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Monday, March 9, 2009

Audio Podcast: 10 Unspoken Principles Driving Modern Survivalism

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Today’s show is going to be a bit different. I sat down, read the forum, read the comments here and listened to some of my own shows and came up with 10 principles that seem to be driving the modern survivalist and modern self suffiency movements that aren’t really discussed as “survivalist concepts”. To me these 10 priciples are what bind us together, they have been written into our spirits by prior generations.

As you read them or as you listen to this show, ask yourself these questions about each one.

  1. Do you feel this way in your heart?
  2. Is this principle even if not discussed often one of the things really driving your decisions today?
  3. Can you hear your grandfather/grandmother saying these things?

Tune in today to hear me discuss the following priciples,

  • Debt is a tool like a gun, it does not belong in the hands of a fool
  • When something breaks you may not be able to replace it, so take care of things and learn to fix them
  • Hard work should be respected not avoided
  • To be dependent upon anyone is to be their slave
  • Knowledge is priceless - pass it down
  • Honor dictates that we consider our children before we act
  • Enjoy the sunshine today, it may and probably will rain tomorrow
  • A man’s word should be his bond
  • A title doesn’t make a man a leader, you can only lead people that willing choose to follow you because you have earned their respect
  • Knowledge with out application equals zero
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Money Is No Object

In the past and here again lately I have heard people explain in financial terms why they or their loved ones do not “yet” have a BoB. “I cannot afford one right now.” Or, “I’ll put one together after my tax return comes in.” I think these are poor excuses and in this entry I aim to show why.

The first thing we must realize is that BoB is nothing more than a bag of tools to help you get away from a terrible, dangerous, scary situation and assist you as you travel to a new and hopefully better locale. The next thing we must realize is that as Americans (and to our international readers – thanks, and bear with me, please) we are Consumers by nature. We also fall for the lame excessive spending excuse, “How much is your life worth?” We think that if we don’t buy the $300 Warthog Ruck, the $250 Combat Concubine knife, and the $700 Mt Niyiragongo expedition tent that we are just not taking this stuff seriously and might as well do nothing.

Expel those negative thoughts from your psyche and realize that any tool is better than no tool. Consider Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway: I’m sure he would have loved a full blown field dental set up complete with anesthesia – but at least he had an ice skate. It was better than nothing. And it was free. If you or your loved one must flee into the cold, dark night – anything is better than nothing. That anything must be packed and ready to go, however.

I was going to title this entry, The Five Dollar BoB but really, it probably does cost more than that if you add it up – but it’s still very inexpensive. If you are on the net and reading this, you easily have enough money to put one these together.

First the Bag
You need something to carry your gear in. It should be fairly comfortable to tote and tough enough for its intended purpose. I picked this up in a thrift store for a buck. It was some kid’s school bag and it got a bit worn so Mommy bought him a new one. It will do nicely.

Large trash bags. These aren’t even the “high speed out of the budget because you don’t normally buy them” Contractor Bags. Nope, these are just regular ol’ trash bags. Wear it like a poncho, fill them full of leaves to make blankets and mattresses, string a couple up end to end to make a (very tight) “tube tent”, sit on one to keep your butt dry – use your imagination.

Shower curtain. An old one that you wanted to throw away because some of the ring holes ripped through. It’s tough. It will make a great ground cloth, you can rig it like a tarp using little stones or acorns in the corner to tie off to, or you can drape it across your shoulders as a rain cape.

String. Yeah, it’s not Kevlar spider wire or even 550 cord but you know what? It will do the job.

Hat. Fifty cents at Goodwill – wash well before packing. Keep your noggin’ warm and life starts to be okay. Yeah I know, this isn’t the latest miracle fabric– but you’ll still be toasty. And grateful.

