Could it Happen?

Never say never survival tidbit

‘Just when you think all is well, and will be; yeah with minor ups and downs……..

The bottom just dropped out. All your warning triggers are telling you it’s time to pack everyone into the family bug out mobile and leave town before it gets worse. Much worse.

You thought ahead which is fortunate for you and your family. You have a vehicle adequately equipped for the journey to your bug out location with essential gear, plenty of fuel with extra in reserve and everyone in the family has their bug out bags stowed safely away. Nervously, you pull out of your driveway in the middle of night to avoid most of the trouble already brewing.

This may possibly be the last time you see your home and just like every trip before, you have the nagging sensation you forgot something.

Many disasters we patriots think and plan for could require you to leave the safety of your home, possibly forever. In a situation like this, your well stocked bug out bags and any other gear and supplies you load and carry could be the sum of all your worldly possessions.

Some disaster scenarios assume the worst, a complete destruction through various means that leaves the civilization as we know it destroyed beyond repair for years-even if only in some areas. In a complete disaster like that, we make assumptions that normal commerce as we know it would effectively be over so the subject of bartering after SHTF comes to mind.

In other scenarios, which some might argue are many times more likely, the world won’t just stop functioning overnight. Every store won’t be closed and you will be able to buy supplies with whatever monetary instruments you have on hand that are still worth a commonly understood value. For most of the world, certainly here in the US we look to cash as the main fallback, but some people are saving precious metals as well to hedge against a currency collapse where that cash you are stowing away is worthless.

Assuming money in the common forms we are talking about here (cash, precious metals) is able to be used to our benefit during a bug out scenario, have you ever thought about how much you need to put into your bug out bag?

Why have any money in your bug out bag in the first place? Well, there are many good reasons I can think of. Imagine a scenario where the power is out, possibly for weeks. You wouldn’t be able to use ATM machines because they rely on power (AND no they don’t have back up generators for ATM’s). Stores couldn’t run credit/debit card transactions without power because they all go through the internet now which relies on power. If the electricity is out, the way we commonly get access to our money or conduct electronic transactions is gone until the power comes back.

You could just drive to the bank and pull out as much as you need, right?

Not necessarily. You only need look to the people of Greece who still can’t get more than roughly $50 out of the bank each day. Would you want to have your cash reserves limited by what the banks could or would allow you to take out?

No, I wouldn’t either and that is the main reason why I advocate keeping as much money as logical for you personally out of the banking system. And keep or print off bank statements often. If the power does eventually come back on; will your cash amount be still recorded accurately? Keep good records.

Credit: Jonathan C.

Awesome! Thanks Jonathan!

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Growing Good Corn

James Bender, in his book How to Talk Well (published in 1994 by McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc.) relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

‘How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?’ the reporter asked.

‘Why sir,’ said the farmer, ‘didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.’

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is in other dimensions of our lives.

Those who choose to be at peace, must help their neighbors to be at peace.

Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.

And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this . . . if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.

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In The Event

* Survival tidbit

Over the years, I’ve heard survival-minded folk talk about SHTF, WROL, and TEOTWAWKI as though they were looking forward to such disasters. They can test out their cool gear, get to their bug out locations, and live out in real life the survival fantasies they’ve only read about in books.

Okay, maybe I’m being a little harsh, but no matter how well prepared any of us think we are, the reality of a SHTF scenario will absolutely be more than we can imagine and there are a multitude of variables that no one can anticipate.

I can’t ignore the ominous tone of headlines across the internet saying a “surprise” nuclear war, a World War 3, is a possibility. Admittedly, with the current leader of North Korea heading up a standing army of 1.1 million strong, with another 8.3 million in reserves, anything is likely.

Oh, yeah. Those pesky “failed” missile tests. No doubt some of them were actual failures, but what if the goal was only to see how far into the atmosphere the missile could reach? Armed with a nuclear warhead, that launched missile may have a chance of creating an electromagnetic pulse near, or over, the American homeland.

