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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Show Contents 1st August 2014

Show Notes
This week I begin with the Wilderness Gathering, then The Blizzard Survival 20% Discount Offer, GMO Dangers, Support these companies, The Ribzwear 30% Discount Offer, Warm weather changes Nature’s timetable, Wilderness121’s 10% Discount Offer, Ebola Warning, Buggrub’s 10% Discount Offer, Caching Preps, Frozen Food Vs Organic Food, Field Leisure’s 10% Discount Offer, Caching Preps, More companies to support, CB Radio, Knowing When to Turn Back, How to use a Paracord Bracelet, Prevention and Treatment of Burns in the Wilderness, Further companies to Support, Urban Survival kits, Urban Survival Preparation– Testing the Bug out Plan, Preppers Shop Press Release.

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THE WILDERNESS GATHERING 2014 14th to the 17th August
The Wilderness Gathering has over the years become a firm date in the diaries of those who enjoy bushcraft, nature and wilderness survival skills. The previous ten years have seen this event grow from a small event in one field with some traders and schools sharing bushcraft skills and knowledge to a festival of wilderness living skills encompassing bushcraft/survival and woodland crafts.
The show has grown into an event with something for all the family with stories and music by the campfire in the evenings and skills workshops and activities throughout the three whole days of the festival.
The Wilderness Gathering has without a doubt become the premier family event for all those interested in bush crafts and the great outdoors.
The show has bushcraft clubs for all age groups of children to get involved in plus more activities for all including den building and wilderness skills classes for all.
There are hands on demonstrations of game preparation, knife sharpening, basha boat building, bow making, greenwood working, archery and axe throwing and primitive fire lighting to name just a few. There are talks on survival phycology, classes on falconry and wilderness survival fishing. All of these skills are there for everybody and anybody to participate in.
You can probably pick up information on nearly all the skills needed to live in the wilderness and prosper at The Wilderness Gathering.
There is a wealth of good quality trade stands that are carefully selected to be in theme for the show selling everything from custom knives to tipis and outdoor clothing to primitive tools. The organisers have even laid on a free service bring and buy stall where you can bring along your used and unwanted kit and they’ll sell it for you.
There are local scout and explorer group’s onsite promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.
The catering is within the theme of the event with venison and game featuring on the menus plus organic cakes and drinks. The woodland and open field camping facilities (with hot showers) giving you the option to visit for the whole weekend or just to attend as a day visitor.
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GMO Dangers
Genetically modified foods…
Are they safe?
The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so. The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods.
Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labelling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.
That is in the USA so since then what has happened?
Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants
Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies
More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller
Testicle cells of mice and rats on a GM soy change significantly
By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies
Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity
Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen
Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced
The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.
Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.
Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.
This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.
This could mean:
If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics
If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.
Although no studies have evaluated if antibiotic or Bt-toxin genes transfer, that is one of the key problems.
The safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs and recent health studies provide growing evidence of harm from GMOs.
The poultry producer Inghams Enterprises (NZ) has received a warning from the Commerce Commission that it risked breaching the Fair Trading Act with claims that its chickens contained no genetically modified ingredients, even though they are fed on soya feed which comprised 13 per cent genetically modified soy.
A new European study "clearly reveals ... new side effects linked with GM maize consumption" affected the liver and kidneys, but also other organs for three Monsanto GMO corn varieties.
Herbicide Used in Argentina Could Cause Birth Defects the herbicide used on genetically modified soy – Argentina’s main crop – causes brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses, according to the results of a scientific investigation.
Damaging Effects of Roundup (and its active ingredient glyphosate) Glyphosate was patented by Monsanto as the active ingredient in their Roundup brand. Monsanto also introduced genetically modified (GM) “Roundup Ready” (RR) soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets, and alfalfa—all designed to withstand Roundup’s normally deadly effect.
Glyphosate also accumulates in the food portion of Roundup Ready plants, for which allowable residue herbicide thresholds have been increased by up to 200-fold. Glyphosate exposure has been linked to sterility, hormone disruption, abnormal and lower sperm counts, miscarriages, damaged human embryonic and placental cells, placental cell death, birth defects, and cancer. It is also toxic and lethal to amphibians.
From the start, GM crops have performed no better than their non-GM counterparts.
Evidence for the “yield drag” of Roundup Ready soybeans, for example, has been known for over a decade with the disruptive effect of the GM transformation process accounting for approximately half the drop in yield.
Field tests of Bt corn showed that they took longer to reach maturity and produced up to 12% lower yields than non-GM counterparts.
In spite of these and other studies, the biotech industry continues to claim that GMOs are the answer to higher yields. Two reports have conclusively contradicted these claims.
GM crops are a source of self-propagating genetic and environmental pollution. The experience over the last 15 years demonstrates that GMOs are uncontainable. They inevitably contaminate non-GM crops and sometimes wild relatives, and will persist in nature for many years.
So with all these GM threats to our food chain and therefore to ourselves what can be done?
On a windswept Arctic island 1000 kms from the North Pole, a group of Norwegian engineers and scientists have been constructing a gigantic seed bank inside a frozen mountain.
To be managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a group dedicated to the ongoing diversity of plants through a variety of genetic strains, the International Seed Bank will open this week.
Known as the Doomsday vault, the seed bank has the capacity to hold 4.5 million batches of seeds from all known varieties of the planet's main food crops -- more than "...twice as many varieties of agricultural crops as we think exist," says Dr Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust and project mastermind.
"It will not be filled up in my lifetime, nor in my grandchildren's lifetime," he says.
The seed bank is located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and has the capacity to store samples from all the world's existing seed banks so they can be replaced should they come under threat from a natural catastrophe or war.
The Svalbard site was chosen because of its remoteness and freezing temperatures where the mercury plummets to an average of minus 14 degrees Celsius in winter.
It is also testing the storage of seeds in permafrost conditions.
"It’s also an experiment, what they call a 100-year experiment" says Dr Fowler. "They’re testing the germination rate of the seeds here under permafrost conditions."
"We have no mechanical refrigeration in this Nordic collection here and the seeds have been just fine since 1984. This experiment is what enables us to know that the seed vault will be working quite well for decades even if the mechanical refrigeration in the seed vault goes off," he added.
The vault has an alarm system and is protected by fortified concrete walls and an armoured door. The seed bank has also been built to withstand nuclear missile attacks or a plunging plane and, at 130 metres above current sea level, is high enough that it is not in danger of flooding should the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets melt due to global warming.
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Warm weather changes Nature’s timetable
Blackberry pickers should be at the ready as the fruit has been found ripening by the bucket-load across the UK, and nearly a month ahead of schedule. Four times as many early-ripening fruit bushes have been noted this year compared to 2013.
The warm weather has helped to boost the growth and ripening of blackberries up and down the country. Blackberries are not usually seen at their fullest until August and can stay succulent until well into September. But this year the fruit has already been sighted in abundance.
The blackberry season can span July to November, and early ripening is not entirely uncommon, but this year's crop is "unusual".
I suppose one benefit is that they may be sweeter and more nutrient-dense, due to the high light levels and low rainfall.
And the mild winter was responsible for a bumper crop of strawberries, which also ripened earlier than usual.
There is a huge difference between the south and the north of England, and indeed Scotland. Different varieties of blackberry tend to flower in different times of the month, I think that the overall warming of climates has had an effect on the times that the fruit grows and ripens.
Driving home last night I could have been forgiven for thin king it was autumn as the roads were covered in dropped leaves.
Now I mentioned the above because one of the most obvious effects of climate change and global warming is the occurrence of what researchers call “extreme weather”. Extreme weather conditions manifest in long, drawn out droughts, super typhoons, and torrential rain.
And each one of these will affect us in different way and as such we must rethink our survival and prepping plans.
The proof is right there, and one must only look at the weather reports of the past decade. The last few years have given rise to some of the most destructive natural disasters in history. Super typhoons in South East Asian countries, Pakistan, and the United States have caused immeasurable flooding and the destruction of thousands of homes.