Water and Food
Water bottle. A two liter soda bottle I got from a friend (I don’t drink that junk!). Yeah I know – it doesn’t have a wide mouth, it’s not even close in design to a DromedaryHump water bladder and it is not made out of some space age plastic polymer. But it holds two liters of life sustaining water all the same.

Pot. From a coffee can and piece of wire. No, it’s not titanium and it’s not what Delta Force uses (although you may be surprised…) It works great – you can boil water to purify it, you can heat water for coffee or tea, you can stew up some road kill in it.

Chow. Throw whatever in there. Pop top cans of soup, tuna, Ramen, Girl Scout cookies – just nose around in the cupboards and get some chow. You will need calories in a fairly easy to store and prepare state. Plastic spoon or make chopsticks.

Meds. If you take daily meds, put a “pull tab” on the outside of the ruck to remind you to run up to the bathroom and grab them before you bug out. When you put the meds in your ruck, then pull off the tab. Ideally, you want to get a bigger prescription and rotate your meds through your BoB but we are doing this on the cheap so we have to take some shortcuts.

First Aid. Put together a first aid kit from the stuff you have laying around in the medicine cabinet or closet. Aspirin, bandaids, tape, ointment – whatever you think of. Yeah, I know, it’s not a commando blow out kit. But it will do.

Knife. It cost a dollar at a “used stuff store”. Make a sheath out of cardboard and tape. Or, just pull one of your extra knives out of the drawer and use it.

Fire. If you don’t smoke you may need to buy a couple lighters or matches. Wow – so expensive. Real cotton balls into which you rub some Vaseline make outstanding tinder – store them in an old pill bottle or film canister.

Duct tape. It rules the universe. Tape a hot spot on your foot, repair your shelter, make something – whatever. Wrap it around your water bottle or fold it flat.

Map. This is an old one. It will do.

That’s it
Guys and gals – is this the perfect BoB? Of course not. Can you make it better? Of course you can. Can you add to it as you find more stuff or funds become available? Yes. For all its weaknesses this BoB has one great strength: It is.

You can assemble one very similar in about 30 minutes. Heck, maybe even less time. Remember though, these are minutes you just may not have in an emergency. And when you assemble this BoB you will have the means to sustain life and facilitate a bug out.

So if you have putting off assembling a BoB due to lack of funds – just remember that money is no object. And you have no excuse – put one together this weekend.

And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. – Genesis 19:12 - 15

If you have any comments I’d love to hear them.
If they really interest me, I may even post them.
You can reach me at Joe

You can also join us to discuss this and other issues at Viking Preparedness Forums

Prepared Americans for a Strong America

Original: http://vikingpreparedness.blogspot.com/2009/03/money-is-no-object.html

10 Scenarios For Which You Should Be Prepared

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Preparedness. There is perhaps no other word that conveys so much, yet so little. What does it mean? To what areas of life does it apply (or not apply)? Being adequately and generally prepared of a necessity requires that we ask ourselves all sorts of questions, plan for various scenarios, and abstract our preparations enough such that they can apply to various circumstances, if possible.

For example, having a lot of food stored will help you if there’s an earthquake, fire, flood, unemployment, famine, etc. So, this preparedness item is quite versatile in its applicability and usefulness. Other, more specific items, such as a portable toilet or potassium iodide tablets, fill a much smaller niche and can’t be used for too many situations other than the ones they’re intended for.

Yet, they’re all important. Preparedness in this context means acquiring the knowledge, skills, and physical possessions that would enable you to comfortably survive whatever may come our way. In most cases, external circumstances outside of your control dictate what you must go through, and thus you cannot reliably foresee what will happen. So, preparing for the unknown can be daunting, but it is by no means impossible.

The following list of ten items illustrate various scenarios and circumstances for which we should all be prepared. As you read this list, do not become alarmed, frustrated, or fearful. The information shared below is not intended to elicit any of these emotions. Rather, you should explore the various scenarios with an open mind willing to make whatever changes necessary to become prepared for that potential event. Take them one at a time, consider what you need to do in your own life to be better prepared in that area, and make an action plan. Do not let this list, or your own preparedness plan, overwhelm you to the point of inaction!

