Dehydration Kills During Disasters – Signs And Symptoms to Know (video)

Dehydration is no joke and certainly possible during a disaster. Honestly, I’m surprised more people don’t have serious trouble from dehydration during emergency situations. Even when times are normal dehydration is easy wind up with. Just recently, in fact, my kid got rather sick for a night and started to show signs of dehydration. We started him off immediately with an oral rehydration solution. To make it more palatable, however, we ended up giving him some Recharge sports drinks. IMO, it’s never too early to start rehydration therapy if a person in losing fluids faster than they’re going in… know the symptoms!

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Posted in Medical / First Aid

How to Trick Your Family And Friends Into Becoming Preppers (video)

This is a question nearly any prepper has once they’ve been prepping for long enough. After all, once you realize everyone you know is going to look to YOU when SHTF then it becomes imperative to get your family and friends to choose to prepare themselves! Personally, I’ve had a hard time with it over the years, likely only truly converting a few close friends/family.

Regardless of my success, he suggests using YouTube as a way to “break the ice” and redirect the focus from you telling them to get prepared to others doing so in a unassuming manner, specifically using his channel and videos but, honestly, you can and should choose YouTube videos that are best suited to your conversations no matter who made them.

Skip to about the 0:45 second mark to get to the heart of the video and realize there is some foul language throughout if you have little ears around…

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Posted in Disaster Planning, Everything Else

How to Make A Cold Frame Step-by-Step (video)

An easy DIY project for extending the gardening season or for getting seeds going earlier in Spring…

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Posted in Gardening

Rocket Mass Heater With Paul Wheaton (video)

Experimenting with a very efficient rocket mass heater and musings from Paul Wheaton…

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Posted in DIY Projects, Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

Top 10 Wilderness Survival Lies? (video)

I’m not much of a wilderness survival expert by any means but these ring true to me as I would suspect they do with you. #1 was a bit unexpected but is probably the most important in any survival situation…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness

7 Great Places to Hide and Secure Your Prepper Supplies in Your Home (Guest Post)

Have you ever wondered how to secure your valuables, prepping supplies, and weapons if you need to leave home for a while? Are you concerned that these items might be stolen if someone broke in and had plenty of time to go through the contents of your home? In these days of possible civil unrest, it is very important to know how to hide your stockpile and other valuables in secret locations within your home. The last thing you want for you and your family is to have your supplies and weapons stolen by looters or thieves. Typically, when looters or robbers hit your home, they want to be in and out in a short time. The longer they are there, the greater their chances of getting caught.

While hiding and securing your valuables in plain sight is a surprisingly good, yet overlooked option, secret caches are also very important. Here are some basic rules you should always follow no matter where you wind up hiding your valuables:

Never talk about your hiding places to anyone that

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety, DIY Projects, OPSEC / Privacy

3 Secrets To Great Shooting by Rob Leatham 6x IPSC World Champion (video)

I like this guy! He tells it like it is and offers no B.S. advice for shooting better…

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety

How Far Can You Walk, Really? (link)

I thought this was an interesting question and exercise Jim and his wife undertook this past weekend.

Rather than being one of those extreme “how far can you bug out” type of questions where you lugged a 50+ pound bug out bag through dense underbrush for days on end, they decided to see if they could more or less walk the distance of a marathon in a single day with fairly lightweight packs around a scenic lake.

Besides some significant soreness and age-related gripes, they finished the hike that same day. More importantly, however, for you and I are a few useful takeaways Jim left us with throughout the article and really… just the question of “what can you do” if you had to right now?

I might also point out that the weather conditions were favorable, walking paths relatively good in most cases, their loadouts were fairly light, and stress level was probably around zero.

In a true bug out situation these conditions could be very different and, so, you

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Can Enough Shirts Make You Bulletproof? (video)

I’d wondered this myself. After all, if phone books and water bottles can stop bullets, why not clothing? They start with 20 shirts and move on up from there.

Spoiler alert: you’ll fall over from clothing by the time you get to the number of shirts you’d need to stop a hollow point 9mm, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless. 🙂

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How to Use a Shephard’s Sling (video)

I can’t say that this would be anything more than a last-ditch weapon or way to catch game but if you’re looking for a lightweight idea for a bug out bag then this could be just what you’re looking for; just make sure to practice with it A LOT before assuming you’ll be able to use it effectively…

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Posted in Bug Out / Wilderness, Equipment / Supplies