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By Sandra – Guest Post

While many of us likely picture SHTF scenarios completely devoid of technology such as smartphones and electricity, there are many emergency and disaster scenarios where technology could prove quite useful and perhaps even save your life.

Aside from common apps you probably already have on your phone, such as a flashlight app and the compass app, there are quite a few others you should add to your smartphone that could prove very useful in any emergency situation.

Here are six essential apps every survivalist needs.

 

Wild Plant Survival Guide

You might have read our previous post on apps that can help you identify animals and plants in nature. Well, the Wild Plant Survival Guide app takes it a step further and helps you identify plants that are edible. In a situation where you’re on your own without extra food, this app could save your life. It provides details and color photos about more than 100 plants to help you identify which are edible and which are poisonous. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $1.99.

 

Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage service that allows you to access your files from any location. You can download the app to your phone and use the free storage to back up your important documents. Having copies of identity documents, passports, insurance policies, financial information and medical records immediately accessible during an emergency can save valuable time. The Dropbox app is free for iOS and Android devices.

However, accessing important personal documents online does present some risk. If you are accessing the information from the cloud, especially over an unsecured WiFi connection (which will likely be the norm in a SHTF scenario), you should consider taking extra steps to secure your information, such as using a proxy software service. A proxy software service will encrypt your data and ensure it can’t be accessed by other parties who might attempt to steal it.

 

5-0 Radio Police Scanner

In an emergency or disaster situation, police and first responders often have the most information about what’s happening. An app such as 5-0 Radio Police Scanner allows you to listen in on the radio frequencies of police and other emergency personnel. You can choose the feeds based on your current location, so whether you’re home or traveling, you can always be aware of what’s happening around you. The basic version of the app is free for iOS and Android devices, but there is also a PRO version that includes an additional 50,000 radio feeds for a one-time fee of $3.99

 

First Aid by American Red Cross

Knowing how to perform first aid accurately can save lives in an emergency. The First Aid by American Red Cross app provides step-by-step instructions for the most common emergency first aid situations. The content is all preloaded into the app, so you don’t need to have an internet connection to access any of the information; it’s available whenever and wherever you need it. The app is available for free for iOS and Android devices.

 

Storm Shield Severe Weather

The Storm Shield Severe Weather app provides severe weather updates for your location. You can get real-time voice or push notification alerts for tornado, hurricane, flood, thunderstorm, winter storms and other life-threatening weather events. This app is the best way to keep track of any potential weather-related dangers in your area when your television and weather radio aren’t nearby. The app is available for iOS and Android devices for $2.99.

 

Disaster Alert
The Disaster Alert app provides real-time monitoring and alerts about hazards being tracked around the global. The app is part of the Pacific Disaster Center, which monitors potential hazards including natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and volcanoes; weather-related hazards such as droughts and wildfires; human-made problems such as nuclear hazards; and biomedical hazards such as disease outbreaks. You can receive push notifications for specific types of hazards or those within a certain distance and receive updates. The app is available for free on iOS and Android devices.

As a survivalist, the goal is to be prepared for any situation. Downloading these apps is just one more way you can be prepared for whatever happens next.

What apps do you rely on in case of an emergency?

Published at The Survival Place Blog: Essential Apps for Survivalists

About the Author:

Sandra a freelance writer and survival expert. She’s passionate about teaching others how to prepare for emergencies and other disasters, from severe weather warnings to major human-caused disasters. She regularly contributes to The Right Side of Truth and several other sites.

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By Emma Hayes – Modern Survival Online

You probably already know that water is essential to your survival…

…and a huge problem if you’re stuck without.

(In fact, just 3 days without can be fatal)

Imagine you’re stranded outdoors with no water, desperate to stay alive.

What would you do? How would you get water?

Today I’m going to show you the ins and outs of finding water for survival.

