Survives in a Urban Environment

Survives in a Urban Environment

Rudy Reyes, a recon marine demonstrates the skills needed to stay alive after Armageddon inside an urban environment.

Many preppers and survivalist focus on how to make it in the woods. While these are very important skills to learn, so is surviving in the city and learning how to maneuver in and out in a way you won’t get caught. It is very apparent in this video …

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Keep Your House Cool When the Grid Goes Down

Keep Your House Cool When the Grid Goes Down

When most preppers imagine all the ways that a collapse of the power grid could hurt civilization, they usually think of our food distribution networks, water systems, financial networks, and the internet. But one thing that usually isn’t at the top of that list of concerns, is the heating and cooling of our homes.

That’s probably because we know that human beings have lived in extremely hot and cold climates for generations, and many of us just assume that if the grid goes down, we’ll find a way to deal with the temperature outside. This is no small matter however, especially when it comes to air conditioning. If it weren’t for the invention of AC, there would be tens of millions of people who never would have bothered moving to the Southern US or the Southwest. A city like Phoenix would never have 1.5 million people without affordable AC units in every home. If the grid went down now, a large swath of the American population would be living in a climate that they have no idea how to deal with.

And unlike heating, there really aren’t any comparable non-electric alternatives to cooling your home. If you lived in the northern climbs of the US, then you probably aren’t far from sources of firewood, but non-electric cooling methods never work as well as an AC unit. Swamp coolers work really well and use very little electricity, but that’s about as good as it gets. Plus, they only work well in low humidity environments.

While unpowered cooling methods simply can’t compete with AC units, there are still some methods of cooling your home that can take the edge off the heat. One of the newest methods involves …

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5 Easy, Low-Cost DIY Projects for Preppers

5 Easy, Low-Cost DIY Projects for Preppers

If you’re tired of buying survival gear and would like to work on your skills for a change by making some of it yourself, I’ve got some really easy DIY projects for you to get your feet wet. You’ll not only improve in one area where many people are lacking (i.e. survival skills), but you’ll also save a ton of money on yet another piece of equipment you already had.

Of course, you’re also going to need some tools in order to do these projects, but that’s the whole point: putting your gear to work. You need to start using it today, before SHTF, not after.  So let’s see what the projects are…

Primitive Bows and Arrows

Let’s start with something simple: a bow and some arrows. Making them is so easy that you can even get your kids involved, just like my grandpa taught me when I was a kid.

Now, if you’re going to use it for survival purposes, you need to do it right. You’ll need the right kind of wood (maple, oak and ash are all good choices), choose the right branch, and have the right …

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Is Your Pet Prepared?

Is Your Pet Prepared

A 2012 study from the Humane Society shows that 33% of all US households own at least one cat. It also shows that 39% own at least one dog. To some people, a pet may just be an animal, but to many, Fido and Fluffy are extensions of the family. With this being the case, it is fairly surprising to me how few preppers remember to pack an emergency kit for their pets.

I have heard too often that pets will be able to “make their own way” and that it is their natural instinct to survive. The truth of the matter is, most house trained cats and dogs don’t make it very far on their own. The average life span of a stray animal is cut nearly in half compared to that of a house pet.

With that being said, I urge any of you with pets to make sure that you consider them when making your preparations.

If you believe bringing your pet with you during an evacuation is not an option, there are other solutions for you.

  1. Contact your veterinarian and ask for a list of their preferred boarding facilities.
  2.  Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter for pets.
  3.  Ask trusted sources outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you do plan on taking your pet with you, it is very important to create a Pet Evacuation Kit or PEK handy for your pets. This kit is not unlike your own Bug Out Bag and will contain all of the same basic ingredients.

Keep this PEK with your personal go bags and make sure that everyone in the family knows where they are. This kit should be clearly marked and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your pack include:

  • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include, or purchase one online)
  • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (make sure that you follow the first in first out rule with pet food as well as human food)
  • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans work well, are inexpensive and usually come with lids to keep the smell down)
  • Litter
  • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
  • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
  • Pet feeding dishes

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How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

How to Escape Handcuffs, Zip Ties & Duct Tape Restraints

Though most preppers, survivalists and escape artists teaching folks how to escape from restraints, no matter if they’re handcuffs, zip ties, duct tape or rope automatically assume you’re trying to escape from a home invasion or kidnapping situation, even though when talking about a society collapse scenario, your biggest threat will most likely be police and military personnel.

