This Week’s Show 8th November 2018

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Beginning Prepping

Firstly all preppers must start somewhere and I would like to look at how to start getting your essentials supplies together.

Getting started in prepping seems a simple task – at least until you start looking at all the things you might need.

And then it can very quickly seem daunting and even impossible.

And to some extent, it is. After all, you know that no matter how well you prepare, you are always going to miss some vital supply for the emergency situation you find yourself in.

While it may be daunting, the process of creating one or more lists of prepper related activities and prioritizing them will go a long way towards helping you stay really focused on building your survival provisions and skills.

Here are a few tips to help you be more effective at this critical prepping task.

Make Small Lists

Trying to make a single list of all the items/skills you want to have to be a prepared person/family is almost impossible. You could fill a book on all the items that could be useful.

A better way is to have a list of categories (food, tools, garden supplies, water supplies, bug out bag, etc.) and then work on each category.

This simple technique keeps each list much more focused and easier to use. And if the list is getting too big (like a food list might), feel free to break that list into smaller lists. For instance, food can be broken into subcategories like canned foods, dry foods, etc.

You can create and maintain your lists by hand but if they are very long, a good idea is to use a computer.

This way, you can alphabetize the list and even use the internet to quickly find things on each list. And it is of course very easy to add items to the list, keep track of quantities desired and already purchased and even purchase dates and what you paid for each item.

Oh, and it is a good idea to periodically print out your lists (or at least make a back up copy on a CD or on a flash drive.

Prioritize The Items On Each List

When you create your lists, you should put everything you can think of that you might possibly need on them. After all, they do become a valuable reference guide as you build them up.

But lots of things on the list are not immediate essentials either because they are expensive and can’t be bought right away or they are “nice to have” things but not essential.

A good idea is to break each list into groups. Group A, would be Must Have items. Group B, would be valuable items but not as important as A group items. And Group C would be nice to have but not essential items.

By having these groupings, you can keep your purchases more focused.

For instance, if there is something in your A group that is a bit expensive and requires you to save some money before you can purchase it, you can decide if that item really belongs in that group or if it might belong in the B group – something nice to have but can be bought later when you have more money.

Or you might decide that it is worth saving until you can buy that item.

I think if you don’t prioritize your list, you may not know what to do in this situation. Or you might just buy all the low cost items first, even if they are not too useful, just so you can check off more items on your unprioritized list.

Cash is a scarce resource for most of us. Focus and use it wisely so that at any point in time, you are as prepared as you can be for the emergency you are preparing for.

Periodically Review Your Lists

Things change. Focus changes. Life situations change.

We don’t live in a bubble. Events in our life will change our focus. Perhaps we learn more about some aspect of preparedness that makes us change the mix of items and skills we consider important.

Perhaps you move to a new location where a different set of tools is more important. Perhaps you just didn’t have time to make a comprehensive list the first time around.

Your lists are not some set it and forget it thing. They are dynamic. Review them periodically to see if there are new things to add, things to remove, items that should have a different priority, etc.

While you are actively accumulating supplies, reviewing your lists once a month is good. As your inventory grows, it can be pulled back to every few months.

This simple activity will keep your lists fresh and serve to remind you about some things on your lists that are important were overlooked.

Make A Perishables List

It would be nice if we could buy/learn everything we need and just forget about it forever after. But not all things are as long lasting as a screwdriver.

Even knowledge is perishable. For instance, you should attend refresher CPR classes periodically.

The purpose of the perishables list is to be sure you are always stocked with good supplies AND to be sure that you use perishable supplies before they go bad so that you are not wasting your money.

Follow these four tips and you will soon be the most organized prepper that you know. You will be saving time and money and most importantly, you can sleep good at night knowing that at every moment you are as prepared as you possibly can be given your resources.

You must have an emergency action plan in place at all times, and there are eleven essential items you need to have in order to be prepared for any emergency situation. These items can help you at home and on the road. With that in mind, you should start gathering them today.

You will need:

Food

Portable Water Purifier

Fire Building Tools

Cooking equipment

Change of Clothes

First Aid Kit

Specialty Care Items

Navigation Tools

Portable Shelter

Hygiene Kit

Comfort Items

Let’s look at each of these in closer detail.

Food

You need to have enough food on hand to last at least 72hrs. If you can store enough food to last longer, that will be better.

Be sure to select nonperishable food items, such as:

Tinned meats and fruit

Beef Jerky

MREs

Also, consider getting some high calorie energy bars. You can find bars that contain an entire day’s worth of calories.

