Show 2017
Survival learning for all of your family 29th April to 01st May 2017
The B.O.S.S. is run by Ian Coulthard .
Ian says, I am a Prepper Survivalist and I run a annual survival event weekend for any one who wants to come along and learn new skills and idea from experienced Survivalist’s, Bushcrafter’s and Prepper’s or share skills they already know with others. The B.O.S.S is a weekend for all the family to come and learn new survival skills in different areas of survival.
Prepping, Bushcraft and survival are in ways different stiles of learning how to stay alive in different situations. Even though they are of different styles of survival they do tend to blend in together with just one goal and the end result being able to use the knowledge and skills you have to stay alive.
The B.O.S.S is held on the first bank holiday weekend of every May and is a great opportunity for people to come along and learn new skills in all three styles of survival while meeting like minded people and making new friends with people of a similar interest.
Check out his FB page
Check out his website
Emergency Food in the Boot
In the boot of my car is my 72hr BOB and I have for for some time been thinking of expanding that for say a week and certainly in the case of food.
So I have bought a 40ltr plastic box with a lid and I have filled it with ten year shelf life German tinned sausages already cooked and in tins, five year Bread, some high energy bars, home made trail mixes, ziplock bags of pre mixed Bannock mix, boiled sweets, chewing gum, all day breakfast tins, curries and stews, tea, coffee dried milk, Bovril drinks, and a tin opener. I think that is all.
With water purification covered in my BoB with three different types of tablets, the Putitab, Biox Aqua tabs and a liquid treatment called Purinize and three different filters the Purifycup the Water-to-go bottle and the Personal Life Straw.
I know over kill but the tabs are very light and as it is an addition to my BOB and it is mine I will have what I want in it. You have that choice too.
I think that the car is one of the most important places to store emergency preparedness supplies because you usually are located in the same place as your car.
And, in the event that you are away from home when a disaster strikes, the roads may become unsafe or impossible to drive.
You may be forced to travel great distances and endure extreme weather conditions as you walk to a safe location or to meet up with loved ones.
Keeping emergency supplies in your car can also be a life-saver in the event you have a roadside emergency and become stranded in a remote location.
Just keeping preserved food in your car is not enough because most shop bought food will not store safely in a car for more than a few months.
My food will store safely in my car for a minimum of 5 years, in fact it is actually rated at 10 years. However what ever food you decide upon, even shop bought is not a problem if you rotate it, which I recommend you do.
You should also keep a minimum of 3 days of emergency drinking water in your car emergency kit. However, storing bottled water is not the smartest or cheapest way to store emergency water in your car.
Because of the extreme temperatures that occur inside your vehicle, bottled water will store safely for less than 6 months.
My water pouches are US Coast Guard Approved, 5-year shelf-life, 3-day supply of emergency water rations.
Since water remains the most important survival item to have, you can see why I have tablets and filters which can be used to purify extra water for drinking without having to carry it in your kit if you have to walk to a safe location.
Emergency Shelter Supplies
If you get stuck in your car or have to travel by foot in the cold, you will need proper emergency shelter supplies. That is why you need emergency shelter supplies in your car boot.
I carry proper shelter supplies including emergency survival blankets, ponchos to protect from the weather, and a tube tent for easy emergency shelter from the elements. I also have resuable heat pads, a tarp and duct tape just in case I have to cover up a broken window for example.
If you have to get out of your car and walk to a safe location during or after a disaster, you may be stuck walking at night and the street lights may also be out.
People usually know that it is very important to keep emergency torches/flashlights in their car but often people forget that they also have to replace the batteries every 6 months.
I also have some 12 hour emergency lightsticks and a wind up torch. Don’t forget batteries…save yourself money and buy LED as they use much less power.
Emergency First-Aid Kits
Firstly every driver should have one now, never mind in an emergency. In a major disaster while people are at work, many may become injured as they evacuate the building due to dangerous debris.
That is why businesses need to keep comprehensive emergency first aid kit, and why you should have one in your vehicle too.
If you need to travel by foot to a safe location after a disaster, you will need to know where to go. In order to avoid walking into a potentially more dangerous situation, you should keep an emergency radio in your car.
I have a solar powered/wind up radio as well as a CB radio this radio is highly recommended because ordinary battery operated emergency radios have many limitations such as the facts that batteries only last for hours and have an extremely limited shelf-life of around 6 months.
If you find yourself stranded on the the road without any tools you are in a dangerous situation. When broken down on the side of the road, you put you and your passengers at risk of getting hit by oncoming traffic and passing strangers.
Getting stranded can also be deadly due to extreme hot and cold weather conditions; especially following a disaster when emergency assistance may not be available. That is why you need to be self-reliant and keep a roadside emergency kit in your car.
Eating Road Kill
In rural areas in the 20th century road kill was considered a table delicacy for many who would otherwise be going without meat. Deer, various birds, rabbit etc. and a variety of other animals killed by vehicles and left lying on the side of the road became an important source of protein for many a family.
An important feature of road kill is that the hunting has been done for you.
There the animal lay; all you needed to do was pick it up, skin it, dress it, and cook it . A gift from God a hungry man should not pass up!
Many people have considered road kill to be a windfall. As long as the kill is fresh and the animal looks healthy, its meat is perfectly safe to eat.
As with all meat, be sure to prepare it properly before consumption.
So You Won’t Eat Road Kill? Or You Don’t think you could eat road kill?
That’s simply because at this time you can afford to snub your nose at such easy free meat.
Sure, right now many of you are squeamish at the thought of eating road kill.
