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Bug-Out Prototype (DVD Review)

Thursday, 14 February 2013 18:31 Written by
Published in Reviews

There are many individuals and websites dedicated to preparedness information. Regardless of what we may label ourselves as (Preppers, Survivalist, Bushcraft/ Woodsman), the desired end state remains the same; survival at all costs. With our labels, comes countless videos on YouTube with self-proclaimed experts; I know this because we have a few videos on there. These videos range from idiots on their soap box, to true experts in their community. From a guy that spends each day thinking about how to put a survival plan together, building new systems on a budget, making purchase after purchase to evaluate a product, and then sharing this information with a community of Preppers, I know something good when I see it. This is why I recommend purchasing Bug-Out Prototype: Leaving the City Behind.

Felling a Tree

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

You have decided you are ready to cut down that tree you have had your eye on, but are not entirely sure how to go about doing it. Just because you have a chainsaw ready and raring to go does not mean you are truly ready to start sawing away. Felling a tree is not quite as simple as it looks. There are a couple of things you need to know before you jump in and start cutting. Obviously, personal safety is a huge concern and needs to be addressed. Another situation you may not be prepared for is the chainsaw getting stuck. It happens. 

The Silver Trap

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Financial

Confirmation bias negatively impacts human thinking on both sides of the sound money debate. If nothing else, I hope I have conveyed through my past articles that I’m a believer in sound monetary principals and a strong advocate of precious metals for personal and financial survival during the upcoming storm. I hold that for those on the other side of the aisle, Keynesians who have placed their faith in the folly of fiat currency and widely accepted investing options during this period (stocks and bonds), will be economically ruined over the next few years. I believe that one can even prosper during and after the impending upheaval if well positioned financially with physical specie and perhaps some well chosen mining and oil stocks. But it is also instructive to recognize the mistakes being made by those who share similar views so I and my readers do not commit the same errors. After all, it would be tragic on a personal level to have been so right in predicting and preparing for financial calamity but still to have lost out because of some overlooked assumption or nuance - right church wrong pew, so to speak.

Fire Starters

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

The ability to start a fire can be the difference between a comfortable night in the woods and a survival situation. In first responder parlance, it may be the difference between a rescue and a recovery operation — as in dead body recovery. Knowing how and having the ability to start a fire is an imperative and essential skill.

Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)

Monday, 04 February 2013 21:39
Published in Medical

The Individual First Aid Kit, or IFAK, has become a “buzz word” of the Preparedness and Survival communities; conduct a simple YouTube search for IFAK to see what I mean. The IFAK is standard issue for every U.S. service member deployed in combat, and given my combat experience as a soldier and defense contractor, I can tell you that IFAK’s save lives daily. Hopefully, that series of events you are preparing for is nothing like what our brave men and women face on foreign battlefields every day. But, if you ever need to treat a major traumatic injury, at a minimum you will need an IFAK.

Garbage Bags: Part of Survival Gear

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 00:00 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

Survival gear is not always what it appears to be. Take for example, a simple trash bag. Although these extraordinarily inexpensive and handy bags are everywhere, most people would not associate them with survival. Garbage bags are indeed a crucial tool that should be in every survival kit.

Psychoactive Drugs and TEOTWAWKI

Tuesday, 29 January 2013 00:51 Written by
Published in Medical

According to a recent article published in USA Today, one in ten Americans (about 35 million) are prescribed psychoactive medications. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates another 25 million Americans are taking these drugs illegally. An honest question that preppers should be asking is; what happens in the event there is a short or long term supply shortage / stoppage of these drugs? Perhaps an even more serious question we may need to address is; what should we expect if a member of our family, or prepper group, is suddenly cut off from these medications / drugs when the SHTF?

Survival Training

Sunday, 27 January 2013 22:25 Written by
Published in Dan's Depot Articles

Many people have found the idea of the Law of Threes a valuable bit of information to apply to their own survival plans. However, knowing about an idea and actually putting that plan to work can make a person a little apprehensive. How can you make the concept a reality, easily retained, and used when the need arises?

Introduction to IV Administration (Handout)

Friday, 25 January 2013 00:52 Written by
Published in Medical

In your capacity as the medic for your retreat or Bug Out Location (BOL), or in any situation you may find yourself in, you may have a requirement to use an IV to treat a patient. Intravenous therapy, or IV therapy, is the administration of liquid substances directly into a vein. The word intravenous simply means "within a vein", but is most commonly used to refer to IV therapy. IV therapy can be intermittent or continuous. Continuous administration is called an intravenous drip. Compared with other routes of replenishing liquids, the intravenous route is the fastest way to deliver fluids and medications throughout the body (Source).

Download our Handout: Introduction to IV Administration

Firearms Maintenance and Storage

Monday, 21 January 2013 00:43 Written by
Published in Firearms

There are some very serious legal changes headed our way in regards to the ownership of firearms by private citizens. Regardless of the language being used and reported by the lame stream media now, make no mistake that the eventual goal of our current gaggle of far left leaning law makers is the total disarmament of the American people. For example; the government is talking about strengthening methods of preventing people with mental health issues from being able to purchase or legally own firearms. View our YouTube video - Burial Vaults, Firearms, and Geo-caching

The Big Boys of Cutting Tools: Axes, Mauls, and Hatchets

Friday, 18 January 2013 05:55 Written by
Published in Getting Started

In almost every Prepper, survival, and Bushcraft forum on the web, you’ll find folks talking about this great axe they found for their Bug Out Bag (BOB). And, in almost every single instance that person is actually referring to a hatchet. There seems to be a bit of confusion as to what the differences are between the three big boys of the cutting world. So let’s explore axes, mauls, and hatchets and identify their different purposes.

Survival Bar Taste Test

Sunday, 13 January 2013 12:53 Written by
Published in Food

With people dumping hundreds of dollars into equipment for their bug-out bags, from expensive knives to water filters and lightweight tents, it doesn't make sense that survival food is usually no more than an afterthought. In many cases—especially in the pre-assembled survival kits people buy—"food" is a chunk of calorie-dense, foil-wrapped hardtack guaranteed to keep you alive for three days. People rarely open these bars to taste them; and many throw them out after the typical five year expiration date, only to replace them with other bars that they will most likely never try either.

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