It has been a while between posts, but yes, I still keep an eye on things on this web page. I came across an interesting article on the OUTDOOR LIFE web page regarding survival food, and just how much a single person should have to live comfortably for a year. I wanted to share the link here with everybody and encourage that it be looked at. It really helps put some things in perspective when preparing for a RED level event.
Here is the link: SURVIVAL SKILLS, WHAT A YEAR’S WORTH OF FOOD LOOKS LIKE
It is being reported that the new bird flu strain is one of the most lethal encountered so far, and transfers more easily to humans than previous strains. That’s the bad news. The good news is that so far there is no evidence of transference between people.
However, despite all the potential survival scenarios that are out there, the flu pandemic is the one that is the most likely to happen. So keep that in mind and research some of the past posts on this site to learn a little more about pandemics. Prep and prepare.
For more information on the newest bird flu strain check out this link: NEW BIRD FLU STRAIN
Check out this news clip from Fox News, as this is what happens when disaster hits and people are not prepared. Don’t be the person that has to race out to the stores at the last minute only to find them cleaned out. Survival prepping is a must.
“Frustration with gas supplies topped the list of issues causing tensions to boil over in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, the states hardest hit by power outages in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Residents jockeyed for fuel at the few stations still pumping, searched store shelves in vain for batteries, struggled with sporadic cell phone service and found themselves unable to buy necessities at supermarkets. Continue reading “Survival Prepping – Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late”
In case you have not been following the news, Hurricane Sandy is finally coming ashore and threatens easily 60 million people on the East Coast. I hope people affected by this storm took the time to prepare themselves with specific survival items such as water, food, backup power such as generators, first aid supplies, extra clothes, means of cooking food and heating water and a wide variety other survival gear essentials.
The East Coast is bracing Monday for the impact of a powerful Category 1 hurricane as it barrels toward the mid-Atlantic with 95 mph winds and a storm surge that forecasters called “life-threatening.”
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It’s not an influenza pandemic, but the West Nile Virus can be pretty nasty and is something to be aware of. It is transmitted through mosquitoes and this year there have been a lot more mosquitoes than previous years. At this time last year there were only 21 cases reported nationwide. Now there are more than 1,100 and that has the CDC concerned.
While the West Nile Virus is probably not going to cause a major breakdown in society, it can get to proportions that can be disruptive, so it is good to be aware of it. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – CDC Reports More than 1,100 Cases Of West Nile Virus”
Forest-fires have been big stories in the news the past few months with Colorado in particular being hit hard. Many people had been forced from their homes as the fires advanced out of control. Of course the potential threat of forest-fires is yet another reason to prepare.
In most cases when a forest-fire threatens your home you are going to be forced to evacuate your home. Usually you will have some advanced warning before this happens, however that is not always the case. Either way, having a good bug out bag is vital. All of the items in that bug out bag are important of course, but in the instances of floods, tornadoes, forest-fires, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, having copies of important documents such as proof of insurance, identification, residence and bank information are equally important.
Below Continue reading “Survival Prepping – Important Documents”
A new study raises concerns that some bird flu virus strains are only three mutations away from a possible pandemic; airborne transmissible, human to human. Not good news. But all the more reason to prep.
Link to bring you to the story is here: Fox News.
Every hundred years in human history there are at least three outbreaks of pandemic. Usually one of those three outbreaks is a major outbreak. The last major outbreak that occurred that included America was in 1918-1920. Word wide the 1918 pandemic has been attributed to between 50-130 million deaths. The exact death toll world-wide is unknown as the pandemic did also involve third world countries, and at the time reporting/monitoring was not the same as it is now. In America the 1918 pandemic caused just over 650,000 deaths. What the experts do say is that the 1918 pandemic could have been much worse in today’s day and age with world travel as easy as it is – that pandemic today would have spread to every country in the world within a matter of days with major outbreaks in every city around the globe. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic”
Just like I use a color coded event level system of green, yellow, and red to depict the severity of a disaster event, I also use a similar color coded system to detail situational awareness. Situational awareness is being mentally alert enough no matter what your surroundings are to be aware of potential dangerous situations, and avoid hopefully to avoid them. As well as being a prepper I am also firm believer in personal defense, and in my opinion every prepper should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones. Having good situational awareness is a must, not only in a survival situation, but in your everyday life when you are out driving to work or walking in the park with your kids. A fight for survival may not come in the form of a green level event such as an earthquake, tornado or severe weather. The fight for survival may come from the jerk who wants to beat you up in front of your kids so he can get initiated into a street gang.
