Friday, March 29, 2013

Communication Tips Following Disaster

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In October 2012, the Northeast was devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The brutal storm, which knocked out electricity and cell phone service in many cities, was the worst-case scenario for many who were not prepared. In total, over 8 million people lost power, and the outage spread across 17 states. While officials scrambled to repair the damage, many people were not able to contact their concerned loved ones.

When a disaster hits, it doesn’t just affect the ones living in the area; family members living elsewhere worry to the point of panic. How do you make sure you can communicate with the outside world during and after a disaster? Here are some tips to help you be prepared in case a disaster strikes.

Hard-Wired/Landline Telephone

This is the era of portable technology. However, during a disaster, that same technology that allows us to always be “plugged in” may not work. During Hurricane Sandy, about one-fourth of the cell phone towers were not working, and in many cases it took days to restore the exhausted systems. For times like this, a small, inexpensive non-cordless phone should be kept in an easily accessible place to plug in after a disaster. And in today’s day and age when most important numbers are stored in cell phones, make sure that all these numbers are written down and kept in a safe place.

Cell Phones

Other times, cell phones are the only way to contact loved ones quickly in the event of a disaster. Instead of calling and speaking to loved ones, disaster victims should send a simple text to assure others that they are okay, which will take less time than speaking directly on the phone and won’t clog up the already busy radio waves.

As seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it can take days to restore power to an affected area, so having a back-up plan for charging the cell phone is ideal. Following Hurricane Sandy, images of business and homeowners who were sharing their power sources with those without any started appearing on social media websites. Although this was a very hospitable way to help their neighbors, for individuals affected in rural areas, this may not have been possible. Make sure to include a cell phone car charger in the disaster preparedness pack. The phone can be charged in the car or from any 12-volt source with the appropriate adapter. 


Emergency broadcasts help reduce frustration and panic during a disaster. A radio is essential equipment for the emergency preparedness box. The least expensive option is just a simple, battery-operated AM/FM radio, but the batteries in the emergency box will need to be changed regularly to make sure the batteries aren’t dead when needed. Also, store the radio with the batteries separate to avoid the batteries leaking inside the radio and damaging it. 

A better choice for radio would be the wind-up version that can be hand-cranked for power. While it typically holds only an hour-and-a-half charge for radio use, some models also come with built-in LED flashlight and adapters to charge cell phones and other essential items. A more costly option is to include a solar-powered radio in the emergency kit.

Citizen’s Band (CB) Radio

Because telephone and radio networks are not always operational, many survivalists like to include CB scanners and radios in their Disaster Preparedness Kits. While these devices only have a local range, they allow two-way communication, and the scanners provide information as to the progress of emergency efforts. However, they have the same power-source restrictions as cell phones and radios.

Solar Power Chargers

There are now solar-powered chargers that can take the place of batteries that lose energy or be used in lieu of car chargers. Some solar chargers can recharge both cells phone and radio batteries. It is important to know how much power will be needed for charging the equipment in the preparedness kit. There are different sizes of solar chargers that handle various types of technology, but a one-time investment that handles all the technology will eliminate frustration during a disaster when quick recharging is ideal.

Preparing ahead of time is the only way to ensure maintaining contact with the rest of the world in the event of a disaster. Water, food and basic necessities should be kept in a Disaster Preparedness Kit somewhere easily accessible in the home. However, communication tools that allow you to keep in touch with the world beyond the disaster are essential as well.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Zombies: But which kind?

Written by Steven Hill

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There are two schools of thought about what zombies will be like when the inevitable zombie apocalypse descends upon us. These two whilst different are both based in scientific thought and also tap into our different fears. Both have political undertones and both have large budget big screen and small screen adaptations. So how can we prepare for the arrival of these beasts if we don’t know which to expect? Well there is no harm in having contingency built into your plan depending upon the type you face, and if there is some resident evil style mutation of the zombie then you can throw both plans out the window and start again.

George A Romero Type

George A Romero Zombies
Let’s refer this type to the most genius of all zombie creators. The slow moving, sluggish, single minded and instinctive zombie has been around for longer than the zombie preparedness movement has.


These are the living dead; once a human has passed away they rise again. This first became popular with the phrase "when hell is full the dead shall rise" and it has religious thought behind it. The rising of a corpse means that all living tissue is dead; they continue to rot and have one mission which is to consume your brain and living flesh. They are slow moving and work most effectively in large groups so avoid any gatherings of people and especially places of lots of bodies, cemetery and morgue. This type is most likely to have already infected the living (as per the Walking Dead) you are a carrier of the disease which does not manifest until you are dead.

Political Undertone

The rise in popularity of this type of zombie is said to be a commentary on our inability to affect our own lives. During a global recession where many people are enslaved to large corporations and unfeeling governments we are simply zombies in our own lives. This political undertone is best brought to life in the rise of the global zombie walk gatherings which parade around cities across the globe often with messages of political significance like the 99% movement.

