Monday, December 31, 2012

Survivalist Schools in the US and Abroad

In today's uncertain world, the possibility of an actual doomsday is quite real to many individuals. From global warming and the environment to the economic crisis and war, people are becoming seriously concerned about their survival, as well as the survival of their family members. If there comes a day when people are forced to live off of what they have at their immediate disposal as well as the land around them, it is important to know how to respond and just what to do.

While hoarding supplies like water and canned goods is definitely beneficial, there is much more that can be learned about surviving during and in the aftermath of an all out disaster. With doomsday being a very real thing to many people, there are survivalist schools throughout the world where students are taught everything they need to know about living off the land and using their own instincts.

Sigma 3 Survival School

Sigma 3 Survival School has locations in Florida, Maine, and Arkansas. They offer courses in wilderness survival, tactical training, and urban survival, and they also host weekend workshops where survivalists can learn the basics of fishing, trapping, and primitive cooking. The wilderness survival course teaches students about surviving in the wilderness, focusing on edible plants that can also be used as medicine, the proper use of a knife, fire making, and land navigation.

The tactical training course teaches survivalists how to survive deadly contact, and they also learn how to properly camouflage themselves for any situation. The urban survival course focuses on home preparation and escape in the event of a catastrophe. These courses are designed to give the students hands on training on how to survive in real life situations, so everything they experience during the training is extremely realistic.

EXTRA Survival School - The Netherlands

EXTRA survival school in the Netherlands offers survivalist students week long courses in fire and shelter, tracking, and "Over-leven," which means living off the land. They believe that if a student can exist within the natural surroundings of the great outdoors that they will no longer fear it, and the more knowledge you have of nature, the more respect you will have for it. Aside from basic survival courses, EXTRA offers special courses that include traveling with the Bushmen in Namibia and canoe trips in Poland.

California Survival School

The California Survival School offers a variety of courses for survivalist students who are looking to learn more about living off the land and surviving in dangerous situations. Their core survival skills clinic focuses on teaching students age old skills that were utilized by our ancestors. Students learn how to obtain the four basics that are essential for survival: food, water, shelter and fire. Their Ancient Artesians survival clinic takes the basic knowledge from the core survival course and expands it into teaching students how to use their skills in order to not just survive a few days in the outdoors, but to live a sustainable daily life in the wilderness.

Planning Ahead

Today's world is simply too unpredictable to take any chances. While the event of an apocalypse may not happen in our lifetimes, the truth is, you simply cannot take the chance. By preparing yourself for the possibility of a catastrophe, you will know just how to respond when the day comes that your survival skills are needed.

Anne H. is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, California. She writes for a variety of websites and online education publications like DegreeJungle, dealing with a broad range of topics including universities, certifications and specialized training programs.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Learning Survival Thinking from Rural People

People have different lifestyles, which they prefer to get along with, in their lifetime. Some people are very fond of discussing survival lifestyle topics and things related to it. But others want to stick with the lifestyle they are living and they have no interest in such survival discussions. This group can be divided in two branches. One group consists of those people who are ready to reject the convenient lifestyle of today and adopt a life, which is unique and creative. The second group is the one in which people think that their current lifestyle is simple and convenient for them.

Many of us modern day people cannot think of living on a farm miles away from town. But people living in rural area and the farming life can teach us many things. The most significant personality trait that these people enable us to acquire is their basic attitude. Their attitude is a survivalist mentality, they have the attitude of being as independent as possible to earn and maintain their living. They do not depend on others for their survival. This attitude usually makes them very helpful and generous in nature because they know the hardships of life very deeply.

These people also have the excellent ability of improvisation. They have learned the admirable skill of making do with what they have and many can do this in fantastic ways. This necessary skill of improvising helps them to very easily create new ways of doing things. They can manage just about any type of event using their physical tools and knowledge that they possess. They know the importance of taking care of what they presently have, because that is all they have. This attitude is necessary for any survivalist minded person.

We can also learn from these fine independent people the quality of planning for the future. You can observe this quality in their various acts and their way of living. This desire to 'save for the rainy day' makes them able to live on their own in times of need. In lean times they can still remain independent and do not need any help or charity from others. The ability to plan for the future is a very necessary ability if we desire a greater sense of independence.

These independent rural-minded farmer individuals have mastered the fine art of using available resources with efficiency. They make use primarily of natural, rather than artificial resources to live their lives. For instance, these people build houses made of wood and use it also to cook their food. Using available resources is many times what basic survival is all about.

All these qualities make rural living persons unique and appreciated. These survivalist qualities can be adopted by any independent minded individuals and can be applied to dealing with various situations we face during different times of our lives. Once you start adjusting your mindset to more survivalist type of thinking, your actions will follow. And you will find that it is fun to do your work on your own with the available resources, the basis of a survivalist mindset. You may be amazed to see what you can achieve using this type of thinking and planning.

Dan Bacon is the owner and co-founder of Dan's Depot a survival themed website dedicated to various types of survival instruction.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Survival

Conventional wisdom dictates that you have shelter within three hours of becoming lost or stranded in the wilderness. However, in extreme cold conditions if you are not properly clothed you will need shelter and fire almost immediately to prevent hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical condition diagnosed when your body loses heat faster that it can produce heat. Once your core body temperature drops from an average of 98.6ᵒF/37ᵒC to 95ᵒF/35ᵒC, you are in the initial stages of hypothermia, which is fatal if not treated promptly. Even when properly clothed, you can develop hypothermia if you are exposed to the cold for long periods. Wet clothing or submersion in water will accelerate the process. As the conditions worsens you heart and other organs are under stress and will fail, causing death if the body is not warmed.

Symptoms of Hypothermia
  • Uncontrollable Shivering
  • Slurred Speech
  • Unable To Process Thoughts
  • Erratic Behavior Such As Trying To Remove Clothing
  • Falling Unconscious
  • Unable To Recognize The Fact You Are In A Life Threatening Situation
  • Stumbling/Lack Of Coordination
  • Weak Pulse
  • Drowsiness and Low Energy
The list is not comprehensive and you should consult a medical professional for a more detailed description of symptoms. Any methods described in this article should not be considered medical advice, and are for informational purposes only.

Treatment for Hypothermia in an Emergency

Do not rub the body of anyone you suspect has hypothermia. The heart is under stress and rough handling of a person can cause cardiac arrest. Warm the person with blankets, fire and/or warm compresses found in many first aid kits. You can make your own compresses by placing warm not hot water in water bottles. Place the warm compresses on the chest or in the groin area. Do not place a warm compress on the legs or arms because this can force cold blood to rush to the heart. Provide warm beverages that do not contain alcohol or caffeine. You can also warm a person with your body by skin-to-skin contact. Make contact under blankets. Never use hot water or electric heating pads to treat hypothermia because they can damage the skin and cause an erratic heartbeat bringing on cardiac arrest.

Finding Shelter

Although temporary, shelter can be anything from the proper clothing to simply finding a windbreak. For overnight shelter in cold weather however, you will need something more substantial. You must evaluate your surrounding and begin constructing a shelter out of materials you find in your environment, most typically forest debris and snow, if you do not have shelter material in your backpack.

A snow cave constructed from snow, sticks and leaves. Mound the snow, leaves and other debris by any means possible and then carve out an area inside the mound big enough so your body is not in contact with the snow. Allow the snow to settle for at least 30 minutes before entering the shelter.
Your body must not make direct contact with a cold surface. Have insulation between your body and the ground to prevent body heat from conducting into the ground. Heat always conducts from warm to cold. Use pine boughs, pine needles, leaves, grasses or any material you have with you as ground cover. Typically, the air inside the snow cave will be 15 to 20 degrees warmer than the outside air temperature without a fire. Fires must be outside of the cave. If you have any material at all, suspend it so the heat from a fire can be reflected inside the cave.

