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Monday, May 3, 2010

Protect Your Survival Supplies–Some Basic Common Sense Tips

You know it’s important to protect your valuables. So it is with your survival supplies. You’ve put a lot of careful thought and planning into purchasing the kits, supplies and storage food for when it’s really needed, and you don’t want to be the target of thieves. Let your neighbor’s house be more inviting to the bad guys. First of all, be discerning. Be like the squirrel who hides nuts out of sight. Don’t keep your emergency supplies out in the open.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone ready to loot your place in the aftermath of a disaster. Do you want to keep those boxes of camping supplies and storage food in the garage? How about moving or camouflaging them.
Keep your survival supplies in different locations around the house. Why should they be visible to repairmen, babysitters, kids’ friends, or anyone else?
Put security measures into place. You might think about getting a dog, if you don’t already have one. Do you have motion lights in strategic places? If you can’t afford a home alarm system, at least put up an alarm sign. It may make a thief think twice.
If you’re feeling good about the prepping you’ve done, keep it to yourself. Sure, there are times when we’d like to encourage family and friends to be ready and do what we’re doing, but be careful who you talk to about this. Don’t tell everything you’ve done or disclose all you’ve set aside. You may be tipping off somebody to the fact that your home is a treasure trove.
There’s probably much more that could be said here, but the bottom line is to practice common sense. Think survival.
If you’ve got other suggestions, or take issue with something here, please leave a comment.

Keeping Your Gas Tank Full

If I had a nickle for every time I heard somebody say that they had to stop for gas for their car because they were almost on empty, I could probably buy my own gas station.

Ever hear anyone say, "I almost ran out of gas on the way here because I didn't have time to stop?"

Considering the myriad of reasons that we may have to bug out or drive a significant distance with no notice, stopping for gas because you're car is sitting in your driveway with only fumes in the tank could be a fatal or more than inconvenient delay. Even if you keep a store of gas at home, you may not have time to transfer it to your car or BOV.

Whenever my gas guage gets below 1/2 full, I stop for gas. Yep, I probably make twice as many stops that way, but I feel better knowing I have a full tank.

And by the way, many fuel pumps fail because they get overworked by constantly pumping from a tank that's running close to empty.

So, I keep my tank full. Just sayin'.

Wilderness Survival Shelters

Wilderness Shelter

Rocky overhangs, ledges, depressions in the rock face and caves can be excellent survival shelters. They can also be enhanced in a variety of ways to make a better and more effective shelter using additional brush, sticks and tree limbs, etc. that may be available in the area. Even if there are no additional materials available they can be a much better alternative than being openly exposed to the elements.

Natural shelters can quite often satisfy the basic shelter needs in a survival situation. The primary purpose of any survival shelter is to help you preserve body heat by protecting you from the elements of nature. Being protected from the wind, rain, sun or cold will be necessary in order to preserve your body heat and help you avoid the effects of hypothermia which is a major killer in survival situations.

Simple Survival Tips for Using Natural Shelters

1.) Avoid spots where you might get wet. Check for signs of water stains, running water etc. that may become a problem.

2.) Check to make sure there are no present occupants residing in the area. Most wildlife will react unkindly towards you if you invade their home or try to evict them.

3.) Always insulate yourself from the ground to avoid the loss of body heat.

4,) Use only the minimum amount of space needed. You’ll have a smaller area to heat in order to preserve body heat if no fire is available.

5.) If you do have the ability to make a fire, make sure you have adequate ventilation.

Any type of survival shelter in a wilderness setting has to be able to preserve your body heat and protect you from the elements of nature.
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Episode-423- Thoughts on the Use of Deadly Force

I get a ton of questions on “guns for survival situations”, “handguns for self defense”, the “best knife if you need to defend yourself with a blade” and more like that all the time.  Of course I believe in being armed to what ever level your local laws allow, I am all for defending yourself with lethal force if you need to and I do think being trained with your weapons is a great idea.    Yet the number of such questions has led me to ask do people really think about the ramifications of being faced with a lethal force situation?
Join me today as we discuss…
  • The two never discussed myths about killing from Hollywood
  • Fantasies about a “Red Dawn” like scenario
  • The is no glory in death, for the killer or the killed
  • Your gun may be highly ineffective if you are the one being attacked
  • Cover, concealment and movement
  • Home defense, put awareness on your side
  • Handguns are for times when you can’t carry a rifle or shot gun
  • A knife is a terrible weapon for an honorable man (listen before you object)
  • You do not know if you are really capable of pulling the trigger, until you have to
  • You can’t discount the long term effects of winning in a lethal conflict
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