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Friday, April 24, 2009

What is a Survivalist?

When some people hears the word “survivalist”, instantaneously a portrait of a gun-toting, camouflaged burly man may come to mind. This is not surprising since Hollywood has painted these unique breeds of humans in a somewhat negative light. For instance, the 1990 movie Tremors, included in its list of characters Burt and Heather Gummer, a fanatical survivalist couple who had a basement stockpiled full of weaponry and other survival gear. In addition, there have been others since. However, what exactly is a survivalist and what benefits are there to being one?

What is a survivalist?

A survivalist is defined as a person who has survival of self and/or family as a chief goal during times of natural disaster, wartime, and/or complete breakdown of society. A survivalist can also be described as a person who “lives off the land” as some have the custom to call it.

A Survivalist during a Natural Disaster

Natural disasters are commonplace in the world we live in. Some of the most frequently occurring natural disasters are hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires. When advance warning is given, the typical survivalist will be ready. He would have already had his emergency pack, or “Go Bag” as FEMA calls it, ready to take with him when he is called to evacuate. His advance planning would have made him a prime candidate for survival.

A Survivalist during Wartime

This is a time that can be most crucial. In wartime, people lose the human tendency to take care of one another. The attitude, which pervades is self-preservation. Survivalists prepare well in advance for times like these. Since 9-11, more people have become survival-conscious in light of the realization of how vulnerable we really are. When war strikes, the survivalist takes care to preserve his integrity and the integrity of his family. During wartime, and in most areas, taking up arms may be necessary to ensure survival.

A Survivalist during a Breakdown of Society

We see this happening all over the world in the African nations as well as the Central and South American nations. A total breakdown of society will cause a complete crash of its infrastructure and administration. When this happens, you should expect not to have any electricity, water, fuel/gas, or a supply of food. Being prepared for this is what will help the survivalist to achieve his goal of survival.

In the above-mentioned situations, although different in nature, the issue that remains constant is the inability to gain access to the utilities we now take for granted. During natural disasters, wartime, and societal breakdown, there will not be any clean water to drink, food to eat, electricity to light, or gas to burn! Survivalists are well aware of this fact so they take advantage and store up drinking water, non-perishable foods, canned fuel, and candles. Advanced preparation is the key to survival.

Although survivalists sometimes receive a bad rap, they truly are a unique breed of humans. Survivalists may be misunderstood, but as the saying goes: “Knowledge is power” and in the case of being a survivalist, knowing how to survive empowers the will to survive.

Copyright @ 2008 Survival Training

Original: http://survival-training.info/articles/What%20is%20a%20Survivalist.htm

Urban Bug Out Gear...Some Ideas

When people think about putting together a Bug Out Bag, they often think of lots of camo, lots of (impressive) weapons, and lots of other cool gear that they can pick up at the local military surplus store. In most environments, especially urban environments, you may want to think again. Here's some stuff to consider for your low-profile urban Bug Out Bag:
  • Instead of an ALICE pack, consider a more urban option for carting your gear around such as a messenger bag, or urban-styled backpack (Dakine, etc)
  • Instead of camo clothing, consider urban appropriate clothing in generic colors (khaki, brown, black) from REI (west coast) or LL Bean (east coast)
  • Instead of combat boots, consider, again, well made urban option such as Keen or Merrell shoes/boots.
  • Instead of an AK or other similarly impressive firearm, consider something much more concealable (for close quarters urban needs, a good handgun will lend an element of surprise and be more easy to conceal).
  • Instead of radios to communicate with your team, cell phones are a more urban alternative if the system is still up.
  • Instead of canteens hanging on your belt, consider a more urban SIGG or Nalgene water bottle in your backpack.
  • Instead of a bag of MREs, consider some urban options such as beef jerky, dried fruit, nuts, and other portable foods found in your local grocery store which has a long shelf life.

Anyway, you get the idea. Take a look at your BOB and compare it to the location you are most likely to use it. Does it match? Does it stand out like a huge target? Do you look "like everyone else" or do you look like you just stepped out of a military movie? Consider "un militarizing" your BOB so that you will be able to more easily blend into your environment.

Original: http://codenameinsight.blogspot.com/2009/04/urban-bug-out-gearsome-ideas.html

Survival Gardening–Potatoes on Your Patio?

The other evening I turned on a local Christian radio station to hear what was being discussed on a certain program. Instead of Bible teaching, they were discussing gardening basics and encouraging new gardeners. No doubt they recognize the surge in gardening this year and last year. They mentioned several crops that are easy to grow. However, I didn’t hear them mention potatoes. Maybe I tuned in too late.

Last year I tried growing a few potatoes in grow bags of soil. Unfortunately, they didn’t produce hardly anything but vines. I suspect the problem was bottom watering. The bags were sitting in black trays used for mixing cement, repurposed for gardening. This year I’m trying it again, but I’ll top water this time and see if it makes a difference.

I’m only trying this with three five gallon bags, and I’ve got plenty more potatoes planted elsewhere, so it’s not a great loss if the experiment fails again. I’m optimistic though, as every gardener is who experiments.

Speaking of growing potatoes elsewhere, I’ve got 15 three gallon nursery buckets of soil planted with a potato in each. I’ve gotten some pretty decent harvests in the past doing it this way. You can do the same thing and grow potatoes on your patio or in the yard, if you don’t have a decent gardening space. Oh, sure, it’s cheap to buy potatoes at the grocery store, but it’s a lot of fun to have your own, and they’re so easy to grow.

