How to make self-rising flour

How to make self-rising flour

Diversify your all-purpose flour to make it truly all purpose

If you are a prepper then the odds are you have a supply of grain somewhere in your food storage. You may have all-purpose flour stored up and even some self-rising flour. Still, you need to know how to create your own various flours and backing ingredients from scratch. Produce and baking ingredients may not be available in a survivalist situation. Where many overlook ingredient preparation skills, it is a vital part in being able to make and cook your own food. As bread is one of the cheapest foods to make (and yes I now there is little nutritional value in it), understanding how to make self-rising flour is important. Here is a step by step guide on how to make your own self-rising flour.

Step One: Get some grain seed


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If you do not have wheat or nuts, you can generally find a supply at an orchard or a farmer’s market. As grain grows in an abundance (as of now) the seeds are relatively cheap. Wheat seeds have a light brown texture or a somewhat white appearance. You do not want to get dark or roasted seeds. If you do not want to use wheat you can substitute barley, oats, nuts, rye, corn, and such to make your flour. Keep in mind that for the best results wheat should be used as you are going to prepare the ingredients for a chemical reaction. ENSURE YOUR SEEDS ARE DRY. If you need to use a dehydrator to ensure that all the moisture is out of the seeds. It is better that you have a dry seed then to have anything wet. If using nuts, you will want to shell the nut. Keep in mind that certain nuts have a low shelf life and do not make good flour (such as walnuts) where other nuts are great for flour (such as almonds). Do a bit of research to see which choice is best for you.

Step Two: Grind it to a powder

The next step is to grind the seeds to a powder. You want to ensure that there are no big chunks of seed within the mixture. Personally, I use a food processor and put the setting to pulp. The flour should be nice and fluffy. If it looks like blue cheese or has a sandy feel to it you need to grind it more.  As there is no liquid in the seed you should not have a paste.  If your seeds do form a paste then you will need to remove the moisture from your remaining seeds and start over. Of course, you can always cheat and go to a health food store and they will usually grind it for you.

Step Three: Add Backing Powder

Backing powder is going to be the main substance that causes the flour to rise. However, you do not want to overdo it. The ratio is 1 and ½ teaspoon for every cup of flour that you have made.  One pound of unground wheat will make about 4 cups of flour when ground. This would be the easiest way to add the baking soda as it would be a full 6 teaspoons.

Mix the contents in thoroughly.  It is recommended that you put the flour and the baking powder into the food processor and hit the pulse button a few times. If you are making the flour in a wilderness situation then you will want to mix the flour until there are no visible signs of the powder in the flour.

Step Four: Add Salt

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¼ of a teaspoon of salt is added to every cup. Again, it is better that you add salt on a pound (4 cups) as it makes the math a bit easier. You do not want to use salt that has thick grains such as rock salt, sea salt, kosher salt, or Epson (as that should never be used in cooking). Salts should consist of iodized table salt. Mix

Ensure that you package the flour in an area that cannot get moist. Air tight containers are best. Also, label the flour so that you do not get it mixed up with your all-purpose flour.

Important Note:

While your bread may consist of fruits and nuts, it is not advised that you add anything to your flour except that which is needed to convert it to self-rising flour. As you are setting up the flour to create a chemical reaction, you should not add spices and other ingredients to the mixture which could compromise the process. Save your dehydrated fruits, nuts, and spices for when you are ready to bake your bread and then follow the recipe.

Why should you make self-rising flour?

From a prepper’s perspective, it may be more beneficial to stock up on bags of self-rising flour than to make it. Yet, this is not necessarily true. You will need to use all-purpose flour for many occasions and will rarely need to have the self-rising flour. Salt and Baking Powder should already be a part of your food storage. Therefore, you should already have everything that you need in order to make the flour. Why buy something extra that will take up additional space on your shelves?

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An additional benefit to making your own self-rising flour (or purchasing it) is that you will eliminate the need to store up on yeast. Granted, if you are planning on making wine you will need yeast, but for baking and other standard uses, the self-rising flour will work out just fine.

Financially making your own flour saves a ton of money. The average bag of all-purpose organic flour costs between $7 (for Gold Medal) to $54 (King Arthur Flour).  Making your own all-purpose flour costs you about $2. Plus, making your own self-rising flour eliminates the dyes and the bleach used in commercial brands. Bottom line, you get a better product that last longer for cheaper.

How to build your food storage if you are poor

How to build your food storage if you are poor

Self-sufficiency is not a financially dependent lifestyle

I once heard a man say that reasons are excuses which are packed full of lies. And when it comes to prepping there is not such a bigger excuse than that of financial obligations. Many would be preppers and survivalists do not start because they reason that the financial obligation for prepping is too much. However, if one were to understand that the money spent on groceries and produce is far more than that of the self-sufficient individual, then they would be more apt to build their food storage. Here is how you can build your food storage if you are poor.

Understand and re-allocate your funding

Produce is marked up 70% or more to account for the loss and damage of the products in shipping. The average American spends nearly $151 on food[1]. Out of this a person spends $23 a week on junk food and fast food[2]. Now, the average small garden startup is $70. It does not take a great deal of math to calculate that re-allocating your fast food funds into a 3 week savings to start a garden is a wise choice. This is the first method of securing and building your food storage. You have to have your own way of providing your own food in order to sustain life in a catastrophic event.

Buy in Bulk

There is a misconception that bulk items are more expensive than single serve items. On the contrary, many of the bulk items that you can find are cheaper per serving. When you are building your food supply take some of the bulk and put it aside for your food storage. Where this is not a quick building method, you will gain some storage on your food and you will do so as you shop for your everyday needs.

Become a coupon King/Queen

There are a TON (and by this I mean thousands upon thousands) of coupon sites out there. Some stores still provide cut or print coupons for products. The odds are that if you have a particular food that you like, a coupon is available to get that food for a discounted price or for a buy one get one free. All you have to do is dedicate a bit of your time into finding the coupon. Do not go crazy with the coupon collecting. You have other needs which will need to be addressed such as water storage, survival skills, and your disaster preparedness plan. However, if you keep a coupon book of items you want and look for locations that offer multiple coupons and discounts, you can get your food items for a very low cost and build up your food storage.

Barter

For some reason the word barter has been associated with cheap in today’s society. Bartering was long established before our monetary system and it will be again if the financial system collapses. If you have a marketable skill then you have a skill that can be bartered. Where bush crafts and such do provide a self-sufficient way to do so, you can barter your services out even if you are a dentist, doctor, graphic artist, or stay at home mom. Unless you are a vegetable (and I do sympathize with those people) you can get up and do something that someone wants. The best part is, it will not cost you anything but your time.

Trade your skills for dehydrated meats and fresh produce that can be canned. Where that pie or cake may look good, it really has no place in the food storage plan.

Use the government to fund your aquaponics system

This is one of those situations where you can use the government to your advantage. I am not talking about going on food stamps or any other government reliance program. I am talking about your taxes. If you are poor then the odds are that you fall below the bracket of paying into your taxes and you get something back, this is especially true if you have dependents. In this scenario, if you get money back from filing your taxes spend that money on setting up an aquaponics system instead of going on that yearly vacation or getting that new car. Where the startup costs is a bit high, the food is pretty much never ending.

Buy Seeds

Seeds

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Granted, you will need to have a survival bag with at least 3 days of food and water in order to survive. And if you have the survival skills to hunt and fish, then you should be good to keep yourself alive. Adding seeds to your food storage is a cheap method of storing up food. While you may not consider seeds to be food now, they will yield a crop later. Ensure that you have organic seeds (not hybrids) which can be planted in various seasons for the best results.

Eat less and store more

Those living on a very tight budget can store food with one simple concept. Cut your portion size down. It is a proven fact that the majority of Americans over consume. The obesity level is through the roof. Cut your portion sizes down and you will not have to consume as much food. This will open up the door for you to either store the food which is not used or to use the funds from the savings to buy food to store.

There is no reason why anyone cannot build up a food storage. Regardless of whether you are rich or poor it comes down to your own willpower and motivation. Finances have nothing to do with it. If you want to be a prepper than you will find a way to become one, anything else are just excuses packed full of lies. Remember, you are the only one that can ensure your survival.

[1] According to gallup.com and thepeacefulmom.com

[2] Based upon statistics of a $1200 a year consumption

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterize your car: Items to keep in your car during winter months

Winterization goes beyond the vehicle to consider the driver and passengers

Winter is a festive time of year for any person. Yet, with the season also comes the cold weather. And where you may be a seasoned prepper and survivalist, you may not be up to date on winterizing your modern day equipment, specifically your car. There are several ways in which you can drastically minimize the risk of damage to yourself or your vehicle with these easy to follow winterization tips.

Have Water in the car

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Crazy as it may sound, you need to have water in your vehicle. In the event that you are stranded somewhere because of a roadblock, downed tree, the apocalypse, whatever, you will need to have some water. Now, keep in mind that during the winter the temperatures can get to below freezing. Allow some space for ice expansion in the container to keep it from breaking. Store the water in a blanket to reduce the chances of it freezing.

Granted, you could live off the water from the snow for a while, but then again there may only be cold temperatures and hard ground.

Have a mobile air generator

Tire pressure fluctuates in the cold weather. You may have the ideal pressure when you set out on a trip, but because of the cold the air can reduce in the tires. You will find this common especially if the car has been sitting for a day or two (say at a hotel or campsite). A mobile air generator gives you the ability to pump up your own tires and regulate the pressure in the tires. There are several different air generators available. Most are electric and work off of the cars voltage plugs. However, you can find gas and even diesel air generators if you look around.

A shovel

Unseen dips in the terrain can quickly become a hazard to your vehicle. Having a shovel is a great way to keep you from getting stuck for too long. Granted, if you have a large SUV  or Truck you may need to use that tow cable to pull yourself out of a ditch or a hole. Those that just get too much snow around the tires or underbody of the car can use the shovel.

A chainsaw

I would venture to say that most people have not considered a chainsaw as part of the car winterization process. Yet, more people get stranded by fallen trees and debris during the winter than during any other time of the year (apart from maybe tornado season in Kansas). Now, I am not saying that you should start cutting on trees that are over powerlines or cause a threat to your health if you try to clear them, but if there is a tree that is blocking the road or close to falling on your car or another vehicle, cut it down and cut it up. If you have a large cargo area, take some of the wood for firewood for later.

A 5 gallon container of gas

Why 5 gallons? Typically a vehicle can hold anywhere from 10 to 20 gallons of gas. A 5 gallon tank will sustain you long enough to get to point B without painting a huge sign on your car that says “break in here and take my extra stockpile of gas”. If you want to have a backup for the entire tank, use small containers or lock down your large container. Remember, you will also need to take into account any tools and generators which rely upon gas.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

As a prepper, you are familiar with first aid and with first aid strategies. You also understand that the cheap kits that adorn cars are little more than novelty products to make consumers feel better about their purchases. Have a spare tactical first aid kit in your vehicle. This is imperative. For one, you are maximizing your chances of a successful winter by eliminating the excuses of not having a specific medical supply to help you in an emergency. Secondly, you are establishing an alternative place for your first aid to accompany your disaster preparedness plan. DO NOT use your primary first aid kit from your bug out bag.

Alcohol (closed container)

Let me be very, very clear here. In NO way do I promote drinking and driving and in no way do I promote having an open container in the car. Both are illegal in most states (drinking and driving is of course) as well as dangerous. That being stated, alcohol does not freeze and can provide you with an emergency source of liquid if needed. Do not get beer as this really has no purpose in a survival situation or in winterization. Use a strong alcohol like whiskey or vodka. Again, KEEP THE CONTAINER CLOSED AND STORED AWAY FROM THE DRIVER. If you have to use it, discard the bottle and do not drive till you are 100% sober.

Steel Wool and a Mobile battery charger

I would venture to say that 75% of winter problems with a car have to do with the battery. In most cases the battery is drained and the car just dies. There are a few ways in which you can go about checking your battery.

Lick your fingers and touch both terminals (NO, NO, DON’T THAT WAS A JOKE)

  • First try to turn the engine over. If you get some power and then the lights fade off or there is a slow dying it is probably the battery. If you get an abrupt dying of the interior lights it could be the battery or it could be the alternator.

 

  • Pop the hood and look for any visible signs of buildup on the terminals of the battery. This will be a green like substance. Do not touch it as it is battery acid and corrosion and not good for the skin. Instead remove the terminals from the battery (with the engine turned off) and use the steel wool to gently remove the build-up.

 

  • Most mobile battery chargers have a gauge which will tell you the power of your battery. Note that you will always have below 100% unless it is a brand new battery. If you find the numbers to be 10 to 50% then you need to use the charger to power up the battery.

 

These are but a few ways to keep your car and yourself ready for the winter season. Of course, you should do the proper and regular maintenance such as oil changes, fluid checks, and fuse checks. Remember, as a prepper/ survivalist you need to be ready for a catastrophic event at any time. That includes in your car in the winter.

 

Ron Paul Predicted Over 10 Years Of American Policy… And Got Everything Right

 

Gotta love it when Ron Paul was spot on and no one listened…back in 2002 he predicted, before congress, what the future would look like… and he got it all right. He accurately predicted the Middle East as it is today including how the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would go, the Arab Spring, and the rise of radical Islam.

He Predicted the ramp up of Police militarization and the off setting of it with more social welfare. He even predicts the financial collapse in 2008 and the rise of interest rates. Like him or hate him, Ron Paul was a visionary.

 

Services for Barter… if things collapse

Services that will be valuable for use as barter (if things collapse)

The top 5 skills that can be bartered in a catastrophic event

In today’s world there is much talk about how people need to diversify their portfolios and gain a financial advantage over the other man. And where this may be true to some effect, there is really not a need for the survivalist/prepper. If one looks at the events that have plagued our society and the globe in the past year, it is obvious that there is more than finances to consider. A person must have a set of skills and must be preparing to live in an economy where the dollar is of no use. Those which have such skills will be able to barter them to meet the demands, essentials, and luxuries if things collapse. Here are the top five skills that can be bartered if things collapse.

Number One: Hunting

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If you can hunt and fish then you have a way to barter. Everyone will need to have food but not everyone will have the skills to hunt and fish. Those which understand game trails and can collect enough meat for themselves as well as for someone else will profit from bartering. You will need to ensure that you keep a secretive ambiance. Those which are known to have food and water will quickly become the target of those which are doing without.

 

 

 

 

 

Number Two: Medic

When people start to get injured and people start to die, those with medical training will be critical. Avoid urban medic bartering as you will quickly find that your services will become mandatory, especially if the urban area has martial law established. Instead, focus your attentions at a location (not your bug out location) where you can meet and treat discretely. Basic first aid can be bartered for small supplies. However, stitching and critical care should be bartered at a higher cost. It may sound a bit rough, but it will be survival of the fittest and you will have the means to stay fit.

Number Three: Those who can make alcohol

Moonshiners, breweries, and wine makers will find that they will always have something to barter. In a catastrophic event people will do what people have always done in a bad situation. They will get drunk. And while the bars may be filled for a very short time, those which have alcohol stored up and can produce more will benefit. Apart from the drinking, alcohol can be used to sterilize both equipment and wounds, it can be used as an explosive as well as other things. Keep in mind that moonshining is illegal in most states so if you are currently producing it, keep it to yourself.

