Survival and Self-sufficiency
Using old tires and culverts is a great way to recycle. It is a way to have a raised bed garden in a small space. Tires can be put anywhere that there is an empty space in your yard or flower bed.
I would have to say the most intriguing thing I have had the pleasure of learning is how easy it could be to live off the grid. I had the opportunity to learn from one of the best, Johnny Mueller, the other day when we sat down to discuss his Five Flags program. It shocked me how common living without a true home country had become.
Whether you’re bugging out with your bug-out bag or staying put with a well-thought-out, self-sufficient homestead plan, make sure you always have quick and easy access to the important documents in your life. Make at least two copies of the originals, and store them in different locations where they can be grabbed at a moment’s notice. It’s important to update these records often. Outdated information will help no one.
In the case of an emergency there are countless scenarios wherein you will need documents to prove that you are who you say you are and your claims are true and accurate. This is especially true when children are involved. If you can’t prove that you are their parent, today’s State and Federal security laws prohibit schools from releasing them to you, and medical facilities will not treat them. With that said, the following is a list of suggested documents to copy and keep together in one place for access upon a moment’s notice.
Recent wildfires led to emergency evacuations. Some of the lucky people had less than 30 minutes to grab their most valuable possessions and flee the inferno. Others got out with only the clothes on their backs.
Massive storms left nearly 2 million people in the United States without power, and some without basic emergency services, last weekend and early this week. The incident highlights the importance of being prepared for a disaster that causes the power grid to fail.
As Americans throughout the Nation prepare to fire up their grills and load up on fireworks to celebrate Independence Day, the sun may be shooting off some fireworks of its own. Sunspot AR1515 erupted on July 2 and produced an M5.6-class solar flare that was observed by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory.
Let’s face the facts: When you pack your bug-out bag, you don’t want to be bogged down with multiple items when one will do the trick. One of the most valuable and variable tools that you can use in the wild is the survival knife.
What would we do if the power went out for a week or two? We would not be able to get gas because the pumps run on electricity. The grocery stores would not be able to sell products because the computers wouldn’t work. We would all be greatly inconvenienced.
I think that it’s so easy to overlook the needs of children in potential crisis situations. We focus so much on what we adults need in our bug-out bags for us, but we overlook the obvious things like what our children could use in an emergency.
When, in the course of “human events,” it becomes evident that the “junk” has hit the fan, your medical, bug-out, vehicle and home kits need to work well and last through whatever life may throw at you.
The process of weeding out the “fluff” to get down to the meat and bones of a good product you can bet your life on (and your family’s lives) can be annoying at best and detrimental to your survival at worst. In an effort to show you some basic solutions to the challenge of selecting such important components of preparedness kits, Category Five has developed these helpful guidelines.