China Shows Plans for Nuke Strike on U.S. Cities

On Monday, the Government run Chinese news media revealed Chinese plans for conducting nuclear strikes on U.S. Cities.

 

The countries leading news outlets including, China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily all ran identical stories highlighting China’s ability to strike the U.S. with their new strategic submarine nuclear force .

 

The news agencies showed over 30 graphics that detailed the power of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. The graphics included damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads.

 

Chinese Nuclear Fallout Projections

Emboldened by what the Chinese perceive as a weakened America, the People’s Liberation Army Navy has been increasing their show of power across the Pacific, especially in staking claim to disputed maritime territory in the South China Sea.

 

Earlier this year, the Chinese participated in joint war games with Russia, who has also been flexing their nuclear muscles at the United States. Yesterday, Russia launched a large-scale military drill that including launching four long-range nuclear-capable missiles.

 

As America slashes military budgets, and cuts troop numbers to the lowest levels in decades, China and Russia are spending billions of dollars growing their military, and increasing their nuclear arsenals.

 

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Chinese nuclear submarine Conducting Drills in the Pacific

 

Chinese Nuclear Submarines

Chinese Nuclear Submarine Images released by the Chinese News Media

 

The Chinese Plans are absolutely Chilling!

 

The plans released by the Chinese Media are disturbing to say the least.

 

To maximize American casualties, the Chinese plans included targeting major cities on the west coast to “increase lethality.” As reported in the Times article, Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego were chosen as key targets because “Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated,” and targeting the west coast would increase casualties and radioactive fallout.

 

Even more disturbing were their plans to send nukes over the North Pole. The Chinese Media reported, “If we launch our DF 31A ICBMs over the North Pole, we can easily destroy a whole list of metropolises on the East Coast and the New England region of the U.S., including Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore and Norfolk, whose population accounts for about one-eighth of America’s total residents.”

 

While I doubt the Chinese are stupid enough to actually launch an attack on the U.S. – in my opinion these leaked documents are more psychological warfare than actual reality – the fact is the Chinese have already got us over a barrel. Without ever firing a shot they’ve helped the U.S. destroy itself by bankrolling a huge part of our $17 trillion debt.

 

These plans provide several unanswered questions, though.

 

First, why would China PUBLICLY RELEASE these plans for the rest of the world to know? It could possibly be a diversion or China simply flexing its muscles and trying to keep us and other nations in line.

Second, why would China want to eliminate the U.S when they own our debt, we buy their goods and practically make them wealthier with every passing day? They could just be keeping their options open.

 

Remember, most of these submarines they’re showing off in the Pacific were paid for with U.S. dollars. It’s our debt that’s doing us in.

 

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Zombie Apocalypse is real, and it’s already here

You’re reading the title of this article and thinking, “Zombies? Really? Have you gone crazy?” (no pun intended). While the entire idea of Zombies, while very popular in our culture and entertainment right now, is actually real, but it’s not what you may think…

 

Remember the Bath Salt Zombie Attacks from a couple of years ago? Well leave it to today’s youth to take those drugs and glorify them as the next way to get high.

 

If you haven’t heard of Molly, it’s something that you should at least be aware of – especially if you have younger kids.

 

Molly is a street drug that has been popularized by people like Kanye West and Miley Cyrus, who both glorify the drug in their songs. It’s being pitched as a pure form of Ecstasy, but in reality it’s often the same drug that caused people to go crazy and literally try to eat other people’s faces off.

 

This isn’t a science fiction movie; It’s reality.

Our society has degraded so far down into the gutter that today’s youth will do anything to escape from reality, including taking drugs that are literally turning them into walking zombies. It’s really a sad state of affairs, but it should serve as a wake up call to those who are still in denial as to where our society is heading – The Zombie Apocalypse.

 

are zombies realI know that’s ridiculous right? Wrong!

Now I’m not talking about the Walking Dead here. I’m talking about real-life zombies who are so whacked out on drugs, television, our sick society, and countless other degenerating factors, that they have morphed into mindless soulless beasts that no longer care about their fellow human beings.

Think I’m exaggerating? Have you taken a good look at society lately? People are willing to literally kill each other over an iPhone. Forget the mindless idiots who sit in line for ten hours when the stupid phone hits the market – because heaven for bid they be caught walking around with a phone that’s more than 6 months old – no people are actually killing each other over iPhones.

 

But it’s not just iPhones; it’s our whole sick society. We have a culture that’s become obsessed with anything immoral and everything violent.

 

If you think the Zombie Apocalypse is just science fiction, take a look at what’s happening on the streets of Chicago. In my opinion, Chicago is a thousand times worse than a Zombie movie, and it could be a good look at what our future has in store for us all.

 

Last year alone, over 500 people where mercilessly gunned down in the streets of Chicago. Many of these people were killed simply for walking over some imaginary line in Chicago’s notorious gang filled neighborhoods.

 

While some would like to pass these incidents of as anomalies, or something that only affects urban areas, the problem is in my opinion much more than an inner city problem.

 

This culture of violence has invaded every aspect of our lives. These aren’t poor urban kids in some neighborhood that you’ll never have to walk through, these are people of every race, and from every corner of America. Watch the first five minutes of your local news tonight and then tell me I’m wrong.

 

The Zombie Apocalypse is Here, and it’s only going to get Worse.

In my opinion, our society is just one disaster away from total collapse. Take a look at disasters like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, and then imagine what would happen if our country were to face a similar, but prolonged nationwide disaster.