Number Four: Bushcraftsman

Bug out bags and supplies will only go so far. At some point a person is going to have to replace the tools and the equipment. Unfortunately for most, the stores will have already been looted by this time and there will be no way to get a commercialized product. Fortunately for the prepper/survivalist that has bushcraft skills, you can make something new. Preppers should have multiple tools in order to hone your bush craft skills. Essential to the trade will be your hatchet and arm length axe and knife. Coupled with this, of course, would be your fire craft skills.

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If and when things collapse, information will be vital for survival. People will want to know what is going on and what is to be expected. The problem will be in obtaining reliable information. It can be predicted that the radio waves will become saturated with propaganda, especially if the military is involved.
Hersey will be rapid and people will quickly get discouraged with haphazard intel. The key to this bartering skill is to be able to provide the information without giving away that you have a HAM, CV, or other communications device. The best method would be to establish a fictional but believable contact man or woman that you are receiving your information from.

Regardless of you skill be weary

Bartering will only take you so far and you should be very weary when you barter. If a person thinks that he or she can simply kill you and take your stash they will. If they believe that they can hold you prisoner and make you perform a skill they will. Do not believe that this can happen? Look to the holocaust. Jews which were considered to have a skillset were forced to provide that skill to the enemy. Once the enemy learned that skill or tired of the individual, they killed them. Do you not think that in a catastrophic event that the common man will not go to any means needed to secure his and his family’s survival?

Your bartering reputation starts now

Establish yourself as a person that has an asset now. Make yourself the person that others go to for meat, or for information, wine, or any other prepper skill. If you a part of a survivalist group, offer to barter some of your supplies (for example if you have goat cheese or make your own bullets swap someone for blankets and canned food). It is better that you establish yourself now as someone that has a good then to try to do it later. That being stated, do not make yourself a target. When you start bartering ensure that everyone understands that you can hold your own and that you are not to be taken advantage of.

If you lack a barterable skill, then what are you waiting on? Hone your prepper and survivalist skills. Surviving goes beyond having a bag full of supplies or a storage house full of food, you have to be able to ensure the long term sustainability of yourself and your family. And where you may have the skills to do it all, the odds are that you will need a little help along the way.

Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Top Survival Priority: Water or Shelter?

Where should you be setting your priorities in a survival situation?

Survivalist and preppers understand that the essentials must be covered in order to sustain them should there be a catastrophic event. Sure, planning has gone into making a bug out bag and there have been some skills which have been honed in order to achieve this, but which element should be the top of the top? Should you focus on your food or your water as your main priority?

The Easy Answer

Focus on Shelter.shelter2 This may come as a shock to some people, but the reality of the situation is that you have already acquired your water for the first 5 days. Granted, this will not sustain you for the long run and you will need to find a water source, but if you have done your prepping and planning strategically (meaning that you have not waited until a catastrophic event has occurred) you already have located a sustainable water source.

What would cause you to need to find alternate shelter from your plan?

Your disaster preparedness plan should have a definitive location for your shelter and your water. However, the area can become compromised based upon several factors. These can include:

  • Military presence around your location is too strong – There is a theory that the closer you are to danger the safer you will be. This is not true in a catastrophic event. If your shelter is too close to a military base of operations, you will more than likely be found and seized.
  • Other Preppers have acquired the spot – Yes, you could fight to the death over the area, but this is really not the way that you want to start out your survival. The only way that I would say that you should duke out the survival spot is if you have erected a structure such as a bunker and another person has tried to occupy it.
  • Catastrophic Situations have unpredictably made the area insecure or unyielding – In a catastrophic event you will not be able to predict with certainty how the terrain will be affected. Should you find that the area in your disaster plan is unsuitable, you will need to go to another location.

Shelter should be sought over water as the environment is going to be harsh. As you are looking for an area in which to live, simply finding a spot that has water is not going to be sufficient. You need to ensure that there is a food source, water, a means of getting out quick if needed, tactical advantages, vantage points, the proximity to dangers, egresses, natural lighting, and the condition of the soil (just to name a few).  Now, keep in mind that during a catastrophic event, you will be battling against the terrain as well as everyone else to find a spot. The best solution: Find multiple spots prior to an event occurring.

The more difficult answer

Where shelter is a priority and will need to be found in order to keep you from over exertion, dehydration, as well as provide the basic functionality of a shelter, water may be the top priority depending upon the conditions. Should an event occur and the heat index rise to a substantial level you will need to find water and find it quickly. Granted, you will need to find a shelter to keep from getting sunburned and dehydrated, but without water you will die anyway.

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You should not spend more than 2 days looking for shelter. If you have to think of water vs shelter and you have a 5 day pack, you need to ensure that you will be able to allot time to finding water. If after the end of 2 days you have not found s sustainable shelter, you will need to just make do with what is available and seek out some sustainable water. You do NOT want to totally deplete your bug out bags water prior to finding a renewable source of water.

It’s all about the location

Finally, when you are thinking about your survival plan consider where your plan is located. Are you depending on wilderness survival? If so, you will need to focus on the shelter first, as water is more abundant in the wilderness (usually). Are you planning for urban survival? Water will be your main priority as there will be plenty of abandon buildings and structures which you can choose to take shelter in. Look for residences with external water heaters as a quick way to gain access to stored and safe water.

Be prepared and you will not have to prioritize

Where you cannot fully plan for the worst situation, you can be prepared to survive. Preppers and survivalist who have a plan and a backup plan or two should have a few locations selected in various locations which provide ample shelter as well as have a natural water source. Bug out bags should be equipped with tarps and water to provide for immediate shelter and water if needed, but these should be understood to be temporary solutions. Bags which have water straws and water filters can maximize the time that a person can look for a shelter or a route to their bug out location. Do not limit yourself to one plan or have your location around one main river (For example: you would not want to have 15 locations picked along the Mississippi River. If the river becomes polluted to the point of not being able to use it you have 15 useless locations). Diversify your locations around several natural water supplies to maximize your potential for one of the locations to be functional in a catastrophic event.

It is in the best interest of the prepper/survivalist to perform checks on their shelter and water locations. Revamp your plan if you find weaknesses in your plan or if the shelter and water desirability change (for example a 4 lane highway is constructed cutting you off from accessing your shelter without compromising your safety). Prepare, plan, re-plan, and you should survive.

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

Tips for First Time Gun Buyers

What to do before and during your purchase

If you are a prepper and just starting out, then one of the tools which you are sure to acquire is a gun. Yet, for those which have never purchased a gun, the process may be a little frustrating. There are a few things which must be considered prior to and during your purchase. Here is a list of the top considerations you need to have in line before and during a gun purchase.

Before you Purchase a gun

Before you purchase a gun, you need to select the gun which is appropriate for you. Now, if you do not have a gun then you will need to find a way in which to test various guns to find the perfect fit. There are a few ways in which you can do this.

  1. Find a friend that has a few different guns and ask to shoot them. Ensure that the person that has the guns knows what he/she is doing. You do not want to kill yourself just because you and the person that owns the guns thought it would be fun to unload a few rounds.

 

  1. Go to a firing range and ask if they can instruct you. Typically, you can find someone that will be able to match a gun to your needs, your build, and your ability.

Planning your Purchase

Remember that when you go to purchase a gun that you are entering into a commercial space. The person that is selling you the gun is going to try to up sell whatever they can to get the most profit from you. Do a bit of research on the various guns which are available. As with any commercialized product there are different makes and models available as well as different bells and whistles for each. This does not mean that you have to purchase these things. Do not get bamboozled by the salesman which is trying to get more on their commission and profits.

Once you have picked the gun or rifle that you want, then you need to ensure that you have the proper paperwork in place to purchase the gun. Where Hollywood would make it sound as if you can just go into a pawn shop or a gun shop and slap down a bit of money and get a gun that day, the reality of the situation is that you will have to have your paperwork processed and that the paperwork will have to clear before you can pick up your gun. In most cases this will take 7 days or more. To help expedite the process have:

  • Your gun safety license or a copy of the license
  • Your driver’s license and a secondary proof of Identity
  • The cash to pay for the gun
  • A background Check printout on you

The last point is essential in helping things along. Most of the delay that you will find is a result of the governmental stipulations requiring that all those which purchase a firearm have a background check conducted. Where the establishment may require a new background check, it may not if you have a notarized and authentic source for your background check.

Purchasing your gun

Again, I really want to drive the point home that you will be purchasing from someone that is not concerned with your safety and how you shoot the gun. They are concerned with your dollars and you leaving the store legally with a weapon. That is it. When you go in to purchase a gun, you need to have in mind the type of gun and the features which you will want to have on the gun. Be sure to ask about warranties, different models, and ask about the cost of ammunition and upkeep for the particular model that you select. If you are choosing a Glock or another similar gun which is notorious for not having a safety, ensure that you acquire a trigger lock or another way to ensure that you do not accidently fire the gun.

Gun stores love preppers, for some reason they think that the majority of us are ill informed theorist. This has, unfortunately, led to many gun providers offering over the top guns to those that make it known that they are prepping. Keep it to yourself that you are planning for a catastrophic event. Instead use terms like “I want some extra defense” or “what is your best long range hunting rifle”. You may want to consider stating that “I have a bit of precision training and I want a gun that has a bit more power than a (put gun type here).” The more informed you are the better you will be in getting things accomplished.

It is part of your plan so plan wisely

You do not want to look like a novice when you go to pick out a gun. Look like you have been there before and that you have a firm grasp on weaponry. The worse thing that you can say when you go to purchase your first gun is “I have never purchased a gun before and need a little bit of help” or something to the equivalent. Yes, you can ask questions and yes it is important to get help on a topic if you do not understand what is being stated. However, you do not want to be the target of every sales person that says you must have this and that in order to have a prepper ready arsenal.

TIP: Where gun purchasing does take time and there is usually a waiting period, you can usually purchase your ammunition the day that you go to a store. If you are certain that you are going to get a particular gun, go ahead and start buying up the ammunition for it. As the amount of boxes you can purchase is limited, buying now and later will give you more bullets.

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How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

How to preserve meat without a refrigerator

Because let’s face it a GM is just too large for a bug out bag

Preppers will need to have a food source. If you are not a vegetarian it would be a health risk for you to completely take proteins and meats out of your diet. At the same time, the meat which you obtain from your hunting and fishing need to be preserved in order for you to have a sustainable food source. Where you could go out and hunt every day and cook the meat fresh, the chances of you finding food daily is bleak and you will have other tasks which will not allow you to constantly be sitting and waiting on game. Here are some ways in which you can preserve meat without a refrigerator.

You can dehydrate your meat PRIOR to bugging out

Dehydrated meat lasts for a very long period of time. As the moisture is removed from the meat it last longer and is less subject to molding and other damage which occurs when water is present. The easiest way for you to dehydrate meat is in a dehydrator. You will need to season and cook the meat before placing it into the dehydrator. The only instance in which you would put the meat into the dehydrator uncooked would be if you are planning on cooking the meat later and using it in your food or for bait. Of course, this is a bit counterproductive. If you can perform the task now then why wait for a catastrophic event and the survivalist atmosphere to do it?

Salt the meat

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Salting the meat is going to be the best way to preserve meat when you are in a wilderness situation. Careful consideration needs to be given to how much salt you have in your bug out bag. Meats have to be placed into a brine of salt for a few days. Once the meat has absorbed the salt and dried out a bit, you will need to have a coating applied to it. The coating can be made with water and molasses. Keep in mind that the molasses may draw flies and other insects. Let the coating harden and then keep the meat hung in a dry climate. Again, you will want to keep the meat from insects and other animals, but at least it will be preserved.

NOTE: The coating that you add to the meat keeps it moist. If needed avoid the coating and put the meat in a covering of salt for a few weeks. The salt will preserve the meat. However, it will become jerky as the salts will draw out the moisture. You can rehydrate the meat to an extent, but you should keep this in mind when determine which methodology you wish to use.

Cold Water Does wonders

As water, specifically fresh water, will be a vital part of your wilderness survival, you can utilize your fresh water source to help preserve your meat. When using this method you will need to have a container which can also act as a conductor. Some people would state that a plastic cooler would work. Yet, I find that these are too bulky and too thick to preserve meat effectively unless the temperature of the water is very cold. Instead, I find that metal containers do real well. Place the meat into a container in a ziplock bag (to keep out toxins). Put this into the metal container. The metal container should be buried 2/3 to ¾ of the way in the water and secured. The top of the container should have water flowing over it but it should not be submerged to the point of having rapids going over it. As the container remains cool, so will the meat. Those using this method should understand that the meat is not going to be preserved for a long period of time. You are basically creating a wilderness version of a refrigerator.

The Cooking Method

One of the simplest means of preserving meat is to cook it. When you cook the meat you are killing the bacterium in the meat and reducing the moisture in the game. By doing this you can keep the meat longer. It is recommended that you add a salt coat to cooked meat when you are not planning on eating it soon.grilled meat

When you cook meat which you want to preserve, do it slowly. Keep the barbeque mentality. Slow and low. If you try to cook the meat too quickly you will only burn it to a crisp and have nothing that has any nutritional value. You won’t even enjoy eating the crust.

Keep it alive till you need it method

Many people do not consider their food source as a preservation of meat. However, it is a vital part to your meat preservation. If you have rabbits or chickens you have walking meat. Do not make the mistake of abandoning your meat source in a catastrophic event. Take you a few rabbits or a chicken or two. As long as the game is reproducing you will have a meat source. Do not kill your game until you are ready to skin and eat it. By doing this, you eliminate the need to have an abundance of salt, dehydrate your meats, or worry about spending too much time on the game trail. Of course, you will need to allocate time into keeping the animals alive, but I believe that the payoff is worth it.

When in a survivalist situation, you do not need to get food poisoning or run out of meat. Ensure that you have a tried and true way of preserving your meat. Start practicing you skills now so that you will not have to learn them when the SHTF. Additionally, preppers and survivalist should be practicing their canning and their cutting skills to maximize the amount of meat they have available when a catastrophic event occurs.

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How to Improve Your Sense of Direction

Did you know?

A quarter of the cars on the road right now have GPS systems.

This should mean it’s almost impossible for someone to get lost, right?

Wrong! People still get lost all the time. In survival situations, you need to be able to get around without your phone, GPS or any other technological advantage and know which way to go. What would you do if your phone died and your only source of direction was through the phone? Would you be lost?

Would you know how to get to safety?

This article is going to help you improve your sense of direction and improve your chances of getting to safety.

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There are a lot of factors that determine your directional skills. It has been proven that directional orientation is an acquired ability. This means you’re in luck!

Whatever your current aptitude, even the stubborn men out there like myself, you can learn how to improve your sense of direction.

Here’s how you can improve your sense of direction.

At Home

While you will need to get out of your house for further improvement, it all starts at home. Here are some tips on how you can start in your home, starting today.