After all, your stomachs are regularly full and probably have been for all of your life.
You have never experienced first-hand what it is like to go hungry for several days straight – or even weeks.
Your cupboards are well stocked, and as much food as you could possibly want is waiting for you at the local shop. But remember that could all change.
During times of natural and man made disaster or economic collapse food sources can quickly dry up. It’s amazing how preconceived food prejudices are soon rejected when real gnawing hunger sets in.
After a few months without enough food to eat, you will think nothing of eating insects, worms, rats, or anything else that comes your way.
Served veg and gravy a nice road kill badger roast would be a seriously welcome addition to the dinner table.
When you think about it, what’s the difference whether that animal was dispatched at the abotrior , by a hunter in the forest, or a speeding vehicle?
I would say none. As long as the meat is reasonably fresh and well-cooked it will not matter one bit how the animal met its end.
What does matter is feeding yourself and your family; road kill could put meat on the table when food is scarce and your survival is at stake.
Road Kill is Good Food, Road kill is traditionally accepted mealtime fare in many areas. In my neck of the woods pheasants are daily hit by motorists speeding through the countryside.
The local gamekeeper reckons he loses up to 35 to 40 per day on the roads around the estate.
Just as when you shop for meat at the supermarket, you want to insure your road kill meat is fresh and has not “gone off”.
Although obvious signs of potentially spoiled meat include smell and the presence of scavenging insects, maggots, and the like, meat can also be spoiled without these signs.
You must cook all meat thoroughly in order to destroy any disease causing organisms or parasites.
If you find road kill on a stretch of road you had just passed over several hours before, then chances are your road kill is reasonably fresh and you are in meat.
As in all things, the best survivors are aware of their environment and open to opportunity as it presents itself, however unexpectedly.
Road kill meat is a potentially valuable resource in times of need and not to be overlooked by the hungry survivor.
Remember in the UK if you hit and kill game on the roads YOU are not allowed to stop and pick it up however the driver of the vehicle behind legally can.
What Happens IF?
It is a fact that an event like a natural disaster could trigger the collapse of any currency. And
What would happen if a natural disaster occurs and the UK pound suddenly collapsed?
When a major catastrophe hits due to natural circumstances or manmade events, the following always happens.
Lives are lost
A great number of property is damaged or lost: homes, businesses, community, buildings, etc.
Food and water supplies become scarce
Power is cut off
Lots of people are stranded
Communication is down
And if that disaster triggers the fall of the home currency
Help may be very slow in arriving
Everyone will panic and there’ll be chaos: violent mobs will be taking to the streets
Looting and robbing other people; there’ll be lawlessness in most crowded places
The cost of food will skyrocket as the value of the dollar plummets, there’s also the
Possibility of not being able to withdraw money or there won’t be any food to buy
Desperate crowds may roam your area in search of food
There may be no gas available from gas stations to fuel your car if you need to flee
It could become difficult or even impossible to travel anywhere
Family Crisis Survival
When crisis suddenly strikes, a lot of people will realize that they are not prepared. That realization will cause them to panic and fail to rationalize.
Not being able to think reasonably can cause people to become unpredictable and do desperate acts.
Normally, the government does everything to restore order and in cases when impending disasters are anticipated, they have readymade measures to follow that can minimize the negative effects of the catastrophe.
The UK government might be very slow if a great crisis hits the country and help might not reach everyone.
This means that you should not rely on the government for the survival of your family.
It’s time for you to assess how prepared you are. In the event of a natural disaster and economic collapse, can your family survive? Are you truly prepared?
The EU economy is teetering on the edge and a massive natural disaster similar to
The US dollar is the current world reserve currency and its collapse, if it happens, can have a huge impact that will not only affect the U.S. but the whole world.
If the $ collapses, a recession greater than that felt in 2008 will no doubt occur and it might even be worse. The U.S. might again be facing another Great Depression. That would affect the whole world at the same time.
So how do you make sure that your family can survive?
Preparation. If you are properly and fully prepared, you increase your family’s chance of survival, it as simple as that. When a natural disaster strikes, there is never a certainty as to whether everyone will emerge unscathed. Still, there is an absolute need to prepare for the worst.
You should start securing your assets. Some of the things you can do include:
Paying off your debts
Diversifying your investments. (If you have any) Invest in foreign currencies and in precious metal like gold and silver convert your liquid savings into gold or silver
Learn transferrable job skills
Keep your documents (i.e. passports) updated. This ensures that when the situation goes so bad that you need to move your family, you can do so fast. Store them in water proof covers or copy and laminate them.
These preparation tips can help keep you floating when the economy crashes.
To prepare for natural disasters, you must first be familiar with the types of disasters that may impact your location. If you’re near the coastline, your area might be a favourite path for unusually high tides and coastal flooding speaking of which you might be in danger of being in the way of a
No matter what type of disaster your area is prone to, the essentials for survival will more or less be the same for every family. You should have water, food, medications, first aid kits and a survival kit BOB you can simply grab and take with you if there’s a need to evacuate.
How to Help Your Rescuers
Let’s be honest here, accidents can and do happen and they can happen to you. Although the various scenarios I can think of are too many to mention from immediate life threatening health problems to a fall causing a broken limb we could all be in a position were rescue is our only option to survive.
Therefore I think it is very important indeed to be able to do the right things, the things that will actually help our rescuers find us more quickly.
The best way to speed your rescue is to tell someone where you are going.
You should make a plan for your trip, document your intended route of travel, planned activities, timetable, how you can be communicated with and key information about your travel group.