In the 2010 Russian heat wave decimated 9 million hectares of food crops with an excess of 10,000 human deaths.
I think that we are controlling the weather, OK, not you and me, but dark forces set upon developing a weather weapon.
The chemtrails work in league with microwave towers, the GWEN, ELF tower system and HAARP installations (expanding more each year around the world) to control weather in any direction desired.
The recent "mile wide" so-called "tornado" that wiped out an entire town in the midwest of the USA I believe was artificially created. There is no such thing as a "mile wide tornado" The covert weather manipulators and their corporate propagandists CALLED it a "mile wide tornado", but it was an ARTIFICIALLY created mile-wide WIND STORM created with Tesla-based scalar technology.
The five destructive hurricanes of August-September of 2005 (E.g. Katrina) were also artificially created, pumped up, and steered right smack into targeted locations (New Orleans, etc.)
You are seeing the same artificial manipulation of weather in the UK. Tornadoes occurring in areas that never traditionally have tornadoes is a clear tip off of HAARP activity.
I can only guess at the reasons for forcing destructive weather:
They want to increase their control over our lives and they do that by artificially creating "crisis" situations that "require" drastic and urgent emergency responses. Extreme and destructive weather obviously serves that agenda.
They want to push the bogus "Global Warming" thesis in order to install draconian controls and greater regulations-making money off of us, all the way down the line. Look how much obscene windfall profits were gained by Cheney's rip-off Haliburton Corporation as a result of the artificially induced Iraq War. There's Big Money to be made in the Emergency Response Game, very big money.
Remember the phrase “a good day to bury bad news” Well weather storms fill up the News Hour with extensive coverage, pushing other matters off the screen; particularly POLITICAL matters that are robbing you of your liberties and privacy. Diversion is the first rule of Machiavellian subterfuge.
Water is often referred to as the elixir of life, but the demand for water will continue to grow as the population increases, and global warming means less rain, which means less water will be available in the hot months.
Neither local water managers nor water supply companies will be able to function if there IS no water to supply.
A shortage of water will not only affect drinking water, but also water for agriculture.
I think there will be more droughts in Africa, Australia, southern Europe, the Middle East, most of the Americas, and Southeast Asia. Droughts cause crop failures and huge loss of grazing land for livestock.
No food for livestock equals no livestock which equals no humans.
The severe weather is causing billions of pounds of damage. Property damage, loss of jobs, diminished tourism, and rising food and energy costs; disaster clean-up costs, increased insurance premiums, increased health costs and many more soaring costs could cripple economies.
Industries will also all but come to a halt as water is needed in most manufacturing spheres.
So, in conclusion, global warming will affect the quantity and quality of drinking water and that used for various industries. Wars are likely to break out over the most valuable resource to human life and life as we know it.
You have been warned.
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Ebola Warning
The first symptoms include a fever, headache and sore throat
Within days as the Ebola virus attacks the immune system, chronic abdominal pain, muscle aches, vomiting and diarrhoea take hold
The virus pierces blood vessels causing bleeding from the eyes, ears, mouth and other orifices
The whites of the eyes turn red and blood blisters form under the skin
Ebola is highly-infectious and has a death rate of up to 90 per cent
So far, 672 lives have been lost to the disease during this outbreak
The virus has spread from Guinea to Sierra Leone and Liberia
And on Friday the first victim was declared dead in Nigeria
You have a temperature and no appetite. Your head is aching and you're throat is sore.
It may appear as though a common cold is lurking, but unbeknownst to you the vicious Ebola virus has started to attack your immune system.
The virus destroys the same cells as those targeted by HIV, though the Ebola infection is more aggressive, wiping out the building blocks of the body's immune system.
It has an incubation period - that is the time from infection to when the first symptoms present themselves - of between two and 21 days, increasing the risk of the highly-infectious illness spreading.
As soon as a victim starts to suffer the sudden onset of the disease, the fever, crippling headache and muscle pain, they are already contagious.
The virus is transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.
Once a human is infected, the disease can spread quickly within a community, with health workers and family members of victims at particular risk.
The current outbreak rampaging through West Africa, began in a small village in Guinea and since February it has claimed 672 lives, leaving another 1,200 people infected.
It has spread into neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia.
And on Friday, U.S. citizen Patrick Sawyer died in the Nigerian capital of Lagos, having travelled there by plane after attending his sister's funeral, after she too died of the disease.
The fact the virus mimics the symptoms of a common cold in its early stages, is the very aspect that makes the disease so difficult to diagnose.
Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals.
In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.
Burial ceremonies in which mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person can also play a role in the transmission of Ebola.
Men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus through their semen for up to 7 weeks after recovery from illness.
So what can we do to protect ourselves from being infected with Ebola, Well what I am going to do is prevent myself from knowingly coming into contact with anyone coming from the affected
areas of West Africa including these countries Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Hand sanitizer kills 99.9 % of bacteria but not a virus, bacteria is different from virus.
According to the WHO Ebola can be prevented by washing hands with soap under running water and the use of chlorine or bleach.
The other main way to prevent being infected with Ebola is to avoid eating wild animals especially monkeys, chimpanzees and bats, including those found dead and also to avoid eating fruits that bats have partly eaten. No problem there then.
Frozen Food Vs Organic Food
Struggling shoppers told they are better off buying more fruit and veg
Government says conventional crops are in no way 'nutritionally inferior'
Calls for Defra to end £20million in subsidies to organic industry
The British government now says Cash-strapped families should not waste their money on organic food because they think it is healthier.
Shoppers should instead spend their money on whatever they can afford, even if it means eating tinned or frozen vegetables which are in no way ‘nutritionally inferior’
Government frontbencher Baroness Jolly said Organic products provide a useful extension of consumer choice, but it is worth emphasising that, nutritionally, they are no better and no worse than conventional products.’
She said the only benefits of organic farming were enjoyed by ‘birds, insects, mammals, plants and fungi’.
I have heard this argument many times and I personally would chose to only eat organic if that were possible of course I would.
Perhaps we should all grow our own meaning that we are aware of our food source and we save money in the long run as well.
But this government stance is very strange to me, why are they saying this? Who would benefit from a drop in organic food sales, I think these are the questions that we need to address.
Organic food sales drop for the third year in a row improving outlook for science and sustainability
As sales of organic food in the UK fall for the third year in a row – a 25% drop since 2008 in real terms and organic farmland conversion rates fall by more than two thirds over the same period, the UK Crop Protection Association (CPA) is calling on politicians and policy-makers to give less weight to the views of the organic sector over the future direction of agriculture and farming policy.
Dominic Dyer, CPA Chief Executive, said: “From its opposition to food irradiation and the use of pesticides, to irrational campaigns about the development of GM crops, the organic movement risks closing the door on a wide range of scientific innovations and technologies which will be key to meeting the enormous challenge of feeding a growing population, coping with climate change and safeguarding precious land, water and energy reserves.”
“Organic agriculture has a role to play as we shape the future of agriculture and food production” continued Mr Dyer “however, policy-makers now have the facts before them - organic farming systems alone cannot feed the world.
The latest research indicates that any attempt to convert world agriculture to organic production would lead to lower crop yields, greater risk of crop loss and a rapid increase in world food prices, which would have a significant impact on the poorer nations of the world.”
Mr Dyer added “The anti-science agenda of the organic movement has had a negative influence on the direction of agriculture and food production policy; I call on the leaders of the organic movement to keep an open mind on the contribution of science and technology.”
“The decline in organic agriculture is a signal and opportunity for decision makers. To ignore science, and neglect innovation is to compromise a sustainable future for food and farming” concluded Mr Dyer.
Crop Protection Association’s website states the following
“The Crop Protection Association (CPA) is a key voice of the UK Plant Science Industry. We promote the role of modern plant science in safeguarding our food supply from seed to shelf.
Our members are involved in the development and manufacture of a wide range of plant science technologies which are of crucial importance to the cultivation and protection of food crops, protecting our gardens, woodlands, and infrastructure and public places.
These include the formulation and manufacture of synthetic and bio pesticides, seed and plant breeding, agricultural biotechnology and the breeding of bees. Our strength comes from our ability to combine the industry's expertise and skills to analyse and address key issues.
We are committed to explaining the role of the Crop Protection industry in these sectors and the benefits of its products to the community.
This includes engaging in constructive and intensive dialogue with relevant stakeholders to ensure that these benefits are fully recognised and accepted”.
So there you have it, organic foods are no better than normally grown foods, so we must introduce science into the equation and you know what that means, yes you have got it GM crops.