I fear that too many people would rather die before “anything really bad happens”. While I understand why some people might feel this way, I strongly disagree. Crises provide opportunities for service, leadership, inspiration, and love. You may never be more needed in your life than at a time when others around you look to you for assistance. In such experiences, you can fill a critical need and be a great help to those who need you. I fully intend to survive whatever the future holds, and so should you.

With that, I present the following list of possible scenarios for which we should all be prepared. They are listed in no specific order, and are by no means comprehensive.

  1. Pandemic. The world recently narrowly averted a potentially massive pandemic outbreak, and yet few are even aware. The media isn’t reporting it, but that’s little surprise. The LDS Church has placed emphasis on preparing for this scenario with some instructional materials. The question you need to ask is this: if a pandemic broke out in America today, am I prepared to self-quarantine in my home for the next three months? Do I have three months’ worth of food, water, waste disposal, medicine, supplies, savings to pay the bills, etc.?
  2. Economic Collapse. The headlines are scary to ponder these days, and our situation is in many ways grim. Much is being promoted by the various governments of the world to stave off depression, but the truth is that our economic house of cards is built on a sandy foundation. Whether it’s next week or in five years, there will be severe economic problems felt by every individual in the world. People have already lost their life savings, banks are closing their doors weekly, the value of the dollar is eroding, and the market is fearful of what the government is trying to do. The questions you need to ask are: how much savings can I build up? In my situation would it be wise to pre-pay certain bills? Should I diversify out of the dollar into gold or silver? How would I meet my basic needs and those of my family if an economic collapse occurs?
  3. Martial Law. This sounds like something out of the movies or dystopian fiction, but it’s a very real possibility. As the economy worsens, there will be increasing civil unrest. Recently released documents from George Bush’s administration show that it had arrogantly (and un-Constitutionally) granted itself power to use the military inside the country’s borders to subdue and detain American citizens, free from any Constitutional checks or Posse Comitatus’ restraint. The groundwork for martial law has been in the process for some time, and its likelihood in the event of an “emergency” (whether real or contrived) is quite high. Even without using the military, our cities’ police departments have become highly militarized themselves. The question you need to ask is: do I have a personal plan tailored to my unique situation and location for surviving and escaping the heavy hand of martial law? Am I aware of my Constitutional rights, and taking steps to cement and preserve them now?
  4. War, Terrorism, and Chaos—Inside Our Borders. Scared of Iraq? According to a military affairs website, Mexico poses a greater threat to our national security than do terrorist factions on the other side of the world. With stories like these, that’s not a surprising statement. And as the chaos creeps closer to our borders; as it festers from within as a result of a tanking economy; as unemployment and entitlement claims rise; as state budgets suffer, hand out IOUs to citizens, and cut spending in sensitive social programs; and in numerous other circumstances that might incite protest and rebellion, the violent actions summarized on nightly news broadcasts may soon become overwhelmingly repetitive. You need to ask yourself: do I have the ability to protect my family from gangs or those who are desperate and violent? Do I have a community of friends and family to survive with (strength in numbers)? What supplies should I acquire and what measures should I take now to create an environment of stability and safety later?