Avoid making a snow cave in large drifts. If the snow collapses, you may not be able to extract yourself. Instead of making a snow cave in this situation, dig down to bare ground and pile the snow up creating four sides. This will provide a windbreak and the snow sides will be insulation. Lay pine boughs, sticks or whatever is available over three quarters of the top. Build a fire where the smoke and carbon monoxide can escape through the top opening, and once again make sure you have ground insulation.

This is an acceptable shelter when snow is not available. It can be constructed without tools from forest debris. The center support is a live tree slightly bent and debris is piled along the sides. Close off the opening using vegetation and build a fire so the heat is directed inside the shelter. Build a small break behind the fire so the heat from it is not conducted into the surrounding air. Ensure you control the fire so you do not ignite your shelter. Large rocks can be used to help conduct heat. However, stones with substantial moisture content can fragment and shatter when heated so choose the stones carefully.

This shelter would not be considered adequate for cold temperatures unless you have fire and a sleeping bag rated for extreme cold. However, any type shelter is better than no shelter at all. You would also need ground insulation under your sleeping bag. You can close off the opening with forest debris to help contain heat inside the shelter.
Cold Weather Clothing

Clothing is your first line of defense against hypothermia. Everyone has probably heard that clothing must be layered for cold temperatures. Do you know why you must layer? Layering allows you to regulate your body temperature. Exertion in cold temperatures will cause you to sweat, which is dangerous because sweating cools the body through evaporation of moisture on the skin. Having more than one layer allows you to cool down by removing one layer before you start to sweat. Once your clothes become damp, your body will begin to cool faster than it can warm itself. If your clothes become damp or wet you must remove them immediately while still protecting your body. The outer layer of clothing should be water repellent if not waterproof.

Wool and fleece are the ideal cold weather clothing because they will retain their insulating abilities even when wet. Wool will also wick moisture from your skin to prevent cooling by evaporation. The neck must be covered to protect the large veins that transport warm blood. Once the neck is exposed, the blood in the vessels will cool rapidly. Your head if left unprotected will conduct body heat into the surrounding air so it must be covered at all times.

Keep your feet dry and if you do not have extra socks you must remove your socks and dry them by hanging over a fire or air-dry. Once dry, warm them in your pockets before putting them back on if they were air-dried.

Cold Weather Essentials

Ideally, if you plan an outdoor adventure in cold weather you would pack accordingly. Shelter, fire, water and food are the essential for surviving the cold. You can become dehydrated in cold weather and you may not realize it so you must be aware that even if you do not have a feeling of thirst you still need hydration. Vaporized breath is water evaporating from your body just like it would in hot climates were you are sweating heavily. Dehydration slows down blood flow and the only way the body can stay warm is by warm blood flowing to the extremities.

The digestive process and glucose (energy) from food will help the body stay warm. Ensure you have more than enough foods that can be eaten without preparation.
Carry a sleeping bag and materials for a shelter and tools to build a shelter. You will need ample cordage and an ax and/or saw for cutting wood for a fire and shelter building. Carry a folding entrenching tool for digging.

Always carry fire staring materials other than matches such as a magnesium stick and Ferro rod. Matches can become damp quickly from being in your pocket or exposed to snow or rain while in your pack. Fire starting aids include cotton balls, petroleum jelly, alcohol wipes and lip balm and even alcohol based hand sanitizer. Alcohol on any combustible material can be ignited with the sparks from a Ferro/flint rod. You can scrap a magnesium bar over a cotton ball saturated with petroleum jelly or lip balm and ignite with the built in flint rod or use a Ferro rod. The petroleum jelly will burn up to four minutes allowing you time to build the flame up.

Ferro Rods
Magnesium Sticks With Flint Rod
Carry several thermal blankets and they are compact enough so they you can be carried in your pockets. The blankets can be used as ground cover and as an emergency shelter. The thermal blankets are designed to reflect radiant body heat back onto the body. Your body heat will radiate (conduct) from the body to the surrounding air or ground, so your priority is to prevent this from happening by having shelter and the proper clothing on along with fire to help keep the body warm.

If you become stranded in a snowstorm while driving stay with the vehicle unless there is a safety issue. In whiteout conditions, you can become lost just a few feet from your vehicle. Your car is your shelter. Only attempt to self-rescue if there is not heavy falling snow, you are dressed for the cold and only if you know your home or help is close by.

Run the engine for ten minutes every 30 minutes with a window down a few inches. If in heavy snow, make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed with snow to prevent fumes from backing up into the car. Always have a cold weather survival kit in your car when traveling.

My Name is Rex Michaels and for the past 30 years, I have had the privilege to train Special Operations Teams, Military Academy Cadets, Military Recruits and civilians in mastering survival techniques and methods. -Rex Michaels, US Army Retired

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Doomsday Basics: Living Off the Land

So, you’ve probably thought that if modern society came crashing to a halt – you’d just go ahead and live off the land right? You’ve seen enough deer on the highway to know there’s food, and you’ve done some camping… How hard can it be? Even if you don’t want to be Jeremiah Johnson, there are still some basic outdoor facts and gear you should know about before you try to enter the wilderness. Take a look, and find out what you don’t know about living outside.

Know Your Plants

If you were planning on living off the land or mountains surrounding where you live, would you even know which plants are poisonous? Which would be the most nutritious? When during the growing season is the best time to harvest? All of these things are going to make a huge difference when you’re trying to find food on a cool fall day. Remember, in this scenario there aren’t going to be ANY books or other knowledge resources for you to research after the doomsday – so just think: what would I want to know before I tried to survive off of plant life? Just ask any “urban forager” today – there might be many more edible plants than you ever thought possible in your area!

Hunting basics

Again, this may sound like a no brainer – but if you’ve never actually hunted before, would you have any idea how to properly butcher a deer carcass without spoiling the meat? How would you preserve it before it all rotted? Where should you aim on a deer’s body? You need to find out the natural migration habits of your local game so you don’t end up wasting all of your limited energy simply trying to find the wild beasts. Take advantage of the fact that ammo is cheap, and do your target practice now (stocking up on ammo and weapons is a whole other story.) The point is, stocking up on hunting ammo is obvious – having the slightest idea what to do when you’re trying to catch dinner is another.

Medical Knowledge

This is good idea in preparing for an apocalypse no matter where you plan to live, but it’s especially necessary in the woods. Knowing basic medical knowledge like what certain bumps on your tongue mean, or why skin turns yellow can save your life. There are going to be sometimes you’re just plain screwed without a modern hospital – but there will be other times where if you know how to act, you could save your life. Read some books (and make sure to print some too) on the most common environmental diseases and their immediate treatments. See what kind of plants found in your area can aid these illnesses. Also, know you’re human anatomy. A modern Emergency Medical Technician get’s their training in about ¼ of a year. Sure, they’re not doctors, but they know where every major organ and artery in the human body is, and how to best respond to it in an emergency trauma situation. Do you? Take some time, do the research, it could save your life.


Remember, actually living off the wild land is all about what you don’t know you don’t know. You have to do some research, take some mock camping trips, and practice what it would be like. Maybe you’re more of the “build a fortress” kind of prepper, than this advice isn’t for you. The truth is, when zombies are crawling all over the city streets – you’re going to be much better off in the wilderness.

Author Bio: Tyler Watkins is a online blogger and web contributor, his content can be found across many website genres.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Three Tools That Are Essential for Hurricane Preparedness

If you live in a coastal area, you can live under the threat of hurricanes throughout the summer and fall months. Many agencies may be involved in educating the public on hurricane preparedness, with lists of equipment that residents should have on hand when hurricanes strikes. You should also have three essential tools to deal with emergency situations that may arise during hurricane conditions. 

