We have stated in previous articles that survival training should be conducted in a controlled environment where mistakes become a learning tool and not a death sentence. You can learn from your mistakes, but you must first survive those mistakes.
Training is important, and the only way to become proficient in anything is through hours of training. Then you apply the knowledge, and skills learned in practice sessions, and what better place to practice survival skills than while on a camping expedition.Read Full Article
How much thought have you given to how you might act, dress, or move during a period of civil unrest? Are you going to project the appearance of a victim? Are you going to be wearing tactical pants, Oakley’s, and combat boots? There are many out there that feel that not being noticed at all will be the ticket to survival. We are talking about the “Gray Man”.Read Full Article
Your firearm is a tool that requires considerable training to master. The only thing that makes you a skilled shooter is hundreds of hours of practice where you put thousands of rounds downrange. A firearm is an inanimate object. It cannot load its own magazines or cylinder, it cannot rack the slide to chamber a round or cock its own hammer, and it certainly cannot pull its own trigger. The fact you have a firearm on you, or in your home will do nothing to guarantee your safety unless you know how to use it. The fact you have one does not make you bulletproof.Read Full Article
Most of the meats that reach your table today are raised commercially. Big operations where cattle, chickens and turkeys, are kept confined, and fed special diets, given shots for health then slaughtered, processed and shipped to stores, to be purchased by you.
What would happen to the animals if the SHTF and the human component of the operations ceased? Naturally, Preppers would consider the farms to be a source of food, but others would as well and a wholesale slaughter of these animals may happen quickly, because for the most part the animals raised commercially are not allowed to roam free and graze. They are penned up; fish in a barrel if you will, and even inexperienced hunters could manage to kill a few dairy cows and some beef cattle.Read Full Article
One of the most important parts of preparedness and survival (or surviving emergencies) and one of the major keys to keeping yourself safe is Situational Awareness. For those of you that don’t already know, Situational Awareness is when you are observant of your surroundings and are aware of what’s going on around you at all times.
Developing your situational awareness skill set will not only bring you better insights in the present moment, but will also help you assess resources and hazards in your everyday surroundings and community.Read Full Article
Now this list is in no particular order, but all of these are fantastic reads. All of them will certainly get your mind working, when it comes to what would happen if SHTF…
This book follows John, a retired Army Colonel and history professor, during the aftermath of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse). Extremely well written, Forstchen touches on some very real problems one would face during such an event. This book was so well received and thought provoking that it was actually referred to, during a meeting with congress, about the threat of an EMP attack on the United States.Read Full Article
Sometimes the most unlikely device can become a valuable prep. There are many clues to what is going on around you, if you are listening. All sorts of devices from friend or foe emit radio waves, the problem is, you can’t hear them. We’re not necessarily talking about radio, like AM or FM, but all sorts of radio.Read Full Article
The Zika virus is in the news right now, however, it is not the only virus or disease spread by mosquitoes that you have to worry about when warmer weather arrives.
Although the chikungunya virus is not common in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have had large outbreaks.
Symptoms include high fever and joint pain, and the joint pain, although rare can become chronic. Other symptoms include swelling of the joints, headache, muscle pain, and rash. The virus is rarely fatal, but the symptoms such as joint pain can be severe and debilitating. Currently, there is no vaccine available.Read Full Article
If you plan to use a shower curtain that has been used in the traditional way as a shower curtain you will want to get rid of any mildew and hard water deposits on the curtain before packing away. One simple way is to lay the curtain out flat and spray with undiluted white vinegar. Let the vinegar work for 30 minutes and then rinse well with water, and hang to dry. You do not want to roll or fold up a plastic curtain with mildew on it and then stick it in your pack.Read Full Article
“Cold feet” at an important milestone in life is quite common. Cold feet in a survival situation can be deadly. As the mercury dips below freezing, an exposed body can initiate natural defenses to attempt to keep you alive. The body will shift blood flow towards the core, leaving extremities to fend for themselves. This leaves hands and feet vulnerable to frostbite or worse.Read Full Article