Leave this information with a person you trust and establish an emergency plan:
When will you be back? How long should they wait before calling authorities? Will you be checking in regularly? But whatever happens please, please stick to your plan.
If you do make a change, communicate those changes before you act on them. Sending rescue to the wrong location can be as bad as sending them on a wild goose chase.
Carry the correct kit
Buy yourself and your rescuers time by being equipped to survive for at least 48 hours on your own.
Train and practice survival techniques and basic emergency first-aid. If you are dressed in camo clothing then carry with you something like the rescueqik or some other very bright material like a cloth or bandana to mark you out.
Be Honest With Yourself – Realize When You are Lost
People in denial get themselves into deeper trouble. Be honest with yourself and accept it if you’re lost. Move to the next step.
If you’ve done the above and ended up in need of rescue, STAY PUT.
Find a safe location to set up camp and stay there.
This is one of the most effective plans if you have a reasonable expectation that someone will come to find you.
People tend to get themselves more lost when they move or take themselves out of the search area before there’s time for search teams to respond.
SAR teams using the data provided and effective tactics will narrow down your location.
Burn the Camouflage
Make yourself and your location as detectable as possible. Think in terms of sight, smell and sound from all angles.
Match your methods to the resources that may be used to find you. Your nice debris shelter may be warm, but a searcher may walk right past it if it isn’t distinctly marked.
More and more of the country is covered by mobile phone signals and even satellite communications are becoming increasingly affordable.
Even if you don’t know where you are, trained SAR, the police and the phone companies can use the device’s signal to narrow down your location by pinging your mobile..
Be Ready For Variable Responses
There’s not a single standard for wilderness search and rescue methodology as far as I know.
Availability and quality of wilderness search and rescue varies widely across the UK.
It would not hurt to know the organizations that are responsible for missing person incidents in the area you intend to venture in to.
Find out how they operate and who the right points of contact are.
Don’t Get Lost
While every SAR team member loves to get into the field and apply their skills, they also know they’re taking a tremendous risk.
Remember that every mission involves putting numerous people, animals and resources in harm’s way.
They will push the limits “That Others May Live.” Respect their dedication and sacrifice by taking every effort to prevent an emergency before it happens.
Special Considerations for Children
A lost child is a terrifying experience for parents and an incident of greatest urgency for rescuers.
Given the limited mental development of children, especially at younger ages, it can be extremely hard to prepare them for being “lost.”
Please insure that when out in the wilderness all children in your care carry at all times a whistle, torch/flashlight, survival blanket, water bottle, emergency high energy food bars and are of course dressed in the correct clothing for the time of year as well as the environment that they are in.
Of course it goes without saying that they should have a basic survival knowledge in the first place.
So the things to remember are, make a plan, leave it with someone you trust, stick to your plan, dress in the right gear, carry the right equipment, and admit defeat and call for help if things go south.
Home Made Emergency Survival Bars
3 Cups of cereal (oatmeal, cornmeal, or wheat flakes)
1/4 tsp. salt
3 Tablespoons honey
2 1/2 Cups powdered milk
1 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup water
Why not add raisons if you like
Place all ingredients in a bowl. Bring water, honey to a boil and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add water a little at a time until mixture is just moist enough to mould.
Place in a small square dish and dry in the oven under very low heat.
Wrap and store
This will make 2 bars, each containing approx. 1000 calories or enough food for one day. These will store for a long time if they are cooked until quite dry, and are excellent for emergency packs, etc. Eat dry, or cooked in about 3/4 Cup of water.
One bar contains only half of the nutrients of the whole recipe and therefore you may wish to set aside two bars per day to get the following:
Probably the biggest problem is the low vitamin C. However, in a pinch, a person could live a long time off these bars alone.
They are also a bit short in the calorie department, but are excellent in protein, over half of the B vitamins, and excellent in the minerals category.
I think that nutritionally they really smash most of the expensive bars you can buy from the different shops etc. and properly sealed would probably last as long.
Although I actually make them just to take with me and they beat trail mix by miles.
Thieves are putting health at risk by stealing treated crops
Please allow me to offer a word of warning, I firmly believed as I am sure many of you did that one food source (depending on the time of the year) would not by the livestock in the fields but the actual crops growing in them too.
But I had failed to calculate the dangers involved in doing this.
Farmers have warned people stealing produce from fields are gambling with their health.
Ronnie Haines, who farms more than 600 acres neat Coningsby, claimed the theft of vegetables – notably potatoes, cabbages, cauliflowers and carrots – was an increasing problem.
He revealed the majority of the crops had been sprayed with pesticides to combat problems with disease.
The pesticides do degrade, meaning the end product is safe to eat but people taking them from fields early may be risking poisoning themselves.
Mr Haines said: “We’ve had a lot of problems. Mainly, it’s potatoes but I’m sure we’ll be losing cabbages, cauliflowers and carrots as well.
“I don’t know if people realise we spray the crops. Usually, the pesticides last seven days – and then we spray them again.
“I’m not so sure the people taking them realise but there could be a threat to their health, if they eat them or sell them on.
“Basically, they shouldn’t be taking them in the first place.”
Mr Haines said he was aware other farmers had encountered similar problems and he believes the recession could be to blame.
He added: “We’re not talking about kids taking one or two potatoes. That sort of thing has always gone on.
“We’re talking about sections of fields being dug up, often overnight. It could be the recession with people wanting to save money but they’re putting their health at risk.”
Mr Haines said it was impossible for farmers to patrol fields round-the-clock. He also stressed there were financial implications involved.
He added: “You don’t tend to notice a few potatoes go missing but if you are talking about rows of cauliflowers then that’s a lot of money.
