This weeks Show 27th May 2017

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The Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, What to do WHEN the Terror Attack Comes, Run, Hide, Tell, The Wilderness Gathering, EDC Pocket Knives, Survival Communication, The Bushcraft Show.

It’s a very sad time here in the UK.

Of course my thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who have been murdered and injured in the Manchester massacre.

There is complete outrage amongst the people as again our security services have let us down and failed us once more.

The UK government is really to blame as no matter which political party is in power they will not close our borders.

They will not round suspects up.

For those of you outside the UK here is one of the reasons why we are not safe. Known terrorists and terrorist supporters are able to simply walk our streets, claim benefits, free housing and medical care.

It’s time to take this evil threat and squash it and those who intend us harm, why should they have the freedom to plan these attacks, in N.I. We had internment I say bring it back now.

Stop jihad’s returning from fighting entering the UK simple.

OK we must go on, but we must now act with planning and keep our eyes open. We can not let these people win and we will not.

I’m sad to say that there will be more attacks each one will be different as how can you plan for that. They may include Biological and Chemical attacks.

We must remain vigilant and report all suspicious activity.

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What to do WHEN the Terror Attack Comes.

National Counter Terrorism Security Office issues advice on terror attacks

Public urged to ‘escape if you can’ or hide out of gunman’s sight

Warning armed police ‘may be unable to distinguish you from attacker’

Businesses are told to prepare to put sites into a security lockdown

Security chiefs issued new guidance on how to prepare for a Paris-style attack in Britain, with buildings put into lockdown and people told to run, hide and call the police.

Businesses are told to prepare for a ‘fast moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack’, with plans in place to evacuate staff and stopping armed terrorists entering a site.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office also released advice on how to behave in an attack, telling people to ‘escape if you can’ and if not barricade themselves in with their phones on silent.

In an alarming move, jihadists are also said to be recruiting foreign experts to help them develop nerve gas.

Security chiefs fear a repeat of the sarin attack on the Tokyo subway which killed 12 people in 1995.

They are also worried that the extremists are plotting to poison our water supplies.

The terror group is already suspected of using mustard gas and chlorine against Kurdish fighters in Iraq.

Now it has set up a branch dedicated to acquiring weapons of mass destruction to use on the streets of Western cities.

The threat was revealed yesterday by France’s prime minister Manuel Valls.

He told French MPs: “We must not rule anything out. We know there could be a risk of chemical or biological weapons.”

Gas attacks have been around since the 5th century BC, when they were used as chemical warfare.

Today, the release of toxic gas might also be the product of a terrorist attack or industrial accident.

While you should hope that you never have to experience this, knowing how to recognize and respond to such a threat could save your life.

So as the GOV has no plans to close our border then, or round up known or suspected religious fanatics then.

The simple fact is it is up to you and me to ensure our and our families safety in these uncertain times.

My advice is very similar to the Gov. advice which for once is very good.

If you hear loud bangs or explosions and you are in the open, then take cover, put your mobile on silent, remember to keep away from glass windows or doors. Do not simply lie down as people who did that in Paris were shot.

Once hidden then stay there until you are told it is safe to leave.

If you are shopping in a group, family/friends then select an RV point were you will all meet up if separated should an attack occur.

If you see someone/something suspicious phone 999 and report what you have seen. Please try to remember vehicle Reg., make, colour, number of occupants and their description, their location, and the direction in which they left.

If you are in an enclosed space, for example a cinema, club, pub, restaurant or sporting event, then upon entering look for the exits and make a mental plan as to which one you will head for and stick to that.

If the attack is a chemical one then you will see gas being used and there are a few points to be aware of.

Firstly gas really only works effectively in enclosed spaces and if outside only goes where the wind blows.

If it is chlorine gas it will be green/yellow in colour and as it is heavier than air it will stay close to the ground.

Use any material to cover your mouth and nose if you do not have a mask and for best results urinate on the material then breath through it as urine cancels out the chlorine gas.

What I mean is the reaction of urea and chlorine gas produces dichlorourea, which will crystallize onto the damp material, effectively neutralizing the effects of the chlorine.

What ever action you take leave the area asap and try to leave up wind if possible.

Immediate signs and symptoms of sulphur mustard exposure

Exposure to sulphur mustard usually is not fatal. When sulphur mustard was used during World War I, it killed fewer than 5% of the people who were exposed and got medical care.

People may not know right away that they have been exposed, because sulphur mustard may not have a smell or have a smell that might not cause alarm.