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Caching Preps
Cached items in this case refer to emergency survival supplies, tools and materials. A cache by definition is a secret hiding place for items to be used in the future. For example, you cached some money and jewellery in the basement, or you buried some treasure in the garden. 
There are various reasons for caching emergency supplies. If your home is damaged or even destroyed during any type of disaster, you may very well lose any supplies you had stockpiled. You would need a means to resupply.
You would also need supplies if you had to evacuate because you may not be able to carry enough or you may not even have time to pack any, in particular if you had to leave on foot. Imagine for a moment you are in a SHTF situation and after coming back to your home, you find it has been taken over or ransacked.
Do you have a cache of supplies you can go to, a cache of weapons, food and other essentials?
Cache Locations
Underground caches are the hardest to detect thus, are more secure. Some experts recommended using commercial storage facilities because of the space provided and protection from the elements. However, you do not control your cache once inside the storage locker.
When disaster strikes, commercial storage facilities will be prime targets for looters and others. You may not be able to get to your cache because of damaged roads and bridges. What happens if you do get there and the facility is burnt to the ground?
Your cache must be in an area you have unlimited access to and it must be a secret location. It is never a good idea to share a cache or “partner up” with others. Once disaster does strike, you may find there is nothing left in your cache if anyone but you knows the location.
Ideal locations are secluded and slightly elevated woodland areas. Pick a high spot to prevent flood damage. Obviously, you do not want to cache supplies and then find out a developer is now building homes or factories over your supplies.
Consider remote areas inside state or national parks. Development is not allowed there of course and all you have to make sure is that it is well hidden and accessible. Caching on your own property is also ideal for grabbing supplies if you have to evacuate or if your home becomes damaged.
Use a map and a compass to plot your location and I recommended you use a topographical/contour map that shows prominent landmarks and elevation lines. GPS systems may not be available during a disaster and if you used one to cache your supplies you may not be able to find them again.
Keep in mind your supplies can be cached for years, and you may not remember, so it is important you have plotted locations on a map and keep the map in a secure place. Using obvious signs and markers in and around your buried cache will only draw attention to it.
Map showing grid squares and coordinates.
Use the Internet and satellite imagining software (Goggle Earth free version) to find remote locations. The images will show how remote the area is, population density and possible infrastructure in place that you may be able to use during a crisis.
Ideally, you already have a safe location picked out that you would evacuate to so you should have supplies cached nearby and along the route.
What to Bury Your Survival Supplies In
PVC is good for a survival cache
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) tubing can be used for smaller items such as coins, paper money and other valuables and even ammunition. A good idea is to paint the container with a natural colour say Olive Drab green.
Keep in mind the tubing will be buried in the ground so camouflaging it is not really needed. The paint does not add any value as far as waterproofing or making the cylinder airtight.
PVC is an ideal material because it simply will not deteriorate. Use silicone caulking around the cap treads to ensure it is waterproof/airtight.
Waterproof and air tight when the lid is properly attached
You can of course build wooden boxes and bury them but they are difficult to make watertight, which means you would need to put your supplies inside of something that is waterproof then place inside the box. It is recommended for large caches, you use food grade plastic water barrels. They come in any number of sizes, are airtight, and waterproof.
You simply bury the barrel upright and to add or remove items you only need to remove the lid. If you are burying items that cannot be frozen then you must bury your cache below the frost line. In some areas of the world, this can be as much as three feet. This means the top of the barrel would need to be at three feet or below in some areas.
What Can You Can Put In Your Survival Cache
You can cache anything but before you do make sure, you know all the expiration dates. Medical supplies, tinned or dry foods and certain other items will have an expiration date. There is no point in putting items in there that will expire in a few weeks or even months because once in the ground you do not want to be going back and forth that often.
You location must be secret and if you are known as one that is prepared your cache may be a target. People will assume there are weapons and other valuables in your cache so once again do not collaborate and share a cache or allow someone else to use it in the event of an emergency.
You simply do not know how some people may react when under extreme stress. You have to look to your family and your own survival first.
You can visit it every three to six months to make sure it is still there because you do not want to find out your supplies are missing during a crisis. Look for signs people have been around and if needed move your cache if it looks like people have been searching.
People today use metal detectors to find hidden treasures so make sure they do not find yours.
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No, you don’t have to call out “Breaker breaker good buddy” when using one, or listen to Truck Driving Hits of the 1970s on 8-track tape while operating it.
Citizens Band radio is a free to use public radio communications service. It enables members of the public to communicate without the need to pay any subscription, fee or charge per minute.
It really is free, you don't even have to register to use it.
Simply get the correct equipment, connect it up, and get chatting. No license is required in the UK nowadays. Most C.B. Radios these days come with 80 channels (40 UK and 40 European).
All these channels can be used in the UK, but only the 40 channels designated for use in mainland Europe should be used in the rest of the EU. However, this point seems largely to be ignored.
The C.B. radio is actually an outstanding option for your post-emergency communication. In fact, it makes sense to have more than one on hand — one in the glove box of your car or motorcycle, one in your bugout bag, and then one at home.
Entry levels are extremely affordable and offer you instant plug and play communications.
Since a majority of Britons now have mobile phones, 75,750,000 wireless connections and most of them assume mobile phones will suffice in an emergency situation.
But mobile signals rely on a network of advanced towers, cables, satellites, super computers and droves of maintenance workers. One big disaster could bring the whole network down- or the region you rely on, and I’m sure you’ve experienced times when you really needed to use your mobile phone just to have the screen say “no service”.
You can’t rely solely on a mobile phone for emergency communications.
Imagine there’s a huge storm headed your way and you need to get home- there may not be a way to know if the bridge over the river ahead of you is still there.
Our infrastructure is in bad shape and being able to communicate with other motorist is more important than ever.
Radio towers which transmit important information can be easily taken out with high winds, electrical storms, water damage and debris.
