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Urban Survival Skills You Can Learn When Money’s Tight

April 25, 2011 by  

Urban Survival Skills You Can Learn When Money’s Tight

This week, we’re going to talk about how to get prepared for disasters when you find yourself already in "survival" mode.

Sometimes life can throw you a curve ball and make preparations difficult. It can be difficult because of finances, health, family issues or any combination of things. In fact, a lot of people who are switched on and see trouble on the horizon are already in a sort of survival mode. I hear from people on a daily basis who see trouble coming, but are on Social Security or who just got laid off and don’t have money for buying lots of supplies.

And I hear from others who aren’t in that extreme of a situation, but who are barely making it with the income and expenses they have right now, and feel they can’t afford additional survival prep expenses.

But if you’re in either of those situations, that doesn’t excuse you from making continual forward progress on your preparations.

The risks that we face to our way of life don’t care about whether we’re ready or not. I don’t think I’m going to get a call in advance of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), terrorist attack, an economic crash or earthquake so that I can make sure that my family is all set. And I doubt you will either. These risks don’t really concern themselves with whether or not my 3-year-old is having screaming fits during the day and my 9-month-old is teething all night… again.

These things just happen when they happen.

They happened to a student from Missouri who was going through the course awhile back. She emailed in about some rough financial times she was going through and how everything seemed to conspire against her at the same time. Long story short, she kept making forward progress on her preparations and got through her rough patch. She didn’t think she would, but she did.

Financial situations can turn on a dime, and that’s one reason why it’s so important to focus on survival skills instead of just focusing on survival “stuff.” Some stuff is important, and it definitely helps compensate for a lack of skill and/or makes survival tasks easier. But the great thing about focusing on skills instead of stuff is that you can practice one survival skill or another no matter what your current situation is.

In fact, one way that you can look at your situation if you’re currently in “survival” mode is that if a catastrophic event happens, your life won’t be disrupted as much as it could be. I often game EMP events in my head. When I do, one of the things that I always think of is how tribal people around the world who live without electricity won’t even know that anything happened. They’ll just go on with everyday life like normal.

A lot of the survival skills that these tribal people use are free or next to free to practice. You might want to make a list and make a goal of doing one of these every day. If not every day, at least try to do one each weekend.

11 Survival Skills That Are Free Or Inexpensive To Learn And Practice

Making fire: Practice making a fire from tinder, kindling and one match. Move on to using flint and steel, flint, magnesium and steel, a BlastMatch™, or a fire piston (diesel). Then, move on to a bow drill. This is all stuff that you can do in your back yard. I practice this with my 3-year-old. He likes watching the sparks, seeing the smoke, and he REALLY likes getting s’mores as soon as I’ve made fire. As a note, when I’ve got ideal tinder, I’ll use a sparking device, but if I don’t have perfect tinder, I prefer using a bow drill and a nice big piece of coal.

Think you can’t do this? I’ve even taught people how to light tinder with a spark in a hotel room bathroom with a piece of aluminum foil protecting the floor. (Do this at your own risk.) I’ve got to especially warn you not to make enough smoke to set off a smoke detector OR set anything on fire.

Char cloth: Char cloth is basically very thin pieces of charcoal made out of 100 percent cotton. It will take a spark almost immediately, burn hot and burn quite a while. Here’s a QUICK how-to guide to make your own.

Take a 100 percent cotton shirt, sheet or any other piece of 100 percent cotton and cut it into 1- or 2-inch squares. Then, drop the cotton squares into a CLEAN tin can until it’s full and cover it with heavy aluminum foil. You can secure the aluminum foil with baling wire, but it’s not vital as long as the foil is on tight.

Next, poke a small hole in the top of the foil and put the can into a pile of hot coals. Smoke should start coming out of the hole within a couple of minutes. This is smoke and methane and the smoke will be flammable (you can light it if you want). Within five to 10 minutes the smoke should stop coming out of the hole.