Typically, signs and symptoms do not occur immediately. Depending on the severity of the exposure, symptoms may not occur for up to 24 hours. Some people are more sensitive to sulphur mustard than are other people, and may have signs and symptoms sooner.

Sulfur mustard can have the following effects on specific parts of the body:

Skin: redness and itching of the skin may occur 2 to 48 hours after exposure and may eventually change to yellow blistering of the skin.

Eyes: irritation, pain, swelling, and tearing may occur within 3 to 12 hours of a mild to moderate exposure. A severe exposure may cause signs and symptoms within 1 to 2 hours and may include the symptoms of a mild or moderate exposure plus light sensitivity, severe pain, or blindness lasting up to 10 days.

Respiratory tract: runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, bloody nose, sinus pain, shortness of breath, and cough within 12 to 24 hours of a mild exposure and within 2 to 4 hours of a severe exposure.

Digestive tract: abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Bone marrow: decreased formation of blood cells (aplastic anaemia) or decreased red or white blood cells and platelets (pancytopenia) leading to weakness, bleeding and infections.

Mustard Gas Conclusion

Be aware of a usually colourless gas that smells like mustard, garlic, or onions–but note it doesn’t always have an odor. If you are exposed to mustard gas, you may notice the following symptoms but they may not appear until 2 to 24 hours after exposure:

Redness and itching of skin, eventually changes to yellow blistering

Irritation of eyes; if exposure is severe, there may be light sensitivity, severe pain, or temporary blindness

Irritation of respiratory tract (runny nose, sneezing, hoarseness, bloody nose, sinus pain, shortness of breath, and cough)

However showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to sulfur mustard.

Chlorine Gas Conclusion

Be aware of any yellow-green gas floating around with the strong smell of bleach. Some soldiers in WWI described it as pepper and pineapple. If you are exposed to chlorine gas, you may have trouble breathing or seeing and will feel a burning sensation.

Move quickly into an area with clean air in order to minimize exposure to the gas.

If indoors, exit the building as quickly as possible.

If outdoors, move to the highest ground. Since chlorine gas is more dense than air, it will sink to the ground.

Grab a cotton pad or any fabric and soak it in urine. Hold it up to your nose as a mask. The Canadian military survived the first large-scale chlorine gas attack in WWI by using urine instead of water, under the presumption that the urine crystallizes the gas

Remove all clothing that may have been exposed to the gas, being sure not to let the clothes touch your face or head. Cut the clothes off so that they don’t need to make additional contact with your skin as they’re peeled off. Seal the clothes in plastic bags.

Clean your body thoroughly with a lot of soap and water. Rinse your eyes with water if your vision is blurred or your eyes burn; if you wear contact lenses, throw them away. However, water mixed with Chlorine gas can turn into Hydrochloric acid, so be careful.

I hope this article has helped you understand the possible threat that we now face, and given you some idea of what is best to do.

Run, Hide, Tell’

You should escape if you can, taking the safest route but only if you can do so without endangering yourself.

If you can’t run, it’s safest to hide.

You should find cover from gunfire, remembering that if you can see the attacker, the attacker can see you.

I have to say that being out of sight doesn’t mean a person is safe – as bullets can go through wood, glass, metal and brick.

You must turn your phone to silent.

Finally, when safe to do so, you should inform the police by calling 999.

So this is what I recommend you should do

Escape if you can.

Consider the safest options.

Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE.

Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?

Insist others leave with you.

Leave belongings behind.

If you can’t RUN, HIDE.

Find cover from gunfire.

If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you.

Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal.

Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls.

Be aware of your exits.

Try not to get trapped.

Be quiet, silence your phone.

Lock / barricade yourself in.

Move away from the door.

Call 999 – What do the police need to know?

Location – Where are the suspects?

Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?

Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.

Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.

Types of weapons, handguns long guns, explosives.

Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so.

What are your plans if there were an incident?

What are the local plans? e.g. personal emergency evacuation plan.

Do whatever it takes to make your family comfortable, but reinforce the point that the risk to any individual is very low.

In statistical terms, traffic accidents are far more common than acts of terror, and few of us are scared about the prospect of being knocked down crossing the road.

Discuss terrorist activity with your family. If they have any fears, such as fear of flying outside the country, it’s best to discuss them in the open and understand how they might play out.

Review possible action plans with your family, including where everyone may be at any given time and how to get all family members together again.

Focus on actions each family member can take to reduce feelings of helplessness and fear.

Check the internet for biohazard equipment and decide if buying it makes sense for you.

I as a Prepper have a bag called an Every Day Carry (EDC) bag and I have an N95 face mask in it.

