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More and more people are becoming aware of the need to prepare themselves and their families in case of emergencies.
With everything from earthquakes to hurricanes to terrorist attacks to pandemics threatening us, it just makes sense to have a store of emergency preparedness supplies on hand.
One of the most important things you can do to prepare is to ensure you have a cache of survival foods on hand. But many people get confused as to what options they have.
You want something that is edible, tastes good, will keep for years (so you don’t have to keep replacing it) and has all the vitamins and nutrients you need from your food.
One very popular option with urban survivalists is freeze dried foods.
What are freeze dried foods?
Freeze drying is a process where food is cooked and then flash frozen. After it’s been flash frozen, it is brought to a lower temperature to help evaporate any ice and as much of the food’s moisture as possible.
The food is then placed in a sealed moisture and oxygen-proof package to help ensure freshness when it is opened.
Once water (hot or cold) is replaced in food that is freeze dried, the food regains it’s original flavor, aroma, texture and appearance.
This also has the benefit of tasting good – unlike many of the space-man type of prepackaged survival foods that have been sold for years. And if you have a family, getting them to eat food is going to be a challenge if the food doesn’t taste good.
Why Freeze Dried Food?
With foods that are freeze dried you keep the freshness, color and aroma, as well as maintaining both a long shelf-life and reduced weight (because of the removal of water).
Food that is freeze dried also gives you advantages over frozen food, dehydrated food or canned goods.
Foods that use the freeze dried method do not require lower temperatures for storage, don’t lose there freshness over time as easily as canned goods, and they maintain their flavor and texture over dehydrated foods.
Another benefit to freeze drying food is that it’s lighter than traditional canned goods or even MRE’s (meals ready to eat). This means you can easily transport it in a backpack or boogie bag if you need to evacuate your home in a hurry.
What Options Do You Have For Long Term Food Storage?
You can get Freeze Dried emergency food in a variety of packages. Many companies offer several weeks of food up to a year’s worth of food. You can get food for 1 person or even up to 10 people. Most packages are easily stackable and have at least a shelf life of 10+ years.
You also want to look for packages that are easily storable somewhere. The last thing you want to do is have all this food laying out in your basement for your visitors to see. (Guess who’s door they’ll be knocking on at the first sign of emergency).
Because of this, several emergency food companies offer their freeze dried meals in space saving containers you can place under your bed or off in an inconspicuous corner of your basement.
So those are some advantages of using freeze dried foods for long term emergency food storage. They taste good, preserve their freshness and last a long time. Plus they’re light if you need to carry several weeks worth of meals with you and many packages can be stored so they don’t attract attention from nosy neighbors.
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Finally, the time has come for that great summer camping adventure or that backpacking trip abroad! Soon you will be facing a golden sun, a gentle breeze will caress your calves and you will ready for the adventure that is there and ready to pounce on the world’s roads. Be careful not to be too hasty when you pack your wilderness survival gear, though! Even the expert adventurer must realize that he can get lost, hurt, and fall prey to , the unexpected … and when one is lost in a corner of the world, isolated from any rural, it is at this precise moment that says, A trip to isolated spots means that you need to be ready for the unexpected. There are many resources to help you make the right choice in survival equipment.
There is a wide selection of survival gear that includes items such as survival knives, survival guides, survival blankets, complete survival kits, and special GPS systems. What you will really need depends on where you are going and how you are getting there. Different climates and terrains call for different types of equipment.
Slow-burning wooden sticks are super fuel for your heater. They burn slowly and keep a constant temperature so you can always keep your hands warm. They also feature a low smoke output and are an excellent value for the money they cost. These are a must for all survivalists. Fire is already your first objective when you’re lost. It can keep you warm, provide light and cook your food. A flameless cigarette lighter, which has already been proven to be indispensible on the field, is virtually inexhaustible with a wick ignited by flint stones. This allows for a constant source of fire. Items like this are a normal part of any wilderness survival gear kit.
For getting around in unknown territory there are compasses, paper maps and GPS survival systems. These will be your best guides! Choose a survival compass that is clear, light, bright and easy to decipher. Also make sure it does not contain a bubble on the dial and it is free to move on its pivot spot. There are GPS units that are built for survival, than can help save you anywhere in the world. This GPS works only with a subscription. With this GPS you can ask for help at any time and you can be tracked to your location.
To complete your survival equipment in preparation for your hiking, camping or outdoor journey, you will find that there are many more things that you will need depending on the circumstances of your trip. You might also need a light tent, wind breaker, sleeping bag, solar charger, matches, a water-proof box, hand warmers, survival knife, pliers, rappelling hook, water filter, machete and a kit for poisonous snake and spider bites, and many others that will become indispensable in your way of thinking about survival gear!
