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  • ‘Survival Mode’ Defines Puerto Rico One Month After Maria


    Recent interview with FEMA head repeated the warning that we must be prepared to fend for ourselves in the immediate wake of a disaster. Local and fedral officials will do all they can to help but we are responsible for ourselves and our familys. Be prepared for anything. Read on below.

    A month after Hurricane Mariabattered this mountainous stretch of central Puerto Rico, recovery remained elusive along Highway 152, where 82-year-old Carmen Diaz Lopez lives alone in a home that’s one landslide away from plummeting into the muddy creek below.

    Without electricity, and without family members to care for her, she’s become dependent on the companionship of a few neighbors who stop by periodically. But a collapsed bridge has made it challenging to even communicate with her friend across the creek, so she’s lived for the most part in solitude, passing the electricity-less days singing “Ave Maria” and classic Los Panchos songs to herself, lighting candles each night so she can find the bathroom.

    “I just ask the Lord to take care of me, because he’s the only one I have,” Diaz Lopez said Wednesday.

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    Diaz Lopez and her neighbors along Kilometer 5 of this badly hit mountain road in Barranquitas municipality are among the hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans still at risk as the recovery effort heads into its fifth week. Pipe water returned here in a trickle a few days ago, and the collapsed earth that blocked the road and sent muck into homes has been half-way cleared. But a phone signal is still non-existent, and residents are far from any semblance of sustainable self-sufficiency.

    The situation threatens to undermine the economic and fiscal future of the island, and is already fueling a flood of Puerto Ricansleaving for the mainland. At this stage in the recovery from the Category 4 storm, many find the current state of the U.S. commonwealth -- home to some 3.4 million American citizens -- unthinkable.

    “I just haven’t seen a situation where people don’t have access to basic services for so long,” said Martha Thompson, the Puerto Rico response coordinator for the Boston-based charity Oxfam Americas who also worked on the response to Hurricane Katrina.

    Meeting at the White House with the commonwealth’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, PresidentDonald Trump said Thursday that his administration’s response to Maria deserves a perfect “10” rating. He also drew attention to the fiscal mess in Puerto Rico that predated the hurricane, suggesting he wants repayment of any reconstruction loans to take precedence over the island’s existing $74 billion debt that pushed it into bankruptcy.

    Only tenuous, provisional measures seem to be preventing a much greater humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. A government task force has restored electricity to many hospitals and healthcare facilities, but others are sustained by diesel generators that occasionally fail. (APR Energy Chairman John Campion, whose company rents the units for natural disasters, said in an interview that such generators typically have a life span of 500 hours, and the crisis has already lasted longer than that.)

    via ‘Survival Mode’ Defines Puerto Rico One Month After Maria

    Recent interview with Brock Long repeated the oft heard warning that we must be prepared to fend for ourselves in the immediate wake of a disaster. Local and fedral officials will do all they can to help but we are responsible for ourselves and our familys. Be prepared for anything and you and your family will prosper.


  • Breaking News Story About true culture of preparednes

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    Fema director Brock Long weighs in on the prepper movement. discusses need to develope a culture of preparedness. With the unsure climate and policical unrest we all need to be prepared to protect or homes and family when the time comes. read on below.

    It looks like preppers aren’t that crazy after all. FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, has repeatedly said that Americans do not have a “culture of preparedness,” something that is much-needed with the startling uptick in natural disasters. Long has only been the director of FEMA since June 20 of this year and already has had to deal with a historic number of disasters in this short period of time.

    It appears that Mr. Long has a mindset of self-reliance based on a couple of recent statements he has made to the media, but the MSM doesn’t seem too interested in his ideas about fostering a culture of preparedness, despite the practicality and essential nature of his suggestions.

    First, in an interview from Sept. 11 that I personally only heard about yesterday, FEMA’s new director, Brock Long, spoke with journalists to discuss the response to Hurricane Irma. In the interview, he said some things that vindicate all of us who have spent time and money working toward being prepared.

    “I really think that we have a long way to go to create a true culture of preparedness within our citizenry in America. No American, no citizen, no visitor to this country is immune to disaster. And we have a long way to go to get people to understand the hazards based on where they dwell, where they work, and how to be prepared financially, how to be prepared through insurance, how to have continuity of operations plans for their businesses, so that we can avoid the suffering, the strife, and the loss of life. It’s truly disappointing that people won’t heed the warnings.

