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.
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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”
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”
In part one I wrote about why it is a good idea to have a survival retreat, especially for those living near or around cities. Part two was about things to take into consideration when looking for a retreat location. Part three is going to be about stocking up your survival retreat for yellow and red events.
The fact is that if you are facing a yellow or red event than you can almost certainly expect the power grids to be down and then eventually everything else. You retreat will need to be ready for the kind of living our forefathers experienced before electricity and motorized equipment. You need to be ready to get back to the basics such as growing your food in a garden, using an outhouse, digging a well, patching threadbare clothing, making your own soap, Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part Three”
In part one the topic was about including rifles in your disaster planning. Part two is going to be about handguns. Unfortunately I have had limited experience with revolvers in regards to personal defense and advanced training, so this blog will focus on semi-automatic handguns, primarily on the three most widely used calibers; 9mm, .40S&W, and the .45ACP. The detail offered here is purely meant to be at a basic introduction level; cartridge pressures, muzzle energies, bullet drop rate, penetration statistics, etc… will be left for future blogs and conversation.
Lets face it, the whole point to having guns in your survival planning is in case things get really bad and there is a total collapse of society. Continue reading “Firearms And Your Disaster Planning – Part Two: Handguns”
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”
My Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a basically a three day emergency kit on steroids. I keep my three day emergency kit in my vehicle at all times, but my BOB I keep in the house in a location that is easy to just grab it and go. A good BOB should carry many of the same emergency necessities as your three day emergency kit, with lots of extras for surviving life out on the open terrain.
At the onset of any event you should be ready to flee your home at a moments notice. Some events can be dealt with by Continue reading “Survival Prepping List – Setting Up Your Bug Out Bag”