Wednesday, July 30, 2014

7 Reasons Why You Want to Know How to Drive a Truck

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They ability to manage a large-sized vehicle in challenging conditions is important, especially in survival situations. This will enable you to safely transport more cargo, navigate different forms of terrain and even overcome partial or full barricades. Following are 7 reasons why you want to know how to drive a truck in emergency situations.

Moving Your Stockpile

The most important step in disaster preparedness is to stock up on food, potable water, medical supplies and an array of durable items for creating a basic shelter when necessary. Having these things on hand, however, does not automatically mean that people will be able to survive challenging and unexpected developments. Changing locations could be critical for avoiding contamination of food and water stores and for the preservation of life. The ability to drive a truck will make it much easier to fit all people and goods into a single vehicle so that families are not split up and rations are not unnecessarily divided.

Extreme Driving Conditions

Chances are that you will be facing extreme conditions in survival situations. According to Valley Driving School in Richmond, B.C. extreme weather conditions include extreme cold, extreme heat, wet roads, icy roads, extremely dry environments, snow, high winds and fog. Larger, more rugged vehicles are equipped to handle these types of conditions, however expert training is advised for some conditions.

Going Off Road

The ability to go off road in a 2wd vehicle is an important skill to master. Learning how to do this in a 4wd vehicle, however, will get you and your group where you need to go far faster and much easier. Larger trucks make great bug-out vehicles, even though they are more conspicuous than smaller autos with fewer navigation abilities.

The Ability to Transport Your Own Fuel

Small-sized autos will rarely be sufficient for transporting all people, water, food items, clothing, medical supplies and shelter materials. They will also lack adequate space for storing extra fuel. A large-sized truck, however, will allow you to take several fuel cans in tow. This will make it possible to drive further without having to plot a route that is heavily reliant upon having access to gas stations.

Overcoming Blockades

Many trucks will also have the ability to overcome or move past temporary blockages that have been established by authorities or private parties. In emergency events, creating feasible routes to safety will often require people to travel off the beaten path. Small obstacles that might cause problems for small-sized vehicles could be easily bypassed when riding in a large-sized truck.

Picking People Up

In the interest of self-preservation, most survivalists will not be eager to add to their group when leaving potentially life-threatening circumstances behind them. When time allows, however, it could be advantageous to pick up like-minded individuals who have stored resources and tools that will compliment your own. This can even enhance the collective skill set. With a larger vehicle on hand, you will invariably have more options in terms of who and what you are willing and able to transport. Trips into densely populated areas to replenish fuel, food or medical supplies can be more productive as well and these can therefore be limited.

Safe Shelter

When all else fails, a large-sized vehicle will provide safe shelter from the elements and will not require any modifications in order to do so. This will create a comfortable space for performing a wide variety of activities and could be far preferable to building a temporary shelter outside. Trucks as shelters will even provide limited access to a fairly reliable power and heat source. Using the truck as an alternative means for shelter will additionally make it easier for groups to quickly pack up camp and head to new areas when problems arise.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 Tips To Help Make Sure Your Car is Packed and Running Correctly If The Worst Happens

Emergency preparedness is neglected in many homes, but it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for different events. Emergencies can involve anything from being stranded on the road in cold weather to natural disasters requiring immediate evacuation. Here are five tips you can use to make sure you’re ready in case the worst happens.

Keep up with Car Maintenance

It doesn’t matter how great your first-aid kit is if your car breaks down because the oil wasn’t changed. Keep up with regular maintenance so that you can count on your car working when you need it the most. This includes changing the oil, checking the battery and contacts, replacing worn windshield wipers, the cabin and engine air filters, having the tires rotated and replacing spark plugs.

Fix the Cars

In the event of an emergency, you may need more than one car to get out of town with the entire family, your pets, the possessions most important to you and some basic living supplies. When evacuating for a tornado, it’s impossible to know when the area will be safe to return, so you’ll need to take extra clothes and items along. If you have a broken down car, this is the time to get it fixed.

Basic Comfort

People in northern climates routinely keep at least one extra blanket in the car in case they’re trapped on the road during a snowstorm. However, this is a good item to have in all regions. It can become cool at night even in warmer climates, and you need to be prepared for anything. Include some basic comfort items in the emergency bin that will stay in your car. Consider blankets for warmth, work gloves, a complete change of clothing for each family member and a few rolls of toilet paper.

