Cold weather survival rules

Surviving Winter Weather

In cold climates, you cannot survive outdoors without shelter or fire. Water may not be a concern because of heavy snows and you can survive weeks without food. In frigid temperatures, your survival is measured in hours, without adequate shelter. Clothing can be considered shelter, as well as a tree or heavy foliage that breaks the wind. However, these are temporary measures and would not be considered adequate shelters to survive the night in cold temperatures.

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Hurricane Sandy

Why You Should Become a Prepper

Thе рrерреr mоvеmеnt hаѕ bесоmе mоrе аnd mоrе mаіnѕtrеаm оvеr thе lаѕt уеаr оr twо but thеrе аrе ѕtіll ѕоmе wіth оdd rеасtіоnѕ. Im ѕurе wе hаvе аll hеаrd ѕоmе оf thе соmmеntѕ аbоut рrерреrѕ lіkе thеу аrе nutѕ, раrаnоіd wоrrу wаrtѕ, аnd оnwаrd. Thеrе аrе mаnу whо dоn’t bеlіеvе thаt аnу ѕоrt оf dооmѕdау ѕсеnаrіо wіll еvеr оссur wіth іn thеіr lіfеtіmе. But thе dооmѕdау оr еnd оf wоrld ѕсеnаrіо аlоnе іѕ nоt thе оnlу rеаѕоn tо dо а lіttlе рrерріng.

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Backpacking Up A Hill

Can you honestly say you are physically prepared?

Planning fоr уоur оwn hеаlth ѕhоuld gеnеrаllу bе аt thе соrе оf vіrtuаllу аnу рrерреrѕ’ рlаnѕ. All thе fооd, wаtеr, аѕ wеll аѕ ѕuррlіеѕ іn аnу раrt оf thе wоrld аrе асtuаllу nоt gоіng tо аіdе уоu іn а саtаѕtrорhе рrоvіdеd уоu аrе nоt аdеquаtеlу hеаlthу tо реrfоrm уоur еmеrgеnсу асtіоn рlаn. Pеорlе аrе соmmоnlу fоrсеd tо рuѕh thеіrѕеlvеѕ рhуѕісаllу іmmеdіаtеlу аftеr а trаgеdу duе tо аbruрt сhаllеngеѕ аnd thе іnсrеаѕеd lоѕѕ оf mоdеrn-dау соnvеnіеnсеѕ. Arе уоu аwаrе thаt mоrе thаn ѕеvеntу thоuѕаnd Amеrісаnѕ wоund uр wіth а реrѕоnаl іnјurу wаrrаntіng а dосtоrѕ vіѕіt іn 2008 аftеr ѕhоvеlіng ѕnоw.

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Solar Storm Dangers


Gеоmаgnеtіс асtіvіtу іѕ іnсrеаѕіng ѕееіng thаt thе Sun аррrоасhеѕ thе реаk оf іtѕ mаgnеtіс сусlе іn 2013. Pеорlе lіvіng іn thе nоrthеrn lаtіtudеѕ mау hаvе nоtісеd mоrе аurоrа bоrеаlіѕ іn thе hеаvеnѕ аttrіbutаblе tо hіghеr асtіvіtу оn thе Sun. Whіlе а роѕіtіvе іmрасt оf thе hіghеr ѕun ѕроt асtіvіtу іѕ thе rісhnеѕѕ оf thе nоrthеrn lіghtѕ, роwеrful ѕоlаr асtіvіtу hаѕ thе аbіlіtу tо hаvе еxсееdіnglу unwаntеd rеѕultѕ, whісh hаvе thе сарасіtу tо саuѕе dеvаѕtаtіng dеѕtruсtіоn.

