This Week’s Show 28th June 2018

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SHOW NOTES

Starting with the Wilderness Gathering, then The Water-to-Go 15% discount offer, the Blizzard Survival 20% discount offer, Home Secretary, You Bloody Idiot, The Tail is Wagging the Dog, 3-3-3 Radio Plan for SHTF Communication, Never Believe the MSM, BREAK Another Country Prepares, The Infinite Air Review, The Infinite Orbit Review, The Tex-Flex 3 Review, A survival Tip Sheet, Prepping For The What Ifs and The Oh No’s!, Bugging Out-The Basics.

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 – The Wilderness Gathering is a unique Bushcraft event, it 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.

Children’s 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.

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Home Secretary, You Bloody Idiot

The Home Secretary has introduced new legislation to ban the delivery of knives and corrosives bought online to residential addresses.

The Offensive Weapons Bill will make it harder for young people to buy knives and acid online with sellers requiring rigorous age verification to prove those purchasing knives or corrosives are over 18.

Failure to do so will leave them liable for prosecution.

The Bill will also ban possession of weapons such as zombie knives, knuckle dusters and death stars both in public and private. Those who do will be forced to hand them in.

As part of the new legislation the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has been clear in his support to police officers, with measures in the Bill ensuring that the police have the powers to seize illegal weapons whenever they are found.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said:

It is totally wrong that young people are able to get their hands on dangerous weapons such as knives and harmful acids.

That is why we are making the laws around this even tighter.

Earlier this week I saw the great work our front line officers do to keep our communities safe – and I am determined to do everything I can to help them keep weapons off our streets.

The Bill forms part of the government’s response to the recent rise in serious violence, set out in the £40 million Serious Violence Strategy, which places a new focus on early intervention alongside robust law enforcement.

As such, existing offences of possessing a bladed article or offensive weapon on school premises has been extended to cover further education premises in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What a stupid idea this is as those committing knife crime are adults and on our streets.

The full measures of the Offensive Weapons Bill are:

  • the Bill creates a new criminal offence of selling – both online and offline – a corrosive product to a person under the age of 18. The substances and concentration levels of what constitutes a corrosive product are set out in the Bill

  • It creates a new criminal offence of possessing a corrosive substance in a public place. There is a defence of possessing the corrosive substance for good reason. There is a minimum custodial sentence in England and Wales where a person is convicted for a relevant offence a second time

  • Where a corrosive product or bladed product is sold online, the defence of having taken reasonable precautions can only be relied on where the seller meets certain conditions in terms of age verification and packaging and delivery of the items

  • It creates new criminal offences prohibiting the dispatch of bladed products and corrosive products sold online to a residential address. The offence for bladed products is limited to those that can cause serious injury and includes defences for made to order items and those for sporting and re-enactment purposes

  • Again bloody stupid, all bladed items can cause serious injury, so what does this mean?

  • It creates new criminal offences on delivery companies of delivering a bladed article or a corrosive product on behalf of a seller outside the United Kingdom to a person under 18

  • It updates the definition of a flick knife and prohibits the possession of flick knives and gravity knives (their sale etc is already prohibited)

  • It amends existing law to make it a criminal offence to possess certain weapons (such as knuckledusters and death stars) – the sale and importation of these is already prohibited. It provides for compensation of owners

  • It extends the existing offences of possessing a bladed article or offensive weapon on school premises to cover further education premises in England and Wales and Northern Ireland

  • As I have said the knife attacks are on our streets.

  • It amends the legal test for threatening with an offensive weapon in England and Wales to aid prosecution

  • It prohibits high energy and rapid firing rifles and a device known as a “bump stock” which increases the rate of fire of rifles and provides for

  • Once again our out of touch politicians change things and affect nothing, sound bits and MSM headlines seem to be what they want instead of tackling the problem head on.

  • Clamp down on retailers who sell bladed items to under 18’s and BAN kitchen drawers that store bladed items in them as these are the two main ways that criminals are getting hold of knives to attack people.

Criminals do not order custom made blades.

The Tail is Wagging the Dog

Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: ‘It’s no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians, and who might even have been involved in attacking British Service men and women..’

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. This would mean evidence would not have to be produced to prosecute suspected fanatics.