Just be sure you’re not scaring your family; there’s a fine line between being reassuringly prepared and creating panic and drama.

Research gas masks and protective suits. Please make sure the masks have proper filters and spares.

An obvious problem to resolve is how to make this equipment available at all times. Unless you plan to carry it everywhere, there will be times when it’s out of reach.

Stock up on emergency food, equipment and essential supplies.

Understand that terrorism is about creating terror. Fear is the real enemy.

The Wilderness Gathering

If you’ve never been to the Gathering before and you love nature and the outdoors, then this is 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

Live Music

Not only is the Gathering the place you to come to – to learn new skills, brush up on your old ones and meet some of the best bushcraft experts in the country but it has also become, over the past fifteen years, the place you come to – to gather and socialise round the campfire with friends, old and new.

Childrens Bushcraft

The Coyote Clubs were introduced in 2005 and host a comprehensive range of events and activities specifically tailored for children from 5 to 15 year old.

The Masterclass

The Masterclasses were introduced in 2005 and are your opportunity to study your favourite Bushcraft subject in depth with a leading Bushcraft instructors.

Where is it?

Located on a South Wiltshire farm with lakes and 30 acres of old oak woodlands. You get access to woodlands and fields to erect whatever shelter you want.

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.htm.

EDC Pocket Knives

Now before I start repeat after me “an everyday carry pocket knife is a tool, not a weapon.”

In fact, a knife (or cutting blade) is the first ever tool made by humans, evidenced by stone versions that are over 2.5 million years old.

We had a need back then. and we still do today. However, things have changed a bit since that time. Today’s society immediately connects the idea of a knife with a threatening weapon rather than a tool.

I have carried a pocket knife for over 50 years and never once thought of using it as an offensive weapon, it was, is and will always be a tool.

To me an EDC pocket knife should be used like a key, a pen, or a mobile phone.

Well, not literally. You’re not going to make a long-distance call on your Swiss Army Knife are you?

The purpose of my EDC knife is to effectively perform everyday tasks in which a sharp blade is necessary; opening packages or envelopes, cutting strings or tags, and other small chores.

There are endless possibilities and they will become apparent once you have convenient access to one. If your job or lifestyle requires you to need a sharp blade more than 10 times a day, you should upgrade to a work knife or multitool, not an EDC pocket knife.

For an UK Legal EDC pocket knife, you are only allowed up to a 3″ cutting edge and non-locking blade. Sometimes a bit shorter. Any longer and you’re in a different category of knife, and breaking UK knife law, any shorter and the knife is more or less useless.

Let’s focus on small jobs and tasks – not sawing down a tree.

Yes, carrying your EDC knife in a pouch on your belt is legal but it can also be kept in a pocket but still readily available.

You don’t need to wear it around your neck, advertising it to everyone. If you need a belt pouch for your work knife and job, more power to you.

However in an “office type scenario” belt-holstered pouches don’t mix.

So you could consider pocket clips as well as in-pocket carry options. Depending on the size/colour/finish of the pocket clip, your knife carry still may be pretty visible, but not necessarily sticking out like a sore thumb.

Some are more discreet than others, while others leave a considerable amount of the knife visible. With a pocket clip, you can quickly and easily access the knife to perform a small task.

In-pocket carry is great for stealthily carrying in a public setting, except you may have to dig around in your pockets for it.

The best way to resolve that issue is to carry less in your pockets. Switching between the two carry methods is a great balance, depending on the setting. Find what works best for you.

The majority of the knife world is pretty much in general consensus that a non-serrated blade is best for everyday carry.

Some may disagree, as their everyday tasks may include cutting rope and such. As I said before, if you’re using a knife in these situations you should upgrade to a work knife with a serrated edge, not an EDC pocket knife.

A simple sharp blade should be all you need for an EDC pocket knife, allowing you to make clean precise cuts.

You’re not Crocodile Dundee, folding knives are much more compact and easier to carry on your person.

It is the Criminal Justice Act 1988 that most significantly affects the carrying of knives in the UK.

Simply put it is an offence under section 139 of the Act to carry an article with a blade or sharp point in a public place.

A folding pocket knife is not included, so long as the cutting edge is under three inches.

In practical terms it is best to take ‘cutting edge’ as meaning the whole blade, sharp or not.

Now that is all well and good. BUT, I am not happy with a folding knife that does not lock.

I think they are very dangerous and can easily close on the fingers of the user causing nasty injuries and the very least.

In my opinion we should be legally allowed to carry a lock-knife as I saw the law is there to punish the bad guys, not to criminalise the rest of us.

