101 unusual things to stock for TEOTWAWKI that you won’t see on many other lists
1. Shoe and boot laces – yes, you could use leather laces but why not stock some?
2. Fence posts – entirely too handy not just for fencing but for gardening
3. Barbed wire and chicken wire fencing
4. Cloth diapers – handy for so many things other than the obvious
5. Manual egg/batter beaters – whisks work, but the old-fashioned egg beater is hard to beat
6. Hoyle’s rule book for card games – lots and lots of entertainment in one simple book
7. Dice and dice games rulebooks – as above
8. Goggles – safety ones
9. A way to figure calendars into the future
10. Solar powered fencing – even if you don’t have livestock now, you may have it later. And it can be used as a “first line of defense” or used for parts for other uses
11. Canes – there will come a time when they are needed. Adjustable ones are better
12. Plant pots for starting seedlings. You’ll want various sizes
13. Metal rulers – because they last much longer. Different sizes
14. Rain gauge – for keeping track of rainfall
15. Barometer and something that tells you how to use it to get an idea of the weather
Survival Communications on the Cheap…or…How I put together a HAM radio setup for less than $120.00 that allows me to talk with other HAMS hundreds of miles away
This is a guest post by Old Hillbilly and entry for our non-fiction writing contest.
(Several weeks ago the topic of the “Eastern Redoubt” came up and during that discussion, someone asked how Wolf Pack members might communicate with each other both within and outside of the “Redoubt”. I responded briefly about my experiences using a simple HAM radio setup that has allowed me to talk with folks not only in my area but in the “Redoubt” area also. It was at that point M.D. asked if I would write an article about my experiences. What follows is the result of my efforts. Let me say up front that I am not a writer (as you will soon learn) and I tend to ramble on and on and on….just as I do in person! Please forgive this shortcoming as my intent is not to bore you to tears but to do my best to cover every point, large or small, that I think will be of assistance to you based on my personal experiences. Hopefully what follows will be of help to some of you regardless of all my failings as a writer.)
Part I: Why HAM?/Do I need a license?/How do I get a license?
Water… food… shelter… medical supplies… security. Since you are reading this on a blog dedicated to survival then I imagine you have these priorities covered or at least are working toward covering them. But what about communications? If the world goes to hell in a hand basket will you be able to contact relatives, friends, loved ones, or emergency personnel when the communications infrastructure goes down? Even if you don’t want to transmit, will you at least be able to listen to shortwave frequencies to hear what is going on in the world?
Anyone who has been interested in survival or general preparedness for a while knows by now how important food, water and other basic necessities are. For those who have opted to plan for a bug in, or who have a very secure bug out retreat they intend to relocate to and would like to stock ahead of time, this article offers 10 everyday items you could probably live without, but you certainly won’t want to.
1) Soap, including hand soap, dish soap, laundry soap and any other cleaning detergents that your home wouldn’t be the same without; but hand, laundry and dish soap is the most important. You can stock up on soap and/or learn how to make your own soap and possible store soap making supplies if you see fit.
2) Razor blades are a modern convenience that you can pretty much kiss goodbye in a post-SHTF scenario of whatever variety. Still, if you want to be able to shave without needing to sharpen up that knife, several extra packages of blades or a quality straight-edge razor will be worth their weight in gold if you ever find yourself in that post-SHTF scenario. Indeed, you may even find yourself with a valuable commodity that can be traded (so you keep the straight edge and trade the razor cartridges).
3) Toiletries such as cotton swabs, toothpaste, floss and new toothbrushes are all important for maintaining quality dental hygiene, and considering that a disaster could last years, limiting or eliminating your access to medical and dental care, you’ll want to care for those teeth. You’ve only got one set, after all, and brushing with baking soda just isn’t the same as using a nice, quality toothpaste to shine your pearly whites.
4) Feminine hygiene products; ladies know what I’m talking about, and men, trust me you want your wives and daughters to be well-stocked on these supplies. Just because the world as you know it has ended doesn’t mean mother nature’s going to change her course, so unless you enjoy using a rag for a week each month… you get the picture. Stock up and start growing cotton, ladies.
5) Hair care and grooming supplies such as barber’s scissors, clean combs (they are often available in bulk for very cheap prices and in a variety of sizes), several replacement hairbrushes and a reasonable supply of shampoo and conditioner (pay attention to how long it will last, though). Again, learning a bit about making your own shampoo and conditioner may also be a good idea (if nothing else, it’ll be a marketable skill for you to use in the future when the uneducated, unwashed masses would love some shampoo).
6) Toilet paper, oh yes; we’ve been chopping down Canadian old growth forest for decades to wipe our bottoms, but post-SHTF our supply of all those soft rolls of TP may be severely curtailed or cut off altogether. And if you think going without TP is something that might not be so bad, try it for a couple days and let us know what you think then. Call it a luxury if you will, but it’s one you’ll enjoy if you have it; and yes, you might end up in a situation where you decide you want something more than your TP and you trade it away, but hey, at least you’ll have it to trade even if you don’t use it. Personally, I’ll be monogramming my TP stash with my initials for easy identification.
