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By Staff Writer – The Survival Place Blog

One tidbit of wisdom which all interested in outdoor living understand – living in the hive can be bad for your health. The biggest cities often draw the zaniest and most odd characters. It’s not hard to understand why. Large cities, particularly the mega-cities which are fairly recent developments, seem to foster a sense of mental displacements. The environment is very artificial, so it’s not hard to see why. Sometimes, withdrawing from all of that difficulty is something you absolutely need, as a fundamental aspect of healing your soul.

We’re not trying to disparage the good work done in cities, or the great people who live in them. However, we are critical of those who feel that inner city living is perfectly fine and naturally in a long-term perspective. Nothing will ever be as healing for our human spirit and psyche than a long sting in the forest or wood. Recalibrating to the natural creative power from which you come can heal even the most chaotic of hearts.

If you find yourself struggling, or simply need a break which works for you, you might consider a long hike or camping stint in the woods. We have detailed the benefits of doing so below. Sometimes, survival preparation is as important as restoring your own mind to the natural pace of life.

No Mirrors

Mirrors are great inventions. They help us manage our appearance, staying attractive to those we hope to attract. They let us know if we have any misplaced food on our lip, or if we mishandled our shaving process in the morning, leaving half our moustache intact. However, it can become an almost obsession to keep looking in the mirror throughout the day, rectifying your appearance as you see a flaw.

This leads to a constant state of tension and worry. If you head to the woods and neglect bringing any mirrors with you, you’ll notice something wonderful. Not only do you forget about your appearance, but you become more connected to yourself and your present experience. You become more able to show your real personality, as opposed to one you’re carefully curating throughout the day. This can be revolutionary for mental health, as peace of mind is improved when you’re neglecting to focus on your flaws.

Good Survival Practice

You might be a newcomer to this blog. If you understand the benefits of preparing or having a modicum of survival knowledge, you’re in the right place. However, you can’t expect to jump in the deep end, surviving in the Amazon for months at a time. It’s good to start slow. If you’ve lived in a city for the majority of your life, some concepts might be completely new to you. Connecting with your raw human ability to survive surely helps you connect with the inner knowledge of our species.

You’ll feel a primal sense of achievement after building a shelter, or starting a fire for the first time. This time will also serve as a great opportunity to build a bug out bag. This rugged approach to task achievement feels much more satisfying than working with accounts all day, or facing a customer service role. It’s likely that the experience of the outdoors will give you a desire to work in the forest more and more, and get out of the hive as often as you can.

Living away from the hive for a time can give you a real revolution in your internal thinking, and improve your mental matters to no end. You’ll never know if you don’t try.

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Today we’re taking a look at survival articles from around the web and including some helpful commentary to help you choose which ones would be the most useful!

From shtfblog.com: When #2 Becomes a #1 Priority

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This article covers a very important issue for every prepper: sanitation and waste disposal. Actually going in some pretty good depth, the post also includes helpful DIY suggestions and recommendations to help you minimize the chance of disease or illness. It’s bad enough during a disaster that most toilets and such won’t be working, so make sure you and your family have a secondary plan in place to avoid the danger of rotting filth.

From theeconomiccollapseblog.com: If This Keeps Up, They Will Have to Start Putting Armed Guards on Food Trucks.

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Although you should always take “alarmist” news with a small heap of salt, the situation building up slowly as presented in this article is certainly worthy of the title. Rather than a single event increasing food prices or limiting production, we are currently suffering from a “food budget attack” on multiple fronts. Pigs and bananas dying from disease, drought devastating the West, inflation and wage stagnation making it more difficult for the average person to afford groceries…all of these are coming to a head simultaneously. Although the idea of armored food trucks is laughable now, it is certainly possible that we will all have to tighten our already strained budgets just to continue eating in the near future.

From preparedchristian.net: Tips From a Storage Auctioneer 

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Auctions are a great way to net some deals, and some famous TV shows of late have made the idea of buying abandoned storage units extremely popular. This post offers a realistic series of tips and anecdotes to assist you in getting some bargains at these auctions, which is great for being able to really stock up as a prepper on a budget. One thing of particular interest to me was the more mundane finds (such as tons of laundry detergent) that could make even mundane finds very useful to the average prepper. Check this article out and see what you think.