I say it should be made illegal to return to the UK evidence or not.

Our politized police seem to be more keen on “talking” to those who attempt to post the truth on social media platforms and as we have seen with TR arresting and spiriting away those who dare to tell the truth.

It stinks and I have the feeling that we the people have had enough.

3-3-3 Radio Plan for SHTF Communication

Here is a great idea for prepper and survivalist groups to communicate with each other it is called the

Survivalist Communicator 3-3-3 Radio Plan.
This is the “When, Where, and How” to make radio contact with each other for SHTF. The 333 Radio Plan was designed for SHTF communications.

Versions of it are used by survivalist prepper and emergency communications groups. It is based on the easy-to-remember “Survival Rule of Three”.

It is often called a Radio Schedule, or a SKED.

So What is THE 3-3-3 RADIO PLAN
Here’s how the 3-3-3 Radio Plan works:
Turn on your radio. Every 3 hours. For 3 minutes. Channel 3.

WHEN: EVERY 3 HOURS
Always use your Local Time for local area communications with the 3-3-3 Radio Plan. At the “top of the hour”, each 3 hours:
Noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm.
Midnight, 3am, 6am, 9am.

HOW LONG: FOR 3 MINUTES
At the top of every 3rd hour, turn on your radio. Even if you don’t need to make a call yourself, always turn on your radio and listen for calls for at least 3 minutes. This is because you never know if someone may be trying to reach you, or may need help.

If you need to check in, make a short transmission at this time. Say “This is me, just checking in.” If you have sufficient battery power, or if you have not connected in for a while, then you should listen for 15 minutes.

ACCURATE TIME KEEPING
Synchronize your watch with others whenever possible. If you doubt your watch accuracy, compensate by keeping your radio on for a longer duration, before and after every 3rd hour.

If you don’t have a watch, try listening to an AM broadcast radio station, they always identify their station name at the top of each hour.

WHERE: CHANNEL 3
Channel 3 applies in this case to CB as they are cheap to buy and free to use by preppers. If your group has a different designated SHTF channel or Prepper SHTF frequency, you should use it instead of Channel 3.

The rest of the 3-3-3 Radio Plan remains the same. Keep it simple.

FEATURES OF THE 3-3-3 RADIO PLAN

1. Easy for everyone to remember the “Rule of Three”.
2. Conserves precious battery life of radios.
3. Gets everyone on the air at the same time.
4. It sets a schedule of 8 times per day to call each other.
5. Avoids impractical hourly schedules.
6. Enables the use of short transmissions for optimum success and security.
7. Three hours is enough time to rest in a survival situation.
8. A person can walk 8 miles in 3 hours, the practical distance limit of handheld radios over average terrain.

Never Believe the MSM

Story number 1

A hospital closed its A&E department after declaring a ‘major incident’ when two people were brought in after ‘being exposed to a deadly opioid’. 

Salisbury District Hospital in Wiltshire called in an ‘incident response team’ to decontaminate the area surrounding the emergency department and said there were a ‘small number of casualties’.

A cordon was put in place around the entrance to the hospital and staff set up a separate triage centre nearby to treat any emergency patients while A&E remains closed.

A spokesman for Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘We are currently dealing with a major incident involving a small number of casualties, with a multi-agency response.

‘It is under ten people, but I cannot say any more at the moment.

Wiltshire Police later said the ‘major incident’ occurred after two people, suspected to have been exposed to a deadly opioid, were taken to the hospital in a critical condition.

It is believed the pair may have taken the drug fentanyl, which is said to be up to 10,000 times stronger than heroin.

The man and woman, said to be in their late 20s to early 30s, were rushed to the hospital after they collapsed in The Maltings shopping centre.

Firefighters were called to decontaminate an area of the town and police officers taped off an area around a bench.

Story number 2

BBC 11 Mar 2018

Diners who visited the Salisbury pub and restaurant visited by Sergei and Yulia Skripal must arrange for their clothing to be collected for cleaning.

People who visited The Mill pub and the Zizzi restaurant on Sunday afternoon (March 4) were previously advised to put dry-clean clothes inside two plastic bags and tie them tightly, and to wash other possessions.

But now Public Health England have said that they should contact the council for collection and compensation.