Necessities for Survival

In an emergency, everyone in town may be heading in the same direction as you are. Stopping at the grocery store may not be an option. Leave a case of water in the trunk of the car along with some food like trail mix, protein bars and other items that can take the heat. Purchase new supplies every few months and cycle them out so you don’t wind up with stale water and spoiled food.

Other Items to Consider

In addition to the standard first aid kit, remember a few other items. Even if cell service goes down for a while, it will hopefully come back up. Keep an automobile phone charger in the car so that you can maintain communication with loved ones. Pack flashlights and extra batteries. You should also have a basic tool kit and a set of jumper cables. Even though your car is in top condition, someone else may need your assistance with theirs.

Make sure that every car you own is packed with an emergency kit. If you have to leave the area in an emergency, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something essential in your rush to leave. If you’re stranded in a traffic jam or break down in bad weather, you’ll have the supplies on hand that you need.

Chaleigh Glass is a freelance writer that lives in NYC. She writes about anything from tow truck companies in Kamloops that sell recycled truck parts like: Mike's Auto Towing. Other topics include things like how to spice up your love life to how to live off the grid. In her spare time she likes to golf, snowboard, and take lifestyle photos.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

5 Survival Tips You Should Know

Written by dougevil

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  1. Over Communicate

    This one is so basic it should be second nature, but so many people leave out this one thing that could save their lives. If you are traveling alone make sure you have a check-in buddy. This person should know how to contact you (if possible), where you are going (as specific as you can be down to trail), when you are going and when you are expected to be back. Every detail that you can give them is important and could be the piece that leads to your rescue should you become lost, injured or incapacitated in the wild.

  2. Carry a Handkerchief

    This simple and classic item should be in every preparedness-minded person’s pocket or within easy reach. It is the very spirit of the multi-tasker, and it is one survival item that is appropriate and accepted anywhere. Your handkerchief can serve countless purposes:
    • Bandage
    • Carry Container
    • First Stage Water Filtration
    • Fuel for Fires
    • Dust/Debris Mask
    • Signal/Marker
    • Oven Mitt
    • Cold Compress
    • Sling Shot
    When you start thinking about it, you will come up with 100 more uses for the simple handkerchief that will make you appreciate it in a whole new light.

  3. Use Everything

    When you are in survival mode, everything is useful and nothing is sacred. Understanding that things can be replaced will help keep you in the mindset that you are staying alive and ensure your priorities are in order. Whether it is stripping out the interior of your car for materials that can be used for clothing or shelter or busting up a dead phone to get a fire-starting spark from the battery; nothing you own is more important than staying alive. Many people have failed to survive catastrophe while they carried the very keys to their salvation literally on their back.

  4. Don’t Ration Water

    Many a stranded man and woman have been found dead of dehydration, their bodies found parched- next to a half-full canteen. Sound crazy? It’s more common than you might think. It’s a commonly held belief that you need to make the water last as long as possible, so you start to ration out whatever supply you have. This mistake is 100% fatal. Your body requires 2 liters per day- minimum. Taking a few sips to preserve the supply will do nothing but quench the superficial thirst. The saying is true, once you are thirsty- you are already dehydrated.

    Water is one of your critical needs, and you should always be on the lookout for a clean or cleanable supply. Drink what you have to stay hydrated, or your brain and body will cease to function at a high level. Eventually, they will cease to function at all.

  5. Relax, Seriously

    The last thing that most people in a survival situation think about is relaxing. It is a critical life and death struggle; there is absolutely no time to stop focusing on survival, right? You couldn’t be more wrong. Your mental well-being and morale are critically important. Most experts will tell you that your bug out bag should include a book, or a notebook and paper or some playing cards. It is these small things that will allow you to keep your mind from going into panic mode. Just like you take breaks from any work or project, so much you from survival. It has been said that survival is 90% mental, and that has been proven in survival stories time and time again. Take some time to breath, take a nap or hum a song- anything to clear your mind. Your focus will be stronger, and your morale higher- giving you the greatest chance of survival.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Safety Equipment Basics: 8 Items You Will Always Need

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Whether you live alone, are walking through a big city, or driving in an unfamiliar area, it is important to always remember safety procedures. Most of the time, actions taken to ensure personal safety fall into the "common sense" category, but there are also several pieces of equipment which are helpful to have on your person at all times.