    Straight out of our favorite prepper handbooks, right?

    Of course, the reporter quickly shifted from the actual useful information to start asking about climate change, because for some reason she felt that was far more essential than the practical advice Mr. Long was offering. You can watch the interview below.

    Some of those numbers were shocking – FEMA is spending 200 million dollars a day in relief efforts and desperately-needed help has hardly even begun for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

    In a more recent statement, Mr. Long re-emphasized the need to be prepared, and to start kids off young with this mindset.

    I think that the last 35 days or so have been a gut check for Americans that we do not have a true culture of preparedness in this country. And we’ve got a lot of work to do.

    Whether it’s in education and being ready, it’s not just saying, hey, have three days worth of supplies ready to go. It’s greater than that. It’s also people having the finances and the savings to be able to overcome simple emergencies.

    We have to hit the reset button and create a true culture of preparedness starting at a very young age and filtering all the way up.


    We in the preparedness community have been saying this for ages, Mr. Long, but thank you for attempting to put this front and center.

    One thing that is different about Long’s approach is the practicality. Many government officials seem to forget about the financial end of emergencies. They can’t seem to wrap their brains around the fact that while they have 200 million dollars a day, most folks do not. This is why financial preparedness is of such massive importance. If you had to live away from home without access to a kitchen, the expenses would rack up pretty quickly. As well, think about how thinly those millions are spread.

    FEMA is eventually going to run out of money.

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    As well, think about how thinly those millions are spread. One person I know who lost her rental home will receive $4000. That has to replace everything she owns: furniture, clothing, personal items, food, cleaning products…you get the idea…plus pay first and last month’s rent for a new apartment. People without flood insurance who lost their homes will be eligible for a maximum of only $21,000. But if their property wasn’t paid for, they’ll still owe the mortgage payments on a place that is uninhabitable.

    Don’t forget that FEMA is also providing aid for those displaced by more than 2 million acres of wildfires throughout the Western US. (Although initially, they turned down requests for assistance, they reconsidered.)

    When you look at the true cost of disasters on this scale, it’s hard to imagine that FEMA will have enough money should these emergencies continue, or even enough to cover our current tab.


    There were reports that FEMA had run out of money shortly after Hurricane Harvey, but more appeared for Hurricane Irma.

    One article blithely suggested that FEMA can never run out of money because Congress will just vote to give them more when addressing concerns that FEMA was down to its last billion dollars.

     But the U.S. Congress quickly put such worries to rest on Sept. 8, 2017, by hastily passing legislation that gave the DRF an infusion of cash.

    “The emergency supplemental appropriation of $7.4 billion allows FEMA to continue to fully focus on the ongoing preparation, response, and recovery needs,” said an agency spokesperson via email.

    While legislators may have cut it a bit close, there was little chance that FEMA actually would run out of cash. According to a Congressional Research Service analysis, Congress made 14 supplemental appropriations to the fund between 2004 and 2013, for a total of $89.6 billion. In one year alone — 2005, the year that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and other areas in the Gulf Coast — legislators bolstered the fund with three extra appropriations amounting to $43 billion. (source)

    This, of course, naively assumes that there will always be more money to give to FEMA. Eventually, we’re going to run out.

    Is this the reason for the slow response to Puerto Rico?

    Personally, I keep wondering if a lack of money is the reason for our slow response to the desperate situation in Puerto Rico. Add to this the logistical problems, and you have a recipe for chaos.

    Another thing to keep in mind about Puerto Rico is that this is one of the rare situations in which stockpile preparedness may not have done any good. While some folks like to say that Puerto Ricans shouldn’t be out of food within 6 days after the disaster, what they aren’t considering is the totality of the destruction.

    What food people may have had stored was destroyed when homes were turned into piles of rubble. Other food spoiled soon after the power for the entire island was taken out. If you look at these photos, you will understand why few people have food.

    I imagine in such a situation, my own carefully preserved jars of food would have been smashed to bits and my freeze-dried food would have been soaked in flood waters. In most situations, your stockpile will see you through, but in a disaster of this magnitude, even the most well-prepared person could be left with nothing.