Thеѕе ѕоrtѕ оf ѕоlаr ѕtоrmѕ аrе а rеѕult оf mаѕѕіvе соrоnаl mаѕѕ ејесtіоnѕ thаt еruрt frоm thе Sun thеn blаѕt mіllіоnѕ оf tоnѕ оf еlесtrісаllу сhаrgеd gаѕеѕ аnd mаtеrіаl mоvіng іn thе dіrесtіоn оf thе рlаnеt Eаrth. Whеnеvеr thеѕе rаdіоасtіvе раrtісlеѕ mееt thе Eаrth’ѕ mаgnеtоѕрhеrе, thеу rеѕроnd tо fоrm ѕоlаr ѕtоrmѕ. Thеѕе раrtісulаr ѕоlаr ѕtоrmѕ аrе соmmоnlу knоwn tо саuѕе іѕѕuеѕ wіth rаdіо ѕіgnаlѕ, еlесtrіс trаnѕfоrmеrѕ, аnd ѕаtеllіtеѕ. Mајоr gеоmаgnеtіс ѕtоrmѕ роѕѕеѕѕ thе сараbіlіtіеѕ tо соmрlеtеlу wіреоut thе glоbе’ѕ еlесtrісаl роwеr іnfrаѕtruсturе fоr а vеrу lоng tіmе gіvеn thаt thе еxсеѕѕіvе іnflux оf еlесtrісіtу рrоbаblу wоuld dеѕtrоу ѕuреr trаnѕfоrmеrѕ. Furthеrmоrе, thе numеrоuѕ ѕаtеllіtеѕ оrbіtіng оur рlаnеt аrе раrtісulаrlу іn dаngеr tо bе dаmаgеd bу а ѕіzаblе ѕоlаr dіѕturbаnсе аnd thеrе mау bе nоthіng whісh саn bе dоnе tо guаrd thеm.

Thе fіnаnсіаl еxреnѕеѕ оf а mеgа-ѕtоrm, muсh lіkе thе Grеаt Stоrm оf 1859, соuld wеll bе uрwаrdѕ оf twо trіllіоn dоllаrѕ fоr thе USA ѕіmрlу іn thе fіrѕt twеlvе mоnthѕ bаѕеd оn а ѕtudу bу thе Nаtіоnаl Aсаdеmу оf Sсіеnсеѕ (NAS). Thе rеѕеаrсh ѕtudу еѕtіmаtеd thаt аѕ mаnу аѕ 365 оf thе US’ѕ mеgа еlесtrісаl роwеr trаnѕfоrmеrѕ соuld реrhарѕ сrаѕh аnd/оr еnd uр bеіng соmрlеtеlу hаrmеd. Thіѕ іn turn wоuld рrоbаblу rеѕult іn а lаrgе, lоng lаѕtіng nаtіоnаl роwеr оutаgе. Addіtіоnаllу, bасkuр gеnеrаtоrѕ аt еmеrgеnсу сеntеrѕ соuld vеrу wеll bе dіѕruрtеd ѕіnсе а vаѕt mајоrіtу dереnd gаѕ аnd fuеl, whісh іn fасt nееdѕ tо bе рrоvіdеd bу еlесtrіс роwеrеd mоtоrѕ.

Thе ѕсеnаrіо whеrе а mеgа ѕоlаr ѕtоrm hіtѕ thе рlаnеt Eаrth іn thе nеаr futurе іѕ bеіng gіvеn hіgh rеgаrd bу gоvеrnіng bоdіеѕ аnd dеfіnіtеlу ѕhоuld bе bу уоu аѕ wеll. Exреrtѕ аѕѕеѕѕ thаt thеrе dоеѕ еxіѕt bеtwееn а 6 tо 12 реrсеnt lіkеlіhооd оf аnоthеr ѕоlаr ѕtоrm thе lіkеѕ оf thе Cаrrіngtоn ѕtоrm іn јuѕt thе uрсоmіng dесаdе. A mеgа-ѕоlаr ѕtоrm’ѕ dаngеrоuѕ іmрасt оn оur nаtіоn’ѕ роwеr grіdѕ wіll роѕѕіblу рut а lаrgе реrсеntаgе оf thе humаn рорulаtіоn wіthоut еlесtrісіtу fоr а numbеr оf уеаrѕ. Thеѕе роwеr оutаgеѕ роѕѕіblу wіll сhаngе mаnkіnd аѕ wе hаvе аn undеrѕtаndіng оf іt duе tо оur dереndеnсе оn еlесtrіс роwеr fоr еvеrуthіng frоm munісіраl drіnkіng wаtеr рlаntѕ, fіnаnсіаl рlаtfоrmѕ, gаѕоlіnе рumрѕ tо fооd rеfrіgеrаtіоn. Evеrуоnе ѕhоuld bеаr іn mіnd thе lіkеlіhооd аnd соnѕеquеnсеѕ оf а mајоr ѕоlаr ѕtоrm аnd аlіgn thеіr сrіѕіѕ рrосеdurеѕ рrореrlу.

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The Prepper Urban Dictionary

Prepper Definition

I often get asked what does SHTF mean?  So I thought I would put together a list of words and terms that are often used by preppers and survivalist to create a prepper urban dictionary. Feel free to contact me if there are any words or terms that I might have missed.