Scientific Support

The re animation of dead cells is likely to only happen if the soul or conscience has left the body. Meaning that there is no reasoning or thought behind the actions of the zombie but just a primal urge. Much like many diseases they simply seek to reproduce themselves and spread with no regard as to why. The main key here is that the zombie is brain dead and therefore has poor motor skills, they cannot coordinate themselves the way you or I can and they simply lurch around in search of a new host/meal.

Survival Tips

Encountering this type of zombie one on one is an easy thing to survive, you can outrun them and outsmart them. But often the arrival of one zombie is followed by a whole lot more of them as they hunt in packs attracted to the scent of blood or brains. Do not attempt to navigate large conurbations of people as this will increase your chances of encountering a large group. Remote survival locations are key and if you are set up correctly then your survival plan should be around longevity. Making sure you live for as long as it takes for the zombies to completely decompose is a good strategy that will stand you in good stead.

28 Days Later type

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The fast paced, infected type zombie is a more modern invention in popular media and has fuelled some of the biggest movies and games of the current generation.


These infected as living people who have become infected with an illness of disease that kills the person own self but controls their body. Often faster and smarter than the original host they move quickly and they can reason when it comes to finding their next victim. These zombies are often tougher to kill and appeared possessed.

Political Undertones

These zombies are said to be the result of a fast paced lifestyle that we all lead. Consumer capitalism at its worst acting like some sort of possessed demon in search of its next big purchase. The disease manifests like rage, the same kind of rage that you can see most days in a traffic jam or at the supermarket between angry housewives.

Scientific Support

The recent scientific breakthrough in zombie cells showed that the zombie cell would actually outperform its living counterpart, faster, stronger and more resistant than the original. The likelihood of a large corporation accidentally leaking this into the general population is one of the most realistic and likely scenarios to occur. Consider large corporates record on public safety and you will see accidents occur frequently causing all kinds of mutations in people. Also the cause of concern in a world more reliant on nuclear energy and large scale production points to the fact if an accident did occur it would be on a big scale.

Survival Tips

Avoid. This is your one and only strategy of survival in this scenario. Depending on the original source of infection this type of zombie may have the ability to turn you from bodily fluid so hand to hand combat is certainly out of the question. You may also find that infections occur from air borne leak so avoid large industrial areas and cities. The problem with your plan of surviving is that this apocalypse may never end, if the cells do outperform living cells you will discover that you may not live as long as those infected.

Monday, March 25, 2013

5 Essentials to Surviving the Wilderness Like the Pros

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Have you ever been hiking, biking or simply traveling through a wooded area and stopped to take in the utter silence around you? Now imagine being lost or injured and alone in that very silent wilderness. Maybe you panic and make a fatal mistake, or maybe you calm down and recall some of the valuable wilderness survival advice given by TV's wilderness survival pros. While you may not be able to rock climb quite like a professional, if you know how to survive you will make it out of a very dangerous situation alive and well. Use these five essentials to survive the wilderness like a pro.

Make a good survival shelter

If you are lost in the wilderness you are most likely going to spend a few nights alone out there. That means you will have to sleep somewhere away from the dangers of wild animals, the cold and any inclement weather that comes your way. The best way to do this is to build an effective and safe shelter. The easiest shelter to build quickly is a lean-to. A lean-to is simply a stack of wood leaned up against two trees or large rocks, with an optional stack of wood to one side. Layer your lean-to wood stacks with large ferns or moss to keep in heat and stay safe during the night. If you can, also look for existing shelter under rocks, in a small cave, or under a canopy of trees.

Build a fire

The number one most important survival tip given by survival pros on TV is to make a good fire as soon as possible. Not only does fire warm you up, it also serves as a beacon to any search parties looking for you. If you carry sharp tools like knives by Gerber you can find a flint rock and strike them together to create the needed sparks for a fire.

Locate fresh water

Humans can only survive for a few days without any water at all. Drinkable fresh water is extremely important in any survival scenario. Be sure to disinfect any water taken from the ground by heating it up until it boils. Try to collect any rain water you can as well, as rain water is safe to drink.

Protect yourself from animals

Sometimes wild animals get hungry and attack humans. The easiest way to protect yourself in a dangerous situation like this is to attach your trusty knife to a long stick, creating a spear. This gives you length and a very potent weapon that may end up saving your life.

Find help

The key to surviving a wilderness scenario is to simply get help as soon as possible. If you build a fire, fan the flames with wet leaves to create a distinct pattern of smoke that may attract invaluable attention and search parties.

Author Bio

This article was written by Dixie Somers. Dixie is a freelance writer and avid blogger who gets her inspiration from her wonderful husband and three little girls.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Food Insurance Food Review

I was send a couple of Food Insurance single serving pouch samples for review.

The single serving packages are excellent quality and also resealable. They can also able to be used to cook your meal in by following the simple instructions on the back. While the packaging was very plain, I say, who cares. It is what is on the inside that really matters.

lasagna Lasagna with Meat Sauce - The Lasagna with Meat sauce was very easy to cook and also tasted very good. I was able to cook the meal in about nine minutes by adding boiling water directly into the pouch, mixing it thoroughly, and sealing it up. After it is finished, I found that it was cooked thoroughly, and smelled and tasted very good. The lasagna was not runny at all. It had very good texture. I found lots of pieces of meat in it as well. Each pouch contains one serving at 300 calories.

