This Week’s Show 27th June 2019

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The water-to-Go 15% discount offer, Freezedried and Co Review, The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, The Titan Depot 15% discount offer, Fukushima, The Wilderness121 10% discount offer, Now you can get 10% discount on all products at OFF GRID TOOLS, Rice, is it the Answer?, Big5 sauces 10% discount offer, The Biltongman 10% discount offer, Wilderness Gathering, Prepping 101, BREAK Outdoor Hygiene, Fear and What It Does, Prepping Requires Preparation, Surviving post SHTF.

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Freezedried and Co Review

The choice of meals on the www.freezedriedandco.com website is varied and also includes numerous vegetarian options too.

For breakfast, you have two choices – Muesli, Porridge, Oat flakes and Cereals

The main meals, there are three pages of options from 1 day, 3 day, 5 day, 7 day, 10,day and 14 day packs, packs for deserts and even for the sea fairer and desert marathon runners.

This means they cater for every need.

They have meals with meat, fish, poultry, non-meat meals as well.

In addition to this fantastic choice there is the Survival FoodPack – Self-heating Menu with a 3 – 6 year life.

The Survival FoodPack is a MRE ration which includes two meals, pork chop with potatoes and chicken with whole rice and bacon, along with a self-heating system allowing you to heat up your meal without making a fire or using gas. This pack can last up to 6 years after production.

So who is Freezedried and co?

Ariane Pehrson creates Saveurs et Logistique – Lyophilise.fr in 2010 when it becomes evident for her, as a sailor’s wife, that the short supply on the French market does not allow Offshore Race sailors to stock up on food as they would like in terms of food variety and quality, unless knocking on all providers’ doors and racking their brains over logistical issues. That’s how it all started.

She sets up her store at the core of the Offshore Race Division based in Lorient (Brittany, France) to be as close as possible to the sailors and be able not only to supply them with food products but also to get their feedback on the products, and constantly strive to get better products, or different ones, with a broader variety, so as to always satisfy them the best she can.

It became quite obvious to create a website and share this wonderful range of products, gathered at one place, with anyone who enjoys eating in so varied circumstances (mountain, trek, trip, exploration, work abroad, emergency situations)…

Because of its light weight, compact size and ease of preservation linked to the freeze-drying process, freeze-dried food translate into weight and volume reduction as well as space optimization; this preservation method is so effective that it retains the savor and nutrition of the food without adding any preservatives.

In fact they make and supply freeze dried meals for the French Military and many other brands sold across the UK and the EU.

Perhaps, because they are a French based operation, you expect the food to be different and taste better that the usual run of the mill cardboard offering.

And you know what it does, it really does. I love them, they taste fantastic and they are filling, and for me that is what you need when in the wilderness, or simply fishing for the afternoon.

Plus they are very light and do not require a lot of water to hydrate at all.

And don’t forget the self heating survival meals as they too taste great.

They should be on your food to try list.

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Fukushima

Radiation has been leaking out of the Fukushima power plant every day since the meltdown.

TEPCO, the Japanese electricity company in charge of monitoring the plant, has admitted that radioactive material has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the defunct power plant for the past six years and that the problem is far from over.

Anywhere between 300 to 450 tons of contaminated water have been released into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Daichi site on a daily basis. It is believed that the water contains traces of radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium-89 and 90.

Despite the best efforts of the Japanese government and the scientific community in the country, fish in the region have most certainly been affected by the output of radiation into the ocean from the power plant.

NO, just because it’s not on the nightly news, it has not gone away at all.

Here are some facts and observations as well as links to what is going on on social media.

According to the report of Canadian researchers in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, it took approximately 2.1 years for cesium-134 and cesium-137 from the Fukushima disaster to navigate across the Pacific Ocean and bombard the West Coast.

During that time, a spike in beached marine life began to infest California’s shores. Meanwhile, the mainstream media’s coverage of the disaster fell virtually silent, claiming radiation levels did not pose a threat to public health.