  5. Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano. We live on the Earth at its mercy. At any time, she can erupt, shake, and cause us to feel her presence to our physical detriment. This especially hits close to home for those of us (in Utah and California especially) who live on a prominent earthquake fault, or who live near the ocean, close to a volcano, or in an environment known for other severe natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, floods, etc.). Ask yourself: Do I have an emergency route and an emergency vehicle? Have I established a place of refuge to which I can flee, should it become necessary? Do I have basic survival skills and supplies necessary to survive on foot as I travel away from disaster? Do I have a communications and evacuation plan to reunite with my family in the event of a disaster, should we be apart at the time?
  6. Nuclear. At the switch of a button, entire cities can vanish in a nuclear assault. The nations of the world have plenty of these weapons stockpiled, and frayed diplomatic relations and aggressive posturing may one day lead to a nuclear assault of varying proportions. You must ask yourself: do I live in a major city? If a nuclear event occurred within 300 miles of my home, do I have sufficient Potassium Iodide for all those I want to help? Do I have a safe shelter to avoid radiation? Do I know how to shield myself from fallout and how long I need to shelter in place? Have I acquired the knowledge necessary to survive a nuclear blast?
  7. Food and Water Shortage. Nations throughout the world are already suffering from severe famine and a decrease in food production. As the economy is factored in and its effects are felt, the number of people suffering for want of food and clean water will increase. You should be asking: do I have at least one year of food and water stored, especially basic staples that can be stored in bulk for a long time? If my current water supply was cut off or contaminated, how would I get water? What items can I store that would be used in a barter situation, or which I could freely give to others that might be in need, yet still be able to provide for my family’s needs?
  8. Communication Termination. Our communication network is vast, and yet very fragile. An EMP attack, strategic missile attack, or other similar assault could easily take down parts or our entire communication infrastructure in this country. You should ask yourself: do I have an emergency plan for my family that will allow us to communicate between ourselves and others as necessary? Do I own and know how to use a HAM radio, GMRS walkie talkies, and other communication devices that may allow me to access news, pass along important information, and otherwise be of assistance in the event we are unable to do so through conventional means?
  9. Discord and Division. As world events escalate in how they are individually felt, people will look for someone to save them from their problems. Some look to government, others to God, others to themselves, and others to the tempting stash of goodies in their neighbors’ basement. The Bible talks of division amongst families, and Christian people are aware of the prophecies relating to apostasy and the separation of the wheat and tares to happen in a future day. Whether in a religious context or that of families dividing because of politics or personal decisions, ask yourself: am I prepared for drama, shock, and heartache as those I love and care about may turn against previous affiliations and reject who I am and what I stand for? Am I spiritually in tune and able to receive the necessary personal revelation to stay the course, regardless of what others’ decide, and how many may follow that path? Am I firmly planted on the rock of Christ to prevent my being buffeted about by others’ actions, decisions, and invitations?
  10. Tent City and Places of Refuge. As a result of foreclosure and economic trouble, tent cities have been popping up in various cities for some time now. Authorities in Sacramento, CA, now estimate that 1,200 people are living in a tent city there, trying to cope with the hand that they’ve been dealt, and get back on their feet. Some believe that future tent cities will be places of refuge from a decaying world where the faithful can gather. But whether you go on an extended camping trip out of necessity or invitation, you should ask: do I have the resources necessary in order to do so? If, for whatever reason, I had to leave the comfort of my home and live in the outdoors for an extended period of time, what would I bring? How would I stay warm? What would I use for shelter?