When this happens, take the tin can out of the coals and let it cool. When it’s cool, take the foil out and pull a square out. If it’s all ash, it means that air got into the can and you just need to try again. If not, then the cotton got hot without oxygen and turned black, you should be good to go! (This is how charcoal is made, and you essentially end up with small, thin pieces of charcoal) Take a piece, use a sparking device to throw a spark at it and play with your new toy.

The skills you’ll develop making char cloth are a solid foundation for making charcoal AND for making a gasifier. In one of its simplest forms, a gasifier is a contraption that allows you to extract methane from wood and use it to run a generator.

Solar heating: Have an old satellite dish? Coat it with Mylar® or aluminum foil to reflect and focus sunlight and practice cooking, boiling water, making char cloth and starting fires with it. This will get HOT… hot enough to burn you, so be careful. Don’t have a satellite dish? Look for one in dumpsters and on the curb on big trash pickup days. This will work with old full sized satellite dishes or parabolic dishes as small as a soft drink can. The bigger the dish, the hotter it’ll get.

Hunting, alarms, traps and snares: Have mice? Practice trapping or making intrusion alarms. Have sparrows, starlings or other “pest” birds? Practice your blowgun, slingshot or BB skills.

Water filtration: Have a bucket you can cut a hole in? Practice making a water filter out of gravel, pea gravel, sand and activated charcoal (or non-chemically treated charcoal). Run water through it and see how it tastes. I’ve got a picture and more information here:

Stockpiling: Yes… it’s a skill, and you should be good at it. Some of the immediate benefits are saving money and never running out of diapers, toilet paper, dog food, paper towels, etc., this side of a disaster. It also means fewer rushed trips to the store for emergency items. It also means fewer conversations that go something like, “Honey… did you remember to bring home the xxxx that I asked you to pick up. We’re out.” Whether we ever experience a catastrophic, life changing event or not, my family’s life is better because we stockpile.

Don’t have emergency water stored up yet? If you drink soda, start keeping all of your empty plastic bottles, whether they’re big or small. Wash them out with soap and hot water and put water and a little chlorine in them until you’ve got a few gallons per person.

Don’t have emergency food stored up yet? At LEAST buy some beans, rice and oatmeal. If you want to splurge, get SPAM® and instant potatoes (one of my current favorite camping meals.) If you can’t afford to stock up and you aren’t already eating beans, rice and oatmeal then consider eating beans, rice, and oatmeal for a week or so and using the money you save to stock up.

Situational Awareness: Try to continually be aware of what’s going on around you. Identify people who are potential threats and quickly game out in your head what they might do and what your reaction would be. When you’re simply an honest person walking down the street, any violent confrontation that you can spot and avoid in advance is a violent confrontation that you’ve won.

Identify situations that are dangerous, like doors swinging into walkways, blind corners, ice hanging off of a building, skateboarders getting pulled by a dog on a leash, etc. Practice reading body language… both good AND bad. Watch couples in love. Watch people arguing. Watch people reacting to babies and puppies.

Watch people you work with throughout the day and notice how their posture, facial expressions and the pitch of their voice change when they’re tired, excited, caffeinated, hungry, on a sugar high, stressed, etc. Study people you know so you can read people you don’t know. And remember… it’s not cut-n-dry… it’s an art based on science. People rub their nose when their allergies are bugging them. They cover their mouth when their breath is bad. They cross their arms to keep warm. They fidget because of pain or excessive energy.

Negotiating: Get in the habit of asking for discounts. Sometimes people will give a discount for no reason, but usually you need to give them a reason. It could be that you’re buying a damaged or opened item, buying in quantity, buying something expired or close to expiring or some other reason.

At farmers’ markets, if one of something is 50 cents, ask if they’ll do three for a dollar. The biggest thing is to get in the habit of negotiating. It’s a basic life skill that will pay you back for the rest of your life. And, it is a VITAL skill for any survival situation where you’re going to be around other people.

