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There are a lot of things that can be done to improve existing security around a home. Some of it can be done now without garnering the wrath of neighbors and the Home Owners Association (HOA). However, further hardening the perimeter will probably have to wait. Ideally, we would all Bug Out to a rural property, if that option was available, with our ideal number of group members waiting and have the manpower for regular patrols. However, there is a good number of Preppers that plan to shelter in place, or Bug In, at their primary residence.
If you are in an unfamiliar area, can you determine direction without using a compass? Okay, let me add to that. Can you do it without the use of the sun or stars because of heavy cloud cover? If you answered no, you need to keep reading. I am going to explain how to use trees, moss, and hillsides as a navigational tool.
Putting up large buckets of wheat and rice and beans at home after collecting buckets, oxygen absorbers, and hitting bulk stores and feed stores is undoubtedly the least expensive way to increase food storage. For some, it’s not an option. It requires a fairly large outlay, although price per serving is low. It requires confidence that an iron really will seal a Mylar bag or purchase of a heat clamp. It requires purchase in enough bulk to use up the oxygen absorbers, or getting large packs of those is just a waste of money. It also requires storage space for a stack of buckets, and with heavy things like grains and beans, kitty litter buckets don’t stack well, so it requires the ability to haul large buckets around.
Herbal medicines or Traditional medicines have been around for as long as man has and are the basis of modern medicines. David Hoffman, a clinical phytotherapist (herbal medicine) for 20 years, says that medicinal plants have been used for several millennia and as recently as 60 years ago, our pharmacopeias showed that modern drugs were derived from plants.
There is no doubt that disaster can strike at any time, but unfortunately there is no one, uniform type of disaster. On any day, at any time, you could fall victim to a natural disaster, war/invasion, or just about any other terrible thing that you could think of. Being prepared for that disaster is something you can do that separates you from a large majority of the rest of the population. While it goes without saying that you will need ample food, water, and shelter should a disaster strike, what if I said that gold should be added to that list?
One of the most exciting things about primitive outdoor survival skills is the fact that nothing is viewed as garbage. Everything in the environment can be put to use if a person is willing to think out of the box. The idea of reuse and recycle has never been more accurate than in the art of primitive survival skills.
Somewhere down the road, a good tracker became about as hard to come by as Bigfoot. They have been seen on television, in the movies and a few claim to have met one in real life, but they are so rare (according to the movies) one must question whether or not they are real. With the deity-like status, that must mean that normal folk like you and I can never hope to become trackers, right? Wrong. But hold on a minute, just because a guy says he is a tracker, does not automatically make him one. With that said, a word of warning if you decide to learn the art of tracking, be careful who you ask for training. Not everybody is who they say they are.
There are a lot of options when it comes to securing your home in a grid-down situation. However, all of these options are not feasible now; due to homeowners associations and potential law suits if neighborhood children accidently infiltrate your perimeter. However, there are some things even suburbanites and city dwellers don’t have to wait to implement. Some of them would definitely raise some eyebrows now, but some are relatively fast and easy to put up once you decide you need to harden the home a little more. For now, let’s focus on foot traffic. It’s a big, expansive topic, so to save reader’s eyes, I’ve broken it into more readily consumed chunks.
The controversy between heirloom and hybrid seeds came up recently and the preference for heirloom seeds has been stated on this forum as well. It comes up pretty much anytime prepper growers get together. It's almost a ubiquitous as "check out my BOB." I have a different take on it than some/many seem to, so I'll share. Take it with a grain of salt.
Let’s imagine you are new to firearms and you have decided to run down to your local Gander Mountain or Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy a shotgun. The primary intended purpose for your new shotgun is home defense, but you are considering the idea it might come in handy for some game hunting applications after the world undergoes some societal breakdown.
Survival enthusiasts often resort to the Law of Threes during training and practice runs to keep the idea top of mind. The Law of Threes is one way to remember exactly what needs to be done when things get a little crazy.
The Allied prisoners of World War II tell of the four most valuable possessions a POW could have, nicotine (tobacco), ethanol (alcohol), caffeine (tea), and sugar. Any POW who possessed or could get his hands on any of these four items could thrive during captivity. There are stories of some POWs who died from hunger and malnutrition because they traded away their meager rations of food for tobacco and alcohol. Here the statements, “I am dying for a smoke” and “I am dying for a drink” are literally true. A survival garden full of delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables will help you and your family to survive. But, if you want to thrive there are a few plants you need to add to your survival garden, no matter its size.