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: When #2 Becomes a #1 Priority: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge

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Today we’re taking a look at survival knowledge from around the web with some commentary to assist you in choosing the most interesting content.

 

From rethinksurvival.com: Say Goodbye to Paper Goods, and Here’s How

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Frugality is always of interest to preppers, and this is a pretty simple way to cut a few bucks off of your weekly bills. It’s interesting to see how ditching some paper goods was easy for the author but others were more difficult depending on his own personal habits. This kind of thinking is great for getting a few dollars back by doing away with minor conveniences so that you can afford the major purchases and the necessities for everyday life. Give this article a look and see what you think you can cut out.

From survivopedia.com: How to Survive and Signal When Trapped

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This article covers a lot, including common signaling tools, how to make the best of your situation when you’re stuck, and even a special section for those who live in high-rises. In much of prepper media there is the idea that a disaster will strike where you are able to rush home to your vast stocks of supplies, so this article provides some rare helpful advice for when you simply can’t leave! Indeed, these sorts of article emphasize the need to always keep a few preparedness items within reach so that you’ll be ready to handle short-term emergencies without access to your larger stocks.

From graywolfsurvival: Is Collecting Silver or Gold the Best Idea for Bartering if SHTF?

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A very interesting take on the common phenomenon of stockpiling coins to barter with after the “end” when cash will have little value. One comment in particular was quite poignant: “would you trade any of your gear for silver or gold after the event?” Obviously not! You can’t eat gold and silver is rather terrible as a firestarter. I would mention that gold and silver would have value in the event of a slow collapse, wherein the price of goods slowly rises over the course of years until the final collapse of the dollar’s value. In that case gold purchased before the initial slide could pay off debts, buy tangible goods and otherwise provide a great hedge against inflation. Always balance preps properly, but don’t necessarily ignore gold and silver just because they’re not as immediately useful as food and water.

Your thoughts?

Let us know what you thought of these articles in the comments below!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: Say Goodbye to Paper Good: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge

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Today we look at some survival knowledge from around the web, with assisting commentary to help you in deciding which articles you may like.

From americanpreppersnetwork.com: 3 Essential People in Your Prepper Group: Stacking the Deck

This article goes beyond merely pushing for preppers to get into a group for mutual survival and provides some helpful criteria to decide who would be most helpful. This is great for keeping your group small and functional while still having the majority of the skills you would need to survive.

I would recommend taking another step once you have your group assembled and tailor each person’s training to survival. Nurses and medical personnel should learn how to perform without access to the latest technological wonders, soldiers need to learn how to operate without the intel, air and vehicle support, or massive amounts of ammunition afforded by a large military etc. Even farmers would need to know how to grow crops and save seeds without access to chemical fertilizers, store-bought seeds, and other aids!

From survivallife.com: 7 Easy Prepper Projects

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Most of these projects are actually pretty inventive, using common items to boil water, create light, or otherwise assist you after a disaster. The only one I take issue with is the milk jug lamp, because while it does work most of the time you don’t really get that much more light. Most headlamps, flashlights etc give off just as much light without being refracted in water. Aside from that, check these out and maybe give these ideas a try!

From survivalsherpa.wordpress.com: 8 Reasons You Need a Possum Mentality to Survive

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It’s not often I stop to take lessons from opossum (nasty little critters!) but in this case the author presents some interesting points. The key to survival is the ability to adapt either through ingenuity in the moment or preparations beforehand that give you more or better options, and opossum embody that in many ways. Of course this article isn’t merely telling you how to “play opossum” when cornered, but also giving much practical advice for mental and physical preparations. Definitely check this out!

From seriouseats.com: Baking Powder Vs. Baking Soda

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A good read for the food stocker and cook in your group, this article isn’t truly written from a prepping perspective. However, it does contain useful info and even some cooking tips that I think would be most helpful in the event of a disaster. I’ve seen many people mix up baking powder and baking soda, so take the time to review the info in this article and make sure you don’t do the same.

Your thoughts?