    Maybe money is why the director is urging a culture of preparedness

    Perhaps this reality is why Mr. Long is so adamant that Americans need to get prepared to take care of themselves and that we need to raise our children to understand this too. That’s not the warm fuzzy thing that people who refuse to prepare want to hear, so the mainstream media gives his advice little attention. If you are interested in being better prepared, be sure to sign up for this daily newsletter.

    A culture of preparedness is indeed the answer, and preppers have known this for a very long time.

    via FEMA Director Urges Americans to Develop "a true culture of preparedness" But No One Is Listening - The Organic Prepper

    Hopefully we will never need all the supplies and skills we prepare in advance but should we need them we should be ready.


  • Secrets to Surviving the Coming Apocalypse

    survival_disasterSurviving a disaster requires planning, preparation, and supplies. Here are some suggestions that will give you a starting place for your preparations.

    These suddenly chic survival satchels, also known as go bags, are typically lightweight military-grade backpacks stocked with provisions for at least 72 hours. Ready-made bug-out bags containing staples like water purification tablets, a 20-hour body warmer and a multifunction shovel are available on Amazon for under $200.

    Hard-core preppers, however, would never leave their survival up to a mouse click, which is why some sites suggest endless creative tweaks to the standard equipment. Graywolf Survival recommends a chain-saw blade stashed in an Altoids tin to harvest firewood. Survival Life touts feminine hygiene products, even for men, to soak up blood from wounds.

    “As long as the gear gets the job done, that’s what matters,” said Andrew Pontius, a marketing consultant and disaster preparedness instructor in Kansas City, Mo., who helps run a site called Bug Out Bag Academy.

    2. Go for the Silver

    Two years ago, Greece was forced to shutter banks and limit A.T.M. withdrawals to 60 euros a day during a debt crisis that threatened to shatter Europe’s currency union. In the United States, prominent authors like James Rickards, a hedge fund veteran, and David Stockman, once the budget director for the Reagan administration, insist that an even bigger crisis will soon tank Wall Street and torpedo the dollar.

    No wonder so many preppers, some of them wearing pinstriped suits, consider gold and silver to be a crucial hedge against a crisis.

    While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies make news, many preppers are quietly packing their bug-out bags with rolls of pre-1965 American dimes, quarters or half-dollars, which are 90 percent silver and available from coin dealers and precious-metals websites (silver is currently about $17 an ounce). “My preferred form of precious metal post-financial collapse, that is, besides high-speed lead,” wrote one prepper on

    Unlike gold, which is hovering around $1,300 an ounce, these old silver coins come in small enough denominations to barter for a loaf of bread or a socket wrench in an economic “Mad Max” scenario. Even so, some survivalists remain silver skeptics. “For $100, let’s say you get five silver coins,” said an urban preparedness expert who goes by the nom de guerre Selco. “Why not buy 100 cans of soup?”

    3. Alt-Currencies for the Apocalypse

    Imagine a true economic apocalypse, one that makes the German hyperinflation of the 1920s, with its wheelbarrows of near-worthless paper currency, look like a hiccup. To prepare for the worst worst-case scenario, some doomers prefer daily staples like tampons, vegetable seeds and cigarettes (that timeless prison medium of exchange) to silver or gold as an alt-currency.

    Liquor, too — particularly in easy-to-swap airline bottles — would likely prove a hot commodity, since it not only deadens the pain of surviving in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but, as a blogger named Survival Mom points out, also provides useful off-label functions as a disinfectant or an ingredient in herbal remedy tinctures.

    Visions of a barter economy are not necessarily the stuff of doomer fever dreams, said Xavier Thomas, who runs the British site with his wife, Elise.

    “If we look at examples of systematic social breakdowns, like Argentina in 2001, or the war in the Balkans, goods that people understood on an intrinsic level clearly carried the most value when trading — cans of food, gas, batteries, cheap Bic lighters,” he said. “A good rule of thumb: If you’d find it useful in an emergency, you’ll be able to find someone who will trade for it in an emergency.”

    4. Beyond “Duck and Cover”

    When President Trump issued his threat to North Korea at the United Nations, many preppers had an almost Pavlovian response: to check their nuclear survival kit. Ever since the backyard bomb shelter went the way of tail fins, survival in the face of mushroom clouds has seemed highly relative.