Stroganoff Beef Stroganoff with Noodles - The Beef Stroganoff was also very easy to cook and tasted and smelled very good. All it took was boiling water in the pouch, mix thoroughly, and then seal the pouch for a few minutes. It had very good texture and consistency. There was plenty of meat pieces in it as well. Each pouch contains one serving at 320 calories.

I also got to try some small samples of their Freeze Dried Chicken Alfredo, as well as some freeze dried corn (uncooked), and freeze dried pineapple (uncooked). While I only got a small taste of these, they were all good. I was surprised that the uncooked products were good. Especially the pineapple. It was like eating candy. I can picture your kids wanting to eat the pineapple all the time.

While it would have been nice to have a few more samples to try, I would have to say that what I did get was excellent. They also have freeze dried fruits, vegetables, meats, drinks, and desserts. Most of their products come in the #10 cans, while only a few come in the pouches. Their website says that their products will last for up to 25 years if stored in a dry cool place.

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Know how Knowledge can Help You To Survive On Earth

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Learning happens every day. We are not just talking about concrete facts like E=mc², but things you absorb from the world around you, without even realising it sometimes. The key to gaining knowledge is to have an alert mind sensitive to everything that’s happening. When we analyse problems, we develop critical thinking. The more we think about issues the better we get at arriving to solutions. Look at the most successful people around you. Just take your boss or team leader. You will find a swift, discerning mind capable of making decisions within minutes.

Knowledge is awareness; how to go through the day in the best possible fashion, and making the most out of it in the process. Why do you think elderly people are considered to be wise? They have experienced and seen more. But the kind of fast-paced world we are living in does not wait for us to get old and make sense of things. You need to learn quickly to win the race.

It is best to impart knowledge at a young age. Your children need to learn, right from now, the importance of thinking critically. Children need more than classroom knowledge to get ahead in this world. Many educational institutions are starting to realise the significance of this notion. Right from primary level, kids are encouraged in games that seem fun, but really do more than that.

Teachers are imbibing problem solving skills to kids as young as 5 years of age. Children tend to scream and pull each other’s hair out for every single thing. You might think that they will get over this behaviour as they mature, but it is important to make them realise the value of talking things out early on. Treasure hunting games are a great way of enhancing children’s thinking ability, at the same time teaching them how to coordinate with a team to win.

If you see your children fighting over the remote, each wanting to watch a different program, don’t simply switch off the TV and banish them to their rooms. Explain how giving and adjusting brings peace. Cultivate in your child the habit of finishing homework on time by promising some treats. Slowly, qualities like punctuality and obedience will come naturally to them.

For more counselling on how to educate your child on awareness and life-values, or in case of any emergencies regarding their future, feel free to call a child support phone number.

About Me :
Sophie Samuel is a blogger from London in UK. She loves kids and therefore loves to write articles related to children. As a single mother, she took up writing as her profession to meet the educational expenses of her kids and the family. She says that child support agency has helped her much in upbringing her kids and she recommends the same to any single parent looking for guidance. For any guidance during emergency situations regarding her children, she calls in the child support phone number for assistance.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Preparedness Evaluation: How Secure is Your Home?


From a stockpile of gasoline and food rations to gallons of purified water and a stash of ammo and guns, your house is fully stocked with everything you could need in a disaster. In case of an emergency you're more prepared than everyone on your block, but would your home be properly secured in the event that you need to flee? There are things you can do to better secure your home from invasion.

Are Your Doors Sturdy Enough?

According to Consumer Reports, steel, fiberglass and solid wood doors are the most-secure types of residential doors. While fiberglass and solid wood doors rank well due to the fact that these types of doors are more weather-resistant and dent-resistant than steel, steel doors are superior when it comes to impact protection and affordability. Steel doors are an ideal choice for preppers, providing a solid barrier to entry that cannot be easily kicked down or damaged by high winds during a natural disaster.

Reinforce the strength of your door with at least two to three locks. Dead bolts are a secure choice, suggests, but make sure the door frame is sturdy in order to boost the integrity of the locks. Consumer Reports recommends using 3-inch screws to install locks and secure hinges for maximum stability.

Can Your Home Security System Be Controlled Remotely?

A security system that can be remotely activated is essential to make sure you can keep your home secure in the event that you need to head to your bug out location in a hurry. Many companies offer systems that can be controlled through smartphone apps or the Internet. For example, the LifeShield home-security system can be controlled via the company's free LifeView app, which even allows you to view a live feed of your home security cameras from anywhere.

Is Your Yard Well-Lit?

A well-lit yard is a secure yard. Ample outdoor lighting helps keep your property visible to passersby, preventing intruders from being able to prowl around in your yard unnoticed. If you don't already have a few motion-sensored lights installed, add them now to illuminate any dark areas of your property. Don't use energy-efficient CFL light bulbs in motion-activated light fixtures. They take too long to reach their maximum brightness than is effective for this type of lighting application.

