The Most Scarce Commodity in the Apocalypse

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.
It is the contention of this article that the one commodity that will be in the shortest supply, and one that people will most likely be short on from day one is…
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The Preparedness Wheel: At-A-Glance Balance Check for Readiness

Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.
It’s not about the mental and emotional health. It’s about the balance. When wheels are balanced, we roll much more smoothly through life’s up and downs and this exercise will show if the rest of our preparedness needs and goals are in balance.
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Grid Down Prepping

Written by John D on The Prepper Journal.
It’s no longer a matter of settling for canned food for dinner. If we are forced to live through a grid down scenario, it’s whether or not you’ll have any food at all. It’s about dealing with starving people, who, in their desperation, will try to forcefully take what you have.
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Current Events and Prepper Awareness

Written by Guest Contributor on The Prepper Journal.
Recently, there were two incidents which I feel preppers should stop and take stock of. Situational awareness is broader than just your immediate surroundings, it is the world we live in and the trends swirling around us every day.
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Signal Mirrors in your EDC

Signal mirrors in your EDC
Shared with us by The Prepared Guy
Why do I never see this item on anyone’s bug-out/get-home/go bag list?  Seriously!  I don’t recall seeing it on any list whatsoever in my recent memory!  I may very well be wrong, unobservant or I simply haven’t seen enough lists lately.
When I was a Boy Scout a signal mirror was one item that I never went hiking or camping without.  One of the few scouting projects I actually do remember was making a signal mirror.  Where that mirror is now, I haven’t the slightest idea.  I really wish I did.  It went with me everywhere.
In this picture you see two mirrors.  The small one is made of plastic and the larger is glass.  The plastic one will not break nearly as easily as the glass mirror but there are disadvantages with plastic.  It scratches a lot easier, which will make it less reflective, and the reflection is not as bright or crisp as with the glass mirror.  Yes, a plastic mirror of the same size is significantly lighter.
These tiny Lexan or plastic signal mirrors are very cool.  They ensure that you can quite literally always have one with you as they come is various sizes.  Size is everything with a signal mirror.  The larger the better, the easier to use and further the signal can be seen, especially under low(er) light conditions.  Even on an overcast or hazy day a signal mirror can be an effective signaling device.

 
 
I bet you’re still pondering why you should add a signal mirror to your EDC gear.  First of all, to me,  EDC does not just mean what I have on my person.  It is anything I carry with me every day and could be part of the gear in my vehicle.  For my work I carry a business bag.  In it I carry more EDC stuff than work stuff.  It is a quality Victorinox shoulder bag that looks like a work bag; not a tactical bag that could attract attention.  I’m not gonna carry a glass mirror in my pocket BTW.
 
 
 
 
Other than the obvious use of being able to signal for rescue in a dire circumstance a signal mirror can serve many other valuable purposes.
You can use a mirror to look around corners or over the top of solid objects like a desk without being noticed or exposing yourself to attack in an active shooter or other tactical scenario.
Working in a group or team efficiently over distances requires communication.  Use a signal mirror to send Morse code in complete silence to other team members or as a pre-determined sign to coordinate efforts.  Signaling at night under a full moon is also possible however more difficult.
Place a mirror in a tactical location so that you can watch your own back or where it will give you an additional viewing angle around obstacles.
Use the power of sunlight to distract and/or temporarily blind an attacker… or rooftop sniper.
Direct sunlight into a dark place with far greater power than a flashlight.
Deflect an incoming laser beam from an enemy satellite.
Use it to apply your Camouflage face paint.
Of course a mirror can also give away your location to others if they are as perceptive as you.  So, use caution and good judgment and, yes, practice. Know how to use a signal mirror and become familiar with and be able to quickly reference what the incidence angle is between the sun and your subject.  Practice will help you to make angle determinations quickly and accurately, which mistakes might otherwise give away your position.

Do you have any other suggested uses of a signal mirror?  Please feel free to leave a comment.
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Re-hydrating Survival Food Tip #2

Re-hydrating Survival Food Tip
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Haha….really? Another no brainer? Yes – really, just like with tip “Using the Correct Amount of Water” there are people who don’t know these simple tips. This tip will make life a little easier when all you want to do is eat as quickly as possible.

What it boils down to is (-ha, did you see what I did there? ok, no more bad puns) people not boiling their water long enough to reach a rolling boil. It sounds easy enough but many people don’t understand how big of a difference a strong rolling boil vs. a low/medium boil makes in food re-hydration time. We are talking about a 5-15 minute difference depending on the boil.

5-15 minutes may not sound like much but when you are hungry or the kids are hungry and everyone wants to eat right away it can be a significant difference. It really makes a big difference when you are making several batches to feed the entire family. Forget about trying to conserve cooking fuel and only using a medium boil. You will end up waiting longer than the expected time for your emergency survival food to re-hydrate, you will get frustrated, and then put survival food back on the heat trying to speed the process up. Now you are burning more fuel than if you had just waited for a rolling boil the first time around.