One of most critical tools you can have on hand before, during or after hurricane is a set of pliers. Pliers can be used to turn off the valves of utilities to prevent hazardous situations, they can also be used to remove projectiles that may be blown into your home. They can remove nails and screws that hold window or door frames that may have to be replaced. Pliers can also be used to remove or straighten a variety of broken items that can occur on your property during hurricane. 

A set of mixed screwdrivers can be used for a number of different hurricane-related tasks. You should collect a variety of types, such as straightedge, Phillips, large and small for any need. These screwdrivers can be used to put up and remove hurricane shutters, take off broken screen door hinges, secure tarps in case of roof damage or make minor, interior repairs, as needed. Screwdrivers can also be used as small instruments for prying out damaged pieces of metal or wood in window or doorframes. 

A sawzall and a multimaster tool are essential tools to have on hand when hurricanes strike, because winds can range from 75 to over 100 hundred miles per hour during a hurricane, these winds can do immense damage to trees and shrubs on your property. Older trees, in particular, may be weakened by age or disease and can easily crack and break during the high winds. Even very large branches can break off the tree causing severe damage to your home and blocking doorways, so having a saw on hand will allow you to remove fallen limbs that are preventing access to your home or endangering other home structures. It can also help to remove broken items left behind by the storm, but you should never attempt to remove broken branches while storm conditions are in effect. Avoid working on broken tree limbs even during the quiet time of the “eye” of the storm that occurs as the near edge and far edges of the storm pass over. 

Author Bio
Melisa Cammack has been freelance writing for a number of years, mother of three (soon to be four), and wife to one extraordinary man. She loves photography, jogging, and caring for her two golden retrievers.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Derren Brown’s Apocalypse: a review

Derren Brown is Britain’s most famous illusionist known for pulling off incredible and almost unbelievable stunts. He played Russian Roulette with a real loaded gun on live television, he predicted the results of the national lottery live and even manipulated a group of people into robbing a security van through suggestion and association alone! Recently, in one of his most ambitious stunts to date, Brown convinced an ordinary member of the public that the apocalypse had hit the earth, leading them to believe it was the end of the world and that zombies had taken over the country. For the chosen subject, Steven, a man who admitted he felt stuck in a rut and he was openly lazy, this stunt became a chance to appreciate the value of his life. Derren Brown literally altered Steven’s world to become an apocalyptic zombie wasteland; Steven had to use his initiative and previously unacknowledged abilities to get through the ordeal and “survive.”

The process by which Steven was convinced that he was living in the ends of days was complex and intensive. Derren Brown hacked into Steven’s phone, took over his favourite radio station and even edited his favourite websites to broadcast fake stories about a meteorite shower due to hit the earth. Steven’s family knew about the plan and played along throughout. At the end of this planting process, Steven was taken to a staged secret gig in the woods where Brown arranged for debris from a fake meteorite shower to hit the ground ahead. After this, Brown but Steven into a hypnotic state. Steven then awoke in a strange hospital bed in a gown, and soon found himself isolated and surrounded by blood-soaked zombies.

The action was set in a specially created compound and Steven sincerely believed that the meteorite shower had hit the earth and that any survivors had fled to areas of the country not inhabited by zombies. He met a range of actors along the way, posing as other refugees, who played different roles to force Steven to take initiative and gain more confidence. Most of the action in Apocalypse looked like it had come straight out of a Hollywood movie, with hundreds of zombies dressed in ragged clothes hammering on the outside of the compound trying to break in and letting out howling screams. Being infected by a zombie was portrayed as a serious danger, with the actors wearing different tags to show whether they were infected or not. Steven was forced to take charge of the group of survivors after their current leader chose to join his infected wife outside of the compound in one of the most dramatic scenes.

At the end of the stunt, hoards of zombies had managed broken into the compound and Steven had to make it safely to the rescue helicopter with one of the survivors, an actor playing a young, abandoned girl. It was at this point that Steven showed how much personal development he had been through and bravely distracted the zombies to try and get the girl to safety.

On waking up in his own bed after being hypnotised by Derren Brown once again, it was clear that Steven had become a different person after experiencing the zombie apocalypse and saw greater meaning in his life. Steven proved that he could survive the zombie apocalypse and shows that in end of days scenarios, other people probably could rise to the challenge too!

Derren Brown’s apocalypse stunt was one of his most ambitious and shows how far he has come from his early days when he did much smaller scale illusions and casino tricks. He actually managed to create an entire new world for one man. But the techniques Derren Brown uses are always consistent and are a mixture of suggestion, hypnosis and misdirection. Due to this, Brown is now banned from most casinos in the country. This was a result of Derren’s early career, when he’d use his methods to win money (and held a 100% success rate). In addition, in 2009 Derren hosted a show called “how to take down a casino”. The show saw Derren attempt to beat the roulette wheel using £5,000 of a member of the public’s own money. Sadly, this stunt failed with Derren placing the bet on black 8, when the winning number was the adjacent red 30, but no doubt the near accuracy had casinos across Europe worried! (Don’t worry, the TV show kindly paid £5,000 back to Derren’s accomplice.)

If you fancy trying to learn Derren Brown’s amazing techniques, you’ll need to start by studying NLP, studying behaviour patterns and develop the ability to influence other people’s decision-making processes. From there you might wish to move onto the casino to test your new skills, just like Derren did. It may seem like a long way from staging your own apocalypse, but with real casino excitement at your fingertips, you’ll be able to hone your own abilities and learn the games and their processes before setting foot in a real casino.

If you’re in the UK, you can watch Derren Brown Apocalypse and How to Take Down a Casino on Channel 4’s 4OD here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Be Prepared For Flesh-eaters And The Undead

Whether you view a zombie as a walking corpse or a hypnotized human, the time has come to prepare for the worst. People, especially Americans, have been conditioned over the past couple centuries to rely solely on services and commodities offered by corporations and government entities. As a result, we have lost our innate human survival abilities. When the apocalypse happens, those who are prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally are the ones who will be able to carve out their own niche on the new Earth. Here we provide some of the basic essentials, which will be necessary for survival.


A human being can survive no more than 45 days without food (and that being optimistic). Anyone truly wanting to survive the apocalypse should get out of densely populated areas and head for the hills, instead of competing for scraps of looted supermarket food. The SAS Survival Guide should be purchased immediately and kept somewhere you can access it all the time (it's about the size of a smartphone). It has a list of several wild edible plants and berries, regardless of climate. And a heavy fishing line and hook should be included in your survival pack, along with string to make snare traps for small game. Its possible you may run into some other non-zombie survivalists who have an abundance of food for trade. Gold will once again become legal tender, so it's a good idea to visit a website such as US Money Reserve and exchange some of your paper dollars for the precious metal.


Humans can survive five days maximum without water, making it far more important than food. In an ideal situation, you'll find a spot to setup camp with a water source nearby. Purification tablets can be dropped into any water and kill all the deadly bacteria and viruses it potentially has. It will make the water bitter and sour tasting, but safe for drinking. A roll of plastic and small spade should be part of your survival pack to build a solar still for water. A still can turn any liquid, including urine into drinkable water. Morning dew on grass can be absorbed with a clean rag and rung into a cup when absolutely desperate. Several plant roots can also provide a small amount of water in a pinch.

Shelter and Protection

Whether it's extreme heat or bitter cold, you must be able to protect yourself from the elements. Your survival pack should ideally have a tent and a tent repair kit. This can be used as shelter until a more sturdy structure can be built. A roof to protect you from getting soaked in a rainstorm (and potentially dying of hypothermia) can also be built by attaching a sheet of plastic to three or four closely-adjacent trees.

