Survival and Self-sufficiency
I am from Bosnia. You know, between 1992 and 1995, it was hell. For one year, I lived and survived in a city with 6,000 people without water, electricity, gasoline, medical help, civil defense, distribution service, any kind of traditional service or centralized rule.
To kill or not to kill. That is the question. You may be perfectly within your legal and ethical rights to end the life of a home intruder, but is that what you want to do? That’s what you have to ask yourself, and I’d recommend that you do it before it happens, not afterward.
It is wise to stock up on baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). It is so effective in balancing the pH of the body and allowing the body to heal itself that it won’t be long before the powers that be will make it illegal to get baking soda without a prescription.
Floods, hurricanes, heavy rains, massive snow and ice thaws, dam releases, ice dams, levees, storm seasons, and even new real estate development can all lead to increased water levels and, ultimately, a disaster. If dry land is not available, then a boat is the next best option.
If you plan to flee and you have time, consider preparing your home to make it as looter-proof as possible before you leave.
You’ve probably seen video or photographs of homes along the coast being prepared for the onslaught of a hurricane. Keep this visual in mind as you begin to make your home looter-proof.
Being prepared for any kind of a disaster is important. What about a survival situation with your health? Most people know that chest pain or angina and numbness in the left arm are the classic signs of a heart attack. But in reality most of the warning signs are much more subtle than that, especially in women.
What do you do when you run low on store-bought vinegar and buying more is not an option? The answer is simple: You make your own. The first thing you need to do is to create your mother of vinegar.
Our nation has seen a rise in the number of people that are being diagnosed with diseases directly related to the consumption of breads, cereals and other items containing certain grains. If you suspect that you have an intolerance to wheat, barley or rye, do not store these grains.
There is a great fallacy in some circles that the lone wolf is the person who will have the greatest chance of survival if things ever go downhill. Being prepared for any level of disaster or emergency is definitely something that should be a family, group or team effort.
At the end of last month’s article, I mentioned that I recently experienced the “joys” of purchasing the wrong piece of equipment (again). Hopefully, it encouraged you to take a closer look at improving your knowledge concerning the goods and gadgets that you have.
Do you think you know how to use your prepper tools? You might want to practice using them before you actually need them. (Knowing “how” to use them is not the same as actually using them.) If you have food from a particular food storage company, taste it. If you have a particular water filter, prime it and practice using it. For instance, if you have a flint fire starter but “can’t use it to save your life,” then most likely you won’t be able to use it to actually save your life.