 

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It’s not the Walking Dead who you’re going to have to worry about.

  • It’s the over half of all American who rely on prescription drugs to function that will be going      through massive withdrawals once they can’t obtain their medications.
  • It’s your neighbors who will be killing each other for food and water.
  • It’s the over 50% of American who depend on Government assistance to live.
  • It’s the unprepared masses who are so reliant on modern technology who admit they wouldn’t last over 2 weeks without electricity.
  • It’s the average American Citizen who has forgotten the skills they need to survive without running to the local Walmart.

Did you know the average American spends more than 40 hours a week watching T.V.? That’s more time than someone spends working at a full-time job! According to a study commissioned by Nokia, the average cell phone user checks their phone at least 150 times a day or approximately once every 6 minutes.

 

are zombies realBut it’s even worse when you take a look at the next generation, who spends more than 71/2 hours a day consuming digital media. Is it any wonder why society is devolving into a bunch of zombies? We have a world full of people who have literally checked out of reality.

 

Yes folks, the Zombie Apocalypse is here; unfortunately the zombies aren’t slow and they’re not dead.

 

So What can you do to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • Take the threat seriously. I know we’ve had a little fun here using the Zombie Apocalypse to illustrate the problem, but nevertheless the problem is serious and it affects us all. Don’t forget, during a disaster people (especially the Zombies) are going to one of the top threats you face.
  • Don’t be a Mindless Moron. Preparedness is the key to staying alive during any disaster. If you spend most of your time playing video games, staring at a screen, or whacked out on some type of drug, you might want to rethink your choices. Don’t let yourself become one of the zombies.
  • Do Something. From learning how to hunt and fish, to taking a weekend hike or camping trip, there are a million fun things you can do that will also prepare you for tough times.
  • Pay Attention to Your Kids. If you have kids, please pay attention to what’s actually going on around them. The amount of harmful garbage they’re exposed to on a daily basis probably far exceeds what most of us experienced throughout our entire childhood.

 

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Could Prepping become illegal?

We’ve been talking a lot lately about prepping, getting ready for whatever is coming, whether it be a personal issue (job loss, cutting hours, illness or injury), to a local problem, a national or global problem, you need to be ready. Unfortunately our governments don’t tend to agree with this, it would seem that they would rather have us unprepared, reliant on them for everything. It’s easy to make people want to leave their homes voluntarily to go to FEMA camps when there is nothing to eat or drink at home.

 

Some countries even have laws against so called “hoarding”, and believe me, this isn’t new, they can come into your home, search and confiscate your hard earned supplies if they believe you have too much.

 

The bad reality of all this is, however, they can even do much worse than that…

 

As people who spend a lot of time focusing on preparedness, we can learn a lot about our future by watching as the economies and civilizations of other Western countries crumble.

Today’s lesson is that when times get tough, the government can and will persecute those who have planned ahead.

The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

 

She called on prosecutors to seek their detention.

The attorney general called on people to remain calm, not to fall for provocations, and not to be afraid of the “alleged” food shortage.

Based on the figures provided by the Central Bank of Venezuela, shortage hit 20% in August; in other words, 20 out 100 items are missing from the shelves.

According to a press release, the Attorney General Office has designated an ad-hoc group of prosecutors to work nationwide with other authorities and cope with the threats against food security and, consequently, against the State. (source)

 

So basically, the Venezuelan government intends to treat those who prepared ahead of time like domestic terrorists…sound familiar?

 

Last February the South American country responded to soaring inflation with some crippling economic strategies.

 

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner responded to her country’s sky-rocketing inflation rates by freezing prices on food, a move Forbes magazine says will soon lead to widespread corruption in the business community and government.

In Venezuela, where President Hugo Chavez has attempted to control all aspects of his country’s economy, price freezes instituted on essential goods like diapers and cleaning products over a year ago failed to curb soaring inflation which registered at over 22% last year. In response, with their quiver out of arrows, the Venezuelan government announced today that they are devaluing their national currency, the Bolivar, by over a third. The announcement had the immediate impact of increasing the price for a US dollar in Bolivar by nearly 50%. (source)

 

There’s Already an Executive Order in Placemartial law america

The game pieces have already been moved into place to ban “hoarding” in America.  In 2012, our Fearless Leader signed an executive order that gives the federal government authority over every resource and infrastructure element in the United States.

 

It should be clear from the laws that are already in effect that the government has given itself a legal pretext for confiscating anything they so choose in the midst of an emergency.

Should an emergency befall the United States, the military, national guard, and local police operating under orders from the Department of Homeland Security will have carte blanche to do as they please.

In a widespread emergency where supply lines have been threatened and millions of Americans are without essential resources because they failed to prepare, the government will swoop in and attempt to take complete control.

They will enter our homes and search them without a warrant. They will confiscate contraband. And they will take any ‘excessive resources’ that you may have accumulated. This includes food, toiletries, precious metals and anything else emergency planners and officials deem to be a scarce material. (source)

 

The Importance of OPSEC

By all means, don’t stop preparing.  But be aware that everything you do online leaves a trail. Every purchase you make that is not a cash transaction can be traced right to your doorstep.  It is vital to practice OPSEC (Operational Security) by keeping your preparedness related activities on the down low.  Preparedness and self-sufficiency author Tess Pennington warns that in a crisis situation, things you said months or years ago could come back to haunt you.