“It’s hard enough at the moment after the year we’ve had with the weather. People taking things is the last thing we need.”
Mr Haines warned a combination of the weather – and the thefts – could eventually lead to a hike in prices for consumers.
A police spokesman said they were aware of the problems but added: “We haven’t classed this as theft as the farmer had come to us more from a public education point of view than as a victim of crime.”
Well my friends you have been warned.
Some Things to Consider When Living Off the Land
Do you have a dream to live off of the land and experience the joy of sustainable living? There really are countless things to consider when living off the land. However, these 10 things are on my priority list and I think they should be on yours.
2. Natural Fresh Water Source
6. Medical Skills
8. Methods of Communications
9. Disposal of Waste
10. Positive Mental Attitude
I put land as the number one priority on this list ’cause without land, there’s no living’ off of it! There is a huge debate about how much is enough. I say, you make do with what you have. But in order to produce enough to truly live off the land, you will need at least 5 acres.
This allows for enough space to produce for your family and your animals. When considering where to purchase cheap land you must consider things such as acreage, amount of timber, quality of soil, presence of water, cost of property taxes, and weather. A few places I consider to be the most “free” and people friendly (i.e. home schooling, land access rights etc.) are: Our National Parks, beaches and of course Scotland can be found just about anywhere, you just have to know where you’re looking.
Natural Fresh Water Source
We can live days, even weeks without food, but we will surely die without water in about 3 days. A fresh water source is crucial to your success in living off the land. Whether it be a lake, river/stream, spring or well, it must be close by and it must be drinkable. The cost of digging a well depends on your location, water table, and contractor, but you can expect to pay up to £3,000, Water Storage (tanks, cisterns, aquifers, and ponds for domestic supply, fire and emergency use) is also a necessary system to consider and institute.
Nutrition, and the production of food, is super important and a key factor in living off the land not only for your family, but for your animals as well. In most places a greenhouse for the winter is a must as well as a garden in the summer.
Additionally, you’ll need a working knowledge of traditional food preservation techniques using salt, oil, sugar, alcohol, vinegar, drying, cold storage, and lactic fermentation. Production animals (i.e. bees, chickens, cows, ducks, goats, pigs, rabbits, and sheep) provide a fresh source of food, among countless other things.
The start-up cost of purchasing your animals will vary as will the initial cost of heirloom garden seed. Depending on where you wanted to start, chickens and goats seem logical to me, you may be looking at around £250 to £500 for animals, garden, and seed. If £500 seems like too much initially, get started with a small flock of chickens; the eggs alone are enough to sustain and nourish.
The first item of business on our land, is the building of a root cellar, or basement. If nothing else you could live in the basement if we had to. Don’t get too hung up on building your “dream home.” All too often people shoot themselves in the foot by focusing their time, energy, and money on building their home first! Wrong, wrong, wrong! Live in a campervan or a static caravan if you have to. Your home is what you make it. Don’t waste your precious resources on lavish living quarters that can come later.
A modest home will do, and for a cost of around £5,000-£10,000 you can have a nice, liveable space. Or, if your conditions are right, and you have the skill, for £100 shelter can be yours.
When constructing your home/shelter, positioning it for power efficiency is of upmost importance. When living off the land, the hope is, that the use of power will decrease. Some of the sources for off-grid power are wood/fire, solar, wind, and hydro. Ideally, your property and/or your local area should contain enough timber to provide a heat and cooking source.
The old-fashioned cook top stove would need to find its place in your home. Solar chargers, wind turbines, and water powered generators are all rather expensive forms of generating power, initially. Which one’s better? It depends on who you talk to and where you live! Anyway you go, you can plan on investing around £2,000-£3,000.
Bottom line, the less power you need the less power you have to generate. Power conservation is your best bet when choosing to living off the land.
Basic medical skills are a necessity for anyone living off-grid. Simply because in most cases you will be quite a distance from the nearest medical facility. For a £50 start-up cost you can construct an emergency medical kit. Purchase books like Where There Is No Doctor, Where There Is No Dentist, Where Women Have No Doctor: A Health Guide for Women. And for sustainability’s sake you will need to learn how to make homemade herbal bandages, tinctures, and syrups; all of which require knowledge of medicinal herbs.
Guns & Ammo. Enough said. Learn how to safely handle and care for a gun and get one. About £150-£200 should be fine here. Choose a weapon that fits your needs. Remember…we’re talking about living off the land.
Methods of Communications
Communication has been and will always be a very important aspect of our lives. Modern technology (aka The Internet) has dramatically changed the way we communicate with others.
There are a variety of Satellite Internet Services providers that are for the most part, pretty inexpensive. The initial equipment and set up fee will cost you approximately £400 with a monthly charge depending on what provider you go with. Don’t want the monthly charge? CB radio works well for local use and the Ham radio is better for long range communications.
Disposal of Waste
In order of least expensive to most expensive, here are 3 options for the disposal of human waste.
Humanure. Composting human waste is free. The most amazing system has been created and you can read all about it in The Humanure Handbook. If you are even remotely considering living off-grid this book should be in your home library.
Incinerator Toilet. The waterless incinerator toilet can be set up anywhere and is the perfect alternative to a septic system. One of these lovely things will cost you approximately £1,000.
Septic System. The septic system is the most expensive costing anywhere from £2,000-£5,000. This system requires modern electricity and running water in addition to routine maintenance.