That means it will be easy to store a lot of them. It will also be easy to take them with you if you have to leave your home.

Once you gather up your food, put it in a storage area. Be sure to rotate your food so you will always have fresh supplies.

You can do that by occasionally consuming items and then replacing them.

Remember eat what you store and store what you eat

Portable Water Purifier

If a disaster strikes, water from your home’s taps may become unsafe to drink.

On top of that, you might have to source water if you have to leave your home. With that in mind, you will need a portable water purifier.

You can use the purifier at home or on the road.

Make sure you choose a purifier that is easy to transport and kills bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Also, choose a system that will be able to provide enough water for your entire family.

Fire Lighting Tools

You should always have fire lighting tools on hand so you will be able to stay warm if the power goes out or if you have to leave your home. Tools should include:

Waterproof Matches, Ferro-Rod and striker, cotton wool balls and vaseline.

Good quality survival knife

Change of Clothes

Always remember extra clothes as part of your emergency action plan in case you have to leave your home at a moment’s notice.

You need two changes of clothes, an extra pair of socks, and some extra shoes. Make sure the clothing is weather appropriate and can withstand the elements.

First Aid Kit

You never know what might happen in an emergency situation. With that in mind, you need a comprehensive first aid kit on hand.

The kit should include basic first aid items, along with tactical items such as tourniquets and trauma dressings. Also, the kit should contain everyone’s medications, glasses and contact lenses, if applicable.

Specialty Care Items

If you live with a baby, an elderly person or a pet, you need to stock up on specialty care items.

For instance, have lots of baby food, nappies and wet wipes for a baby. Have mobility items and medication for an elderly person, and have pet food and flea prevention for a pet.

Make sure you have extra in case of an emergency situation.

Navigation Tools

You might have to flee before or after a disaster. With that in mind, you need to have navigation tools at your disposal. It’s a good idea to have a map and compass on hand at all times. A GPS will also be helpful, but relying on it could be silly and dangerous if you drop it or the batteries go flat.

Also, print off some maps and directions. That way, you will have everything you need, even if the power goes out.

Portable Shelter

Your emergency action plan should always include a portable shelter in case you have to flee your home. If possible, get a tent.

Just make sure you get one that is easy to transport from one place to the next. You don’t want to get a big, heavy tent that is difficult to carry.

If you can’t get a tent, you can get a tarp. Just make sure you have the items you will need to turn the tarp into a shelter.

Bring stakes, rope and duct tape. Also, a knife will come in handy if you need to cut away some brush to make room for your shelter.

Hygiene Kit

You should create a hygiene kit that you can use in an emergency. The kit should have all of the items you will need to stay hygienic, whether you are at home or on the road.

Be sure to include:

Soap

Shampoo

Feminine Products

Toilet Roll

Comfort Items

Comfort items are essential during a disaster. You need items that will help you pass the time and enjoy yourself, even when you don’t’ have access to modern conveniences.

Gather up some books, games and other items that you can take with you in case you have to flee.

Get Ready

Now you know the items you must have for your emergency action plan, and you’ll be prepared for any emergency situation

Make sure you gather these items up in case a disaster strikes. In other words do not just write a list, but make a plan and follow it.

The Ultimate Survival Kit Review

This has got to be the perfect kit for anyone interested in outdoor activities. The kit comes in a protective case packed with all the essential items needed when camping, hiking, climbing or bugging out etc. Our Ultimate 10 in 1 Survival Kit.

So where do I keep it, I mean, the glove box or my EDC bag or BOB?

So, I have actually tried all three locations at a week each.

my glove box.

I placed it in their and thought I will never need it as I have managed very well without one for years.

While waiting to pick someone up, I took it out of the glove box and noticing my finger nails where filthy I used the multi-tool to clean and file them. The knife and survival card also did the same job very well.

I though I’d see what the rest of the kit would do as I was early anyway. I was parked down the road in a lay bay on a country road, so the universal chain saw was asking to be used, it as I expected did a great job in sawing it’s way through different branch sizes, and when tried on a gate post it had no problem with seasoned wood either.

Next was the compass, I tested this against my car nav system and it performed very well indeed, and would certainly keep you on a basic bearing to safety.

The whistle and the key chain flash-light both did what it says on the tin, nothing special with them.

The Tactical Pen, is a delight to use, it writes very well, it is comfortable to hold and it leaves deep dents in wooden posts, it penetrates 2ltr pop bottles like butter and I have no doubt that it will smash any car window should I need to.

The survival card has a blade which actually works, a jagged edge/saw teeth and that does saw into standing wood quite easily. But more importantly it also has a bottle opener.

