This Week;s Show 7th June 2018

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I begin this week with the Wilderness Gathering, then the Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, Do it yourself easy cheese, Flooded Out- Humour, This is What Your Body Needs , The Jääkäri puukko Review, The Dual-Action Firestarter Review, What is Going On?, Survival Communication, Signal Crayfish, My Thoughts on EMP.

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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.

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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Do it yourself easy cheese

What you will need

4 liters of whole milk, 1 pinch salt, 1 large lemon, juiced

What to do

1. Pour the milk into a large pan, and stir in a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent the milk from scorching on the bottom of the pan.

2. When the milk begins to boil turn the heat off then stir the lemon juice into the milk, the milk will then curdle. This may take 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Line a sieve with a cheesecloth, now pour the milk through the cloth to catch the curds. What is left in the cheesecloth is the Farmer’s Cheese. The liquid is the whey.

4. Gather the cloth around the cheese, and squeeze out as much of the whey as you can. Then I find it best to suspend the cheese cloth over the sink for example.

5. When it has stopped dripping, I put it in an airtight container and put it in the fridge.

Why not try using herbs, other flavourings.

Flooded Out- Humour

It rained for days and days and there was a terrific flood.

The water rose so high that one man was forced to climb on top of his roof and sat in the rain.

As the waters came up higher a man in a rowboat came up to the house and told him to get in. “No thank you, the Lord will save me!” he said, and the man in the rowboat rowed away.

The waters rose to the edge of the roof and still the man sat on the roof until another rowboat came by and another man told him to get in. “No thank you, the Lord will save me!” he said again, and the man rowed away.

The waters covered the house and the man was forced to sit on his chimney as the rain poured down and a helicopter came by and another man urged him to get in or he’ll drown. “No thank you,” the man said again, “The Lord will save me!”

After much begging and pleading the man in the helicopter gave up and flew away.

The waters rose above the chimney and the man drowned and went to heaven where he met God.

“Lord, I don’t understand,” he told Him, frustrated, “The waters rose higher and higher and I waited hours for you to save me but you didn’t! Why?”

The Lord just shook his head and said,

“What are you talking about? I sent two boats and a helicopter?!”

This is What Your Body Needs

Your body needs three basic types of nutrients to survive: Protein, Fats, and Carbohydrates. Now you can argue that you can live without carbs but it would be very difficult and unrealistic, as almost everything contains carbs.

There are a lot of foods out there that you can consider for food storage. An ideal item would be something that has a long shelf life, and something inexpensive.

You really can’t go wrong with most tinned foods. They’re typically pretty cheap, and ready to eat. You just have to make sure you buy enough and then it all comes down to how much money you have to spend. Food prepping isn’t cheap so spend wisely.

In my opinion it is good to have a wide variety of food storage items, but everyone at least needs to have things that are ready to eat and don’t require preparation.

Don’t get me wrong, having things like rice, flour, and barley are great to have, but you may not have the resources or time to cook and prepare your food. That’s where tinned foods come into their own.

I have compiled a list of some of the best and cheapest ready to eat survival foods.

Beans (any) – simple, extremely cheap, ready to eat, and provides all three essential nutrients.

Peanut Butter – delicious, packed with calories, an excellent source of fat and protein.

Oats – can be eaten raw, excellent source of carbs.

Noodles – can also be eaten raw, extremely cheap, good source of carbs.

Tinned Fruit (any) – delicious, good source of vitamins, doubles as a dessert.

Tinned Meat (any) – cheap, excellent source of protein, delicious.

Tinned Beef Stew – a complete meal in a can that’s ready to eat.

Honey – natural sweetener, calorie packed, gives you a quick boost of energy.

Powdered Milk – good source of protein, and sometimes you just need some milk.

Spaghetti (with meat) – complete meal, great for children and adults too.

These are all suggestions. You may not like some of these. I personally hate oats, but I buy them anyway because they are cheap and I’d rather eat them than starve.