Let us know what you thought of these articles and which one was your favorite in the comments below!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: 3 Essential People in Your Prepper Group: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge

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Today we’re looking at survival knowledge from around the web, with some helpful commentary to assist you in choosing which to read!

 

From prep-blog.com: Avoiding Hot Spots in an Emergency

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This article presents information you probably are aware of but are likely to ignore during an emergency. Avoiding the “danger zones” of a disaster like weakened buildings, the edges of hurricanes, or dangerous fires seems like painfully obvious advice, but stress can do strange things to a person’s sense of priority. I’m mixed on his opinion of heading to the store for last minute supplies, however. Although you want to be well-stocked enough to ensure that you don’t need to visit the store just as an emergency is about to hit, there are certainly things like prescription medications or fresh fruits that might be good purchases if you could safely get them.

From rethinksurvival.com: The Biggest Weakness of Basement Storm Shelters

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Definitely good for many preppers to read, since I have seen this weakness in professionally built shelters as well as homemade ones. Entrances are always the weakest part of any wall or defense, and you’ll want to be able to seal yourself inside to ensure that debris and other dangerous stuff can’t hurt you or your family while you huddle inside. For that matter, a weak door may well become a danger in itself as splinters fly out from the broken remains or if the entire thing is forced inwards. I would add that the strongest solid-core door is only as good as its frame, so make sure that the frame for the storm shelter door is properly reinforced just as much as the door itself is!

From doomsdaymoose.com: Solar Self-Sufficiency

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This article is good for getting the bare essentials on solar power for beginning preppers. Written by a technician who deals with solar panels, it covers the differences between a truly off-grid system and a tie-in system that feeds your home and then gives the excess to the power company among other considerations. For a true beginner, this post might be helpful in choosing whether or not to pursue solar power at all which is a common question for many new preppers. Definitely check this out!

From readynutrition.com: Are Our Children the Next Zombies?

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This is an interesting article, as it emphasizes the negative impact technology can have on the inventiveness, attention spans, and other important growth in children and the population in general. Certainly many preppers look to at least a temporary period of time when electricity and all the gadgets that use it will be unusable, so should we try to avoid these when at all possible?

I would say rather that proper balance is the key, as it is in everything including prepping! Computers, texting, and the internet are great ways to find and disseminate knowledge rapidly and to learn how to use sources to deal with misinformation and “trolls”. However, just as being reliant on food from the store is foolish so is being utterly reliant on  a computer or the internet to give you all of your knowledge, entertainment, and to communicate!

Your Thoughts?

Let us know what you thought of these articles in the comments below!

This article first appeared at Prepared For That: Avoiding Hotspots During an Emergency: Josh’s Take on Survival Knowledge

Infrastructure

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Even though the news was slow to reach the surface on the details surrounding the attack of a central California electrical substation, by now most of you have heard the news. For those who haven’t, an unknown number of people, armed with rifles only, attacked and disabled Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation back on April 16, 2013. Firing around 100 shots, the attackers knocked out 17 transformers forcing officials to reroute power to avert a blackout. It took them 27 days to repair the damage.

We may never know who was responsible for this event and this article isn’t going to go into the potential reasons or motivations behind the people who conducted this highly successful act of sabotage. The news did make me reflect again on how relatively simple it would be to knock out power to millions and if the efforts were concentrated enough, seriously disrupt power for a very long time. It isn’t only armed men with weapons, computer viruses like Stuxnet which was used to disrupt the Iranian nuclear facility back in 2009 show that you don’t even have to fire a shot to take out someone’s capacity in a meaningful way. Lose power and we go caveman really quickly.

In thinking about this issue of the fragility of our nation’s infrastructure, I started going down the usual list of items that we hear about as potential targets for attack. Power Stations, Nuclear Plants, Banking Institutions, Water Treatment Facilities and as we saw so powerfully on 9/11, our transportation system. These all would seem to be valid targets, but I wonder how many of you have given the same type of thought and attention to your own critical infrastructure. Is your critical infrastructure safe from attack from forces trying to harm you?

Cyber Threats

This to me seems like one of the most likely places you could be attacked and not know it. If the revelations from the NSA are to be believed (and I for one do), there is little you can do about it. For those of us who aren’t currently under close scrutiny though, you can take steps to protect your internal connections and prevent others from gaining access too easily.