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Survival in any situation can often be a challenge. But surviving outdoors in adverse situations requires planning ahead, a fair amount of knowledge, as well as survival equipment including food and water supplies. Being prepared for any situation, which may arise within a wild, secluded area is often the key for surviving without too many unforeseen situations. Backpacks and fanny packs are essential as these enable the carrying of supplies required for outdoor survival. It can be a long lonely time, for many surviving outdoors. Some experienced survivalists suggest carrying a pack of playing cards, writing materials and reading devices or a paperback book. These are not essential, but can help pass away time if stuck in one place. If you want to know more about this topic, you can read the tips and guide below.
Outdoor survival gear essentials include a map and compass. Having some knowledge of a surrounding area can assist in finding adequate shelter, water, and safety. A compass used alongside a map will lead to a destination on the map. First aid kits are a must. When outdoors, especially if stranded in woods, accidents no matter how minor can occur. Simple items such as band aids, antibacterial ointments, and painkillers can all aid with minor cuts, scrapes, aches and pains.
Having suitable clothing can make all the difference. Warm clothing such as an insulated coat, hat, socks, thermal and clean underwear can aid in keeping warm during a cold night or in adverse weather situations. Other essentials in keeping warm come in the form of sleeping bags or space blankets and small fires. Cooking supplies in order to cook and heat food or water. Matches, waterproof are best or lighters, essentially these are used for lighting fires and stoves. In some areas, fish and other small animals are caught as a food source, although it is still advisable to carry canned foods along with energy snacks. A good source of energy and easily stored is a beef jerky. Water containers, water purification tablets are recommended if water supply is from a stream or other natural source. Although it is advised that water containing salt is avoided. A small fishing line, duct tape and can opener can also be of use.
Shelter can come in a variety of ways. Many survivalists choose tents as the preferred method of shelter. Tarpaulin shelters are also sometimes used. These sheets are easier and lighter to carry than the lightest of tents. Pocketknives, hunting knives, multi tool kits, pepper spray, whistle and binoculars are all considered essential outdoor gear items. Knives in particular can aid in building fires or shelter, hunting for food and in some situations self defense. Cord and a locking ‘D’ ring carabineer, are essential when climbing down steep or rocky hills and mountains. Although this is not going to happen to everyone, being prepared for it can significantly beneficial. Duct tape has a variety of uses, as do, plastic bags such as freezer, zip lock and garbage bags.
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When it comes to preparing for changes to your routine in a disaster, storage solutions become paramount to your survival plan. If you have everything you need to take care of your family and your possessions, and no place to put it all, then what have you really accomplished? Self sufficiency is only as effective as your ability to be organized and ready in the event of an emergency, so storage solutions should rank right up there with how much water you need, and where to meet family members when disaster strikes.
Preppers websites and blogs discuss what to stockpile in the event of a disaster, but the issue of where to put it all sometimes gets lost in the translation. Underground bunkers get a lot of attention, but for the prepper who is looking to create a lifestyle that is both practical (in the event of an emergency) and realistic (because you have to enjoy life in the meantime), storage barns and sheds can provide the additional space for everything from chicken feed to extra bedding to canned food supplies.
Typically there are three types of building materials used to build storage sheds and naturally, all three have their advantages and disadvantages. Wood sheds are the most affordable, but unless the wood has been pretreated with heat resistant chemicals, fire is always an issue. Metal buildings are an excellent alternative, although metal buildings can hold heat during extreme temperatures, creating a problem with perishables. Vinyl buildings have more versatility but may not always be practical depending on where you live.
The good news is that wood buildings are modular and easy to assemble. Wood barns can accommodate livestock, feed, farm equipment and seed; prefabricated wood cabins can be used as a portable hunting lodge, as guest quarters and even as an additional shelter. Metal buildings have a number of significant advantages as well, including the fact that they an average lifespan of thirty years, and are built to withstand practically anything, from high winds to heavy vehicles. In the event of an emergency, a portable workshop may be a vital part of your preparation strategy, since no one may be around to repair damaged homes or vehicles. Because metal storage buildings are both secure and well ventilated, they enable you to work safely and in a controlled environment. And because vinyl buildings are virtually maintenance free, you will have more space to store what you need, and in greater quantity, since vinyl buildings are typically built to higher height specifications.
It’s important to be aware of your objectives when selecting a storage building of course, so be sure to ask yourself what you need in the event of a natural disaster, and then, where you want to keep it. Food and water are essential in an underground shelter, but you may also need access to a chain saw, a ladder, and an ATV, and portable storage buildings may just provide that solution. If you need a place to store grain and provide shelter for livestock, you may need something as practical as a wood barn, but if you need a cost effective, storage unit for canned goods, generators and other essentials, then a metal shed or vinyl building may be just the ticket. Because if you don’t have what you need to survive an emergency, no one else is going to provide it for you, and that’s why you need to be ready with the right storage solutions.
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Feel like you’re an intense survivalist? Then chances are you haven’t seen Discovery Channel’s Doomsday Preppers. The show, now a ratings hit, follows the everyday life of American families preparing for the end of the world. Whether they may be expecting an economic catastrophe, the next world war, or possibly a pandemic, these survivalists have prepared in a way you have never seen before.