 

A person should think twice about telling others about any prepping investments they have made.  If a SHTF scenario occurred, anything said previously can be used against that prepper.  For example, if you tell your neighbor you have silver coins stashed away, if times were desperate enough, that neighbor could turn on you.  Keeping quiet about what one does is second nature to some.  But for others that are new to the idea of prepping, they do not see the whole SHTF picture.  If one person tells another about their preps, one person could tell another person about what preps their neighbor has.

 

Then, the word spreads throughout; especially when a severe situation occurs.  People will remember what you have told them, and come to you for help (if they are unprepared).  Helping a neighbor or family member in need is a noble deed.  However, those preparedness items are an investment for you and your family; and therefore, no one outside of the family should know what you have (unless you want that person to know). (source)

 

Time is short.  Our economy is collapsing before our very eyes.  We’ve been blatantly warned about the potential for total grid failure. If you aren’t prepared, there is little time left.  Maintain your freedom by becoming self sufficient. Get started now to put together a one year food supply – but be discreet because you just don’t know when that supply may make you an outlaw.

 

The following links are to articles related to OPSEC:

http://americanpreppernation.ning.com/profiles/blogs/prepper-opsec-operations-security-or-opsec-is-an-important-topic-

http://graywolfsurvival.com/how-to-be-a-prepper/opsec/

http://readynutrition.com/resources/mums-the-word-using-opsec-with-preps_21032010/

http://uscrow.org/2013/05/24/opsec-for-preppers-and-survival-groups/

http://reluctantprepper.blogspot.com/2012/07/opsec.html

http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2012/02/importance-of-opsec-for-preppers-when.html

http://readynutrition.com/resources/prepping-on-the-down-low_23082013/

 

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Guide to Financial Prepping

By now, most of you have already heard about the show Doomsday Preppers, which spotlights the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it (TEOTWAWKI).  To be clear, this is not about setting up a one week shelter to survive a natural disaster, such as an earthquake or a hurricane. These people are preparing for Armageddon. And, while that may seem extreme to some people, maybe even nutty, the doomsday that looms for them may not be far off for the rest of us.

 

It at least warrants asking the question, “€œIf TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) did come tomorrow, would you be prepared?”€

 

There are at least five doomsday scenarios that could wipe out our way of life and set our civilization back a couple of centuries.

  • A major solar storm, which many scientists say is way over due, could wipe out the country’€™s entire electrical grid.
  • So could an electronic magnetic pulse attack from any number of countries that have the technology to deliver it.
  • The world is edging closer to a time when rogue nations will have the capability of detonating a nuclear bomb over Washington D.C. All they need is a barge anchored 100 miles off the coast, a missile launcher and a nuclear tipped missile.
  • Substitute any number of available biological weapons for a nuclear bomb, and you have the potential for widespread disease that can wipe out a region. Make it a highly contagious untreatable bird- flu virus, such as is being developed right now in European labs and it can wipe out a whole country.
  • All of that, while entirely possible, ignores another scenario which is well underway that could lead to the collapse of our financial system, and that is hyperinflation. Hyperinflation results from a complete loss of confidence in the U.S. dollar by countries and our own citizens, when it is found that it has little or no value. Hyperinflation has led to the financial and societal collapse of many countries in recent times, such as Germany, Russia, Hungary, Argentina and Yugoslavia. Some economists believe it is just a matter of time for the U.S.

 

Pick your own doomsday scenario and then look the other way if you so choose. But what the Doomsday Preppers are preparing for is a new civilization, with new rules, new threats, and a new government -€“ pretty much a new way of life. Much of the show is devoted to survivalist prepping which can be very extensive, involving “€œbugging out”€ plans, fortifying the home defenses, building shelters and sustainable gardens, weaponry, all the way to toilet paper substitutes out in the wild.

 

 

What about Financial Survival for Doomsday Preppers?guide to financial prepping

A question that is often asked of preppers is what steps do you need to take financially to ensure your money and assets will be there for you in this new world? The Doomsday Preppers might laugh at that, because, frankly, in any one of the aforementioned scenarios, money-as-we-know-it is likely to come to an end. Money is a government-based currency that only exists because the government exists. Any scenario that could lead to a breakdown of laws or government systems, would likely devalue paper currency in favor of a barter system.

 

Gold will likely be a primary store of value, but commodities that can be utilized for food production and fuel for generators and transportation will be much more in demand.

 

A post-doomsday environment will be fraught with a volatile mix of uncertainty and chaos, which will, hopefully, subside over time as people settle into their new reality. The more you can prepare the more you will be in control when the walls of society begin to crumble. If our monetary system does survive, you can expect the government to crank up the printing press to try to keep enough dollars circulating to stave off a collapse. This will likely result in skyrocketing interest rates and very possibly, hyperinflation.

 

Here are some steps you can take now to prepare for financial survival:

Simplify your finances - This is a measure many Americans have already taken as a result of the financial meltdown of 2008. This would be a good time to take it to the next level by reducing your expenditures even further by lessening your reliance on debt, utilities, and non-essentials. The goal is to increase your cash flow and savings so it can be invested in the preparatory measures listed below.

Eliminate adjustable rate debt - It’€™s not a good idea to hold adjustable rate debt, including credit cards, in an inflationary environment anyway. It could be far worse when a doomsday disaster hits, because banks will be panicked into raising fees and rates to cover their losses.

Increase your self-sufficiency - Food and energy will become scarce or unaffordable. It’€™s time to increase your self-sufficiency by investing in food, water and fuel storage. Sustainable food sources, such as gardens and fruit trees, are a good investment anytime, and backup appliances such as solar cookers, manual washers, and solar lighting, are recommended for any disaster preparation. Storing essential goods not only increases your self-sufficiency; it also increases your purchasing power in a barter economy. A bag of flour may be able to pay the rent for a month.