Gun laws differ by state, but this is the best protection against zombies. A 9mm or .40 caliber hand gun are both small enough to carry in a survival pack. Ammunition can get quite heavy and weigh you down, thus the supply will be limited. The gun should only be used when absolutely necessary. The shot should always be to the head of the zombie, as this will kill instantly and preserve ammo.

Chuck Jones Chuck has been writing about and working on cars since 1995. He's no spring chicken, but he's not an old goat either.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Less That Two Weeks Until the End of the World

by Shane White

The Mayan Long Calendar is set to end on December 21, 2012. That is less than two weeks away. Many people believe that this is the date that a huge catastrophic event will occur destroying much of the earth or causing something else equally inconvenient. While I have my doubts that the Mayan's have predicted the End of the World, often times, truth is stranger than fiction. What if they did know something beyond having to go to the Mayan Calendar Kiosk at the local mall for a new calendar?

I have been reading many articles showing the uncertainty of many people all over the world. In the United States, NASA has felt the need to debunk the Mayan doomsday prophecy. In Russia, China, and other countries, panic buying has begun in preparation for this date while their governments attempt to reassure their citizens. Australia's Prime Minister joked that the end of the world was coming later this month. There are also talks of groups making suicide pacts. Many are taking this date very seriously.

I have concerns that this worldwide panic may spread in the upcoming days in varying degrees. If you don't have supplies now, you may possibly have problems finding them in the next few weeks. If this threat was in fact a real threat that everyone was aware of and you were not ready, you could possibly be in big trouble. There are already reports in some places in the world where the shelves have been emptied because they consider the Mayan doomsday prophecy a real threat.

Here is my point. Lets say that some amateur astronomer found a large asteroid that appeared to be headed towards earth and looked like it could do enough damage to wipe out a few hundred miles and change the climate of the earth for a couple of years. This news spreads and is confirmed before it is quickly hushed by the media. By then it is too late. Everybody is rushing to the stores to get all the supplies that they can get. Now it is too late for you to buy your own supplies. This is why I stress being ready now. Be ready before the news of a catastrophe reaches everybody. Being ready now means the difference between your survival and you fighting on the streets for your families next meal. This is not where you want to be.

If you have less than two weeks ready to eat food in your home, you need to go get some right away. Beyond this, you need to analyze your needs and plan accordingly. There are multiple resources around the net that can help you to determine what your needs will be. You need food, supplies, and knowledge. Be sure to come back to The Doomsday Moose often. We are continually learning and trying to help you to prepare for the inevitable. There are also many other excellent sources that can help you along your way.

If the Mayan Doomsday prophecy was true and you were not prepared, you are already too late. Better start planning for the next one. Good luck and happy prepping!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Disaster Planning Tips: How To Be Prepared For The Worst Case Scenarios

In case of a natural disaster or some other type of earth-shattering event, it is crucial that you have a disaster plan in place for yourself and your family. This includes not only stockpiling food and water and other emergency supplies, but making sure that your important documents are all in a safe spot. You should have an emergency plan to keep everyone as safe as possible and to stick together, no matter what.

Your Emergency Stash
You may be wondering just what type of items you should store in the event of an emergency situation. It is best if you make up a go-bag for each person, as well as for your pets. Items that should be in the go-bag include: emergency cash in small denominations, as well as change; batteries; a flashlight; warm hat, change of clothes, and sturdy shoes; whistle; pocket knife; water and food; first aid supplies and prescription medications; lists of emergency phone numbers and any allergies; and a toothbrush and toothpaste, among other things. For your pet, include items such as: plastic bags, litter box and litter; muzzles for dogs; food and water for one week; medicine; recent photo of each pet, in case you are separated; baby gate or portable fencing; contact information for animal hospitals/veterinary shelters/etc.; and manual can opener and plastic lids, as well as non-spill bowls and several other items.

First Aid Items
When it comes to first aid items, you may want to have a separate kit for easy use. Place your regular prescription medications and medical supplies in it, as well as any over-the-counter medications that would be beneficial. To wash out and treat cuts, you should include some type of cleansing agent and antibiotic towelettes, antibiotic ointment, sterile dressings, and adhesive bandages. Also, burn ointment, scissors, and eye wash solution is important to have.

Food Supply
You will need to have food supplies at hand, along with water. Be sure to store food that is familiar, taking into consideration any dietary restrictions on members of your family. Choose items that are shelf-stable, such as peanut butter, other nut butters, canned goods, dried fruit, cereals, nonfat dry milk and juice. Do not forget to store baby food and formula, as well. Make sure that you label items without expiration dates, with rotation dates. Place loose food items in airtight containers, and store them in a cool, dark place.

Make sure that you gather your disaster supplies, and practice your emergency plan with your family to test it out for any problems. This not only will save you from a major headache, but it could save your lives. Keep the above tips in mind, and you will be well prepared.

Rebecca Smith is a freelance writer with special interest in survival tips, such as investing in food storage from .

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

End of Days Road Rules

Surviving post-apocalyptic roadways is a breeze when various considerations are taken into account. First, choosing a post-apocalyptic automobile is easy. Almost everybody on the planet is gone. There are plenty of models to choose from. All wheel drive is great for rugged, crater-pocked landscapes. Giant sport utility vehicles are spacious for families that are travelling together. Gas efficiency should be a concern if supplies are limited.

Country Roads

Main highways can be jammed with looters and zombies during an apocalypse. It may be beneficial to stick to lesser-travelled, country roads. Main highways are often a great place for post-apocalyptic fiends to set traps. Country roads can be dangerous too, so drivers should always stay vigilant.


Learning how to siphon fuel is essential for apocalyptic, roadway survival. One will need a few empty gas cans and a hose. First, one must find an abandoned vehicle with fuel. One end of the hose should be stuck in the tank. To get the gas flowing, one must first suck on the hose. It will taste disgusting. It is important to spit out any fuel that gets into one’s mouth. The gas will flow until the tank is empty. The flowing end can fill up empty gas cans, or it can go directly into the empty tank.

The advantages of Dirt Bikes

Dirt bikes are a great choice for post-apocalyptic, survival vehicles. They are hardy, gas-efficient and perfect for jumping hordes of zombies. This is a great vehicle for a loner. Families with small children would find dirt bikes impractical. Dirt bikes are incredibly maneuverable. They are the perfect machines for navigating post-apocalyptic wastelands. Gear must be kept to a minimum. Packing light is the key to surviving the end of days. Not being weighed down is imperative for survival.

Reinforcing the Rolling Fortress

Dirt bikes can be outfitted with rugged tires and small weapons. Larger cars can be reinforced with armor. Scrap metal can be found just about anywhere during the end of days. Doors and windows can be reinforced for greater safety. The automobile can become a rolling fortress.

Emergency Kits

Emergency kits are absolutely vital for surviving apocalyptic, roadway conditions. Emergency kits for people on dirt bikes should be small. Fitting emergency supplies into a small pouch on a backpack is necessary. Cars can have larger emergency kits that include spare tires, water, tools, extra fuses and any parts that may commonly break.

This has been a guest post from Skedaddle, where they have a host of road trip ideas on their site.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Legacy Foods Review

by Shane White

Legacy Food Storage is one of a few long term food storage companies that strives to produce products that are GMO Free, Gluten Free, No Preservatives, and is reasonably high in calories. Every package clearly states these features for the health conscious. It also seems to be one of the less expensive freeze dried foods on the market. Legacy Food Storage send me some samples. Here are my thoughts.

Cheese & Broccoli Soup Mix - I found the Cheese and Broccoli Soup Mix to be somewhat difficult to mix. They recommend that you use a whisk on the package to mix it thoroughly. I did not have a whisk while preparing and found it a bit clumpy. The soup did smell good and tasted OK. The broccoli was a little chewy after preparation.

