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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Show Contents 11th August 2015

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I start this weeks show with The Titan, then Urban Survival Pry Bar Multi Tool Funding Needed, THE TWELTH WILDERNESS GATHERING 2015 13th to 16th August, the Blizzard Survival 10% Discount offer, Did Hollywood Get it Right, What to do in a Terrorist Attack. The Ribzwear 30% Discount offer, Summer Heat and Safety, EBOLA the THREAT STILL EXISTS, the Wilderness121 10% discount offer, the Midimax 10% Discount offer, Prepare, Prepare, Prepare NOW, the fieldleisure 10% Discount offer, Knowledge & Training, UK Mosies and how to deal with them, Plantain Certainly not a Weed, the Buggrub 10% Discount offer, What is a Prepper? The hunters knives 10% Discount offer, The Bug Out Week North East 2015 is Coming.
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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 physiology, 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 groups on site promoting the World Wide Scouting Movement as well helping out with some of the classes and site logistics.
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Did Hollywood Get it Right
Nasa and the National Nuclear Security Administration have announced they are now working together on the possibility of destroying hazardous asteroids using nuclear weapons.
So like the film Armageddon - where Bruce Willis flies a space shuttle to an oncoming asteroid to drill a warhead into its core - the nuclear payload could be delivered by rocket.
It is thought that there are around one million near-Earth asteroids that could pose a threat to our planet – but only a tiny fraction have so far been detected.

Dramatic proof that any of these can strike Earth came on 15 February last year, when an unknown object exploded high above Chelyabinsk, Russia, with 20 - 30 times the energy of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
The resulting shock wave caused widespread damage and injuries, making it the largest known natural object to have entered the atmosphere since the 1908 Tunguska event, which destroyed a forest area of Siberia
Using a nuclear weapon to blow up asteroids may work particularly well on medium-sized asteroids and comets it is alleged.
Some experts, however, claim that the resulting rock fragments could make the situation worse, and that deflecting an asteroid may prove to be a better solution.
Blowing up an asteroid with nuclear weapons has been proposed in the past.
Last year, an Iowa team outlined a similar vision at a Nasa conference, and say they would need just a weeks' notice to launch if the system were developed.
Called the Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle, or HAIV, the craft would rendezvous with an asteroid in deep space.
It consists of a leader spacecraft, which would hit the comet and create a blast crater.
Around a millisecond later, a follower spacecraft carrying nuclear explosives would hit inside the crater - which increases its effectiveness by up to 20 times.
Over the past two decades, Nasa has been looking for dangerous near-Earth asteroids larger than 1km in size, and claims to have found 98 per cent of them.
But existing asteroid detection systems can only track one per cent of the estimated objects that orbit the sun, according to asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources, who is partnering with Nasa on the project.
In a session at the SXSW conference in Texas last year, Nasa scientist Jason Kessler said: 'The likelihood of something hitting us in the future is pretty guaranteed, although we're not freaking out that there is an imminent threat.'
The date is the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact in recent history - in 1908, when a cosmic intruder toppled millions of trees in Siberia with a blast judged a thousand times more powerful than the nuclear bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