  • Eat well – Foods rich in antioxidants like blueberries and pinto beans have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain. This helps with improving memory-related tasks like remembering directions.
  • Exercise – Aerobic exercise likewise increases blood-flow to the brain. Numerous studies show that the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for memory, including spatial memory — is larger in individuals who exercise regularly.
  • Rest Up – Keeping well rested is one of the most important things for all aspects of your life, not just for improving your sense of direction. It helps your brain to more effectively take in and store spatial relationships.
  • Study Maps – Yes, studying maps can actually help improve your sense of direction. By finding and studying a map of your route (even day to day routes) you can visualize your route and note features that you will encounter on your route and how they’ll be in relation to one another.
  • Find North – Keeping the cardinal directions in mind at all times is important. Know which direction your home faces and then use that to orient yourself inside it. Which direction do you face when you do the dishes? What about when you watch TV or sleep? Do you know?
  • Play Games – Games are one of the best ways to train our brain for anything. Activities that require you to exercise your spatial awareness, Tangrams or Pentominoes can help improve your ability to intuitively understand how distances relate to one another.

 

Out and About

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the car or out in natures hiking on trails, here are a few things you can do when you’re out and about that will improve your sense of direction.

  • Visualize – Visualization is one of the first steps you’ll always want to take. Whether you are thinking about driving somewhere or walking down trails, you’ll want to visualize the route you’ll take in as much detail as possible, before you start. Picture specific landmarks and where they are in relation to one another. When you begin traveling, compare what you see with what you’ve visualized. Is your memory accurate? It will get better with time.
  • Pay Attention to the Time – Check out the time before you begin and continue to take note of the time as you pass specific landmarks and once again when you reach your destination. This will help you get a feel for relative distances This will be helpful if you find you’ve missed a turn or went too far. You’ll have a more accurate idea of how far back you’ll need to go.
  • Verbalize What You See – Verbalizing anything helps to solidify the information in your brain. Say each landmark out loud while you pass it to reinforce where it is in your mind.
  • Make Up a Story – Stories are one of the best ways to get our minds to remember information. Connecting landmarks in a story form (even if it’s made up and crazy) can help you to better remember the information.
  • Think Big – When you are going somewhere, try to get a birds eye view of the route on a map. Basically you want to recognize where you are on a map. Relate your position to a fixed frame of reference so you can better acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Always think in the cardinal directions.
  • Take a New Route – Most of us have habits of going one specific way every single day. Our route to work likely hasn’t changed, the same as we don’t usually change the way we go to our family or friends’ houses. Switch up your normal route and imagine different routes on a map, even if its just taking a parallel street a block or two away. This will help you with orienting yourself better.
  • Get a Different Perspective – Many times we’ll forget where we parked our car in parking lots. We tend to blame this on getting older, however there are ways you can improve this. As you walk from your car to your destination, turn around and look back at it every 10 seconds or so. This will help you solidify in your memory where your car is, along with familiarizing yourself with what you’ll be seeing on your return trip. For longer distances like hikes, just increase the interval between backward glances.
  • Don’t Panic – Panicking happens. It’s important to stay calm when these situations occur. People tend to move quicker when their anxious, and that will potentially get you more lost than you already are. If you find yourself lost, remember STOP: Stop, Think, Observe and Plan

If you are someone who has lived your entire life confused about directions, don’t worry.

It’s never too late to start working on your directional senses. Take the time and practice these activities and develop the habit of awareness. Practice this and apply it in your day to day life. You’ll notice that the more you practice this skill, the better you will get at determining directions.

Do you have any other tips that help you with directions?

7 Unique Redneck Camping Tricks

As we all are aware, everyone has camping tips. This article is going to give you a couple tricks for those of you who fancy yourself as “rednecks”.

We’ve got your back when it comes down to unique camping tricks.

While some of these will give you a laugh, others will give you an “aha” moment where you’ll say “why didn’t I think of that??”

 

1. Place Sandpaper on a mason jar lid for strike-able match storage

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Find the instructions here.

 

2. Create outdoor candle sticks for easy, portable lighting

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Instructions here.

 

3. Doritos can be used as kindling.

 

4. Put frozen water jugs in your cooler to keep food cold with an end result of water!

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Instructions here.

 

5. Create a pocket-sized oil lamp from a travel shampoo bottle

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Instructions here.

 

6. Create travel-friendly coffee brewers from filters and floss

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Instructions here.

 

7. Make your own grill out of a tin can

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Instructions here.

Want a full list of these things? Check out the post at Camp Like a Redneck | 14 Unique Camping Tips

What is a Bug Out Bag?

After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a bug out bag, but what is it and why do you need one?

Having a bug out bag in our home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.

A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is designed to last you for three days. These are also referred to as 72 hour emergency kits. They need to be portable and have all the things you need to survive during a disaster.

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What should your bug out bag contain?

What you actually pack in your survival kit will have to do with your own needs as well as where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane.

But if you’re in an area that is more likely to be dry, you’ll want to have a different set of items. In general, though, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require real cooking, and a change of clothing.

Itís also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to help you start a fire, stay dry and warm. Itís also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medications.

When would you use a bug out bag?

There are many situations that might warrant the use of an emergency kit. For example, you might have a gas leak in your home or a fire requiring you to leave it. You could also need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.

And, unfortunately, itís important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of long-term changes, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.

A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a back pack for their bug out bag because itís easy to carry and allows you to have your hands free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag that has essentials.

When you have a 72 hour emergency kit, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each member of your family will protect you during an emergency that requires evacuation.

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How to practice survival skills NOW

How to practice survival skills NOW

Even if you are not planning on going off the grid

If you want to start practicing some survival skills and have no idea on where you can start, you are in luck. I have a few things that you can do which will hone your skills. The best part of this is that the skills that you use are fairly easy to do and will enhance your quality of life while minimizing your wallet’s expenses. Here are 4 things you can do now to practice your survival skills.

Number One: Cut your Own Firewood

Cutting your own firewood is a multi-purpose activity. First, it hones your skills in gathering. You have to understand which woods are good for high heat, which are “green” as well as where to find starter for your fire. High heat wood is your dry wood meaning that the wood has sat for over 6 months. Green wood is fresh cut or wood that has been sitting for less time. Starter can be found in the hardened sap wood of pines and other such deadwood.

Secondly, by cutting your own wood you are honing your axe skills and physical strength. While some of you may not consider this a survival skill, I would pose this question. If you do not have the physical strength to carry the wood and game you obtain, what good is it to you? Also, if you cannot cut a simple log in half, how do you expect to butcher game or make any bushcraft?

Number Two: Rainwater from your gutters

This is a really interesting and easy way in which you can practice your water collection skills. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid, collecting rainwater can be used to water plants, wash your car, and an array of other uses. To make a rainwater collection system from your gutter, what you will need to do is:

  1. If possible cover the tops of the gutters to minimize debris
  2. Acquire a collection container with a filter
  3. Remove the bottommost part of the spout and replace it with the collection base
  4. Wait for it to rain

Of course there is a bit more details in how to go about making your own containers and such, but this is the basics of it. In all reality, if you cannot make or find a container to collect water there is no hope for your survival. This is the simplest of skills you can practice. If you do not feel like tearing up your gutter system, get a 50 gallon container and some PCV pipe and make some collection tubes on your property. There are literally hundreds of ways in which you can make a rainwater collection system. From the aqueduct containers to the simple milk jug cut in half, your imagination is the only restriction.

As a survivalist, you will have to think of new ways in which to perform the same task. So, implement a few different ideas into collecting rainwater and see which ones work the best.

Number Three: Have a garden

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It has been proven that those which grow their own organic food have a healthier and longer life than those which consume commercialized products.  You are maximizing the vitamins and minerals which are in the produce. When you buy frozen or commercialized produce nearly 70% of the vitamins and minerals have been depleted from them.

From a survivalist standpoint, you are learning how to make sustainable food. Ensure that when you plant your garden that you are using organics and not hybrids. Hybrids do not yield any seeds which can be used on future crops. Organic crops do yield seeds which can be used on new crops. Ensure that you save at least 20 to 30 percent of your food’s seeds for the next round. If you want to really work on your survival skills, do not use pesticides and make your own compost for the garden. Those which want to include a bit of protein in their diet may also want to consider a hydroponic system.

Number Four: Get your HAM license

In a catastrophic event communication will be essential in understanding what is going on. Where there may be a bit of radio and television, it can be predicted that such information will be heavily oriented to the government’s agenda. News will need to be obtained from an insider’s perspective. Having a HAM license and having the skills of other communication devices which do not work on a high frequency (such as the FM radios) will maximize your potential in being able to obtain vital information. As such, you will be able to prepare for any tactical maneuvers and such as they arise.

Now, you can obtain your HAM license and just have a bit of fun with talking with other survivalists and preppers. You can see how others are making their plans and build off of their knowledge. If you have honed your communication skills, then if a catastrophic event occurs you will be ready with reliable news making you an asset.

These are but four of the ways that you can practice being a survivalist. Other areas which will help you in your survival is to get involved in hiking, biking, camping, get a goat and chickens, learn how to tell time by the sky, or learn to cook from scratch. All of these will help you to be self-sufficient. Even if you are not planning on going off the grid (and I do not know why you would chose to stay on it) you do need to try to be as self-sufficient as you can be. If not for the absence of governmental control, do it for the financial gain which you can have from not having to spend money on commercialized products. Being a survivalist is a lifestyle that requires you to hone your skills early, before a catastrophic event. Your survival is your responsibility, so start now.

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VIDEO: Thug Snatches Grandma’s Purse… Gets Rapid Dose Of TEXAS JUSTICE

Shoppers at a Waco, Texas, Walmart decided to take matters into their own hands when they apprehended a suspect after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse.

Shoppers at the store witnessed Andre Dawson, 27, take the purse from an 84-year-old woman and attempt to flee. He didn’t make it far as three men pursued him in the store parking lot.

Cellphone video footage of the incident showed the men struggling with Dawson, who broke free at one point. That’s when a woman witnessing the struggle fired a gun over Dawson’s head. Dawson hit the ground after hearing the shot but then attempted to run again after he apparently realized he wasn’t wounded.

The Best Light to Have In An Emergency

The best light to have in an emergency

How understanding the basics of off grid illumination can help your survival

Lights are not commonly associated with a person’s disaster plan. It is not that they are unimportant or that we should not give them our attention, but simply that we overlook light.

However, anyone who has been through a major natural disaster will tell you that your light source should be considered.

Why is this?

In a disaster, the power grid typically fails. A line is severed, a transformer blows, the connections are submerged in water or the house becomes damaged and power cannot be received. As a result, the lighting fails.

Here are the best lights to have in an emergency.

Solar Generated Lighting with backup power storage

The best way in which to avoid the results of a power grid outage is to go off the grid. Having solar panels installed on your home as well as having a generator and power storage from the energy supplied by the panels is essential to the prepper.

If such measures are taken, the prepper will not be affected if a catastrophic event cuts off the main power from the general public. This is also a tactical advantage should the power grid be overtaken by the government during martial law.

They cannot cut off what is already disconnected. Keep in mind, however, that your solar panels will be located on the exterior of your home and that should a natural disaster damage the panels you will have to rely on your back up power or alternative lighting.

Additionally, houses with self-sufficient power can and do come under attack by the government.

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LED Flashlight

LED lighting has a tendency to last a bit longer than the standard flashlight. There are numerous LED sources which can be obtained. Some use AA batteries and some can be charged through solar panels. Others have a lithium battery within it which recharges itself.

I would recommend picking a light which has AA batteries and then using a rechargeable battery for the power. This will keep the light longer and allow you to re-vamp your power should you need to do so.

Maglite of the equivalent

The reason that this makes the list is for its durability and the intensity of the brightness. You want to have a light source which can be used while on the run (in your bug out mode).

A cheap light is very apt to break or become damaged, especially if you have the light mounted to your hip and it is constantly banging against your side.

The Maglite is metal cased and so there is a lower risk of damage. Additionally, the larger flashlights can double as a defensive close range weapon with little thought to damaging the functionality of the light.

Army Flashlight

As a prepper, you need to look for tools that are multi-functional. An army flashlight provides you with the light that you will need in an emergency as well as provides you with a small arsenal of tools.

Depending on the type of army flashlight you choose, you may have a compass, interchangeable lenses (which will help you in your tactics) as well as the standard flashlight capabilities.

Remember that these flashlights are designed with camouflage in mind and so you will need to have some way to find the device should the power go out.

It may seem a bit redundant, but if you cannot see the flashlight then you can’t use it.

FIRE

Out of all the light sources that you can have in an emergency, fire is the dominant source. There are a number of ways in which you can get fire as a light source.

This can be in the form of an oil lamp, a wooden stove, an open flame, or in something as simple as a lighter. If you are using an oil lamp you will want to ensure that your lamp has plenty of oil and that the wick is trimmed.

Those using a wooden stove should have the fire set and ready to be lit PRIOR to an emergency. Trying to build a fire in the dark can be done, but why would you want to if you can just strike it and be done.

Open flames should be lit using your lighter or (better) with flint and steel. Honing your fire craft skills will keep you with lighting.

Additional considerations to your lighting in an emergency

Lighting in an emergency needs to be addressed from both the practical as well as the strategic standpoint. Those which do not have lighting need to ask:

  • What has caused the light shortage? If the light is the result of the power grid going down or a natural disaster, you need to determine which method will sustain you the best. Where it may be ideal to have a fire, if the conditions would cause the fire to extinguish it may be best to use a flashlight.
  • What is the primary purpose that you need the light? Lighting is multi-functional. In many cases a person will associate heat with light. You need to determine if you need light for navigation, for security, or if you are seeking a heat source. If you are seeking the latter then you need heat not light. Fire or clothing may help in this area. If you are navigating by light you should consider the tactics and the amount of illumination needed. Those which are in a high risk urban environment a lower intensity should be used, if you are in a wilderness situation a higher luminance can be used.

These are but a few of the lighting considerations that you should consider for an emergency.

Please note that you can also implement automatic lighting, security lights, homemade lighting system, and in the worst case scenario you could even use the potato light (though I would not recommend it).

Ensure that you are prepared by having a variety of techniques for securing your lighting as well as your heat. As a prepper you owe it to your survivial.

Court Rules Living Off The Grid Is Illegal

Court Rules Living off the grid is illegal

Governmental Control is not mandated by law

It is no secret that the government has been making plans for years to restrict the freedoms of the public.

From legislation that redefines the boundaries of the freedom of speech to the elimination of rightful and lawful search and seizure procedures under the “homeland security act” the government has tried to restrict the fundamental freedoms of its citizens.

As of late, self-sufficient houses and those which practice ‘green’ renewable energy have come under attack. It is quite interesting that such homes should be a target of governmental legislation given that the CIC of the United States has repeatedly signed legislation promoting cleaner air and renewable resources to be used.

How living off the grid has become illegal

When people go off the grid, the local government loses money from that individual. As such, the government has targeted houses which are off the grid in a number of ways stating that they are illegal.

Typically, you find that the courts state that the houses are cited as being:

  • Against Local Ordinances
  • Is structurally not up to code
  • Violates the definition of waste management
  • Poses a health risk
  • Is an unsafe environment

As each of these areas are not speculation but actual grounds on which the government has stood against individuals living off the grid, it is critical that you understand how such cases may be formulated against those living off the grid.

The house is against local ordinances

The issue with local ordinances is that they are vast and pretty much up to the imagination of the city council and local government. If the county in which you reside decides that they do not want to have self-sufficient homes as they take away from the revenue that the county can gain from those on the grid, they have only to make an ordinance requiring utilities to be paid for.

Violation of the ordinance can then result in your property being fined, your imprisonment, or repossession of your residence.