Fortify your defenses - In a post-doomsday environment, a house full of food and supplies is more valuable than a bank full of cash. And, unless it is fortified, it is vulnerable to intruders. It’€™s an unfortunate but necessary measure that has to be taken if you are to protect what is left of your wealth. Bury a safe deep in the ground away from the house to store valuables, gold, and documents.

Invest in a family business - Unemployment is likely to skyrocket, but even if you manage to hold on to your job, your wages at the beginning of the day won’€™t be worth as much at the end of the day. Businesses that produce barter friendly goods and services will thrive. Certain technical skills and expertise will be in demand and can be very valuable in a barter economy. While currency still has value, a family business can produce a much needed alternate income stream.

 

While there is no need to panic for the moment, you need to be prepared to take action with a doomsday hedge strategy that will involve a reallocation of your assets and cash flow into non-USD denominated investments. The worst time to make investment decisions is after the panic begins.

 

Many investment alternatives, such a gold and farmland are timely right now even before a monetary collapse or hyperinflation materializes. A sound strategy should position you for wealth and purchasing power protection during a doomsday disaster, as well as for opportunities that will arise in a post-doomsday environment.

 

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Survival Owner’s Manual

The Owner’s Manual is one of the most beloved “books” we could own for any device or item. So cherished, that even a TV show has been created in it’s name. While having a manual to guide you along is a great aid in helping you figure something out, having just the right manual makes a huge difference.

 

Today, I wanted to talk a little bit about having the right guides and manuals. This may seem a bit counter-intuitive, since survival is all about what you carry in your head as knowledge, but having the right manual or book can save your life after the grid goes down and you no longer have the almighty YouTube or Google any longer.

 

There are a lot of manuals, documents and books we can attain that would greatly assist us in our survival and preparation knowledge. But, which ones should we keep?

 

Maintenance

  • Weapons

You should have manuals and guide to show you how to “field strip” or disassemble your weapons in order to clean them properly and keep them in working order. Think ahead on this one. Get guides for guns you think you might be able to pick up in the future, guns that seem to be popular or just popular in your area.

 

I have manuals to show me how to field strip my Ruger 10/22, SKS, Mossberg 500 and AR-15. I highly recommend trying to memorize this rather than relying on a guide. However, some of the more classic weapons, such as the SKS, require a lot of steps and are actually rather difficult to remember without a lot of practice.

 

Here are some that I recommend:

Shooter’s Bible Guide to Firearms Assembly, Disassembly, and Cleaning

- The AR-15 Complete Assembly Guide (AR-15 Guide Vol 2)

- The Gun Digest Book of Automatic Pistols Assembly/Disassembly

- More . . .

 

  • Water Filters

You should either have working knowledge of how to maintain your water filtering equipment and keep them in good working order. If not, or if you would rather have the convenience of a manual, I recommend that you keep the manual that was either given to you when you received your product.

 

Alternatively, you may also contact the manufacturer, such as Berkey or Sawyer, and explain that you need another manual. Often times, they even have the manuals in PDF format on their websites for free!

 

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This may seem, once again, counter-intuitive. You need to have this knowledge in your head, not in a book. I agree with this notion, but sometimes you may accidentally forget something or skip a critical step or simply want to go over your methods and confirm them.

 

Whether that or you want to help someone else your surviving with learn something while you are being productive, having a survival guide or two can never hurt!

 

  • Fire Starting

Having a guide on some primitive fire building methods is always a great idea. Without fire, you can die very quickly since you will find it more difficult to warm yourself, cook food or even clean your water.

 

I recommend these:
- Fire Skills 50 Methods for Starting Fires Without Matches

- The Outdoorsman, Complete Campfire Starting Methods (The Outdoorsman Series)

 

  • Hunting

Let’s face it: Not all of us are hunters, fisherman or lumber jacks. Different survivalists tend to focus on different skills, especially those they find most interesting. Some people have never learned to hunt, or can still learn something new with a useful, well-written guide that is jam-packed full of useful and worthy information.

 

Take a look at these:

- Field & Stream Skills Guide: Hunting: Hunting Skills You Need

- The Complete Guide to Hunting: Basic Techniques for Gun & Bow Hunters (The Complete Hunter)

 

  • General Survival

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Here are some useful books that I highly recommend you buy and keep. Whether you read them entirely or not, these guides include skills that you would find useful regardless of your location.

 

Many of the skills taught in them have been used for decades by survival professionals in almost all branches of the military in our country and others. Special forces and even very skilled professionals will likely teach you the same exact skills you will find in these guides. Grab them while you can.

 

Most recommended survival guides:

- SAS Survival Handbook, Revised Edition: For Any Climate, in Any Situation

- The U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & Recovery

- The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster

- Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit

- The Total Outdoorsman Manual (Field & Stream) – 374 Skills YOU Need

 

 

Reading is an invaluable skill. Sometimes, we get too caught up in the fancy gear, expensive tools and shiny new toys that distract us from expanding our minds.

 

Knowledge weighs nothing, and we should take every advantage to increase that knowledge, even after a disaster.

 

You are also welcome to print out any of the dozens of posts throughout this website and all over the Internet. Be careful what you print out and make certain it comes from a reputable source.