The Label States: 280 calories per serving. GMO Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Uses Sea Salt, No MSG/I+G/AYE, No Trans Fats, Low Cholesterol. Does contain Milk.

Oatmeal with Brown Sugar - The Oatmeal with Brown Sugar cooked up easily and quickly. I prepared this twice and since I didn't taste the Brown Sugar, I figured that it wasn't mixed in the package well so I cooked it again after mixing the powder thoroughly and decided that it just wasn't meant to be as sweet as the instant oatmeal that you get in the store. The oatmeal did taste good, however, just was not as sweet as I am used too.

The Label States: 390 calories per serving. GMO Free, Gluten Free, Uses Sea Salt, No MSG/I+G/AYE, No Trans Fats, Low Cholesterol, High in Fiber, No Sodium.

Pasta Primavera - I had to cook this considerably longer than the label stated for the pasta to be cooked thoroughly. It did smell and taste good when it was finally cooked.

The Label States: 420 calories per serving. GMO Free, Vegetarian, Uses Sea Salt, No MSG/I+G/AYE, No Trans Fats, Low Cholesterol, Good Source of Fiber.

All packages say they will last for up to 25-years. There are oxygen absorbers inside each package and they have been flushed with nitrogen so they should last a long time. None of the packages are resealable. If you purchase this brand, I suggest that you buy some very large zip lock bags so you can make sure the product is mixed well and so you can save some for later.

See our Survival Food Page for more information on Emergency Foods.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Doomsday Giveaway for December 2012!

This is our last giveaway for 2012! The Doomsday Giveaway for December 2012 is sponsored in part by My Patriot Supply. My Patriot Supply is a great source for Heirloom seeds, Survival Food, and Survival Gear. They are contributing the first prize, a Survival Seed Vault, which is available in the United States and Canada.

The Survival Seed Vault includes:

  • 20 varieties of hardy heirloom survival seeds passed down from our forefathers.
  • Survival seeds rated for 5+ years of storage at 75F, longer at lower temperatures.
  • No hybrids, GMOs, or outdated survival seeds. All harvested seeds are reusable.
  • Each seed vault is hand-inspected and packed by our American staff to ensure quality.
  • Includes detailed survival seed saving guide.

Even if you don't win this, heirloom seeds are probably one of the most important items you will need for long term survival in a major catastrophe. Even if nothing happens, you will be eating well and inexpensively for years to come with a single can.

Our next prize is available internationally. You can get $25 worth of prepping supplies (or whatever) from Amazon.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

How to Get Fit For the Zombie Apocalypse

With doomsday coming closer and closer we take it that you are taking active measures in preparation of the event. You might already have sorted out the basement with tinned cans and food supplies as well as ample communication materials, not to mention your security systems that should be in place. But the question is, are you physically ready?

Even though preparation is key, you have to consider that you might be in a situation where you will have to physically defend yourself or be on the run for days on end. It is not too late to get your body in shape and your experience on par. Since the adrenaline will kick in when you run for your life, you will need to fine tune your climbing and jumping experience as well as work on your endurance. Both these activities will enhance your fitness and have great health benefits, but keep in mind that you will probably be doing these activities with your survival backpack and accessories. We will also give you some tips on choosing the best bag for doomsday.

Start Hiking as Endurance Training

One great positive about hiking, is that everyone can do it. This is a great way of getting your entire family in shape and fit for what lies ahead. Hiking helps with losing weight and it is clinically proven that thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise will improve your heart’s health. You want to stay strong and determined when the day comes, so take your family for a hike at least twice a week for about 30-60 minutes at a time. Walk at a fast and steady pace and use this time to educate the family on other aspects of the apocalypse. Being in nature also does wonders for the physique and with doomsday around the corner it is important to be in the right frame of mind.

Start Rock Climbing for Confidence and Experience

Being able to climb walls and rocks might just be what you need to get out of that sticky situation. Even though Zombies are able to do just about anything that humans can, being agile and light on your feet might give you that added speed and edge. Rock climbing will make you strong and give you experience which will help cancel out the fear when you find yourself in a climbing situation. Rock climbing uses your leg and arm strength to drag you up, forward or sideways. Apart from practical training your can also do other arm and leg exercises to strengthen these parts. Be sure to invest in shoes with a good grip and include some rope and hooks in your survival bag. Rock climbing also helps with problem solving and strategizing, which will come in very handy when you are in that dangerous fight or flight situation.

Packing for Survival, messenger bag as a viable alternative?

As mentioned previously, it would be wise to have your survival pack equipped with everything you might need and securely fastened before D-day. And to be clear, your basic sleepover bag or handbag will definitely not suffice. Your backpack would be the safest bet and if you have it handy, when disaster strikes by all means stick with it. If you opt for something in the line of a messenger bag, that fits around your shoulder similar to courier bags. Why? Because you can take it nearly everywhere without people or security personnel giving you trouble and when all hell breaks lose you will have at least something nearby.

Messenger bags are an ideal alternative to backpacks when you are in a ‘grab and go’ situation, in which you will most likely find yourself in this case. These types of bags are ideal for the task at hand, especially for the individual that will be traveling or hiking. The messenger bag’s sling across the chest area can contain a few necessities such as a torch light and weapons. The way you accessorize the bag is up to you, but its design allows for optimum comfort weather the load is bulky and heavy, or light. The Messenger Bag is also an ideal additional bag to your backpack so that you will be able to carry the basic necessities when you have to leave everything else behind.

These are just a few steps that you can take in preparation of Doomsday and the Apocalypse. The main aspect is to stay educated on all the factors and possible scenarios that you might encounter. Staying fit and making sure that you are agile and have enough endurance is just a small part of surviving the Doomsday attack. Take up hiking and rock climbing as soon as possible and be sure to have a fully equipped messenger bag for everything you might need because, time is running out!

Author Bio: Simon is a Blog owner and regular contributor for various Blogs from Europe and likes to write in various topics and fields and prides himself in being a versatile professional writer. This post was written by Simon from on behalf of their client

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Securing Your Home for an Unstable Future

Regular visitors to this site will be only too aware of the many and varied threats we face in the post 9/11, post credit crunch world. Given the life threatening nature of these risks, how many of us can truly say that we are prepared for the dystopian, Mad Max world that confronts us.

There’s lots of stuff on this site and many others about the weapons and weapon skills needed to protect your home and family. That’s fine if you see them coming. What happens if you don’t? What chance have you got if they creep up on you in the middle of the night?  No amount of knives, AK 47’s, flame guns or ICBM’s are going to save you if you are caught unawares in your pyjamas.

Not so I hear some of you say. This place has more alarms and CCTV than you can shake a stick at.  No-one one gets in here without me knowing the second they set foot in the place. Ok, maybe so, but let me ask you another question. Are you going to be able to wake up, turn on the lights, find your weapon of choice and take aim before some crazed madman gets to you first?

I’m going to assume that some of you are beginning to get worried at this point, and the rest of you are in a state of blind panic. I can visualize many of you running round the house screaming  “what can I do to prevent these people getting into my house?!”.

Right, firstly let’s all sit down, have a cup of tea (bit of a give-away that I’m English) and think about this. How come someone can get into my house and be standing by my bed before I have time to react? Answer – glass. You know, the stuff that lets you look out onto your rolling acres or next door’s chicken coop.  I can now see many of you sitting back with an immense sense of relief and reaching for the cigar box, basking in the knowledge that your recently purchased triple glazed windows and doors have a 120 year guarantee against attack by axe wielding zombies. At least that what the nice salesman told you. Sadly, this is very unlikely to be the case, unless you happen to live in the White House. The harsh reality is the average three year old armed with a hammer could be in your house in milliseconds.

