START HERE: 1 to 2 Weeks' Supply - Store enough supplies to last at least two weeks (when evacuation is not required).
This is a good time to put your 72-hour bags together, as well as auto emergency kits for each of your vehicles. After dinner, gather the family together and develop a family emergency plan that will include contact lists, lists of important papers, phone numbers, meeting places in case of emergencies, etc.
NEXT: 3 to 6 Months' Supply - Begin putting away enough supplies to last 3 - 6 months (staying where you are or moving to another location where you have stashed these supplies). At this point, it's good to begin learning the shelf life of foods and buying products that will last (unopened) for 3 to 6 months or more.
As long as electricity is available, frozen foods and home canned foods add variety to your menus. LONG, LONG TERM: 2+ Years' Supply - Develop skills and abilities to provide food, water, clothing, and shelter for your family for 2+ years.
Numerous articles have stated that the entire world is only 3 days away from starvation - meaning, in 3 days after a disaster there would be no more food in the stores. Calories vs Servings ControversyAre you as confused as I am over the calories vs servings controversy in long term survival foods?
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Posts may contain affiliate links, which allow me to earn a commission to support this site at no extra cost to you. Transport: I can’t help you with this, all I would say is get something that’ll not use petrol and can be hidden easily. Go to your local library, join up, take out books on medicine, the local environment, buy a map and start going for walks. In some areas, your need for shelter may take precedence over your need for food and possibly even your need for water. When you are in a survival situation and realize that shelter is a high priority, start looking for shelter as soon as possible.
When you consider these requisites, however, you cannot ignore your tactical situation or your safety. To answer these questions, you need to know how to make various types of shelters and what materials you need to make them.
Attach a drip stick (about a 10-centimeter stick) to each rope about 2.5 centimeters from the grommet. Spread the poncho and anchor it to the ground, putting sharpened sticks through the grommets and into the ground. If you plan to use the lean-to for more than one night, or you expect rain, make a center support for the lean-to.
For additional protection from wind and rain, place some brush, your rucksack, or other equipment at the sides of the lean-to. To reduce heat loss to the ground, place some type of insulating material, such as leaves or pine needles, inside your lean-to.
To increase your security from enemy observation, lower the lean-to's silhouette by making two changes. Tie the other ends of these ropes at about knee height to two trees 2 to 3 meters apart and stretch the poncho tight. Draw one side of the poncho tight and secure it to the ground pushing sharpened sticks through the grommets. Lay the folded canopy over the 4.5 meter pole so that about the same amount of material hangs on both sides. Tuck the excess material under the 3-meter poles, and spread it on the ground inside to serve as a floor. Stake down or put a spreader between the two 3-meter poles at the shelter's entrance so they will not slide inward. The parachute cloth makes this shelter wind resistant, and the shelter is small enough that it is easily warmed.
Cover the framework with brush, leaves, pine needles, or grass, starting at the bottom and working your way up like shingling. In cold weather, add to your lean-to's comfort by building a fire reflector wall (Figure 5-9). Look for loose rocks, dead limbs, coconuts, or other natural growth than could fall on your shelter. Build it by making a tripod with two short stakes and a long ridgepole or by placing one end of a long ridgepole on top of a sturdy base. Secure the ridgepole (pole running the length of the shelter) using the tripod method or by anchoring it to a tree at about waist height.
Prop large sticks along both sides of the ridgepole to create a wedge-shaped ribbing effect. Add light, dry, if possible, soft debris over the ribbing until the insulating material is at least 1 meter thick--the thicker the better. At the entrance, pile insulating material that you can drag to you once inside the shelter to close the entrance or build a door.
Anchor one end of your poncho (canvas, parachute, or other material) on the edge of the outcrop using rocks or other weights. Note: If you have enough material, fold it in half and form a 30-centimeter to 45-centimeter airspace between the two halves. A belowground shelter (Figure 5-14) can reduce the midday heat as much as 16 to 22 degrees C (30 to 40 degrees F).
This to me would be the best way to build a shelter and could also be used to store important equipment.
Understanding the concept of the fire triangle is very important in correctly constructing and maintaining a fire. If you are in a wooded or brush-covered area, clear the brush and scrape the surface soil from the spot you have selected.
If you are in a snow-covered area, use green logs to make a dry base for your fire (Figure 7-3).
You need three types of materials (Figure 7-4(above)) to build a fire--tinder, kindling, and fuel. Kindling increases the fire's temperature so that it will ignite less combustible material. To make this fire (Figure 7-5), arrange the tinder and a few sticks of kindling in the shape of a tepee or cone. To use this method (Figure 7-5), scratch a cross about 30 centimeters in size in the ground. Add three or four more layers of logs or branches, each layer smaller than and at a right angle to the layer below it. Strike a flint or other hard, sharp-edged rock edge with a piece of carbon steel (stainless steel will not produce a good spark).