The Jääkäri puukko Review

OK guys no BS., the Jääkäri is a proper no-nonsense puukko knife for real use, not for sitting on a shelf for decoration.

Fine quality carbon steel, traditional Finnish puukko blade profile with a slight drop point and a practical grind guarantee a razor sharp knife straight out of the box, and it’s easy to maintain too.

The Jääkäri (the name derives from the backbone infantry of the Finnish military) is nothing fancier than a very simple, very practical puukko knife. The Jääkäri is a buddy you can trust to get the job done and you don´t need to be too careful either, these are built for use.

General features

  • Medium size general purpose utility knife, a solid choice for most situations.

  • Traditional puukko-style blade profile with drop point.

  • Scandi-style grind with secondary microbevel.

  • Spine ground and beveled to strike sparks from ferro rods.

  • Full/stick hybrid tang with textured overmolded rubber grip.

  • Protruding bare tang head with lanyard hole.

Technical specs

  • Weight: 175/190 g (wo/ sheath)

  • Total length: 240/270 mm

  • Blade length: 110/140 mm

  • Blade thickness: 4,20 mm

  • Edge angle: 23°

  • Steel: 80CrV2 carbon steel, 59 HRC

Available with leather sheath or a simple plastic liner.

The plastic liner is not a stand-alone sheath and offers no actual retention, it is used as an insert in the construction of leather sheaths.

Short or long? The choice is easy, if you have at least some idea about what you´re going to use it for. The 110 (shorter) is an excellent all-round knife for just about any tasks, it’s best paired up with something bigger such as the 140 (longer) might be a bit “clumsier” but on the other hand the long blade make it a bit better at chopping through saplings and firewood.

But it all boils down to personal preference, the one that feels best is the one for you!

Blade

Traditional and proven functional Finnish puukko profile with a drop point. The thickness of 4,2 mm makes this a bit more robust than most old timey traditional Finnish puukkos.

The grind is a scandi grind with a tiny secondary bevel, currently the most commonly used Finnish puukko grind.

The strong blade can take a beating, you can use the Jääkäri for batoning without problem, just don´t hit your fingers or the rubber handle, those are not strong like steel.

The heat treatment leaves the surface of the steel soft, which makes the blade very strong but also means that a simple polished spine will not strike sparks from a ferro rod.

They have added small bevels to the spine, these bring out the harder core of the blade to strike sparks from ferro rods. Since this isn´t your common 90° spine it works a bit differently, but once you find the right style it will strike sparks just like any other blade.

Carbon steel requires care: if your knife gets wet in the bush, dry it the best you can. Never store the knife without drying and oiling the blade.

Grip

The rubber grip is somewhat ergonomically shaped, but not one of those crazy finger groove things. A small finger guard on the front, a little belly in the middle and a knob at the back to keep your hand from slipping and also make it possible to use a Leuku style chopping grip.

The tang runs all the way through the grip and comes out the back, forming a little knob with a hole in it for lanyards and such. The knob can also be used to hit things, naturally.

Leather sheath

The sturdy dangler leather sheath is built with a roomy plastic liner, traditional Finnish sheath construction style.

The liner is roomy enough for water and crud to run through it and out the hole at the end. Around the mouth of the sheath the leather is folded double forming a strong and stiff wide band, this band is closed tightly around the grip using a press stud.

When you pull out the knife the edge runs nicely between the two leather sides, not cutting it up as is a common downside of the traditional “sock” style puukko sheaths.

Even without closing the press stud the sheath retains enough tension to keep the puukko in place, so around camp you don´t need to be opening and closing the sheath all the time, just remember to snap it shut when you’re on the move!

Do not force the knife out of the sheath without opening the press stud! Although this can be done it is not good for the press stud in the long run and may damage it. Just open the snap before pulling out the knife.

It’s best to oil the snap fastener once in a while to prevent it from becoming stiff and nasty.