In the Car

Many car accessories manufacturers sell kits containing a lot of tools that become necessary in the event of an emergency. For example, there are window-breaking hammers which can be mounted to your dashboard. These come in handy when you are trapped underwater or in an overturned vehicle.

Another piece of equipment important to car safety is a fire extinguisher. If your car catches fire, it can move to the fuel or oil lines and cause an explosion. Fire extinguishers remove that possibility.

First aid kits are also important to have at your fingertips. Wounds from car accidents commonly become infected, since most victims do not immediately stop the bleeding or cover the wound. To limit the ill effects of car accidents, first aid kits are a necessary part of your emergency equipment.

On Your Person

Flashlights are always a good thing to have immediately available. Small flashlights that can be connected to your key chain are good to bring around with you wherever you go. Walking along roads with a flashlight will also alert cars to your presence, so they will not accidentally hit you.

Pepper spray or mace is also important to have in case of animal attack or attempted assault. These, like flashlights, come in keychain form and can be easily carried anywhere you need to go.

A pen and paper are surprisingly useful tools in emergencies. You may need to write a note on a car you've accidentally backed into, write down your contact information for police or others involved in an accident, or even signal for help with a hastily-scribbled note to a stranger. In these circumstances, you'll be glad you remembered to bring your pen and paper.

In the Home

Extra batteries are always good to keep in the house. If the power goes out, you'll be relying on batteries for light and heat. Gallons or bottles of water are also important to have, in case your water turns off in the middle of a disaster. For a long-term water supply, keep a filter or chemical purifier in your home, so you can get clean water from natural sources, if it comes to that.

Always make sure you keep these essential pieces of safety equipment readily available. The world can be a strange, exciting and dangerous place, so be safe out there!

Informational Credit to Nutech Safety Ltd

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Monday, July 14, 2014

How a Standard Vehicle with Extra Customization Can Protect You

You see them in safari-related movies, on hunting tours and even on the roads nowadays. It's not a Jeep, although their heavy-duty design allows them to compete against other off-road vehicles. With a legacy originating in Japan back in the early 1950s[1], the Toyota Land Cruiser has become a popular vehicle in countless countries all over the globe.

But why is this particular vehicle so highly desired, and how can it work for you?

Today, many use the Land Cruiser as a regular civilian vehicle due to its SUV looks, seating capacity, speed and superior engine size as well as its overall availability around the world. Newer models even allow buyers to choose unleaded or diesel engine options.

However, unbeknownst to many, there may be a bigger punch underneath the vehicle's V-8 diesel or petrol engine. Many security companies (or their clients) specifically request this vehicle for transportation because of its unparalleled safety and customization capabilities. Specialty businesses offer the ability to transfer a vehicle’s drive shaft from left-hand drive to right-hand drive, which makes it perfect for international use in locations where the road systems are vastly different to how American transportation infrastructures function.

When considering an armored car company, what features do they offer that can boost security for a standard Land Cruiser model? Here are some of the most popular customizable safety features:
  • Bullet resistant glass
  • Reinforced steel frames
  • Added composite steel for doors and roof
  • Roof escape options
  • Self-sealing gun ports
  • Run flat tires
Did you know that, when shot at, bullet resistant glass acts like a giant piece of plastic wrap, and its layers of glass and plastic safely envelop each bullet fragment? Furthermore, by reinforcing the vehicle’s body with composite steel plates, it makes the vehicle able to withstand dangerous collisions as well as more impervious to blasts caused by improvised explosion devices (IEDs).

These aforementioned features can be combined to create an exceptional level of road protection, making it much more difficult to damage than a standard vehicle. Even in relation to bullet spray, a customized Land Cruiser can offer extra protection for its inhabitants. Perhaps this is why so many law enforcement agencies, security companies, and private military organizations request this type of vehicle as they go about their duties.

If customizable vehicle manufacturing is something you want to pursue to strengthen your security from any potential threat to you and your passengers, please feel free to contact the international leader of armored cars, The Armored Group, today!

[1]Toyota. “Toyota Land Cruiser Chronology.” 2013, September 2013. Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Retrieved July 3, 2014 from

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

4 Essential (and Common) Household Items To Have During a Crisis

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We preppers are well aware that the world is not a perfect place. A whole lot can happen in a very short amount of time: like how a hurricane can gut an entire city overnight. An earthquake can topple bridges and large buildings in minutes, and even a solar flare can send society tumbling into anarchy within days.

