Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Women have a unique challenge for preparedness in terms of safety. There are many ways to defend oneself and train for physical defense and endurance, but there might come a time in a post-disaster scenario when masking one’s gender just might be the most prudent thing to do. This certainly won’t replace regular self-defense preparedness,  but rather, potentially reduce or eliminate the need for it. In general, being able to play down your gender and not attract attention to yourself is always wise for a woman, especially in high-crime areas. This video offers some important “gray man” tips for women […]

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What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

Preppers have recently assumed the nickname “doomsday” preppers, because, in a lot of cases, that’s what many people are preparing for, or at least that’s what non-preppers perceive it as. Eschatologically speaking, the ultimate doomsday/apocalypse from the Bible isn’t something you’ll necessarily survive, to get technical, so what is it we are prepping for? Well, to be honest, you don’t have to be an alarmist to prepare for extreme disaster of all kinds, in fact, with the current state of our world, it is actually highly prudent and realistic to expect any number of localized or global cataclysm events that would drastically affect […]

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Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Learning how to tie knots is crucial, and back in the day, many little boys would learn their share of scout knots that would be useful throughout life. These days, knot tying isn’t really taught anymore, but for survival, it can be a really great skill to have. There are a ton of suggestions for the most important survival skills to learn, but Lonnie from Far North Bushcraft and Survival on YouTube really knows his stuff. He shares his seven favorite camp knots, and they’re knots he actually uses. They’re really great to know for use in camping, fishing, hunting, […]

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Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Self-defense is a huge element of survival, not just in a world after the SHTF, but in today’s very dangerous society. To make things clear up front, typical martial arts just aren’t going to do the trick when you are fighting for your life. Perhaps someone with 20 years of experience in a martial art could hold his or her own, but that’s just not the case with most people. There are a few fighting forms that can work, such as krav maga, though. Learn to fight on your feet and on the ground. Essentially, you need to learn to […]

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Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store   

Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store  

  If you have looked online or in stores for a first aid kit of any real worth you have probably noticed the price tag.  Kits of any kind tend to be over priced for the purpose of convenience, but over paying and not getting everything you need isn’t necessary.  If there is a dollar store in your area, and there probably is, then you can get everything you need for a basic first aid kit without over spending.  Here are a few items that you should look for.   Bandages General purpose bandages are going to much more useful […]

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Fire Starting Skills Save Lives   

Fire Starting Skills Save Lives  

  Last month, 77-year-old Paul Meiling from Utah was driving on a snowy side road in an isolated area of Idaho when his truck became stuck.  Temperatures were well below freezing while he was stranded for days, but Meiling was able to survive by taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse nearby and starting a fire.  When he was able, he walked to an area that had cell service and called his son.  He was tired, hungry, and dehydrated, but Paul Meiling was alive at the end of his ordeal.  Here are some lessons that we can learn from this incident […]

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Goals for a New Prepper    

Goals for a New Prepper   

  If you are just getting into living a prepared lifestyle it can be difficult to know where to start.  Developing goals or milestones in your preparedness can help you stay on track in a practical way and avoid a one-dimensional or incomplete strategy that can drain your budget long before it offers any real benefits to you.  Here is a list of goals that one should attempt to complete before continuing in any one aspect of their preparation.   7 Days of Stored Water This means that you have 7 days of water stored for everyone in your home […]

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Lost Hiker Survives Blizzard   

Lost Hiker Survives Blizzard  

60-year-old Wally Fosmore was snowshoeing in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington state when he took a wrong turn and got lost in a blizzard.  He was at one point able to reach his son using his cell phone and was reported missing.  But the rescuers were not able to search for him because the area he was hiking in was an avalanche chute and was too dangerous.  Eventually, a helicopter reached him, but could only drop some supplies and directions where he could meet rescuers because the helicopter was not equipped with a winch, and the snow was too deep to land […]

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Wildfire Survival Tips

Wildfire Survival Tips

This year we have seen wildfires all over the globe.  Whether caused by natural factors like prolonged dry weather and lightning, accidents like fallen power lines in California, troublesome kids in Tennessee, or potential acts of terrorism in Israel, the result will always be deadly.  The only good thing about wildfires is that they usually come with warning thanks to monitoring and the brave groups of men and women that put themselves in harm’s way to fight the flames.  So, with proper planning and awareness you can greatly reduce your risks in case of a wildfire, here are some tips […]

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Economic Survival Tips

Economic Survival Tips

An economic crash, or currency devaluation could cause as many deaths as any natural disaster.  The irony being that all the actual resources are still there, but without currency to lubricate the flow of goods and services those resources will be largely unavailable.  But like all disasters, even economic ones can be prepared for so as to mitigate the threat and increase your ability to survive such disaster.  Here are some tips on how to prepare for a disaster of the economic variety.   Gardening Growing a garden, and establishing it now, prior to your dependence on it, will help […]