In a society collapse situation, money will likely be worthless, stores will be pillaged and their shelves will be empty and the infrastructure can likely be down, that means no fuel, electricity, water, sanitation, law or order. In fact, emergency situations even not as severe, usually turn cops into violent, power-hungry control freaks and/or vigilantes.  Then there’s the probability that martial law ….

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17 Ways to Keep Your House Cool and Save Money

17 Ways to Keep Your House Cool and Save Money

The seasons come and go, each with its own set of characteristics that can either be easy or difficult to get through. Summer is just around the corner and while it’s fun to go to the beach, the same cannot be said about going back to a home that feels like an oven. Turning on the air conditioning is the most convenient solution, but you won’t be excited to see the electric bill.

As the summer heat seems to lengthen and intensify each year, we preppers need to do something about it without having to resort to the expensive and artificial way of cooling our homes. Here are some tips to deal with the heat wave while saving money in the process.

  1. Dehumidify

If you live in a humid area, your sweat will stay wet. Wear loose cotton and other natural fabrics. Removing the humidity will help you feel cooler.

  1. Reduce and reflect sunlight

Sunlight alone can increase the temperature in your home. Keep that light from entering your interior and you can feel the difference.

  1. Turn off lights when not in use – especially incandescents

Light bulbs produce heat, especially the incandescent ones. If you can’t replace these antique type of bulbs, the least you can do is minimize their usage.

  1. Be smart about your doors

If a room is cooler than the outdoor temperature, close the door. This way the cold will not leave the room even in the warmest part of the …

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Survival Vehicle

Survival Vehicle

Doomsday can be caused by so many factors that it’s almost impossible to consider all scenarios. When in need of a survival vehicle, the things you need to think about, depend a lot on the area you live in, the season, the number of individuals you’re planning to take with you and whether or not you have an easy survival bag or a whole gear to take with you.

Vehicle manufacturers thought about this issue as well and they’ve built survival cars meant for bug out situations. They aren’t all running on gas and they are multi-purpose as well. Even so, the average person might not have access to such vehicles in time. That’s why it’s necessary to know what you need and get it as fast as possible.

EMP-resistance factors to consider

Survival vehicles aren’t simple to choose. Here are some factors that you should think about in case you’re planning to resist a possible disastrous situation: kind of gas, fuel capacity, cargo or towing capability, off-road capability, ways of maintenance and repairs, easy to find parts, less controllable by a computer, blend in capability, materials and ways to improve it.

Although there are survival cars ready for you to buy, you should first know what to seem for in such car. The following guidelines will offer you a better idea of what could work in an EMP situation, but they don’t guarantee you a 100 percent rate of success.

  • Type of gas. In case you can’t afford otherwise you cannot trust vehicles powered by different sources, then you should know which type of has is more reliable. Diesel is your best option because it doesn’t expire as quickly as gasoline and it can be obtained from crops that you can grow by yourself. It goes without saying that nobody is going to produce gas anymore, so you have to be prepared with as much as you’ll carry. A vehicle powered by fossil fuels won’t be usable forever, but it’s a good option to run away with.
  • Fuel capacity. Survival cars ought to have a larger fuel capacity than the typical car and you should add tanks to it filled with diesel. The possibility of stopping for diesel or maybe running into a functional gas station is low. These tanks should be virtually indestructible or else you might get away, but don’t get far.
  • Cargo capability. When you wish to save your family, along with your pets, you’ll stumble upon the space problem. They’ll all have stuff they want to carry with them and most of them won’t be survival items. So, consider attaching a trailer, a roof rack or swing outs in order to optimize space. You won’t have enough time to think this through when you’ll need to bug out, so it’s best to consider it now. When you travel solo things are much easier.
  • Type of tires. Regardless of the kind of catastrophe you’re facing, you can’t rely on the roads anymore. This means that you’ll want huge tires, capable of carrying you off road, in less peachy conditions. A 4-wheel drive is your best option, to which you must add all terrain tires and spares. As extra caution means, you’ll carry towing rope and other types of towing tools that might come in hand.
  • Repairs and maintenance. A simply built engine that’s not controlled by a computer is exactly what you’re looking for. Such mechanism will easily be fixed if you also carry an instructions manual with you and some basic tools. Electronic waves might interfere with each device from Earth’s surface, so they must be excluded from your survival set up.
  • Your alternative in survival vehicle will definitely be good, but things break, so what you need is a common vehicle that can be easily fixed. If you have enough cash …

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