It always amazes me how complacent the vast majority of Americans are. Most people seem to think that disaster will never strike them. That the lights will always stay on. That grocery stores will always have food.
On the one hand I can understand this sentiment because–while times are good–society runs very smoothly and we’re rarely without anything we could possible need… or want.
On the other hand, it’s this very “smooth running” of society which makes us uniquely vulnerable because the vast majority of us haven’t a clue what to do if the lights go out for longer than a few hours or if the grocery stores don’t get their next shipments of food in a day or two.
The sad thing is that it’s really not that hard to prepare yourself for at least a minor hiccup in the food supply, for instance, by stockpiling even a bit of shelf stable foods. There are a few strategies to employ, one of the best ones is to start copy canning, that is, purchasing twice the amount of any shelf stable foods you consume each time you got the grocery store (e.g., buy fours cans of green beans if you used two, six cans of corn if you used three, etc). In short order you’ll build up a small stockpile upon which to rely.
Why bother, you ask?
There are plenty of reasons. The following article discusses six, each of which are certainly possible (one or two are inevitable), and I’m sure there are plenty more if one simply bothers to think about how food becomes a precious resource here in America once again…
“1. EMP – one nuclear bomb, detonated high in the ionosphere, can ruin your whole decade. Most of the U.S. could be without power for a very long time. Computers and anything using computer components would be burned out. It’s hard to say just how extensive the damage would be. Most cars would probably be inoperable. Cell phones may or may not be burned out, but the cell towers definitely would be dead. Radio, TV, cable, internet, would all shut down for a very long time. The infrastructure that supports modern communications took many decades to build up, and it would take just as long to rebuild…”
Funny, I just recently read an article in Time magazine discussing how we’re not ready for a pandemic, go figure.
The author in this particular article is quite right… it only takes one person (or in this case a family) to potentially infect dozens of others who then go on to infect the rest of the world, including you and I.
Preparing for a pandemic is, in my opinion, very much like preparing to “bug in” for most any SHTF situation with the added problem of a deadly contagion lurking at every turn, lol. The time to get yourself and your family prepared is always NOW… not when the authorities beg you to…
Remember the soothing words of the World Health Organization about the Ebola outbreak in the Congo?
Don’t worry, they said. It’s in a remote village that doesn’t even have real roads, they said.
Except, the problem is, now people are fleeing from that village in fear of the virus.
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo – Ebola drove Kevin Balenge, his wife and three children to get to this capital city as fast as they could to try to outrun a suspected new outbreak.
“We can’t stay here because there are no hospitals, and once you get the virus you simply die,” said Balenge, from Bas-Uele province in the north of the country, about 51 hours away from Kinshasa.
“Residents are still not aware of the virus and they do not know the precautions (to take),” he added. “Very many people are going to die here.”
“Staying here is like trying to play with death,” he said. “Ebola gives no second chance and I can’t risk it. If I can save myself, I will try to do so.”
When I read the title of the referenced post I thought this was about making a first aid sling… not a weapon, lol. Anyway, now that my misunderstanding is cleared up, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make a DIY paracord sling like what David used versus Goliath…
“There is a nice and easy weapon you can fashion from paracord that dates back to the Upper Paleolithic age. One of the many uses for paracord if you are in the woods is to make yourself a sling.
It is mentioned in almost every continents history for weapons and hunting through the ages, and is still used to this day. It is the sling, and what it shoots are referred to as “sling bullets”. A person who uses a sling is a slinger, some cultures call it a shepherds sling…”
If you suffer from foot pain and don’t want expensive custom orthotics you might do something *crazy* and try a $100 pair of wool socks from woolfresh.com. Apparently, they also help to eliminate foot odor if you DON’T wash them! Who knew? Here’s his review after about a week of straight use…
Well all love our bug out bags, firearms safes, and hidden caches, but is your nightstand ready to help you survive an emergency in the middle of the night? If not, you’d better think twice because there are plenty of items you can and should include at your bedside so you can grab them at a moments notice.
Items like a quality flashlight and self-defense items come to mind, but there are plenty of others. In fact, I wrote an article on this quite a while back which includes some similar items to the below-referenced article and a few differences too.