One example in which a person was found guilty of violating local city ordinances is in Speronis vs. Cape Coral. In this case the Special Magistrate, Harold S. Eskin ruled that the house was violating local ordinances by using rainwater as the primary source of water instead of using water supplied by the city.

The international Property Maintenance code required that she pay for public water as well as for electricity. It should be noted that the legal issues regarding this property are currently undergoing a back and forth in the courts.

The house is not structurally up to code

One of the best examples which I can find of a building being deemed not structurally sound is Tyler Truitt’s Story. This man is a former marine who moved to Huntsville, AL on his own land. Because there is an ordinance against having a trailer within the city limits the city refused to hook up services to the home.

Tyler Truitt decided to live off the grid and hooked up solar panels and rain storage bins for his utilities. The city condemned the house as being structurally unsafe and being an unsafe living environment. The citation was that his trailer was parked in a restricted area, even though the land was owned by Tyler Truitt. There was even an armed confrontation.

Violates the definition of Waste Management

California has some of the strictest laws concerning waste management and sanitation. As waste has to be discarded via an approved source, those living off the grid can be fined as violating the definition of proper waste management. As such the person can be fined up to $5,000 to $10,000 per day for “storing waste and biohazardous materials against Section 25189.5 Health & Safety Code”

Arizona and Florida have become notorious in their attacks on those which are self-sufficient.  You have only to do a simple google search to see that the courts continuously rule that living off the grid is illegal as the person violated the definition of waste or water management.

Poses a health risk/ is an unsafe environment

It is sad that the government will go to any measures to keep people on the grid. The scariest method in which the government will try to keep your house linked up is through a direct attack on your family. DHR will quickly become involved in your life if the local government deems your house to be undesirable for their purposes. As the scope of an unfit environment can be about as obscure as what justifies a city ordinance or a violation of the homeland security act, your chances of violating something is very high.

One case in which a family had 10 of their children seized by the government can be found in the case of Naugler vs. Breckinride County. According to reports, the couple was cited as providing an unsafe living condition for their 10 children. The authorities claimed that state statue 508.050 was violated which states that a person “intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury”

What can be learned

It is not for the government to dictate the living of its citizens. We are a country by the people and for the people and therefore need to stand upon the right to live off the grid if we so choose.

Careful consideration should be given to the various ordinances to see the specific terminology used. A good lawyer will be able to tell you how to live off the grid legally.

As a prepper/survivalist you want to be off the grid both physically as well as governmentally speaking. Avoid drawing unneeded attention to your house. Yes, you are storing up for a catastrophic event. Yes, the property is yours and you should be able to do with it as you please.

However, the reality of the situation is that the government seeks and passes legislation to limit the abilities of the self-sufficient. Finding the loopholes and a tactical way to get around these legislations is the only way to avoid citations, repossessions, condemnations, and arrests.

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ALERT: Anonymous uncovers ISIS plan to attack 7 cities TOMORROW…including this U.S. city

It’s clear Islamic jihadists are on a rampage, with two major attacks in the past eight days and multiple others apparently narrowly averted. The Belgian capital of Brussels is currently on lockdown and at the highest levels of alert, indicating a “serious and immediate threat,” after an “arsenal” of explosives and chemicals was discovered in a home raid earlier.

Now, we’re getting word of ISIS’ plans to attack several locations tomorrow, Sunday — including the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia. The report from the online activist group Anonymous — which declared war against ISIS in the wake of the Paris attacks — is reportedly being taken “seriously” by the FBI.

As International Business Times reports:

Anonymous, the loose collective of online activists, said Saturday it has uncovered information about Islamic State group attacks in Paris as well as at locations in the U.S., Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon, all apparently set for Sunday. OpParisIntel, a group within Anonymous, released a statement saying it had collected information about imminent attacks by the militant group — aka Daesh, ISIL and ISIS — in the French capital a little more than a week after a series of coordinated attacks there left 130 dead and hundreds injured.

Anonymous also said the Islamic State group is planning an assault at the WWE Survivor Series event scheduled to take place in the Philips Arena in Atlanta Sunday at 7.30 p.m. EST, as well as attacks at multiple events in Paris.

The collective published the list of potential targets alongside a statement: “The goal is to make sure the whole world, or at least the people going to these events, know that there have been threats and that there is possibility of an attack to happen. Another goal is to make sure Daesh knows that the world knows and cancels the attacks, which will disorientate them for a while.”

The targets listed by Anonymous are as follow:

  • Cigales Electroniques with Vocodecks, RE-Play & Rawtor at Le Bizen (Paris)
  • Concrete Invites Drumcode: Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Joel Mull at Concrete (Paris)
  • Demonstration by Collectif du Droit des Femmes (Paris)
  • Feast of Christ the King celebrations (Rome/Worldwide)
  • Al-Jihad, One Day One Juz (Indonesia)
  • Five Finger Death Punch (Milan)
  • University Pastoral Day (Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon)

Read the rest of the article here http://www.allenbwest.com/2015/11/alert-anonymous-uncovers-isis-plan-to-attack-7-cities-tomorrow-including-this-u-s-city/

Can This Be Real? Man Builds Underground Apocalyptic Bunker In His Backyard

It’s finished and its amazing, the ultimate man cave and survival cell rolled into one sub garden room.
There are more things to add such as air filtration and different power source but it’s a great space,

To see the build throughout its stages here are the previous 4 video’s

Ep 1 https://youtu.be/8UKNajCgpEs
Ep 2 https://youtu.be/z8yiuJ9yFic
Ep 3 https://youtu.be/p1t7r3SKT2o
Ep 4 https://youtu.be/pR493Pee6Xo

Incredible what Colin Furze has built right in his own backyard. Not sure if his zoning bylaws permit him to do this but hey, it’s cool!

12 Lessons I Learned The Hard Way About Food Storage

12 Lessons I learned the hard way about food storage

Simple things which can save your food storage supply

Your food storage should be at the very top of your list for your survival in a catastrophic event. True, you will need to have water, but without food and water you will quickly die.

Understandably, many preppers have stored a horde of food in anticipation of an event.

However, there are a few things which need to be considered when you store your food. Overlooking such things can lead to a ruined supply or a seized stock.

Here are 12 lessons I learned about storing food.

12) Diversify your location

I recently talked to a man who had been in the Vietnam War. He is also a prepper.

Part of his food strategy is tactical based upon finding bug out locations. If he must he has stated that he will simply find a bunker, look for the breath hole, and smoke out the residents to get the food supply.

Where this is a tactical way to get food, for the prepper it should be a wake-up call. First, hide your vent hole and supply. Second, diversify your storage so that you can have food should one location be seized.

11) Keep it elevated

What good is it to have a food supply if you cannot access the food. If your food storage is in a location and the surrounding area gets flooded, will you be able to get to the food?

Also from a strategical position, you will want to have your food storage on an elevated location to be able to see anyone approaching the area to take your food. Ideally, you will have your food in your bug out location which will be tactically placed.

However, if you have a separate location keep it where it can be accessed and defended.

10) Air Tight is Right

Loose containers should never be used for your food storage. You should always have air tight containers to keep out contaminants.

When possible, dehydrate your food and put them in air sealed bags as well as air tight containers. Keep in mind that you are trying to maximize the life of the food. The less that can get to the food the more apt it is to last longer.

9) A basement is not the ideal location

Many preppers make the mistake of storing their food in a basement. It is an extra room with plenty of space so why not put the food there? The main reason is the moisture content in a basement is not ideal for food storage.

Your food will be very prone to storage issues.

Cardboard boxes will get moldy and other containers can grow bacterium. Secondly, moist climates draw bugs and spiders which you do not want in your food. If you are to use your basement you will need to do a bit of structural work. Sheetrock it and insulate it. Put in a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture, and seal all windows to keep out pests.

8) Bulk is not always best

When you buy bulk products you need to ensure that you are getting a deal. Some of the time the bulk item is due to damage to the product (whether in storage or in the actual product).

If you are buying a damaged product then you may be shooting yourself in the foot. Ensure that your food is not damaged and that the food can last for extended times on a shelf.

7) Check the ingredients

There are a great many foods which claim to be directed to the prepper and survivalist but are just junk. Products which have eggs, syrups, and sugars should be avoided.

These are novelty products and really have no purpose in your food supply. You want to have food which will not expire or separate when stored.

6) Avoid metal racks

Metal can rust and can cause tears in your packaging. Where they do provide you with the additional strength for storing larger containers, the risk of having metal toxins in your food is also increased.

Barbs are very common to metal racks and can cut and scrape the food products. If you are using shelves use plastics or cover the shelves with wood or plastic coverings.

5) Do not over pack

Over packing your food is a bad practice. For one, you will not be able to properly store the food without damaging the food. Secondly, you will not be able to access your food easily. As your food is jammed together you will also have trouble knowing what exactly you have. Keep things organized and packed reasonably.

4) Have an inventory

There is a difference in a prepper and a hoarder. You will need to keep track of your food supply. Allocate space to your proteins, wheat, etc. in order to create a balanced diet for you and your family.

What you do not want to do is just stock up on a ton of product which will have adverse effects on your health if consumed in large quantities (such as salt).

3) Rats and Birds

Rats and Birds will be your enemy. If there is any hole in your food storage location vermin will find a way in. Use Cinnamon to keep rats and other crawling pests away.

You will also want to seal any holes that you may find. To keep birds away avoid using cardboard boxes or other boxes which can be used as nests.  Of course, frequent observation and maintenance/cleaning will go a long way in your storage plan.

2) Organic vs. Commercial

There is always going to be the question of commercial of organic when storing food. It is really a personal decision based upon your budget and your needs. However, I would lean more to the organic foods if possible as you will not run into contaminants in the food, be able to shelve the food longer, and in some foods you can use the seeds to further grow your food supply.

1) Sugar Attacks

I am going to go a bit against the survivalist grain here and say that you need to have few sugars in your food supply.

Yes, I understand that sugar last forever and that you should have a small supply, but do not go overboard with it. Sugar attracts ants and other bugs and critters.

The point is that if you have a ton of sugar you are just asking for ants and other bugs to get into your food and ruin it. If you must have sugar, make it natural sugar such as found in fruits , honey, and syrups. Again, keep these in an airtight container to minimize the risk of ants and such even further.

12 Foods That Last Forever – How Many Are You Storing?

12 food that will last forever

Stocking non-perishable food is essential for Preppers and Survivalists

As a prepper, you will need to have food that last a great amount of time. You do not want to stock your food supply only to have to restock the survival food in a few months.

While you will need to keep an eye on your supply and ensure that the food is up to a proper standard, your main concern should be in your survival skills and your disaster preparedness plan.

Therefore, having foods that last forever is one way in which you can minimize the need to restock food. Here are 12 foods that last forever.

12) Jams

Canned Jams can last for decades if done properly. Ensure that you know how to can as well as which jams store best in your geographical location. Keep jars airtight and stored in a temperate climate and you will have fresh fruit products to eat for years.

11) Chocolate

By Chocolate I mean bar chocolate and not the junk you get on the shelf. If you can find fresh ground coco beans that is the best.

If you buy bar chocolate you can keep it for years without any worry. The appearance will change a bit but it should be safe. Avoid storing chocolate that uses eggs in their product (hence why you need to stay away from the commercial bars).

10) Vinegar

Vinegar is a fermented food. This means that technically it is already spoiled when you buy the product. When you store the vinegar it may change a bit in its appearance, but it will still be good to use.

Keep in mind that vinegar is acidic and that storing it in a plastic container is not recommended as it will start to eat away at the container and can cause contamination. For longer life and a purer vinegar keep it stored in a glass jug.

9) Rice

Where this does not last “forever” you can bet that it last a great deal of time. Rice when stored properly will last anywhere from 5 to 10 years officially.

Of course, most of these foods can still be consumed with the expiration date past and rice is not an exception. Keep rice stored in a dry climate and air sealed and it will last for several years.

8)  Wheat and Oats

Wheat and oats are similar to the rice storage in that they will need to be in an air tight container. For the best results, do not grind your wheat and oats prior to use.

Grind the wheat and oats as you need to use them. Should you need to have a supply ready for use in recipes have a separate storage but keep a raw supply handy.

7) Dehydrated Vegetables

As the number one thing that spoils food is moisture, eliminating the water from food will greatly increase the lifespan of the food.

Keep in mind that in dehydrating food you are sacrificing a bit of the nutrients for the extended life. Also, just because you removed the water does not mean that you can store them in loose containers. For best results store dehydrated food in an air suctioned bag or container.

6) Powdered Beverages

You will need to be a bit careful when you get powered beverages as some do contain a few contaminants which can spoil. Yet, most of the powdered beverage mixes you find have years on the expiration and will last even longer than that if kept in ideal conditions.

Avoid breaking the metal sheet seals on the containers if possible. Also, to enhance the life of the containers add tape around the top of the screw top (on containers such as Gatorade) and the main container to help keep air out.

5)  MREs

The MRE was made for a military situation, and the design has not changed. The MRE can last 7 years or more depending upon how you store them.

Some MREs have been stored for over 10 years without any problem at all. Again, it depends on which food is in the MRE as well as how you store the food.

4) Nuts

Certain Nuts last for a long time. You will want to shell some nuts (such as pecans) while other nuts you will need to keep in their shells.

A bit of research on the nuts in your region will tell you the best way in which to store them. DO NOT get commercialized nut products as these are generally packaged in oils and salts as well as syrups which do nothing to help the shelf life. If you have to buy nuts from a commercial provider, rinse them off, dry them completely and store them in an airtight container.

3) Alcohol

As a prepper you really do not need to be building up a beer cave, but alcohol can have its advantages. There is the cooking functionality as well as the medical/cleaning functionality. In terms of its other usage, consider that people drink when disasters occur.

Having some alcohol on hand may prove to be a bartering currency in a catastrophic event.

2) Honey

Honey provides a natural and sweet treat. It is also filled with nutrients. Stored honey will not go bad. There will be a bit of discoloration in the storage as the honey settles and as light effects the ingredients. However, if the honey is kept in an air tight container then you should be fine.

It is not recommended that you put a honey cone in with the honey.

Where the honey will last, the honey cone may go frail or mold over time (depending on the way it was stored). If you store organic honey, which is recommended, ensure that you separate the honey from the cone and put the contents in an air tight container.

1) Salt

Salt does not have a shelf life. It last as long as it is stored properly. You will need to have salt in order to do the curing of your meat.

Yet, this is not the only use for the salt. Primarily, salt will be used to season foods. It can also be used to help with water filtration, food preservation and cleaning (apart from meat), and Salt can also be used as exfoliate if mixed with oils.

Camper Splits Log, Creates Makeshift Stove Using Disc-Shaped Survival Equipment

Outdoor cooking can truly be as simple as grabbing a log from the woodpile, thanks to the resourceful folks at Sportes Inc.

In a video uploaded on Nov. 26, 2014, this outdoor gear company demonstrates how to split a log and build a stove inside of it, using a simple tool called the MITI-001.

The company’s website describes the MITI-001 as a laser-cut disc constructed from 304L stainless steel and includes 4 steel rods to stabilize the device over the log. This outdoor equipment retails for $65 in Canadian dollars, which currently amounts to roughly $50.