You’ll learn:

  • Where To Look For Water
  • How To Know If Water Is Safe To Drink?
  • How To Extract Clean Drinking Water (In the Desert, In the Forest, In the Ice).
  • Methods Of Purifying Water

Finding water has been an age old undertaking of mankind.

Living in the third world, it still is a struggle every day to access clean water even when it is available.

Statistics show 1 in 10 people living with no access to safe water worldwide.

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SourceWorld Health Organization

The body needs 2 quarts of water daily to survive (just to drink). But, remember this is survival.

If your supply of water is limited make sure you:

  • Rest! Physical movements must be limited.
  • Do not over exert yourself. Exposure to the elements must also be avoided. Keep out of the sun.
  • Do not drink your own urine!!!!
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the climate
  • Talking is kept to a minimum
  • Breath through the nose and not the mouth
  • Do not smoke or have big meals.
  • Absolutely do not drink alcohol

These lessons can be transferred to survival situations and can increase the chances of survival by over 80%.

And of course, it goes without saying, it’s always better to be prepared. Ensure your bug out bag is well equipped. Having access to water filters, a GPS, and containers to capture and store water will always increase your chances of survival.

Continue reading at Modern Survival Online: How To Find Water: The Most Valuable Survival Skill

By Fred Tyrel – SurvivoPedia

In today’s world, armed robberies and other situations involving guns have become the new normal. Armed criminals have taken over neighborhoods and rule by terror.

While legislative action aimed at gun control will not stop this, and will more than likely make it worse, there are things you can do when someone points a gun at you.

As dangerous as this situation is, you can turn it in your favor. Read the following article to find out how!

What the Criminal Wants Is…

If an individual is bent on killing you they will probably point the gun at you, then he will pull the trigger immediately, or feed off the fear that you’re generating, and then kill you.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Things To Do When A Gun Is Pointed At You

By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog

Sealed batteries, particularly the AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery, is becoming increasingly popular for off-grid applications and have always been preferred in RV or trailer applications due to their safety attributes.

The AGM battery is a lead acid battery, but unlike its traditional counterpart it is sealed tight and offers a number of advantages that more and more users are recognizing.

Sealed batteries with their technology advancements are capable of good performance in many demanding applications from RV battery power to off-grid living.

The technology of sealed batteries (the AGM type is the most popular) has been improving and there are some significant benefits to consider:

Continue reading at Modern Survival Blog: The Advantages Of AGM Sealed Batteries For Your RV Or Off-Grid

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By Tammy Robinson – Off The Grid News

No doubt, all of us benefit greatly from technology. Unfortunately, though, there is a payoff for all this convenience: the loss of common skills.

Although I love being able to Google almost any question and click an icon to call home, the fact is that there are some skills we might want to consider keeping.

Imagine life after a societal collapse. How many of us would survive?

Here are 29 skills virtually lost to technology:

Home and farm skills

These would include skills such as:

1. Darning socks and mending clothes.

2. Tying specific knots such as sheepshanks, bowlines and clove hitch knots.

3. Identifying trees, edible plants, flowers and berries

4. Baking from scratch.

5. Knitting or crocheting.

Simple memorization skills

We used to rely on memorization for many things, including:

6. Phone numbers and even complete addresses of family members.

Continue reading at Off the Grid News: 29 Once-Common Survival Skills We’ve Lost To Technology

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

Even though you, and most probably your partner, might be adept at getting out into nature and living off the environment on a regular basis; the younger members of your family may not understand what all the fuss is about. Kids learn quickly and pick up knowledge and skills at an enviable rate, so they are the perfect students to teach the ways of the outdoors, and how to deal with any danger that may head their way in the future. The following are some ideas to inspire you to get the family in the 4×4 and head out into the wilderness for some fun.