Before you all go into panic mode again, fear not, salvation is at hand in the shape of security grilles. Again I can hear you saying - I’m not living in Rikers Island or Fort Knox. What would the neighbours say and the other half would never allow it – but, on the other hand, if it stops their mother from getting in.  Hang on, before you dismiss the idea out of hand, the grilles I’m talking about are only visible and locked when you want them to be – at night, when you are away or when the mother-in-law comes to visit. These security grills slide along a track and hide behind the curtains .

So, in conclusion, let’s go back to back to the peaceful, nocturnal scene we described earlier. This time with your sliding security grilles in place, instead of you ending up with a madman stood by your bed, it’ll be your neighbour that gets what he deserves for ruining your view with that chicken coop.

About the Author: Paul is a home security expert with a huge amount of knowledge and experience in the field. He owns a leading UK manufacturer and provider of commercial and domestic security grills .

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Best Workouts to Prepare for the Apocalypse

The days are passing quickly and the end of the year, and possibly the world, is near. You may have already made some preparations. However, some people neglect one of the most important preparations, which is to get the body into shape. In order to increase your chances of survival, you need to be as physically fit as possible. Here are exercises you should do to strengthen yourself for any apocalyptic event. All exercises should be done for six days in a row followed by a one-day break – this allows the muscles to repair and rejuvenate. Remember to stretch after exercising to maintain good flexibility.

Strengthening Your Arms

Prepare for the worst-case scenario. You may have to carry a lot more weight than you are used to – this is especially true if you assist the wounded and move them from harm’s way. Pushups are one of the best exercises for the arms, shoulders and back. Do as many as you can, in sets of three each day. Try to work up gradually to at least 100 pushups.

Train with barbells and dumbbells to build up your muscle volume. If you do not own this equipment, use milk jugs filled with sand.

Strengthening the Legs

Squats are a fast way to strengthen the legs and the buttocks. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart. Keeping your back straight, slowly bend your knees until you assume a squatting position. Slowly rise up again. Repeat this as many times as you can for two sets per day.

Strengthening the Core

Lie on your back and place your hands behind your head. Bend your knees up. Gently lift your shoulders from the floor and touch your right elbow to your left knee. Next, touch your left elbow to your right knee while straightening the other leg. Pretend your feet are pushing the pedals on a bicycle. Continue this, rotating from knee to knee as long as you can. Remember to keep your abdominal muscles tightened during the exercise.

Cardio Training

You need to prepare yourself for running, which requires good cardiovascular fitness. Jumping rope, jogging and dance are forms of cardio exercise that require little training but achieve good results. Start out slowly, doing only 10 minutes of cardio training per day for the first week. Increase the time by five minutes each consecutive week. You should work your way up to at least 30 minutes of cardio.

This guest post was prepared by the folks at Australia's leading Caralluma online store. If you think you need a bit of a boost in your workouts, check them out.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Benefits of Investing In Freeze Dried Foods

If you have ever worried about how you would take care of your family in the event of a natural disaster, chances are providing them with shelter, food and water, are going to be some of your primary concerns. However, while it is certainly a good idea to try and secure your home or apartment as much as possible, other factors such as obtaining food and water might be a little more challenging. During times of natural disaster adequate food and water supplies can be slow in reaching those in need. Fortunately, with a little preplanning, you do not have to worry about these logistical problems.

Today, there are many experts that suggest people follow food insurance strategies such as storing enough food and water to last several days. The type of disaster you are preparing for will certainly make a big difference in the type and amount of supplies you store; however, one item that is always good to keep on hand is freeze dried food. There are many benefits to storing freeze dried food, especially if you are looking at emergency food storage requirements for several people.

Freeze dried foods have a very long shelf-life making them ideal for long term storage. Additionally, they are compact, requiring much less room for storage and they are very lightweight. Many people choose to protect their families by making sure that they not only have just a few days’ worth of food and water, but food supplies that will last for months. This requires either a great deal of space or the inclusion of compact freeze dried foods. A natural disaster might cause food shortages for a matter of weeks, but an act of terrorism or an economic collapse could cause long-range problems that will require individuals to be able to sustain themselves for many months or even years.

When considering the benefits of investing in freeze dried foods, it is also important to note that this type of investment does more than protect your family in times when food is hard to acquire, it can also help hedge against the rising cost of food. Because all types of food products continue to increase in price, a well-stocked food pantry can be an excellent investment. Whether you lose your job or you find food prices rising beyond your income, freeze dried foods that have been stored in your pantry can provide an excellent source of nourishment and delicious meals for your family. Freeze dried foods also follow important food insurance strategies because they provide an effective solution for long-term food storage.

About the Guest Author Agnes Jimenez is a professional blogger and writer. She writes for many online establishments and supports those ones that offer alternative lifestyles to consumers. As a frugal living and self-sufficiency advocate, she recommends for those budget conscious individuals who want to get big savings in shopping for food storage and freeze dried supplies (find freeze dried food here).

Monday, November 19, 2012

Body Conditioning and a Quick Response to Disaster

Being prepared for the worst is more than just going online and ordering bulk supplies of freeze dried food, compiling a comprehensive bug out bag and having a reliable automobile and a back up mode of transportation. To fully realize your preparedness level and capability to quickly respond to disaster or collapse or whatever it may be, you must prepare your body. When we are in good health, that is one less thing that will hold you back when you need to take action fast. Having a your body conditioned and ready for fight or flight can be broken down into strength, endurance, and speed.

Strength Conditioning. You need to have strength for lifting heavy loads like lifting debris off of someone. Strength to carry heavy things like your pack for long distances, or carrying an incapacitated friend or child. If there is no rule of law, you may be face to face with someone who wants what you got. You need to have the strength to defend yourself. Even if you have a firearm, you can still get jumped from behind. There are a million strength training videos on the web and lots of gyms nearby so go out and start with core exercises, upper body conditioning and leg exercises. At the very least rotate push ups and pull ups, sit ups, and lunges. It is not recommended to get too bulked up because this can lead to decreased flexibility if you do not incorporate stretching into your routine.

Endurance Training. Chances are you may have to push your body to its limit. If you can go further and push harder, if you can stave off fatigue and exhaustion, you can perform better and increase your chances of survival. Making your heart, lungs and muscles more efficient is key to physical stamina. The best way to get the most out of your time is to hike rough terrain with a fully loaded pack on your back. If you want peak performance consider putting an additional brick in the pack and wearing weight cuffs on your ankles and wrists - this is exhausting but when the time comes, your lighter load will feel like nothing.

Speed Training. Your reaction time is based on your reflexes and agility. You must be in shape to maneuver quickly and sprint when needed. This comes into play and is helpful when dodging debris, moving through crowds, and evading the unsavory elements of the population. Sprint workouts work best for this. Do not forget to work on lateral movement as well. Running in a straight line from a bullet isn't ideal.

Now that you are hopefully working out and developing your strength, speed and endurance consider what else could be missing from your prepping. Have you thought about an action plan on where to go when SHTF? Most everyone will either shelter in place or evacuate. Most people will evacuate during a major crisis. The gas stations will be inundated and all the major highways will end up standing still with the worst traffic jam you have ever seen.

What is the most efficient way to bug out if you have to?

One idea is to get yourself a backup mode of transport like a motorcycle, or a bike, preferably an electric bike. Now you are saying to yourself "electric bikes can't be charged when there is no power." Fact, when the power grid is down and chaos is descending upon the masses you will not be able to plug your electric bike into an outlet and wait a couple hours to charge up. The very important point here is that your electric bike is charged and ready to roll, just like your bug out bag. Stromer makes an electric bike that is a mountain bike with a electric motor. Or you can fit an electric motor onto your already decked out mountain bike with a sweet EGO Kit.