Situational awareness is a skill you can train yourself to use, and eventually it will become second nature to you without having to give it much thought. Most people already have some sort of situational awareness, some don’t have any. But Continue reading “Survival Prepping – Your Situational Awareness Skills”
First rule of foraging for edible plants: If you think a plant is edible but not 100% sure, don’t eat it! Second rule of foraging for edible plants: If you are uncertain about the first rule you have no business foraging for edible plants. It is better to go a little longer without food than to poison yourself and die in probably pain and agony. Remember, a person can go weeks without food if need be. Better not to risk it.
Every prepper should have some basic knowledge of plants both edible and poisonous within their region. I hope that I will never have to rely on my small amount of knowledge in the area of foraging for edible plants to eat, but I believe I need to be prepared for that instance just in case, and so should you. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Foraging For Food, Be Sure Of What You Eat”
Sanitation is going to be an issue in a green, yellow or red event. Of course the longer a disaster event the more serious and better prepared you should plan being in regards to sanitation. Why is sanitation so important? Because people right now are used to being able to turn the knob at the kitchen sink or in the bathroom and get plenty of water to wash dishes and take showers. People are used to being able to do their laundry either at home or at a local dry-cleaners. Right now you collect your garbage a few times a week and put it out near the curb so the garbage man can pick it up and haul it away. Right now when you flush the toilet your waste gets pumped away and you don’t have to give it another thought after the fact.
So if you don’t know how to keep proper sanitation when major disaster strikes, especially during a yellow or red event, the chances of you getting sick and dying increase tenfold. Disease/sickness will run rampant if you do not know how Continue reading “Surival and Disaster Planning – Don’t Forget Sanitation When The Grid Goes Down”
Clintonville, Wisconsin has been plaqued by strange booming noises and possible earth tremors the past few days – all unexplained. It has made the national news. Below is an excerpt from FOX News:
CLINTONVILLE, Wis. – Bemused curiosity is turning into worry and aggravation for families in a small Wisconsin town longing for peace and quiet after three nights of mysterious booming noises that have sent some residents into the streets — sometimes still in their pajamas.
Below is an email I received from one of the people who follows this blog. I do encourage readers to write in with any tips and suggestions that pertain to survival prepping. I will only reprint emails if the sender gives me permission and will not include the senders contact information unless instructed to do so. I do reserve the right to edit any emails for content and to make sure they fit into the theme of my blog site, so after some editing and tweaking of his email, Rick from Minnesota writes:
“”Something your readers may want to consider now before it’s too late Continue reading “Survival Prepping Lists – Things To Do: Tip #1”
Here is another little experiment that you can perform if you have a retreat location that you plan on bugging out to when things get bad enough that you need to leave your home. I actually performed this experiment myself for the fifth time this past Friday evening. Here is what I did…
I got home from work this past Friday ahead of the wife. I called her on her cell phone and told her that as soon as she walked in the door we were going to practice a “light carry bug out” run to the retreat. I sat patiently and waited to hear her open the garage door and pull her car in. I didn’t have to wait long. Continue reading “Traveling To Your Retreat Location – Easy Experiment #2”
(This is a re-posting of “Things Can Go Wrong”, one of the earlier posts placed on this blog. I am re-posting this article because of the large amount of positive feedback that I have received on it from earlier readers, and from outside web sources currently…makes me think it is worth the re-post.)
We are all lucky to live in this great country that is The United States of America. For the most part all of us go through our daily lives with an understanding of our place in life and have certain expectations of modern living. Modern living is of course having still the best healthcare in the world, flat screen TVs in two out of three rooms in the house, indoor plumbing, fast telecommunications, well stocked grocery stores, and of course law & order.
However, the fact of the matter is that the thing we call modern society that allows us to live so well, is maintained by a very thin thread that holds everything together. The system that supports our way of living can come crashing down faster than most people would believe possible. Our modern society is far too overspecialized, and that can cause a big problem, which is explained in more detail further below.
You may not be too surprised to learn that just over 95% of all American’s live within a major city or a surrounding suburb. America is a big place, that means the other 5% have a lot of room to roam. It also means that of the 5% that live in the country probably only half of them are involved with agriculture…and that means that less than 5% of the country’s population is working to feed the remaining population. Think about those figures for a moment, and then think about how tasty that food is that you buy in the grocery store. Continue reading “Why You Should Be A Prepper – Revisted “Things Can Go Wrong”.”