Positive Mental Attitude
If you are going to live off the land and thrive, you have to have your mind right. A positive mental attitude, and a willingness to learn, will see you through the tough times of sustainable living. However, living off the land is no joke. It’s not romantic or sexy. It’s blood, sweat, and tears. It’s up with the sun and working for hours. It’s unpredictable. An agrarian way of life is a willing submission to the laws of nature and to the Creator. This will cost you everything!
Don’t ever give up on your dreams of living off the land! I promise there is a way…you just have to find it.
Could your cat give you TB?
Vets warn pets are catching deadly strain found in cattle and could pass it on to humans
As many as 100 out of every 100,000 cats carry tuberculosis, experts say
About a fifth infected by Mycobacterium bovis, found in cattle and badgers
Close contact with humans ‘ramps up the degree of public health risk’
Pet cats are being infected by tuberculosis and could pass the disease on to the owners, vets say
Adventurous felines are catching the disease during their exploration of badger setts or by coming into contact with rodents who have done the same.
They can also pick up bovine TB directly from cattle or infected milk.
Now experts says vets should be more aware that domestic cats can carry the disease.
‘The real issue with cats with TB is that unless they are feral, they tend to have close contact with humans,’ Carl Padgett, former president of the British Veterinary Association, told the Sunday Telegraph.
‘That is where you ramp up a degree of the public health risk through direct contact with cats that have TB and that is where I see the importance rather than driving the outbreak among cattle.’
]Scientists at the University of Edinburgh Royal School of Veterinary Studies say that as many as 100 out of every 100,000 cats could have a form of tuberculosis, more than previously thought.
A fifth of those are thought to be infected by Mycobacterium bovis – the strain found in cattle and badgers.
Most were caused by Mycobacterium microti, usually found in voles.
Professor Danielle Gunn-Moore, who led the study, told the newspaper: ‘You need to be aware that cats are acting as sentinels for other small furries that are infected.
‘You might clear the cattle, but if you don’t clear the cats as well, you could potentially get reinfection.’
The Edinburgh team found that, in one year, 17 per cent of the 187 reported cases of TB in cats were caused by the bovine strain.
Their findings have been published in the journal of Transboundary and Emerging Diseases.
Government figures show that only 80 cases of bovine TB in cats have been reported to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since 2009, with nine of those reported last year.
Mr Padgett welcomed the Edinburgh findings and said the low number of cases was likely to be caused by vets being unaware that they should look out for feline tuberculosis.
But he also told the Sunday Telegraph that there was no suggestion that cats are the main spreader of TB and said the pets do not pose a major health risk to humans.
Chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens told BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today: ‘[Cats] roam and do explore and could get into fights with feral cats and badgers themselves. themselves
Cats could pick up Mycobacterium bovis from badger setts, rodents that have been in badger setts or with fights with badgers themselves
‘There is a threat to humans. If an animal has an unresolving bite wound or a respiratory problem that won’t go away, they should talk to their vets, and vets need to bear this in mind.
‘Transmission to people is possible and has happened but the number of cases in pets is low and so the possibility of this is low.’
Between 1994 and 2011 there were 570 cases of bovine tuberculosis in humans.
Those with the cattle strain of the illness were mainly over the age of 65 and had drunk infected unpasteurised milk.
Less than 1 per cent of the 8,963 human cases of TB in 2011 were caused by Mycobacterium bovis.
About 5,000 badgers are due to be culled in Somerset and Gloucestershire before the end of the year because authorities say they spread tuberculosis among cattle.
Badgers are blamed for spreading the disease to livestock, devastating herds and costing dairy farmers and the taxpayer millions of pounds a year.
Ministers say that unless everything possible is done to control the disease, the bill to the country will top £1billion over the next decade.
Fears that deadly New virus could go Global
Once again modern transportation is putting the world at risk from a deadly pandemic.
Fears new deadly virus in Middle East could go global as millions prepare to visit the region for annual pilgrimage
Millions of pilgrims are expected to descend upon Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, for this year’s Hajj pilgrimage although health officials are concerned of a deadly new virus spreading
Health officials in Saudi Arabia are preparing for the annual Hajj pilgrimage this autumn, which sees millions of Muslims visit the country each year.
But concerns in the area have been increasing over the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, which is thought to be more dangerous than SARS, after more than 60 cases were reported in the last year by the World Health Organisation.
Officials in Saudi Arabia, where many of the MERS victims have been, are now doing all they can to track down the virus and prevent it from spreading during the pilgrimage, according to Foreign Policy.
There have been 77 laboratory-confirmed infections as of June 26. A total of 62 of these cases have been in Saudi Arabia, where 34 of the victims have died.
Last year approximately 6 million pilgrims travelled through the country as part of the event, which saw millions circle the Kaaba, in Mecca, alone.
The disease, which can spread easily between people, has been compared to SARS, which killed 800 people during an outbreak in 2003. Some experts have noted resemblances between the two as both spread easily between hospitals.
Symptoms are also similar with a fever and cough that develops into pneumonia.
But, doctors note that the fatality rate is higher. Eight per cent of SARS patients died, while 65 per cent of MERS cases are believed to have been fatal.
Doctors have not been able to pinpoint exactly how the illness is spread in every case, as some appeared to catch it when they had not been in contact with an infected person.
Cases have also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Tunisia.
But, most cases have been in Saudi Arabia, which is also set to receive millions of Muslim pilgrims during Ramadan next month.
Experts say that despite the small number of cases, MERS must be watched as it has the potential to cause an outbreak.
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said: ‘We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its potential threat.’
WHO is set to meet in Cairo next month to discuss MERS and its potential threat.
10 Considerations for your Bug Out Location
If worse came to worse and the world was in chaos, where would you go?