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When You See The Inside Of This Old Truck, You’ll Want To Stay Forever

Lets be honest here… if you saw this truck while driving down the road, there’s a 95% chance you wouldn’t look twice at it… and that’s the beauty of it.

But not examining it more closely would be a missed opportunity, because once it pulls off the road, something magical happens: it transforms into a lovely, totally habitable castle!

 

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Image source: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/transforming-castle-truck/

Every space has been utilized efficiently to allow several luxuries in an extremely small area. Once the “castle” is unfolded, it houses a bathroom, shower, full kitchen, rooftop bath, and more.

Be sure to share this with someone you would live here with!

Top 15 Foods Every Family Must Have To Survive

Top 15 foods every family must have to survive

Foods essential to your supply and disaster preparedness plan

Prepping for a catastrophic event involves having food in an abundant supply. Yet, we do not know when the event will occur and so we have to estimate whether the food in the storage area is going to last.

Having food which has a long shelf life or no expiration is key in building up a sustainable food source. Also, having food which can be broken down and put into a bug out bag is critical.

Here are 15 foods every family must have to survive.

15) Rice

Rice is sold in a variety of sizes for relatively cheap. What is better is that the shelf life of the average bag of rice is 10 years or more. It is easily stacked and stored and requires only a dry and dark location. Of course you want to avoid any moisture in the storage area.

The reason why rice is essential is that it is a very filing food (meaning that you can eat a small portion and get full) which requires only water to prepare.

14) Salt

Salt is essential if you are planning on hunting game and preserving your meat source. It is one of the most essential food items that you can have in your bug out bag and your food storage area. Salt does not have an expiration date, so long as the food is kept dry.

If the salt gets wet you will get a massive clump. Salt should be kept close at hand to help with the curing of meet and as a preservative for your other foods. Do not store your salt in a location which will require you to shuffle around your food supply.

13) Peanut butter

One of the most saturated foods in protein and fat, Peanut butter offers a quick solution to keep the weight on and the muscle building while in survival mode.

The shelf life of peanut butter is around 5 years. Check to ensure that your peanut butter has the maximum shelf life and that it is not filled with syrups and preservatives. Get organic peanut butter with its own oils for longer life and healthier living.

12) Canned Food

Meats, fruits, and vegetables can all be canned. If done properly fruits and vegetables can last more than 5 years. Meats can last up to 10 years if canned properly.

You will want to ensure that the can food is kept in a temperate regulated room which does not go above 75 degrees or lower than 62 for the best results.

11) Oats

Oats can be used for either a breakfast food or can be combined for a snack later on.

They have a long shelf life and are a very filling food. Unlike breads which have almost NO nutritional value, Oaks are rich in vitamins and minerals. Combine the oats with canned fruits for variations.

10) Cooking Oil

Where you could go and get a great amount of lard and store the lard from your kills, cooking oil is an essential for a number of reasons. First, as a cooking agent it adds a healthier way of living. Secondly, oils can be mixed with natural elements (such as peppermint) for a number of applications and preventive repellant for bugs.

9) Coffee

It has been debated the actual health benefits of coffee. However, from someone that drinks coffee regularly I can tell you that some mornings you just need a good cup of JOE.

Coffee can last for a number of years depending on the brand and the method in which it was stored as well as the length in which the beans were cooked. The best coffee will be stored in a breathable bag and should have medium oil content from the cooking process.

8) Dehydrated Meats

Dehydrated meats can last for as long as 3 years or more depending on how it is stored and how much moisture gets to the meat over time.

If you use a curing method on the meat prior to dehydrating it, this adds to the shelf life. Putting the meat in an air tight sealed bag also increases the shelf life.

7) Corn

Corn can be used to make cornmeal, feed your animals, and feed you. It is an essential food to have.

If you do not want to have corn (as the shelf life is very limited) store some seeds for your bug out spot or put some seeds in your bug out bag.

Once you have established your permanent spot, plant a crop. Ensure that your corn is organic and not hybrid. Hybrid plants do not yield usable seeds.

6) Flour

If you pack flour in a vacuum sealed container it can last an incredible 20 years or more. I really do not need to tell you the various foods which can be made using just flower and water.

There are tons. Consider having yeast packs taped to the side of your flour bags (of course in their own sealed bag) so that you can quickly make bread and such without having to hunt for everything.

5) Chickens

Chickens are cheap and give you not only meat but also eggs constantly. If you have a coupe you can keep your protein and meat ongoing.

As meat will be one of the essentials of your food supply, it is critical that you have a food source that replenishes itself. If you do not like the smell and noise of chickens consider rabbits as an alternative.

4) Peppermint

Technically, you could call this an herb, but if you can eat the plant I also consider it a food. Peppermint is a cure all plant for bugs, rashes, medical conditions such as headaches, toothaches, burns, etc.

Having a supply at hand is a smart prepping strategy.

3) Pasta

Pasta can be kept for 3 to 5 years if stored properly. You will want to ensure that you keep the pasta away from moisture. Bull weevils are prone to getting in pasta that is kept loose or just in the box.

You will need to ensure that you put the pasta in an air tight container which cannot be penetrated by bugs.

2) Beans

Much like rice, beans have a long shelf life and can be prepared with only water. Of course, if you have salt that just adds to the flavor. Adding cured meat to some beans is a quick and fulfilling meal as well. Beans should be labeled and stored in containers which limit the light and moisture.

I recommend a 5 gallon white air tight container. Do not store the container on the floor as moisture will seep into the seals.

1) Dehydrated Milk

Powdered milk can be used as a cooking agent as well as a source of protein and vitamins. Having some at hand is a quick way to boost the system. It is also a variation from the water. As even in survival mode you will want variation, dehydrated milk is a vital part of your food supply.

Keep this food safe:

When you start storing your food it does no good to have great selections if the food is not properly stored. Food should be kept off the floor where rodents and moisture can affect the storage. Where garages and basements may provide ample space, consider the moisture level in the air before stocking up your supplies. If you must use a basement consider placing a dehumidifier in the area to reduce the water in the air.

8 Reasons why Cinnamon is a must have to Stock

8 Reasons why Cinnamon is a must have to Stock

There are just some spices that you cannot live without

Picking your herbs and spices is a vital part of your survival plan. If you have not given consideration to the spices in your bug out bag, you should. There are a great many elements which can be added which will reduce your risk of sickness, treat rashes and reactions, and flavor food.

Where it may not seem important at a first glance, it is needed. Take Cinnamon for example. Where most of us would associate the spice with our favorite holiday drink, there are several benefits of the spice which make it essential to your stock.

Here are 8 reasons why you should have cinnamon in your food supply.

8) Cinnamon shocks the mind

In a study it was shown that cinnamon helps to keep you alert. Just the smell of cinnamon is enough to get the senses going. I can see why. There is a very strong aroma to cinnamon that demands that you are alert. Be careful. You do not want to inhale a ton of cinnamon. However, getting a small whiff to get you up and going in the morning may be a solution to that cup of coffee. The scent of cinnamon can also help the senses if you get a bit of a stuffed nose. The fragrance opens the nasal channels and allows you to get more airflow. Mixing cinnamon with warm water is a great way in which to get the smell of the cinnamon without having to directly apply a rub.

7) Reduces High blood pressure

As you will be in a very high stress environment, your blood pressure is quite likely to go way up. For those which already have issues with their blood pressure, a spoonful of cinnamon can help the blood pressure go down. Of course, you will want to try to reduce your stress levels as much as possible, but this is a good start. Additionally, cinnamon can be used to regulate blood sugar as well.

6) Treats breathing infections

If you have gotten into something which has affected your breathing then you may want to get a bit of Cinnamon. Simply boiling a bit of Cinnamon in some water and drinking it can greatly help your respiratory system. If you do not have access to water for some reason you can also inhale the aroma of the cinnamon to open up the airways.

5) Stomach Ache treatment

Because Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial spice it helps to keep the stomach healthy and infections out of the system. Research has shown that such bacteria as E-coli and Salmonella have been combatted with cinnamon. However, cinnamon is not limited to the extreme illnesses and stomach conditions. You can use Cinnamon to treat the flu, a bad case of indigestion, or to settle the stomach after eating some fish which was not quite cooked all the way.

4) Anti-Bacterial Solution

Cleanliness and keeping bacterium away will be an essential part of your wilderness survival. Ideally, you will want to have some soap to use to keep clean. Realistically, you will probably run out of commercial anti-bacterial soap quickly. Use cinnamon mixed with water to help fight off common toxins.

3) Keep bugs away with Cinnamon

Cinnamon is great for keeping pests away. Mosquitos, ticks, bees, and ants are all repelled by the scent of cinnamon. As the spice is very pronounced in its smell, most bugs and animals will avoid you if there is cinnamon involved. Keep in mind that this can be a good and a bad thing.

You will want to have the cinnamon for when you are about the camp or in your bug out location and doing daily tasks. However, avoid the use of cinnamon when you are performing recon on game trails or when you are hunting. As the smell of cinnamon can travel a great distance it could hinder your hunting.

2)  Cinnamon can help in your food prepping

Where salt is the best form of food preparation and storage in my opinion, cinnamon can be used to keep your food safe as well.

The cinnamon works to keep mold and other bacterium from forming on certain foods. It also diverts certain insects from nesting in your food storage area. Should you mix cinnamon with water and spray the solution around the parameter of your storage you can keep snakes, spiders, rats, and roaches from your stock.

1) Cinnamon keeps your teeth healthy

You may not give much thought to how your teeth will handle a catastrophic event, but this is a vital part of your survival plan. It has been proven that your gums and teeth are at the forefront of your health.

I have personally known of a man who suffered from bacteria on the heart which started from a cavity. Because the blood and the gums are so vital to your health, brush with cinnamon to kill the bacteria which can accumulate.

Should you already have a cavity or a tooth ache, the cinnamon will work to kill any infection which may be present in that area. It also works great to minimize the pain from such existing conditions.

Keep it raw

Cinnamon is only effective if you have a fresh supply. As many of the shelf cinnamon containers have been sitting for quite a while, you are encouraged to get cinnamon sticks. These are more appropriate to the prepper and the survivalist. When you need to have a fine grain solution simply grade down the cinnamon stick. Should you have to have a pre-made powder form, check the expiration, look at the container to ensure that it is not just a cheap poorly sealed plastic container, and only buy from an organic supplier. If you can ensure that your cinnamon is stored in an airtight container and keep any moisture from entering the container.

What The Hell Is This Bizarre Looking “Alien” Creature Found In California?

Those of you with a weak stomach, look away now. Although, if you’ve already seen the image, it’s probably too late.

Yes, the image is quite gross.

At first glance it appears to be some creepy looking alien from another planet.

One Facebook user, Gianna Peponis from San Jose, California, discovered it in her garden yesterday and it quickly went viral.

“I heard something scream at like 11:30 last night and went on my side yard and found this thing. It was dead when I found it,” Peponis wrote in her post on Facebook, which has apparently since been deleted by the site.

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The original post on Facebook. Gianna Peponis.

Many comments quickly linked this up with the  “mystery alien lights” spotted in the skies above California over the weekend, which were later revealed to originate from a submarine test missile launch.

Upon closer inspection it appears to be the remains of a deer fetus, that may have been partially eaten.

 

A quick search for “deer fetus” (yes, that link is relatively NSFW) turns up similar looking creatures, but with their limbs and head intact. We can only presume that this poor sap was prematurely born, before being ravaged by predators.

Have you ever seen anything like this?

GRAPHIC VIDEO: Syrian Rebel Aims RPG Out Window… But A Silent Sniper Sees Him First

Would you believe that the Syrian Civil War has dragged on for almost five years now and has cost hundreds of thousands of lives already?

There have been hundreds of videos from the war showing both sides of the battle. Military.com posted one such video showing what was described as a Syrian rebel pointing his head out the window with an RPG.

He aimed his weapon down the street when all of a sudden an unseen sniper took a head shot and the rebel slumped to the ground, lifeless.

What do you think the United States should be doing in Syria? Share this on Facebook and Twitter and let us know.

What Happens When You Bury a Shipping Container?

Editor’s note: 

It’s good to be aware that this kind of stuff happens. Most people when they’re getting started with their journey of prepping expect everything to go as planned.

The truth is that sometimes things go wrong. However, there are ways to prevent errors from happening and that’s from learning from others mistakes.

We hope you learn from this!

 

by Ryan @ Containerauction.com

Lots of people get the idea to build a storm shelter or bunker by burying a shipping container – it’s fast, relatively inexpensive, and durable, right? Step 1) Dig a hole. Step 2) Put a shipping container in the hole. Step 3) Backfill around the container. And by now you can probably guess where this article is going.

The latest example of what not to do showed up in the ContainerAuction.com email last night, and comes from an undisclosed location (for reasons of security and therefore insecurity). It appears to have originally been a solid 20′ container that the owner dropped it into an 8′ deep hole with the intention of burying it. As you can see from the pictures below, the weight of the ground caused the curb side walls of the container to buckle in (no idea of how the road side walls looks).

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Original article: http://www.prepper-resources.com/what-happens-when-you-bury-a-shipping-container-a-cautionary-tale/

You’ll Never Believe How This Professor Greeted His Incoming Class This Year!

This isn’t for the faint of heart.

Meet Mike Adams, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

He’s not your typical teacher in any sense of the word.

We came across his semester-opening statement as it has been going viral around the net.

First printed in Townhall in late August, over the last few days it has been reprinted multiple times.

[Trigger warning: The following is extraordinarily insensitive and its candor may cause some students to be highly offended. Symptoms of being confronted with viewpoints other than one’s own may cause one to get “the vapors” and students have even been known to collapse in a fainting spell upon reading offensive literature. Reader discretion is advised.]

Here is what he said to his students:

 

Welcome back to class, students! I am Mike Adams your criminology professor here at UNC-Wilmington. Before we get started with the course I need to address an issue that is causing problems here at UNCW and in higher education all across the country. I am talking about the growing minority of students who believe they have a right to be free from being offended. If we don’t reverse this dangerous trend in our society there will soon be a majority of young people who will need to walk around in plastic bubble suits to protect them in the event that they come into contact with a dissenting viewpoint. That mentality is unworthy of an American. It’s hardly worthy of a Frenchman.

Let’s get something straight right now. You have no right to be unoffended. You have a right to be offended with regularity. It is the price you pay for living in a free society. If you don’t understand that you are confused and dangerously so. In part, I blame your high school teachers for failing to teach you basic civics before you got your diploma. Most of you went to the public high schools, which are a disaster. Don’t tell me that offended you. I went to a public high school.

Of course, your high school might not be the problem. It is entirely possible that the main reason why so many of you are confused about free speech is that piece of paper hanging on the wall right over there. Please turn your attention to that ridiculous document that is framed and hanging by the door. In fact, take a few minutes to read it before you leave class today. It is our campus speech code. It specifically says that there is a requirement that everyone must only engage in discourse that is “respectful.” That assertion is as ludicrous as it is illegal. I plan to have that thing ripped down from every classroom on campus before I retire.

One of my grandfathers served in World War I. My step-grandfather served in World War II. My sixth great grandfather enlisted in the American Revolution when he was only thirteen. These great men did not fight so we could simply relinquish our rights to the enemy within our borders. That enemy is the Marxists who run our public universities. If you are a Marxist and I just offended you, well, that’s tough. I guess they don’t make communists like they used to.