(If you’re interested in learning more about Urban Survival Bartering and Negotiating, please go to:

Also, if you have any other urban survival skills that are free and EASY to learn and practice, please share them with the other readers by commenting below. They could have to do with pure survival like making fire, storing or filtering water, building or finding shelter and storing food. They could have to do with medical or security issues. They could revolve around products and or services that you can make for barter purposes.

There are two VITAL survival skills in particular that I’m looking for. And I’ll send out a deck of Urban Survival Playing Cards to the first two people who point them out.

–David Morris /

P.S. If you like this “skills” based approach to urban survival then you should really check out the Urban Survival Course. It’s designed to help you develop the proven skills you’ll need to survive short-, medium-, and long-term disasters in an urban environment. To read more about it, and get started, just go to

Dr. David Eifrig Jr.

is the editor of two of Stansberry's best advisory services. One of his advisories, Retirement Millionaire, is a monthly letter showing readers how to live a millionaire lifestyle on less than you'd imagine possible. He travels around the U.S. looking for bargains, deals and great investment ideas. Already his average reader has saved $2,793 since 2008 (documented in each Retirement Millionaire issue). He also writes Retirement Trader, a bi-monthly advisory that explains simple techniques to make large, but very safe, gains in the stock and bond markets. This is a pure finance play and the reason Porter Stansberry loves having "Doc" on the team. Doc holds an MBA from Kellogg and has worked in arbitrage and trading groups with major Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs). In 1995, he retired from the "Street," went to UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and became an ophthalmologist. Now, in his latest "retirement," he joined Stansberry & Associates full-time to share with readers his experiences and ideas.

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    So you mentioned the threat of an EMP…any idea how I can EMP proof a vehicle? I have more than one, so if it’s complicated I could easily alternate driving them.

    Here’s my official survival cooking technique:

    1 save your empty tuna cans
    2 cut cardboard into strips about the same height as the can
    3 roll up the strips and put them into the tuna can….one long strip is easiest, but if you’re careful you can but them up and keep rolling
    3 fill with parafin or old candle wax

    this should loosely resemble a cinamon roll in a can when you’re done.

    you’ve just made home made “sterno”

    Now, grab an empty 1 gal can

    1 turn the can upside down
    2 cut a hole in the bottom large enough to push the aforementioned “sterno” through…but barely
    3 on the top back (opposide your hole and on the round part of the can) use the other end of your beer opener to punch 2 or 3 holes

    you’ve now just made the stove to go with your “sterno”

    Incidentally, there’s enough grease in the average pound of 80/20 hamburger to fry the next pound! Just use the leftover grease in place of the wax/parafin in the above steps…..but it’s a b*tch to lite and it will tend to stink!

    • roger

      learned that in the cub scouts back in the late 50′s worked great

  • elkhunter

    Put about 4 feet of duct tape on all your lighters, makes a great way to carry the duct tape. I have found one of the best uses is applying to hot spots on your feet when walking rough terrain or long distances. Two layers will stop blisters.

  • Dave R

    I have a freezer full of meat – great, until the power goes out. I’ve started now practicing meat preservation skills — smoking meat at low temps, and jerking meat. It’s good to practice on now, vs. when I have a pile of spoiling meat — also tasty.