Remember, of course, that disasters strike at all times of the day and night and certainly when you’re least ready for them… in the middle of the night is when most of us are least ready for them, lol. Here’s some good thoughts on getting your nightstand ready for YOUR survival:
“Some folks keep their nightstand minimalist, with just a lamp and a clock. Others clutter it with pretty decorative items, sentimental pictures, and the latest book they’re reading.
Then there’s the prepper’s nightstand, which is equipped for a wide variety of middle-of-the-night emergencies.
Imagine this: You awaken in the middle of the night and something just isn’t right. Maybe you hear someone fumbling at your front door. Maybe the dog is barking his normally lazy head off at the back of the house and you know something is awry. Maybe you awaken to the sound of the smoke alarms and the smell of smoke…”
This idea has been around for some time, it seems, but if you’re looking to NOT have to deal with bicycle flat tires consider a Bell Solid Tube Inner Tube (for 26″ tires).
They’re certainly more expensive than a traditional inner tube and obviously you’ll need to purchase the correct size for your bicycle but knowing that you won’t be stranded on the side of the road with a flat makes for a winner in my book. Plus, they’ll be like gold during SHTF situations. 🙂
Following is an exhaustive list of prepper and survival schools… a good 99 schools by my count, in fact. Many school are local so be sure to look for a course near you… there are even courses listed if you live outside the continental U.S.
They cover a wide range of survival skills, though most are bushcraft and wilderness related which are great if you’re looking to add new skills or as as refresher. A few, however, are online and allow you to learn from the comfort of your couch…. my personal favorite approach these days. 🙂
“I believe the more you know the more likely you are able to handle unexpected situations. I think the ambitious prepper should be learning new skills continually. It doesn’t matter how old or how experienced you are, you can always learn something new. We have compiled a huge list of Prepper Schools from around the world. Each will have a location indicated and if it is an online course or a local one that you attend in person. Here is the list of various Prepper School facilities and online courses:”
Looking for a new hiking adventure this coming summer?
Try one of these 50 beautiful trails found all throughout the continental United States.
Granted, they’re a bit too long for me (by about a few thousand miles in some cases… just as my wife) but if you’re into extended scenic trips then I’m sure you’ll find a trail that’s right for and close by too…
I didn’t realize there were so many potential helpful “remedies” for exposure to radiation. That said, they shouldn’t be considered equals either and, of course, it depends on what radioisotope you’ve been exposed to.
Regardless, radiation safety seems to boil down to (1) NOT being deficient in vitamins and minerals in order to avoid unwanted radioactive uptake and (2) prevention being the best medicine, in that, the less exposure to radioactive materials the better.
Last, while there are 16 potential remedies, I’d say only about half of them would be readily available to most folks. At the very least it’s good to know what may be useful to you…
“Some nuclear events are survivable.
Much depends on the type of event and your proximity to ground zero. Event possibilities range from dirty bombs that may distribute radiation over a small area, to nuclear accidents and nuclear weapon detonation that create large amounts of destruction and contamination. Your first goal is to avoid nuclear fallout, so you should take shelter immediately following a nuclear event. Then, you must mitigate the exposure that you do receive. Stay informed of local recommendations for your area, but be aware that your local news reporting may be designed to prevent mass panic, rather than give the best advice…”
As much as FEMA gets a bad wrap when SHTF, they are THE go-to agency when it comes to localized disaster response. With that in mind, it may be a good idea to know how to “speak their language” in order to facilitate said disaster response. Of course, there are other reasons to do so, such as keeping nosy people out of your business…
“We are from the government and we are here to help you! – these words inspire distrust in many Americans. I know because I have seen peoples’ reactions as I have uttered them trying to help them in emergencies.
Don’t want FEMA to kick your door in? Want to be a good citizen and do your part in an emergency? Download this article as a .pdf, print it and put it in a sheet protector and store it with supplies to tag and flag your home. It will help you a lot.
If you have seen pictures of the aftermath of a major disaster, you probably noticed cryptic markings on homes and buildings. Some are from insurance adjusters, some are made by search and rescue personnel and others are graffiti, warnings to looters or pleas for aid.
This article will help you understand search and rescue tagging methods and symbols and teach you how to flag your own home…”