Fukushima “fingerprint” Radioactive isotopes found in Canadian salmon from 2015.

“Colossal Pacific Salmon Run Reduced to Rubble”,
British Columbia Canada:

5 Billion Bq of Strontium-90 flows to the sea every single day.

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Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.

That means most of that water – stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant – will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.

Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years.

It is unclear how much that would delay decommissioning. But any delay could be pricey; the government estimated in 2016 that the total cost of plant dismantling, decontamination of affected areas, and compensation, would amount to 21.5 trillion yen (£148 billion), roughly 20 percent of the country’s annual budget.

Tepco is already running out of space to store treated water. And should another big quake strike, experts say tanks could crack, unleashing tainted liquid and washing highly radioactive debris into the ocean.

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Rice, is it the Answer?

Rice is a grain that can easily be purchased and stored (although not easily grown in many regions). Rice is one of those grains which you can’t just grow in your UK garden.

Why do I store it?
It can store for longer than 10 years(if stored properly), can be cooked in numerous ways, is relatively inexpensive to purchase, and is easy to digest.

Rice is life for thousands of millions of people.

It is deeply embedded in the cultural heritage of their societies. It is the staple food for more than half of the world population.

In Asia alone, more than 2,000 million people obtain 60 to 70 percent of their calories from rice and its products.

Ninety percent of rice is produced in Asia.

It is the most rapidly growing source of food in Africa, and is of significant importance to food security in an increasing number of low-income food-deficit countries.

Rice is a staple item and everyone on a diet or not should store rice.

Rice can be spruced up with just about anything and taste great. It takes between 3 and 6 months for a rice plant to reach maturity, depending on the variety and where it is grown.

So just think of how awesome this little grain really is. Scientists believe there are 140,000 varieties of cultivated rice, but no one knows the exact number. Rice is important to all. Three of the world’s four most populous nations use rice as their staple food – China, India and Indonesia.

Together, these countries have 2,500 million people.

Brown or White?
Brown rice is unpolished whole grain rice that is produced by removing only the outer husk.

It becomes white rice when the bran layer is stripped off in the milling process. Compared with white rice, brown rice is more nutritious because it contains bran, which is a source of fiber, oils, B vitamins, and important minerals.

Brown rice does tend to spoil faster because it has more of its natural oils. Of course, if you vacum pack it, it will last for a really long time.

Brown rice is better for people suffering from diabetes as it takes the body longer to absorb it.

Nutrition:
While rice provides a substantial amount of dietary energy, it has an incomplete amino acid profile and contains limited amounts of essential micro nutrients.

So you must store more than just rice.

Livelihood:
In South Asia, where 530 million people live on less than US $1 a day, calories supplied by rice account for about 60-70 % of total food intake. Rice cultivation is the principal activity and source of income for about 100 million households in Asia and Africa.

Storage:
Brown and white rices store very differently.

Brown rice is only expected to store for 6 months under average conditions. This is because of the essential fatty acids in brown rice.

These oils quickly go rancid as they oxidize. It will store much longer if refrigerated. White rice has the outer shell removed along with those fats.

Because of this, white rice isn’t nearly as good for you, but will store longer. Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life for white rice of 8-10 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F.

It should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures. Stored in the absence of oxygen, brown rice will last longer than if it was stored in air.

Plan on 1 to 2 years. It is very important to store brown rice as cool as possible, as if you can get the temperature down another ten degrees, it will double the storage life again.

So add tinned, curries, stews, meats, chilli, sauces, etc. to your stored foods.

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills.

The previous eleven years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.

The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the camp fire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.

The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.

The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all. 15th – 18th August 2019 (4 days)

There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bowmaking, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing.

All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.

You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.

There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools.

The organizers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.

There are local scout and explorer groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.

The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.

Check out www.wildernessgathering.co.uk or call 0845 8387062 you really won’t regret it.