The audience gets an insider look into how each family is planning for the ‘inevitable’ and why they believe you’ll want to be prepared for everything. Some families tell of types of actual past incidents such as major earthquakes or the hyperinflation of the Great Depression. But does the show provide an accurate depiction of the prepper subculture or does it simply go to extremes to simply generate good tv?
The prepper individuals presented on Doomsday Preppers all have some thing different in the way they approach surviving. They’re certainly not what you will call the typical survivalist. A number of have fully-equipped bunkers for nuclear conflict, enough food to give their own families for months or weaponry which could certainly overpower the neighborhood authorities. The show has given audiences memorable quotes like ‘you never have enough knives’ and numerous others. As you check out the show, it’s very clear that you have a big difference between actuality and reality television programs.
Regrettably, the producers are just giving the mainstream audience what it really wants: extreme and also over the top conditions and people. They are really searching for a reaction in the viewer, whether it’s disgust for the volume of rifles some have or simply delight and amusement in the measures taken by many of the people on the program. The result is a skewed depiction of the survivalist niche and perhaps the conclusion that those who get prepared for household emergencies are absolutely insane. This has to be an unfair portrayal, as most survivalists are ordinary Americans that experience the outdoors and would like to be prepared for reasonable emergencies including earthquakes or floods. It does bring attention to the niche, however it is certainly not positive.
Nevertheless, the show does have a few things going for it. We might say that the producers are playing the ratings game, but this actually does result in a show that is very addictive and fun to watch. If you can look past the obvious exaggerations and paranoia of some of the protagonists, you will actually find yourself learning a thing or two about survival that you didn’t know before. For instance, one family has a fully self-sufficient energy system that runs fully on wind power. Considering what we now know about the environment and the negative effects we have on it, this is certainly food for thought. Another family has an advanced aquaponic greenhouse; certainly, this is a step up from simply buying non-perishable food items in case of a short-term emergency. All of these tips can be useful when it comes to self-sufficiency and green living.
Doomsday Preppers is worth checking out, just make sure you’re prepared for the exaggerated scenarios and extreme survivalists that the Discovery Channel has chosen for the show!
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The paracord bracelet is becoming very popular these days, and represents a trend that has more to do with safety and survival than it does with fashion. So, exactly what is the cord and why are so many people wearing the cords on their wrists? Is it life saving like people believe? If so, just how could you put it to use to save a life? The answers to these questions (and putting those answers into use) just might mean the real difference between life and death for you or someone you love.
One common term used for a parachute cord first of all is the basic word paracord. Both soft and light in weight, it is simply a nylon rope. Today it is common for hikers to include this in their kits or fashioned into bracelets and they are also worn by kids in many areas even though they were originally used as the suspension lines of parachutes. The minimum breaking point for the first parachute cords were 550 pounds therefore when made into a bracelet is known as the “550 cord” and is simply made up of multiple strands of the nylon cording. With 32 braided strands of nylon in one sheath, it is rather durable. In that sheath, there are a further seven pieces of two-ply string. There may be some variation from one brand or quality of cord, so take note of this when you are purchasing the cord. The cord dries rapidly and is also resistant to rot or mildew.
Today the cord is being used by military personal and civilians for many reasons but paratroopers might have been the first people to discover the abundance of uses for this effective cording. Apart from the obvious use as being used for a parachute cord, the military services uses the cording for anything from shoelaces to tying up heavy equipment when moving. The cord can also be used in situations where measurements are needed and could also be employed as fishing line when the thinner core strands are taken out.
The Hubble Space Telescope was even repaired utilizing some form of parachute cord the astronauts used. If so, then how fantastic is it that the useful cord is now offered to anyone? Many members of scout troops and avid survivalists have been creating paracord bracelets these days in order to be prepared for just about any emergency.
The functionality of such bracelets could come into question. How can one long length of parachute line really make a difference in a survival predicament? You can in fact find many ways that a parachute cord have been put to good use in emergencies by doing a little research. The cord can be pulled apart and used to secure branches together to make a shelter if you find yourself lost in the woods with no shelter from the elements. This protection from the elements could be extremely important in a survival situation. Yet another example of a common use is to repair broken equipment or to use strands of it to sew tears in clothing. The strong and waterproof cord could be used as a clothes line or to hold food up out from the reach of bears. Other uses include things like first day emergency situations where a sling or splint is needed and nothing else in anywhere near.
Many survivalists understand that shelter and water are the first things to find when faced with a critical situation. Shelter can be taken care of with 100 feet of good high quality parachute cord and then finding water may then proceed once the shelter is handled. For those of us dealing with minor emergencies nearer to home, the parachute cord bracelet could prove useful when hauling things in the back of a truck or if the clothes dryer goes out. Really the only limits to the usefulness of this nylon cord will be determined by the extent of your own creativity.
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