 

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The Gear

You’ve probably got all of the essential gear for a successful camping or survival trip; however, if you’re the only one using it, you won’t be teaching your kids a thing. Your children can start learning when you start prepping for the journey ahead. Ask them to help put things into rucksacks and load up the wagon; make sure they know the name of everything they pick up, and what it’s used for. The knowledge you give them before you leave will ensure they’re off to a great start when they help to set up camp. Try to think about any items that could prove hazardous to little ones; it’s important that kids know what to steer clear of, and learn to respect the things that they will utilize in the future, so bear that in mind when you spot their curiosity.

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The Accommodation

You might want to take the minimal, and sleep under the stars. However, you’ll want your kids to have a positive first experience of the wilderness, so it’s worth making them as comfortable as possible. They’ll toughen up the more they experience various terrains, so show them a variety of environments and locations. If you’re thinking of investing in a family-sized tent, you can find out here what the best on the market are, and which ones to consider for your adventures together. Keep the kids engaged at every stage of the vacation; they might want to run off and play tag as you sort out the sleeping arrangements, but it’s important that they come and help you set-up. You can still make every step a fun challenge; you kids will learn more if the are having fun and partaking in some sibling rivalry.

The Tricks And Tactics

Once you’re all embracing the outdoors in your desired location and your camp is all set; the enjoyment can really begin. Kids will grow a deep passion for everything the outdoors has to offer them, as long as they have positive memories and associations with it. Teach them as much as you can; all the tricks and lessons that you may have learned the hard way will come in handy as you inform them of how to do things. Keep their safety and happiness as a priority at all times, and the whole family won’t want to go back to normal life again; you’ll make great memories, and your kids will become adept little survivalists in no time!

This article was originally published at The Survival Place BlogHow To Introduce Kids To Survival In The Great Outdoors

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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

TV presenters such as Bear Grylls have made surviving in the wilderness cool. Even President Barack Obama spent a few days with Mr. Grylls for a trek across the Alaskan wilderness. Essentially it was a great TV show in which President Obama could chat about climate change, his family and home life while at the same time looking effortlessly cool with a survival expert. Survival skills are worthwhile. You may never find yourself stranded in the middle of a jungle or without water in a desert, but you just might enjoy the thrill of a survival skills weekend. Read on to explore the what every survivalist needs in their backpack.

Safety First

A first aid kit is the most fundamental bit of kit you should be packing. Accidents happen, and while there will be tree sap somewhere in the forest that may help with the gash on your hand, it’s always safer to clean it with an antiseptic wipe and stick on a band-aid. Ensure you have painkillers, band-aids, gauze, antiseptic and bandages as a bare minimum.

Know Where You Are

Gone are the days of navigating by the stars; get yourself a nifty little compass. This tiny feat of engineering can slip into your pocket and can save you from getting stranded. Used in conjunction with a map or ordinance survey record, you will be able to locate key points along your trail or within your environment.

Blend In

If you are keen to take on the true survivalist mentality, then it’s essential that you get yourself some effective camouflage gear. Camo has been around for years, used by armed forces and survivalists across the globe. A more effective range of 3D camo now enables you to blend even more efficiently into your surroundings by using laser cut leaves to break up your outline. If you find yourself hunting animals for food, your camo gear can make or break whether you will be going to sleep having had a satisfying meal.

Tools

It’s vital that you pack tools that have a range of uses. With a swat knife, you can build a shelter and start a fire. Find a swat knife that is durable and locks open and closed to prevent accidents.

In Case Of Emergency

It doesn’t happen very often, but you may need to call for help. As a survivalist wanting to get away from it all, it may pain you to take a phone with you, but you don’t even have to switch it on and can leave it floundering at the bottom of your bag. Just make sure you have one. A cellphone is vital if you are going to ensure your safety at all times.

If you are just starting out learning about survival techniques, think about meeting like minded people on a survival course. You’ll be able to venture into the woods, and with expert tuition, you’ll get to test your newfound skills in a safe and controlled environment. Any wilderness is a daunting place, but treat them with respect, and you can enjoy the challenges they present.

This article was originally published at The Survival Place Blog: Essential Items For The Ultimate Survival Kit