    Some preppers place their faith in unproven home remedies, like bedsheets dusted with baby powder, which they hope will block X-rays, or generous helpings of turmeric mixed with black pepper, to inhibit tumor formation. Others turn to basics, like Geiger counters, wallet-size RAD badges, potassium iodide tablets or a Seychelle radiological family water pitcher, which the manufacturer claims will filter out “99.99 percent of the major contaminants that can be found after a nuclear event.”

    Or people may just want to stock up on Snuggies, chocolate Easter bunnies, Hummel figurines or vintage Backstreet Boys paraphernalia, which will do about as much good in the event of a direct strike.

    5. The Other Bug-Out Bag

    In the event of apocalypse, bring condoms. This may sound like a slogan from a fraternity party T-shirt, but survivalists absolutely adore condoms. Featherweight, ultracompact and durable, condoms (nonlubricated, please) can be used as a makeshift canteen to store water, a fire starter or as elastic bands for an improvised slingshot to hunt small game, according to  Stewart, a survival instructor and television host.

    20 Condom Uses for SHTF Survival Video by SensiblePrepper

    When inflated, they can also be used as fishing bobbers or signaling devices for semaphore, according to SensiblePrepper. Oh, and they’re also great for the obvious use, too.

    6. Armed to the Teeth, but With What?


    A knife is one means of self defense. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

    Should law and order on the streets break down after, say, a massive hurricane or nuclear-reactor meltdown, that condom slingshot might come in handy in New York, where possession of the most fundamental survivalist self-defense staple — the gun — is highly restricted by law. (The same goes for brass knuckles, nunchucks, ninja stars, switchblade knives, wrist-brace slingshots and, that D.I.Y. prepper favorite, a paint ball pistol loaded with ghost-chili-powder balls.)

    So what is a defenseless, law-abiding survivalist to do? Prepper bibles like “100 Deadly Skills,” by Clint Emerson, a former Navy SEAL, are filled with improvised alternative weapons, like a collapsible umbrella lined with wrenches, which is “not illegal to possess,” a New York City Police Department spokesman said, but “would be considered a weapon if you used it on someone.”

    Sure, you could master jiu-jitsu. “But if it’s really on, hand-to-hand self-defense will only take you so far,” said Jason Charles, a firefighter and organizer of the New York City Prepper’s Network. To balance legality with lethality in a bug-out bag, he said, “you have to go simpler — hammers, hatchets, certain heavy tools.” That roll of old silver quarters might come in handy, too.

    7. Paddling to Safety


    A lightweight, collapsible kayak, like the Oru Beach LT, is a must-have for preppers in Manhattan.

    Manhattanites face challenges unknown to their Western counterparts hunkering in remote desert bunkers. Their home turf, after all, is not only a prime target, but an island. In the event of a cataclysmic emergency, bridges and tunnels may be closed, or choked off by marauding mobs, forcing survivors to consider waterborne escape.

    A lightweight, folding kayak like the Oru Beach LT is a savvy, albeit expensive option ($1,299), since it weighs 30 pounds (easy enough to tote to the Hudson River if Lyft is offline) and collapses to the size of a suitcase — perfect for those tiny Upper West Side closets.

    Sure, kayak pros counsel against newbies attempting a Hudson crossing. “There are strong tidal currents, few places to safely launch or land, and an abundance of commercial and ferry transit traffic,” said Randall Henriksen of the New York Kayak Company. But if the choice is armed mobs or choppy waters, many New Yorkers may reach for a paddle.

    8. Deliverance From Above

    Since the Sept. 11 attacks, many cubicle dwellers have been haunted by fears of being stuck in a skyscraper when disaster strikes. In fact, tragic images from the World Trade Center inspired a micro-industry of high-rise-escape options. There are now escape chutes (basically, giant collapsible fabric tubes for shinnying down) and small parachutes.


    Portable parachutes are a potential lifeline for skyscraper dwellers. The SOS Parachute is compact enough to store in a cubicle.

    The SOS Parachute (about $2,400) is compact enough to store in a cubicle, opens in about two seconds and is designed to work for the 11th floor and higher. Granted, the parachute is exactly not 82nd Airborne-grade, and a 200-pound man might find the landing a little rough. “You may twist an ankle,” said Nicolas Havett, a company executive. But in a situation serious enough to warrant a parachute, that’s a deal that many would take.