Prepping 101

You spend a lot of time and money preparing for a man-made or natural disaster. You probably have everything you need to secure your premises for the next great storm, power cut, flood or even terrorist attack.

The question is are you totally prepared?

What would you do if you could not just run to the shop and pick up the everyday items that your family needs?

Could you and your family survive if the shops shelves were empty for a few days, weeks or even months?

Now is the time to begin preparing a stockpile of all the necessities you need in the case of a disaster.

Start planning before it is too late. You need to make sure you have everything your family needs in case of a long term emergency where you will not have access to goods and services.

You never know what lurks around the corner to take away everything you need to survive.

Why Are Stockpiles Important

The main reason you need a stockpile is obvious. You need enough provisions to survive through a catastrophic event.

However, this is not the only reason you need to have a stockpile.

The materials you have saved can help save your life in ways you could never imagine. The main reasons for your stockpile are:

Survival

The most basic reason to have a complete stockpile is survival.

When a catastrophic event occurs, you will not have access to shops, restaurants, fuel or even medical care. For this reason, you need to make sure you have everything you need to survive day by day.

This can be something as simple as having fresh water to drink. It could also mean having the necessary equipment to suture a cut or perform minor surgical procedures.

You will also want materials in your stockpile to provide temporary shelter and heat.

Having these supplies available can mean the difference between living and dying for you and your family.

Bartering

You stockpile will not only be used as a life force for you and your family. It will also be a form of barter between your friends, neighbors and other survivors.

During a catastrophic event, money can be made worthless. You can’t just run down to the corner shop and buy what you need.

You may need to trade with people to get what your family needs to survive. For this reason, when creating your stockpile, load up on all provisions, whether you need them personally or not.

The bottle of whiskey or pack of cigarettes that you will not use can be traded for the food and water you need to make it through another couple of days.

Shelter

You also want to make sure that your stockpile takes care of all your needs. Sure you will need food, water and medical supplies, but you may also need shelter and warmth.

You can never take for granted that you will have a roof over your hear when an emergency happens. You need to include shelters and heating supplies in your stockpile.

Your stockpile should include EVERYTHING you need for you and your family to survive long term.

It Is Never Too Soon

The first rule in starting your stockpile is “It is never soon enough”. You never know when you will need it. You want to have your stockpile ready when you need it.

After a catastrophic event, you do not want to be running around trying to find what you need. Make sure everything is in place before you need it.

You want to make sure you go through the list and get everything that you and your family members will need for a two week period.

It may sound like a long time, but you want to make sure you do not run out. Your family’s life can depend on it.

Start by getting all of the food and water items you will need. Once you have all of those items, you can move on to the first aid essentials and continue through until you have everything.

You may also find items that your family needs that are not on the list. This is a basic list of the items you need for survival. Not everything is on the list. For example, if you or someone in your family is on medication such as insulin or heart medication, make sure you have enough on hands at all time to last a few weeks.

There is no foolproof list for everyone. This list is just the starting point for your family’s needs.

You also need to remember that you do not have to purchase everything on the list at once. Begin buying what you can.

Keep adding to the list until you have everything that you need for a long period of time. You also want to keep checking the items in your list to make sure they have not expired.

If you find an item that is past its expiration date, simply replace it. You need to check your supplies frequently to make sure everything you have on hand can be used when it is needed.

I have found that the best way is to buy what you eat and eat what you buy, simply rotate.

BREAK

Outdoor Hygiene

Prepping, survival and camping in general is all about compromise.

Since carrying every modern convenience isn’t possible, you need to decide what you can live without. Clock radio? Use the sun. Refrigeration? Try a cold stream. Jacuzzi? Not unless it’s geothermal.

Personal hygiene is another compromise that preppers and survivalists make.

No challenge worries the outdoor survivalist novice more than how to stay clean. On the trail, however, “clean” is a relative term.

Instead of wearing fresh underwear every day, you’ll learn to rotate it. A moss-covered ledge makes a great nap spot, and the “three-second rule” applies to any food you drop on the ground.