  • Make sure your home wireless network is secure. – I would additionally caution you to change your password if you give it out to friends when they are visiting.
  • Make sure you have the most up to date Virus protection software. There are lots of options and I have used Norton Antivirus.
  • Back up your important files – I like to back my files up in two ways; first with an external hard drive and secondly with an online backup service like Carbonite or Mozy. You can also use DropBox. Does either of these methods guarantee your files will be secure forever from the NSA? I doubt it, but it should keep your important information safe if a Tornado goes through your house.
  • It is also generally a good idea to have the most current patched version of your software installed. Don’t get me started on Microsoft…
  • Stay away from shady sites – I know this one is more difficult because they have gotten so good at hiding things, but the safer your browsing habits, the safer you are from viruses in the first place.

Financial

There are several components to this threat, but I will boil them all down to the big three items below.

  • Losing Your Money – This can happen from simple theft such as a home break-in or more complicated to explain, but more prevalent theft like inflation, money printing and fleecing of your country to pay off too big to fail interests. Deposits can be held, investments can be outright taken to fulfill other debts. Money can easily be taken away when it is out of your control.
  • Not being able to make any money – The loss of a job or other circumstance that prevents you from working could happen. As much as possible, it is wise to reduce debt to nothing and save your money to weather life’s little storms.
  • Not being able to get your money – Just like the power outages above, if the bank can’t use their computers you can’t get your money. If the ATM loses power, you can’t get your money. Additionally, what if there is a run on the bank and the money you deposited is simply withdrawn by everyone else? Make sure that you have some stored away from the bank safely so that you aren’t 100% at the mercy of these two factors.

Drinking Water

  • What if the water is shut off or undrinkable? – It wasn’t too long ago we had the chemical spill in Charleston and there have been at least two others since then.  Make sure that you don’t find yourself in the same situation the people in WV did when they could not get water out of the tap for a few weeks. Even now that the water is flowing again, no one can say positively that the water is safe. If you are looking for options on how to reduce your dependence on municipal water sources in times of emergency, you can read our article here.
  • What if you aren’t anywhere with a working tap? – What if you are stranded on the side of the road due to a freak winter storm? What if you are stuck in traffic for days because of a planned evacuation? Make sure you carry water with you at all times to avoid falling into this trap.

Energy

You don’t have to be running a power substation or a Nuclear power plant to have to worry about losing power. Run of the mill, average weather events like winter storms, high winds or tornadoes happen all of the time. Unfortunately, vehicles slam into power poles and disrupt power. Make sure you have alternate sources of power and you will be less likely to be affected by disruptions that can last for days.

You don’t necessarily have to have a 14KW whole home generator to check this box off. A simple 1000 Watt Inverter hooked to your car’s battery and plenty of safely stored fuel will give you minimal power and could make life a lot better.

Family

Why am I putting Family in this list you ask? I believe above all else your family is the most critical infrastructure you have to worry about. If you are reading this, it is your job and sacred duty to take care of them. Your goal with prepping should be to ensure safety and calm in situations where chaos and destruction may be ruling the day. Your family needs to have a strong bond to make it through difficult times and when all else is lost, they will be the one comfort you can cling to. Make sure your family is healthy, loved and safe above all else.

I don’t know your politics and I am not trying to persuade you to any particular religion but I do think most people will agree that families are always under attack either literally or figuratively from a number of directions. The work you put into making your family whole and healthy now will pay off when the stress level is through the roof and lives are on the line.

These were just some of the things I thought of as my own critical infrastructure. What comes to your mind?

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: Is Your Critical Infrastructure Safe from Attack?

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The decision to train your kids to use weapons is a personal one. If you’re of the opinion that knowledge is power, then this article is for you. We’re not debating the merits of teaching your kids to handle weapons; that’s a completely different discussion and one that we don’t feel has a right or a wrong answer.

We’re simply providing some tips for those of you who have already decided to train your kids to use weapons if SHTF.

Another point that we’re not going to touch on today is age. This is because we know that kids develop differently and mature at different rates. We know that some kids are hunting with Dad at 7, and some aren’t allowed to do so until later.