Story number 3

Telegraph 15 March 2018

The nerve agent that poisoned the Russian spy Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she left Moscow, intelligence agencies now believe.

Senior sources have told the Telegraph they are convinced the Novichok nerve agent was hidden in the luggage of Yulia Skripal, the double agent’s 33-year-old daughter.

Story number 4

BBC 28 Mar 2018

The highest concentration of the agent used against Sergei and Yulia Skripal was found on their front door.

The pair were found collapsed on a bench in Salisbury on 4 March and remain in a critical condition.

Police said inquiries would focus on their home address in Christie Miller Road but the risk to locals was low.

Traces of the nerve agent had been found at some of the other sites in the city, but they were at lower concentrations.

Story number 5

Daily Mail 23rd April

Soldiers in breathing apparatus are replacing the paving where Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter collapsed after their nerve agent attack.

A military convoy arrived in Salisbury to begin a clean-up operation in the wake of the plot to poison former double agent.

This morning, military experts were working in the park in the centre of the city where Mr Skripal and his daughter were found.

Story number 6

The Independent 12th March

Novichok nerve agents have been described as the most deadly ever made. And one was used on former spy Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury days ago.

So tell me dear listener if this agent is so deadly, how have they recovered?

For those who may not know, a D-notice is a British government request that particular information is not reported by the media on grounds of national security. The media does not have to agree, but almost always does.

Now, police and intelligence agencies have revealed that they have still to identify a suspect in the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.

It’s one thing for someone who supposedly poisoned an old man and his adult daughter with a chemical weapon in the middle of Britain’s sleepy countryside, but another for them to then disappear into thin air in a country with more CCTV coverage than any other.

And how can Britain point the finger so firmly in Russia’s direction if they have exactly zero suspects?

So why has it all gone quiet?

All has been quiet on the Salisbury poisoning front for a while. That is, until now. In a shocking revelation, it has come to light that the Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee (DSMA) – a Governmental body – issued a so-called D-Notice requesting the censorship of numerous mainstream media outlets regarding the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal.

BREAK

Another Country Prepares

Belgium has started distributing iodine pills free for all citizens, claiming the measure was not prompted by any “specific risk.”

Pharmacies have begun receiving some of the 4.5 million boxes of iodine pills, which have been available for citizens for free since Tuesday, it was revealed during the presentation of a new plan in case on nuclear emergency.

The distribution of the medicine, which is considered beneficial for radiation-affected citizens, came as an updated emergency plan came into effect.

In 2017, the government launched a website explaining to its 11 million citizens step-by-step what to do in case of a nuclear accident.

The alert states that in emergency situations citizens should always follow the recommendations of the authorities, which include seeking shelter, following evacuation orders and taking iodine pills.

Tex Energy Products Review

Back in the 80’s the slogan was Buy British and we did. Then for some reason we started buying foreign products, saying that they were better made.

Well the trend is being stopped by British companies who understand how to design and manufacture quality British products that not only solve problems but are designed to simply work, and are made of top quality components.

One such Company is Tech Energy Products

The Infinite Air Review

PORTABLE WIND TURBINE – HARNESS THE WIND TO GENERATE POWER.

The Infinite Air harnesses the wind to generate instant power direct to a device or battery and is perfect for charging smartphones, cameras, medical equipment and more.

The Infinite Air is a ground breaking 
and completely portable wind-powered turbine.

It has been 4 years in development using the highest industry expertise and addresses the need for off-grid, portable power generation when traditional solar charging is 
not possible.

The Infinite Air has precision designed blades that maximise torque and power, making it very efficient for its size.

It is light, completely portable and packs away for easy storage.

Designed for use by individuals, expedition teams and anyone who relies upon off-grid power, the Infinite Air will also be invaluable in a disaster or emergency situation for use by medics and aid workers.

It is supplied with a collapsing tripod and there is an Infinite Air Clamp available in our range that can be used as an alternative mount

Here in the UK we sometimes struggle to fine enough sun to make a solar charger work at it’s best.

But one thing we do have is wind, and with the Infinite Air from Tech Energy Products you can charge your USB devices when the wind blows.

It all packs down and into a pack that can even be carried on your belt, in your pack or BOV. It’s super light, super  well made and super at what it does.

