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How many seeds do I need to plant? How much seed is enough in a stockpile? They’re questions that come up here and there, they’re questions I get semi-regularly because I help people plant ecologically friendly gardens and plan permaculture plots, and unfortunately, they’re questions that don’t have particularly easy answers. There are just too many variables for a one-size-fits all answer, even per person. But there are some things that can be considered so that each individual can start to make their plans. Since harvests are in full swing and winter seedling plantings are around the corner, it’s a good time to start keeping track of some of those factors.
Think about this: An intruder charges toward you. Your heart is pounding and you're shaking from shock. What's a better weapon to have within reach? A pistol (that will probably miss your mark because you can't steady your hands) or a shotgun (that will send a spray of pellets toward your enemy)?
You never know when you'll need to put simulated survival skills to work in real life. Knowing how to hunt and trap game in a survival situation is a crucial skill. Rabbits and squirrels are some of the most common small game animals for hunting and trapping food. There are other sources of meat that can get you through in an emergency. You may actually like them once you try them.
This month, in conjunction with Gatt-Gen, Prepper Link will be giving one lucky reader a G-MICRO PSL Personal Wax Fueled Stove & Light!
Although most of us believe we are prepared for anything, or are working to reach that self-sustainability level, sometimes we are caught off guard. In the Spring of 2012, a wind storm left the D.C./Capital area helpless, as high winds and broken tree limbs crippled the electrical system. This violent, but brief storm, demonstrated how vulnerable our public infrastructure really is. Although I had a basement full of preparations, it took me nearly two hours before I had the situation under control. While this response time was better than most of my neighbors, I found it unacceptable. With several natural disasters ongoing across the US, and with Hurricane Season about to hit the US (remember Hurricane Sandy last October?), we need to be eliminate our complacency. Using my lessons learned over the years I developed a Storm Preparedness Guide.
Looking into buying freeze-dried meals for your home food storage or next camping trip? If so, good choice! Freeze-dried and dehydrated meals are very convenient, nutritious, and store easily. Most have a shelf life of at least 8 years, and they have a very short preparation time. There are tons of different brands and meals out there, so trying to find the best-tasting ones can be time-consuming. We did the research to help save you some time by making a list of the top 7 freeze-dried meal options out there. In no particular order, here they are!
For most homeowners, home security means a sturdy fence, a bump-proof lock, and maybe even shatter-resistant window panes. Those who want an extra layer of defense might invest in security equipment, like an alarm system. Defending one’s home within legal parameters can be difficult enough as it is, but accounting for an outbreak of contagious disease requires turning a home into a veritable quarantine zone.
A friend asked me to design a solar power system that could be used to power a side by side refrigerator/freezer and a separate free-standing freezer, both for two hours each day. The initial system needed to be less than $500, and needed to be scalable; meaning additional components could be added over time. My friend had his eye on the Harbor Freight 45 watt kit, just like many preppers, however the Harbor Freight kit will not produce enough power to support his needs. So before we get into the system components, let’s first look at the requirements.
Wherever we are, there are almost always tasks for homeowners to accomplish in autumn. Even if you rent or own a condo or townhouse, there are ways to benefit from those tasks. Additionally, autumn offers opportunities related to its iconic holidays and the turning of seasons allows us to ear mark natural bounty in our areas. Here is a list of things to look for this autumn.
Most Preppers believe that there is strength in numbers, and while I agree, I believe most are not measuring their individual, family, or group strength correctly. While, the average type-A personality Prepper attributes strength as physical strength, or the number of able bodied gun-slingers and the quantity of weapons and ammunition at their disposal, strength should be first evaluated by the collective knowledge of your group. In actuality, the personal defense side of preparedness, what I label as a false sense of security for most, is several rungs down the survival totem pole. Closely second to knowledge is the investment in tangible goods; most importantly water, food, and medical supplies.
As stated in our previous fishing article, I have nearly 30 years of fishing experience, and have invested way too much money in fishing equipment. Fishing competitively, I have picked up a wealth of experience over the years. But, there is a big difference between fishing Bass tournaments, and fishing for survival purposes. If I was Bugging Out, I would not leave home without a fishing pole, plenty of hooks and weights, and a few lures. And, my fishing plan doesn’t stop there; to catch fish reliably you need to have a good quantity of supplies.
I have 30 years of fishing experience. My father taught me how to fish, and his father taught him. My children have been fishing since they were a year old. For most Americans, fishing is one of those family traditions that is passed down from generation to generation; whether an enjoyable pastime or one that is dreadful. However, just because you have fished, doesn’t mean you know how to catch fish. Even people that fish regularly, such as my father, don’t always know what they are doing. So why do many Preppers think they are going to consistently catch fish during a survival situation?