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
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”
I have received an email from a reader of this blog, who will be referred to as Michelle moving forward, and decided to post it here to share with everybody. Everybody has a unique/different situation when it comes to prepping, as you will see in Michelle’s email:
“I ran across your blog site and found it VERY helpful. I’ve recently taken up prepping and have been reading every book I can get my hands on. Because I have a family with 2 small kids and 2 big dogs, I’m having a hard time with the BOB and walking to a retreat location. I have BOB for each family member, appropriately sized for the little ones, but I just can’t see them walking very far. Is it absolutely crazy to have a vehicle as our only way out? I also can’t fathom them ‘surviving off the land’ for any extended amount of time. Also, because we live in a suburb of (deleted for security reasons), I am having a hard time trying to locate a retreat location. We have 2 separate family member locations, one 40 miles away, one 500 miles away, but they are in suburbs too. We are not in a financial position to purchase a real “retreat property” so what do you suggest we look into? Do we leave the dogs to fend for themselves in a yellow or red event? What type of bug out vehicle do you recommend?” Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Email From A Reader”
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”
Had an interesting conversation with a nice couple I met while browsing the camping gear section at a Mills Fleet Farm store…for those of you that live in the mid-west you are probably familiar with Mills Fleet Farm, commonly called the “man’s mall”. Anyway, the conversation was about selecting quality foods for camping that were easy to carry and that had a good shelf life. While the couple did not come straight out and say they were preppers, I keep getting indications from their chosen words that they were more interested in foods they could store for long periods of time then foods that they would be using to camp with. They were also concerned about foods that would be easy to pack up and travel on foot with, while that is a valid concern of a hiker/camper, it is also a valid concern of any prepper putting together a bug out bag (BOB). This couple sensed I had some knowledge on the subject and kept asking questions. I decided to put together a few things on the subject points we talked about below. Continue reading “Survival Prepping Lists – Survival Food Planning”
(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!”
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”
Learning to survive a disaster involves more than just stocking up on extra supplies. It requires detailed thinking and focused planning. It also is going to cost you money, and it can use up a lot of your time and take up extra storage space. Just from those previous statements survival planning sounds like a pain and a hassle to get started, but it can also be a lot of fun and you can learn some new skills.
Below is a list of suggested skills that Continue reading “Survival Skills – Suggested Skills To Learn”
It is all over the local news for October 30th and 31st. Major snow storm hits the northeast and millions are without electrical power, and in many areas it is suspected to be almost a week before power is restored. This is a prime example of a green level event, and one that you should be able to prepare for if living in climates that get snow storms.
Connecticut: 800,000 without power
Massachusetts: 640,000 without power Continue reading “Good Example Of A Green Level Survival Event – Current News”
I think at this point there should be something said about a term called OPSEC. OPSEC is a shortened version of saying ‘operational security’. As a prepper you certainly should practice a level of OPSEC, meaning you want to keep your survival preparations mostly to yourself and talk it to anybody and everybody you meet.
The reason for this is that things can go wrong, and when they do you want to make sure that all your time and money spent on making yourself prepared is done to your own benefit. For example, let’s say you have stocked up your home with enough emergency food and water to keep your family of four comfortable for ten days of a green level event. How long do you think your food and water is going to last if twenty people that you mentioned your prepping plans to decide to come asking for handouts? Continue reading “Survival Planning – OPSEC”
I have posted a few blogs regarding the need to have a survival retreat. Those posts can be found here: part one, and part two. However before I display my third post on that subject I wanted to take some time to talk about water.
Water in regards to survival/disaster planning is probably one of the most important things you need to think about. A person can survive many weeks without food, but can only survive about three to five days without water. Depending on your day to day activities you may need more water or less water. Obviously laborious activity is going to require you to drink more water than laying around doing nothing because you are going to be perspiring more and need to replenish what water your body uses. So survival water really needs to be at the top of your preparedness list when you are planning for any Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Drinking Safe Water”
I’ve talked about three day survival kits, bug out bags, and survival retreats. I’ve also mentioned storing some extra emergency food items as well as water. With all that in mind, it is important to take some time to go back through all the survival gear you have been preparing. This is something I usually do at least twice a year in early spring and mid-autumn, and sometimes more often if I need to switch out something that may have an expiration date and needs to be removed and updated.