Where Do You Keep Spare Keys?

If you keep a spare key to your house or vehicle in a magnetic or fake rock hide-a-key fixture, it's only a matter of time before a criminal finds your keys and welcomes himself into your home. Thieves are wise to this trick and often hunt around a spare key before trying to break into a house. Instead, leave spare keys with a trusted friend or family member who lives nearby.

Are Storage Areas Locked?

In the event of an emergency, your preparedness supplies will be as enticing to unprepared people as they are essential to your family's survival. Thwart thieves and looters by keeping storage areas securely locked at all times.

Matthew Hecht
A born outdoorsman, Matt shares his adventures with readers on a variety of blogs.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Nuclear Winter – Dress for the season

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If the world experiences a nuclear apocalypse, the best thing to do is crouch into a ball, put your head between your knees, and kiss your butt goodbye! Unless of course you are one of the lucky few who has prepared a nice nuclear shelter, gets in there in time, and waits long enough before coming back to the earth’s surface. But, what will you find when you emerge from your bunker? The answer is, of course, nuclear winter. This is a state where nuclear bombs have disrupted so many particulates on the Earth’s surface, that the sun is partially blocked 24 hours a day – to the point where the weather is noticeably colder, and plants don’t grow well – if at all.

nuclear protection

Surviving in a nuclear winter is all about salvaging. There won’t be much in the way of plant life growing, and most wild animals will be long dead. Food will come from abandoned shopping centers, or even homes that were well prepared with a large stock of canned goods. Clean bottled water will be essential as well. Remember, areas that were directly impacted by nuclear weapons will remain contaminated – so don’t gather food or water there. The weather will be colder – so you’ll want to be making your way South. Even there, it will still likely be cold, so literally dress for the weather, and be prepared with cold weather gear that can withstand rain and snow. You never know exactly what the crazy nuclear winter weather will look like.

nuclear devastation

If possible, think about protecting a hearty vehicle that can move these goods over rough roads to places you might want to store them. Printed maps with noticeable landmarks will be helpful, as many road signs will be destroyed, or unreadable. Forget about the internet, or any electricity powered information devices to rely on. Stocking up on medical supplies is always a good idea as well, but also be prepared to salvage these from abandoned hospitals and drug stores. Basic medical care books will be essential for executing urgent care tactics – unless you’re already a trained medical professional.

abandoned store If there is any hope in the hearts of those who do survive a nuclear apocalypse, it is that they’ll actually live through the nuclear winter – and see some semblance of a normal world again. This means farming, fishing, and building a society – so be sure to stock building and farming / fishing tools. In any apocalypse situation, the most valuable commodity any individual can possess is hope. As you prepare for the worst, prepare for the best. What are your values? What books do you have to teach your children about society and history? What are the seeds (both literal and figurative) you’ll use to grow your future? Remember Preparing for an apocalypse is more than just food and shelter – it’s mental survival as well.

If you had to compare a nuclear winter to a zombie apocalypse, or even a sea level rise – would it be better, or worse? Who knows, maybe we’ll see all three at the same time!

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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Staying awake the first 48 hours

Written by Steven Hill

Author of

When the news begins to filter of the apocalypse you will no doubt have very little time to enact your plan. News will be short and once major cities begin to fall you will notice transmission will be broken, most likely defaulted to emergency communications. You will then notice the power begin to blackout, first this will be intermittent but within hours it will be completely unavailable. From the first news to complete outage you would be lucky to have a total of 7 hours. In this time you will be ensuring you have your crew safely together, your supplies and equipment stock piled and be heading for your bunker or defence position.


Much like any life changing event, your adrenalin will pump you through the first 24 hours without a consideration of tiredness and perhaps even into the 30th hour if you are caught in any Zombie fighting. Unfortunately our biggest weakness against Zombies is our need for sleep. Due to the decreased brain activity of the walking dead you will find they do not sleep and are on a constant mission to locate, consume and destroy all living human flesh. So how do you cope without sleep and when does it become a problem?

sleep chart

During the first 48 hours you will need to enact your survival plan and set up base. Depending on the location of your settlement and the number in your party you will need to take turns at sleeping, best to do this depending on the individual’s preference as some people have trouble sleeping in daylight. Your shift sleeping should allow enough time to gain a useful sleep that will recharge the brain cells; best to be at least 6 hour blocks allowing for time either side to fall asleep and wake up. The shift of sleeping for those that have stood guard at the beginning should be longer to allow more recovery after being awake for the 48 hour period.

If you find you are alone during this apocalypse and have no safe haven arranged then it is key to your survival you do not fall asleep for the first 48 hours. Once you have found a place to settle you will need to stay awake for a minimum of 12 hours ensuring it is indeed a safe haven. This will be the most difficult stage of your survival as sitting and not having stimulus will definitely make you feel more tired. Stimulating drinks, pills and eating a lot of food will help as your body will need these to continue to operate and keep you alert enough to defend yourself. Ensuring you do not continue to do the same thing for too long, if you are sitting make sure you stand or walk at thirty minute intervals to give your mind something different to focus on and your body does not start to shut down into sleep mode.

