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”
If you have been watching the news over the past few weeks you have heard of the Iran linked terror plot to assassinate foreign ambassadors on U.S. soil by means of an implemented explosive device (IED). More recently there has been another terror plot uncovered in Texas where five foreign Muslims were arrested and found with pictures of “infrastructure” around the country including malls, government buildings and water systems. A quick internet search of news over the last few months will show many terrorist plots being uncovered all around the world, and some some places they are not uncovered in time and people die.
The threats are out there, and it is no hidden secret that terrorist groups would like nothing more than to be able to get their hands on radiological material and detonate a bomb on United States soil or one of our allies far that matter. It was just this past anniversary date of 9/11 that it was suspected a dirty bomb was going to be detonated in or around New York City. Terrorist are much more likely to be able to get their hands on material for a dirty bomb than have the ability to detonate a nuclear bomb. So for now lets focus on dirty bombs and what we can do to prepare. Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Terrorist Detonated Dirty Bomb”
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”
Some survival situations are hard to plan for. A large scale influenza pandemic is such an event. A pandemic is a very real possibility that every prepper should take seriously and plan for accordingly. There are things you can do to help prepare yourself for such a disaster on top of your own emergency survival food and general survival gear planning.
First let’s look at some information about influenza pandemics.
An influenza pandemic occurs when a new virus strain emerges for which there is no immunity in humans and for which no vaccine is already in place. Such a virus causes serious illness and eventually spreads very easily from one person to the next. The Twentieth Century saw three influenza pandemics, two of which were major in size. The last major pandemic occurred in 1957 and killed nearly 70,000 people in the United States alone. The major pandemic before that was much worse, occurred in 1918 and killed just over 650,000 people in the United States alone. Imagine how much worse the 1918 pandemic could have been in today’s modern world of fast air travel, long distance commuting and global shipping. Continue reading “Survival Skill Preparedness – Influenza Pandemic”
In part one of this topic I wrote about why you would want to have a survival retreat, especially if you live near a city when a yellow or red event crisis unfolds. Some people will look for real estate such as a cabin on a lake or a secluded hunting cabin in the woods, others will look to purchase property in farm country and perhaps buy a small hobby farm, others may think to load up their camping gear and head into the backwoods for an extended period of time. And there are others that will look for an in-town retreat, meaning a small community of less than a few thousand people. All are viable options, and some may be better suited for certain regions of the country.
Of the few options I mentioned above lets take a look at the two defining differences: Secluded survival retreats and in-town survival retreats. Both have their own pros and khans. Continue reading “Survival Retreat Planning – Part Two”
Another example of a green level event is a blackout. Blackouts can happen at anytime and anywhere. The information provided in this blog post will just go to re-enforce that survival planning for emergency situations is important. Having backup food stores and extra water on hand for your survival needs can go a very long way when the grid goes down. So read this interesting blog and then go back and check your current survival gear supplies. It’s funny sometimes how reading an article such as this can make you think about things you can do to make yourself better prepared.
Without a doubt one of the weakest points in our country’s infrastructure are the power grids. Continue reading “Survival Planning For A Power Grid Failure – Check Your Survival Gear”
I received an email from a reader of this blog and thought he had a good story to tell. His name is “Mike” and he was prepared to handle a snow storm that knocked out power while at a remote cabin in norther Wisconsin. Mike’s story is posted below for everybody to read. Anybody who thinks they have a good story or wants to contribute to the blog, please read the link at the top of the page “Contact & Post” for information on your emails and comments. Thanks! Biff-
Mike writes: Have to say that your site so far has had some interesting reading. I look forward to seeing it grow more. I have learned a few things already, in fact I have a survival story I thought I would tell you about. You mentioned in one of your blog post about creating a shelter inside a room to conserve heat. Well I did just that last winter and it worked pretty good. You also mentioned Continue reading “Snow Storm Disaster – How Clear Thinking And Survival Preparedness Can Help”
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”
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”
First and foremost let me say that firearms require special training in order to handle them safely. If you have never owned or handled a firearm before and are thinking about including them in your disaster planning, then you seriously need to seek out and find certified introduction training. If you currently own firearms and have not had any training, then you too should seek out certified introduction training. Check with any local gun ranges or gun shops, most of them should either offer or be able to tell you who in your area offers such skill training. Many gun ranges offer NRA (National Rifle Association) certified introduction courses for free with the hopes that you will end up joining the gun club and becoming a regular shooter.
As an avid hunter and self-defense enthusiast, I have grown up around guns and have had very specific training on the operation and use of the various action types of rifles, shotguns and handguns. To this day I still seek out training. For your sake and for your family’s, get training, practice safe storage in the home, and practice your shooting skills.
With that said, firearms can be just as important as water and food in your disaster preparedness planning. A gun is a tool, much like your survival knife or ax. It allows you to hunt for food and defend yourself and loved ones. And in some worse case scenarios where society has completely collapsed and looters run rampant, a firearm may be what allows you to keep your much needed survival possessions. Continue reading “Firearms And Your Disaster Planning – Part One: Rifles”
On Friday morning of October 7th a train carrying ethanol and other chemicals derailed just outside the town of Tiskilwa in Illinois causing authorities to evacuate the town of 800 people.
This is a perfect example of a green event disaster that causes people to have to leave there homes. Having organized supplies of food, water, and a good bug out bag makes it easy to load up the car and get out of town until the authorities deal with the crisis. People in the town not having a place to go have been given shelter inside the gym of a highschool in a town down the road.
This is why you should plan disaster survival. You never know when an emergency situation like this can occur.
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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”
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”
This is a fun experiment you can perform whether you are a single person living alone or a member of a larger family. It will give you an idea just how well prepared you are for a disaster, and certainly give you some ideas of things you could do to make yourself better Continue reading “How Prepared Are You For A Sudden Disaster? An Easy Experiment #1”
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”