Showing posts with label Survivalism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Survivalism. Show all posts

Feb 10, 2015

BugOut Bag and Gear to Survive

The Survival Gear You Need

Leaving your shelter, leaving your home during a crisis is counter to your instincts and to what many experts recommend. However, there may be situations where staying in your home or even in your community is life threatening.
Making the decision to leave your home may well be one of the most difficult decisions you make during a disaster. Situations that may force you to leave your home can include a nuclear detonation where radioactive fallout is a threat along with a chemical or biological attack. Natural threats that can force you from your home can include the threat of tsunamis, flooding from heavy rains or tidal surges and destructive winds.

Create a Bug Out Plan

Some individuals and families will convince themselves they would never leave their home under any circumstance. This means they have not planned for evacuation because they refuse to accept the fact they may have to. Once reality strikes however, and the disaster is looming, people will evacuate.
Without the proper planning, you can flee one crisis only to be thrust into another. Start now looking at alternative locations (bug-out-locations). Use online mapping software that shows terrain and natural resources along with population density to help you find an area to evacuate too.
State and federal parks are one option as well as using property that friends or family may own. Once you leave your area because of a disaster you simply cannot drive aimlessly around you must have a destination in mind. You should be able to get to the location using only have of a tank of fuel and the other half is for getting back home or moving from the alternative location. Service stations may not be in operation, and if they are, there may be a fuel shortage, so do not assume you can refuel along the route.
Locate parks that are far enough away from large metropolitan areas to be safe from nuclear, chemical or biological fallout.
Map out various routes to your destination, and make sure you avoid bridges, tunnels and elevated highways because you can become trapped in these areas. Use back roads as much as possible because most people will use the most logical routes, which will result in traffic jams.
In some circumstances, either you may have to travel on foot the entire way or part of the way if you find the highways and roads are blocked. Have bug-out-bags at the ready even if you can make your way out of the area by vehicle because you will need a way to carry supplies if your vehicle breaks down or the roads are blocked half way to your destination.
bug out map
Your bug out bag would be in addition to any supplies you have stockpiled in your home. Individuals and families tend to focus their efforts on stockpiling supplies in their homes and then find they have a problem if they have to evacuate. They simply do not know what to do with their supplies other than to leave them behind. You may have to leave quickly so having bags at the ready is critical. You will not have the time to begin packing if the situation in your area becomes hostile or otherwise dangerous.
You cannot depend on motels and hotels because they will fill up quickly. You should have the means in your packs to survive using your vehicle as shelter as well as tents and tarps if you find yourself at a national or state park.
This points out the importance of gaining knowledge and the skill sets to live away from your home during a crisis. Once you find yourself at a national or state park you must have the supplies, materials, skills and the knowledge to survive using the natural resources available. State and federal parks typical have areas ideal for camps, and will usually have surface water sources. In some cases, the parks may have structures throughout the park that can be used.
For more information on national parks, please visit

The Bug Out Bag Checklist

Each member of the family should have their own bag if they are old enough to carry one. Avoid having one person carry the water and one the food and so on. If a member becomes separated, from the family, you do not want them to have items critical to the entire family and the person lost must have emergency essentials so they can survive on their own as well. Make the packs identical.
  1. Each pack needs three days’ supply of water, which for hydration only is 1.5 gallons (two quarts daily)
  2. Three days’ supply of food such as protein bars, Meals Ready to Eat ( two per day for adults), beef jerky and peanut butter and crackers, avoid canned goods or foods that require water for preparation such as freeze dried or dehydrated foods
  3. Small one person tent or two tarps for shelter
  4. Two thermal (Mylar) blankets
  5. Rain poncho
  6. Whistle/signal mirror
  7. Communication device
  8. Knife/multi-tool
  9. Waterproof matches, lighters and alternative fire starting materials such as a magnesium stick or Ferro rods
  10. Lensatic compass and maps of the area, state and country
  11. Sleeping bag if room allows, roll tight and secure on the outside of the pack
  12. 50 feet of nylon rope
  13. Small camp axe/machete or folding wood saw
  14. Insect repellent and/or netting
  15. Person hygiene items and include hand sanitizer and bath wipes to avoid using water for bathing and hand cleaning
  16. Hat, work gloves, several bandanas, sun screen, lip balm and sunglasses
  17. First aid supplies and common over the counter medications for pain, stomach upset and allergies
  18. Water purification tablets
  19. Two stainless steel canteens that can be worn on a belt (can also be used to boil water for purification)
Bug Out Bag Checklist
Once again, the items in your bug-out-bag are in addition to any supplies you place in your vehicle and have stored inside your home.