I keep on hand in my home a bug out bag for each member of the family, a three day survival kit in each vehicle, a small pack that I carry with me when I go hiking or hunting that also contains some basic survival supplies, and several storage boxes that contain a variety of things such as; emergency food, extra clothes for all seasons, camping gear, extra shoes and boots, tools, etc… Continue reading “Survival Preparedness – Make Sure You’re Ready With Survival Gear Checks”
Luckily large scale disaster events are few and far between. Most survival situations run for a short duration and last less than ten days, and are referred to as a green event. Most green events can be tackled by hunkering down at home with an ample supply of survival food along with survival water storage and some alternative cooking means such as a camp-stove. Throw in some other basic survival gear, some common sense thinking regarding prepping and you are set to face a green event. However, larger disaster threats are out there, and such events that fall into the yellow and red category typically spell bad news for entire regions and sometimes entire countries. Worse case scenarios are world wide events, which is typically referred to as ‘the end of the world as we know it’ (TEOTWAWKI), or even the apocalypse.
You can pretty much count on a yellow (10-90 days) or red (90+ days) event having a complete breakdown of society. Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part One”
In Part One of this two part blog the things discussed for preparing to survive a green level disaster situation was water, food, and shelter. In part two the topics will be geared towards first-aid kits and miscellaneous items that can be part of your survival gear.
First Aid Kits
Preparing for any survival situation should include a good first aid kit. You certainly will want to have a personal first aid kit in your bug out bag, but you will also want to have a slightly larger kit for Continue reading “Preparing For A Green Level Disaster Event – Part Two”
You’ve found yourself in a disaster situation and have hunkered down in your home to ride out the event. You have your survival food stores well stocked, plenty of drinking water for a dozen days, camp stoves and fuel, proper clothing, and a variety of other odds and ends you have included in your survival gear.
But what do you do with the human waste that is going to be generated when you drink and eat all that food? Use the toilet? Sure, that is possible as long as you have still electricity to run the well pump, or as long as the municipal water services do not fail. Continue reading “Survival Preparedness – Flushing The Toilet During A Power Outage”
A survival knife can go a long ways towards making your life a little easier in any survival situation. They can be used to easily help create fire starting tender, cut rope, webbing, para-cord, clean a fish, field dress wild game, create a spear by lashing it to a sturdy stick, and many other uses.
When looking to buy a survival knife there are a few key factors you will want to consider when making a choice that is best for you. Those factors are Continue reading “Survival Knife Selection – A Guide”
Of the three different lengths of disaster events, the green event lasting up to ten days is the easiest to prepare for. Usually a green event can be met by hunkering down in your home. However, this is not always the case, as some disaster situations may dictate that leaving your home is the safest thing to do. Always think about your safety, and do what is right for you and your family in any disaster situation. In part one of this two part blog the topics of discussion will be survival water, survival food, and your shelter.
You should plan on having a minimum of 1 liter of drinking water per person per day, and another liter of water per person per day for cleaning/washing/sanitation. A person can easily die in 3-5 days without water depending on the environment. And just because you are hunkering down in your home do not expect Continue reading “Preparing For A Green Level Disaster Event – PART ONE”
The first thing to consider when putting together a survival kit is where you live and what types of natural survival events are you likely to face. Somebody living where ice storms are common may have different needs than somebody who lives in the southwestern deserts. But there are always a few things that are a must for consideration, and they are water, food, clothing, shelter and first aid. This blog will only be covering the basic fundamentals of what you will need. However, just by having an emergency survival kit will place you in Continue reading “Survival Gear – Basic Three Day Emergency Survival Kit”