I was roaming through Google News last night (my evening tradition) and I came across an interesting article concerning the Fukushima Nuclear Plant.
It basically states that the Fukushima crisis is being played down by Governments across the globe to prevent widepsread panic.
They say that the situation is under control.
In actual fact the whole plant is unstable as hell and there is even molten plutonium core floating on the floors of Units 1, 2 and 3!!!!!!!
I’m no nuclear scientist but that makes me kinda wanna crap myself!!!!!
The article also points out the there is a massive amount of radioactive isotopes being released into the atmosphere and that radioactive material has actually been found in air-con filters in the greater Seattle area of the US!!!!!
You guys can check out the full article here:
When the crap hits the fan dental hygiene will be extremely important!
Think I’m kidding? The last thing you need is your teeth rotting out of your skull while you are trying to wait out the end of the world.
I mean really, you’re going to have enough problems as it is!
So to help fight those pesky post-apocalytic cavities here’s a couple of basic tooth paste recipes.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 small packet of stevia powder
20-25 drops of peppermint oil*
1. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, using a fork.
*Add about half of the amount of peppermint oil to start, and test the toothpaste to see how much you want/like.
1/4 cup white cosmetic clay
1/4 cup vegetable glycerin
20 drops tincture of myrrh
4 drops orange essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
1. Put all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk them thoroughly until smooth.
2. Fill a plastic toothpaste tube ( available at camping-equipment stores) with the paste. Fold the end of the tube over several times until it is firmly sealed, or fill a jar with the paste.
3. Store in a cool, dry place away from bright light.
Use within 6 months.
One of the basics to surviving in the wilderness is keeping warm and dry.
The best way to do this is to have some form shelter when the weather craps out or night falls.
If for some reason you get stuck in the middle of nowhere and night is falling or the weather is turning crappy then the most important thing to do is start making a shelter, FAST.
It would have been a wise idea to pack a lightweight tent or even a mere tarp but if you didn’t then you have to make do with whatever you can gather.
This means that you have to know how to construct a simple shelter out of branches, leaves, ferns and any other useable foliage.
Another important factor is when to make a shelter.
In other words don’t wait until just before dark just because you think you know what you are doing.
Anything could go wrong and you’ll find yourself in the dark with a half finished shelter.
Make sure that you give yourself a good hour or even two before nightfall so you have plenty of time to build your shelter, light a fire, etc.
- Having no clue where you are or not knowing how to navigate
So you’re lost eh?
Time to figure out how to find yourself. Literally!
The simplest way is to have a good GPS with you but if you don’t have one or it’s broken then there are other ways to navigate.
The key to navigation is having a backup method to find your way to safety, remember “Two is One and One is None” so never rely on a GPS alone.
Having a good understanding of cardinal directions using the Sun and Stars is also beneficial as is a good ol compass.
Most important thing though is don’t panic and start to run off in any direction, you’re only going to tire yourself out and you could injure yourself if you fall or run straight off a cliff!
So what is the best thing to do??
Get detailed maps of your local area or any area you are heading too and make sure you know how to spot points of reference and use a compass.
- Not knowing how to make a fire
I know people who go into the woods without even a box of matches or a lighter (hell I don’t leave the house without at least one pack of matches in my pocket)
They just don’t get it that if something happens and they need to signal for help, start a fire for warmth, or cook something then they will be up the proverbial creek without a paddle!!
It is vital that when you go into the wilderness, even if it is only for a few hours of hiking, that you have some way to start a fire whether it be a lighter, matches or a flint and steel.
The bottom line is, you need to have something!!!!
You can check out my photo tutorial on lighting a fire with a flint and steel here.
- Inappropriate clothing for the conditions
This would have to be the biggest killer for a large percentage of people who die from exposure.
They pack lightly for a day hike but fail to even throw in a warm jacket because they think they won’t need one.
When you are out in the wilderness ANYTHING can happen.
