Survival Awareness – Foraging For Food, Be Sure Of What You Eat

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”

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 – Survival Food Planning

 

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”

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”

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 Awareness – Page Update

 

I’ve gotten several emails from readers of Survival Awareness asking me why there has not been any new posts lately.  It seems people are concerned that I have stopped posting, and many people are eagerly waiting for part three on survival retreats.  I have to say that it feels pretty good to know people have been reading these survival posts and getting something out of them, enough at least to show concern that I have not posted in a several days.  It is also good to know that people take survival planning seriously, as seen in some of the emails I have received.

I have actually been spending some time on getting this blog site optimized, which should help make it easier for people to find the site.  So I have not stopped working on the site, I have just been focused on working on a few things behind the front pages.  In fact I do have a few posts that I have started as drafts that are saved and will likely be posted this coming week.

So stay tuned in!  You will be seeing new posts soon survival retreat planning, more survival planning drills you can use to test your level of preparedness, a couple new emails I am planning on posting at some point from readers, and some survival gear focused posts.  I also have some interesting insights into survival food planning that I want to share with everybody.

Thanks-

 

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”