    9. Who Are You Calling “Rocket Man”?


    Jetpacks are no longer science fiction. JetPack Aviation unveiled a functioning turbojet version.

    They were a science-fiction fantasy in the Bond movie “Thunderball,” a space-age gag in “Gilligan’s Island.” But a half-century later, jet packs actually exist. A California company called JetPack Aviation unveiled a functioning turbojet version two years ago, capable of staying aloft for 10 minutes, traveling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Current models are available only to the military, but David Mayman, the company’s founder, said he plans to introduce a commercial version within 18 months.

    Hard-core doomers need not drain their airplane-liquor-bottle stash to envision the potential: Imagine New York after, say, an electromagnetic pulse attack that wipes out the power grid (like the kind North Korea recently threatened). The bridges and streets resemble a scene from the old John Carpenter movie “Escape From New York,” but the privileged few can soar across the Hudson to safety (or at least New Jersey). “From the time you push the button, you could be in the air in less than 30 seconds,” Mr. Mayman said.

    Sure, there is the cost — about $250,000, which the company is hoping to bring down “to the price of a luxury car.” For now, just think of it as the survivalists’ Maybach.

    10. No Place Like Dome


    A company called Intershelter sells igloo-shape pleasure domes that call to mind Luke Skywalker’s old pad on Tatooine.

    Sandy was not the first hurricane to devastate entire sections of New York. In 1893, a hurricane blew through the city with such force that it wiped an entire island — Hog Island, a glittering resort near the Rockaways — off the map. In the event of a megadisaster that leaves parts of the city uninhabitable, survivors might require cheap, stormproof shelter to start a new life.

    In the best of times, prefabricated dome shelters receive high marks from environmentalists and penny pinchers alike because of their low cost and minimal environmental impact.

    A company called Intershelter sells igloo-shape pleasure domes that call to mind Luke Skywalker’s old pad on Tatooine, but cost only $12,000 for one big enough to include a kitchen; it can be thrown together in a few hours, to make an instant hunting or fishing lodge. But in the worst of times, this dome, “built to sustain hurricane strength winds or earthquakes,” makes great relief housing for disaster victims and, in theory, would make great bug-out bunkers for urbanites looking to build a survivalist compound on the fly.

    The dome houses are so rugged, according the company’s founder, Don Kubley, “you could buy one today and your grandkids will be playing in it.” One can only hope.

    Should disaster not strike? They make a great man cave or backyard cabana.

    11. Pets or Meat

    In the event of a breakdown of the food supply that leaves the shelves of Fairway bare and Le Coucou a ghost town on a Saturday night, you will still have to eat. Often.

    That is why many survivalists are placing their hopes of sustenance in rabbit, a high-protein, low-fat meat that is also being embraced as “the new chicken” by sustainable food types including Michael Pollan. “Raising meat rabbits is one of the most space-efficient means of growing livestock for meat,” according to the site Survivalist 101.

    By livestock standards, rabbits are relatively clean and quiet, too. They can survive on table-scrap vegetables or even grass, and as a bonus, yield valuable fur for improvised winter clothing. And boy do they breed. A doe can produce up to 50 kits a year, yielding 250 pounds of meat, according to researchers at the Penn State Extension.

    12. Beyond Medieval Times

    To master archery and broadsword combat; to learn to manufacture fabric, bread, ceramic cookware and wood furniture by hand; to perfect the preindustrial arts of iron craft and tanning: Yes, there are worse things to carry into a post-apocalyptic world than a membership card to the Society for Creative Anachronism.

    In normal times, this international historical-re-enactment organization seems like little more than a harmless bunch of Renaissance Faire types playing dress up on weekends and celebrating the arts, skills and costumes of pre-17th-century Europe.

    But should Armageddon arrive — say, in the form of a limited nuclear exchange, global pandemic or cyber mega-attack — these hobbies could mean your survival. In other words, chivalry may not be dead after all.

    13. The Final Frontier

    There is bugging out, and then there is really bugging out. In a scorched-earth scenario where even a jet pack is not enough to escape harm’s way, preppers with deep pockets and a taste for Arthur C. Clarke might consider the ultimate escape: launching their DNA into space.

