Discussions of what gear and equipment to include in a survival kit or bug-out bag are common among survival enthusiasts and preppers, and this topic is often seen in books, articles, blog posts and discussion forums. It’s natural for those interested in this subject to become fixated on the gear that they imagine will enable them to prevail in a difficult situation, and it’s true that the right equipment can go a long way in making certain tasks easier. Today’s technology can offer many advantages our primitive ancestors could not have imagined. But what our ancestors lacked in tools, they made up for in skills that were put into practice on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, many people today assume they can simply buy things to make up for these skills, and in doing so create for themselves an illusion of preparedness that they have never tested in the field.
In the event of a widespread breakdown of the system, getting proper medical care will prove difficult, if not impossible. With the system unable to guarantee proper care, it’s up to each individual to take the steps necessary to ensure adequate care for himself and his family. To do this, one should begin by creating a medical supply kit.
What would you do if you suddenly found out water was no longer flowing to your home — and wouldn’t be for some time? Hopefully, you have stored some water to last your family for a few days at least (two gallons per day, per person). But if not, you need to look around your home for potential sources of water for the short-term while you make plans to deal with the situation long-term.
While rubbing two sticks together to start a fire worked fine for early man, it’s far from the ideal way to get a fire going in an emergency situation. So it’s best to have multiple options available to you if, or when, you find yourself in a crisis.
The recent cholera outbreak in earthquake-ravaged Haiti demonstrates what can happen in a survival scenario when proper sanitation protocols are not followed.
If you find yourself facing a survival situation and don’t have water already stored, or if your situation drags out and your water supply gets low, you will have to locate water quickly. And if you can’t find bottled water you must take steps to ensure your water is drinkable. The oldest method of water […]
Winter is just around the corner and that should be a reminder to all that staying warm in an emergency situation is a key to survival.
People stay warm by generating and retaining heat and/or gaining it from an outside source. Heat is lost through radiation, conduction, convection and evaporation.
If you’re going on a vacation, you plan your trip. Especially if a family is involved, hours are spent determining where to go, what to do, how to get there, how much you can spend and what to do with the mail and the pets while you’re gone. If you’re getting married, you not only spend countless hours planning every detail of the ceremony, but you’ll often hire a wedding planner to help with that planning.
In a survival situation a proper shelter can make all the difference in whether you survive or perish. Of course, it’s always great if you have a tent in your emergency gear. But that is not always the case. So here’s a quick primer on what you need to do to prepare a shelter, according […]
If you are serious about storing water for an emergency you should make an investment in larger containers. Most containers come in 1-, 5-, 7-, 15-, 30- and 55-gallon sizes. The best choice is the 55-gallon polyethylene (plastic) water drum. Remember, the average person in an average climate needs at least one gallon of water […]