With the latest claims of a killer asteroid or planet like Nibiri, to impact our planet between August and November this year, it is little wonder that scientists have long said that these objects pose a major threat to Earth.
I think we are at risk of being wiped out by asteroid/planet – and we're not taking the threat seriously.
It would be silly I think to say that here is not an asteroid with our name on it. In fact, the Earth had a 'near-miss' only a few months ago.
We didn't see it. We saw it on the way out, but if it had just been a bit further over it would have probably wiped us out. These things can and do happen.
The bus-sized asteroid, named 2014 EC, came within 38,300 (61,637km) miles of Earth in March - around a sixth of the distance between the moon and our planet.
And it wasn't the only one threatening Earth. Nasa is currently tracking 1,400 'potentially hazardous asteroids' and predicting their future approaches and impact probabilities.
Earlier this year, they conducted a “hypothetical asteroid impact scenario”. The following is what the official NASA website has to say about that exercise…
At the 2015 IAA Planetary Defense Conference (PDC), to be held April 13 – 17, 2015 in Frascati, Italy, a hypothetical asteroid impact scenario will be presented and used as a basis for discussion. NOTE: Although this scenario is realistic in many ways, it is completely fictional and does NOT describe a real potential asteroid impact.
So why is NASA spending so much time and energy on something they say is probably not going to happen “any time in the next several hundred years”?
Of course the truth is that NASA is not being straight with us, there are approximately a million near-Earth objects that could potentially be a threat to our planet, and NASA only knows where a small percentage of them are…
The threat is so serious that former astronaut Ed Lu has described it as 'cosmic roulette' and said that only 'blind luck' has so far saved humanity from a serious impact.
You have been warned.
What to do in a Terrorist Attack
Firstly I am sure that we would all like to offer our deepest sympathay to the victims and their familys caught up in the Tunisia terror attack.
In the late 60’s/early 70/s I lived in Northern Ireland and during this time we saw the height of the troubles with daily bombings and shootings on our streets.
Even to the point where the terrorist would place large bombs in the actual doorways of the pubs which were full of people and warn them not to more for so many minutes.
Needless to say that when the bombers left so did the people inside as the timers were not very good in those early days of terrorism.
We took many precautions back then that may seem very strange to you now.
The first thing that happened was a back street industry began in the ability to re-tune our radios to receive not just the normal programmes but also the police, Army, and believe it or not Taxis as if they were sending taxis into an area then it was usually safe for us to go there too.
Bomb threats happened as I said daily and it got to the point where it became annoying having programmes interrupted continually by bomb warnings that were in areas that you did not actually live in.
Today 50 years later nothing has really changed at all, as today we still face the terrorist threat.
Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence by a person or group. The goal is to intimidate or coerce societies or governments in an effort to promote political, ideological beliefs or religious beliefs.
These attacks can take many forms, and could happen at any time in any place. Terrorists typically exploit vulnerabilities, and may use technology, hazardous materials, biological agents or other methods to create devastating disruptions to the community.
Terrorism thrives on fear. By planning how to respond to a terrorist attack, you can greatly improve your chances of survival. You can also lessen the impact of the attack by reducing the fear in the aftermath.Take precautions when traveling.
Do not accept packages from strangers and do not leave luggage unattended. You should promptly report unusual behaviour, suspicious or unattended packages, and strange devices to the police or security personnel.
Learn where emergency exits are located in buildings you frequent. Plan how to get out in the event of an emergency. Also, be prepared to do without services you normally depend on— electricity, telephone, natural gas, petrol pumps, cash registers, Holes in the wall/ATMS, and Internet access.
Bomb Threat
If you receive a telephoned bomb threat, you should get as much information as possible. Try asking the following questions:
When is the bomb going to explode?
Where is it right now?
What does it look like?
What kind of bomb is it?
What will cause it to explode?
Did you place the bomb?
Try to keep the caller on the line and record everything that is said. Notify the police immediately. If the threat seems credible, evacuate the building immediately.
If a terrorist attack occurs, it is important that you remain calm and follow instructions from local officials and emergency service personnel.
You should be aware of your surroundings and watch for additional attacks.
Listen to local TV and radio for directions and travel information and instructions from local officials. If you are in a position where the attack occurs
near you, check for injuries and provide firstaid. This is a situation when a GHB will be of use as well as a plan on how you will get home.
In your home, Hotel, Holiday Accommodation.
If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a torch/flashlight. Do not light matches or candles or turn on electrical switches.
Check for fires, fire hazards and other household hazards. Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater.
If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open windows, and get everyone outside quickly.
Turn off any other damaged electrical appliances or equipment.
Confine or secure your pets.
Call your family contact—do not use the telephone again unless it is a lifethreatening emergency. In some cases, mobile phones will not work. Consider other ways of communicating. Remember in the recent Paris attacks the authorities shut the mobile networks down to prevent the terrorist talking to each other.
Check on your neighbours, especially those who are elderly or disabled.
If you see or hear an explosion
Call 999 or 112
Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling, leave quickly, watching for obviously weakened floors and stairways.
As you exit from the building, be especially watchful of falling debris.
Leave the building as quickly as possible. Crawl low to the floor if there is smoke. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
Do not use the lifts.
Check for fire and other hazards.
Once you are out, do not stand in front of windows, glass doors or other potentially hazardous areas.
If you are trapped in debris: Use a torch/flashlight, if possible, to signal your location to rescuers.
Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can hear where you are.
If possible, use a whistle to signal rescuers.
Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.
Avoid unnecessary movement so you don’t kick up dust.
Cover your nose and mouth with anything you have on hand. (Denseweave cotton material can act as a good filter. Try to breathe through the material.)
Be wary of suspicious packages and letters. They can contain explosives, chemical or biological agents.
Be particularly cautious at your place of work. Some typical characteristics of suspicious packages may include:
Unexpected or unfamiliar senders.
No return address or a return address that can’t be verified as legitimate.
Marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal,” “Confidential,” or “Do not Xray.”
Have protruding wires or aluminium foil, strange odours or stains.
Show a city or location in the postmark that doesn’t match the return address.
Are of unusual weight given their size or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
Are marked with threatening language.
Have inappropriate or unusual labelling.
Have excessive postage or packaging material, such as masking tape and string.
Have misspellings of common words.
Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
Have incorrect titles or titles without a name.
Are not addressed to a specific person.
Have handwritten or poorly typed addresses.
After a Terrorist Attack
You can expect heavy police and security involvement at the local
county and even national levels.
These agencies will investigate the incident and the location will be treated as a crime scene.
Your workplace or school may be closed, and there may be restrictions on domestic and international travel.
You and your family may have to evacuate the area, as instructed by the police or other safety personal. You should also expect extensive media coverage and increased police activity, even if the attack did not occur in your immediate area.
What to do in a terror attack
If you have not already done so, then now is a good time to make yourself aware of a few tips on what to do if you're unfortunate enough to be caught up in a terror attack.
Surviving a terror attack
If you are involved or close to a terror incident you must exercise heightened security awareness and follow the directives of local authorities.
Here are a few safety first tips:
Stay inside your home, work place or any other accommodation you are in at the time.
Do not go out onto the streets.
Be alert to local news developments.
Stick to any imposed curfews or security restrictions.
Be aware of conspicuous or unusual behaviour. Unusual behaviour and strange devices should be reported to the police or security personnel promptly.
If you are in a building located close to the site of a terrorist attack, stay away from the
If in the vicinity of an attack, do not stay to watch what is happening, as you will only get in the way of the emergency services. There is also a risk that additional attacks may occur.
Make a mental note of safe havens, such as police stations and hospitals.
If there's a bomb blast
Leave the area as soon as possible
Stay clear of glass shop fronts.
If you are injured attend to yourself before others.
Obey all instructions and orders that are given by local police.
Make your way to a pre-planned secure area.
If you return to your home or hotel stay away from the windows.
Listen to television and radio reports.
Contact family or friends and let them know your situation.
Write down what you saw before and after the blast it may help the authorities in their investigation.
If you are injured
If you are injured or become ill please seek medical aid.
Be aware that any functioning hospitals and clinics may be busy caring for large numbers of people who have been injured in the incident.