The technique of starting a fire with a bow and drill (Figure 7-8) is simple, but you must exert much effort and be persistent to produce a fire. Note: Primitive fire-building methods are exhaustive and require practice to ensure success. Note: If you do not have a canteen, a cup, a can, or other type of container, improvise one from plastic or water-resistant cloth.
If you do not have a reliable source to replenish your water supply, stay alert for ways in which your environment can help you. Fill the bag with air by turning the opening into the breeze or by "scooping" air into the bag. Close the bag and tie the mouth securely as close to the end of the bag as possible to keep the maximum amount of air space.
To make a belowground still, you need a digging tool, a container, a clear plastic sheet, a drinking tube, and a rock (Figure 6-7). Select a site where you believe the soil will contain moisture (such as a dry stream bed or a low spot where rainwater has collected). Anchor the tubing to the container's bottom by forming a loose overhand knot in the tubing.
Put more soil on the edges of the plastic to hold it securely in place and to prevent the loss of moisture. If polluted water is your only moisture source, dig a small trough outside the hole about 25 centimeters from the still's lip (Figure 6-8). When possible, purify all water you got from vegetation or from the ground by using iodine or chlorine, or by boiling.
By drinking nonpotable water you may contract diseases or swallow organisms that can harm you. Unless you have the chance to take large game, concentrate your efforts on the smaller animals, due to their abundance. Stones, boards, or other materials lying on the ground provide the insects with good nesting sites. You find saltwater lobsters, crabs, and shrimp from the surf's edge out to water 10 meters deep. River snails or freshwater periwinkles are plentiful in rivers, streams, and lakes of northern coniferous forests. In fresh water, look for mollusks in the shallows, especially in water with a sandy or muddy bottom.
All mammals are edible; however, the polar bear and bearded seal have toxic levels of vitamin A in their livers.
For an unarmed survivor or evader, or when the sound of a rifle shot could be a problem, trapping or snaring wild game is a good alternative. You may construct a perfect snare, but it will not catch anything if haphazardly placed in the woods.
When you position the trap, camouflage it as naturally as possible to prevent detection by the enemy and to avoid alarming the prey.
If you set and bait a trap for one species but another species takes the bait without being caught, try to determine what the animal was.
A simple snare (Figure 8-5) consists of a noose placed over a trail or den hole and attached to a firmly planted stake. The surrounding vegetation quickly catches the crossmember and the animal becomes entangled. A twitch-up is a supple sapling, which, when bent over and secured with a triggering device, will provide power to a variety of snares.
A simple twitch-up snare uses two forked sticks, each with a long and short leg (Figure 8-7). A squirrel pole is a long pole placed against a tree in an area showing a lot of squirrel activity (Figure 8-8).
A noose stick or "noosing wand" is useful for capturing roosting birds or small mammals (Figure 8-10). The Paiute deadfall is similar to the figure 4 but uses a piece of cordage and a catch stick (Figure 8-13). What’s your biggest concern about surviving life after an EMP attack destroys our grid? I have survival planning exercise for you today that I think might be really helpful in generating a survival plan road map for your family, that helps you identify your plans weaknesses. Step 2: Scroll below this graphic to turn this Roadmap into a survival plan that best meets your families needs.
There are so many components, so many items to check off when planning for survival, that it really seems daunting. That’s why I wanted to put this article together, to show you how I strategically attack survival planning, using some simple software. But before I do that, I really need to take a minute and give you a few concepts that will help what I’m about to share with you make a whole lot more sense. One of the concepts that I learned about business that applies directly to survival planning for a TEOTWAWKI scenarios is the fastest way to get a lot of things done is to be able to simply identify the most important item to do on your list.
For the sake of keeping this simple, let’s say you believe that after you do these three tasks you feel that your survival plan would be 100% complete. Renaming your projects into your main goals of those projects helps you for the next stage of planning. The next step is to ask yourself, “What would guarantee my family a safe & steady supply of drinking water? Once you have a list, ideally it would be bigger then mine, you need to test it to see if these solutions hold up against threats you are trying to survive from.
Whatever threats you believe in, hold them up to your solutions and see if they pass the test. Weed out any of your solutions that really don’t hold up to the threats you fear most. For me, I live in an area that gets 60 inches of rain a year so rain catchment to a pond was my back up option. If possible, backup options should be very low tech.  Simple solutions are less prone to breaking down. All you need to do is stick a jug of water out in the sun for a sunny day and it won’t have bad bugs.
Oh sure, I’d rather have a Berkey Water Filter that I can just poor buckets of water from my pond into, but to have a backup water filter called the SUN, is a pretty damn stable backup option. The next step is to start entering this survival plan into a really powerful piece of planning software called, FlyingLogic Pro. So just like we asked what was necessary to complete our main goals, we need to ask what is necessary to complete each of our goals sub-requirements.