Now take a deep breath. I, as much as anybody, hope that none of these things ever happen. But looking over history and closely following current events, the sad reality is that the potential for each is surprisingly high.

We must be prepared, and ready to help ourselves, our family, and those around us. Doing so requires mapping out our current plan’s weak points, assessing in what ways our supply of items is deficient, and making an actionable to-do list of things we will work on both in the short and long term.

It’s a lot of work, yes. But as conditions worsen around us, those who have prepared will, like the five wise virgins in Christ’s parable, be ready for the future and able to continue moving ahead in their life. As a young Scout, I learned the motto “Be Prepared”. But in my young teenager mind, I had no idea that those two short words entailed so much! Now that I am responsible for a family of my own, my firm determination is to survive whatever may come our way, and (hopefully) comfortably! I hope you’ll work towards the same goal.


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Audio Podcast: Options for Storage Methods of Meats, Fruits and Vegetables

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Today we discuss a variety of options for storing surplus meats, fruits and vegetables for long term prepping and day to day use as well.

Tune in Today to Hear…

  • Dehydration as a exceptional long term storage option
  • Smoking and the difference between cold and hot smoking
  • Different ways to build a cold smoking, smoke house
  • Pickling as a storage method
  • Thoughts on canning and water bath vs. pressure canning
  • Freezing (short of a total SHTF, it is a great option)
  • Blanching before freezing and before dehydration
  • Jam, jelly and preserves bring spring flavor to cold winters
  • The traditional method of making biltong, no box required
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Audio Podcast: Small Steps to Individual Energy Independence

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Today I provide you a few low cost steps you can take on the way to individual energy independence. Today’s show is about energy independence for you, not independence from “foreign oil”, etc but you and your families individual ability to exist with out dependence on things like the electrical grid.

Tune in today to hear…

  • An update on individual secession and individual declarations of independence
  • Come meet me tomorrow at the Ft. Worth Gun show
  • Come have fun with us at the Region 5 Get Together
  • The Beta of the Members Support Brigade is Closed for about a week
  • Jack is going to Arkansas next week, you will miss a show or two next week
  • How you can build a simple way to dehydrate and store food
  • Building a simple, easy solar oven that will cook food with no fuel other then sunlight
  • Heating water with black pvc pipes, a box and a pane of glass
  • Setting up true small scale solar for under 200 bucks for back up lights and lap top computers
  • A simple outdoor shower with solar heating
  • Getting a professional installation done and expanding it as a do it yourself model

Discover the Fun of Prepping for Survival!

A few months back John Silveira shared a few thoughts in “The Last Word” column in the Nov.-Dec. 2008 “Backwoods Home Magazine” on his changing attitudes toward preparedness and survival. I thought a summary might be helpful for some who find themselves leaning more and more toward preparedness blogs and sites for information, but aren’t yet quite sure what to make of the whole survivalist scene.

Silveira confesses that in the 1980’s he got caught up in end of the world scenarios—economic collapse, climate change, possibility of nuclear war, etc. (Sound familiar?) He stocked up on firearms, ammo, silver coins, food and supplies. One day it dawned on him that he was actually having fun with all of this prepping. The guns proved to be fun and interesting. Learning and making plans was better than TV. It was satisfying having a full pantry.

Having prepared for adversities made things a little easier when Silveira was laid off work for a time and when his wife took extended maternity leave. He still keeps plenty of survival supplies on hand, sort of like having a savings account. If, or when, things really do collapse, he believes he’s ready. That’s a good thing. After all, that’s what preparedness is about.

Many Americans are said to be putting back a little more in savings than they did a year or two ago, when savings rates were actually in negative numbers. This ought to be seen as a good thing, since making purchases from money on hand means being more thoughtful about those purchases and not charging them on credit cards. Ironically, the media and the government want us to continue the ways of consumerism and buying on credit. But that just can’t continue for a number of reasons I won’t detail here.

To repeat something we’ve often said here, getting supplies for survival is only part of the picture. Having the proper mindset or attitude is all important. As Silveira discovered, fear can give way to fun, satisfaction and enjoyment. Survivalists do what they do because the threats truly are real. It just so happens that now we’re seeing hardships coming to fruition, and many like Silveira are as ready as they know how to be.

Is it too late if you’re among those who didn’t see any of this coming? Not if you practice what author Robert ringer calls the salvage theory. Here’s an example. It’s 9:30 at night and your day hasn’t gone as you expected. You haven’t done what you wanted or intended to do. However, there is one small task you can start on. Take 15 minutes to work on it now, and you can do the rest another time. The point is, salvage whatever is left of the day, no matter how small it seems.