Preparing for terrorism on holiday abroad
Before visiting a country where there is a risk of terrorism you should first obtain as much information on that country as possible.
When you arrive, stay away from those areas that may have been the target of terrorism in the past.
Identify the main tourist areas and stay away from those which appear less secure.
Make yourself aware of your surroundings. Be aware of the conduct of people near to you.
Stay away from large gatherings or demonstrations.
Know the telephone numbers of local police, hospitals and your Embassy.
If you are with friends identify a rendezvous point to meet should there be an incident.
Prepare a plan to evacuate should there be an incident.
Know the telephone numbers of local transport and hire car companies.
What is happening to me and who do I call?
It is important to remember that the situation you are in can be extremely stressful.
Call home and your country's Consulate or Embassy to let them know where you are, if you are alright and if you need any assistance.
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Summer Heat and Safety
Summer means preparing yourself for hiking in hot weather. Dealing with heat is a fact of life and not just on desert trails.
High humidity can send the heat index (how hot the combination of air temperature and relative humidity feels to your body) well above 100 degrees, even in northern parts of the country.
So no matter where you live, it’s critical that you pay attention to weather conditions before you head out for a day of summer hiking or a weekend camp.
Other than simply not hiking, there’s no way to completely eliminate the risks. But you can greatly reduce the dangers by taking basic precautions.
Planning Ahead
Pay attention to weather forecasts. Sites like the you check forecasts by location and ZIP code. The site offers hourly temperature predictions for the current day and every three hours for the following day.
Don’t be overly ambitious. A hot day isn’t the best time to finally do that 10-miler with 2,000 feet of climbing. If you’re intent on getting out, scale back your expectations and save the tough trails for another day.
Choose the right hike. If you live in an area with topographical variation, look for higher elevation trails. Hikes along the coasts or other large bodies of water, such as the Lake District will also be cooler than inland trails.
Hike early in the day. Temperatures can easily be 20-25 degrees cooler in the morning than in the afternoon. The day will cool off toward sunset but temperatures will still be much hotter than in morning.
Avoid the most intense sun. Direct sun will increase heat-related stresses and the risk of sunburn. Try to find shaded trails and avoid hiking and strenous work between 10 and 4.
Keep it loose and light. When it comes to clothing, remember “The Three L’s:” Lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored.
Wear a hat. A lightweight, light-colored hat with a broad brim to keep the sun off your face and neck will help you stay cool. Nothing fancy either: You’ll want a hat that you’re willing to soak with water from a river or lake.
Use (and pack) sunscreen. Exposed, sunburned skin will only make it more difficult for your body to stay cool.
On hot days, your body can lose large amounts of water through perspiration. The general rule is that you can sweat roughly a quart of water every hour—and even more when hiking uphill or in direct sunlight.
Hiking at higher altitudes will also accelerate the loss of body fluids. In arid climates, you may not even notice how much you’re sweating because of rapid rates of evaporation. And as you perspire, you also lose vital minerals from your system.
Proper hydration is essential to the health of the body’s organs, including the brain. Dehydration can lead to impaired brain functioning, which then results in confusion and impaired judgment. Blood can also thicken, forcing the heart to work harder.
Start the hydration process before you go out. Begin to hydrate a couple of hours before you hit the trail.
Pay attention to your body. There’s a difference of opinion about whether you should only drink when you’re thirsty or drink before you start getting thirsty.
Many hiking sources suggest that you may experience a lag between when your brain tells you that you need water and when your body actually begins to require more fluids. More recent studies suggest that you should trust your body to let you know when you need to drink.
The key is getting to know your own body’s reactions. Personally, I tend to wait too long to drink, so I make it a point to remind myself to sip some water sooner rather than later on a hike. Especially on hot days.
Drink frequently. Instead of guzzling a bunch of water all at once, take smaller and more frequent drinks of water.
Cold water is best. Your body will process cold water more quickly. Fill up your water bottle or hydration system with ice to keep water cool for as long as possible while you’re out.
No, beer doesn’t count. Alcohol can speed up dehyration because it’s a diuretic. So will caffeine-laden energy drinks.
Check your urine. If you’re properly hydrated, you should be able to produce a large amount of light-colored, clear urine. If the urine appears dark and concentrated, you may be dehydrated.
Preventing Hyponatremia
Yes, you can drink too much water. There really is a condition called hyponatremia It can occur when hikers drink large amounts of water without replenishing electrolytes. That can cause blood sodium levels to plunge because too much salt ends up getting sweated out of the body. Hyponatremia is a potentially serious condition that can lead to seizures.
Replenish With Electrolytes. In addition to restoring fluids, you need to maintain your body’s proper levels of sodium, magnesium, and potassium. Salt residue on your clothing or the inside of your hat is a possible warning sign of hyponatremia. So as you rehydrate, alternate water intake with consumption of fluids with electrolytes, such as sports drinks
Eat snacks with salt. Salt in foods can help restore sodium levels in the bloodstream. So in addition to drinking plenty of fluids on hot days, be sure to snack frequently on foods with salt, such as nuts, pretzels, and trail mix.
Preventing Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Hot conditions can overwhelm the body’s cooling mechanisms. Heat exhaustion results from a combination of high body temperature and dehydration. It can lead to heat stroke which is potentially fatal.
In the event of heat stroke, it’s critical that you lower the victim’s body temperature by immersing or keeping the person wet to increase evaporative cooling. The victim needs hospital treatment as soon as possible but shouldn’t be allowed to try and hike out on his or her own.
Take breaks. Forget about setting any personal bests. Stop more frequently and for longer durations than you would on a cooler day.
Look for shade. Get out of the sun as much as you can, both on breaks and on the trail. Especially when the sun is lower in the sky, portions of the trail may be shaded by trees or slopes.
Really just use common sense and your knowledge to prevent you becoming a victim.
I am sure there are some listeners who fail to see why before my programme is a piece about Ebola.
The answer is that it may not be headline news, in fact it is not even on the news anymore.
Well we at the Preppers Radio Network will always keep you informed, as forewarned is forearmed.
The news is that Ebola has returned to Liberia, health officials revealed as it emerged the body of a teenager tested positive for the disease.
Just 42 days ago the country, which was at the epicentre of the crisis, was declared free of the virus.
Over the course of the epidemic, which began in December 2013, a total of 11,207 people have so far lost their lives to Ebola, according to the World Health Organisation.
The majority of those deaths occurred in Guinea, where the outbreak originated, as well as in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Around 43 per cent of the total deaths were in Liberia, where the outbreak reached its height between last August and October, with hundreds of cases each week.
While the recent death, of a 17-year-old boy, will raise fears of a resurgence, health officials in the country and at the WHO are urging people to try and remain calm.
Deputy health minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, said: 'There is no need to panic.
'The corpse has been buried and our contact tracing has started work.'
The victim hails from Margibi, a rural area close to the country's capital, Monrovia, and is home to the country's major international airport.
Mr Nyenswah told a local radio station that experts have already traced and quarantined a number of people who may have had contact with the teenage victim.
But he failed to divulge the numbers or any details of the patient.
'We are investigating to know the origin of this new case,' he added.
'We ask all Liberians and all other nationals living in Liberia to continue taking the preventive measures.'
The case represents a setback for Liberia, which was declared Ebola free on May 9 after going 42 days without a new case.
That period is double the number of days the virus requires to incubate, and WHO hailed its eradication as an enormous development in the long crisis.
The United States and several international organisations had urged caution, however.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest warned the world not to forget that the outbreak was still a reality in Sierra Leone and Guinea.
'We must not let down our guard until the entire region reaches and stays at zero Ebola cases,' he said on May 9.
The WHO also warned that because the Ebola outbreaks were continuing in neighbouring Guinea and Sierra Leone, the risk remained high that infected people could re-enter the country.
With that very real risk in mind, medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders, which has been at the forefront of battling the outbreak since it emerged in Guinea, was also muted in its applause of the WHO's assertion that Liberia had beaten Ebola.
It tempered Liberia's jubilation with reminders that the crisis would not be over for any one nation until the virus has been eradicated everywhere.
Sierra Leone and Guinea had been seeing numbers of new cases drop dramatically.
But the decline has halted and the countries have been recording around 20 to 27 new cases a week since the beginning of May.
A total of 12 new confirmed cases were reported in Guinea and eight in Sierra Leone in the seven days up to 21 June, according to WHO figures.
So please do not put your N95 masks away and perhaps you should plan what you and yours will if this latest outbreak again becomes global.