But let’s not forget about how we can also be caught off guard, away from our preps and gear. You’ve probably played this scenario in your mind a few times already…

The Scenario

You leave for the weekend to visit the in-laws without your gear, thinking, “There’s no way something crazy is going to happen while we’re gone.” And then, the unthinkable happens.

You’re suddenly in a crisis scenario …possibly miles from your stash of survival goodies and just no way to get to them.

So, what are you going to do?

I’ve always said that a prepper is someone who gathers knowledge and supplies to survive a crisis. A survivalist is someone knowledgeable who prepares to have no supplies when the crisis unfolds.

No ‘survival supplies’? Oh contraire, my friends. I can already think of 4 that would certainly be stored at the in-laws' place.

Cotton Balls & Petroleum Jelly

Want to know a cheap, easy way of starting a fire –even if you left your trioxane tablets back at home?

Go to the upstairs bathroom and open the linen closet or mirror cabinet. Grab the Vaseline, about 15 cotton balls and a prescription pill container.

All you need to do is take a cotton ball, dip it in the petroleum jelly, and shove it into the pill container. Then, repeat until the container is completely full.

When you need to start a fire, simply hit that puppy with one of the in-laws' 5,000 matches (because his mom loves her candles), and it will burn consistently for a good 3-5 minutes. At that point, starting a fire is idiot-proof.

Oh, and don’t wipe the stickiness off your hands. You can also use the Vaseline that was inevitably left on your fingers for lip balm. Waste not; want not!

Duct Tape

Let’s face it, this one’s a given. Here’s just a short list of all the things you can do with the wonderful loveliness of duct tape.
  • Repair nylons and plastics from tents to patio furniture covers, which can also act as a water resistant bag.
  • Rip it into strips and create a synthetic rope (which is surprisingly strong)
  • Rip it into very thin strips and create yet another fire starter, which will burn for up to 15 minutes.
  • Temporarily patch clothing
  • Secure dressings on a wound with a cotton bandana or ripped-off swaths of the living room drapes
  • Burn the duct tape to use as signaling, if there’s snow on the ground. It will burn with a smelly, dark black smoke that will contrast against the white landscape.
And that isn’t even close to scratching the surface, as to how useful duct tape can be. If anything, it’s probably the most important supply in the home and in your preps.


This one is often overlooked, but there are some fantastic uses for the New York Times. And yes, even the one that’s been lying on your in-law’s front porch since last autumn.

For instance, newspaper can provide excellent insulation for cold evenings. Simply crumple up the lose papers and stuff the loose wads under your clothing. You’d be surprised as to just how warm this can keep you.

Just make sure to have a layer under the crumpled wads, because that gets itchy quickly.

Also, if you’ve got a whole ton of newspaper and other junk mail just lying about the house, then you can actually purchase a device that will turn it into logs for burning.

It’s basically nothing more than a compressor that uses water to break down the fibers in the paper. Once you’ve got full compression, you can remove the wet log and let it dry.

If the in-laws have a chimney, then you’re in luck. If they don’t…

Who cares if your neighborhood doesn’t allow bonfires, use the backyard anyway. It’s not like you’re going to get reprimanded by the homeowners association.

Alicia grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a tech company in Pennsylvania and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Aftermath: How To Prepare For The Results Of Damaging And Dangerous Storms

While some storms can be dangerous and devastating, there are many ways to prepare your home and family before it reaches your home. Residents are often informed ahead of time of the storm before it reaches them, giving them time to prepare and find shelter. These are the storms that can cause extensive damage to your home. Preparing for a devastating storm’s aftermath is just as important as getting ready for the storm. Here are some things to take care of after the storm passes:

Utilize Your Emergency Kit And Food Storage

Even if the storm wasn't that damaging, using what you have in your emergency kit and food storage can be quite helpful. Instead of frantically running to the store for food and water, use what you have in your home for less stress, and a simple way to save gas in your car. Following a natural disaster, stores are filled with long lines and out-of-stock essentials, so avoiding that mess if you can will help your situation and give you time to focus your attention on other important matters.

Insurance Information

After the storm passes, you will probably be without power and Internet service. You will not be able to open your laptop, go online and find your insurance information. Before the storm arrives, take the time to organize all of your insurance information such as policy numbers and phone numbers and put them some place safe. Once the storm has calmed down and everyone is safe, make a call to insurance company as quickly as possible to get the ball rolling and find out what other information they need from you.