Varusteleka Terävä

Terävä, which means sharp in Finnish, is our own brand of knives. All Terävä knives are high quality Finnish made pieces, designed and made in Finland.

A few words from the designer

The basic idea for the Jääkäri was very simple: to make a functional knife with all the pros and none of the cons of a traditional Finnish puukko.

A traditional puukko is fine, but the rat tail tang, wooden grips and floppy sheaths are not exactly the most practical designs any more.

So we made the blade strong, 4 mm thick, and with a full tang that goes all the way through the grip. The handle is shaped for a good grip and made from rubber.

The basic leather sheath is nothing like it’s wildly swinging ancestors, this one is made with a sturdy turning belt loop and a press stud to secure the knife in place.

This is not rocket science really, but just a simple good puukko for real use. Nothing fancy, works like a charm!

https://www.varusteleka.com/en/product/terava-jaakaripuukko-carbon-steel/56524

The Dual-Action Firestarter Review

A compact dual-rod fire starter with folding design that offers a complete fire starting solution, especially when natural tinder is limited.

Featuring a magnesium rod for tinder and a ferrocerium rod for the spark and an integrated striker.

The ferrocerium spark rod produces extremely high temperature sparks at 2,980ºC making it easy for to ignite dry tinder in any weather or altitude.

The magnesium rod can be used to create highly flammable tinder shavings which will light with ease.

Ideal for use on dry fibrous tinder, gas stoves and more.

The real questions are, does it work and is it worth having?

The quick answer is yes. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say.

To put the Dual Action Firestarter to the test I decided to use damp tinder so I first used damp cotton wool and having scraped some magnesium from the rod onto the cotton wool I scraped down on the fero rod and sparks flew into the magnesium and that was it, the cotton wool caught fire.

Next I tried damp but dead grass, this took longer and I used a lot of magnesium but again got the result I wanted, fire.

I made a feather stick and piled up some feathers and showered them with sparks and again fire.

The addition of the magnesium rod takes this ferrocerium rod to the next level allowing you to make fire even with damp tinder.

I do like it very much and I know with confidence that it I needed to make a fire I could with the Dual Action Firestarter and you can get yours at.

https://www.lifesystems.co.uk/products/outdoor-survival/dual-action-fire-starter

What is Going On?

Germany Warned it’s Citizens to IMMEDIATELY Begin “Prepping”

In a breaking story on (August 22, 2016) Germany is instructing their citizens to IMMEDIATELY begin stockpiling food and water. The German government explained that the country could face an “incident which threatens our existence”.

For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government is strongly suggesting it’s citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe.

Germany is currently on high alert after two Islamist attacks and a shooting rampage by a young unstable teenager last month.

According to the newspaper, people will be required to stockpile enough drinking water and food for ten days. I would say this is sound advise for anyone. And I would personally encourage more than ten days… but, that’s just me.

First Germany, Then the Czech’s Government Warnsed it’s people to Stockpile Food

Just days after the German government advised citizens to stock up on food and water, the Czech government has done the very same.

Czech news channel CT24 broadcast a message from their government, telling citizens to “prepare for the worst”.

Czech media sources are reporting that in the event of a national crisis, the food needs of the country will not be met, as the Czech Republic is already beset by food shortages.

Now Sweden give it’s people pamflets on what to do in War

It’s hard to predict when war will break out, but Sweden wants to make sure that it’s populace is always prepared for the worst.

The Swedish government is reissuing an instructional war pamphlet to all 4.8 million households in the country, informing them for the first time in more than 30 years on the perils of war.

The brochure, titled “Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes),” was compiled by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and instructs civilians on what to do if “their everyday life was turned upside down.”

The brochure provides information on everything from how to identify fake news and prepare against extreme weather conditions to what to do in the event of terror attacks and military conflicts.

The 20-page pamphlet, featuring illustrations of soldiers in the field, people fleeing disaster zones and cybersecurity teams at their computers, is an update on a version first produced during the Second World War and last released in the 1980s.