Dec 23, 2014

Prepare your Garden to Produce!

How To Prep Your Garden for ProDuce


How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by
We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gang busters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Winter or Spring by
In case you are wondering, I live in the desert and therefore I chose to buy raised garden boxes. I used to have large gardens with a tiller and rows and rows of vegetables. I still grow enough vegetables for my family and a few neighbors. I would like to add some more raised garden boxes next year to grow even more vegetables. Let’s get started with what to do with your garden spots, etc. I love to “put my garden to bed” for the winter, so to speak. I believe if you take care of your yard you have respect for your neighbors. It is our responsibility to keep the neighborhood clean and weed free where we live. It helps with the values of our properties as well.
The first thing we need to do is remove the plants that are finished producing the vegetables we enjoyed through this last season. Add some extra soil, manure or compost to make your soil more productive next year. Till or cultivate the new products into your soil. You will notice I have coffee grinds shown below from a local coffee shop. They are FREE and you can pick them up all year round. They give the garden some extra nitrogen, but they also keep the neighbor cats out of my flower and raised garden beds. I sprinkled the coffee grinds on the top of the soil so the cats will stay out of my flower pots and garden areas.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by

Free Coffee Grinds

This picture below shows the clumps of the coffee grinds. They worked great for the entire summer to ward off the local cats from using them as a litter box. Yay!
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Fresh Soil Then Coffee Grinds

Here I added some fresh soil to my flower pots and sprinkled the local coffee shop coffee grinds over the soil to keep the local cats out of my flowers. Coffee grinds keep the cats from using your soil as a litter box. I wanted to use something safe because I love animals. Just not in my garden and flower beds.
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Cut Back Perennials-Prune Trees-Weed

It’s always sad to cut back my perennials, but if I cut them back now they will bloom and and have beautiful flowers to enjoy next year.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by

Take Care Of Garden Tools

Lastly, take care of your garden tools and they will last for years. Wash and dry them all before storing them for the winter.
How To Prepare Your Garden so you are ready for planting next Spring by
Have you cleaned up your yard, pruned or weeded your yard yet? Its just starting to get really cold here….share some tips and I will add them to my list. Check out the garden areas of your local stores, this is a perfect time to pick up garden gloves half price.
Please visit Prepared-Housewives there is an article about Kohlrabi written by Mike the Gardener

