August 2015

VeteransI not only write about prepping and survival, I read what others have written as well. You never know when you’re going to find a good idea or learn something new. There are a lot of people out there working on survival, so new ideas are bound to crop up.

But there’s one thing I’ve noticed in all this reading. That is, we all tend to be a bit idealistic in talking about surviving a disaster. That almost sounds like a contradiction, but it’s true. We either write about it from the perspective of one well-prepared person surviving alone, or from the perspective of a well-prepared family. That leaves a lot of people out of the picture, such as veterans.

One of the most often overlooked basic necessities for serious prepping is the self-contained ESR (Emergency Survival Radio).

You might have been of the mindset that everything you need to know about emergencies in your area can be discovered with a couple swift moves of your index finger on you smartphone or tablet. Or on the breaking news channel on your nice high-definition flat screen TV.

And if for some reason those weren’t working, you could always resort to your reliable little AM/FM radio you keep somewhere in one of the kitchen cabinets. If it was good enough to pull in George Noory on ‘Coast to Coast AM’, in those wee hours of the morning when you couldn’t sleep and sat up sipping your hot cocoa waiting for the sun to rise, it should be good to go for some emergency update when you needed it, right?

{adinserter bph}Wrong. What if the emergency was a major power outage?

Survival CementWhat are you going to do if someday you lose your home in a large-scale disaster of some sort and you have to build a shelter from scrap? Imagine that there will be thousands of people in the same situation as you and the building materials will be scarce or not available at all.

Or, what if you’re stranded somewhere in the wilderness for a long time and you have to build a strong shelter for you and your family, in order to survive cold winter months and prevent wild animals from attacking your premises and food supply?

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The rumor mills have been working overtime lately, with a new crisis coming out every week or so. You wouldn’t think they’d have to, with all that’s going on in the world today. We have enough disasters happening, without anyone going out of their way to create any new ones. But then, these rumors may actually be something. We’ll only know when it happens.

I’ve been hearing rumors about one disaster after another for years now. It seems that every time a date goes by, without a disaster happening, someone jumps up with a new date. This has been going on long enough that I tend to take them all with a grain of salt, say about a ten pound grain.