Nobody knows your kid (or your weapons) better than you do, so when you think your child is ready, then that’s when they should learn!

Teach Your Kids to Respect the Weapon

The first thing that kids need to understand, even before they’re trained to use them, is that weapons are not toys.

Until your kids are old enough to understand this, you should store your weapons in such a manner that your kids can’t access them. Whether this is in a locked case, in a locked room, or on your person is up to you, but the easiest way to avoid an accident is to ensure that your weapons never fall into untrained hands.

Once your kids have access to your weapons, proper safety measures should always be taken, including:

  • Teaching that WEAPONS ARE NOT TOYS! This should be lesson one, from the time that your child can understand the concept. Even toy weapons should be treated differently; regard them as early training tools for real weapons.
  • Always be aware of the direction that the muzzle is pointing. It should always be pointed “down range” in case of accidental discharge (AD). Down range can include the ground, literally “down range” if you’re at a range, or in any direction that there is no chance of hitting anything that isn’t a target.
  • How to safely carry it.
  • Treat all weapons as if they’re loaded.
  • How to tell if it’s loaded. Always assume that it is.
  • Always make sure that the range is clear prior to shooting, throwing, or otherwise firing a weapon.
  • Use proper safety equipment including eye wear and ear plugs if necessary.

Teach Your Kid All There Is to Know About the Weapon

The first thing that your child should be taught after learning basic safety skills is how, exactly, each weapon works.

Teach them the mechanics of it. If it’s a gun, teach them to tear it down and put it back together. If it’s a bow, teach them how to adjust tension, change strings, and use the sites, if there are any.

Obviously, we can’t touch on every single weapon here, but you get the idea. They should know each weapon inside out, including the following:kid-gun

  • How to load it and unload it properly
  • How to clean it
  • How to fire it or wield it
  • How many rounds it holds, if applicable
  • The range of the weapon
  • The damage that it can do
  • How it works mechanically

Teach Them the Limitations of Their Weapons

In the movies, broomsticks go easily through zombies’ chests and smoothly pull right out but we know that isn’t really how it works. All weapons have limitations and it’s vital that your kids know what they are.

Guns run out of bullets. A 30/30 is a great brush gun but it’s no good for distance. A broomstick may be great for stabbing one person (zombie, etc.) but be prepared to hang onto it and be aware that it’s easy to break it or lose it. You get the idea.

Teach Your Kids to be Resourceful

Do drills that include using critical thinking skills to turn common items such as brooms or paperweights into weapons that can be used for self-defense. Remind your kids that, even when using make-do weapons such as these, they still need to practice basic weapons awareness.

It wouldn’t do at all for your kid to whack YOU in the head with a broomstick instead of his intended target!

Be a Good Example

Even if you know for a fact that your gun is unloaded, and you’ve been a sharp-shooting professional for 20 years using the same weapon, practice all of the safety skills that you’re trying to teach your kid. AD can happen to you just as easily as it can happen to your kid if you drop your guard, and if your child sees that you don’t respect the rules, the importance of them will be lost.

Always use proper form and adhere to all safety rules, policies and procedures that you expect your child to adhere to.

Practice, Practice, Practice

kid-girl-gunsIf you’ve decided to teach your kids to use weapons if SHTF, you should practice regularly.

Just as with all of your other prepping strategies, weapons training should be done so often that it becomes second nature.

We’ve already discussed how to conquer your fear in another article. If you’ve read that, you know that being thoroughly trained is one of the best ways to avoid freezing up. The same goes for self-defense and using weapons.

In a SHTF situation where life or death is the only option, muscle memory can save the day. Practice with your kids on a regular basis.

Teaching your kids to use weapons if SHTF or for personal safety or to hunt for food is a skill that comes with great responsibility. Kids should understand that though using a weapon is a vital survival skill, a weapon is a lethal tool that needs to be respected at all times.

We hope that these tips help you to teach your kids to use weapons in a manner that is safe and productive. Good luck and be safe!

Find out more about using weapons for survival defense on Bulletproof Home.

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This article first appeared at Survivopedia: Training Your Kids on Using Weapons if SHTF