The Three Boiling Stages
Small Bubbles on Bottom

Stage 1. Small bubbles on the bottom. This is more of a simmer than a boil. This is common for people to use when at a campfire and the coals aren’t hot enough to reach an actual boil before a significant amount of water evaporates. You can use this to re-hydrate your food but you will have to wait more than double the time that is recommended on the package.

Medium Bubbles on Bottom Starting to Break the Surface

 
Stage 2. Medium bubbles on the bottom are starting to rise and break the surface. Although this is technically a boil it is not a rolling boil. This will re-hydrate your food faster than stage one but you will still have to wait longer than expected for the food to properly re-hydrate – unless you like the “crunchies.”

Rolling Boil
 

 
Stage 3. This is the money shot! You want a the water to be a furious rolling boil. This will re-hydrate your emergency survival food as quickly as possible. Once you reach this point go ahead and quickly add the freeze dried or dehydrated food, stir, and cover. This will get you and your family eating as quickly as possible.

About the Author:  Darren Gaebel is a U.S. Army Veteran and has a decade of experience with natural disasters as a catastrophe claims adjuster. During Darren’s catastrophe experience he has seen the toll it takes on families who are unprepared. For this reason he created this blog (blog.UrgentSurvival.com) to help educate and spread awareness for disaster preparedness. Darren also created UrgentSurvival.com to provide a way for individuals, families, and disaster relief organizations to have access to a stress free solution for getting prepared.  A portion of all proceeds from the website are donated to non-profit disaster relief organizations.

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Lessons From History – Eating Well Off Home Food Preservation

Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.
Growing and storing foods is commonly a goal we strive for as we seek self-sufficiency. The easiest and fastest way to store foods is, of course, just dumping it into a root cellar or grain bin or barn, although not everything does so hot with that treatment.
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Site Planning for Your Survival Homestead

Written by R. Ann Parris on The Prepper Journal.
A great deal can go into site planning for your survival homestead, even when the infrastructure is already in place and funds don’t exist to renovate lines or move buildings. Where we place things can increase or decrease our defensive abilities, success in growing, and how likely we are to see something – which can be good or bad
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Filtering Water and Cooking on the Trail (Video & Transcript)