Their towers are all over, most people receiving a signal from within a 40 mile radius so that the information is tailored to your local area.
The downfall to BBC emergency/weather warnings on your vehicle radio is that it is only a receiver. This means you can listen, but you can’t call for help for help.
A CB radio (Citizens Band) doesn’t rely on towers and connects you directly to anyone else in your range with a CB radio. The range of signal transmission and reception can vary depending on different factors but you can usually count on 2 to 5 miles of range with a CB.
Add better antennas and signal boosters and you could increase your range upwards of 20 miles.
This may seem like a limited range, and it is but our roads are filled with CB radio users and in rural areas the farmers and tractor drivers use CB’s to communicate between each other around the farm.
This means that there will almost always be someone to communicate an emergency situation to no matter where you are. As long as you have an operational CB radio.
Tip: Be prepared for a loss of power at home. CB radios operate on 12 volt car batteries.
I’ve personally used a CB radio when travelling and the information I’ve received about road conditions, police speed traps and other situations have been very valuable. Especially during bad weather when I’ll need to watch for ice, snow, wind and other dangerous conditions.
In a SHTF scenario a CB radio could be of great importance to find out which roads are closed or opened, and where you can go to get help! There are 40 channels on the CB radio with channels 19 and 17 being the most common used motorist channels to communicate over.
Channel nine is reserved for emergency use and is the channel where emergency information is transmitted.
I’ve heard of lives saved in blizzard conditions because motorist could communicate their positions.
But you’re not limited to only using a CB radio in your vehicle. There are many kits where you can install one in your home to communicate with the outside world and there are even hand held radios as well.
Being more local and commonplace than a HAMM radio, and much more affordable it‘s a great way to boost your communication network.
To guarantee it availability when needed I suggest that you keep a spare set in a faraday cage as should an EMP attack/event occur then you will need a comms system that works. Check out
Knowing When to Turn Back
It’s easy sometimes to get wrapped up in reaching your goal and then pig-headedly remain on a course even if doing so puts you and your companions in an increasingly dangerous situation.
Let’s say you are making your way to your BoL when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Or perhaps you’re flagging unlike your friends who are stronger and more experienced, and you don’t want to appear weak by admitting that you’re having a difficult time.
In situations like these, surviving may mean simply giving up on a goal for the moment and going home while you can still make it there safely. And if that goal continues to nag at you, then you can always try again to attain it.
Be especially willing to go home for the sake of survival when confronted with these scenarios:
Sickness and Injury
As soon as you or someone in your party becomes sick or injured in a remote, outdoor setting, everyone in the party becomes at greater risk of further injury or distress. Instead of continuing when someone becomes sick or injured, make sure that you assess the situation carefully, and return to safety as quickly as possible if someone in your group needs medical care.
For example, if you’re in a group of three people when one person falls and breaks his ankle, then the other two people will now need to help that person by providing wilderness medical care and helping him to safety.
If the person has fallen into a dangerous area full of exposed cliffs, then the other hikers are now endangered as well if they need to help get him out. Helping an injured person to safety takes unplanned time and energy expenditure, which can endanger the healthy members of the party.
You should always carry a wilderness first aid kit with you, and be prepared to turn around immediately when you or someone in your party becomes sick or injured in a remote outdoor setting.
Bad or Deteriorating Weather
Only the most experienced and prepared should go forth in bad weather--and only in certain situations. Lightning, rain, sleet, snow, fog, and high winds can all be considered components of bad weather, but often they come together to create even more dangerous conditions.
A high mountain trail above treeline, for example, can quickly become difficult when whiteout navigation is required.
If the trail becomes faint, and cliffs are in the area, the terrain will become treacherous as rain turns to sleet and then to snow. If you become panicked you can slip to your death in situations such as these, and lightning is also especially dangerous above the treeline.
Avoid falling prey to bad or deteriorating weather by studying forecasts carefully in advance of setting off and by having the tools and experience you need to navigate safely in difficult weather conditions.
Otherwise, choose to set off on a different day or to turn around on the trail as soon as you realize that it’s not safe to proceed.
Lack of Supplies or Gear
Being prepared in the outdoors is key to survival. Before each hike, use a checklist for packing essential gear so that you don’t forget anything. And if you break something essential or lose something essential along the trail, then you will have to make the choice either to improvise gear and create something to replace it--or to go home while you still have the opportunity to do so safety.
Essential gear could be something such fuel for your stove, if you plan on melting snow for water on a multi-day snow time training exercise.
And if you realize on a rainy night that you’ve forgotten the tent fly for your tent that has a mesh exterior, then you’ll need to improvise by building a survival shelter or keep warm by going back home.
Be vigilant about carrying essential survival gear, and know how to make improvised gear when you need to replace a lost, broken, or forgotten item.
Above all be safe and enjoy the great outdoors.
How to use a Paracord Bracelet
So you have a paracord bracelet and you may even wear it every day but do you know how to use it?
1. Survival Bracelets Can Be Used to Create a Makeshift Shelter
When gutted, the inner strands of the survival bracelet can be used to lash together branches to make a lean-to or other type of shelter. If stranded outdoors, shelter is crucial for protection from the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow).
2. A Survival Bracelet Can Build Snares & Traps for Food
The inner strands of your survival bracelet can be used to make traps for catching small game. Having the ability to catch food is invaluable if you are lost with no food supply - and it could save your life.
3. Easily Create Fishing Line or a Gill Net with a Survival Bracelet
Use the inner strands of your survival bracelet to make a fishing line or a gill net. This is yet another way to provide lifesaving sustenance until help arrives.
4. Out of Matches? Use Your Survival Bracelet to Craft a Bow Drill to Start a Fire
Use the paracord survival bracelet to spin the bow drill to create maximum friction and heat. Quickly start a fire for warmth and cooking.
5. Use Your Survival Bracelet as a Trip Line When Being Pursued by an Enemy
Survival bracelets can be deployed and used as a trip line for catching game or gaining an advantage if being pursued by someone with bad intentions.
6. Save Your Life with a Survival Bracelet Tourniquet
Quickly deploy a survival bracelet to stop blood flow if severely injured and bleeding profusely. 7. Create a Makeshift Sling or Splint with Your Paracord Survival Bracelet
Paracord survival bracelets can be swiftly used to make a sling to immobilize an injured arm, or use to secure a splint to injured fingers or limbs.