I love these products that I shall be reviewing them many times, in fact after every time I use them.

Please check them out as they are the best such emergency charging products out there. https://www.texenergy.co.uk/

The Infinite Orbit Review

POWER GENERATING HAND CRANK – INSTANT POWER 24/7.

Our Infinite Orbit hand crank generates instant power direct to a device or battery.

It is the ultimate survival tool for emergency situations and is perfect for charging smartphones, iPhones, GPS, satphones, headlamps and more.

Designed to give users instant power wherever they are; the Infinite Orbit is the most reliable instant back-up power system available today.

The Infinite Orbit is the ultimate survival tool, enabling you to produce enough power in a couple of minutes to make that essential call from your mobile phone, sterilise water with your Steripen or charge a headlamp to provide essential light in critical situations.

Ergonomically designed for ease of use the Infinite Orbit gearing system offers fantastic power for minimal effort. It is constructed from aluminium, making it lightweight, robust and able to function at extreme temperatures.

Whether you’re a member of a mountain rescue team, alone and in distress on the open sea or stuck in the snow or desert, the Infinite Orbit is an essential item for any kit bag, vehicle, boat or weekend away. So whatever situation you find yourself in, the Infinite Orbit will give you power every time.

Once again Tex Energy does it with the top quality Infinite Orbit. This fantastic product does everything the Infinite Air does but “without” wind.

So in your tent, survival shelter, cave, bothy vehicle, protected from the harsh elements you can re charge your USB equipment simply by turning a handle.

Isn’t that a brilliant idea, simply but really effective and it simply works too. Get yours here https://www.texenergy.co.uk/

The Tex-Flex 3 Review

RECHARGEABLE BATTERY – LIGHT, FLEXIBLE AND WATERPROOF.

3000 mAh

Our Tex-Flex 3 is flexible, wearable, portable power and is perfect for charging smartphones, iPhones, GPS, satphones, headlamps and more.

The Tex-Flex 3 comes with a tough braided 680mm cable attached that allows your battery to be stored in a pack or pocket and can also be threaded down your sleeve so that the controller is to hand.

The battery is IP67 rated and can be submerged in water up to 1 metre for 30 minutes. The controller is IP65 rated and protected against dust and splashes when the rubber cap is in place.

The Tex Flex 3 is another innovative re charging product from the Tex Energy stable. So you straight away know it will be very well made, very well designed and that it will work very well indeed.

I do actually carry it where ever I go as it’s light appears unbreakable so I keep it in my pocket folded up but as it’s waterproof it is just as at home in the outdoors whether I am fishing, camping or simply shopping in bad weather. It is certainly worth a check out guys. https://www.texenergy.co.uk/

A survival Tip Sheet

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

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

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

State of mind is Crucial to coping with a survival situation.

A clear-headed, common sense approach will see you through… panic kills. Here is what the basic instruction sheet says.

SURVIVAL TIPS –What to do if you suddenly find yourself in that situation.

STEP ONE

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

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

People have died of a combination of stupidity and panic.

They run frantically, in big circles, through the woods at night trying to find their way out. The best thing to do is often to find some shelter for the night and find your way out in the morning.

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

STEP TWO

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

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

Be creative. Most of the items can have multiple uses, and are limited only by your imagination. As for your immediate needs, here are a few simple rules.

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

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

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

As for shelter, the clear plastic painter’s tarp and the survival blanket can help. The survival blanket can also help to reflect the warmth from a fire. Be careful not to damage them or any other piece of gear.

You will most likely need them later.

Example: instead of poking holes in the tarp to tie it off, push a small pebble up from under the tarp, and tie off around it. Try using rocks instead of stakes to hold down corners, etc etc. Once you have some shelter from the elements, you can take a little time to plan for your other needs.

STEP THREE

Step three is water. You must drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. An adult should drink at least a couple of litters per day (more in hot climates).

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

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

If you are getting water from streams or ponds, boil before drinking, or use water purification tablets or straw.

STEP FOUR

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

Signalling is best accomplished by making yourself as big as possible.

Smoke signals work well as does anything that can be seen or heard from a long ways off.

STEP FIVE

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

As a general rule, avoid plant life unless you know for a fact that something is edible. The easiest rule to remember is that if it walks, swims, crawls, or slithers… thump it, and chuck it on down!