 

The guides provided here are some of the best I have personally ever read. I recommend them at any time. No matter how much you know, you will likely surprise yourself with how much new, relevant and useful information you can still learn!

Top 5 Survival Myths and Mistakes

You’re lost, stranded and maybe even injured. You’re miles from civilization with no where left to turn. You have no means of communication, no means of food or water and you may seem all but helpless. You have watched Survivor, SurvivorMan, Man Vs Wild and a dozen other television shows and movies that have depicted images such as one sucking venom out of a snakebite or eating mushrooms off of a tree.

 

What if everything you thought you knew about survival were not true? What if the very loose “facts” about survival caused you to be dead wrong? (pun intended)

 

Here are a list of the top 5 most common myths and mistakes related to Survival:

 

Sucking Venom out of a Snake bite

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There have been a lot of shows and movies depicting the protagonist literally sucking the venom out of a snake bite with his/her mouth. This is not only not going to work, it can be downright dangerous to you and the individual who has been bit.

 

For starters, having someone sucking on the wound with their mouth is risking infection into the wound from whatever bacteria they may have in their mouth. Another problem with this survival myth is that when snakes bite you, they inject venom not only into the wound, but onto the surface of the skin. If someone were to get this in their mouth, it would potentially burn up their trachea and windpipe, as well as damaging their stomach.

 

The result is someone who has been bit by a snake is now incapacitated and the person who tried to suck the venom out (maybe one in the same) is now sidelined with a problem that only compounds the severity of the situation.

 

 

Shelter means having a roof over your head

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Many people when building their shelter focus a lot on the roof of their shelter, even to their demise. Is there anything wrong with having a roof over your head? Of course not.

 

The problem takes place when the entire focus of the shelter is on the roof and not other areas. The most important part of your shelter is the ground, not the roof. Many people spend hours and hours building their roof only to freeze to death laying on the cold ground.

 

Remember: It is better to have no roof and a bed than no bed and a roof. Focus on insulating yourself from the ground and get to the roof only if you can afterwards.

 

 

 

Relying on your “Field Guide”

top survival mythsMany people foolishly purchase a field guide on edible plants, walk around, find a plant and then make it fit the description listed in their field guide. This is a recipe for disaster. (no pun intended)

 

Each year, people die by eating some plant that their know-it-all guide showed to be similar to the one in front of them. This will not only get you killed, it is not worth taking the risk, at all.

 

Think of it this way, not eating it will not get you killed. On the other hand, eating it is taking a huge risk and can get you killed (and likely will).

 

 

 

Drinking your own Urine, Eating Snow or Drinking Cacti

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Drinking your own urine, eating snow or drinking from a cactus are methods that have been popularized as being “manly” or “tough” by quote-on-quote “survival experts” Experts on shows such as Dual Survival or Doomsday Preppers have been shown drinking their own urine or eating snow in times of desperate need.

 

While these are not the show to imitate, we have to deal with these myths because of the popularity of them. Let’s be clear, drinking your own urine, eating snow or drinking cacti WILL dehydrate you. It is not a legitimate source of water.

 

I caused quite a controversy over an article written here about Desert Survival Facts when I recommended drinking from a cacti. However, the meaning behind it was not found by some. I suggested it only in a very last ditch effort.

 

For instance: You know civilization is 2 miles away, but there is no way you can stagger 10 feet, leterlone 2 miles. Drinking that may be just what you need to get you over the hump and to rescue. I do not suggest it as a true, legitimate or long-lasting source of fluids.

 

 

 

You’re going to “Live off the Land”

top survival mythsWhen speaking about prepping and overall survival, there is one scenario that I have heard as a supposed “legitimate” response more than any other. People state they do not need to worry about food or water because they are going to “live off of the land” forever.

 

However, this cannot be permanent nor is it a realistic approach to survival. Why? Read on.

 

People claim “I’m going to hunt and fish for my food”. If times get bad, really bad, which could be very soon, you will not be the only one with that idea. If you think you’re going to be the only person trying to hunt and fish for your food, you’re sorely mistaken.

 

Survivors of the Bosnian War tell stories about literal raiders that would wait for people to catch fish or kill game in order to attack them and take it form them. Not only that, people would kill each other over game they shot or fish they caught. I recall one story about a survivor mentioning he witnessed a Man bash another person’s skull in for a loaf of bread.

 

Trust me, you will not be the only person hunting and “living off the land”. Have a more realistic mindset ready. Remember, prepare smarter, not harder, and don’t follow the crowds.

 

 

These are the top 5 survival myths and mistakes. Have you made any of these? There will definitely be articles in the near future highlighting other myths that exist, but for now, these are the ones that I felt were the most important for now.

 

Have you made any of these mistakes? Do you disagree with the article? Let us know below. We want to hear from you!

What the Gov’t Shutdown Means for us

Unless you are not caught up on the news, you have not been able to go without hearing about the supposed “Government Shutdown”. On the news, radio and newspaper articles; everyone everywhere is panicking… or are they?

 

While our so-called “government” is busy bickering and crying about how to spend the imaginary money that they do not even have, they have decided to bring down their very own corrupt system, for now. The question is: What does this government shutdown mean for “us”?

 

There is no doubt that the government shutdown is going to have an impact on our economy. As a matter of fact, you may be feeling this impact already. Perhaps you have been furloughed for the time being, are going without a paycheck (for now) and have more time on your hands.