The lightweight folding knife is very light, but super strong, you could use it for game prep, basic camp work, OK, you will not chop down trees or fight a rabbid dog with it, but it was not designed for that, it is a simple, well made small blade.

The zoomable LED flash light is remarkable indeed, due to it’s Super Bright 350 Lumens Zoomable LED Lens Producing An Intense Beam of Light of up to 600 feet or more.

I love it. Imaging being stuck on a road in the dark, or having to change a wheel in the dark, it is a life saver. Of course it would save the day if you dropped your keys in the dark, or where out fishing, hunting or simply out late night walking.

Yes I can see it being very useful in my glove box for all the reasons above, however I think more importantly it’s the peace of mine it gives me that is worth even more to me, the simple confidence that should I need it, it’s there for me.

Week two I kept it in my EDC bag, and never used it once. Perhaps, in my mindset my EDC bag is for emergencies only. I don’t know but there it is.

The third week was also the very same, I never used it once as my BOB is for just that, and I did not bug-out that week.

However I have found the very place for it, and that is Titan Depots Tactical Shoulder Bag, this way it can be in the car, and if I need it on my back in seconds. The Tactical shoulder bag live in my boot and the survival kit in the boot where I know I will use parts of it daily.

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Take it away Buddy Brown

BREAK

My Mum

It is getting really bad here in the UK food prices are taking off and many ordinary people are unable to put enough food on their children’s plates every day of the week, the old time recipes of Mum and Mum’s mum have been lost or to be more accurate “Never learnt” in the first place.

A whole generation of cooking knowledge has been abandoned to fast food junk and TV meals, to burgers and chips, to so called chicken nuggets and chips.

When was the last time you sat down with your family and ate a Sunday lunch?

I remember sitting around the dinner table for an evening meal with the whole family every day, it was prepared and cooked by mum and it tasted great as well.

But it was more than tasty, it was nutritious, healthy and was simply meat and two veg as the old saying goes. The meals where rotated so that there was variety and to some extent they were controlled by budget but never the less due to Mum’s ability to
prepare and plan interesting menus we survived.

It seems to me that these days young Mum’s buy pre-packed food for their kids and by doing so they have no control over what their children are actually eating and therefore they ingest high quantities of salt, sugar and goodness knows how many E’s.

Old preparation skills have also been forgotten or not even learned, for example, how many young Mum’s can dress game, clean fish, make soup, make pastry, make bread, buns, scones, remember these are all the skills that Mum’s where taught by their Mum’s and passed from generation to generation.

These skills are every day survival skills, these skills are the very skills that we as a people will be forced to use when SHTF, but there is now a whole generation that cannot do these things anymore.

How will they and their kids survive when the pre-packed food and tins run out, what will they eat.

There are many different ways that my Mum used to bulk out our meals when times were hard, she used to put barley and or lentils in to soups to make them more filling, she used to use chicken carcasses to make soup, she even bought vegetable cuttings to make soups as well and you know once she had put the barley and or lentils into the soup it tasted great and really filled you up, what I remember is that there was always enough for seconds.

The preparing of foods and the idea of bulking it out are survival skills that my Mum used every day without thinking; she just got on with it and survived.

Perhaps it was because Mum had gone through the war (she was in fighter command) and carried on her frugal ways after the war I used to think that made her such a great cook and provider, but you know I was wrong it was her Mum she once told me that had shown her how to go on.

My Mum’s generation all knew how to make do and they accepted that having to do so was a way of life and nothing special.

Survivalists and Preppers alike should embrace these make do methods as not only do they work, they are very economic too and I feel that they should now be included in all our prepping and planning as they make sense..

Thanks Mum, I miss you.

Boot and Foot Care

An army marches on it’s stomach, well i march on my feet.

I used to do road marching as a “hobby” and ended up building up to the Nijmegan 4 days march which is 25 miles every day with a minimum 22lbs small pack. This is usually bags of sand taped up weighed in and weighed when back.

Believe it or not we wore DMS boots, say no more.

I don’t recommend you hike 10 miles (16 kilometers) with a pack on your back in any boots — even the most perfect boots, gifted to you on high by a choir of footwear angles — without breaking them in first.

The need to break in a boot is especially true with burlier boots — the stiffer your boot, the longer it takes to break in.

The creases you make in your boots as you break them in will form the shape of the boot for its life, so be sure you do it right. Wear them around the house with the socks you’ll hike in and make sure the lacing is tight against the boot’s tongue, which should lay flat. Then start with short day hikes and slowly, slowly increase the distance.