Think about it, if you are in a city center, that is the last place you and million other people want to be during a disaster. Everyone will be on the freeway trying to get out of town and inevitably the streets get clogged and jammed up. If you have a bike, you can either take a trail, or maneuver through smaller gaps and get around stuck traffic. Now if you have an electric bike, granted you probably won't be able to charge it for a very long time, but that single charge can take you ten times further than the average cyclist and give you the additional power and speed to get through dodgy areas. And when it eventually runs out of juice, you will have covered more ground than 90% of all other travelers putting you in a much safer situation. If you do the same on a motorcycle great, but a motorcycle can't be pedaled after it runs out of gas.

Rich Coffman is a blogger living on the front range of Colorado

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Preserving Knowledge after the Doomsday

Ok, so you’re ready to survive the doomsday scenario. You have years worth of canned food, water, blankets, generators, fuel, maybe even weapons? These are the basic necessities that will keep you and your family alive. Whether you’re considering the ultimate collapse of the government, or just a horrible storm that takes out power for a few weeks – there are other things to consider beyond physical survival. How will you stay sane when isolation encompasses your area? How will you entertain and educate yourself and your children? Do you have a knowledge preservation plan for the doomsday scenario? Take a minute to consider some of the ways you can keep your mind active during the most stressful time you've ever experienced. It will keep you and your family sharp, and calm when turning inward is the only escape from what’s outside.

Taking the most likely approach, that even if you never experience a true “post apocalyptic” world in your lifetime – there’s a real statistical chance that you will live through an event like a major storm or fire that leaves you without the basic resource of electricity. You won’t be able to research things on the internet, look at family photos, or play video games. It’s essential to have a healthy supply of physical, paper writings and pictures around to see you through this time. You should have books, board games, family photos – and even maps printed out and ready for you to stay sharp when the lights go out. Think about it, every smart person backs up their digital data in at least two different places, right? But what about when there is no more digital data - period? There are many fast and cheap ways, including easy online printing resources, where you can get a quick backlog of your most valuable writings and images IN REALITY. Get them on paper and in a safe, fireproof place. This is the best way to ensure that one of your most valuable resources, knowledge, will see you through when times get tough.

An even more essential time to preserve knowledge physically is during a true doomsday, post apocalypse, nuclear fallout type situation. This would be a span of time where modern society as we know it would be “out of commission” for the duration of your lifetime, your children’s, and who knows how much longer. The larger mission in this scenario would be to preserve knowledge for society in the long run, as well as for your immediate stimulation. Just like the Irish monks of the dark ages spent their time writing and rewriting all knowledge they had access to – so should you print and reprint what matters most to you and your family. Imagine your unborn child growing up in a time where there are no schools, libraries, or bookstores. What would you want them to be able to read? What images would you want them to be able to see? These are the types of writings and photos that will shape their vision of how the world once was, and again should be. Isn't that the most important resource you can really invest in?

You don’t have to start all at once either. Print something small once a month, and start a physical library of your most important knowledge. Start with family photos, and move on to favorite articles. Maps and books are essential as well, so don’t forget to have a steady backorder of what matters most to you. Printed survival and farming guides will also be essential – anything that transfers knowledge without relying on human communication will be an invaluable asset after the doomsday.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Protect Your Film...Forever.

If a real doomsday disaster strikes, the last thing you'll probably think about saving is film — as in movies. If you're a real cinephile, maybe it's the first thing you think about, but it would probably also be the last, because you won't have any food stockpiled and you can't eat a copy of "Citizen Kane." Say, for example, the plot of the NBC series "Revolution" comes true and there's no power anywhere.

Film and movies in any format would be effectively useless with no electricity, but as human beings, we have an inherent need to hold on to the past. There is also the possibility that the world could go the way of "Wall-E," where power and technology exist but natural resources do not. So if the worst happens — whatever it may be — how will you preserve the movies you want to save for posterity?

While we're focusing on films and movies here, the same lessons could be applied to just about anything of creative value.

What to Save

For the best chance of successful preservation of materials, choose what you really want to save. Working files, bloopers, screen tests and so on are fine to save when the world is operating normally, but in a true catastrophe, they should be left behind to save room for the best chance of preserving quality work.

Multiple copies in multiple formats stored in multiple locations is the best opportunity for successful preservation of your projects. Just like serious doomsday preppers have multiple survival bags ready to go, so should you with what you consider your most-valuable film.

How to Save It

Digital media is the best method to store and later retrieve your work. In the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, using the cloud to save your work on a service like VaultLogix remote backup, for example, is simple and reliable. In fact, cloud storage is one of the best and most cost-effective ways to save your work. External hard drives will likely be your bread and butter for safe storage, because they are very portable and easy to use. Keep a hard drive in a safe place, such as a fireproof lock box, and carry one on your person in a waterproof bag.

Physical media is the simplest way to preserve your work, but think ahead, though, because it's not a surefire method. Will there be DVD players readily available and working after doomsday hits? Maybe — who knows. Will there be film projectors or digital-movie projectors? Hard to say. Film, actual film on a reel, is notoriously delicate. It deteriorates rapidly unless stored in ideal conditions.

Learn From the Past

In the early days of filmmaking, storage methods — which was film reels in metal canisters — were still under development, and studios lacked modern infrastructure. As a result, many early films were not stored properly and the original prints disintegrated, were destroyed in accidental studio fires or simply disappeared. Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation estimates that 90 percent of films made before the 1930s, and half made before the 1950s, no longer exist. If the studios couldn't preserve their product reliably, don't expect different results in less-than-ideal conditions.

Good luck out there, filmmakers! When we rebuild society it could be your films that tell us about the world we used to live in — if you preserve them correctly, of course!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Welfare on Doomsday

by Shane White

The opposite of self-sufficiency is welfare. The government gives many people in need as well as many who would likely do just fine on their own money in several different forms that are meant to aid these people alone. This article is not about attacking the people who really need assistance. Everyone should think twice if you are counting on the government being there when the apocalypse happens. Depending on the circumstances or any given event, it may take days, weeks, or even much longer to come to your aid.

During a small event such as a freak storm where your power goes out for a few days, it will be just a matter of time before your food spoils and you are stuck with that one can of peas that is in the back of your cupboard. This is not where you want to be. You should have at least a few days worth of food that you don't have to cook in your home. Remember, if your power is out, the gas stations and McDonald's power is out as well. There might not be any place to get food for a couple of days. The government may come to your aid after they figure out that you need it, if they even think that you do need it.

What about a larger event like a hurricane that takes out power for over a million people for over a week and destroys many people's homes. The government will try to help the people that are the worst hit first. Gas and food sources could be shut down for a long time. The government could be taxed to the limit, and will be focused on digging out survivors and getting the lights back on. There may be charities that come in with food, but it will be intermittent, and that may not be helpful if you don't know where they are. In this situation you need to have prepared for a couple of weeks to a month.

How about a worse event such as a terrorist attack that takes down the entire power grid, or what if the government collapses? Well, in this case, nobody is coming anytime soon. If you are depending on somebody else to help you then you are probably going to be out of luck. Power and communications will be down or so spotty that you won't know what is going on anyways. In this case, you had better be prepared for six months to a year or more. Better, you should try to be self-sufficient by growing your own food, and raising your own animals.

These are all hopefully just terrible things that will never happen to you. But you should be thinking about these things. What if something does happen? These things happen all the time all over the world. What are you going to eat? What if there are extreme temperatures? How to you stay cool or warm? What is your family going to do? What happens if you lose your home and have nowhere to go? You are now homeless. Is your family ready for that? These are things you should be asking yourself.

