Survival tips for the beginner: Weapons of mass survival

Survival tips for the beginner: Weapons of mass survival

One of the most important things you could have in any survival scenario, is a weapon. A weapon is a multi-use tool that can be used for self-defense and for hunting. If you’re living off the land as a homesteader, you’ll also need these tools for survival. This post is meant to be a quick guide to help you decipher what types of weapons you need for your particular situation. Even if you’re not a beginner, you may learn something new because I have some interesting ideas. Having a weapon at your disposal is one of the best survival tips I can give you–because you never know when you’re going to need it.

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Homemade fruit fly trap for the homesteader: A solution for your organic fruit and veggie stowaways.

Homemade fruit fly trap for the homesteader: A solution for your organic fruit and veggie stowaways.

Chances are pretty good that if you’re a homesteader, you eat natural or organic foods. If you grow them on your own property, you likely don’t use pesticiceds or other chemicals to keep the bugs away. If that is you, than you have a problem. There are these little annoying bugs that come inside with your fruit and veggies that love to fly around every which way. The problem with these little bugs is that they multiply like rabbits, and they are hard to swat because they are so tiny.

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Food basics that you should have on hand for an emergency

Food basics that you should have on hand for an emergency

There are certain foods that you should have on hand, should you ever need them. There are tons of things that could happen, forcing you to rely on the resources that we are about to discuss. The goal with this list, is to keep you within your comfort zone with foods that you are already eating. Of course, if you feel led to do so, there are other options as well such as buying freeze dried food, MRE’s, and buckets of disaster-proof food available for purchase from companies such as Wise (who is currently offering discounts and free shipping!). However, you don’t need to buy your emergency food like this.

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Homesteading 101: A crash course for the beginner

Homesteading 101: A crash course for the beginner

Homesteading is something that is gaining more ground these days. Most of the people that desire this way of life, do so for different reasons. However, a lot of the reasons stem from an unstable future, and not wanting to depend on anyone else. That’s our deal. We don’t want to have to go to the store and depend on someone else to provide our food. Obviously, we couldn’t grow everything that we consume, but we could drastically reduce what we buy at the store, that would be great. And, if the poo hits the fan, we could live off the land, if we had too.

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Surviving a cold weather disaster: When the blizzard strikes you won’t die

Surviving a cold weather disaster: When the blizzard strikes you won’t die

Surviving a disaster, such as a hurricane or blizzard is dependent upon a lot of different things. First off, you have weather to contend with. How will you handle the kind of weather that you will experience?

This is one of the first questions that need to be answered. Why? Because this determines what type of supplies you will need, and how you will acquire them.

If you are smack dab in the middle of a blizzard and you lose power, what do you do? There was a period of time last year where we lost power for about a week. Some towns in my area lost power for over 10 days.

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The first family study from American Blackout: The Preppers

The first family study from American Blackout: The Preppers

Why am I going with the prepper family first? Because they are the easiest. I want to get them out of the way. Why were they the easiest? Because they made the fewest mistakes and were ultimalty the best prepared family in the group.

Mistake One:

The first mistake that they made was not getting to know their neighbors in the bug out area. This was a detrimental mistake that could have cost them everything. And, had the power not come back on when it did, who knows what would have happened. There is strength in numbers. If they were friendly with the neighbors before hand, they could have had a secure compound and deleted any threat that came to them.

Mistake Two:

Bringing the daughter’s idiot boyfriend. I think that was an act of desperation because he wanted his daughter to go with him without a fight. Also, he thought that the kid would be of some help to him. He was, after all, a teenager who was older than his son. The problem, was that he wasn’t familiar with the structure of a bug out location. So, he got there and thought he could just give away the family’s food. Big mistake in the land of prepping. Personally, I have no problem with giving food away. Because the key to proper preparedness is having food that you can grow or hunt, in addition to the food that you have in storage.

Mistake Three: 

This one kinda involves the other two. I can’t stress enough how important it is that everyone be on the same page, and that the more people you have, the better off you’ll be. Other than the husband, the family had no other leaders. For a survival situation to work, your group needs to have a hierarchy of leadership. The father was the most experienced in the group. But after him, there was nobody else. The wife had no clue what she was doing. Big mistake. In the Marine Corps, if your commanding officer is taken out, the senior most SNCO is given duty. And then it goes down the line from there.

Mistake Four:

The father left his family to save the fuel. He already had the upper hand, so there was no reason for him to leave. He had enough food to survive for years in the bunker, and yet he left. Because he was by himself, he stood no chance whatsoever of scaring the thieves away. His best bet would have been to stay put. The other guys had food and fuel. They would likely leave without ever discovering his bunker. Instead, he put his whole family at risk when he left them alone. The better idea would have been to have fuel in a different location, hidden. And if not that, then the last straw would have been to bug out on foot to another spot. He had those other bug out bags that would have kept them each alive for another two weeks. They could’ve figured something else out from there.

The take away from the prepper family is that you should have food, water and shelter away from the chaos. They didn’t really have enough water, but being that they were in the middle of the woods, hopefully there was a stream nearby. They did good with their food, at least for canned food. But, they lacked in their network of who they could trust. In any situation where survival is necessary, security also becomes an issue. So having people you can trust is key.

Furthermore, their only security team was the father and the young son–who was forced to give up the food. While they were the most prepared group in the show, they still failed. Stay tuned as we go through the show and discover what they should have done differently.

American Blackout: The Aftermath, and Hopefully what You have Learned

Did you watch that show on NATGEO? It was hard to watch. The camera was shaky and the dialogue was horrible. But, I think that is what they were going for. But, that wasn’t the only reason why the show was hard to watch. I honestly think that if we are ever put into that sort of situation, we, as a country, would be screwed.

The premise of the show is that a cyber attack renders America helpless and without power. And, the truth of the matter is that America would cease to function after only days without power. The threat is actually very real. Maybe not on that large of a scale, but can you imagine what would happen if just half of the country lost power?

Chaos. Complete and utter chaos.

After hurricane Sandy decimated the east coast, many areas were without power for weeks. Thankfully, there were pockets of areas that had power. So, if you needed fuel for your generator, you could go get it.

The main disturbing truth behind the show:

What did you learn from watching this show? Hopefully, you learned something. Hopefully you learned that the US government is not only incapable of handling such and event, but they are also preparing you for it to happen. Read between the lines here. Inevitably, something bad is on its way. Nobody knows what it is, except for God and the people getting ready to cause it–if it is in fact going to be man-made.

So what do you take away from all of this? Get ready. Get ready now. Because you never know what will happen. How do you get ready? Do research. Follow this blog because the resources you’ll learn here are invaluable. There is no fluff, at all .You get the facts of survival. Over the next few posts, I’m going to dissect the idiocy of each family in the American Blackout show. We’ll go over what went well, and what was complete stupidity.

Stay tuned, folks. Because what you’re about to learn, could save your life.