These are just a few of the practical and potentially lifesaving uses of a survival bracelet. There are many more, just use your imagination and be sure you are wearing your survival bracelet, you never know when you may need it!
Prevention and Treatment of Burns in the Wilderness
Burns are among the most common camping injuries. Camping and cooking in the outdoors can be dangerous, especially if you plan to cook over an open fire or if you light a campfire for heat.
Because you may have to rely on a limited wilderness first-aid kit or improvise your gear when you’re in the wilderness, the way that you treat a burn in a wilderness setting may differ from how you treat a burn in an indoor setting, but most general burn treatment principles remain the same.
Be especially careful around open flames such as campfires and around camping stoves when you are cooking food. Make sure everyone in your group knows how to operate your stove properly and that you have the correct tools to use, such as a pot gripper, when you remove boiling water or other hot items from the heat source.
Clear brush, grasses, and other flammable materials in a three-foot radius from your fire site. Pitch your tent upwind of a campfire, and make sure that it is a safe distance from any sparks that may jump from the fire.
If you are cooking in the tent’s opening, allow adequate ventilation and space for your stove and other gear. Have a plan for escaping your tent if it starts on fire, and be prepared to cut through the tent material to escape, if necessary.
Supervise children carefully around campfires because they’ll likely be less stable moving over uneven terrain, and they may not fully understand the dangers that an open flame, such as a campfire, poses.
Common Camping Burns
Camping burns commonly occur around the campfire or the camping kitchen. Cooking at night without an adequate light source or cooking in a cramped space such as a tent opening can pose challenges for even the most experienced camp cook. Avoid cooking injuries by knowing how to use your stove properly and by cooking on a solid, even surface.
Communicate clearly with others when you are cooking in a group camping setting so that they are aware of dangers such as hot surfaces, boiling water, and stoves. Be especially careful when pouring boiling water into pans or cups to avoid burning others.
Backcountry Burn Treatment
The following treatment guidelines will help treat shock, relieve burn pain, help promote healing, and offer protection against infection:
If clothing is on fire, follow the common advice to stop, drop, and roll. Do not run; instead, drop to the ground and roll to put out the flames.
Stop the burning process by cooling burning skin with cold water. Use water that you have purified for drinking, and pour it over the burned skin in a steady stream for five to 10 minutes.
Soak clean dressings or clean clothing in cold, purified water. Apply the dressings as a compress to the burn.
If clothing is burned along with the skin, wait to remove it until the burn has cooled to prevent pulling off excess skin. Apply a wet compress on top of clothing that’s stuck to the burn to soften it, and then remove the clothing.
Determine the severity of the burn, and plan for immediate evacuation for the following types of dangerous burns: burns to the face or genitals, charred burns, burns that cover most of a hand or foot, burns that go all the way around the waist or cover an arm, leg, or ankle; and burns that cover an area larger than the chest.
For substantial burns, have the burn victim lie down and elevate the afflicted area above the heart. Treat the victim for shock by wrapping him or her in warm blankets, and keep the victim hydrated.
Dress the burn to prevent infection until the victim can seek further medical attention, especially if the burn will be exposed to dirt and other elements on a hike out of the wilderness.
Use a sterile dressing from your first-aid kit or use the cleanest material you can to make an improvised dressing. Cover the burn, and use adhesive tape to secure the dressing.
Do not puncture any blisters that form on burns.
Reduce burn pain by taking over the counter pain relievers, but seek medical attention before applying ointments to burns and for additional advice about treating more severe burns.
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The BodyGard is the Rolls-Royce of keychain emergency tools. Its two essential (and life-saving) tools are its seat belt cutter and door glass breaker.