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Prepare, Prepare, Prepare NOW
Today, millions of Britons say that they believe that the United Kingdom is on the verge of a major economic collapse and will soon be entering another Great Depression.
But only a small percentage of those same people are prepared for that to happen.
The sad truth is that the vast majority of Brits would last little more than a month on what they have stored up in their homes. Most of us are so used to running out to the supermarket for whatever we need that we never even stop to consider what would happen if suddenly we were not able to do that.
Already the UK economy is starting to stumble about like a drunken teenager. All it would take for the entire UK to resemble East London after the bombers had left would be for a major war, a terror attack, a deadly pandemic or a massive natural disaster to strike at just the right time and push the teetering UK economy over the edge.
So just how would you survive if you suddenly could not rely on the huge international corporate giants to feed, clothe and supply you and your family?
Do you have a plan?
Unless you already live in a cave or you are a complete and total mindless follower of the establishment media, you should be able to see very clearly that our society is more vulnerable now than it ever has been.
This year there have been an unprecedented number of large earthquakes around the world and volcanoes all over the globe are awakening and don’t forget the massive flooding we have seen.
You can just take a look at what has happened in Haiti and in Iceland to see how devastating a natural disaster can be. Not only that, but we have a world that is full of lunatics in positions of power, and if one of them decides to set off a nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in a major city it could paralyze an entire region.
War could erupt in the Middle East at literally any moment, and if it does the price of oil will double or triple (at least) and there is the possibility that much of the entire world could be drawn into the conflict.
Scientists tell us that a massive high-altitude EMP (electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the Northern hemisphere back to the Stone Age in an instant.
In addition, there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral pandemic (such as what happened with the 1918 Spanish Flu) could kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the world.
But even without all of that, the truth is that the UK and the EU economy is going to collapse. So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on top of all the economic problems that we are having.
Are you prepared?
The following is a list of 20 things you and your family will need to survive when the economy totally collapses and the next Great Depression begins....
Storable Food
Food is going to instantly become one of the most valuable commodities in existence in the event of an economic collapse.
If you do not have food you are not going to survive.
Most UK families would not last much longer than a month on what they have in their house right now, in fact I would say that many would be dead by then anyway.. So what about you?
electromagnetic pulse) blast could send large portions of the Northern hemisphere back to the Stone Age in an instant.
In addition, there is the constant threat that the outbreak of a major viral pandemic (such as what happened with the 1918 Spanish Flu) could kill tens of millions of people around the globe and paralyze the economies of the world.
But even without all of that, the truth is that the UK and the EU economy is going to collapse. So just think of what will happen if one (or more) of those things does happen on top of all the economic problems that we are having.
Are you prepared?
The following is a list of 20 things you and your family will need to survive when the economy totally collapses and the next Great Depression begins....
Storable Food
Food is going to instantly become one of the most valuable commodities in existence in the event of an economic collapse.
If you do not have food you are not going to survive.
Most UK families would not last much longer than a month on what they have in their house right now, in fact I would say that many would be dead by then anyway.. So what about you?
If disaster struck right now, how long could you survive on what you have?
The truth is that we all need to start storing up food. If you and your family run out of food, you will suddenly find yourselves competing with the hordes of hungry people who are looting the stores and roaming the streets looking for something to eat.
Of course you can grow your own food, but that is going to take time. So you need to have enough food stored up until the food that you plant has time to grow. But if you have not stored up any seeds you might as well forget it. When the economy totally collapses, the remaining seeds will disappear very quickly.
So if you think that you are going to need seeds, now is the time to get them.
Clean Water
Most people can survive for a number of weeks without food, but without water you will die in just a few days, try going without water for 24hrs, I have and I did not like it. So where would you get water if the water suddenly stopped flowing out of your taps?
Do you have a plan? Is there an abundant supply of clean water near your home? Would you be able to boil water if you need to? OH! and by the way you will need to.
Besides storing water and figuring out how you are going to gather water if society breaks down, another thing to consider is water purification tablets. The water you are able
to gather during a time of crisis may not be suitable for drinking. So you may find that water purification tablets come in very, very handy.
You can't sleep on the streets, can you? Well, some people will be able to get by living on the streets, but the vast majority of us will need some form of shelter to survive for long. So what would you do if you and your family lost your home or suddenly were forced from your home?
Where would you go?
The best thing to do is to come up with several plans. Do you have relatives that you can bunk with in case of emergency? Do you own a tent and sleeping bags if you had to rough it? If one day everything hits the fan and you and your family have to "bug out" somewhere, where would that be?
You need to have a plan.
Warm Clothing
If you plan to survive for long in a nightmare economic situation, you are probably
going to need some warm, functional clothing. If you live in a cold climate, this is going to mean storing up plenty of blankets and cold weather clothes. If you live in an area where it rains a lot, you will need to be sure to store up some rain gear.
If you think you may have to survive outdoors in an emergency situation, make sure that you and your family have something warm to put on your heads. Someday after the economy has collapsed and people are scrambling to survive, a lot of folks are going to end up freezing to death.
In fact, in the coldest areas it is actually possible to freeze to death in your own home. Don't let that happen to you.
An Axe
Staying along the theme of staying warm, you may want to consider investing in a good axe. In the event of a major emergency, gathering firewood will be a priority. Without a good tool to cut the wood with that will be much more difficult.
Lighters Or Matches
You will also want something to start a fire with. If you can start a fire, you can cook food, you can boil water and you can stay warm. So in a true emergency situation, how do you plan to start a fire? By rubbing sticks together?
Now is the time to put away a supply of lighters or matches so that you will be prepared when you really need them, and just to be sure please include a fire steel.
In addition, you may want to consider storing up a good supply of candles. Candles come in quite handy whenever the electricity goes out, and in the event of a long-term economic nightmare we will all see why our forefathers relied on candles so much.
Hiking Boots Or Comfortable Shoes
When you ask most people to list things necessary for survival, this is not the first or the second thing that comes to mind. But having hiking boots or very comfortable and functional shoes will be absolutely critical.
You may very well find yourself in a situation where you and your family must walk everywhere you want to go. So how far do you think you will get in high heels? You will want footwear that you would feel comfortable walking in for hours if necessary.
You will also want footwear that will last a long time, because when the economy truly collapses you may not be able to run out to the shoe store and get what you need at that point.
A Torch and Or Lantern
When the power goes off in your home, what is the first thing that you grab? Just think about it. A Torch or a lantern of course. In a major emergency, a torch or a lantern is going to be a necessity - especially if you need to go anywhere at night.
Solar powered or "wind up" torches or lanterns will probably be best during a long-term emergency. If you have battery-powered units you will want to begin storing up lots and lots of batteries.
A Radio
If a major crisis does hit the UK, what will you and your family want? Among other things, you will all want to know what in the world is going on. A radio can be an invaluable tool for keeping up with the news.
Once again, solar powered or "wind up" radios will probably work best for the long term. A battery-powered until would work as well - but only for as long as your batteries are able to last.
Communication Equipment
When things really hit the fan you are going to want to communicate with your family and friends. You will also want to be able to contact an ambulance or law enforcement if necessary.
Having an emergency mobile phone is great, but it may or may not work during a time of crisis.
The Internet also may or may not be available. Be sure to have a plan (whether it be high-tech or low-tech) for staying in communication with others during a major emergency.
A Swiss Army Knife
If you have ever owned a Swiss Army knife you probably already know how incredibly handy they can be. It can be a very valuable and versatile tool. In a true survival situation, a Swiss Army knife can literally do dozens of different things for you. Make sure that you have at least one stored up for emergencies.