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People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

In a post-disaster scenario when resources and not being resupplied and there is an interruption or full breakdown in law and order, your biggest threat will come from other people.  People who have not properly prepared themselves will want to take what you have, those that have not developed their skills will rely solely upon theft for survival.  But when the store shelves are empty and emergency services cannot be counted on, other people, those that have prepared and developed their skills will be the greatest resource.  Developing a community of prepared and like-minded people in your area, or finding […]

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How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

This brave guy was kind enough to demonstrate how to survive falling through the ice of a frozen lake. In the video below he outlines 3 different methods to get out alive. Although, the last one requires the assistance of the local fire department and won’t be of much help in the wild. A few things to keep in mind. Don’t try this at home! These are somewhat ideal circumstances, in that the hole was intentionally made through a thick sheet of ice. In reality ice often breaks in the process of getting out. Breathing is important! This is a topic […]

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Black Walnut   

Black Walnut  

  It’s always nice in survival when you can get more than one use out of material you gather or from one plant or animal.  Black walnut is a perfect example of this. It can be used medicinally, as well as provide food, and in long term survival it can even be used to help tan hides.  With all of these uses, black walnut is not a tree that you want to be unfamiliar with.  It grows in all but a dozen of the most Western states, and in parts of Canada.  Here is how to use it for medicine and […]

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Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Human rights organizations inevitably report higher instances of sexual assault and attacks on women after disasters.  With the interruption of law and order, predators will be emboldened.  If you are a woman, or if you have women with you, especially younger women, steps will need to be taken to protect them from the elevated threat level.  The best ways to protect yourself from a potentially stronger opponent are to go unseen, unnoticed, or to present a hard target.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.   Unseen If you are sheltering in place it would be a […]

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Your Bug Out Vehicle

Your Bug Out Vehicle

One of the biggest mistakes that some of the survivalists out there make is with their bug out vehicle. They go overboard and buy something ostentatious like a Hummer decked out with “survival accessories”. Some even advertise that they are preppers right on the vehicle. These tend to be the same preppers who go overboard and buy the biggest and best gadgets that they can find, and the ones who think having more accessories, gadgets, and red dot sights on their rifles will help them to become the biggest and toughest survivors on the planet. Mostly, it just shows that […]

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Great Fire Tinder Options

Great Fire Tinder Options

When you need to make fire, one of the most important elements is some good tinder. We feel it’s important to always have some tinder material available. Put it in some airtight containers, such as an old Altoids tin and put it your bug out bag, your tackle box, your hiking pants pockets, your car and anywhere else you can think. Now, here are some simple ways to get your tinder. First, you can use the tried and true trick of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. The Vaseline is flammable. When you light it, the cotton will burn for quite […]

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Psychological Threats to Survival

Psychological Threats to Survival

The physical threats to your survival like temperature loss, dehydration, or starvation are obvious to just about anyone.  But less obvious, and just as dangerous are the psychological factors that can erode your ability, and even your will to survive.  Just as with the physical threats, the psychological threats to your survival can be dealt with if you can identify them and respond appropriately.  These are some of those threats and how you can deal with them.   Panic When you realize that you are facing a life or death situation panic is a natural reaction.  But panic can make […]

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Fast Action Control Techniques   

Fast Action Control Techniques  

When there is any other option, it’s always advisable to stay out of a conflict and to avoid a deadly encounter.  If we see a situation that might escalate we should call law enforcement. But is situations after a disaster or in any “grid down” scenario, law enforcement might be overwhelmed or otherwise unable to respond.  So what would you do in a situation like that?  You don’t want to have your only two options be doing nothing at all, or deadly force. In this video, which is mainly geared toward law enforcement, we see demonstrations of what the instructor […]

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Morse Code (Infographic)

Morse Code (Infographic)

Morse code was developed in the 1830’s to transmit language over the then new telegraph.  The basic premise of Morse code is similar to binary code, using on and off.  The main difference is that Morse code has a “long on”, represented as a dash, and a “short on”, represented by a dot, with blank space between letters and words. Communication technology has come a long way since then, yet we all know that SOS means.  It is the internationally recognized signal for distress.  While learning the whole alphabet in Morse code could come in handy, knowing SOS is by […]

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Empty Hand Defense Against a Knife Attack

Empty Hand Defense Against a Knife Attack

  Despite what Tim Kaine thinks, guns weren’t responsible for the terrorist attack at Ohio State University yesterday.  In fact, a gun is what stopped that attack, luckily before any victims could be killed.  But with idiots like Tim Kaine running around creating “gun free” and target rich environments knowing how to defend yourself against a knife attack with “empty handed” skills is an important aspect of self-defense.   Distance No amount of training is going to make fighting a knife-wielding attacker a safe prospect.  The best thing you can do from the start of the attack is to create […]