Take Photographs

If your home has some unique features like a stained glass window or doors with intricate designs carved into them, you will want to photograph them in case they are damaged or destroyed in the storm. You might think that you could easily describe them for someone trying to recreate them, but this is not as easy as you think. Having a picture handy will help get these features replicated. If you have some expensive electronics in your home such as a brand new flat screen TV, take a picture of yourself in front of it. If you have photographic evidence of items that were damaged or destroyed during the storm, it will help you get an insurance claim processed quickly.

List of Professionals

The aftermath of a storm can leave your house in need of professional help. Your pipes might be damaged or electrical wires exposed. Take the time before the storm to organize a list of professional services and their contact information. If your septic tank begins to leak in the storm, you will want someone to look at it right away.

Keep Dry

It's very important to know how to stop a flood and dry out your home after a storm. Flooding can quickly cause thousands of dollars of damage, and if you don't remove the water quickly enough, it will be too late for repair. Flooding can cause mold, mildew, structural damage and host of other problems. Be sure to turn off the electricity if you are dealing with water, and begin relocating as many items as you can to a dry area. Use towels and vacuums when you can, and call a professional for major flooding to take care of the problem.

Emergency Plans

After weathering the storm, your home might need a lot of repair work and it could be unsuitable for your pets and small children. Make arrangements for a safe place for your pets and children to go after the storm in case your home is unsafe. Relying on your neighbor wouldn't be the best idea, since they are likely in the same situation you are. Give yourself some options to keep your family safe if you can't stay in your home.

The aftermath of a storm can be a chaotic time filled with uncertainty. With a little pre-planning, you can make it easier to deal with any damage or repercussions of the storm.

Informational credit to Kamloops Septic Service.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Hunkering Down: Convert Your Home into a Long-Term Survival Base

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The basic necessities of life—those things we all take for granted every day, are always what becomes most important to us when faced with a serious survival situation. These situations, whether they arise from incidents of extreme weather events, natural disasters, or some chaotic disruption in society itself, require intensive planning on the part of those who wish to survive them. Foresight, in this matter, can include a plan to convert your home into a functioning survival shelter.

Food and Water

We can't know for sure that the retail stores we depend up on for food will be open for business in an extreme survival situation. To this end, it's advisable to learn as much as one can about safely storing food and water. Although survival meals can be purchased ahead of time, they are meant to solve temporary food supply outages. Long-term planning requires being knowledgeable about the bulk storage of beans, rice, freeze-dried foods and canned goods. Canned food can be stacked on shelves, but items like rice and beans need to be stored in air-tight plastic drums impervious to moisture and pests such as insects, rats and mice. Water can also be stored in steel or plastic drums with liners or in bathtub bladders made for that purpose. However, if one chooses to store fresh water, their plans should also include the means to capture and purify rain water to be used for drinking and cleaning purposes.

Living off the Grid

It should surprise no one to hear that, when it comes to survival, simple strategies are almost always better than complicated ones. Complex tactics have a greater number of failure points, making them volatile and unreliable survival plans. A complex strategy is also likely to rely too heavily on things that might not be available when they are most needed. A good example of this is the sewing machine--it's always better to own a treadle-powered sewing machine (and know how to use it) than to keep a modern electric-powered one that will do nothing for you if the power goes down. One way to survive comfortably without electricity from the power company is to generate your own. This can be done by hooking up a generator to a stationary bike and pedaling whenever you require electricity. Surplus electric power can be stored in series of linked car batteries, which can be bought and stored at any time.

Guard Against Intruders

What's worth preserving, storing and caching is worth protecting from intruders. In a survival situation, a reliable home security system is a must. A Vancouver home alarm systems specialist from Astro Guard Alarms reports that, while most systems require alternating current to run, certain systems will operate perfectly under backup battery power. In the absence of a functioning electric-powered security system, your best bet is to create the perception that your home is not worth breaking into. You can create this impression by leaving a very large dog bowl or an empty box of shotgun shells—anything to create an intimidating fa├žade to make potential intruders think twice.

Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Doomsday Giveaway for July 2014!

For July 2014, we want to give someone a $50 Amazon Gift Card. Pick out your own survival gear to help you get ready for the ever nearing end of the world. 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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