Many people already have determined where they would go – a bug out location – a spot where they could lay low and live for a while if things got pretty bad. If you haven’t decided where you’d go during an emergency, or you already have an idea, here are a few points to consider.
1. How far away?
How far away is your bug out location going to be from your home? With some disasters it doesn’t need to be very far away. For example, a flood zone might only take up a few miles and you might be able to walk to your bug out location. Other disasters, like an economic disaster or nuclear one, might require you to get a little further away from your home.
2. What kind of shelter?
Once you get to your bug out location, what kind of shelter are you going to live in? Is there a house on the property? Are you going to be staying in a tent? The type of shelter that you have might affect how long you are able to stay in the location. If you have to go to your bug out location in the dead of winter, you might be moving if your only living in a tent.
Many people even considering purchasing land in a more remote location so they don’t have to worry about living on someone else’s property. This would allow you to build a home and place supplies there.
3. Do you have an emergency bag?
I’ve talked previously about what kind of items you’d want in an emergency bug out bag or 72-hour kit. Depending on what are you’re in, your emergency items might differ. For example, if your bug out location is right next to a river, you might want a water filter instead of large water containers.
Speaking of water, it’s important to know where you will have access to water during an emergency. If man-made water sources aren’t working, you might need to choose a location that has it’s own natural water source. You might want to choose a location close to a lake, river, stream or natural well. Mind you, if man-made water systems are out of service, a lot of people are going to be looking for water in these locations. You’ll also need to consider how susceptible those sources are to contamination.
5. Nearby food
Depending on how long you plan on staying at your bug out location, food might be a major consideration. Are you going to have enough animal or plant life around you that you can just live off the land? Are you going to be packing in all your food? Is the ground suitable for planting?
6. Popular for other people
If you think you’ve found the perfect place for you, there might be others that think the same. While at times, preparing to defend yourself is necessary, you might have a leg up if you know how to barter and maintain a good relationship with other people who are also bugging out in the same location.
7. How are you going to get there?
Like we mentioned above, this really depends on how far away your location is from your home. If it’s close to your home, you might consider walking or riding a bike. If it’s far away, are you going to be driving? This also has an impact on your ability to prepare with food and water. If you are going to be packing in a lot of water and food, how far you have to travel might be a big decision.
8. How many people are you planning for?
Is it just going to be you? Your spouse? Your children? Friends? Extended family? Many times, people will join with a family friend to buy property and build a home on their bug out location. This is probably one of the first things you’ll need to determine because it has a huge effect on your food storage, water storage and other emergency supplies.
How are you going to get in contact with others? Going to bug out location doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t need to communicate. Are you going to be too far away that you don’t get cell phone coverage? Are you going to get radio and/or TV coverage? Staying in contact with people will help you know what is going on and help you stay prepared.
10. Medical Care
Are you going to have the right supplies at your bug out location? While you might have enough food and water, what if you have a large cut and can’t heal yourself? You might consider a bug out location that is close enough to civilization that you can go to a hospital or find the right drugs that you need but is also far enough away that you can escape if you need to.
What do you think? What other considerations did you take into account when you were determining your bug out location?
There’s a lot of confusion about what survival means. To some, it’s getting through the aftermath of an airplane crash in a desolate area. It can mean knowing when to avoid walking in radioactive wastes. Or, it can mean knowing how to barter with troops in the aftermath of riots, war, and looting. To others, survival has to do with avoiding danger and knowing how to deal with it when it breaks into your home in the dead of night.
Survival ideas abound and there are as many definitions and strategies as there are survivalists. Some have good ideas for survival and some have unsound tactics. Bad ideas can mean extra work or trouble in everyday life; bad ideas during a survival situation get you killed. On the job training doesn’t work when you’re dealing with poison and gunfights. Or survival.
One of the most dangerous ideas as far as I’m concerned is that of “backpack survival.”
A “backpack survivalist” is a survivalist that plans on leaving his home ahead of a disaster and taking to the woods with only what he can carry out with him.
He plans to survive through a strategy that is a sort of cross between the Boy Scout in the woods and Robinson Crusoe. The backpack survivalist plans on outrunning danger with a four wheel drive or a motorcycle and hopes to travel light with a survival kit of everything he might need to cope with the unexpected.
He hasn’t cached anything in the area he’s headed for because, chances are, he doesn’t know where he’s headed. Somehow, he hopes to overcome all odds with a minimum of supplies and a maximum of smarts. Certainly it is a noble cause; but it seems like one destined to failure. And that’s not survival.
(Hold on a minute. Backpack fever or bugoutosis does makes sense when you’re facing a localized disaster like a derailed train with overturned poisonous gas tanks.
A potential nuclear meltdown, an impending hurricane or severe flooding, or similar disasters where there is a safe place to run to. During such a time, it makes perfect sense to retreat and come back when things settle down.
Likewise, some people have to work in dangerous areas. For them, donning a backpack and heading for a retreat that they’ve prepared beforehand is a viable survival strategy. These people aren’t backpack survivalists.)
Let me make a confession. Yes, I once was a closet backpack survivalist. I had an ALICE pack and had it packed with all I could carry. As I learned more about how to survive, I realized I needed to carry more. Soon I discovered that, just for my family to survive for a very few days, I’d need a pack mule and/or a hernia operation… Something was very wrong.
Probably most survivalists start out the same way. Things are bad so let’s bug out.
As backpack survivalists, we make elaborate plans centred on the idea of “bugging out” of the area we live in. We hope to travel to an area that is safer than the one we’re in and plan on living off the land or on some survival supplies we’ve hidden in the area.