  • Terri S

    Easy firestarters… take cardboard egg containers (tell folks you are collecting them… or buy at a feed store) fill cups up with dryer lint. Melt broken candles/crayons ect. pour into each egg cup. Let harden, break (or cut) into individual cups. When needed put under or in the middle of wood you want lit. Light. They burn about 15 minutes and will usually light smaller wood.
    Also.. I am in survival mode. Here is how I am coping… 1) Buy generic when possible. If you can’t use coupons. Look and see if there is a scratch and dent at your local market. Take money saved and buy 1 item each trip for your “stash” (more if you can afford it) Switch from patterned and scented paper products to plain (Also better for the environment)
    2) Find a farmers market. The produce is fresher.But if you become a regular you might be able to buy things at a better discount.
    3) Buy in bulk and learn the art of food preservation. Make your own jellies, jam and other things. You can even can meats, soups ect IF you have a pressure cooker. Dehydrators are great, dryed veggies thrown in a soup base make a wonderful soup. Warning… do NOT dehydrate habeneors or jalepenos in the house…they release oils into the air… Vaccum packers are also wonderful. Less freezer burn on frozen stuff AND mice ect can’t smell the other stuff to chew into it.
    4) Flour ect can be frozen… it kills the eggs of the insects if you leave it in there for a few days. Eggs also can be frozen but it is better to break them first into a plastic bag.
    Hope these ideas help.

    • independant thinker

      If thedy are in your area shop salvage food stores. There is one close to me that I could walk to if I absolutely had to. You never know what the will have but the price is always good (often half or less of full retail) and very little is close dated. They recently got in a shipment of meat and I purchased some 93% lean ground beef for 2.50 a pound this is less than the regular price of 80% in this area. I keep Progresso soup on hand that I purchase from them at 85 cents a can and it has a year or longer before expiring. I can get raw milk from them and in season can get some produce.

      • independant thinker

        Oops, the ground beef was 2.25 a pound the 2.50 per pound was for a name brand ham that is regularly over 6.00 a pound.

    • 45caliber

      Just a note on eggs. The shell breathes, which allows bacteria to get in to spoil them. If you coat the shell with warm wax or grease, it will seal the shells and keep the eggs fresher for long periods of time – some up to 3 months without refrigeration. It was a way to ship eggs overseas by ships long before refrigeration. They would coat them and then pack them in saw dust to prevent impact from breaking them.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Terri S
      I’ll go with the broken candles, I can’t stand the smell of crayons anymore!! I don’t know what they added to them now but they STINK!!!

  • http://personallibertynews Jane

    I don’t really think I could master these attempts to make fire or whatever. Additionally, I am not sure I would really want to live in a cave man world. Just sayin’.

    • Major Dad

      The ability to start a fire quickly does not require one living in a “Cave Man World.” I live in Alaska where a family camping trip in the summer means one must prepart for cool evenings. Add in some rainly weather and it is easy to end up in a hypotermic situaltion without the right clothes/gear and the ability to make a fire. Simply getting wet crossing a stream or caught in a rainstorm compined with the wrong clothing can reduce the body temperature and bring on hypothermia. Two people from Flordia died a couple of years ago of Hypothermia on a summer camping trip because they got wet and were not prepared for a night where temps dropped into the 50′s.
      This is good stuff to know if you ever plan to visit any location where you may be more than a few minutes from rescue by dailing 911.

      • Major Dad

        Sorry – forgot to use spell check before posting. ;)

    • Sam Turner

      Jane, Read some scripture, wheather you like it or not “it’s” coming. Please change your thinking, life is meaning full. Need info.? go to utube search george green, fema camps and if you need more contact me. God be with you.

  • JC

    Of Interest? This could have some serious ramifications.

    Emergency Alert USD – April 2011

    BRIC Nations Not Using US Dollar for Credit Transactions – BRIC is an acronym referencing the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China. It is sometimes referred to as BRICS with South Africa added in at the end. I do not think South Africa is significant economically but it is grouped in there anyway. The combined economic strength of these nations is massive. It dwarfs the USA. Just think of the population of India and China alone. These nations account for 40% of the population in the world (3 billion approx.) and 20% of the World Domestic Product. The BRICS nations hold 40% of the world currency reserves most of which is in USD. BRICS is a serious group of players.

    What Did BRICS Nations Do – Well they signed an agreement to use their own currencies instead of the US Dollar in issuing credit or grants to each other in commerce. Let’s see their own statement:

    “Our designated banks have signed a framework agreement on financial cooperation which envisages grant of credit in local currencies and cooperation in capital markets and other financial services,” Manmohan Singh told reporters at a news conference with other BRICS leaders.” Thus the death certificate for the USD has been signed. It will take some time for Rigor Mortis to set in.

