Guest Post, Lee Flynn
When you are wanting to learn how to survive in the wild, there are some television shows that can help to teach you various survival techniques. By watching these types of shows you can gain a general understanding of what it could take mentally and physically should you find yourself in a survival-type situation. They teach you all sorts of skills, from fire-building to which is best to use, 9mm ammo or buck shot. Additionally, the shows provide information about food survival skills and food storage. The television shows feature rugged hosts including Bear Grylls, Cody Lundin, and Joseph Teti. The skills you learn are basic skills for surviving and different scenarios are played out for you to observe throughout the shows.
On a few of these shows there are disclaimers informing the viewers of the fact that some situations are set up by the producers to the hosts to further inform the viewer of a handy survival tactic. This list contains some of the better and more informative of the survival shows.
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Guest Post Lee Flynn
The polar vortex has got everyone talking about cold weather. But while we are exclaiming about the ridiculously low temperatures and naming things “polar vortex,” there are plenty of people who are right in the thick of some of the most extreme weather the world has seen in decades. And though there have been some fatalities as a result of the cold weather, there is a far more common occurrence of people being stranded in their vehicles for days at a time. In these sorts of situations it is difficult to survive, but if you are properly prepared, it can be done. Here are some of the most important things for you to keep in your car in case of emergencies this winter.
If you are going to be stuck in your car for 12 or more hours, there is one thing for which you will be grateful above all else: food. And even if it is not winter, storing emergency food should be a top priority for any car owner. Remember to store things that can last for a long (Read more....)
by Michael Green
Tires are the shoes of your car. They are (ideally) the only part of your vehicle that is supposed to be making contact with the road, making sure that control over the multi-horsepower machine is maintained as it travels over the road at speeds unattainable by mere land-dwelling animals.
While they are meant to be worn down, some of us motorists aren’t exactly doing it the right way. The result? The tires need to get replaced way before they were expected to. Worse, they could give out on you while you’re on the road, sometimes in the most catastrophic of ways.
The time, money, stress, and risk to life and limb just aren’t worth being careless with your automobile’s tires, so for the sake of educating my fellow car owner and driver, here are some common causes of premature tire wear and damage, and ways to avoid them:
Incorrect Tire Pressure
This is probably one of the most frequent causes of tires having uneven tire wear and inevitably, damage that can seriously affect the performance and integrity of the tire. Various tire sizes and types have (Read more....)
Guest Post Mark S.
Why communicate at all?
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
For our safety, edification, and survival we need to know what is happening and what to do about it. As the plethora of prepper blogs and forums reveal, preppers have a lot to say—much of it informative, enlightening, and insightful and some of it disinformation, illogical, unmitigated drivel, and even evil. We need to screen the nuggets from the waste. Logic, critical analysis, and a well-formed conscience help us do that.
Even now, before events have hit nadir, we avoid controlled media. At best, mass media is useless; at worst, it is destructive to mind, body, and soul. What mass media provides is not news or information, but diversions, disinformation, outright lies, smut, and hasbara. Thinking people have come to depend upon the “alternative media” of the internet, but, when times get worse, the internet “kill switch” will deprive us of that source. We will be “in the dark” unless we build alternative means and networks. Better to build now than during a crisis. Amateur radio, “ham radio,” is one way to build friendships and networks now, (Read more....)
Guest Post Lee Flynn
Fulfilling our basic needs of warmth, protection and food in an apocalyptic situation or after natural disaster can be challenge, but it doesn't have to be if you prepare properly ahead of time. Spending some time and money investing in quality food and supplies will take you a long way in desperate times. The last thing you want to do is be stuck without the basic necessities in a bad situation.
In a natural disaster, you might be facing snow, wind, rain, or freezing temperatures. Investing in a subzero proof sleeping bag for each person in your family will ensure warmth no matter how cold it gets; and protect them from frostbite and hypothermia. Fleece blankets for during the day time are also good to keep in your kit, since shelters aren't always the warmest.
Thermal under armor, ski glasses, waterproof boots, waterproof gloves, lined coats and hats should also be in your kit for each person to keep everyone dry and warm. Thin gloves and beanies allow water to seep in and chill the body down leading to hypothermia. Keeping your health in a disaster is of up-most importance, so don't skimp on warm clothing (Read more....)
Guest Post - Danielle M.
Flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes can strike at any time and often with little warning. In 2012, nearly 125 million people worldwide were victims of natural disasters, and in the United States, weather-related disasters caused about $157 million in damages.
The time to prepare for a disaster is not before or just after it hits – the best time to prepare is now. Making your own emergency survival kit and having a plan in place could save your life when disaster strikes. Take a look at these tips for how to make your own DIY emergency kit:
Food: For an emergency survival kit, you should have at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food items for each member of your household, including pets. Canned foods, pre-packaged and dry foods like rice and beans are the easiest to store and pack. You can easily store dry rice and beans in mason jars, empty milk jugs and empty 2-liter soda bottles. Choose foods that are high in calories and nutrition. Peanut butter, nuts, tuna, soup, crackers, protein bars and trail mix are easy to pack and offer important nutrients.
Water: For survival situations, each (Read more....)
by Stacey Thompson
Hurricanes and typhoons are very powerful storm systems that pack powerful winds and rain that have the capability of causing massive destruction to property and loss of life. For us, two hurricanes have left their mark on our collective memories, hurricanes Katrina and Sandy
Whichever side of the fence you are on about global warming, it is an undeniable fact that the more erratic and forceful weather patterns are connected to this phenomenon. The ferocity and frequency of these destructive events are increasing, and thus, more people are affected, their property and lives at the mercy of nature’s wrath.
If anything, physical evacuation from the affected area is probably the safest thing you can do, provided you have both the luxury of time ahead of the actual event, the proper logistics, and a place to stay away from the potential calamity. For those that do not have such an option, or insist on staying in their homes, it is imperative that the proper preparations (Read more....)
by Stacey Thompson
Typhoons, earthquakes, floods, and a host of man-made disasters are a regular thing nowadays. Our lack of empathy for the environment, as well as each other, has facilitated an increasingly dangerous world for us.
In many of these situations, there really is no recourse but to evacuate from the affected area. For those who are fortunate enough to have their own home, and have enough space in their garage or yard to accommodate another vehicle, my suggestion is to have an emergency vehicle that is equipped to handle emergencies of various kinds.
This vehicle need not be expensive. A second-hand van or station wagon with the proper accessories and add-ons will more than do. A neighborhood association can pitch in to maintain and add the necessary upgrades to the van; services like American Van Equipment can provide the proper parts and installation at affordable rates.
Top Rack & Ladder
This is probably the most basic, and at the same time, the most useful feature you can (Read more....)