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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Importance of Physical Fitness

This topic has been talked about in depth for about as long as there has been a survivalist community. It will be impossible to survive whatever comes our way without physical fitness. In fact, it is impossible to survive at all on a long enough time line. We will all die - it is just a question of when. We all prep and attempt to get others to do so, in an effort to prolong our lives and those of our loved ones. Physical fitness plays into this idea - possibly even more so than the beans and bullets.

In a world without cars the most likely method of traveling across land will be by foot (or animal, but this still requires some physical acumen).

The fabled "bug out" in a SHTF scenario will likely include some cross country travel on foot after your gasoline storage runs out.

The revered "bug in" in a SHTF scenario will still require you to cultivate the land, bend your back and work animals. All of which require you to be in shape.

Fighting for your life against any aggressor is not like hollywood makes it seem - it is not all marksmanship and sneaking up on people. You need to be stronger than the person who desires to do you and your family harm. You need to be faster than that person. You need to have more stamina to outlast an adversary either on the run or in a CQB situation.

Don't wait - this is not something that you can just start doing once something goes down. It is like taking vitamin C - it does you far less good to start taking it once you are sick, you need to be using it before hand. We all need to be exercsing now. If not for a SHTF scenario, so we can live better, happier more productive lives. All medical personnel agree that exercise, whether aerobic (cardio) or anerobic (weights) benefits our body and keeps diseases at bay. I don't believe in anti-depressants (for myself) -what I do believe in are 4 mile runs (5 if am feeling extra shitty). 45 minutes later I am right as rain - no medication needed. Endorphins are released when you exercise and are truly a force to be recond with.

Lifting weights is nice, but not always possible - do tasks and projects around the house at a level that will challenge you and eventually increase what you think you can do.

I recognize that folks have orthopedic problems (I am one of them) but we just have work around them and find activities/ exercise that we can engage in. This part of preparation is NON NEGOTIABLE.

The best thing about this particlar prep is that is costs you nothing to get outside and run or walk. No memberships needed.


Preparing for a Home's Power Outage

With the freak blizzards, and the Spring storms, let's prepare for a power outage in our homes:
  1. Gather emergency supplies like food, can openers, water, candles, matches, flashlights, batteries, and radio.
  2. Know where your fuse box and/or circuit breaker is.
  3. Learn how to reset a circuit, and how to change a blown fuse.
  4. Find out NOW how to override an electric garage door. If there isn’t a way, figure out what to do to get your car in or out of the garage.
  5. If you think a power outage is about to occur, turn your refrigerator and freezers to the coldest settings. This will help keep food cold longer. Be sure to not only the fridge/freezer doors except when you absolutely have to, and do it quickly – quick in and quick out.
  6. You should have most of your electrical equipment and all of your entertainment and computer equipment hooked up to surge protectors. This will prevent a sudden surge of electricity from hurting or frying them.
  7. Keep extra blankets and old cardboard boxes (with an x-acto knife) and duct tape to cover windows in case the heat does go out. This will prevent drafts.
  8. Figure out which of your home’s rooms are the most insulated. Inner room, or the family room with the fireplace. Make that where you spend most of your time during the power outage.
  9. Once the power does go out, turn the thermostat pretty low, and turn off the circuit breaker for the water heater to reduce the demand for energy once the power is restored. An overload could send it back to an outage. However, leave one light on, or a radio, so you’ll know when the power has been restored.
  10. If the outside temperature is expected to stay below 35 degrees, place items from your fridge (milk, cheese, etc.) in a cooler on your back porch to keep things cold.
  11. Cover the freezers and refrigerator with blankets to insulate them.
  12. If you small gas, do NOT use matches or flip switches (including flashlights). Call the gas company, and turn off your utilities manually.

Did I leave anything out?