Filtering Water and Cooking on the Trail (Video & Transcript)
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Number of speakers: 1 (Backwoods Gourmet) Duration: 16 min 49 sec
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BG: “Hi folks. Backwoods here. Today we are gonna make a little video showing you guys how to cook out on the trail. I just walked into this place; obviously it’s a swamp/river. Got good flowing water here. Wanted to talk a minute about that. We are looking for water to purify. You can see it is decently cleared as tannic. Most of your rivers and streams in Florida are gonna be tannic. In other words, just because it looks brown, doesn’t mean it is dirty. That is from all the leaves, the roots, all the other organic matter that falls into the water and it just like turns it into like iced tea. That does not mean it is not good to drink.”
“Also, you want to try and find, boiling water if you can out on a lake is going to be a different deal. In a lake however, you want to try and go with your greener or clear lakes. Green water usually means that there is a healthy eco system in that lake that has planktonic algae growing in it. That produces an entire food chain. Also, look for aquatic animals. If there is fish living in it and bugs coming off it, here when I first walked up there were two or three little bass swimming around the edge. There’s lots of minnows swimming around the edge that generally means it’s at least not to polluted for them to survive in there. This is pretty pristine here even though it is a little tannic so we are gonna go ahead while we have the opportunity, we are gonna go ahead and take some of this water and filter it.”
“First thing we are gonna do is get out our water filter. Here we are going to be using the Sawyer water filter. We got that packaged up here in our pack here. Zip lock bag is also going to double as an extra water container for us. We’ll keep that one, keep it clean. Here with this system there is just a couple parts. That’s the back flow for cleaning the filter. This is the filter itself and then we have our water pouch so we are gonna go ahead and open that up. This also fits a, this also fits 2 liter bottles so if you find some of those lying around it works pretty great. So I am just gonna go here, there’s not gonna be a lot of debris in this water. If there was I would use some panty hose, which I also have. I’m trying not to disturb the mud on the bottom. Let’s get out here where it’s a little clean and we’ll start filling that up.”
“The other thing I didn’t mention was, here in Florida we have a lot of brackish water. Even though it may look fresh it could possibly contain salt. Especially off the Saint Jones River or anywhere in Northern Florida. Around the cost we are here close to Tampa Bay. This river does flow into Tampa bay. However I do know there is a water control feature south of here that prevents the salt water from coming back up this far. So we’re just gonna go ahead and fill this guy up.”
“Alright we’ve got our pouch filled up here so now I’m gonna put the cap back on it. I did find one thing useful using it the first time. You actually had to move it along the water to get the pouch to expand. So I just kind of pulled it across the top of the water and it filled right up. But just kind of dunking it didn’t really work; the pouch was squeezed tight closed from being rolled up. So, if you have that problem just move it along the water and it will open it right up. So now we will just take the lid off of it and we are gonna screw the water filter on to its place. It has a little protective cap here on the end and we’ll go ahead and filter it and look at it. I want to show you what the water looks like straight up out of the river first.”
“Well, here’s the water straight up out of the river. It’s not too bad, it’s pretty clear even though the river looks kind of dark. It’s not that bad, but once we filter that it should be much better.”
“A fresh, clean zip lock bag, we are gonna go ahead and, you don’t wanna use, you don’t wanna put filtered water into anything you’ve ever had unfiltered water in. You can actually drink this straight out of the bag. It pretty much works with gravity but you can squeeze it. It has one of those tips like a sports bottle. In this case we wanna save it so we are just gonna go ahead and let it drain. The thing I wish they had of done was put some kind of an eyelet on this bag so you can hang it but you can actually compress the bag and it speeds up the process a little bit.”
“Ok, we’re gonna take another look at it. Much clearer, let’s get a closer shot of that. There is still a tiny, tiny bit of color in there but any particulars that are in there are now gone and it’ll be safe to drink. Some of you are probably asking, “Well, I didn’t see you drink any of that.” but I’m gonna go ahead. I actually tried some and it’s great. (Drinking) Especially on a hot day like today. It tastes like bottled water.”
“Real quick I wanted to show you a hazard out here in the wilderness. Especially in wet and swampy areas. This is poison Ivy boys and girls. Okay. Leaves of three let it be. This can put you out of action.”
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“If we wanna get a fire going, it’s really wet down here we are right next to the river. We want to try and find stuff that’s kind of high and dry. There is a piece of cypress tree right there. You can tell by the way it breaks there that it is really dry. Go ahead and gather that guy up and some of this other stuff that is a bit, it’s not lying directly on the ground. You know, we’ve got stuff lying up in these limbs; we’re just kind of gather up some of that. We need little stuff, big stuff. Get us a little pile going on over here. Here is some great, great tinder right there. Let’s get all that little bitty stuff. We need all that to get our fire going. Carry this back over here. This stuff that’s laying right here in the mud’s not going to work. We are going to find kind of a dry spot and start prepping that. Gonna go find some starter material. I see a palm tree over here. Let’s go check that out. On the way over to the palm tree I noticed some very, very fresh signs of wild hog here. So, there is food around so and we actually seen them on the way in here. So this would be a good place to have a base camp. A; you’ve got unlimited supply of water and you got game in the area. So let’s go back to the palm tree now.”
“We are gonna keep our eyes peeled for that guy. Alright like I showed you guy’s in the previous video, all that stuff up in here is dry. We wanna get in there and get that fiber that’s in between. Its right there, see it coming out? Okay, this stays dry even when it rains. That’ll catch our spark from our carbon match. We are gonna get a pretty good fistful of it. The other thing is, the ground is pretty soaking wet so we are just gonna go ahead and get us a palm here. That’ll give us something to put our fire on.”
“Spruced it up a little more. Got a little more courser, dryer stuff on top of it there. See if we can get that to go. Boom. The thing is, is that if we can get it going long enough to actually start catching some of this wood. I hear the wood boiling now. If we can keep that going long enough. Get some air in it.”
“Looking pretty successful. We’ll start building on it. We don’t need a huge fire.”
“Okay, we just got our canteen cup up next to the fire. You notice there is almost no smoke. Look up, no smoke. No sign of smoke. Go ahead and take advantage of this while it’s going pretty good. Got my good old top Raman. You don’t really need hot water for these. They are a great source of complex carbs that will keep you going out here and there is really no excuse for not buying them at .29 cents. They weigh practically nothing to put in your pack. The flavor packet is also very high in sodium to help water retention. You’re going to be sweating a lot in the summer time. Just wanna keep the fire going here. Notice its already burned through the palm leaf but by the time it burnt through the palm leaf the ground was already dry. Just gonna try and keep the fire up around the canteen cup.”
“This one is not knapping as well because it is a little wetter. But we do have a coals going on there so we will just keep nestling them up against the canteen cup.”
“This is Backwoods here out in the wilderness eating Raman noodles. Pretty good. These are gonna store up for quite a while. Little stale, but all in all not bad. Came out, did it on a little improvised fire. Started without matches or anything. Hope you learned a little bit. We’ll be back for more videos on some other gear you can bring that will make this process a lot easier and we can do a little bit more elaborate meals than just Raman noodles. Once again, not bad for the middle of nowhere.”
“Once again, Backwoods. See ya next time.”
 
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Lessons Learned from Being an Outdoorsy Kid

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One lesson I have learned from my parents and now encourage my children to participate in is being an Outdoorsy Kid. It didn’t matter if it was after school or during the summer time my brothers and I would often hear my mother say “Go play outside.”
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