Since learning to be comfortable with a more relaxed state of hygiene takes time and experience, here are some questions and answers to get you started.

What do you mean, ‘No deodorant?

Deodorant isn’t one of hiking’s 10 essentials. In fact, you should always leave it at home.

Why? Because deodorant does more than banish odours; its sweet smell attracts bugs and other wildlife, including bears. After a few days without deodorant, you’ll get accustomed to your new, “natural” odour.

And this fragrance won’t bother you or your fellow travellers as long as you regularly wash your armpits and groin area with soap and water or hand sanitizer as described below.

When should I wash my hands?

Doctors wash their hands whenever they see a new patient.

We should do the same after going to the bathroom and before cooking or eating meals.

If you don’t, the germs on your fingers will end up in your eyes or mouth. We are quick to blame trail illnesses on contaminated drinking water, but hand-to-mouth infection is a frequent culprit, too.

Because washing with soap and water isn’t always convenient or available, carry a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

This clear gel contains a small concentration of ethyl alcohol that kills germs on contact.

Just add a drop to your palm, rub your hands together vigorously, and wait 20 to 30 seconds for the alcohol to evaporate.

How do I clean the rest of my body?

Alcohol-based sanitizer will clean hands—but it won’t disinfect your entire body (and if you tried to, it would sting like hell).

To get clean after a sweaty day on the trail, you have three alternatives. First, jump in a lake. Not only is a cool swim extremely refreshing, it also rids your body of sweat and dirt.

Second option: Take a trail shower by stripping down and washing yourself with biodegradable soap, a sponge or wash cloth, and several lighters of water. Shower at least 200 feet from any lakes, streams, or ravines, and pay special attention to your face, underarms, groin, lower legs, and feet.

Third, if it’s too cold or impractical to take a trail shower, try a sponge bath. Strip off your soiled clothing and squirt some alcohol-gel sanitizer on a clean bandanna or cotton balls. Rub the gel on your skin, focusing on trouble areas like the groin, armpits, between your toes, and inner thighs. Wet wipes also work well. Whichever method you choose, dry yourself off with a lightweight, quick-drying microfibre towel.

What should be inside my toiletry kit?

Car campers can pack all the toiletries they would bring on a normal vacation, but backpackers should carry only the basics.

In addition to leaving the deodorant at home, you should ditch shampoo (environmentally unfriendly), razors (not practical), mirrors (too fragile), and of course, the hair dryer (unless you brought a five-mile extension cord). Here’s what you should pack:

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Dental floss

Alcohol gel-based hand sanitizer

Cotton bandanna or wash cloth

Wet wipes or baby wipes

Biodegradable soap

Absorbent pack towel

Toilet paper in its own plastic bag.

Fear and What It Does

What can freeze a human being on the spot, erase the memory of every plan, cause a heart attack, and possibly dirty your pants as well? Fear. You’ll notice it’s a four-letter word and should be treated as such.

It is insidious, diabolical and sneaky and can really turn rock-solid men or women into melting crying wimps.

Fear is usually the result of some sort of sensory overload – something you see, hear, feel, even imagine- that sets off a string of involuntary responses in your body.

You can learn to identify it and manage it, but you cannot control it unless you eliminate the source of the fear and thus the fear altogether.

There are different levels of fear as well, from low-level anxiety to all-out panic attacks.

Your body has different levels of involuntary responses to each.

It can be very helpful to know what your body is doing while you’re going through such episodes, so that you can plan to be prepared during anything.

For the purposes of this article – keeping yourself alive in a survival situation- we’re going to focus on a genuine, heart-stopping event of fear – like a terrorist attack or a wild animal attack.

Events that you hope to never encounter, but when you do, you “will” be afraid.

It is important to realize that all human beings are susceptible to fear and it’s okay. God designed our bodies with responses to keep us alive.