If your new leather boots are killing you and you don’t want to buy a new pair, try this soak the boots in warm water before wearing them with your hiking socks. A wet foot in a wet boot is no fun to begin with and will quickly create blisters, but molding a wet boot to your foot can be a last-resort break-in trick.

You could also simply walk down or up a shallow river or stream. Or even as we where advised to pee in them then go for a walk.

Feet

A quick point here you should condition your feet too, one way to do this is to dab them every night with white spirits which will harden the skin on the soles of your feet.

Socks

Start with the right socks — a moisture-wicking synthetic liner inside a wool-mix sock is a popular choice. Then try to keep your feet clean and dry — fabric “gators” that wrap around your boot and leg close the gap at the top of your boot, not only keeping out moisture but also keeping grime from sneaking in.

If your feet sweat, take your boots and socks off during rest breaks. If possible cool your feet off in a stream and then elevate them. Consider carrying a few extra pairs of socks and changing into them at these rest breaks. Wet skin increases friction and friction causes blisters.

Rinse out your nasty, sweaty, grimy socks in a stream and hang them on the outside of your pack. Not only will this trick ensure you have another clean, dry pair of socks to change into, but perhaps it will keep your hiking partners from crowding behind you on the trail.

A Tough Question

My wife asked me yesterday, what I plan to do with family members who don’t prep, in the event of an actual SHTF emergency.

My brothers and sister and their families are some of those non-preppers, even though they know all about my views on that subject. On a side note, does it tarnish
my prepper credibility when I can’t even convince my own siblings to prep?

I think that there are two questions in my Wife’s question, firstly will I help them if the SHTF? how far do I plan on helping, in terms of number of people/days? And if at all, I am going to help them in the first place.

These are questions I feel that every prepper must ask themselves when they start prepping, and it probably needs to be re-asked every few years or so as situations change.

I figure the answer to the first question will depend on the type of the emergency.

If it’s a small local emergency, like a house fire, flood or say the loss of their roof in high winds then yes, I am of course going to help them.

I can offer them a place to stay. I know my food preps would feed the family for some time.

What about a major SHTF event?

No one is perfect, in fact we all have weak points and perhaps illness’s to. What they may not have in health, they could make up for with experience, knowledge and skills.

Bringing extra adults (who you know) into my group would help greatly as there would be even more people to forage food and fire wood etc. and also allow for some sort of guard rota to be set up.

Remember if there are long standing fractions between you and the proposed incomers then stop, think, and re-think, can you handle that level of friction and argument? Do you need it?

Perhaps joining up is not going to be good for you, perhaps all you can offer is some of your prepps as you decide to not let them in.

Before any of this happens and you are faced with a decision of the heart, why not plan for what you would do IF this situation arose in the first place.

Work out, (knowing your family members etc.) how much extra food and water etc. You would need if they joined your group.

How long that food and water would last and where they all would sleep. As preppers we usually only prep for our immediate family so in this case the numbers change and we must take this into account.

Perhaps the actual question is, would I help in the first place, are my family behind any decision I make? can I afford to provide exactly the same quality of prepps for my extended family as I do for my immediate family?

If I and my family agree to help then should my extended family members help me financially in some way as it is they who will benefit should SHTF

My sister and her family live near Birmingham 130 miles away, one brother and his family live down south 135 miles away and the other and his family live about 15 miles away.

Two are too far away to make it here if the SHTF, which means I don’t really only have one to prep for. And on one level, it is not good because I love them dearly, and want them to make it too.

I think that it might help me and my conscience if I inform my brothers and sister that I cannot be there from them all and perhaps include information on what to do to start prepping for themselves in the future and explain that not to do so is very serious indeed, in fact I would go so far as to say it would be like planning to not survive.

In conclusion I would finish by telling them that I have planned for me and my immediate families’ survival and ask them not to rely on knocking on my door.

As I have said many times before, this question is one of the toughest you will have to ask and now is the time to ask it.

Gather your immediate family together and discuss it and come up with your own answer then act on it.

Avoiding Civil Unrest

Civil Unrest has occurred in pockets across the country over the past few years and is perhaps one of the more likely scenarios that could adversely affect us in the future.

It’s possible that we could see more protests and riots like those organized in Ferguson, here in the UK.

We only have to look back to the Mark Dugon incident Other widespread civil unrest could be caused by financial inequities or collapse, food shortages, loss of confidence
in government, or storms that leave people homeless.

