Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5 Apps Every Survivalist Needs

When disaster strikes, there won’t be any time left to prepare. There’s no telling what situation you’ll be left to deal with, so prepping as much as possible as soon as possible is the wisest choice. Aside from books and in-person classes, apps can help you learn new skills efficiently, and since to use them all you need is a smartphone, you can prepare wherever and whenever, without having to use too many of your resources.

If you get into the habit of using these apps now, you’ll expand your knowledge base, allowing some of this information to become second nature. So when order and civility go down the drain and people are scrambling to find an internet connection to learn which plants they can eat or how to build a shelter, you will already be well-equipped with these skills and in a superior position to survive.

If electricity is still available when the apocalypse hits, there are some apps that will remain useful no matter how much you’ve learned. Either way, though, a solar powered phone charger will likely come in handy. Here are five apps every survivalist needs.
  1. Emergency

    The “Emergency” app by the American Red Cross provides severe weather alerts, as well as the opportunity to verify the safety of your loved ones during a natural disaster. It can also assist you in creating a family emergency plan and contains pre-loaded content you’ll be able to access without internet or mobile connectivity. A flashlight, audible alarm and strobe light are included within the app, too, making it a useful all-around resource for nearly every survival situation.

  2. Cures A-Z

    Developed by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., “Cures A-Z” is a mobile medical guide that can help you treat hundreds of health conditions. Both natural and prescription therapies are listed in this guide, so even if you don’t have access to a doctor or pharmacy, it’s a great resource. Information on herbs and nutrition is also included, as well as general advice for a variety of ailments.

  3. Wild Edibles

    Foraging for your next meal is going to be essential at some point, and “Wild Edibles” will help you prepare for doing so. It provides information on over 200 plants, and with several high-resolution images available for each plant, it’ll become your go-to app for identification. Descriptions to further help you with identification, as well as explanations about how to use each plant, are also listed.

  4. ExpressVPN

    If the internet is still available when the apocalypse hits, it’s likely it’ll be controlled by the elite, at least to some extent. Our government has already been trying to regulate the internet for some time now, so you should get into the habit of protecting yourself online now so that you can’t be tracked, spied on or hacked. In a survival situation it may be necessary to hide out or keep a solid distance between you and other people. A Virtual Private Network app, such as ExpressVPN, is the best way to prevent your phone and personal data from being used against you.

  5. SAS Survival Guide

    A mobile version of the book “SAS Survival Handbook,” by John Wiseman, “SAS Survival Guide” will assure you’re prepared to survive no matter where you end up. Jam-packed with tutorials, videos, photo galleries, checklists and even quizzes to test your knowledge, it’s one of the best survivalist apps available. This app also doubles as a Morse code signaling device, as well as a sun compass, so it ultimately provides what other survivalist apps are lacking.

The above is only a short list of apps that will come in handy. Have you found any others that have been useful? If so, please share them with us by posting a comment below.


About the Author: Sandra is a blogger and prepper who enjoys writing about alternative news when she’s not busy blogging about survivalism. In her spare time, she likes to go camping with her family.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Outdoor Optimism: 4 Ways To Minimize Your Impact In Nature This Summer

As soon as temperatures begin to rise, your family's carbon footprint might grow as well. Everything from road trips to outdoor hiking adventures can have a major impact on the environment. Unfortunately, even a small family can do quite a bit of damage in a short period of time. Here are four simple ways you and your loved ones can protect the environment while you are out enjoying nature.

Carefully Follow All Posted Rules

Almost every campground and trail will have its own unique rules depending on the nearby wildlife and safety hazards. One campground might allow you to have a fire pit while others will give you expensive tickets for any open flames. If you can't find the area's rules online, then you should contact the closest wildlife station to ask them for a list of rules.

Pack Out What You Pack In

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect nearby flora and fauna while you are out in nature is to always leave the area cleaner than you found it. Very few people realize just how much of an impact they can have on the environment when they leave a few scraps of food or an old bottle of sun lotion in a campground. Those items can end up killing animals and spreading unusual diseases.

Invest In An Eco-Friendly Ride

Purchasing an eco-friendly vehicle from a local auto dealership, like Young Automotive Group, is going to reduce your environmental impact and potentially cut back on your expenses. Older cars that haven't been maintained often leak dangerous fluids and use an incredible amount of fuel. Taking your next road trip in a certified used vehicle is going to give you peace of mind knowing that you will be impacting the local environment as little as possible.

Protect Water Sources

Most experts agree that campsites should be at least 200 feet from freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds. Those who camp too close to bodies of water run the risk of contaminating them. You should also avoid using local water sources for any hygiene practices such as bathing or brushing your teeth. Even relatively safe hygiene products can kill off species and damage habitats.