 

This brings us to the top 4 biggest concerns that the government shutdown has on us survivalists:

 

  • Money

As mentioned already, you may have been furloughed by the shutdown. If you recall, this was one of the many Reasons to Begin Prepping that was listed some time ago. Because you may have been furloughed, it is not the same as a layoff. You will return to work as soon as the government passes a spending bill, and will be paid for the time you were out of work.
However, in the meantime, you and your family will still feel the hurt. That is, unless you have prepared.

 

government shutdown

Among the many reasons we prep, one of which is the undying threat of unemployment. It doesn’t involve guns, bullets and a lot of explosions as you act as Rambo saving your town from terrorists, but not receiving a paycheck is a very practical and real threat to our lives.

 

If you have been recently furloughed, or even laid off completely, there is nothing wrong with beginning to go through some of your preparations.

 

However, if you can avoid digging into your preps without too many money problems, that would be highly recommended.

 

This is a good time to at least practice using some of your preps to find any flaws in your Survival Plans.

 

 

  • Time

Besides not receiving money due to possibly being furloughed, you will likely have one of the most precious commodities on this Earth: Time.

 

Besides resting and spending time with your family, you should use this extra time to your advantage. Begin analyzing your preparations, expanding your knowledge and increasing your skill set.

 

This may be just the perfect time to start the Survival Garden you have always wanted to do, or analyzing and building your First Aid Kit but never had the time in the past to devote to it.

Well, now you do.

 

 

  • Terrorism

The threat of terrorism is even greater during a time of government shutdown for two reasons.

- First, to attack during such a time would be opportune because there are more people out of work and thus some services are not immediately available as they normally would.

 

- Second, and possibly more alarming, is the threat of furloughed employees being blackmailed and “bought” by terrorists in return for vital government secrets. This is because over 70% of the furloughed employees are U.S Intelligence employees.

 

government shutdown

In an article published by the Washington Times, Mr. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, stated the following:

“This is a dreamland for foreign intelligence service to recruit, particularly as our employees already, many of whom were subject to furloughs driven by sequestration, are going to have, I believe, even greater financial challenges”.

 

This is a vital time for terrorists or other countries to begin gaining significant intelligence regarding America’s secrets. This means more potential terrorism could take place in the near future.

 

 

  • Total Collapse?

I write this final point as a question. The government shutdown is one thing that we have survived before. In 1995, the government shutdown not once but twice. Once in October for 5 days, and again in December for 3 weeks.

 

The bigger problem is not even the government shutdown or even Obamacare (right now anyway), but the Golden Date is October 17.

 

What happens on October 17th? That is the day that the U.S will hit the debt ceiling. Essentially, we will have run out of money and have no money to pay the bills or pay back those we have borrowed money from, such as China. It’s the same when the repo man is coming and you still have no money, but on a wider scale.

 

So, what will happen if the government is still shutdown and we hit the debt ceiling? Well, honestly, nobody knows for sure because it has never happened before.

 

Because we will no longer be able to borrow any more money, and the government will already still be shut down, one of three options will likely take place:

1. Obama orders the treasury to begin selling more bonds.

2. Obama could order the treasury to begin paying some of the bills and not others.

3. The final option is to pay nobody at all.

 

The problem with all of these options is that they, for the most part, seem to actually be illegal. The third options would provoke a global financial crisis and the other two would certainly hit our economy and stock market REALLY hard. Financial marketers are not going to be undisturbed by such news.

 

One of the largest threats of such a crisis lies with how the spending occurs during this time. There are no rules to spell out essential versus nonessential services. Officially, at least, there’s no contingency planning at all. It’s just a kind of terrifying world of uncertainty.

 

 

Summary

The government shutdown can lead to a lot of things. It can lead to furloughs, possible layoffs, you not receiving your paycheck and more. You will be left with possibly less money for now, but more time on your hands. It will weaken our national security to a degree, and trigger a potential economic crisis that could lead to essential services being cut partially or entirely.

 

surviving apocalypseThese are uncertain times, and people are looking for something certain. The question remains: Are you prepared for the worst? The government thinks it can get away with making us slaves to their “system”.

 

Don’t rely on them! Be prepared with your own food, water, protection, shelter and means of surviving without relying on big brother to provide for you.

 

Be safe and remember, we’re all in this together!

Food Storage and Preparation 101

Food storage and preparation for emergencies is immensely important. Without a steady intake of food, you are likely to die of starvation rather than an emergency situation itself. In order to meet your own personal needs, the needs of your family and loved-ones, as well as others you might want to provide for you need to have a store of certain foods in certain ways.

Not all food is created equal for survival, and not all methods of storage are equal, either.

 

How to Prepare

Preparing a storage of food may seem daunting at first, but it’s not quite as difficult as you may think.

 

Just take the amount of people you want to prepare for, their genders then do a bit of calculation.Food Storage and Preparation

 

Men CAN survive on 1,600 calories per day, but SHOULD survive on no less than 2,000 calories per day.

Women CAN survive on 1,200 calories per day, but SHOULD survive on no less than 1,600 calories per day.

 

This number fluctuates when you factor in the amount of work you will be performing each day. For example: If you live on a farm, you will need the extra calories in order to keep up with the daily demands of working most of the day taking care of your animals, tending to your garden and not to mention the additional stress a disaster can have on your mental and physical well-being, as well.

 

Whether you choose 1,600 or 2,000 for the Men or 1,200 verses 1,600 calories for each Woman you will be providing for will depend on your budget, how long you plan on preparing for and how many people total you will be preparing for.