Personal Hygiene Items
While these may not be absolute "essentials", the truth is that life will get very unpleasant very quickly without them. For example, what would you do without toilet paper? Just think about it. Imagine that you just finished your last roll of toilet paper and now you can't get any more.
What would you do?
The truth is that soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper and other hygiene products are things that we completely take for granted in society today. So what would happen if we could not go out and buy them any longer?
A First Aid Kit And Other Medical Supplies
On a more serious note, you may not be able to access a hospital or a doctor during a major crisis. In your survival supplies, be absolutely certain that you have a good first aid kit and any other medical supplies that you think you may need, and don’t forget any prescription medicine
Extra Fuel
There may come a day when fuel is rationed or is simply not available at all. If that happens, how will you get around? Be certain to have some extra fuel stored away just in case you find yourself really needing to get somewhere someday.
A Sewing Kit
If you were not able to run out and buy new clothes for you and your family, what would you do? Well, you would want to repair the clothes that you have and make them last as long as possible. Without a good sewing kit that will be very difficult to do.
Self-Defence Equipment
Whether it is pepper spray to fend off wild animals or something more "robust" to fend off wild humans, millions of us will one day be thankful that they have something to defend themselves with.
A Compass and a Map
In the event of a major emergency, you and your family may find yourselves having to be on the move. If you are in a wilderness area, it will be very hard to tell what direction you are heading without a compass and a map. It is always a good idea to have at least one compass stored up.
A Hiking Backpack
If you and your family suddenly have to "bug out", what will you carry all of your survival supplies in? Having a good hiking backpack or "survival bag" for everyone in your family is extremely important. If something happened in the city where you live and you suddenly had to "go", what would you put your most important stuff in?
How would you carry it all if you had to travel by foot? These are very important things to think about.
A Community
During a long-term crisis, it is those who are willing to work together that will have the best chance of making it. Whether it is your family, your friends, a church or a local group of people that you know, make sure that you have some people that you can rely on and work together with in the event that everything hits the fan. Loners are going to have a really hard time of surviving for long.
A Backup Plan
Lastly, it is always, always, always important to have a backup plan for everything.
If someone comes in and steals all the food that you have stored up, what are you going to do?
If travel is restricted and you can't get to your "bug out" location immediately do you have a Plan B?
If you have built your house into an impregnable
survival fortress but circumstances force you to leave do you have an alternate plan?
The truth is that crisis situations rarely unfold just as we envision. It is important to be flexible and to be ready with backup plans when disaster strikes.
You don't want to end up like the folks in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. You don't want to have to rely on the government to take care of you if something really bad happens.
I do not about here in the UK but for example right now the U.S. strategic grain reserve contains only enough wheat to make half a loaf of bread for each of the approximately 300 million people in the United States.
How long do you think that is going to last?
Now is the time to get ready.
Now is the time to prepare.
The UK economy is going to collapse and incredibly hard times are coming.
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Knowledge & Training
To be honest emergency preparedness isn't all about storing food and water,
It’s about knowing what to do and being ready for anything. If you don't know what to do in different situations you won't last very long. You need the knowledge, the training, and even the practice of different skills to be prepared.
What's the point of having supplies if you don't know what to do with them?
What's the point of having canned food storage if you don't know to rotate it? What's the point of having a water filter if you don't know how to use it? Yes, all of these examples are common sense things, but it is a real problem.
Some other things do need more practice and knowledge however. Do you know
exactly how to make meals from scratch, shoot a gun accurately and consistently, have the skills of an outdoorsman and know how to catch your own food? There are countless numbers of different skills that you can have and it would be wise to at least learn a little of each of them.
Of course the good skills to have are outdoor survival skills. Things that you would use on a camping, hiking, or fishing trip, skills you would need if you were lost in the wilderness.
Things like making fires, finding or building shelter, hunting and fishing, and
harvesting, cooking, and cleaning food all could mean life or death at some point. These skills are not too hard to get the basic understandings of.
By no means do you have to be a master at anything. You just need to know what you are doing enough to survive. Survival doesn't mean perfection, as just getting by works. As long as you have a basic understanding of different things and are a well-rounded person, you will be much better off.
The University of YouTube will teach you just about anything you want to know.
Be sure to pass on your knowledge and things that you know to your community and group. Share ideas with them, plan, and learn from them.
They can help you and other people will definitely know things that you don't. Teach your children valuable skills and imprint the ideas of preparedness on them early so they will grow up knowing it and being familiar with it.
Don't overload them and make them crazy, but make sure that they realize the importance of emergency preparedness.
Go out to the gun range and practice go on camping trips where you are cut off from the world, use some of your stored food. Get a sense for how life would be if you ever needed to use your preps.
Make sure you practice with everything you are preparing for, so when the time comes you will know what to do.
If you know what you're doing it will be much easier to stay calm and in control. If you have never done something before you may start to panic, and panic leads to failure.
Knowledge and training are just another form of preparation, and in the ultimate quest to be prepared, this is something that cannot be overlooked. Know what you are doing. Know how to survive.
UK Mosies and how to deal with them
Firstly you don't need to be in Scotland to be bugged my mosies, but if you are going to Scotland this year good luck.
After steadily increasing in numbers over the past few years, flying, biting bugs are set to hit an all-time high this summer. And it’s the weather that’s to blame.
We’ve had above-average temperatures recently as well as plenty of storms and wet spells. Heat and humidity equals insects. And the recent heatwave will boost the number further still.’
The mild winter, wet spring and warm summer pattern of recent years also speeds the bugs’ development and increases their biting period.
Then there’s the fact mosquitoes’ main predator, dragonflies, are down on their luck. Their larvae seem not to have survived the winter well, so there won’t be many around to cull the mozzies, So I think it is safe to predict a dramatic rise in mosquitoes by the end of this month.
So during July and August we can expect flying, biting insects on the rampage in gardens across Britain.
And that means we as preppers on Bug-Out training or survival weekends in the wild will have an extra animal to deal with.
Know your enemy
It is very possible that the current insect epidemic kicked off in the summer of 2012. Weather conditions were similar to this year and a hosepipe ban meant a lot of people collected water in their gardens, providing standing water mosquitoes love to lay their eggs in.
Figures show that in August 2012, there were 30,000 visits to A&E departments for insect bites, thanks to complications such as infection or allergic reaction.
The emergency response department at Public Health England has even suggested that climate change could encourage mosquitoes capable of carrying malaria. There’s a 50 per cent chance malaria will return to the UK over the next decade, it has been said..
Protecting ourselves from bites doesn’t just lower our risk of infection, adverse reactions and discomfort — it helps keep numbers down, too.
Every time you get bitten, you give the female mosquito the blood meal she needs to be able to reproduce. So every bite has the potential to launch 200 more mosquitoes into the environment two weeks later.
It’s thought people with blood group O are most attractive to bugs,’ says Chris Davies, technical manager at pest-control company Clean Kill. ‘Mosquitoes are twice as likely to land on a type O person as a type A.
Insects use carbon dioxide, which we exhale, as their primary method of tracking their next meal. The bigger and more active you are, the more CO2 you exhale, so larger people, pregnant women and also people who work out a lot are more likely to get bitten.
Here are some helpful tips to protect yourself.
Covering up with clothes helps, wear long sleeves and tuck trousers into socks. The best colours are light — white, khaki or beige. Insects are attracted to dark colours and floral prints.
Avoid fragranced soap and shower gels and don’t wear perfume, as insects seem to be attracted to them. There’s anecdotal evidence that eating vitamin B-rich Marmite helps — insects don’t like the taste of the thiamine (vitamin B1) that’s excreted when you sweat. Quest Vitamin Multi B Complex is a good alternative.