Unbelievably, a student once complained to the Department chairwoman that my mention of God and a Creator was a violation of Separation of Church and State. Let me be as clear as I possibly can: If any of you actually think that my decision to paraphrase the Declaration of Independence in the course syllabus is unconstitutional then you suffer from severe intellectual hernia.

Indeed, it takes hard work to become stupid enough to think the Declaration of Independence is unconstitutional. If you agree with the student who made that complaint then you are probably just an anti-religious zealot. Therefore, I am going to ask you to do exactly three things and do them in the exact order that I specify.

First, get out of my class. You can fill out the drop slip over at James Hall. Just tell them you don’t believe in true diversity and you want to be surrounded by people who agree with your twisted interpretation of the Constitution simply because they are the kind of people who will protect you from having your beliefs challenged or your feelings hurt.

Second, withdraw from the university. If you find that you are actually relieved because you will no longer be in a class where your beliefs might be challenged then you aren’t ready for college. Go get a job building houses so you can work with some illegal aliens who will help you gain a better appreciation of what this country has to offer.

Finally, if this doesn’t work then I would simply ask you to get the hell out of the country. The ever-growing thinned-skinned minority you have joined is simply ruining life in this once-great nation. Please move to some place like Cuba where you can enjoy the company of communists and get excellent health care. Just hop on a leaky boat and start paddling your way towards utopia. You will not be missed.

Earlier this year, Adams won a court victory against the school, when he sued, asserting that he was not promoted due to his outspoken conservatism.

Here is an interview that he did, commenting on the court victory and the circumstances that caused him to sue in the first place:

Wait Until You See How Much Money The Federal Reserve Reported “Missing”

This is something that honestly just makes my blood boil.

Rep. Alan Grayson questions the FED inspector General where $9 Trillion dollars went… and Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman hasn’t a clue…

Seriously.

I have NO idea how people like this are allowed in our government.

Listen carefully to what she says…

Get the hell out of paper money people and if you buy gold and silver – get the real stuff not paper gold etc. This is pure evil!

 

unreal.

How To Build An Altoid Fire Starting Kit

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Alright, so you want to build a simple little fire starting kit that’s portable.

Simple enough!

We’re going to show you what to include in a simple Altoid fire starting kit here.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Waterproof matches

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2. lighter

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3. Magnesium Strip with Steel Rod and striker

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4. Cotton balls

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5. charcloth

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6. twine or paracord to hold the matches together

 

 

There you have it! A simple altoid fire starting kit.

An Enormous Crack Has Suddenly Appeared In The Mountain Range Near Yellowstone

photo credit: The new, sizeable chasm is not quite as big as the Grand Canyon, admittedly. Erik Harrison/Shutterstock

A gigantic crack has appeared in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming. This crack isn’t just a few meters wide, mind you: it has opened up a gap 685 meters (2,250 feet) long and 45 meters (150 feet) wide.

The locals are somewhat unfortunately nicknaming it the “gash”, as reported by the Huffington Post.

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While hunting this past weekend in the Bighorns, we came across an awesome example of how our earth is not as stable as you might think. Awesome forces at work here to move this much dirt!!

Posted by Randy Becker on Monday, October 26, 2015

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Why Rabbits Are Important to Survival

Why rabbits are important to survival

How to keep your game resource plentiful

As a prepper, you are focused on keeping your food and water in ample supply not only to survive a catastrophic event, but to sustain you after the event. Yes, you want to be able to survive, but you do not want to have to go from day to day in the extreme survivalist mode.

You will need to have a means of constant water and food. Finding a natural stream will solve most of your water needs. Rabbits can solve the majority of your food requirements. Here are a few ways in which rabbits are important to your survival plan.

As food

As a food source, rabbits are one of the most reproductive and replenishing supplies available. I am sure that most of you have heard the expression “going at it like rabbits”. There is a reason for this. Rabbits can have a litter once every 31 days.

This means that if you have a litter of 12 rabbits that the amount of rabbits in a year would be about 144. Now, keep in mind that the litter will be able to have their own littler and so the number is vastly increased. So long as you keep a pair of rabbits (male and female of course) you should be able to have a substantial amount of meat.

Where you can keep only a pair of rabbits and survive, it is advised that you have a few pairs. You will not be able to control all the circumstances and you will not know when and if a rabbit will become diseased and die, have worms (as it is typical that they have them during certain months), one kills the other, etc.

By having a few sets of rabbits you can do a sort of quality control.

Pelts

With other smaller animals, I would not be so keen to skin and keep the pelts as it would take forever to have enough skins to make anything useful.

However, because the rabbit reproduces as a very quick pace, the skins can be treated and stored and then used for clothing or for blankets.

As the fur tends to be of a thick soft density, the hides are ideal for regions which have cooler temperatures.

From the mobility and relocation standpoint

Ideally, you will have your own bug out spot or bug in spot prepared with livestock or some form of sustainable food and water. But depending upon the circumstances, your bug out spot may not be available. This means that you will have to find a location on the fly.

Where it would be a bit noticeable if you were to lead Bessy the Cow or Gomer the Goat down the road to your location, a set of rabbits can be concealed in small carry case.

Yes, you will have to construct a cage for the animals once you get to a location, but at least you will not be starting from scratch.

Fertilizer

One of the biggest advantages apart from the food resource that rabbits provide is their poop. Rabbit manure can be used to fertilize your garden and vegetation.

Do not go overboard with it, especially in the wild as you do not want to draw predators into the area. Yet, if you mix the manure with your topsoil and composts, you will constantly have a supply of nutrients for your garden.

Other benefits

Rabbits are cheap to buy and easy to maintain. While there are current laws which restrict the number of rabbits that you can have in a location, this will not be the case in a catastrophic event.

No one will care at that point. Having the food supply already at hand will put you ahead in maintaining a substantial food source.

Rabbits provide a tactical food. Where cows moo and goats bleat rabbits really do not give off much noise. From a tactical standpoint this is a major advantage.

Your food source will not give off your location. Also, due to their smaller size you can hide the animal away from prying eyes. Such cannot be said of a Cow, a chicken coop, or goats. Yes, these animals do provide the Prepper with substantial meat and other resources, but keep in mind that you will want to have food which can be kept away from the public.

Where the other sources generally need to be kept outdoors, you will find that rabbits can be stored (excuse the term but that is the best way to describe it) indoors.

You can also stack the cages in your bug out location to minimize the space they consume while maximizing your food supply.

From a clothing perspective, there are several different varieties of rabbits which can provide you with a selection of pelts. The skins can be used as a natural camouflage (as you can find black and brown mixed and about any white and black combination.

Important Note

Rabbits are a very substantial form of food for the prepper. However, it should be noted that you cannot harvest the meat during all the months of the year as they are prone to worms.

Your best option is to harvest and dehydrate the meat for use later.

If you have to eat the meat during the times when worms are dominant in the rabbits you will need to ensure that you take measures to kill all the bacterium and infection from the meat. Do so with heat and with proper cleaning.

You will need to avoid over population.

Rabbits can quickly get out of hand if not maintained. You will need to regulate the amount of exposure that male and female rabbits have with each other to avoid having too many rabbits which you cannot feed or eat.

Where you may think that you will just let them die consider that the corpses will have to go somewhere. Prep with practical strategies which will maximize your survival and your sanity.

Natural Ways to Avoid Bug Bites

Natural Ways to Avoid Bug Bites

How NOT to be the Lord of the Flies (and other insects) when in survivalist mode

When you begin to prepare for wilderness survival there is a great deal of planning revolving around your essentials (that being your food, water, shelter, heat, and clothing).

However, as a prepper/survivalist you will need to go beyond the essentials and look to other threats which may arise. True, you will need to ensure that the essentials are covered first.

However, once these have been addressed it is critical that you are able to sustain your survival by avoiding preventable injuries. As you will be in the wilderness, one of the primary risks will be bug bites and infection. Here are a few natural ways in which you can avoid bug bites.

Mosquito Repelling

Mosquitos are by far an insect of abundance and a nuisance to the survivalist. The CDC has reported that there is no real way to tell if you have West Nile, which is the fear associated with this insect.

However, the CDC does state that 1 in 5 who have west mile will not have any symptoms and that only 1% of all people bitten by a mosquito with west Nile will develop serious or fatal effects from it.  This being stated, it is better to side on caution.

To prevent mosquitos from attacking wear light and lose fitting clothing. Where this will not keep all mosquitos from you, it will divert a great many. Mosquitos are attracted to darker colors. Lose clothing will keep the stingers from penetrating the skin. As an additional method, use garlic to keep the bug away.

Spiders

To keep spiders away is to make a perimeter of peppermint and water.  If you are in a wilderness situation, boil the peppermint to make a natural tea.

Once the liquid has cooled pour the liquid around the outer camp. You can use lemon and cinnamon as alternatives to the peppermint.

Keep in mind that you will be in the wild and that spiders do not only travel by the ground. Most often you will find the spiders in trees and off the ground.

It is advised that you apply a repellant to your person as well. Use vinegar or one of the other natural elements to keep spiders away.

Ticks

Like mosquitos, ticks prefer to attach to darker colors. Lighter colored clothing will help to keep ticks away. Tuck your pants into your boots to keep ticks off of your legs.

As ticks stay in areas where the moisture is high as well as in densely vegetated areas, avoid such areas when you can. When you have to travel in such areas, take a bath afterwards using oils and citrus to remove any ticks which may have attached.

A natural repellant for ticks is mixture water with basil, cinnamon, lemon, peppermint, or eucalyptus. You can also use garlic as a repellant.

Bees and Hornets

One of the easiest ways to attract bees and hornets is to have blood near your campsite. To keep bees, hornets, and flies away from your bug out spot, keep your game dressing away from the site. You will also want to discard any rotted food and meat well away from the area.

If you have a clean site and still are having problems with bees, hornets, and yellow jackets you can do the following:

  • Seal their entry hole – be sure watch them early in the morning to find the entry point. You will also want to seal the hole during the coolest part of the day. Be careful. If there is more than one entry point you may just be ticking them off.
  • Do not smash the bees – when you smash bees, hornets, and yellow jackets they release a chemical in the air that says attack.
  • Do not smell sweet – use scents which do not make you smell like a flower. As the main purpose of bees and hornets is to pollinate, you will want to ensure that they do not think that you are a target.
  • SMOKE – You can use smoke to remove nests. However, you will definitively want to ensure that all the insects are neutralized before attempting this.

Your best method for keeping bees, wasps, and hornets away is to remove the food source and avoid contact.

Smoke will discourage nesting (you don’t have to remove the nest just keep them dazed and they will move on in most cases). Just don’t try to go to battle with them.

Ants

Ants are fairly easily avoided. Ants are looking for food. You need to remove the sugar or food source from where ants can accumulate. 

This means that if you have a rub or oil, that you do not make the substance with a sugar base but keep the oil pure. You can further repel ants with vinegar and water, with garlic (for large ants) and cinnamon.

Keep the spices and oils to a minimum

Where you could pack a ton of oils and natural spices into your bug out bag, a prepper has to allot space for the essentials while minimizing the unneeded elements. 

If you have to choose which elements to add to your bug out bag, choose peppermint, garlic, and cinnamon. These three components will be enough to effectively combat and repel most insects.

General rules for avoiding insects

These are just a few ways to avoid bugs and getting bitten. There are a few things which you should keep in mind which will minimize your chances of attracting bugs:

  1. Wear loose fitting clothing
  2. When you can wear clothing that is not dark. The majority of pests are attracted to darker clothing
  3. Keep blood away from your site as well as rotting vegetables and meat
  4. Areas that are dense and moist breed numerous insects. Stay away from these areas

If you happen to be bit by a bug do not rush to your first aid kit. Use aloe to sooth the area and do not scratch. If you are stung remove the stinger and sooth. Only use the first aid if you are showing signs of infection or if you are allergic to the insect.

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7 Reasons Why Society May Collapse Because of Your Survival Gear

7 Reasons Why Society May Collapse Because of Your Survival Gear

Imagine that there has been a worldwide pandemic, a flu-like virus that kills people within 48-hours.  The United States is in disarray, the government is barely functioning and the military is busy trying to enforce quarantine zones between cities.

No one is sure what has caused the pandemic.  It may be something in the food or the water supply.  The world has become a very dangerous place with looting, gangs and criminals on the loose. 

Stores have been emptied and everyone is fending for themselves.  Smart preppers and survivalists have already bunkered down or bugged out.   

You have been tasked with getting a potential cure from Knoxville, Tennessee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta — a distance of approximately 191 miles.  This is a crucial task because it may be the only way to save civilization as we know it.

Because no one is sure what has caused the pandemic, you will be forced to stay in areas that are less-populated.  Most of the highways are blocked by panicked people trying to escape the cities and there are reports of militias setting up roadblocks.  You will travel through rural areas and forests on foot. 

You grab your survival kit and head out the door.  There is a lot depending on you!  Here are 7 reasons why society may collapse because of the contents of your survival kit.

7) You Didn’t Take Enough Water Purification Options
When you left Washington, you only had 1 gallon of water and a water filter.  By two days into the journey, you have run out of water so head to a nearby river to refill your canteen. 

You use the water filter to fill up.  You drink the water and within 5 hours you begin to feel ill.  Within 48 hours, you are dead.  The cure never makes it to the CDC and civilization collapses!

The pandemic was caused by a water-borne virus and you became infected when you drank the water.  Most water filters are only effective at removing sediment, some chemicals and some bacteria from water.

To kill viruses you needed to use one of the following options:

  • Boiling the water for more than 1 minute (very high effectiveness at killing viruses)
  • Disinfecting with iodine or chlorine (high effectiveness)
  • Disinfecting with chlorine dioxide (high effectiveness)

6) You Didn’t Self-Defense Seriously
Two days into the journey you hear a woman yelling for help.  You rush to her aid and find that she looks to have fallen and injured her ankle.  The next thing you hear is the familiar sound of a pump action shotgun being cocked — it was an ambush.

You had been spotted by some hardcore survivalists who have decided to steal your supplies.  You didn’t have a rifle or pistol, so you couldn’t defend yourself.  If had taken a rifle, these survivalists would have seen it and been less likely to ambush you.

They take everything you have and despite your pleading, they destroy the vaccine — civilization collapses. 

5) You Got Lost!

As you rushed out the door with your survival kit, you only had time to grab the GPS from your car.  Time was crucial and you had to start the journey immediately so the vaccine could be quickly manufactured and distributed. 

One day into the journey, your GPS malfunctioned.  You didn’t  bring a paper map and compass, so moving around the forest quickly becomes confusing.  You also tripped and became disorientated.  Ten days later and you are still wandering around the forest, alone, hungry and thirsty. Time has run out and the CDC has given up on finding a cure — society collapses.

Always bring redundancies for crucial items like navigational tools.  A paper map and compass should always be included in your survival kit.  Smart survivalists will also learn how to navigate without a compass by using telltale signs in the natural environment.

4) You Couldn’t Start a Fire
By the end of day two you are making good progress, despite the heavy rain.  You are confident that you will make it to the CDC headquarters in time.  As the light levels fall, you slip on a root and fall down an embankment into a freezing stream.

