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SurvivalTips

By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal
A growing number of people are planning for bad things to happen. We take care to study the threats we see around us including those both very likely and some not as likely. We do this so we can try to be prepared for events that put ourselves or our family or friends in danger. Our preparations require some study of the potential events you see affecting you, the development of plans for mitigating the risks of these events and actions to place your readiness above where it is now. We prepare.

Most prepping, when you look at the activities of a majority of people, is largely study – via prepper blogs, movies and internet searches and the purchasing of survival supplies. It is fine for me to sit here and make the most marvelous plans for whisking my family to safety, but just as with anything in life, if I don’t practice that plan I could fail miserably. Have you ever sworn you knew something cold but at the moment you were called on to deliver this knowledge inside of your head, your mind went blank? That pause, the frozen – deer in the headlights look is not what you want to be showing when lives are on the line. The best way to prevent freezing up is to get out and practice survival now when there is no risk to your safety.

The survival tips below are suggestions on how you can move from the planning and preparing phase to actual readiness as much as possible. We all need to get out from behind the computer and get out in the world. Nothing can guaranty you will survive any and all manner of emergencies. If you blow your knee out and a giant wall of water is 50 feet away, you are likely going for a swim, but if you take time now to immerse yourself somewhat in the situations you fear, it can make your chances of survival much higher and increase your faith in your own abilities.

Get in shape – Not this one again! Yes, I know it has been beaten to death but there is a reason why people from every survival website, prepping blog, TV show, movie, survival expert or prepper fiction author and podcast host will bring up physical fitness. There is a reason why the most highly trained warriors I can imagine, our Special Forces are in such great physical shape, they exercise. A lot. Now, I am not advocating you start anything near to a Navy Seal workout program, Lord knows I am not the pinnacle of fitness. I don’t believe you have to be a ripped, buff, Soldier of Fortune centerfold model, but lets agree that your worst case scenario is likely going to require you to be at the top of your game. Do what you can now to get into shape. There won’t be any gym memberships when the world ends.

Hike through different conditionsBugging Out is a universal concept in Prepping and you may be ready to grab your BOB, lace up your hiking boots, strap on your trusty Semi-Automatic weapon and head out in the forest, but you might want to try other conditions as well. I don’t live in the desert, but if SHTF, I could find myself needing to cross one to survive or make it back home. Don’t just hike around your neighborhood, go to a state park, in another state. Get experience with hiking different terrain. Try different weather conditions also. We might cancel a weekend backpacking trip if the forecast called for rain or snow, but going out and experiencing these conditions will give you more knowledge with what works and what doesn’t. Real life experience is far better than reading any manual or how-to.

Your watch can be a compass – Yes, you don’t need to carry a fancy Suunto Compass, but they do come in handy. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and you find yourself lost (without a compass), you can use a watch to tell you which way is north. This can even work with digital watches and smart phones with a little imagination. This short video explains how.

Go it alone – I am all for going camping with friends or family, but there is also something to be said for going out on your own, especially if you are afraid of being alone. If this is you, plan a simple, safe trip out for a night. Make sure you plan everything out and let people know where you are going and when you will return. A night in the woods alone, especially when it is cold outside can be an interesting experience. I have hunted like this on more than one occasion and even though I wasn’t afraid of being alone, the trips out and back with nobody but yourself to rely on left me with a sense of accomplishment. It’s a small thing but confidence is important to the mental aspect of survival.

Turn off the lights and get comfortable with the dark – Are you afraid of being in the dark? Get over that fear right now. When you are out camping alone, turn off the lights and try navigating around your camp in the dark for a while. Take that headlamp with you for safety, but try living without the light for a night and see how you get by. When the batteries are all dead or if electronics have been made inoperable due to an EMP, you will appreciate the experience. You will also be able to quickly see how much light that campfire puts off and how it never gets to the places you really need it to.

Top off the tank to stay warm – If you want to stay a little warmer on cold nights you can try a couple of different tricks before laying down in that sleeping bag. You could knock out 20 push ups, do 30 jumping jacks or just bound around your campsite for a minute to get your internal heat up. Not to the point of sweating, but just enough to get the blood circulating and a slight temperature increase. Another option is to eat snacks before going to sleep. This will keep you warmer as the body works to digest the food and will help you get better night’s sleep.