    Who Signed This – The agreement, the first-of-its-kind, was signed at the 3rd BRICS summit here attended by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, China’s Hu Jintao, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma. This is quite a cast of characters.

    Mainstream Media Blacking Out this Story – Let me prove this to you:

    • JC

      Folks, the information I’ve posted above here is a major warning to us all. When huge economies stop using the world’s reserve currency which is the US Dollar…it’s because of its increasing worthlessness.
      Get ready…

      • gary

        right on!!
        and the main stream media sez NOTHING!
        we are in trouble and the average Joe knows not.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          I’m an “average” Joe and I knew!! Sorry, I have seen the term average Joe so much I couldn’t resist!!!LOL!

  • Dutch

    Best “carry along” parabola for emergency fire starting is a flashlight. Take the bulb out of the “silvered” cone, push a piece of paper or other tinder through the hole to approximately the same height as the bulb, and point it at the sun. It takes only a few moments. Practice till you get the length of the paper/tinder correct. This is best done with a long enough piece of tinder that you can push it forward through the cone; pulling the burning part backwards can extinguish or scatter the embers.

    • DaveH

      Or you can use a magnifying glass in a similar way. Focus the beam on a pile of very fine tender, and blow after it starts smoking until you get fire.

  • Tom

    I think one essential survival skill is the ability to communicate/signal your presence or alert others that you need help. Two items that are easy to use are a whistle and mirror.

    A metal whistle can be stored in your survival kit or on a key chain. Three quick bursts signal help. The whistle can also be used to deter a would be attacker. Screams are not as loud as a whistle. And you easily tire screaming over and over. You can use the whistle for a long period of time.

    A small mirror, a piece of metal, can lid, or foil can be used to signal your presence up to several miles. You can even use a rear view mirror or a piece of glass.

    Use a stick or a “V” between your fingers as a “site.” Then reflect the sun off your mirror so that it hits the bottom of the “V” or the top of the stick.

    I always carry a small metal whistle; and I keep a whistle and a signal mirror in my survival kit.

  • Tom

    Follow Up to Whistle

    I should have added that a whistle is not always an effective deterrent. Another essential is carrying pepper spray (Oleoresin Capsicum)! Reaction is immediate and works on those who are drunk or high on drugs. A one-second blast in the eyes will stop an attacker for several minutes, letting you get away and whistle for help.

    • 45caliber


      There are several types of pepper spray available for sale. Many are too weak to be a good defense. Go to your nearest safety supply store and get some that are meant for postmen and police. It is much stronger.

  • DeniseP

    Thanks for all the tips on starting fire. I will try it and see which one works for me. Getting the egg cartons and crayons sound like a good summer activity for me and my grandson to do:)

  • FreedomFighter

    Night vision goggles, lottsa batteries, solar charger, and a good bow that you can fix on your own, the fancy bows are nice but eventually you will need parts so get some, alot of arrows, you will not want to make your own. Maybe a directional listening device (optional but handy), you see them, hear them, dont let them see or hear you first.

    Crossbows are a no brainer, high powered air guns for small game are nice also. These hunting weapons are in addition to the noisy guns you should allready have.

    A good night hunting outfit is nice also, you dont want to be in the woods or whatever with all the yahoos during the day, they may want to eat you or get rid of the competition for resources. Good boots, good boots, good boots…you will thank yourself.

    Good well balanced knives, some throwing spikes maybe, learn to throw them, it s a handy talent in a tight spot. Try hunting rabbit with a throwing knife or spike, when you try dont eat till you succeed or 3 days.

    Pocket survival guide – read it.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • 45caliber

      Freedom Fighter:

      Arrows are not hard to make – if you get ready for it.