You get out of the water quickly and start to build a fire.  You understand the risks of hypothermia and how deadly it can be.  You unpack your kit and realize that your matches are wet and you can’t find your lighter. It must be at the bottom of the stream! 

The matches fail to get the kindling started and you are left shivering in the dark as the rain gets heavier.   Hypothermia sets in and the cold rainy days take their toll.  Your pace slows and you fail to make it to the CDC in time!

You should have bought more options fire starting a fire and for staying warm.  Your survival kit should have included:

  • A high-quality magnesium fire starter
  • Some dry kindling in a plastic bag or wooden dowels which could be shaved for kindling
  • Petroleum smeared cotton balls
  • High-quality mylar space blanket

3) You Didn’t Pack Extra Socks!
After two days trekking in rainy conditions and being forced to walk through a number of streams — your socks are constantly wet.  Not only is it making you much colder, you begin to develop trench foot. 

The initial symptoms of trench foot can include an itchy sensation on the feet, numbness, heavy feeling in the feet, a prickly sensation, cold skin and blotchy skin.  After drying the feet, they can become very painful and blisters may form.  Severe trench foot can kill tissue on the feet and result in the loss of toes.  Trench foot occurs in as little as 13 hours.

With incredibly sore and painful feet you can’t make it to the CDC in time —  everyone dies!

Pack extra socks in your survival kit and try to ensure your feet stay dry.

2) Your First Aid Kit Was Lacking
On the first day of your journey to the CDC, you had an accident and fell off a ridge.  It resulted in a serious cut on your arm and a sprained wrist.  You pulled out your first aid kit only to discover it did not have any antibiotic ointment and no way to seal a serious cut.

You bandage it as well as you can and move on.  Within 48 hours, the cut has become infected and you are weakened by blood loss.  The pain is preventing you from thinking clearly and you are starting to feel a fever coming on.  Your condition worsens and you get blood poisoning, dying alone in the forest.  Civilization collapses!

You should have taken a more comprehensive first aid kit with:

  • Antibiotic cream, disinfectant pads, wet wipes and burn cream
  • Aspirin tablets, Ibuprofen tablets, Diphenhydramine (Allergy) Tablets and Loperamide (Anti-diarrhea) Tablets
  • Adhesive tape, butterfly wound closures, triangular bandage (sling) and band aids
  • Bandages including gauze pads and sterile combine dressing
  • Eye drops
  • Scissors, tweezers, scalpel, SAM splints

1) You Didn’t Pack the Right Food
After the first day of hiking, you realize you only have sugary and salty foods in your back pack.  Most of the items were “survival-branded” protein bars that were loaded with sugar.  Foods that are high in sugar and salt can greatly increase your thirst.  Additionally, most sugary foods do not provide adequate nutrition for long stretches of physical activity.

After two days you are sick of the high levels of sugar you are consuming and your energy is waning.  After three days, your pace has significantly slowed and your body is not reacting well to these sugary foods.  After four days of existing on sugary protein bars, you are vomiting and sick.  You don’t make it to the CDC in time!

Only pack nutritious food in your survival.  For a short stretch of hiking, include:

  • Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs)
  • Canned meat and beef jerky
  • Canned legumes
  • Dehydrated foods
  • Crackers
  • Dried fruits
  • Peanut butter
  • Unsalted nuts

According To NASA, There’s A 99.9% Probability Of A Significant Earthquake Hitting Los Angeles By 2018

Did you know that Los Angeles has already experienced an earthquake today?

In fact, at the time of writing, six earthquakes have occurred in the last week, and 568 in the past year.

earthquake hitting LA

This should come as no surprise to the citizens of Los Angeles, a city built on the truly massive San Andreas Fault, the slipping, grating boundary between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.

Although these earthquakes – generated by the constantly moving fault – were far from devastating, residents of the City of Angels know that their metropolis has suffered cataclysmic tremors before, and it will one day do so again.

A new study by NASA has revealed with 99.9% certainty that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake will hit the city of 3.9 million people before the summer of 2018.

The research, published in the journal Earth and Space Science, is a rare seismology study in that the authors state that they are essentially 100% confident such a quake will hit Los Angeles within a short time period.

They also look into the likelihood of more powerful quakes; the probability for an M6.0 earthquake within the same time frame is lower, at 35%.

The most powerful earthquake in the 20th century, measuring at M7.8, was centered on the nearby city of San Francisco in 1906, where 3,000 people died in the subsequent destruction.

Earthquakes occur on the San Andreas Fault line when stress builds up between the two tectonic plates, which are sliding against each other in opposite directions. When parts of the tectonic plates get stuck, the plates continue to try and keep moving, which builds up stress.

Eventually, the stress is released, and the tectonic plates judder forwards, causing an earthquake. The greater this stress, the larger the eventual earthquake. The more powerful stress releases are far less common, so more energetic quakes happen less often.

A moderate M5.1 quake that impacted the greater Los Angeles area in 2014 appears to have been part of a series of more shallow tremors. Seismologists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who have been mapping the deformation under Los Angeles using GPS data and ground-penetrating radar, have concluded that this shallow trend of tremors suggests that there is a deeper part of the fault zone still accumulating stress that has yet to be released. The longer this stress builds up, the more powerful the eventual quake will be.

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9 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

9 Things I Wish I Knew About Survival Gear When I First Started

When I first decided to develop my survival skills, I began collecting a large amount of survival gear.  Because it is so easy to purchase survival gear online, I spent a few hundred dollars on expensive gadgets and tools.  I bought everything from high-tech water purifiers to celebrity-branded firestarters.

Only when I spent some time in the wilderness did I discover that some of the survival gear I had purchased was poorly made, inadequate in a survival situation or difficult to use! 

Here are 9 things I which I knew about survival gear when I first started.

9) There are Many Ways to Purify Water

When I first started, I was reading a lot of survival blogs which mentioned the importance of water.  The human body is 70% water and most people will die within 3 days unless they are drinking an adequate amount of water.

I thought — ok, I’ll take some water purification tablets, some tools to create a fire and a pot.  After a few test runs, I realized that lighting a fire to boil water every time I ran out was laborious.  Water purification tablets also made the water taste a bit strange and I could only carry so many.

I began to explore my options and discovered portable water filters like the Lifestraw and water bottles with in-built filters.  They are very safe and simple to use in most survival situations.

I also learned how to make a condensation trap and below ground still.  Suddenly I realized that there were multiple ways I could be gathering clean water and many of them could be performed very simply!  I added a few light-weight items to my survival kit and now I have plenty of options.

8) It’s Useful to Have Multiple Ways of Starting and Maintaining a Fire

In the early days of my journey as a survivalist, I used waterproof matches and a small lighter to start fires.  After a bad episode of being unable to get a fire going with damp wood, I started to think about more options for starting a fire.

Some of those options included:

  • A magnesium fire stick, which has better reliability and longevity than the other options for starting a fire
  • Cotton balls smeared in petroleum jelly
  • A razor to go with my pencil — the pencil shavings make great tinder
  • A small amount of fuel to help get a fire going.  Charcoal or lighter fluid
  • A signaling mirror which can be also be used to start a fire.  A great dual-purpose item that provides some redundancy.
  • A paracord bracelet that has a fire starter built in, click here to get yours

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Get your thinking cap on and look for quick and easy ways to start a fire.  Add your favorite three options to your survival kit.

7) Good Things Come in Small Packages

Some of the survival gear I bought online was quite large and bulky.  I quickly discovered that taking a large gravity-fed water filter on a camping trip was a ridiculous idea.  I realized it was better to take small, multi-purpose items for survival tasks. 

For example, a small metal container can be used to cook food and purify water.

I also started to look for items that came in a compact form.  A smaller more-powerful flashlight that used lithium batteries and had signaling capabilities, a smaller lighter and fuel container, Lifestraws instead of bulky filters and so on.  Retractable gear can also be very useful for making a compact survival kit.

Look for ways to save space and weight without compromising quality.

6) Don’t Rely on Technology

Most tech-savvy people love buying survival gadgets.  However, including technologically advanced items in a survival kit can increase the risk of survival gear failure.  I learned this after I had a GPS malfunction while hiking once.  Luckily I had a compass attached to my watch and a high level of familiarity with the local environment. 

Consider the many ways in which an electronic gadget may fail you in a survival situation:

  • It could be dropped in water or onto a hard surface and malfunction
  • The batteries could die quickly or malfunction
  • The gadget could simply malfunction of its own accord
  • The technology that the gadget depends on could malfunction — mobile phone towers, radio towers and satellites are not infallible.
  • On the worst case scenario end — an EMP strike could destroy it!

Whenever you take an electronic gadget, also take an analogue version.  For example, in addition to that fancy electronic GPS, take analogue equivalents (a small compass and a map). 

You should also develop survival skills and bushcraft skills that make the gadget redundant.  If you understand the natural environment, a compass is far less important.  Electronic gadgets should be viewed as a luxury item that you can’t always depend upon in a survival situation.

5) Not All Survival Gear is Built to Last

While I like to take care of my survival gear, it will get used in some pretty extreme environments.  Over the years, I have seen nearly everything fail, from electronic global positioning systems through to so-called waterproof matches (that weren’t really that waterproof).

I have learnt the hard way that quality is always better than quantity.  I’d rather have a $20 magnesium fire starter that I know will work rather than 100 waterproof matches that are worth a damn if they get a tiny bit of moisture in their packaging. 

Look for weatherproof gear that is high-quality and built to last.  Before purchasing any survival gear, look online for user reviews. We recommend the gear from Sovereign Survival

4) More Options to Fish and Hunt

A few times I have found myself in the wilderness and running a bit short of food.  On one occasion, the game I thought would be plentiful wasn’t available.

While I saw plenty of squirrels and a river that looked well-stocked I didn’t have the right gear with me.  It was a minor inconvenience for me because I was just having fun in the forest.  However, if you are in a survival situation, not having the right tools could endanger your life.

It is always worthwhile carrying additional options for hunting and fishing.  Fishing tackle and a fishing net does not take up much room.  The same goes for the materials necessary to make a trap for small animals.  Learn the bushcraft skills required to find many types of game and include any necessary survival gear.

3) A More Comprehensive First Aid Kit is Better

On multiple occasions, I have had a small accident while in the wilderness.  Usually a cut or abrasion that isn’t life threatening.  Thankfully, I take a very basic first aid kit with me and some pain killers were available to help with the pain. 

On one occasion, I was traveling with a less-experienced friend and he twisted his ankle.  I wrapped it and handed him some pain killers — aspirin.  He told me that he was allergic to aspirin and couldn’t take it.  That meant he had to deal with more pain as he hobbled back to town the next day.  In my eyes, my first aid kit had failed.

Take options to deal with a number of potential survival situations for yourself and other people.  Now I carry more medications in my first aid kit including aspirin tablets, ibuprofen tablets, diphenhydramine tablets (allergy tablets), loperamide tablets (anti-diarrhea tablets) and an Epipen.

2) Plan for Worst Case Scenario

After a few years, you may have developed a pretty comprehensive survival kit and have some well-hone survival skills.  However, even the most experienced survivalist can run into trouble in a worst case scenario.

Take items which may be helpful when you are incapacitated and can no longer fend for yourself.  You should have multiple communication and signaling options including:

  • Signaling mirror
  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or a satellite phone
  • Mobile phone
  • Powerful LED torch

It is important to understand that a situation may occur where all of your training and knowledge won’t be enough — you will need to be rescued.  While some of these tools can be expensive (a PLB or satellite phone may cost hundreds), they are life saving tools when everything has gone awry.  How much is your life worth?

1) Hypothermia is a Killer — So Prepare for it!

One of the biggest risks in a survival situation is hypothermia.  It occurs when your core body temperature falls below 95.0 °F (35.0 °C).  If you core temperature falls far enough, hypothermia will eventually result in death.

Include more items in your survival kit to protect you against hypothermia including a water proof poncho, mylar space blanket and a large plastic tarpaulin to make a shelter. 

It is important to realize that starting a fire may be extremely difficult in some survival situations so you must include items to help you to stay dry and warm without one. 

Building a comprehensive survival kit is a long-term process.  Continue to refine and improve your survival kit over time until you have a kit that handles a wide array of survival situations.

9 Survival Skills I Wish I Knew About When I First Started Living Off The Grid

9 Survival Skills I Wish I Knew About When I First Started Living Off The Grid

When people are asked about survival skills, they tend think about the skills that help a person survive an emergency situation — hunting, foraging, finding water, reading tracks, orienteering and so on. 

However, many of these skills are also useful for people living off the grid.  Here are 9 survival skills that I wish I knew when I first started living off the grid.

9) Shelter Construction

Being able to construct a shelter is an essential survival skill.  In a short term survival situation, it can be as simple as pitching a tent, or stringing a tarpaulin between two trees or constructing a dugout shelter.  Doing whatever it takes to keep yourself protected from the elements.

To survive a long-term survival situation, more advanced construction techniques are required.  The structure must be able to remain standing for longer periods and withstand some wild weather.  It is useful to understand some basic construction techniques.

When I first began to live off the grid, my construction skills were pretty limited.  I could nail a few boards together, but I couldn’t construct small buildings.  When I realized I needed a shed for the chickens, my shelter construction skills were put to the test.  I realized how useful shelter building skills are!

8) Hunting and Fishing

When I first started living off the grid, I was still going to the store to buy most of my food.  I had a small garden, but it wasn’t producing enough to feed the entire family.  When a couple of the crops failed, it also resulted in a food shortage.

I realized that hunting and fishing were very important survival skills for gaining food independence and becoming more self-sufficient.  Hunting and fishing for food also allowed me to save some money, which I invested back into my home.

7) How to Sew

Sewing is a useful long-term survival skill which is rarely mentioned by survivalists.  If you find yourself in a survival situation for more than a few days, chances are you will damage your clothing or shelter and need this skill.

Abilities gained from being able to sew include:

Repairing closure points on clothing and objects. 
Zippers, buttons, velcro, and snaps can all break with repeated use.  Learning how to repair items with closure points is a very important survival skill

Patching items
If you tear your tent, tarpaulin or clothing, patching skills will allow you to  substitute another piece of material and increase its longevity

Repairing seams
Have you ever bent over and torn your favorite pair of jeans?  Seams on clothing are a high-stress area that can eventually tear.

Making size adjustments
In a long-term survival situation, you might lose weight and require size adjustments for your clothing.

Having the ability to make these repairs and adjust the size of clothing is incredibly useful when living off the grid.  You can save money and avoid unnecessary trips into town.  Being able to repair clothing instead of dashing to the shops makes you much more self-sufficient.

6) How to Cook Over a Fire

Most people are used to cooking a meal on a gas or electric hotplate.  Once you are in a survival situation it is highly unlikely those modern conveniences will be available!  You will be restricted to cooking over a fire.

At first, you might think cooking over a fire is pretty self-explanatory — you may have done it dozens of times before while camping.  However, was that meal very simple? 

Have you cooked a varied and nutritious meal for the entire family? 

The difficulty ramps up when you are trying to prepare a family meal with five different types of vegetables that have different cooking times.  Some foods also require different temperatures, which can be difficult to manage when using a fire.

5) Working With Tools

Being handy with tools is very useful in both short term and long term survival situations.  In a short-term situations, it can be as simple as whittling a spear from a stick. 