The BodyGard also includes a sonic alarm (to attract attention and ward-off a would-be attacker), LED flashlight, and distress flasher (a bright red flashing light).

The BodyGard is compact and smartly attaches to your keychain so it's within reach during an emergency. You owe it to yourself and to your family to carry a BodyGard.
The powermonkey explorer is not just for adventure travellers.  Compatible with the majority of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 / MP4, PDAs and portable games consoles, the powermonkey explorer is a portable charger for your 5V devices - giving you 96 hours of standby on your mobile, 40 hours on your iPod, 5 hours on your games console, 48 hours on your PDA and 6 hours on MP3/MP4 players.
Urban Survival kits
In 1986 John "Lofty" Wiseman's book "The SAS Survival Handbook" bought the concept of Survival Kits to the public attention.    
Tobacco tins were looted and crammed full of fishing hooks and candles and anything else small and useful you could fit into them.  
After a time, when people realised you couldn't eat them and they didn't keep you warm at night, the realisation dawned on schoolboys up and down the country that carrying survival tins for wilderness situations was, perhaps, a little foolish.
I would say that 25 years ago survivalism was a niche area - the preserve mainly of the military. 
There is no evidence to suggest that the number or scale of natural disasters have increased in modern times but the explosion of the travel industry into more remote areas, a greater number of independent travellers and increased urbanisation in and around areas with high probability of Natural disasters have increased our exposure to such events.
Other heightened threats include political uncertainty, civil unrest, military action and the Post-9/11  7/7 world of modern terrorism.
'Survivalism' is experiencing a resurgence in the form of 'Preparedness' for major incidents in urban environments, at home and abroad.
In the same way that the contents of your First Aid kit should reflect your needs and situation, the equipment you might consider should similarly reflect your:
Geographical location, areas of political / civil / military unrest. Terrorist targets - typically western city centres, especially business districts.
Your occupation Diplomatic service, NGO's, financial sector, frequent traveller Proximity to definitive safety
Urban versus remote, Home nation versus travelling abroad
What do I need?
To best answer that, it is worth considering the likelihood of experiencing a hostile situation (kidnapping, terrorism etc.) or natural disaster (earthquake, flooding etc.) and deciding which Tier of preparedness is appropriate for you.
Tier 1 - Every Day Carry
Every Day Carry (EDC) is an American term for the items you would always want to have about you to help get you home safely or safely out of harm’s way.    
The key to it being an 'everyday' list is that it needs to be a small list and things that you would really have the tenacity to carry with you all day, every day.   It is very easy to let this list grow. 
Before you know it you have a belt full of pouches and your bulging key ring is full of whistles, torches, compasses, knives and so on, which becomes an inhibitor to carrying it.
Your EDC should be small, unobtrusive and be able to fit in your pockets.
Mobile Phone
The cheaper the better as it is less likely to get stolen.  If you have a smart phone there are a range of useful Apps which in tandem with most smart phone's GPS will be able to give you an accurate location which is important when trying to establish help, be it in a foreign country or a nondescript British B road in the dead of night. 
Credit Card
It is a good insurance policy to have a credit card with as much limit as you can negotiate which you never use.  This requires willpower.  In most urban areas, anywhere in the world, having a Visa or MasterCard with £1000 can get you food, accommodation or even a plane flight home.
Of course not all places will accept your flexible friend and sometimes real money is actually worth more.   
Carry as much as you can afford to lose - if that makes sense.   
Remember, this is emergency money, not spending money.   
An old travelling tip is to carry two wallets; your real wallet secreted somewhere and a sacrificial wallet with a few pounds which you are willing to hand over if forced.    
For added authenticity (nothing looks more suspicious than a brand new wallet with a single bank note in it) use an old wallet and add a couple of supermarket club cards, some stamps and a photo.
As with the phone, in many ways cheaper is better.  A posh watch will draw attention to you which is not wanted in a hostile situation and a cheap one won't hurt if it gets stolen or broken.    
The key thing with a good watch is to ask yourself "what do I need it for?"   The answer should be 'to tell the time' and nothing else. 
It doesn't matter if it is analogue or digital; the face needs to be uncluttered and easy to read.   Esoteric chronographs have overtones of the 'professional pilot' but you will never need to time anything down to 1/100th of a second.   
Similarly, a digital watch laden with accessories and features is unnecessarily bulky, unnecessarily difficult to read and unnecessarily expensive.   Numbers, Day, Date.  That is it.   If it glows in the dark or illuminates properly, all the better.
Again, it is about functionality.   Don't go for the biggest tool with the most features as its size and weight will put you off carrying it around with you all day. 
A small AAA battery torch like the Fenix E05 or a lithium LED 'pinch' torch which is small enough to fit on your key ring.  Whilst you would not expect it to illuminate you journey home, these powerful little torches provide enough light to guide you out of a dark or smoke filled building or even signal your location over short range.
Disposable Lighter
Permanent Pen
A fine point marker pen is more use than a thick marker for making notes and can write on more surfaces than a ballpoint pen.  Don't worry too much about carrying a notebook as you can usually lay your hands on some writing material somewhere.
Tip - Be frugal.  Each item should have a purpose and they should be essential.  Avoid gadgets or gimmicks such as credit card sized multi tools or carabiners with a built in torch and compass.
Tier 2 - Grab Bag
The Grab Bag is for higher risk settings or when your need to be self-sufficient for longer.   Again, less is very often more.  It is very easy to choose an overly large bag and fill it with things you do not need.   
A 25-30 Ltr rucksack should be plenty.  Messenger bags have their advantages as well, being less obtrusive in a cosmopolitan area and it is easier to carry a messenger bag if already carrying another, larger rucksack. 
Enough for 72 hours or more.   Cramming 3 days of food into a 30Ltr rucksack means it won't be fine dining but make sure that whatever you carry is high in calories and easily digestible.   Try several brands of dehydrated food or foil packed 'wet' food such a Wayfarer meals to ensure they do not disagree with you.
A 2-3Ltr bladder system is ideal in a rucksack, taking up next to no space when not in use.   Also consider carrying a larger fold-flat water carrier such as the ones from Ortlieb or Platypus, if you need to stock up on clean water when it becomes available.  
For short term use, water purifying tablets will suffice but in areas where water is expected to be dirty as well as contaminated, or when larger quantities of clean water will be needed a water purifying system such as those available from Purificup and Lifesaver systems and the watertogobottle will solve the problem
A torch is an essential Grab Bag item.   The brighter the better; the Zebralight SC600 offers a ridiculous 750 lumens on full power and a range of lower level outputs for longer lasting usage.  Headlamps have the 'hands free' advantage.
The Zebralight H600 is a headlamp version with similar output levels.   Both of these torches are some of the most powerful on the market but require expensive and obscure 18650 rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. 
Other well-known high power torches include Elzetta, Fenix, Led Lenser and Sure Fire which use more commonly available CR 123, AA or AAA batteries.  Always carry spare batteries.
A couple of chemical lights ticks have their place too, notably for marking people and places.
You should also check out the LumiAid, the LUCY light and the Mule Lite
Birth certificates, insurance documents, tickets, passports, details and contacts of the nearest hospital, Embassy and transport hubs.  
Either carry the originals or photocopies.  If you do carry the originals, have photocopies kept separately but secure.  
Of course nowadays it is possible to store scans of these documents and carry the information on memory sticks but hard copies are more user friendly in developing countries or when there is no electricity supply. 
Aloksak make the one of the best waterproof reseal able bags and don't cost the earth.  These documents may be the difference between getting home or not, so keep the dry, clean and safe.