Obviously, I’ve been considering this possible scenario for a while and have determined the best course of action for my family and I is to prepare to maintain the best level of normalcy possible.

If my income is interrupted, I can prepare by saving money, paying off debt, learning additional skills that could generate income and teach my kids skills they can use to earn money. If that even is a viable thing during a SHTF crisis.

My thought process here is to become as financially independent as possible on my average, middle class earnings if it matters. If war does come, I’m not going to count on the mortgage company telling me I can continue living in our house if I can’t make payments. Even if the dollar becomes devalued so much so that to keep it would mean another type of currency or I’m being evicted because eminent domain is trumping me, in any case, I’d rather have $10,000 in savings (of some form of wealth than nothing at all if that will even matter.

If supply lines cause scarcity, we can prepare by continuing to stock up on food, medicine, and other hard goods (needful things), making sure your kids know how to cook from scratch, and keeping track of these measures so there’s no shortage of anything critical.

No one can stock up on multiples of every single item they might ever need, so I’ve been working on covering the basics and covering them very well. Every month we buy a little more food specifically for our food storage pantry. My wife looks for coupons and sales on non-food items, like OTC medications, household cleaners, paper plates, pretty much anything that would come in handy and has a good long shelf life.

Preppers aren’t crazy or the enemy, just prepared people expecting the worst but hoping for the best.

It’s all too easy to mock Kim Jong-un — his haircut, portly build, somewhat vacant stare, but as I’ve taught my kids, someone with an IQ of 48 can kill you just as easily as someone with an IQ 3 times that. Kim Jong-un has managed to have his brother assassinated, has brutally cleansed his government of the tiniest sign of dissent, and seems fully in charge of an isolated country of some 25 million citizens; and guess what? It CAN happen here in the event of a national problem- man made or natural (unnatural).

I’m not going to minimize the impact of a World War 3 or some other unforeseen event on our homeland.

Credit: in more parts to Jonathan C.

*Thanks Jonathan!

A Lesson From Egypt

*Survival tidbit

No matter which moment in our history we choose to look at, we’re bound to see a society filled with blood and hatred. From Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, The Roman Empire, The Dark Ages and even modern times, we’ve done nothing but fight with and kill each other. And lest we forget, all of these war torn ages had a tyrannical government discretely promoting the misery of its people.

Some say the world we live in today is the most peaceful time in history, and maybe so, (Peace in the world is about perception) but that doesn’t mean people don’t get humiliated, beaten up, thrown into FEMA camps, injured or die every day. In a world where created domestic terrorists exist and threats abroad World War 3 and or martial law seem to be getting closer and closer, things can take a turn for the worse in a matter of days (ask those who struggled with Hurricane Katrina). What this means is, if we don’t prepare ourselves beforehand, we might not have time to react to and SHTF event.

Prepping and survival is gaining importance and we have proof. There are over 4 million active preppers in the U.S. alone. News about it is already spreading to the rest of the world. As more and more regions are affected by natural and PTB-made disasters, more and more concerned people are starting to follow this lifestyle.

Since life after Doomsday might be a lot like the life our ancestors used to live, let’s look back into history to see if we can learn some valuable lessons from it.

What better place to start than Egypt?

Though, as a kid, I was fascinated with Ancient Egypt, I never thought it would help me in any way. The reason we’re discussing this civilization here has less to do with the wars that took place back then and more to do with the geographical location.

Hot summers, mild winters and the Nile River are the three things which influenced survival in Ancient Egypt. Egyptians knew very well how to protect themselves from intense heat.

It’s the same way you should prepare your survival bags for a bug out: with light-colored, loose clothes. Their fabric of choice was linen, which is by far the best fabric to wear on cool, summer days.

Probably the most important thing pertaining to survival was the invention at around 2500 BC of the zeer pot, the first “refrigerator”, if you will. Hot temperatures and the abundance of water allowed them to come up this ingenious way to keep their fruits and vegetables fresh. The best part is, this is something you can easily do yourself.