Avoid burning candles, which create more CO2. Instead, use an ambient repellent like java citronella in incense sticks or an oil vapouriser.
Apply repellent all over, including under your clothes, and reapply every five hours — sooner if insects start buzzing nearby.
While the NHS still recommends Deet (diethyltoluamide) as the most effective repellent, it’s a controversial product that many experts advise against. It is a synthetic chemical repellent derived from coal tar.
Concerns have been raised about its safety for children, in whom it’s thought it may disrupt the nervous system.
DEET’s strong smell (plus the fact it’s non-biodegradable and dissolves plastic) makes it unpleasant to use. And there’s mounting evidence that insects are becoming resistant to its effects.
With the help of the late Dr Nigel Hill, of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he came up with a compound based on eucalyptus. It’s patented as Citrepel 75 and, he says, is the only compound in the world clinically proven to protect against malaria.
It’s the main ingredient in the Incognito range of products (from £7.99, from healthfood stores, pharmacies and
Unlike, DEET, which interferes with insects’ nervous system, Incognito works by camouflaging the products of metabolism that attract insects.
When I lived in Corfu in the late 80's we used to put eucalyptus leaves all around the tables when we ate outside, which was most nights and I do not rememb er being bitten at all.
Mosi-guard Natural is another DEET-free, plant-based product suitable for all ages. It’s active ingredient is oil of lemon eucalyptus, which has the brand name Citriodiol. Priced from £7.29 for sprays, sticks or roll-ons (
If you are bitten
The itchiness that bites cause is an immune system response. The saliva from the insect causes the release of histamine. Scratching also perpetuates histamine release.
One of the top itch reliefs is Zap-Ease (£5.95,
It’s a clicking device that sends a small electrical impulse to your brain to send pain-relieving endorphins to the area as well as inhibit histamine release.
If you don’t want to join the bite victims waiting in A&E this summer, keeping bites clean is your priority. You must wash the affected area with soap and water and use a cold compress to reduce swelling and discomfort.
Don’t scratch as you risk damaging skin and introducing infection.
Calamine lotion, aloe vera and creams containing oatmeal are good for relieving itching.
You could also try the antihistamine Anthisan Bite & Sting Cream (£3.66 from supermarkets). Oral antihistamines may also be useful.
Spraying the bitten area with a disinfectant like NatraSan (£10 for 250ml, can help. It contains hypochlorous acid, the chemical your immune system produces to fight infection and promote healing.
Signs of infection include increased redness, swelling, pain and perhaps blistering or pus around the site.
See your GP if you notice any of these or the bite isn’t going away, as you may need antibiotics. If you experience shortness of breath, palpitations or light-headedness, seek urgent medical attention. It’s rare, but some people can have an allergic reaction to a bite.’
Plantain Certainly not a Weed
Plantain, not to be confused with the banana type fruit, also called Plantain, is a plant which can be found almost anywhere. In fact, if you’re not living in the city, it’s kind of hard not to bump into it.
Plantain it’s super nutritious, easy to identify, has no poisonous look-a likes and it is used as medicine.
Medicinal Uses
The leaves contain some interesting bio-active compounds:
Allantoin: This chemical is an anti-inflammatory good for wound healing and auto-immune diseases.
Interestingly still, allantoin is an ingredient in a few cosmetic creams because of its cell growth stimulation properties and can also be found in creams for nappy rash in babies.
Flavonoids: Studies have found a variety of medicinal uses of flavonoids, including anti-microbial (including anti-virus, bacteria and fungus), and anti-diarrheal.
Phenolic compounds: These are another group of chemical compounds which have anti-oxidant properties useful for a wide variety of conditions (such as prostatitis).
The compounds in Plantain make it a highly viable plant for medicinal purposes when no modern medicine is available.
Dishes and Medical Recipes With Plantain:
A Plantain Poultice
This recipe uses the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activity of the Plantain. It is great for cuts, sores and insect bites, including the bite of the brown recluse spider.
Take a handful of Plantain leaves
Mash the leaves (or better still chew them, our saliva can help release the active ingredient for the poultice – if you do this, don’t swallow the juice as you need that for the poultice)
Warm the resulting mash in your hand and place this on the affected area
As an alternative, you can use the leaves from a Plantain tea and use this instead as the poultice
Plantain Tea
Herb tea is nothing new and Plantain can be used to make an infusion which can be used for a wide range of digestive problems including diarrhoea.
As mentioned above, even the left over leaves from the tea can be used as a poultice for cuts, wounds, stings and bites.
Take a large handful of Plantain leaves
Chop the leaves up roughly and place in a vessel that can handle very hot water
Boil two or three cups worth of water
Add the boiling water (it must be boiling) to the leaves in the vessel
Leave to brew for as long as you feel is right take the odd sip as it does to get the flavour right for you
Strain the liquid through some cloth (retain the leaves for a poultice)
Drink the liquid
If you have anything citrus, such as a lime or lemon, add this as it offsets some of the more astringent flavour of the Plantain
Plantain Rabbit Bake
As well as having bioactive ingredients that can help us fix injuries and disease, Plantain, like Dandelion, contains all sorts of vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamin A, B6 and C. These vitamins are essential in helping to keep your immune system functioning well and fighting off infection.
Plantain can be used in much the same way as spinach, although eaten raw it is a bit stringy and tough. So use it cooked, but not over cooked, just lightly blanched; this is the ideal way to cook with it, to retain the minerals and vitamins.
This recipe is very simple and uses the plantain leaves to create a wrap for the rabbit.
Prepare your rabbit for baking
Cover the rabbit breast, leg, etc. with fresh plantain leaves
Bake in an oven, or in foil when camping until rabbit is thoroughly cooked
Serve with various other herbs such as wild lettuce, wild garlic, wild asparagus, wild onions, burdock and chicory
Plantain Ointment for Nappy rash (and any other sores)
This recipe uses the cell re-growth and anti-inflammatory properties of the Plantain. You can use it on babies with nappy rash or adults with rashes such as that if you’ve touched Poison Ivy.
Take some Plantain leaves
Finely chop and dry the leaves
Place the leaves in a jar or similar lidded container
Pour oil into the jar until about ¾ full
Shake and let sit for several weeks
After this strain the oil through some cloth and put the infused oil into another vessel
You can use like this from the jar, or if you have any beeswax available (or similar organic wax) you can mix molten wax with the infused oil and let it cool and set before using.
Toothache, oh boy, we all hate it and the thought of no dentist to deal with the pain makes me want to learn an alternative solution which I can quickly put my hands on and use.
Plantain, again, comes to the rescue.
Chewing plantain leaves can help with toothache and if you can’t chew, as it’s just too painful, then mash the Plantain up with a mortar and pestle, or if not available use stone on stone and put the mash on the affected tooth for about 30 minutes. Not only will it help soothe the pain but the anti-microbial properties of the plant will help remove or prevent infection.
So, the next time you see a Plantain weed, growing out of a concrete slab, or the edge of a carefully mown garden, don’t pull it, cultivate it and try out a few of these recipes to see what a powerful medicine it can be.
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What is a Prepper?
If you ask a group of people “what is a prepper” you will get many totally different answers. As far as I am concerned, though, there are actually two answers to that question.
The easy answer — a prepper is someone who is preparing for the potential for future disasters — natural or man-made.
The more complicated answer — a prepper is someone who thinks outside the box about every situation in which they find themselves, or could find themselves.
They use situational awareness to evaluate their surroundings no matter where they go.
They have a plan — as well as a contingency plan — for every situation from what to do if they get a cold to how to survive if SHTF today.
They stock up on emergency supplies like long life food or learn to rotate and water, first aid and medical supplies, and sometimes even guns and ammunition.
They learn every survival skill they can and often go out of their way to practice those skills on a regular basis.
Survival preparedness is something we all think about from time to time, but it is a subject that is usually at the forefront of any prepper’s daily thoughts. That’s not to say that survival prepping is all a prepper thinks about, but they’re always thinking about things in a different way.
How Do You Start Prepping?
I would say that the first thing you need to do to get started prepping is to analyze your potential for disaster.
What are the extreme natural disasters that could occur in your area? Tornadoes? Hurricanes? Floods? Earth quakes?
Are you concerned that the economy is doing so badly it could collapse?
Do you fear a war or terrorist attack?
Do you feel it’s possible that a solar flare could cause anelectromagnetic pulse (EMP) that would knock out the power grid?
Are you worried that hackers could take down communications?
People worry, fear and are concerned for so many different issues that I could literally write thousands of words and not reach the end of the list. The question here is, what is your personal concern?
Stock Up on Survival Supplies - Start Prepping