Two nights ago in the most unsettling move yet, they mobilized the entire Swedish Home Guard for an “unannounced preparedness exercise.”

All 40 battalions have been activated, effective immediately.

The report is on the Försvarsmakten website, which is the official website of the Swedish Armed Forces. Here’s the English translation:

For the first time since 1975, the Armed Forces carry out an unannounced emergency preparedness control of the entire Hemvärnet.

All staff around Sweden who are part of one of the 40 home war battalions and who have the opportunity to attend the evening of 5 June and during the national day will be in charge of service.

The alarm is ordered by the Armed Forces and participation in the exercise is voluntary.

“We are committed to strengthening Sweden’s defense and increasing our operational capabilities.

This is a way to do it. This exercise is great in several ways. We are testing the emergency chain for almost half our intervention organization, we have not done since 1975, says Micael Bydén, the commander.

Initially, staff – from north to south – will be contacted and invited to stand for service. Thereafter, relations will begin to solve tasks, such as protection, guarding and patrolling. During the national day, home care personnel will be seen in many places around the country, from ports and airports to streets and squares. Since it is a voluntary exercise, the Armed Forces can not force anyone to settle, but the chief commander shows great confidence in his staff. (source)

What this means

The Hemvärnet is the Swedish equivalent of the American National Guard.

The Home Guard – National Security Forces (Swedish: Hemvärnet – Nationella Skyddsstyrkorna) is a military reserve force of the Swedish Armed Forces.

It was formally established on May 29, 1940, during World War II upon popular demand.

While originally composed of former militia groups, today it comprises half of the Swedish Army, thus constituting the basis of the territorial defense of Sweden.

The Swedish National Home Guard consists mainly of local rapid response units, numbering 17,000 of the 22,000 total Home Guard strength, organized in 40 battalions, with 23 associated auxiliary defense organizations. (source)

This “unannounced preparedness exercise” may be just that – a readiness drill.

But there are a few things that ring some warning bells for me:

  • A “drill” of this magnitude hasn’t happened since 1975 at the height of the Cold War

  • It’s occurring on the heels of two other warnings of looming war or crises

  • And keep in mind that the war preparedness book that was recently sent out mentioned the possibility of re-establishing conscription (the draft), too.

It would be wise to be on the lookout for something to happen soon.  What that “something” might be, of course, is open to speculation.

What do you think is going on?

Could they be preparing to quell a migrant uprising in the no-go zones or are they truly concerned about a threat from Russia?

In another shocking move the UK G oV does nothing, that’s right Nada.

BREAK

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.

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 on 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 markets, car boots, 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 radio, I 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 good news with 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 up in the last four years.

Signal Crayfish

Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans related to lobsters, and there are two main species in UK – the native white-clawed crayfish and the non-native American signal crayfish which was introduced to Britain in the 1970s via crayfish farms, and subsequently escaped.

There are a few other introduced species of crayfish, but they are not very widespread. They are called signal crayfish because the underside of their claws are bright red, making them easy to identify.

Signal crayfish can be up to 25cm long with claws extended. If you’re not sure whether what you’re looking at is a signal crayfish or a native crayfish, look for the red claws – a sure sign that you’re looking at a signal crayfish.

Trapping crayfish for food in the UK only involves the signal crayfish. The native crayfish is now becoming rare.

They live on the beds of streams and rivers and are carnivorous, eating mainly dead creatures.
The signal crayfish can walk overland to establish itself in new waterways, and is now widespread throughout Britain.

So what are the benefits?

First – getting food from the wild is always a good idea from an environmental perspective (unless we deplete the resource – but this isn’t an issue here.

Wild food requires no pesticides, fertilisers, hormones or genetic modification – in fact, no ecological interference at all.

The second benefit is in reducing their numbers. The American crayfish is causing problems for both the native crayfish and for British waterways. Signal crayfish outcompete native crayfish because they are bigger, their eggs hatch earlier in the year, females lay up to 500 eggs (the native crayfish lays around 200), and they are less fussy about what they eat.

