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January 2014

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It may sound like a truism, but the world is actually running on petroleum. Everything is dependent on oil, from your car to the products in your local grocery store. Because, guess what: transportation, energy production and  agriculture (read food) are heavily relying on petroleum and these are the back bones of our society.

Most of the people basically eat oil, because along with using it in powering tractors and stuff like that, the majority of fertilizers are made of petroleum.

Hence, in case of disaster, gas shortages are very probable and it would be a good idea to be prepared for such eventuality. In a survival situation, knowing how to store flammable items, like diesel, gas, propane or even wood could make the difference between life and death.

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Whether you’re trying to protect your food sources in a survival situation or just trying to avoid expensive veterinary bills, protecting your farm animals from disease in the winter is crucial. Disease can be catastrophic on a farm because it can rapidly spread and wipe out your entire herd.

Fortunately, there are several proactive steps that you can take to protect your animals and thus safeguard your food supply. You’ll note that many of them apply to avoiding human diseases as well, which is as it should be: some diseases may spread from animal to animal or even from animals to people.

BIG hunting knifeChoosing the best knife for hunting is not an easy task, because there’s a plethora of models available, especially over the internet. Sometimes you can get confused, they all seem to look the same after all, so why bother choosing? Just flip a coin and pick one. Well, keep reading and I will show you how to distinguish a good hunting knife from a “lemon”.

First things first, you should establish what kind of knife you want and obviously, a budget. Keep in mind that a decent hunting knife can cost you anywhere between $50 and $1000 or more. Yes, there are knives that cost that much, folks. But a hunting knife being essentially a tool, it makes no sense to break the bank.

A good hunting knife must perform flawlessly its main task: skinning the animal and dressing game, i.e. splitting the ribcage and cutting through bone and cartilage. So, the general rule of thumb is that a hunting knife must be pretty strong, for achieving its main goals.

BIG ice and snowDid you know that about three fourths of your body mass is actually water? Did you know that you can last for up to three weeks without food, but without water you only get three, maybe four days before you kick the bucket? This applies especially in cold climates, where the air is drier and you will dehydrate much faster. What I’m trying to say is that having a water source is key in a survival situation.

Since we’re in the winter season and it’s a harsh winter out there folks, at least for some of us, let us share with you some thoughts about using snow and ice for survival.

Just like in the summer, water is crucial in cold climates as well. We lose water from breathing and sweating and if we don’t resupply our bodily fluids in a timely fashion, dehydration may ensue. And let us tell you something: dehydration is your number one enemy in a real life survival scenario, it will kill you surely and quickly. Even in the winter, you will require at least half a gallon of water per day to maintain efficiency.

BIG LeadershipBannerWhen prepping for a SHTF scenario, there are two groups of people: those who believe that the best way to survive is the live independently, every man for himself, and those who believe that there is safety in numbers.

We’ve discussed the value of working together to prepare for disaster, but finding like-minded people isn’t as easy as it may seem. How do you find fellow preppers without fear of being rejected for your beliefs?

Put Out Feelers

Unfortunately, bringing up the topic of prepping to your neighbors may earn you a look of disbelief, but there are ways to go about it without making them think that you’ve lost your mind. Start by approaching the subject carefully. While shooting the breeze at the mailbox or chatting it up at a ballgame, introduce the topic gently.

BIG-heatloss-640x300-(1)As temperatures are getting lower and lower, for some of us at least, we might feel the urge to turn on the heat sky-high. But at the same time, we are getting depressed when watching our hard earned money disappearing from our pockets, because along with the heat we are also burning dollars.

There are other ways to keep you and your family warm as the temperatures drop without breaking the bank. Here are some winter time energy saving tips for you folks, because each and every one of you can cut costs on your energy bill in just a few easy steps.

The first step might seem obvious: take advantage of the heat generated from the sun by letting it naturally warm your house when possible. You should open the curtains during the day on your south-facing windows when the sun is shining and close them during the night; this will actually help you conserve the heat, especially if you have thick fabric curtains.