Survival food

 

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

 

 

 

Bug Out Bag – Getting Ready

 

It always makes me happy when a friend or relative of mine gets interesting in prepping.  A few weeks ago I bumped into a friend of mine while out doing some hiking in a local State Park.  We bumped into each other about thirty minutes away from the closest parking lot inside the State Park, so not that far out from civilization by any means.  He saw that I was wearing a messenger bag slung over my shoulder and asked me about it.  I told him I always carried with me when I go into the woods a few basic items.  I then popped open my bag and showed him a small first aid kit, a bottle of water, some snacks, and a few other odds and ends.

My friend agreed it made sense to have something like that along, even when just out doing some local hiking and trail walking in the local parks.  Soon the discussion turned to how I also kept a back pack at home with three days worth of basic supplies and food just in case it was needed for a prolonged emergency.  He asked what kind of emergencies, and I went onto explain how blizzards can knock out power in our part of the country, and how tornadoes can demolish a neighborhood or town, and then I pointed out other large disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and how thousands and thousands of people were displaced  from their homes and how they lost important documents during evacuation.

Well, before too long my friend was assuring me he wanted help putting together a a bug out bag.

So here I am, sitting in my living room with a used ALICE PACK backpack and a large assortment of various gear to help somebody survive for three days on their own with bare minimums.  The picture below shows some of the bare minimum items, including potassium iodine tablets, which I think are a good idea to have on hand depending on where you live.

For more information on bug out bags and what to pack in them, check out some of the other postings on this web page.

 

Contents to be added to a Bug out Bag.
Contents to be added to a Bug out Bag.

 

Gear Review

 

It’s that time of year again when I sit and go through all my gear.  I do this to check expiration dates on time sensitive gear and take inventory of what I have.  Because if you have a need for an item in an emergency situation, then you should know if you have it and you should know if it going to perish over time and needs to be replaced.  Some of the things I check are: First Aid supplies (everything), vitamins, survival rations, batteries, etc…etc…

This includes checking bug out bags, vehicle emergency kits, camp gear, long term storage items, and of course any and all food set aside.

 

Survival Awareness – CDC Reports More than 1,100 Cases Of West Nile Virus

 

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”

Survival Awareness – News Feeds, 620 Million Without Power

 

Over 620 million people are without power in India after power grid failures.

Check out this story from FOX NEWS.  And remember, this has happened here in the United States:  North American Power Outage

 

FROM FOX NEWS:  India’s energy crisis cascaded over half the country Tuesday when three of its regional grids collapsed, leaving 620 million people without government-supplied electricity for hours in, by far, the world’s biggest blackout.

Hundreds of trains stalled across the country and traffic lights went out, causing widespread traffic jams in New Delhi. Electric crematoria stopped operating, some with bodies half burnt, power officials said.

Two hundred workers were stranded in three coal mines in West Bengal when the blackout cut off electricity to elevators in their underground pits, a mining company official told The Times of India.

“We are waiting for the restoration of power to bring them up through the lifts, but there is no threat to their lives or any reason to panic,” Nildari Roy, a senior official at the mines’ operator, Eastern Coalfields Limited, told The Times of India.

The massive failure — a day after a similar, but smaller power failure — has raised serious concerns about India’s outdated infrastructure and the government’s inability to meet its huge appetite for energy as the country aspires to become a regional economic superpower. The power failure affected people across 20 of India’s 28 states — about double the population of the United States.

Now, imagine how you would be affected where you live without any electrical power for just a couple days, then imagine if it lasted a few weeks.  Another reason to prepare, and there are plenty of older posts on this site that can help you get prepared for such an event and other events.  Just takes some time and some effort.
The power grid system in use today in America is old technology and could fail easily.  You cannot compare India to America in this regard, both countries are more equal in this regard than many people would believe.

Survival Prepping – Important Documents

 

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”

Survival Awareness – News Feed, Pandemic

 

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”

Survival Awareness – Email From A Reader

 

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”

Surival and Disaster Planning – Don’t Forget Sanitation When The Grid Goes Down

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”

Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag

 

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.

The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused. But after a third restless night Tuesday into Wednesday, exasperation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/21/mysterious-booms-rattle-wisconsin-city/?test=latestnews#ixzz1pqxYiTJF

 

Possible sink hole soon to form?  Earthquake coming?  Methane build up under the ground?  Nobody knows for sure, at least not at the writting of this post.  One thing is for sure Continue reading “Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag”

Survival Prepping Lists – Things To Do: Tip #1

 

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”

Traveling To Your Retreat Location – Easy Experiment #2

 

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”

Why You Should Be A Prepper – Revisted “Things Can Go Wrong”.

 (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”.”

Survival Preparedness – Get Fit!

 

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!”

Doomsday Preppers – National Geographic Channel

 

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”

Survival Awareness – Massive Solar Eruption With Power Outages, News Feed

 

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.

 

Survival Food – Survival Seeds For Thriving In A Long Term Survival Situation

 

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”

Survival Skills – Suggested Skills To Learn

 

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”

Survival Awareness – Bio-security Officials Sound Warning, News Feed

 

This certainly is alarming news being reported:  Combined sources for the information below is CNN and FOX news online.

The U.S. government is very much concerned regarding reports that Dutch scientists have created a highly contagious and deadly airborne strain of bird flu that is potentially capable of killing hundreds of millions of people world wide.

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Bio-security is currently analyzing how much of the scientists’ information should be allowed to be published if any at all.  There certainly are immense risks of having the scientific findings fall into the hands of terrorists or rogue states.

Following is a quote from a Senior US Bio-Security Official: “The fear is that if you create something this deadly and it goes into a global pandemic, the mortality and cost to the world could be massive.”

Many scientists reacting to the news are questioning whether the experiments and strain alteration should have been done in the first place.

For more information on this news story check out your own various sources one line.

This is just another reason to try and be prepared.  Stocking up on survival supplies such as water and food can certainly help.  But also you need to educate yourself regarding influenza and how to best fight it without being able to receive hospital care.  If a strain this deadly and as easily transferable as the one being talked about ever went global, care centers everywhere would quickly be overrun and shortages of medicine used to fight influenza would occur quickly.  Something this deadly would certainly incur a red event with a collapse of society.

 

Survival Hunting – Hunting For Your Food

 

Another Wisconsin regular gun deer season has come and gone.  This year I find myself without having harvested any deer for the freezer.  Oddly enough only two deer presented themselves to me this season, but neither of them presented good shots.  It is not often that I get skunked, but it does happen.  There just didn’t seem to be that many deer in the area that I hunt – the same area I have hunted for the past twenty years usually with great success.  I hunt from the ground in a brush blind, and don’t bait the deer.  Instead I rely on other deer hunters in the woods to push the deer around while I stay sitting and wait for the deer to amble by.  Only on rare occasions do I leave my ground blind and walk about looking for deer.

So while I sat in my blind thinking about why I have not seen any deer, I got thinking about the need to hunt for food for survival or to at least help supplement stored food during an emergency situation.  I didn’t get a deer during the nine day regular gun season, but when I go home I am not in danger of starving as I still have food in the pantry and I can go to the local market and buy something to eat if I need to.  But what if I don’t have that kind of luxury?  What if I need to hunt for food to survive?

That brings me to the topic of survival hunting. Continue reading “Survival Hunting – Hunting For Your Food”