Beyond 48 hours you are entering dangerous territory for your body if you do not gain some sleep. The human body requires sleep and it is vital to your sanity during these difficult times that you do get sufficient rest. Hallucinations and loss of motor control are two symptoms that will quickly appear if you have been deprived of sleep beyond this point, leading to more serious conditions like psychosis and paranoid psychotic episodes. Now in a heightened emotional state with such big risks you will most likely suffer a lapse in concentration when you have not slept and if you add to the already exaggerated feeling of paranoia these symptoms will not be something you can ignore.

Sleep in a confined space with only one entrance, ensure beyond the entrance is a further room or doorway which is locked. If you are alone, attempt to sleep on high ground a tree or platform would be ideal, and to ensure you do not fall simply tether yourself to the object. Having some form of alarm system sounds like a great idea, but be warned an alarm should be silent, perhaps a string which pulls on your foot or hand as any loud noises may simply attract further zombies to your safe house.

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The best advice is to ensure you have a survival group ready to be a team during the event of an apocalypse, but remember you may lose some of your party in the early stages of the new world so whilst you should stay close emotional bonds can lead you into dangerous situations that put your life at risk. Planning the actions and location of your group is important ensuring everyone knows their role before it happens, there is no room for arguments when you are trying to live through the apocalypse. Any plan of survival should include a timescale and keep this within 48 hours, do not plan your safe haven if it is too far away, or perhaps ensure you have a secondary location closer by for your first stop. Good Luck and see you out there!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

What if The US is the Victim of a Nuclear Strike?

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The big news these days is the threat of a nuclear attack. Of course with the direct threat from Korea, everyone’s talking about the best way to survive a nuclear attack and what to do in the event that you do survive the initial attack.

Just as in any other kind of survival situation, the key to staying alive is going to be in preplanning.

Tips on Surviving Nuclear War

Is a nuclear war survivable? Some people will tell you yes, while others will reply no way can you survive something like that.

In all honesty, that depends on how far you are from the center of the strike and how well prepared that you are. Realistically, if you're within five miles of the strike, you're quite likely not going to survive the immediate blast. That said, no nuclear strike really comes out of the clear blue sky. There will be telltale signs. Not the least of which signs will be that some political situation will begin to deteriorate and there will be some type of threats flowing. In most cases, you'll of course not be told where the strike will be, but in many cases, you're going to know those targets which are close to you.

If you're in close proximity to any kind of target--specifically a major landmark, a city which could be hailed as important, such as one of the very large trade or government centers, chances are good that you're going to be a target. In most cases, the goal of any strike will be to take out as many people as possible in a small time span. To that end, if you can evacuate prior to the strike, do so. You'll know very well that a strike is coming, and if you suspect it, get out. If you can't get out of the area, at least let the fact that a nuclear war could be imminent help you to determine what kind of shelter that you build.

Just as for a particular kind of storm, a nuclear war will require that you have thick walls and have them well below the ground. Your best option will be a basement with thick walls and a heavy roofing. Not just the immediate blast can damage you. For several days or weeks after the blast, nuclear fallout will be in the area. The more that fallout has to go through the less damaging it is. You'll going to want to have thicker walls and a shelter that is below the ground much like a tornado bunker, but with thicker walls.

You're also going to need supplies in that shelter that can keep you alive until you're able to get out and around. Food and water to last you several months is going to be in order. Don't forget that the outside world in your area is going to be contaminated. That includes the food and the water. Stocking your bunker with enough sustenance and water to keep you and your family alive until you can get to another area is going to be the only way that you're going to stay alive and prevent yourself from getting ill due to eating contaminated food or water. Keep the food groups in mind when you are buying canned food in order to ensure that you have proteins as well as vegetables to balance a diet over the course of several weeks. Fallout does contaminate nearly anything that is growing.

You'll also want some means of getting the news. A crank radio and a crank or hand chargeable light is going to be a necessity in the bunker. You'll need to know when it's safe for you and your family to leave the bunker. As soon as you can leave the shelter, you want to immediately leave the area. If you've been within a hundred odd miles of the blast, the area will be contaminated. That means food, water, animals and anything else above ground may also be contaminated and is going to be unsafe to eat. Steer clear of things that may have taken any kind of contamination and leave the area, getting far enough away from the source of the blast that you'll be able to find safe food and water.

Can you survive a nuclear blast? Fortunately we've never had to find out on US soil so far. If there is a chance of survival however, it's going to lie in carefully planning what you'd do and how you'd accomplish it, leaving nothing to chance.

Jack Jones is the founder of the online game New 1000, and likes to write various articles for cool websites such as this one.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Apocalypse Currency – Home Brew

Written by Steven Hill

Author of

One of the most appealing factors of the apocalypse is that it will rid the world of debt. It acts like an equaliser across society meaning that money and wealth are no longer the measure of a man. This also means that all your fancy gadgets and piles of money have no value. A new currency will emerge and at the top of the list will be food and drink. Entertainment may become more popular as the apocalypse ages but to ensure you are wealthy then a large stock of Home brew is a great currency. As escapism people will turn to alcohol to forget the nightmare that this planet has become and with stocks of shops being looted and large brewers out of business then industry will have to begin again.