It doesn't take a whole lot to prepare for these things. Start saving some extra food each time you shop. Buy some extra canned meats and vegetables each week to get you going. Pick up some tools and things that you will need in an emergency. Before long you will have enough to last comfortably in your home through many types of disasters and if you keep doing this, your chances will only get better. How about beyond that? What you prepare for depends on what you are worried about. Read up on what you will need to be prepared. It's not like buying extra food, flashlights, candles, and things is a waste of money. Sooner or later you will use them.

Please don't take this the wrong way. I am not trying to be down on people who need help. If you can, don't allow yourself to become dependent on government aid. If you cannot, make sure you have a backup plan for when the government can no longer help you.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Country Wisdom & Know-How (Everything You Need to Know to Live Off the Land) - A Prepper's Book Review

by Shane White

I have made an effort to find several good books that will help me to survive in the event of a major catastrophe. Books are going to be the most important way to retain skills after a major event happens.

I bought this book after researching several reviews on homesteading and such. This book covers a plethora of subjects. It is a very large book with very small print so if you have trouble reading smaller print, you might need a magnifying glass.

The information in this book is excellent! While no book can cover everything, this book covers a lot of useful information from how to raise and butcher animals to how to make cottage cheese. This book has so much information in it that it is entirely possible that this book can actually be "Everything you need to know to live off the land". While I wouldn't necessarily recommend using only this one book or any other single book for your survival. When buying books for your library buy as many books as you can. I do recommend that you include this one.

I found the information in this book to be very useful and easy to understand. The illustrations were also helpful. This book says that it has 1,887 illustrations in it, but I still think it could use more. There is about one or two illustrations per page, but much more information on every single page. Many topics are without pictures at all. Fortunately the information on each topic is very plain and easy to understand.

Overall, I found this book to be excellent with the exception of the font size. In their defense, if the font was bigger, the book would be absolutely HUGE. It is already big. I will live with the font size. I will just make sure I am wearing glasses when I read it.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Survival Cave Food Freeze Dried Foods and Canned Meat Review

by Shane White

Survival Cafe Food sent me some of their products for review. They sent me a bag of Freeze Dried Hearty Potato Soup, a bag of Freeze Dried Western Chili, and a Can of Long Term Shelf Life Beef.

Potato soup
Hearty Potato Soup - First, I tried the Hearty Potato Soup. The packaging is thick and sturdy. It opens easily and reseals well. Right off the bat, I could smell that what I was going to be eating soon was going to be very good. I followed the directions and found that it mixed easily and completely. It was also very easy to prepare. I think it would have turned fine if I just guessed at the measurements. After cooking, you need to let it set for a few minutes to wait for it to thicken. The results are quite delicious. I found myself looking forward to eating it again. I actually considered slipping this into the soup cook-off at work to see what the results would have been. Yes it is good soup. Do not underestimate how filling this soup is. It will fill you up. I recommend no more than 3 servings if it is your entire meal.

This soup is labeled to last for 25 years and has 276 calories per serving.

western chili
Western Chili - The Western Chili is in the same heavy duty packaging that the Hearty Potato Soup is in. I found that the chili was a little different cooking than the Potato Soup. It takes a lot longer to thicken. I cooked this three times three different ways. The first time, I followed the directions exactly. I found it to be very tasty, not too hot. I thought it was a little bit watery, but it was still pretty good. The second time I cooked it with some meat that I picked up from the store. Since I like meat in my chili, I found this added to the flavor. I had leftovers and microwaved it for lunch the next day. It reheated very well. By this time it was quite thick as well (the way I like my chili). I found it was quite good every time whether I added meat or not. If you like meat in your chili, it mixes in very well. If you want thick chili, just wait longer. It gets thick.

The chili is labeled to last for 20 years. It has just 110 calories per serving.

canned beef
Canned Beef - Shaking the can sounds like it is full of water, but upon opening it, I saw that it was not. It is all just pieces of fully cooked roasted beef. They did this stuff right. I cooked this beef by itself and it tastes awesome! It tasted like a perfectly cooked roast. The pieces of meat were good cuts of meat too. Not stringy nasty pieces of meat. There was a little bit of fat on the top of the can, but not much. This meat is excellent!

There are just two ingredients on this label Beef, and salt. These cans have NO EXPIRATION DATE. Their web site says that it will last between 12-15 years, but many people trust them 35 years or longer. One 14.5 ounce can has 5 servings of 110 calories each. I only had one can to try, but I recommend this meat for anything that takes chunks of meat.

My favorite is the definitely the beef, after that, the Hearty Potato Soup, then the Western Chili. I liked everything I ate. There is more information on all these products on their web site.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Planning for Your Next Disaster

With a huge, dramatic storm like Sandy, many people are asking, what do I do? What do I need? Well, as an outdoor professional for almost a decade, survival teacher and guide, I can tell you how to stay safe and be smart.

So, before a survival situation happens, it’s important to have the supplies ready and a plan in place. Different situations call for different survival items, however there are ubiquitous items that everyone should have.

Ask yourself a couple questions:
  • How long will I need to survive for?
  • Who am I taking care of → Amount of food, water, batteries, etc.
  • What is the biggest threat? Looters, weather, wildlife, illness/injury

Urban Survival:
  • Solar/battery radio-Communication is key, especially to hear weather and announcements from the government.
  • First Aid- Rubber gloves, Band-Aids, burn treatment, butterfly strips, gauze, antihistamine, ibuprofen, anti-diarrheal, and any other prescription medication. Be able to treat and stabilize the person.
  • Multi tool-spend money on a quality, versatile tool, it can be one of the most important items.
  • Zip Lock bags- to keep items waterproof
  • Flint and steel/waterproof matches- Lighters are unreliable and do not work if wet.
  • Iodine or stove to boil water- water treatment is key and a must have in any situation
  • Freeze dried food and high protein snacks-Beef jerky, chocolate, more calories will give you energy and keep you warm.
  • Books, pictures, or musical instruments are great to keep up morale.
  • Duct Tape
  • Cordage
  • Hand sanitation
  • Hand crank flashlight and candles.
  • Some weapon to protect family and possessions against looters-Pepper spray, baseball bat, shotgun, Taser, handgun. If you have a gun, be sure to have proper amounts of ammo and keep it away from children.

Wilderness Survival: All of the items listed above and new items below.
  • Compass
  • Solar blanket
  • Gloves and hat-if cold
  • Bandanna-Multiple uses
  • Water Bottle
  • Signal Mirror- A CD also does the trick and it’s cheaper.

The biggest difference between wilderness and urban survival is typically things you cannot control like the weather. In the wilderness shelter, fire, and water are most important. Whereas, urban survival requires communication, safety, and the ability to last longer without power or water. In every situation, there is a hierarchy of needs, it varies on weather, physical condition, and supplies. Finally, have the proper clothing ready and wear it before things get bad.
  • Base Layer-Wool or Polypropylene
  • Warmth layer-Fleece or down
  • Outer Layer- Waterproof or windproof jacket
  • Waterproof boots and wool socks.
  • Gore-Tex is the leader in waterproof fabric and although it’s a bit expensive, it’s worth every penny when you are dry and warm.

Tips and tricks:
  • Clean your bathtub and fill it with clean water.
  • Be careful to not sweat in cold environments, once your body is wet it cools 30 times faster. This leads to hypothermia and often death if you are surviving in the winter.
  • Contact friends and family outside affected zone and inform them of your plan.
  • Disposal of waste is important to keep separate and clean your-self.
  • Keep yourself busy and be proactive with survival.
  • Even with all the supplies in the world, you must have a desire to live and fight. Thinking of loved ones or plans after the survival situation, helps a great deal.
  • Conserve energy when possible and save resources if they are not needed.
  • Dehydration is one of the biggest killers in all survival situations. , not enough water is consumed and poor choices are made, or unfiltered water is consumed and vomiting/diarrhea causes dehydration.

GO.DO.BE Bryce Karlman The Hearing Pill

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