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.

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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.

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

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

Monday, November 05, 2012

Earthquake Survival Tips for the Elderly

     Earthquakes are some of the most destructive and scariest of all natural disasters. Despite technological advancements and sophisticated equipment that are enjoyed in the 21st century, there is still no legitimate state-of-the-art warning system that is designed to accurately anticipate the occurrence of earthquakes.
     Putting this factor into consideration, it is essential to take heed of earthquake survival tips. This is very important for those who have elderly individuals in their homes.
     There are a myriad of areas that need to be covered when planning for natural disasters such as earthquakes. Those who want to make sure that the necessary adjustments will be made when an earthquake strikes. To achieve this it would be best to have a checklist that can help cover crucial shortcomings.

A Separation Plan
     As mentioned earlier, there is no way for experts to determine when an earthquake can strike; this is most true for ordinary citizens. It is possible that during the occurrence of the said natural disaster, family members and loved ones are diverged on a spacious area.
     An effective preparedness strategy needs to contain a specific meeting point survivors can stay safe. Every member of the family should be familiar with the said area and knows how to get there.
     The address of local shelters should also be discussed among family members so that they can be located when an earthquake takes place. In addition, elderly individuals should always be assisted so that nothing bad will happen to them.

Disaster Kits
     Disaster kits should always be at hand so that they can be accessed in times of earthquake and other natural disasters. This aspect is one of the basics of many earthquake survival tips.
     The said kits should contain first aid items, drinking water, and food products, among others. It should be checked every month to make sure that everything will be taken care of in times natural disaster. The expiry date of over-the-counter (OTC) medications should always be checked and replace them immediately if necessary.

Potential Contacts
     A list of potential contacts can also come in handy when an earthquake takes place. They may include relatives, friends, or neighbours that can be trusted in times of disaster.

     Earthquakes and other natural disasters can take place at any time and can cause devastating aftermaths. Because of this reason, it is very essential for those who live with elderly individuals to become acquainted with earthquake survival tips.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Tovatec Sport Zoom LED Flashlight Review

by Shane White

I was sent the TOVATEC Sport Zoom (Model# SZoom) LED Flashlight for review from Dive Lights Direct in Carmel, Indiana.

At first glance, this flashlight looks a lot like those cheap ones you find by the register at your local hardware store. It is not like them at all.

First, this is very heavy and solidly put together. Taking it apart to put in the batteries is easy, but as you will find out when opening it up, it is a nice solid piece of of aluminum and provides an excellent seal. The button on the end is easy to work and has a good piece of rubber over it. The flashlight itself has four modes that you can toggle with the switch. It has a full on setting, a dimmer setting, a strobe setting, and an SOS setting. The end of the flashlight slides out to make the beam more focused. The flashlight is rated for 200 Lumens which is pretty bright for an LED. For comparison, the Maglight LED flashlights are only rated at 100 Lumens so the Tovatec should be approximately twice as bright. This flashlight is also very durable as well as small enough to fit in your pocket and will not take much room in your bug-out bag. It is just a bit bigger that the flashlights at the check out counters at your local hardware store (for size reference). The Lithium batteries are supposed to last for four hours. I have been playing with this flashlight for well over four hours and it has not even started to dim yet.

This flashlight is supposed to be waterproof to 25-feet (8 Meters). I tested this by turning it on and dropping it into five feet of water for a couple of hours. It light up the water tank (which was kind of cool). That is how bright it is. When I pulled it out it was still on and working just fine. There is no sign of water inside, under the lens or anywhere. I am very satisfied with the survivability of the flashlight in and around water. I would expect this coming from a dive store. After a few hours, there is no sign that it was even in water at all.

Overall, I love this flashlight! I am replacing the flashlight that I had in my survival bag with this one.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Doomsday Giveaway for November 2012!

For our Doomsday Giveaway for November 2012, we are giving away a SOL Origin - Survive Outdoors Longer.

The SOL Origin™ redefines the survival kit from the ground up. In one product that fits in the palm of your hand, the Origin™ gives you the collection of tools you need to survive the unexpected and make it back alive. Think of it as the ultimate cross breed of the traditional ten essentials and a survival kit, all wrapped up in one lightweight, easy to carry, indestructible package. The heart of the Origin™ is its ABS-plastic waterproof case, which contains an array of key survival tools, including TinderQuik firestarting tinder, 150lb-test braided nylon cord, mil-spec stainless steel wire, and an emergency sewing and fishing kit. And, for those unfamiliar with wilderness survival, backcountry expert Buck Tilton’s survival instructions contain over 60 survival techniques and strategies.

However, the body of the case is really what sets the Origin™ apart - integrated into the lid is a flip-up Rescue Flash signal mirror with retroreflective aiming aid. Flip the case over, and find the one-hand-operable Fire Lite firestarter, as well as a removable liquid-damped compass. Finally, secured in a button-release slot is a fully-functional folding blade knife, with a 100db rescue whistle and ultra-bright LED light integrated into the knife handle. The AUS-8 drop-point blade has been designed for the precision cutting you need during survival emergencies, and it excels at slicing, whittling, and any task where blade control is essential.

The SOL Origin™ is the lightest, most space efficient, and most durable survival kit on the market. Welcome to the future of survival – the Origin™ is mandatory equipment for any outdoor adventurer.

This emergency kit includes:

  • Sewing Needle, #7, Darner
  • Survival Instructions with 62 Lifesaving Tools & Techniques
  • Aluminum Foil, Heavy Duty, 3 Sq. Ft.
  • Combination Knife, LED Light & Whistle
  • Compass, Button, Liquid Filled
  • Fire Lite Fire Striker
  • 4 Fish Hooks, #10
  • Fishing Line
  • Safety Wire, Stainless Steel, (6 ft of 0.020")
  • Signal Mirror, Rescue Flash
  • 2 Snap Swivels, Size 12
  • 2 Split Shots, Lead B
  • 4 Tinder Quicks

All you need to do is use the rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On December 1st we will select the winner. Good luck!

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