Home brewing is not as difficult as you would imagine, and it is something that you can easily start today. There is simple instruction here. The most important thing is to source are the materials needed to produce this. A small set up can produce you a batch of 24 bottles every four weeks. A lot of the ingredients you can grow if you have a nice roof garden or greenhouse in your survival camp and of course a natural spring will be useful to supply the water you will need.

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You could even be the first pub in the new world and attract survivors from all around the world, ensuring you charge a good trade on entry to help you build a stockpile of weapons and supplies. You could have your very own bar, complete with hot barmaids and bottled beer. Everyone who is prepared for the zombie apocalypse has seen Shaun of the Dead, owning your own pub just like the Winchester is every man’s dream. Think of it as a way to bring capitalism to the apocalypse and your Steve Jobs, the guy at the top.

One drawback to serving alcohol in the apocalypse may be that the decision to turf someone out onto the street for being a bit too drunk may actually mean they lose their life. A few rooms upstairs just for paying guests may be something you need to consider. Security on the other hand should be simple, get everyone to strip down to basics before entering to ensure no concealed weapons. After a few good trades you will have built up a rather tasty arsenal of weapons to rely on when looters come calling. But most likely people will enjoy your pub and customers will protect this little slice of heaven in a nightmare world.

So forget learning how to change a light bulb and rewire a toaster the skills you need come the apocalypse will be simpler than that. Once you have attempted a few batches you will get more adept at flavouring and ensure that you have different varieties, perhaps a nice fruity batch for the lady survivor and a dark and heavy batch for those hardened road warriors.

You never know, beer might just save your life. Home brewing is a valuable skill that if suddenly over run by looters you will be able to bargain for your life with.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Apocalypse Survival – Find a Castle with a Moat

Written by Steven Hill

Author of

One of the main considerations you will need to give your apocalypse plan of survival is where are you going to live? Many people have touted a bunker, air raid shelter or mall as valid places and each has a merit to it. Personally my preference is to carry off a bit more swagger than that during the apocalypse, and lucky for me I live in a country full of old castles.

The ideal type of castle would be one with a moat, however with the availability of power tools post apocalypse I’m sure I could dig one out if needed. The reason for this is security but not just from the zombies, it could also be a valid defence against looters.

A moat for those of you without any history knowledge is a big ditch round a castle that is filled with water. There is usually a drawbridge that allows you access in and out of the castle, which can be lowered from the inside only. There is usually also a tunnel escape with comes out somewhere a few miles away from the castle, just in case you were worried about the running out of food and being surrounded thing.

Castles have exterior high walls with natural turrets to allow you to view for miles, also making for great place to practice your shooting. They also feature behind these walls open space that could be used for growing your food, now that your local supermarket has become a looted shell with some nasty zombie lurking in the freezer section.

So what would you need to ensure you had inside the walls before being able to sit back and enjoy the view? Well firstly the main problem will be heat, as most countries with any standing castles are colder climates you will need to ensure you stockpile lots of wood and other materials to create fire for warmth and cooking. You will also need to ensure that you have enough liquid to sustain you, thankfully if you rig up some nice water catchers then for 9 months out of the year you will have plenty of rainfall to quench your thirst and water your veggies. Another consideration would be entertainment, the argument for the mall is due to the abundance of entertainment to see you through decades, but in a castle you might want to go back to basics. Get a bunch of board games and some really good books, which can also be used for kindling for your fire.

Another advantage to the moat will be that you will have it full of zombies. A zombie will blindly walk into the moat attempting to get at your brains, finding themselves stuck due to the high sides of the moat they will simply wonder around the water like a pack of sharks. This is added defence for any looters that fancy their chances of climbing; sure to be shocked as they are bitten from beneath by an especially angry, wet and hungry horde of zombies. Just make sure you don’t drop your car keys in there.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Surviving A Government Collapse

A government collapse is something that not all of us see as major threat. It is an institution that, in our eyes in permanent and will always be there to give us direction and guidance or not depending on your political stance. However, one thing we are pretty certain on is that it is here to stay, regardless of whether we would like it to or not.

Whether you believe the many conspiracy stories or not, there is no question that the government is a very secretive organisation. 9/11, Area 51 the next zombie apocalypse, who knows what they will have up their sleeves for us next? But can they continue at this rate or will their house of cards come tumbling down around them. What sort of discontent and chaos will ensue should our illustrious leader fall prey to their own underhand tactics?

This begs the question - How does one survive a government collapse?

You need to educate yourself if you don’t know much, join groups and associations that promote sustainability and where you can educate yourself in the key skill areas that you may be particularly worried about.