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

The facts are, ALL fur bearing animals are edible. ALL birds are edible with no exceptions. Grubs found in rotten logs are edible, as are almost all insects (6 legs).

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

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

Keep the items you will use frequently close at hand (in your pockets if they are free of holes). You can wrap cords, fishing lines, etc around the sheath to keep them tangle free and ready to use.

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

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

Try to build as good a shelter and bed as you can. The extra time and effort will pay off. Use everything you can think of for insulation.

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

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

Fire

When starting a fire find dry wood. Look for the dead branches at the very bottom of evergreen trees. Good tinder will greatly enhance your chance for success.

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

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

Once this is burning, slowly feed your fire with larger and larger pieces of wood. Always making sure the fire is burning freely before you progress to a larger piece of wood.

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

A fire is man’s best friend in the wild. It provides heat, protection, a good signal, etc etc.

Shelter

Do not make the mistake of trying to construct a large shelter. Make it just large enough to accommodate you and not much else.

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

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

Food

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

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

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

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

Prepping For The What Ifs and The Oh No’s!

The flooding disaster that hit the North East and many other parts of the UK last year was bad enough to leave over 80,000 people without power which meant no lighting, heating, hot food, or baths and showers.

These floods happened in what would normally have been our spring time seeing only a fraction of the actual rainfall that fell in such a short period of time.

Without doubt, being prepared for the what ifs and the oh no’s, makes sense. Whether or not you feel compelled to prepare at the level of those practised by the Doomsday Preppers – a popular TV show on the Discovery Channel, because of their heightened awareness for disasters;

I believe this group offers a lot of great tips for consideration when creating plans to protect your family and assets.

If a flood disaster were to hit your town today as has already hit many here in the North East, are you prepared at all to hang in there for the necessary time it would take to put the pieces of normalcy back in place?

If not, listen up because that is what this show is all about, helping you get prepared.

I first considered prepping way back in the 80’s when involved in civil defence and other things closely connected to it and it was obvious then that if I survived an attack from the Warsaw Pact then I would need to learn how to survive post attack.

9/11 reminds us that not all disasters are natural disasters, and 9/11 did point out significant issues with disaster preparedness and response, 7/7 brought it home to the British public, who now had to contend with living with people who actually planned to do us all harm, and the realisation that they were vulnerable and that perhaps they too should plan to survive post an attack.

If we are lucky to get pre-warnings, can you be ready to go with all the important things already considered, some basics already packed so you can evacuate on a moment’s notice?

If you had no warning and found yourself trapped where you were, could you hang in there with meals, water, basic first aid and more until help arrived?

If the answer to any of these is no, then you need to start thinking about how you need to protect your family and assets today, because it is not really an issue of IF, but when.

Disasters can strike at any time, and I want all of you to be prepared.

Prepping involves setting aside resources, and with finances so tight for many, saving in any way, shape or form has become impossible.

That is why I am doing this show now, well ahead of the next heavy floods – to give people time to add a few things to their shopping trolleys as they go along since most can’t just go out and shop for all the supplies at once.

We can never know what exact disaster to expect, although the risks for some are higher than others.

What are some of the disaster risks to keep in mind when prepping?

What do you think realistically are the most generic preparations that a person should have in place to encounter most types of possible disasters?

In flooding disasters, the personal loss is so excessive, and many even lost proof of their identity – loss of your driver’s license, birth certificates, passports and more.

In the planning process, what are some strategies for keeping vital documents safe and within reach for escape?

Now some people have been known to decide to remain in their homes rather than leave when they are warned.

Heavy flooding can led to sewage and rats surrounding homes.

Water contamination, downed trees, power cuts and more. Let’s talk about having an escape plan, and what that includes.

What if computers were down and basically service came to a complete halt as computers can easily be down because of lack of access to electricity or damage to a location.

With the credit /debit card swipe habit, most of us no longer carry cash on us.

Let’s talk a bit about financial preparation for a disaster.

Sometimes there isn’t a large scale disaster, just personal ones that impact a single family. These days, zero income homes are a stark reality for some.

seems to me that the preparations I just discussed for preparing for a financial disaster would have come in handy for those who lose a job unexpectedly, or have to quit a job to care for an ill partner or loved one.