My fist, my car, in fact anything I use to cause injury to another will be classed as a weapon, and someone stabbed by a pocket knife does not say that’s ok mate its a non-lock knife as the result is of course the same.

Survival Communication

I see a lot of discussion on survival forums and blogs about the options available for radio communication among small groups in a post-SHTF situation.

There are many types of radios that can meet some or most of the communication requirements, including FRS (Family Radio Service), GRMS (General Mobile Radio Service), in the states and CB (Citizen’s Band) and VHF (Very High Frequency) marine-band radios elsewhere.

Those who live in coastal areas or along major navigable inland waterways who are planning to bug out by boat will already be familiar with VHF radios, as they are standard equipment for most vessels, whether hand-held or fixed-mount units.

While it is illegal to use channels in the marine VHF band for communication on land in normal times, in any scenario forcing you to bug-out in the first place, this will not likely be something to worry about.

The advantage of marine VHF radios over most of the alternatives is that this band offers a large range of channels and hand-held units have two power levels for the transmitter, usually 1 watt for low power and 5 or 6 watts for high power.  This gives good range, especially on the water or in open country.

Another advantage of hand-held VHF units is that they are now more rugged than ever, and several models are available that are not only waterproof, but submersible as well.

However when the grid goes down there will be a great many people who will make a big mistake one day by assuming the ever present cell phone will remain in use as a viable communications tool.

Now think about the circumstances that will cause you to grab your bug out bag. Now contemplate whether or not it is just possible that the mobile networks might be under the control of the very people you are inclined to protect yourself and your family from.

So what you need is a communications PLAN just like you have the food, firearms, bug out bag, escape plan in effect.

You need to think about and plan for the eventual disruption of the Internet and the mobile phone network. People who are putting survival communications plans into effect now are going to be very pleased with the results one day.

I think it goes without saying that both CB radio and amateur radio are going to be two of the biggest players when people begin learning about radio communications.

Some keywords to begin your own search on include, frequencies, antennas, license, radios, power, ham, and of course CB (there are others as well but these are the most popular).

Just like you prepared as a survivalist or as a prepper the simplest alternative to mobile phones and the Internet, is radio communications. It stands to reason that 2-way and shortwave radio cannot be controlled by whatever government agency has caused folks to bug out.

Sure they have the FCC in the states and OFCOM here in the UK but no one will be listening to these bodies WTSHTF. So start working a communications plan that will allow you to replace that mobile phone with communications gear that YOU understand.

CB or HAM?

That’s a discussion that will never be settled as there are proponents on both sides of that argument that can make some pretty good points about how their preferred communications systems is the better of the two.

Let me give you a little bit of an explanation without going overboard with radio jargon and stories about how far away a radio signal can travel.

Enter the CB Radio

Three things make CB radio attractive to preppers and survivalists, and they are:

  • PRICE

  • AVAILABILITY

  • LEGAL ISSUES

Starting with the first item price, leads us to discover that you can find CB radios available for as little as $5 in working condition at local flea markets, swap areas, and even garage sales in the states and around £10 to £20 here in the UK.

There are higher priced, base and mobile, units but a survivalist will general trend towards the least expensive gear. One of the main issues with CB operation it that of its low power output.

Granted there are modifications and amplifiers available but these are generally beyond what your average survival focused operator is looking for.

As for the availability of CB, we have already mentioned flea markets and garage sales. And then you have Craigslist(tm), eBay(tm), and a host of other online sources for CB equipment.

The only real legal issue concerning CB radio is that you are no longer required to have a license to operate either a base station or a mobile operation. There are other legal issues such as being on frequencies a CB is not authorized to operate on and the use of excessive power output. But these issues pertain more to the operator of the CB station than the CB equipment itself.

Ham Radio

Let’s talk a little bit about ham radio. Ham radio has many frequencies available to those who hold an amateur radio license (ham radio license). The more popular HF (high frequency) bands have characteristics that allow people to communicate with someone in the next county or another ham in another part of the world.

The highly popular 2 meter ham band includes all frequencies between 144 megahertz up to and including the 148 megahertz frequencies.

Not wanting to go too deep into any form of radio technology I would encourage you to learn the phonetic alphabet.

Simply write it down as I did then read car number plates as you drive around or street sign etc. and practice it, this way you will soon master it.

When it comes to PMR communications I recommend the GXT1000VP4 2-Way Midland Radios from http://www.buytwowayradios.com you will not be disappointed.

And referring to Marine Radio, well I am already licensed to operate anywhere in the world while at sea, the license cost me £75 but it may have gone since I got my license..

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