Once you have figured out what you’re prepping for, you can start writing your own prepper’s checklist to figure out what survival gear you need to stock up on. Food, water, and other gear have many different variations depending on the situation.
Learn New Skills
Even people who are doing the hardcore doomsday prepping aren’t just stocking up on stuff — they’re learning survival skills, too.
Find a class to suit you. Prep courses can be anything that will make you more self-sufficient and ready for disaster. How to start a food garden and then how to preserve your over production, self defense and shooting classes, and primitive skills courses can be found anywhere online, and chances are someone gives a few classes in a town near you.
If you’re good at learning by reading and practicing, expand your survival learning library. Books on bushcraft and wilderness survival, Disaster preparedness, and food preservation and proper storeage are a good place to start.
Build yourself a whole library full of resource books, and read them over and over again.
Make a Bug-Out Plan
If disaster struck, and you needed to leave home right this minute, would you be ready? Think about what you would pack to go on a road trip for the weekend. Think about multiple routes from your house to a bug-out location (somewhere that would be safer than your home if SHTF). Create a good bug-out plan for all the family and practice it at least a few times a year so you’re ready if you have to put the plan into action for real.
Get in Shape
Realize that you may have to bug-out one day. You might not have your car, and you may have to grab your bug-out bag and walk or hike to your bug-out location. If you’re overweight or just out of shape in general, I can assure you, carrying a 30 lb bag full of gear on a long hike won’t be easy. Now add the stress factor onto that, and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Get in shape now.
What Do I Need to Be a Prepper?
A prepper’s checklist of survival gear (especially when it comes to food) is something you should work on as a family. Gather around the table, discuss what you like and don’t like, what you want to try, and what you think are the best options for your family.
Each family’s list will be different.
Some people have family members with special needs, and they will need a lot of different things that the average family won’t even think about. Buying all of your gear is a long-term investment in your future.
Don’t get overwhelmed by the price. Set yourself a budget and buy it little by little.
Bug-Out Bag
A bug-out bag is also called a get home bag, go home bag, 72 hour bag, “Get Out Of Dodge” (G.O.O.D.) bag, battle bag, grab bag, “I’m Not Coming Home” (I.N.C.H.) bag, ruck sacks — there are many names.
The purpose of a bug-out bag is to hold survival items that you may need if you have to leave your home in case of a SHTF emergency situation.
Bug-out bags are typically backpacks, but they could be sports grips even a briefcase, or anything else that is sturdy and will hold what survival supplies you need it to hold.
Survival Gear List
These are the items you actually put into your bug-out bag. Everyone’s list differs slightly, but the core items are usually always the same.
A good survival knife.
More than one sort of fire making implement like a cigarette lighter or a ferro rod.
Shelter can be something simple like a tarp or even as high tech as an light tent.
A stainless steel water bottle which will not only allow you to gather and carry water, but you can purify it by fire, too.
Cordage – typically paracord.
An emergencysource of illumin ation like a glowstick, candle, torch.
Duct tape is the most common tape you see in bug-out bags; carry at least a few linear yards.
Prepper Food
This area will depend a lot on whether you’re bugging out or bugging in. If a TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) kind of event were to drive you from your home, and you had to bug out, you would definitely want lightweight food to carry with you. Freeze dried foods, dehydrated foods, and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) are going to be the lightest and the easiest to carry with you in your bug out gear.
However, in all reality, bugging out is probably your last option. It is more likely that you will be bugging in until the last minute, which means you have a lot more options when it comes to your food storage.
Tinned foods — whether shop bought or tinned at home in — are most likely going to be the center of your emergency food.
Frozen food is good, but if your power goes out, that food will thaw. Dehydrated food is probably the next solution if you’re looking to do it yourself. However freez dried foods typically have a longer shelf life than either tinned or dehydrated foods.
Don’t forget about cooking methods, too. If the power and gas are both out, you’ll need alternative ways to be able to prepare your food.
With food storage, there are a few schools of thought about how long of a period you should be prepared. Some say have enough food and water for 30 days, others say 3 months, and others still say 12 months. For the purpose of this article, I am going to say 30 days just to keep things from getting too overwhelming.
After all, some of you may be totally new to prepping. We’re also going to assume you have a family of three for these figures below.
Water – It is recommended you have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. For a family of 3, that would be 90 gallons. 55 gallon water butts are ideal and very affordable. If those run out during an emergency situation, you need to know where to find water to refill the barrels, and how to purify it.
Food – If you’re building your own inventory by tinning, freezing and dehydrating, you should figure about a pound of food per person per meal, so you’re looking at (30 days x 3 meals x 1 lb. x 3 people) 270 lbs. of food.
Alternative Cooking Method – Most people already have a bab-b-q, which is great because you can burn charcoal or wood in it. It’s also a cool feature to have outside even before SHTF.
Disposable Dishes – If you’re in survival mode, you won’t want to keep wasting water washing dishes. I recommend getting a stockpile of heavy duty papoer plates that can be burnt when you’re finished with them. No wasting water, and no trash to pile up — win/win!
If you’re looking to build your food stores up yourself, you’ll need some equipment.
Dehydrator – Good for dehydrating fruits and veggies, making jerky, and making your own spices mixes by dehydrating fresh herbs.
Vacuum Sealer - The list of things you can do with a vacuum sealer is… well, you can only seal things with it, honestly, but you can seal anything — frozen foods, dehydrated foods, things to put in your bug-out bag that you don’t want to get wet, and so much more.
Form Your Own Prepper Group
Friends, family members and neighbors all make really good teammates in your prepper network. They are the people that can help you the most, and who know you the best.
Form a plan with them for different scenarios. Take different classes with them, and practice your skills together.
If you’re really getting into the prepper spirit, you might even decide to do a survival weekend with them — go out into the woods with them and only 1 or 2 basic items each and see how long you all can survive without breaking into the survival stash of food in the car.
It’s a great team-building exercise, and it really gets you familiar with everyone’s skill levels, and you can even assign tasks for each person to play toward their strengths.
Be Prepared for Every Day Emergencies
Being a prepper means being prepared for anything and everything — not just SHTF (Sh** Hits The Fan) or TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) —
Vehicle Preparedness
Vehicle preparedness is very important, especially if your work commute is long, or your family travels a lot. Be sure you have emergency supplies ready in your car at all times.
Emergency roadside kit – This will make sure your car is visible on the side of the road, and will have a few supplies for some basic auto repair. Include things like a tyre inflator to inflate tires, heavy duty jump leads in case your battery dies, and warning triangle to mark your car so that on-coming traffic can see it.
First aid kit – You can of course make your own, or you can buy a ready made one.
Either way, make sure it has a little of everything in the kit — accidents sometimes happen when you try to repair your car in the best possible situation, but things can get really messy if you’re stranded on the side of the road.
Get home bag – This is basically a BOB geared to get you from your stranded car to civilization should you be stranded in the middle of nowhere.
Home Security
Break-ins happen. No matter what you have, someone else wants it. The best way to ensure nobody gets it is to beef up your home security.
Secure your doors – Fit deadbolts on all external doors and use them.
Secure your windows – Add some window security film to keep your windows from being shattered, too.
Install a camera system – Even with added security, people may still try to break into your home. A CCTV system will catch them in the act so you can aid police in catching the would-be burglars.
Medical Emergencies
Even the healthiest people sometimes have medical emergencies that need immediate attention. From deep cuts and lacerations to heart attack and stroke, know what to do and have some first-aid supplies ready!
First aid kits – Multiple first aid kits in different locations of your home is advisable so one is always at hand. You’ll want a bigger, more inclusive kit than you keep in your car.
Over the counter medications – Basic painkillers like paracetamol, ibuprofen, and allergy releif medications should be the absolute minimum you should have at hand. This is an area that you need to put a lot of thought into.
Basic first aid skills – Learn CPR, wound dressing and other basic first aid skills to ensure that if there is a medical emergency, you know what to do.
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The Bug Out Week North East 2015 is Coming
Please read the information about the Bug-Out weekend before you say that you are going as there is a £5 non refundable deposit to pay for your place as all the places are limited.