But these same responses, if we’re not aware of them and educated, can create a survival dilemma. So, let’s look at what happens in our bodies when the terrorist attacks and think through what we can do to best maximize our survival potential considering these phenomena. What goes on when the panic button goes off?

The terrorist attacks (and I want to say, THIS is my own personal nightmare scenario) having lived through the “troubles” in N.I. I have seen many bombs explode, seen and heard gun fights and lived through uncertainty for many years.

The first bombs where frightening and we where scared, but as time went on we became used to them and in fact got annoyed when TV programs where interrupted with requests for shop owners to return to their premises.

You see the fear was in the uncertainty not the explosion itself.

Right away you will have a racing heart rate, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) goes hog-wild by immediately releasing tons of stress hormones- called adrenaline – into the circulatory system.

This is a reflex. You can’t control it.

The chemical cocktail is the basis for the body’s fight-or-flight- mechanism and is characterized by several factors including an increased heart rate (from 70 beats per minute to more than 200 in less than one second), increased cardiac output, higher blood pressure, and increased blood sugar.

Blood is diverted from organs to the larger muscle groups, resulting in increased strength capabilities and enhanced gross motor skills while the breathing rate accelerates, thereby transporting greater amounts of oxygen to the newly recruited muscle fibers. At the same time, sweating increases to cool the muscles.

Minor blood vessels in the arms and legs constrict to reduce bleeding from potential injuries, digestion ceases, and muscle tremors take over.

The pupils dilate, reducing depth perception, while axillary muscle performance takes a nosedive, creating blurred vision. And, as if this isn’t enough, the field of sight narrows, producing tunnel vision.

To a greater or lesser extent, time appears to pass more slowly, called the tache-psyche effect, allowing for increased reaction time to perceived emergency.

So, if you wind up outdoors faced with your real fear, you better have thought out a plan of action beforehand, wouldn’t you say?

You can’t see well, your judgement is impaired, your circulatory system could be messing with your core body temperature, putting you at risk, and you have no fine or complex motor skills.

One thing he adds later, is that you also lose parasympathetic nerve system control – read: bowel control. Down in those war trenches it got nasty…

Think through all your gear in your pack. What kind of fire starter/s do you have packed? Things that need fine motor skills to get a fire going? How about your shelter?

Complicated or simple? Always consider the worst-case scenario and using these facts about your body in crisis, plan for survival!

Prepping Requires Preparation

Perhaps you are asking, “what is prepping,” or are just perhaps beginning your prepping journey.

Either way, let me introduce it to you now to, self-insure you and your family against life.

Prepping is better than insurance.

With normal insurance, you pay and pay. You must pay, even if you never use it. That’s just how insurance works.

With prepping, you self-insure against things you believe will happen. The things you prepare for could be as minor as a burst water main or as major as an N.B.C. event.

Some preppers are even preparing for the end of the world – prepping offers something for everybody.

The best part is, many of the preparations (preps for short) you put into place will add value to your life – even if the reason you put those preparations into place never happens.

Try saying that about insurance!

Prepping is Learning About Threats to Your Family’s Safety

Before you can prepare for something in a quality way, you need to understand it. The best way to do that is to study the thing you are preparing for.

It’s really that simple, OK?

There are some basic preparations that everyone will want to put in place, but there are even more that only some people will adopt. Preparing for the end of the world falls into that last category.

Few people have unlimited resources, so learn which events are likely to happen to you and your family.

I suggest that you start with your home and slowly broaden your scope. How broad of a focus you expand to is up to you, but you should eventually expand your focus to include – at least – your county or region.

Home

Neighborhood

City or Town

County

Region

Country?

If you ever consider preparing for a pandemic, you may even expand your focus to the world at large.

That way, you have advanced notice for when to start staying home and avoiding people.

Make sure you consider time when you’re preparing too.

Otherwise, you may just be really prepared for one thing for a long time.

As a rule of thumb, start at a 3-day minimum and increase the time you’re prepared for to a week.

Then, just keep adding time – one week at a time.