    Celestis, a company specializing in “memorial spaceflights” (sending cremated remains into space), recently introduced “genetic spaceflight.” For $12,500, for example, the cosmologically minded can send their DNA (a mouth swab or hair sample) into space on a “true mission of exploration,” aboard a spacecraft on a “permanent celestial journey well beyond the moon.”

    Who knows — some ultra-intelligent alien being may discover it in the future, and use your genetic code to reanimate a race of humans on a distant planet. Let’s just hope those humans don’t choose to blow themselves up.

    via How to Survive the Apocalypse

    Surviving a natural or man-made disaster will require planning, preparation, and supplies. Hope these  suggestions that will give you a starting place for your preparations. stay prepared.


  • North Korean EMP attack would kill '90% of all Americans | Be Prepared

    Self_protectionThis is really scarey and also within the range of possibility given the current state of developement of the North Korean nuculear program. Survival kits anyone?

    Congress was warned Thursday that North Korea is capable of attacking the U.S. today with a nuclear EMP bomb that could indefinitely shut down the electric power grid and kill 90 percent of "all Americans" within a year.

    At a House hearing, experts said that North Korea could easily employ the "doomsday scenario" to turn parts of the U.S. to ashes.

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    In calling on the Pentagon and President Trump to move quickly to protect the grid, the experts testified that an explosion of a high-altitude nuclear bomb delivered by a missile or satellite "could be to shut down the U.S. electric power grid for an indefinite period, leading to the death within a year of up to 90 percent of all Americans."

    Related: Secret South Korean war plans are safe after reported North Korea hack, Pentagon says

    Army chief: Jim Mattis 'very clearly' tasked soldiers to be ready for war with North Korea

    What winning a war against North Korea might look like

    Two members of the former congressional EMP commission said the threat to the U.S. has never been higher, in part because of the current high level of saber rattling by both sides and North Korea's surprising display over the past six months of its ability to deliver on its threats.

    "With the development of small nuclear arsenals and long-range missiles by new, radical U.S. adversaries, beginning with North Korea, the threat of a nuclear EMP attack against the U.S. becomes one of the few ways that such a country could inflict devastating damage to the United States. It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. national leadership address the EMP threat as a critical and existential issue, and give a high priority to assuring the leadership is engaged and the necessary steps are taken to protect the country from EMP," the experts told a House Homeland Security subcommittee.

    via Congress warned North Korean EMP attack would kill '90% of all Americans'n.

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  • A Woman & Her Son Survived For 10 Whole Days In The Woods Thanks To Bear Grylls' Survival Tips

    Survival tipsBear Grylls is a fixture as a survival expert. His long running television shows have demonstrated logical and practical techniques to survive a potentially dangerous situation. Here is such a case.

    It's probably the last thing anyone would think while watching the 'Bear Grylls' show, to get stuck in the woods and live on creepy crawlies.

    But for one mother and son, duo this turned out to be a reality. According to reports, the two were lost for ten days in the Australian bush and used survival tactics inspired by Bear Grylls.

    Michelle Small, 40, and her nine-year-old son Dylan Deane, from the New South Wales town set off for a short bushwalk in the Mount Royal National Park in the Hunter Valley on October 2.

    But they eventually lost their way in the rugged bushland. They struggled with harsh weather and no food for ten days, but were able to get by thanks to Bear Grylls.

    Hunter Valley Acting Superintendent Rob Post told “It is amazing they have actually survived for so long.”

    “Even more amazing is that nine-year-old Dylan has come out with insect bites but quite fit and able – he looks like he could do the whole thing again,” he said.

    Superintendent Post said the pair had gathered water using techniques learned from adventurer and expert survivalist Bear Grylls.

    via Thanks To Bear Grylls' Survival Tips, A Woman & Her Son Survived For 10 Whole Days In The Woods

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    Chance favors the prepared mind. Be prepared


  • Create Your Own Survival Kit in 5 Easy Steps

    imageWith the first blast of winter we are reminded how important it is to be prepared for the extrem weather so common on winter days. Here are some tips to help you be safe. These are the supplies you need to keep you and your family safe.