      You can make them by hand but it is better to start by buying the supplies. It is NOT necessary for an arrow to be perfectly straight to hit a target at any normal hunting range – under 60 yards. The key is a hard point and a feather at the rear to slow the back end down so it won’t tumble.

      It is NOT necessary to have more more than one feather on the end, although balanced will help some. You can use a cup hook (large one) on the end of a piece of dowel to straigten the arrows if you wish to try. Rub it on the opposite side of the bend and the heat will straighten the shaft. To get all the bend out, the easiest way to identify the bend is to spin the arrow on its point. You can see the bends that way. Most archery shops sell fletching tools to glue the feathers on or you can tie them on with thread at either end of the feather. Chipping arrow heads isn’t hard either – someone who knows how can teach it in fifteen minutes or less. And special stone isn’t required. It just needs to be some fine structure. Glass can be used as well. The orginal arrows were normally made with reeds. A wooden or plastic nock can be glued on the end for the bow string (it strengthens it) if using a hollow reed or you can simply cut a notch in a wooden shaft.

      • FreedomFighter

        Ok will look into arrow making.

        Laus Deo
        Semper Fi

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Freedom Fighter,
      Along with those good boots, you better include dry, clean socks!!! good boots don’t do you a lot of good if you have blisters or trench foot from getting them wet and when they crack infection sets in!!! I saw guys crippled from it in Viet Nam!!!

  • 45caliber

    Buy or borrow from the library survival books. Many have good ideas.

    In the military, we learned to make simply stoves by using a tin can. We would cut out the top and then cut the sides half way around at top and bottom. Then we’d push in the side that was cut against the side that wasn’t. We’d end up with a rim at the top in a complete circle and the bottom solid with half a side. Heat tablets or a small fire could heat other cans or a canteen cup of water.

    Go to a military supply store, if possible, and buy a military can opener. Some are still around. The military ones (called P-38s) are better steel than you can buy at sporting goods stores and last a long time. You can open any rimmed can with one as fast as you can with any other can opener – and this you can carry easily in your pocket. It works great to cut cans for stoves.

    Magnifying glasses are also great to use for starting a fire – and old bird nests work good as tender. Many binoculars will allow a lens to be unscrewed and used.

    Get some large kitchen matches (with two color tips that don’t need special striking surfaces) and coat the tops with a light coating of wax to make them basically water proof.

    Practice making small fires ahead of time to learn what will work and what won’t to start a quick fire. Then in emergencies, you won’t have to learn.

    You can use the lint from clothes dryers to make a good kindling to start a fire. Keep it inside a sealed pill bottle.

    A heavy bladed knife is the best survival tool you can have. With it and knowledge, you can make everything else you need to survive.

    At least take a look at a Vietnamese crossbow. It is made in three parts and generally made with a knife. It is strong, accurate and easy to make and shoot.

    • Kitty

      I can’t picture your can stove. could you put an ‘ible at so it could be viewed? sounds simple but I just can’t make the words form a picture.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      I have about 20 of the P38s that I brought back from overseas. i had about 50 of them but over the years…… They are about the best thing the military ever came up with. Opener, screwdriver, both phillips or flat tip!!

      • coal miner






  • pam alston

    when fruit and vegetables are plentiful slice in small pieces and put out in sun let dry and store when dry in a sealed bag or can,learned this trick when we moved to a place that had apple trees and lots of apples and i had no freezer or ways to save them,so i tried by slicing the apples and put on a cookie sheet and placed it in the back window of my car,and they did dry great,had dried apples for 5 years…..

    • 45caliber

      They can also be dried in microwave ovens but I don’t know the settings. A lot of people do, though.

  • Dan az

    The only thing that I see that was not mentioned is a good book on herbs and medicine How to make them and how to use them.The Information
    for such things are out there.
    Making life easier is not that hard when you are prepared,having no electricity for everyone is a major concern so learn how to make it with out fuel.There wont be gas station’s so generators are out unless you know how to make your own fuel.Like I said its easy just having the knowledge is the key to survival so get the books and before you know it you will still have your refigerators and pumps working and the luxury of a bath room with running water.I’ve been doing it for the better part of 16 or 17 years and don’t know how else to live.All these things can be done in the city so what are you waiting for?

