The following tips about plants and animals apply no matter where you are. Even in the most metropolitan of cites there is greenery, and likely some of the edible plants the Army Manual describes in parks, botanical gardens, roof gardens, window boxes and the like. There certainly is no lack of insects and bugs in cities, as unappealing as that sounds. Continue reading
This is a situational awareness alert. A CIA ‘double agent’ who had infiltrated the Al Qaeda terrorist network is urgently stating that he believes the United States is ‘next on the list’ as ‘ISIS’ will attack within the next two weeks. Continue reading
Winter travel especially by passenger car, is serious business.You should always carry a winter survival car kit just in case.Your winter survival car kit can be as extensive as you want,but you should include those items which would allow you to survive 12-24 hours without the benefit of a car heater.The following list contains the basic items for the survival kit and can be updated for your needs averytime you have to travel by car in the cold season. Continue reading
What are the best items to stock up on now that you can easily trade or sell following a collapse of government and the dollar? Services and skills you can learn now before chaos erupts and the banks shut down.When disaster strikes and there’s no law and order, what service or skill will a community need most in order to survive? Continue reading
You live in a world where so-called modern wonder drugs, laboratories, and equipment have obscured more “primitive” yet highly effective types of medicine involving determination, common sense, and a few simple treatments. This is something you need to always keep in mind when thinking about First Aid in survival situations. A well-stocked First Aid kit can only take you so far, and only last you so long. Continue reading
If SHTF Will You Bug Out Or Shelter In Place ?What’s Your Plan?
When you’re faced with an impending disaster the question often becomes “should I stay or should I go?” There really is no definitive answer, because it all depends on “what’s coming” and how prepared you are to deal with it. Where you live, and the make up of your family will also be key factors. Continue reading
The concept of private barter and alternative economies has been so far removed from our daily existence here in America that the very idea of participating in commerce without the use of dollars seems almost outlandish to many people. People sometimes forget that the smallest and most convenient storage space is in their own heads. If you find yourself in the midst of a disaster and you need to either build or fix something, having the necessary knowledge and skills in your mind instead of in a book will hugely benefit your ability to survive.
While the eyes of the world are on ISIS, Russia is creating weapons unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Plans for a giant self-propelled nuclear torpedo that can create a giant tsunami more than 1,000 feet tall were recently “leaked by mistake” by the Russian media. Apparently the warheads on these torpedos are designed to create so much radiation “that everything living will be killed” – including those that try to survive the attack by hiding in underground shelters. Continue reading
The wood gas stove is a highly efficient, compact, and portable wood burning stove that uses natural materials for its fuel source, eliminating the need to pack in extra fuel when hiking or backpacking. This tried and true design has many variations, and it’s capabilities can easily extend beyond a cheap and lightweight backpacking stove, to applications such as emergency use, bug out or simply a free camp stove for the budget minded individual. The wood gas stove, or “gasifier” stove is a very simple project for the DIY enthusiast, and takes the good old fashioned “Hobo Stove” to the next level! Continue reading
In the military it’s called “E&E” or Escape and Evasion, and it has to do with what to do if you are captured or separated from you unit, or an airman downed behind enemy lines. But E&E comes very much into play in “urban survival” situations too. Continue reading
During a hot summer day in August 2003, the lights went out across much of the Northeast and Midwest United States and the Canadian province of Ontario. It was the biggest blackout in American history, all triggered by an overloaded overheated power line in Ohio which sagged down low and hit tree foliage. Continue reading
There are more than enough posts out there that mean to tell you exactly how to pack your bug out bag, and while these are fine, there’s something personal about what you pack in your own bag, and how you do it. Continue reading
Is your backyard too hot and dry to cultivate the vegetables you have only dreamed of? The keyhole garden was developed for the sole purpose of maximum crop output in the hottest and driest of conditions. Their low cost, low maintenance and versatility make them a desirable gardening option for your yard and for gardening across the globe. Continue reading
In the fall of 2014, we narrowly missed a major bump in the road, in the form of a solar storm. NASA had warned of its coming, getting their warning down to almost the day. This was to be the biggest solar storm to hit the Earth since the Carrington event in 1859. Fortunately for us, it missed the Earth, passing us by. Continue reading
Bugging out is a last ditch option in times of need, yet a situation that one should consider. However, families all over the country are forced from their homes every day due to fires, natural disasters, evacuations and localized issues. In putting together my own experience with my bug out bags over the years and seeing the kits of others, I came up with a list of 10 mistakes I see common in bug out bags. Continue reading