    Winter Car Survival Kit Checklist

    1. Shovel, windshield scraper, and small broom:

    These items are used to keep your car clear of snow so you can be found easier.

     2. Headlamp and spare batteries:

    I prefer headlamps to standard flashlights.  They free up your hands so you can clear snow from your vehicle with more ease.  Imagine trying to shovel while holding a flashlight!

    It would take 3x longer and cause you to be exposed to the cold longer.

    3. Crank-powered emergency radio:

    You’ll need your emergency radio to keep up on road conditions.

    Crank-power means you don’t have to worry about batteries dying on you.

    A radio also comes in handy to help kill boredom while waiting to be rescued.  A lot of people make poor decisions when they become bored. Here are some of the best emergency radios.

    4. Hygiene kit:

    Your driving survival kit should include toilet paper, baby wipes, trash bags, feminine items, and diapers (if you have an infant).  You can urinate into an empty water bottle to avoid going into the cold.

    5. Hats, socks, mittens, jacket, and boots:

    You should have these items for every member of your family.  Yes, I know you will probably already be wearing these items in winter.  However, they could easily get wet so you’ll want spares.

    Also, you’ll be grateful to be able to double up on the clothes when it gets cold!

    stranded cars during blizzardImagine if you had to walk home in your work shoes! Keep boots in your driving survival kit!

    6. Blankets and/or sleeping bags:

    If you can afford them, get sub-zero sleeping bags for each member of your family.  The shape of sleeping bags make them better at trapping body heat than blankets.

    If you have to go with blankets, opt for wool ones.  Wool blankets dry faster and do a great job of trapping heat.

     7. Bivvy Bag:

    A bivvy bag is essentially a waterproof sack that you can get into.  A lot of people think it is okay to only have a bivvy bag in their winter car survival kit.

    Yes, a bivvy bag will trap your body heat and get you warm – but it will also make you sweat like crazy. After a few hours in a bivvy bag, don’t be surprised if you are completely drenched in sweat.  This in turn makes you colder and defeats the entire purpose of using the bivvy bag.

    A bivvy bag must be used OVER a sleeping bag or blanket.

    First you get in your sleeping bag or wrap yourself in blankets.  Then you crawl into the bivvy bag.  The sleeping bag/blanket will provide enough insulation to keep condensation from building up in the bivvy bag.  The combo is very effective at keeping you warm. (6)

    There are plenty of cheap emergency bivvy bags for $5 that you can buy.  These are generally not any better than crawling into a trash bag.  I suggest getting something a little better.

    The best bivvy bags are breathable but quite pricey, like this one:

     8. Emergency car tools and supplies:

    You can avoid getting trapped in your car in winter by having tools to fix the problem that has you stranded.

    • Spare tire, jack, and lug wrench
    • Can of tire inflator and sealant
    • Tow chain - this one is highly rated
    • Spare fuses
    • Road salt, sand, or cat litter
    • Booster cables
    • Motor oil
    • Antifreeze, coolant, and windshield washer fluid
    • Pocket knife and multi-tool
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    Of these emergency tools, the jumper cables are arguably the most important.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues with standard jumper cables – particularly that you need to lug around a spare battery or wait for someone else to come and offer a jumpstart.

    These pocket jumper cables are really cool.  They act as a portable power bank for your devices, but can also be used for jumpstarting your car.  It weighs just 8oz and can jumpstart your car 20 times on a single charge.  No need to connect to another car’s battery!

    9. First aid kit:

     You should have a first aid kit in your driving survival kit regardless of the season.  Be sure to include any medications that you need to take.

    Also, pay attention to where you keep the car first aid kit.  If you have an accident (like sliding off the road on black ice), you might not be able to get to the trunk of your car. It’s better to keep the first aid kit under the passenger seat.

     10. Emergency signaling items:

    In case of an accident of getting stuck in your car during winter, you need to have a way to signal for help.   No – reflectors will NOT be enough! They are important to have in your emergency kit, but won’t help rescuers spot your vehicle from a distance.