Don’t ditch your clothes – If you are lost in hotter climates, don’t leave all your clothes behind. Clothing can protect you from the elements and nighttime temperatures almost always drop way down. In the desert, temperatures can drop 60 degrees from daytime highs to nighttime lows so while during the day you may have thought all you needed was that bathing suit top and some shorts, you will wish you had more layers.

Melt snow with your body heat – You might not be able to start a fire to melt snow, but you can melt it with your own body heat. Place snow in a container and put that in your sleeping bag with you. Make sure this isn’t touching your skin but the heat from your body will warm that snow up and give you drinking water even without a source of fire.

Layer Up – to avoid bites from mosquitoes – Mosquitoes are the bane of my existence. I must be naturally yummy to them because they find me out during the summer months. Flies and mosquitoes are the only bad things about summer for me, but they sure can ruin a party. If you are like me, layer up to avoid their thirsty little beaks. Two layers of cool fabric will keep the mosquitoes at bay and keep you from getting bitten. In malaria locations, this could also keep you healthy.

Sunglasses for snow or homemade goggles – If you are lost in the snow and don’t have any eye protection from the glare, you could develop snow blindness. Snow blindness is when your cornea gets burned by Ultraviolet rays and symptoms could include a temporary loss of vision. Losing your eyesight is probably one of the worst things to happen if you are in a survival situation. Yes, I know getting eaten by a bear is worse, but we can prevent the risk of sun blindness by making your own DIY snow goggles from the bark of a tree or other material you have with you. I have seen cardboard used and even the trusty bandana. This short video explains the process.

Grass can keep you alive – I am not talking about the kind of grass you mow in your front yards, but grass has been used by people in colder climates for ages to keep warm and dry. In the book, Arctic Clothing, the writer relates a story about the Yup’ik people in Alaska using grass as lifesaving insulation under clothing when a person is cold and wet in the wilderness. By placing grass inside your clothes it acts as a barrier to the cold and moisture keeping the freezing water off your skin. Grass can also be used to keep feet warm and dry by wrapping your feet with grass and then putting them into your shoes.

Let the dogs out – Cold and wet feet can quickly put you out of commission so keeping them dry and free of frostbite in colder conditions is vital. Don’t sleep with your boots on. Take your boots and socks off if your feet are sweaty and wet. This will allow your feet to dry and if your boots are wet you can put them into your sleeping bag with you to dry them out. When you wake up your feet should be in much better shape.

Walk the walk – Practice what you are planning to do for survival. We usually discuss training with respect to firearm proficiency or medical skills but living outdoors, navigating in the wilderness, hauling all of your supplies on your back and making it home safely should be skills that you train yourself in as well. If walking into the wilderness causes you stress, take charge of that now while you can. Get out of your comfort zone while it is reasonably safe to do so and tackle these challenges now before you are confronted with them on someone else’s terms. You will be more prepared and these skills you learn could help you survive.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Lifesaving Survival Tips to Keep You Alive in the Wilderness

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Knives misuses

By SurvivoPedia

Regular knife users have learned to appreciate the versatility and usefulness of their blade. A knife is an essential part of your survival gear. It’s an investment much more than it is a purchase, because when properly taken care of, it may end up lasting a lifetime.

Though not all knives share the same quality standards, one thing is true about the majority of survival knives: they’re designed to withstand regular use for long periods of time. The question is: how should you care for your blade and what are the mistakes to avoid when using it?

12 Common Mistakes When Using Survival Knives

Even the most rudimentary of knives needs to be taken care of, but more often than not, knives become damaged because of improper use and maintenance routines. This may be the result of distraction, inexperience, a lack of proper instruction or carelessness.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Survival Knife Misuse: How To Wear And Tear Your Knives

Hand and Surface Hygiene When There's No Water to Spare | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

Much has been written about the need for drinking water in a survival situation.  And luckily, most people have gotten the message and either store extra water in barrels, have cases or jugs of bottled water, or have a source of fresh water that can be made ready for drinking with filters, chemicals, or bleach.