All you need are two ceramic pots, one being a little smaller than the other, some sand (to fill the space between them) and water in the sand until it’s saturated. Cover it with a wet cloth and place the whole thing in a dry place away from the sun. The “evaporative cooling” process works its magic: the water evaporates, reducing the temperature inside the pots.

Now, you’re probably curious about some of the natural disasters Egyptians had to face. Drought was one of them, although the river Nile would flood once a year and allow the people to grow things such as wheat, grain, barley and figs.

Sandstorms were another constant issue, which still happen every year. Most of them leave no victims but there was one in 1997 that killed 12 people and caused numerous car accidents. For protection, cover your nose and mouth, wear goggles to shield your eyes, and go to high ground. Keep as much of your body covered as you can to protect from large objects the storm may carry with it.

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Credit: Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!!!

How to Make a Zeer Pot

Thanks To Corporal Kelly of Corporal’s Corner– Youtube (USMC)

Semper Fi!

Chocolate and Toothbrushes

What Will You Miss?

When it’s gone….

People of the Great Depression didn’t really ask for help, and yet they received it. Like the Beatles song, learn to “Get by with a little help” from your friends. Some survivors of the Great Depression accepted the charity support of penny restaurants and soup kitchens.

Penny restaurants fed the proud. Penny restaurants popped up as a way to feed unemployed families who were too proud to accept charity. People paid pennies for meals that were subsidized by charitable organizations. Patrons paid only a small portion of the actual food costs.

Soup kitchens fed the rest. Soup kitchens fed many people, the way charitable organizations and food banks feed people today. Chefs could make soup with whatever was available, including produce grown in charity gardens. Soup was a convenient, one pot meal that could be served with bread. Plus, it was easier to clean up than other more elaborate meals.

Learn from people who survived the Great Depression. While many of the survivors are now deceased, there is still a wealth of knowledge available in the form of DVDs, books and the Internet.

What did people miss most during the Great Depression? As one grandmother put it… “nails, garden seeds, wire, string, sewing supplies, clothes pins, bleach, disinfectant, and vanilla.” What will you add to the list? Take one day to write down everything you use from your toothbrush to a pencil to ear swabs or chocolate.

What will you miss the most? You might want to to put a few things back for a “rainy” day. By the way, it’s starting to drizzle. Are you ready?

Always Safe, Always Prepared

Frank M.

*Thanks Frank!!!

My special thanks to the Corporal Kelly, at Corporal’s Corner!!!

Where There is a Spark, There’s Fire

There is a primal link between man and fire. Everyone should know how to start one.

A survivor knows how to start one without matches. It’s an essential survival skill. You never know when you’ll find yourself in a situation where you’ll need a fire, but you don’t have matches. Maybe your single engine plane goes down while you’re flying over the Alaskan wilderness, like the kid in Hatchet. Or perhaps you’re out camping and you lose your backpack in a tussle with a bear. It need not be something as dramatic as these situations — even extremely windy or wet conditions can render matches virtually uselessly.

Whether you ever need to call upon these skills, it’s still just friggin’ cool to know you can start a fire, whenever and wherever you are.

Friction-based fire making is not for the faint of heart. It’s probably the most difficult of all the non-match methods. There are different techniques you can use to make a fire with friction, but the most important aspect is the type of wood you use for the fire board and spindle.

The spindle is the stick you’ll use to spin to create the friction between it and the fireboard. If you create enough friction between the spindle and the fireboard, you can create an ember that can be used to create a fire. Cottonwood, juniper, aspen, willow, cedar, cypress, and walnut make the best fire board and spindle sets.

Before you can use wood to start a friction based fire, the wood must be bone dry. If the wood isn’t dry, you’ll have to dry it out first.