Potatoes will grow in straw, or you could put soil or compost in old tires. I remember reading somewhere that a family grew potatoes in an old garbage can. When the vines came up, they’d pile compost up around them, and they harvested quite a lot of potatoes from a small space.

Another way to grow potatoes is in a potato bin from Gardener’s Supply Company. This item is exclusive to Gardener’s supply. It’s a 15-gallon fabric nursery pot, 18" diameter by 14-1/2" high, suitable for planting four potatoes in each bin. The fabric allows for heat dissipation, and lets water drain off if you get too much. Gardener’s Supply says they got as much as 13 pounds of potatoes from one of these bins. They can be used a second year, and they fold for storage.

Perhaps this adaptability to different growing places is one reason potatoes make such a good survival gardening favorite. Of course, as you no doubt know, potatoes can be cooked in any number of dishes, making them versatile in a culinary sense, too.

If you haven’t planted potatoes yet, it’s not too late. Time’s getting away though, and potatoes do well in cool weather, as long as they don’t freeze. You can grow potatoes you buy from the grocery store or buy them from just about any local store that sells plants in the spring.

To get potato bins from Gardener’s Supply, click on their logo to go to their home page. Then type key words potato bin in the search box, and that will take you to a page where you'll see a picture of the potato bin. Click the picture to get more info and to place your order.

Gardener's Supply Company

Types of Nuclear Bursts

A nuclear weapon can produce a burst in three completely different ways. The different types of bursts are subsurface, surface, and air. The type of burst directly affects your ability to survive.

A subsurface burst occurs completely underground or under water. Of the three, this is the best case scenario as its effects remain beneath the surface or in the immediate area of the blast. Typically the surface will collapse into a crater immediately above the location of the burst. There is little to no chance of being exposed to radiation unless you enter the area of the crater.

An airburst occurs in the air above its intended target. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were examples of this type of attack. This type of burst provides the maximum radiation effect on the target, and is, therefore, the most dangerous to you , in regards to your immediate personal survival. With an airburst you should expect to see enormous shock waves, searing heat, a blinding light, fires, and extensive damage.

A surface burst occurs on the ground or water surface. This type of blast produces the most fallout and poses the most long term health effects. This type of blast is the worst of the three due to the large amount of radioactive fallout it produces. A survivor of this type of event would be forced to seek shelter for a long period of time and would experience a greater risk of exposure to radiation. While the airburst is the most dangerous a surface burst poses the greatest overall nuclear hazard due to the amount of fallout produced.

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The Initial Effects of Nuclear Weapons
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Can One Nuclear Weapon Cripple America?

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SurviveTheWorst/~3/QDiAXC2vRcw/types-of-nuclear-bursts.html

72-hour kits: food packs

to decide what to include in my food pack for my 72-hour kit, i looked around online and looked at other people's lists and stuff and then used those to decide what my family would eat. i did do some variations depending on if the pack was for a kid or a grown-up. i planned on eating the same thing for all 3 days (that's the simplest).

here is the list for the kid pack:

  • 3 fruit cups
  • 3 jif mini peanut butter cups
  • 3 boxes of raisins
  • 3 mini chef boyardee raviolis or mac-n-cheese (make sure you get the pop-top)
  • 3 packets of fruit snacks
  • 3 mini power bars
  • 2 twin packs of pop-tarts (which is 4 single pop tarts)
  • 2 twin packs of "oats'n honey" granola bars (which is 4 single granola bars)
  • 3 10 oz. bottles of cran-apple juice

this brings us to a grand total of 1,610 calories per day. and since i'm nerdy and save weird things, i had one of those little plastic cases that you buy sheets in with a zipper, i was able to pack it all neatly into one plastic bag.

the adult pack is basically the same, with a little more. contents include:

  • 3 chef boyardee ravioli or spaghetti (make sure it's pop-top)
  • 3 fruit cups
  • 3 jif mini peanut butter cups
  • 3 boxes of raisins or craisins
  • 3 twin packs of pop-tarts
  • 3 mini power bars
  • 3 regular-sized power bars
  • 3 twin packs of "oats'n honey" granola bars
  • 3 packs of fruit snacks
  • 3 powdered drink mixes
  • 30 jolly ranchers
  • 3 packs of gum
  • i also included a single high-calorie meal replacement bar

this brings us to a grand total of 2,090 calories per day. i included plastic silverware in each pack and also hand sanitizer spray as most of it is finger food. oh, and i got it all at wal-mart.

so get gathering your food packs together and please note that the items i have listed here are not for long-term storage, but will need to be rotated every six months or so. it's a good idea to get into a routine so you don't forget to do so - general conference is a great reminder and with conference coming up this weekend, you'll be right on schedule if you get it done soon!

another option for food include MRE's ("meals ready to eat") which you can purchase with any of the companies listed on the post about equipment. the advantage to these is that they take up less space (and weight) and will keep longer. the disadvantage is that your kids may not eat them. so think about what would work best for your family as you build your kit.

sidenote: if you are looking for alternative ideas for your food packs, i have a pdf document that has a great menu for your 72-hour kits, and everything is broken down with all the nutritional information and will keep you in high-energy mode... but i don't know how to post it online. so leave a comment or email me and i'll email it to you if you're interested.

Original : http://mansfield2nd.blogspot.com/2009/03/72-hour-kits-food-packs.html