 

I personally believe that a good rule-of-thumb is to start out trying to prepare for 2 weeks. It is a reasonable goal, especially if you have a large family. Slowly work your way to 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, etc. Before long, you will find yourself well prepared for many weeks ahead.

 

Types of Food

For starters, when it comes to choosing the types of food your should be storing, please bear in mind that is is always useful to store food that has a long shelf life and does not require extensive cooking or refrigeration. This is due to the lack of resources, lack of power available and lack of time/manpower to prepare food.

 

Additionally, try to avoid foods that have high salt/sodium content and are extensively spicy, as they will make you more thirsty and ultimately require you to drink more water to digest them properly. This could run into your water supply quicker.

 

You should also prepare food if you have babies, toddlers or infants, as dehydrated food may not be the best choice for them. Preparing for these ages can be difficult and tedious, but most food that is canned tends to have a longer shelf life, but has a higher sodium content in-return. Choose this wisely and explore the many food options for babies and infants that are out there.

 

You may also want to consider storing additional milk and bottles for these ages, and consider the dehydrated food such as rolled oats, as they are more easily digested and “do-able” for this age.

 

Kitchen Items

There are certain kitchen items that are necessities for an emergency. Please keep in mind that we are talking about items that you would have in your house, not something you would take out with you (though you could with the proper plan):

 

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Paper Plates
  • Towels
  • Cups
  • Cutlery
  • Bottle/Can Openers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Charcoal
  • Gas Grill

These are only a few items that should give you ideas for what your needs are around the kitchen following an emergency. Without these items, it would be far more difficult to to use the food products that you have stored for the emergency, so consider them just as important as the food supply itself.

 

Storage Conditions

Food Storage and PreparationThere are a number of ways you should store your food. Not all methods are created equal, and some ways of storing food can cause it to spoil quickly, while others can keep the food fresh and full of nutrition long after it’s expiration date.

 

  • Keep food canned – Canning food is a lost art, and I will write about this soon as it’s an important lost art.
  • Keep food dry – Keep your food free of moisture, as it can spoil your food quickly.
  • Keep food dark – Storing your food in a dark place can reduce the sun from getting to it, reduce the heat it causes and reduce the spoiling that can result.
  • Keep food cool – As stated above, keeping food cool and reducing heat can can reduce the spoiling that occurs.

 

Keep your food stored in a cooldrydark place and canned if possible.

 

 

Summary

In the end, you need your food in a cool, dry, dark place, canned if possible, and you need to plan ahead of time.

 

The planning is difficult enough, so I recommend always trying to prepare for at least twice as many people as you anticipate. This can be helpful for bartering purposes (though I don’t recommend giving up your food) as well as planning to survive with others.

 

In summary, here are the food choices that I highly recommend for emergency purposes:

Food Storage and Preparation

Quick & Easy Choices

These come in 2,400 and 3,600 calorie options. they are quick, require no preparation and can even be taken with you when Bugging Out.

 

Dehydrated Food

I like Wise Food Storage. They have a ton of different options in terms of the types of food you can store. Keep in mind though that the storage time for the food can be a bit deceptive, as each meal ranges 500-1,000 calories each. This is not enough for one day per person.

 

Food Insurance is a great option, as well. They are not only an official supporter of Straight Forward Prepper, they have a lot of options, as does Wise Company. Be careful again for high sodium content in their food as well as the low calorie content.

 

Mountain House has some great options. They probably have the most convenient storage of any freeze-dried food choice. They have buckets and easy options to take along with you in your Bug Out Bag, as well. Once again, be aware of the sodium, calories and prep time. Just because they say “1 Month” doesn’t mean it is. Nobody can survive on 500-1,000 calories per day for an extended period of time.

 

Out of all of the options, you may find it surprising that I recommend Chef’s Banquet. Here is why: When they say you are purchasing a “1 Month” food supply, that’s exactly what you’re getting. For all of their options, they almost always provide 2,100 calories per day, which is not what most other companies offer. Their storage includes 500-1,000 calories per day, which is just not realistic. Chef’s Banquet options require only 20 minutes of prep time, over 2,000+ calories per day, do not contain any MSG or high-fructose corn syrup, have a 15 year shelf life and are VERY affordable.

 

 

Make the best choice now to be self-sufficient for you, your family and loved-ones now. Remember, we’re all in this together!

Desert Survival Tips

Maybe you are an avid viewer of “SurvivorMan” or some other survival television show and have often seen episodes where the expert tries to survive in the desert. Regardless of which show you’re watching, you will almost always realize that the desert survival seems to be the most difficult.

 

This is for good reason!

 

Just like the wilderness, the does has it’s own methods and ways to increase your chance of survival. While the tactics to surviving in the desert vary than does the tips for surviving in the wilderness, they still require you have the same resources: FoodWater and Shelter.

 

While a trip to the desert, depending on where it is, can be fun and exciting, that fun quickly wears off when you are stuck in the blistering heat without water and are severely dehydrated.

 

Desert Survival Tips

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  • Secure Shelter

First and foremost, like any other survival event, you NEED to seek shelter as soon as possible. The shelter you are going to be after in this case will be slightly different than normal. The types of shelter you are going to go after are going to be the “sandwich” shelter or the “lean to” shelter.

 

These two types of shelter are easy to build and tend to protect you best against the blistering sun and wind that produces sand better than most other shelter methods.

 

When building your shelter, be sure to look for items such as blankets, cords, rope and even ponchos; which should, hopefully, be able to be found in a survival kit that you put together prior to the trip. Your shelter should be built before nightfall, as animals roaming the desert will be less tempted to bother you.