First off you need to prepare yourself for the worst of it, get together with your family and friends even neighbours and plan how to survive. It’s time to rebuild the communities, and not be influenced by the government controlled media that want you to believe there may be a public hatred for Muslims and other faiths. Looking at the bigger picture, we need to realise that we are all part of the same planet and each person’s existence and contribution on this planet is just as valuable as the next, however small or insignificant it may seem.

Grow your own, with the unemployment record at an all time high, food prices rising things can only get worse. You can do your best to grow your own so that it is cost effective instead of food that is too expensive and no one can afford.

Learn what you can start to grow now and other things like that to make up if there is a collapse. Start buying and storing plant seeds so that you can use them if you are stuck for food.

This may sound like there’s a zombie apocalypse coming and you will need to lock yourself in a safe house or panic room but trust me it will pay off in the long run if you do all of this.

To be prepared we need to think of survival, here is a recommended list of items to have ready:

  • Bottled water, Tap water would be fine.
  • Dried foods, pasta's and rice, enough for several months
  • Tinned food, although this can be heavy, so don’t rely on this.
  • Tents, Ideally, keeping them small as possible, two maybe needed for four persons.
  • Sleeping bags, Waterproof with the highest "Toggle" rating you can afford.
  • Candles
  • Flint/Matches, for starting fires and lighting candles
  • Plates and cutlery, preferable plastic camping plates
  • Stock of Medication and pain killers
  • Vegetable seeds. These will be valuable in the long term as a source of food
  • First aid kit
  • Basic tool kit - hammer, screwdrivers, pliers and saw for example
  • Clothing, three days worth of clothes, warm clothing. Waterproofs, thermals and gloves, hats and coats
  • Wind up radio
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Can opener
  • A camp stove or non electrical cooker that can be used indoors along with extra fuel
  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the centre tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might "flavour" food items.)
  • Medical-grade vinyl gloves
  • Sharp knife or multipurpose knife/tool
  • Rope
  • A full petrol/diesel container kept in your vehicle
  • Follow these guidelines and you should be ready for any eventuality.

Of course we all hope that the government remains in power and rules the country as well as it has done in the past and continues to do so in the future but it never hurts to be prepared. Who knows what dark secret could be unleashed.

Author Bio:

Aidan writes for Sec Tech UK, a specialist security company who manage and install panic rooms and provide other security solutions. In his spare time he likes watching zombie movies and sci-fi.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Surviving an Injury without a First Aid Kit

Hikers, hunters, cross country skiers and bicycle enthusiasts can be miles from home when an injury occurs. The injury if severe enough can leave you stranded and put your life in peril. There may be several people in your group and one becomes injured, which means you have to render first aid to the injured party. An injury can prevent you from building a shelter, collecting water and performing other vital tasks for survival. You of course, only expected to be gone for a few hours, so you packed accordingly, which means you have limited supplies, and no first aid kit.

The information provided is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice.

Control Bleeding First

An arterial wound will be spurting blood usually in rhythm with the heartbeat. These wounds can be fatal in a matter of minutes unless you control the bleeding. Arteries carry blood from the heart so they are under pressure, which causes the spurting. Venous blood is blood returning to the heart through veins and is not under as much pressure.

Direct pressure is needed to stop arterial blood flow. Hands can be used to apply pressure in an emergency until the flow is slowed enough to apply a compression bandage. A compression bandage is tightened more than you would tighten a pressure bandage for non-arterial wounds. Tighten the compressions bandage enough to stop the blood flow yet not so much it completely restrict flow to the limb or surrounding tissue. Use a bandana, piece of clothing or even certain slender vines to secure a compression bandage. Do not remove the bandage even when it becomes blood soaked.

A tourniquet can be used if you cannot slow the blood flow. Use any type cordage, bandana, or strips of clothing. Place the tourniquet 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) above the wound and between the heart and wound. Tighten until the blood stops and then clean and dress the wound. If you have applied the tourniquet to yourself and you are alone do not remove it. If you applied it to someone else loosen every 15 minutes for 1 to 2 minutes to allow blood flow to the tissues to prevent permanent damage to the area.

If a tourniquet is improperly applied and left in place to long, it will cause permanent damage to tissue and limbs and can result in gangrene, which is a very serious condition and if left untreated is fatal.

Assume anyone with a bleeding wound or other type of trauma is in shock and treat for it immediately after treating the wounds. Lay a conscious person on their back and elevate the lower extremities 8 to 10 inches. If the person is unconscious, lay them on their side with their mouth turned so they do not choke on vomit or other fluids. Cover with a blanket and/or get to a shelter.

If the blood is not spurting from the wound wrap a pressure bandage around the wound and tighten enough to slow blood loss but not so tight it restricts blood flow to tissues.

Using Plants to Treat Wounds

Sphagnum moss Sphagnum moss can be found in many wilderness areas, and it can be used as a topical treatment for wounds. Some studies even indicate that some types of sphagnum moos have some levels of iodine. However, what researchers and other experts do know is that sphagnum moss has a high acidity content, which can destroy and prevent bacteria growth. Ideally, you would wrap the moss in an absorbent cloth to make a poultice and place on the wound. The moss is absorbent and can draw infection from the wound while the high acid content prevents the growth of bacteria.