7) Socks are one of those things that are often overlooked, whether you’re bugging in or hightailing it for the mountains and countryside. Our feet take a lot of wear and tear, day in and day out, so naturally our socks do too; but when was the last time you sat down to darn the holes that developed in your socks? Of course, everyone will do what they can to fix and repair their clothing and other materials as they go along after SHTF or the world as we know it ends, but socks are generally pretty cheap and easy to stockpile so go for it.
8) Condoms or another form of reliable birth control; this may seem like something that won’t be a priority, but you might be surprised by how adaptable human beings are. Natural biological functions and urges will still be around, and may even be heightened in some people, but you probably won’t want to risk bringing new infants into the world during a post-SHTF scenario; at least not for a few years or until things stabilize. Aside from their obvious use, condoms can also be used to protect weapons from water damage, they can be used as temporary tourniquets and for a variety of other non-sex purposes.
9) Spare eyeglasses and/or a one or two-year supply of contact lenses with appropriate fluids and eye drops. The importance of your vision in a real survival or post-SHTF scenario cannot be stressed enough, so make sure you have at least one backup pair of sturdy glasses (nothing flimsy or trendy, your backup glasses should be utilitarian and sturdy, they are there to serve a purpose and to endure for as long as possible in case of an emergency) in your current prescription, same for contacts.
10) Comfort food, you’ll want to ration it carefully of course, but a sweet snack here or there or a bit of cinnamon and sugar over your oatmeal can do wonders to improve the mood and raise morale, especially when times are figuratively or literally dark. Sugar, molasses, honey, jams and various syrups can last for years when stored properly, while canned fruits, fruit leathers and dry fruit medleys or trail mix can last anywhere from several months to upwards of several years. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are all reasonably easy to cultivate, as well, as are many fruit trees, which can be planted for long-term production year after year. In a slightly less nutritious vein, many hard candies (like traditional lemon drops) can last for several years when stored properly.
Survival Tips for Wilderness 'Vacations'
submitted by Sadie
A trip into the wilderness can be a fun and educational experience for those who like to seek adventure outdoors. On the other hand, it can also present a number of hazards that are potentially fatal. In addition to freezing or blistering hot weather, falls, hostile animal encounters, and other dangers, there is also the lack of access to nearby help. It may take hours or days for rescuers to come to one's aid in the event of an emergency, and delays like this can be deadly. It is important, therefore, for adventurers to understand basic techniques for survival in the wilderness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJbaD_5hhIk&feature=related please watch this first…to educate yourself on food storage.
http://www.dailybread.com/ They have Freeze Dried vs Dehydrated and it will last 25 years.
www.disasterpantry.com contact Stephanie Scruggs at 616 698 3132 or email her at email@example.com and she will add you to her "Preferred Customer" list on DisasterPantry.com. There is no charge or obligation.
You will receive a log on ID and password from Shelf Reliance in just a little while. Use this to log on and see discounted prices.
www.efoodsdirect.com (this is dehydrated food…but not in cans from what I can see)
www.grabillmeats.com - buy direct. Canned meats. Very tasty. No MSG - all natural.
>www.mountainhouse.com - although more expensive, their food is already made. All you have to do is add hot water. Scrambled eggs, Lasagna, Chicken Teriyaki and more. Comes in #10 cans (about 30 servings) to 1 or 2 serving pouches. Great for those who don't like to cook as well as for a bug-out bag.
> www.pleasanthillgrain.com ...they are both a middle-man for Walton Feed & Grabill Country Meats. They have other products as well.
>www.sportsmansguide.com - Great specials from time to time on Ammo. They also have a lot of items for one's bug-out bag, including MREs.
>http://www.shelfreliance.com/ (for those that buy the cans…need space…lost of space…must lie on side and rotate)
www.samsclub.com (put food storage into the search bar on their site)
www.costco.com ( put food storage into the search bar on their site)
http://www.seedsnow.com/ 877 344 4669
also, informative website… www.survivalmom.com
Will A Bite From This Snake Kill You?April 13, 2015 The Patriot Caller
Venomous Snakes in North AmericaWhen the weather gets nice, it’s time for the hikers, campers, and outdoor enthusiasts to come out of hiding… which happens to correlate with an uptick in snake activity (including venomous ones).
First things first, I’ll say that I’m not one of those people who believes all snakes should be killed on sight. If a snake is non-venomous, I’ll let it slither on it’s way every time. If it’s venomous, and too close to my house or yard, that’s when a decision has to be made.
In order to make that decision, I first need to identify the species of snake and determine whether or not it’s a venomous snake.
Despite the fact that we only have 4 major species of poisonous snakes to deal with in North America, it can be surprisingly difficult to calmly ID these snakes in the heat of the moment. In fact, that’s why I’m writing this article, to make it easier for the non-snake experts among us to avoid a nasty and potentially fatal bite.