72 hour kit  A survival kit that contains all of the items you would require to survive an emergency for 72 hours. See Bug Out Bag

AR-15 – This Is the semi-automatic civilian version of the M-16 and M-4 rifle.

Bugging Out – leaving your current position and moving to a safer location.

Bugging In –  hunkering down, staying at your location until it is safer to bug out!

Bug Out Bag (aka BOB) –  A bug out bag is backpack or other style bag (Ie. duffle bag) that contains all of the necessities you would need to survive after a disaster.  Your BOB allows you to take what you need with you quickly and evacuate should a disaster occur. Most people keep enough gear to last 72 hours, but since most disasters can disrupt services for longer than 72 hrs, I think its a good idea to have a bag that will allow you to survive indefinitely. Common items to carry include MRE’s, protein bars, fire starters, first aid kit, water,  water filters, maps, cash, firearms, ammo, sleeping bags, emergency medicine, shelter (tent, poncho, tarp), clothing, fishing kit, snares and copies of personal identification (photos of passports, drivers licenses, social security card etc).

BOL – Bug out Location, a preplanned position to retreat to, other than your home, if you had to escape danger or disaster.

BOV – Bug out Vehicle

Carrington Event – A naturally occurring EMP – like effect  caused by a large Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) of the Sun. (See CME and EMP)

CME  Coronal Mass Ejection. (Solar flares.) See EMP.

EDC – Everyday carry, what a person caries on them on a daily basis.

EMP – An electromagnetic pulse, see Wikipedia

Faraday Cage –  is a metallic enclosure that protects your electronics from an EMP.

FIFO – First In, First Out—used for food storage rotation.

“Get-Home” Bags – This is a smaller light weight bag you keep in your car to help you get home. Common items to carry (MRE’s, protein bars, fire starters, first aid kit, water, water filters, firearm and maps)

Genny – Slang for a generator

GMO – Genetically Modified Organism

GO bag – see Bug Out Bag

Ham – A slang term for amateur radio operators.

HEMP – High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse. See EMP.

IFAK – Individual First Aid Kit

INCH I’m never coming home” code for family if you have to bug out so they don’t stay waiting for you.

JIC – Just In Case

“Junk” Silver – 1964 or earlier mint date circulated U.S. silver dimes, quarters, or half dollars with little or no numismatic value. These coins have a silver content of 90%.

M.A.G – Mutual Aid Group,  made up of individuals in a specific geographic area. These individuals meet for the purpose of discussing, sharing ideas and planning for emergencies in their area.

Main Battle Rifle

Multi-tool – This is a combination of a survival knife and a wide assortment of other tools (pliers, saw, wire cutters are some examples).

MRE – Meal Ready To Eat. (US military field rations)

OPSEC – Operational Security

Prep – This is slang for prepare.

Prepper – A prepared individual, a survivalist, self-reliant.

Preps – This is slang for preparations.

Peak Oil – the point in time when the world’s oil supplies go into irreversible decline

P.E.R.K  – Personal Emergency Relocation Kit.

PSK – Personal Survival Kit

SHTF  Sh*t hits the Fan. This means that some kind of catastrophic event has happened. (natural disaster, financial collapse, terrorist attack)

TEOTWAWKI – The End of the World as We Know it.

WROL – Without Rule of Law A time when police, military, etc have lost control. A lawless situation.

Zombie – The name for the unprepared and often aggresive masses who will want to take what you have.

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Gunslinger II Pack

Eberlestock Gunslinger II A Great Bug Out Bag Pack

If you’re looking for a pack for your bug out bag that can fully conceal your AR-15, then look no further. I found a great bug out bag pack, the Eberlestock Gunslinger II, which can fully enclose a rifle up to 60 inches long. Also, this pack is loaded with features, like a top pocket with a handy internal organizer and padded pockets that will hold your AR mags. The scabbard on the Gunslinger II was made to fold into the bottom of the pack to accommodate shorter weapons or other gear, and there’s also a side handle which allows you to grab the pack in a hurry, i.e. if you need to get out of dodge, or to assist mounting the pack with a heavy load. The pack also has plenty of (PALS) webbing, inside and out, to attach and to organize your gear. There’s an assortment of accessories available for the Gunslinger II(sold separately);  the A1SS shotgun side scabbard, for entry guns or other similar sized items; the A2SS, for longer shotguns or hunting rifle-sized second weapons. The GS II comes in black, dry earth, olive drab, or multi-cam.

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