You must say what the deposit is for in the notes on paypal before you send payment and what system you are using to bug out.

Here is the paypal address to make payment to is below;

So why not come and join the crowd on the 27th to the 29th August 2015 to share and learn ideas with other like minded people

For any further information, just give Ian a call on this number.

Mob: 07926086048

Available Spaces

All spaces are designated specific areas at the Bug Out Weekend location that are suitable for that type of bugging out system as the location is a wild managed area and has a range of different types of ground.

All the places listed here are for the tree covered areas of the location.

1. Hammocks:-----------------------40 spaces 31 left

2. Tarps and tents------------------40 Places 25 left

3. 4x4 and off road vehicles------15 places 10 left

4. Camper van's and trailers----10 places 8 left

5. Tipee------------------------------- 4 Places or a Family of 5
Admission Fee
£20.00 for adult over 16 years

£10.00 for child under 16 years

Free for child under 10 years

For the Tipee there is a extra £5 per person.

Traders and promoters are welcome for no extra cost to the entrance fee.

Once payment has been made Ian will send you your payment receipt reference number.
This number is to be presented on entry to the Bug out Weekend where the deposit will be deducted from the admission cost that is to be paid upon entry.

Please arrange any train Tickets to Metrocentre Train Station as soon as possible (ASAP) as this will save you money and could be cheaper than your own car.

Ian can arrange to pick you up from there and drop you back off for a fee.
The cost of this service is to be arranged.
Or you can take a bus from the Metrocenter to Greenside and someone will pick you up there too as it is only about a mile away at that point.
The bus journey takes about half hour.

Please let Ian know as soon as possible if you require this service.

Ian says he will post any bus times and services as soon as he gets them, or you can just Google it.

Toilet areas will be allocated

There will be ranges for Archery, Crossbow, and Air rifle.

There will be a solar Shower available with hot water if needed.
You can order two breakfasts, both for a fee of £5.00 per head.

One of them for the mornings of the Sunday and the other for the Monday that consist of:
Sausage, Bacon, Egg, Black Pudding, Mushrooms, Beans and Tomatoes

These come in a half large Stottie or Bap and are very filling
Just a quick one
Ian says he really does hope to see you there as we had a great time with the Bug Out Weekend meeting Back in May 2014.

The weather was amazing even though the Met Office said it was going to pour down with strong winds and low temperatures,

That put a lot of people off. That was annoying as it takes a bit of effort to say the least to organise the thing and make it work.

So just come along and Bug Out for the weekend with us and try out your survival systems and learn some new things along the way.

Even if you have never done anything like this before, just bring your camping gear and see what people do.

There are plenty of us to help and give advice. That's what the Bug Out Weekend is all about.

If you need to borrow anything i am sure we can help.
Just let us know in advance.

Make some friends and have a laugh at the Bug Out Weekend it will be what we make it.

We do appreciate your support.

Thanks: Bug Out Weekend ( CUP )

Guy's I had the privilage to attend the May Bug-Out event and if it had not been for the kindness and generosity of those around me I would not have had such a memorable and enjoyable time.
Ian goes out of his way to make every event a great success and those that attend are the salt of the earth.