Oct 27, 2013

Tips For Teaching Kids Survival Skills

Written by: Pat B Extreme Survival 

As I write this here in Missouri, rabbit season opens in just four short days. Time to break out the shotguns and give them a good preseason cleaning and checkup. The kids and I will be attending to this business over the next couple of days, and soon rabbit will be back on the menu. We have spent the summer months watching the rabbit population grow, and the girls in particular have been charting out the best locations to find their quarry when opening day comes.
I am proud of my kids for this. They are showing that they have grasped and grabbed hold of at least some of the survival skills that my wife and I have tried to impart upon them. First, they have recognized where food comes from — that cute and fuzzy can also be nourishing and tasty. They have taken time to watch their surroundings, to use tracking and observation to increase their odds of success in the pursuit of wild game. They are bold and unhesitant in their desire to put wild food on the table. In short, they are learning to live with and not just in their surroundings.
Hunting is a valuable survival skill, but it really isn’t the key to a long-term survival situation. When the chips are down, everybody and his brother will turn to the woods and game will be depleted rapidly. The skills, however, that will be honed in my children by hunting will last long after the game is gone.
By hunting, kids develop proficiency with weapons and familiarity with the damage that they can do, and through this they develop respect for their weapons. They learn to be tuned into their surroundings, to let nature tell them when subtle things have changed. They learn to track, to stalk, and to ambush, and to not be seen by the objects of their pursuit. They learn to see the world around them with clarity and precision, to grasp the little details. Basically, they are developing situational awareness while bearing arms, and developing skills that would serve well in escape and evasion; they are learning to be survivors.
Through the sport of hunting, a large number of skills applicable to survival situations are developed. This is the best tactic to take when teaching survival
skills to kids. Find activities that are fun and engaging while at the same time growing a skill set. Don’t focus on drilling in survival skills but let them grow naturally from genuine interests.
Learn the secrets of a veteran hunter as he shows you how to quickly and efficiently field-dress your game
Camping is another great activity to develop survival skills. Not the modern motor home full of electronics variety of camping, but the “Hey, grab your gear, we’re sleeping out at the pond tonight!” kind of camping. On small adventures like these your kids can learn skills like shelter-building. Don’t bring a tent; press their creativity by challenging them to create shelter with the tools in their kit and the materials in their environment. Guide them in the process of creating a shelter from a poncho and paracord, in how to build a debris shelter, and in properly backing a fire to reflect heat into the shelter. Guide them through fire-building using a fire steel and tinder, and let them learn campfire cooking with hotdogs and marshmallows. At late-night camp fires they can begin to get an appreciation of watch standing, listening to the night sounds around them. Your kids can also relearn the ancient art of enjoying the company of their family and not relying on a computerized box to tell them when they are having fun. Notice I said “guide,” not “instruct”? Above all these should be fun times, not boot camp. Lessons learned with a happy heart become fond memories, and fond memories last a lifetime.
Through activities like hunting and impromptu camping, your kids will develop the skills that will give them the confidence to face the initial stages of a crisis on their own, should the need arise. Make sure that they become familiar with every piece of gear you give them, and that they are able to recognize and meet their needs of shelter, food and water.
There is a common misconception in the world at large that preppers are afraid of something. If you’re a prepper, it is imperative that you not foster fear in your kids. The reality is that prepping is one of the bravest things a person can do. Preppers make the bold statement that “I will be OK no matter what!” If you think about it at all, you will realize that it takes a lot more courage to face the challenges that may lie ahead honestly rather than saying “Nothing can happen here, and even if it does someone will help me.” If you’re a prepper, make sure your kids know that you don’t prep because of fear, but because you are not afraid to face any challenge and you are confident in the family’s ability to get through anything. Your kids won’t have to fear anything if they are ready for anything.
With this in mind, involve your kids in all your preps. Make sure that they are aware of the food supplies you have laid in, and how to use them. Cooking with storage foods is an essential survival skill, so let them make a meal from time to time. Better still, let them develop cooking skills on deserts! Anyone who can make a Dutch oven cobbler with home canned apples and freshly ground wheat flour isn’t going to survive, they are going to thrive. Cobbler is a great side effect of effective survival training, and it falls neatly into the fond memories category. Involve them in all aspects of your gardening and animal husbandry, here again they will learn through experience, and should these skills become a matter of life and death they will already be familiar.
Teaching survival skills and involving the whole family offers many great bonding opportunities. These shared experiences and pursuit of common goals strengthen the foundations and decorate the rooms of family unity. It can also be a lot of fun. Remember that kids deserve to be kids. Fear should never be a part of their training, and even serious business can be undertaken with a light-hearted spirit. Knowledge and skills gained in love will last your kids a lifetime and give them strength and peace in troubled times.
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Aug 21, 2013