Some Preppers are prepared to be self-sufficient for up to several years.

However, for those just getting started, let us break down the basic prep into stages of time say:

How much more of the basics I just mentioned do we need to get by for say 3 days? 7 days? Two weeks?

It is said we are only 3 meals away from anarchy that is approximately one day.

Preppers talk about this a lot, and so many are secretive about their prepping in anticipation of neighbours and friends becoming aggressive about getting access to your stuff.

Bugging Out-The Basics

Your bug-out bag should contain the things you need to survive while you’re on the road to your BOL or heading home.

You’ll need water, food, a good knife, fire starting materials, and a first aid kit, among other things.

Water Is YOUR Priority

You can survive up to 3 days without water, but the longer you go without water, the more difficult it becomes to think logically.

If you can’t think straight, your survival rates plummet. So be sure to pack some water, water purification tablets, and a good filtration bottle. This is a priority for a well stocked bug-out bag.

Food

After water, you need to have some form of sustenance to keep your body fuelled for the trip ahead.

High energy bars and crisps, better still trail-mix will keep you going whilst on the move. I like to put survival food into 3 categories…quick and easy, heat and eat, and foraged from the wild.

Quick and Easy

When you have to get out of Dodge fast, you need food you can eat on the run. Pack foods that provide protein, crabs, vitamins, and minerals to keep your body functioning on your trip, especially if you need to walk or bike to your destination.

Stash a variety of ready to eat foods and rotate them often. If your bug out bag is packed and left in a closet for a couple years, some of those foods could get mouldy…so use it and replace it.

Here’s my list of favourite quick foods you can eat as you move:

Jerky

Nuts and Seeds

Dried fruits

Power bars

Granola bars

Protein powder (mix into your water)

Heat and Eat

If your bug out trip is going to be lengthy, or you have no real destination in mind, you’ll want some heartier fare.

When the nights get cold, a hot meal can do wonders for morale.

So try packing some of these mixes that are ready to eat after adding boiling water, stirring, and letting them cook for 5 minutes or less.

These mixes are a lot like the cups of instant soup available in shops, except it is a lot cheaper to make your own and you can take a Thermos mug and your mixes in Z-lock bags in a lot less space than those soup cups.

Here are two recipes:

Cheesy Potatoes

1 cup instant mashed potatoes

1 Tbs cheddar cheese powder

Dash of salt and pepper (Leave the salt if cheese powder contains salt)

Mix ingredients in a plastic bag and store in a dry place. You can add dried veggies to increase nutritional value. To heat: Pour contents into a large mug or a bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover mix. Stir and add more water if necessary. Let stand for 5 minutes and eat.

Tex-Mex Beans and Rice

3/4 cup instant rice

1/4 cup dried instant refried beans

2 Tbs freeze dried sweet corn

1 Tbs dried tomato powder

1 tsp taco seasoning

Dash of salt and pepper

Mix ingredients in a plastic bag and store in a dry place. To heat: Pour contents into a large mug or a bowl. Add enough boiling water to cover mix. Stir and add more water if necessary. Let stand for 5 minutes and eat.

Foraging for Wild Food

Edible greens, nuts, and fruits grow in the wild, we just need to know what’s safe to eat.

Pack a guide to edible plants for your area in your bug out bag and practice foraging before the SHTF.

It will slow you down if you need to forage for all of your food on your trip, but having this knowledge may keep you from starving when you run out of your bug out bag preps.

What Else?

Foil containers of tuna, salmon, or chicken

Small cans of meat and fish

Tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk powder etc.

Small pot to boil water

Sharp knife

Tin opener

Mug and spoon/spork

Container for gathering wild edibles

Don’t fill your bug out bag with junk food! Make sure you have a variety of ready to eat, and ready to heat foods to keep your body going strong through a long hard trek.

And get it ready now! You may not have time to think carefully about what goes in your bug out bag when the SHTF.

It would be bad news to get out in the wild and only have a bag of biscuits to munch on. So prepare now and survive later!

Note: The recipes for mixes can be made up in larger quantities. You can also change the seasoning, or add other dried ingredients that you like. Just be sure to keep them in a dry place and rotate once every 4 to 6 months.

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