What you will find is that many of your categories will share the same action step.  See how many of the goals below are starting to share similar action steps? Do you see how generating electricity is one thing I can do that can help me achieve all three of my survival plans goals in this example?  That indicates an area of leverage that if solved will be one of the fastest things I can do to make my survival plan a reality; because it is one thing that makes progress for three of my goals, not just one. What you’re looking for when you have generated a map like this is things that do NOT have any lines coming off the bottom of them.
Notice how tactical flashlights in my example have a line coming off the bottom of them.  That means that if I were to buy a tactical flashlight, an item that is not yet a core constraint likely to help me survive a societal collapse when compared to the other items on the list. But at least now you have a way of analyzing your prepping solutions in a way that is strategic, and that if followed ends up helping you check off the most important things from your list, and most quickly work towards becoming prepared to survive TEOTWAWKI.

June 17, 2015 By Cara Harrington 23 Comments Getting the entire family together can be tough, but adding extended family and hosting a reunion can feel like a mission impossible assignment. When everyone has an assigned task, your family can be packed and out of town before most others can grab their dog. When I began thinking about evacuation last year when a wild fire came within 200 yards of our home, I honestly panicked. As luck would have it, we didn't have to evacuate, but it was touch-and-go for about 24 hours. I put this first because we're crazy about our two kitties (they're our furry children) and we would never leave them behind. Before you have to make the decision to evacuate, prepare a list of your pet(s) needs and basically put together a 72-hour kit for them. Evacuation planning is important to the survival of your family as there may be conditions under which you will decide to leave or situations when you are ordered to leave. Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
If you have a car, keep at least a half tank of gas in it at all times in case you need to evacuate. Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters.
If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving. Unemployment, hurricane season, floods, storms that knock out power, and other disasters happen fairly often somewhere in the world. Choose a container big enough to hold a good supply of over-the-counter drugs and wound care items. These types of foods will last many years, even without being sealed with oxygen absorbers, although you can use them in all but sugar and honey. This has actually happened in the recent past as disasters struck New York, Japan, Indonesia and other places. Some say you shouldn't buy this or that because the calorie to serving ratio means not enough calories. Our goal is to be a meeting place for anyone that has an interest in or questions regarding survival and preparation. Pull the drawstring tight, roll the hood longways, fold it into thirds, and tie it off with the drawstring. This shelter is unsatisfactory, however, when snow is falling as even a light snowfall will cave it in. It takes longer to make this type of shelter than it does to make other types, but it will protect you from the elements.
This layering of the material will reduce the inside temperature 11 to 22 degrees C (20 to 40 degrees F). Make sure to lay your tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. If so, carefully extract the bullet from the shell casing, and use the gunpowder as tinder.
The socket is an easily grasped stone or piece of hardwood or bone with a slight depression in one side. The drill should be a straight, seasoned hardwood stick about 2 centimeters in diameter and 25 centimeters long.
Even in cold areas, you need a minimum of 2 liters of water each day to maintain efficiency. Tie rags or tufts of fine grass around your ankles and walk through dew-covered grass before sunrise. The sump's depth and perimeter will depend on the size of the container that you have to place in it. When the crayfish grabs the bait, pull it to shore before it has a chance to release the bait.
You find bivalves similar to our freshwater mussel and terrestrial and aquatic snails worldwide under all water conditions. However, the catfish species has sharp, needlelike protrusions on its dorsal fins and barbels. Any marine life obtained farther out in the sea will not contain parasites because of the saltwater environment. Birds tend to have regular flyways going from the roost to a feeding area, to water, and so forth. Roosting sites and waterholes are some of the most promising areas for trapping or snaring. A twitch-up will work much faster and with more force if you remove all the branches and foliage. It consists of a pole (as long as you can effectively handle) with a slip noose of wire or stiff cordage at the small end.
When the animal emerges from the den, you jerk the pole to tighten the noose and thus capture the animal. Place the bait stick with one end against the drop weight, or a peg driven into the ground, and the other against the catch stick.
Try these family reunion and vacations planning tips and survival tricks to make the party and trip an easy task.
Hopefully you will never have to evacuate your home, but having a plan can eliminate the chaos and tears. Yes, you should continue to add to your food storage too, but learn self reliance skills as you add food. Thought about sanitation if the toilets don't flush because the sewer system is not working?
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A seasoned softwood board about 2.5 centimeters thick and 10 centimeters wide is preferable. Grassy areas, such as fields, are good areas to search because the insects are easily seen. Decide whether you are going to take them with you or put them in a safe place, like a kennel, if that is an option.
They have done extensive testing of the many types of foods or storage for their own families.
So we're going to explore both freeze dried and dehydrated, their pros and cons, as well as what's true and what's not.Continue reading "The Real Facts About Dehydrated vs Freeze Dried Foods"How to Prepare for a€?Special Needsa€? Family Members and Friends During a CrisisWhen making your emergency plans for a special needs family member or friend, it is critical to consider their needs. What will we do when we have a power outage, a REAL grid down situation lasting weeks, or months, or a year or so? Having some kind of food storage protects us the same as auto or home insurance - for those unexpected times.

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