If you win the lotto – or are just well off – you might add a month at a time or more.

The important thing here is that you’re prepared for the scope you have chosen to focus on and can survive for the time that you have chosen to prepare for. Balance it out.

Prepping is Planning and Prioritizing to Minimize Risks

Once you’ve identified the things you feel you should prepare for, it’s important to put together a plan.

Unless you’re far more gifted than most people, your plan will become involved enough that you need to write it down.

Write down your plan.

This will help you remember the events you wanted to prepare for and the order you decided to prepare for each event. In other words, writing down your plan will help you take the quickest, least expensive path from where you are to where you want to be.

You should also factor time into your plan.

enough basic preparations in place to last you and your family a week is better than making sure you can survive anything for a day. Start simple and slowly build to increase the time and events you are prepared for.

Gas masks are sexier than adding to your water and food storage, but having stored water and food will be useful more frequently than the gas mask.

Don’t design your plan for sexy. Design your plan for practical everyday needs – factoring in the events you know are going to happen.

Prepping Requires Actual Preparation

You can study and plan to the end of time, but until you start putting your plan into place you are not prepared.

It can be fun to surf YouTube and watch all the nifty little hacks that people have come up with to turn empty soda cans into a solar heater, but doing this will not heat your home.

It can be fun to imagine how you might follow these videos to do the same – to imagine how cool it would be to do the same. You can feel somewhat fulfilled by seeing the results they achieved, but that’s a false feeling.

How do you know you can do the same thing unless you try? How do you know you can do something unless you first practice that skill?

Maybe there was a critical step not included in the video and you only think you have a full set of instructions.

Until you practice that new skill or test the preparations you have bought or created, you have no idea if you are prepared.

Surviving post SHTF

So, you will not have to scavenge post SHTF because you already have everything you need, you have prepped, you are OK, Well maybe, maybe not.

Even if you’ve been prepping for years, it’s still possible you forgot a few things. But even if you didn’t, you could still end up in a situation where you need something you never thought you’d need.

What if one of your group becomes pregnant or a parent with a small child joins your group? You may have to go looking for baby food, nappies etc.

What if your prescription medications are lost or destroyed? You may have to go looking for replacement meds. What if vital equipment is damaged? What if you need parts for your shelter or vehicle?

These are just a few possibilities off the top of my head. There are dozens more situations you won’t think of until you’re in them.

The point is, you may have no other choice but to scavenge for supplies after the SHTF. If someone’s life is on the line, you’ll have no choice.

Send a Scout

If you know the area you want to search, it’s a good idea to send a scout with binoculars, a radio, and a gun.

Scouts should watch the area for a few hours to make sure no one is living there and that there is no one lying in wait.

You might think I am going over the top here, but some people become very dangerous when there are no police to keep them in check. The last thing you want is to get robbed or possibly killed while scavenging for supplies.

The radio is so your scout can stay in touch. If the area is compromised or not worth the trouble,
the group’s leader can instruct the scout to return or to check another area.

This is another good reason why you should have a CB radio as part of your preps.

If you lose contact with your scout, you’ll know something is wrong and can send reinforcements.

But the reinforcements need to be careful not to wander into a trap. The purpose of the scout’s gun should be obvious.

When surveying the area, the scout needs to note any obstacles that might make the area more
trouble than it’s worth.

Examples include barbed wire fences, high walls, ditches, streams, and so forth. All these things might make it too difficult or dangerous to lug back supplies.

check for vehicle access as this would speed the operation up.

The scout should also note whether any buildings in question have been damaged by things such as
bombs and or looters etc. You don’t want the stairs you’re climbing to collapse or a ceiling to fall on your head while you’re digging through rubble.

You and your group will have to weigh the costs versus the benefits and the risks versus then rewards before searching an area.

Make a Plan

Once you’ve decided where to go and what to look for, you’ll have to decide who to send. Never send
someone alone. He or she could twist an ankle or something and need help returning to camp.

