Necessity, so they say, is the mother of invention. And that mother’s righthand man is a little thing called resourcefulness. No matter how well thought-out your hiking backpack is, or how complete your emergency preparations are, it’s nearly impossible to keep every item that you may need around you at all times. It’s certainly impractical. The best way to combat this urge to bring “one of everything,” everywhere we go, is to embrace the art of “MacGuyvering,” AKA “resourcefulness.” Take, for example, learning to go without a kerosene lantern (see Exhibit A: Nearby photo). 1. The Water Jug Lantern Two of the most […]
We’ve all heard the vague statistics about how much water we use each day, or how much we should drink, or even how much we should keep on hand for emergencies. Rarely do we question these numbers, because we never really have to… Unless a chemical spill contaminates a major waterway that serves an entire region of the country, leading officials to issue a historic water ban that last for over 5 days… like what occurred this week in West Virginia. Over 300,000 residents in and around the state’s capital, Charleston, we’re suddenly told not to drink, touch, bath in, or even […]
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True or False: You can start a fire with your own pee. TRUE. Depending on how hydrated you are, it may be far easier than you would ever think. In fact, if you can fill a clear plastic water bottle with fairly clear urine, then you have a lens. With that lens, although its not as efficient as a magnifying glass, can be used in much the same way. By holding the bottle upside down and allowing sunlight to pass through the convex top, you can focus the light onto tinder and create smoldering embers. Simply fan those embers, add […]
There’s no doubt that hunting is a skill that could come in handy in a SHTF scenario. When the supermarket shelves are picked clean, supply lines are disrupted, and panic has set in across all urban areas, well, let’s just say your family probably isn’t going to be frequenting your favorite neighborhood pizzeria… Likewise, eating MRE’s and canned chicken for every meal, well, that could get old quick. Not to mention, most preserved foods are extremely high in sodium, which could exacerbate a variety of health problems. Needless to say, bagging some fresh animal protein from time to time would […]
Gardening, whether it’s hydroponic, aquaponic, or traditional, is an essential survival skill. No matter how much food you have in storage, unless it can clone itself, it’s entirely finite. Even if it’s entirely secure and pumped so full of preservatives it could last a hundred years, it’s not truly sustainable. In fact, a diet loaded with heavy preservatives may send you to an early grave… No to mention, eating a diet consisting of bland, tasteless MREs may drive you insane. Remember, Columbus and other explorers were searching for more efficient routes to feed Europe’s cravings for spices. Food is critical, […]
Security systems have proven to be effective… when it comes to making people feel safer. But will they really help protect your family in an emergency situation? The answer is up for debate… The problem with traditional security systems is twofold: Yard signs, motion sensor lights, and cameras attract attention to your home, especially among experienced criminals. They rely on external systems that may fail in a crisis, such as the electric grid and police response times. In a true crisis situation, the best security systems is the one your ancestors have been relying on for thousands of years. Yes, […]
When a crisis is brewing, making a well thought out list of supplies is no easy task… …purchasing them may be virtually impossible. As panic spreads, super market shelves will be stripped bare in a matter of hours, as throngs of more and more desperate people buy up ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that they feel may be useful. This includes items for bartering or selling on the black market. As fear takes control, panic buying will quickly consume all available inventory at the local Target, Walmart, Safeway, Home Depot, etc. Contrary to popular belief, even the largest retailers don’t keep much excess inventory. […]