On the home front, we carefully prepare a stock of supplies that we can quickly cart off in a car or van when things start to look bad.
As more and more plans are made and as ever more survival gear is purchased, the survivalist realizes just how much he needs to cope with in order to survive.
If he is any sort of realist, he soon amasses enough gear to warrant a truck or more likely a moving van just for carrying the survival equipment. (And don’t laugh, there are survivalists who have large trucks for just such use.)
Some brave souls continue to make more elaborate plans and some of these survivalists may be able to pull off their plans. Those who have really thought things out and have spared no expenses may manage to survive with a bugout strategy. But I think there are more logical and less expensive ways to survive a large crisis.
Forget all your preconceived notions for a minute.
Imagine that there is a national emergency and you are an outside observer? What happens if a nuclear attack is eminent, an economic collapse has occurred, or a dictator has taken over and is ready to round up all malcontents (with survivalists at the top of the list)?
Situations change with time. The survivalist movement and backpack fever first started up when fuel guzzler cars were about all that anyone drove.
That meant that a survivalist with some spare fuel could outdistance his unprepared peers and get to a retreat that was far from the maddening crowd, as it were.
With cars getting 30 or even 40 miles per gallon, it isn’t rare for a car to be able to travel half way across the country on less than a tank of gasoline. The exodus from cities or trouble spots will be more limited by traffic jams than lack of fuel even if the petrol stations are completely devoid of their liquid fuel.
Too, there are a lot of people thinking about what to do if the time for fleeing comes. A lot of people will be headed for the same spots. (Don’t laugh that off, either. In my area, every eighth person has confided his secret retreat spot to me.
And about half of them are all headed for the same spot: an old missile silo devoid of water and food. I suspect that the battle at the gates of the old missile base will rival the Little Big Horn.
No matter how out of the way their destination, most survivalists are kidding themselves if they think others won’t be headed for their hideaway spot along with them. There are few places in the UK which aren’t accessible to anyone with a little driving skill and a good map.
There are few places which aren’t in grave danger during a nuclear war or national social unrest.
Though most nuclear war survival books can give you a nice little map showing likely targets, they don’t tell you some essential information. Like what the purpose of the attack will be.
The enemy may not be aiming for military targets that day; a blackmail threat might begin by hitting the heart of the farmland or a number of cities before demanding the surrender of the country being attacked. The target areas on the maps might be quite safe.
And the maps show where the missiles land IF they all enjoy 100 percent accuracy and reliability. Does anyone know of such conditions in war? With Soviet machinery!? Targets may be relatively safe places to be in.
Added to this is the fact that some areas can be heavily contaminated or completely free of contamination depending on the wind directions in the upper atmosphere. Please keep a crystal ball in your survival gear?
But let’s ignore all the facts thus far for a few moments and assume that a backpack survivalist has found an ideal retreat and is planning to go there in the event of a national disaster… What next?
His first concern should be that he’ll have a hard time taking the supplies he needs with him. A nuclear war might mean that it will be impossible to grow food for at least a year and foraging is out as well since animals and plants may be contaminated extensively.
An economic collapse wouldn’t be much better. It might discourage the raising of crops; no money, no sales except for the barter to keep a small farm family going. With large corporations doing much of our farming these days, it is not unreasonable to expect a major famine coming on the heels of an economic collapse.
Growing food would be a good way to attract starving looters from miles around.
Ever try to pack a year’s supply of food for a family into a small van or car? There isn’t much room left over. But the backpack survivalist needs more than just food.
If he lives in a cold climate (or thinks there might be something to the nuclear winter theory) then he’ll need some heavy clothing.
Rifles, medicine, ammunition, tools, and other supplies will also increase what he’ll need to be taking or which he’ll have to hide away at his retreat site.
Shelter? Building a place to live (in any style other than early American caveman) takes time. If he builds a cabin beforehand, he may find it vandalized or occupied when he gets to his retreat; if he doesn’t build it before hand, he may have to live in his vehicle or a primitive shelter of some sort.
Thus, a major problem is to get a large enough vehicle to carry everything he needs as well as to live in.
There is a major problem of timing which the backpack survivalist must contend with. He has to be packed and ready to go with all members of his family at the precise moment he learns of the disaster!
The warning he gets that warrants evacuating an area will have to be acted on quickly if he’s to get out ahead of the major traffic jams that will quickly develop.
A spouse at work or shopping or kids across town at school means he’ll either have to leave them behind or be trapped in the area he’s in. A choice not worth having to make.
Unless he’s got a hot line from No 10, the backpack survivalist will not hear the bad news much ahead of everyone else. If he doesn’t act immediately, he’ll be trapped out on the road and get a first-hand idea of what grid lock is like if he’s in an urban area.
Even out on the open road, far away from a city, a motorway can become hectic following a football game… Imagine what it would be like if everyone were driving for their lives, some cars were running out of fuel (and the occupants trying to stop someone for a ride), and the traffic laws were being totally ignored while the traffic police tried to escape along with everyone else.
Just trying to get off or on major motorways might become impossible.
If things bog down, how long can the backpack survivalist keep those around from helping to unload his truck load of supplies that they’ll be in bad need of?
Telling them they should have prepared ahead of time won’t get many sympathetic words.
Even on lightly travelled roadways, how safe would it be to drive around in a vehicle loaded with supplies?
Our backpack survivalist will need to defend himself.
But let’s suppose that he’s thought all this out. He has a large van, had the supplies loaded in it, managed to round every member of his family up beforehand, somehow got out of his area ahead of the mob, is armed to the teeth, and doesn’t need to take a motorway route.
