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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Creating a Survival Cache

I decided to create a few “survival cache’s”. First – what is a survival cache? Generally, a survival cache is a buried or hidden container that is filled with supplies that can be accessed when needed.
Why would I want to have a cache? Well, pretty much all of my supplies are located within my home. If something should happen and my home was destroyed or I was forced to leave it – the amount of supplies available would be diminished greatly. Should my home be destroyed – all would be lost. If evacuation was necassary  – limited supplies would need to be taken.
Is it time to "Get Outta Dodge"?
Where to put them?  Well – I am not going to tell you where mine will be going. I will tell you where a survival cache can be put. Often they are placed on your property hidden via burying. They are also placed along evacuation/bug out routes to be accessed when needed during traveling. Whether buried next to a “unique” tree or in a totally vacant field – it is very important that you can find your cache when needed. A GPS is ideal as you can program the location of the cache as a way-point in the navigation system. Special marking at the location can also be used – such as spraying yellow paint on two tree’s to mark that the cache is in between them. Just be careful that however the cache is marked – that you will be the only one to recognize its significance.
bug out route, survival cachePlace a survival cache along your bug out route
What to put in them? Anything you may want or need to access is the simple answer.  From food, to weapons to medical supplies – the options are wide open. Obviously long storage life is required. Often a survival cache will contain numerous things – here is an example list:
  • first aid kit
  • MRE’s
  • small fire starting kit (matches/lighters)
  • knife
  • duct tape
  • handgun
  • ammo
  • spare clothes
The supplies stored in the cache depends on the size of the container.
Speaking of containers………..
What container to use for the survival cache? Common containers are homemade PVC enclosed tubes. Inexpensive and simple to make – components are available at your local Home Depot of Lowe’s store. It is very important to silicone all of the pieces together to make sure it will be waterproof.
My first one is pictured below:
Other potential containers are military ammo cans:
ammo box, survival cache
Also, a micro-cache can be made from a common Nalgene Water Bottle:
If your supplies are running  low – if you are evacuating your location – knowing of those supplies in your cache’s are available will be very comforting.
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What does it mean to be prepared?

We are living is volatile times, it seems like every time we turn around we are faced with another disaster. From Natural disasters to financial meltdowns, wars, and government takeovers, we are living through turbulent times that call for us all to be prepared for what ever may come next.
Not to long ago people who talked about preparing for the worst were though of as weird and often made fun of by the mainstream media. These days it is becoming more common that the weird ones are those that are not prepared. But what does being prepared actually mean? Does it mean stockpiling loads of gear, food and ammunition or is there something else that people should be doing to prepare for the worst?
To me being prepared means a number of different things.
  1. Financial Security – It’s great to be prepared for an end of days scenario but what happens when your faced with a foreclosure or the possibility of living on the streets? Is that not a survival situation?  To be truly prepared for the worst we must also think of our financial security. That means paying off debt, living within our means and starting an emergency fund.
  2. Knowledge - Gear breaks, food spoils and nothing lasts forever. Knowledge is the key to survival. It is the one thing that you can always count on and it’s the one thing that you can’t lose.
  3. Health - Now is the time to start thinking about your health. Having gear is great, but if your to fat and out of shape to use it then whats the point? You are the best piece of gear you have, take care of your body!
  4. Food Storage – Start stocking up on the basics, you are going to need them anyways so try to buy a little bit extra every time you go to the store. Think about it this way you might not ever be faced with an emergency survival scenario…. but what happens if you lose your job? Having a fully stocked freezer and a cabinet full of food might be just the help you need to make your way through until things get better.  Check out our list of foods with long shelf life that you should be buying.
  5. Bugout Bag /  Emergency gear - In an emergency situation things happen quickly, having a bug out bag can help ensure that you have everything you need in case of an emergency. Click here to for more information on Bug out Bags or here for our big list of survival gear
Depending on your situation, your location and other personal factors, being prepared can mean a number of things….. What does it mean to you?

Emergency School Backpack Survival Kit Thoughts

Suppose something catastrophic happened while your kids were at school.  They are there a good part of the day, right?  Unless you home school which would solve this little dilemma for you.  But the majority of us send our kids off to school somewhere every weekday.

We already have a plan in place with the kids that they stay at school with their class/teacher/principal and mom or dad will come get them, but I've been thinking about this some and considering a small packet of "stuff" that could go in their school backpack without taking up much space/weight and give them some survival gear if they had to be stranded at school for a while or hike themselves home.  I haven't done anything about putting one together yet.  I have too many questions that I want answers to first. Like these:

What "emergency" would warrant them actually having to stay at the school for longer than a day?  There was a school last winter that the kids had to stay the night due to a snowstorm making the roads unsafe, but what situations might warrant a longer stay? Our school is easily within walking distance from our house, so under what circumstances would we not be able to get down there or my kids not be permitted to just come home?

This year they are all at the same school, but next year the oldest is headed to the Jr High which is another mile or so farther from the house.  Still walkable, but they won't all be together.  And once they get to High School, that's about 12 miles from the house in a different direction than the other two schools and they won't all be there together either.  Does who is in what school and the location of the school in relation to my house change my plan/strategy and what kind of stuff they might need in their backpack?  Probably.

What does the school have to take care of their students if there is an emergency?  Do the classrooms or faculty have emergency supplies?  I know the lunch room is usually well enough stocked to get through a couple of days of feeding kids as long as there was power to cook the stuff.  But do I trust someone else to take care of my kids in a situation like that?  Or do I want them to have something in their backpack for themselves just in case?

Would they ever consider evacuating the school, and if yes under what circumstances, to where, and for how long?

Would the kids get expelled or something ridiculous if they were found in possession of a firestarting kit?

I guess my main question is if there is even a need for them to have gear in their backpack since the school is so close and our family plan is for mom or dad to come get them at the school if something happens.  I just like to have options and give them security.  I'm not home all day every day, so in some situations it might take a while for either me or dad to get to the school.

What do you think?  And if you would or do send survival gear with your kids to school, what should be included?

How to Prevent Infection in Wounds | eHow.com

 Sometimes the littlest things can cause the biggest problems. I was working around the house and was moving somethings around in the shed. I picked up a fishing rod and the hook broke free and jabbed me in the finger. The puncture was so small I thought nothing of it and kept doing my thing. Two days later my finger ballooned and started throbbing. The end result, as seem in this picture, was for the doctor to rip my fingernail off and lance the bottom portion of my finger in order to allow the infection to drain our of my finger. I've included a link to eHow that discusses how to prevent infections in wounds. With the infections becoming more resilient and less reactive to antibiotics this is something everyone, including myself, should take more seriously.

How to Prevent Infection in Wounds | eHow.com
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