  • Dans-in-co

    I’m working on the satellite dish cooker right now. I’ve cleaned
    the tough epoxy type paint off the front and have contacted a guy
    who does silver plating instead of chemical based chrome plating.
    I’m waiting for a quote from him for the plating. Here is a link
    to a site that sells self-adhesive mirrorized vinyl, my Plan B:

    But even without the mirror finish, I can feel the heat that is
    reflected and concentrated by the bare metal of the dish.

  • john p

    download the (art of war) and print it

    • JC

      I’ve just finished reading that.
      It’s more philosophy than it is tactical (IMO) but there are a few things in there that would help most people.

  • john p

    downloasd the online version of (the art of war)and print it

  • BimBam

    Buy metal rubbish cans to make rat-proof storage containers. When you go to get supplies you’ll be walking or biking, no gas remember, society has broken down, use the metal covers as shields against wild animal attacks. You did carry your spear too didn’t you? Remember you ran out of ammo years ago?

  • http://yahoo michael

    If you have a bow and arrows, this is a good skill to develop. Start up close and then increase your distance. Practise like it could be life or death, because it might be one day.

  • Dan az

    Blow guns are a cool way to go to.You would be amazed how easy an accurate they are,they can be used for small game an the big two legged kind also.They are silent and if dipped with a neurotoxin can be great fun for all ages!

    • Al Sieber

      Dan, especially if you use Viagara.

  • http://com i41

    Getbplentyb of 55 gallon garbagew cans for making alcahol, any grain grasses and fruits evewn if oer ripe produces burnable fuel. Since the EPA dung brains are not areound feed silage to pigs and chickens. The wet silage will help enrich and improve the soil for growing something to eat. Your ethanol will power any combustion engine and make sure the vehicle you have is a manual transmission, change altnerator power back to generator power so you can clutck and start the engine. Diesel engines can run on soybean squeezing and use the seed fiber as a food additive. Animal fats can be made usalable y using lye to clean up the fat grease. Humnan fat when rendered will be pretty close to #2 diesel, in winter and some ethanol to stop jelling problems in the cold. The obese will go fastest because they will be the most tenderist from over feeding and doing nothing!

  • http://Personalliberty Dave

    When I was 15 years old our Scout Troop took an eight day pack trip. It rained for seven of the eight days. Several of us boys thought we were really prepared with the latest tents and scoffed at one of the adult leaders that had two small pieces of plastic tarp. One he put under his sleeping bag and the other over top of him, held up by a single rope. The edges of the plastic were held down by rocks he collected from the camp site. Within three days, he was the only one with a dry sleeping bag. The misery of the week taught me that simplicity is the best approach and I have spent a lot of effort since then teaching others the same idea. The bottom line is to keep dry and you can keep warm much more easily. On a rainy day, a small fire in front of a natural reflector can provide amazing warmth in a small but dry lean-to shelter. A small coat will keep you much warmer if you can keep it dry with garbage bag “raincoat”. I am sure you can begin to get the idea, just look for the easiest way to stay dry and you can stay warm.

  • Kitty

    Making medicines from herbs is a good suggestion, and learning particularly what to do for your own needs. Stockpiling medicine would be a short term solution which would be worth doing in case of natural disasters, but make sure your stockpile is in a bugout bag in case you have to flee like the japanese did, with little warning.

  • Dan az

    One other thing that is a must is a way to communicate with others.The walky talky is one way but short in distance,The Ham radio was used widely durning world warII and is still being used for rescue and news of disasters.When something happens and there is no communication from cell phones it would be wise to make a plan with your loved ones where to meet in case of an emergency.Just knowing where you kind hook up will greatly increase your odds of survival for you and your family.


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