Planning Your Bug Out

camping foodIf worse comes to worse and you truly have to bug out, you need a plan. Ideally, you will want to try and stay in your home if possible. This is where you have all of your creature comforts as well as a roof over your head and hopefully food and water storage. But, there is always the possibility you are going to have get out of dodge in a hurry. You don’t want to grab your bug out bag and just run like the wind without having a plan. Preppers know a plan and then a backup plan is always a must.

When you think about your bug out plan, you need to consider a few important elements.

*Do you or will you have little kids with you? Trekking up hill for several miles with little ones isn’t easy. You certainly can’t expect to carry them and your bug out gear and actually get anywhere in a hurry.Children need reassurance after a disaster

*Will the path be passable year round? If you live in an area where there is heavy snowfall, your first option may not be possible if there is several feet of snow on the ground. If you have to cross a bridge, there is a chance it could be destroyed or unsafe to pass by.

*Do you have a destination in mind? Your bug out plan should include a destination. Somewhere that is out of sight, whether that is a second home, a relative’s home or a secluded area in the forest.

*Can you get to the location on foot? You need to have contingency plan should your bug out vehicle be incapacitated. Roads may be completely blocked.

It is important you pay some attention to this planning. It could very well mean your life. Think about your kids, your pets and your own endurance. Consider the weather as well. You must be prepared to bug out any time of the year. Sit down with your family and do your best to come up with a bug out plan that works for everyone.

Why Bother Learning Foraging Basics?

chickweedSo, you have a stockpile of food and water that will sustain your family for a year. That’s great, but what happens when you want to eat something fresh. Raw veggies are something we take for granted in this day and age. When you are forced to live weeks or months on canned foods or freeze-dried foods, you will appreciate something as simple as a tossed green salad.

Learning what plants are edible and safe to eat will give you the option of munching on crunchy greens now and again. You don’t have to have a garden to get the greens you will be craving. Foraging is one way you can assure yourself you can survive, even if your food supply goes low or runs out. Often times, preppers get this idea in their head they will hunt for food to feed their families. That is a shaky plan. Hunting takes time and energy and there are no guarantees you will get something to eat.dandelion

Foraging may not fill your belly and roasting leaves doesn’t exactly give you that warm fuzzy feeling a roasted rabbit will, but it will keep you alive and it will give your body the nutrition it needs to keep going. Hunt for animals, but make sure you are munching on plants as often as possible.

Some edible plants that are found in the wild are often found in your own backyard. You probably don’t look at them like a tasty dinner. No, you look at them as intruders. Weeds that need to be eradicated. Before you grab the weed killer, check out what weeds you could actually be putting on your table.

  • Dandelions
  • Purslane
  • Plantain
  • Chickweed
  • Clovers
  • Shepard’s Purse
  • Pigweed (amaranthe)
  • Mallow

These are just a few of the most common weeds found in nature. There are hundreds more, but these are some of the most familiar and recognizable. Do what you can to learn as much as you can about edible plants.

Preparing for an El Nino Winter

hurricane-67581_640After a long, hot and very dry summer for most of the country, it is time to prepare for a rough winter according to the Farmer’s Almanac. Of course, there is no real way to accurately predict what the future will hold, but many people place a lot of stock in the almanac. As a prepper, it is a good idea to pay attention to predictions and prepare to deal with a rough winter. A long, cold, snowy winter means you will likely be relying on your emergency preps from time to time.

There is also the uncertain economic future to consider. With a disastrous winter supposedly headed our way and equally unstable economy, things could get very dicey over the next several months. The time to plump up those food storages and prepare to live with minimal or no electricity is now. Don’t keep putting it off.

snow WVThe following list includes some of the things you should start doing today to prepare for winter.

  • Stock up on wood to burn in your wood stove—if you don’t have one, consider making the investment
  • Stock up on water, set up rain barrels to catch the fall rains
  • Stock up on canned foods i.e. veggies, meats, fruits, soups
  • Add to your personal hygiene supplies i.e. toilet paper, feminine hygiene, soap
  • If you have a baby or are expecting load up on diapers, formula, wipes and etc…
  • Consider growing your own window garden, things like cucumbers, herbs and tomatoes are all excellent window plants
  • Load up on winter gear, have back up boots, coats and gloves so you are never stuck outside in wet gear
  • Have snow shovels on hand before the snow flies
  • Have rolls of plastic and duct tape so you can cover the windows if the temps are freezing and you don’t have heat
  • Flashlights and candles are a must

You never know if or when the power will go out in a winter storm. You must be prepared to shelter in place should the weather become inclement and traveling to the store to grab necessities is not worth the risk. Keep food, water and basic supplies on hand so you never have to go without or risk your life.

Why Do We Purify Clean Water in Survival?

children-770258_640Some people may wonder why they have to clean or purify water that already looks crystal clear. It sounds silly to have to clean water when water is used for cleaning. Despite how silly it may sound, cleaning water is an absolute must that can truly be the difference between life and death. When you think about our water supply, it is exposed to a lot more than we care to think about. It comes from rivers, lakes and streams. There are not “lids” or tight covers protecting the water from the environment.

Animals use the water for drinking, bathing and their own personal toilets as do humans camping or spending time in nature. You wouldn’t drink used bathwater or water from the toilet bowl, which is basically what water found in nature is.

Water that looks crystal clear and refreshing, is likely full of some pretty nasty bugs. Protozoa, bacteria, parasites and viruses are invisible to the naked eye. Those things are floating around in that water that looks so clean. Those things will make you extremely ill to the point death may very well be a possibility. Nearly all of the contaminants result in the same symptoms;lifesaver bottle

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Lethargy

These symptoms quickly lead to dehydration, which can be life threatening when there is no clean water to drink.

Some of the harmful contaminants in water are as follows;

  • Viruses i.e. E coli, salmonella
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Botulism
  • Cholera
  • Chemical run-off, fertilizers

These things and many more can make their way into the water whether an animal actually pooped in the water or not. When it rains, the water will flow down hill and into the main water supply. This leads to all kinds of harmful contaminants making their way into water that may have been clean at one point.

Never risk your life by drinking water that has not been purified and/or filtered. You cannot see what is in the water and it could very well cost you your life.