There could be flash flood and the bridge you walked over earlier is now a pile of sticks, low cloud and rain or snow could roll in suddenly or you could get injured and not be able to walk out.
If any of those things happen and you don’t even have the basics of survival (warm clothing, some water, food and a way to make a fire) then you are as good as dead unless someone managed to find you.
Because you just never know when disaster could strike, I like to have several Bug Out Bags scatter around the house and in the vehicles.
One of my “mini” BOBs is actually a British Army Chest Rig filled with various basic survival supplies.
Now ideally I will be able to have more gear with me but this is basically my “better than a kick in the head” bag!
My “Better Than A Kick In The Head” BOB contains:
. Pack of 450 matches
. 8 AA batteries
. Small Transistor Radio (AA powered)
. Water purifying tablets
. SOG Fasthawk
. Muela Scorpion Sheath Knige
. Electrical Tape
. Hand Cranked LED Flashlight
. AA Powered LED Lenser P7 Flashlight
. Snaplock bag full of tea lights
. Tin Cup with Lid
. Knife Sharpener
. WebTex Combat Survival Kit
Benefits of Using Webbing Gear
Apart from looking really cool some of the other benefits of using webbing gear as a BOB include:
- Better weight distrubution
- Very easy to throw on and go
- Still leaves your back free to carry a rucksack
- Very comfy if worn correctly
Although it can’t hold everything that I want to have with me if I have to Bug Out, a “BTAKITH” BOB is great to have sitting in the truck, take hunting/ hiking or sitting under your desk at work.
In the event of an emergency one of the most important things you need to obtain is water.
But what if the water supply is tainted and you can’t light a fire and boil it??
You break out the bleach.
Almost all laundry bleaches, whether Clorox or any other brand, have 5.5% Sodium Hypoclorite, which is a suitable purification chemical for water.
Bleach in a suitable container with an eyedropper dispenser makes a nice addition to any camping/survival kit.
Make sure you do not use powdered, scented or other non-pure bleaches.
Prior to the addition of bleach, remove all suspended material by filtration (through a cotton cloth or improvised sand filter for instance) or by simply allowing sediment to settle to the bottom.
Add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water (or 2 drops per quart). If the water was filtered, then shake it up for even dispersal of the bleach, and wait 15 minutes.
If it has sediment at the bottom, don’t shake it up. Instead, allow the treated water to stand for 30 minutes.
Properly treated water should have a very slight chlorine odour.
If you can’t smell chlorine, repeat the dosage and allow the water to stand another 15 minutes.
For cloudy, green or really nasty water (i.e: swamp water), you can start with 16 drops of bleach per gallon of water (or 4 drops per quart).
As detailed above, smell the water.
If there’s a faint odour of chlorine, the water is drinkable. If not, then repeat the treatment.
Treating Larger Quantities of Water
- 1 teaspoon equals 60 U.S. drops. Therefore a teaspoon of bleach treats about 7.5 gallons of clear water or about 4 gallons of dirty water. The teaspoon measure is handy for treating 5 gallon buckets of water.
- 1 tablespoon equals 180 U.S. drops. Therefore a tablespoon of bleach treats about 20 gallons of clear water or about 10 gallons of dirty water.
- 1/4 cup equals 720 U.S. drops. Therefore a quarter cup of bleach treats about 90 gallons of clear water or 45 gallons of dirty water.
(a quarter cup measure is suitable for use in a 55 gallon drum of fairly dirty water).
How Does Bleach Work and What’s up with the Smell Test???
Bleach is an oxidant, and it will react with and kill pretty much any microscopic cellular life (including viruses) that it comes in contact with.
When it reacts, the bleach is actually consumed in the process.
Because killing microorganisms also consumes the bleach, the scent test tells you whether or not there’s anything left to kill. If there’s no chlorine odour, then all of the bleach was used up, meaning there could still be living organisms. If there is a chlorine odour, however faint, after 30 minutes, it tells you that all of the bacteria, viruses and other nasty stuff is dead, and the bleach has done its job with some to spare.