That’s how it is with survival preparedness. Do what you can now. It may not be much, but simply get started. Don’t fret about what you haven’t been able to do yet. Don’t worry that you’re not as smart as the bloggers who expound wisdom and techniques you’ve never heard of before. Glean what you can. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’ll be surprised how many are willing to help you. That’s because, as I’ve said before, survivalists have optimism about things other than the status quo or the present system of things as we know them.

Follow John Silveira’s example. Prepare and discover how uplifting it is. Remember, survival really is about living.

On the value of MP3 Players in Bug Out vehicles

By Joseph Parish

When we reach the point of no return and have to make that ultimate decision as to stay or go we want to do so with as little discomfort as possible. I know this sounds a little petty however lets consider for one moment the amount of time that we could perhaps be in hiding. One month? Perhaps several months? Maybe even as much as 6 to 12 months. In a case like that I could just about guarantee that radio stations will no longer be broadcasting. Television will certainly be non-existent at this time. Even if the infrastructure was still present most operators and maintenance people would be with their families and not at work.

Therefore as a survivalist out in the middle of no where you are left with very little entertainment. Maybe you brought a DVD player with you. Let me tell you watching the same DVD’s day in and day out can be more distressing then nothing to watch at all.

What I would like to propose here is that one install a MP3 player in their bug out vehicle and prepare accordingly while you have the time to do so. By preparing I mean getting your selection of CD’s in order. You can usually place in excess of 100 songs on one CD if it is recorded in the MP3 format. Not bad at all. That would provide you with a lot of variety.

In addition you can now record the old time radio tales that were popular when your father was young. In those early days there was no programming at all for a TV. TV’s were generally in their infant stages and so radio was the king of entertainment. Even as late as the 60’s to 70’s I myself enjoyed many of these shows while stationed overseas where we had no television service in English. There were shows such as the Shadow, Amos and Andy, CBS Mystery Theater as well as a vast assortment of additional radio shows. These radio shows no longer are under copyright so you would be free to copy and record them on your CD’s.

In conclusion when you have no choice but to bug out you may not have television but if you plan it right you and your family can be well entertained for quite some time.

Copyright @ 2009 Joseph Parish

Original: http://survival-training.blogspot.com/2009/03/on-value-of-mp3-players-in-bug-out.html

Scene Safety

One of the first things that law enforcement personnel, firefighters, the military, and others who launch themselves into danger on a regular basis are taught is scene safety. This is because the most important person in a rescue--you--needs to be protected from whatever caused the person you are rescuing to go down in the first place. Besides the fact that your boss thinks you are a nice guy and doesn't want anything bad to happen to you, the bottom line is that a lot of money and effort has gone into your training and that is a fairly large investment to lose over a bad call.
Everyone needs to be concerned over scene safety, whether you are a rescue professional or the average guy on the street who comes across an emergent situation and reacts. Here's some pointers:
  • Don't panic or go running in to save someone without thinking first.

  • Call 911. It is best to have help on the way before you get knee deep in a rescue effort (ie: you don't want to start CPR and then remember that you probably should call 911 and have to stop resuscitation efforts to do so).

  • Stop and look over the scene. What do you see, hear, smell, taste, and feel? Your five senses will provide your first information about the scene.

  • Are there any obvious safety concerns? For example, in a car accident on an icy road, don't immediately get out of your car to help because other cars could slide on the ice and run into YOU. If you think you have stumbled upon a drug lab, stay out--the chemical soup in these things can kill you. If bullets are still whizzing by, get to a safe location immediately--rescue can wait.

  • Note that your two biggest dangers will be the environment (cars driving by, trees falling, power lines flapping about, etc) and people (people on drugs behave erratically, domestic violence situations can rapidly deteriorate, highly emotional situations can make people act out in all kinds of often negative ways).

  • What happened? Try to ascertain this from bystanders then consider what your next steps should be. If the person got shocked by live electrical wires, what happened to the wires? You don't want to get yourself electrocuted if they are still live. If someone was shot, where is the shooter now? When the scene is safe you can then begin rescue efforts such as CPR or providing other basic care.

