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.

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, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On January 1st we will select the winner. Good luck!

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