Not as frequently mentioned, although of equal importance, is the need to have water to use for washing your hands.  The use of good old-fashioned soap and water is the tried and true way to get rid of the germs lurking in our environment.  In fact, the National Institute of Health reports that it is the MOST effective way to get rid of disease-causing bacteria, and the CDC concurs regarding its effectiveness.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.

 

Choosing A Homestead Dog: Why Conventional Wisdom Often Is Wrong

By  Savannah H. Off The Grid News

When it comes to a good homestead dog, the breed doesn’t matter as much as some people think. There are just as many mutts out there doing work on the farm as purebred dogs, but there are some advantages of the latter.

Mixed breed dogs tend to be:

  • Healthier than purebreds and overall more hardy/resilient.
  • Far less expensive.

But you get the downside of:

  • Not knowing the genetics behind the dog.
  • Working ability is fairly unknown until you start working with the dog.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: Choosing A Homestead Dog: Why Conventional Wisdom Often Is Wrong

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By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

An oil lamp (hurricane lamp) could be a valuable commodity (for the sake of preparedness) during a power outage event, and will also provide a unique ambiance for occasional use and enjoyment during non-emergencies.

When the power goes out and the lights go out with it, an oil lamp is a practical source of emergency lighting for a room (or rooms) and will burn brighter than an ordinary candle while setting more stable and secure.

Here are a few tips about oil lamps, and an estimated cost-per-hour to operate one…

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: An Oil Lamp For Preparedness

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By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream

First it was wildfires, then it was unprecedented flooding, and now it is earthquakes.  In the past two weeks alone, more than 400 earthquakes have shaken San Ramon – a small city that sits approximately 45 miles east of San Francisco.  Never before have so many earthquakes been recorded in that area in such a short span of time.  Standing alone, that earthquake swarm may not mean that much.  But when you stand back and look at all of the unusual events that have been happening since late September, a very disturbing picture begins to emerge.

But first, let’s talk about this earthquake swarm.  All over the planet, seismic activity seems to be increasing.  According to Volcano Discovery, dozens of volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and Afghanistan was just hit by a massive 7.5-magnitude quake.  It was one of the worst earthquakes that Afghanistan has ever seen, and it is going to take months to deal with all of the damage.  So that is why it is so alarming that right now there is record breaking earthquake activity just outside of San Francisco

San Ramon, California, appears to have broken a new earthquake record over the last two weeks: A total of 408 small quakes have shaken the East Bay city, almost four times the record set in 2003 in half the amount of time.

“I’ve not felt so many tremors in decades,” Mark Stone said outside a San Ramon Starbucks on Tuesday morning. “My dog, Gimmel, she’s the first one to know a couple of seconds before.”

And his dog has been extra alert lately.

The state of California has been seeing a lot of disasters lately.  In late September, tremendous wildfires in the state were making headlines all over the planet.  In fact, Barack Obama formally declared the Valley Fire to be a “major disaster”, and federal funding was released to help fight it.  The following is from an NBC News article that was posted on September 23rd

Continue reading at End Of The American Dream: Swarm Of California Earthquakes Continues A Series Of Unusual Events That Began In Late September

About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

Read his new book The Beginning of the End

 

By Eric Leister – AccuWeather

Tropical Cyclone Chapala (04A) formed on Wednesday in the Arabian Sea between India and the Arabian Peninsula and has since rapidly strengthened with winds equal to that of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific Ocean.

Chapala is forecast to strengthen further with winds equal to that of a Category 5 hurricane by later Friday or Saturday and could become the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded in the northern Indian Ocean.

“Chapala is also on pace to become the strongest cyclone on record in the Arabian Sea,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls added. “The pressure of Chapala is 922 mb, close to the lowest pressure of Gonu, 920 mb, in 2007.”

This tropical system will have no direct impacts on India as steering winds from the east will result in a track toward Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

More continued reading and coverage at AccuWeather: Powerful Cyclone Chapala Targets Oman and Yemen

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