Also, the signal crayfish carries a fungal disease commonly called the crayfish plague that kills the native crayfish (it’s not at all harmful to humans though).
Also, American crayfish burrow into the banks of rivers and streams to build their homes, causing erosion of the river banks.

So what can I do?

Well you need a licence to keep or catch crayfish in this country – see the DEFRA website – in case they escape into the wild. If you’re thinking of farming crayfish, ponds now have to be indoors and escape-proof.

However I am assuming that you’re not going to keep them, you’re just going to catch them from the wild. Don’t put any crayfish you’ve caught into ponds or other bodies of water temporarily, as they could escape and colonise an area that doesn’t have them.

So what about trapping crayfish
There are bylaws covering the trapping of crayfish, and what you can do depends on local circumstances – especially if there are native crayfish in your area. Contact the Environment Agency to ask about your local circumstances, or you can get a crayfish trapping advice pack from the National Fisheries Laboratory on 01480 483968. You will need Environment Agency tags on your trap for it to be legal.

The Environment Agency’s concerns are that if people are allowed to catch crayfish for food, they will be sold to the restaurant trade, and because there is money to be made, some people might ‘seed’ rivers and streams that don’t have signal crayfish, so that they can be harvested in the future.

Depending on whether the Environment Agency allow it in your area, you can make your own trap. You can make a cylinder with chicken wire, up to a metre long, and bend the ends over to form a cone that crayfish can climb into but not out of. You can do the same with willow (see photo). Trapping crayfish is a summer activity, of course. In winter, they will be hibernating in the river banks.

The trap shouldn’t have an entrance of more than 95mm, because if there are otters in the area, they could get caught.

Bait the trap with something tasty for crayfish (like a fish-head), plus a brick to weigh it down, then put it into a stream you suspect has crayfish.

Check the next day. Anything other than signal crayfish, let go, and don’t leave a trap in a watercourse for more than 24 hours, in case something other than a crayfish gets trapped in it. Let any native crayfish go if you’ve caught any.

But if you catch small signal crayfish, don’t put them back (in fact it is illegal to put them back, once caught). Signal crayfish are cannibals, and if you remove only big ones, there will be nothing to keep the numbers of small ones down.

The Environment Agency in Scotland have urged fishermen to kill signal crayfish on sight.

Take them out of the trap (keep fingers away from their pincers), and keep them in tubs of tap water for a couple of days to purge them of any food in their intestines.

The best bit is cooking crayfish
Boil a large pan of water and tip them in – they are killed instantly.
Simmer for around 3 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave in the water for another 2 minutes.

They turn pink when they are cooked, and look like mini-lobsters (which they are).
The edible parts are the tail and the claws.

Pull and separate the head and tail. Pull off the legs, then grab the end of the flesh sticking out of the tail casing and pull. Sometimes there will be pink eggs – you can eat those too. But give it a bit of a rinse to get rid of all traces of intestines and food.

Then put the claws on a hard surface and hit sharply with the back of a knife to crack them open. Grab the end of the flesh and pull it out of the claw.

You can serve with rice, toast, mayonnaise and/or any number of sauces. It looks and tastes a bit like prawn. There are plenty of recipes out there.

For a meal for one person, you’d probably need the meat of 5 crayfish. If the crayfish are present in that stretch of water, you can easily catch 10 in a trap each time.

My Thoughts on EMP

So in the middle of the summer an enemy explodes an EMP weapon high above the earths surface, say between 50 and 100 miles up.

Northern Europe is hit by a massive Electromagnetic Pulse. Instantly everything with a chip is rendered useless.

So all cars, buses, lorries, trains, areoplanes, communications, power, water, heating, lighting and this includes our “just in time transport delivery system” too will be as if they never existed at all.

Within a flash we are back in the 1800’s. But this time we have no reliance on horses for farming, transport of goods or people.