    Include in your winter car kit:

    • Phone plus charger
    • Roadside flares
    • Reflectors (put next to your vehicle to increase visibility)
    • Whistle (for calling for help without having to use your horn and drain the battery)
    • Fluorescent distress/HELP flag
    • Notepad and pencil (in case you evacuate- leave a note saying where you are headed)

    11. Emergency heat sources:

    Cars are very poorly insulated.  Even in a sleeping bag/bivvy bag combo, you might still find it very hard to stay warm.  Yes, it is possible to heat your car during a breakdown without turning it on (which you should only do for 10-15 minutes at a time every hour, assuming you’ve got enough gas).

    Here’s what you need in your vehicle to stay warm:

    1. Hand warmers:

    Put these in your gloves and shoes to prevent frostbite.

    2. Duct tape + trash bags:

    Tape trash bags (or newspapers, blankets, bubble wrap…) around the windows and doors to seal off cracks.

    3. Candles:

    This is a trick I learned while winter camping. You’d be surprised how much heat a few candles can put out. A single multi-wick candle can keep your car comfortable for up to 24 hours.

    More candles equals more heat. Of course, you need to be careful that the candles don’t tip over, so make sure you get candles with sturdy bases. (7)

    4. Indoor-Safe Heater:

    Most heaters are absolutely NOT safe to be used inside a car.

    However, this heater is safe for indoor use as it will automatically shut off if turned over or if low oxygen levels are detected.  It’s pretty small so you can easily keep it in your trunk.

    Do note that it generally isn’t advised to keep propane in your car because of fire risk during accidents. Weigh whether that risk is worth the security of having an emergency heater with you at all times.

    IMPORTANT: Emergency heaters – including propane and candles – produce carbon monoxide.  CO poisoning is a leading cause of death during emergencies.  

    If you are going to put a propane heater or candles in your car winter emergency kit, you must also include a CO detector.  These are small and can easily be kept in your trunk.

    There are mini CO detector strips (usually used by aviators) like this one which are really cheap.  It is only activated once you open it.

     Alternatively, pay a bit more for a battery-operated CO detector.  Just put the batteries in it once you are ready to use it in your car.

    12. Emergency Food

    In most survival situations, you can go for 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food. However, your body uses significantly more energy when trying to stay warm.  Since you’ll probably also be shoveling snow off your car, you will need a lot more calories.

    According to this source, the typical person consumes about 2,300 calories per day.  About half of those would be used to regulate body temperature.  To make sure your body can stay warm enough, you’ll need 3,500 calories per day while trapped in your vehicle during winter.

    When choosing food for your winter car survival kit, you’ll want sugary foods that provide quick energy. Candy bars are especially great for fighting off hypothermia.

    Include in Your Kit:

    If you want to take your winter car survival kit to the next level, consider getting some self-heating  meals. These meals are fairly cheap and they come with a “heater” which works through a chemical reaction.

    A hot meal can go a long way towards warming you up when trapped in your car!

    *Remember to also pack a mess kit if you want to include some of these self-heating meals!

     13. Water

    During a winter breakdown, you will have water all around you in the form of snow. But you should NEVER EAT SNOW.  It will cause your core temperature to drop.  Since there isn’t that much water in the snow anyway (it’s fluffy), it isn’t worth freezing your body for the amount of water you’d get.Make sure you have plenty of bottled water in your car emergency kit.  You’ll also need a way to melt the water in case it freezes.Include in Your Kit:

    • Bottled water – the bottles shouldn’t be completely full to prevent cracking in case they freeze
    • Tin can or pot (for heating frozen water or melting snow)
    • Matches - I like these waterproof and stromproof matches and they are available for free at the moment (just cover S+H)
    • Stove or candles (use outdoors or follow the same safety protocols for using emergency heaters in your car!) I use this clever bio-lite camp stove which also doubles as a phone charger.
    • Water filter or purification tablets (even clean-looking snow should be purified before consuming). Check out this guide to the best water filters for more.
    I came across this really cool product which is perfect for winter survival kits.  It is a self-heating mug.  Even though it is meant for coffee, you could put snow in it.The mug would melt the snow and give you water for drinking.  It plugs into your car lighter.

    Winter Car Bonus Survival Kit Tips:

    • Store important items under the passenger seat in case the trunk is jammed shut.
    • Check your kit items before the start of each season.
    • Water bottles should be rotated every 6-12 months to prevent leaking.

    via Winter: Your Car Survival Kit

    Be prepared and ready for the cold this winter. Keep safe and be prepared.


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