In the event of an emergency it is very important that you have all your important documents and identification with you.
Problem is though that when you are running for your life or rushing to get out of dodge you don’t really want to be lugging some big-ass file box or briefcase around with you.
So what can you do?????
Make a Survival Flash Drive!!
That’s right folks, to prepare for a survival scenario in which you will eventually have to re-enter regular society you can make it much easier on yourself and back-up your important documents ahead of time.
All you have to do is buy a cheap USB flash drive, scan all of your important documents and photos and store them on your flash drive in your Bug Out Bag all ready to roll.
That way when the shit goes down you have your “life on paper” with you.
For extra protection you can also keep your Flash Drive in an element proof Loksak bag thus protecting it from any risk of water damage.
Please Note: Modern Copy Machine and Scanners have an internal Hard Drive that keeps a digital copy of everything they scan.
All it takes is one malicious worker at the copy store to steal your identity so if possible find a private copy machine and scanner or better still buy your own.
There are a lot of cheap models available that will be suitable for your needs.
What to put on your Survival Flash Drive
. Driver’s License
. Gun Licence/Permit
. Bank Account Documents
. Birth Certificate
. Social Security Card
. Insurance Information
. Marriage Certificate
. All of the above for all Children
. Important Family Pictures
Make sure you keep your Survival Flash Drive in a safe place and regularly update the info on it if necessary.
It may also be a good idea to look at encrypting the data in case for some reason you lose your Flash Drive and it falls into the wrong hands.
One of the best FREE encryption programs available is TrueCrypt .
Just don’t forget your password!!!!!!!!!!
Right now over 5 million people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Central and Southern China due to massive flooding.
So far the flooding has caused just under one billion US dollars worth of damage and the costs, like the flood waters, continue to rise.
An even scarier issue is the impact it will have on the country’s food production.
So far the floods have reduced vegetable production in Zhejiang province by around 20% and 432,200 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
Thanks to this wide spread destruction the price of fresh produce has already risen by up to 40% in some areas.
This just goes to show us all how quickly a natural disaster can not only effect the lives of people in the immediate disaster zone but also those throughout the entire effected country/countries.
This is exactly why it is vital that you have at least the basic knowledge to grow your own food if TSHTF.
The best thing you can do is start gardening NOW so that if you make any beginner mistakes then they occur when you life doesn’t depend on your garden.
I love survival gear of all shapes and sizes though so I the next day I took it out to woodlot at the back of property and put it to the test.
I picked out an average sized poplar sapling and started swinging.
In six seconds I had cut right through it!
I almost fainted in shock!
For a tiny tomahawk it certainly packs a punch!
After a few more goes I had made up my mind, the SOG Fasthawk is absolutely the best tomahawk I have EVER owned.
It is faster, lighter, more agile, and easier to carry than its sibling the SOG Tactical Tomahawk but it is still a powerful, versatile, and functional survival tool.
It is a tool that will be used for much more than you might think.
Chopping, breaking, cutting, hammering, piercing, digging, prying, pounding shaving, notching, opening and throwing are all tasks that can be achieved with the Fasthawk.Lastly, what I also love about it is the simple fact it is built like a freakin tank!
The 420 stainless steel head with a hardcased matte black coating is mounted to the ballistic polymer handle with heavy-duty bolts and a steel ferrule to insure the strongest integrity.
Side hammer checkering insures precision placement when swinging.
With its strongly constructed nylon sheath it can easily be mounted to belt, backpack, or gear.
In my opinion it is a universal tool for any survivalist.
How do you survive in a situation when a major crisis occurs and leaves everybody without electricity for months or even years?
Electricity has only been a common household item in the last 50 or so years.
Before that, people had survived since the beginning of time just fine.
