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The 3 things you will always need in an Urban Survival situation

I came across this article about the 3 things you will always need in an urban survival situation and had to share it with you… here’s a brief excerpt of it.

WTSHTF maybe you are prepared for an extended survival scenario away from civilization, but you have to get out of the city first (maybe). In a disaster situation that might not be so easy. If you have these three things in place you will greatly increase your chances.

1.  Get Home Bag (GHB)

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Imagine for a minute that you work downtown in a large city, maybe you ride the subway or take a bus to work everyday. You are in a large office building with many floors, thousands of people, and you are on the fifteen or twentieth story. If a disaster strikes how are you going to get out? I mean literally. If there is an earthquake, or a catastrophic man made event how are you going to get out of your building? How are you going to get down the street? How are you going to get home? Do you want to be one of the people covered in dust wandering around in shock? I sure don’t.

But I have my Bug out Bag you say!

Oh really, where is it? Even if it is in your car it is useless to you at this point. The parking garage is at street level and possibly blocks away. That could mean life or death in this situation and you need to act now.

Even if you could get to your Bug Out Bag, how much good would it do you in this environment? Most people’s B.O.B. is packed for survival in the wilderness. Camping gear, food, clothing, etc.

Get Home Bag contains an entirely different set of tools and serves one purpose: To get you from wherever you are to your Home.

How to Choose an Urban Survival Bag

Your GBH should contain things that are going to get you out of the building like a prybar. Things to help you make it through the aftermath like water and breathing masks. Things you might use to help rescue others like flashlights or radios. Things that will help you on what could be a very long walk home such as food and maybe shoes.

Clearly a GHB is not a Bug Out Bag. Sure they have some overlap, but a GBH can be much smaller, less weight conscious, have more specific tools, and be planned for one purpose. Do you have one cached  in your office or place of work?

 

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5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

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I came across this list of 5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading and had to share it with you…

Usually I point my readers toward a specific article on other sites that I found particularly useful and wanted to share. Today I’m giving you my list of 5 survival blogs I think you should be reading. All five were chosen because they each regularly publish quality survival and prepping information for you.

*In No particular order

1. The Survival Blog – Jim Rawles’ Survival Blog is one of our favorites and rightfully so, he writes interesting articles and his reader’s submissions are excellent.

2. The Survival Mom – Lisa, the Survival Mom, is a great resource for the modern survivalist prepper with a family. The term “survivalist” usually brings images of men clinging to their guns in the wilderness but The Survival Mom provides regular people with great ideas for prepping in everyday life. (Like the Survival Mom Vehicle Kit)

Click here to read the other 3 Survival Blogs –> 5 Survival Blogs You Should Be Reading

How To Disappear In The Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial

We came across this article and had to share… we’re sharing the beginning and you can read the rest with the link included at the end of the article if you want to learn more!

You never know when you might need natural camouflage.  Whether to escape and evade or to hunt and stalk, blending into the wilderness around you might be a necessary part of your survival scenario one day and it’s important that you understand the basics.  Luckily, the process is fool-proof – and – surprisingly fast.

THE BASE LAYER

It all starts with muddin’ up!  It goes without saying that this method of natural camo lends itself to warm weather scenarios.  This process also works much better on BARE SKIN.  I started the whole process by striping down to my skivvys and then scooped some goopy clay-mud mix from the edge of the pond.  There’s really no delicate way to do this – just smear it on!  I had to go Garden of Eden style in these shots with a Burdock leaf for the sake of decency.

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Get it on nice and thick.  A thick, wet base layer is critical.  Once you’re all mudded up, the next step is pretty easy.

 

DUFF AND FOREST DEBRIS

Forest duff, debris and leaf litter cover the floor in every type of forest environment.  What better material to use than the stuff that exists naturally in the area that you’re in.  Just grab handfuls of forest debris and slap it all over your wet gooey base layer.  It will stick and as the mud dries, it will become cemented into place.  You can even roll on the ground.  You’ll be surprised what your fly-paper like body will pick up.

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Read the rest of the article: How To Disappear In The Wilderness: A Natural Camouflage Tutorial

How to Make Compost

By the end of this article, you will know how to make compost.

DIY Composting

One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about composting is that it’s only for farms… and that is absolutely wrong!

This gardening technique has become an extremely popular practice in both urban and rural settings. What we really like about it is that it’s super simple, cost effective and eco-friendly.

We really love to reduce costs, recycle and reuse materials whenever we can, and if that’s like you then this post on how to make compost will help you out.

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What can be composted?

Here’s a good infographic about what you can compost for you to get a general understanding… we’ll list 20 items you can compost later in this article.

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If you really want to learn more about how compost piles work, check out this article –> How Do Compost Piles Work

 

Here is a list of 20 items you can compost:

1. Dryer lint

2. “Dust bunnies”

3. The insides of a vacuum bag (just empty the bag into the compost bin)

4. The contents of your dustpan (just use discretion)

5. Coffee grounds

6. Coffee filters

7. Tea bags/loose leaf tea

8. Soy/rice/almond/etc milk

9. Nut shells (but not walnut, which may be toxic to plants)

10. Pumpkin/sunflower/sesame seeds (chop them to ensure they won’t grow)

11. Avocado pits (chop them up so they won’t sprout)

12. Pickles

13. Stale tortilla chips/potato chips

14. Stale crackers

15. Crumbs (bread or other baked goods)

16. Old breakfast cereal

17. Bran (wheat or oat, etc)

18. Seaweed/nori/kelp

19. Tofu/tempeh

20. Frozen fruits and vegetables

(for a list of 81 items you can copy read this –> How to Make Compost)

How do you get started DIY composting?

Here are some pretty nifty tips to have the most successful compost pile:

  1. Start on bare earth. This allows organisms from the ground (like worms and bacteria) to access the soil and begin doing their part of the process.
  2. Shred your leaves. Shredding results in premium mulch that is much easier to transport. If you are having an unsuccessful heap, you can easily remedy the problem by shredding, which allows for greater aeration of the pile.
  3. Add a nitrogen supplement. Manure is one of the best nitrogen sources for your pile, but you an also use hay and kitchen scraps. Layering your nitrogen sources will produce the best results.
  4. Turn your heap every three to four days. Some may recommend turning your pile every three weeks, but turning it every few days will guarantee composting success. Because your leaves have been shredded, they are much lighter and fluffier, making them easy to handle.
  5. Consider a compost bin or tumbler. These are not necessary, but convenient for small yards where a more compact pile would be more preferable. Tips 1-4 still apply when using a bin or tumbler.

(See full article from Compact Power Equipment Rental)

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