Or at least that is our perception, I however am aware of under hand police tactics used to infiltrate groups of peaceful protesters and stepping the level of protest up
to and including violence, therefore justifying the police taking action to
disperse what was planned to be a peaceful law abiding protest.

Of course there is always the chance of peaceful protests turning violent because of outside agitators that flock to any event where they think they can run amok.
These anarchists are the cause of much of the violence we see on TV at
what would otherwise be peaceful protests.

While civil unrest is something that can strike any part of the country it is perhaps the most straightforward to avoid.

In the past we have seen civil unrest in large or even medium sized cities but it has not spread to the suburbs. On a few occasions there may have been minor fights between picketers in small towns but nothing like we saw in London or the Bradford riots.

So how exactly do you avoid getting swept up in any type of civil unrest? Having lived in Northern Ireland during the height of the troubles I can say that I have seen
many street riots but avoided many, many more by simply staying away from their
location, going around it or putting of traveling that day until things had calmed down.

Remember in an emergency, population density is your enemy.

Secondly, keep an eye on the local and national news. Civil unrest occurs most commonly from a planned protest or event.

If you hear there will be picketing, protests, or even a “peaceful march” in a particular location you should avoidn those areas completely.

If you were planning on going into the city for a business meeting or to shop simply reschedule it for another day or better location outside the city. Simply staying away
from locations that are likely to flare up with protests is not difficult.
Avoiding flash flooding for example that’s bearing down on you is much
tougher to do…

If for some reason you find yourself in a place that is quickly becoming a hot spot you should leave the area immediately and by any means possible.

If that means leaving a car behind and walking out to a safer spot then that may be the way to go. Don’t think that vehicle glass offers you any kind of defence.
A heavy tool or large rock makes quick work of it.

There is always the possibility that civil unrest could become more widespread than it has in the past.

If that is the case you should have plans in place to fortify your home I recommend using the plywood you should have stored in your garage and covering up any vulnerable windows.

The use of firearms in a situation like this is something that needs to be carefully considered and researched. As any use of “weapons” is your choice and you will have to justify your actions at a later date.

Personally I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

So, while there are many disaster scenarios that we can do very little to avoid (although we can still prep and plan for them) civil unrest is one situation that with good situational awareness we can avoid altogether.

Working on the Edge

Common knowledge states that a dull knife is far more dangerous to you than a sharp one. This becomes a problem for many people since most of us either lack the equipment or the skills to sharpen a knife.

As I always say a dull knife is a piece of metal.

If you have a knife sharpener then here are some tips to help you achieve a fine cutting edge.

The angle you hold your blade at is important. If you are sharpening a hatchet you want a 30 degree chopping edge. If you’re dealing with fine cutlery you’ll want a 10 degree edge. If you’re sharpening a knife for general use, you’ll probably want a 15 degree angle.

Anything above 30 degrees or below 10 degrees won’t actually sharpen the blade.

You use different coarseness levels for different levels of sharpness. If your knife is already pretty sharp and just needs a tune up, use the fine side of your sharpener. However, if your knife is dull, you’ll want to start with something coarser before moving to a finer sharpener to really put an edge on your blade.

You must sharpen each side of your blade an equal number of times. If you sharpen one side more than another, you won’t actually be sharpening it.

Ceramic

The first easy way to sharpen your knife is with a piece of ceramic. Most mugs are ceramic, so they are a good choice. The ceramic is used as a replacement for your fine stone. You just use the ceramic the same way you would a fine stone, 3 cuts both ways at a consistent angle

Glass

The second household item you can use is glass. Try using the top of a car window or the top of a glass cup. Either way, you use the rim of the glass in much the same way that you would the ceramic mug, making 3 cuts each way at a consistent angle until the blade is sharp.

Steel

The third thing you can use is a piece of steel like that found on a file or the back of another blade. The only thing is that you have to worry about the hardness of the steel. The steel on the sharpener needs to be harder than the blade you are sharpening, or else it won’t work. The Rockwell scale is a good measure of hardness to use in this situation. Otherwise, you just use the steel the same way you would a sharpener.

Sandpaper

The fourth thing you can use is sandpaper. This is especially good if you need something rougher than steel or ceramic. In order to sharpen your blade, just hold the paper flat and use the paper like your sharpening stone.

Concrete

The final thing you can use to sharpen your knife is concrete.When using concrete, make sure that it is a relatively smooth area with out any clutter. You may want to wet the concrete, but this isn’t necessary. This should only be used as a last resort however, since the concrete can damage your blade in the process of sharpening it. However, it can still sharpen your blade in an emergency.

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