When he reaches his destination, his troubles are far from over.
The gridlock and traffic jams won’t stop everyone. People will slowly be coming out of heavily populated areas and most of them will have few supplies. They will have weapons (guns are one of the first things people grab in a crisis according to civil defence studies) and the evacuees will be desperate.
How many pitched battles will the survivalist’s family be able to endure? How much work or even sleep can he get when he’s constantly on the lookout to repel those who may be trying to get a share of his supplies?
This assumes that he gets to where he’s going ahead of everyone else. He might not though. If he has to travel for long, he may discover squatters on his land or find that some local person has staked out his retreat area for their own.
There won’t be any law to help out; what happens next? Since (according to military strategists) our backpack survivalist needs about three times as many people to take an area as to defend it, he will need to have some numbers with him and expect to suffer some casualties. Does that sound like a good way to survive?
What about the local people that don’t try to take over his retreat before he gets there? Will they be glad to see another stranger move into the area to tax their limited supplies?
Or will they be setting up roadblocks to turn people like the backpack survivalist away?
But let’s just imagine that somehow he’s discovered a place that doesn’t have a local population and where those fleeing cities aren’t able to get to.
What happens when he gets to his retreat? How good does he need to be at hunting and fishing?
One reason mankind went into farming was that hunting and fishing don’t supply enough food for a very large population nor do they work during times of drought or climatic disruption. What does he do when he runs out of ammunition or game?
What happens if the streams become so contaminated that he can’t safely eat what he catches? Can he stake out a large enough area to guarantee that he won’t deplete it of game so that the next year is not barren of animals?
Farming? Unless he finds some unclaimed farm machinery and a handy storage tank of fuel at his retreat, he’ll hardly get off first base. Even primitive crop production requires a plough and work animals (or a lot of manpower) to pull the blade. No plough, no food for him or domestic animals.
And domestic animals don’t grow on trees. Again, unless he just happens to find some cows waiting for him at his retreat, he’ll be out of luck. (No one has packaged freeze dried cows or chickens at least, not in a form you can reconstitute into living things).
Intensive gardening? Maybe. But even that takes a lot of special tools, seeds, know how, and good weather. Can he carry what he needs and have all the skills that can be developed only through experience?
Even if he did, he might not have any food to eat. Pestilence goes hand in hand with disasters. Our modern age has forgotten this. But during a time when chemical factories aren’t churning out the insecticides and pest poisons we’ve come to rely on, our backpack survivalist should be prepared for waves of insects flooding into any garden he may create.
How good is he at making insecticides? Even if he carries out a large quantity of chemicals to his retreat, how many growing seasons will they last?
Did he transport out a lot of fuel and an electrical generator with him? No? Do you REALLY think he can create an alcohol still from scratch in the middle of nowhere without tools or grain? Then he’d better write off communications, lighting, and all the niceties of the 20th Century after his year’s supply of batteries run out and his vehicle’s supply of fuel conks out.
I’m afraid we’ve only scratched the surface though. Thus far things have been going pretty well. What happens when things get really bad? How good is he at removing his spouse’s appendix without electric lights, pain killers, or antiseptic conditions? Campfire dental work, anyone?
How good is he at making ammunition? Clothing? Shoes?
I think you’ll have to agree that this hardly seems like survival in style. Even if our backpack survivalist is able to live in the most Spartan of conditions and has the know how to create plenty out of the few scraps around him, he’ll never have much of a life ahead of him.
Camping out is fun for a few days. Living in rags like a hunted animal doesn’t sound like an existence to be aimed for.
The bottom line with backpack fever is that, with any major disaster that isn’t extremely localized, running is a panic reaction not a survival strategy. Running scared is seldom a good survival technique and backpack fever during any but a localized disaster (like a flood or chemical spill) looks like it would be a terminal disease with few, rare exceptions.
So what’s the alternative?
Get yourself situated in a small community that could get by without outside help if things became unglued nationally or internationally.
Find a spot that allows you to live in the life style you’ve grown accustomed to (and a community that allows you to carry on your livelihood) but which has the ability to grow its own food and protect its people from the unprepared (or looters) that might drift in from surrounding cities during a crisis.
This spot has the ability to carry on trade within its borders and has a number of people who can supply specialized products or professional skills.
An area with two thousand to five thousand people in it along with a surrounding farm community would be ideal but sizes can vary a lot according to the climate and city. Ideally such a town would have its own power plant with a few small industries along with the usual smattering of doctors, dentists, and other professionals.
This type of community isn’t rare in the UK. It’s quite common in almost every County. You could probably even take a little risk and commute into a city if you must keep your current job.
(In such a case a reverse backpack survival strategy just might work, you’d be bugging out to your home.) In other words a Get-Home-Bag.
Western civilization stepped out of the dark ages when small communities started allowing people to specialize in various jobs. Rather than each being his own artisan, farmer, doctor, carpenter, etc., men started learning to master one job they enjoyed doing. Each man become more efficient at doing a job and through the magic of capitalism western culture finally started upward again.
A small modern community like the one suggested, when faced with a national economic collapse or the aftermath of a nuclear war, would eventually lift itself up the same way. It would give those who lived in it the same chance for specialization of work and the ability to carry on mutual trade, support, and protection.
Such small communities will be the few light spots in a Neo Dark Age.
Which place would you rather be: in a cave, wondering where the food for tomorrow would come from, or with a group of people living in their homes, working together to overcome their problems? Even the most individualistic of survivalists shouldn’t find the choice too hard to make.