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In previous discussions, we’ve talked about encouraging an intruder to a specific area where he can be observed, and how we’re going to slow him down once he gets to the gaps we’ve created. At this point, according to the laid-out plan in parts I-III, you’re going to hit the intruder with a thorny hedge, and-or fence, and-or stumble wire. Unless he’s undisciplined, chances are you may not hear an “ouch” if you’re at the house, barn, or sleeping in your bed; and maybe your dog won’t either. So how does any of this do more than maybeslow down the intruder? You’re going to alarm that stumble wire. You can also just set up trip wires in the gaps, or arrange them in gaps in the stumble wire.
In an earlier article, we discussed setting up multi-purpose fencing in various sized yards. In that fencing, whether a typical fence or an edible hedgerow, whether you make one exterior fence or two, you’re going to leave breaks and gaps where they can be observed. These breaks are where the trip wires and stumble wires come in.
Given the recent influx of Prepper Link Members that are new to Prepping, we wanted to create a supplemental guide to our Top 10 Things to Accomplish article. When you are new to prepping, everything becomes a little too overwhelming. I wish I could tell you the “lost” feeling changes over time, but it doesn’t. The truth is; while you expand your “prepper” knowledge, your interests in new subjects can spiral out of control. And, when you think you have figured something out, you may realize that you have solved only a small piece of the puzzle.
The common cold is the onset of systems breakdown, the weakening of the immune system due to lack of nutritional supplementation overall, poor diet, and/or hygiene practices (but not limited to). A few symptoms of the common cold can be recognized as a disorder of the respiratory tract also caused by exposure, and resulting in mucus and the invasion of microbial cleansers.
In a short to medium term disaster, where there has been damage to the fuel or energy infrastructure, you may find yourself sitting on a food stockpile with no way to cook or boil water for sanitation purposes. You may also find yourself unable to heat your home if your gas furnace doesn't also have electricity to operate fans or circulation pumps. These are two separate problems, but I'm going to argue that kerosene is a great short to medium term option.
In our first two articles, Part I: Vehicle Specific Items and Part II: Vehicle Tool Kit Checklist, we addressed items needed for basic maintenance and repairs and the tools necessary for basic maintenance and repairs. This article, Recovery Gear (Part III), will address self-recovery. We use the term self-recovery to address using equipment, and/or assistance of another vehicle, to recover a vehicle that has become high centered in a ditch or stuck in the mud, and to remove obstacles that are in your way. Self-recovery does not include calling a tow company to come pull you out of a ditch.
Survival is a term, thrown around by many, to signify various meanings. For some it is the continuation of a doomsday scenario involving financial collapse, disease outbreak, or zombies. For others it may be winning a military simulation competition. And, for others, it’s a general sense of responsibility to their family and friends; to know something about survival in austere environments just in case.
This is Part II of our vehicle series. In Part I: Vehicle Specific Items, we addressed the items that you should have in your vehicle or stored at your residence, for emergency purposes. This article will address the minimal tools and expendables, and some add-on tools and expendables that you should have stored in your vehicle.
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Always having what you need, when you need it, is a philosophy that Preppers live by. However, it is easy to get lost in all of the “requirements”, and we take some things for granted that should be common sense. At the core of our survival plan is transportation; regardless if food and water are our most important necessities. Each day, most of us get into our vehicles and drive to work, to the grocery store, or to visit relatives. And each day, we simply get into the vehicle, turn the key, and off we go. I do not think it would be any different post-event; unless that event was an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).
As you build up your survival kit, you will probably want to add a firesteel ferrocerium rod. These are usually referred to as ferro rods and are incredibly useful for starting fires. Before you can use your new ferro rod, you need to take special note of the coating placed on the rod. The black coating is a protective barrier to prevent the rod from throwing sparks during shipping. The coating is fairly simple to remove.
In today’s modern world, it is extremely rare to see or hear of anybody doing such primitive things like flintknapping, hide tanning or even old fashioned ways of starting a fire. We are a modern society and we certainly like our gadgets. However, using our hands like our ancestors used to is one way to connect with our past. Isn’t it kind of cool to do something your great great grandpa used to do? Practicing the primitive ways links us to our heritage.
Don’t know the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated food? That’s okay, we are here to help, and you are not alone. Many people aren’t aware of the differences and similarities between the two. It is important to be educated on this if you are going to be storing either in your home food storage supply, so that you know how to use each tastefully in your food storage and cooking. Knowing more about the products can also help you to make a more educated decision on what to buy for your family’s needs. In this article we outline the 8 major differences between freeze-dried and dehydrated food, so that you have the know-how to do just that.