Survival Skill Preparedness – Get Out Of Dodge; Loading Your Vehicle

 

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”

Survival Retreat Planning – Part Three

 

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”

Survival Planning – Field Survival Kit

 

During the month of October and November, and even into December, many people take to the woods for hunting and hiking.  This happens in all states during this time of year, as autumn and early winter is when most states around the country have their annual deer hunting seasons and when trees start to turn colors.  I live in the Midwest State of Wisconsin, and most areas in Wisconsin are not overly remote where you are more than a few miles from a farm or cabin.  However there are regions within the state that are dozens of miles away from anything.  Hunting with bow or gun takes place in every nook and cranny around the state, and it does not matter how far out in the woods you choose to go, even if you are only planning on being out for a few hours for some small game hunting of rabbit or squirrel or the like, it is a good idea to have a field survival kit as part of your hunting gear.

I bring up this subject because I was talking with some people at my local gun club who were saying they travel light when they hunt.  I asked what they meant by traveling light, and the most typical answer was the clothes on their back, a gun (or bow), some rope, and a good knife for field dressing their wild game.  I countered back that I travel light as well, but that I also include a small pack with some survival gear.  I was asked Continue reading “Survival Planning – Field Survival Kit”

Survival Awareness – Comet Or Asteroid Impact, News Feed

 

An asteroid the size of a modern aircraft carrier, designated as Asteroid 2005 YU55, is set to pass very close to the earth today.  How close?  Within the moon’s orbit distance from the earth.  So close enough.

It is estimated to be traveling roughly 29,000 MPH, and makes a trip around the sun every fifteen months.  Luckily this asteroid is not projected to ever hit the earth in the next several hundred years, but the fact of the mater is that if an asteroid of this size ever did it would cause a major regional disaster.  It is not beig enough to kill all life on earth, or to even wipe out a country the size of the United States.  Texas, maybe…

What concerns me and many other preppers is that there are hundreds of thousands of asteroids out there floating around, and there are only a small percentage of them that NASA is aware of and that are being tracked.  Earth has been hit many times in the past when the solor system was young, and major strikes do still occur in our solor system.  It was just in July of 1994 that a comet (Shoemaker-Levy) impacted with the planet Jupiter.  In 1908 in Siberia Continue reading “Survival Awareness – Comet Or Asteroid Impact, News Feed”

Good Example Of A Green Level Survival Event – Current News

 

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”

Survival Planning – OPSEC

I think at this point there should be something said about a term called OPSECOPSEC 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”

Survival Awareness – Drinking Safe Water

 

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”

Survival Preparedness – Make Sure You’re Ready With Survival Gear Checks

 

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”

Survival Retreat Planning – Part Two

 

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”

Snow Storm Disaster – How Clear Thinking And Survival Preparedness Can Help

 

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”

Survival Preparedness – Flushing The Toilet During A Power Outage

 

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”

Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness

 

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 Continue reading “Things Can Go Wrong – Why You Need To Think About Survival Preparedness”