Also, there could be heavy obstacles or supplies that require at least two people to move. And remember, one person is far more likely to be robbed or killed than a group of people.

Of course, you should send several people, but that depends on how many you can spare. You don’t want to leave children alone at your camp.

Everyone who goes should bring a sturdy backpack along with several empty bags (cloth, mesh, or
even rubbish bags for light stuff), work gloves, a multitool, a good knife, a flashlight, a gun, a face mask, and goggles.

Those last two are in case the location’s air is full of dust, smoke, or toxic chemicals. At least one person in the group should also have a crowbar.

And if you need fuel, don’t forget to bring a siphon and a fuel container

If you have several areas to search, you’ll have to decide the order in which to search them.

It’s better to start farther out and work your way back toward camp so you don’t waste energy carrying
supplies farther than necessary.

But if you know the heaviest items are going to be in a place, you might want to go there last.

If scavenging your area is going to take several days or weeks, you should get a map and mark the
locations you search so you don’t accidentally visit the same place twice.

Where to Look

You should look everywhere! Here are some possible places to search and what you
may find within them.

Car repair garages– You have a better chance of finding the part you need here than in a department store. It’s true now, and it will be true after the SHTF, too.

Cars – You’ll want to check the glove box, under the seats, and in the boot for snacks, tools, and other useful items.

Parts of the car itself might prove useful, too. The mirrors could be used for signalling, the wiring for cordage, the upholstery for bedding and insulation, the battery for power (if someone in your group is mechanically inclined), and of course the engine parts if you need them for your own vehicle.

Food warehouses – Most people will aim for the shops first, so it will be a little longer before the warehouses are picked clean. Even then, there may be a few things that were overlooked. Also check the lorry trailers.

You may find non-perishable foods and other supplies.
Industrial rubbish bins – It won’t be fun, but you might find some hidden treasures in them.

Fire stations
– You may find food, supplies, and clothing. Plus, the fire engine has a tanwith hundreds of gallons of water. It will need to be filtered, though.

Petrol Stations – These will probably be picked clean, but you never know.

Shops – These will probably be picked clean, too, but you may find food in less obvious places such as under shelves and behind displays. Also check the bathrooms, the offices, the stock room, and the loading bay.

Hospitals –
Obviously these should have lots of clothes and medical supplies.

Houses –
Check everywhere–rooms, garage, basement, attic, back garden, sheds, the garden if there is one, etc.

The water heater has up to 70 gallons of drinking water. Better yet, look for houses with swimming
pools. Also keep an eye out for metal mailboxes which can be converted into woodstoves.

Manufacturing Facilities – They may have fuel, batteries, tools, and first aid supplies.

Marinas –
Check abandoned boats. They usually have supplies like emergency rations, communication equipment, fishing equipment, ropes, fuel and possibly guns.

Office Buildings – Check break rooms for vending machines and check desks for snacks and small tools. There should be fire extinguishers in most rooms and cleaning supplies in the care takers room.

Pawn Shops If you’re lucky you’ll find weapons, ammo, and other miscellaneous gear.

Pet Stores If your pets are still okay, a pet store might make it possible for you to keep feeding them without giving up any of your own food. You could also eat it yourself, but I wouldn’t recommend that unless you’re desperate.

Restaurants –
These will probably be empty, but check anyway. There may be a few tins or bags of food that were overlooked. Anything that was in the freezer will have gone bad, though. But there may still be pots, pans etc.

Retail Stores
– Consider grabbing some non-electric entertainment such as books, cards, board games, sports equipment, clothing etc.

Schools –
There’s a lot to be found in schools–tools, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, cleaning supplies, and possibly food in the cafeteria.

Self-storage Facilities – If you have time to pry open all of them, it might be worth it. You probably won’t find any food or perishable items, but there’s a chance you’ll find some clothes or useful gear and equipment.

Hopefully you’ll never have to go digging through any of these places, but you should prepare for the possibility. Good luck.

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