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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Bug out Bag for your kid

My daughter is heading off to college in Tennessee this summer and it is a little over a 14 drive from my house to her new school. So that got me thinking of what kind of emergency bag she will need to have in her car being so far from home and all. Now, a firearm is out of the question simply because she will be on a college campus as well as traversing many different states going back and forth. As much as I would like her to have one, I don't think it's practical at the moment. So going forward I will be putting together a list of equipment and the bag it will be going in, and share it with all of you here. I'll include the links for purchasing the gear, how much I paid for it, and some pictures of the whole kit and kaboodle as we go along.

So lets start with the bag, or back-pack. In discussing this with some other prepper type folks, the question came up "Well, what's this bag for?". My answer was simple emergencies, being stuck on the road, or having to get home in the event that the whole country comes unglued and she feels the need to head back to NJ. (Although truth be told, I'd tell her to stay in Tennessee, we'll come to her.) So that leads to the question of having to carry the bag for a long period of time. I still lean towards a bag with a shoulder strap, but my pals are trying to convince me that a back pack would be more suitable, and the little lady thinks so as well.

So, I chose a Maxpedition MERLIN™ Folding Backpack for the bug out bag that will go with my daughter to Tennessee. Mainly because it can be carried easily and this particular bag has lots of functionality. Although I would say shop around to see what kind of deals you can get.

Next came the list of "ingredients".
  • Flashlight
  • spare batteries. Check out this spare battery holder I found from County Comm.
  • A prepared First Aid Kit, available on line or from your local camping store. Choose the size you feel appropriate.
  • Space Blanket
  • 2 Rolls of Quarters
  • 1 Roll of dollar Coins
  • 50 Feet of Para cord
  • 1 Liter of bottled water
  • Matches / Fire Starter
  • Compass
  • 12v trouble light w/cig. lighter plug
  • Knife
  • Pad and Pencil
  • Whistle
  • Emergency mirror
That's about it. Although I find that when I build a kit like this, laying it all out on the table in front of me usually leads to modifications in the ingredients of the kit.

Why don't you think about building some kits for your car, office, and around the house. Large or small they can make a difference when stuff collides with the fan. Check out lists over at The Big List.

Original: http://newjerseypreppersnetwork.blogspot.com/2009/04/bug-out-bag-for-your-kid.html

goal 4(a) - choose a storage location

Our current goal is gathering a longer-term storage.

Specifically - Choose a storage location(s) for longer-term storage.

The ideal location for a longer-term storage is dark, cool, dry and rodent-free. Most of us don't have all of these ideal conditions, though. So, choose the best possible location for your storage.

After living in several different conditions and locations around the United States, I personally have located my storage in a garage, in a utility closet, in an attic, under beds, in closets, in kitchen cupboards and currently in an unfinished basement. You might have to get creative in choosing your storage location. Click here to link to a past discussion on creative storage solutions.

Shelves are not necessary for your longer-term storage. In fact, I didn't have any shelves until just a few years ago. You can stack both buckets and cans in boxes. Mylar sacks can be dropped into larger storage containers. Do not place storage items directly on a cement or dirt floor. Unwanted tastes and chemicals can leach into your storage containers. Instead, place items on carpet, slats of wood, shelves, or pallets. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recommends storing all items so that there is some air flow underneath.

This goal isn't a big step. But it is important to have in mind where you can put your storage and realistically how to fit it in your living space.

Original: http://iprepared.blogspot.com/2009/03/goal-4a-choose-storage-location.html

goal 4(b) - gather grains for longer-term storage

Our current goal is gathering our longer-term storage.

Specifically - Store Grains.

Grains are one of two main products that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recommends that you store for longer-term storage. (Beans are the other product - but we'll discuss them later.) They recommend that any dried products that you store have 10% or less moisture content and be insect-free.

Wheat is what people typically think of when grains are mentioned, but there are other grains that are equally suitable for longer-term storage. Corn, rice, oats and other grains are great for longer-term storage. We'll be exploring each of these different grains in depth in upcoming posts. These grain products have a storage life of 30 years or more, which is fantastic because you can take a long time to rotate through and replace your supply of grains.