In longer term situations where self-sufficiency is a goal, it can involve using saws, hammers, and a variety of other tools.

If you improve your ability to work with a wide variety of tools, it can improve your self-sufficiency and ability to live off the grid.

4) Foraging for Food and Water

Establishing new sources of food and water wasn’t my first concern when I started living off the grid.  My hunting and fishing skills were a little under-developed and my garden was on the small side.

However, after a few months of visiting the store for supplies I realized how useful it would be to have foraging skills.  Foraging for food and water greatly increases your level of self-sufficiency.  Here’s why:

  • The food that you find is free!
  • You won’t have to visit the store as often, you will save money on fuel
  • You will have an additional food source to supplement what you grow in your garden
  • Foraged food contains a high level of nutrients, it is not genetically modified and it is free of chemicals.  You will be healthier by eating it and less likely to require a doctor.
  • Unlike hunting and fishing, you don’t require any equipment to forage for food

I began using survival skills to create additional pockets of water around my property and in the nearby forest.  Having these additional resources on hand gave me the certainty that if I had a problem with my personal water reserves, I could find enough water nearby to survive.

3) First Aid Skills

Many people who are living off the grid are in locations somewhat removed from civilization.  Being able to treat small injuries by yourself is very useful and avoids a trip into town to see the doctor. 

Not only will you save money, by understanding basic first aid you will be more useful in a survival situation.

2) Food Preservation Skills and Equipment

There are a variety of techniques which can be used to preserve the food you catch or grow.  The methods which you should become familiar with include:

  • Smoking meat and making jerky from meat
  • Food dehydration and sun drying
  • Field dressing the animals you kill
  • Fermenting
  • Pressure canning and caning
  • Freezing and freeze-drying

These survival skills will help you increase the variety and quality of food you enjoy throughout the year.  Food preservation skills are very useful skills for improving your self-sufficiency.

1) Electronics and Mechanics

While the ability to work with mechanical and electrical items might not seem like an obvious survival skill — it can save your life in some survival situations.  When living off the grid, these skills mean you can repair your solar panels, car, refrigerator, pumps and many other items around your property.

These skills can save you money, extend the longevity of your possessions and can be traded with other people for supplies. 

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Emergency Essentials When I First Started

7 Things I Wish I Knew About Emergency Essentials When I First Started

When I first began improving my emergency preparedness and collecting emergency essentials, I focussed on storing food and water.  I soon realized that to be truly prepared for a survival situation, I had to greatly increase the types of items I was gathering.

As I gathered emergency essentials, I made some mistakes and learned a lot.  Here are some things I wish I knew about emergency essentials when I first started!

7) Only Certain Containers are Suitable for Storing Water

Storing water is one of the most critical aspects of emergency preparation.  Each adult requires approximately one gallon of water (3.7 Liters) per person, per day.  Without water, a human being quickly becomes dehydrated and can die in as little as 3 days.  Water is also a crucial part of cooking meals, particularly if you have a large amount of rice or pasta stored.

How you store your water will determine how long it can be safely consumed.  The best options for storing water are glass bottles, food-grade aluminum bottles or BPA-free food-grade plastic containers.  All containers should be thoroughly sterilized, kept at a moderate temperate and kept air tight. 

The water that is added to the container should be proofed, filtered and ideally should contain a small amount of chlorine to prevent the growth of bacteria.  If consuming chlorine concerns you, re-filter the water before consumption.

Avoid storing water in:

  • Plastic that is not food-grade
  • Food grade plastic that has previously been used to store milk, fruit juice, or fruit. 
    It is very difficult to remove the sugars from the plastic, sugars which can increase the risk of bacteria growth

6) Have Test Runs For Certain Emergency Essentials

When I first bought my generator I tested it a couple of times and thought I had a good understanding of how it worked.  1.5 years later, when we had a blackout, I struggled to get it running — either the gas had gone stale or the starter was playing up. 

Because I hadn’t been regularly testing it, it failed when I needed it the most.

Test your emergency essentials on a regular basis, particularly anything mechanical or electronic.  I now have “prepper test runs” every 3 or 4 months, where I live off the supplies and equipment I have stored for an emergency situation.

5) Hygiene and Sanitation Supplies are Crucial

While food and water are crucial to survival in an emergency situation, hygiene and sanitation items should not be overlooked.

On another “prepper test run” I discovered that my health was starting to quickly deteriorate because I lacked hygiene supplies.  Not only was I getting very smelly, I had a bacterial eye infection which occurred because of insufficient hygiene and sanitation. 

Bring equipment to manage human waste disposal and have plenty of options for staying clean in an emergency situation.  That means plenty of soap, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, toilet paper, moist towelettes, and anything else you need for an extended stay.

4) Variety is Essential

Eating the same food repeatedly for weeks on end can become very demoralizing and tiresome.  That can become a huge problem in a survival situation when you need to be alert and energetic. 

Your emergency essentials should include a wide variety of foods that you know you enjoy.

3) It is a Bad Idea to Store Your Emergency Essentials in One Place

You may have developed a substantial stockpile of emergency essentials, but if they are being stored in one location, you are risking it all!

Remember that there are a great variety of emergency situations and each one presents its own set of challenges and risks.  If you only have one stockpile location and a serious flood event impacts your town, you could lose all of your supplies in one go. 

By having a backup supply store that is in a separate flood-free location, you maintain part of your supply store and increase your chances of survival.

2) Collecting Emergency Essentials for Only One Emergency Event is Bad

If you live in an area that frequently has a particular type of emergency event, it easy to become fixated on preparing for that event. 

For example, you might live in an area that has serious floods every 25 years, so you select your emergency essentials to deal that emergency situation.  In my early days as a prepper, I mainly focussed on preparing for the big flood that usually occurs in my town every 25-50 years.

There are actually a wide range of emergency situations that could put you or your family in danger.  It is important to assess if your emergency essentials are useful in other scenarios. 

Will your stockpile help your family after civil unrest, earthquake, financial collapse, tornado or foreign invasion? 

Consider more than one emergency situation to maximize your emergency preparedness. 

1) A Wide Range of Pharmaceuticals Will be Required

As I mentioned earlier, my first attempts at making a stockpile focussed on food and water.  While I did incorporate a basic first aid kit, I didn’t think about health and medicine as much as I should have.

Consider the illnesses and injuries that may occur during emergency situations.  If you are preparing for a natural disaster like a flood or tornado, you should have medications to treat everything from an infected cut through to allergies and fevers.

Some items to add to your emergency essentials include:

  • Broad spectrum antibiotics and colloidal Silver (a natural antibiotic)
  • Anti-diarrhea medication and Stool softener
  • Antihistamine medication
  • Painkillers including aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Natural remedies including tea tree oil (anti-fungal and disinfectant), Oregano Oil (anti-inflammatory and disinfectant) and Neem Oil (treats skin disorders)
  • Medications to deal with extreme emergencies including Activated charcoal tablets (for dealing with toxins) and Potassium iodide capsules (for protect the thyroid after exposure to radiation)

Lindsay Lohan Says She Might Also Run for President in 2020

I just came across this article from Time.com and all I can think is our country is going to be screwed if this is serious.

 

“In #2020 I may run for president”

Looks like Kanye West may have some competition in the 2020 presidential primaries: Lindsay Lohan has declared on Instagram that she has White House ambitions of her own.

“In #2020 I may run for president,” she wrote, adding, “lets do this @kanyewest … thank you for inspiring us to be better people.”

The actress also posted a picture of herself and West, setting up her campaign platform. “The first thing I would like to do as president … is take care of all of the children suffering in the world,” she wrote. “#queenELIZABETH showed me how by having me in her country.”

The actress, who has faced numerous rehab stints and arrests, moved to London to make her West End debut in Speed-the-Plow, and said earlier this year that she wanted to apply for British citizenship — something she can’t pursue if she’s serious about her U.S. presidential bid.

And if she decides to run, Lohan will be joining an increasingly star-studded race. Kanye West, of course, announced two months ago during the MTV VMAs that he is running for president in 2020.

Whether or not West is serious (and his wife and reality TV megastar Kim Kardashian West says he is), West’s announcement has garnered social media support from the Democratic National Committee, some pointers from President Barack Obama, and a vice-presidential bid from Taylor Swift (#KanTay2020).

And we thought next year’s election was interesting.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

For more info, visit http://time.com/4077437/lindsay-lohan-run-for-president-in-2020/

4 Cautionary Bushcraft Tales

4 Cautionary Bushcraft Tales

Bushcraft is the common term for wilderness skills. 

Fishing, hunting, building shelter, starting fires, foraging for food, navigating foreign terrain and so on.  These are the skills that can save your life in a survival situation and can help you with off grid living.

For modern man, surviving in the wilderness is no longer natural to them — sitting in front of a widescreen television is their new natural habitat!  So when we step into the wilderness a lot of things can easily go wrong.

Here are some user-submitted cautionary bushcraft tales from people who ran into trouble in the wilderness!

4) Navigational Tools Matter — Even in Your Own Backyard

I was hunting for deer in a forest only a few miles from my home.  My friend had bailed on me because his girlfriend wanted to see a movie.  I don’t usually go out solo, but I was in an area that I knew very well and I had my mobile phone with me.

I had found some fresh tracks so things were looking up.  Then, within 30 minutes a storm blew in, bucketing down rain.  My visibility was reduced to about 6 feet.  That was ok because I knew the forest well and was following a path.  I was simply going to walk home via the path, have a bath and a hot cup of coffee.

Then suddenly, I tripped over a slippery rock and hit my head hard on the ground.  I blacked out for what felt like 20 seconds.  My injury wasn’t too bad at all, but I knew a bruise would come up.  Everything was fine, I would continue walking down the path to get home.  By now a great deal of water had leaked through my poncho and I was feeling cold and miserable.

I started walking on the path in the direction I thought was home.  After 10 minutes I realized this wasn’t the right direction and this wasn’t the right path!

My mistake was suddenly apparent — because I was in a forest so close to my home I didn’t think to bring any bushcraft tools like a firestarter or compass.

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I didn’t have a complete survival kit with me, just a few bits and pieces.  My mobile phone had gone flat, which left me with few options other than walking out myself.

Visibility was still horrible because of the rain and there was now some fog in the area.  What really worried me was that my body temperature was beginning to drop — hypothermia might kick in if I was forced to stay out here all night.

5 hours later and I had managed to find a familiar rock and make my way home.  A miserable day that could have been avoided by bringing a compass!  I learned a very good piece of bushcraft wisdom that day — be prepared for worst case scenarios and realize that even your backyard can become a dangerous place.

Solution: Don’t rely on local knowledge because you can get lost in your own back yard when the weather goes bad!  Always take a compass.

3) The Quality of Your First Aid Matters


It was my first time trekking through the wilderness solo.  I had done everything right — packed a survival kit, told my friends where I was going, told them when I would be back. 

I had only recently begun working on my survival skills and building a survival kit. Some of my friends were amused at my actions, they thought I had watched too many Bear Grylls episodes!  But I knew that improving my emergency preparedness was crucial and a part of that was learning how to survive in the wilderness. 

I was about 5 miles in when I tripped on a tree root and went into a ravine.  Rolled a few times and was a bit dizzy at the bottom.  Upon landing, I looked myself over and initially  thought I was fine — until I noticed blood seeping through my sleeve.  There was a bad cut on my forearm, about 3 inches long.  It didn’t look like it needed stitches, but it was bleeding badly.

While most people would panic I knew I was well-prepared, because I brought a medkit.  I could simply dress the wound and continue.  I took off my shirt and opened the medkit that I had bought from eBay one week earlier. 

That’s when I became seriously worried!

I realized there was no sling in my first aid kit, the bandages were tiny and it didn’t include painkillers!  The antiseptic swabs looked like they had been manufactured in mother Russia and were made by a company I had never heard of.  I realized I couldn’t disinfect the wound reliably and the pain was growing.  I hurriedly used my t-shirt to wrap the cut and began walking back to town.

The humiliation of my 1-day journey was a bit tough and a couple of friends were surprised to see me again so soon.  The moral of the story — double check that med kit!

Solution: Check and update the contents of your first-aid kit regularly.  Consider building your own comprehensive first aid kit.

2) Foraging for Food in Foreign Environments


I had been learning all aspects of bushcraft for more than 5-years.  I had really focussed on building shelter, starting fires and finding wild food.  My ability to venture into the forest with only a survival knife, compass, a first-aid kit and some water, then come back 3 days later healthy and happy was something I was proud of.

So when I visited my brother in Australia I thought I would show him some of my skills.  We set off on a sunny Friday morning with the intention of coming back to civilization on Sunday.  We took a couple of sleeping bags, a first-aid kit, water, a compass, a little bit of food and some other useful bushcraft gear.  The first couple of days were great, we did plenty of fishing, I foraged for food and we had a plenty of laughs.

On Sunday morning, I decided to fry some wild mushrooms to go with the eggs that I had brought along.  They looked identical to a common variety of mushroom in the United States — the Chanterelles.  Within an hour of eating the mushrooms the stomach cramps began.  I knew I had made a serious mistake so we began walking back to civilization immediately.  It was a very painful and slow walk back to town, but we made it eventually.

It ended up being a simple case of food poisoning, but if we had eaten more it could have been fatal.  That day I learn that some bushcraft skills like foraging for food do not translate well to other environments.  It looked identical to the American mushroom but caused mild poisoning — luckily it didn’t cause hallucinations.  After boasting to my brother about my bushcraft skills, he discovered I still have a lot to learn!

Solution: Be aware that some survival skills do not translate well to foreign locations.

1) Don’t Rely on Gadgets!

As a bushcraft “nooby” I thought it was a good idea to spend some money on my hobby on electronic gadgets to help me navigate through the local wilderness.  I am a very  technologically savvy person and love buying new toys. 

I was going to do a two-day walk with my buddy Fred.  We had very large rucksacks full of food, booze, blankets and various survival gadgets we had bought off eBay.  I had a brand new GPS which was going to help us navigate from the campsite through the forest to another campsite 10 miles away. 

All went well for the first day and night.  We made the journey comfortably and had a few laughs (and drinks) at the campsite.  In the morning, I had a bit of a hangover and wasn’t feeling particularly cheerful but it was all a part of having a good time.  We started making the journey back to our vehicle.

My GPS showed a waterway within two miles, so we made a quick detour to check it out.  We found it to be a beautiful crystal-clear stream that was running fast from the rain earlier in the week.  Because we were hungover the feeling of dipping our faces in the creek was incredible.  While splashing around like an idiot, the GPS fell out of my pocket and into the fast running stream.  Before I knew it, it was floating away.

I managed to catch it, but the damage had been done — it was not waterproof and it had malfunctioned.  This could be a big problem I thought.  At this stage, I had a rough idea of which way to go but we could easily become lost.

Thankfully, Fred remembered that the stream met with the river that winds its way back into town.  We would have a longer walk, but we knew we would get home eventually.  As the day grew hotter and our hangovers worsened I realized what a fool I was for depending on electronic gadgets instead of developing my bushcraft skills. 

Since then I have bought a compass and learned some orienteering skills!  Electronic gadgets may make life easier but if they malfunction they can put you in danger!

Solution: Don’t rely on electronic gadgets for navigation.  Learn how to use “old school” tools like a map and compass.  Learn how to navigate without any tools at all.