Phone Charger
Your phone might have 300 hours standby time but the 12 hours talk time will quickly be eaten up if trying to arrange repatriation home from abroad or if you are the only point of contact via phone with the emergency services.
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For a fantastic non-solar charger check out the PowerPot.
Personal Hygiene
No need for deodorants or make-up but wet-wipes, toothpaste and toothbrush.  Wet wipes have the advantage of not needing water to give yourself a rudimentary clean.  Shower Gel in an arid environment or when there is no water will just be frustrating.
It is not so much about personal appearance but more about good hygiene.  Hygiene prevents illness and infection which can be debilitating.
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One spare change of clothing
Appropriate for the climate and environment.
Even if you don't think you will need them, pack a small, lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers together with a hat and pair of gloves.  The warmest of places can become very cold on a cloudless night.
First Aid Kit
Enough for you, with your medication plus a First-Aid training manual.
A small, basic GPS unit (with spare batteries) is of more use abroad or when evacuating an urban area.  Maps of the local area and a compass and knowledge of how to use them are always useful.
Sleeping Bag
A good night’s sleep can have a profound effect on your psychology, whether it is on the floor of an airport waiting area or an emergency refugee camp.  Down filled sleeping bags provide the best warmth to weight/size ratio but provide no insulation when wet.  
Modern synthetic bags are nearly a good in terms of warmth to weight.  Choose the lowest warmth rating (expressed as 'Seasons') as you can get away with.  
A combination of a 1 Season sleeping bag with a 3 Season sleeping bag can provide a more flexible system depending on the climate at less than the cost of one down filled sleeping bag.
If your risk assessment includes the risk of over nighting without shelter then a solution must be considered.  The two best lightweight shelter systems are a bivvi bag with tarp (or 'basha') or a Hammock with tarp. 
Hammocks are more comfortable and don't require an even, flat surface beneath you to get a good night’s sleep but they do require two good fixing points from which to hang. 
Hennessy Hammocks make very good hammock/tarp sleeping systems.  Conversely, you will probably find more suitable locations to bed down in a bivvi bag.  .
Para Cord
A good length of Para Cord will satisfy a multitude of uses, not least for setting up your tarp to sleep under.
Several options:   The Hexamine stove is often favoured for its diminutive size but it is far from the most efficient of stoves and is limited in fuel choice - typically hexamine fuel block, fire lighters, charcoal etc.  
To cook in you will need pans.   Traditional army style mess tins really can't be beaten, certainly not on price.  At the other end of the scale the MSR Titanium Kettle is favoured with alpinists as their all-in-one camp kitchen. 
An 850ml pot with lid that is large enough to cook something in and small enough to drink straight from as a mug.   Whatever you choose it is an added benefit if your stove can fit in you pans to save space.
Save more space and weight by just packing a spoon or a 'spork'.  But do pack a green hairy scourer and a small bottle of washing up liquid.   This may sound luxurious but hygiene is not a luxury, it is a necessity to prevent illness.
Tier 3 - Vehicle Equipment
If you have use of your own vehicle you are instantly able to carry more equipment, expedite yourself away from danger and remain self-sufficient for longer.  The contents should be securely and unobtrusively stowed. 
Most accidents on expeditions involve vehicles so seek further training if appropriate and learn the basics of vehicle repair.
Most serious accidents which happen abroad - whether package holidays, business trips or pioneering expeditions for unexplored areas - are caused by vehicles. 
The incidence rate of accidents increase ten-fold when driving off road.  The use of a vehicle should be seen as a responsibility rather than a luxury. 
Additional First Aid Kit - more substantial, especially with more wound dressings for serious bleeding.
Additional Food and Water - sealed water if possible.  In a vehicle Hot Cans can easily be carried
GPS & Software for your area.
Phone Charger
Tow Rope
Additional Torch
Jump Leads
Fluids - Antifreeze, Coolant, Oil and Spare Fuel
Spare Tyre, Jack, Wheel brace and Foot Pump
Tool Kit (minimum)
Selection of spanners - open and ring
Socket set
Selection of screwdrivers
Hex & Torx bits and driver
Rescue Equipment
Bow saw
Pry Bar
Sledge Hammer
Bolt Cutters
Ensure your vehicle is maintained and roadworthy.  The word POWER is a useful prompter for long journey checks:
P Petrol or Diesel:  Enough fuel in both the main tank and a reserve Jerry Can
O Oils:  Check levels of Engine Oil, Brake, Clutch and Power Steering Fluids.
W Water:  Engine coolant and Anti-Freeze levels are checked.
E Electrics:  Check all lights and wipers.
R Rubber:  Check tyres (including the spare) for tread depth, pressure and uneven wear.  Check wiper blades and drive/fan belts.  Carry spares of both.
Urban Survival Preparation– Testing the Bug out Plan
The Urban Survivalist in Planning and having completed his basic Survival Bug out Bag, needs to develop the when the shit Hits the Fan”, known by its acronym of SHTF, Bug Out plan.
The Urban Survivor will have to develop or otherwise have an idea on when it is he needs to leave his urban environment for his safe haven or BOL.
Human nature being what it is, that is hoping and expecting things to get better – hoping that the government will fix things, may hold the Urban Survivor back from leaving or delaying the departure to a point when it becomes riskier.
Without stocks of food, the ability to provide security and defence and a source of water, the Urban Survivor cannot afford to wait.
The Bug Out will need to be put to the test. 
This testing is a process of “what if’ing” the plan. It is used to determine the problems and develop solutions.
For example:
Time to put the Bug out Plan into action, you will need a full tank of fuel to get from the house to the safe haven.
Problem: What if I only have a half tank and the ability to get commercial fuel is no longer an option?
Solution: At an appropriate time when things are getting worse, you would need to ensure that you stock fuel at your house which will require fuel storage tanks such as 2, 3 or 5 gallon containers available at garages or motor accessary shops.
Problem: Fuel stored for a long time will go bad.
Solution: Routinely replace the stored fuel.
Problem: The vehicle has a mechanical problem during the movement from your house to the safe haven.
Solution: Carry parts and tools for common problems that are within your ability to fix such as a broken belt or flat tire. In fact, having two full spare tires complete with rims are a good idea, or you could take a basic mechanics course.
Problem: The primary route from the house to the safe haven becomes clogged with traffic or otherwise too dangerous to drive.
Solution: Plan Alternate and Emergency routes on less travelled roads.
Problem: You may have to stop and hide the vehicle during darkness as driving during the night with lights on is a very bad idea.
Solution: You need a large canvas or earth tone tarp to cover the windshield and a camouflage net to drape over the vehicle. You will also need green or brown duct tape to cover exposed shiny parts of the car.
Problem: Your route becomes impassable and there is no option to take another and/or the vehicle becomes disabled.
Solution: Plan to walk overland to the safe haven. You will probably needs maps and have areas selected along this foot route that would be tentative safe areas to hole up in for a day or two. If you need maps, you probably need some map reading and land navigation training.
Can you carry enough food, water (water is more important) in your Bug Out Bag to make the trip on foot? If you are initially traveling in a vehicle, you should drink and eat stocks placed in your vehicle rather than use it from your Bug out Bag. 
Remember your Survival Bug out Bag is your last ditch option for when you are on foot or on the run.
If you carry this testing through to arrival at your safe haven, you would need to plan how you are going to approach and identify yourselves to people at the safe haven. 
You may even have the forethought to pre-place supplies and material at a safe haven, either stored openly at a safe haven that is full time occupied or cached.
Sit down and think about your trek from your house to your safe haven and imagine what can go wrong. This will identify what contingencies you need to plan for. Remember Murphy’s Law, What can go wrong, will go wrong.
Preppers Shop Press Release
We may not be on the verge of a zombie apocalypse, but a rise in demand for preparedness products has helped local Bedfordshire based business Preppers Shop make the transition from online retailer to a bricks and mortar shop