So you have been working on setting aside extra food and water for an emergency survival situation. You have put together a great bug out bag for yourself and each member of your family. You have even gone so far as to plan ahead and have a retreat location in mind in case you need to leave your home behind. You have worked hard to prepare for a green level event, and have been working hard to be prepared for a yellow level event and possibly even a red level event. However, prepping for disaster is more than having extra survival gear,food and water, and guns set aside. It is also more than having a wide variety of skills to help you survive. You also need to be mentally and physically fit. Continue reading “Survival Preparedness – Get Fit!”
What looks like could be an interesting new show is premiering tomorrow night, February 7th at 9PM eastern time on the National Geographic Channel. The show is called “Doomsday Preppers”, and the show will explore the lives of supposedly ordinary citizens preparing for various end of the world scenarios.
Below is an excerpt taken from the National Geographic Channel website:
“‘Doomsday Preppers’ explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.”
I will be tuning-in to watch the first episode and seeing if it is worth while to continue watching. Who knows, but perhaps there is something to be learned from seeing other preppers talk openly about their preparations for survival, and to learn their reasons why they feel they need to be prepared. Personally I firmly believe in keeping hard details of my prepping plans such as retreat locations and amount of supplies I have secret. If some major event does take place people who know that you are prepared will show up at your door looking for help, or worse, Continue reading “Doomsday Preppers – National Geographic Channel”
Yet another reason to do a quick check of your survival gear and survival food stores. In this instance it sounds like the solar flare will have a minimal impact. But these things can happen with very short notice, and it is always better to be prepared. If not for this event, then for another more serious event. Article below:
Jan. 22 at 10:59 p.m. EST, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory caught an extreme ultraviolet flash from a huge eruption that originated from our sun.
According to NOAA, this is the strongest solar radiation storm since May 2005, and as a precaution, polar flights on Earth are expected to be re-routed within the next few hours, Kathy Sullivan, deputy administrator of NOAA, said today at the 92nd annual American Meteorological Society meeting in New Orleans, La. A barrage of charged particles triggered by this morning’s solar flare is expected to hit Earth tomorrow at around 9 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), according to experts at the Space Weather Prediction Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Scientists call these electromagnetic bursts “coronal mass ejections” (CMEs), and they are closely studied because they can produce potentially harmful geomagnetic storms when the charged particles rain down Earth’s magnetic field lines.
In addition to generating stronger than normal displays of Earth’s auroras (also known as the northern and southern lights), geomagnetic storms aimed directly at our planet can also disrupt satellites in orbit, cause widespread communications interference and damage other electronic infrastructures.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/01/23/planes-rerouted-fearing-strongest-radiation-storm-in-7-years/#ixzz1kJcRXzOg
Note from page Editor: There is some concern regarding solar flares knocking out entire power grids, and it has happened in the past. This is a great example of a green level event. For further reading on this site check out this link; survival awareness.
Along with hunting, fishing, and foraging for food in an extended survival situation, being able to grow your own food could mean the difference between barely surviving and thriving. Knowing how to manage a garden is an excellent survival skill. Knowing how to preserve what you grow for eating during the non-growing season is another highly suggested skill to acquire.
When planning for an extended survival situation where you can benefit from having a garden you need to seriously take a close look at the types of seeds available for growing. Luckily, for people like you and I who are of the prepping mindset, there are many companies out there that sell “survival seeds”. However, Continue reading “Survival Food – Survival Seeds For Thriving In A Long Term Survival Situation”
Here is another Survival Skill Preparedness Drill that you can do to see just how ready you are for a disaster situation. This drill can be used to simulate any event that would require you to load up your vehicle with as much of your survival gear and leave your home and head to a predetermined retreat location. This drill is something that can be performed any evening or weekend, and does not require to actually leave your home, just quickly and efficiently load your vehicle so you can evacuate your home.
Sometimes in the face of certain types of disaster you will want to pack up as much of your survival gear as you can and leave as fast as you can. For whatever reason you decide it is not safe to stay in your home. It could be because of a toxic spill that took place near your home, or a hurricane is coming, or a terrorist detonates a nuclear bomb, or society crumbles and there is no law and order making the larger cities and towns unsafe, or any number of hundreds of possibilities. The point is you need to get out of dodge, and fast. Continue reading “Survival Skill Preparedness – Get Out Of Dodge; Loading Your Vehicle”