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Caring for Your Ax

Caring for Your Ax

Having an ax in the wilderness can be the difference between surviving or thriving.  But like all gear, it can’t take care of you if you don’t take care of it.  To keep your ax in optimal shape for a long life (of both your ax and you), follow these easy steps.   Handle These days there are plenty of survival axes and hatches on the market that have “indestructible” handles made from synthetic materials, and some of them come pretty close to living up to the hype of being unbreakable.  But for those that opt for a wooden handled […]

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Earthquake Survival

Earthquake Survival

Out of all natural disasters, earthquakes are by far the deadliest.  They come with absolutely no warning, and have the power to shake infrastructure to the ground.  If you live in an area that is at risk for earthquakes preparation is a must and decisive action are musts.  Here are some ways that you can increase your chances of surviving an earthquake.   Put together an emergency earthquake kit.  This should include: 3 days worth of drinking water for everyone in your family 3 days worth of non-perishable food such as dried fruit, beef jerky, and oatmeal. All of which […]

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DIY Net Making Instructions (Video)

DIY Net Making Instructions (Video)

Small game traps like dead falls are effective tools, but few bush craft tools are as effective or as versatile as nets.  Nets can be made from any cordage with the techniques demonstrated in this video, and even the cordage can be manufactured from wilderness materials if you needed to.  Nets can used to catch a range of game, from birds, squirrels, and even fish.  If you have enough netting you can even make yourself a nice comfortable wilderness bed by securing the net to a log frame.  Being able to manufacture your own net is a great skill to […]

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Tapping Trees for Water

Tapping Trees for Water

Clear, clean-flowing steams will not always be available to you if you are in a wilderness survival situation.  Even if you do come across a source of water that looks clean, you would still have to boil, filter, or treat the water before consuming it to avoid dangerous parasites such as cryptosporidium.  This may be difficult if you need to spend your time on other necessities like making shelter, finding food, or gathering firewood.  But there is a way that you can get clean, nutrient enriched water passively in the wilderness: tap a tree. Before we get started with the […]

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3 Dirty Fighting Techniques that Work

3 Dirty Fighting Techniques that Work

Rules exist in combat sports like MMA and boxing for a reason, mainly to protect the fighters from serious injury or death.  But there are no rules on the street, and if you are being attacked you aren’t going to have the luxury of being able to tap, or having the ref stop the fight because you can’t defend yourself.  Your life may depend upon the outcome of such encounter.  It would be foolish not to take advantage of every technique.   Headbutt The front of your skull, where the hairline meets the forehead, is the hardest part of your […]

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Boiling Water With Rocks

Boiling Water With Rocks

  In the last couple of articles, we’ve talked about how to get water from vines if you can’t drink ground water, and how to manufacture a bowl to store or transport water without a modern container.  But, what if you do have ground water, and no container to boil water in?  You don’t have to just take your chances and drink water that is likely to have harmful bacteria in it.  All you need is a fire, a few stones, and a little patience. Here’s how to get it done:   First of all, you will need something to […]

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Bugging Out with Children

Bugging Out with Children

You’ve trained for years. You can walk with an 80-pound pack for miles without breaking a sweat and you can shoot the wings off a fly at 50 yards. You have planned your bug out perfectly. There’s nothing that can stand in your way. Then you feel a gentle tug at your hand and look down at a peanut butter and jelly-covered face that whispers up to you, “I gotta go.” Just because you might be ready and prepared to bug out doesn’t mean your kids are ready. As much as you love them, kids can make anything a challenge, […]

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Preparing for a Slow Disaster

Preparing for a Slow Disaster

If you have been watching the news much, no matter which outlet you have been getting it from, you have undoubtedly heard plenty of fear mongering over potential consequences of the outcome of the upcoming election.  Liberal media will tell you that Trump’s policies will cost jobs; conservative sources will warn of government paralysis if Clinton is indicted and impeached after taking office, which could lead to numerous economic downward trends.  Either way, the potential for disaster is not going away anytime soon. But not all disasters are the same, often we think of disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes that […]

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Flint Knapping (Video)

Flint Knapping (Video)

Flint knapping is the bush craft art of making cutting tools from larger pieces of rocks like obsidian that fracture into small, sharp pieces when struck carefully on the edge.  With the importance of cutting tools like knife blades and arrowheads in wilderness survival, this is an excellent skill to practice.  Even if you have a stash of knifes and arrows, if you plan on surviving long-term, you will need to be able to manufacture your own from material available in the wilderness. Here is a video demonstrating how it’s done and what tools to use. If you enjoyed this, […]

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Tips for Making Feather Sticks