This means that a lack of electricity for any duration of time is something that can be overcome but for most people living a Western country, the loss of power means the complete loss of normalcy as their lifestyle is so dependent upon the grid’s constancy that they do not know how to function without it.
How do you cook a meal if your gas stove has an electric ignition? How do you keep warm if your wood heat is moved through ducts by an electric fan? What do you do with a freezer full of expensive meat? How do you find out what is happening in your area with the TV and radio silent? What will you drink if your water comes from a system dependent on electrical pumps?
These are questions that both the Red Cross and US Federal Emergency Management Agency are asking people to seriously consider (you know things are serious when the Government is asking people to think!!!!)
There are five primary areas that are easily disrupted if the power goes off. Each of these is critical to daily survival so when making preparations for emergencies keep these in mind. In order of importance, they are: light, water, cooking and heating/cooling.
It wasn’t too long ago that people were active during the day and simply went to sleep when the sun went down. Candlelight dinners were the norm. So candles or oil lamps and matches are one option. Stock up on oil and have enough candles to get you through the catastrophic event. However they are limited in quantity. After a massive Collapse of modern civilization you probably will need to learn how to make candles or lamps by yourself from natural products like beeswax, animal fat, etc.
Another option is to purchase a couple of solar or mechanically powered torches.
I have several of these and you can never have too many.
If you have a rainwater tank, no electricity means that pumps would not work to bring the water to your tap.
Sure, having a generator would be handy for a few days, or as long as you have fuel.
The easiest way to guarantee quality water is to store it. The important question is: how much? Both Red Cross and FEMA suggest a minimum of one gallon per day per person. This is an absolute minimum, and covers only your real drinking and cooking needs; bathing is out of the question. Another question is: how to get fresh water then the storage is empty? You will need to find a source of water (it must be filtered and purified before use).
Possible sources of water include installing a rain water tank (and hope there isn’t a drought!), collecting water from an unpolluted stream/river or having a well drilled pre-collapse(can be rather expensive and you have to be in the right type of area).
You could quite easily cook a meal using a little portable gas stove – either a barbeque style apparatus. But you’d obviously need gas. Outdoor cooking of all kinds, including grilling and barbecuing, all work during surviving situations, provided you have the charcoal or wood (and matches!) needed to get the heat going. Never use these devices in a confined space, as they emit carbon monoxide!
Not having electricity brings the added difficulty of food storage. The old time refrigerator is a round hole three feet deep. Dig it in your yard (or special place in your bunker) line it with plastic and place a hard cover over it. This hole will keep food from spoiling due to its lower temperature. Most foods would have to be non-perishable, pantry items. For meats you could salt and dry them and you could plant some fruit trees and grow your own vegetables (& herbs).
Heating and cooling
All of the heaters obviously need fuel. It can be woodstoves, propane heaters, kerosene heaters…
One of the most efficient ways to heat is something else we have forgotten in the past 50 years—close off rooms that are not being used.
You can minimize the heat lost in the closed room so you actually wouldn’t use that much fuel on heating.
Solar heat can be “grabbed” anytime the light from the sun hits your house. Even in the dead of winter, the south-facing walls will feel noticeably warmer than the shaded north-facing ones(or visa versa if you are in the Southern Hemisphere).
You can “store” the sun’s heat in any surface. Ceramic floor tiles, for instance, are excellent at retaining heat.
So will a flat-black painted covered plastic trash can filled with water. If these surfaces are exposed to sunlight, say, indoors next to a south-facing window, they will absorb heat during the day. At night, with the window curtains closed, the surface will release heat slowly and steadily into the house.
The best heat though comes from a quality wood stove and dry, hard firewood.
We have two woodstoves and they heat our 5 bedroom house extremely well even in the coldest of winters.
We burn a mix of pine and elder and the heat we get off these woods is second to none.
Also by having a wet-back hook up to one of our stoves we have a constant supply of hot water.