Thursday, June 23, 2011

Surviving Disaster part 2

Reality- So it has really happened. Super flu, world war, zombies whatever it is, it has happened and nice people are few and far between. Your supplies are running low and town is not safe. Your neighbors are all gone. At this point going into their house for extra supplies is not stealing. It is surviving. Look in their cabinets, garages attics and gather what you can. Blankets, food, batteries,gasoline, oil, ammunition, jewelry, water, medicines, vitamins. Don't focus just on pain relievers. Get every single bottle you can. You or someone you meet may need them or they can be used as bargaining tools.You will want to go to every house you are able to.

Vehicles- You are going to want something sturdy and dependable. Again if your vehicle does not fit this description find one in your neighborhood. Look at tires make sure they are in good condition. Check gas levels. Siphon from other tanks if you can to fill it up and those gas cans you have collected fill them up as well. Trucks and SUV's are going to be your best bet, because at some point you will probably need to drive off road. Try to find one with a hitch so you can potentially haul a trailer. Try to find a couple spare batteries. Most vehicles have similar ones.

Stay or go- First you must assess the situation. Is it feasible to stay where you are? In a familiar locale. Can you realistically be safe there for an unspecified period? If the answer is yes, then continue to make a daily habit of foraging for supplies in a circular radius from your home. Barricade your home against intruders. Store your supplies in more than one place. Perhaps use a neighbors house as a separate cache. Have escape routes planned out. Do not draw attention to your location.

If you must leave. Have your supplies packed up neatly. Have a planned route. Use that ham radio. Any GPS tracking or radio usage that is two way, try to do away from your actual residence Locate others willing to caravan with you. Remember there is greater safety in numbers but not everyone is going be honest or kind. If you decide to meet up with someone, meet at a location other than your residence,and go armed. That way if they are not as altruistic as they may seem, you, your family and supplies are still safe.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Surviving a disaster Man made or natural.

Do not panic. Should an event occur chances are you will have advance notification and following a few basic steps will ensure a greater chance of survival. Below you will find a list of short term survival needs. Don't worry I will help you learn how to replenish this supply.

Water- Always keep a few gallons of water on hand. Keep some in your car and in your house. The more the better.

Food- Keep a small supply of canned and non perishable dry goods on hand. IE Canned beans, dry beans, dried fruit, rice, dry milk, powdered eggs. Most of these can be purchased at your local grocery store or camping supply store.

Battery Operated Radio and extra batteries. A small ham radio will not hurt either.

Flashlight candles and again extra batteries and bulbs.

Basic first aid kit. Should have bandaids, first aid ointment, rubbing alcohol, lighter or matches kept in a water proof ziploc bag,Peroxide, Iodine, tweezers, multiuse tool, rubber gloves, orajel, aloe vera aftersun gel with lidocaine, ace bandaid, popsicle sticks, guaze and surgical tape, hand sanitizer.

Survival kit- Matches, Lighter, Good pocket knife and Swiss Army Knife, Nylon Cord, Trashbag, Protein powder, water bottle, quinine pills, hand sanitizer, small pair of bolt cutters.

Books- Very specific books. You need to invest in a good book that describes wild edible and medicinal plants for the area you are in and the areas you intend to be traveling through. Pictures in said book need to be high quality. Second book should be a wilderness survival guide. Again find one that has clear pictures descriptions and illustrations. VERY IMPORTANT: Read these books prior to any event and familiarize yourself with basic elements of these books.

Guns- This can be a difficult topic for those who are not comfortable with gun ownership. If you do not own a gun and can not feel comfortable with a gun at least get yourself a good Bow or Knife. If you own a gun make sure you can shoot it correctly and comfortably. Keep extra ammo on hand. Know the basics of your gun. I am not giving you cart blanch to pull a gun on other people here... Just saying you may need this to provide food for yourself and family.

Society- If it seems everyone has gone crazy try to avoid large cities. I have a feeling this will not be the case in many areas and in fact people will pool together and share resources.