Kicking the trend of businesses leaving the high street due to the growth of the Internet, young entrepreneur Lincoln Miles has launched the online business after noticing a rise in popularity of the prepper way of life.

‘Being a prepper isn’t all about zombies, the end of the world and the apocalypse’ laughs Lincoln, ‘it’s much closer to home than that. We live in a society where we increasingly rely on services that we have no control over.

What would you do in the event of a power cut, or a flood? What if the local supermarket couldn’t receive any deliveries? It’s not about preparing for the worst, but it is about acknowledging that in the complex modern society, these scenarios can and do happen.’

The store was launched in 2014 as an online shop, and has had great success as the UK prepping scene develops.

‘The USA leads the way in terms of the prepping scene itself, and we’re now seeing this growth in the UK. The economy does have a lot to do with it, and uncertainty in the stock market does drive sales of prepping supplies, but more and more people just want to take control over their lives and acknowledge that supply chains, water pipes and food stuffs can all be compromised’

Preppers Shop sells a variety of items, from water purification tablets and dry food supplies right up to weapons for the keen hunter-gatherers of the community.

“Being able to make a fire, build a shelter and provide clean water are the most important things in an emergency, but many people wouldn’t even know where to start, even neglecting simple prepper steps such as keeping candles in an accessible place in case of a power cut – modern life is so easy that people have forgotten the basics!”

Preppers Shop will launch on Saturday July 26th, where visitors will be able to see products and take advantage of 10% off everything in store to celebrate the launch.

To browse the products online or find out more about being prepared, head to
The stores address:
Preppers Shop UK
Unit 18
High Barns Farm
MK44 3ET



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