  • Work in teams if possible. In a precarious situation, it is best to have additional people to help out (ie: in the case of a car accident/drowning/etc you can tell one person to call 911, have one person control the scene, one person to assist with the rescue, etc).

  • Clear the area. Keep bystanders out of danger (and/or out of a potential crime scene) by having everyone move away from the immediate area.

  • Move yourself and the victim to a safe area if necessary. In the case of a car accident, leave the person where they are unless there is an immediate danger (ie: they are in a car that is on fire). If the person may have a head, neck, or back injury, do everything you can NOT to move them until professional help arrives.

  • Carry and wear PPEs (personal protection equipment) if possible. If you will be dealing with blood and bodily fluids, wear gloves, eye protection, a face mask, etc. In this day and age you don't know what kind of diseases people are carrying. I keep these items in my car emergency kit just in case.

  • Don't do anything that you are not trained to do. There is an art and a science to getting someone out of a squished car--if you have not been trained to do this and don't have the equipment to do this, don't do this; wait for help to arrive. If someone is stuck up a tree or on a roof and they are not in immediate danger of falling, for example, it is best to just talk to them and keep them calm until help arrives rather then trying to get them a ladder to climb down on, they may fall and then you will have a bigger problem.

  • As a bystander with no particular rescue skills, the most important things you can do are: call for help, provide immediate first aid (CPR, help stop bleeding), remain calm and try to keep the victim calm as well, and ensure the scene is safe (ie: by directing traffic away from the incident or pulling the victim from a burning house if you can do so with no injury to yourself).

  • Don't put yourself in obvious danger. It is not worth risking your life to save someone who is drowning if you have no idea how to perform a water rescue. The best thing you can do is throw them a rope or flotation device but resist the urge to jump in too or then there will be two people who need to be rescued.
Original: http://codenameinsight.blogspot.com/2009/03/scene-safety.html

Yurts Revisited

By request I'm posting pertinent links to Yurt information.
Here's where I got started.
The Construction of a Yurt
By Ellisif Fkakkari (Monica Cellio)

Yurt information Here.

From Instructables here.


Barefoot in West Virginia (by god). His FAQ here. Be sure to check out his PV setup.

SCA Mongolian Yurt Part 1 PDF.
SCA mongolian Yurt Part 2 PDF.

Yurt Building - Documents the complete process of building a yurt from raw materials in pictures and text. Good FAQ.

The Tent Lady on Instructables. Building a new 20 foot gertee.
GerTee - Portable tent home made of recycled materials.

My own post's on yurts.

Now if Your handy and have at least a few tools, You are on Your way. Enjoy.

Original: http://circleoftheoroborous-dragon.blogspot.com/2009/03/yurts-revisited.html

Be A Survivor Pulled Pork Recipe

Made this the other day and it was quite good.

Pork Butt Roast
1 Large White Onion
2 Cups of water
Canola Oil
Your favorite BBQ sauce

1.) Liberally salt and pepper the pork roast. In a skillet heat the canola oil. Brown and sear all side of the pork roast. (You are NOT cooking it just searing it so high heat short amount of time.)

2.) Slice the onion into thick slices and line the bottom of a crock pot.

3.) Add the browned roast to the crock pot on top of the onions and add 2 cups of water. Cook on HIGH for 8 hours.

4.) Remove the roast (probably will be falling apart at this point) and let it cool a bit.

5.) Use two forks and gently pull the meat apart and remove any excess fat. Take the pulled pork and add to a bowl. Slowly add you BBQ sauce in increments and thoroughly work into the meat. Stop adding when you reach the desired taste. Don't over do it, people can always add more BBQ sauce.

Optional: Get yourself a nice Kaiser roll and generously pile the pulled pork onto it. Add some additional BBQ sauce and some cole slaw (yes...right on the sandwich!)...and that is some good eating.

...that is all.

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