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3 Tips to Ensure Disaster Preparedness

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:02 Written by
Published in Preparedness

The latest government effort to apparently reduce the population revolves around bringing people with Ebola to America. Dr. Kent Bradley was working with Ebola patients in Liberia when he contracted the disease, as was missionary Nancy Writebol. Both, for whatever reason, were flown back to the USA for treatment despite the highly-contagious nature of the virus.

Chainsaw, Tree Felling, and Debris Removal Equipment

Friday, 19 September 2014 02:26 Written by
Published in Getting Started

The following guide will cover the required items for chainsaw operations, tree felling, and debris removal. This guide is intended for someone new to using a chainsaw, the occasional chainsaw user, human powered alternatives, and anyone interested in clearing debris following a storm. The example equipment used in this guide can also be used for firewood processing, it builds an initial tools baseline for woodsman operations, and focuses on personal protective gear required for safe operation. Lastly, when dealing with high powered cutting tasks and tools that need to stand up to a beating, it is best to purchase quality items the first time. The quality items recommended in this guide are more costly than cheaper alternatives, but you should never skimp on personal protection or quality materials; to include chain and axe metals. 

If you are new to tree felling, chainsaws, and other woodsman tasks, Surefire Woodsman offers two excellent DVDs on the subject (The Informed Woodsman and Timber Felling: Pro Tips). 

Survival Gardening: How to Build an Underground Greenhouse

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 14:44 Written by
Published in Food

You may already stocking your garden or above-ground greenhouse with the right crops for survival—but did you know that with an underground greenhouse, you can grow year round, even in the unpredictable environment of a apocalypse. The benefits of an underground greenhouse far outweigh the effort to construct one. It's cheap, sustainable farming, and you'll have fresh produce for your family in time of need. Read on for a get-started guide on constructing your own all-season underground greenhouse.

Emergency Water Supply

Thursday, 21 August 2014 01:00 Written by
Published in Water

Clean water is taken for granted by the average American. We simply open the faucet, and out pours water that can be used for drinking, cooking, and conducting personal hygiene. The primary purpose for any public utility water system is for safe human consumption and for conducting proper personal hygiene. However, somewhere along the way, as a society we have become reckless with such a valuable resource. In fact, the average American consumes more than 100 gallons of clean drinking water per day; 400 gallons a day for a family of four. Most of this consumption is simply wasted; running down the drain during a long shower, washing vehicles, or by watering grass to keep in line with the Jones. 

Shelter in Place

Thursday, 14 August 2014 01:00 Written by
Published in Getting Started

Certain types of events, such as chemical accidents and terrorist attacks, may make going outdoors dangerous. Likewise, you may want to limit the outdoor environment from entering your home. Shelter in Place is the act of taking immediate refuge, whether it is at your home, work, or vehicle, and limiting your exposure to the threat. Depending on the type of emergency, Sheltering in Place may also involve sealing the room, or vehicle, from outside contaminants. Ideally, you should have a Shelter in Place plan for both your home and work locations, but you should also be able to react to an emergency away from these areas. The keys to successfully Sheltering in Place are to understand how to react to each situation, the supplies that are needed, and how to mitigate the challenges that you will face.

Prepare to Bug Out on the Water

Saturday, 09 August 2014 16:15 Written by
Published in Getting Started

If the worst happens and a natural or man-made disaster is imminent, you will want to move your family to safety as soon as possible. While some preppers are focused on finding an out of the way location in the woods or out in the desert, bugging out on the water is also a reasonable survival option.

Caffeine From Home

Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Food

While it may not rate very highly on the “must have” or “survival” lists, caffeine is something many of us consider completely normal and may even rely on. Withdrawal aside, caffeine has been recorded as a stimulant since man figured out how to leave written documentation and the ability to produce caffeine might provide the edge in a barter situation at some point. Additionally, producing caffeine at home can reduce grocery bills if you drink tea – or would if it had as much caffeine as coffee.

Basic First Aid Kits

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00 Written by
Published in Medical

The key to medical preparedness is planning for the possibility that you may not be able to receive professional medical treatment when an injury or illness presents itself.  In the present, we simply go to a family doctor, urgent care center, or emergency room when medical assistance is needed. The harsh reality is that these securities can be interrupted rather easily. Mother Nature can disrupt our normalcy bias with little to no warning; Hurricane Katrina (2005), the 2011 Joplin Tornado, and Hurricane Sandy (2012). These storms have proven that traveling to a doctor may not be an option during an emergency situation, especially during the onset of the disaster. Roads could be congested, closed, or blocked, emergency and medical responders could be overwhelmed, or you may have been directed to Shelter in Place. So, what happens if you suffer a major injury during this time period? Do you have the required medical supplies on hand and the knowledge to bridge the gap until you are able to receive proper medical care?

How to Communicate When the SHTF

Monday, 28 July 2014 05:45 Written by
Published in Preparedness

If the worst happens and the apocalypse comes, you are going to need more than a reliable vehicle, a safe place to hide, and enough granola bars to last you several weeks. You’re going to need a way to communicate with others.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can stay in touch with others in a post-apocalyptic catastrophe. The following devices will be both used and useful when the zombies are walking the Earth, looking for their next meal:

Cut and Come Again Crops

Friday, 25 July 2014 01:00 Written by
Published in Food

A multi-purpose item is regularly a money saver, and that extends to growing. When one seed can lead to weeks and months of harvest, there’s better return on the investment in money, care and growing space than a one seed-one fruit harvest. Crop types where they are cut for harvest and returned to at a later date can make a big difference for small spaces, especially, such as overwintering green houses and raised beds or container gardens. So, let’s look at a few plants that are perfect for the fall growing season. 

Pistol Mastery

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 11:43
Published in Firearms

It is said that achieving Mastery in any craft takes 10,000 hours. It doesn't matter if you are playing piano or mastering the pistol, the same methods apply. Through the process of achieving mastery in your chosen activity the nuance is revealed. Layer by layer the practitioner discovers connections between seemingly dissimilar disciplines and becomes fluent enough to create their own unique style and new techniques.

A motorcycle is one of the most fun possessions you can have. Sleek, stylish, fast and reliable, the best bikes offer riders countless hours of enjoyment. But have you ever considered what else your motorcycle might be good for? What use could your motorcycle might play in an emergency? It's small, it's fast, it consumes minimal fuel, and it can easily avoid obstructions that might leave larger vehicles stranded or unable to pass. Your street bike could potentially be the perfect scout or getaway vehicle in the event of an emergency, so long as you take a few preparatory steps to make sure your machine is ready to be called upon when the time comes.

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