 

    • Additional Shelter Tip

Please bear in mind that while the desert is blistering hot during the day, you will be surprised how cold it gets during the night. It is not uncommon to get hypothermia during the night the same day you were getting dehydrated by the heat. Do not let the daytime heat and blistering sun fool you.

 

  • Water

Water is perhaps the one resource that will not only be the most sought after in the desert, but ironically the most difficult to come by. Because of the heat within the desert, your body will become more dehydrated even quicker than normal. If water is not in your survival kit (why wouldn’t it be?) then read on.

 

desert survival tipsThe first method of creating your own water would be to create a form of water without a river or stream at all. If you can obtain access to a plastic sheet, you can place it over a hole that has been dug in the ground. When the sun hits the plastic, it will create an evaporation of water from the soil, leaving you with a condensed form of water on the inside of your plastic. You will need some type of container under this setup in the hole that will capture the condensed water that will develop for you to drink. This is where you will really need to be creative, as well.

It’s not much, but this method, named the “Still Water Method” provides you with options (picture on left).

 

The other option for water in the desert is through the help of cacti. The desert is usually filled with cacti and can easily be punctured and opened to give you a water supply.

There are not a lot of options for water in the desert, and these two are your best bet.

 

  • Food

When you become dehydrated, you often times will forego your efforts to eat because your body is lacking the water. However, do not let this fool you. You still need to eat, and failing to do so will put you at an even greater risk of not surviving.

 

Even though the desert is smoldering hot, you still need a fire source to cook food and heed off other predator animals. When selecting the spot to build a fire, make sure it is close to your campsite so that you are still able to use it as a fire source of protection.

 

This is where having items in a survival kit, such as waterproof matches or a lighter, will come in handy. Finding wood, however, is going to be your greatest challenge. There is not a lot of wood available in the desert, but it is still possible. Attempt to locate sources of old dead trees and plants, as the wood is dry and very flammable.

 

I recommend having a portable grill in your survival kit, if at all possible. If this is not possible, you will be relying on primitive methods in order to boil water and create a bowl to cook food efficiently.

 

  • First Aid

It is vitally important to carry a first aid kit with you. Even if you do not have a survival kit in your cars or on you when you go on adventures, you should ALWAYS have some type of first aid kit. A good First Aid Kit will allow you to treat minor injuries as well as a compass and map to help you with your navigation through the desert.

 

Be sure when you venture off not to go too far from your campsite. Rescuers will often times look for campsites when trying to attempt a rescue for someone who is lost. The only worse part about getting lost is finding yourself even more lost (no pun intended).

 

Summarydesert survival tips

Even though desert survival is a little bit different than Wilderness Survival in the Woods, you still need to follow the basics rules of survival and make certain you prepare ahead of time.

 

The next time you go on a desert trip or adventure, make sure you put together a Survival Kit ahead of time filled with tools and gadgets that you may need as well as water and food sources in the event that you cannot find any if you become lost.

 

Be sure to put together a First Aid Kit, as becoming dehydrated can lead to “mental fog” which may lead to irrational decisions that can cause you to become injured (often times a fatal injury in survival).

 

Use these tips and the next time you either break down or find yourself accidentally lost in the middle of the desert, your chances of survival increase dramatically.

Lightning Survival Facts

Lightning can be considered one of the marvels in the natural world. It is mostly known to be created naturally although scientists still have to find out the real cause or causes of lightning.

People have popularly known the theory about the positive and negative charges and their forcible separation caused by the existence of ice in the cloud. Polarization mechanism theory and electrostatic induction theory are theories scientifically formed in relation to the creation and development of lightning.

What people have considered a fact is that lightning can be destructive and deadly.

 

Aside from the scientific facts or arguments about lightning, where it comes from and how it is formed, let’s talk about the realistic facts that you REALLY care about.

 

What are the Chances?

Would you like to take a guess on what your chances of being struck by lightning are? In your entire lifetime, you have a 1 in 3,000 chance of being hit by lightning (NatGeo)survival facts about lightning

 

Maybe it’s not you that is hit by lightning. Perhaps it is your house, a forest near your bug out location or even your vehicle.

 

Treatment

If you are going to treat someone who has been struck by lightning, the best thing to do, if you can do it quickly, is to call for emergency help. If none is available, take the following steps and put them into action:

Keep in-mind there is no danger to you by helping someone who has been struck by lightning.

1. The victim is going to seem like they’re dead. There will be no pulse and no breathing. This is normal of someone who has been hit by lightning.

2. Begin performing CPR immediately! Breathing often stops when someone has been hit by lightning, and they will die unless their breathing is assisted by you or someone.

 

Treatment for lightning victims vary. Without an extensive medical background, knowing the signs and administering CPR are the best things you can do. Keep in mind that over 90% of victims struck by lightning end up surviving.

 

Preparing

Lightning can strike your car, knock out power, start fires and hit your house even. Nothing wakes you up at night and makes you jump out of a deep sleep than lightning hitting your house suddenly.

 

Make sure you and your items are grounded and that you have the capacity for backup power and the ability to extinguish fires quickly. Having multiple ways of putting out fires scattered across wherever you are is always a wise choice, as lightning can cause fires at a moments notice (just ask a Fireman).

 

Lightning may be one of those least discussed topics, but it’s something that happens. Regardless of the possibilities and low potential “chances”, there is still a reasonable chance and it CAN happen, so it’s something we need to give a little bit of time to devote to.

 

Remember, we’re all in this together!

 

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