The 4 Big Ones
These are the 4 groups of poisonous snakes that you may run across in the US:
You see, it doesn’t matter much if you’ve spotted a Texas Coral Snake or an Arizona Coral Snake, both are deadly poisonous. So stay away.
Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities
A woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma is suing the city’s code enforcement teams after they illegally cut down her entire survival garden. Denise Morrison, who started the garden after becoming unemployed, had over 100 medicinal and edible plants in her front and back yard. She told local Tulsa reporters that she started her garden after becoming unemployed as a way to feed herself and treat a variety of medical issues. Instead of relying on government handouts, this woman took matters into her own hands and decided to become self sufficient. She filled her yard with things like, fruit trees, berries, nut trees, and a wide variety of edible and medicinal herbs. She used these herbs to treat her diabetes, high-blood pressure and arthritis.
Is the Self-Reliant Lifestyle Now a Crime in America? Read more...
Making Fire: Steel Wool and a 9v Battery
Communication Infrastructure – Preparing for Chaos
In terms of preparedness, emergency communications should be at the top of your list. In times of crisis, the ability to send and receive information could mean the difference between life and death.
As part of our infrastructure series, we are going to take a look at our country’s communications infrastructure.
Who is Listening?
Let’s face it; every time we talk or transmit messages through our modern communications infrastructure, we put ourselves at risk. From bored teenage hackers, to more sophisticated criminal groups, hundreds of thousands of hackers are hard at work trying to steal every piece of data they can get their hands on.
If you use one of these modern forms of communication, (cell phones, the internet, email, etc…) there’s a good chance that your information will eventually become compromised.
The technology is out there, and it’s getting easier for criminals to use it.
At a security conference a couple years back, a group of hackers showed how easily they could intercept just about anyone’s cell phone conversations. With under $1,500 worth of gear, the security expert built a device that mimicked a cell phone tower. The device tricked cell phones into routing their outbound calls through the device, allowing the hacker to intercept even encrypted calls in the clear.
During the demonstration, the security expert was able to get 30 phones from people in the audience, to actually connect to his simulated tower. Read more...
Antibiotics if needed
In a crisis Antibiotics will be in short supply. Even a simple cut can get infected and without treatment can cause death. Antibiotics used in aquariums are human grade and can be bought over the counter. Apparently, fish are sensitive to impurities and as such their antibiotics must be pure. Here is a list of products and links. Do I suggest you take them now ? NO ! but if SHTF some antibiotics are better than none.
**IMPORTANT:FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY**
Please do your own research.
Fish Cillin, 250 mg Ampicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline Forte, 500 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Cycline, 250 mg Tetracycline, Non-prescription
Fish Flex Forte, 500 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Flex, 250 mg Cephalexin, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Fungus, 200 mg Ketoconazole, Non-prescription
Fish Mox Forte, 500 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mox, 250 mg Amoxicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Mycin, 250 mg Erythromycin, Non-prescription
Fish Pen Forte, 500 mg Penicillin, Non-prescription
Fish Zole Forte, 500 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Fish Zole, 250 mg Metronidazole, Non-prescription
Freeze Dried Vs Dehydrated foods
Freeze drying is a process where food is cooked and then flash frozen. After it’s been flash frozen, it is brought to a lower temperature to help evaporate any ice and as much of the food’s
Moisture as possible.
The food is then placed in a sealed moisture and oxygen-proof package to help ensure freshness when it is opened.
Once water (hot or cold) is replaced in food that is freeze dried, the food regains its original flavor, aroma, texture and appearance.
Why Freeze Dried?
With foods that are freeze dried you keep the freshness, color and aroma, as well as maintaining both a long shelf life and reduced weight (due to water removal)
Food this is freeze dried also give you advantages over frozen food, dehydrated food or canned goods.
Foods that use the freeze dried method DO NOT REQUIRE LOWER TEMPERATURES for storage, don’t lose freshness over time as easily as canned foods,
And they maintain their flavor and texture over dehydrated foods.
Originally produced for the U.S. Military and NASA, freeze-dried food has several advantages over frozen or dehydrated foods. Frozen foods retain flavor and nutritional value, but require low temperature storage conditions. Dehydrated/canned foods are shelf-stable, but lose flavor, texture and nutritional content. Freeze-drying is the best of both worlds, preserving freshness, color, and aroma, while being completely shelf-stable. Freeze dried retains nutritional value and keeps for 25years.
Do not forget to have a stash of any medicines you are on … as well as aspirin, peroxide, cough stuff, flu stuff, any over the counter common crap…bleach (can purify water), female hygiene products, toilet paper, soap, paper plates, forks, cups (no water…throw away)
Top 12 Benefits of Aloe Vera
Liquor…. For bartering, and for numbing pain
Guns and ammo….do we need to discuss why…you have food…others won’t….
There is also a company called www.sunoven.com
can cook without electricity.
Seeds…NON HYBRID seeds…can plant a garden and used for barter….
Food storage, Survival Books, Seeds and More!! http://www.directive21.com/