Our toilets will not flush, our kitchen white goods will not work, our money will be trapped in an electronic banking system that no longer functions.

Credit and debit cards will be useless pieces of plastic.

Common values, morals, respect, civil obiediance, honesty and consideration for others will go out the window in peoples desperate fight to grab whatever they can before someone else does.

Then the deseases will begin to take hold, TB, coleria, the medical system will also back in the 1800’s, no more ambulances rushing you to A&E, no more operations, no more fire service to rescue your cat or to put out life threatening fire storms as they rage across the cities uncontrolled.

No more police to come to your rescue and save you from whatever. No more 999.

Absolutley horriffic I thing you will agree.

But as I sat at my laptop this morning I thought of another problem our modern society has produced, something that I have never seen covered before in prepping and survival shows and articles.

On a typical weekday in last year, 535,000 passengers arrived in central London by train in the morning peak time of 07:00 to 09:59.

On average, a total of 977,000 people travel into London by trains alone throughout each day.

Add to that planes, buses, cars and bikes and the figure is over 2Million.

Imagine that number of people trapped in some cases hundreds of miles from their homes. Imagine again those people without GHB’s, accommodation, water, food, perscription medicines, communications, proper clothing, footwear,or their families and loved ones.

Ostensibly you now have up to 2million refugees in the London. Who will house and feed them, water and cloth them, medicate them protect them.

Imagine if you were one of them what would you do?

Of course every major UK city, town and even village will be affected in much the same way although the numbers in each case will of course vary.

I said imagine this happening in the middle of summer. And I picked this time of the year for one reason.

On average an amount of 60 million go on holiday each year.

However 45 million of these people go on their holidays in the summer months from June 25th – August 31st Of these 45 million people only a mere 6 million people go in groups of friends each year.

So now they have the very same problems London commuters will face but magnified many times because now they are thousands of miles away from home, in a foreign country. They will have to contend with a different culture, language, laws and way of life.

Oh! and now that they are not holiday makers any more, but refugees, there will be no more bacon and eggs for breakfast, no more British beer, no more Insurance cover, so no more medical treatments, no more money.

And I would suggest no more ways to get back to their loved ones in the UK.

Imagine that, so what would you do?

Before you go, use google earth etc. to reckon the area you are going to for,

Rivers, lakes, streams, swimming pools, fruit trees and crops in general. Shops selling camping equipment, hospital and medical centre locations, police stations, shopping centres, fishing tackle shops, in fact the list is endless and limited only by your imagination.

In my opinion I think that every time you pack your suitcase for your holidays you are in fact Bugging-Out.

So bearing in mind what I have said perhaps some additions to your normal holiday items would be prudent.

Yes I know that luggage weight restrictions are a concern, but how many of us come back from a holiday with items of clothing that we have not worn?

Anyway you could always pay a little extra if you go over your 22kgs.

However what I have in mind should not weight too much at all.

These are the extra items I would pack, and I know it is not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination, and that you will add to it yourselves.

Map of Holiday Country

Local language phrase book

Emergency supply of prescription medications.

Water filtration bottle each

Copy of your home deeds

Contact numbers

Bank details

Torches for each plus spare batteries

Multi-tool each

Hidden extra cash each

Decent footwear

Spare glasses

Feminine products

Emergency meet up plan if separated while on holiday.

If you are in a holiday complex then I suggest that you get everyone together and have a general meeting and decide what you all want to do.

I would ask the complex/hotel staff what they suggest, but do not leave your accommodation as it is at least a roof over your head, and if you do it may be denied to you upon your return.

There is of course a chance that the RAF/Navy will be able to take you home, that is if their planes and ships still work, and they are not involved in a shooting war.

If you are in a villa, camp-site, taverna, camper, caravan, tent whatever then you are on your own in real terms. But a lot of what I have said will still apply to you in any case.

I think that those stranded abroad post an EMP attack will have to make the best of their lot and resign themselves to life outside the UK for many years to come if not for ever.

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