As a general rule, you always want to leave the area as untouched as possible whenever you are out enjoying nature. Seemingly innocuous actions such as lighting a cigarette or feeding a wild animal could end up causing a tremendous amount of damage.

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Five Preparedness Lessons Learned from Recent Natural Disasters

In the last 30 years, the number of disasters in the world has been increased several times, as well as the devastating impact they have on society and the environment. Accidents in various forms - fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes - can happen at any time and without warning. The consequences of disasters can be substantially reduced if people are well informed and aware of ways to prevent the disasters. Every disaster leaves serious damages behind, but also the life lessons you learn. You learned the procedures and steps of behaviour in these moments, which are of great importance. Here are a few lessons you learned after every natural disaster.

Fire

Natural fires may be caused by natural phenomena such as thunder strike (this type is the rarest) or from the tropical heat. Forest fires are fires in the open air, which spread quickly and affect forest areas and other vegetation - shrubs, undergrowth, grass near agricultural areas, uninhabited and inaccessible areas. Special weather conditions, such as high temperatures, strong winds and dry weather, affect the emergence and spread of fire. In such situations, the best thing you can do is to call the fire department and give them precise information on the fire so they could intervene as quickly as possible. Such fires can spread rapidly if there is wind and thus include homes, crops and cause more damage. For evacuation, get ready to meet with dense smoke and heat, so if you have time, put on shoes with thick soles, wear a coat and tie required rags and towels soaked in water over your nose and mouth, as a source of oxygen for some time.

Floods

Floods are frequent natural disasters that may be of local scale - if affect the settlement or less community, or large scale - if it affect entire river basins and many municipalities. The time of developing flood varies from case to case. Floods can happen everywhere. Even very small streams, rivers, canals for drainage of rain or channels which are usually acting harmless, can cause large-scale flooding. Track information through radio, television and via the Internet. Be aware that flash flooding is possible. If there is a risk, immediately move to higher floors of the house. Do not wait for instructions to do this. Keep away from electrical cables. Avoid areas that are known for landslides and mudslides, and do not interfere with rescue teams in their work.

Earthquakes

An earthquake is caused by the movement of tectonic plates, the movement of the Earth's crust or the occurrence of volcanoes. The results are tremors due to the release of large energy and their strength depends on several factors. An earthquake cannot be predicted, but we can learn how to protect ourselves. It is crucial to keep cool mind and do not panic, because panic can be fatal. If you happen to be in the lower areas, when you feel the first tremors exit to the free space away from trees, street lights, electrical cables and objects, and if you are on the upper floors, stand next to the load-bearing walls, under door frames, the inner corner of a room, under the table, and protect your eyes with your hands. Step back away from the glass surfaces and walls. If you are in the car, do not stop on bridges or underpass, stop outdoors and stay in the car. And what is very important, be aware that some earthquakes are just the initial earthquakes that may occur shortly following the stronger one.

Tornados

Tornado is a violent storm characterized by reversing a cloud in the shape of a funnel. In countries where tornadoes are a common thing, there is the National Agency for Emergency Situations giving advice to citizens how to behave before, during and after any natural or man-made disasters. Before the tornado, it is best to listen to media reports about the storm, and then you should follow the changes in the sky: the gathering of clouds and their color (if the color is dark green, which is the main indicator). There are also weaker winds that are recognized as the announcement of a tornado. If a tornado already reached your environment, it is best to go to a shelter prepared in advance, which will contain enough food and drink supplies. If you do not have one nearby, then you should go to the basement, bathroom, a room with a minimum of windows and doors. If you're outdoors, it is best to find any kind of dent in the earth, lie down and cover up with hands. In case you are in the car, leave it immediately and seek shelter or a nearby one-storey house.

Landslides

Landslides are movements of earth, rocks and sediments. They activate and develop rapidly when water is stored in the soil as a result of strong and heavy rains, groundwater, snow melting and inadequate exploitation of the land. They can occur as a result of poor treatment of the land, especially in mountainous areas, canyons, or near coasts. Pay attention to the strange noises that may be indicators of launching landslides or avalanches - such as breaking trees and the like. Consider leaving the affected area on condition that it can be safely done. Move away from the landslide zone, since that this is the best protection. Make sure that you check the ground and environment prior to building a house.

These are very unpleasant and difficult moments. The nature has always something to say, this way or another. However, you must be prepared to respond to its every question. It is always better to be safe, then to be sorry.


Robert Foster is a 30-year-old fitness instructor, nature survivalistand a part-time blogger for http://prosurvivalist.com/. He spends most of his free time outdoors and if you can’t find him for a couple of days, he’s probably somewhere on a biking, cycling or a hiking holiday again.

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