Yarrow The yarrow plant can be used to slow bleeding in a wound, can reduce swelling around the area and is known to destroy and prevent the growth of bacteria. Crush into a mash to bring out the plant's oils and wrap in an absorbent cloth making sure the oil makes contact with the wound and surrounding skin. If you do not have any cloth, crush the leaves and place directly on the wound. Yarrow is also considered an astringent, which means it can draw wounded tissue together.

Aloe vera (L.) Burm. f. Aloe Vera is used to treat burns and other skin wounds as well as intestinal problems and is taken internally by some for its nutritional value. The juice from the Aloe Vera plant is used to treat open wounds and burns by providing a protective layer that has anti-bacterial properties. The protective layer prevents bacteria from getting into the wound and properties in the liquid help the wound heal faster.

Bone Fractures

Open or closed fractures are common injuries for hunters and hikers. An open fracture causes the bone to protrude through the skin and you must stop the blood flow before immobilizing the limb. A closed fracture is a broken bone but the bone has not broken through the skin.

The main concern with any fracture is movement of the broken bone severing an artery. The bone must be immobilized as quickly as possible to restrict the bones' movement. Use any stout sticks for splints along with strips of cloth or any cordage available to immobilize the area. Secure a splint on both sides of the fracture. Pad the splints where they contact the body if possible. Muscle flexing and other movement will cause the splints to loosen so they must be checked periodically.

Sprains can be treated with cold water, compression and rest. Keep weight off the ankle. Make sure however, it is only a sprain by moving the joint and feeling for grating bone. Soak cloth in water and drape over the area. Wrap whatever material is available around the joint to immobilize and keep the area elevated. If nothing more than a sprain then the swelling should be reduced after several days. Wrap mashed yarrow leaves in cloth and keep pressed to the sprain to help reduce swelling.

Keep Yourself Together

Panicking will only compound the situation so always keep yourself composed whether you are treating yourself or others. You must be able to concentrate on administering aid with whatever is available.

Keep your hands clean by washing your hands briskly with clean to remove what bacteria you can. Use a cloth that will not be used for wound treatment to wash your hands. You must do what you can to prevent the spread of bacteria to wounds.

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

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Smart Survivalists Ultimate Emergency Preparedness Kit

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No matter where you live, disasters may happen, and while you have no control over emergencies such as severe storms or earthquakes, you can prepare for them by creating your own disaster kits. By having vital supplies on hand, you will increase your chances of survival and comfort until the emergency has passed or until rescue workers arrive. 

Cases for Disaster Kits

The professionals at All Cases say that your two primary options for kits are hard, waterproof cases and soft-sided cases, such as backpacks or duffel bags. The former is more likely to withstand disasters such as hurricanes or floods, but may be heavier and less convenient than soft-sided cases, but all the same, won’t get damaged by water, and are crush-proof, but you can also store small waterproof cases inside backpacks or duffel bags. Each smaller case could contain first aid supplies and packaged food items.  Ideally, you should have both kinds of cases, and you should store them in a cool, dry place. The area should also be a place you will easily remember, such as a front room closet or pantry shelf. Depending on the size of your family, you may need more than one kit. 

What to Pack

Pack food that is easy to open, has a long shelf life and is calorie dense, you can choose canned foods, protein bars, and ready to eat meals. If you pack canned food with traditional lids, remember to pack a can opener. MRE’s (meals ready-to-eat) are long-lasting, and provide an array of entrees, desserts, side-dishes that are water-resistant, and high in nutrients.

Having medical supplies on hand can mean the difference between life and death, so pack Steri-Strips, antiseptic wipes, Kerlix, medical scissors, a suture kit, bandages, wound wash, space blankets, pain medication, compresses, gloves and medical tape. If you take prescription medicines, keep extra medicine stored in your disaster kit. 

The power is usually off in disaster situations, so pack flashlights, a small battery-powered radio and extra batteries. Choose flashlights that have LED bulbs for the greatest visibility. 

What to Keep in Mind About Water

Water is one of the most essential items to have during disasters, it can take a while for rescuers to get to you, and so you should always keep water on hand, because in many cases your water supply might get contaminated during emergencies. Store at least one gallon per person per day – assume it may be at least three days, possibly more, before you have access to clean water again. Because of its weight and bulk, water can be stored next to your disaster kit rather than placed in the bag. If you have to leave your home, just carry as much water with you as you can, and never drink water that’s exposed to the elements, as it might be contaminated.

Author Bio

This article was written by Kathrine Kreger who grew up with a preparedness fanatic of a father, and is ever appreciative of the skills and knowledge that he passed onto her. Kathrine is currently living in Eugene Oregon, and just graduated from the U of U in Salt Lake City Utah last year.

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Doomsday Giveaway for March 2013!

For March 2013, I have decided to let you pick out your own survival gear. This month the prize is a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Check your Bug-Out Bag and see what is missing. Look through your food storage and see what you lack. Maybe you need a book or two that will help you to get more knowledgable or better organized. It's all good stuff. Get what you like with this month's giveaway!

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