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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Prepper Site(s) of the Day

English: Gold StarJust thought I'd take a moment to plug two of my favorite websites for the Prepper minded.

I follow many excellent Prepper/Preparedness oriented websites, but these 2 seem to stand out for their tremendous content and dedication in helping educate the masses.

The Survival Podcast:

Jack Spirko has been producing "The Survival Podcast" for many years now and is considered by many to be "THE"" survival podcast to listen to. I personally listen to it every chance I get. (More About Jack.)

Modern Survival Blog:

Lauren & Ken run Modern Survival blog and have the most well-rounded collection of articles I have yet to see in the survival and preparedness community. IMHO, they have the lowest noise to signal ratio of any blog of it's type. (ie. only great articles. No BS). (More about Lauren & Ken)

I'd also like to take a moment to thank both of these sites for allowing me to repost many of their outstanding articles here at Daily Survival.


Things To Keep On You For Emergency

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The most useful survival tool is the one that you have with you when you need to survive.
This begs the question, what do you (should you) have with you? What is it that you carry on your person, or always have with you – no matter where you are, that would help you in disaster?
We often talk about the preps and supplies that we should have in order to be prepared for this or that, but, these supplies are often stored at home or a kit in your vehicle. What if you were out and about (wherever), and something happened (fill in the blank)… would you have what you need on your person to get you to the next level of safety and supply?
How far would you need to travel to get to your supply?

I know that during my previous career, during the times that I would travel, I would consciously bring more ‘things’ with me for situations ‘just in case’. When I would travel internationally, I would bring even more ‘things’. The further away that I would be from my home base, the more I would think about ‘what if’ scenarios and how I would get back home.
While the odds were low of anything drastic happening while I was out traveling, the fact is that you never know… After 9/11 happened, I realized that you could potentially be stranded thousands of miles from home. Look what happened when that un-pronouncable named volcano blew up in Iceland 2 years ago – people were stranded all around Europe for some time before flights returned to normal.
Even if you are just at work during the day, or out shopping somewhere, who’s to say a disaster won’t happen that could hurl your life into chaos.

Well, I would be curious to hear what others (you) think about what you should always have with you, on your person, and I will offer a short list of things that may be helpful (and perhaps obvious) as a minimum.

1. CASH. Money will get you out of many a jam. Having cash on hand is more ‘valuable’ during short term disaster than a credit card or debit card. It is tangible. Do not skimp here. Do not even think that having 20 or 50 is enough. The further away from home you will be, the more cash you should have with you. For example, just bopping around town, I always have at least 100 or more tucked away. If I’m out of State traveling, 500 is not even that much when you think about what it may take to get you home. If you are international, we’re talking 1,000 or more to get you home.
When I would travel international, I would always be sure to convert and have enough of the local currency with me. Another thing I would always do when afar is carry with me an ounce or two of gold, just in case… who wouldn’t convert gold, right?
I’ve never had a problem and never had to implement emergency measures while traveling, but again, if something had happened, I would have found a way to get out, or have the means to ‘hunker down’ safely.
2. Credit Card. Yes, so long as the system is functioning, a credit card will get you most anywhere. It should be 2nd to a sufficient cash reserve.
3. Pocket Knife. I won’t go into the multitude of uses for a pocket knife, since it is all quite obvious to a thinking person.
4. Cell Phone. Communication is key. Be the first to make that airline, hotel, or auto rental reservation before the hoards take to the airwaves after they realize their predicament. Use it to assure family you’re safe, or where you will be next, etc… (obvious).
5. Hard copy of important phone numbers, either tucked in your wallet or in some sort of pocket list. When I traveled for example, I would always have all of the 800 numbers for the various auto rental places, hotel chains, and airlines, so I could quickly make reservations. You should also keep phone numbers of your doctor, friends and relatives, auto insurance, home insurance, health insurance, bank and/or investment accounts. Don’t rely solely on the numbers stored in your cell phone. Write them down.
6. Multi-tool such as a Leatherman or equivalent. Again, the uses are nearly infinite and I won’t bore you with the obvious.
7. A Lighter, matches, the ability to make flame.

Do you have any other ideas of things to carry on your person while going about your typical daily routine? I’ve purposely left out any defensive weapon (except the knife), knowing that laws vary widely.

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Hiding places and small caches

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Most discussions regarding caches involve burying them. No doubt that for the ultimate security – burying is best. For this post above ground caches will be considered.
There may be reasons why burying certain supplies is not the best option. One example is for whatever reason you find yourself outside of your main residence and have a need to access something – such as a firearm. Another might be a need to have a survival kit/bug out bag off site to access while on the move. Being able to access these supplies in a moments notice may be necessary.
Regardless of the reason or situation – here are a few examples of above ground hiding places (click to enlarge):
Old hollowed-out stump
Rear of above - deep cavity in tree
Well house
Under a shed - possibly stuck up against floor.
Behind and inside bushes.
There are tons of locations to be considered. The above choices were presented with the idea that a group of people may search the property for supplies looking in the normal places – and may miss others. It would take quite an eye for detail to find an ammo box set down inside the cavity of the tree pictured above.
Another method is to hide supplies in plain site. An example of this is to have a tote fill with ammunition marked “CHRISTMAS STUFF” with the top layers covered with ornaments. Possibly a searcher would open the tote and see the Christmas stuff and look no further.
There are also books that have hollowed out insides which can hold small pistols, a radio, cell phone, and other supplies. Another method for inside a home is to pull up the carpet in a closet – cut out a section of the floorboard – and place supplies in the space below. The floorboard section and carpet can be replaced for access later.
What to hide? That is up to you. Could be a  pistol with a couple of extra mags. A survival kit in a small backpack. Possibly a bottle of Crown Royal your spouse doesn’t want to see in the house anymore.
A buried cache is no doubt the most secure – but not the most accessible.
Let’s hope neither is ever needed.

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