The hand drill method is the most primitive, the most primal, and the most difficult to do All you need is wood, tireless hands, and some gritty determination. Therefore, it’ll put more hair on your chest than any other method. Here’s how it’s done:

Build a tinder nest. Your tinder nest will be used to create the flame you get from the spark you’re about to create. Make a tinder nest out of anything that catches fire easily, like dry grass, leaves, and bark.

Make your notch. Cut a v-shaped notch into your fire board and make a small depression adjacent to it.

Place bark underneath the notch. The bark will be used to catch an ember from the friction between the spindle and fireboard.

Start spinning. Place the spindle into the depression on your fire board. Your spindle should be about 2 feet long for this to work properly. Maintain pressure on the board and start rolling the spindle between your hands, running them quickly down the spindle. Keep doing this until an ember is formed on the fireboard.

Start a fire! Once you see a glowing ember, tap the fire board to drop your ember onto the piece of bark. Transfer the bark to your nest of tinder. Gently blow on it to start your flame.

The bow drill is probably the most effective friction based method to use because it’s easier to maintain the speed and pressure you need to create enough friction to start a fire. In addition to the spindle and fireboard, you’ll also need a socket and a bow.

Get a socket. The socket is used to put pressure on the other end of the spindle as you’re rotating it with the bow. The socket can be a stone or another piece of wood. If you use another piece of wood, try to find a harder piece than what you’re using for the spindle. Wood with sap and oil are good as it creates a lubricant between the spindle and the socket.

Make your bow. The bow should be the same length as your arm. Use a flexible piece of wood that has a slight curve. The string of the bow can be anything. A shoelace, rope, or strip of rawhide works great. Just find something that won’t break.

String up your bow and you’re ready to go.

Prepare the fireboard. Cut a v-shaped notch and create a depression adjacent to it in the fireboard. Underneath the notch, place your tinder.

String up the spindle. Catch the spindle in a loop of the bow string. Place one end of the spindle in the fireboard and apply pressure on the other end with your socket.

Start sawing. Using your bow, start sawing back and forth.

You’ve basically created a rudimentary mechanical drill. The spindle should be rotating quickly. Keep sawing until you create an ember.

Make your fire. Drop the ember into the tinder nest and blow on it gently. You got yourself a fire.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!!!

 

 

Your Skills- Get Some

*Survival thoughts

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.

This situation is becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation to that of my children, I see some striking differences. For my generation, it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.

If we extrapolate it back, we can see that my father’s generation knew even more – and my grandparent’s generation even more. Those older generations were much more closely tied to the roots of an agricultural society, where people were self-reliant. There are multiple skills they had which modern society no longer considers necessary.

But if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential. Those who don’t know these skills would either learn or die.

Our last Afternoon Alert discussed some of these essential but forgotten skills, and we’ll describe a few more here.

Tanning hides isn’t too difficult, but there is certainly a learning curve. Learning how to scrape away the fat on the hide without tearing it will ensure every hide you harvest will be in good shape. Hides can be used in your own home, shelter, as clothing, or for barter.

Gunsmithing is a skill that will not only ensure your guns are kept in good working order, but could also become your trade in a post-collapse world. Learn the inner workings of various types of guns and what it takes to repair them.

Construction knowledge including how to frame a house or build log cabins will be very useful. Very few people know how to make a home that is structurally sound. You’ll want to know how to make trusses, how to make foundations from stones, and the best kinds of wood to use.

Gardening is something many people dabble in, but you need to have a very firm grasp on how to till fields, when to plant, how to combat plant diseases, and when to harvest.

Gardening will be one of the main food sources after TEOTWAWKI and you won’t have time to practice when your life depends on it. You need to learn how to grow in bulk and how to raise crops you wouldn’t typically grow like wheat, oats, and pinto beans.

Food preservation without the luxury of electricity is going to be a necessity. You need to learn how to build a solar dehydrator and how to preserve meat to store for months at a time without putting it in a freezer or refrigerator. Learn how to make a smoker to preserve the meat you harvest as well.

 

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Derek P.

Thanks Derek

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