Survivalist Laptops for your Bugout Bags

After reading a post over at Utah Preppers about how he has a hard drive in his bugout bag, it got me thinking.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all the survival information you have ever found online in your Bug Out Bag? But how? The hard drive is a great way to store information and can be great addition to your bag, but how can you access it in the middle of nowhere?

Well I think I found the answer. Enter the Mini Laptop…….

Laptops have been getting smaller and smaller, but a new generation of laptops (the netbooks) have taken small to the next level. These little laptops are the perfect addition to any Bug out Bag. They are small, require little power, and the batteries on some of them can last for over 7 hours. With the right solar charger in your backpack, you would be able to use these off the grid forever!

You can also plug a portable hard drive or memory stick into the side of the laptop to increase your ability to store information.

So Why put one of these mini Laptops in your Bug Out Bag?

  • Knowledge - You can store a huge amount of survival articles and information on these things. You would have to carry thousands of pounds of books to have the same amount of information that you can fit on one of these little laptops.
  • Internet - The ability to log onto the internet when you are on the road.
  • Entertainment - Having something that can keep your spirits up in an emergency situation is extremely important. Imagine having all your favorite songs, games, and movies available to you anywhere in the world. Don’t overlook the power of entertainment, it helps keep your mind sharp and alert. Without entertainment, depression is a serious risk in any survival scenario.
Original: http://offgridsurvival.com/survivalistlaptops/

Survival Preparedness and DIY

Do-it-yourself skills are on their way out for many Americans, who prefer to have someone else to the dirty work. This has a direct effect on our collective ability to survive disasters.

A large part of survival is the ability to take charge of the situation and do what needs to be done in order to make it though another day. Often this is as simple as knowing how change the flat tire on a vehicle, or do some basic repairs to gear you are depending on. Like sharpening a survival knife, cleaning a rifle, or making a survival kit.

Increasingly we are losing touch with do it yourself skills, preferring instead to specialize completely into the one small niche from which we make a living. All that other stuff we can pay someone else to do.

When times are good your computer skills, or if you are flipping burgers your ability to churn ‘em out in numbers, may seem like the ticket to a good life. But should TSHTF you are going to find you cannot eat CD’s and your free fast food supply is nowhere to be found.

But it goes beyond that. Simply doing as many things as possible yourself – from plumbing to electrical to car repairs, gardening, and even fishing to putting some protein on the table – will give you a wide array of skill sets and problem solving skills no school can ever teach you.

When things go bad and a large scale survival situation occurs you are going to be in a much better position to survive if you are somewhat of a jack of all trades.

Survival and disaster preparedness is usually pretty much a do it yourself skill if done right. Of course there are those who think all they have to do is pay for someone else to slap together a survival kit or year’s supply of food and they have got it made. Rest assured this mentality will serve them ill should they suddenly need this survival gear, possibly of dubious quality, without having the proper training and experience to use it.

Popular Mechanics magazine has an interesting article on the subject, which I believe is good reading for students of the survival arts. In the meantime I suggest one great place to start is to make an emergency survival kit for your home.

original at: http://www.survivaltopics.com/survival/survival-preparedness-and-diy/

Food Storage Recipe: Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 package quick rise yeast
¾ c. milk (can also use powdered milk)
¾ c. water
2 T. honey
2 T. vegetable oil
2 c. whole wheat flour


Combine 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, salt, and yeast in large mixing bowl. Heat milk, water, honey and oil until hot to touch. Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in whole wheat flour and enough additional all-purpose flour to make stiff dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover, let rest for 10 minutes. Spray loaf pan with vegetable pan spray. Roll dough to 12×8” rectangle. Roll up from short end to make loaf. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in prepared pan. Cover, let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pan, cool in a wire rack.

I can’t remember where I found this recipe, but I loved it so much I added it to my recipe binder and make it all the time. It’s not identical to store-brought bread but it is yummy yummy yummy with butter and honey on it. My kids love it too!

Original: http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/04/18/food-storage-recipe-bread/