Survival and Self-sufficiency
I have heard people jokingly say that they don’t need extra food reserves because they have guns. They casually say, “I will just come to your house.” I believe that people will do whatever they have to do to get food for their family. How will we protect the food reserves we have worked so hard to purchase, store and secure?
A recent storm that tore through the New England dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas and left hundreds of thousands without power for several days.
Foraging your area for edible wild plants is a great way to give your diet variety. To find out more about edible plants in your region, buy a book from a local or online bookstore.
Water is one of the most important things you need to consider in a survival situation. I want to share a few thoughts I have on things that can be done on a city or regional level to increase the amount of water that’s available in drought situations. These are measures that can be taken both now and in a grid-down survival situation.
The coming of winter each year can bring extreme cold weather, large amounts of snowfall and an increased risk of danger when traveling outside of the home or driving.
The Occupy protests bring to mind a serious question: How do you protect yourself in a true riot or mob situation? Mob mentality has been causing riotous behavior for thousands of years. Although it’s chaotic, there are things about mob mentality that we can recognize and use in order to keep ourselves safe.
What do you do if there is a disaster in your community? You will not be able to flush the toilets or run water down the drains if a flood, hurricane or something else overwhelms the sewer system. During a disaster situation, public services could be disrupted for many days. The spread of disease is imminent unless you take precautions and make emergency sanitation facilities.
Though many Americans think that an avalanche is not something that they need to worry about, the horrific nature and power of the snow-based event was shown in 2010 as a record 36 people were killed.
Two major threats have the ability to partially or completely destroy the power grid: electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Nuclear blasts can cause EMPs, and large solar flares can cause CMEs.
To prepare for a long-term situation in which your emergency stores are going to run out, you need to know how to hunt, gather and forage in your area.
For hunting you should have a .22-caliber rifle for shooting small game, a shotgun and a large caliber rifle like a .308 or a .30-06.