It is recommended that you store 25 lbs of grains per month per person. That's 225 lbs. for a nine-month supply or 300 lbs. for a 12 month supply. My personal goal is to store between 9 and 12 months of grains per person (added to my three-month supply to make a complete one-year storage). Here is a chart to help you determine how much grain you should store:

Grain Storage Amounts:
*1 person -
25 lbs (1 month) 225 lbs (9 months) 300 lbs (12 months)
*2 people -
50 lbs (1 month) 450 lbs (9 months) 600 lbs (12 months)
*3 people -
75 lbs (1 month) 675 lbs (9 months) 900 lbs (12 months)
*4 people -
100 lbs (1 month) 900 lbs (9 months) 1200 lbs (12 months)
*5 people -
125 lbs (1 month) 1125 lbs (9 months) 1500 lbs (12 months)
*6 people -
150 lbs (1 month) 1350 lbs (9 months) 1800 lbs (12 months)
*7 people -
175 lbs (1 month) 1575 lbs (9 months) 2100 lbs (12 months)

Make a note of the amount of grains that you want to store. I recommend that you write this number down. You can use a spreadsheet, table, or notebook to record and track your longer-term storage inventory. I personally use a doc file. I simply record the total amount we need, how much we have, and how much I still need to buy. It's not elaborate and doesn't have to be.

I would say that originally this was the most daunting home-storage goal for me. For our family, 1125 - 1500 lbs of grains felt like so much that it seemed unattainable. However, when you gather your grains a little at a time, it actually is easier than you think. And remember all of this grain storage isn't just wheat. I personally store wheat, oatmeal, cornmeal, popcorn, pasta and different varieties of rice. As we continue to discuss grain storage, pay attention to the kinds of grains that your family uses. It helps with rotation if you store grains in similar proportion to the amounts you use in your regular meals.

Original: http://iprepared.blogspot.com/2009/04/goal-4b-gather-grains-for-longer-term.html

10 Essentials To Help You Survive

On any trip into the bush...I don't care how short there is a very short list of the absolute essential things you should bring with you EVERY TIME.

Everything would be contained in a small rucksack:

1.) Knife - I like a good multifunction knife like a Victorinox Swiss Army Rucksack or a Leatherman Multitoolfor day hikes.

2.) Extra Clothes - Carry some sort of jacket (water resistant would be nice) or fleece and at least an extra pair of socks at a minimum.

3.) Water - Throw a few bottles of water in your bag and a few purification tablets or a filter. If you run out of water make sure you won't be lost for more than three days because you'll be dead.

4.) Food - Throw a few energy bars or some jerky in the bag...you never know and it beats eating grasshoppers (at least until you REALLY have to).

5.) Matches/lighter/firesteel- I would carry all three. They weigh almost nothing, keep them in separate locations (not all in the bag for instance).

6.) Map/compass/GPS - Have a compass at a minimum and know which direction will eventually lead to civilization at the very least. Having a map of the area would be fantastic. GPS is good but batteries are the weakness.

7.) Flashlight- If walking around in the pitch black night sounds good to you...go ahead and you can leave this home.

8.) Sunglasses - Protect your eyes and keep yourself alert, squinting is work and actually makes you tired. This can help prevent the sun or glare off of the snow or sand from burning your corneas.

9.) Sunscreen and bug dope - I use a bug dope that is a sun screen as well, multi-use is the way to go. Sun burn sucks and so does getting eaten alive by mosquitos.

10.) Small First Aid Kit - should contain bandaids, gauze, antispetic, etc. This is a must, dealing with injuries no matter how small is not optional.

These items could save your life if you get lost, yet they are small and light enough that there really is no excuse to not carry them.

...that is all.

Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/BeASurvivor/~3/DihyvLCHk1I/10-essentials-to-help-you-survive.html

Audio Podcast: The Modern Survival Philosophy

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So what is a modern survival philosophy? A way of thinking and acting that improve your lifestyle and self sufficiency even if nothing ever goes wrong. At the same time if something does go wrong you have insured as best you can against it.

Tune in today to hear these 10 key tenants

  • 1. Everything you do to “prepare”should improve your life even if nothing goes wrong
  • 2. Debt is financial cancer!
  • 3. Growing your own food is for everyone not just hippies
  • 4. Tax is theft
  • 5. Food stored is an exceptional investment.
  • 6. Plan for disaster in the following order of priority - Personal- Neighborhood-Small Region-Large Region-National-Global.
  • 7. Renewable energy is great but do it for independence and for positive economic results.
  • 8. Owning land is true wealth.
  • 9. Take pragmatic steps like, cash emergency funds, good insurance and secondary income streams and make them part of your planning.
  • 10. Your personal philosophy is more important for you than mine!
Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/survivalpcast/~3/0aH7-0DTkfo/the-modern-survival-philosophy

Ammo Shortages

If you are a regular shooter (at least in the US), you have probably noticed ammo shortages are pretty much the norm lately. While I don't usually encourage people to buy things when everyone else is buying said item in a panic (thus lowering supply and increasing demand/price), having plenty of ammo on hand is fairly important. Here's some ideas:
  • Learn how to reload your own ammo.

  • Find out when you local ammo outlets (WalMart, sporting good stores) get their regular shipment (ie: Wednesdays) and make it a habit to stop by the store each week on your way to work or on your lunch break.

  • Purchase a firearm or two that use unusual (and thus less in demand) ammo.

  • Make friends with your local ammo outlet owner or manager (a more realistic possibility when dealing with smaller shop owners) and have them put some ammo aside for you when new shipments come in (note that everyone is probably doing this so whether or not this tip works is not guaranteed).

  • Take what ammo you can get. Even if you don't own a .380, if you go to the store and they don't have the caliber ammo you are looking for but have a stack of another type of common ammo (ie .380), pick some up to use for barter.

  • Take what ammo you can get part 2. While you may be looking for a specific hollow-point, high grain ammo for protection, if they only have low grain, jacketed ammo that you would usually use for practice, grab it anyway. Some ammo is better than no ammo.

  • Buy ammo when you travel to a foreign country and bring it home with you (legally).

  • Purchase ammo from a foreign country and import it (legally).

  • Wait until the shortages subside and then buy your ammo.
Original: http://codenameinsight.blogspot.com/2009/05/ammo-shortages.html

The Initial Effects of Nuclear Weapons

In order to prepare yourself to survive in a nuclear environment you must have a clear understanding of what to expect and how to react to a nuclear threat. The initial effects of a nuclear weapon are typically classified as occurring during the initial blast, up to one minute after the explosion.

The principle events that cause the initial damage are the blast and radiation.

A blast occurs immediately after detonation and can be described as the rapid movement of air away from the center of detonation along with the accompanying pressure. Strong winds typically are experienced as a result of a nuclear detonation. Blasts are so overwhelmingly powerful that they can hurl personnel and debris, collapse lungs, rupture eardrums, collapse buildings and cause immediate death and injury. The rapid movement of air has a crushing effect on everything that stands in its way.

Another by-product of a nuclear explosion is thermal radiation. When a nuclear weapon explodes it produces a powerful fireball. This fireball emits intense heat and light. Thermal radiation will cause extensive fires, burns, and flash blindness.

Up to one minute after the initial detonation, the blast will produce intensive gamma radiation. This radiation can cause a host of problems in the exposed individual. From severe headaches to nausea, vomiting diarrhea, and even death. The major problem for anyone caught in this situation is that you will have no control over how much radiation you are exposed to. More than likely, the blast will catch you off guard and you will not have enough time to seek shelter. In one minute you could receive a lethal dose of radiation.

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Original: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SurviveTheWorst/~3/58Jswee0LEs/effects-of-nuclear-weapons.html