Tips for Making Feather Sticks

Tips for Making Feather Sticks   Feather sticks are bush craft fire starters that can be quickly manufactured on the spot using only a knife.  They are most useful in damp conditions when dry tinder is not available.  The basic premise is to use a knife to carefully create wood shavings that remain attached to the piece of wood, the result looks like a feather, hence the name.  This will give you thin pieces of wood with oxygen between them that will light easily.  But, like everything else doing it isn’t enough, if you want to start a fire in […]

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Self Defense Tips for Travelers

Self Defense Tips for Travelers

Whether you are traveling by air, driving, or anything else, the laws that govern carrying and transporting weapons are not going to make it easy for you to defend yourself.  Unfortunately, the criminals where you are headed are not as likely to be concerned about the laws as you are, and you will be more vulnerable when you are in an environment that you are not used to.  These are a few tips to keep in mind when you are traveling to help you defend yourself.   Check a Bag If you are going to be traveling by air, you […]

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How to See an Attack Coming

How to See an Attack Coming

As a defender and not an attacker you will always be at a disadvantage since the attack will always come from an ambush and not with a gentleman’s “on guard” warning.  But just because a potential attacker doesn’t want you to know that they are planning an attack doesn’t mean that you can’t see it coming.  We’ll talk about a few “pre-attack indicators” that attackers often do prior to the attack, recognizing these cues will allow you to plan your defense or even a counter ambush.   Scanning Scanning is one of the most common pre-attack indicators, it is when […]

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How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

How to Protect Yourself From Post-Disaster Urban Crime

  In the wilderness, exposure, dehydration, starvation, and wildlife will be your biggest threats.  In an urban setting, your biggest threat could come from other people. Now that’s not to say that everyone should be out for themselves and treat all others as potential flesh-eating zombies after a disaster.  But we do need to recognize those that the criminal element of our society will be emboldened by the absence of law and order in an urban environment. And more than likely current n’er-do-wells, who are not currently spending their hard-earned money on canned food and bottled water, will increase their […]

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Prepping for a Gun Ban?

Prepping for a Gun Ban?

One of the very first questions in last week’s monumental presidential debate was in regards to future supreme court nominees and what that would mean for decisions regarding the Second Amendment. Regardless of what your views on gun control might be, it is a realistic concern that our rights might be so far restricted that certain guns, if not guns all together, might be banned sometime in the next few decades, if current trends continue. Here are some weapons you might want to consider familiarizing yourself and possibly purchasing before they are banned. AR-15 First on the list of banned weapons will […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

Battery Reconditioning-Never Buy A Battery Again

One of the biggest concerns for long-term self-reliance or survival is energy. Most energy sources that we rely on seem to be finite. Gasoline, propane, coal, even wood, all will run out at some point and are difficult to regenerate. Batteries in particular run out quickly, and rechargeable batteries can be costly and unreliable. But what if you could have nearly unlimited battery power …for nearly no cost? Enough to live off-grid and power all of your electronics and devices? Sounds too good to be true, right? I definitely thought so, but there’s actually a way to do this, and this […]

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10 Items for Every Survival Pack

10 Items for Every Survival Pack

  Whether you currently live in an area with vast wilderness and need to keep a pack with supplies in your vehicle all the time in case of emergency, or if your disaster plan is to get out of the urban area you live in and head for the hills, here is a list of 10 items you will not want to be without and can be carried in your pack. This list may not contain every item you want for your survival plan in your area, but with few exceptions they take up very little room.  There should be […]

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Cold Weather Survival Shelter

Cold Weather Survival Shelter

It can take 3 weeks to die of starvation, 3 days to die of dehydration, but in cold weather you can die in 3 hours from exposure.  Shelter is the number one priority in any cold weather survival scenario.  Not every situation will offer the same resources or have the same threats, but these are some potential shelters for cold weather survival that have saved lives in the past.   Bed and Blanket Most people think of covering themselves from the cold air to stay warm.  But in reality, more than 60 percent of your heat loss will be caused […]

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Three Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness Without Fire

Three Ways to Stay Warm in the Wilderness Without Fire

  In a wilderness survival situation, you can’t count on things going your way.  This time of year, cold will be a main concern if you find yourself stranded outdoors, since exposure too cold can kill within hours.  Fire is the obvious solution, but there are a number or reasons why you might not be able to have a fire when you need it.  Here are a few ways that you can stay warm even without a fire: Dry leaves Without external heat from a fire, the first priority should be to keep as much of the heat that your body […]

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Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

Powerful Lessons From Holocaust Survivors

I recently came across a very interesting article from the 90s about the skills and coping mechanisms of Holocaust survivors who escaped to America and made a life here following their harrowing ordeals. The article covers various studies that have been done among Holocaust survivors as to how they have learned to cope with their experiences as well as what qualities those who seemed the most stable may have had in common. It’s a very interesting article and I definitely recommend reading the whole thing, but here are a few key takeaways that I thought would be particularly interesting to the […]

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